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Re: “Air Force Academy Endowment chief wears religion on his necktie

And, as a contributor to the Endowment, I'm going to judge Mike Gould. I conclude that his religious views impact how he raises and dispenses funds at USAFA in support of cadets and the Academy's mission. I spent years defending his right to wear that tie. BUT, that doesn't mean I'm going to ignore it. As someone who does not share his beliefs, nor do I think he should advertise his beliefs in a magazine I support when those beliefs (IMHO) are irrelevant to his job, I hereby choose to stop giving money to the Endowment until he no longer works there. I'm free to do that, too, right? And, if enough people follow suit--and our funds are not replaced by those that give extra money BECAUSE he wears a tie like that--then the Endowment leadership may decide that they can do better under the leadership of someone other than Mike Gould.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 03/09/2018 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Air Force Academy Endowment chief wears religion on his necktie

Yes, he's free to wear any tie he wants--and practice whatever religion he prefers. We all have freedoms like that. BUT, we're not free of the consequences these free decisions might generate. If you're working at Boeing and show up to give a presentation wearing a Lockheed-Martin tie, that might hurt your career. You may be free to grow a moustache, but if your moustache is narrow and dark, then you will not be greeted in a friendly fashion by some at the Holocaust Museum. CEO of PETA? Don't wear a fur coat to a fundraiser. It's not illegal, but it is stupid. If you're the CEO of an organization that supports the AF Academy, then a safe choice is a blue tie and/or one that has Academy images--otherwise, you're sending a mixed message about your priorities and what other factors in your life MIGHT impact decisions you make while at work. What if he'd worn a USNA or USMA tie? A nose ring? Face tattoo swatiska? All would be his right as a free American. None would be smart.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 03/09/2018 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Air Force Academy Endowment chief wears religion on his necktie

Wow, not smart. Makes one wonder if the Endowment picked him for that job because of his religious views. It might also just be a mistake on their part for not screening/editing what was submitted, but given the long string of screw-ups in this area, it's hard to believe that this wasn't "pre-scrutinized" by someone. Didn't someone ask: "Why don't you at least wear a blue tie, if not one with USAFA theme?" At a certain level, incompetence is indistinguishable from malign intent. If I were part of a Muslim, Jewish or Atheist Cadet Club, I don't think I'd be holding my breath for support from the Endowment. How much is the Endowment putting out to support refurbishment of the Cadet Chapel?

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 03/07/2018 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Dr. Venkat Reddy chosen as UCCS chancellor

Good choice! Congrats to UCCS.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 05/08/2017 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Air Force to UCCS? Concerns over a chancellor finalist

When they find such comparable, glaring weaknesses in their background.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 05/02/2017 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Air Force to UCCS? Concerns over a chancellor finalist

Not having a terminal degree isn't "made up." Not having any experience with a civilian US university, much less a large research-oriented one, isn't a made-up excuse. No experience in the arena of academic freedom, nor academic leadership without the benefit of rank, aren't made up excuses. A recent background of cutting, not expanding ,academic programs isn't made-up either. Could she adapt and lead without these primary qualifications? Maybe. Does UCCS want to take that chance when they have two other eminently qualified candidates who DO possess these qualifications and proven track records? We'll see. Many are just happy that she's leaving USAFA.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 04/30/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Air Force to UCCS? Concerns over a chancellor finalist

Interesting... It's pretty easy to "win people over" at USAFA when you outrank everyone and basically hold their career in your hands. You can make unilateral decisions (like decreasing the importance of academics cited above) and every will just salute smartly and say "great decision, general!" Not sure how that would go over at UCCS. Also interesting that she claims the unverifiable fact that she was offered a promotion and turned it down to stay at USAFA. Another alternative unverifiable fact is that she asked for a fifth year at USAFA and was turned down by the Pentagon. Might as well mention that as long as we're throwing around "alternative facts." Finally, her commitment to high quality education isn't that difficult to measure. During her tenure at USAFA, she's moved to decrease graduation academic requirements, cutting core courses (gen ed requirements) like English, Physics, Chem, and Engineering from the core curriculum while also cutting admin support (all but four dept secretaries are gone, down for 20 academic depts) in order to staff her public affairs machine that makes her look good (along with a new $360K office foyer) and spins her narrative. I half want to see her get this job, but only out of morbid curiosity.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 04/30/2017 at 6:18 AM

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