Letter writer Gary Bohlke suggests that Coppin State University has failed and should be closed ("Admit Coppin is a failed institution and close it," May 7). I disagree strongly.

The outreach programs at Coppin State receive high marks. As a current month-long visitor to Baltimore, I have participated regularly in outreach programs at Coppin, and my experiences there have been nothing short of fabulous.

Coppin's wellness program offers Baltimore residents use of modern athletic facilities for various sporting activities at a very low cost. I gave back by doing volunteer work at Special Olympics Baltimore last week. I have met numerous student athletes, coaches and faculty from Coppin, and I have been treated with dignity and engaging conversation.

Coppin is a valuable university for students and the greater community as well. Best of luck to it and its ambitious plans for expansion.

My impressions of Coppin are optimistic and in line with the mission statement of the school. Thanks Golden Eagles!

Robert Helineva, Helsinki, Finland

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