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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 11, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY

UUP brings 300 SUNY students and members to Capitol to push for more funding for EOP, EOC


WHO: 300 EOP and EOC students join advisors to advocate for budget funding

WHAT: Students in SUNY’s EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) and EOC (Educational Opportunity Centers) and their advisors travel to Albany to urge state lawmakers to restore and increase funding in the 2014-15 state budget

WHEN: Wednesday, February 12, beginning at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Meeting Room, 6, Empire State Plaza, Albany


Faculty and professionals represented by United University Professions will bring hundreds of their students from across the state to the state Capitol Wednesday, February 12 to urge legislators to protect SUNY’s Opportunity Programs. UUP President Frederick E. Kowal, Ph.D., will brief the SUNY students who benefit from the EOP and EOC programs prior to their meetings with state lawmakers.

After the briefing, the students and advisors will meet with legislators in small groups throughout the late morning and midafternoon, urging them to restore the more than $600,000 decrease in funding to EOP in the proposed 2014-15 Executive Budget and to increase funding for both EOP and EOC.

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.

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