January 13, 2009

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Part-Time Concerns Committee charts course for `09

Part-Time Concerns Committee co-chair Carolyn Kube, right, and Eric Fallen, SUNY Maritime, take notes and listen during a computer training session for the committee's new Web site at UUPs Latham headquarters. During the training session, Jill Hanifan, committee co-chair (inset), talks to committee members about the committees new Web site. The session was part of the committee's retreat on Jan. 8 and 9

Members of the Part-Time Concerns Committee traveled to UUP’s Latham headquarters on Jan. 8 and 9 to participate in the group’s first retreat since the late 1990s.

More than a dozen members attended the two-day event to map out a strategic plan of objectives and goals for the committee. The plan will be unveiled at the committee’s next meeting, at the Winter Delegate Assembly, Jan. 30-31 in Albany.

“The meeting was productive, collegial, and left the participants energized about the future direction of the committee,” said committee co-chair Carolyn Kube, Stony Brook HSC.

Committee members also took part in a Web training seminar taught by UUP Web Site Specialist Kenneth Holman. During the seminar, members viewed the new Part-Time Concerns Committee’s Web site and learned how to add content to and administer the site.

"The retreat let us consider our strategies on a number of `fronts’ - new ways to share and access information, new recommendations for committee structure and member outreach, and an action plan to present to the full (committee) at our next meeting,” said co-chair Jill Hanifan, SUNY Albany. “Part-timers are the most immediately vulnerable to shrinking campus budgets, so it's urgent that the (committee) respond quickly with fresh initiatives and smart and strategic action.”

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