June 17, 2009

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AAUP lauds UUP’s advocacy efforts

UUP has won national honors for its outstanding political action outreach efforts.

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) presented UUP with its Al Sumburg Award at its annual meeting, held June 11-14 in Washington, D.C. The award is given to a person or organization whose advocacy efforts have been particularly effective in creating positive change to further higher education interests on a national and/or state level.

UUP President Philip Smith accepted the award on behalf of the union. He said the AAUP award recognizes the hard work and success of UUP’s advocacy campaigns in 2008-09, which focused on a number of issues including protecting union jobs, obtaining and retaining state aid for the University and New York’s teaching hospitals, and keeping SUNY whole.

“We couldn’t be prouder of this important honor,” said Smith. “This was truly a team effort.”

Also, UUP Vice President for Professionals Fred Floss and six other UUPers presented papers on globalization and academic freedom during “Globalization, Shared Governance, and Academic Freedom: An International Conference,” a three-day AAUP seminar held during the annual meeting.

Floss, along with Stephen Rosow, Rob Compton, and Judy Wishnia, opened the conference with a presentation titled “Reviving the Public in the Public University.” Other UUP presenters included Salvatore Engel-DiMauro and Donna Flayhan from New Paltz.

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