June 24, 2011

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Leaders learn from leaders


Oneonta VP for Academics Rob Compton, left, and Stony Brook Chapter President Arty Shertzer, speak to a group of new chapter vice presidents during UUP’s New Leaders Orientation.

Fifteen new leaders spent two days at UUP’s Albany offices June 22-23, where they took part in a series of seminars focused on their new roles and how to work most effectively with campus administration to get things done for their members.

The courses were led for the first time by seasoned UUP chapter leaders, who spoke about their experiences and shared tips on what to expect as a chapter leader and how to react in crisis situations.

“The orientation for new leaders is best led by people who have walked in those same shoes,” said UUP President Phil Smith. “Our people have been there before and they are the best teachers.”

One of the seminars was a panel discussion on the rewards and challenges of being a chapter leader, moderated by Purchase Chapter President John Delate. Shertzer and Compton joined Buffalo Center President Mike Behun, Farmingdale Chapter President Yolanda Pauze, Oneonta Chapter President Bill Simons and Upstate Medical University Chapter President Carol Braund as panelists.”

Breakout sessions for chapter presidents and vice presidents, and an overview of the union’s contract with New York state were also held.

It’s been a great learning experience, learning about the challenges we’ll face and how to handle those issues for our members,” said Solomon Ayo, Farmingdale’s new vice president for professionals. “You realize that you’re not alone out there.”

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