September 17, 2013

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All smiles at Albany Chapter semester kick-off barbecue

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UUP President Fred Kowal greets Albany Chapter UUPers and urges them to get involved with the union at a Sept. 17 chapter barbecue to kick off the fall semester.

The outdoor luncheon, sponsored by the Albany Chapter, drew more than 250 members on a gorgeous late summer afternoon. They listened as Kowal discussed challenges facing the union—such as seamless transfer, privatization, and the potential separation of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering from UAlbany—and how Albany UUPers can help UUP meet those challenges.

“We’re defending higher ed and that’s a good thing,” said Kowal. “But we can’t do it alone. We need your help.”

Several statewide officers—Vice President for Professionals Philippe Abraham, Secretary Eileen Landy and Membership Development Officer Edison Bond Jr.—were also at the lunch. The UUP leaders’ presence at events like the Albany Chapter picnic is part of Kowal’s plan to strengthen ties with chapters across the state.

“It’s important for us to be at these functions because it provides a great opportunity to meet members and get as much information as possible about what’s going on on campus,” Kowal said.

Albany Chapter President Bret Benjamin introduced the statewide officers to the crowd, which greeted them warmly. He said it was great to have them at the picnic, an event that gives members a chance to meet and talk with the officers and each other.

“UUP is a collegial bunch,” said Albany Chapter member Sue Barnes. “It’s kind of nice to get out of the office and see fellow members.”

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