March 10, 2015

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Talking tech sector support

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Morrisville member Jim Engle, left, tells Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, right, that SUNY’s technology campuses urgently need more funding.

Engle was among about 80 UUP members and students in Albany for Tech Sector Advocacy Day March 10. They visited the offices of more than two dozen lawmakers, including Hevesi (D-Queens).

UUPers from the Alfred, Canton, Cobleskill, Delhi and Morrisville chapters stressed that the governor’s proposed appropriation for the tech sector campuses is down $11 million from what it was in 2010. Enrollment at those schools has risen by five percent since then.

UUP President Fred Kowal welcomed members and students and told them that turnout for the event was fantastic. He said their presence was crucial.

“Understand how important it is that you are here. Never underestimate the difference you can make,” he said.

Tech sector advocates did more than just meet with lawmakers. They also set up displays in the concourse of the Empire State Plaza to showcase how the tech sector colleges benefit the public.

Delhi UUP members set up a putting green to call attention to SUNY Delhi's golf management program.

“Golf is a growth industry, and it’s one of our premier programs,” Delhi Chapter President John Taylor said. “We have one of only two 18-hole golf courses on a college campus in the state.”

Morrisville UUPers brought several displays, highlighting SUNY Morrisville's equine, criminal justice and massage therapy programs.

“What we’re trying to do is show the Legislature the important work we do at Morrisville,” said Chapter President Tom Hogle. “We want people to see what we do every day to educate our students to be professionally trained New York citizens and to advance the University.”

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