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May 2015


FYI: Highlights from the EC and other news of note


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  • FA and Benefit Fund summer hours: The FA office will be open this summer on Monday through Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The FA office will be closed from July 13 to July 17.

    The Benefit Fund office will be open this summer on Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Benefit Fund office will be closed from July 27 to July 31.
  • Summer 2015 adjunct/overload pay dates: Faculty working during the upcoming summer terms can expect to be paid as follows:

    • 1st five-week session: June 25, 2015
    • Eight-week session: July 9, 2015, and July 23, 2015
    • 2nd five-week session: August 6, 2015

      PA, library, and other assignments will be paid on all four summer payrolls. Counselors will be paid according to their counseling schedule.
  • Promotion deadline: The deadline for full-time faculty applying for promotion effective September 2016 is June 15. Faculty must submit three copies of their A Form: the original to their campus executive dean, one copy to their academic chair or supervisor and one copy to the FA.

  • 2015-16 holidays: The following represents the paid holidays for counselors, librarians, PAs, specialists and coordinators for the upcoming academic year.
Fall 2015  
September 7, 2015 Labor Day
September 14, 2015 Rosh Hashanah
September 23, 2015 Yom Kippur
November 26, 2015 Thanksgiving Day
November 27, 2015 Thanksgiving
December 24, 2015 Christmas Eve
December 25, 2015 Christmas Day
Spring 2016  
January 1, 2016 New Year’s Day
January 18, 2016 Martin Luther King’s Birthday
February 15, 2016 Presidents’ Day
May 30, 2016 Memorial Day
July 4, 2016 Independence Day (observed) for twelve-month faculty

Plus one (1) unscheduled holiday for librarians, counselors, professional assistants, specialists and ten-month and twelve-month coordinators. In the case of librarians, counselors and coordinators, the unscheduled holiday will be added to N days.

The following is a summary of the 2015 - 2016 N and U days:

  • Counselors and librarians 38 + 1 = 39 N days
  • Ten-month coordinators (lab) 42 + 1 = 43 N days
  • Ten-month professional assistants and specialists 9 + 1 = 10 U days*
  • Twelve-month coordinators (instructional) 7 + 1 = 8 U days
  • Twelve-month counselors 35 + 1 = 36 N days
  • Twelve-month professional assistants and specialists 7 + 1 = 8 U days
* See Article IV.A.17.

  • EC meeting dates: EC representatives should plan to attend monthly meetings in the upcoming academic year on the following dates. Most meetings are held on Thursdays at 3:45 in the Southampton Building at Ammerman.
Fall 2015 Spring 2016
September 1 February 4
September 10 March 10
October 8 April 14
November 12 May 12
December 10 June 1  

  • 2015-16 non-classroom faculty work year: Executive VP Sean Tvelia requests that nonclassroom faculty ask their administrators to inform them by June 1 what their work year will be in the next academic year. As per the FA contract, “The College agrees to notify librarians, counselors, [and]... 10 month professional assistants of the starting date of the new work year for each discipline by the preceding June 1 of each year... The work year shall be... from 10 or fewer working days prior to September 1 through the same number of working days prior to June 30.”

    Please note that day classes begin on Thursday, August 27, with convocation on that day from 4 to 7 p.m. and that there's professional development day on assessment on Tuesday, October 13.
nysut communications awards


  • FA wins NYSUT Communications Competition awards: The FA has again been honored by recognition during our state parent union's annual communication competition. The awards are as follows:

    • Sue DeMasi: Award of Distinction for Best Article about Local or Chapter Issues ("Blue Jeans and Bangladesh")
    • Kevin McCoy: First Place for Best Website and Award of Distinction for Best Use of Social Media
    • Cynthia Eaton: First Place for Best Article About a Social Justice Issue ("Bias: A Necessary Conversation"), First Place for Best Creative Writing ("I Love Paris in the Springtime: Why Leslie Derenfeld is our Most Prolific Wheels Presenter"), and First Place for Best Photo ("The Misdirection of Modern American Education")