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November 2015


FYI: Highlights from the Executive Council and other news of note


Making Strides
TEAM FA pauses during the five-mile Making Strides walk at Jones Beach on October 18, 2015. Several members of the team were unavailable for the photo.
  • TEAM FA joined 55,000+ walkers for 10/18 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk: Over a dozen FA members braved the chilly breeze to walk five miles along the Jones Beach boardwalk on October 18 for Making Strides. Organized by Joan Cook, Lisa Aymong and Kevin McCoy, the FA raised $1,605 for the event.

    There is still time to donate. The FA Making Strides webpage will remain open until December 31. Please make your check payable to the: American Cancer Society. Indicate Team FA in the memo line and mail it to: American Cancer Society, Attn: Making Strides Long Island, 75 Davids Drive, Hauppauge, NY 11788. Thanks to everyone for their generous support!

  • Nominations for the new SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching due November 9: We all know adjunct faculty who deserve recognition for their quality contributions to our college. Now there’s a new category in the SUNY Chancellor’s Awards, and it’s exclusively for adjunct faculty. Details are on the SUNY website: affairs/AdjunctTeachingAwards.cfm.

  • The Write Time
    The Write Time offers the time, space and fuel (coffee! tea!) that our members need to get some good writing done. (photo by Sarah Gutowski)
    Yes! It's The Write Time: The remaining sessions of The Write Time are Friday, 11/20, from 12:30 to 2:30 and Friday, 12/11, from 9:30 to 12:30. Contact Sarah Gutowski for details or simply RSVP with Anita (

  • New Member Discussion Series offers “With Pride and (Surprise!) Joy: My Most Meaningful Projects and Endeavors at SCCC”: On Friday, November 20, NMDS will host a showcase featuring the accomplishments of our colleagues that intertwine the best of teaching, service, and professional development and scholarship at our institution in the Eaton’s Neck Room, BSC, Ammerman Campus, from 11:00-12:15 p.m. Panelists include Adam Penna (E), Tania Velazquez (A) and Bruce Seger (G).

  • Dental benefits increased: The FA Benefit Fund announced that members' dental benefits allowance has increased from a max of $2,500 to a max of $2,750.

  • The FA is on Twitter: The FA is now on Twitter! Follow us at @FacultyAssocSCC.

  • Adjuncts and NORA forms: In addition to completing the NORA form by October 28, adjuncts who regularly seek teaching and PA assignments should communicate their preference for one or the other directly to their chair or area supervisor in writing. Tell your supervisor, for example, that you want a PA assignment if you don’t get a teaching assignment, or tell your academic chair of any major changes to the availabilities you entered into your NORA form. Adjuncts should always communicate these issues to their chairs or supervisors; supervisors might be able to accommodate your changes, although the college is under no formal obligation to do so.

  • Check your accruals: The FA reminds members periodically to check the number of their accrued vacation and sick days in MySCCC.


  • AHRC flower sales on 11/18: The FA will hold the annual AHRC Thanksgiving and holiday plant sale on Wednesday, 11/18, from 10 to 2, in the lobby of the Babylon Student Center at Ammerman.


  • FA demographics: The following charts provide a demographic snapshot of our membership.


faculty by age faculty by gender