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Message from the NYAPPA & SUNYPPAA Presidents

NYAPPA President

Greetings Colleagues and Fellow NYAPPA Members:

For the past few years we have gone through a number of board member changes with some retirements and some new additions.  These changes have given us a very solid core of leadership for which I am very proud to be a part of.

Moving forward, over the next several years we will need to continue our mission of “Focusing on the Future”.   This mission will need to be done on several fronts, first by our continued recruitment of new active members who we hope will move into leadership roles.  Secondly, we need to increase our educational awareness through our scholarship program.  With our very successful 2013 ERAPPA Convention we have the funds to sponsor new members to attend NYAPPA and ERAPPA educational tracks.  This also allows us to help subsidize Toolkit, Grounds Up and other educational courses across the state.  

Working together, I ask all active members to reach out and engage our counterparts throughout the state encouraging them to become involved in the organization. As we know, the benefits are many with education, networking, exchanging knowledge and ideas, and professional development of not only those new to this field but the seasoned ones as well.  These opportunities, many of which cannot be gained elsewhere, cannot be sustained by the actions of a few but by the continued commitment of us all.

If you have considered getting involved but have not yet done so, please contact me or any of the board members to discuss your interest. If you know of someone that may be interested please pass their name and contact information on to us and we will be sure to reach out to them.

I look forward to the next two years serving the organization and working with a great collection of our colleagues from across the state.

Paul Wurster
President NYAPPA

 

Dear SUNYPPAA Members:

Welcome to our newly designed web page, which we now share hosting services with our associates at the New York Chapter of APPA.  After recently completing our annual Winter Meeting at the Saratoga Hilton, I want to recap a few important topics:

First, and foremost, SUNYPPAA exists to give organized direction in the development of improved principles and practices of physical plant administration so that members may serve the educational objectives of their institutions and the State University of New York more effectively & efficiently.

  • To promote professional activities, ideals & standards relating to the administration, maintenance, operation, planning and development of physical plants.
  • To promote the sharing of information on all phases of university and college facilities planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation, particularly with reference to issues of special interest to institutions located within the SUNY system.
  • To bring affordable and accessible educational opportunities to its members & foster professional development through continuing education and peer group interaction.
  • To serve as an advisory group and as consultants (in their area of competence) to the Systems Administration of the State University.
  • To foster an increased awareness of the role of facilities within the organizational structure of the institution.

We accomplish these goals via several opportunities.  Our Winter meetings & Summer conferences provide unmatched occasions to network & share information with peers.  They also provide formal professional development sessions and critical updates from our partners at the Office for Capital Facilities, the SUNY Construction Fund, and DASNY.

We address member’s particular needs for training, education, and professional development through our scholarship program.  I strongly urge members to read through the program, details are on this website under the Scholarship page, and apply for consideration for a SUNYPPAA scholarship to assist with the funding of your educational endeavors.

During the course of the year, SUNYPPAA, in partnership with NYAPPA, will offer other various forms of education & training, such as the APPA Supervisor’s Toolkit and Drive-In Workshops.  Look to the websites, both NYAPPA’s and SUNYPPAA’s, for announcements.

As a final request:  any organization is only as valuable as the contributions of its members allow it to be.  With that in mind, I urge all members to become involved.  Your questions are welcome on our listserve (your answers to questions doubly so).  Your presence at our meetings & conferences enriches us all, so please attend. If there are educational topics that you would like addressed, contact one of our board members and we’ll do our best to provide it; we welcome members to become involved in our meeting & conference planning.  Lastly, if you’ve ever thought you’d like to become involved with SUNYPPAA as an officer or a board member, we love to hear from you. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, and we’ll see you July 16th-18th in Albany for our Summer Conference.

Respectfully,

Mike Kukawa

President, State University of New York Physical Plant Administrators Association

Director of Operations Binghamton University