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Message from the NYAPPA & SUNYPPAA Presidents


 

Welcome to NYAPPA and I thank you for your interest in our organization. Whether you represent a College, University, Hospital, K-12 or are a Business Partner, you will find what you need on this site.

For the next two years, our focus will be to close the gap between our Business Partners and Campus Representatives to serve the community with the exchange of knowledge and value.

Filling out the opportunities are Conferences, Drive-In Workshops (one-day seminars) and Webinars, of all sorts of topics that we all need to know about. With the assistance of our Business Partners and Institutional Members, we wish to host a platform to advance Professional Continual Learning and Networking that will foster the needs of Facilities Professionals in the state of New York.

NYAPPA is a special organization and we value the comradery and sense of commitment from the Board and the long time members of the group. I formally invite you to come along.  Open your world to ours for more opportunities of exploration that may assist you in your day-to-day operations.

Again, Welcome and feel free to browse the site to find out more of what we do.  I look forward to seeing you at an event somewhere in the state, in the meantime feel free to reach out to any of our board members through the website at WWW.NYAPPA.Org with any questions you may have.

 

Kimberly Nelson

President

 

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