Monthly Archives: August 2010

ARPT Forum to be held 9/10 at Anima–please RSVP

The second annual ARPT (Committees on Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure) forum will be held on September 10, 2010 from 10-2 at Anima, an Italian restaurant located at 458 Myrtle Avenue, between Waverly and Washington (on the south side of Myrtle).  Please RSVP to Kye Carbone if you are planning to attend (the restaurant can hold approximately 75 people) at

We will discuss how the ARPT process has played itself out in the past in various departments, and what to look for and be aware of in the future.

ARPT Forum: September 10, 2010

ARPT: Committees on Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure
(see Article XVI of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, available on this website).

Last year the UFCT sponsored such a forum for the first time, which was – as
based on the many responses we received – a rousing success [over fifty-plus
in attendance representing some sixteen Pratt department/areas!] At the
close of last year’s event, we agreed that such a forum should become a
perennial affair!

As such, this year’s forum will take place on: Friday, September 10th, from 10:00-2PM (I apologize to anyone who is teaching at this time and cannot seek a replacement as scheduling is never ideal when factoring in the needs of over six-hundred potential guests!) Lunch and refreshments will be
served; however, the location for the event — at this time — is TBA.

If you would be kind enough to simply return email me ( if you wish to attend, this will be very helpful in terms of our finding an appropriate space as well as our catering needs, etc…

A simple response: *“Yes, I plan on attending,”* is all I need at this
point. As we get closer to the date of the event I will send confirmation of
your attendance.

Look for my ‘Status Report’ in the next week or so; until then though, enjoy
what remains of the summer. I hope to see you on 9/10 if not before!

In Solidarity,


AETNA and Continuum Reach 3 Year Agreement

2 days after our petition was sent, the two parties had reached a 3-year agreement.  Here is the news release from AETNA.  The petition may not have directly done any good, but I still think it is worthwhile for consumers to speak up and protest when corporations decide they can charge the same amount for a much-degraded commodity (and unfortunately, health care is primarily seen by both Democrats and Republicans as a profit-generating commodity in the USA).

–Suzanne Verderber