Expanding opportunities for members to engage their union and colleagues has been a priority of the APA over the past few years. Through ever-increasing actions of the Membership Committee and others, APs now regularly engage in opportunities to meet colleagues and union officers both inside and outside the workplace. The past couple months have been no exception!
Broad Art Museum Special Viewing & Reception for APA Members
The MSU Administrative Professional Association, with the generous support of the Michigan Education Association and MEA Financial Services, hosted a reception at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on February 19, 2013. The doors of the museum were kept open well past normal closing times to enable members to view the collection after-hours and to mingle with colleagues, union officers, and local legislators. Michigan Representatives Sam Singh and Andy Schor; MEA Vice President, Nancy Strachan; and Michael Ross, Broad Art Museum Director, provided remarks and stayed to talk with members. Approximately 150 individuals attended this great event.
As part of an ongoing effort, APA members around campus are being invited to attend “community lunches” in their respective buildings/areas. The lunches serve as an opportunity for members to hear updates on bargaining, learn about the impacts of legislation, ask questions, and share quality conversations with colleagues. Thus far in 2013, fifteen lunches have been held in buildings and groups of buildings with high concentrations of members. Another eighteen community lunches are planned through mid May.
“MSU’s Technology Training and You”
On February 28, 2013 the APA held its latest installment in the “Lunch & Learn” series in the Spartan Rooms of the MSU International Center. During the lunchtime session, featuring Todd Ring of the MSU IT Services Technology Training team, members received an overview of the resources available to them to advance their technologic skills and receive certifications. Todd reminded participants to use their annual $800 Human Resource Development budget. The series is driven by member suggested topics and participants receive a lunch voucher to use at the International Center food court. The April 18, 2013 session will feature alternative and green commuting methods.