Archive for January, 2013

Non-CCFT Members: Join Up Now

Posted: January 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

To all faculty members who dropped out of the union (and maybe to those who never joined):

If you are interested in running for an Executive Board position of CCFT in this spring semester’s election, you must join the union TODAY.

Article V of the CCFT Constitution says:
“Section 5.  Eligibility For Executive Board Positions

a.         To be eligible for an officer position, a person must be a member in good standing of the organization for a period of six consecutive months prior to the date that the elected term begins [Term begins July 1].

b.         To be eligible for a chairperson position that serves on the Executive Board, a person must be a member in good standing for a period of three consecutive months prior to the date that the elected term begins.”

Some of you might recall that in the 2008 union election, the former union was chastised by the opposition for requiring a faculty member to be a union member for 30 days (or less) before voting or running for office.  You also might recall that the current CCFT president was a Dean 6 weeks before running for union office.  Apparently, things have changed.

If you don’t wish to run for an EB position but still wish to vote in the next election, you must be a member prior to the election, so don’t forget to join.  The election will be held this spring, date unknown.

In an unprecedented move, the district is planning to eliminate an entire academic Division–Human Development.  This will reduce the number of divisions to 13 instead of 14 and reduce the number of division chairs accordingly.  According to the outgoing chair of HD, Don Norton, the division “will no longer exist after this semester.”  The programs within the division are being farmed out to other divisions.  Early Childhood Education is moving into the Business Education division; Family Studies/Human Services will go to Social Sciences; and, Addiction Studies and Nutrition will move to Health Sciences.  It appears that full-time faculty will retain their positions but may have to teach in more than one department.

Human Development has been its own Division for 34 years.

Don’t Miss “Bullied”

Posted: January 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

images Southern Poverty Law Center presents Bullied:

“Join us for a community dialogue and free screening of Bullied, a documentary film that chronicles one student’s ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today. Following the film, there will be a brief presentation on new California laws impacting K-12 schools and local initiatives in SLO County Schools. The evening will conclude with a panel of students sharing their experiences with bullying in middle school and high school along with a community resource fair to support educators doing this work.The film is closed-captioned and interpretation services are available upon request.”

January 22nd
7pm – 9pm
Cal Poly University Union
Chumash Auditorium

BulliedFilm Jan 3 update

46628There is No American Left

Before the students fill our lives, I encourage you to make yourself that one, last, favorite holiday cocktail (I just happily discovered an Aviator), sit down, and read this very long article–lest we all become too complacent. Truthout rarely disappoints.  And, though yours truly doesn’t agree with every point that Babones makes (I don’t always agree with Hedges, either, for that matter), he writes a compelling, at moments, brilliant commentary in “There is No American Left.”