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Avalone Facilitates Training for SUNY Construction Fund and Physical Plant Administrators Association (PPAA)

The SUNY Construction Fund and PPAA contracted with the Society for College and University Planners (SCUP) to bring Valarie Avalone, director of planning to Albany, on May 22, to offer the SCUP Planning Institute I, Laying the Groundwork for Strategic Planning. Avalone is a long-time member of SCUP, a former member of the SCUP Board of Directors and a sought after trainer/presenter in the field of planning.

The daylong workshop is designed to teach participants how to establish the foundation of the Integrated Planning Model by providing the tools to help move everyone in the same direction--towards the achievement of the institution's vision and mission. Participants create a solid foundation for planning using the SCUP Integrated Planning Model--a strategic planning process tailored for the complexities and challenges of higher education institutions--in a hands-on, collaborative environment. In this Institute, they learn vital steps that must be taken before the planning process can begin - such as, accessing your institution's readiness for change, identifying stakeholders, building a communication plan, conducting environmental scanning, and prioritizing problems and opportunities.

The SUNY PPAA has been in existence for over three decades. Membership is open to facility professionals from any of SUNY's 64 member institutions, including the State University Construction Fund and Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

Simmons, Hezekiah
Administrative Services