Chancellor Linda P. Brady sent an email to faculty and staff Monday noting the overwhelming response to the previous week’s call to action. “Legislators have received hundreds of phone calls, e-mails and letters in only a matter of days. Thank you for your hard work,” she said. “While there is no doubt that our efforts are already having an impact, we must not let up.”
The full text of her message on May 10, which includes links, is below:
May 10, 2010
To: Faculty and Staff
From: Linda P. Brady, Chancellor
Subject: Update on Legislative Call to Action
Last week I asked you to join me in urging our legislative leaders to minimize cuts to our University and to preserve academic quality, fiscal integrity and access to education. Your response has been overwhelming and our message is being heard loud and clear. Legislators have received hundreds of phone calls, e-mails and letters in only a matter of days. Thank you for your hard work.
While there is no doubt that our efforts are already having an impact, we must not let up. On Sunday an op-ed that N.C. A&T State University Chancellor Harold Martin and I co-authored appeared in the Greensboro News & Record. In the op-ed Chancellor Martin and I write that the recommended budget cuts threaten our ability to equip students with the skills needed to compete in a knowledge-based global economy and diminish our ability to contribute to economic development. Our message is simple: the proposed budget cuts would hurt not only our two institutions but our entire community. The op-ed is attached to this e-mail.
The Legislature convenes on Wednesday, May 12 and Senate leaders have expressed a desire to pass their version of the budget bill by May 20. We must act quickly. If you have not yet done so, please contact your House and Senate representatives and any other state elected officials with whom you have a relationship THIS WEEK, urging them to hold University reductions to a minimum. I also encourage you to e-mail the News & Record op-ed, co-authored by Chancellor Martin and me, to legislators and to write your own letters to the editor for publication in your local newspapers. Attached you will find the contact information for state legislators. [Contact information was in last week’s Campus Weekly. Click here.]
Any cuts above the 2% level already included in next year’s budget by the General Assembly would cut directly into our academic core and erode the quality of education we can offer our students. Attached is a detailed outline of the results a nearly 6% cut would have on UNCG. Please continue to share the outcome of your conversations or communications with Mike Tarrant, Special Assistant to the Chancellor (firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-501-2673).
I will continue to keep you posted on new developments as they become available. Thank you for your continued outreach to legislators on behalf of UNCG and the entire UNC System. We face tremendous challenges this legislative session, and UNCG needs your support. Thank you.
State employees: please remember your assistance is voluntary, and that all contact with legislators should be done on your own time without the use of state equipment; including your computer, state e-mail account, cell phone, etc.