Call for Papers


SUNY PPAA NYAPPA Summer Conference

Energizing Your Campus July 10 – 13, 2017Buffalo, New YorkHosted by:University at Buffalo

Organizer:Kevin Thompson

University at Buffalo


We are pleased to extend the "Call for Presentations" to all SUNY/PPAA and NYAPPA Members and Business Partners. We look to our colleagues in related professions to submit presentations that will be innovative, inspiring, and provide key insights that attendees can apply to their most vexing problems at their institutions.

SUNY/PPAA and NYAPPA consists of facilities management professionals of universities, colleges, community college from the state of New York. This Annual Meeting in Buffalo, NY is projected to attract approximately 250 attendees from across the State to engage in high quality professional development opportunities and networking.

Professional Development Tracks (3 total)

Presentation topics should be related to one of our three professional development tracks listed below. Although there are suggested sub-categories, the professional development committee welcomes proposals for creative, cutting edge sessions within the parameters of the three major topics. Preference will be given to presentations that include evidence based research or learning.  Case studies should include multiple examples of a new or emerging concept versus a single project. A total of nine presentations will be selected for each track.

Track 1: Emerging Pathways

Campus planners, designers and administrators are continually managing the competing needs of maintaining systems and tight budgets yet advancing their campus experience to attract the best faculty, staff and students. This track will focus on innovative ideas institutions are implementing to advance their campus through design and data driven analysis. Proven experts in a field are preferred for this track. National and international case studies are highly encouraged. 

  • Pushing the envelope in industry standards
  • Educational typologies and innovative design solutions
  • Designing for security
  • Successful Planning with tight budgets
  • Enhancing and energizing the campus experience

Track 2: Operations

  • Managing Preventive and Deferred Maintenance Programs
  • Balancing Budget Constraints with Quality
  • Anticipating the Changing Expectations of Your Campus Community
  • Current trends in snow removal and winter operations
  • NYS Contracts; updates, usage and sourcing
  • Recruiting skilled trade employees / Navigating the NYS Civil Service System
  • Large renovation and new building delivery
  • NYS clean energy standards
  • Managing absenteeism, FMLA, Workers Compensation

Track 3: Management

  • Tenured Faculty: Understanding the client perspective
  • Personal/Professional and Organizational Development Opportunities
  • Leadership Programs for Supervisors and Managers
  • Efficient use of resources in Project Management and Construction
  • Programs to Promote Behavior Change
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)
  • Effective use of Service Level Agreements
  • Understanding the world of Academia – What Faculty go through

Selection Process:

SUNY/PPAA and NYAPPA member institutions and business partners are strongly encouraged to create joint presentations that reflect the partnership and implementation of ideas and/or key learning concepts, including lessons learned. Presentations will be accepted by email no later than February 17, 2017 to the attention of Kevin Thompson


The proposed title of the presentation should succinctly and clearly frame the subject matter. Abstracts should contain the title and brief description of the presentation in approximately 200-300 words. Indicate a minimum of five (5) learning objectives (what will the audience take away from the session?). Identify any previous speaking experience the presenter(s) have from SUNY/PPAA or NYAPPA or similar conferences. Please indicate whether this presentation has received AIA or PDH credits in the past.

Please note: Presentations will be either on Tuesday July 11 or Wednesday July 12, 2017 and should be +/- 45-50 minutes long leaving time for some Q&A.

All submissions will be reviewed by the education committee and selections made that most closely meet the learning objectives in each track. Notifications will be sent to all proposed presenters by April 15, 2017.