This year, the following FA Members served on the Social Committee:

  • Michael Arfken (Co-Chair)
  • Laurie Brinklow (Co-Chair)
  • Pamela Bastante (Member-at-Large)
  • Raquel Hoersting (Member-at-Large)
  • Martha Mellish (Member-at-Large)
  • Jim Sentance (Member-at-Large)

In an effort to build relationships and solidarity across campus, the UPEIFA Social Committee typically organizes regular events for our membership throughout the academic year. Given COVID-19 protection measures, we once again had significantly less events than in past years. The events we did organize occurred largely online and required innovative ways of bringing members together while also keeping them apart.

Late last year, the Social Committee did have an opportunity to sneak in an in-person FA Time at the Fox and Crow. The event was well attended and made clear the importance of in-person events for building solidarity. While we had planned other in-person events this year, unfortunately the Omicron variant had other ideas. As a result, our post-AGM FA time will be held online on Friday, April 8 with food provided by Gallant’s.

We look forward to returning to in-person social events just as soon as it is safe.

Finally, we want to thank  Ashley Hansen for her work in support of the committee.

by Michael Arfken (Co-Chair)