College to test mass notification system

SUNY New Paltz will perform an audible test of its mass notification speaker system on Monday, Nov.10, at approximately 1 p.m.

Members of the New Paltz community may hear a series of loud tones followed by a voice indicating that this is only a TEST of the College’s emergency notification system.

This system is only activated in accordance with the College’s Emergency Response Plan and at the discretion of select members of the campus’ Emergency Response Team. For more information about the College’s emergency communications or response plan, visit the Emergency Management website at www.newpaltz.edu/emergency.

Parking Update

The Parking committee would like to update the campus community on concerns of students, staff, faculty and visitors that parking is often not available and options the committee is exploring to alleviate some of these issues.

The committee acknowledges that there is often no parking available in lots proximate to buildings after 8:30 am.  Nonetheless, we have ascertained that there is always parking available in the route 32 parking lot (#28), the Wallkill parking lot (lot #30), and the Esopus parking lot (lot #35). Campus Map

Recent lot counts have concluded that the West parking lot (lot #40) adjacent to Lenape Hall often has approximately 100 spaces available on a regular basis but noted that the current designation is that of “resident students only”.   Effective immediately, the West parking lot will be made available to commuter students as well as resident students.  Permanent signage has been ordered and will soon be installed reflecting this change.  In the meantime, please feel free to park there.

Additionally, the facilities management staff has been asked to explore the possibility of creating additional parking proximate to route 32 parking lot (#28) on recently purchased property.  Approximately 160 – 260 spaces could be constructed there.  If funding is available and the determination is made to go ahead with this expansion, these additional spaces would provide relief on those days when parking on campus is exacerbated by those attending large conferences held on campus.

As you may know, the village is also exploring the possibility of requiring parking permits by village residents which will affect students, faculty and staff who park on the surrounding village streets. The expansion of the route 32 parking lot ( #28) would accommodate these vehicles on campus in lieu of the surrounding public streets.  We have been invited to discuss this matter with village personnel to better understand their concerns and the role their decision will play on the campus community, and to discuss ways that the college and the village can cooperate to address community parking concerns.

New Campus Transit Hub to serve as primary pick-up and drop-off location for campus community

We are pleased to announce that a new Campus Transit Hub has been constructed at the entrance of the Route 32 parking lot. This hub is intended to provide a safe, single location for all large passenger bus pick-ups and drop-offs for the campus community.

As you may have noticed,  the two bus shelters in front of the Haggerty Administration Building have already been removed, with signs directing the community to use the Campus Transit Hub.  Beginning Nov. 4, this hub will become the sole pick-up and drop-off location for all Trailways buses stopping at the campus. Trailways buses will no longer travel on the
internal roads of our campus. Keeping this in mind, the College asks that you use caution when crossing State Route 32 on your way to the Campus Transit Hub and when returning to campus.

Please note: UCAT and campus shuttle buses will continue to make stops at the bus shelters located throughout campus as usual with an additional stop at the Campus Transit Hub.

Students with questions should contact Facilities Management at x3304.

Campus to return to core hours

***Please post in all departments***

Summer hours will conclude as of this Friday, August 15th, 2014.  For those employees who have worked summer hours, please resume our core hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 18th.

Any questions can be directed to the Office of Human Resources at extension x3171.

Thank you.

Testing of Mass Notificiation Speaker System

Testing of the mass notification speaker system will take place on campus on Monday, July 7, at approximately 2 p.m..

Members of the New Paltz community may hear a series of loud tones followed by a voice indicating that this is only a TEST of the College’s emergency notification system.

This system is only activated in accordance with the College’s Emergency Response Plan and at the discretion of select members of the campus’ Emergency Response Team. For more information about the College’s emergency communications or response plan, visit the Emergency Management website at www.newpaltz.edu/emergency.

Summer hours

**Please post in all departments***

As directed by the College Cabinet, the campus will begin enjoying summer hours, effective Monday, May 19, 2014 through Friday, August 15, 2014.    Core office hours will be 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Classified staff employees represented by CSEA and PEF who work a 7.5-hour day will have a half hour meal period during this season.  Those who work an 8-hour day will have no change in meal period but may work different hours, depending on operating needs of their department.  For classified staff employees represented by PBANYS and NYSCOPBA, there will be no change in work hours or meal period
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Professional, exempt full-time employees represented by UUP are expected to continue to perform their full professional obligation which may include coverage during the core office hours.  Non-exempt and/or part-time professional employees should discuss the effect of the core hours change with their immediate supervisor.

Any questions may be directed to your immediate supervisor or to Human Resources at extension x3171.

Points of Pride

Dear Members of the Campus Community:

As you know, the development of departmental brag sheets is part of our strategic plan goal of strengthening our communication and marketing efforts.  As such, the College is collecting points of pride from campus units, both academic and administrative, to better influence the perceptions that prospective students and their parents, current students, and others who peruse our web pages have about New Paltz.

The resulting information will increase the visibility of our many strengths and provide valuable internal marketing, informing our collective impressions of each others’ strengths and hopefully influencing our daily language about our own and other departments. This material will be used in departmental brochures and other recruitment and marketing materials, such as viewbooks and admission tour content.

Communication & Marketing has developed an online fillable form (http://sites.newpaltz.edu/pointsofpride/) for the brag sheets and our staff members will provide guidance to units in refining points of pride—working with administrative units this summer and academic units throughout the fall. Brag Sheets will be posted as they are completed, to become part of the departmental and institutional web presence.

If you have feedback or questions please contact communication@newpaltz.edu.

Sincerely,
The Office of Communication & Marketing

New Science Building

Dear Colleagues:

We have been notified by the State University Construction Fund that work on the new science building has been stopped because of a contracting issue at the state level.  We expect to learn more in the coming days about what this delay means for the project, and will share more information as it becomes available.

Sincerely,

Michele C. Halstead
Vice President for Finance and Administration

Expect increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic on State Route 32

To the Campus Community:

Welcome back SUNY New Paltz! With the arrival of Spring, changes are in the air! With the snow melting (finally) and trees beginning to bloom, the outdoors is sure to call! With that comes a new construction season as well, so please read the following for your safety.

As you may be aware, construction of the College’s new science building is just about to begin. This necessitated the closing of the following parking lots during your spring break:

•    Lot # 18,  at the intersection of Plattekill Avenue and South Manheim Boulevard.
•    Lot # 19,  just adjacent to lot #18 and behind Shango hall.
•    Lot # 29,  just adjacent to lot #18 and to its rear.

In preparation for these closings, the College recently expanded Lot # 28, which is on the east side of State Route 32 just across the street from the College to accommodate these lost spots. Keeping this in mind, the University Police Department (UPD) asks that you use caution when crossing State Route 32 on your way to the campus.

UPD will increase traffic patrols and enforcement in the area to remind both pedestrians and motorists to stay alert, be aware and follow the rules of the road. Also, the College has added an additional pedestrian crosswalk sign in the area of Lot #28 to remind drivers of their responsibilities. These crosswalk reminder signs complement the College’s electronic traffic safety trailer that flashes safety messages to passing drivers 24 hours a day.

Please read through the following frequently asked questions to better understand the responsibilities of both pedestrians and motorists:

Which traffic laws apply to pedestrians?
Pedestrians must obey traffic control signals, signs and pavement markings when they are crossing a street [Section 1150, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law].

What is the law regarding crosswalks?
When there is no traffic control signal, drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, particularly if a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, or there is potential danger to the pedestrian [Section 1151, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law].

In addition, every driver approaching an intersection or crosswalk must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian accompanied by a guide dog or a cane [Section 1153-c, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law].

What if there isn’t a crosswalk?
If there isn’t a crosswalk, sign or signal at mid-block locations, a pedestrian must yield to the right-of-way to all vehicles on the roadway [Section 1152, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law].

What about sidewalks?
The driver of a vehicle, when entering or exiting from an alleyway, building, private road or driveway must yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian on a sidewalk [Section 1151-a, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law].

Pedestrians are required to use sidewalks where they are provided and safe to use. When sidewalks are not provided, a pedestrian is required to walk on the left side of the roadway facing traffic [Section 1156-b, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law].

Thank you for your attention and stay safe New Paltz!

David Dugatkin
Chief, University Police