March 2014 Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW?  SUNY New Paltz Parents Newsletter

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WILL YOUR STUDENTS BE LIVING ON CAMPUS NEXT FALL?
If your student lives on campus and plans to live on campus in the Fall, sign-ups for rooms begins April 1st, so NOW is the time to submit your Advance Room Deposit (ARD) of $100! (Your student should check their New Paltz e-mail beginning today to find all the instructions for choosing their room.)
To pay the deposit, the student will need to:
•    Go to my.newpaltz.edu
•    Click on the ”Student Services” tab
•    Click on “Residence Life”
•    Click on “Pay Advance Room Deposit”

NEW PALTZ IN THE NEWS
NEW PALTZ RANKED AMONG KIPLINGER’S TOP BEST VALUE PUBLIC COLLEGES IN THE NATION

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STUDENT NOMINATED FOR INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD
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SCHOOL OF BUSINESS HOSTS ETHICAL DEBATES COMPETITION
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METAL PROGRAM FIRST AMERICAN INSTITUTE TO SHOW AT INTERNATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM IN GERMANY
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ARTICLE OF THE MONTH
Grades After Mid-Terms: A Parent’s Role
Your student has just completed mid-terms and all faculty members must submit progress ratings on every first-year student in their classes.  If your student lives on campus and has been identified as at risk, their Resident Director will reach out to them to meet and discuss their academic concerns and refer them to varied resources on campus.  If your student commutes to campus, they can look at my.newpaltz.edu, Go to ‘Advising’, and then the fourth item down is ‘mid-term evaluations.’

Sometimes students are shy or ashamed if they are slipping in a course, and/or wishful thinking kicks in and they just hope that things will magically turn around for them before the semester ends.  So, what are some tips for you if you would like to open a discussion related to your student’s grades? Try to keep your questions ‘open-ended if possible; so they can’t just answer with a yes or no:

“Tell me about your grades so far in your courses…” (They HAVE to have been given some objective measurement by this time in the semester)

“For tests, quizzes, midterms and papers, tell me what grades you’ve received so far”

“What outreach have you gotten if your mid-term progress shows you need some assistance?”

“The college encouraged me to tell you that if you go to your professors’ office hours you can discuss ways you could do better in the course – you need to ask him/her what you can do”

“Do you know that April 4th is the deadline to opt to take certain courses S/U instead of a letter grade?    http://www.newpaltz.edu/ugc/policies_changes.html”

“Did you know there is free tutoring through an office called, “Student Resources and Academic Support? They can be reached at 845.257.3590, located in Old Main Basement- Room 106”

GOOD LUCK in your conversations!!

Robin Cohen-La Valle
Associate Dean of Students


UPCOMING EVENTS

SATURDAY MOVIE NIGHT SERIES: http://www.newpaltz.edu/keepingyouposted/snl.html
@ 8pm in Lecture Center 102
Saturday, April 5: “Ride Along”
Ride Along Movie Night

STUDENT ACTIVITIES & UNION SERVICES: http://wwwStudent Activities Sp 2014 alendar.newpaltz.edu/saus/sausspring2014programs.pdf

Late Night @ the Union: Murder Mystery

Friday, April 4 @ 11pm, Student Union 100 North

Hula Hoop Workshops
Thursday, April 24 @ 3pm, 3:30pm, 8pm, & 8:30pm, Student Union MPR

 

 

CAREER RESOURCE CENTER: http://www.newpaltz.edu/careers/
Networking Fair for Jobs & Internships

12-4pm, Student Union MPR
There are over 60 organizations and companies coming who are looking to hire!

February 2014 Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW?  SUNY New Paltz Parents Newsletter

DEPOSIT DEADLINE FOR ARD (ADVANCE ROOM DEPOSIT) FOR FALL 2014

If your student lives on campus, they will soon receive a notice from the Housing Coordinator to start thinking of whether they want to live on campus their second year, and to encourage them to speak to you about their deposit over Spring Break. They will also receive very specific information about deadlines for choosing a housing location, whether it be “Same Hall, Same Room”, or moving to another location on campus. Regardless of their preference, in order to secure on-campus housing, students who plan to live on campus will need to pay their $100 ARD before they will be able to sign-up for a room.  The latest they can place an ARD is April 5th. This can be done at any time via their my.newpaltz.edu page by clicking on the “Residence Life” link and selecting the Pay Advance Room Deposit option.

NEW PALTZ IN THE NEWS
NEW PALTZ CELEBRATES OPENING OF MAKERBOT INNOVATION CENTER

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MEN’S VOLLEYBALL RECEIVES NATIONAL HONOR
First time in history SUNY New Paltz Hawks have a No. 1 nationally-ranked team!
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ED CARROLL ’85 TO BE FEATURED SPEAKER FOR SPRING 2014 DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES
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ABSOLUT A CAPPELLA TAKES FIRST PLACE IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
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NEW PALTZ NAMED AS “PARTNER IN PRESERVATION” BY HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
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PROFESSOR JOAN BARKER RECEIVES AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ADJUNCT TEACHING
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STUDENTS AWARDED AT KENNEDY CENTER AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL
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ARTICLE OF THE MONTH
“Getting ready to have your student home for their (and your) first Spring Break”
by Robin Cohen-La Valle, Associate Dean of Students

[Note: Spring Break takes place in March, with classes ending the evening of Friday, March 14th and resuming on the morning of Monday, March 24th. Most Residence Halls shut down for this break, whereby students must vacate their hall by Saturday morning, March 15th (10am) and can return after 10am on Sunday, March 23rd. The halls are locked during this period, however students are still encouraged to take valuables with them during their break (e.g. laptops, jewelry, cash, passport, ID’s, medications, etc.]

Next to the winter recess, Spring Break is the longest break of the academic year for college students. When we did an informal survey of New Paltz students, 90% said that they were planning to go home and catch up on sleep, see old friends, do readings they have been assigned, work on term papers and projects, possibly work part-time at an old job, and start applying for summer jobs or internships. As you can see, it is a misconception that most college students get to go away to a warm beach somewhere and bask in the sun.

In the meantime, although you may look forward to seeing their face more, having them around the house full-time will change the pace of what it has been like without them for a semester and a half. So how does that affect the household’s equilibrium? Prepare yourself- It’s no surprise that they will look forward to home cooked meals and time shopping with you. However, they might not be ready for you to tell them when to get home after going out with old friends, since you haven’t been there to give curfews this year. Believe it or not, most likely they probably will not be happy that you expect them to pitch in with chores they never liked and haven’t done in a while. For example- if they live on campus, while at school they had to do their laundry, but it is not uncommon for a student to revert back to expecting that even their own chores will be taken care of by someone else while on Spring Break!

So how can you best prepare?

-  First, have realistic expectations. Anticipating a perfectly smooth, harmonious reunion without any disagreements will set you up for disappointment. If you bickered before, or your student wasn’t very forthcoming when it came to telling you what they were doing and feeling, be ready for the fact that they will have changed dramatically.

-  Have an adult conversation with your student the first day back home. Something like, “I know you are an adult now, so let’s talk about what your plans are for the week, what you’d like from me, and what I hope to expect from you…”

-  Choose select times to ask open ended questions of a stressful nature, as that will avoid you being perceived as if you’re ‘nagging’ them everyday. For example, once or twice opening a conversation with: “So tell me what you’re thinking of doing this summer, and how I might help” vs. starting every day with, “When are you going to look for a job already, time’s running out!” will more likely keep communication open. Also, see if an aunt, uncle, or good family friend wants to broach these topics with your student. Sometimes questions coming from someone OTHER than a parent or guardian are not received with defensiveness. [I know my nieces and nephews respond VERY differently when I ask them something, even if their mom has asked them the very same question!]

-  Finally, enjoy the moments you have with them. Take the space you need to do your own thing, expect they will want a little space of their own, and enjoy the time you overlap.

-  Write me an email at parents@newpaltz.edu to let me know how it goes! Good luck!

UPCOMING EVENTS
SATURDAY MOVIE NIGHT SERIES: 
http://www.newpaltz.edu/keepingyouposted/snl.html
@ 8pm in Lecture Center 102

Saturday, March 1: Disney’s “Frozen”
Frozen Movie Night

STUDENT ACTIVITIES & UNION SERVICES: http://www.newpaltz.edu/saus/sausspring2014programs.pdf

Student Activities Sp 2014 alendarLate Night @ the Union: Gaming Challenges
Friday, March 7 @ 11pm, Student Union 100 South

Gender is a Drag
Saturday, March 8 @ 8pm, Student Union MPR

Joust
Tuesday, March 11 @ 8pm, Student Union 62/63

Make-Your-Own Mario Plant
Wednesday, March 26 @ 11am-1pm, Student Union 100 North

 


CAREER RESOURCE CENTER:
http://www.newpaltz.edu/careers/
Summer Camp Day
Wednesday, March 5
@ 11:30am-2:30pm, Student Union 100 The Career Resource Center Presents…

January 2014 Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW? SUNY New Paltz Parents Newsletter

VIDEO: A DAY AT NEW PALTZ
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ACADEMIC CALENDAR DATES WHEN CLASSES ARE NOT IN SESSION
Spring Break takes place in March, with classes ending the evening of Friday, March 14th and resuming on the morning of Monday, March 24th. Most Residence Halls shut down for this break, whereby students must vacate their hall by Saturday morning, March 15th (10am) and can return after 10am on Sunday, March 23rd. (This DOES NOT include the following 10-month halls: Bouton, Crispell, Deyo and Gage.) The halls are locked during this period, however students are still encouraged to take valuables with them during their break (e.g. laptops, jewelry, cash, passport, ID’s, medications, etc.)

In April, classes between 3pm Monday, April 14th and 8am Wednesday, April 16th are not in session. All halls remain open and food service is available.

Classes ARE in session for both President’s Day (February 17th) and February 12th.


2014 JAMES H. OTTAWAY VISITING PROFESSOR IS NAMED
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NEW PALTZ IN THE NEWS
CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY ON NEW RESIDENCE HALL
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MATTHEW FRIDAY NAMED AS VISITING ARTIST AT PITZER COLLEGE
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NEW PALTZ CHEMISTRY STUDENTS CONDUCT GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH
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SOJOURNER TRUTH LIBRARY LAUNCHES REVISED WEB SITE
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ARTICLE OF THE MONTH
Leadership Opportunities for Your Student

Beginning in early February, and throughout every Spring semester, the campus swells with activities that launch application processes for various positions on and off campus. For example, if you attended Orientation in the summer, you are quite familiar with Orientation Leaders/Peer Mentors (OL’s), who work full-time on campus for 8 weeks in the summer and part-time through the following school year. For most of you, your student lives on campus, so you are familiar with Resident Assistants (RA’s) who live on each floor and assist students with issues or requests. There are a myriad of leadership opportunities like these (that will start in the summer or next fall) that your student can begin applying for NOW, including Student Activities Managers, Commuter Assistants and Admissions Crew. Wednesday, February 5th features a Student Leadership Meet and Greet, and a Club and Involvement Fair in the Student Union on the 2nd floor from 11:00am till 2:00pm. At the Meet and Greet, current student leaders will let your student know about what the experience has been like for them and the steps to apply for specific positions being offered.  The Club and Involvement Fair features over 150 organizations giving out information about how your student can get involved.  (See some Informational Meetings listed below for RA and OL positions)

In addition, our Career Resource Center sponsors a Wednesday Workshop series free of charge that offers 13 different sessions to help your student prepare for volunteer and paid opportunities on and off campus. From writing covers letters and resumes – to readying their interviewing skills – these free workshops are available on a ‘just show up’ basis with no advance sign up required. (See Wednesday Workshops listed below)

A few other major events are MUSTS for any student (even a Freshman!) thinking about ways they can ‘jump start’ their future:

Maximizing Your Leadership Potential National speaker Arel Moodie/ will be on campus on Wednesday, February 19th at 8:00pm (Student Union room 62/63) to offer motivational tips to ‘future’ leaders across campus. Free of charge.

Job Fair- On April 1st, an all around Job Fair will take place on campus, for students interested in looking for a summer job, volunteer opportunity, or to speak to potential employers about what they can do to prepare themselves to be marketable in a given organization or corporation.

SPRING PROGRAMS, WORKSHOPS AND SOCIAL EVENTS
Student Club & Involvement Fair and the Student Leadership Meet & Greet
Wednesday, February 5 @ 11am-2pm, Student Union Multi-Purpose Room and Pre-Function Space

Resident Assistant Informational Meetings
Monday, February 3 @ 9pm, Crispell Hall
Wednesday, February 5 @ 9pm, Gage Hall
Thursday, February 6 @ 9pm, Bouton Hall

Orientation Leader Informational Meetings
Tuesday, February 18 @ 8pm, Student Union 62/63
Wednesday, February 19 @ 11:30am & 9pm, Student Union 62/63
Thursday, February 20 @ 7pm, Student Union 62/63

Maximizing Your Leadership Potential with Guest Speaker Arel Moodie
Wednesday, February 19 @ 8pm, Student Union 62/63

Networking Fair for Jobs & Internships
Tuesday, April 1 @ 12-4pm, Student Union Multi-Purpose Room

WEDNESDAY WORKSHOPS
Wednesday Workshops - Spring 2014


SATURDAY MOVIE NIGHT SERIES:
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“Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Saturday, February 1

“Frozen”
Saturday, March 1

Movie To Be Announced
Saturday, April 5

STUDENT ACTIVITIES & UNION SERVICES:http://www.newpaltz.edu/saus/sausspring2014programs.pdf

Free Billiards & Dance Central Tournaments
Student Activities Sp 2014 alendarThursday, January 30 @ 8pm, Student Union Entertainment Commons

Girls Fight Back: Women’s self-defense & personal safety seminar
Wednesday, February 5 @ 8pm, Student Union MPR

Late Night @ the Union: Werewolf
Friday, February 7 @ 11pm, Student Union 100 North

Song Writing Workshop: Featuring So Long Solo
Monday, February 10 @ 8pm, Student Union 418

So Long Solo, Music and Tea
Tuesday, February 11 @ 8pm, Student Union 100 North

December 2013 Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW? SUNY New Paltz Parents Newsletter

On behalf of the Division of Student Affairs, best wishes for a happy and healthy new year to you and your family!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SPRING 2013
Residence Halls
All residence halls on campus will re-open on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:00a.m. Students can move back into their room between 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. and 8:30p.m.-11:00p.m. that Sunday. The first meal on their meal plan will be Brunch on Sunday, January 19th. Hasbrouck Dining Hall opens for Brunch beginning at 11:00a.m.

First Day of Classes
The official first day of classes will kick-off the spring semester on Tuesday, January 21st. The day of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday actually falls on Monday, January 20th, so no classes will be in session

Paying Your Bill
Bill payment arrangements can be done online at your student’s my.newpaltz.edu page. Your bill should be paid by the due date listed on your invoice in order to avoid late charges. If you have questions about your bill, the best way to contact the Office of Student Accounts is to e-mail them at stuacct@newpaltz.edu. Their phone number is (845) 257-3150.

Meal Plan Options for your student’s second semester
For the same price, your student living on campus can choose from one of two meal plans. He/she can continue on the “Carte Blanche Plan” with unlimited entry to Hasbrouck Dining Hall and $50 dining dollars, or switch to “The 14-meal Plan” at Hasbrouck with $150 dining dollars. Go to:  http://cas.newpaltz.edu/index.php/meal-plans/ to read about which of these two plans is best matched to your student’s eating habits. If they want to remain on The Carte Blanche Plan, it is automatically the standard meal plan so they do not need to contact anyone. However, in order to change their Meal Plan from Carte Blanche to The 14 Meal Plan, they must do one of the following: 1) E-mail stuacct@newpaltz.edu with their name, Banner ID # and a sentence that states, “Please change me to The 14 Meal Plan”, or 2) go to the Card Access Office in Room 64 of the Student Union in the ground floor tunnel, within the first two weeks of classes. (If your student commutes to campus, read about the Voluntary Meal Plan options available to them.)

MONTHLY MOTIVATIONAL VIDEOS YOUR STUDENTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVING
“Hawk Talk” is a series of creative videos answering first-year student questions.
Episode 1: Clubs & Involvement and Being a First-Year Commuter
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Hawk Talk Episode 1

Episode 2: Study Tips & Advising
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Hawk Talk Episode 2

Episode 3 Special Edition: How to Become an Orientation Leader or Resident Assistant
http://www.wnpctv.org/hawk-talk-episode-3-special-edition-how-to-become-an-orientation-leader-or-resident-assistant/
Hawk Talk Episode 3

PARENT’S WEEKEND “WHAT WE DID WHEN WE VISITED!” RAFFLE WINNER SELECTED
Thank you for emailing us the wonderful array of journals about your activities when you visited on Parent’s Weekend. Many of the respondents had various versions of memories of walking around the village, shopping, eating at restaurants and picking apples!

Congrats to the parents of Emma Moosmueller of Middle Island, NY, winners of the drawing for $50 Hawk Dollars for Emma!

NEW PALTZ IN THE NEWS- OUR PRESTIGE IS SHOWING!
SUNY NEW PALTZ NAMED A TOP PRODUCER OF FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS FOR 2013-2014; TWO NEW PALTZ FACULTY AWARDED FULBRIGHTS
Fulbright Scholars
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SUNY NEW PALTZ PRINTING INITIATIVE WINS $1 MILLION IN STATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDING

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NEW PALTZ AGAIN RANKED AS BEST VALUE BY KIPLINGER’Skiplingers
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WELCOME BACK WEEKEND SOCIAL EVENTS BEING PLANNED
The 6th Annual Welcome Back Weekend will be held at the end of the first week of classes (Saturday, January 25th and Sunday, January 26th). All first-year students will receive an e-mail in late January listing these upcoming social events.  The SUNY New Paltz Class of 2017 Facebook page will also highlight these events.

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH
A message from the Director of the Counseling Center:

Congratulations! You have survived (along with your son/daughter) the first half of their first year in college. While for most of you it was relatively smooth sailing and for others a seemingly bumpy ride all the way to the end, in the final analysis with you in the background (and sometimes foreground) you made it through. They came home totally tired from the stress of finals. You fed them their favorite home cooked meal and allowed them to slumber. How did you do when it came to interacting during their first winter break home-stay?

Did you ask “did you make the grades?” Most likely one of your top priorities was to find out the academic outcome—namely their final grades. Hopefully you curbed the urge to purge it out of them if they did not voluntarily share their final grades with you. Those who did well—passed all their classes with C and above may be more inclined to disclose than those who were less successful. If you resisted the need to interrogate and remembered to exercise utmost patience and understanding when discussing final grades, you were on target. Being non-judgmental and asking open-ended questions, as well as praising/acknowledging their efforts and their strengths, will go far. For example, “Jay/Jessica, it looks like you did well in some of your classes but were really struggling in the others…..What do you think happened?” A typical response from your son/daughter to this question may be, “…I don’t know.”  Your response then would be, “…well Jay/Jessica it will be helpful for you to think about that so you will try to manage whatever it was that led to these grades.” Remember the first year (especially the first semester) in college can be very overwhelming even for the student who did exceptionally well in high school. Again remember just about everyone here at New Paltz did exceptionally well in high school too. The performance bars are much higher now in addition to the complex social and cultural environment they have to simultaneously navigate.

Did you want to say, “What do you mean I will do better next time?” It’s always good to minimize the opportunity for a big fight over grades. A long drawn out lecture about their performance is not going to accomplish anything after they just barely survived thirteen/fourteen weeks of four to five classes of lectures. Also, probably were feeling both guilt and shame about their performance. They would simply respond either passively or angrily to you. Therefore, stating your concern and letting it go for the time being is the best advice. Sometime early in their second semester, revisit the performance issue with them by again acknowledging their apparent effort and empathizing with their struggle. Example, “…Jay/Jessica, I know you are concerned about your performance, I/we are too. I/we hope you have given some thought to the reasons for your performance and that you have a plan of how to address the difficulties…I/we hope you will speak to your advisor, orientation leader (OL) or peer mentor about how to get the assistance that will help you to be much more successful in the Spring semester.” Again, say your peace and keep it brief.

Responding to changes. You may have noticed a lot of changes about them. Some subtle and some very overt. Change in attitudes, belief, behavior, values and lifestyles. You may even find yourself questioning whether this is really the same person you dropped off to college just about five months ago. Well, if this is true for you, then consider that as evidence that your son/daughter is experiencing the challenges and benefits of the overall college experience. Caution, be careful of your response. If whatever it is about them seems far-out or a bit over the top to you, then simply look them straight in the eye and say “…uhmm, Jay/Jessica that is really interesting.” The goal here is to avoid being unnecessarily critical. Remember some of these changes may be temporary and they will modify and adjust as they go through their developmental processes.

Say what? Asking vs. telling. Excuse them if they seem not to be as respectful as they were before. Remember they have not had to answer to the tune of “yes/no mom/dad.” For the past five months they have been living primarily in the company of their peers and have developed various special communication patterns. In their newly found independence they have not had to ask for permission or approval to do most things. They have grown used to telling rather than asking and doing just about anything they want to do. Therefore, you will need to talk about how to communicate in a way that is respectful and validating of each other. Example, when Jay/Jessica approaches you and says, “…mom/dad I need the car keys I am going out.” Then you can begin a dialogue by saying, “…Jay/Jessica we need to talk about how we can communicate about our expectations and needs from each other especially when you are home…” If you had a curfew before, then when they visit your home, consider renegotiating the time with them.

What do you mean you are not sure you want to be back at New Paltz? Confusion about returning/staying away. By mid-> January, most students start feeling eager to return to campus. They miss being in the company of their room-mates, suitemates and other friends. Most of all they miss the sense of autonomy and personal freedom. Parents, family and friends, should try not to take this personally. It is not about you, it is about them. Oftentimes, being home feels like compromising their newly found sense of self. College allows them to explore their horizon and express themselves in a validating way. While the prospect of returning to campus seems exciting for most students, there are some students that struggle with the thought of returning. Most students in this category have done reasonably well academically but struggled with a combination of emotional, psychological and social challenges. If this is true for your son/daughter, it is important that you talk to them about it — validate their concerns and encourage them to seek support especially from the counseling center on campus upon their return. You may also contact the counseling center for support in facilitating referral to the center.

Sincerely,
Gweneth M. Lloyd, Director, Psychological Counseling Center, SUNY New Paltz

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Questions? E-mail parents@newpaltz.edu

November 2013 Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW? SUNY New Paltz Parent Newsletter

The December Academic Calendar has some key dates:
December 9 – Last Day of Classes
December 10-11 – Common Study Days
December 12 – Common Exam Day (Composition)
December 13-19 – Finals (note: do not follow the same schedule as their class schedule)
December 20 – Residence Halls close at 10:00am

FALL 2013 FINAL EXAMS SCHEDULE
Click here to view your student’s final exams schedule: Fall 2013 Exam Week: December 13-19

CLASS OF 2017′S End of Semester Celebration: www.newpaltz.edu/keepingyouposted/fyf.html
Friday, December 6
End of Semester Inflatables Party!
1-5pm, Elting Gym
Your student can celebrate the end of his/her first semester at SUNY New Paltz with:
A Moonwalk Bouncy House, Inflatable Scooter Racing, An Inflatable Bungee Run, and Inflatable Skeeball!

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH
What Do Fraternities and Sororities Have to Offer?
Fraternity and Sorority Life offers a host of opportunities for those students involved, from achieving successful interpersonal relationships, communication, governance systems and other areas crucial to group camaraderie established between peers locally, regionally and nationally. Fraternities and Sororities are also known for their outstanding service to the campus and surrounding community, made through countless contributions and volunteer hours and philanthropy projects to local agencies. We have a unique Fraternity and Sorority Life program on campus serving the needs of our diverse student population. About 350 students (4% of the undergraduate population) are actively involved in Fraternities and Sororities.

Is My Student Eligible to Join?
First and foremost, it’s important that a student do his/her homework before joining a Fraternity or Sorority. Our campus has twenty-three different organizations to choose from! Each chapter’s New Member Education Process is approved by the Office of Student Activities and Union Services to ensure that it is hazing-free and supportive of a student’s academic schedule and coursework. First-year students are eligible to become New Members of a Fraternity or Sorority during their second semester, with 12 credits completed and at least a 2.5 cumulative Grade Point Average. Before your student joins an organization, verify that it is a recognized Fraternity or Sorority on our campus ( www.newpaltz.edu/saus).

What’s the Difference Between Recognized and Unrecognized Organizations?
A “recognized” Fraternity or Sorority and/or one that is in good standing is an organization that the college supports and has helped develop and manage. All recognized fraternities and sororities have worked hard to earn their official status. These organizations have the privilege of using college facilities and equipment, sponsoring information tables, posting and hanging flyers, holding meetings and/orprograms on campus, having an Advisor, inducting new members who will be recognized by the college, and participating in campus functions such as Meet the Greeks. All of the organizationsthat are recognized by the college follow our no hazing policy during New Member Education. This policy insures that at no time will a student’s safety and health be at risk. An “unrecognized” organization is one which chooses to exist “off campus,” and does not follow college policies and regulations. These organizations are not permitted to use college facilities, post flyers nor have any of the privileges recognized organizations have earned.

It is important to understand that if a student chooses to become a part of an unrecognized organization, he/she will never be recognized by the college and sometimes by the national board as an official member of that fraternity or sorority. Additionally, a student who joins an unrecognized organization could be subject to judicial sanctions through the Division of Student Affairs. Therefore, be sure to verify the status of an organization with Student Activities and Unions Services before your student begins a New Member Education Program.

How Can I Get More Information?
Fraternity and Sorority Life at SUNY New Paltzis managed through the Office of Student Activities and Union Services. Our website (www.newpaltz.edu/saus) contains helpful information to acclimate you to our exciting Fraternity and Sorority Life Community. Please feel free to contact the Assistant Director,Emily Bazinet, at bazinete@newpaltz.edu with questions or concerns.

NEWS PULSE- RECENTLY FEATURED STORY
Distinguished Speaker Robert Thurman discusses “Tibetan Culture as World Treasure”
http://newspulse.newpaltz.edu/2013/11/11/distinguished-speaker-robert-thurman-discusses-tibetan-culture-as-world-treasure
Distinguished Speakers Series

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR YOUR STUDENT!
Wellness & Recreation: www.nphawks.com/index.aspx?path=recreation&tab=home
Friday, December 6
Stomp Out Stress Day
1-4pm, Athletic & Wellness Center Main Lobby
Encourage your student to stop by Stomp Out Stress Day on their way to the Inflatables Party for free stress relief giveaways, fresh fruit, tea, and a therapy dog.

The Office of Student Activities & Union Services:  www.newpaltz.edu/saus/fall2013calendar.pdf
Monday, December 2
Make Your Own Mug
11am, Student Union 100 North

Monday, December 16
Study Break Breakfast

8pm, Student Union MPR

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Questions? E-mail parents@newpaltz.edu

October 2013 Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW? SUNY New Paltz Parent Newsletter

PARENT & FAMILY WEEKEND- Meet & Greet and complete photo album

President Christian’s Meet and Greet – Saturday, September 28, 2013
Christian with Dubroffs #5Chen family #25Brenna Hemmings & fatherFritz familyCandee family #142013 P&F Weekend Raffle Winner Photo new

See a slideshow of Parent & Family Weekend photos at:
http://sunynewpaltz.zenfolio.com/p398877028/slideshow


STUDENTS TO PRE-REGISTER FOR SPRING 2014 COURSES IN NOVEMBER

Your student will get an email from the first-year advisor with details about meeting with their assigned advisor, identifying a draft class schedule, and registering online when they have their time assignment. Remind your student to be taking care of this in mid-November.


ARTICLE OF THE MONTH

Parents as Partners for Internship and Job Opportunities. Hire a Hawk! 

In today’s employment market, parents as partners can be a critical source for assisting us with increasing the marketability of new college graduates.  Pre-professional experiences, especially internships, look great on a resume.  Why are we stressing the importance of parents working with us to expand the number of internship and professional contacts we have at New Paltz?

Think about the fact that you hope that your son or daughter will have a good variety of opportunities to choose from for pre-professional experiences/internships as well as for post-graduation options.  With parents as our partners, we can increase the number and type of opportunities available to your student as well all SUNY New Paltz students.  Here are some of the ways you can help SUNY New Paltz students (including your own!) with their career development:

Offer internships
An internship can help a student determine career direction, and it provides valuable real-world experience. We ask you to consider becoming an internship resource for us and to think about your own employment situation:

  • Is there an established internship program at your place of work?
  • Even if your employer doesn’t currently have a formal internship program, is there still the possibility of employing a student as an intern?
  • Are there “summer jobs” that exist in your work setting that could conceivably be valuable for someone in a given major and provide a pre-professional experience for them?

Your organization can post, without a fee, internship opportunities for SUNY New Paltz students. Internships can be paid or unpaid and for credit or not for credit. Click on our internship link at www.newpaltz.edu/careers/internships.html for more information about internships. Go to the web address to post an internship: http://newpaltz.experience.com

Post jobs
If your organization needs college-educated, entry-level workers, consider posting your openings, without a fee. Go to the web address:  http://newpaltz.experience.com
This free service gives you incredible flexibility to find the talent you need for your positions.

Support our services by sharing your experience
We encourage students to conduct informational interviews with professionals working in their fields of interest as a way to research occupations and organizations. We host dozens of career events and programs each year from ‘Job Fairs’ to ‘Career Panels’ to ‘Experts from the Field’ talks. If you have special interests and would like to discuss how you might contribute in certain areas, including sponsoring a company site visit, please complete this form at http://www.newpaltz.edu/careers/partners.html and someone will contact you.

If YOU are able to become a “Hire a SUNY New Paltz Hawk” resource, or if you know or work with anyone interested in hiring New Paltz students as interns or for jobs, please contact the Career Resource Center at (845-257-3265), by fax (845-257-3674), through email to careers@newpaltz.edu  or by posting the opportunity on  http://newpaltz.experience.com

Thank you for you continued interest and support for SUNY New Paltz.
Tonda Highley, LMHC
Associate Dean/Director
Career Resource Center


UPCOMING EVENTS FOR YOUR STUDENT!
First-Year Fridays
http://www.newpaltz.edu/keepingyouposted/fyf.html
Friday, November 1
BUZZ Karaoke- Halloween Theme
8-10pm, Student Union 100 South

Friday, November 8
Be Active for Gear: Floor ‘n Core
7pm, Elting Gym Dance Studio

Friday,  November 15
Movie Night at the New Paltz Cinema
First-Year Students can sign-up in Student Union 301 between 11/11-11/15 to see a movie in town with the Orientation Leader/Peer Mentors.

Saturday Movie Night &  Live Entertainment Series: http://www.newpaltz.edu/keepingyouposted/snl.html
Saturday, November 2
Movie Night Series: “R.I.P.D.”
8pm, Lecture Center 102

Saturday, November 16
Epic-Glee Show Choir
8pm, The College Terrace

The Office of Student Activities & Union Services: http://www.newpaltz.edu/saus/fall2013calendar.pdf
Thursday, November 7
Artistic Photos
11am-3pm, Student Union

Tuesday, November 19
Beach Lazer Tag
7pm, Student Union MPR


DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS SERIES

Distinguished Speakers Series 2013SUNY New Paltz students are admitted FREE with New Paltz I.D.
Monday, November 4
7:30pm, Lecture Center 100
www.newpaltz.edu/speakerseries


SUNY PALTZ WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD ON OUR CAMPUS! NEW PALTZ IS TOP SEED!

The State University of New York at New Paltz women’s volleyball team earned the State University of New York Athletic Conference’s (SUNYAC) regular-season title with a pair of victories during the third round of SUNYAC Pool Play. By virtue of winning the regular-season title, New Paltz will host the SUNYAC Volleyball Championship Tournament from Friday-Sunday, Nov. 8-10, at the Hawk Center.
Encourage your student to attend the games, or if you happen to be visiting you can attend the games together.  The Semi-Finals games will be held on Saturday, November 9 at 6pm and hopefully the SUNY New Paltz Women’s team will move on to the championship final on Sunday, November 10 at 12pm.
[New Paltz Students attend free, adults 12 yrs. or older $6; 6-12 yr. olds $3; under 6 yrs. old free]
Read the complete article by clicking here


GETTING HOME FOR THANKSGIVING

Although the residence halls stay open for the holiday weekend, if your student chooses to go home for Thanksgiving Weekend (November 27-December 1) they can travel by bus right from New Paltz.

Times for the Classic Trans buses:
THANKSGIVING
DEPART: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Depart campus bus stop at 7:30 pm

RETURN: Sunday December 1, 2013
return to campus from:
Smithaven Mall 12:00 pm
Exit 49 Park & Ride 12:45 pm
Roosevelt Field Mall 1:30 pm


WINTER SESSION 2013-2014: DECEMBER 27 – JANUARY 17
Winter Session 2013
Your student can earn three credits in three weeks!

First-Year students can get ahead or catch up in one of the 3-week online courses that are available during Winter Session.  Registration starts November 4 at 8:30 a.m.

All classes will be held online using Blackboard. For technical information, please visit the Academic Computing website.

Questions?
E-mail wintersession@newpaltz.edu or call 845-257-2907.
For registration information, visit the registration page.
 

September 2013 Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW? SUNY New Paltz Parent Newsletter  

On behalf of the Division of Student Affairs, welcome to this edition of “What’s New?” the Parent E-Newsletter from the State University of New York at New Paltz! Parents of first-year students (like yourself) have expressed an interest in receiving more information from us on an informal basis, and many parents indicated that electronic communication is a welcomed format. Since you have a student attending college with us, we believe it will be helpful for you to receive the following on a monthly basis:

• A concise communication tool that brings you useful, current information
• Updates about important events and opportunities available on campus
• Helpful tips for handling student concerns that typically arise at certain points during the school year
• Dates of interest (e.g. – holiday breaks, residence hall deposit dates, etc.)
• Highlights of student experiences at New Paltz
• A vehicle for developing a partnership with the university

It is our goal that this newsletter will ‘whet your appetite’ for future issues! New issues will be posted once a month with new content and spotlights on what is new at New Paltz. Please feel free to give feedback on what you would like to see by e-mailing us at parents@newpaltz.edu

Sincerely,

robin

Robin Cohen-La Valle
Associate Dean of Students  _____________________________________________________________________

MOVING IN DAY – What it looked like…
These photos of Hugo the Hawk show what a beautiful day we had to welcome your students to New Paltz on August 22nd.  President Christian was on hand to welcome first-year students who are living on campus, and many staff members and students across the campus were part of our welcome crew as well.
President Christian with Students on Move In Day

See a slide show at http://www.newpaltz.edu/studentdevelopment/moveinday

 MOVING IN DAY – What it felt like…..

The cartoon below may make you laugh, but to some extent the experiences depicted in the scenarios are usually true for the majority of parents. Since you dropped your student off for Orientation Part II, Welcome Week and the first week of classes, they officially crossed that threshold to becoming college students. We hope you are getting through your own “first week of college” as well as they are here at New Paltz. It’s an adjustment for everyone involved, so remember to give yourself permission to ride the waves of feelings that come with an “emptier nest.”  Those feelings are real and you are not alone in feeling them, so commiserate with other people you know who have children in college – it may help you feel better about what you are going through.

letting_go_cartoon

 

PARENT & FAMILY WEEKEND – September 28-29: RSVP ONLINE TODAY!

You should have received your printed invitation to Parent & Family Weekend 2013 in the mail.  There is a great weekend of events to choose from, and you can enjoy a visit even if you only come up for the day on Saturday!

Our headline entertainment is A Night of Comedy with “Stand Up Dads” and our own student vocal group Absolute A cappella as the opening act. We have also chartered the Rip Van Winkle just for New Paltz families to enjoy a two–hour boat cruise on the Hudson. Tickets for both are selling fast, so go online and make your reservation today!

The entire invitation and registration form is online at: www.newpaltz.edu/parentsweekend.  Please complete a registration form (online or via return mail) even if you do not plan to attend any of the paid events so that we can plan accordingly for the number of visitors coming to campus.  We encourage you to make reservations early as seating is limited at certain events.  ONLINE reservations are easy to complete and you can pay for paid events with your credit card.

If you choose to MAIL in your reservation, you can pay by credit card or a check made out to “CAS 8230” and mailed to:
Center for Student Development
SUNY New Paltz, Student Union 301
1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz NY 12561

NOT coming to a paid event? Sign Up anyway and stop by our registration table on the 2nd Floor of the Student Union from 9:30am-3:00pm to enter to win a great basket of New Paltz stuff!

Raffle Winner Family


GETTING HOME FOR FALL BREAK AND THANKSGIVING

Although the residence halls stay open for these holiday weekends, if your student chooses to go home for the four-day “Fall Break” weekend from October 12-15, and/or Thanksgiving Weekend (November 27-December 1) they can travel by bus right from New Paltz.

Times for the Classic Trans buses are:
FALL BREAK
DEPART: Friday, October 11, 2013
Depart campus bus stop at 4:00 pm

RETURN: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
return to campus from:
Smithaven Mall 12:00 pm
Exit 49 Park & Ride 12:45 pm
Roosevelt Field Mall 1:30 pm

THANKSGIVING
DEPART: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Depart campus bus stop at 7:30 pm

RETURN: Sunday December 1, 2013
return to campus from:
Smithaven Mall 12:00 pm
Exit 49 Park & Ride 12:45 pm
Roosevelt Field Mall 1:30 pm

 ARTICLE OF THE MONTH

Re-read: “Untying the Apron String: Tips for Letting Go”

Parents often find the first couple of months challenging in terms of how much ‘letting go’ they need to do. Dr. Gweneth M. Lloyd, Director of our Psychological Counseling Center wrote this article, which can be found on page 4 of your Parent Handbook, or can be found in the online calendar/handbook on page 22 of this PDF link:
http://www.newpaltz.edu/parents/full_calendar_13_14.pdf
handbook calendar cover

 

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR YOUR STUDENT!

As described at Orientation, on an ongoing basis, there are innumerable things for your first-year student to do outside of class.  First-Year Fridays are social events for first-year students where some of the Orientation Leader/Peer Mentors will be present. Here are links to the first two months of the “First-Year Fridays” event schedule:
http://www.newpaltz.edu/keepingyouposted/fyf.html

The “Saturday Movie Night & Live Entertainment Series” events for the semester are: http://www.newpaltz.edu/keepingyouposted/snl.html

The Office of Student Activities and Union Services also sponsors large scale events promoted campus-wide, and you can view their “Fall 2013 Events Calendar” at:
http://www.newpaltz.edu/saus/fall2013calendar.pdf

Parents! Although they have been notified about all of these events, especially encourage your student to attend the upcoming Club and Involvement Fair on Tuesday, September 17th from 11:00am-2:00pm on the Student Union Concourse (rescheduled due to rain on September 10th.)