WHAT’S NEW? SUNY New Paltz Parent Newsletter
NEW PALTZ IN THE NEWS
NEW PALTZ AMONG COUNTRY’S SMARTEST PUBLIC COLLEGES
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NEW MAJOR IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING ANNOUNCED
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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 300 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, and with membership comes a lifetime affiliation to the organization. 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 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/or programs 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 organizations that 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. Unrecognized organizations are not monitored by the college; students who choose to affiliate may potentially endanger their safety. 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 Paltz is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
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 26-November 30) they can travel by bus right from New Paltz.
- Adirondack Trailways Bus tickets are sold in the Office of Student Activities and Union Services in Student Union 211. For details go to:
- Classic College Express runs express charter buses from campus to three stops: Roosevelt Field, the Exit 49 Park & Ride on the LIE, and Smithaven Mall. You can reserve tickets from New Paltz and back to New Paltz online at: http://www.classictrans.com/CollegeEx/co_npal1.html
Times for the Classic Trans buses:
DEPART: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Depart campus bus stop at 7:30pm
RETURN: Sunday, November 30, 2014
Return to campus from:
Smithaven Mall 12:00pm
Exit 49 Park & Ride 12:45pm
Roosevelt Field Mall 1:30pm
- For other options, you can also visit our “Getting Your Student Home” site at: http://www.newpaltz.edu/current/gettinghome.html
WINTER SESSION 2014-2015: DECEMBER 26 – JANUARY 16
Your student can earn 4 credits in 3 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 started November 3.
E-mail email@example.com or call 845-257-2904.
For registration information, visit the registration page.
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR YOUR STUDENT!
First-Year Fridays: http://www.newpaltz.edu/keepingyouposted/fyf.html
Friday, Nov. 14
Free Trip to the Palisades Center
4:30pm, Pick up tickets in Student Union 301 11/10-11/14
Friday, Nov. 21
“Rent” Discount Night
$5 tickets on sale in Student Union 301 11/17-11/21
Saturday Live Entertainment Series: http://www.newpaltz.edu/keepingyouposted/snl.html
Saturday, Nov. 15
A Cappella Night
8pm, The College Terrace
The Office of Student Activities & Union Services
Tuesday, Nov. 18
Lead to Succeed
2pm, Lecture Center 100
A lecture given by the Chief Diversity Officer of the State of New York