2016 Commencement and end-of-year events

With so many wonderful end-of-year happenings surrounding Commencement festivities, the Office of Communication & Marketing is providing coverage of the following Commencement activities: BFA & MFA Shows, School of Business Graduation, EOP Honors Induction Ceremony, Minds @ Work, First Year Internship Program Reception, Senior Toast, School of Business Hall of Fame Ceremony, Outstanding Graduates Ceremony, First World Graduation, Honors Program Graduation, Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement. You can see images from these events as soon as they are available at the following link: http://sunynewpaltz.zenfolio.com/2016-commencement-photos.

News coverage about these events and more can be found on the College’s news hub (http://sites.newpaltz.edu/news/), which we update continuously with campus news. Read stories about our Commencement speaker, the valedictorian and the salutatorian, the Outstanding Graduate Ceremony, and Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement at: http://sites.newpaltz.edu/news/category/commencement/.

#NPSocial is also live and active! Students, alumni, faculty/staff, and parents are posting images in real time. Follow us at: http://www.newpaltz.edu/npalumni/.

Keep an eye on the college’s home page for more updates linking to all the highlights from the weekend’s festivities including photos, videos, the speeches, social media, and news.

Summer Core Hours

As directed by the president, the campus will begin enjoying summer hours,  effective Monday,  May 16, 2016  through Friday, August 19, 2016.    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
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.

Interim Provost Deen’s update on appointment of Black Studies faculty

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Cruz Bueno, who currently serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Black Studies at the College, and Nicole Carr, an instructor at the University of Miami, as new full-time tenure-track faculty in the Department of Black Studies. They both will begin their new duties in the fall 2016 semester.

I recognize that the Provost does not ordinarily send out campus announcements regarding individual faculty hires. However, this search calls for an exception. Following an unprecedented number of Black Studies faculty retirements and departures last spring, Dean Barrett, Interim Provost Deen, and President Christian worked closely with department Chair Major Coleman to provide assistance on multiple levels. Interim Associate Provost Bernstein, Vice President Eaton, Vice President Wright, and Dean Jones subsequently joined the informal task force. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni also came together to help rebuild the department’s faculty ranks. This support reflects the important history of the Black Studies Department at New Paltz and our collective desire to see it thrive.

I wish to thank the search committee members, which included student representatives Jean Padilla and Kimberly Roman, for the time and care they committed to secure not one, but two, new hires for the department. In particular, I acknowledge the efforts of Sunita Bose, Major Coleman, Glenn Geher, Rendesia Scott, Alexandra Cox, Lee Bernstein, Laura Barrett, Jonathan Rust, Doris Butterfield, Anthony Winn, Tanhena Pacheco-Dunn, and Nancy Moore. Their assistance testifies to the camaraderie and collaboration of our Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty.

Below please find a brief bio about each of the new hires.

Cruz Bueno
In the Black Studies Department this semester, Dr. Cruz Bueno is teaching Race and Racism in U.S. History; and Blacks in the Caribbean, 1492-Present. These courses align with Bueno’s teaching and research background, which focuses on the web of social forces that produce economic inequality, often at the disproportionate expense of people of color.

Before coming to SUNY New Paltz, Bueno taught at Wesleyan University, Central Connecticut State University and most recently at Siena College, where she served as an assistant professor of economics. She has presented at a number of regional and national professional conferences on subjects including gender violence and poverty in the Dominican Republic and other Latin American and Caribbean nations, and is a recipient of the 2014 Rhonda Williams Prize from the International Association for Feminist Economics, an award given to a young scholar for research that is activist-oriented and addresses issues of gender, race and class.

She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Nicole Carr
Nicole Carr comes to New Paltz from the University of Miami, where she has served as a literature instructor since 2015, teaching courses in Africana Studies and African American Literature. From 2009-2014, she served as a composition instructor at Barry University, in Miami Shores, Fla.

Carr’s research explores the mammy archetype and the way it “informs and complicates the lived experience and representations of black women’s humanity,” she explains. She has presented her work at a number of regional and national professional conferences on the representation of gender and race in literature. She is the recipient of the McKnight Graduate Fellowship (2010-2016), designed to address the under-representation of African American and Hispanic faculty at colleges and universities in Florida.

Next month, Carr will complete her Ph.D. in English from the University of Miami.

The department is now working to hire a Visiting Assistant Professor in History to start in the fall. Following the periodic program evaluation of May 2015 and a review of the curriculum dated January 2016, Department Chair Coleman and the new faculty will plan revisions to the Black Studies major program; this plan will guide the search for a third tenure-track position.


Stella Deen
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

New Forms Page Launched

A new resource has been created in my.newpaltz.edu that will serve as a central repository for frequently used and (oft-misplaced) forms that we as faculty and staff members use. This project is in direct response to feedback we heard from academic chairs and secretaries during a lunch discussion designed to support Strategic Plan Essential Initiative VI — Improve Internal Processes and Address Institutional Capacity.

This new page includes fillable PDF forms and web forms for many administrative departments, including Records & Registration, Payroll, Accounts Payable, and Facilities, among others.

Considerable effort has been made to remove old forms, compile updated forms and add searchable data to them. This means you can:

  • Filter the list by department name OR action you’d like to take (ie. Fill out my timesheet)
  • Search the list by keyword and/or form name

We encourage you to utilize this page and provide feedback on this form if 1) you have suggestions for other actions, 2) you believe we’ve missed forms that ought to appear here, or 3) you have any other general edits or suggestions.

This project was a joint effort between the Office of Communication & Marketing and Computer Services, with assistance from the Strategic Planning Council. A special thanks to Mary Kastner, Matt Skillman, and Tim Roberson for their work on this new tool. Thank you again to the academic chairs and secretaries who encouraged us to create this resource.

Inclement Weather Update

Due to the inclement weather, classes that begin at 3:30 p.m. or later are cancelled for Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016; offices are open.

Graduate School Open House is rescheduled for tomorrow at the same time and location as previously scheduled (5:30 – 7 p.m., SU MPR).

Consistent with our Inclement Weather Policy, in these circumstances, it is up to the individual employee or student to decide whether or not to travel to the College. The College may excuse tardiness for employees without charge to leave credits when uncontrollable conditions affect the arrival time of a group of employees. Staff and students should make an effort to notify supervisors/professors if they plan to be absent and their intention to use their leave credits as appropriate. Use your best judgment and be safe.

Please refer to the Office Closings Page to check the status of individual offices, and the Inclement Weather Policy for more information on the College’s Emergency Cancellations and Delays Policy.

Inclement weather preparedness

In anticipation of the impending inclement weather that is to begin later tonight and continue through Saturday, Facilities Management and campus leadership are monitoring the forecast and preparing for the storm.

Should Saturday classes be cancelled, an official announcement will ONLY be posted on the College’s homepage at www.newpaltz.edu and the INFO line (257-INFO). The College will NOT send an announcement via NP Alert as a Saturday cancellation would affect a small group of just over 100 students/faculty, not our entire campus community.

For our residential students and staff, we will utilize NP Alert and e-mail to announce any changes in the availability of food service venues caused by this storm.

New Informational Webpage for Employees

Thanks to a collaboration between the Office of Human Resources and the Office of Communication & Marketing, the College has launched a new webpage for employees. This webpage includes information about everything SUNY New Paltz, including topics about who we are, events and services, campus culture, athletics, and more!

View the page at newpaltz.edu/newhires, or visit the Human Resources link under “Employee Resources” in my.newpaltz.edu.

We expect that this site will evolve over time, and welcome your feedback.  Feel free to send updates and suggestions to me at kniffina@newpaltz.edu.

New websites highlight diversity efforts and progress in rebuilding Black Studies

We are pleased to announce the launch of two new websites that we believe will be valuable resources for both the New Paltz community and visitors to our website.

First, to keep you informed about the commitment and continuous efforts of administrators, faculty, alumni, and students who are working together to rebuild the Black Studies Department during a time of unprecedented transition, we have created a website titled “Black Studies: Building on a Proud Tradition.”  This site features the history of one of the oldest Black Studies departments in the nation as well as a timeline of events, and information about our activities and progress. The site can be accessed from our home page, from the Black Studies Department website as well as from:


Second, we have created a website titled, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” This is only one of many measures we are taking to help communicate our ongoing commitment to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning community.  The site highlights the many programs on campus that play a valuable role in supporting the success of our students and employees.  We also hope that it will be part of our efforts to attract faculty administrators and students of diverse backgrounds and experiences.   We invite you to explore the new resources and, where appropriate, employ these new resources in your work with students and employees. This site is a work in progress, and we welcome feedback about additional programs and resources we should include here.  Feedback can be directed to Lindsay Lennon in the Office of Communication and Marketing at lennonl@newpaltz.edu or 257-2604. The page is also accessible from our homepage and can be found here:


Please share these resources with those individuals who want to learn more about our values and our ongoing efforts.

Faculty/Staff Portrait Sessions Scheduled

’The Office of Communication & Marketing will be offering several directory portrait sessions for faculty/staff this semester on Jan. 20, Feb. 16, March 14 and, and April 21.

As many of you are aware, the College has made an effort over the last several years to improve our online faculty and staff directory. Included in this effort has been taking professional portraits, increasing consistency of faculty/staff profiles, and improving the usability of the directory for both end users and faculty/staff users. With these improvements, the College aims to enhance student and new faculty recruitment, improve campus safety, and make the website more user friendly.  All of these goals directly address strategic planning initiative to market New Paltz internally and externally and improve internal processes.

To sign up, visit http://www.newpaltz.edu/ocm/fsdirectory_signup.html.

Inclement Weather Update

Offices will open at 10:45 a.m. to allow employees additional time to travel to campus and to give essential employees time to prepare campus roadways, parking lots and sidewalks. Consistent with our Inclement Weather Policy, in these circumstances, it is up to the individual employee to decide whether or not to travel to the College. The College may excuse tardiness without charge to credits when uncontrollable conditions affect the arrival time of a group of employees. Staff should make an effort to notify supervisors if they plan to be absent and their intention to use their leave credits as appropriate. Use your best judgment and be safe.

Please refer to the Office Closings Page to check the status of individual offices, and the Inclement Weather Policy for more information on the College’s Emergency Cancellations and Delays Policy.