Portrait session scheduled for the online faculty/staff directory

The Office of Communication & Marketing will be offering the second in a series of portrait sessions for the online faculty/staff directory March. 24 in SUB 62/63 from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sign up for a session by visiting http://www.newpaltz.edu/ocm/fsdirectory_signup.html.

Directory Profiles
Directions for updating your personal profile
In addition to your professional portrait, please remember to update your personal profile information, which includes teaching interests, research/creative activity, awards, honors and recognition, publications, committee memberships, professional organizations, volunteer and other service activities.

For any questions regarding your directory profiles, please email weinster@newpaltz.edu

These strategically selected categories help the college more accurately reflect the high quality of our outstanding faculty and staff, help in faculty recruitment efforts, and help top-tier prospective students make their college selection.

Thank you to all who have contributed to this effort.

3D printing courses offered to faculty, staff and students

The Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center is now offering two basic classes to introduce the campus community to the work of 3D design and printing.

These classes will be taught by Aaron Nelson, Director of the MakerBot Innovation Center and are free and will be offered continually for the rest of this semester.  Each class is 75 minutes and will be taught in CSB145.

Intro to 3D Printing

This class will serve as an introduction to the 3D printing processes with a focus on the FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) method of printing. Students will get an overview of the various 3D print processes (FDM, SLA, SLS) and an in depth discussion of FDM, its strengths, and weaknesses. Students will learn about the major file formats, where to locate files, and how to set up files in Makerbot Desktop for submission to the Innovation Center Array. No prerequisites.

Intro to Modeling for FDM Printing
Intro to 3D Printing is a prerequisite for this class

This class will serve as an introduction to modeling for the FDM 3D printing process. Students will learn basic operation of TinkerCAD for creating 3D models. We will explore combining simple shapes into complex objects that can be output to the Makerbot Array. Concepts covered will be an overview of the Cartesian coordinate system, manipulation of primatives through scalins, unioning, and differencing, with special attention focused on designs that will print within the limitations of the FDM process. Intro to 3D printing or some FDM 3D printing experience is recommended as a prerequisite

To register for the classes, please follow this link: http://www.newpaltz.edu/3d/classes.html

We have four Intro to 3D Printing classes scheduled for the weeks of March 23 and March 30 and two Intro to Modeling classes scheduled for the week of April 6. We will add more as these fill up. You can direct any questions to Aaron Nelson at nelsona@newpaltz.edu or to Dan Freedman at freedmad@newpaltz.edu.


Fire in Bevier Hall; no injuries reported

I write to inform you that earlier this evening at approximately 7:25 p.m. a 911 call was received reporting a fire in Bevier Hall.  University Police immediately responded and extinguished the fire. Students were evacuated to Hasbrouck Dining Hall. There were no injuries. Students living in the affected suite will be relocated to alternative accommodations.

Currently, fire department officials are working to ventilate the building and expect it to reopen this evening once deemed safe. The incident is currently under investigation by the Ulster Country Fire Investigation Unit.

David Dugatkin
Chief, University Police

Political Activity on Campus: What You Need to Know

Dear Campus Community,

As we approach the village election season and candidates begin campaigning in the area, it is appropriate to remind the campus community about State University policy on the use of campus facilities and other resources for campaign-related purposes.

As an academic institution, we recognize and welcome the educational benefits of exposing students to political debate and information, including partisan political speech. We have made some of our facilities available to a wide range of outside speakers and expressive activities and, therefore, have legal obligations to open such facilities to political speech, as well. In handling requests for permission to use campus facilities, we must be guided by the principle of viewpoint neutrality and evenhanded treatment as to terms and conditions of use (i.e. rental charges, security costs, insurance, etc.).

With regards to political speech and speakers, the State University has placed certain limits on access to its facilities. It has been longstanding State University policy – going back to at least the 1970s – to prohibit use of State University property for partisan political candidate fundraisers. This policy is consistent with our legal obligations, the educational mission of the State University, and other strong interests, such as avoidance of the inevitable impression of endorsing particular candidates.

» 2014 Memo from SUNY System Administration Regarding Political Campaign Activity by NYS Employees

The policies that address the most commonly asked questions are the New York State Public Officer’s Law and SUNY policies on facilities usage for non-commercial purposes. The applicable provisions are:

Public Officer’s Law:
No state employee may use his/her official title, position or authority in any campaign activities, including untargeted mass mailings. No state resources of any type may be used in furtherance of these activities, including, but not limited to, telephone, office supplies, postage, photocopying machines, computers (including e-mail) and support staff (see Advisory Opinion No. 93-9) nor may campaign activities be conducted from a state office or during state business hours unless leave is taken. Finally, no state employee may solicit from subordinates, as this practice is strictly forbidden by Civil Service law §107. (See also Election Law §17-158.)

Use of Facilities by Non-Commercial Organizations and Use of Facilities by Third Parties for Free Speech:
Political organizations are included in SUNY’s definition of non-commercial organizations that are permitted use of campus facilities and in the College’s policy on Use of Facilities by Third Parties for Free Speech. All non-commercial organizations are required to obtain a revocable permit for each use of campus facilities. These permits, obtained through Student Activities and Union Services for use of the Student Union Building (SUB), Conference Services and University Police for other campus locations, establish the terms and conditions for use of facilities, including reimbursement for any associated costs. If a political candidate wishes to speak in one of the free speech zones identified in the Use of Facilities by Third Parties for Free Speech policy during non-blackout dates outlined in the policy, they should contact the Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance. The Use of Facilities by Third Parties for Free Speech policy may be found at this link: http://www.newpaltz.edu/sub/thirdpartypolicy.pdf

The SUNY policy on Use of Facilities by Non-Commercial Organizations imposes the following additional conditions for use of facilities by partisan political organizations:

  1. That the proposed meeting gives promise of contributing to the educational purposes of the institution.
  2. That the institution sees a reasonable possibility of making the facilities available for other viewpoints to be presented.

Distribution of Campaign Materials:
Individuals campaigning for office shall have access to students and employees in parking lots, entrances to buildings and other areas to which members of the public are admitted, provided that such activities do not inhibit the movement of people or vehicles, impair the safe and efficient conduct of the operation or interfere with work duties or work performance. Individuals are not allowed to campaign in residence halls.

Individual campaign posters are not permitted in public spaces on campus. Meeting notices and other organizational materials shall not be hung upon, posted or otherwise affixed to the walls, doors, windows, trees or other appurtenances of facilities and buildings owned or leased by the state.

More information on State University policies regarding use of facilities by non-commercial organizations can be found at this website (scroll down under Policy I to Section K: Use of university facilities for political purposes).

College to test mass notification system

SUNY New Paltz will perform an audible test of its mass notification speaker system on Monday, March 2, 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 Management Team. For more information about the College’s emergency communications or response plan, visit the Emergency Management website at www.newpaltz.edu/emergency.

Office of Communication & Marketing launches Communication Skills Series

To build an effective centralized communication and marketing operation consistent with goals of our strategic plan, the Office of Communication & Marketing is offering a series of strategic trainings in eight powerful communication channels: Social Media, Print & Mail Services, Web/Digital Media, Events Planning,  Photography/Videography, Design Services,  Editorial, and Media Relations.

Look for campus community messages as training dates approach to sign up!

Social Media Best Practices
Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. – noon in SUB 62/63
Feb. 29 from 9 a.m. – noon in SUB 62/63

No Fail Print and Mail
March 26 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Haggerty 8

Take Control of Your Department Website: Terminal Four Content Management Training
April date TBA

Organization=Success. Useful Tips & Tools for Event Planning
June 16 from 10-11 a.m. in SUB 62/63

Design. Print. Mail. Concept to Completion
July 20 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in SUB 62/63

Photography: From Capturing to Sharing
August 17 from 10-11 a.m. in SUB 62/63

Staying on Time with Good Design
September 22 from 11 a.m.-noon in SUB 62/63

Creating a Compelling Story & Getting the Word Out
October 9 from 11 a.m.-noon in SUB 62/63

Making the Best of Your Department Website
November 2 from 10-11 a.m. in SUB 62/63

Effective News Releases for Today’s Media Landscape
January 27 from 9-10 a.m. in SUB 62/63

All classes that begin at 5 p.m. or later are cancelled.

All classes that begin at 5 p.m. or later are cancelled.

NOTE: Radio and television stations provide delay and cancellation announcements as a public service. We cannot verify their accuracy. The SUNY New Paltz website, NP Alert, the INFO line and all-fs and all-stu messages are the official communication for the College and supersede any other available public information.

Classes that begin before 5 p.m. are cancelled; offices are open.

Classes that begin before 5 p.m. are cancelled; offices are open. A decision about evening classes will be made at 2 p.m. consistent with our inclement weather protocol.

Please stay tuned for additional messages regarding evening classes via this website, the INFO line and NP Alert. We’d like to remind the campus community of the College’s Inclement Weather/Emergency Cancellations and Delays Policy. Please check individual office closings on the office closings website. Closings will be listed as they are made available.

State offices may be closed due to weather conditions only by order of the Governor. Because we are a state university, we follow state policies regarding office closings. SUNY New Paltz’s president is authorized to suspend campus activities, but can give non-teaching professional staff or classified civil service personnel time off without charge to leave credits only in very limited circumstances. In a situation where there is inclement weather, but offices are open, individuals must use their best judgment as to whether or not they feel comfortable traveling on the roadways. The College asks that non-essential employees notify supervisors of their planned absence, and their intention to use their leave credits as appropriate.