SUNY New Paltz welcomed more than 100 business and organizational leaders to campus for the November 2018 Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce Mixer on Nov. 28, marking the first time the College has hosted this monthly gathering.
The SUNY New Paltz community turned out in full force to give Chamber members a sense of what’s happening on campus, with representatives from the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Career Resource Center, Office of Veteran & Military Services, Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center, Office of Alumni Relations, School of Fine & Performing Arts, the Office of Graduate & Extended Learning, and various other academic and administrative units on hand to talk with guests about the many ways community members can take advantage of the College’s academic, cultural and economic offerings.
“We see ourselves as everyone’s public university in the mid-Hudson region, and we wanted to take this opportunity to help members learn more about the College and what we do,” said President Donald P. Christian. “We certainly hope you’ll come back to campus soon, whether to take a full tour, attend a theatre performance, attend a planetarium show, bring your kids to a volleyball or baseball game, or engage in the many other ways we interact with the community.”
New Paltz enjoys a longstanding relationship with the Chamber, having joined as a member more than four decades ago. Many of today’s Chamber members are New Paltz alumni who remained in the area to start families and build their careers.
“We’ve heard from so many of our members who have said, ‘I graduated from New Paltz, I miss it, I need to go back,’” said Ward Todd, president and CEO of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “I know many of you are as impressed as I am with how beautiful this campus is, and with the dramatic improvements they’ve made over the past several years.”
The evening program included brief remarks and a raffle for door prizes, including tickets for arts events and a planetarium show donated by SUNY New Paltz, but was primarily designed to stimulate productive conversations between Chamber members with diverse professional backgrounds.
SUNY New Paltz President Christian will offer a more in-depth presentation about the state of the College and its contributions to the Hudson Valley at the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Dec. 18.