WHAT’S NEW? SUNY New Paltz Parent Newsletter
MOVING IN DAY – What it looked like…
Thursday, August 20 turned out to be a beautiful day to welcome your students to New Paltz! President Christian was on hand to move-in new students and many staff members and students across the campus were part of our welcome crew as well.
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 the threshold to becoming college students. We hope you were able to get through your own “first week of college” as well. 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.
PARENT & FAMILY WEEKEND – September 26-27: RSVP ONLINE TODAY!
In the next week, you’ll be receiving your printed invitation to Parent & Family Weekend in the mail. This 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 is 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 will be selling quickly, 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 gift basket of New Paltz gear!
2015-2016 PARENT HANDBOOK & CALENDAR
The Parent Handbook & Calendar includes information such as important academic dates and deadlines, Midterm and Final Examination schedules, sporting events, and notes on days when classes are not being held due to holiday breaks. You can view the online version of the handbook/calendar on the www.newpaltz.edu/parents page.
A LOOK BACK AT SUMMER ORIENTATION 2015
Student Group Photos & Snapshots
Your students met new friends, gained a Peer Mentor, and created many memories while they attended Orientation this summer. Click here to enjoy the group photos of Sessions 1-5 as well as some captured candid moments. You may even find yourself in a photo!
Click here to view Orientation 2015 photos
STUDENTS APPLYING FOR WORK STUDY POSITIONS
Beginning August 14, Work Study positions were made available online. Students who have been awarded Work Study in their Financial Aid package received an e-mail with instructions on how to apply for jobs including helpful interview information. A Work Study award is not a guarantee of a job and positions are limited. Students are also limited to only one Work Study position. If your student received Work Study, please encourage him or her to read the hiring process information in their e-mail and apply online.
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 10-13, and/or Thanksgiving Weekend (November 25-November 29) 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
- For other options, you can also visit our “Getting Your Student Home” site at: http://www.newpaltz.edu/current/gettinghome.html
ARTICLE OF THE MONTH
Re-read: “Untying the Apron String: Tips for Letting Go”
Parents often find the first few 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_15_16.pdf
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR YOUR STUDENT!
As described at Orientation, on an ongoing basis, there are a number of activities 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. To view Part 1 of the Fall 2015 “First-Year Fridays” schedule click the link below:
The “Saturday Movie Night Series” events for the semester can be viewed at the link below:
The Office of Student Activities and Union Services also sponsors large scale events promoted campus-wide every month. In addition to these events, their office also hosts annual programs every year. To view these programs, click on the link below:
Parents! Although they have been notified about all of these events, especially encourage your student to attend the upcoming Club and Involvement Fair on Wednesday, September 2 from 2:00pm-5:00pm on the Student Union Concourse (rain location- Student Union 2nd Floor Multi-Purpose Room)