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The all new debuted on the campus Web site on Jan. 12.

"This new version offers many enhancements and new features our previous version did not have," said Rachel Reuben (Public Affairs), director of Web communication and strategic projects.

Reuben led the team that customized the new site, also known as a portal, to suit the needs of New Paltz faculty, staff and students.

The team is made up of Lyudmila Christie (Public Affairs), Web production assistant; Paul Chauvet (Computer Services), UNIX/Linux system administrator; Tim Roberson (Computer Services), Web programmer; and Matt Skillman (Public Affairs), assistant Web developer.

The new portal combines features from the original interface, which launched in 2001, with new elements to make it an easy-to-access, customizable model. Users sign on using the same user names and passwords (NPCUID) as before.

The benefits of the new system include single sign-on. Once logged in to my.newpaltz. edu, users have instant access to NPmail and Blackboard.

Inside, users will see features from the old combined with the ability to customize channels they subscribe to such as New York Times headlines. Also inside is a calendar that can be individualized with personal, group, course and academic calendars. The new groups feature allows people to communicate by sharing files, posting photos, chatting and accessing a message board. Additional features include live views of the campus Webcam and news feeds from local and national newspapers.

There are seven video tutorials, called My.Guides, available inside to acquaint users with the new features.

The changes and additions to are part of the campus-wide transition to Banner, the new student records system.

Questions about the new system may be e-mailed to

January 15, 2007
Volume 5, Issue 1

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