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  • The Co-Curricular Transcript catalogs and includes learning outcomes students acquire in activities complimentary to the classroom. Experiences are approved by a college employee, maximizing the academic validity of transcripts for use by graduates entering the job market. This is a collaborative project between Student Activities, Records and Registration, and the Career Resource Center.
  • The Student Union building serves as a hub for student events, departmental programs, and regional conferences and averages 8,000 events per year, including visits from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The facility largely relies on 50+ student employees that manage the daily operations, greet guests, setting up the rooms and provide event support services.
  • The office established the Emerging Leaders Program, which introduces first-year students to leadership through hands-on activities and discussion groups. Graduates of the program would have completed at least 10 hours of in-service training and 10 hours of community service.
  • More than 20 multicultural fraternities and sororities serve the needs of New Paltz’s diverse population, all of which must meet requirements to maintain recognition. In addition to United Greek Association oversight, the Five Star Chapter Accreditation Program was established by the Office to monitor and improve chapters’ performance and success.
  • The annual Senior Toast program celebrates and congratulates our graduating seniors on their upcoming commencement. On average, nearly 600 graduating seniors attend this program where they present their class gift, hear the toast from President Christian and receive an orange rose that signifies the pride we have for our New Paltz graduates.
  • The office coordinates annual participation in the National Make a Difference Day Program. More than 350 students, faculty, and staff participate in the event by collecting canned goods for local charities and volunteering at more than 25 different agencies throughout the region.
  • More than 200 student groups and clubs, recognized by our three student governments, give students a co-curricular experience that offers valuable leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, hands-on experiences, and development of social relationships.
  • The union programming council is a student-run organization that supports and assists the Student Activities office in planning a robust event calendar with 20-25 events each semester. Leaders in the organization learn all the elements of event planning and coordination.