The Office of Student Activities and Union Services is responsible for the campus programming, fraternity and sorority life, leadership programming, campus involvement opportunities and education, and the overall operation of the Student Union. To learn more about our staff, please keep reading. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any of us. Our departmental contact information is:
OFFICE LOCATION: Student Union 211
MAILING ADDRESS: Student Union 211, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561
MEET OUR PROFESSIONAL TEAM
DUTIES: Approve all student club activities and events; student event policies and procedures; overall management of the Student Union; advise the Student Association; adjudication of fraternities and sororities; Make a Difference Day; Getting to Know New Paltz Merchant Fair; Student Club and Leader Awards; oversee departmental budgets, management, planning, assessments, and supervision.
ABOUT MIKE: Michael is originally from Tully, N.Y. He went to college at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and received his B.S. in Business Admininstration with a concentration in Human Resources (2000). He was actively involved as a student serving as a resident assistant, orientation leader, tour guide, and president of the University Student Alumni Board, and also worked in the Student Union. His favorite college moment is chairing the 96-team mud-volleyball tournament, Oozfest. After receiving his B.S., he went to Ohio State University to obtain his M.A. in higher education and student affairs (2002). While at Ohio State, Michael was the graduate assistant in the Student Activities & Orientation office at Capital University working primarily with club management, leadership, and advisement of the freshman class. Michael then moved to New Jersey where he worked for six-and-a-half years in the Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations at Monmouth University, the last four as the associate director. In his role at Monmouth, he oversaw the advisement of the student activities board and yearbook; managed student center operations, set-ups, student staff supervision & club office space; and supervised fraternity and sorority life and multicultural and diversity initiatives. Michael started at New Paltz in September 2008 in his current position. Michael is happy to be back in New York State closer to family and friends. He secretly (not really a secret) loves NASCAR, is an avid watcher of "The Amazing Race," and is a proud brother of a national fraternity. Michael recently purchased his first home with his partner, Jeff, in Hudson, N.Y., where he is enjoying the projects that come with home ownership.
EMILY SPILMAN BAZINET
DUTIES: Fraternity and Sorority Life management; advise the United Greek Association; supervise the Student Activities Managers; Emerging Leaders Program; Leadership Conferences and training; Student Employee Training; Departmental Professional Development.
ABOUT EMILY: Emily is originally from Oswego, N.Y. She went to college at SUNY Geneseo, where she received her B.A. in history with a minor in mathematics in May 2002. While at Geneseo, Emily was a resident assistant, an orientation leader, a peer health educator, a member of the college senate, a student ambassador and a member of the Judicial Hearing Committee. Emily came to New Paltz in August 2004 as part of the Residence Life staff team. During that time, she was the complex director for Bevier Hall, the area coordinator for Esopus Hall, coordinator of the First Year Initiative Program, RHSA advisor, and program coordinator for student orientation and registration. In June 2008, Emily joined the Student Activities & Union Services staff as the assistant director, and enjoys working with the student activities managers, the emerging leaders and the fraternities and sororities. Most recently, Emily completed her MPS in humanistic/multicultural education here at New Paltz. Emily enjoys spending time with her family and friends, biking, traveling, and everything autumn (especially pumpkin spice lattes).
DUTIES: Department programming and activities; event promotion and marketing; Student Union event management (set-ups and technology); student employee supervision; Trailways operation; information desk services; departmental website.
ABOUT BRENDAN: Brendan is originally from Albany, N.Y. He attended the College of Saint Rose and graduated with his B.A. in English with a minor in public communication (2006). While at the College of Saint Rose, Brendan was a vice president for student government, a family weekend coordinator, a member of the Campus Appeal Board and worked for the Office of Event Management. Brendan also worked for the Liberty Partnership Rising Stars program at the State University of New York at Albany where he coordinated an after-school program for at-risk students in the Albany public school system. Brendan joined the Office of Student Activities and Union Services in January 2007, and graduated from New Paltz with his M.P.S. in humanistic/multicultural education in 2009. Brendan enjoys watching action movies and has seen every James Bond film ever released. Brendan is also a big fan of the New York Giants and the New York Yankees.
DUTIES: Student Union scheduling and reservations (FUSE); departmental reception and common area management; support to professional staff; vending tables and display case reservations; student office assistants.
ABOUT NAOMI:Naomi started working for the office in 2006 and has been an important part of our operation ever since. Naomi enjoys working in our office because she loves interacting with our students and is always available to assist them. Recently, Naomi won the CSEA Presidential Award for outstanding service. Naomi enjoys spending time with her family and loves outdoor activities. Naomi has two dogs, Kaydo and Dude. She loves them both!
DUTIES: Off-Campus and Commuter Student Initiatives (Support, Programming, Workshops, Lockers, 100 South Resources, etc.); Supervise Commuter Assistant Program; Assist with Management of the Fraternity and Sorority Program; Enhance/Develop Regional Things to Do Resources; Parent and Family Weekend Liaison; Member of Make a Difference Day Committee
ABOUT ME: Kristen is originally from Wallkill, N.Y. She went to college at Plattsburgh State University (SUNY) and received her B.S. in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) with a concentration in English in May 2007. While completing her undergraduate work, she was a resident assistant for three years and worked in both her building's mail room and as a student assistant in the Housing and Residence Life Office. Kristen received a graduate assistant in the Housing and Residence Life Office as a residence hall director for August of 2007, remained at Plattsburgh State University for her graduate work, and continued on as the student assistant in the same office. She received her MSED in Literacy (grades 5-12) in May 2009. She is most proud of her volunteer efforts during her six years at Plattsburgh State. She worked in the surrounding elementary schools through the study buddy program, actively participated in the college's annual Relay for Life and participated/led two Habitat For Humanity alternate break trips. Most recently, Kristen has worked at Sage College of Albany and Skidmore College in the department of Residence Life. Through her personal and work experiences, Kristen decided to return to school and has been accepted in SUNY New Paltz's MPS program in Humanistic/Multicultural Education. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys traveling (recently visiting England and Italy), reading, running and ice cream.
ABOUT ME: Kristine is originally from Monroe, N.Y. She attended SUNY Oneonta, where she received her B.S. in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) with a concentration in Spanish (2012). She was actively involved in her school's programming board. She was on the programming Executive Board for three years and during her final year she became the President. She was also very active in the Student Association serving as a Senator, Director and Supreme Court Justice. One of her favorite memories was winning the position of Director with a speech about how she purchased her rain boots on sale and what a terrific bargain they were. She has attended many leadership conferences including: NACA, ACUI and the Harvey Delaney Leadership Conference. Kristine was also an e-board member of the Zombie Defense Corp. She has participated in Humans vs. Zombies and is proud to say she has been able to survive for six days! She is currently at New Paltz studying for her Master's in ESL Education. She loves to read, hike, eat peanut butter and go on adventures.
MEET OUR STUDENT TEAM
SUMMER 2013 STUDENT ACTIVITIES MANAGERS: A key staff member for you to utilize is the student activity manager (SAM). The primary role of the student activities manager is managing the Student Activities and Union Services office in the absence of professional staff. They oversee the operations of the Student Union, are the lead staff member for events held in the student union, supervise all other student employees working during their shift, and can provide basic guidance to student groups about programming. While on duty, they are located at the HQ in the Student Union.
HQ AT THE STUDENT UNION STAFF: For students seeking information about the Student Union, this is the team to go to. Not only is the HQ staff prepared to answer a variety of campus life and activities questions, but they can also assist students with gaining access to their club offices and signing out gaming equipment.
EVENT SETUP CREW: This crew is the often behind the scenes. They work before and after events held in the student union. They are the ones that set up every chair perfectly and push around tables, set up stages, and coordinate other physical elements to events.
OFFICE ASSISTANTS/TRAILWAYS TEAM: These students assist with the daily office management during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.). They assist with office reception, greeting visitors, and oversee the sales of the Trailways Bus Service.