The Student Union is the heart of our campus. It is a facility designed to meet the needs of our students and provide a variety of services. We believe that the Student Union is the PLACE to be! Our motto is that the Student Union is your PLACE to play, lead, ask, convene, and eat!
The union is a common space for everyone enrolled in, employed by, or visiting SUNY New Paltz to engage, reflect, and be part of the action. Below are the offices, spaces, and services students can obtain. For building reservations, policies, and forms, please see the Forms and Policies page on our website.
FAST FACTS OF THE STUDENT UNION
ROLE OF THE COLLEGE UNION
The union is the community center of the college, serving students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. By whatever form or name, a college union is an organization offering a variety of programs, activities, services, and facilities that, when taken together, represent a well-considered plan for the community life of the college.
The union is an integral part of the educational mission of the college.
As the center of the college community life, the union complements the academic experience through an extensive variety of cultural, educational, social, and recreational programs. These programs provide the opportunity to balance course work and free time as cooperative factors in education. The union is a student-centered organization that values participatory decision-making. Through volunteerism, boards, committees, and student employment, the union offers firsthand experience in citizenship and educates students in leadership, social responsibility, and values. In all its processes, the union encourages self-directed activity, giving maximum opportunity for self-realization and for growth in individual social competency and group effectiveness.
The union's goal is the development of persons as well as intellects.
Traditionally considered the "hearthstone" or "living room" of the campus, today's union is the gathering place of the college. The union provides services and conveniences that members of the college community need in their daily lives and creates an environment for getting to know and understand others through formal and informal associations.
The union serves as a unifying force that honors each individual and values diversity. The union fosters a sense of community that cultivates enduring loyalty to the college.
(Adopted by the Association's general membership in 1996, this statement is based on the Role of the College Union statement, 1956.)
The Atrium: the Student Union Building Addition
The design of the Atrium has won several awards, including a 2009 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and Metropolitan Arts Press. Established in the 1990s, the award programs honor and recognize outstanding new achievements and innovation for new architecture.
GREEN ELEMENTS OF THE ATRIUM
The Student Union Atrium addition and renovation is a sustainable high-performance building designed to reduce energy consumption and provide a healthy and enlightened interior environment. The project employs a number of green design elements that make the building sustainable and reinforce the design themes. The U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) was used as a guideline in the design of the project.
Some of the green elements include: