Priority Goal: $8 million
SUNY New Paltz is committed to providing the strongest foundation for long-term success. The College offers numerous special programs that heighten opportunities for inquiry and raise the College’s profile as a leader in higher education in the Hudson Valley. These programs are made possible or are enhanced through grants and private philanthropy. The College is equally committed to providing resources for underserved, underrepresented and military-affiliated students.
Schools & Programs
Philanthropy—from corporations, foundations, and countless individuals—creates career-launching opportunities and fosters innovation and creativity across the campus, where virtually every Department benefits from Foundation support.
Generous contributions to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Schools of Business, Education, Fine & Performing Arts, and Science & Engineering support the life-altering experiences that our students and alumni remember.
Our commitment to support first-generation college students, economically underprivileged students, military-affiliated students, and academically gifted students ultimately can enable all our scholars to succeed.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core values at SUNY New Paltz, beginning with our admissions practices and then ensuring that each student flourishes once enrolled. We aim to provide each student with a greater sense of belonging, encouraging them to experience a strong sense of community, to stay in school, and ultimately to graduate. We know that each student’s viewpoint strengthens the teaching and learning environment for all, opening new perspectives on subject matter and social awareness. A diverse educational experience creates an educated citizenry, one that can address the complex issues facing our polarized society and can sustain our democratic way of life.
While SUNY New Paltz provides an exceptional living and learning community, we recognize that we still have progress to make. We must further not just demographic diversity, but inclusion of thought, expression, and experience.
From the manifestation of our heritage in a bronze statue of Sojourner Truth to campus training that helps us better talk about our differences, we aspire to create a campus community that supports our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, situated at the center of campus, began as the College Art Gallery in 1964. Samuel Dorsky’s vision and philanthropy helped create the museum that opened in 2001. Today, the museum is one of the largest in the SUNY system, with six exhibition galleries and a permanent collection that includes Hudson River School and Woodstock arts colony paintings, ancient sculpture, traditional African masks, and 18th century Asian prints. The Dorsky Museum was one of only three museums in New York included in a recent Huffington Post ranking of top college and university art museums in the Northeast.
Through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs, the museum provides scholarship opportunities for students and faculty, educational programs for Hudson Valley residents and schoolchildren, and a showcase for contemporary artmaking in the greater Hudson Valley.
The museum's exhibition program has been hailed as one of the best in the region, epitomized by Jervis McEntee: Painter Poet of the Hudson River School. The exhibition and companion catalogue (featuring new scholarship by Dr. Lee A. Vedder, exhibition curator, and Kerry Dean Carso, Art History Department Chair) won Awards of Excellence from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network, attesting to the cultural significance of the museum in the Hudson Valley.
The exhibition inspired scholarship beyond the arts as well. Associate Professor of Geological Sciences Alvin Konigsberg brought his Weather and Environment lab students to the Dorsky. He challenged them to practice identifying clouds as rendered by McEntee.
The Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center
The Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center (HVAMC) grew out of a unique partnership between the schools of Fine & Performing Arts and Science & Engineering. This collaboration also led to a new Digital Design and Fabrication minor that prepares students for 21st century manufacturing.
The HVAMC is now one of the top 3D printing/additive manufacturing labs in the country and a regional hub of innovation and production for designing, prototyping, and manufacturing. The HVAMC staff provide expert advice on the process of building 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material, making this progressive technology accessible for regional businesses, entrepreneurs, community members and the entire SUNY New Paltz campus.
Sarah Heitmeyer ’16g (Ceramics) came to SUNY New Paltz looking to develop her already impressive portfolio as a ceramicist. Sarah worked in the HVAMC as a student and earned an MFA, along with advanced knowledge of computer-aided design and ideas for applying them to her craft. After graduating she became an adjunct in the Art Department's Digital Fabrication Lab. In 2019 she received the Emerging Artist Award from the National Conference on the Education of the Ceramic Arts.]
The Office of Veteran & Military Services
The Office of Veteran & Military Services (OVMS), established at SUNY New Paltz in 2014, supports veteran and military students as they pursue their education. Our students include returning veterans, active duty, National Guard, or reserve military members, and dependent family members, some of whom plan careers in the military after they complete their degree. These students face challenges particular to their military affiliation, including active deployment and return to college life afterwards, family responsibilities, and a complex federal program of tuition assistance and veteran affairs.
The College is proud of its thriving OVMS. In 2018-19, over 400 military-affiliated students attended SUNY New Paltz, up from approximately 75 such students in 2013-14. We attribute this greater than 500% growth to the range of services and attention our students receive and to the great respect they are afforded on campus.
The SUNY New Paltz OVMS is dedicated to serving those who served us, putting their needs in the forefront, and assisting our veterans, service members and their dependents in receiving their education benefits, facilitating their transition into our College and providing support for their ongoing academic success.
Corporal Natalie Stewart, on active duty in the Army Reserves, first enrolled at SUNY New Paltz in the spring of 2016 to study political science and economics.
Her studies were soon put on hold as she was deployed overseas for 18 months. Natalie says that she doesn’t know how she would have gotten through if not for the support she received from the Office of Veteran and Military Services.
She will never forget the help Jason Gilliland, program coordinator and veteran, provided when she was preparing to return to campus.
The Institute for Disaster Mental Health
The Institute for Disaster Mental Health (IDMH), founded at SUNY New Paltz in 2004, prepares students, community members, paraprofessionals, and professionals in the helping fields to care for disaster and trauma survivors. It seeks to address the diversity of disaster mental health demands in the region, state, nation, and the global community so that all those impacted by disaster and trauma have access to essential mental health support. To accomplish this goal, IDMH provides leadership to advance the field of disaster mental health and trauma response through training, research, consultation, and service. IDMH works to establish and disseminate best practices to ensure that all disaster mental health services are evidence-supported and culturally sensitive.
Undergraduates can earn an academic minor and graduate students can earn an advanced certificate—including real-world experience—in the emerging field of disaster mental health. As an example of trauma service, Dr. Amy Nitza, director of the institute, and a team of her students were called to Texas and Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria to assist residents and first-responders to help them regain “their sense of being in control until they can help themselves.” Likewise, the Institute was there during the response to Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti.
The Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives
The Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives conducts studies on topics of regional and statewide interest, both independently and in collaboration with government, businesses, and not-for-profits in the Hudson Valley and throughout New York State. Recent studies include:
“Time on Test: The Fixed Costs of 3-8 Standardized Testing in New York State” which addresses debates and policy choices about placing limits on testing time in schools.
“Mid-Hudson Arts and Culture: the Economic Impact” based on data gathered from or descriptive of 517 arts & culture organizations in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties.
“State and Local Veterans Service Agencies and Returning Veterans in New York” co-authored by Afghanistan campaign veteran and political science major, Timothy Toomey ’17, and Benjamin Center Director and Vietnam-era veteran, Gerald Benjamin
The center brings visibility to and insights on pertinent issues, fosters communities working together to better serve citizenry, and advances the public interest in our region as we seek alternative solutions to key policy challenges. Student apprentice researchers are part of virtually every center project.
The Kressner Family Autism Spectrum Disorder Program Fund was created by alumna Myra (Rosenberg) Kressner ’76 and supports students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by providing them with tools for academic and professional success.
The cornerstone of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Program Fund supports transitions to employment through career exploration, interviewing skills and job readiness preparation. A pilot seminar series was launched in January 2018, and more than 40 students diagnosed on the spectrum who were already receiving accommodations through the Disability Resource Center were invited to participate. An additional seminar series focused on building interpersonal and social skills began for new students in fall 2018. The Compass Program and related programs will be administered by the College’s Division of Student Affairs through the Disability Resource Center and Career Resource Center.
Give to the Campaign for SUNY New Paltz
A copy of our most recently filed financial report is available from the Charities Registry on the New York State Attorney General’s website (www.charitiesnys.com) or, upon request, by contacting the New York State Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005, or us at 1 Hawk Dr, New Paltz, NY 12561. You also may obtain information on charitable organizations from the New York State Office of the Attorney General at www.charitiesnys.com or (212) 416-8401.