The Fund for New Paltz
Priority Goal: $3.5 Million
The Fund for New Paltz makes possible programs that enrich the experience of each student and our entire community.
Ongoing programs and events supported by the Fund for New Paltz include:
40 Under Forty
40 Under Forty program celebrates the accomplishments of up-and-coming alumni, under the age of 40, who are making a difference in the world through their work. Their stories also provide inspiration to current and prospective students who see how far and wide a SUNY New Paltz education
can take you.
James O'Brien, PhD, is a theoretical and computational physicist who specializes in astrophysics, cosmology and gravity. A large portion of his work over the last few years focuses on alternative gravitational theories outside of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity. O'Brien's passion for teaching has also lead to numerous publications in physics education as well as the development of educational-based board games with his colleagues such as "Sector Vector". Outside of physics, O'Brien was a VHDL Engineer at IBM for four years before pursuing a Ph.D..
Distinguished Speaker Series
Distinguished Speaker Series, launched in 2008, brings renowned authors, policy makers, scientists, media experts, business people and accomplished alumni to campus two times each year. The extended SUNY New Paltz community has recently attended presentations by Emmy award-winning alumna Janus Adams ’67 (Theatre Arts) and YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl ’95 (International Relations).
During her 2019 address Dr. Rosie Philips Davis, President of the American Psychological Association, spoke about her initiative to use psychological science as a catalyst to address issues of deep poverty and bring about positive structural change. Dr. Davis is working to garner political support for an effective safety net and help partner organizations implement evidence-based antipoverty programs and policies.
Women’s Leadership Summit
Women’s Leadership Summit connects currents students from all schools and majors with accomplished professionals who offer practical career advice and empowerment tips. These scholars and business leaders, many of whom are alumnae, provide guidance on transitioning from college to career, sharing both their own successes and set-backs.
Leslie Gordon ’93 (Sociology), President and CEO of Feeding Westchester, guest speaker at the National Conference on Emergency Feeding and the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine on Seniors & Hunger, and guest lecturer of Fordham University’s Nonprofit Leadership graduate program, was the 2019 keynote speaker.
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.