The Center for Student Media is home to the 3 large-scale student run Student Association media organizations at SUNY New Paltz. WNPC-TV, WFNP Radio, The New Paltz Oracle Newspaper and it’s literary magazine, The Teller. Each organization is run by an executive board and comprised of student members that are responsible for the day to day operation of each of the 3 areas. Community engagement, student growth and development and cross- campus collaboration are some of the primary goals of the Center for Student Media.
As members of the Center for Student Media, SUNY New Paltz students are able to get hands on experience within the various fields of media, while simultaneous contributing to the campus and local community. There are a variety of collaborative efforts between the Center for Student Media and academic departments, campus offices, student organizations and even local community members, all coming together to serve the needs of our campus and local community.
To submit a request for a Public Service Announcement on WFNP Radio, click here.
*Please note, we ask for 3 weeks notice in order to give our production department time to create, edit and upload your announcement.
To submit a music review (album, concert or song) for the WFNP Radio website/social media pages, click here.
To submit a request for coverage by The New Paltz Oracle: Coming soon.
To submit a request for coverage by WNPC-TV: Coming soon.
Valerie Tremblay, Director (photo: tremblav attached)
Valerie has been the Director of the Center for Student Media since March 2018. She is a two-time alum of SUNY New Paltz, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in 2005 majoring in Radio/Television Production, and in 2010 received a Master of Professional Studies in Humanistic Multicultural Education. Val’s passion is radio, as she has been working in the field doing commercial radio since 2005, serving in promotions and programming positions for Cumulus Media, Entercom, and Townsquare Media where she currently works on the air for 92.7/96.9 WRRV out of Poughkeepsie. Val serves as the primary advisor to WFNP radio and The New Paltz Oracle.
In addition to the media aspects of her position, Val really enjoys the opportunity to work with and help develop student leaders within her department. She has a strong background in student
development, leadership and programming through her previous positions as a Residence Director, Orientation Coordinator, and Assistant Director of Residence Education and First Year Programs.
Elkyn Orellana, Assistant Director
Before being promoted to his current position as the Assistant Director for the Center of Student Media Elkyn was the Chief Engineer/Media Technician. He holds great significance in his early video and photography career; in which he learned every aspect of production on his own in order to fine tune his creative skills. As an Advisor and Assistant Director, he advocates for his students to learn and understand these same points; to expand their vision in order to tell their story in a more captivating way.
He treasures seeing his students grow and taking what they have learned at the Media Center into their professional careers at places like, Nickelodeon, MTV, TruTV, NBC, CBS, and Discovery. Being the Assistant Director, Advisor, and a father has taught him to encourage individuals to make mistakes and to learn from their weaknesses. He believes that doing so will allow students to find their strengths and grow not only as individuals, but also as media professionals. In the future, he wishes to continue teaching the students in the Media Center, expand his freelance endeavors, and watch his students grow.
Maggie Zielinski, Graduate Assistant
The Graduate Assistant for the Center for Student Media focuses on working with the Director and Assistant Director to meet the needs of all three organizations. Most of the daily tasks involve working on various behind-the-scenes operations of WFNP radio, NPC-TV, and The Oracle. This position is also involved in mentoring student managers in the development of leadership skills. While the Graduate Assistant is always a student enrolled in a graduate program at SUNY New Paltz, they may come from any educational background. Previous Graduate Assistants have studied Media, Media Management, and Counseling.
Where we are located:
The Center for Student Media is located in the Student Union, on the 3rd floor. The professional staff offices are in 309, 311, and 313, and WNPC-TV studios and editing suites are also located on the 3rd floor. WFNP radio and The New Paltz Oracle are also located in the Student Union Building, but on the 4th floor.
Mission and Learning Outcomes:
The Center for Student media offers a number of opportunities for students to gain media industry grade experience outside the classroom. As a department, we are committed to providing students with the entire creative process when it comes to media, bringing an idea to the table, brainstorming plans, conducting interviews, editing (footage, sound, written stories) and so on. The Center for Student Media allows participants to take control their own
experience within our department, growing, learning and developing through one, two, or all three of our media platforms.
As a result of participation within the Center for Student Media and its organizations, students will:
* Learn how to operate industry grade equipment and programs for their given media platform, attaining entry level and even mastery of given programs and equipment
o The Center for Student Media provides students the opportunity to learn on the Adobe Creative Suite (Audition, Premiere, InDesign and Photoshop).
* Provide public service to the SUNY New Paltz campus community, as well as local surrounding communities through radio broadcast, print articles, and video pieces
* Develop a hub for the transmission of campus event information and resources
* Provide entertainment to viewers, readers and listeners
* Create an outlet for community engagement and collaboration across campus (students, faculty, staff, administration) and the local community
Center for Student Media Executive Board Members and Managers will:
* Gain management, teamwork, time management, leadership and business skills
* Create a sense of community within their given organizations that encourages student growth and development
* Represent the Center for Student Media within the campus and local community, collaborating on projects and public service opportunities