The Year In Review: 2021

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"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as President of SUNY New Paltz and to have had such a long and rewarding tenure in this role. The quintessential SUNY New Paltz community spirit I have come to respect and cherish has been especially apparent this past year. I wish for my successor the same warmth and acceptance that Sandy and I received from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and supporters of this top-tier public university.”



Donald P. Christian, President

January

Jeff Gant

The College welcomes Jeff Gant, new vice president for enrollment management

Faculty & Staff

Gant assumes senior leadership role as chief enrollment officer, responsible for all aspects of the enrollment process from recruitment to degree conferral

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alumni profile

Alumni Spotlight: Shanay Bradley '12 (Sociology)

Alumni, Athletics, Wellness & Recreation

The story of Bradley's journey: learning the game of basketball, joining a rising New Paltz team as a transfer student, supporting herself through college, getting into coaching following her playing career, and the leap of faith that led her to her current role as director of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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Ottaway Visiting Professor 2021

2021 Ottaway Visiting Professor of Journalism: Reporter and essayist Tammy Kim

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

As the 20th Ottaway Visiting Professor, Kim taught an upper-level journalism seminar on “Writing Globalized Labor" for New Paltz students

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Dorsky Museum

Anna Conlan appointed new Director of The Dorsky Museum

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art

As Neil C. Trager Director of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, Conlan oversees all collection, exhibition, education and related artistic programs and activities, in collaboration with the Museum’s staff, Advisory Board, and many campus and regional partners and stakeholders.

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SUNY announces 2020 Police Chiefs Association Award recipients

University Police

Honorees included New Paltz UPD Lieutenants Williams and Shaw, and Officers Nelson, Shadick, Mattison and Candela.

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Hispanic Leadership Institute

New Paltz alumna Claudia Hernandez Tarquino '04 becomes first director-in-residence of SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute

Alumni, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Helping build professional development and networking opportunities for Hispanic and LatinX leaders across New York State

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February

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Virtual global learning programs blossom as COVID-19 forces cancellation of in-person study abroad

International Programs

Collaborative Online International Learning, SUNY Global Commons and other opportunities for students enable global education from afar.

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Department of Theate Arts

Department of Theatre Arts virtual performances return for spring 2021

Fine & Performing Arts

Performers and crew members continued to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic with livestreamed and pre-recorded theatrical events.

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Coach of the Decade

Women's Basketball's Jamie Seward named SUNYAC Coach of the Decade

Athletics, Wellness & Recreation

Seward led the Hawks to five conference championships over a 10-year span, and coached three Hawks who made the All-Decade team: 2019 alumnae Lindsay Bettke and Rachel Simon and 2017 alumna Kit Small.

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Coach of the Decade

Field Hockey Coach Shanna Szablinski named SUNYAC Coach of the Decade

Athletics, Wellness & Recreation

Szablinski has coached 35 All-SUNYAC players, two SUNYAC Players of the Year honorees, 13 NFHCA All-North Atlantic Region selections, two NFHCA All-Americans, one Synapse Sports All-America, and three NFHCA Senior All-Star game selections. Her players have excelled in the classroom as well, earning both individual and team NFHCA All-Academic and CoSida All-Academic honors.

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Sojourner Truth Library

Sojourner Truth Library hosts Antiracist Campus Read

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

One example of our community's response to the renewed international engagement with the movement for Black lives.

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2021

Care packages and quarantine: Center for International Programs helps students from abroad overcome new hurdles

Center for International Programs

Campus staff worked ‘round the clock to make it possible for students from around the world to make their New Paltz dreams a reality, even in the midst of a pandemic.

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2021

Seventeen undergraduates earn grants for faculty-mentored research

Undergraduate Research

Every year, the Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities program provides funds for applied scholarship in a broad array of academic disciplines.

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committee members

College forms new University Police Department Advisory Committee

University Police, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Membership includes students, faculty and alumni; Committee is charged with making recommendations to the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Chief of Police concerning police services to the campus community.

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Composer and Performer

Department of Music welcomes composer and performer Sarah Hennies

Fine & Performing Arts

The groundbreaking audio-visual artist mentored and performed with students as the spring 2021 Kenneth Davenport Resident for New American Music.

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Virtual Academy

Two New Paltz students among first-ever SUNY Leadership Academy grads

Student Life, Leadership

Student Leadership Academy was designed to provide talented and committed SUNY students throughout the system with the leadership mindset and skills that are necessary to solve today’s complex global challenges and be successful beyond graduation.

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Thank you message

SUNY New Paltz enjoys its first ever Mind, Body, Spirit Days

Student Life

Mind, Body, Spirit days were a well-deserved time for reflection and relaxation in place of spring break, which SUNY cancelled at all campuses due to COVID-19.

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Top 10 School

New Paltz rises to No. 8 on Military Friendly® small public schools list

Veteran & Military Services

It was the College’s second consecutive appearance in the Top 10 and the seventh year in a row on the Military Friendly® list, a leading evaluator of colleges and universities serving veterans, dependents and active military students.

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Campus pivots to aluminum

Beyond Plastics: Campus pivots to aluminum for beverage sales

Sustainability

Student Sustainability Ambassadors helped lead the effort to bring about this change. Cans are easier to recycle and less harmful to produce than bottles.

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SUNY announces comprehensive 25-Point Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Action Plan

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Students, faculty and staff from campuses across the system made recommendations to close racial equity gaps and eliminate institutional racial discrimination.

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March

2021

The Seventh Annual Women's Leadership Summit: The tradition continues, virtually

Development & Alumni Relations

A Women's History Month celebration that connects accomplished alumnae with current New Paltz students.

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UPD certification

UPD earns Department of Justice “Safe Policing for Safe Communities” certification

University Police

The certification is for helping to ensure transparent, safe and accountable delivery of law enforcement services.

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Journey of a Year: A message from Chief Diversity Officer Tanhena Pacheco Dunn

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

"As the country and our campus wrestled with the development of the first global health pandemic since 1918, the country and SUNY New Paltz also came to a moment of reckoning with our racialized history."

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#KnowYourVax: SUNY campaign to combat misinformation and encourage vaccination

COVID-19

Experts from across the state university system contribute short, multilingual videos to help students, faculty and staff stay informed about COVID-19 and vaccines

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Statement on Atlanta shootings and anti-Asian American discrimination

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

"We condemn this and other acts of hate against the Asian and Asian American Communities and within our mission pledge to continue to name, confront, and dismantle racism and the hierarchy of human value in all its forms."

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2021

The College bids farewell to Shana Circe ’02 ’08g, longtime director of alumni relations

Development & Alumni Relations

Circe helped transform the Office of Alumni Relations and created a robust calendar of events and opportunities for alumni to find their own way to connect.

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Eight New Paltz faculty members join 2020-21 SUNY PRODiG cohort

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

"PRODiG has created a framework and offered funding for intentional and sustained change and helped us take bigger and bolder steps in our journey to be a more inclusive campus,” said President Donald P. Christian.

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New York creates Excelsior Pass for secure presentation of testing and vaccination info

COVID-19

Millions of free Excelsior Passes have been issued since the state launched this voluntary, first-in-the-nation platform.

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Former UPD Chief

UPD Chief Mary Ritayik defines leadership in challenging times

University Police

How the first female police chief in campus history, later appointed first SUNY UPD Commissioner, navigated the pandemic year

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April

2021

New Paltz named a Top 25 Best Value in new national rankings

Rankings

College Consensus pulls from national media outlets and online reviews by real students to get a full picture of return on investment.

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Renee Bostic appointed Director of Athletics, Wellness & Recreation

Athletics, Wellness & Recreation

Bostic has dedicated her career to the advancement and success of student-athletes.

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2021 Student Chancellor's Award Recipients

Two New Paltz students earn 2021 SUNY Chancellor's Awardees

Student Life

Ashleigh Arrington ’21 (Chemistry; Mathematics) and Isma Rajpura ’21 (Biology) were recognized for outstanding academic performance, leadership and service.

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SUNY announces 20% increase in EOP funding

Student Life

The new state budget invests in the Educational Opportunity Program, helping more students access college and succeed in graduating.

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Reflections on the Derek Chauvin verdict, and what remains to be done

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

"The work of confronting and dismantling racism remains and takes on greater urgency."

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Earth Day 2021

SUNY New Paltz announces formation of Carbon Neutrality Task Force

Sustainability

As the world celebrated Earth Day, the College took another step toward becoming a zero-net-carbon campus.

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Dorsky Board Member

Dorsky Museum Advisory Board member opens West Strand Gallery in Kingston, New York

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Fine & Performing Arts

Isabel Alvarez, renowned artist and longtime supporter of The Dorsky, and Julio Nazario opened a new storefront gallery spotlighting emerging and mid-career artists of diverse backgrounds.

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Without Limits retrospective: Looking back on faculty-led conversations about unseen and understudied aspects of the pandemic

Liberal Arts & Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ annual series explored a host of pandemic-related topics, featuring panelists and guests from Latin American & Caribbean studies, art, creative writing, psychology, economics, political science, anthropology, black studies and languages, literatures and cultures, discussing how the pandemic has affected life both at home and abroad.

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Virtual Student Research Symposium: Our annual celebration of undergraduate research and faculty mentored scholarship

Undergraduate Research

The Spring 2021 edition featured 50 presentations by 105 students and 28 faculty mentors.

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May

education

New Paltz will help Air National Guard members fulfill education requirements

Veteran & Military Services

The Office of Veteran & Military Services launched a new effort to help service members earn credits and complete their degrees.

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2021 Director of Center for Student Engagement

Emily Bazinet ’08g appointed Director of the Center for Student Engagement

Faculty/Staff, Student Affairs

This alumna has been a valued member of the campus community since 2004 and has served as the Center's senior staff member assuming director-level duties since January 2021.

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2021 Faculty and Staff Chancellor's Award Recipients

Eight New Paltz faculty and staff named SUNY Chancellor’s Awardees

Faculty & Staff

Well-deserved recognition for community members who have gone above and beyond as educators, scholars and colleagues.

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SUNYAC title

Three-peat! Women's tennis defeats Oneonta for third straight SUNYAC title

Athletics, Wellness & Recreation

A dominant run continues as the Hawks stay atop the conference.

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SUNY launches new Graduate Student Advocate Fellowship Program

Graduate, Professional & Interdisciplinary Studies, Academic Affairs

The program is a new strategic effort to identify key barriers affecting SUNY graduate student success and recommend changes to the Chancellor’s leadership team.

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2021 ceremonies

What a weekend! Full coverage of 14 Commencement ceremonies

Commencement

Relive the ceremonies, watch video, check out other end-of-year celebrations and more.

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Two New Paltz students among inaugural class of SUNY Pre-Med Opportunity Program

Biology, Science & Engineering

Julio Aguilar '22 (Biology) and Guillermo Granados '23 (Biology; Black Studies) were among 25 SUNY students selected to receive academic support in their pursuit of careers in medicine.

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2021

2019-20 grads get long-awaited in-person Commencement celebration

Commencement

At long last, we celebrated together! Hundreds of alumni returned to campus one year later to reunite with friends and walk the stage.

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retirement announced

President Donald P. Christian announces 2022 retirement after 12 years of leadership

Office of the President

During the remainder of his tenure, Christian’s focus will be to position SUNY New Paltz for continuing success in a dramatically changing higher education world and to set the stage for the next president’s entry and success.

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Barbara Lyman

Barbara Lyman to remain at New Paltz as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs during the first year of the new president's tenure

Academic Affairs

Provost Lyman has provided outstanding leadership for the Division of Academic Affairs since 2019, and will contribute welcome stability during the presidential transition.

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Commissioner

UPD Chief Mary Ritayik appointed New York State University Police Commissioner

University Police

Ritayik became the first woman to lead the state University Police system when she joined the SUNY leadership team on July 6.

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grad programs

Graduate programs in Counselor Education earn CACREP accreditation

Graduate, Professional & Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Accreditation signifies that the programs meet national quality standards and best practices developed by established experts in the counseling field.

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June

chair of Black Studies

Weldon McWilliams, Ph.D., appointed chair of the Department of Black Studies

Black Studies, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Faculty/Staff

A specialist in history and literatures of liberation theology, Black nationalism, masculinity, and Afro-centric Theory, McWilliams came to New Paltz after teaching for nearly a decade at Dutchess Community College.

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art exhibition grant

Dorsky Museum receives NEA grant for Kate Millett exhibition

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Fine & Performing Arts

"Life After the Revolution” tells the story of the Art Colony at Millett Farm, which offered women the space to create community and art together.

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Gambling, gay marriage and the Excelsior Scholarship: Journalism alumni make good as reporters

Liberal Arts & Sciences, Alumni

Three recent Digital Media & Journalism graduates published extensive, investigative pieces on high-profile issues in New York State in summer 2021.

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grant 2021

3D-printed face shields project awarded IBM Volunteer Excellence grant

3D Printing

The Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center worked to produce thousands of face shields for front-line workers in 2020 and 2021.

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2021

College ranked no. 2 most affordable LGBTQ-friendly school in New York

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Rankings

New Paltz received high marks in a new higher education report that cross references tuition prices and LGBTQ+ support on campus.

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Juneteenth in New Paltz: A Village-wde day of celebration and reflection

Community Engagement

Elting Memorial Library and Historic Huguenot Street host a day-long series including music, pot luck, and an evening screening of "Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre," with introductory remarks by SUNY New Paltz Professor Emeritus Zelbert Moore.

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The 2020-21 Athletics, Wellness and Recreation Awards

Athletics, Wellness & Recreation

The Hawks honored 18 students, staff and alumni for athletic and academic excellence and leadership.

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SUNY Board of Trustees approves new plan to expand mental health services

Student Life

New funding and recommendations to build a culture of early intervention where students, faculty, and staff are armed with the knowledge and training to help those in crisis connect with the services they need.

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honor roll

172 New Paltz student athletes selected to the SUNYAC Academic Honor Roll

Athletics, Wellness & Recreation

The 2020-21 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll awarded student-athletes who sustained at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average.

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July

Dorsky Museum

“Hudson Valley Artists: Who Really Cares?” summer exhibition at The Dorsky Museum

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Fine & Performing Arts

Inspired by Marvin Gaye's legendary "What's Going On" album, these regional artists engaged with a year of reckoning, of questioning, and of emotional and physical turmoil

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2021 goal exceeded

Soaring Higher: College exceeds goal for first-ever campaign, raising more than $24.7 million in philanthropic support

Development & Alumni Relations

Our community's generosity helped raise significant funds to support new learning opportunities and programs to transform our students' experience at New Paltz and beyond.

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Chief of Police

College names Michael Corbisiero acting chief of police

University Police

Corbisiero previously served as deputy chief, assisting in the development and presentation of policing, safety and security programs for the campus community.

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“Not all species will be able to shift”: Biology professor collaborates on international climate study

Science & Engineering

David Richardson was part of an international collaborative team that produced the study “Climate change drives widespread shifts in lake thermal habitat,” published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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Hall of Fame

For Gene Ventriglia '67, West Point Hall of Fame induction is a crowning achievement to a lifetime in soccer

Athletics, Wellness & Recreation, Alumni

A local legend, Ventriglia earned the moniker "the Godfather of Soccer" after becoming one of the most decorated athletes to ever play for SUNY New Paltz.

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2021

College earns multiple awards for excellence in SUNY communications competition

Communication & Marketing

2021 SUNY Council for University Advancement Awards for Excellence recognize the best of the best in creative communications, events, photography, writing, advertising and design from across the state university system.

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College publishes overview of COVID-19 policies for fall 2021

COVID-19

While we continued to change and adapt with the pandemic, the broader plan for vaccination, masking, screening, testing, quarantine, events and more remained consistent during the fall 2021 semester.

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A student receiving assistance crossing the stage at a Commencement ceremony.

SUNY announces new Empowering Students with Disability Task Force

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

On the 31st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, SUNY commissioned a new effort to address challenges faced by students with disabilities and provide additional educational opportunities.

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August

sustainability

Can solar panels coexist with birds and bees? This team of SUNY New Paltz researchers is looking for answers

Science & Engineering, Sustainability

Building solar panels is key to New York’s renewable energy goals. But how does it affect the bird and insect species that already live at these development sites?

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2021

Inaugurating the 2021-22 academic year at new student Convocation

Convocation

"Convocations reaffirm the importance of learning, discovery and creation, and the special wonder of engaging in the collaborative work between teachers – our faculty – and learners."

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State of College 2021

President Christian delivers his 12th and final State of the College Address

Office of the President

Reflecting on more than a decade of progress and growth for the institution, and looking ahead to new challenges and new opportunities.

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SUNY's vaccine mandate for students takes effect following full FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine

COVID-19

With the FDA’s move, all students who engage in-person at a SUNY campus or facility are now required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

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Kathy Hochul sworn in as 57th Governor of New York State

New York State

"Throughout her career in public service, Kathy Hochul has been a strong and fierce advocate for higher education and how access and opportunity to quality public education can provide the pathway needed for success."

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September

SUNY New Paltz Foundation Board welcomes new directors

Development & Alumni Relations

New directors Michele Di Palo-Williams ’77 (Sociology), Jo Ann Golden ’69 (Secondary Education: Mathematics) and Dennis McShane ’77 (Russian Studies) elected to serve three-year terms.

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September 11

Our community reflects on 20 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks

Office of the President

Chimes in the van den Berg clock tower rang five times each at 8:46, 9:03, 9:37 and 10:03, the times of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the crash of the diverted Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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Exploring Strange New Worlds: The Harrington STEM Lecture Series returns for fall 2021

Science & Engineering

The College welcomed William Walsh of San Diego State University, who spoke about "circumbinary planets" that orbit two stars (yes, just like Tatooine!)

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SUNY New Paltz rises across the board in 2022 U.S. News & World Report college rankings

Rankings

SUNY New Paltz was ranked No. 6 public university in the Northeast, and appears on lists of Best Colleges for Veterans, Most Innovative, Best Value and more.

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Assemblymember Kevin Cahill '77 and The Benjamin Center announce more funding for k-12 science and technology labs in the Hudson Valley

Science & Engineering, Benjamin Center

"Our shared goal is to create access to innovation and technology above and beyond the regular curriculum and to foster a continuum, from preschool to the workplace, of the brightest and most tech-savvy kids in our state.”

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atrium

Student feedback propels New Paltz to top 350 nationwide in Wall Street Journal rankings

Rankings

Unique among rankings systems, the WSJ model relies on a survey of more than 170,000 currently enrolled students.

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Theatre Department

Drama on the pitch: The Department of Theatre Arts opens 2021-22 production season with "The Wolves"

Theatre Arts, Fine & Performing Arts

This award-winning play, "at times hilarious, poignant, sharp-tongued, and devastating," follows nine teenage girls on a high school soccer team.

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with Augie

Congratulating outgoing Director of Environmental Health & Safety Mike Malloy

Faculty & Staff

Mike (along with his sidekick Augie, who is also retiring) has been instrumental in transforming campus safety culture over the past 13 years.

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conference

Lessons from Two Decades of Disaster Response: IDMH hosts 17th annual conference

Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Institute for Disaster Mental Health reflected on 20 years of emergency management training, preparation and direct action; Guest speakers included former FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate.

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October

Announcing 2021 Heritage and Alumni Award recipients

Development & Alumni Relations

Each year, the College recognizes alumni and friends of New Paltz at this reunion.

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October 2021

“For the greater good”: College celebrates successful conclusion of Soaring Higher - The Campaign for New Paltz

Development & Alumni Relations

An on-campus gathering in honor of an incredible outpouring of generosity from our community.

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Sierra Magazine: New Paltz is a Cool School for sustainability

Sustainability

For the sixth straight year, we were on the list as one of the 200 most environmentally friendly colleges in the U.S.

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SUNY makes largest-ever investment in the Educational Opportunity Program

Educational Opportunity Program

A 20% increase in EOP funding will allow up to 1,000 additional students to enroll statewide, and will establish new retention programs and funds to aid students in need.

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2021

College announces creation of the President’s Award for Student Excellence

Office of the President

This new recognition for outstanding Hawks will be presented for the first time in spring 2022.

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New Counselor Education Department approved by Faculty Senate

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Counselor Education graduate program will become an autonomous academic department.

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A celebration for Bruce Sillner, longtime Dean of International Programs

International Programs

Sillner had remarkable impact on international education, at New Paltz and around the world, over the course of a three-decade-plus career at the College.

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National Ranking

Men's Soccer ascends to first national ranking in decades

Athletics

The Hawks came in at No. 21 in the U.S. Coaches Association poll after a thrilling, double-overtime win in Oneonta kept them undefeated in conference play.

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SUNY announces inaugural class of 21 EOP Student Ambassadors

Educational Opportunity Program

Congratulations to New Paltz representative Nathaly Munoz '23, who joined an EOP student support network spanning New York State.

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International studies

Top Gilman Producer: U.S. Dept. of State names New Paltz as one of the nation's best at helping students access international education

International Programs

The Gilman Scholarship has provided funding for more than 100 New Paltz students to study abroad since 2001.

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November

Black Solidarity Day 2021 is Monday, Nov. 1

Diversity & Inclusion

This long-running campus tradition included a call for faculty across all disciplines to consider incorporating materials or discussions that explore African American and African contributions.

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2021

Scenes from The Dorsky Museum's 20th Anniversary Gala

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art

“None of this would have been possible without our community of students, artists, local partners, professors, campus colleagues, staff members, supporters, volunteers and visitors. We want to thank everyone for being part of our story, and we look forward to the next 20 years together.” - Anna Conlan, Director

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Student Engagement

Edward Lawson, J.D., MBA, appointed Assistant Director for Intercultural Relations in the Center for Student Engagement

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

In this newly created role, Lawson will draw on 25 years of experience in public affairs and advocacy to provide holistic and culturally responsive support to students.

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stop violence 2021

Student-led dialogue on Asian hate sparks productive conversation

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

A well-attended virtual event offered students a chance to share their experiences, while faculty, staff and campus leadership listened and learned.

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Champs 2021

Champs! Field Hockey caps magical season with sixth SUNYAC title

Athletics, Wellness & Recreation

A goal by Hannah Ackerman '23 was the difference in a hard-fought shutout over Cortland.

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The Institute for Disaster Mental Health is at the heart of a new partnership in Puerto Rico

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

IDMH will work with Governor Hochul's office, SUNY, CUNY and the University of Puerto Rico to establish a new network of disaster mental health professionals.

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Dintinguished Speaker 2021

Fall 2021 Distinguished Speaker Series: "Creating and Manifesting Belonging" with Darnisa Amante-Jackson

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

More than 300 members of the extended campus community tuned in virtually for a powerful lectureon racial equity and the meaning of allyship.

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2021

New Paltz students had highest voting rate (more than 70%) in SUNY in 2020

Democracy

Our students got out the vote and earned a Gold Seal from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.

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Journalist

The Ottaway Journalism Program presents Eyal Press on inequality and “essential workers”

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The 2016 Ottaway Visiting Professor returned to New Paltz to discuss new reporting on the "Dirty Work" that is often left to marginalized members of our society.

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Announcing Sustainability Fellows for 2021-22

Sustainability

Fellows earn a stipend and collaborate to bring new content into courses and programs.

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2021

Two from New Paltz selected as SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute fellows

Hispanic Leadership Institute

Tanhena Pacheco Dunn and Dante Cantú joined a systemwide effort to support the next generation of Hispanic/Latinx leaders.

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University Police will adopt use of body cameras

University Police

The UPD Advisory Committee recommended adoption of this best practice.

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2021

Division of Engineering Programs unveils new opportunity for students interested in careers in wind power

Sustainability, School of Science & Engineering

The grant-funded collaboration with SUNY Polytechnic delivers fully online, one-credit modules, designed to encourage students to enter this vital, sustainable industry.

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2021 Hudson Valley Magazine

Hudson Valley Magazine list of 10 extraordinary women leaders includes two with New Paltz ties

Development & Alumni Relations

Congratulations to Vice President Erica Marks and alumna Kate Stoeckeler '10 (Childhood Education) for recognition as drivers of real change in our region.

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December

In Memoriam

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College mourns death of Palmer Kocher, adjunct lecturer in the Department of Mathematics

Faculty/Staff, Mathematics, Science & Engineering

Kocher was a SUNY New Paltz alumnus who served as an adjunct lecturer of mathematics from 1997 - 2020

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College mourns passing of Jozef Gembarovic

Faculty/Staff, Physics, Science & Engineering

Gembarovic taught physics courses at SUNY New Paltz as an adjunct professor until his retirement in 2019.

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Remembering Don Roper, the Hawks' most avid supporter

Faculty/Staff, History, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Athletics, Wellness & Recreation, Student Affairs

Former history professor and Faculty Athletic Representative was one of the Hawks' biggest fans.

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Campus community mourns death of Joe Paparone, former professor of theatre arts for more than four decades

Faculty/Staff, Theatre Arts, Fine & Performing Arts

Paparone helped build the Department of Theatre Arts into what it is today.

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Campus community mourns death of Patricia King '60, former Alumni Council and Alumni Association Board member

Alumni Council

Patricia King, 82, of New Paltz, New York passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Woodland Pond at New Paltz.

 

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Obituary

College mourns the death of John Palencsar, adjunct lecturer of history

Faculty/Staff, History, Liberal Arts & Sciences Department

Palencsar was a beloved lecturer in the Department of History.

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College mourns passing of former adjunct professor Joseph Britto

Faculty/Staff

A lifelong lover of history and education, Britto taught as an adjunct at SUNY New Paltz for more than 25 years.

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College mourns passing of Leroy Carlson, longtime AVP for Administration & Finance

Faculty/Staff, Finance & Administration

Carlson was a valued member of the campus community for more than three decades, who was actively involved in the Employee Assistance Program and worked with colleagues across the state to help expand its services.

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College mourns passing of Irving Weiss, professor emeritus of English

Faculty/Staff, English, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Weiss was a poet, writer, translator and educator who taught in the Department of English at SUNY New Paltz from 1964-1985.

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College mourns passing of James Grant, longest-serving Vice President for Administration & Finance in campus history

Faculty/Staff, Finance & Administration

Grant was the College’s first African American vice president and was a key figure on campus in years when the College raised admission standards, increased enrollment, transformed the campus landscape and preserved institutional commitments to diversity.

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College mourns passing of Jeffrey Hlopek, longtime colleague in Custodial Services

Faculty/Staff, Custodial Services

Hlopek served in Custodial Services for more than two decades.

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College mourns passing of A.J. Williams-Myers, longtime Black Studies faculty member

Faculty/Staff, Black Studies, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Williams-Myers was a beloved professor emeritus of Black Studies and a longtime community leader based in Kingston, New York.

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Center for International Programs remembers former office assistant Daisy Simmons

Faculty/Staff, Center for International Programs, Academic Affairs

Simmons, who worked for many years in the Center for International Programs, supported hundreds of students from abroad in their adjustment to life at New Paltz.

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College mourns passing of Brian McShane ’74, who served on the Foundation Board of Directors for 10+ years

Alumni

McShane ’74 (English), a former New Paltz Foundation Board Director, was a longtime friend and supporter of the College.

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Campus community mourns Jake Eherts, a student who passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 14

Student

Jake held an associate degree in history from Sullivan County Community College, and joined the New Paltz campus community for the fall 2021 term.

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College mourns passing of Dr. Spencer Mass

In Memoriam

The Biology instructor was a beloved colleague and mentor who helped hundreds of New Paltz students prepare for careers in medicine.

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The Hudson Valley mourns a music industry legend: Tony Falco ’83, owner of The Falcon in Marlboro, New York, has died

In Memoriam

"At its pre-pandemic peak, the Falcon featured music on two stages nightly, rotating art exhibits, the Avalon Archives Museum, two restaurants, and a network of trails and decks overlooking Marlboro Falls" - Hudson Valley One

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College mourns death of undergraduate astronomy major Michael Capurso

In Memoriam

Michael, an amateur astrophotographer and Eagle Scout, was expected to graduate in May.

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