College welcomes 1,850 new first-year and transfer students

SUNY New Paltz will welcome 1,155 new first-year students to the College during the annual Moving-in Day beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23.

The new students will be joined for the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 27, by 695 transfer students, for a total of 1,850 new students.

According to L. David Eaton, vice president for enrollment management, “The freshman class is academically very strong and diverse ethnically, geographically, and by the wide variety of academic interests they represent. Our transfer class is equally impressive, having been admitted through a highly selective admission process. About one−third of the undergraduate population was admitted as transfer students. They come to New Paltz from the region’s community colleges, as well as four-year public and private colleges around the state and the nation.”



Fall Convocation

Students of the Class of 2016 will attend the 26th annual Fall Convocation at the Athletic & Wellness Center on Friday, Aug. 24. This event formally introduces new students to the academic community and to the New Paltz faculty.

Professor Tom Meyer, associate professor of secondary education and director of the Hudson Valley Writing Project, will be the featured speaker. The title of Meyer’s address is “What Would It Take for You to Learn?” Meyer was the recipient of the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Faculty Service partly due to his contributions in building an award-winning education network in the Hudson Valley and linking that network to a national network that honors the importance of writing and thinking at all ages and in all disciplinary subjects.


Shop 24

To accommodate students’ desire for increased late night on-campus access to food and convenience items, Campus Auxiliary Services will install a new Shop24 (24-hour) vending machine on the concourse outside the Student Union Building in September.

The machine will dispense a variety of snacks, beverages, sundries, and frozen meals. The project is a collaborative partnership between Campus Auxiliary Services (CAS), Pepsi of the Hudson Valley, and Shop24, a world leader in the automated convenience store market.


New leadership

Dr. Philip Mauceri became the new provost and vice president for academic affairs on Aug. 1. He fills a vacancy in the provost position created by Donald Christian’s appointment as interim president in July 2010 and then as president in June 2011. Prior to his appointment at New Paltz, Mauceri served as the dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and a professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa.

Dr. Michael Rosenberg began his appointment as the new dean of the School of Education on Aug. 3. As dean, he will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer for the School of Education.

Dr. Daniel Freedman will begin this academic year as the new dean of the School of Science & Engineering. His appointment was effective April 2. Freedman served as the interim dean from August 2011 until his appointment.

W. Mark Colvson assumed his responsibilities as the new dean of the Sojourner Truth Library on July 9. In this role, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the library; working with faculty, staff, and students to integrate library resources into their academic, research and scholarly pursuits; integration of library technology; and oversight of the ongoing library renovation.

Tanhena Pacheco Dunn has joined New Paltz as its first executive director for compliance and campus climate. She assumed her duties on June 18.