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New Paltz ranked among Kiplinger’s top best value public colleges in the nation

March 12, 2014
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Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has named New Paltz to its 2014 lists of “30 Best College Values in the Mid-Atlantic” and “25 Best College Values Under $30,000 a Year.” The rankings cite public colleges in the nation that combine an outstanding education with great economic value. New Paltz made the list of 10 ranked public universities in the Mid-Atlantic listing, along with 10 private universities and 10 liberal arts colleges. New Paltz was ranked No. 17 in the nation in the second ranking. New Paltz was one of only two SUNY campuses included in both rankings. “We take great...

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Campus employees aid accident victim

March 12, 2014
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Michael Banach (Facilities Management), Joshua Simons (CRREO), and Scott Schulte (Environmental Health & Safety) had no idea when they came to work on Feb. 27 that they would be at the heart of helping someone in need. But their training in first aid and as emergency medical technicians made all the difference for longtime college volunteer Mary Eileen Osowski, who was struck and injured by a vehicle while walking on campus. Simons and Banach were at the scene and aided the victim until University Police Department (UPD) officers and paramedics arrived. Schulte, who is second assistant chief with the...

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Kristin Backhaus appointed interim dean of the School of Business

March 12, 2014
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Kristin Backhaus

Kristin Backhaus has been appointed as interim dean of the School of Business, effective July 1. She will serve in this capacity while a national search is conducted for a permanent dean. Currently the assistant dean for assessment and professor of management, Backhaus has held positions of increasing responsibility since joining the College in 1986. During her 28-year tenure at SUNY New Paltz, she has held positions as the assistant director of human resources, affirmative action officer and assistant to the dean of education. Since 2000, she has served as the faculty advisor to the Management Association. “I am...

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Metal program is first American program to be represented at the International Design Museum in Germany

March 12, 2014
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New Paltz’s metal program has been selected as the first American program to participate in the prestigious exhibition series “Under the Stairs” at Die Neue Sammlung—The International Design Museum in Munich, Germany—March 14-20. New Paltz will be sending works from current graduate students and alumni of the past six years to the museum. “This new honor and distinction confirms most strongly the graduate metal program’s place as first in the nation. The faculty is internationally recognized as world-class, and now our students have taken a place beside them,” said Paul Kassel, interim dean of the School of Fine and...

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Susan Lewis elected to New York Academy of History

March 12, 2014
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Professor Susan Lewis (History)

Professor Susan Lewis (History) has been elected a fellow of the New York Academy of History (NYAH). “Professor Lewis’s election to the New York Academy of History is a much deserved honor, as well as an opportunity to promote the study of New York history through the unified activities of the Academy’s fellows,” said Stella Deen, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Elected fellows are historians, independent scholars, public historians, museum curators and administrators, educators, archivists and others with a record of achievement and publications. Membership is by invitation only. Lewis, who teaches United States...

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New Paltz celebrates opening of MakerBot Innovation Center

February 24, 2014
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The nation’s first MakerBot Innovation Center opens at New Paltz

New Paltz celebrated the opening of the nation’s first MakerBot Innovation Center with a press event and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 11. More than 100 people, including members of the business community, students, faculty and staff, attended the event, which was followed by a lecture by MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis. Pettis’ eagerness and excitement were palpable as he prepared for the ribbon cutting in the Innovation Center. “We were looking for a partner in New York, because New Yorkers just get stuff done,” he said. “It seemed like such a great opportunity. I’m personally really excited to see...

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New Paltz named as “Partner in Preservation” by Historic Preservation Commission

February 24, 2014
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Vice President of Administration and Finance Michele Halstead and Director of Facilities Design and Construction John McEnrue

The Village of New Paltz Historic Preservation Commission named New Paltz as one of two “Partners in Preservation” at an awards ceremony that was held on Feb. 12. New Paltz was commended specifically for its “historically sensitive renovation of the Old Main Building” and for “enhancements to its historic quad.” “The College has taken a wonderful step forward with its magnificent renovation of Old Main and its continuing efforts to preserve and enhance the beauty of the traditional quad,” said Preservation Commission Chair Thomas Olsen. “Their efforts resonate with our efforts to encourage architectural preservation and historically informed exterior...

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Professor Joan Barker receives Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching

February 24, 2014
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Professor Joan Barker ’94g (Art)

Professor Joan Barker ’94g (Art) has received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. This award recognizes consistently superior teaching at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional level. “Adjunct teachers are a key component of the SUNY faculty, providing top-quality instruction and making an important contribution to academic success and degree completion among students,” said Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Those honored with our inaugural awards today are truly the best of the best, having demonstrated extraordinary dedication to their students and an exceptional commitment to teaching excellence. Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees.” Barker has been the recipient...

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Ed Carroll ’85 to be featured speaker for Spring 2014 Distinguished Speaker Series

February 24, 2014
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Ed Carroll ’85 (Communication & Media)

As the Chief Operating Officer of AMC Networks Inc., Ed Carroll ’85 (Communication & Media) has built some of the most successful brands in television. He has overseen the development of some of television’s most successful series, including “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “Inside the Actors Studio,” “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” and many others. During his remarks, which will be given at 7:30 p.m. March 27 in Lecture Center 100 & 102, Carroll will discuss his belief that television has entered a second “golden age” and is quickly replacing movies as a medium for thoughtful...

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