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Vendini app provides improved ticketing services

March 12, 2014
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Jenna Karn ’14 (Theatre Arts) scans thermal tickets with Vendini’s mobile application in the lobby of McKenna Theatre. Karn plans to pursue a career in box office management and patrons services when she graduates.

Purchasing tickets for campus events has become significantly easier, thanks to a new mobile app offered by Vendini, a ticketing, marketing, and service provider. Vendini’s ticketing software system has been in use on campus since July 2011, but the new tool provides scanning, reporting, patron management, cash control procedures, fundraising, and marketing services—all on a mobile phone. The new features offer convenience for the box office staff as well as for patrons of campus events. New Paltz’s Box Office Manager and Events Coordinator Russell Thompson ’09g (Business Administration), who was instrumental to bringing the new system to campus, attended...

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Ottaway Professor introduced during Q&A on campus

February 24, 2014
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Sonia Shah, New Paltz’s 2014 James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professor of Journalism

The campus community was introduced to award-winning science and human rights journalist Sonia Shah, New Paltz’s 2014 James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professor of Journalism, with a Q&A session at the Honors Center on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Shah joins the New Paltz faculty this semester to teach the seminar “Science, Environment, and Disease: New Approaches to Science Journalism.” She answered a host of questions about her career, life, and creative process from both President Donald Christian and an audience of students, faculty, administrators, and local residents. Since her first post-college job at the Nuclear Times, Shah has authored several...

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Absolut A Capella takes first place in international competition

February 24, 2014
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Absolut A Capella, New Paltz’s premiere co-ed a capella group, took first prize in the 2014 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) quarterfinals for the Northeast region. The competition took place at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, on Jan. 25. Absolut A Capella faced off against nine other a capella groups from various schools around New York State and received accolades for Outstanding Arrangements and Outstanding Choreography. The group now moves on to compete in the Northeast semifinals in Boston on March 29.

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New Paltz hosts “Poetry Out Loud” competition for high school students

February 24, 2014
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Poetry Out Loud Event

Students from 12 area high schools were among those competing in the Mid-Hudson Region’s Poetry Out Loud competition at New Paltz on Thursday, Feb.6. Before a live audience, 45 top regional high school students recited poetry, and a panel of judges evaluated the entrants’ performances. Scores were based on voice and articulation, accuracy, level of complexity, evidence of understanding, and overall performance. The Hackley School’s Isabella Ampil took home first place; and Elizabeth Cory, a student at Bronxville High School, second place. The State Finals will be held at SUNY System Administration in Albany, N.Y., on Tuesday, March 4....

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Forum explores LGBTQ Task Force findings

February 24, 2014
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The President’s Office hosted an open forum on Monday, Feb. 10, in Student Union 62/63. The forum included remarks by President Christian, an overview of the findings and Q&A with a panel of five task force members, and an open discussion. Professor Benjamin Junge (Anthropology) summarized the data collected in a 2011 campus survey and through several focus groups, sharing the conclusions that: the overall climate on campus is very LGBTQ-friendly; there is very little explicit homophobia and infrequent bullying incidents; the homophobia and bullying that does occur is more likely to be experienced by students than faculty or...

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Winter skies explored in this semester’s Astronomy Nights

February 24, 2014
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New planetarium shows that explore the mythology of the winter constellations and the physics of the stars and galaxies will be featured in this semester’s Astronomy Nights, which began on Feb. 6. “At this time of the year we can see the great hunter Orion looming in the east. His slayer, the Scorpion, has set in the west, in effect hibernating until summer returns,” says Raj Pandya, the planetarium’s director. Typically, a show features the night sky for that day and discusses the stars, constellations, planets, galaxies, and other objects that may be visible, as well as the mythology...

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Preferred 2014-2015 financial aid process and priority filing deadlines

February 24, 2014
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The Office of Financial Aid has announced the preferred process for 2014-2015 financial aid applications. Students applying for financial aid should take the following three steps: 1) electronically file their 2013 federal income tax returns two to three weeks before the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is completed; 2) wait two to three weeks to have access to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for the student’s 2014-2015 FAFSA on the web; 3) complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The FAFSA should be filed by the college’s priority deadlines of...

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IMS introduces new technology upgrades

February 6, 2014
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Instructional Media Services (IMS) has introduced several important upgrades to classrooms this semester. The three front rows of chairs in LC 100 now turn 180 degrees, enabling classroom conversations and collaboration. Audio levels have been adjusted for the microphones in LC 100 and LC 102 for the best clarity. Classrooms on the second floor in the Humanities Building now have the same Crestron control boxes that are in most of the other smart classrooms on campus. All projectors on the third floor of Humanities have been replaced with new ones. The College Terrace now has a ceiling-mounted projector, screen,...

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It’s tax time!

February 6, 2014
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Student volunteers from the School of Business will offer free tax help to individuals with a gross income below $50,000 as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The students, who are certified and received training from the IRS, will offer assistance preparing basic tax returns and will also provide e-filing. Walk-in hours will be held in van den Berg Hall, room 208, from Feb. 3 through April 14 on the following days: Mondays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesdays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m....

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