Title IX message to campus community

New Paltz students, faculty and staff,

Do you believe you have been a victim of sexual misconduct?  Whether or not you reported the incident to the college, we’d like your opinion on how we can improve the effectiveness of our campus policies and procedures that address sexual misconduct.

Please share your suggestions and/or feedback by  sending your feedback via email at ocr@newpaltz.edu.

Tanhena Pacheco Dunn
Executive Director for Compliance & Campus Climate
Title IX Coordinator/AAO

Reduced Holiday Schedule

Happy Holidays!

The College will be on a reduced schedule to achieve energy and other related savings, and therefore  starting at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, December 21, 2013 and continue through 6:00 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2014 all buildings EXCEPT the Haggerty Administration Building, Hopfer House, Coykendall Science Building, the Center for International Programs, three Residence Halls, the Service Building and Heating plant will be closed.  Facilities Operations staff will be reducing set point temperatures and shutting down exhaust fans in closed buildings.  In addition they will reduce site lighting in parking lots and walkway areas during this period. Many parking lots, especially those closest to the closed residence halls, will be closed (no plowing and minimal lighting) until classes resume.

As a state agency, the College must remain open. This is because state agencies are not allowed to close without the governor’s approval. However, during the holiday season some offices will close for a brief period of time because staff have opted to use their accruals.  Students, staff and visitors will expect our offices to be open and we want to make them aware BEFORE they come to campus that an office is closed.

If your office is closing, or alternate assignments for staff is needed please follow these steps:

1. Each department head (or his/her designee) must report to their VP or Dean for approval in the decision to close their office as well as to discuss alternate assignments for staff if necessary.

2. The Vice Presidents and Deans or their secretaries should visit http://www.newpaltz.edu/officeclosings.

i. Click Submit/Update Office Closings and log in.
ii. Select office to be updated.
iii. Add date office will be closed.*
iv. Click Submit.

*Listing will disappear after applicable date.

Please contact Human Resources at x3171 if you have any questions concerning the above.

Thank you.

Dawn Blades
Director of Human Resources

SUNY New Paltz 3D printing initiative wins $1 million in state economic development funding

The 3D printing initiative at the State University of New York at New Paltz has been awarded $1 million in economic development funding through Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative. The announcement was made today, Dec. 11, in Albany, N.Y.

The award will support the college’s goal of purchasing major state-of-the-art 3D printing equipment, leveraging $500,000 of private funding committed by Ulster County businessman Sean Eldridge of Hudson River Ventures and by Central Hudson in May to the new Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz. Hudson River Ventures has also committed $500,000 of venture capital to help launch new 3D printing enterprises in the region.

“We are very pleased that the Governor recognized the potential of this project to bring new manufacturing technology and training to our region that will help grow our economy and create jobs,” said SUNY New Paltz President Donald P. Christian. “The funding puts this project on the fast track to help accelerate the center’s growth and capitalize on building a distinctive regional identity in 3D printing and related research, design, and development. I am grateful to Governor Cuomo, the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, Sean Eldridge, the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, and Central Hudson for their tremendous support.”

The Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz integrates the college’s strengths in engineering, computer science, technology, and the innovation and creativity of the arts. It brings state-of-the art 3D printing equipment to the region, available to businesses and industry, as well as the expertise and a unique curriculum in Digital Design and Fabrication aimed at advanced-level workforce development. The initial cohort of students is completing the first semester of that curriculum. Additional elements of the initiative will include: active recruitment of 3D printing enterprises, with access to venture capital funds; a network of equipment access and collaborative educational programming at Hudson Valley community colleges and selected high schools to expand 3D printing capability in the region; and joining the START-UP New York tax-free initiative with a focus on 3D printing.

“There is a great tradition of advanced manufacturing in the Hudson Valley, and this 3D printing initiative will be a significant boost to job training, investment, and job growth in our region. It’s a big win for our students, our schools, and our small businesses in the Hudson Valley,” said Sean Eldridge, president of Hudson River Ventures and a founding supporter of the center. “I want to congratulate the Mid-Hudson Regional Council on its successful efforts to securing funding for this important initiative, and I thank Governor Cuomo, President Christian and his team at SUNY New Paltz, and HVEDC for their incredible leadership and vision in making this project possible.”

New Paltz recently submitted its application for funding through Round III of the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant to build a 20,000-square-foot building to house its planned Mechanical Engineering program and to secure key equipment for that initiative. This visionary project complements the college’s 3D printing initiative and amplifies its potential contributions. The proposed building will also provide office and laboratory space to companies looking to take advantage of the START-UP New York program.

3D printing is an additive manufacturing process of layer-by-layer printing that produces three-dimensional objects using computer-aided design software. Using a number of different technologies, 3D printers can form objects out of a wide variety of plastics, metals, and ceramics, transforming many industries.

Allocation Request Form for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year

Colleagues,

Found here in my.newpaltz.edu is the new Allocation Request Form for the 14-15 Fiscal Year.  Many thanks to Budget Goals and Plans for their hard work in making the form more simple to use.  This is a fillable PDF document. We do not yet have it in a workflow-type system.  You will need to save and print or scan to your next level supervisor again this year.  We hope to create a workflow for next year’s cycle.

Attached is the presentation that I made at the Budget Forum last week.  Both of the attached documents are available on my.newpaltz.edu in the Budget Information Center section — along with the process timeline and a list of the requests from last year.  Please review any old requests to see if they are still relevant.  If so, please resubmit them using this year’s form.

Keep in mind we are splitting off the requests for one-time funds from this recurring process.  There is a place on the recurring request form where you can link to related one-time asks.  We will begin the one-time process in the Spring when potential reserve balances will be more identifiable.

One important update:  Last week I attended a presentation from the SUNY Budget Office and they confirmed my suspicions that it is very unlikely the university will receive any funding for salary increases.  Therefore, please concentrate on the most important funding requests for your area as the likelihood of having much available funding for new requests is minimal at this point.

If you have any questions about the form or the process, please feel free to reach out to Julie Chiarito or myself and we will do our best to answer them.

Thank you,

Michele Halstead
Vice President for Administration and Finance

Winter Recess Change to Core Hours

Dear Faculty and Staff Members:

The President’s Cabinet is pleased to announce that effective beginning of business, Friday December 20, 2013 through close of business Friday, January 17, 2014 core office hours will be 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Classified staff employees represented by CSEA and PEF who work a 7.5-hour day will have a half hour meal period during this season.  Those who work an 8-hour day will have no change in meal period but may work different hours, depending on operating needs of their department.  For classified staff employees represented by PBANYS there will be no change in work hours or meal period.

Professional, exempt full-time employees represented by UUP are expected to continue to perform their full professional obligation which may include coverage during the core office hours.  Non-exempt and/or part-time professional employees should discuss the effect of the core hours change with their immediate supervisor.

Any questions may be directed to your immediate supervisor.

Happy Holidays!

Michele C. Halstead
Vice President for Administration & Finance

Strategic Planning Update

On behalf of the Strategic Planning Committee, I am attaching a draft of the template for Essential Initiative II – Establish an Engaged Living and Learning Community.  Once again, we ask that you review this draft and offer feedback that can inform our revisions.  The feedback from the first Initiative was very helpful, especially in the development of metrics and benchmarks.  In case you missed it, the draft template for Essential Initiative-I was attached to the Council’s communication of 11/8/13.  We expect that as revisions develop and feedback is received, it may be helpful for council members to have discussions with faculty and staff that will have direct involvement in certain objectives and action items.  Keep in mind that such discussions will play a significant role during the next phase of implementation.

The council is committed to accurately reflecting the goals outlined in the plan and being more strategic than tactical in the development of the template.  However, it is at times necessary to be somewhat tactical, specifically in regards to “action items” and “metrics.”  This is where community feedback is extremely helpful.  It is our hope to have Essential Initiatives III and IV ready for your review in the next couple of weeks.

Please be reminded that the Council is interested in hearing from departments across campus about action items that support the strategic plan initiatives.  These can be highlighted on our website at http://strategicplanning.newpaltz.edu and act as a resource for all.  Thank you for your involvement and we wish you all a healthy and restful holiday.

Ray Schwarz
Chair, Strategic Planning Council

Staffing Offices on November 29, 2013

Dear Faculty and Staff Members:

Happy Thanksgiving!

We recognize that many of you will be taking off the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 29, 2013, and that this will impact staffing in your departments. The College will be on a reduced schedule to achieve energy and other related savings, and therefore those that will be working may be assigned to an alternative work location.

As a state agency, the College must remain open. This is because state agencies are not allowed to close without the governor’s approval. However, during the holiday season some offices will close for a brief period of time because staff have opted to use their accruals.  Students, staff and visitors will expect our offices to be open and we want to make them aware BEFORE they come to campus that an office is closed.

If your office is closing, or alternate assignments for staff is needed please follow these steps:

  1. Each department head (or his/her designee) must report to their VP or Dean for approval in the decision to close their office as well as to discuss alternate assignments for staff if necessary.
  2. The Vice Presidents and Deans or their secretaries should visit http://www.newpaltz.edu/officeclosings.
  3. Click Submit/Update Office Closings and log in.
  4. Select office to be updated.
  5. Add date office will be closed.
  6. Click Submit.
  7. Listing will disappear after applicable date.

Please contact Human Resources at x3171 if you have any questions concerning the above

Strategic Planning Update

On behalf of the Strategic Planning Council, I am attaching a draft of the template for Essential Initiative I – Nurture Innovation and the Learning Environment. As I wrote to you in my October 18 update, the Strategic Planning Council’s goal is to maximize community engagement with actions and initiatives directly relevant to the plan’s eight Essential Initiatives.  The attached template is based on ideas generated during the year-long strategic planning process.  When complete, it will hopefully act as a guide for departments and offices as they prepare their strategic/assessment plans and budget allocation requests.  We look forward to feedback, specifically in regard to how well the template reflects the ideas and objectives put forth in the Strategic Plan, and additional ideas for metrics and/or benchmarks.  Your comments can be sent to strategicplan@newpaltz.edu.

In two weeks, after review of the community feedback, the Strategic Planning Council will send the draft of Essential Initiative-1 to the President and his Cabinet for their consideration and comments.  We’ve been focusing our efforts to date on this initiative – Nurture Innovation and the Learning Environment — because it is core to our institutional mission and values. After sending this to the Cabinet, the Council will send a draft of Essential Initiative-2 (and possibly Essential Initiative-3) out to the community for feedback.  It is our intention to complete the template by the end of the semester.

The Council is also interested in hearing from units across the campus about action items within their own strategic/assessment plans that support the College’s strategic plan and that we can highlight on the Strategic Planning website at http://strategicplanning.newpaltz.edu. Please submit a brief write-up of these activities and the strategic plan initiative(s) they support to strategicplan@newpaltz.edu. The Council will feature activities consistent with the plan on the website. We hope that these varied activities across the campus will also serve as a resource for departments and offices as they prepare their plans and budget allocation requests. Thank you for your assistance and we look forward to working together in implementing the Strategic Plan in an effective and efficient manner.

Ray Schwarz
Chair, Strategic Planning Council

SUNY and U.S. Department of Education agree on handling of Title IX issues

New Paltz Faculty, Staff, and Students:

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has entered into an agreement with the State University of New York (SUNY) to ensure compliance with Title IX requirements to prevent and respond to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence by SUNY and each of its 29 state-operated campuses.  I referenced the Title IX review process in my October 2011 monthly report to the faculty and in this year’s State of the College address.

SUNY was selected because it is the largest comprehensive statewide system of public higher education in the United States and New Paltz because we are a representative SUNY comprehensive college. New Paltz did take exception to the fact that OCR held SUNY campuses to standards that OCR issued to campuses nationwide in spring 2011 for cases during the previous three years.  However, there was no finding in the review that our campus mishandled any past cases.

In the federal announcement, Catherine E. Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, stated “I applaud SUNY for its willingness to show leadership by improving its efforts to address and prevent sexual harassment on its campuses.”

At New Paltz, we have zero tolerance for sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence.   The College has responded proactively to OCR by reviewing and strengthening our procedures and taking the steps recommended by OCR to ensure that existing policies and procedures comply fully with Title IX standards issued in spring 2011. The review commended many of New Paltz’s programs, procedures, training, counseling services, and identified relatively minor procedural changes to improve our communication about policies and procedures and our handling of incidents.

I am grateful to Student Affairs, Human Resources, and Compliance and Campus Climate staff for their care and thoughtful work in acting promptly to implement procedural changes that were a major focus of their review.

Thanks to everyone for such a great community effort.

Sincerely,

Donald P. Christian
President