Get Ahead with Winter 2020-2021 Courses

Do you need to catch up or get ahead on credits? Winter courses are a perfect way to do that from the comfort of your home!

This year, winter courses will run from Dec. 21 to Jan. 12.

Here are the courses the Department of Communication is holding for the 2020-2021 winter session:

  • CMM355 Nonverbal Communication (3 credits)
  • CMM359 Communication Among Cultures (3 credits)
  • CMM325 Computer Mediated Communication (3 credits)

All three courses are offered as Online ASYNC, meaning there are no specific meeting times.

Registration for winter courses starts on Monday, Nov. 9 and you do need an advisor’s permission to register.

If you have any questions or want to discuss winter courses further, reach out to your advisor.

Communications 12-Month Internship with Pulitzer Center

The Pulitzer Center is looking for Outreach and Communications interns for a 12-month paid internship, starting in January 2021 and ending in December 2021.

This is a remote internship, but with the possibility of working at their headquarters in Washington, D.C., when the city reopens.


  • Build and post stories from journalist grantees for their website
  • Assist with event coordination and participate in events and webinars
  • Research and write “Behind the Story” profiles about journalist grantees
  • Write and post blogs’ updates related to reporting content, events, and news about the Pulitzer Center
  • Support production of multimedia and related media assets of journalists’ projects
  • Contribute to and maintain online profiles, social networking sites and channels (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube)
  • Assist in design and distribution of event flyers and promotional materials
  • Additional responsibilities as required

Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • A passion for news, with a demonstrated interest in, and familiarity with, current international affairs
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Strong writing and editing skills; familiarity with AP Style
  • Experience using a content management system such as Drupal or WordPress
  • Creativity and enthusiasm
  • Ability to work independently, along with comfort in a remote work environment

Not required, but desirable skills:

  • Graphic design
  • Familiarity with HTML
  • Video and/or audio production and editing
  • Adobe Creative Cloud expertise, with experience in at least one of the following applications: Premiere, Photoshop, and InDesign

*Please note that due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Pulitzer Center is currently working remotely. Candidates should have stable high-speed internet access and a laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and microphone. We anticipate returning to the office at least part of the work week once Washington, D.C., safely reopens.*


Interns receive a $2,600 stipend per month.

To Apply

Please submit your application using this form (If you have any difficulties with the application form, please send a message to

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis, giving an advantage to early applicants. Last day to apply is Monday, October 12, 2020.

Status: Full time, some weekend and evening work may be required

Start Date: January 4, 2021


Contribute to The Teller’s October Issue

The Teller magazine, a SUNY New Paltz art and lifestyle publication, is currently looking for contributors for their October issue, which is themed Reformation.
The magazine consists of a large lifestyle portion, as well as literature and art. Each issue is themed and is divided into the following sections: Adventure & Culture, Home, Health & Wellness, Home, Fashion & Beauty, Food, and Literature & Art (includes poetry, short stories, photography, art, playlists, etc.). Their archive of past issues can be found here.
They have a rotating set of contributing writers and no set writing staff so each issue is completely unique. Any SUNY New Paltz student is welcome to contribute.
If you are interested, please email
The Teller magazine is looking for contributors for their October issue. Email if interested.

Check Academic Calendar for this Semester’s Altered Schedule

With this semester’s unique schedule, make sure you stay updated with the academic calendar and watch for upcoming deadlines. You can find the academic calendar here or by visiting and clicking “Academics” then “Academic Calendar.” Make sure you are on the fall 2020 calendar. Pay particular attention to national holidays that are instructional days this semester, including Labor Day this Monday.

Some important deadlines coming up:

  • September 6 – Late registration/course drop
  • September 28 – Deregistration for non-payment fall 2020
  • October 16- Last day to elect pass (P) grade for spring 2020 course(s)
  • October 26 – November 20 – Declaration moratorium for majors and minors
  • October 30 – Last day for course withdrawal
  • November 6 – Last day for student elected Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option
  • December 1 – Last day for student to submit work due for course graded “I” (icomplete) for spring and summer 2020

Pass (P) Grading Available for Spring 2020 Courses

Due to the circumstances of the spring 2020 semester relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, SUNY New Paltz is offering a pass (P) grading option for spring 2020 courses.

The P grading option is available for spring 2020 courses in which the student received a grade of D or higher. It is not available for D-, F, S or U grades.

These courses can be used to meet degree or major requirements, just like the letter graded course would have. However, P grades may not apply to courses required for certain accredited programs. You should speak to your advisor before making any decisions regarding pass/fail.

Click here for the P grade request form. 

For more information and a full list of Q&A’s, click here. 

The deadline to submit the P grade request form for spring 2020 classes is Oct. 16, 2020.

Letters of Recommendation: Tips for Success

So you need letters of recommendations for an internship, job application or graduate school. Here are some tips to smooth the process:

  1. Time. Give the person you wish to get a recommendation from lots of time. We recommend at least 2-3 weeks before your deadline. Remember, these people have other jobs and priorities that come before writing your letter. Give them ample time so they can fit in writing your letter and so it is not rushed.
  2. Send your resume and brag sheet. Give these items to your recommend-er so they know what to include in their letter. A brag sheet should contain a list of all the things this person should know about you and would want to brag about. For example, it can include that you are very punctual, went above and beyond in class, volunteered, held leadership jobs, participated in extracurriculars, and more.
  3. Give a deadline. Make sure your recommend-er knows exactly when you need their letter. Again, don’t expect them to complete it within 2 weeks. Make sure to ask them to write the letter with plenty of time before your deadline.
  4. Be as specific as possible. Let your recommend-er know what you are applying for. Tell them who they can address the letter to, and what that person’s email address or street address is. Tell them what specific position you’re applying for, or what grad program you’re applying for, and make sure your brag sheet has things on it that would connect to the position you’re striving for.
  5. Thank them. After they have written your letter of recommendation, send a handwritten thank-you note. This will let them know you appreciated them taking time out of their busy schedule to help you and your future. It’s a great way to make an impact and they will remember it (and possibly be more inclined to help in the future). This is also a great idea after any interviews you go on – job/internship or school-related.
  6. Have back-up options. Not everyone has time to write a letter of recommendation, no matter how much they might like or respect you. Have other options if the person you ask can’t get it back to you in time.