Fall 2022 Advising Memo to Students — Please Read About Important Dates, etc.

Welcome to the Fall semester!

Just a quick note with some important dates and advising tips.

First, September 4th is the LAST DAY to add or drop a course to your schedule without an electronic permission of instructor (and a late fee). September 11th is the last day to add/drop a course but you will need electronic permission from the instructor and $20 course change fee. Instructors generally will NOT add students after the first week of classes, so it’s wise to check your Fall class schedule NOW and make any adjustments as soon as possible.

Please download and save the SUNY New Paltz | Fall 2022 Full Semester Academic Calendar which has all the deadlines, policies and forms/processes.

Here are more Tips from Records & Registration to help students start the year strong

Info on how to confirm your enrollment, add/drop classes, and get help when you need it

While you’re bookmarking important resources, here is our DMJ Department blog where we post news, important dates, opportunities, events and advising & internship info:


For those who plan to graduate in December, please make sure your progress report has all the graduation and major requirements complete or in progress and that you have at least 120 credits. If you need to make changes that require advising, speak to your major advisor ASAP; and be sure you’ve applied for graduation via my.newpaltz.edu > Graduation.

Our department advisor Nancy Heiz has walk-in office hours all this week and next week if you can’t meet with your major advisor (her office is in Coykendall Science Bldg, Room 64 at the very end of the hall).

**Remember to use ONLY your newpaltz.edu email address, or you will miss important school emails. And please include your Banner (N) number on all emails.

Wishing you a productive, successful and healthy semester!

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Woodstock Film Festival Seeks Interns

woodstock film festival logoThe Woodstock Film Festival is currently searching for interns in ALL departments, including but not limited to Operations, Press, Public Relations, and Administrative. General experience includes database management, film entry screening evaluations, fundraising, public relations, press, community outreach, event planning, equipment optimizing/organization, and more. Of course, the internship will be custom tailored depending on the intern’s individual experience and skills. Interns will have many opportunities to meet and network with well-connected and promising industry members while enjoying responsibility in a fast-paced and team-based environment. Continue reading

Congratulations to 2022 Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society Inductees

On Sunday, May 1 this year’s Lambda Pi Eta members were inducted into the national honor society in a ceremony in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium.Lambda Pi Eta logo
Congratulations to the new members:
Michelangelo Amendola – Digital Media Production
Jordan Armoogan – Public Relations
Maggie Baer – Digital Media Management
Shannon Brosnan – Interpersonal Communication
Arlyn Cabral – Digital Media Production
James Cammarata – Public Relations
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Have Federal Work Study? Apply to Join Our Editorial Team for Fall 2023

The Digital Media and Journalism and Communication departments are looking for an Editorial Assistant to the Department Advisor. As an editorial assistant you will help with writing and maintaining our blogs, designing newsletters, posters and fliers and posting to social media. You will also help maintain spreadsheets, send emails and announcements and other clerical/administrative work. 

We are looking for students with excellent writing, editing and design skills. You must be able to write short blog posts, emails, announcements, etc. and design posters, social media posts and newsletters. Attention to detail is a must. Experience with Canva, Instagram, WordPress and Google Sheets (or Excel) is preferred.

You can apply for this position as either a work study student or for internship credits (although if you seek internship credits, preference is given to students who have done prior internships for credit and completed the seminar.) The position begins at the start of the Fall 2022 semester. It’s a great opportunity to hone your writing and design skills and learn how to use them strategically.

Please submit your resume and a writing sample to Amy Witkus, Administrative Assistant at witkusa@newpaltz.edu

Here is a video spotlight from Abigail Hedler, who was a part of the First Year Internship Program. Click the picture to be taken to the video on our Instagram!

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Events & Comm Summer Interns Needed for Upstate Women in Film & TV

An internship with Upstate Women In Film and Television is a great opportunity to have hands-on experience in a non-for-profit organization who supports women working in the film and entertainment industry. 

Interns will learn about how our non-for-profit is formed and organized.  They will observe board meetings and learn first hand how Robert’s Rules work. Interns will be involved in the planning, organizing and execution of both live and online programs and events within our organization. Our events span across the Hudson Valley region of NY. We will cover travel expenses to live events or provide travel accommodations to you.   

 Here are some of the tasks and learning outcomes: 

  • Setting up Zoom meetings and webinars. You will learn about the basic setup along with advanced features for professional programs. 
  • Posting marketing materials on social media outlets such as: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked-In. You will learn how to market with the use of social media and the art of hashtags. 
  • Creating marketing flyers on CANVA to post on social media. This is good practice in graphic design skills. 
  • Updating the events page on our Weebly site: upwift.org. We will teach you how to edit and post to a Weebly site. 
  • Attending live events to set up, help run, and break down.  These are fun and a great way to meet people who work in the film and entertainment industry. 

 If interested, please send resume and an email of intent to info@upwift.org. 

Public Relations Society Foundation Offers Many Scholarships – Check them out!

On behalf of the PRSA Foundation, here are scholarships for public relations and communications students.

Many scholarships and awards are available each year to students:  

  • Axia Public Relations Scholarship – $2,000 – This scholarship awards juniors who demonstrate financial need, experience and passion for public relations, and dedication to professional ethics and excellence.
  • Chester Burger Scholarship for Excellence in Public Relations – $1,000 – This scholarship awards graduate students in public relations or journalism interested in careers in corporate public relations.
  • John. D. Graham Scholarship – First place $3,000, Two runners-up $1,000 each – This scholarship awards rising seniors who demonstrate leadership, academic achievement, practice experience in internships or work/service, commitment to public relations, and writing skills.
  • Ofield Dukes Multicultural Student Award – $1,000 – This scholarship awards minority students entering their junior year who are preparing for a career in public relations and demonstrate a commitment to service and social responsibility.
  • PRSA Diversity Multicultural Scholarship – Two $1,500 awards – This scholarship awards minority students entering their junior or senior years who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and commitment to the practice of public relations.

PRSA also offers additional scholarships exclusive for Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) members. Information about these scholarships is available on our website.

The deadline for most scholarships is April 30, 2022. 

Music Management at Mezz Entertainment Internship Opportunities

If you are interested in the music industry and gaining hands-on experience in client management, Mezz Entertainment’s internship in Artist Management and Promotion is a great opportunity for you. Through our internship program, students will gain hands-on experience managing and promoting clients for interviews, shows, and press. Interns will work remotely for the duration of the internship with three weekly teleconference meetings as well as daily communication.

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