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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Scholarships Available – Check Them Out!

Scholarships for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

This year the SUNY New Paltz Foundation awarded $1,200,000 in scholarships to more than 375 students—yet another record of total dollars awarded. Application for Scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year will open on March 1, 2022.

Scholarships are a great way to expand your opportunities at college without worrying about financial debt. It’s important to take full advantage of these scholarships so you are able to get a full and expansive education. There are plenty of unique and amazing scholarships available. Below is more information on where and how to apply. 

To search for specific opportunities, go to : https://newpaltz.academicworks.com/opportunities

Use the filter bar to search for specific opportunities by name, department, subject, or category.

Auto Match opportunities require no additional questions to be answered. You can apply but will not be eligible if your circumstances do not match the criteria. Please read the description of the scholarship – applying does not mean you are a match. All applications that do match will be considered but may not be awarded.

You can email npscholarships@newpaltz.edu if you need further assistance.

Scholarship Application Dates

  • Applications open:  March 1, 2022
  • Applications close:  April 6, 2022
  • Reviews begin:  April 9, 2022
  • Reviews end:  April 30, 2022
  • Confirmation of Awardees: May 9, 2022


Attention Juniors & Seniors: Lambda Pi Eta Honors Society Applications Are Here!

If you are a Junior or Senior, it’s time to think about possibly joining the New Paltz chapter of Lambda Pi Eta – the National Communication Association’s Honor’s Society (Open to all majors in the Department of Communication and Department of Digital Media and Journalism). To qualify for membership in the Alpha Alpha Delta Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, you must:

1) Be Junior or Senior within the Department of Communication or Department of Digital Media and Journalism.

2) Have an overall GPA of 3.25 AND a Major GPA of 3.5

To apply for membership in the Alpha Alpha Delta Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, you will complete the 2022 Lambda Pi Eta Application. Once approved, you will be given instructions for online payment of the $52.50 membership fee which covers the graduation honor cord, lapel pin, certificate of achievement and lifetime membership in the honor society. Payment must be made by March 18, 2022 in order to receive the membership materials in time for graduation. 

2022 Lambda Pi Eta Application

Stay tuned for the 2022 In-Person LPH Induction Ceremony (Sunday, May 1, 2022), where new members will be inducted and given an honor cord (to wear on their graduation gown), lapel pin and certificate of achievement. The event will be held in CSB Auditorium. 

If you want to know more about Lambda Pi Eta on the national level and all of the opportunities membership provides, check out their national newsletter Simply Speaking.

If you have written a top notch paper and have been encouraged to submit it to a conference or convention, then consider submitting it to the National Communication Association’s Annual Convention.  You could also consider publishing that great paper in the Lambda Pi Eta Undergraduate Student Journal.

Lambda Pi Eta logoLambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), Lambda Pi Eta has active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. LPH represents what Aristotle described in The Rhetoric as three ingredients of persuasion: logos (Lambda), meaning logic; pathos (Pi), relating to emotion; and ethos (Eta), defined as character credibility and ethics. Lambda Pi Eta recognizes, fosters, and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement while stimulating interest in the communication discipline.

Watch the Communication Studies Major Overview Video and Orientation Materials

Please watch the video major overview for all Communication Studies concentrations:

Advising Walkthrough.mp4 from Jason Wrench on Vimeo.

Read through the presentation:

2022 COM Major Overviews Presentation

Every student must know how to read their DegreeWorks progress report: SAMPLE CMM PROG REPT Jane Doe and SAMPLE CMM PROG REPT johndoe

Our department requires students to use the My Schedule Planner tool for creating their class schedule before meeting with their advisor. Please watch the tutorials: https://hawksites.newpaltz.edu/dmjnews/2020/03/09/use-my-schedule-planner/

Go through the Advising Checklist: Transfer-Advising-Checklist_for-FALL-2022

Internships are OPTIONAL for Comm majors. Understand the requirements to be eligible to do an internship, by reading this post.

Spring 2022 Communication Course and Schedule Notes

snapshot of comm studies coursesStudents, the Spring 2022 schedule of classes has mostly in-person, with some web/async and some hybrid courses. In most cases the course modality and meeting times will not change between now and the start of the spring semester.  Students should understand that they may NOT ask instructors to accommodate a modality other than the one listed. Students, please remember to note course times and modality (web/async or hybrid) not only when meeting with your advisor, but also again before registering for classes.

Please note that CMM 452 Communication and Gender will be staffed by Brad Serber (PhD, Penn State).

Students will not be able initially to enroll in CMM 104-04, for which US Air Force students have first dibs. This web section is compressed into a shortened part of the term. When/if the section opens for general enrollment, we will let advisors know.

We will NOT be offering CMM 389 Perceptions of Diversity this spring.  We have added a fourth section of CMM 214 Storytelling and Culture.

Get Ahead with Winter Courses Offered Through the Department of Communication!

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. 27 – Jan. 17, 2022.

Here are the courses the Department of Communication is offering for the 2021-2022 winter session:

  • CMM202 Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
  • CMM302 Business and Professional  Communication (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. 8 and you do not need an advisor’s permission to register.

Visit: https://www.newpaltz.edu/winter/

Follow This Checklist to Prepare for Advising and Class Registration

This is Your Responsibilities Checklist:

  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor. Go to my.newpaltz.edu page to find your Progress Report and advisor’s name.
  • Review your Progress Report and graduation requirements. This is your responsibility, not the advisor’s.
  • Review the Schedule of Classes (found at https://www.newpaltz.edu/classes/ ) before meeting with your advisor Continue reading

Want to Earn Internship Credits? Follow This Process Now

Below are our four steps to getting certified to complete an internship. If you plan on completing an internship for credit, you must follow all these steps. The first step in the internship process needs to be completed ASAP. If you are a sophomore, you are likely eligible to complete the first step.

  1. Fill out the application process for approval to earn internship credits.

This is the very first step in the process and should happen before anything else, including looking for an internship. To gain approval to earn internship credits, you must complete the application and submit your progress report and one-page, single-sided resume. All three portions of this application process can be found in the online Blackboard community “Spring22_Communication & DMJ Students”

Here’s where to find the application:

  • Blackboard community page

If you do not complete this step, any internship you complete will not count for any credits. Once you submit this application and it is approved, it is good until you graduate. That means if you submit this application as a sophomore but don’t complete an internship until senior year, you do not need to submit this application again. You are still approved to earn credits (as long as your GPA has not fallen below 2.5)! In order to be approved to earn internship credits, you need at least:

  • 2.5 GPA
  • 18 credits in your major
  • 60 total credits
  • 30 credits at SUNY New Paltz

The deadline to submit this application is the second Friday in March for summer or fall internships and the second Friday in November for spring internships.

2. Find an internship

Once you have been approved to earn internship credits, you will receive a congratulatory email. After you receive this email, you are free to find an internship. This step is completely up to you. You must search and apply for your own internship(s). Start early so you can be sure you have a placement before the semester starts. Follow our program on Instagram @npcommedia for regular internship opportunity postings.

3. Get internship approved by Internship Director, Nancy Heiz

Once you have found an internship and are accepted/hired into that internship, you must get that internship approved. Visit Nancy Heiz in CSB 64 to get your internship approved. Again, do not wait to do this until the semester you plan to intern.

4. Register for Internship Credits

After your internship is approved by Nancy Heiz, you must register for the internship classes. CMM490 is the internship credits, and CMM491 is the internship seminar that must be taken alongside your internship. Register for these courses like any other course you would register for.

Once you have completed these steps, you are all set to start your internship and earn credits for it!


If you need help finding an internship, read our blog site that gives you all the resources from the CMM department!