New Course for Spring: CMM430 Training & Development

According to the Association for Talent Development, the global market for training and development topped $370.3 billion worldwide with $169.4 billion in the US alone. A new communication course, CMM430, Training and Development, introduces you to the basics of this field and the place communication has in it. The course focuses on creating face-to-face and eLearning training programs. Using a project-focused approach with actual clients, students will craft actual training and development interventions from the ground up. Students will learn how to juggle multiple projects using basic project management techniques that can apply to both school/personal projects and professional ones. 

The three credit course is taught by Jason Wrench as a hybrid course, with in-person instruction on Tuesdays from 5 PM – 6:15 PM and the rest of the work online. There are no prerequisites for this course. 

Meet Our New Comm Lecturer Dr. Jennifer Reilly Bluma!

Dr. Jennifer Reilly Bluma has joined SUNY New Paltz as a lecturer in the Communication Department. This semester she is teaching three sections of Public Speaking and one section each of Interpersonal Communication and Storytelling & Culture.

Prof. Bluma earned her Ph. D. in communication from Regent University in 2016 and M.A. in Communication and Culture from Trinity International University in 2010. She holds a B.A. in Leadership Studies/Communication from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Before coming to New Paltz, Prof. Bluma taught at both Concordia University Chicago and Carthage College. 

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Jen Reilly Bluma

Her research specializations lie at the intersection of Rhetoric, Postcolonial Studies, the Critical Tradition, and Digital Culture and her recent work explores digital colonization, its role in social acceptability, and hegemony. Her publications include: “Weaving ropes with the Desert Fathers: (Re)Inventing rhetorical theory as silence and listening.” and “Mobility and transience for the late modern self as sojourner: The fragmentation of self–actualization.” In 2015 she won the Top Convention Student Paper Award, International Listening Association.  Her teaching interests are mostly in the Communication Department’s Relational concentration, and she is thrilled to be a part of the SUNY New Paltz community.
Prof. Bluma’s office is on the ground floor of Coykendall Science Building, CSB33. She has in-person office hours on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. She can be reached at

Follow This Checklist to Prepare for Advising and Class Registration

This is Your Responsibilities Checklist:

  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor. Go to 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 ) before meeting with your advisor
  • Check prerequisites, minimum grades and any restrictions for the classes you plan to take by clicking on the CRN link in the Schedule of Classes. If you do not have the appropriate prerequisites, you will be blocked from registering for that class.
  • Build your desired schedule in MySchedulePlanner, found in > Registration > MySchedulePlanner. Choose several backups, in case your first choices fill. 
  • Meet with your advisor to review your Progress Report and major plan. You will be given a “release,” to register online at your appointed time assignment. 
  • Clear all holds before registration. If you have a hold on your account you will not be allowed to register at all – even if you have a “release” from your advisor.
  • Register for classes at your scheduled time assignment by going to > Registration > MySchedulePlanner and adding your preferred schedule into cart and “checking out.” Make sure to check course availability prior in case some courses have filled up.

Recording Now Available for Nature Culture & History Storyteller Evan Pritchard’s Live Storytelling Event on Campus Oct. 5

The recording is now available for this event here:


Save the Date: Tuesday, October 5 from 4-5 p.m. or 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Location: SUNY New Paltz, Lecture Center Room 100
Topic: Bundling Humans and Nature Together: An Autumn Blanket of Stories

The Department of Communication will host author/storyteller Evan Pritchard on Tuesday, Oct. 5 for an evening of storytelling entitled, “Bundling Humans and Nature Together: An Autumn Blanket of Stories.” The event will take place in the College Terrace.

Communication faculty and students and those enrolled in Storytelling and Culture are invited to attend one of two identical sessions: the first from 4-5 p.m., and the second from 5:15-6:15 p.m., which will allow for social distancing.  The college reminds all attendees of its mandatory indoor face covering policy. Please wear a mask.

Evan Pritchard, a descendant of the MI’kmaq, one of the Algonquin nations, is the director of the Center for Algonquin Culture in Rosendale, New York.
He has been interviewing traditional native elders for over thirty years. He has lectured on native studies at colleges including Vassar, Pace, Marist, Columbia University, SUNY, and several others. He is the author of over fifty books on native culture and history, including Native New Yorkers; Henry Hudson and the Algonquins (Chicago Review Press); Bird Medicine (Inner Traditions/Simon and Schuster); Native American Stories of the Sacred (Turner Books) and No Word for Time (Millichap).  Evan Pritchard has published original maps of Native American settlements in the Hudson Valley, some of which have been included in an online history exhibition at CONTACT: The Dutch Meet the Wappinger Confederacy at Hell Gate, 1645

-1646 | Gracie Mansion funded by The government of the Netherlands. He frequently appears on radio stations including WBAI and WNYC, and has been a featured guest on CNN, ABC, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and on Roger Hernandez’s 90-minute special “Touring Native New York” on Manhattan Cable. 


Attention Juniors & Seniors: Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society Application is Available!

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 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 2021 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 19, 2021 in order to receive the membership materials in time for graduation. 

2021 Lambda Pi Eta Application

Stay tuned for the 2021 Virtual LPH Induction Ceremony (date and time TBD), 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 online via free web conference. 

Lambda Pi Eta logoIf 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 (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.

Communication Major Overview & Advising for Transfer Students

To prepare for Fall 2020, please watch the video that corresponds to your major:

Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication & Organizational Communication Major Plans:

Interpersonal/Intercultural and Organizational Communications Academic Advising Video Walkthrough – Summer 2020 from Jason Wrench on Vimeo.

Text with Audio:

Public Relations Concentration:

Public Relations Academic Advising Video Walkthrough – Summer 2020 from Jason Wrench on Vimeo.

Text with Audio:

Sample Progress Report

Sample Progress Report – Summer 2020




Stay Connected During Tough Times With The Little Rebellion

The Little Rebellion is continuing their publishing during this time. They are committed to not only keeping readers informed on the coronavirus, but also to giving their readers a break from the news and publishing student-submitted content. They are here to give students a voice in this uncertain time, and are open to submissions of all kinds.

Read their full message here.

To submit any work, email The Little Rebellion at

Pass/Fail Options for Spring 2020 Courses

Is the College offering any additional Pass/Fail options for the spring 2020 semester?

Yes. The College will allow students to opt in to a special Pass (P) grade option for spring 2020 courses.

Unlike the standard S/U option, this semester’s courses for which a student has earned a P grade will satisfy degree and/or major requirements in the same manner as letter-graded courses. Students will be able to apply P grades to letter-graded courses only when they have earned a D grade or higher. There may be additional restrictions for accredited programs.

Students will be able to choose this new Pass grade option after final grades are turned in, beginning May 21, and the opt-in period will continue through Oct. 16. We encourage students to discuss this option with their advisors after their spring semester courses are graded. The method for requesting the P grade will be developed and communicated before the end of the semester.

**FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: “Should I opt for an S/U now or wait and take the P later?”

There is still time to select the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option (S/U Deadline is May 9). S is for grades C- or better and doesn’t count toward any requirements like GE, major, minor or WI. S will give you the credit without the grade. U is unsatisfactory so no credit is earned.

This semester’s P option is for grades D or better and counts toward college-wide and major requirements

Neither impacts GPA

Both S and P credits count toward graduation

If you opt to wait until the end of the  semester and hope for a P, you had better get a D or better or else you will be stuck with a D- or  F on your transcript which will impact your GPA. If you are seriously failing a required course, you should consider taking the S/U and plan to re-take the course. That way, your GPA won’t be affected. **Either way, it’s best to speak with your advisor.

The campus’ Coronovirus FAQ page is a good place to start as a resource.

Use My Schedule Planner to Prepare for Class Registration

Our department is requiring all students to use My Schedule Planner, found in under “Registration.” This tool will help you make your schedule and have a plan, with second and third choice courses and sections in case your preferred classes fill up before your time assignment. Use this tool to thoroughly prepare a schedule and several backups before you meet with your advisor.

Learn How to Use My Schedule Planner With These Tutorial Videos

Learn how to use My Schedule Planner with these tutorial videos

Here’s the beginner video:

Here’s how to lock in certain class sections:

This explains custom course options:

This is the overview of My Schedule Planner: