Spring Film48 Happening in New Paltz; Meeting Thurs., March 9 in CSB54

SUNY New Paltz’s Media Society, a Broadcast Education Association Student Club, is putting on its own local Film48 competition! It will take place the weekend of March 24th to March 26th. Teams of students will be given 48 hours to create a short film from start to finish, with a handful of criteria they must use in their productions as well.

A general interest meeting will be taking place this Thursday, March 9th, in CSB 54, from 5:00-6:15. Students will be informed of competition rules and can also use the event to put their own teams together. We will hold a viewing party in the weeks following the competition, where students will be able to vote for their favorite films. Hope to see you there!

The BEA Awards Digital Media Production Students the Award of Excellence for Short Film

Congratulations to Digital Media Production majors Allison McIntyre, Alex Bologna, Angelica James, and Danielle Hoffman-Caguit. Their short documentary film, Farm to Community: The Abundance Farms Story, is being honored with a Broadcast Education Association Award of Excellence in the student documentary category.  The BEA is “the premier international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals.”

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The Spring 2023 Equipment Borrowing Schedule is Here!

Equipment borrowing begins Monday, February 6th, 2023, and concludes on
Friday, May 5th, 2023. All equipment borrowed must be returned at the designated time and day. Sign in and sign out is by reservation only.
* There is a late fee system in effect as of January 2021. The fee for late items is $2
per day per item. Students may be fined up to $800 for lost/damaged equipment. You
will not be able to register for classes, get transcripts, or receive your grades until the
fine is paid. *

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Apply Now for the Voyager Scholarship

The Voyager Scholarship was created by the Obamas and Brian Chesky, Airbnb Co-founder and CEO, to help shape such leaders. Even though they come from different backgrounds, both the President and Brian believe that exposure to new places and experiences generates understanding, empathy, and cooperation which equips the next generation to create meaningful change.

This scholarship gives college students financial aid to alleviate the burden of college debt, meaningful travel experiences to expand their horizons, and a network of mentors and leaders to support them. Continue reading

SUNY New Paltz Foundation Scholarship Portal is Accepting General Applications!

The SUNY New Paltz Foundation scholarship portal is accepting general applications from January 15th on for scholarships disbursed in the 2023-2024 academic year!

All students, including new incoming students, should complete the General Application and if prompted a Conditional Application for the upcoming aid year starting March 1, 2023, and for all other available scholarship opportunities for the 2023-2024 aid year.

All currently enrolled students may sign into SUNY New Paltz Foundation’s Scholarship Portal with your newpaltz.edu email and password.


Your first step is to complete a General Application. Your responses may prompt a request for you to complete a Conditional Application or recommend opportunities with additional scholarship specific questions.

Look over these scholarships to see if you are eligible and then apply to eligible opportunities. For existing students, it is strongly recommended that you do not rely exclusively on the system’s auto-match and the populated Recommended Opportunities. Many scholarships require additional information to be submitted after the completion of the General Application.

Go to OPPORTUNITIES and then click on the “Ours” tab to see the full list of scholarships opportunities. Please read the scholarship descriptions carefully to determine if you might qualify for any additional scholarships. 


Most of the Foundation’s Scholarships opportunities are open for application between March and April for funding for the next academic year. Some dates will vary for specific opportunities, so please check when applying.

The General Application will open in January and close on December 15 @ 11:59 pm. EST. Once it is completed during this cycle, you can edit but you do not have to take this step again.

Edits to existing and closed opportunity applications will not be accepted after the scholarship’s stated deadline. Deadlines are 11:59 PM on the posted date. All application materials, including reference letters must be submitted on time to be considered.


Click on the “Show Filters” button to find opportunities by certain attributes, majors, or other scholarship themes. You may search on more than one scope by highlighting one option, holding down “control” or “command” and then highlighting an additional option. Click “Enter” when finished. It is strongly recommended that all students review the GENERAL scholarship category. These funds are not reliant upon a student being a specific major.

Keyword searches should be limited to one word or phrase (ex. engineering). Do not use comma separators or unrelated strings (ex. math, physics; arts and sciences political science).


If you are selected as a scholarship recipient, you will receive an email from npscholarships@newpaltz.edu. This email will provide you the steps you will need to take for the scholarship to be applied to your student account. All email notifications will be sent to your newpaltz.edu email account. If you wish to confirm offers without clicking on a link in an email, please log into the scholarship portal and accept offers from there.

Additional steps will need to be taken to confirm your scholarship. All students will need to complete the acceptance process in the scholarship portal if prompted.

Qualifying for a scholarship is not a guarantee of funding. Even if not specifically stated, scholarships are typically reserved for students in good academic standing who are also making satisfactory progress towards a degree. International students can apply for all scholarship opportunities except where permanent residency in the US is noted.

To browse and apply visit Our Opportunities – State University of New York at New Paltz – Scholarships (academicworks.com).

Any questions can be directed to npscholarships@newpaltz.edu.

Scholarships Available in January for Legislative Gazette Interns in Albany for Spring 2023!

Here’s an update on the incentives for students to participate in one of the best internships offered: The Legislative Gazette, online publication based in Albany, NY. This is an in-person internship in Albany, NY. **Scholarship applications are due January 27, 2023.
  • One (1) $5,000 scholarship is available for a student committing to at least 9 credit hours.
  • Four (4) $2,000 scholarships are available for students meant to help those traveling to and from Albany. Preference is given to highest credit enrollment first – 6 credit, then 5, then 4, then 3, etc.
  • The Gazette needs students with writing, editing, publishing, social media, videography, and audio skills to produce a wide variety of news content daily.
  • Opportunities for shooting and producing news video, short documentaries and other photo and video content for the Gazette’s website and social media channels, using new production equipment housed in the Albany newsroom.
  • Gazette students will be covering the Governor’s State of the State Address, Budget Negotiations, Court of Appeals hearings, and legislation related to gun control, voting protections, conservation and environmental protections and other breaking stories.
  • Students cover live press conferences in and around the State Capitol, rallies, protests, committee hearings, and live sessions of the State Assembly and State Senate.
  • For more information about the internship, job duties, and the application process, please contact Professor James Gormley at gormleyj@newpaltz.edu

Meet the Faculty: Eric Feldman to teach Milestones in Documentary

As a graduate of New York University Film School, Eric Feldman worked for 10 years in film production (FUNNY FARM, SCROOGED, and COOKIE among his credits). As producer and editor of THE DRUNKEN WARRIOR, he was invited to the prestigious Belfort Festival in France. His musical experience includes working for Atlantic Records and the Archive of Contemporary Music. Eric has worked with Splash Sound Studio in NYC and his credits include ANIMAL PRECINCT (television series on “Animal Planet”), TWO TOWNS OF JASPER (official selection in the Margaret Mead Festival) and GREENER GRASS (PBS documentary and winner on Grand Prize at BANFF Festival, Canada).

Eric has taught a variety of film studies classes on the west coast, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to SUNY New Paltz for DMJ321 Milestones in Documentary. The 3-credit upper-division elective is taught this spring; see the schedule for details. 

Kyra Russo Wins Casey Scholarship for Ethical Journalism

New Paltz’s Kyra Russo won the 2022 Thomas Joseph Casey Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Integrity in Journalism. Thomas and Joan Casey endowed a memorial scholarship celebrating the life of their second son Thomas J. (TJ) Casey ’11 (Journalism) to support journalism students studying at SUNY New Paltz. TJ, a thoughtful journalist, was killed in an automobile accident just two months before he was due to start graduate school. In the face of this horrific loss, his friends and family sought to raise $60,000 in his honor, support that will now be awarded to highly qualified journalism students who bring passion, energy and integrity to their profession. The Caseys hope that TJ’s memory can live on as future graduates achieve journalistic success. That may not have been possible without this philanthropic contribution.

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