Social Media Volunteer Needed for New Paltz Refugee Nonprofit: Immediate Opening

New Paltz for Refugees ( is a grassroots, volunteer, non-profit group working with other agencies and NGOs to resettle those in need to our New York State, Hudson Valley community. The organization seeks a volunteer for the role of communications, public relations and volunteer outreach. New Paltz for Refugees is narrowing its attention to focus on 2 very needy families, one of which arrives here in the next few weeks, and the group will need much assistance. Having a student who can send out updates of progress and of the need for volunteers or donations would be so helpful as well as to deal with any media outreach.

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Spring 2022 Equipment Sign Out Schedule is Here

Spring 2022 Equipment Borrowing Sign In And Out is from 10:30am – 4:00pm and 4:30 pm – 6:00pm Monday – Friday. 

Equipment Borrowing Begins Monday, February  7th, 2022, and concludes on Friday, May 6th , 2022 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.** 

  1. Please use the Bookings App to schedule both Pick Up and  Drop Off times. If you arrive at CSB025 without an  appointment, you will be directed to the Bookings App  link to schedule an appointment. 
  2. All equipment signed out must be returned by 12:00 PM  on the third academic day.  
  3. Whoever signs out department equipment is responsible  for its return, and ought to be the one returning it.  
  4. If equipment is not returned on time, the student and the  student’s professor will be emailed about the lateness. 
  5. After reasonable attempts to recover late equipment have  failed, the student’s borrowing privileges will be  suspended commensurate with the lateness. 
  6. If even after the suspension, the student fails to return  overdue equipment, an Academic Hold will be placed on  the student’s account. An Academic Hold means the  student cannot register for classes and will not  receive their grades until the hold is released.

There is also a late fee system in place. The late fee is $2  per day per item until the equipment is returned.  Lost/Damaged equipment may result in up to $800 in  fines. The late fee system is a hold on your academic  account. 

  1. Use of media production equipment is restricted to Media  Production students and is limited to class projects; do  not borrow department equipment for personal  endeavors unless cleared by a Media Production faculty  member.  
  2. Signing out of department equipment is restricted to  Media Production students and is limited to the particular  course the student is enrolled in.  
  3. Media Production students: Do not borrow department  equipment with the intent of non-Media Production  majors “lending” the equipment from you.  
  4. Ottaway equipment is available for all Journalism  students to use for their class assignments.  
  5. Digital Storytelling students are permitted to sign out  both the Zoom H1 handy recorder and the Ottaway  dSLRs, but only for their class assignments.  
  6. All Journalism students may borrow specific Ottaway equipment relating to the course. 
  7. Students are not permitted to have guests in the editing  suites. There have been cases where “guests” have stolen  department equipment. Students will be held liable in  such cases. 
  8. Do not prop editing suite doors open; these must  remain locked at all times as these are areas monitored  by both Card Access and University Police. 
  9. Eating and drinking is prohibited in both the editing  suites and classrooms. Ask yourself this while you are  eating and touching the keyboard: did the previous user  have a cold? 
  10. Do not clean camera lenses with Windex and paper towel.  Use a clean Microfiber cloth. 
  11. If equipment is broken, lost or stolen, please report the  problem as soon as possible.  
  12. Sign into Microsoft Bookings for Pick Up/ Drop Off. Be sure to use  your New Paltz ID and passcode. DO NOT USE YOUR HAWKMAIL  EMAIL as it may not work with Microsoft Bookings: ings/

19.When you arrive, call 257-3683 first. We must mitigate risk of spreading COVID-19. When we are ready for you, we will let you  enter. 

20.Equipment may be borrowed for three academic days. If you do  not return the equipment on time, you will receive an email stating  you must do so by a certain date and time to avoid a financial  penalty. The monetary cost will be $2.00 per item per day for late  items and up to $800 per item for lost/broken equipment.

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: Continue reading

Journalism Majors: Consider Taking the Ottaway Seminar, Taught by Pulitzer Prize Winner Bart Gellman

Attention Journalism majors: Ask your advisor about The Ottaway Seminar, a course offered each spring that features a nationally known visiting journalist who shares their expertise and experience and teaches students about the problems and issues that face reporters and the press. Former professors have included foreign correspondents, literary journalists, photo journalists and high-ranking editors.

Bart GellmanIn Spring 2022, the James H. Ottaway Sr. Endowed Professorship will be taught by Bart Gellman, Staff Writer for The Atlantic. He will be teaching a seminar titled the Literature of Fact. In order to take this course, students must be a junior or senior journalism major.  Continue reading