Hot Chocolate with the President

By Carolyne Amaro

New Paltz alumni and students gathered with President Donald P. Christian for a conversation about the College and SUNY System on Monday, March 9. The event called “Hot Chocolate with the President” was held in Esopus Hall, one of the newest student residence halls, giving the conversation a more relaxed and laid back experience with the president. During event, Christian discussed a range of topics with students, including campus construction and renovation projects, the College’s performance in recent national higher education rankings, the new Co-Curricular Transcript and the SUNY-wide efforts to address the serious issue of campus sexual assault. Christian then fielded questions from the students about everything from 3D printing to campus sustainability and transfer orientation expansion. Other discussion topics included rational tuition policies, course registration and parking on campus

It is my privilege to speak with and listen to the New Paltz community,” Christian said. “Though our alumni and our current students find themselves in different phases of their lifetime education, each group has a vested interest in the success of the College.”
It is my privilege to speak with and listen to the New Paltz community,” Christian said. “Though our alumni and our current students find themselves in different phases of their lifetime education, each group has a vested interest in the success of the College.”
President Donald P. Christian expressed his reasons for tuition increase: “The rational tuition policy has allowed SUNY New Paltz to hire new professors, expand course offerings, and increase student financial aid by more than $2 million, helping keep student loan debt of New Paltz graduates below the national average, and making a high-quality public education possible for some students who otherwise could not afford it,” said Christian. “Continuing this critical policy and increasing state support through a new investment fund will make it possible for comprehensive colleges, like New Paltz, to expand our positive impact on student success and the continued economic resurgence in New York State. We look forward to the legislature’s support for these crucial initiatives.”
President Donald P. Christian expressed his reasons for tuition increase: “The rational tuition policy has allowed SUNY New Paltz to hire new professors, expand course offerings, and increase student financial aid by more than $2 million, helping keep student loan debt of New Paltz graduates below the national average, and making a high-quality public education possible for some students who otherwise could not afford it,” said Christian. “Continuing this critical policy and increasing state support through a new investment fund will make it possible for comprehensive colleges, like New Paltz, to expand our positive impact on student success and the continued economic resurgence in New York State. We look forward to the legislature’s support for these crucial initiatives.”
Two passerby stop to listen to the school President as he speaks on various issues.
Two passerby stop to listen to the school President as he speaks on various issues.

Carolyne Amaro

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