Current News at SUNY Orange Current News for Thursday, July 24, 2014 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Middle States Liaison to Visit College on July 30; Open Forum Planned On July 30, the College's liaison to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Dr. Ellie Fogarty, will visit us to discuss the Commission's expectations in light of its recent findings pertaining to our self-study and reaccreditation.  This is an important visit, and I request your participation.  

From 1:30 to 2:30 pm, on July 30, an open forum will be held for all faculty, staff and administration to meet with Dr. Fogarty to learn about what our accreditation status means as well as to discuss action steps the College must take. This will be held at both campuses using Library 103 on our Middletown Campus and Tower 307 on our Newburgh Campus. Dr. Fogarty's insights will be especially important, and her message is one that everyone needs to hear.  To that end, we hope to video record this session for later viewing.

The College has identified preliminary action steps to begin to address Standard 14, our only area with a requirement, but those action steps also reach a number of other important accreditation standards as well.  This document can be found in the P: drive by going to OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT\Self-Study 2014\Accreditation Activities 2014-2015. Please understand that this is a fluid document and more specific action steps will be developed in collaboration with many others as the academic year begins.

I will be meeting with Dr. Fogarty, along with other members of the administration, that day as well. We will provide an update following her visit so that we can share her overall impressions, suggestions, and guidance with the entire College community.

Bill Richards

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Dr. Mark Parisi Hired to Direct Wellness Center SUNY Orange announces the hiring of Dr. Mark Parisi as the new director of the College’s Wellness Center.

Parisi, who earned his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University at Albany, has maintained his own psychotherapy and counseling practice in New Paltz for the past 10 years and has also served as a career specialist at Dutchess Community College. He earned his master’s in education degree (counseling and human services) from Lehigh University, a master’s degree in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in Japanese studies and linguistics from Bucknell University.

The SUNY Orange Wellness Center, with staff on both the Middletown and Newburgh campuses, is open to all students, staff, and faculty with the intent of promoting health education and wellness for the entire College community while also assisting students in reaching their college and career goals.

Registered nurses are available to consult with students, faculty and staff regarding common health concerns, such as cold and flu symptoms, minor injuries, headaches, etc., and more serious problems such as eating disorders, alcohol and substance abuse, and pregnancy. The Center staff also serves as first responders when illness and injury occur on either campus, and provides first aid and referrals to health providers as needed.

Mental health counselors and liaisons are available to assist students with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, stress management, PTSD, and more via short-term counseling and referral to community services. The Center promotes a wide array of wellness initiatives each semester, offers educational programming and partners with many local and regional agencies for the benefit of the College and local communities.

For more information on the Wellness Center, call (845) 341-4870 or visit

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00:00 +0000
The Center for Assistive & Rehabilitative Technology (CART) at SUNY Orange receives $50,000 SUNY Orange is pleased to have received funds to purchase adaptive and assistive technology equipment for the Center for Assistive & Rehabilitative Technology (CART).

Assistive technology equipment purchases will include: adapted devices for the home; adapted switches used to operate toys and games for recreational use, specialized computer equipment and software such as adaptive keyboards, monitors, and voice programs; augmentative communication devices and ergonomic workstation designs.

This equipment will be used for evaluation, demonstration purposes and as inventory for an equipment home trial lending library. The equipment will enable people with disabilities to accomplish daily living tasks, assist them in communication, education, work or recreation activities-- in essence, help them achieve greater independence and enhance their quality of life.

New York State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther was instrumental in helping to secure funding for this program. For more information, contact Flo Hannes, chairperson, Occupational Therapy Assistant Department, and CART director.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00:00 +0000
College to Test Middletown Campus Emergency Alert System Thursday Afternoon (July 24) College community

The Safety and Security staff will be conducting a test of the Middletown campus emergency alert/announcement system between 3 and 5 p.m. TODAY (Thursday, July 24).

We apologize in advance for the brief interruption. The announcements will only be a test, and there should be no cause for alarm.

If you have any questions, or feedback regarding the clarity or audio levels of the announcements, feel free to call Safety and Security at x4710.

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