Before you access your account, you must login to my.newpaltz.edu. You will be prompted to enter your password again to activate your account.
After you activate your account, there are two methods of accessing the system.
Go to: mail.hawkmail.newpaltz.edu
Once there, enter your NPCUID (New Paltz Computer User ID) as your username. You do not need to use @hawkmail.newpaltz.edu in your username, as it is already there.
Go to gmail.com
Once there, enter your NPCUID (New Paltz Computer UserID) along with @hawkmail.newpaltz.edu as your username. For example: N00110053@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu
Whichever method you use to login, when you log out, you will be brought to the page, which looks like method 2. In order to login again, you will have to either reload mail.hawkmail.newpaltz.edu, or use your NPCUID@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu as your username. Your password is the same regardless.