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IN THIS ISSUE:

  • TODAY: Dismantling Racism: Alumni Perspectives town hall 
  • Help us welcome students at a reimagined Convocation event!
  • Michael Vargas narrates a brief history of the pandemic for The Academic Minute
  • The Student Union and Atrium will reopen to the campus community on Aug. 16
  • New Course Modalities Chart helps students navigate course schedules
  • FAQ of the Day: How will the in-person lab and studio classes adapt if the College needs to pivot to a fully remote learning environment this fall?
  • From Our Community: Meet new faculty at Peterskill Falls
  • Events and opportunities: IDMH lends expertise to “Pandemic Related Psychological First Aid and Recovery for Students and Staff"
  • The latest from media
 

News from around campus

TODAY: Dismantling Racism: Alumni Perspectives town hall 
An opportunity for alumni to share their thoughts, experiences and concerns with campus leaders

Help us welcome students at the 34th Annual Convocation Ceremony!
Registration must be completed by Aug. 12 if you would like signage identifying your department

“Crises give us the opportunity to envision a new and better normal”
Michael Vargas narrates a brief history of the pandemic for The Academic Minute

The Student Union and Atrium will reopen to the campus community on Aug. 16
The Center for Student Engagement shares important notes for the fall semester, hours of operation

Students: This chart is your guide to understanding fall 2020 teaching modalities
New Course Modalities Chart helps students navigate their course schedules to better prepare for the new academic year

 

Reopening FAQ of the day

How will the in-person lab and studio classes adapt if the College needs to pivot to a fully remote learning environment this fall?
It is clearly ideal to hold these courses in person to accommodate hands-on learning and face-to-face interaction between students and faculty.
However, the College recognizes that external forces may make it impossible for us to continue to deliver any in-person instruction this fall.
Our students and faculty had experience adapting to such circumstances during the spring semester. While the sudden pivot to remote teaching and learning posed many challenges, our community worked together to continue instruction even in courses where hands-on activity is strongly preferred. This included modifying assignments so that students could complete them from home, and in some cases, providing materials and other special resources to students to allow them to continue their work.
Our community learned from our experiences in spring 2020. While we continue to hope that in-person instruction can continue as planned through the fall, we are also prepared to sustain high-quality instruction if circumstances again require a shift to fully remote teaching and learning.
The College's fall 2020 reopening plan is highly detailed and dense, and our corresponding list of FAQs runs to more than 10,000 words (and counting!). In an effort to make this very important information more digestible for campus community members, we're highlighting questions and answers in this newsletter, one per day, as the fall semester approaches.
Please note: We are working to update and add FAQs as planning continues and this situation evolves. We will prioritize sharing the most current information in this space.
 

From our community

 
Meet new faculty at Peterskill Falls!
Join the Faculty Development Center for a socially distanced faculty & staff outing to Peterskill Falls on Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. All are welcome, including families and dogs on leashes.
Contact facultycenter@newpaltz.edu for transportation and fee options. 
 

Events and opportunities

Trainings from the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion

TIAA's August Live Webinars
Keep your financial goals on track, reserve your spot today!

All faculty and staff must complete this 12-minute video training before returning to campus
Required for New York State employees prior to return to working on-site
Training covers new safety protocols, instructions for daily health screening and more

SUNY Remote Teaching Learning Institute – Webinars this week!
Prepare for the fall 2020 semester's course design and delivery with this flexible instruction webinar series, Aug. 10-14

Students and alumni can meet Google's Waze head of global marketing Emma Weisberg at a virtual fireside chat on Aug. 13
Sneak preview of new one-on-one professional networking opportunities provided through Career Resource Center partnership with Bonsai

Aug. 11 & 13: Preparing for a new semester with the Faculty Development Center
Two fall-focused Communication & Community Building Teaching Circles this week

Save the Date: State of the College Address, Friday, Aug. 21, at 9:30 a.m.
President Christian's update to the campus community will be live-streamed

 

Coronavirus updates

Aug. 11 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
No new cases to report as of 4 p.m. yesterday

 

The latest from media

COVID-19 can give rise to mental health stresses, say experts
Heightened stress as pandemic disrupts lifestyles and livelihoods
The Straights Times, 8/10/20

 
 
Amy Nitza, director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz, will be presenting "Pandemic Related Psychological First Aid and Recovery for Students and Staff" on Thursday, Aug. 13, as part of SUNY Albany’s three-part “Safe, Prepared, and Effective Learning Environments Summit.”

 

 

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