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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM

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This newsletter is a daily source of campus news, useful tips, events information, and updates about confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. Read more here.
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  • Coronavirus update: Two students and two employees have tested positive
  • COVID-19 testing: Friday is our make-up day for those who were unable to test earlier in the week
  • College forms new University Police Department Advisory Committee
  • New York State positivity, hospitalization rates continue to fall
  • Have questions about Financial Aid? Friday webinars have you covered
  • Peer Instructional Design Mentor Teachers drop-in hours resume today
  • Register for a Tax Talk with the Employee Assistance Program on Feb. 17
  • Faculty & staff: Still time to apply for the Manager's Toolkit program
  • Alumni sweehearts for Valentine's Day
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: Our alumni interview series continues with Stephanie Whiteman '12 (Black Studies/Psychology)

Coronavirus updates

Feb. 12 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
Two students and two employees have tested positive

Weekly COVID-19 testing schedule and resources
Friday is our make-up day for those who were unable to be tested earlier in the week
Friday PCR testing is by appointment only; Click above for the sign-up link

SUNY New Paltz COVID-19 Dashboard
The College's tally of active cases, on-campus testing, positivity rates, quarantine and more


News of the day

College forms new University Police Department Advisory Committee
Membership includes students, faculty and alumni; Committee is charged with making recommendations to the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Chief of Police concerning police services to the campus community

New York State positivity, hospitalization rates continue to fall
Positive COVID-19 tests statewide have declined for 34 days straight

Have questions about Financial Aid? Friday webinars have you covered
Students can get info about grants, loans, work-study and more, starting today at noon

Register for a Tax Talk hosted by the Employee Assistance Program, Feb. 17
Join Ceil Donato, formerly of H&R Block, for a discussion of all tax issues, including changes to the tax laws for 2020; Ideal for those who have a second job, own their own business, or have additional income from teaching, publishing or consulting

Faculty & Staff: Apply by Feb. 17 to join the next Manager’s Toolkit cohort
A program designed to help new and experienced managers cultivate adaptive management capacity, build a community of support, and provide tools and techniques that align with management best practices

Peer Instructional Design Mentor Teachers drop-in hours resume today
Faculty: Tune in for informal, peer-to-peer help with online and hybrid teaching
Instructor Rachel Rigolino is holding hours now through 1 p.m.

SUNY New Paltz on Instagram
Alumni sweethearts RJ Rosa '16 (Visual Arts) and Kit Small '17 (Computer Science), both former basketball team members, returned to New Paltz this month to share a very special moment. RJ proposed at the Mohonk Preserve Testimonial Gatehouse, a location he chose because he was inspired by the view of campus through the archway. (I'm not crying, just something in my eye!)
Do you have a story or photo to share for Valentine's Day this year? We want to hear from you! Tag or DM us on Instagram or Facebook and let us know who you're celebrating with.
Photograph by Robin Weinstein '14 (@robsta_gram)

Events, resources and reminders

Last call for faculty: Please submit enrollment census information for all spring semester classes before Sunday, Feb. 14
Undergraduate census survey is now available through Starfish
This process is required by Federal law and an important way to help ensure students receive financial aid to which they are entitled

February trainings from the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion
Feb. 16: Webex Tips & Tricks
Feb. 17: Using OneDrive
Feb. 18: Developing Project Calendars
And much more! Click above to see full descriptions and register

February is Compliance Review Month for employees
Please complete annual Policy & Procedure Acknowledgement, Workplace Violence Prevention Review and Title IX/Sexual Harassment Review by Friday, Feb. 26
All required reviews can be completed by vising

Harrington STEM Series returns Feb. 16 with an introduction to reconfiguration systems
The College welcomes Heather Russell, assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Richmond

Start your global journey: Study Abroad Fair, Feb. 24
While in-person programs are cancelled for spring and summer, many virtual options remain for students looking for international experience and cultural exchange


The latest from media

New York, following CDC, eases quarantine rules for fully vaccinated people
Per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, those who have received both shots, and at least two weeks have passed since the second shot, are no longer required to quarantine within 90 days after the second shot
Times Union, 2/11/21


From Our Community

SUNY New Paltz Alumni Interview Series: Stephanie Whiteman '12
Our new Alumni Interview Series continues with a conversation between host Dynahlee Padilla '19 (Journalism) and Stephanie Whiteman '12 (Black Studies/Psychology). They discuss Stephanie's New Paltz story and how it led her to start a tutoring company during the pandemic to help parents and children close to home in The Bronx.

Daily Digest readers: We want to hear from you! 

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