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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM


This newsletter is a daily source of major campus news, information about events, useful tips for navigating campus this fall, and updates about new and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. Read more here.
Students, faculty and staff will also receive important bulletins via the new NPForward text notification system.


  • Coronavirus update: No new cases to report as of 5 p.m. yesterday
  • COVID-19 testing of UUP employees begins today
  • Testing of CSEA employees will begin on Oct. 15
  • SUNY-wide directive strengthens penalties for non-compliance with COVID-19 protocols
  • Update from Mail Services on pickup and delivery
  • Reserve on-campus study spaces (we fixed the link!)
  • This Friday, Oct. 2: ACUE webinar on inclusive online teaching
  • Starfish video series: Your Success Network
  • Men's basketball alumnus continues playing career overseas
  • FAQ of the Day: How will the “Mind, Body and Spirit Days” work in the spring 2021 semester?
  • From Our Community: Design the best new patch for the New Paltz Rescue Squad, win $200!
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Oct. 1 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
No new cases to report as of 5 p.m. yesterday

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

Reminder: On-campus COVID-19 testing for UUP employees begins today
Click above for more information about how mandatory employee testing works

Mandatory COVID-19 testing of CSEA-represented employees to begin Oct. 15
Testing will be provided in Awosting Hall, where student and UUP-employee testing is already ongoing

New SUNY-wide directive strengthens penalties for non-compliance with COVID-19 protocols
"We support Chancellor Malatras in leading a system-wide effort to protect the health of students, faculty, staff and communities throughout the state. We also acknowledge that the vast majority of New Paltz students and employees have made every effort to comply with new, coronavirus-related policies on our campus."

Volunteers needed: Help make on-campus pool testing a success
Seeking greeters and attendants to assist with on-campus testing
Training and personal protective equipment will be provided

On-campus pool testing schedule for employees
Testing dates this fall for UUP, CSEA and PEF bargaining units


News from around campus

Update from Mail Services on pickup and delivery
Continuing to refine fall 2020 policies to safely serve the campus community

NEW LINK: Reserve on-campus study spaces
Need a quiet, safe place to work? Dozens of unoccupied classrooms can be booked for individual use, one hour at a time (Sorry for the technical difficulties!)

This Friday: ACUE webinar on inclusive online teaching
"Creating an Inclusive Online Learning Environment": A free offering for faculty from the Association of College and University Educators, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.

Starfish Student Demo Series: Your Success Network
Another short video tutorial to help you get the most out of Starfish

Men's basketball alumnus Nick Arthur '20 (Psychology) may have graduated, but his playing career is far from done. Read more here about his experience overseas with the University of West Scotland's squad this season.

Reopening FAQ of the day

How will the “Mind, Body and Spirit Days” work in the spring 2021 semester?
As previously announced, the spring 2021 academic calendar has been revised and Spring Break (March 15-19, 2021) will be cancelled, as part of our institutional effort to avoid the risks to community health of week-long travel.
The five no-class days will be redistributed throughout the spring semester as “Mind, Body and Spirit Days,” to provide students and faculty with opportunities to take brief breaks from their work, while retaining the state-required number of instructional days.
No class meetings (online or in-person) will be scheduled on the following “Mind, Body and Spirit Days”:
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021
  • Thursday, March 11, 2021
  • Friday, April 9, 2021
  • Monday, April 19, 2021
The “Mind, Body, and Spirit Days” have been scheduled so they do not interfere with Passover and Good Friday observations. 

Events and resources

Upcoming Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings

Call for submissions! The Library is launching a new community zine
"Beyond the Sunflower Fields": A low-stress way to tell stories from a high-stress year
All students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to share writings, drawings, photos, comics and any other creative works; deadline is Oct. 15

Information on revisions to the spring 2021 academic calendar
Spring Break will be cancelled; the College will instead distribute those five days of no classes throughout the semester

SUNY System-wide COVID-19 Case Tracker
Published statistics from all 64 campuses, updated every 24 hours


The latest from media

New Paltz, N.Y.: Beautiful, Sporty and Cultured
"Anchored by a state university," our hometown sees a pandemic-related boom and a wave of newcomers
New York Times, 9/30/20


From Our Community

The New Paltz Rescue Squad is putting out a call to designers to help create a new patch! The grand prize winner will get $200 and the chance to see their creation become the new symbol of this local emergency services provider. Click here for more info, and send your idea to before the Oct. 15 deadline.

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