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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 10:00 AM

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.
Students, faculty and staff will also receive important bulletins via NPForward text notifications.


  • Coronavirus update: Two additional students have tested positive
  • Chancellor Malatras gives 2021 State of the University System Address
  • Students: Feb. 1 is the deadline to add/drop classes
  • College mourns the death of John Palencsar, adjunct lecturer of history
  • Update on state sick leave for COVID-19-related absences
  • Review the College's media relations policies
  • Political Science faculty pen op-ed arguing for stronger state and local government as a means of protecting democracy
  • A snowy day on the Quad
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: A video update from SUNY on spring reopening plans

Coronavirus updates

Jan. 27 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
Two additional students have tested positive

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

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

New York's COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker
Statistics on vaccinations distributed and administered, updated daily

Call for volunteers: Support on-campus COVID-19 testing, now through Feb. 5
Those who volunteer at testing sites are eligible to schedule vaccine appointments per the state’s Phased Distribution Plan, though vaccine supplies remain limited and appointments may not be available for several weeks


News of the day

Chancellor Malatras gives 2021 State of the University System Address
Looking back at SUNY's history for inspiration to meet the challenges of the present day

Students: Feb. 1 is the deadline to add/drop classes
Make instructor-approved changes to your schedule through the "Registration" link at

College mourns the death of John Palencsar, adjunct lecturer of history
John was a highly respected teacher with a reputation for helping spark students’ interest in topics related to American history

Update on state sick leave for COVID-19-related absences
Department of Labor clarifies policies initially created in March 2020

Review the College's media relations policies
The Office of Communication & Marketing is available to help connect faculty and staff with journalists seeking expert comment on issues in the news

SUNY New Paltz on Instagram
Two types of people in January: Those who see this picture and want to run out and play, and those who see it and want to tuck in under a blanket.

Events, resources and reminders

Complete the updated daily screening at prior to coming to campus for the first time this spring
Screening is also required for students and employees every day you plan to be on campus

Info and appointment links for all 13 state-operated vaccination sites
These venues are in addition to sites being operated by counties
Appointment availability depends on supply

Graduating in May 2021? Submit your application as soon as possible!
Apply online at my.newpaltz - it only takes a minute

Just a few days left to nominate a student for the SUNY Chancellor’s Award
Faculty and staff have until Jan. 29 to recommend students for this system-wide honor

Students: Register now to join SUNY-wide ESports league for spring 2021
Solo and team competition in Overwatch, Smash, Fortnite, COD and more

Eight helpful reminders from ITS for spring 2021
Technology tips and tricks for faculty and staff, whether you're working on campus or remotely

Register now to join the 100 Days to Commencement celebration on Feb. 5
Future New Paltz alumni: Join for a chance to ask questions about graduation, and enter a raffle for NP swag!


The latest from media

SUNY Chancellor Visits SUNY New Paltz Ahead Of In-Person Start Date
Radio interview with Chancellor Malatras about spring
WAMC, 1/26/21


From Our Community

Center for Student Success on Instagram
Have you checked in with the Center for Student Success yet this semester? They are open for business, providing subject tutoring, peer advising, writing studio workshops and much more. Stay connected @npstudentsuccess or head to to schedule an appointment.

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