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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Tuesday, January 26, 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.
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  • Coronavirus update: One additional student has tested positive
  • SUNY Chancellor Malatras visits New Paltz to review spring reopening and COVID-19 testing
  • College publishes fall 2020 Dean’s List
  • Just a few days left to nominate a student for the SUNY Chancellor’s Award
  • Today at 4:30 p.m.: Insurrection, Impeachment and the Inauguration
  • “Coded Bias”: New Paltz faculty discuss award-winning documentary, Jan. 27
  • Students: Register now to join SUNY-wide ESports league for spring 2021
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: A video update from SUNY on spring reopening plans

Coronavirus updates

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

SUNY press release: SUNY Campuses Move to Weekly COVID Testing of All Students, Faculty, and Staff for the Spring Semester
SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras is becoming a familiar face at our COVID-19 testing site!
Chancellor Malatras was back in New Paltz yesterday, Jan. 25, to review operations ahead of the move to weekly testing of all members of our in-person population. He also took time to meet with campus leaders, emergency management personnel, and Student Association President Haley Hershenson ’21 (Early Childhood & Childhood Education).
"As we begin our spring semester, testing is a critical element of our comprehensive reopening plans, allowing our campuses to quickly respond as any cases arise in a targeted way," said Chancellor Malatras.
"Expanding our testing capacity so that all our in-person students, staff and faculty get tested weekly is our best chance of avoiding unknowingly passing on the virus to others, and we thank the Chancellor for his support of these efforts," said President Christian.

News of the day

College publishes fall 2020 Dean’s List
Honoring outstanding students who earn at least a 3.3 semester GPA while enrolled full-time

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

Today at 4:30 p.m.: Insurrection, Impeachment and the Inauguration
Faculty with expertise in political science, international relations, economics, history and government discuss this month's events in the nation's capital

“Coded Bias”: New Paltz faculty discuss award-winning documentary, Jan. 27
Watch the film now at the Rosendale Theatre's virtual cinema, then tune in for Wednesday's conversation about algorithms and bias

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


Events, resources and reminders

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

Use Starfish to connect to your personalized success network
Resources to help students make the most of their educational experience

What students should know for spring 2021
A comprehensive guide to help you prepare

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

Spring 2021 academic calendar
Information about registration, exams, deadlines and more


The latest from media

COVID case totals drop in Ulster and Dutchess counties
County also reported third consecutive decline in the percentage of test results that came back positive
Daily Freeman, 1/25/21


From Our Community

SUNY spring reopening video on YouTube
On the same day of Chancellor Malatras's visit to the College's on-campus COVID-19 testing site, SUNY released a new spring reopening video to build awareness about health and safety practices and urge students to familiarize themselves with their campus's plans.
Have questions about our plan? Our New Paltz Forward website is the best place to start.

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