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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, January 20, 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 employee and one student have tested positive
  • Anna Conlan appointed new Director of The Dorsky Museum
  • Campus community mourns deaths of Joe Paparone, longtime professor of theatre arts, and Patricia King '60, former Alumni Council member
  • Inauguration programs from the Center for Student Engagement
  • From WAMC: The President's Microphone, by Lecturer Brett Barry
  • Assistant Professor of Art creates 12-foot-long tiger at the HVAMC
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: New album from Department of Music faculty out this week

Coronavirus updates

Jan. 20 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
One employee and one student 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

Students: Get tested for COVID-19 this week
SUNY requires students to produce a negative test taken immediately before or after their first day on campus this spring; Faculty and staff can get an on-campus test, too

Call for volunteers: Support on-campus COVID-19 testing, Jan. 19 – Feb. 4
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

Anna Conlan appointed new Director of The Dorsky Museum
Conlan brings nearly two decades of art museum experience to new role

Campus community mourns death of Joe Paparone, former professor of theatre arts for more than four decades
Facebook tributes pour in for Paparone, who helped build the Department of Theatre Arts into what it is today

Campus community mourns death of Patricia King '60, former Alumni Council and Alumni Association Board member
King was a lifelong educator and 2018 recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Service award

Inauguration programs from the Center for Student Engagement
Join today and tomorrow for a Discord watch party, recap discussion and some lighthearted BINGO fun

From WAMC: The President's Microphone, by Lecturer Brett Barry
A radio short on the mic that has been used at inaugurations for more than 50 years

Aaron Nelson on Instagram
Assistant Professor of Art Aaron Nelson designed and 3D printed 639 unique pieces for the 12-foot-long “Connector Series #2 — Tiger,” which will be featured in the forthcoming Dorsky Museum faculty exhibition “Collective Consciousness.”
Nelson generated each unique connecting piece using the computer-aided design programming language Grasshopper, printed them on campus in the Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center and connected them by hand using hundreds of poplar dowels. The project took about six weeks to design, print and assemble.

Events, resources and reminders

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

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

Spring 2021 holiday calendar
Plan ahead for scheduled office closures

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

Athletics & Wellness Center is open now for student use only
As during the fall semester, registration will be required to use the facility

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!

Call for proposals: SUNY Student Success Summit, April 22 & 23
Present at a virtual, system-wide conference on equity and inclusive excellence
Proposal deadline extended to Feb. 1


The latest from media

Coronavirus Update: Vaccine Doses, Positivity Rates Declining
Latest Hudson Valley stats show some good news, but vaccine supply remains limited
Ossining-Croton-on-Hudson Patch, 1/19/21


From Our Community

Susie Ibarra on Instagram
Susie Ibarra's "Talking Gong," a new album of original compositions for percussion, piano and flute, is out this Friday, Jan. 22, from New Focus Recordings, in digital and limited vinyl formats.
The project has been years in the making for Ibarra, a widely heralded jazz and experimental percussionist, who debuted "Talking Gong" on campus in February 2018 alongside Assistant Professor Alex Peh and former McArther Genius Grant recipient Claire Chase. Ibarra has sinced joined the Department of Music as an adjunct professor. Follow @susie.ibarra for more, including details about upcoming live-streamed performances celebrating the new album.

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