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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Tuesday, January 19, 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: Two students and two employees have tested positive
  • Reminders about testing and screening for the first week of the semester
  • Protect New Paltz for a safe, successful spring semester: A message from President Christian and Vice President Blaisdell
  • SUNY Chancellor Malatras's statement for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Our campus observance will take place on Jan. 25
  • Athletics & Wellness Center reopens today for student use only
  • Call for proposals: SUNY Student Success Summit, April 22 & 23
  • The campus sculpture dedicated in Dr. King's memory
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: UPD honors late Officer Gary Pietropaolo

Coronavirus updates

Jan. 19 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
Two students and two employees have tested positive since our last report on Jan. 15

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

Reminder: 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

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

Protect New Paltz for a safe, successful spring semester
A message to students from President Christian and Vice President Blaisdell

SUNY Chancellor Malatras's statement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
“It is on us, in higher education, to embody the principles of equality and justice that we hope to achieve in this country”

Reminder: Our campus observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day will take place on Jan. 25
Faculty are asked to permit students who provide advance notice of their intended absence to make up missed assignments without penalty

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

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

Stone Art
Cliffside,” mounted on outer wall of the Humanities building, was originally dedicated in honor of Dr. King, and bears a quote from his 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, D.C. The sculpture was installed in 1970 and created by Professor Emeritus Manny Bromberg, who returned to campus for a rededication ceremony in 2016, at the age of 99.

Events, resources and reminders

In-person college instructors now included in Phase 1b of New York’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution
Eligible members of our community may now schedule appointments, though availability is subject to limited federal supply

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

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!

Introducing CircleIn, the new peer-to-peer study app for New Paltz students
Learn more about this National Science Foundation-backed tool for collaborative learning


The latest from media

Ulster County hopes for new vaccine shipment Wednesday
Inoculation appointments in Dutchess County booked "almost immediately"
Daily Freeman, 1/18/21


From Our Community

SUNY New Paltz UPD on Instagram
A new Adopt-a-Highway sign honors the late Gary Pietropaolo, a valued member of the University Police Department who served five years with UPD before his tragic death in 2018. UPD adopted the portion of Rt. 32 South that extends from the main entrance of the College to the front entrance of the UPD station, and dedicated it in Officer Pietropaolo's memory.

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