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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Friday, January 15, 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: One additional employee has tested positive for COVID-19
  • On-campus COVID-19 Testing Schedule: Jan. 19 – Feb. 4
  • State of the State 2021: Governor Cuomo outlines 2021 agenda
  • Get a free COVID-19 test on campus today 
  • College to return to core operating hours effective Tuesday, Jan. 19 
  • Register now to join the 100 Days to Commencement celebration on Feb. 5
  • Stonesthrow Review moves online amid remote learning transition
  • Pre-pandemic photography: Cultural Appreciation Day
  • FAQ of the day: What are the Mind, Body, Spirit days? 
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: Journalism alumnus honored by Bardavon 1869 Opera House

Coronavirus updates

Jan. 15 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
One additional employee has tested positive for COVID-19

On-campus COVID-19 Testing Schedule: Jan. 19 – Feb. 4
Students, faculty and staff are welcome to be tested

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

Call for volunteers: Support on-campus COVID-19 testing, Jan. 19 – Feb. 4
Thanking everyone in advance for contributing time and energy to help ensure the success of this vital initiative


News of the day

State of the State 2021: Governor Cuomo outlines 2021 agenda
A suite of initiatives to begin reopening New York and invest billions into infrastructure improvements

Students and employees can get a free COVID-19 test on campus TODAY
You must make an appointment in order to take advantage of this opportunity

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!

Stonesthrow Review moves online amid remote learning transition
Catch up on some of the best writing from English and Creative Writing students

For this pre-pandemic photo throwback, we're remembering Nov. 12, 2017, when students from the College's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) celebrated Cultural Appreciation Day with games, food and conversation.
Since the inception of EOP, more than 40,000 SUNY students have received degrees. 

Spring 2021 FAQ of the Day

What are the "Mind, Body, Spirit" days? 
SUNY has mandated that spring break be canceled on all SUNY campuses, and that any days off during the semester must fall on midweek days, as part of the system-wide effort to discourage unnecessary travel during the pandemic.
To provide students with five days off from classes that they would have received during spring break, New Paltz will end the semester two days earlier and has scheduled three individual “Mind, Body, Spirit” days that will be distributed as follows:
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23
  • Wednesday, March 24
  • Thursday, April 15
There will be no classes of any modality on these dates.
The Mind, Body, Spirit days are intended to allow students to rest and recharge for the remainder of the semester. For that reason, the College is encouraging faculty to plan test and assignment due dates so they do not fall immediately after the Mind, Body, Spirit days, to reduce pressure on students to spend these days working or studying.

Events, resources and reminders

Remember to do the Health Screening every day for two weeks before your first time on campus in spring 2021
New SUNY policy means those planning to be on campus later this month should resume daily screenings now

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

Faculty, check your syllabi: Updates to finals calendar may impact spring planning
SUNY's COVID-19 requirements necessitated late revisions to spring 2021 calendar
Faculty should review their schedules to avoid conflicts, especially during exams

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

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

SUNY call for participation: Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities Classroom
Presenters wanted for an online gathering on March 26
Interested in contributing? Complete the proposal form by Feb. 1


The latest from media

Community mourns Hudson Valley repair cafe founder John Wackman
Wackman was widely known in the region as a pioneer of the Repair Café movement
Daily Freeman, 1/13/21


From Our Community

The Bardavon celebrates alumnus
SUNY New Paltz alumnus John Barry ’93 (Journalism) was recently celebrated on the marquee of the Bardavon 1863 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, New York, for his 20 years of service to the Hudson Valley community. Barry has reported for the Poughkeepsie Journal since 2002, and spent many of those years writing about the local music scene. He left the Journal in December 2020. Read some of Barry's recent work online.

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