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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, January 13, 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 employee has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Governor Cuomo announces plans to activate and deploy New York National Guard members 
  • Education and dialogue on the violence at the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. 
  • Tammy Kim is the 2021 Ottaway Visiting Professor of Journalism
  • College mourns passing of Jozef Gembarovic
  • Sign up for a virtual financial counseling session with TIAA
  • Biochemistry alumna at the heart of an industry-wide race to end the worldwide pandemic
  • FAQ of the day: Are there new expectations for faculty teaching remotely this spring?
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: Get help from the Career Resource Center 

Coronavirus updates

Jan. 13 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
One additional employee has tested positive for COVID-19 as of 4 p.m. yesterday

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

Governor Cuomo announces plans to activate and deploy New York National Guard members
Order may affect military-affiliated students in our campus community  

Education and dialogue on the violence at the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m.
College will welcome Brian Jones, Ph.D., to lead a conversation with our community

College mourns passing of Jozef Gembarovic
Former adjunct lecturer in Physics & Astronomy remembered by campus community 

Sign up for a virtual financial counseling session with TIAA
Access virtual counseling by phone or on any device, and get advice and education about your retirement savings, managing debt and your investment strategy

Faculty: Have questions about your Annual Report? Get help at the FDC, today from 2-5 p.m.
Email to sign up, then come by College Hall 133 for snacks, tea & coffee
Masks on, window open, four distanced attendees at a time, max

We Not Me - New Paltz Magazine
Joining the race for a vaccine 
Just two years removed from her time as a student at SUNY New Paltz, Britanny Grandville ’18 (Biochemistry) finds herself at the heart of an industry-wide race to end the worldwide pandemic.
As a sample management coordinator at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Tarrytown, New York, the alumna is among the company's employees committed to finding an effective therapeutic for COVID-19.

Spring 2021 FAQ of the Day

Are there new expectations for faculty teaching remotely this spring?
Yes, all faculty who are teaching a remote or hybrid course in spring 2021 are expected to conduct a self-review of their remote courses using the Open SUNY Course Quality Review (OSCQR) rubric.
New Paltz faculty should rely on the streamlined local version of the OSCQR rubric, which can be found at this link.
The OSCQR self-review is designed to help faculty update and improve their courses if needed to meet best practices and to identify any areas where they may need to reach out for additional support.
Additionally, any faculty who are teaching fully asynchronous courses and have not been previously certified to teach online are required to turn in their OSCQR review to their Chair, Associate Dean, or Dean (as determined by their school/college) so that they can get additional support for any assistance needed.
If course remediation is needed, the self-evaluation may be additionally submitted to the instructional design team so they can tailor their support. Your chairs will be provided a spreadsheet of previously certified faculty to assist in the event there are any questions.
More information about the self-review process can be found in Interim Provost Barbara Lyman’s initial announcement (dated Dec. 4, 2020) and clarification on timelines and expectations (dated Dec. 17, 2020).

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

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

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

Cuomo says New Yorkers 65 and over can register to be vaccinated
Vaccinations also will be available for those with compromised immune systems once state defines criteria
Times Union, 1/12/21


From Our Community

Career resource center
The Career Resource Center is still open over the break. Schedule a virtual appointment or visit during virtual drop-in hours.

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