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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM

This newsletter is a daily source of campus news, information about events, useful tips for navigating campus this fall, and updates about confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. Read more here.
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  • Coronavirus update: No new cases reported as of 5 p.m. yesterday
  • SUNY Chancellor talks exit testing, spring semester in WAMC interview
  • Intercession hours (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) begin Friday, Nov. 27
  • Anthropology students, faculty developing survey on vaccine preparedness
  • Student Union and Atrium hours of operation for winter 2020-21
  • Mid-Hudson Migrant Education Program calls for support for children in need of school supplies
  • This month's virtual book display at the Library is all about self-care
  • The Daily Digest will be back on Monday, Nov. 30 - Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: Make a fitness plan and follow through with the VOLT app

Coronavirus updates

Nov. 25 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
No new cases reported as of 5 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 Chancellor talks about exit testing, spring semester after New Paltz visit
WAMC interview with Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne

SUNY System-wide COVID-19 Case Tracker
Published statistics from all 64 campuses, updated every 24 hours


News of the day

Reminder: Intercession hours (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) begin Friday, Nov. 27
As directed by President Christian, change in core office hours comes early this semester

COVID-19 in the curriculum: Anthropology students, faculty developing survey on vaccine preparedness
Goal is to measure perceptions of safety and inform conversations about who will be the first to access a vaccine

Student Union and Atrium hours of operation for winter 2020-21
Buildings will be closed from Nov. 26 - Jan. 14; Regular hours resume Monday, Jan. 18

Just $15 is enough to provide school supplies for children of migrant workers
The Mid-Hudson Migrant Education Program, sponsored by the School of Education, calls for donations to support pre-packaged supply kits at a time of high need

This month's virtual book display at the Library is all about self-care
Including materials from the Zine Library, public know-your-rights materials, and a crowd-sourced playlist for surviving hard times

The Daily Digest will be back on Monday, Nov. 30
We're taking Thursday and Friday off this week. Happy Thanksgiving!

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It’s been a challenging semester, but there are great things on the horizon.
We’re thankful for all the staff who worked ’round-the-clock to keep our campus clean, safe and operational; all the faculty who continued providing high-quality learning experiences in uncertain circumstances; and all the students who persevered, balancing school, work, stress, family, friendships, mandatory testing and everything else life threw at them this fall.
Most of all, we’re thankful to everyone who adopted a “We Not Me” attitude this semester. It takes a community effort to adjust to life in a pandemic, and the SUNY New Paltz community rose to the occasion. Thank you all, and have a wonderful holiday.

Events and resources

Info on utility reduction in campus buildings for winter 2020-21
Telecommuting policy creates opportunity to save money and reduce emissions

Employees: Nov. 30 deadline to enroll in Flex Spending Account for 2021
Pre-tax benefit can be used to pay for health care, dependent care and adoption expenses

Dec. 3 lecture features leading scholar of Black political representation
The Benjamin Center and the Department of Black Studies welcome Christopher J. Clark (University of North Carolina) for a virtual talk on Black seat share

Suicide Prevention Symposium for professionals, faculty and students
Knowledge and strategies to enhance well-being of college students, including new research related to COVID-19, presented by SUNY and the NYS College Health Association, Dec. 1-10

The Sojourner Truth Library is here for you post-Thanksgiving
Useful information about using Library services in the weeks ahead

FAQs about remote teaching and learning technology
Quick-and-easy info from the ITS Service Desk to support students, faculty and staff ahead of the College's planned transition to fully remote instruction after Thanksgiving Recess

Stay active this winter with the NPHawks Virtual Group Exercise library
On-demand studio routines including dance fitness, yoga, pilates and more

Global learning opportunities for spring 2021
While no study abroad will be offered, there are lots of virtual options for students looking for an international experience

SUNY Center for Professional Development offers three-course teaching and learning certificate for new faculty
Each course lasts six weeks and requires about two-four hours per week to complete
First course, beginning Jan. 5, 2021, focuses on essential communication skills


The latest from media

A comparison of universities during the Coronavirus pandemic
"The State University of New York at New Paltz had a reopening plan that was lengthy and incredibly well thought out"
The Quad, 11/23/20


From Our Community

YouTube: SUNY New Paltz Wellness & Recreation - VOLT APP
The most important step you can take toward your fitness goals is the first step. The VOLT app, now available to all New Paltz students, can set you up with a program, a trainer and progress trackers to help you stay accountable and on track, whether you're in the gym or working out at home. See more in this video from Wellness & Recreation, and sign up for the Winter Accountability Challenge here. You got this!

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