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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Friday, November 20, 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: One employee and one off-campus student have tested positive
  • Two more days of Test Before You Go COVID-19 testing at Awosting Hall
  • Checking in with Residence Life staff at the end of an unprecedented semester
  • This weekend's theatre performance has been postponed
  • "If You Write It, They Will Fund": SUNY's popular workshop on grants and proposals returns for 2021
  • A virtual adaptation of study abroad for a COVID-19 era
  • Tonight at 6:30 p.m.: Screening of new documentary "Conscience Point"
  • Reminder: Get a free flu shot today at the Student Health Center
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: Two recommended Instagram follows

Coronavirus updates

Nov. 20 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
One additional employee and one additional off-campus student have tested positive

Two days left: Test Before You Go and protect loved ones before Thanksgiving
SUNY requires all students who live on campus or who have come to campus during the semester to get tested for COVID-19 before Thanksgiving or face judicial consequences
Quick, free pool testing Nov. 20 & 23 at Awosting Hall
Please be sure to set up your account before arriving for testing

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


News of the day

“I’ve learned how to use my voice”: Checking in with Residence Life staff at the end of an unprecedented semester
A toast to the many Resident Assistants and Community Mentors who have done so much to keep our on-campus population safe, informed and connected during fall 2020

This weekend's performance of “Eat and You Belong to Us” has been postponed
Theatre Arts will reschedule this live-streamed reading out of an abundance of caution

From the Oracle: A virtual adaptation of study abroad for a COVID-19 era
Well-designed international learning experiences online can provide many of the same cultural competencies as actual travel

Tonight at 6:30 p.m.: Virtual screening of "Conscience Point," a new documentary about a fight to protect sacred land in Eastern Long Island
A special presentation from the Sojourner Truth Library in recognition of Native American Heritage Month

Reminder: Get a free flu shot today at the Student Health Center
Your last chance on campus this semester to get protection from influenza viruses

Hudson Valley Magazine on Instagram
Recommended follow: Hudson Valley Magazine (@hudsonvalleymag) highlights stunning photography of landscapes and secret spots that show why this is one of the best places in the world to live. This photograph from Minnewaska State Park (right up the road from the College) is a repost from

Events and resources

Still time to donate clothes or other goods for Honduran recovery from Hurricane Iota
Men's soccer team member Carlos Cuellar '21 (Marketing) organizes this appeal to help alleviate suffering in his home country; Donations can be dropped off outside the Athletic & Wellness Center now through Sunday, Nov. 22

Fragments of a New Reality: MFA students exhibiting now in Fine Arts Building
A socially distant, on-campus exhibition of student artwork, on view through Nov. 23

Monday is the application deadline for AYURE funding to support collaborative undergraduate research
The Academic Year Undergraduate Research Experience creates invaluable scholarship experiences for students across the disciplines

Resonant Echoes: What does your world sound like?
Music faculty call for community field recordings to be used in new composition

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 latest from media

School officials discuss whether a full return to remote learning is the right choice for their districts
How Kingston, New Paltz, Saugerties and Onteora are planning for the months ahead
New Paltz Times, 11/18/20


From Our Community

Nadia Sablin on Instagram
Recommended follow, part two: Assistant Professor Nadia Sablin (@nadiasablin) is a former Guggenheim Fellow who has photographed at locations around the world.

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