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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, November 18, 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 to report as of 5 p.m. yesterday
  • We still need a few more volunteers to help our Test Before You Go effort succeed!
  • Daily Digest will temporarily move to reduced schedule during Winter Break
  • Still making your spring schedule? Office of Campus Sustainability highlights some environmentally focused courses
  • Faculty and Staff: Consider using Cisco Jabber for remote telecommunications
  • Today at 5:30 p.m.: Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents Stacy Jo Scott
  • "Lifting as we Climb": School of Business Hall of Fame ceremony video
  • Bats: Super cool! Super diverse! Learn more Nov. 19 from Burke Museum Curator Sharlene Santana, Ph.D.
  • Events and resources, including workshops today on domestic violence and Drescher Leave
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: Looking Up Planetarium series tours Mars, autumn constellations and black holes

Coronavirus updates

Nov. 18 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
No new cases to report as of 5 p.m. yesterday

Volunteers needed: Help make the Test Before You Go effort a success
We're looking for a few more pool testing volunteers to help finish strong this semester
Training and personal protective equipment will be provided
THANK YOU to all who have contributed or plan to contribute to this important initiative

Test Before You Go: Protect your loved ones and avoid judicial consequences
SUNY requires all students who live on campus or who have come to campus for any reason during the semester to get tested for COVID-19 before Thanksgiving
Quick, free pool testing Nov. 18, 19, 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

Daily Digest will temporarily move to reduced schedule during Winter Break
COVID-19 Dashboard will still be updated five days per week

Students: Looking to add an environmentally focused class to your schedule?
Highlighted courses for spring 2021 from the Office of Campus Sustainability

Faculty and Staff: Consider using Cisco Jabber for remote telecommunications
ITS can help install this useful tool that let you have your campus phone line at your home work station

Today at 5:30 p.m.: Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents Stacy Jo Scott
Oregon-based artist uses ceramic objects and digital processes to navigate shifting landscapes of queerness, embodiment and spectrality

"Lifting as We Climb": School of Business honors the best of the best at their 2020 Hall of Fame ceremony
Celebrating outstanding contributions to the College and the Hudson Valley

Link to launch Webex meeting, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m.
Some people find them a little creepy, but bats can actually be really nice to have around. They eat lots of insects that bother humans and make effective pollinators. They're also extremely diverse in number of species, diet, body shape and size, and other attributes.
Interested in learning more? Tomorrow, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m., the Biology Department welcomes Sharlene Santana, Ph.D., curator of mammals at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, Washington, and associate professor at the University of Washington, for a virtual talk on bats' evolutionary diversity.

Events and resources

Today at noon: Domestic Violence and The Workplace
The state Office of Information Technology Services presents a “Lunch and Learn” event designed to help employees recognize, react and respond to signs of an unsafe relationship

Today at 12:30 p.m.: Learn more about Drescher Leave
Important program helps underrepresented faculty prepare for permanent or continuing appointment

Nov. 19 at noon: Tips for reducing your stress at the end of a difficult year
HRDI and EAP collaborate on a lunchtime workshop for employees focusing on self-care strategies

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No gift is too small: November is SEFA participation month
Join colleagues in helping to raise thousands for local charities through the State Employees Federated Appeal

Faculty: Apply by Nov. 23 for AYURE funding to support collaborative undergraduate research
The Academic Year Undergraduate Research Experience creates invaluable scholarship experiences for students across the discipliens

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

Don’t bring COVID home for Thanksgiving
Op-ed from SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras
NY Daily News, 11/17/20


From Our Community

Video of the latest
This week on "Looking Up," the John R. Kirk Planetarium's virtual series, David Meer '21 (Physics; Astronomy) takes viewers on a quick trip to Mars, tours some late-autumn/early-winter constellations, and wraps up with a look at Nobel Prize-winning research into black holes.

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