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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, November 11, 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.
Students, faculty and staff will also receive important bulletins via the NPForward text notification system.


  • Coronavirus update: An additional off-campus student has tested positive
  • Updates on our commitment to become an anti-racist campus
  • College employs new after-hours protocol for responding to mental health crises
  • How do Incomplete Grades work? A primer from Records & Registration
  • Undergraduate students can now apply for the S/U option for fall 2020 courses
  • Today: The School of Business inducts its 2020 Hall of Fame class
  • For Veterans Day, a video toast to those who have sacrificed throughout their military service
  • Events and resources, including an exceptional Distinguished Speaker Series discussion of academic innovation with Princeton's Rodney D. Priestley, Nov. 17
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: Theatre, evolving

Coronavirus updates

Nov. 11 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
An additional off-campus student has tested positive

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

Updates on our commitment to become an anti-racist campus
An overview of actions taken and future priorities ahead of the next Dismantling Racism forum, tomorrow, Nov. 12, at 4:45 p.m.

College employs new after-hours protocol for responding to mental health crises
New system allows students to receive triage services without calling University Police

How do Incomplete Grades work? A primer from Records & Registration
Students can request an incomplete if they meet certain criteria
Faculty members have the sole discretion to grant these requests

Undergraduate students can now apply for the S/U option for fall 2020 courses
Go to > Registration > S/U option and submit by the Dec. 1 deadline

Today at 5 p.m.: Join the School of Business for its virtual Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Celebration honors four outstanding business leaders, including two alumni

Call for submissions: Election Reaction Zine 2020 (Corrected Link!)
Hopeful? Fearful? Not sure? Share a quick thought or feeling from the last week, and help us tell the story of our community's experiences

While we can't be together this year for the College's Veteran's Day Dining In tradition, we wish to express gratitude and appreciation for all those who have sacrificed throughout their military service, including the many SUNY New Paltz students, faculty, staff and alumni who are veterans or service members.
Members of our community, including President Donald P. Christian, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado and Director of Veteran & Military Services Jason Gilliland, took a moment to create this video toast to those who have served.
Faculty who are interested in learning more about how they can support military-affiliated students at New Paltz are encouraged to join Gilliland for a Q&A tomorrow, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m.

COVID-19 testing information

Test Before You Go: Protect friends and loved ones and get tested on campus
As previously announced, SUNY is requiring students who live on campus or take at least one in-person class to test negative for COVID-19 before going home for Thanksgiving

On-campus COVID-19 pool testing schedule (updated Nov. 9)
Additional testing will be offered from Nov. 16 - 20 to make sure students can satisfy SUNY mandate; Please be sure to set up your account before arriving for testing

Volunteers needed: Help make the Test Before You Go effort a success
Testing at double capacity means we need extra volunteers from Nov. 12 - 23
Training and personal protective equipment will be provided
THANK YOU to all who have contributed or plan to contribute to this important initiative


Events and resources

Upcoming Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings

Nov. 17: Building a Better Future by Supporting Academic Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes Rodney D. Priestley, first vice dean for innovation at Princeton University

Thinking about your next move? Get the info you need during Graduate Programs Open House Week, Nov. 16 – 19
Participants can get details about academics, careers, financial aid and much more: Register now for the date that corresponds to your program of interest

Free one-on-one financial advising for New Paltz employees
Make an appointment with our rep at AIG for virtual, one-hour appointments through the end of November


The latest from media

COVID caseloads rise in Ulster, Dutchess counties; Marist extends its 'pause'
Increase in total new cases accompanied by increase in testing, as Ulster's positivity rate remains below 2%
Daily Freeman, 11/9/20


From Our Community

"The theatre should constantly evolve" - @sunynewpaltztheatre
See for yourself how our Department of Theatre Arts is evolving during this weekend's productions of Shakespeare's "Cymbeline." The classic romance has been updated for modern audiences and will be performed live from the stage for viewers streaming at home. Tickets offered on a "pay what you can" scale; RSVP here.

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