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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, November 4, 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
  • Save the date: Distinguished Speaker Series, Nov. 17
  • From the Oracle: A semester turned upside down
  • Employees: Make an appointment for free one-on-one financial advising
  • Cross Country alumnae set sights on Virtual New York City Marathon
  • Humanistic/Multicultural Education Program will host Nov. 7 keynote in place of annual conference
  • Did you read it? One Book, One New Paltz programming begins Nov. 8
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media: Remembering the scholar who established Black Solidarity Day
  • From our community: Looking up

Coronavirus updates

Nov. 4 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 System-wide COVID-19 Case Tracker
Published statistics from all 64 campuses, updated every 24 hours


News of the day

Save the Date for the Fall 2020 Distinguished Speaker Series, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
The College welcomes Rodney D. Priestley, first vice dean for innovation at Princeton University, who will share research and insight into how scholarly and creative work can be translated beyond campus borders

A semester turned upside down: You’re not alone
Oracle editorial encourages students to practice self-care as the semester winds down

Employees: Make an appointment for free one-on-one financial advising
Our rep at AIG is offering virtual, one-hour appointments through the end of November

Cross Country alumnae set sights on Virtual New York City Marathon
Vanessa Morgan '20 and Emily Cavanaugh '20 get a chance to run together once again

Humanistic/Multicultural Education Program will host Nov. 7 keynote in place of annual conference
Edwin Mayorga, associate professor of educational studies at Swarthmore College, will give address titled "Praxis of Joy, Healing and Transformation in the Midst of Dual Pandemics"

One Book, One New Paltz programming begins Sunday, Nov. 8
There's still time to read Neil Gaiman's “Ocean at the End of the Lane,” a haunting story of memory, childhood and what it means to be human

Kudos to all members of our campus community, including the hundreds of students who voted on campus yesterday, who stood in line, filled out paperwork, took time off and did whatever else they had to do to let their voice be heard.
Tomorrow, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m., a panel of experts from the Department of Political Science & International Relations will break down this year's election from a variety of perspectives. Use this link to attend on Zoom.

COVID-19 testing information

On-campus COVID-19 pool testing schedule
Pool testing open on a walk-in basis to all students and employees on Thursday and Friday
Please be sure to set up your account before arriving for testing

Volunteers needed: Help make on-campus pool testing a success
Seeking greeters and attendants to assist with on-campus testing
Training and personal protective equipment will be provided


Events and resources

Upcoming Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings

Please respond: Quick questionnaire for faculty and staff on disability status
The College's ability to receive federal funding including scholarships is tied to our collection of this information
Providing this information is voluntary; Your response is used only for reporting purposes, will be maintained confidentially and will not negatively affect you in any way

Checking in with Mail Services
Useful reminders about new safety policies and proper addressing guidelines

Double Elimination Kan-Jam Tournament for students, today at 7:30 p.m.
We're playing it safe with discs reserved for each team and lots of hand sanitizer
Register your squad now on IMLeagues

Walk & roll with new faculty, Nov. 5 at 3:30 p.m.
Can you imagine starting your career at New Paltz during a global pandemic?
All are invited to help our newest colleagues feel at home with a walk, a ride or just a quick hello at the River 2 Ridge Trail parking lot

Nov. 5 at 4 p.m.: Hollaback! Stand up against street harassment
A one-hour training on how to safely intervene when you experience or witness harassment

Save the Date for the next “Dismantling Racism” town hall on Nov. 12
Students, faculty, staff and alumni will be invited to this dialogue, designed as an opportunity for reflection following the election


The latest from media

51st Black Solidarity Day commemorates vision of Panamanian
Across the country, including here at New Paltz, college students celebrated the legacy of Dr. Carlos Russell, who established Black Solidarity Day in 1969
Caribbean Life News, 11/3/20


From Our Community

The latest episode of the Looking Up series of virtual planetarium shows features Cole Sporcic '21 (Physics and Astronomy) leading a tour through iconic fall constellations, before heading to Venus to consider the implications of the recent discovery of phosphine in our neighbor's atmosphere.

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