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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Tuesday, November 3, 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
  • Governor Cuomo announces changes to guidance for travel
  • President Christian's November 2020 Report to the Faculty
  • Election Day events for our community: A Yoga session today on Zoom, and analysis from a panel of experts later this week
  • College mourns passing of Selden Spencer, emeritus professor of biology
  • IRS announces cost-of-living adjustments affecting savings plan contribution limits
  • In-person Human Subjects Research cleared to resume
  • Events and resources, including an opportunity to get to know new faculty colleagues
  • The latest from media: The Oracle's guide to voting in New Paltz
  • From our community: Trunk or Treat!

Coronavirus updates

Nov. 3 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
No new cases reported as of 5 p.m. yesterday

Governor Cuomo announces changes to guidance for travel to and from New York State
A summary of new protocols, and some reminders for employees from the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion

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

President Christian's November 2020 Report to the Faculty
As our community enters the home stretch of the fall semester, updates on recent conversations with faculty, staff and students, and a look ahead to spring

#WaitingInTheUnknown: Yoga for Anxiousness, today at 5 p.m.
Take a break from refreshing the news with this online session

What Just Happened: A conversation about the 2020 election, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m.
Panel of experts from the Department of Political Science & International Relations will help you make sense of things

College mourns passing of Selden Spencer, emeritus professor of biology
Lifelong nature-lover taught at New Paltz for more than 25 years, specializing in ornithology
Funeral service to be held via Zoom on Saturday, Nov. 7

IRS announces cost-of-living adjustments affecting contribution limits for voluntary savings plans
Plan contribution changes apply to 403(b) Voluntary Retirement Programs and the NYS Deferred Compensation Plan

In-person Human Subjects Research cleared to resume
Ethics Board lifts suspension issued in spring 2020; Researchers are still encouraged to avoid in-person work if possible, and must follow all COVID-19 guidelines

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to our Trunk or Treat party on Halloween! Everyone looked fabulous, and we had a blast. More photos here.

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

NYFA Photography Fellow Pixy Liao will discuss her craft, Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m.
The Student Art Aliance's Visiting Artist Lecture Series returns

Double Elimination Kan-Jam Tournament for students, Nov. 4 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

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

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

Your Ultimate Guide to Voting in New Paltz
On-campus residents who are registered to vote in New Paltz and have not cast their ballot yet can vote today in the SUB
The Oracle, 11/2/20


From Our Community

One more from our Trunk or Treat photo gallery: It's Halloween Hans! Looking dapper as always with President Christian.

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