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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Monday, November 2, 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: No new cases reported as of 5 p.m. yesterday
  • Today is Black Solidarity Day
  • From the Chronogram: New Paltz pulls together
  • Employees: It's open enrollment season! Applications now being accepted for Flex Spending and Productivity Enhancement Program
  • Useful reminders from Mail Services
  • Career Resource Center events this week, including the return of the First-Year Internship Program
  • Winter pays a quick visit to campus
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: A throwback photo from Athletics

Coronavirus updates

Nov. 2 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

Today is Black Solidarity Day
On this day, observed at New Paltz for nearly five decades, no graded assignments should be issued and students who give professors advance notice of their intent to participate will not be held accountable for absence

We, Not Me: New Paltz pulls together
The Chronogram finds reasons for optimism in our community's COVID-19 response

Employees: Flex Spending Account open enrollment period begins today
NYS benefit lets you put aside funds for certain expenses with pre-tax dollars

Productivity Enhancement Program enrollment also opens today
Exchange accrued leave time for a credit to be applied toward NYSHIP premiums

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

The week ahead at the Career Resource Center
Including the return of the First-Year Internship Program - Apply now!

Campus saw the first snow of the year on the day before Halloween. How does first snow make you feel? Thanks to @shellyhalstead for the great photos from Haggerty Administration Building.

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

College to test mass notification system today at 1 p.m.
Those on campus may hear a series of loud tones followed by a voice indicating that this is only a TEST of the College’s emergency notification system

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

#WaitingInTheUnknown: Yoga for Anxiousness, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m.
Take a break from Election Day news with this online session
You must be logged into Engage to view event details at link above

EAP presents "Houseplants - Our Green Roommates," Nov. 10 at 12:30 p.m.
As we look ahead to short days and cold nights, Laura Wyeth, campus greenhouse caretaker, shares tips and perspectives on the rewards of cultivating indoor plants

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

11 of 12 positive COVID tests at Woodland Pond in New Paltz were incorrect
Follow-up tests at the local senior living community confirm only one infected person
Daily Freeman, 10/31/20


From Our Community

The New Paltz Hawks account is throwing it all the way back to 1952 with this photo of the baseball team sitting on the steps of Old Main.

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