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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, October 28, 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
  • New York’s Cluster Action Initiative, and how it may affect SUNY New Paltz
  • In case you missed it: Video recording of Town Hall on Work-Life Balance
  • Today at 3 p.m.: Help shape the future of General Education
  • New Paltz Allies workshop today: LGBTQIA+ Concerns in the Classroom
  • Still time to register for Friday's Hudson Valley Future Summit
  • Campus experts share strategies for coping with election stress, tonight at 6:30 p.m.
  • Study Abroad Goes Virtual: SUNY workshops for faculty start Nov. 2
  • Alumnus finds his passion teaching youth basketball
  • Events and resources, including newly scheduled HRDI trainings for employees
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: Early voting transportation from campus

Coronavirus updates

Oct. 28 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
No new cases reported as of 5 p.m. yesterday

Red, Orange and Yellow Zones: New York’s Cluster Action Initiative, and how it may affect SUNY New Paltz
Policy adds new scenarios in which the College may need to pivot to fully remote instruction

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

In case you missed it: Video recording of Town Hall on Work-Life Balance
Colleagues shared experiences of working and caregiving during the pandemic

Today at 3 p.m.: Help shape the future of General Education
GE Board invites faculty to discuss ongoing implementation of new assessment model

Also today at 3 p.m.: LGBTQIA+ Concerns in the Classroom
A New Paltz Allies workshop designed for faculty, including graduate students who teach

Still time to register! The Hudson Valley Future Summit returns, Oct. 30
Morning program dedicated to Innovating in the time of COVID-19

Coping with Election Stress 2020: Tonight at 6:30 p.m.
Election season is adding extra stress to an already tense moment
Our panel of experts will share some strategies to help you deal

Study Abroad Goes Virtual, Nov. 2 - 20 and Jan. 11 - 29
SUNY COIL Center offers this three-week workshop to help faculty transform existing global programs into engaging online experiences
Contact our campus COIL Coordinator Sarah Wyman for more info

Alumnus Nate Duran ’18 (Management) has always seen basketball as a way of building inner strength. Now he's sharing that vision with youth in East New York, Brooklyn.
“For a kid at that age to learn the game is a beautiful experience in its own right, but it’s also a way to build character, accountability and respect, and help them make friends,” Duran said. “This is the most fulfilling thing I’ve done in my entire life.”

COVID-19 testing information

On-campus COVID-19 pool testing schedule (updated Oct. 23)
Pool testing continues tomorrow, open on a walk-in basis to all students and employees
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

Employee COVID-19 testing: Your questions, answered
How mandatory employee testing works on our campus


Events and resources

Upcoming Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings

First of three SharePoint trainings for RTP reviewers is today at 3:30 p.m.
The Reappointment, Tenure & Promotion process will be hosted on this online document sharing platform

Oct. 29: Student Check-In Town Hall with campus leaders
An opportunity to share your experiences from this semester

#WaitingInTheUnknown: Events to help students destress before the election
Including art therapy, shadow boxing, sunset yoga and much more!


The latest from media

All SUNY students must get COVID tests before Thanksgiving break
Network speaks with New Paltz students about new systemwide policy
ABC 7, 10/27/20


From Our Community

All this week, students can get free transportation from campus to the early voting location at the New Paltz Community Center. Get more info from the Center for Student Engagement.

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