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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Monday, October 26, 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 confirmed positive cases, but a presumed positive has been added to our active case count
  • Perspectives on the Executive Order on combating race and sex stereotyping
  • Forum on work-life balance for faculty and staff, today at 1 p.m.
  • Early voting has begun! Get-out-the-vote resources from the Center for Student Engagement
  • Students can get flu shots on campus tomorrow, Oct. 27
  • The week ahead at the Career Resource Center includes a Diversity & Inclusion Career Fair
  • Start planning now for the 2021 Option Transfer Period
  • New York Times: First-year music student is part of "the next generation of cabaret showstoppers"
  • From our community: Let's go apple picking!
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Oct. 26 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
No new confirmed cases, but the Student Health Service is monitoring a student who was in contact with a confirmed case and is exhibiting symptoms

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

Perspectives on the Executive Order on combating race and sex stereotyping
The College's Chief Diversity Officer offers context and insight on the EO and SUNY's response

Reminder: Forum on work-life balance for faculty and staff, today at 1 p.m.
Panelists will include representatives from faculty governance, UUP, EAP, administration and employees who raised this issue in a recent open letter

Get out the Vote! Resources for students to make sure your voice is heard
Early voting has already begun in Ulster County, so make your plan, do your research and get ready to cast your ballot

Students can get flu shots on campus tomorrow, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
It's never been more important to take this preventative measure
Click above to make an appointment

Weekly update from the Career Resource Center
Lots of opportunities for students this week, including a meeting with experts in paid internships and a Diversity & Inclusion Career Fair

Employees: Start planning now for the 2021 Option Transfer Period
Review options for health insurance, Productivity Enhancement Program and more
The Benefits Office will provide enrollment forms as soon as they are available

Congratulations to first-year student Jennifer Poroye '24 (Music), who was profiled in the New York Times article, "Meet the Next Generation of Cabaret Showstoppers." We cannot wait to see what you do in your time here at New Paltz!
Photo by Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times.

COVID-19 testing information

On-campus COVID-19 pool testing schedule (updated Oct. 23)
Pool testing will remain 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

Oct. 28: Help shape the future of General Education at SUNY New Paltz
The GE Board invites faculty to their fall forum to discuss the ongoing implementation of a new assessment model

Reappointment, Tenure & Promotion process to be hosted in SharePoint
Trainings for faculty RTP reviewers who are new to the online document sharing platform can get up to speed at one of three trainings beginning Oct. 28

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

Mark your calendar: The Hudson Valley Future Summit returns, Oct. 30
This year's virtual program features local leaders addressing innovation during pandemic

Volunteers wanted for Halloween in New Paltz
Sign up to help with grab-and-go trick or treat stations on Oct. 31

Flex Spending Account open enrollment period begins Nov. 2
Program lets employees save money by paying for certain expenses with pre-tax dollars

Call for new members: Join the Employee Assistance Program
Faculty and staff interested in supporting community health and wellness can learn more about this valuable resource at our next committee meeting, Nov. 2


The latest from media

UAlbany students push swift renaming of Indian Quad
Activists point to New Paltz's recent building renamings as a model process
Times Union, 10/22/20


From Our Community

New Paltz students know: There's nothing quite like fall in the Hudson Valley!

Daily Digest readers: We want to hear from you! 

Our team is seeking input on how this newsletter can best serve students, faculty and staff as we all adjust to new ways of teaching, learning, working and living.
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