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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Friday, October 23, 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
  • An open letter to faculty from the Student Association
  • SUNY invites signatories on a statement about the importance of diversity training
  • Join colleagues for an outing to Mohonk Preserve today at 4 p.m.
  • Trainings available as RTP process moves to SharePoint
  • Volunteers wanted for Halloween in New Paltz
  • Video recording of the Oct. 21 College Council meeting
  • Socially distant events for students on campus tonight: Pumpkin Patch Painting and Foot Golf Tournament
  • Top arts magazine profiles exhibition by New Paltz MFA student, alumna
  • From our community: Checking in with the Equestrian team
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Oct. 23 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

Open letter to faculty from the Student Association
Including five recommendations from students on how professors can be supportive

Message to SUNY community about the importance of diversity training
More than 1,300 SUNY students, faculty, staff and administrators, including campus leaders at New Paltz, have signed on to this statement, issued in response to a Sept. 22 Executive Order from the White House
Members of our community are encouraged to review it and consider signing as well

Today at 4 p.m.: Faculty and staff outing to Spring Farm, Mohonk Preserve
Join us for a wildflower wander, a moderate hike or a rock scramble, or just meet on the drive-in field to hang out

Reappointment, Tenure & Promotion process to be hosted in SharePoint
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

Volunteers wanted for Halloween in New Paltz
Students are invited to come out for window painting in the village tomorrow, Oct. 24, or sign up to help with grab-and-go trick or treat stations on Oct. 31

In case you missed it: Video recording of the Oct. 21 College Council meeting
Discussion of budget, COVID-19, Title IX and more

Pumpkin Patch Painting tonight on the Parker Quad
Come get creative! No supplies needed, but please RSVP in advance using Engage

Also tonight! New Paltz Foot Golf Masters Tournament
Sign up on IM Leagues and meet at the North Tennis Courts at 9 p.m.

"Decoding Craft," an exhibition by Erin Lee Antonak ’21g (Sculpture) and Sariah Park ’20g (Printmaking) that is now on view at Gallery 222 in Hurleyville, New York, was the subject of a recent article in Hyperallergic, one of the world's leading contemporary art publications. Congratulations to these outstanding representatives of New Paltz's MFA program!
Pictured: Erin Lee Antonak, “Mom?” (2020), corn husk, acrylic paint, muslin cloth, sinew, glue over welded steel armature, dimensions variable 

COVID-19 testing information

On-campus COVID-19 pool testing schedule (updated Oct. 19)
Pool testing continues today, 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. 26 at 1 p.m.: Forum on work-life balance for faculty and staff
An overview of the program and link to the Zoom meeting

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

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

Trickling back: Local school districts take different approaches to in-person instruction
Cautious optimism, even as districts say there's no one-size-fits-all solution
New Paltz Times, 10/21/20


From Our Community

Even with competition suspended, fall athletes (including horses!) are staying ready with socially distant drills and practices.
There's plenty more to see in the New Paltz Hawks Fall Promos series on YouTube.

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