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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, October 21, 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 to report as of 5 p.m. yesterday
  • Intercession hours will begin early this year
  • SUNY announces cancellation of study abroad for winter and spring 2021
  • Flex Spending Account open enrollment period begins Nov. 2
  • The Hudson Valley Future Summit returns, Oct. 30
  • Trunk or Treat! Join our campus celebration of Halloween
  • Today's College Council meeting streaming live on YouTube
  • Today is International Pronouns Day
  • From our community: Metal students give healthcare workers a hand
  • Events and resources, including a Munsee-Lunaape perspective on music, tonight at 7 p.m.
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Oct. 21 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
No new cases to report 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

Intercession hours will begin early this year
Core office hours will be 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. beginning Friday, Nov. 27

SUNY announces cancellation of study abroad for winter and spring 2021
Many virtual options remain for students interested in global learning experiences

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

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

Trunk or Treat! Join our campus celebration of Halloween
Faculty and staff are invited to decorate vehicles for a socially distant parade with students

Today's College Council meeting will be webcast live on YouTube
Agenda includes updates on budget, COVID-19, Title IX and SUNY compliance directives

"People's pronouns are an extension of their selves"
Today is International Pronouns Day, a perfect opportunity for members of our community to learn more about this simple way to show support and respect for fellow students, colleagues and neighbors. 
Not sure how to begin? The LGBTQ+ Community at New Paltz has published a comprehensive pronouns resource guide and a short video featuring students talking about why gender pronouns matter to them.

COVID-19 testing information

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

Community Building Teaching Circle, today at noon
Join colleagues for an informal discussion about what’s been happening in your classes, what challenges you've faced and what successes you've enjoyed

Tonight at 7 p.m.: Connecting Music to the Land: A Munsee-Lunaape Perspective
Independent arts educator Brent Stonefish will speak about indigenous music traditions and concepts of how music connects self to creation

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


The latest from media

No winter sports at SUNY New Paltz as SUNYAC cancels season
"Our priority must be the health and safety of everyone involved with intercollegiate athletics, and our campuses as a whole"
Daily Freeman, 10/19/20


From Our Community

From Art Department Lecturer Amelia Toelke, by way of @newpaltzmetal: Students in the Basic Metal course created these contributions to the Hand Medal Project, which distributes tokens of gratitude to caregivers, nurses and doctors serving communities around the world.

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