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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Tuesday, October 20, 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
  • SUNY Athletic Conference cancels winter sports seasons
  • Governor Cuomo announces draft vaccination administration program
  • Today at 5 p.m.: Harrington STEM Lecture on mathematics, DNA and proteins
  • Faculty and staff: It’s never been more important to update your contact info
  • Students: Still time to register for tomorrow's Career Fair
  • Save the date: Roundtable discussion on work-life balance, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.
  • 3D printing and COVID-19 on "The Academic Minute"
  • Video recording of last week's Budget Forum
  • Thanking our Orange and Blue community after a great Alumni Reunion Weekend
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Oct. 20 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
No new cases to report as of 5 p.m. yesterday

SUNY Athletic Conference cancels winter sports seasons
Decision affects men's and women's basketball, swimming at New Paltz
Men’s volleyball is part of the United Volleyball Conference; decision on this year’s season will be made and shared in the near future

Statement from Interim Athletics Director Matt Giufre
"There is nothing I can say that will lessen the sting of a lost season. What I am certain of, is our Hawks Family will get through this together."

Governor Cuomo announces draft vaccination administration program
While many unknowns remain, New York State is planning now for safe and effective distribution of a future COVID-19 vaccine

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 at 5 p.m.: Cutting-edge mathematics giving researchers new insights into how DNA and proteins interact
Candice Price, assistant professor at Smith College, delivers the next Harrington STEM Series Lecture

Faculty and staff: It’s never been more important to update your contact info
Take a few minutes to make sure the College can reach you or your emergency contact if needed

Still time to register: One more day until the Career Fair
Sign up now to meet virtually with hiring managers on Wednesday, Oct. 21, starting at 11 a.m.

Save the date: Roundtable discussion on work-life balance, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.
A dialogue with faculty and staff on how the College can support employees through challenging times

Thirty thousand face shields and counting
Assistant Professor of Art Aaron Nelson discusses the HVAMC’s response to pandemic on “The Academic Minute”

In case you missed it: Video recording and recap of Oct. 15 Budget Forum
A comprehensive overview of how the College's revenue and expenses have changed in the COVID-19 era

"Thank you" cannot fully express the gratitude we feel for our community's participation at Alumni Reunion Weekend! We feel so privileged to bring you these opportunities for connection and kinship. Forever Orange and Blue! Forever New Paltz!

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

Oktoberfest 2020 continues with a Virtual Open Mic Night
Sign up now to share your talents with the world, tonight at 7 p.m.

Oct. 21 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

Friday Night Fun: New Paltz Foot Golf Masters Tournament
Sign up on IM Leagues and meet at the North Tennis Courts, Oct. 23 at 9 p.m.


The latest from media

New Paltz house fire displaces 2 people, pets
University Police assist in response
Daily Freeman, 10/19/20


From Our Community

One more favorite from Alumni Reunion Weekend 2020: Glenn and Shana Go on a Hike!
Alumni Relations Director Shana Circe and Psychology Professor Glenn Geher created this short film on a gorgeous day up in the Mohonk Preserve. It's required viewing for all the Hawks around the world who weren't able to make it back to their Hudson Valley home away from home this year.

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