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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Monday, October 19, 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: Two employees have tested positive at off-campus facilities
  • Dennis Craig named new acting president at SUNY Oneonta
  • Don't forget: The Careers Fair is this Wednesday
  • #WaitingInTheUnknown: A new campaign to help students dealing with high levels of stress
  • Celebrating new and newly promoted Classified Service colleagues
  • It's International Open Access Week
  • Full week of events, including tomorrow's Harrington STEM Lecture
  • From our community: Take on Hugo in the Breast Cancer Awareness Month Trick Shot Challenge
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Oct. 19 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
The College has learned that two employees have tested positive
Both were tested at off-campus facilities

SUNY New Paltz COVID-19 Dashboard
The College's tally of active cases, on-campus testing, positivity rates, quarantine and more


News of the day

Dennis Craig named new acting president at SUNY Oneonta
Craig recently led SUNY Purchase's successful fall reopening

This week at the Career Resource Center is all about the Careers Fair
Mark your calendar to meet virtually with hiring managers on Wednesday, Oct. 21, starting at 11 a.m., and don't forget to brush up on your resume with career professionals today

Feeling extra stressed? We hear you, and we’re here for you
For the next few weeks, our #WaitingInTheUnknown project will provide wellness programs, advice and positivity to students
Have ideas for a de-stress activity? Contact Christina Cordier Purdy to get involved!

Celebrating new and newly promoted Classified Service colleagues
While we are unable to hold an in-person celebration this year, President Christian continues our tradition of recognizing and thanking Classified Service employees

Oct. 19 – 25 is International Open Access Week
Get involved with the movement to make scholarship more accessible

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers"
- L.M. Montgomery, "Anne of Green Gables"

COVID-19 testing information

Learn more about how contact tracing works at SUNY New Paltz
“We wouldn’t be getting the results we’re getting if students weren’t doing their part”

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 (Updated Oct. 6)
How mandatory employee testing works on our campus

On-campus COVID-19 testing schedule for employees (updated Oct. 12)
Testing dates this fall for UUP, CSEA, PEF, PBANYS and M/C employees

SUNY System-wide COVID-19 Case Tracker
Published statistics from all 64 campuses, updated every 24 hours


Events and resources

Upcoming Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings

Oktoberfest 2020 starts today - look out for the Bubble Car!
Find the car on campus from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., answer some trivia questions, win a prize!

Today: Community Building Teaching Circle
All are welcome to 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

Tomorrow, Oct. 20: Learn about the cutting-edge mathematics giving researchers new insights into how DNA and proteins interact
Candice Price, assistant professor of mathematics at Smith College, is the Harrington STEM Series's next featured lecturer

College Council will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 21
Agenda includes updates on budget, COVID-19, Title IX and SUNY compliance directives

This Wednesday, Oct. 21: Cornhole double elimination tournament
Find a partner, sign up on IM Leages and come throw bags
Winning team gets free championship t-shirts!

Upcoming 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 this semester, beginning Oct. 28


The latest from media

The Hudson Valley's Best U-Pick Pumpkin Patches
A bunch of local farms (including one just up the road from campus) where you can get into the spirit of harvest season
Chronogram, 10/15/20


From Our Community

Hugo makes it look easy. Can you beat his best?
We're still accepting submissions for the Breast Cancer Awareness Month Trick Shot Challenge! Line up your best shot, get it on video and don't forget to wear pink!

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