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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Friday, October 16, 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
  • Alumni Reunion weekend is here!
  • Tomorrow is opening night for “Between Here and the City of Mexico”
  • In case you missed it: Budget Forum recap
  • Today at 3:30 p.m.: Learn how to use iNaturalist to ID plants and animals in your backyard
  • Hear from recent grads at a Virtual Alumni Panel, tomorrow at noon
  • Today is the third and final Open Access Scholarship forum
  • Oktoberfest comes to New Paltz next week!
  • Today's the last day of International Education Week
  • Get to know the Honors Program
  • Events and resources, including a career-focused panel with recent graduates, tomorrow at noon
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: Relive the 70s with our 50th Reunion Spotify playlist!

Coronavirus updates

Oct. 16 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


News from around campus

Alumni Reunion weekend is here! Join us virtually for introductory greetings this afternoon and our annual awards ceremony at 6 p.m.
Though we can't be together this year, the tradition continues with a full slate of remote events today, tomorrow and Sunday

Tomorrow is opening night for “Between Here and the City of Mexico”
RSVP now for the live-streamed performance of this tale of love and revolution

Budget Forum recap: Campus leaders give revenue and expenses overview
In case you missed it, the presentation slides and recording are available online

One more chance! Today is the third and final Open Access Scholarship forum
Help shape a SUNY-mandated policy that could make scholarly and creative work available to a wider audience

Oktoberfest 2020 comes to New Paltz next week
A new tradition in the making: Join us for trivia, open mic and more, and learn some good approaches to preventing alcohol and other drug abuse

Looking back and looking forward at the end of International Education Week
Relive this year's celebration with videos and other content, and learn more about how the Center for International Programs advocates for global opportunities for New Paltz students

The Honors Program is more than a community of scholars - it's a support network that connects 300+ students with faculty and staff mentors and thousands of program alumni.
Did you know that current students are eligible to apply to join the Honors Program up to the beginning of their junior year? Learn more online about the program's mission and how you can get involved.

COVID-19 testing information

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

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

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

iNaturalist tutorial from the Biodiversity Initiative, today at 3:30 p.m.
Get the app, share photos of plants and creatures, and join a citizen science community

Fall foliage: The perfect backdrop for some Sunset Yoga!
Join us for a calming group exercise event today at 6 p.m. on the outdoor track

Hear from recent grads at a Virtual Alumni Panel, tomorrow at noon
Leaders at companies including Vox Media and will discuss job and internship search strategies, skills employers are looking for right now and much more

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


The latest from media

COVID costing local concert venues millions; how they're fighting to survive
A 2014 SUNY New Paltz study found that the arts in the Hudson Valley generate around half a billion dollars annually in economic activity
Poughkeepsie Journal, 10/14/20


From Our Community

Get pumped for Alumni Reunion 2020 with some hand-picked Spotify playlists through the decades!
The Class of '70 50th anniversary set is full of stone cold classics.

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