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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Thursday, October 15, 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.
Students, faculty and staff will also receive important bulletins via the NPForward text notification system.


  • Coronavirus update: No new cases to report as of 5 p.m. yesterday
  • Walk-in pool testing resumes today at Awosting Hall
  • Introducing new and newly promoted Classified Service colleagues
  • Download the iNaturalist app and join our citizen science community!
  • Reminder: Budget Forum is today at 1 p.m.
  • Next up in our Starfish Student video tutorial series: Using the Upcoming Tab
  • Call for new members: Join the Employee Assistance Program
  • Need to de-stress? Outdoor Sunset Yoga, Friday at 6 p.m. at the outdoor track
  • A small thank you to all those who have taken the pledge to protect New Paltz this fall
  • College Council schedules next meeting for Oct. 21
  • From our community: UPD's newest lieutenant gets a little help pinning his bars
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Oct. 15 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
No new cases to report as of 5 p.m. yesterday

Another round of pool testing begins today at Awosting Hall
Starting today, all students and employees with no symptoms can come for walk-in testing

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

Introducing 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

Amateur biologists, unite! iNaturalist makes citizen science as easy as sharing a photo
Step 1: Download the iNaturalist app
Step 2: Take pictures of cool bugs, birds, plants and other creatures
Step 3: Upload and watch as our community identifies your new friends
Step 4: Join us for a biodiversity scavenger hunt this Friday, Oct. 16!

Fall semester Budget Forum is today at 1 p.m.
Campus leaders will provide an update on the College’s financial situation and respond to questions and comments from our community 

Starfish Student Demo Series: Using the Upcoming Tab
Another brief video tutorial to help you get the most out of our student success platform

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

Fall foliage makes a perfect backdrop for some Sunset Yoga!
Join us for a calming group exercise event, this Friday at 6 p.m. on the outdoor track

It's been a semester like no other, but our community is rising to the challenge. Thank you to all students, faculty and staff for taking the Protect New Paltz Pledge and helping us all enjoy a safe and productive fall. Let's not let our guard down now!

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

Today at 11:30 a.m.: Virtual Faculty Tea & Coffee with Jean Vizvary
Director of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) will answer questions about how faculty can support the 650+ students who are registered with the DRC this fall

One more chance! Third and final Open Access Scholarship forum for faculty this Friday, Oct. 16
Help shape a SUNY-mandated policy that could make scholarly and creative work available to a wider audience

Live-streamed reading of “Between Here and the City of Mexico,” Oct. 17 & 18
Next Theatre Arts performance is a moving story of love and revolution

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

Iona College, Monmouth University deal with COVID-19 spikes
Westchester and New Jersey schools respond proactively to spreader events
ABC7 NY, 10/13/20


From Our Community

The University Police Department proudly announces the promotion of William Shaw to the rank of Lieutenant. Attending his swearing-in ceremony were Chief Mary Ritayik, Deputy Chief Michael Corbisiero, President Donald P. Christian, Vice President for Student Affairs Stephanie Blaisdell, and Lt. Shaw's daughter, who provided valuable assistance helping pin his new lieutenant bars to his collar.

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