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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM

   
We created this daily newsletter to keep students, faculty and staff informed about campus news and resources for distance learning, while also reducing the volume of emails we're all receiving. Read more here.
 

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Current federal administration drops plan to deport international students in online-only classes
  • SUNY joined the fight against decision to revoke visas
  • Campus response to SEVP policies affecting educational access for nonimmigrant international students
  • Town Hall: Dismantling Racism: University Policing and Campus Climate, today at 4:30 p.m.
  • Check out the Spring 2020 Dean’s List!
  • Women's tennis player Victoria Zezula '20 (Biology) talks about her experience as a Hawk
  • Reopening FAQ of the Day: Can students or community members audit classes in fall 2020?
  • From our Community: Honors Spotlight 
  • Events and opportunities
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media
 

News from around campus

Current federal administration drops plan to deport international students in online-only classes
U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs announced the plan during a teleconferenced hearing

Campus response to SEVP policies affecting educational access for nonimmigrant international students
Review the message that campus leaders shared with students, faculty and staff on July 10

Dismantling Racism: University Policing and Campus Climate, today at 4:30 p.m.
A community town hall for students, faculty and staff to share their thoughts, experiences and concerns

Spring 2020 Dean’s List
SUNY New Paltz has published the Dean’s List for the spring 2020 semester, honoring students who excel academically and earn at least a 3.3 semester grade-point average while enrolled full time at the College

Why there's only one SUNY New Paltz
Women's tennis player Victoria Zezula '20 (Biology) talks about her experience as a Hawk

Blackboard and LinkedIn Learning Tools, today!
Join the Office of Instructional Technology for a series of webinars during Remote Teaching Week

 

Reopening FAQ of the day

Can students or community members audit classes in fall 2020?
No, auditing is suspended for fall 2020 as it is prohibited for online courses and most of our courses will be offered online in fall. Additionally, as social distancing guidelines limit available class space, we must prioritize seating for matriculated and non-matriculated students over auditing students in seated classes.
The College's fall 2020 reopening plan is highly detailed and dense, and our corresponding list of FAQs runs to nearly 10,000 words (and counting!). In an effort to make this very important information more digestible for campus community members, we're highlighting questions and answers in this newsletter, one per day, as the fall semester approaches.
Please note: We are working to update and add FAQs as planning continues and this situation evolves. We will prioritize sharing the most current information in this space.
 

From Our Community 

 
Honors Student Spotlight 
Seth Laxman ’21 (Geography; Spanish) and Jared Weiler ’21 (Biology) 
In 2018, Seth and Jared participated in the First-Year Internship Program and helped organize the College's archive of Heinz Meng's collection of ornithological specimens. 
Follow @nphonors for more!
 

Events and Opportunities

Town Hall on Re-Opening Campus: Session 2
Faculty, staff invited to discuss reopening plans during a second session via Zoom on July 20 at 1 p.m. 

Webinar: Women of Color Need Courageous Allies in the Academy
An open dialogue with white and black women, hosted by INSIGHT Into Diversity on July 22

Registration open for BbWorld 2020, July 21 and 22
Committee on Educational Technology recommends this interactive conference on all things Blackboard

Farming While Black: A community read with the Faculty Development Center
Enjoy Leah Penniman's 2018 guide to dignified food production now, and join the conversation with the Sustainability Learning Community on July 24

SUNY Student Leadership Academy shifts to virtual fall model
Join an info session on July 31 to learn more about this opportunity for next generation leaders

Earn a Certificate in Mindful Leadership from the SUNY SAIL Institute this fall
Register now to explore how meditation, reflection, communication and other contemplative practices can promote strong leadership and a balanced life

 
 

Attend an informational session for Rivera House, the College's LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community, today at 2 p.m. via Instagram Live @nplgbtq @sunynpllc #npsocial
 

Coronavirus updates

July 15 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
No new cases to report as of 4 p.m. yesterday

 

The latest from media

What is counterfactual thinking?
Can thinking about the past really help us create a better present and future?
Big Think, 7/14/20

 

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