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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, October 14, 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
  • Starting this Thursday, on-campus pool testing will be open to all asymptomatic students and employees
  • Apply now: SUNY Prepare grants support student/faculty teams working on pandemic response
  • Next up from Theatre Arts: Live-streamed readings of “Between Here and the City of Mexico,” a tale of love and revolution, on Oct. 17 & 18
  • Students: Want to use the P-grade option for your spring 2020 courses? This Friday, Oct. 16, is the deadline to submit your request
  • Today: Open Access Forum for faculty
  • Mark your calendar for a Community Building Teaching Circle, Monday, Oct. 19
  • If you use your email address for your Apple ID, you may need to change it soon
  • From our Community: A tradition of community service continues for Sigma Delta Tau
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Oct. 14 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
No new cases to report as of 5 p.m. yesterday

Starting this Thursday, on-campus pool testing will be open to all asymptomatic students and employees
Increasing walk-in testing capacity to accommodate those who would like to be tested, and those who were unable to make previously scheduled testing dates

New SUNY grants will support student/faculty teams working on the future of pandemic response
Applications open now for the Prepare Innovation and Internship Seed Grant Program

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 from around campus

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

Students: Oct. 16 is the deadline to request a P-grade for spring 2020 courses
Special pass/fail option was extended in response to disruption caused by coronavirus

The first of three October Community Building Teaching Circles is next Monday, Oct. 19
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

Do you use a email address for your Apple ID?
If so, you may receive a message soon asking you to change it


COVID-19 testing information

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

While about 75% of classes this semester are being offered online, students and faculty are taking necessary precautions to stay engaged in labs, studios and other hands-on, applied courses.

Events and resources

Upcoming Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings

"Beyond the Sunflower Fields" zine calls for 2020 reflections in 6-10 words
Whether it's a carefully composed thought or just the first sentence that comes to mind, let us know what you think about this long, hard, not-quite-over-yet year

Faculty Development Center Open Access forum, today at 2 p.m.
Faculty and staff have an opportunity to help shape a SUNY-mandated policy that could make scholarly and creative work available to a wider audience

Oct. 15 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

2020 Virtual Alumni Reunion Weekend
Join us for a new twist on the annual tradition, Oct. 16-18


The latest from media

'There to pick up the pieces.' New Paltz institute offers post-disaster mental health help
The IDMH is more in-demand than ever these days
Times Herald-Record, 10/12/20


From Our Community

Every semester the sisters of Sigma Delta Tau clean up their adopted stretch of highway near campus. Fall 2020 is no exception. Thank you for staying safe and continuing to serve our community!

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