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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Tuesday, October 13, 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: An off-campus student has tested positive
  • Rise in COVID-19 cases at Marist and Mount Saint Mary
  • CDC updates considerations for higher ed institutions
  • Budget Forum: Thursday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m.
  • Busy week at the Faculty Development Center: Two more Open Access forums and a tea/coffee discussion with Disability Resource Center Director Jean Vizvary
  • Reminder: Students can get FREE personal training with the VOLT app
  • Call for submissions: How would you describe 2020 in 10 words or less?
  • FAQ of the Day: What do I have to do before I get pool tested?
  • From Our Community: Glow-in-the-dark mini golf!
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Oct. 13 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
An off-campus student tested positive at an off-campus facility

Marist on pause, Mount Saint Mary online-only due to COVID-19 spikes
Two close-to-home reminders of the need to stay on guard against the virus

CDC updates considerations for higher ed institutions
New guidance on keeping students, faculty and staff safe during pandemic

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

Join us for a Budget Forum, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m.
Campus leaders will provide an update on the College‚Äôs financial situation and respond to questions and comments from our community 

Two more Open Access forums on Wednesday and Friday this week
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

Students: Get free personal training with VOLT
Want to work out but aren't sure how to begin? All students can now use the VOLT fitness app that our varsity teams rely on for strength and conditioning
Complete this intake form to get started

How would you describe 2020 in 10 words or less?
"Beyond the Sunflower Fields," the new zine project organized by student interns at the Sojourner Truth Library, wants to hear your truth, plain and simple. All are welcome to share writing, drawings, photographs and any other expressions for this community creation.
And NEW this week: Your 2020 reflections in 6-10 words. Whether it's a carefully composed thought or just the first sentence that comes to mind, "Beyond the Sunflower Fields" wants to hear from you about this long, hard, not-quite-over-yet year.

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


FAQ of the day

What do I have to do before I get pool tested?
Please create an account at prior to appearing for testing. Be prepared to provide insurance information.
You will need to bring your New Paltz ID to the testing site.
Please also be sure to bring your mobile device with you to be tested, as you will need to use it to scan the code and link your test to your account.
Also, to ensure accurate results, you must not eat, drink, smoke or vape within 30 minutes prior to your test, and must not brush teeth or use mouthwash within three hours prior to your test.

Events and resources

Upcoming Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings

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


The latest from media

Examination of Orient property as possible slave burial site turns up inconclusive
Professor John Rayburn conducts ground-penetrating radar study at Long Island site
Suffolk Times, 10/9/20


From Our Community

Glow-in-the-dark mini golf? Yeah, glow-in-the-dark mini golf!
The Center for Student Engagement is staying creative and keeping people connected. As always, ENGAGE is the best way for students to find out what's happening on campus.

Daily Digest readers: We want to hear from you! 

Our team is seeking input on how this newsletter can best serve students, faculty and staff as we all adjust to new ways of teaching, learning, working and living.
We invite submissions* and ideas of all kinds:
  • Have important news to share with the SUNY New Paltz community?
  • Developed an innovative solution to improve remote teaching and learning?
  • Figured out a lifehack to help yourself stay positive?
  • Want to share a photograph with friends and colleagues?
Please just reply to this email or write to and let us know what you would like to see in this space. Thank you!
*Note: Opinions expressed by our contributors belong solely to their authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of SUNY New Paltz.
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