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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 10:00 AM

This newsletter is a daily source of major campus news, information about events, useful tips for navigating campus this fall, and updates about new and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. Read more here.
Students, faculty and staff will also receive important bulletins via the new NPForward text notification system.


  • Coronavirus update: No new cases to report as of 5 p.m. yesterday
  • Provost Lyman’s October 2020 Report to the Faculty 
  • Precautionary pause on all in-person classes at Binghamton University
  • Alumni Relations Director steps down, search underway
  • Today: Learn about LGBTQ+ Rights in New York State
  • New Paltz earns awards for excellence in SUNY-wide communications competition
  • Increase the visibility of your scholarship & creative projects with upcoming Open Access Scholarship and Repository forums
  • Share your COVID-19 story in the College’s new Community Pandemic Blog
  • Generations Celebration on Instagram
  • Will I have to quarantine if someone in my pool tests positive?
  • From Our Community: SUNY supports you!
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Oct. 8 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

SUNY and Binghamton University announce precautionary pause on all in-person classes
Binghamton University has 89 active cases, and Broome County is experiencing a spike

Employee COVID-19 testing: Your questions, answered (Updated Oct. 6)
Some revisions, clarifications and new information on how mandatory employee testing works on our campus

On-campus COVID-19 testing schedule for employees (updated Oct. 7)
Testing dates this fall for UUP, CSEA and PEF bargaining units, 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


News from around campus

Provost Barbara Lyman’s October 2020 Report to the Faculty
Selected best practices in undergraduate education, summary of student feedback and actions, info on resources available to faculty and more

Alumni Relations Director steps down, search underway
Shana Circe ’02 (Art Education) ’08g (Visual Arts) has announced her intention to step down

LGBTQ+ Rights under the New York State Human Rights Law
Know your rights: The state of New York offers this information session on anti-discrimination legislation and complaint processes

SUNY New Paltz earns multiple awards for excellence in SUNY-wide communications competition
Join us in congratulating creative teams in the Office of Communication & Marketing

Reminder for faculty: Three Open Access Scholarship and Repository forums scheduled next week
Mark your calendar to join the conversation and help develop a new campus policy, and review our guide to the Open Access using this link

Share your COVID-19 story in the College’s new Community Pandemic Blog
SUNY New Paltz is inviting students, faculty and staff to share their personal experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic

SUNY New Paltz celebrated the special connection between alumni and current students during the virtual Generations Celebration on Instagram. 
In this photo alumnus and professor James DeArce ’00 (Sociology) presents his daughter Juliana DeArce with a legacy pin during Parent & Family Weekend. 

FAQ of the day

Will I have to quarantine if someone in my pool tests positive?
Possibly, but for 24 hours or less. 
Pool testing combines samples from 10 people at random. If the pool tests positive, that means one or more individuals in the pool are infected with COVID-19. All 10 individual samples within a positive pool are immediately retested to determine which individual(s) are positive.
There have been cases when this secondary test is not conducted until the next day, due to high testing volume at SUNY Upstate Medical University, which means that everyone in the pool must quarantine until individual results are known.
To minimize the impact of having to quarantine an entire pool, we asked Upstate to reduce our pool size from 12 to 10, which has been approved. Pools are also now sorted into employee or student samples only.
Should residential students need to quarantine while we wait for individual results, they will do so in their own room rather than being moved into Awosting Hall. No contact tracing will be done until individual results are confirmed.
Only individuals who have tested positive will need to isolate for 10 days to protect others from contracting COVID-19.

Events and resources

Upcoming Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings

Did you know? Students can get flu shots on campus this semester
Next opportunity to get the shot is this Friday, Oct. 9
Click above to see the full schedule and instructions for how to make an appointment

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

Military affiliated students in your classroom: A conversation with Jason Gilliland, Nov. 12
Q&A session with the Office of Veteran & Military Services, two student veterans and one student who is a child of a veteran

SUNY System-wide COVID-19 Case Tracker
Published statistics from all 64 campuses, updated every 24 hours


The latest from media

SUNY New Paltz faculty compose book about women's suffrage
Collection of essays edited and partially written by a collective of SUNY New Paltz faculty members celebrates 
WAMC, 10/6/20


From Our Community

SUNY launches a comprehensive plan to expand access to mental health services to every student
In response to a nationwide uptick in mental health and wellness needs among college students due to the impact of COVID-19, State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras today announced a comprehensive plan to expand access to mental health services to every student at SUNY's 64 campuses. Read more online.

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