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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Monday, October 5, 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
  • President Christian encourages M/C employees to get tested for COVID-19
  • State extends telecommuting programs through Jan. 1, 2021
  • Radio Kingston series tells the story of Ben Wigfall, one of the first African American professors at New Paltz
  • Q&A with Matt Giufre, interim director of Athletics, Wellness & Recreation
  • Insights from the disciplines: Sacred violence is not yet ancient history
  • This week at the Career Resource Center: A grad school fair and a pop-up boutique
  • Free NP wallpapers for your phone, available on Instagram now!
  • FAQ of the Day: Will there be a testing alternative for employees who do not want to be tested on/by the campus?
  • From Our Community: Be like Lloyd! Be a voter!
  • Events and resources, including an Oct. 8 presentation from New York State on LGBTQ+ rights
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Oct. 5 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

President Christian encourages M/C employees to get tested for COVID-19
Management/Confidential employees are not currently subject to a testing mandate, but president recommends they be tested anyway as a proactive best practice
M/C employees can get tested on campus on Oct. 8 & 9, Nov. 12 & 13

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
Info on how mandatory employee testing works on our campus

On-campus COVID-19 testing schedule for employees (updated Oct. 2)
Testing dates this fall for UUP, CSEA and PEF bargaining units, and M/C employees


News from around campus

Telecommuting Pilot Programs extended through Jan. 1
Governor’s Office of Employee Relations confirms extension
Low-density staffing practices will remain in place through the end of the year

New series from Radio Kingston tells the story of the late Ben Wigfall, longtime pillar of the Department of Art
Wigfall was one of the first African American professors at New Paltz, and a community and arts leader in Ulster County
Catch up with the first episode online, and don't miss the next one on Oct. 9

Q&A with Matt Giufre, interim director of Athletics, Wellness & Recreation
Longtime women's volleyball coach discusses transition to a new role

Sacred violence is not yet ancient history – beating it will take human action, not divine intervention
Professor Michael Vargas offers a brief history of religious justifications for violent ideologies

Weekly update from the Career Resource Center
Lots coming up this week, including an online grad school event (Oct. 7) and a pop-up boutique handing out free professional attire (Oct 7 & 8)

Feel like changing up your phone background? We've got you covered! Check our new Wallpaper Highlight on Instagram @sunynewpaltz and download your favorite today.

FAQ of the day

Will there be a testing alternative for employees who do not want to be tested on/by the campus?
Yes. Employees who do not want to participate in campus-based pool testing may elect to be tested off campus by their health care provider, pharmacy or other COVID-19 testing facility.
Those who choose this approach will be required to submit testing results to the Benefits office, either as a scanned attachment or a hard copy (which can be left in the secure lock box outside of the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, HAB 603).
Off-campus testing must be conducted within two weeks prior to their indicated testing dates in order to meet the requirement.
As an example, for employees represented by UUP, that means the first test must be conducted between Sept. 17 and Oct. 9 to satisfy the October testing requirement, as the dates of on-campus testing for UUP employees are Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 8-9.

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

Back to School with the Governor's Office of Employee Relations
A wealth of professional development opportunities available to UUP-represented employees

Oct. 8: 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

Students: Get free personal training with VOLT
Want to work out but aren't sure how to begin? Looking for a program that caters to your individual health and wellness goals? Beginning Oct. 5, all students can use the VOLT fitness app, already in use by varsity teams for strength and conditioning
Complete this intake form to get started

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


The latest from media

Amy Nitza volunteers with Red Cross to help people recover from natural disasters
IDMH director deploys to California to support wildfire response
News 12 Hudson Valley, 10/1/20


From Our Community

Do you know Lloyd, the sock monkey who lives at the Library? They're the greatest. Today, Lloyd used to make sure they are registered to vote, and where.
Students can get more information about voting from the Center for Student Engagement, and the Oracle student newspaper has a handy guide to the 2020 election, too.
And be sure to follow @sunynplibrary for more important Lloyd updates!

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