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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Friday, October 2, 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
  • New York and New Jersey launch new exposure tracing apps
  • Did you know? Students can get flu shots on campus this semester
  • Students: Get free personal training with VOLT
  • Today: Webinar on "Creating an Inclusive Online Learning Environment"
  • Back to School with the Governor's Office of Employee Relations
  • Insights from the disciplines: Sacred violence is not yet ancient history
  • Today's your last chance to register for the SUNY Esports League
  • Oct. 8: Celebrate National Coming Out Day with the LGBTQ+ community
  • FAQ of the Day: How many people can be accommodated during testing times?
  • From Our Community: Theatre rehearsals for "Waiting for Lefty" ahead of live-streamed performances this weekend, Oct. 3 & 4
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Oct. 2 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

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
Testing dates this fall for UUP, CSEA and PEF bargaining units

Governors Cuomo and Murphy launch exposure notification apps to help stop the spread of COVID-19
COVID Alert apps will notify users in New York and New Jersey if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive


News from around campus

Did you know? Students can get flu shots on campus this semester
Dedrick's Pharmacy will be at the Student Health Center on specific days this fall
Click above to see the full schedule and instructions for how to make an appointment

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

Today: ACUE webinar on inclusive online teaching
"Creating an Inclusive Online Learning Environment": A free offering for faculty from the Association of College and University Educators, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.

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

Last chance to register for the SUNY Esports League
Sign-up is free, and there is no limit on the number of teams that can join!

We're celebrating National Coming Out Day on Thursday, Oct. 8 with The Ins and Outs of Coming Out, featuring students sharing stories, support, tips for talking with family and friends, and proof of the strength and resilience of the LGBTQ+ community at New Paltz.

FAQ of the day

How many people can be accommodated during testing times?
Pool testing is a relatively fast and efficient process. We estimate that roughly 50 people can be tested per hour at our on-campus facility.
At present, this allows the College to fulfill its obligation to test all students and employees who are required to be tested by recently approved SUNY/bargaining unit agreements.

Events and resources

Upcoming Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings

The latest news from Mail Services on pickup and delivery
Continuing to refine fall 2020 policies to safely serve the campus community

Reserve on-campus study spaces
Need a quiet, safe place to work? Dozens of unoccupied classrooms can be booked for individual use, one hour at a time

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


The latest from media

Meet "Mixed Media": The Latest Developments in the Hudson Valley Cultural Landscape
Including a spotlight on the new, live-stream production series from the Department of Theatre Arts
Chronogram, 10/1/20


From Our Community

Theatre rehearsals in an era of social distancing: The cast and crew of “Waiting for Lefty” are preparing for shows this weekend, Oct. 3 and 4. Read more here about this tale of a taxi union preparing to strike, and use this link to RSVP for tickets.

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