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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, September 30, 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
  • Clarification on which UUP employees must be tested for COVID-19
  • Telecommuting program will be extended on our campus until Dec. 31
  • Info on revisions to the spring 2021 academic calendar
  • Updates from GOER on increase delays and Voluntary Reduction in Work Schedule credits
  • Students: Create a Midterm Plan today with a Student Success Peer Advisor
  • Reminder: Temporary parking permits expire today
  • New picnic tables!
  • FAQ of the Day: How do I create an account for the COVID-19 pool testing?
  • From Our Community: The Geology Club cleans up a Village wildlife sanctuary
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Sept. 30 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
No new cases to report as of 5 p.m. yesterday

College clarifies policy on which UUP employees are required to be tested
Those who have had a regular presence on campus since Monday, Sept. 21, will be expected to be tested
Those who have been advised they need to be tested, but have not had a regular presence on campus, must contact to clarify their testing requirement status

SUNY New Paltz COVID-19 Dashboard
The College's tally of active cases, on-campus testing, positivity rates, quarantine and more

Employee COVID-19 testing: Your questions, answered
Working to make this process as clear and transparent as possible

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

Telecommuting program will be extended on our campus until Dec. 31
The College will exercise discretion to continue current practices beyond the Oct. 2 expiration of the state-wide policy

Information on revisions to the spring 2021 academic calendar
Spring Break will be cancelled; the College will instead distribute those five days of no classes throughout the semester

Salary increases delayed, and date to use Voluntary Reduction in Work Schedule credits extended
Two updates from the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations

Students: Create a custom Midterm Success Plan today with a Student Success Peer Advisor
Peer Advising is open to all students but is especially helpful for new first-year and transfer students

Reminder: Temporary parking permits expire today
Ticketing begins Oct. 1, so please make sure to order your permit online and pick it up at the Mail Room if you have not done so already

Have you noticed the new furniture?
The College recently added about 30 outdoor picnic tables in areas with Wi-Fi access, to make it a little easier to find a good spot to work or relax between classes.

Reopening FAQ of the day

How do I create an account for the COVID-19 pool testing?
While testing is offered on a walk-in basis, you are required to create an account with SUNY Upstate Medical University prior to appearing for pool testing.
Creating an account is required to ensure that your test is linked to your account.
Please use this link to create an account prior to appearing for testing. You will need to provide insurance information. 
When the registration app asks, “Do you have a test kit?” you have successfully completed the pre-registration process. The test kit with the barcode to scan will be provided at the testing site.

Events and resources

Upcoming Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings

Don’t forget: NY requires state employees to complete this 12-minute training for on-site work
There’s still time to watch this short video on safety, health screening and more

Be active and get involved! Virtual Group Exercise Classes are LIVE
Our most popular fitness classes are being streamed via Zoom
Click above for the full schedule and log-in info

Reminder for students: Use this link to 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

Theatre production season continues with student-directed “Waiting for Lefty,” Oct. 3 & 4
The next live-streamed performance is a story of a labor union on the eve of a strike

From the Faculty Development Center: Introduction to Human Subjects Research, Oct. 8
Session is specifically tailored for new faculty (but open to all!)

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


The latest from media

All COVID-19 cases at SUNY New Paltz now recovered
All 16 students who tested positive since classes began on Aug. 24 have been cleared as of Sept. 28
Daily Freeman, 9/28/20


From Our Community

The Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most peaceful spots in New Paltz to go for a walk. Last weekend, members of the SUNY New Paltz Geology Club spent an afternoon volunteering to clean it up, trimming back some overgrowth and removing trash from the river bank. It's a good example of the resiliency of student clubs and organizations, finding ways to stay active and fulfill their missions at a time when normal meetings are not possible.

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