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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Tuesday, September 29, 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
  • CNN: COVID-19 on the rise in many states, NYC
  • Theatre season continues this weekend with student-directed “Waiting for Lefty”
  • Reminder for students: Use this link to reserve on-campus study spaces
  • Call for submissions! Library faculty, student interns launch new community zine
  • Today at 5 p.m.: Data scientist Robin Thottungal ’08 on data-driven government
  • Be active! Virtual Group Exercise Classes are LIVE
  • President Christian walks you through the pool testing process
  • FAQ of the Day: Who at SUNY New Paltz will be notified of employee pool test results?
  • From Our Community: Booking time at the gym with Hugo
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Sept. 29 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

Only 10 states are seeing downward trends in new COVID-19 cases, and NYC now has a surge
The College continues to advise members of our community to avoid unnecessary travel while the pandemic is ongoing

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

Theatre season continues this weekend with student-directed “Waiting for Lefty”
Oct. 3 and 4, live-streamed performances of this story of a labor union on the eve of strike

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

Call for submissions! Library faculty, student interns launch new community zine
"Beyond the Sunflower Fields": A low-stress way to tell stories from a high-stress year
All students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to share writings, drawings, photos, comics and any other creative works; deadline is Oct. 15

Today at 5 p.m.: Robin Thottungal ’08 on “Building a Data-driven Government Focusing on Citizen Services”
Data scientist and New Paltz alumnus kicks off Harrington STEM Lecture Series

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

President Christian scans the unique barcode on his COVID-19 testing kit at the pool testing space in Awosting Hall on Sept. 25.
On-campus pool testing continues for students and employees on Oct. 1 and 2 this week. Please remember to create an account using this link before appearing for testing, to ensure you can scan your code and be tested quickly and efficiently.
Use this link for general FAQs about on-campus COVID-19 testing, and click here for additional information regarding mandatory testing of SUNY New Paltz employees.

Reopening FAQ of the day

Who at SUNY New Paltz will be notified of employee pool test results?
SUNY Upstate Medical University will only share test results with New Paltz campus personnel in the event of a positive test.
An employee’s positive test results will be shared with Student Health Services and will also be provided to the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion for the purpose of supporting their absence from work and ensuring proper tracing protocols. Contact tracing will be done by the county in which the employee resides.
The College will follow the same communication protocols with employees who test positive as it does with students who test positive: The campus community will be notified of a positive case, but any individual who tests positive will never be identified.
Negative test results will not be shared with campus offices or staff members.

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

Students: Register by this Friday, Oct. 2, for the SUNY Esports League
Registration is free, and there is no limit on the number of teams that can sign up!

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

SUNY students face suspension for flouting COVID-19 protocols
Since tracking began on Aug. 28, there have been 1,837 cases of COVID-19 across the statewide system
Altamont Enterprise, 9/27/20


From Our Community

Did you reserve your time slot for the gym today?
Join Hugo for this quick tutorial on using the IMLeagues app to stay active this semester.

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