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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM

We created this daily newsletter to keep students, faculty and staff informed about campus news and resources for distance learning, while also reducing the volume of emails we're all receiving. Read more here.


  • Nina Smiley, Ph.D., will host mindfulness webinar 
  • New location for the Scholar’s Mentorship Program 
  • Remote Teaching Week: Creating and Grading Assignments, today!
  • Instagram Live with recent alumna and the Career Resource Center
  • Save the date! Town Hall on Re-Opening Campus: Session 2, July 20
  • Reopening FAQ of the Day: I am an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) student. How will the EOP Office support me?
  • Theses and Capstones: Coral observations
  • Events and opportunities
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Nina Smiley, Ph.D., will host mindfulness webinar for students, faculty, staff and alumni
Smiley will present a free, one-hour webinar designed to help members of the campus community use mindfulness in a way that’s practical, powerful and readily available

New location makes the Scholar’s Mentorship Program “a place students can call home”
The College has completed a project to renovate Student Union Building rooms 035-043 and relocate the Scholar’s Mentorship Program (SMP) into a centralized, modern space for the many students it serves

Creating and Grading Assignments webinar, today!
Join the Office of Instructional Technology for a series of webinars during Remote Teaching Week

Save the date! Town Hall on Re-Opening Campus: Session 2, July 20 at 1 p.m.
Faculty, staff invited to discuss reopening plans during a second session via Zoom 


Reopening FAQ of the day

I am an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) student. How will the EOP Office support me?
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) program will offer advising, tutoring and support to our students remotely.
SUNY has provided incoming EOP students with laptops. Continuing students were provided either with a campus or SUNY loaner laptop in the spring, as requested.
EOP students will be given priority for student housing in the fall and will therefore have access to on-campus technology resources.
EOP counseling and advising will continue using WebEx and Starfish as the key platforms to advise our students. In-person counseling will be limited to specific student cases and only when a student and advisor are following all the safety protocols instituted by the College. Tutoring will be provided remotely through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.
EOP instituted a WebEx drop-in time in spring 2020 to allow students to get personal attention without an appointment. This practice was very successful and will continue in fall 2020. 
The College's fall 2020 reopening plan is highly detailed and dense, and our corresponding list of FAQs runs to nearly 10,000 words (and counting!). In an effort to make this very important information more digestible for campus community members, we're highlighting questions and answers in this newsletter, one per day, as the fall semester approaches.
Please note: We are working to update and add FAQs as planning continues and this situation evolves. We will prioritize sharing the most current information in this space.

Events and Opportunities

Dismantling Racism: University Policing and Campus Climate, July 15 at 4:30 p.m.
A community town hall for students, faculty and staff to share their thoughts, experiences and concerns

Webinar: Women of Color Need Courageous Allies in the Academy
An open dialogue with white and black women, hosted by INSIGHT Into Diversity on July 22

Registration open for BbWorld 2020, July 21 and 22
Committee on Educational Technology recommends this interactive conference on all things Blackboard

Farming While Black: A community read with the Faculty Development Center
Enjoy Leah Penniman's 2018 guide to dignified food production now, and join the conversation with the Sustainability Learning Community on July 24

SUNY Student Leadership Academy shifts to virtual fall model
Join an info session on July 31 to learn more about this opportunity for next generation leaders

Earn a Certificate in Mindful Leadership from the SUNY SAIL Institute this fall
Register now to explore how meditation, reflection, communication and other contemplative practices can promote strong leadership and a balanced life


Coronavirus updates

July 14 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
No new cases to report as of 4 p.m. yesterday


The latest from media

‘I would be forfeiting my education’
International students share how new ICE rules impact them
CNBC, 7/10/20


Student Capstones and Thesis Work 

It was genuinely difficult to keep up with the staggering volume of galleries, exhibitions, original research and video presentations New Paltz students published at the end of the 2019-20 academic year. We'd like to take time this summer to spotlight individual projects and give this exceptional scholarship and creative work its due.
Today, coral observations via printmaking from Other Worlds Are Possible, the spring 2020 MFA show.
Jessica McDonnell '20g (Printmaking)
"The first time I plunged into the ocean and opened my eyes to the bustling world of the coral reef was unforgettable. Equally remarkable has been the effect humans have imposed there, from rising temperatures and acidity to plastic pollution. This series is an intimate look into this complex system. Each piece is a pause- a reflection on both the reef’s current status, and the inner workings of an underwater landscape facing mounting pressure to change in order to survive. Dead is the reef we’ve known, crashing on the shore is the one we have forced into labor, birthed into something new."

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