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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Monday, September 14, 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: Two additional on-campus students have tested positive
  • New book edited by New Paltz faculty tells the story of women’s suffrage in New York State
  • Update on changes to outdoor seating on campus
  • Reminder about two opportunities for faculty: Apply this week for Sustainability and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Fellowships
  • The Harrington STEM Lecture series returns Sept. 29 with a New Paltz alumnus and data science expert
  • Weekly update from the Career Resource Center
  • Scenes of metamorphosis from the Biology Department
  • FAQ of the Day: How can clubs and organizations get approval to host an in-person event on campus?
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Sept. 14 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
Two additional on-campus resident students have tested positive and are in quarantine

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


News from around campus

New Paltz faculty tell the story of women’s suffrage in New York State
A new collection of essays, “Suffrage and Its Limits: The New York Story,” published by SUNY Press, commemorates and complicates the legacy of women’s right to vote

Update on changes to outdoor seating on campus
As the fall air gets cooler, the College is continuing to rearrange safe seating options in indoor and outdoor spaces on campus

Sustainability Faculty Fellowship applications due Wednesday!
Fifteen academic and professional faculty members this year can join a like-minded professional network and receive training, resources and a stipend to support new sustainability lessons, courses and programs

Apply by Sept. 20 for the new Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Faculty Fellows Program
An opportunity to help shape and direct campuswide development of curricula, practices and programs that engage with dynamics of social inequality and racism

Data scientist and New Paltz alumnus Robin Thottungal ’08 to give first fall 2020 Harrington Lecture on Sept. 29
The College's STEM colloquium series continues this semester in a virtual format

Career Resource Center newsletter: Opportunities for the week ahead
Including your last chance to apply for the new Sophomore Connections alumni networking program (deadline is Sept. 18!)

A classic lesson about the circle of life, courtesy of the Biology Department.

Reopening FAQ of the day

How can clubs and organizations get approval to host an in-person event on campus?
Those who wish to hold a face-to-face event or gathering will be required to submit a request form and narrative for evaluation by the appropriate campus office or committee.
For student groups, the initial review will be conducted by the Center for Student Engagement with further approval by a campus-wide review board. 
Requests should be submitted through the ENGAGE Event Form at least 30 days in advance. A decision will be made no less than 10 days prior to your event.
Event proposals from student clubs and organizations will be evaluated based on a rubric of five questions that can be viewed at this link. This rubric will be used for all campus programs proposed to be hosted by departments, academic programs and student groups.

Events and resources

Upcoming Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings

This week's Instructional Technology workshops are all about Knowmia
Learn about this new media management tool on Monday and Friday, Sept. 14 and 18

Institute for Disaster Mental Health launching free, monthly online trainings with a session on Psychological First Aid, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m.
At a moment when we're all navigating multiple sources of stress, the IDMH is making its expertise accessible to all members of our community

Guidance for faculty: What to do when you learn of someone else’s confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19
Clarification on how cases should be reported and suggestions for how instructors can respond when students reach out

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


The latest from media

College Theatre Amidst the Pandemic
A New Paltz performing arts student sets the stage for the College's first-ever live-streamed theatre season
Broadway World, 9/10/20


From Our Community 

Autumn is in the air... Here's how it looked outside Humanities in 1993.

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