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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Friday, September 11, 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
  • One Book, One New Paltz returns with Neil Gaiman's "Ocean at the End of the Lane"
  • IDMH launching free, monthly trainings, starting Sept. 16
  • Fall Instructional Technology workshops: Blackboard, Knowmia, Turnitin and more
  • Faculty meeting today at 3:30 p.m.
  • Hudson Valley Venture Hub's September newsletter
  • FAQ of the Day: When will dining spaces on campus reopen for dine-in service?
  • From our community: Vogue Magazine features a New Paltz Photography alumna
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Sept. 11 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


News from around campus

Neil Gaiman's "Ocean at the End of the Lane" is the 2020 One Book, One New Paltz community read
Part reality, part fantasy: Read this haunting story of memory, childhood and what it means to be human, and then join the conversation at events Nov. 8-15

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

Blackboard, Knowmia, Turnitin and more: Sign up now for Instructional Technology workshops
Every week in early fall brings new opportunities for faculty and staff to gain skills with online teaching and learning tools

Hudson Valley Venture Hub's September newsletter
The latest from community entrepreneurship experts in the School of Business

Nearly 1,000 students have been tested for COVID-19 on campus since mandatory testing went into effect on Aug. 31, less than two weeks ago.

Reopening FAQ of the day

When will dining spaces on campus reopen for dine-in service?
New Paltz Dining Services will begin the fall 2020 semester with exclusively grab & go service, in accordance with health and safety policies and social distancing best practices.
As conditions allow, Dining Services has plans in place to progress through a phased reopening, with dining rooms staged for social distancing and pre-packaged menu items offered as self-serve. This phased reopening would ultimately lead to a final phase where the dining rooms can be open for full service with social distancing.
Our ability to begin phased reopening of Dining Services spaces depends on our campus community’s success in preventing coronavirus transmission, and on state and local guidance related to indoor dining service. 

Events and resources

Upcoming Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings

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

Get a jump-start on your academics with the Center for Student Success
Use to schedule peer-to-peer advising, tutoring, writing instruction and more

Faculty and staff: Partner with SUNY to earn an Online Student Supports Certificate
Development opportunity begins Sept. 14 for those looking to gain skills and strategies for effective student outreach

Free webinar: Teaching and Communication Strategies In-Person and Online Using Theatre Techniques
SUNY Center for Professional Development offers simple tips from performing arts for more effective public speaking, even while masked. Sept. 16 at 10 a.m.


The latest from media

Ulster County reports 'remarkably good' drop in positive COVID-19 cases
Infection rate is currently at 0.4% and has remained below 1.5% for 42 consecutive days
Daily Freeman, 9/10/20


From Our Community 

So excited for New Paltz alumna Shabiha Jafri '20 (Photography), who is one of 15 young photographers featured in the September issue of Vogue magazine.
Each artist in the collection produced a still-life involving a fashion handbag. Jafri's contribution (pictured above at left), like her senior thesis, documents the vibrancy of clothing left behind by her mother. Portrait of the artist (above right) by Hailey Pierce.

Daily Digest readers: We want to hear from you! 

Our team is seeking input on how this newsletter can best serve students, faculty and staff as we all adjust to new ways of teaching, learning, working and living.
We're inviting submissions* and ideas of all kinds:
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