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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Tuesday, September 8, 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: One additional off-campus student has tested positive and is in quarantine
  • Governor and Chancellor launch COVID-19 dashboard for all 64 SUNY campuses
  • Faculty Checklist for the fall 2020 semester
  • Tomorrow: Don’t miss the 12th annual Volunteer Fair!
  • Upcoming events from the Career Resource Center, including a NYS Senate Internship opportunity
  • Anna the Therapy Dog checks in from Awosting Hall, our on-campus quarantine space
  • FAQ of the Day: What equipment, supplies and other resources are available to facilitate remote teaching and learning?
  • From our community: The New Paltz Burmese Hsaing Waing ensemble
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Sept. 8 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
One additional off-campus student tested positive at an off-campus facility and is in quarantine

SUNY New Paltz COVID-19 Dashboard
The College's tally of active cases has expanded to include information about on-campus student testing, positivity rates and quarantine

Governor Cuomo And Chancellor Malatras launch COVID-19 case tracker dashboard for SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities
"I urge our SUNY community to stay vigilant as the virus continues to be a national and global crisis - wear masks, socially distance and be smart," said Governor Cuomo 


News from around campus

Faculty Checklist for the fall 2020 semester
Two weeks into the new year, a few tips and reminders from the Division of Academic Affairs

Don’t miss the 12th annual Volunteer Fair! Wednesday, Sept. 9
Students: Meet virtually with 40+ service leaders about opportunities to make a difference while gaining valuable skills and experience

Weekly update from the Career Resource Center
Today at 3:30 p.m., a chat with an alumna about working in NYC schools
Next Tuesday, info about interning with the NY State Senate next year

Students in the Awosting Hall quarantine space are provided with a refrigerator, microwave, food delivery, laundry and trash services and, maybe most importantly, regular wellness checks from support team members including Anna the Therapy Dog (pictured here catching a quick break after a long day of making new friends).

Reopening FAQ of the day

What equipment, supplies and other resources are available to facilitate remote teaching and learning?
A number of different kinds of technologies, materials, resources and trainings are available to New Paltz students, faculty and staff to support online learning this semester.
These include:
  • Laptops
  • Cameras and USB adapters for remote meetings
  • Temporary, on-campus study spaces
  • Adobe Creative Cloud licenses
  • Blackboard Collaborate Breakout Rooms and tutorials on how to use these
  • WebEx auto-captioning licenses
  • Knowmia, the recording and multimedia storage platform
  • Other distance learning tools and training through the Library and the IT Service Desk
The College's fall 2020 reopening plan is highly detailed and dense, and our corresponding list of FAQs runs to more than 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 resources

Upcoming Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings

Study abroad goes virtual! Learn more at the SUNY Abroad Fair, Sept. 9
Interested in adding an international experience to your college career? Learn about more than 800 programs available across the SUNY system

Faculty: Get your online and hybrid teaching questions answered during Mentor Teacher drop-in hours
This week's Peer Instructional Design Mentor Teacher is Blair Proctor, assistant professor of Black Studies, who will be holding drop-in hours on Sept. 8 and 10 from 1 - 3 p.m.


The latest from media

Hudson Valley Events to Add to Your List This Week
Including the Sept. 12 opening of fall exhibitions at The Dorsky Museum
Chronogram, 9/6/20


From Our Community 

Creative energies are still flowing in the Department of Music, as the New Paltz Burmese Hsaing Waing ensemble got some time in the studio this weekend to work on their forthcoming album. Follow @sunynpmusic for more.

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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.
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