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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, September 2, 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: Four additional resident students, all known close contacts of previously reported positive cases, have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in quarantine
  • President Christian's September Report to the Faculty
  • Introducing new faculty members for the 2020-21 academic year
  • Reminder: Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 7) is an instructional day this fall
  • Today at 4:30 p.m.: Town Hall "Check-In" for faculty and staff
  • New Paltz faculty can share their research on The Academic Minute
  • The Library's virtual book displays focus on revolutions this month
  • FAQ of the Day: Will the College deploy special cleaning of rooms on campus where positive case exposures may have occurred?
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Sept. 2 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
An additional four students have tested positive
All are known close contacts of previously reported positive cases and are in quarantine

COVID-19 Dashboard
A tally of active cases impacting our on-campus community

Daily reminder: Complete your Health Screening at
Screening required for students and employees any day they plan to be on campus, and recommended as a daily habit even when off campus


News from around campus

President Christian's September Report to the Faculty
An update on major themes for the new semester, including COVID-19 updates, anti-racist initiatives and enrollment

Introducing new faculty members for the 2020-21 academic year
Welcoming distinguished scholars and educators to the campus community

Reminder: Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 7) has been added to the academic calendar as an instructional day this fall
Faculty are expected to provide instruction in the modality established for their courses
Students are expected to attend classes
Labor Day remains a holiday for non-teaching staff

Today at 4:30 p.m.: Town Hall "Check-In" for faculty and staff
Join the conversation on Zoom, or watch the livestream on the College's Youtube Channel

New Paltz faculty can share their research on The Academic Minute
Contact the Office of Communication & Marketing about being featured on this nationally syndicated radio program

Sojourner Truth Library staff are curating virtual book displays featuring hand-picked ebooks, streaming films, free podcasts and physical books that can be requested for curbside pickup. Each month brings a new, themed selection of virtual book displays. For September, the Library is focusing on revolutions from world history.
Have ideas for books or other materials we should feature in this space? Interested in guest-curating the display for an upcoming month? The Library would love to hear from you! Contact Chrissy O’Grady, research & education librarian, at to begin the conversation.

Reopening FAQ of the day

Will the College deploy special cleaning of rooms on campus where positive case exposures may have occurred?
Classrooms and other spaces are cleaned and disinfected daily. In the event a space has not been cleaned and disinfected since the time of exposure, the Office of Emergency Management will direct that the space be secured through our electronic access control, placarded to prevent unwanted entry, and cleaned and disinfected after 24 hours of closure.
Upon completion, the space will be permitted to be re-occupied. If seven days have passed since the positive case was last in a given space, additional cleaning and disinfecting will not be required, per current CDC guidance.
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.

Upcoming Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings


Events and resources

New Paltz LGBTQ+ Allies interactive workshop, today at 2 p.m.

Join a network of students, faculty and staff working toward a safe and inclusive campus

Apply by Sept. 16 to become a Sustainability Faculty Fellow
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

Online Learning Orientation available to help new and returning students succeed in remote learning courses

This self-paced, optional resource is live on Blackboard now
Faculty are encouraged to review the the Orientation as well, and point students to modules that are relevant to their classes

Quality by Design: Four-week SUNY training on course design starts Sept. 28
Faculty can register now for professional development focusing on learner support, accessibility, collaboration and evaluation


The latest from media

Remote College 2.0: What fall's online classes learned from spring pivot
News outlet for America's military reports on reopening at New York colleges
Stars & Stripes, 8/31/20


From Our Community 

The New Faculty Orientation looked a little different this year, but it was still a great way to get to know new colleagues. Use this link to read brief bios of the scholars, creators and educators who have joined our community this fall.

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