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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Friday, August 28, 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.


  • Overview of Positive Case Notification Protocol
  • Governor Cuomo issues guidance for infection rates on college campuses
  • COVID-19 testing schedule now available for mandatory testing for students 
  • Training opportunity: Blackboard Collaborate Breakout Rooms 
  • Students need to brush up on Blackboard skills? This new Online Learning Orientation for students is for you!
  • Introducing the College's COVID-19 Dashboard 
  • Weekend events for students: Aug. 28-30 
  • FAQ of the Day: Will the College work with students to provide safe internship experiences in fall 2020?
  • From Our Community: Brandon Fiege ’19 (Photography) ’20g (Business Administration and Management)
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Overview of Positive Case Notification Protocol
Responding to our community’s questions about the communication protocol for COVID-19 reporting this fall

Governor Cuomo issues guidance for infection rates on college campuses
Guidance comes following reports of students at large gatherings, and experiences in other states with clusters developing with return to in-person classes

Testing schedule now available for mandatory COVID-19 testing for students
All students who live on campus or who are attending in-person classes are required to get tested beginning Aug. 31

Students: Need to brush up on Blackboard skills? This new Online Learning Orientation is for you!
Optional, self-paced course teaches tips and skills on a host of topics for success in remote and hybrid courses

Weekend events for students: Aug. 28-30
Tie-dye, outdoor movie night and yoga under the stars; RSVP in advance using ENGAGE

Training Opportunity: Blackboard Collaborate Breakout Rooms
Register now for hands-on training today and Tuesday, Sept. 1


Coronavirus updates


Aug. 28 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
There were no new cases reported on Thursday, Aug. 28 

COVID-19 Dashboard 

A new COVID-19 dashboard has been developed to provide real-time updates on positive cases that could pose a risk to the on-campus community. The dashboard includes a tally of “active cases,” defined as confirmed positive COVID-19 tests among individuals who have been on campus and may have exposed others.

This dashboard does not include tallies of positive cases among students taking online courses from home, or employees who are telecommuting and not coming to campus, as any such cases should not pose an on-campus health risk.

This tool is a work in progress and the College will add new metrics now that mandatory testing will begin Monday, Aug. 31.
Note: Active cases are defined as a confirmed positive COVID-19 test among individuals who have been on campus and may have exposed others. Learn more about our testing and tracing protocols here.


Reopening FAQ of the day

Will the College work with students to provide safe internship experiences in fall 2020?
SUNY New Paltz is following guidance provided by the SUNY Administration regarding internships, including by taking the following steps:
  • Working with participating students to ensure that appropriate protocols are in place.
  • Staying in touch with internship placement sites to ensure that appropriate protocols are being followed.
  • Ensuring that students are aware of alternative options for non-licensure programs.
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

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

Town Hall on fall 2020 semester for faculty and staff, Sept. 2 
Join the conversation on Zoom, or watch the livestream on the College's Youtube Channel from 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. 

New Paltz LGBTQ+ Allies Registration

Two-hour interactive training workshop open to students and employees, first session on Sept. 2 at 2 p.m.

Skills for Success: Free professional webinars for CSEA employees
Fall sessions on communication, technology, stress management and much more

Employees: Have you completed the 12-minute video training on reopening?
This short, informative training is required for New York State employees prior to return to working on-site

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

Sojourner Truth statue unveiled at Walkway Over the Hudson
Bronze statue located at the western end of the Walkway
Daily Freeman, 8/26/20


From Our Community 

“It’s always been a dream of mine to combine my photo, video and business skills with my passion for cars like Lamborghini and Porsche, and I’m excited to finally have that opportunity. Can’t wait to share all of the amazing projects I’m working on!” 

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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