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Posted on: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 10:00 AM

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  • Lessons from Two Decades of Disaster Response: IDMH conference, Sept. 29 & 30
  • Meet "Generation Disaster": An interview with IDMH Deputy Director Karla Vermeulen
  • COVID-19 testing schedule: Make your appointment early!
  • Students taking a fully online course schedule may be eligible for an exemption to SUNY's vaccine requirement
  • Reporting on the latest COVID-19 Dashboard numbers
  • Students: Have you tried the "Raise Your Hand" feature in Starfish?
  • A message from two campus leaders
  • Events (so many events this week!) and resources
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: A sweep for women's volleyball at the Hawks Invitational

News of the day

Lessons from Two Decades of Disaster Response: IDMH will host 17th annual conference, Sept. 29 & 30
The Institute for Disaster Mental Health will reflect on 20 years of emergency management training, preparation and direct action; Guest speakers include former FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate; Click for info about free registration for students and employees

Meet "Generation Disaster": Karla Vermeulen interviews for Anne Helen Petersen's newsletter
New book from the Deputy Director of the IDMH looks at the ripple effects of 9/11 through the eyes of those who were children when it happened

COVID-19 testing schedule: Make your appointment early!
Vaccinated students, faculty and staff must test every five weeks;
Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff must test every week they are on campus;
Testing hours expanded to offer more morning appointments on Thursdays

Students taking a fully online course schedule may be eligible for an exemption to SUNY's vaccine requirement
Attest that you will not be on campus at all this semester at

COVID-19 Dashboard Report: Sept. 13, 2021
A briefing on the latest numbers as a supplement to our daily Dashboard updates

Students: Have you tried the "Raise Your Hand" feature in Starfish?
Get support from your advisor and/or instructors with personal or academic concerns
Don't hesitate to ask for help!

We Not Me - Message to community
A message from two campus leaders: President Donald P. Christian and Student Association President Jordan Hennix '22 are calling on all members of our community to mask up, vax up, and take other proactive measures to protect one another.
Full video on YouTube and on Instagram @sunynewpaltz. Thank you!

Resources, events and reminders

Exploring Strange New Worlds: The first Harrington STEM Lecture of fall 2021 is Sept. 14
The College welcomes William Walsh of San Diego State University, who will speak about "circumbinary planets" that orbit two stars (yes, just like Tatooine!);
Join us for a watch party in Science Hall 181, or view the talk via Webex

Validate, Appreciate, Refer: Students can learn to support peers facing mental health challenges, Sept. 14
Workshop open to all SUNY students interested in becoming a Peer Advocate

Turnitin Training for faculty, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m.
Learn about the assignment management tool that helps ensure academic integrity

Need help deciding on a major? Join the Career Resource Center for a workshop on Sept. 14 or 15
Take a quick, free interest assessment, then discuss your results with a career expert

Continuing the Conversation: Antiracism in the Classroom, Sept. 15
Join students and faculty in this ongoing dialogue about concrete actions we can all take

Our next LGBTQ+ Allies training is Thursday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. in the SUB
All are welcome to this in-person session focusing on best practices for providing support and dialogue on issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity

People Admin trainings for faculty this month:



The latest from media

CDC Report Finds Masks Curb Spread of COVID-19 on Campus
Analysis of data from five months at St. Louis University found the odds of receiving a positive test result were “substantially higher” among close contacts who’d had unmasked exposure (32.4%) than among those who’d been masked (7.7%)
Inside Higher Ed, 9/10/21


From Our Community

SUNY New Paltz Women's Volleyball - Hawks Invitational: Day 2 - Letisha Perez Post-Game
Big weekend for Hawks athletics, and no one impressed more than the women's volleyball team. At the first Hawks Invitational tournament since 2019, this group defended their turf with three wins in two days, building some momentum for the start of conference play this week.
As always, full coverage of all New Paltz athletics events is available at

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