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Posted on: Monday, August 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • New SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras makes New Paltz his first campus visit following appointment
  • Highlights from President Christian’s 2020 State of the College Address
  • Town, Village and College announce joint measures to Protect New Paltz
  • Meet the inaugural class of Peer Instructional Design Mentor Teachers
  • Skills for Success: Free professional webinars for CSEA employees
  • Priority COVID-19 testing for new students continues this week
  • FAQ of the Day: Where can commuters and other students and employees spend time on campus this fall?
  • From our community: Tips for completing the Daily Health Screening
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Video: New SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras makes New Paltz his first visit since appointment
“New Paltz is one of the ‘Crown Jewels’ that we have in the SUNY system … President Christian is one of the best presidents we have in the entire system, and he’s really put together a comprehensive plan to bring our students back, make it a safe environment and make it the best learning environment.”

Town, Village and College announce joint measures to Protect New Paltz
New initiatives and partnerships for the good health of all community members

Meet the inaugural class of Peer Instructional Design Mentor Teachers
Starting this week, faculty can email these mentors or meet during virtual drop-in hours for peer-to-peer advice on online and hybrid instruction

Priority COVID-19 testing for students continues this week

Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of convenient, on-campus testing
Click above to enter insurance info and schedule an appointment

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

New SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras, a former vice chancellor and SUNY Empire State president, made New Paltz his first campus visit on Sunday, Aug. 23, following his appointment by the SUNY Board of Trustees just two days prior.
“On the eve of fall classes at SUNY New Paltz, it is imperative that the safety precautions laid out in the College’s reopening plan are both in place and being observed by each and every member of the campus community — that is our number one priority, here and at all our campuses,” said Chancellor Malatras. “SUNY New Paltz leaders have done tremendous work designing an evidence-based plan for safely reopening. Their plan — like every college reopening plan this fall — can only succeed if the entire campus community is committed to keeping themselves and those around them safe. I applaud SUNY New Paltz students, faculty, and staff for their work so far through this unprecedented time and wish everyone a safe and successful semester.”

Reopening FAQ of the day

Where can commuters, other students and employees spend time on campus this fall?
Things are going to be different on the SUNY New Paltz campus this fall, but there are still lots of good options for commuters, other students, faculty and staff who are looking for spaces to study, safely meet with friends or colleagues, or just get some rest between classes.
Most outdoor areas will be open to all campus community members. New outdoor furniture is being installed around campus to provide additional options, and the College is working to bolster outdoor Wi-Fi service to make it easier for people to get work done while sitting outside.
While many indoor spaces will be restricted this fall, there are still a number of buildings and areas that will be accessible to commuters and others who need a place to work or relax, including:
  • The Sojourner Truth Library’s first floor study areas
  • The Atrium Lobby and second floor Scholars Perch
  • The Student Union, second floor, outside the Multipurpose Room
  • The Student Union, ground floor, Entertainment Commons outside the Bookstore
  • The newly renovated Jacobson Faculty Tower Lobby
  • The lounge on the second floor of the Humanities building
  • First and second floor lounges in Science Hall
  • Second floor lounges in Wooster Hall
  • The Lobby and second floor lounge in Engineering Innovation Hub
  • The College Theatre Lobby
A limited number of campus computer labs will be available throughout the fall semester as well, though they may be operating at reduced capacity and/or hours of operation.
Use this link for a full schedule of where and when campus computer labs will be open.
As a reminder, most campus buildings will be card access only this fall. Students and employees will need to have their campus ID cards in order to access buildings.
If you lose your ID card, have issues with card access or have other questions, contact Card Services at or (845) 257-3034.
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

New MASK hotline for reports of noncompliance with public health rules
Call (845) 257-MASK with public health concerns

Donors needed! American Red Cross blood drive for students and employees only, Aug. 27 in SUB 100
Organized by the Minority Association for Pre-Med Students
Donors can receive an Amazon gift card as thanks; 
Click above to make an appointment

Employees: Have you completed the 12-minute video training on reopening?
With the first day of classes right around the corner, a reminder that 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


Coronavirus updates

Aug. 24 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
No new cases to report as of 4 p.m. yesterday


The latest from media

SUNY chancellor Malatras tours New Paltz campus
Announces $100,000 grant program
Poughkeepsie Journal, 8/23/20


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