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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Friday, August 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • Video: President Christian delivers State of the College Address
  • University Police Department’s commitment to Anti-Racism
  • NPForward text notifications make their debut
  • Students' how-to guide for getting free masks from the College
  • Priority COVID-19 testing for new students continues today
  • Today: Blackboard Collaborate Breakouts, and Free Narcan Training
  • FAQ of the Day: What happens if an employee does not pass the health screening for a given day?
  • "Hudson Valley: New Folk" opens Sept. 12 at The Dorsky
  • From our community: It's Lloyd!
  • Events and opportunities
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Video: President Christian delivers State of the College Address
“How we keep SUNY New Paltz moving forward on a positive, upward trajectory during a pandemic, a state budget crisis, and long-delayed urgency for racial equality is our unprecedented challenge ... We have weathered difficult times before, like hurricanes that caused damage and disrupted our work. We bring to these challenges a set of core strengths and achievements that few other institutions enjoy.”

University Police Department’s commitment to Anti-Racism
Outlining guiding principles rooted in respect, diversity and education

Reminder: NPForward text notifications debuting this fall
Campus community members have already begun receiving news about reopening via text

Everything students need to know about obtaining masks on campus
How to get your free masks, and where you can buy replacements

Priority COVID-19 testing for new students today
Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of convenient, on-campus testing
Returning students can set up tests for next week
Click above to enter insurance info and schedule an appointment

Blackboard Collaborate Breakout Rooms, today at 1 and 4 p.m.
Practical, hands-on workshops for faculty looking to test instructional tools
Participants should know how to enter Collaborate, enable their microphone and camera, use the chat and share content

Free online NARCAN training, today at 1 p.m.
New Paltz Opioid Prevention Team, University Police and NP SAFE coalition offer training as a service to the community


Reopening FAQ of the day

What happens if an employee does not pass the health screening for a given day?
Employees who report an elevated temperature, the presence of COVID-19 symptoms and/or recent exposure to confirmed cases will be directed to quarantine via on-screen directions from the screening app and via email.
Employees who present with a raised temperature, symptoms or recent exposure will not be permitted to report to campus and will be referred to Benefits for support and guidance.
The Benefits Office and the employee’s supervisor will be notified automatically by email if indicated by answers on the screening.
Employees who report a temperature or symptoms, but who feel able to work remotely, will be accommodated and will not be required to use time.
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.
Annie Raife, “Untitled,” 2019, wool yarn, monks cloth, wood, 48 x 60 in.
The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art announces "Hudson Valley Artists: New Folk," featuring 29 local artists in a vibrant exploration of craft, cultural heritage, and the communities we create together, opening Sept. 12. The Dorsky Museum will be open this fall with capacity limits for visitors and requirements for masking and social distancing at all times.

Events and resources

Now live for faculty & staff: Daily Health Screenings at
Screening required for 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

Starfish is more useful for students, advisors and instructors than ever
With many classes and student services moving online, Starfish is a convenient tool for keeping on track academically

New content added: New Paltz Forward faculty toolkit on student behavior enforcement
Recommended best practices for syllabus statements, classroom management and more

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

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

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. 21 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

Coronavirus Roundup
The latest in the Hudson Valley
The River Newsroom, 8/19/20


From Our Community 

Thanks for taking the Pledge, Lloyd!
Lloyd stays busy around the Sojourner Truth Library. Keep up with their journeys @sunynplibrary.

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