Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Information and Resources

Campus Messages

Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

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

We created this daily newsletter to keep students, faculty and staff informed about campus news and resources for distance learning, while also reducing the volume of emails we're all receiving. Read more here.


  • Rebroadcast: Q&A with campus leaders
  • Governor Cuomo: Schools across New York State are permitted to open this fall
  • Textbooks and course materials are ready at the Bookstore
  • News release: Information for visitors to campus
  • Reminder to update Office Closings page with fall semester availability
  • This week: A fireside chat with head of global marketing for Google's Waze
  • FAQ of the Day: Are there special requirements for students coming to campus from out-of-state?
  • From Our Community: All-time women's swimming record holders
  • Theses and Capstones: Expanding access to fashion
  • Events and opportunities, including FDC workshops preparing for fall
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Rebroadcast: Q&A with President Christian and campus leadership
Video from Aug. 6 dialogue about our plans and goals for fall

Governor Cuomo announces that schools across New York State are permitted to open this fall
Every region's infection rate is below the threshold set by state
In-person vs. partial reopening to be determined locally by each individual district

Students: Textbooks and course materials are ready at the Bookstore
Digital, rental and contactless delivery options available

Information for visitors to campus in late summer and fall 2020
Guidance on what's open, what's not, and what steps the College is taking to keep our community safe

Faculty and staff: Please update Office Closings page with fall semester availability
Requesting clear communication to students and colleagues ahead of campus reopening

Students and alumni can meet Google's Waze head of global marketing Emma Weisberg at a virtual fireside chat on Aug. 13
Sneak preview of new one-on-one professional networking opportunities provided through Career Resource Center partnership with Bonsai


Reopening FAQ of the day

Are there special requirements for students coming to campus from out-of-state?
Yes, out-of-state students must take additional steps to ensure that we can safely welcome them to campus for the fall 2020 semester.
Students who are entering New York from one of the states on the advisory list designated by New York will be required to fill out two forms:
  • The first mandatory form is required by New York State for anyone entering the state from states or territories that are experiencing recent, significant, community-wide spread of COVID-19
  • The second mandatory form is required by the SUNY New Paltz Student Health Service for students who are coming to campus after traveling internationally or to states identified in the state travel advisory
This is in addition to the requirement that students who have traveled to areas identified in the advisory must quarantine for 14 days prior to coming to campus.
Use this link to read more about Governor Cuomo’s statewide travel advisory and quarantine requirements for students who have traveled internationally or to U.S. states listed on the advisory.
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.

From our community

NPHawks relives the many triumphs of the women's swimming program in its latest round-up of all-time athletics record holders.

Events and opportunities

Trainings from the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion

All faculty and staff must complete this 12-minute video training before returning to campus
Required for New York State employees prior to return to working on-site
Training covers new safety protocols, instructions for daily health screening and more

Call for volunteers: Help us welcome students at a reimagined Convocation event, Aug. 19
Faculty and staff are invited to join a festive, socially distant, outdoor parade for new students

Save the Date: State of the College Address, Friday, Aug. 21, at 9:30 a.m.
President Christian's update to the campus community will be live-streamed

Dismantling Racism: Alumni Perspectives town hall rescheduled for Aug. 11
Event postponed due to power outages will be held next week

Aug. 11 & 13: Preparing for a new semester with the Faculty Development Center
Two fall-focused Communication & Community Building Teaching Circles this week


Coronavirus updates

Aug. 10 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

How to Achieve LEED Gold Design in Higher Ed on a Budget
Sustainable construction of Engineering Innovation Hub cited as model for future projects across the nation
Green Building & Design, 8/6/20


Spring 2020 capstones and theses

It was genuinely difficult to keep up with the staggering volume of galleries, exhibitions, original research and video presentations New Paltz students published at the end of the 2019-20 academic year. With just weeks to go until the fall semester, we're taking advantage of a few more opportunities to give this exceptional scholarship and creative work its due.
Today, an innovative concept for making fashion accessible, from the Graphic Design BFA Thesis Show.
Kerry Lubman '20 (Graphic Design)
“Expression through clothing and fashion is a crucial part of identity. Transgender and gender non-conforming (gnc) people should have a resource that is safe and accessible, giving them the means to express themselves in a way that fits how they identify. Ves is a proposal for an organization that uses a repurposed city bus as a free, traveling clothing closet for trans and gnc people. Ves includes interactive web prototypes for both desktop and mobile, social media marketing materials, and promotional QR code stickers. The goal is for trans and gnc people to feel welcomed and safe in a type of space that often excludes and others them, while also shedding light on a subject most cisgender people tend to be unaware of.”

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:
  • Have important news to share with the SUNY New Paltz community?
  • Developed an innovative solution to improve remote teaching and learning?
  • Figured out a lifehack to help yourself stay positive?
  • Want to share a photograph with friends and colleagues?
Please just reply to this email or write to and let us know what you would like to see in this space. Thank you!
*Note: Opinions expressed by our contributors belong solely to their authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of SUNY New Paltz.
Subscribe to the Daily Digest

Message originally distributed via: SUNY New Paltz News