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Posted on: Thursday, August 6, 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.


  • Today at 4:30 p.m.: Reopening Q&A with campus leaders
  • Dismantling Racism: Alumni Perspectives town hall rescheduled for Aug. 11
  • Department of Residence Life extends housing cancellation deadline
  • Federal Work Study Program information for 2020-21
  • Rebroadcast: Hudson Valley Back-To-Business Webinar
  • FAQ of the Day: What is a “hybrid” course?
  • From Our Community: A call to students with an interest in radio, from WFNP The Edge
  • Theses and Capstones: Going outside to play
  • Events and opportunities
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Today at 4:30 p.m.: Q&A with President Christian and other campus leaders
Latest updates on reopening, broadcast via Zoom and Facebook Live

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

Department of Residence Life extends on-campus housing cancellation deadline
Students who wish to cancel their housing must notify Residence Life by Aug. 11 to be eligible for a refund on the Advance Room Deposit

Federal Work Study Program information for 2020-21
Visit the "On-Campus Employer Homepage" for detailed instructions on posting/re-posting a job, hiring/re-hiring students and more 

Rebroadcast: Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation Back-To-Business Webinar
Watch last week's conversation about regional entrepreneurship, featuring School of Business dean and faculty members


Reopening FAQ of the day

What is a “hybrid” course?
A hybrid course mixes in-person and online class sessions during the semester. It is a highly flexible format that reduces face-to-face time, using online learning for elements of the course that deliver well in an online space, and using reduced seated time for learning objectives that benefit from real-time discussion, feedback or group activity.
An example of a hybrid course might be a mostly online section that meets in person six times per semester for activities such as group projects, hands-on activities, discussion sessions, presentations or other learning activities that benefit most from the seated environment.
SUNY New Paltz has not established an “official” requirement for how much of a hybrid course needs to be delivered in person. We believe that faculty and instructional designers are best able to determine what is pedagogically appropriate for any given course. Hybrid sections should be designed in a way that does not increase the overall number of hours of student time on task for the course. 
The College does require that when hybrid sections meet in person, they use that time for more than just exams. While these sessions may include some exam periods, in-person meetings should also include high-impact teaching and learning experiences. 
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

WFNP The Edge, the College's student-run radio station, has been on the air for nearly five decades. Click above to learn more about how to get involved, follow @wfnptheedge for updates, and listen live online or at 88.7 FM.

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

Register now for next week's Flexible Instruction Webinar Series
SUNY Center for Professional Development offers an expansive slate of workshops and conversations for teaching faculty, Aug. 10-14

Summer evening meteor shower, Aug. 11 at the Smolen Observatory
Planetarium Director Raj Pandya invites all members of the community (limit 50 participants) to a special night of outdoor, socially distant stargazing

From the Chronicle of Higher Education: Preparing Instructors for an Uncertain Fall, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m.
Join a panel of university leaders from across the nation for a virtual forum that explores what it means for institutions to be prepared for the various learning environments and how colleges can best train and support faculty members to make such pivots


Coronavirus updates

Aug. 6 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

Five Fantastic Hudson Valley Events
A mix of online and outdoor happenings this month
Chronogram, 8/1/20


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, artworks that went outside to play, from Other Worlds are Possible, the spring 2020 MFA Thesis Show.
Corina Willette '20g (Painting & Drawing)
“In play, time slips away. Visual allusions occur, your mind broadens allowing new realities. These analog virtual-realty artworks — created initially for interior spaces — ended up 'going out to play.' Once outside, they interwove with the natural environment they were inspired by, discovering multiple ways of being. Childlike wonder is essential to my approach to both materials and images. Sensual encounters, such as the pattern of clouds, the smell of dirt or the sound of birds calling take on meaning from our experiences and belief systems. In this way the patterns and connections we make, fact or fiction, become our reality.”

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