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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, August 5, 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.


  • Announcing faculty promotions and continuing appointments 
  • Today: Mindfullness in Minutes with Nina Smiley, Ph.D.
  • Governor Cuomo adds Rhode Island to travel advisory list
  • Department of Residence Life schedules extra drop-off day this week
  • Dismantling Racism: Alumni Perspectives community town hall postponed due to power outages
  • FAQ of the Day: Will dining plans be available to students during the fall 2020 semester?
  • Events and opportunities, including this morning's Black Lives Matter in STEM dialogue
  • Theses and Capstones: Remember concerts?
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

College announces promotions and continuing appointments
Congratulating 21 academic faculty members on well-deserved advancement

Mindfulness in Minutes: Enhancing Resilience, today at 2 p.m.
Nina Smiley, Ph.D., will host a free, one-hour webinar for the campus community

Governor Cuomo adds Rhode Island to travel advisory list
Fourteen-day quarantine required for those coming to New York from these regions

Today at 11 a.m.: Black Lives Matter in STEM
Science, engineering and mathematics faculty will share strategies for engaging students in the contexts of COVID-19 and the movement for Black lives

Department of Residence Life schedules additional drop-off day for Aug. 7
Students and families will have an extra opportunity this week to bring belongings into their on-campus residences, before move-in begins later this month


Reopening FAQ of the day

Will dining plans be available to students during the fall 2020 semester?
Yes. New Paltz Dining Services has adopted new protocols to ensure that students can safely enjoy meals on campus, and will offer a single, comprehensive dining plan to students this year.
All food venues will operate as grab & go at the beginning of the fall 2020 semester. Indoor dining areas will be closed. Students will be provided with reusable container kits to obtain and safely pick up and carry out their meals.
The Seven” dining plan is designed to provide convenience, variety and safety at a tremendous value. For a charge of $2,400, the dining plan includes the following:
  • Seven grab & go meal swipes per week for meals at Peregrine Dining Hall or the Terrace
  • $1,100 of Dining Dollars, usable at all campus dining venues including Peregrine Dining Hall
  • Three guest meals per semester
The seven dining swipes replenish each Monday morning. Swipes do not roll over from week to week.
Additional Dining Dollars can be added to student accounts at any time in any installment of $25. Students can add Dining Dollars by visiting Card Services in Student Union room 64, or by visiting and finding my.CASaccount.
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.
One more from last week's evening stroll around campus. Photo by Robin Weinstein '14 (Photography) (@robsta_gram), July 26, 2020.

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

Today at 2 p.m.: A studio visit with Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, head of the Metal Program
Museum of Arts and Design hosts this conversation with Curator Patti Phillips

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. 5 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: Aug. 1 - 3
News and announcements from New York State, the Hudson Valley and the Catskills
The River Newsroom, 8/3/20


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, long exposure, live music photograpy, from Gap in the Clouds, the Art Department's exhibition of senior capstones.
Gloria Rumble '20 (Visual Arts)
“Through processes of layering techniques, experimentation, and striking imagery, I use painting, photography, and metalwork to communicate 'in the moment' perceptions and expressions of empowerment. My photography is inspired by live music and its atmosphere. Long exposure of colorful lights and the movement in a moment are used to capture the energetic, and sometimes psychedelic, experience of the intimate pouring out of someone’s heart and soul.”

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