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Posted on: Tuesday, August 4, 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.


  • Dismantling Racism: Alumni Perspectives, today at 4:30 p.m.
  • A fond farewell to outgoing Athletic Director Stuart Robinson
  • Governor's update: State reports fewest daily hospitalizations since March 17
  • Sojourner Truth Library launches curbside pickup program ...
  • ... Have questions about Library services? Join the Q&A today at noon
  • FAQ of the Day: How will faculty office hours and advising work in fall 2020?
  • Today on Instagram Live: A journalism alumna describes the job search process
  • More events and opportunities, including return-to-campus trainings from HRDI
  • From Our Community: Orientation Leaders help new students soar
  • Theses and Capstones: Analyzing snack food design and marketing
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Dismantling Racism: Alumni Perspectives, today at 4:30 p.m.
The third in our series of community town halls on race, inclusion and equity

End of an Era
Friends and colleagues bid farewell to outgoing Athletic Director Stuart Robinson

Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress
Hospitalizations and intubations drop to lowest levels since mid-March

Sojourner Truth Library launches curbside pickup for books and other materials
Place requests online, set an appointment for socially distant pickup

Today at noon: Ask a Librarian Q&A with the Sojourner Truth Library
Tips and tricks on course reserves, remote library instruction, research support for students and more  

Tips from an alumna for a successful job search
Today at 2 p.m. on Instagram Live, Dynahlee Padilla '19 (Journalism) talks to Career Resource Center Director Mark McFadden about getting hired as an assistant editor


Reopening FAQ of the day

How will faculty office hours and advising work in fall 2020?
Faculty will move their office hours and academic advising to remote platforms, and schedule consultations with students by telephone, video conference or email.
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.
There's more than one way to prepare for a new semester!
Tonight at 7 p.m., five Orientation Leaders invite students to Fly their Fears Away"What better way to release your fears than by chucking them across the room on wings of paper? (Hint: NOTHING) ... This semester, once you're flying fearless, you'll SOAR!"

Events and Opportunities

Trainings from the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion

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

Mindfulness in Minutes: Enhancing Resilience
Nina Smiley, Ph.D., will host a free, one-hour webinar for the campus community on Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. via Webex 

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


Coronavirus updates

Aug. 4 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

Ulster COVID uptick tied to prisons
Last week's rise in reported cases attributed to testing practices in state correctional facilities
New Paltz Times, 7/30/20


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 analysis of snack food marketing, from the Graphic Design BFA Thesis Show.
Meryl Skoog '20 (Graphic Design)
"Snack Time takes an in-depth look at how snack brands are promoting and marketing their products to children and parents. Younger children’s nutrition is inevitably affected by these marketing techniques because, simply put, they are constantly surrounded by snacks that are often not the healthiest. For parents, being aware of these marketing tools can help make a positive difference in their child’s well-being. This booklet is meant for easy access in kid-friendly environments where parents can pick it up for a quick, informative read. The mission of this project is to demonstrate how the visual elements of marketing and design impact parents’ decision-making when it comes to choosing snack foods for their children."

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