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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Monday, August 3, 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.


  • From Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion: Best practices and a new training to help employees prepare for return to campus
  • Governor Cuomo adds five new states and territories to travel advisory list, bringing total to 36
  • Reminder for faculty and staff: All state employees must complete 12-minute video training before coming back to on-site work
  • Career Resource Center Tuesday IG Live: A journalism alumna talks about her new position as an assistant editor
  • FAQ of the Day: What is the College doing to ensure remote-delivered classes still provide high-quality education and meet learning outcomes?
  • Alumna Jayna Cowal ’15 takes photographs from Tom Brady's tabletop
  • Events and opportunities, including info on next week's remote learning webinars from SUNY
  • Theses and Capstones: A sustainable fashion movement
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Tips and guidance for employees for a successful campus reopening
Suggestions from HRDI on planning, preparing and supporting colleagues

Sign up now for a one-hour training on preparing to return to campus
Training designed for supervisors but open to all employees
Three sessions will be offered beginning Aug. 5 

Governor Cuomo adds five more states and territories to travel advisory
Anyone coming to New York from these 36 states must quarantine for 14 days

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

Career Resource Center is live on Instagram, every Tuesday at 2 p.m.
This week: Director Mark McFadden interviews alumna Dynahlee Padilla '19 (Journalism) about her role as assistant editor at Talent Culture and her recommendations for the job/internship search


Reopening FAQ of the day

What is the College doing to ensure remote-delivered classes still provide high-quality education and meet learning outcomes?
The Division of Academic Affairs and Information Technology Services have been working continuously with faculty through the spring and summer months to prepare for both online and seated modalities with content-specific webinars and other training opportunities, including through the Office of Instructional Technology. These sessions and other forms of support will continue into the fall semester.
We are also working to provide additional free training and resources for students to assist them with the transition to online learning.
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

Under normal circumstances it would be rude to stand on a host's dinner table, but for alumna Jayna Cowal '15 (Photography) it was all in a day's work in her role as photographer for the second edition of Tom Brady's TB12 book on diet, cooking, exercise and wellness. See more of Cowal's exceptional work @jaynacowal.

Events and Opportunities

Trainings from the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion

Tomorrow 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  

Embracing Uncertainty as a Mindfulness Practice
Join the Faculty and Staff Contemplative Group for a special program with SUNY Oneonta's Kristen Blinne, Aug. 4 at 12:30 p.m on Zoom

SUNY New Paltz Dismantling Racism: Alumni Perspectives
Community town hall for alumni on race, inclusion and equity on Aug. 4 via Zoom 

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


Coronavirus updates

Aug. 3 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

SUNY New Paltz Sodexo team sticks to sustainability in packaging during pandemic
Learn more about the reusable container system designed to keep Dining Services safe and sustainable in fall 2020
Food Management, 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, a sustainable fashion movement from the Graphic Design BFA Thesis Show.
McKenna Wood '20 (Graphic Design)
"Nearly 20% of our global waste and 1.2 billion tons of CO2 equivalent per year are produced by the fast fashion industry. With current technologies, it would take 12 years to recycle what the fast fashion industry creates in just 48 hours. The Conscious Closet is a social media campaign designed to educate young adults on sustainable consumerism and how to practice conscious wardrobe choices. This movement brings attention to the awful realities of fast fashion as well as the solutions that sustainable fashion has to offer. Through social media, animated graphics, and infographics, the Conscious Closet’s goal is to help young adults mend a better future."

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:
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