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Posted on: Friday, July 31, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • Application deadline TODAY for Peer Instructional Design Pilot Program
  • Tools for Difficult Conversations: Webex training today at 10:30! 
  • #NPHawks Classics: A look back at some of the best games from the past two decades
  • Alumnus to share "Medicare Basics...What You Need to Know"  
  • Reopening FAQ of the Day: Is personal protective equipment (PPE) eligible for coverage under the Health Care Spending Account?
  • Flash Back Friday: A look to the sky 
  • Events and opportunities
  • From Our Community: Seeking Sustainability Ambassadors!
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Application deadline TODAY for Peer Instructional Design Pilot Program
Six Mentor Teachers can earn a stipend and help colleagues develop expertise in the design, development and delivery of online, hybrid and blended courses this fall

Tools for Difficult Conversations: Webex training today at 10:30!
Unpack what makes conversations difficult and share tools for making interactions more positive and productive

#NPHawks Classics: A look back at some of the best games from the past two decades
SUNY New Paltz women's volleyball claims first SUNYAC title in 2009 championship win over Cortland

Medicare Basics...What You Need to Know 
Register now for the Sept. 30 event hosted by alumnus William Henderson '72 


Reopening FAQ of the day

Is personal protective equipment (PPE) eligible for coverage under the Health Care Spending Account?
Yes. The Health Care Spending Account allows employees to set aside any amount from $100 up to $2,700 for the 2020 plan year to pay for medically necessary health care expenses that are not reimbursed by their health insurance or other benefit plans.
N95 masks and thermometers are considered medically necessary and are a reimbursable expense under the Health Care Spending Account.
Other PPE that is considered dual purpose will require a Letter of Medical Necessity signed by a doctor to be eligible for reimbursement.
Questions about flexible spending accounts can be submitted online at
The College's fall 2020 reopening plan is highly detailed and dense, and our corresponding list of FAQs runs to nearly 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.
Flash Back Friday! Observers in the Northern Hemisphere recently caught a glimpse of Comet NEOWISE as it zippped through the inner solar system, casting light over Gunk Pond before disappearing for another 6,800 years. But if the past is any indication, memorable campus scenes always give us a reason to look up at SUNY New Paltz. #npsocial #sunynewpaltz

Events and Opportunities

Trainings from the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion

Faculty & Staff: Still time to complete required trainings before classes begin
Consider using the relative quiet of summer to take care of important Clery Act and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion training modules

Grants and Proposals: If you write it, they will fund!
Scholarships available for fall 2020 Grant Writing Course, apply now!

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

Ask a Librarian: Q&A with the Sojourner Truth Library, Aug. 4 at noon
Tips and tricks on course reserves, remote library instruction, research support for students 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 


Coronavirus updates

July 31 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

Mohonk Preserve offers free month pass to Ulster residents
Passes are limited and available while supplies last
Hudson Valley One, 7/29/20


From Our Community

Seeking Sustainability Ambassadors!
Apply to become a Sustainability Ambassador this fall. The Office of Campus Sustainability is forming seven student teams to focus on different issues including plastics, biodiversity, carbon neutrality, intersectional environmentalism and more! 

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