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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, July 8, 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.


  • Video replay of Town Hall with faculty and staff
  • Save the date for Alumni Reunion, Oct. 16-18
  • Getting ready for an upgrade to the Blackboard Annotate tool
  • The latest news from the Hudson Valley Venture Hub
  • Reopening FAQ of the Day: How will PPE be used on campus in fall 2020?
  • Insights from the Disciplines: Learning about isolation from medieval monks
  • Theses and Capstones: Caring at a safe distance
  • Events and opportunities
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Watch: Video replay of Town Hall with faculty and staff
Hundreds of colleagues gather via Zoom to discuss reopening plans

Save the Date: A virtual Alumni Reunion, Oct. 16-18
Pre-register now for advance access to updates about this year's celebration

Looking ahead to new Blackboard Annotate upgrade
Update will deliver new features, including more options for marking papers

Hudson Valley Venture Hub: July 2020 Newsletter
The latest from community entrepreneurship experts in the School of Business


Reopening FAQ of the day

What is PPE, and how will it be used on campus in fall 2020?
Personal protective equipment, or PPE, refers to materials used to prevent person-to-person transmission of coronavirus.
Two masks will be provided to faculty, staff and students. Additional PPE, such as face shields and gloves, will be allocated to staff and faculty as appropriate. Visitors are expected to bring and wear their own masks. Training on proper use and maintenance will be provided.
Masks or other face coverings will be required for all individuals on campus in most indoor spaces, including classrooms, lecture halls, common spaces, labs, studios and offices where multiple people congregate and/or ability to social distance is limited. Masks will also be required in outdoor spaces on campus where social distancing cannot be maintained.
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.
It's a little lonely on campus right now, but the hawks living in Parker Quad seem to enjoy the privacy. Photo by Robin Weinstein, July 2, 2020. Follow @robsta_gram for more.

Insights from the Disciplines

Monks, experts in social distancing, find strength in isolation
Lessons on mindful endurance from medieval history
Michael Vargas, professor, Department of History, writing in The Conversation

We welcome contributions from academic faculty who are active in their fields. Please use this link or write us at communication@newpaltz.edu to share writing, research or creative activity to be featured in this space.


Events and Opportunities

Trainings from the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion

Webinar: Women of Color Need Courageous Allies in the Academy
An open dialogue with white and black women, hosted by INSIGHT Into Diversity on July 22

Earn a Certificate in Mindful Leadership from the SUNY SAIL Institute this fall
Register now to explore how meditation, reflection, communication and other contemplative practices can promote strong leadership and a balanced life

Keep your financial goals on track with TIAA’s live webinars
Free sessions for all employees during the month of July


Coronavirus updates

July 8 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

20 things you don’t know about me: Lukee Forbes
Albany-based Black Lives Matter activist and community leader is a New Paltz alumnus
Times Union, 7/6/20


Student Capstones and Thesis Work

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. We'd like to take time this summer to spotlight individual projects and give this exceptional scholarship and creative work its due.
Today, an oil painting that speaks to our current, socially distant moment, from the Gap in the Clouds exhibition of BA and BS Visual Arts senior capstones.
by Indiana Massey ’20 (Visual Arts)
"My work explores the necessity and inadequacy of touch and the weirdness of having a body through the use of abstracted narrative scenes ... I believe my work is tender. Its strength comes from its feeling of intimacy rather than its boldness. This feeling is amplified by my works’ small scale and use of delicate drawing-based techniques. I often use bright, feminine color palettes to subvert more somber content, and invite viewers to take a closer look."

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