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Posted on: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • Virtual Town Hall Series Part III
  • Starting the Semester in a Climate of Unrest
  • Scholarships available for fall 2020 Grant Writing Course
  • Join SUNY for a celebration of 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Temporary parking lot closure, today
  • Reopening FAQ of the Day: What if employees have childcare or other responsibilities and risk factors outside of health that will make it difficult for them to return?
  • Events and opportunities
  • From our Community: Meet the College's Prevention Coordinator
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

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

Starting the Semester in a Climate of Unrest: Black Lives Matter in STEM
The impacts of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter on STEM students

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

Today! Join SUNY for a celebration of 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Celebrating Diversity Through Disability: In Search of Common Values, July 29 at 3 p.m.


Temporary parking lot closure, today


Shango parking lot on Plattekill Avenue will be closed to faculty/staff parking on July 29. The lot will only be available for construction vehicles and students dropping off belongings for Shango and College Halls.

Reopening FAQ of the day

What if employees have childcare or other responsibilities and risk factors outside of health that will make it difficult for them to return?
Employees are encouraged to work with their supervisors in consultation with HRDI to share concerns and establish strategies for meetings these needs. Options may include continued telecommuting plans, VRWS, temporary changes in FTE, as well as some leave benefits. Each case is specific and HRDI is available to provide further support, as needed.
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.
Calling all new first year and transfer students! Come meet, mingle and connect with other LGBTQ+ students. #npsocial #nporientation
Click the Zoom Link HERE for access.
Meeting ID: 977 9743 9561
Password: 442163

Events and Opportunities

Trainings from the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion

Virtual Workshop: Supporting Students in Trying Times
Hosted by SUNY Online in collaboration with the non-profit organization, InsideTrack, July 30 at 1 p.m.

Call to faculty: Apply by July 31 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

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


Coronavirus updates

July 29 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

A family affair
Three sisters work together at Oneonta pool
The Daily Star, 7/23/20


From Our Community

Alcohol and Substance Use Prevention & Education
Students are invited to meet the College's Prevention Coordinator Jacyln Cirello and learn about alcohol and substance use resources and recovery support on campus and in the local community. Today at 2 p.m. via Zoom

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