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Posted on: Monday, July 27, 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.


  • Students: Apply now for the 2020-21 Excelsior Scholarship
  • New policies and best practices for campus printing
  • Employee tuition assistance program open for fall 2020
  • New NPForward text notification system nears launch date
  • Live with the Career Resource Center, July 28: Developing Leadership Skills
  • Reopening FAQ of the Day: How will the Athletics & Wellness Center adapt to a new campus environment in fall 2020?
  • Events and opportunities, including a UUP Member Forum today at 4 p.m.
  • Theses and Capstones: Digital defense mechanisms
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Students: Apply now for the 2020-21 Excelsior Scholarship
Instructions for first-time applicants and those who are already receiving Excelsior support

New policies and best practices for campus printing
Calling on all community members to help reduce costs and material usage

Employee tuition assistance program open for fall 2020
Faculty and staff can get enrollment support at any four-year SUNY school

New NPForward text notification system nears launch date
Watch this space for further instructions on how to sign up and stay informed while helping us further reduce overall campus email volume

Career Resource Center is live on Instagram, every Tuesday at 2 p.m.
The topic for July 28: Developing Leadership Skills with Oluwaseyi Rasaki '20 (Biology)


Reopening FAQ of the day

How will the Athletics & Wellness Center adapt to a new campus environment in fall 2020?
The Athletics & Wellness Center and Elting Gym are planning to remain open, with access restricted to students only. However, the reopening of these facilities is subject to state health guidance that may change as conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic evolve.
Recreational activities will be scheduled in blocks of time to allow for expanded cleaning protocols. Staff will supervise and maintain a safe environment for all who use the facilities or participate remotely.
Virtual wellness programming will continue to be offered to all students, faculty and staff, and members. Wellness staff will strive to offer synchronous (rather than pre-recorded) classes whenever possible, to increase a sense of connection amongst participants. Staff are also exploring options for offering wellness classes outside and in person.
In recognition of the recreational benefits and growing popularity of e-sports, wellness staff will continue promoting e-sports and e-intramural opportunities for students. 
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.
Leaders in Student Affairs hosted a special Facebook Live chat for family members of new incoming students on Thursday, July 23. "Parents as Partners" featured Gweneth Lloyd, director of the Psychological Counseling Center, and Robin Cohen-La Valle, assistant vice president for student affairs & dean of students, in conversation on various ways that family members can support a successful transition for SUNY New Paltz students.

Events and Opportunities

Trainings from the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion

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

Today at 1 p.m.: Social Reading for Student Success at SUNY
SUNY Center for Professional Development will bring together educators for a conversation about how collaborative annotation can enable student engagement

UUP Member Forum on Reopening, today at 4 p.m.
Union leadership will give updates on COVID-19-related meetings and seek ideas and input from members

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.


Coronavirus updates

July 27 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 will host two months of free drive-in movies
Safe fun in Kingston starting July 31
Kingston Times, 7/23/20


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're taking time this summer to spotlight individual projects and give this exceptional scholarship and creative work its due.
Today, digitally rendered defense mechanisms from Other Worlds Are Possible, the spring 2020 MFA Thesis Show.
Rosa Loveszy '20g (Painting-Drawing)
"In nature there are many mechanisms invented by evolutionary processes to ensure the safety of an organism. As humans we do not have poisonous skin or a hard-outer shell and lack many other methods of self-preservation. Mimicking the defensive characteristics of other animals we can draw on the design that has evolved for thousands of years. Many of these growth patterns can be defined mathematically and therefore replicated using parametric modeling techniques. Shield and Shelter are manifestations of the personal boundaries we often perceive as intangible. These structures give shape to two of the basic protections we desire as humans."

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