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Posted on: Friday, July 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • College announces 2020 Presidential Recognition Award recipients
  • Faculty & Staff: Still time to complete required trainings before classes begin
  • Campus Food Pantry will continue remote operation through fall 2020
  • Another full day of events, including the community discussion of Farming While Black
  • July 30: Join Hudson Valley artist and former Dorsky Museum exhibitor Jean-Marc Superville Sovak for a tour of his "a-Historical Landscapes"
  • Reopening FAQ of the Day: How will the residence hall drop-off days work?
  • Theses and Capstones: Textiles, photography, memory and loss
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

College announces 2020 Presidential Recognition Award recipients
Six Classified Staff members honored for distinguished service to the campus community

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

Campus Food Pantry will continue remote operation through fall 2020
Food requests can be made online, with pickup arrangements made via email

Today's the day: Join the community book discussion of Farming While Black
Sustainability Learning Community will facilitate a lively discussion about co-op agriculture in upstate New York

Free online NARCAN training, today at 1 p.m.
New Paltz Opioid Prevention Team, University Police and NP SAFE coalition offer training as a service to the community


Reopening FAQ of the day

How will the residence hall drop-off days work?
Drop-off days will be held in late July and early August as an opportunity for families to help new and returning students get situated in the residence halls. Students will be able to enter their rooms and drop off as many of their belongings as they like.
Drop-off will be scheduled for specific halls and students, according to the schedule below.
Drop-off days for returning students:
  • Sunday, July 26: College/Shango, Bliss, Scudder, Ashokan, Shawangunk, Esopus, Ridgeview
  • Monday, July 27: Bouton, Capen, Gage, Mohonk, Minnewaska, Lenape
  • Wednesday, July 29: College/Shango, Bliss, Scudder, Ashokan, Shawangunk, Esopus, Ridgeview
  • Thursday, July 30: Bouton, Capen, Gage, Mohonk, Minnewaska, Lenape
Drop-off days for new first-year and transfer students:
  • Sunday, Aug. 2: All halls
  • Monday, August 3: All halls
  • Tuesday, August 4: All halls
PLEASE NOTE: Students with last names beginning with A-L can drop off between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on these days. Students with last names beginning with M-Z can drop off between 1 and 4 p.m.
Students are not required to come to campus on drop-off days. However, this will be their only opportunity to set up their rooms with assistance from family members, as non-residents will not be allowed inside residence halls on the move-in days later in August.
In order to limit the number of people in each room and building on drop-off days, students will be expected to plan separate move-in times from their roommates in advance.
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.
Last year, several pieces from Jean-Marc Superville Sovak's "a-Historical Landscapes" series were added to the Dorsky Museum's Permanent Collection via the Hudson Valley Artists 2019 Purchase AwardThese pieces use 19th century landscape engravings as source material onto which the Beacon, New York-based artist superimposes details from anti-slavery tracts, such as captured fugitive slaves and Underground Railroad caravans, as part of a decolonizing strategy to interrogate art historical conventions.
Superville Sovak will discuss his approach to this project in a Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre Live from Home broadcast, July 30 at 7 p.m. on Zoom.

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

Social Reading for Student Success at SUNY, July 27
SUNY Center for Professional Development will bring together educators for a conversation about how collaborative annotation can enable student engagement

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 24 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

Urbahn Architects brings Gold to SUNY’s green efforts
“The important lesson learned from this project is that an efficient, sustainable building can be designed within the confines of a limited budget”
Real Estate Weekly, 7/22/20


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, textiles and images help an artist confront loss, from the 2020 Photography Program's MFA/BFA gallery..
Specimen 1: Diagnosis
From Shazia, I Pray You Are Recovering
Shabiha Jafri '20 (Photography)
"My mother's death has left a growing absence in my home and in my heart ... Her presence still lingers in small pieces: her bed, her clothes, her photographs. Her clothes are the strongest pieces of her identy; they are the only part of her that never changed. Cyanotypes of my mother's MRI brain scans are handsewn onto her clothes to document the specimen that invated her body. I confront and acknowledge the new version of herself I never wanted to accept ... This is my attempt to bring her presence back into my life before I forget her."

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