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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • Engineering Innovation Hub awarded LEED Gold Certification
  • New Paltz Mayor thanks engineering student interns for Village partnership
  • Career Resource Center adds another Virtual Job-Search Group
  • Multiple events today, including a Blackboard Rubrics workshop and a Q&A with the Sojourner Truth Library
  • Reopening FAQ of the Day: Will employee sick leave be affected by health screening and other protocols during the fall 2020 semester?
  • Theses and Capstones: The future of mobile robotics
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Engineering Innovation Hub awarded LEED Gold Certification
EIH becomes the fifth building on campus to earn Gold status for sustainable design and construction

New Paltz Mayor Tim Rogers thanks engineering students for study on renewable energy options for wastewater treatment plant
"This is another great example of how SUNY New Paltz and the Village work together in meaningful ways"

By popular demand: Career Resource Center adds another Virtual Job-Search Group for May, August and December 2020 graduates
Sign up for four weekly sessions beginning July 30, where we'll share resources, tips and guidance to help you navigate the job market

Today at 1 p.m.: Blackboard Rubrics Workshop
By popular demand, the Office of Instructional Technology offers a how-to guide on this useful tool for ensuring consistent grading

Ask a Librarian: Q&A with the Sojourner Truth Library, today at 3 p.m.
Tips and tricks on course reserves, remote library instruction, research support for students and more


Reopening FAQ of the day

Will employee sick leave be affected by health screening and other protocols during the fall 2020 semester?
In cases when employees report a temperature or symptoms and do not feel able to work remotely until these conditions resolve, the College will follow campus and New York State Payroll guidelines.
  • An employee who is quarantined and not well enough to work remotely or whose work can’t be performed remotely will receive 14 calendar days of leave (in addition to any accrued sick leave). This does not have to be used continuously.
  • An employee who is quarantined and who is healthy enough and able to perform work remotely, can work with no charge to quarantine or other accruals.
  • In the case that an employee does not qualify for quarantine leave, an employee can use sick, FEPSLA or unpaid time.
Employees with questions about these policies can contact Benefits ( for support and guidance.
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.
While not technically an "Ivy," SUNY New Paltz has definitely experimented with the classic university look. This #ThrowbackThursday photograph from 1972 shows how much Old Main has changed over the years.

Events and Opportunities

Today: Webinar on Whiteness and Related Concepts in Education
Join Kevin Kumashiro, former dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco, for an interactive workshop at 2 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

Farming While Black: A community read with the Faculty Development Center
Join the conversation about Leah Penniman's 2018 guide to dignified food production, July 24

Free online NARCAN training, July 24 at 1 p.m.
New Paltz Opioid Prevention Team, University Police and NP SAFE coalition offer training as a service to the community

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 23 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

Turning the Page on the Pandemic: Local Bookstores vs. COVID
How independent sellers in the Hudson Valley are adapting to a new chapter
Chronogram, 7/15/20


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, peering into the future of mobile robotics at the 2020 Virtual Engineering Design EXPO.
Samuel Henderson '20 (Mechanical Engineering), Samantha Sanders '20 (Computer Engineering), Alexander Estrella '20 (Computer Engineering), Ernest Perez '20 (Computer Engineering), Joseph La Touche '20 (Electrical Engineering), Sean Ryan '20 (Mechanical Engineering)
"Statera is a self-balancing ball riding robot that will use the Raspberry Pi 4 single-board computer to maintain dynamic equilibrium ... The Statera ballbot design utilizes a lithium-polymer battery with a robust design and high-power output, allowing for a high discharge rate when required with a lengthy run-time. Statera is a framework for an inexpensive and highly mobile assistive robot that can offer support to users in their day-to-day functions."

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