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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, July 22, 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.


  • Move-in guide for students and families
  • College mourns "Cusie" Pfeifer, longtime friend and supporter of the Dorsky Museum
  • Facilities Management describes modifications to our campus environment
  • Update on diploma mailing for May 2020 graduates
  • New York State Assembly honors Gerald Benjamin's distinguished career
  • SUNY to celebrate 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Reopening FAQ of the Day: Will employees need special training before returning to campus for work?
  • This week is your last chance to view Comet NEOWISE
  • Theses and Capstones: An illustrated day in the life of a student teacher, post-COVID-19
  • Events and opportunities, including two free webinars this afternoon on pressing issues in higher education
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Move-In Guide for students and families
Detailed info on how the Department of Residence Life is welcoming students to campus for the fall semester

College mourns passing of Marcuse “Cusie” Pfeifer
Legendary NYC photography gallerist was also a great supporter and friend of the Dorsky Museum

Update on undergraduate diploma mailing
While degrees are conferred and transcripts updated for May 2020 graduates, shipping of diplomas has been delayed due to pandemic

New York State Assembly honors Gerald Benjamin's distinguished career
Resolution introduced by Assembly Member (and Benjamin's former student) Kevin Cahill ’77 (Political Science)

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.

Have you managed to spot Comet NEOWISE yet? It's absolutely worth a look. Watch the replay of Planetarium Director Raj Pandya's July 17 virtual tour of the night sky to learn how to spot NEOWISE before it's gone. Photo by Robin Weinstein (@robsta_gram).

Reopening FAQ of the day

Will employees be required to complete any special training before returning to campus for work?
Yes. All employees must complete a general training video (approximately 12 minutes) prior to returning to work on campus. The training video can be found at or by clicking this link.
Individual departments may require the incorporation of additional safety protocols. Supervisors are encouraged to contact the Office of Environmental Health & Safety to discuss any additional safety protocols, training or personal protective equipment that may be needed as a result of COVID-19.
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.

Events and Opportunities

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

Also Today!: COVID-19 lessons learned for higher education
First session in the Gardner Institute's Transformative Conversations series focuses on the transition to fall 2020

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

Blackboard Rubrics Workshop, July 23 at 1 p.m.
Office of Instructional Technology will provide a walkthrough of this useful tool for ensuring consistent grading

Ask a Librarian: Q&A with the Sojourner Truth Library, July 23 at 3 p.m.
Tips and tricks on course reserves, remote library instruction, research support for students and more

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


Coronavirus updates

July 22 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

SUNYAC: Local student-athletes take shutdown in stride, hope for a spring awakening
Staying positive and looking forward
Times Herald-Record, 7/19/20


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, another illustration of post-coronavirus life as a student teacher, from the Art Education Class of 2020 Exhibtion.
Miranda Kent ’20 (Visual Arts Education)

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