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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Tuesday, July 21, 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.


  • SUNY Athletic Conference suspends fall sports competition
  • Message to students from Director of Athletics, Wellness & Recreation Stuart Robinson
  • Call to faculty: Apply or nominate to be a Mentor Teacher in new Peer Instructional Design Pilot Program
  • SUNY mourns passing of Congressman John Lewis
  • In Case You Missed It: Video from July 20 town hall on reopening for faculty and staff
  • Meet the summer 2020 Virtual Orientation staff
  • Reopening FAQ of the Day: Will students be able to get tested for COVID-19 on campus?
  • Theses and Capstones: Memories in blue
  • Events and opportunities, including today's free, interactive Blackboard conference
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

SUNY Athletic Conference suspends fall season of competition
Decision made by SUNYAC Presidents, in consultation with the SUNYAC Board of Directors, in response to ongoing health and safety concerns

Message to students from Director of Athletics, Wellness & Recreation Stuart Robinson
More details on how the SUNYAC decision will affect athletes at SUNY New Paltz

Mentor Teachers needed for new Peer Instructional Design Pilot Program
Advancing faculty expertise in the design, development and delivery of online, hybrid and blended courses; Apply or nominate by July 31

Statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis from Teresa A. Miller, SUNY senior vice chancellor and chief diversity officer
SUNY system and Board of Trustees join the nation in mourning the late civil rights icon

In Case You Missed It: Town hall on reopening for faculty and staff
View the recording of yesterday's conversation between colleagues

SUNY New Paltz is excited to welcome new students to our community through a new, online Orientation experience. The Center for Student Engagement is coordinating the transition for new first-year and transfer students in a variety of modalities. New students have access to virtual modules on important aspects of campus life, and additional live sessions allow them to engage directly with departments, programs and peers.

Reopening FAQ of the day

Will students be able to get tested for COVID-19 on campus?
Yes, Student Health Service will offer some COVID-19 testing. They will also be able to write prescriptions to allow students to get tested at community testing sites.
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

Talking entrepreneurship with the Career Resource Center, today at 2 p.m.
A conversation with Christopher Golino ’21 (International Business) about how his internship at the Antiques Barn in New Paltz fuels his plans for the future

Today: A free interactive conference on all things Blackboard
Join BbWorld 2020 for two days of live sessions on topics that are top-of-mind for fall

Webinar: Women of Color Need Courageous Allies in the Academy
An open dialogue with white and black women, hosted by INSIGHT Into Diversity on July 22

Webinar on COVID-19 lessons learned in higher education, July 22
First session in the Gardner Institute's Transformative Conversations series focuses on the transition to fall 2020

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

SUNY Student Leadership Academy shifts to virtual fall model
Join an info session on July 31 to learn more about this opportunity for next generation leaders


Coronavirus updates

July 21 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

Cornwall Public Library offers Storycrafters program
July 23 live stream with award-winning storytellers, including Jeri Burns, adjunct professor of communication
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, shades of blue from the Gap in the Clouds exhibition of BA and BS Visual Arts senior capstones.
Margaret Winchell ’20 (Visual Arts)
"A photographer has the rare opportunity to capture a moment; one that never had existed before, that will never exist again and whose beauty would have otherwise been surrendered. The photographer flirts with immortality. My grandma, someone who is very important to me, is in a nursing home, and life is not the same. I cannot see her during these times of uncertainty. I find myself yearning for her in the objects she has given me and the memories we share together. Through photography and a series of cyanotypes, I immortalize my grandma, with a crossword that could still be finished, a teacup passed down through three daughters, and a portrait with lively, loving eyes staring back at me. She is with me and lives amongst me even though I cannot be with her."

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