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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Monday, July 20, 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.


  • Today at 1 p.m.: Town hall on reopening for faculty and staff
  • Governor Cuomo launches national "Mask Up America" campaign
  • Transfer student course registration opens today
  • Profiles in Leadership: Binta Ceesay ’18 (Biology)
  • Faculty: Submit textbook adoptions using Follett Discover
  • Tuesday IG Live with the Career Resource Center: Interning at a small business to prepare for future entrepreneurship
  • Reopening FAQ of the Day: Is the College prepared with plans to return to remote operations if in-person, on-campus operations cannot safely be sustained?
  • From our Community: Taking flight
  • Theses and Capstones: A graphic designer envisions a monthly subscription box for art lessons
  • Events and opportunities
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Today at 1 p.m.: Town hall on reopening for faculty and staff
Join the conversation on Zoom, or watch the live stream on the College's YouTube channel

New transfer student course registration opens today
Build your schedule using the My Schedule Planner app at

Governor Cuomo launches national "Mask Up America" campaign
New York aims to reach as many Americans as possible with vital message

Career Resource Center is live on Instagram, every Tuesday at 2 p.m.
This week: A conversation with Christopher Golino ’21 (International Business) about his internship at the Antiques Barn in New Paltz, and future plans for entrepreneurship

Profiles in Student Leadership: Binta Ceesay ’18 (Biology)
Get to know the alumna who also serves as program coordinator for AC²


Reopening FAQ of the day

Is SUNY New Paltz prepared with plans to return to remote operations in the event in-person, on-campus operations cannot safely be sustained?
Yes. The College has developed a “Pause and Pivot” procedure which can be implemented if the College is so directed by the state’s Regional Control Room, SUNY, the Department of Health or other body.
The plan outlines steps to be taken to shut down in-person activities, reduce campus density and return to remote operations. These steps include:
  • Halting all in-person instruction, pivoting to remote delivery, and resuming in seven calendar days. In this event, the academic calendar would be adjusted to add back the lost instructional days at the end of the semester when we have already moved to remote instruction.
  • Issuing new directions to employees regarding telecommuting policies, equipment for home offices, and other issues pursuant to SUNY and state directives and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Continuing operation of facilities, maintenance, custodial and other essential functions to ensure the health and safety of any employees who must remain on campus.
  • Reverting all activities to virtual modality, with support from Instructional Technology Services.
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.

From our Community

Fly away, friend! 
Kara Belinksy, associate professor of biology, and the NP Ornithology Lab continue their bird-banding project in the south campus forest this summer. They spent some quality time with this wood thrush before returning it to the skies. Photo by Robin Weinstein, July 10, 2020.

Events and Opportunities

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

This week: BbWorld 2020, July 21 and 22
Interactive conference on all things Blackboard kicks off this week

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

Review recordings from remote Teaching Week from the Office of Instructional Technology
Recorded workshops cover a variety of topics, from technical skills to cultivating a positive online learning environment

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 20 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

Campus School
A brief history of the small k-8 public school once housed in what's now known as van den Berg Hall
New Paltz Times, 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, the Graphic Design BFA Thesis Show asks: Would you subscribe to monthly art lessons delivered to your door?
Leah McKenna ’20 (Graphic Design)
"Research has proven that art education promotes stronger interpersonal skills as well as improved mental health. The Art Box is a monthly subscription box that aims to bring visually entertaining art lessons into the home. Each month, a new art topic will be explored in an interactive book, and each child will be provided with a sketchbook filled with activities, as well as flashcards that explore new key terms. By creating an affordable subscription box that promotes art education and history in an accessible and exciting package, the positive impact of art education can become more accessible to all."

Daily Digest readers: We want to hear from you! 

Our team is seeking input on how this newsletter can best serve students, faculty and staff as we all adjust to new ways of teaching, learning, working and living.
We're inviting submissions* and ideas of all kinds:
  • Have important news to share with the SUNY New Paltz community?
  • Developed an innovative solution to improve remote teaching and learning?
  • Figured out a lifehack to help yourself stay positive?
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