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Posted on: Friday, July 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • Monday at 1 p.m.: Our second town hall on reopening for faculty and staff
  • Transfer student course registration opens July 20 
  • Meet this year’s Center for Student Success Peer Advisors team 
  • Webinar today at 3:30 p.m.: Ten Tips for Anti-Oppressive Pedagogy Online
  • Remote Teaching Week session recordings available online
  • Reopening FAQ of the Day: Will employee travel be permitted in fall 2020?
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. on Facebook Live: Tracking comet NEOWISE
  • Events and opportunities
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Monday at 1 p.m.: Our second town hall on reopening for faculty and staff
Join for another discussion of plans for fall 2020, July 20 via Zoom
Those unable to access the Zoom meeting can stream it live on YouTube

New transfer student course registration runs from July 20 - 24
Start building your schedule now using the My Schedule Planner app at

Meet this year’s Center for Student Success Peer Advisors team
The team will mobilize next week to assist new transfer students with registration

Today at 3:30 p.m.: “Ten Tips for Anti-Oppressive Pedagogy Online”
Webinar reflects on pedagogical and logistical challenges, as well as obstacles to equity and justice, related to teaching and learning online during pandemic

Did you miss Remote Teaching Week? Recordings of all sessions are available online
Archived Instructional Technology workshops address topics including communication, grading, open educational resources and more


Reopening FAQ of the day

Will employee travel be permitted in fall 2020?
All work-related travel after June 30, 2020, will be very limited and will require pre-approval by the applicable Dean and Provost or Vice President. All pre-approved travel requisitions must be submitted to the travel office prior to travel taking place. If travel is not pre-approved, it will not be reimbursed. All Travel cards have been deactivated to discourage fraudulent activity.
Please be advised that the Governor has also issued a recent Executive Order directing that state employees who voluntarily travel to high-risk states or other countries after June 25 will not be eligible for COVID-19 paid sick leave.
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.

Comet NEOWISE virtual planetarium show today at 8 p.m.
This comet won't be back for 6,800 years, NASA says. It's a sight you won't want to miss. 
Join Planetarium Director Raj Pandya via Facebook Live for a tour of the night sky and learn how you can view NEOWISE. 


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

Registration open for BbWorld 2020, July 21 and 22
Committee on Educational Technology recommends this interactive conference on all things Blackboard

Farming While Black: A community read with the Faculty Development Center
Enjoy Leah Penniman's 2018 guide to dignified food production now, and join the conversation with the Sustainability Learning Community on 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


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, a look at costume design from the 2020 Student Research Symposium. 

Stella Katz ’20 (Theatre Arts)
"For my research for She Kills Monsters, I utilized the SUNY New Paltz library, online databases and other books to explore armour, masks, puppetry, as well as mystical illustration. I began with initial sketches based on my primary research and met with Dungeons and Dragons players to learn about their emotional connection to the online community. Next, I created both hand drawn and digital sketches as I explored new mediums and softwares.

Coronavirus updates

July 17 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

Coronavirus Roundup: Fourth of July Infections Are Causing Spikes Across New York
A comprehensive look at the latest COVID-19 news in our state
The River, 7/15/20


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