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Posted on: Monday, July 13, 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.


  • Response to new policies affecting educational access for international students
  • Virtual town hall on university policing and campus climate, July 15 at 4:30 p.m.
  • It's Remote Teaching Week at the Office of Instructional Technology
  • Tuesday IG Live with the Career Resource Center: A recent alumna will discuss preparing for a successful job search
  • Reopening FAQ of the Day: How will the residence hall move-in process work for summer/fall 2020?
  • Theses and Capstones: Precision metalwork as commentary on mass surveillance
  • Events and opportunities
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Campus leaders respond to new SEVP policies affecting educational access for nonimmigrant international students
"We join colleagues at higher education institutions across the country in vigorously opposing these requirements"
International students at New Paltz will have opportunities to enroll in face-to-face classes necessary to maintain legal status

Dismantling Racism: University Policing and Campus Climate, July 15 at 4:30 p.m.
A community town hall for students, faculty and staff to share their thoughts, experiences and concerns

Remote Teaching Week at the Office of Instructional Technology kicks off today
Join for a series of webinars on topics ranging from from recording lectures to cultivating a positive online learning environment

Career Resource Center is live on Instagram, every Tuesday at 2 p.m.
This week: Director Mark McFadden interviews Helen Zhang '20 (Early Childhood/Childhood Education) about how she positioned herself for a successful job search

SUNY Online Help Desk extends weekend hours
The SUNY-wide knowledge base is a great supplement to the College's own Information Technology Services

We can't wait to be back on campus! Can you? 

Reopening FAQ of the day

How will the residence hall move-in process work during summer/fall 2020?
The Department of Residence Life has developed a new schedule to allow students and families to safely move belongings and get situated in their on-campus homes, while maintaining responsible social distancing practices.
In summer 2020, the move-in schedule will include both drop-off days, when students and families will be permitted to bring belongings to campus and set up their rooms, and move-in days, when students can officially begin living in their residences.
Drop-off days will be optional, but they are the only days when non-residents will be allowed inside the residence halls.
On move-in days, no one but resident students will be allowed inside any of the residence halls.
More detailed information, including the complete schedule, can be found in FAQs dedicated to drop-off days and move-in days.
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

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

Earn a Certificate in Mindful Leadership from the SUNY SAIL Institute this fall
Register now to explore how meditation, reflection, communication and other contemplative practices can promote strong leadership and a balanced life


Coronavirus updates

July 13 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

Spano Appoints Collins-Bellamy to Yonkers Board of Education
New Paltz alumna serves as legal counsel for the Municipal Housing Authority of Yonkers and operates her own law practice
Yonkers Times, 7/9/20


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, an example of exquisite detail in metal from Other Worlds Are Possible, the spring 2020 MFA show.
Kehan Wan (Yoky) '20g (Metal)
"Dependent upon the internet for all aspects of daily life, we are unconsciously being controlled by data mining and have become desensitized to the security concerns of mass data collection. Through micro-installations and wearable works, I create tactile data bits and visualizations that draw attention to these complex issues. Delicate rows of tiny human figures are arranged to read as text, or the constant stream of recorded personal data. Jewelry pieces are arranged into an aerial installation monitored by looming magnifying lenses. These works invite the viewer to have a closer look, and provoke feelings of invaded privacy, surveillance and information overload."

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