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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Friday, July 10, 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.


  • Department of Theatre Arts announces major changes to 2020-21 production season
  • Career Resource Center hosting job-search groups for students and recent alumni
  • New Paltz student awarded competitive Diversity in Design scholarship
  • Faculty can register for a Blackboard conference taking place July 21 and 22
  • Reopening FAQ of the Day: When will students know if their classes are in-person, online or hybrid?
  • And the winner is... NP Hawks names GIF of the Year champion
  • Theses and Capstones: Engineering a smart parking solution
  • Events and opportunities
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Department of Theatre Arts announces major changes to 2020-21 production season
Large-scale Mainstage Productions will be replaced with a series of smaller staged readings
Titles will be selected to feature underrepresented voices and works from traditionally marginalized populations

Students and recent grads: Join our Virtual Job-Search Groups!
The Career Resource Center invites new and future alumni to share resources, opportunities, tips and guidance in a supportive group format

Student leader in Theatre Arts awarded Diversity in Design scholarship
Natalie Houle ’21 has remained active in the profession even as pandemic has limited performances

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


Reopening FAQ of the day

When will students know if their classes are in-person, online or hybrid?
We recognize that many students are waiting on this information to finalize their plans for the fall 2020 semester.
Faculty, academic deans and campus administrators have been working tirelessly to comb through every course section and determine how each section will be delivered.
We anticipate that updates to the schedule of classes will be posted on July 16, to allow students ample time to confirm their living arrangements and, if necessary, cancel their on-campus living assignments ahead of the July 20 extended deadline to receive a refund on their Advance Room Deposit (see Deposit FAQ for more info about the refund request extension).
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.
Congratulations to the 2020 NPHawks GIF of the Year Champion! Spencer Ryczek '22 (General Business) started 15 games for the men's soccer team in 2019 and earned a spot on the SUNYAC Commissioner's Academic Honor-Roll. Follow @newpaltzhawks to watch the clip.

Events and Opportunities

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

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

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

Keep your financial goals on track with TIAA’s live webinars
Free sessions for all employees during the month of July


Coronavirus updates

July 10 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

Colleges that emphasize activism have more civically engaged students, new research shows
A new study from the Journal of College Student Development finds students tend to be more engaged if their school emphasizes social and political issues
NewsWise, 7/7/20


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, using cameras, electronic displays and common sense to help drivers find parking spots before they even enter the lot. This project comes from the 2020 Engineering Design EXPO.
Javier Padilla '20 (Electrical Engineering), Atta Boateng '20 (Electrical Engineering), Deluxsheka Ramanathan '20 (Electrical Engineering)
Advisor: Professor Ghader Eftekhari
"The information from the camera will send the parking spots available to the display board in front of the parking lot. This will notify the drivers of open spots. Since the display is only showing the available spots, the incoming traffic will see what spots are available before looking for a parking space ... The crucial factors of this kind of parking system help minimize carbon emission, reduce traffic congestion and save time and fuel because the camera observes all cars in the lot."

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