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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Tuesday, July 7, 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.


  • New travel guidance for employees following Executive Order 205
  • Today: Town Hall for faculty and staff
  • Updates to campus wi-fi network for devices
  • Campus mass notification system test today at 1 p.m.
  • New: Reopening FAQ of the day
  • Looking Up: Astronomy series continues with New Paltz sky in early July
  • Vote! Final round of the 2020 #NPHawks GIF of the Year tournament
  • Thesis and Capstones: Modern headphone tech enables "silent" live music performance
  • Events and opportunities
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

New travel guidance for employees following Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 205
NYS requires self-quarantine upon return from U.S. states that have significant community-wide spread of COVID-19

Today at 2 p.m.: Town Hall for faculty and staff
Administrative and academic leaders will be available to address questions on reopening

NP Hawks DevNet wireless network to be replaced with new NP Hawks Devices network
Change will support more modern technologies and security practices
Users will need to reregister devices on new NP Hawks Devices network

Mass notification system test today
Those on campus may hear a series of loud tones around 1 p.m.

Looking Up: Astronomy videos continue with New Paltz sky in early July
Planetarium Director Raj Pandya points out summer star groups and talks about new research into black hole mergers

SUNY New Paltz Athletics 2020 #NPHawks GIF of the Year - Finals
Vote now to help decide who gets bragging rights for the year


Reopening FAQ of the day

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 easier to absorb, we'll highlight 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 this situation evolves. We will prioritize sharing the most current and relevant information in this space.
What were the guiding principles for the fall 2020 reopening plan?
The Planning Team developed policies, guidelines and recommendations with a focus on continuing to fulfill the College’s educational mission in a fiscally responsible way, while maintaining the health and safety of all students, faculty, staff and the New Paltz community.
The planning adheres to core guiding principles outlined by SUNY system administration:
  • Put safety first: When making financial decisions, safety comes first
  • Protect the core academic areas of excellence
  • Maintain our fundamental mission: The broadest possible access to world-class teaching, research and scholarship
  • Sustain academic programs and achieve operational efficiencies
  • Demonstrate agility in responding rapidly to workforce needs
  • Be mindful of and support vulnerable populations
Recommended follow: NP Skies (@newpaltzskies) showcases amateur photography of our home village. Images are crowdsourced and user submitted, so it's a great venue to share your own pictures with a larger audience.

Events and Opportunities

Trainings from the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion

Career Resource Center on Instagram Live today at 2 p.m.
Assistant Director Dawn McCaw and Noel Fontana ’20 (Marketing) talk about how to craft a great cover letter and stand out as a job candidate

Today: Free webinar on Social Security and your retirement
Hear from financial advisors on steps to anticipate your income and needs in retirement

SUNY Sail offering courses in Mindful Leadership
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 7 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

SUNY New Paltz to offer mix of in-person classes, remote-learning this fall
More local coverage of the College's reopening plan
New Paltz Times, 7/3/20


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 exploration of possibilities unlocked by "silent" music performance technologies, from the Student Research Symposium.
by Miguel Vasquez ’20 (Contract)
"Silent Band is a way to listen to live performances via headphones with no audible electrical sound sources like speakers ... This gives private and DIY venues the opportunity to host shows in the comfort that they will not have to worry about noise ordinance in their location ... This whole concept is to still give that 'live show' feel."

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