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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Monday, July 6, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • VIDEO REPLAY: Campus leaders answer your questions about fall reopening
  • Alumna named dean of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts
  • College to test mass notification system
  • Career Resource Center discussion on the perfect cover letter, tomorrow at 2 p.m. on Instagram Live
  • Fall reopening FAQs
  • SUNY system-wide survey on remote working coming later today
  • Thesis and Capstones: Mindful Cooking
  • Events and opportunities, including upcoming sessions with the Contemplative Group
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Video Replay: Campus leaders discuss fall reopening plan
Administrators respond to questions from community members during Facebook Live event

Alumna named the new dean of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts
Kym Moore ’81 (Theatre Arts) named dean after 10 years as professor and director of undergraduate studies 

College to test mass notification system, July 7
Those on campus may hear a series of loud tones around 1 p.m.

Career Resource Center is live on Instagram, every Tuesday at 2 p.m.
This week, Assistant Director Dawn McCaw will speak with Noel Fontana ’20 (Marketing) about how to craft a great cover letter and stand out as a job candidate

Fall re-opening FAQs
Find answers to many of your questions about the College's plans for fall 2020 

New Paltz faculty and staff are invited to participate in a SUNY-wide survey on the transition from an on-campus to a remote working environment. Employees will receive an email message from later today with a link to the survey. Responses will inform future planning at New Paltz and throughout the SUNY system. 
The large pollinator-friendly meadow near the Gunk Pond on campus is in full summer bloom. "The meadow is doing great," said Laura Wyeth ’18 (Biology). "Though it is perhaps less floriferous due to the June drought. Yarrow (pictured above) and St. John's wort are blooming there now."
Wyeth serves as the leader of SUNY New Paltz's Biodiversity Initiative. She was the lead author of a Campus Pollinator Habitat Plan that helps the College identify dozens of pollinator-friendly trees, shrubs and perennials to help increase the population of pollinators on campus. 

Events and Opportunities

Trainings from the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion

TODAY! UUP Chapter Forum on reopening
Join us on Zoom to review preliminary results from member survey, July 6 at 4 p.m.

Webinar: Social Security and your retirement, tomorrow
Free educational workshops offered on July 7 and July 14; RSVP now!

Join the Contemplative Group for a discussion on contemplative approaches to education
Campus community members come together via Zoom, July 7 at 12:30 p.m.

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 6 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 plan to end in-person classes before Thanksgiving to dodge next virus wave

Comparing fall semester outlooks at Hudson Valley institutions
Times Herald-Record, 7/4/20


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.
by Olivia Heins ’20 (Graphic Design)
"Young adults living in and around New Paltz have ample opportunities to eat healthily and sustainably, yet those who are first entering the world of cooking may not be fully aware of these options. 'Mindful Cooking' aims to educate these first-timers on sustainable and healthy food options, helping them find locally grown produce in and around New Paltz, and encouraging them to incorporate healthy recipes into their everyday lives.

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