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Posted on: Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • Stories of Pride: Assistant Professor Catherine Herne
  • One Book, One New Paltz 
  • Virtual Planetarium show, today!
  • Follow the Center for Student Engagement on social media 
  • Share your COVID-19 story in the College’s Community Pandemic Blog
  • SURVEY: The future of the Daily Digest e-newsletter
  • Holiday clarification for July 4th
  • The SUNY New Paltz Foundation's Annual Report on Generosity 
  • Theses & capstones: Interactive jewelry 
  • Events and opportunities
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Stories of Pride: Catherine Herne, optical physics assistant professor at New Paltz
SPIE spoke with Herne during Pride Month about her experience in optics and photonics as well as within the greater STEM community

2020 One Book, One New Paltz
The Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives announces the 2020 One Book, One New Paltz selection, “Ocean at the End of the Lane," by Neil Gaiman  

Virtual Planetarium show – live stream today!
Explore star groups and galaxies via Zoom at 8:30 p.m. 

Follow the Center for Student Engagement on social media @newpaltzcse
Inclusive and innovative opportunities for students to build connections and create community  

Share your COVID-19 story in the College’s Community Pandemic Blog
Inviting multimedia submissions (writing, visual art, audio, video, performance and more) for a new communal storytelling project 

SURVEY: The future of the Daily Digest e-newsletter
Help us assess the efficacy of the Daily Digest e-newsletter as a tool for sharing important information with the campus community

Holiday clarification for July 4th 
The State has not designated an alternate day of observance for Independence Day in 2020, which falls on a Saturday this year. It is a pass day holiday. This means that the State did not choose either Friday, July 3, or Monday, July 6, to close offices. Employees who work Monday through Friday will be credited with the day, which they can use at a later date (with supervisory approval).
All eligible full-time employees with Attendance Rules coverage are entitled to 12 holidays a year. For classified service employees in the Executive branch of State service who work Monday through Friday with Saturday and Sunday off, Saturday, July 4, 2020, will be observed as a pass day holiday and those eligible employees will earn 7.5 or 8 hours of holiday leave to be used at another time, subject to supervisory approval.
For CSEA employees in the ASU, OSU or DMNA bargaining unit, holiday leave not used one year after the date it is earned expires. Employees in the CSEA ISU, PS&T, RRSU, and M/C bargaining units should be given reasonable opportunity to exhaust holiday leave prior to separation.
Contact the College's Payroll Office at if you have any questions. 
"The College, the country and the world have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. During this unprecedented time, please know that we are thinking of our SUNY New Paltz community, in addition to the healthcare and public service workers who work on the front lines. Amid this uncertainty, however, we are sustained by the overwhelming resilience, compassion and perseverance that surrounds us. We have seen many examples on our campus, and we know they are happening in your communities as well. We hope to bring some of that light to you through this annual Report on Generosity." -Vice President of the Office of Development & Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the SUNY New Paltz Foundation Erica Marks   

Events and Opportunities

Trainings from the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion

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

SUNY Sail offers courses in Mindful Leadership, register now!
Fall courses will explore how meditation, reflection, communication and other contemplative practices impact the development of the fundamental qualities of living and leading well

Keep your financial goals on track with TIAA’s live webinars
Free webinars for all employees during the month of July, reserve your spot now!


Coronavirus updates

July 2 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

Pandemic Pivot: Educators Re-Examine Long-Held Assumptions
The COVID-19 pandemic presents intense logistical challenges
Chronogram, 7/1/20


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, curious and interactive jewelry from the Spring 2020 MFA Thesis Show.

by Stefan Gougherty ’20g (Metal) 
"Sampling content from trash to treasure, these playful objects are unpretentious and subversive. Exploring the surreal through engineering and illusion, these antics of adornment confound expectations. In celebration of our collective progress, I leverage industrial materials and manufacturing processes to anchor the work firmly within the present. Through mashups of contrasting realities and exploration of randomness, I articulate this strange new digital world. Staging collisions between vastly different references of time, scale and subject matter, an underlying unity can be found among the debris of shape and memory." 

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