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Posted on: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • Update on proposed campus re-opening plans
  • Christian Wilwohl pursues new opportunity at Providence College 
  • Date change! Stonewall to SUNY virtual event, July 1
  • Check out AC² Program summer research presentations now!
  • Stay on track financially with TIAA live webinars 
  • SURVEY: The future of the Daily Digest e-newsletter
  • Delay of ABT salary increases 
  • Jeremy Luna ’20 (Asian Studies; International Relations) heads to Harvard
  • Theses & capstones: Innovation for the visually impaired
  • Events and opportunities
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

President Christian shares update on proposed campus re-opening plans
College awaiting SUNY approval on draft plans for fall 2020 

NEW DATE! Stonewall to SUNY: A virtual commemoration, July 1 at 3 p.m.
Join a collective of scholars working at the intersection of LGBTQI+ and Black Lives Matter activism

NOW! AC² Program summer research presentations
Support students working through unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic today at 10 a.m. 

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!

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

NOTICE FROM PAYROLL: Delay of ABT salary increases
The unions were notified by the Governor's Office of Employee Relations (GOER) that the state is delaying the across-the-board (ATB) increases until September 30th, subject to further review at that time. This delay includes UUP salary increases scheduled for 7/1/2020 (professional) & 9/1/2020 (faculty). The 2019 salary schedules will remain in in effect until the raises are paid. The eligibility for increases remains the same and is outlined in the UUP agreement.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Payroll Office at (845) 257-3145 and the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion at (845) 257-3171.

“I am thrilled to be a part of a cohort of game changers: people who are going to diversify the U.S. Foreign Service and represent America overseas in all of its diversity,” said Jeremy Luna ’20 (Asian Studies; International Relations). Read more in the latest issue of New Paltz MagazineAs a recipient of the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship, Luna will attend Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government this fall.

Events and Opportunities

Today! Career Resource Center is live on Instagram at 2 p.m.
Service Learning Coordinator Erica Wagner '08g (Humanistic/Multicultural Education) discusses virtual volunteer opportunities for this summer and beyond

SUNY Sail offers courses in Mindful Leadership, registration begins July 1
Courses explore how meditation, reflection, communication and other contemplative practices impact the development of the fundamental qualities of living and leading well

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


Coronavirus updates

June 30 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

Creating theatre in the midst of a pandemic
Virtual theatre collaboration connects artists and audiences through digitally captured shows designed by students
Broadway World Blog, 6/25/20


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, "innovation for the visually impaired," from the 2020 Virtual Engineering Design Expo.

by Liam Caufaglione ’20 (Chemical Engineering), Jessy Li ’20 (Mechanical Engineering), Marista Rehma ’20 (Mechanical Engineering) and Lars Stoeckhert ’20 (Mechanical Engineering)
Advisors: Dr. Damodaran Radhakrishnan
Co-Advisor: Dr. Ping-Chuan Wang
"Our obstacle detection device is a wearable device made to help blind and visually impaired people navigate more easily through their everyday environment. The device is made to be comfortable to wear, lightweight, non-intrusive and cost-effective. To ensure the quality of the product, drop tests and humidity tests simulating real-world environmental wear will also be briefly discussed to address the reliability against mechanical shock and moisture induced electrical failure." 

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