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Posted on: Friday, June 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • Still spots available in HVWP Summer Programs for young writers
  • NYS Attorney General issues warning about unemployment fraud
  • College to test mass notification system on Tuesday, July 7
  • Students: Familiarize yourself with the Duo login service
  • Video: Virtual Summer Solstice at Wooster Hall
  • Mark your calendar: AC2 summer research presentations and SUNY to Stonewall event, both on June 30
  • Theses & capstones: Printmaking as a lens for thinking about memory and nostalgia
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Still spots available in Hudson Valley Writing Project online summer programs
Opportunities for young writers include "Rise Up & Write," the popular workshop dedicated to using your voice to change the world

Guidance for protecting yourself from fraudulent unemployment claims
New York Attorney General issues fraud alert
New Paltz employees can contact Payroll and HRDI to report fraudulent claims

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

Students: Sign up for Duo to stay safe when accessing online accounts
CashNet payment portal will require multi-factor authentication to log in starting July 1
Learn more at

In case you missed it: The complete video from the Virtual Summer Solstice at Wooster Hall is online now. Special thanks to Professor Glenn Geher, Planetarium Director Raj Pandya and Instructional Support Technician Eric Myers for keeping the tradition alive.

Events and Opportunities

Trainings from the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion:

Click the links above to register, or view all available HRDI trainings at:

AC² Program summer research presentations, June 30 at 10 a.m.
Register now to get the link and support students working through unprecedented challenges

Stonewall to SUNY: A virtual commemoration, June 30 at 3 p.m.
Join a collective of scholars working at the intersection of LGBTQI+ and Black Lives Matter activism


Coronavirus updates

June 26 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 exacerbates challenges of homelessness
The Family Inn in Kingston, "a warm and welcoming shelter from the storm," looks for community support
Kingston Times, 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 we're featuring work from Gap in the Clouds, the capstone exhibition for BA and BS seniors in the visual arts.

by Tara Severance ’20 (Visual Arts)
"I find it difficult to truly organize what can’t be touched. Instead of coming to a resolution, being able to let go, there’s just a mass of disorganized thoughts. This makes any nostalgia that’s unaccompanied by a tangible object a sticky mental trap. Through my work I get to explore ways to physically sort these thoughts out.
Printmaking, papermaking, and digital art lend themselves well to this type of cataloging. Each medium is capable of producing multiples. Take a run of just one lithograph print; at the end there’s a whole assortment of objects including the original plate/stone, proofs, misprints, and final copies. Each product is turned into a memento of sorts. When digital art is added tothe mix, even more “objects” (different save states and sketches) are made.
The conglomerate left by these processes is sometimes overwhelming, but in that lies the point. This is the closest I can get to actually reorganizing the files of my brain ... As much as my work is about my own experiences, it’s also about visualizing and acting out the process we go through when dealing with the “stickiness” of nostalgia and memory." 

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