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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, June 24, 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.


  • Today at 4:30 p.m.: Virtual town hall conversation on race
  • Mid-Hudson region clear to enter Phase Three reopening
  • Protocols and supervisor guidance for employee return to campus
  • Students: Last chance to get your CARES Act funds!
  • Library Q&A for faculty, today at 1 p.m.
  • Looking Up: A tour through the night sky during the solstice
  • Theses & capstones: Adventures in Student Teaching
  • Events and development opportunities, including an accessibility conference this week
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Today at 4:30 p.m.: SUNY New Paltz Listens: A Conversation About Race
The Student Association and campus leadership invite students, faculty and staff to the first in a series of town hall dialogues; Pre-registration is required

Governor Cuomo clears Mid-Hudson Valley to enter Phase Three of reopening
"Because of the changes New Yorkers made, we now have the lowest transmission rate in the United States of America."

New York Forward guidance on Phase Three reopening
Regulations and recommendations for food service and personal care businesses

Protocols and supervisor guidance for employee return to campus
Initial steps and longer-term actions to prepare workspaces and support employee needs

Students: Last chance to apply for CARES Act funds
More than 5,000 New Paltz students are eligible to receive grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations; Submit your application by June 25

Today at 1 p.m.: Open Q&A with the Sojourner Truth Library
Answers for faculty on course reserves, e-resources research support and more

Next up in Planetarium Director Raj Pandya's "Looking Up" series socially distant astronomy videos: The night sky during the Summer Solstice, including tips for viewing the Milky Way.

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:

HighEdWeb 2020 Accessibility Summit, June 25
Sixteen presenting experts share insights on digital accessibility in higher education


Coronavirus updates

June 24 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 speed date
Reflections on a random chat with a total stranger
New Paltz Times, 6/23/20


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 returning to the Art Education Program. The Class of 2020 documented their experiences transitioning to remote student teaching with expressive storyboards and other creative narratives. Their collected works can be viewed via this link.

by Nicole Taverez '20 (Art Education)

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