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Posted on: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • Quarantine call for art results in hundreds of submissions
  • Alumni Association welcomes Class of 2020  
  • Theatre Arts alumna earns prestigious scholarship 
  • Women's basketball recruits new Hawks 
  • New Paltz Magazine – Opening Doors 
  • Events and development opportunities
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

More than 250 Hudson Valley artists “Stay Home, Make Art”
The Dorsky's online exhibition explores how quarantine has impacted our lives and creative practices

A labor of love
Alumni Association welcomes Class of 2020 in new ways due to COVID-19

Recent alumna applies prestigious costume design scholarship during pandemic
Stella Katz ’20 (Theatre Arts) awarded the inaugural Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship

SUNY New Paltz women's basketball announces incoming recruiting class for 2020-21 season
Coach Jamie Seward talks about each of the College's five incoming recruits

Meet Sharrell Matta ’04 (Psychology; Sociology)! Matta is featured in the latest issue of New Paltz Magazine. "Opening Doors: Educating the next generation of leaders" looks at how SUNY New Paltz alumni are using their influence to make the world a more curious and inclusive place as they nurture the talented students in their high schools. 

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:

Ask a Librarian: Open Q&A with the Sojourner Truth Library, June 24 at 1 p.m.
Sessions cover topics including course reserves, finding e-resources for your syllabus, remote library instruction and research support for students

SUNY Virtual Symposium on Adaptive Learning launches this week
Free webinars on digital learning tools, every Wednesday from June 24 to July 15


Coronavirus updates

June 23 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

SUNY New Paltz to give Gerald Benjamin virtual retirement party
The College will host virtual event for the founding director of The Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives, June 25
Daily Freeman, 6/21/20


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, a "smart outdoor chair" that appeared in the 2020 Virtual Engineering Design Expo.

Quentin Owusu-Adjei Thomson '20 (Electrical Engineering), James Luong ’20 (Electrical Engineering), Michael Perez ’20 (Electrical Engineering), Syed Walid ’20 (Electrical Engineering) and Bryce Shannon ’20 (Mechanical Engineering) 
Advisor: Gerald Selvaggi  

"This chair will initiate a signal when it is exposed to a water source such as rain droplets. It is designed to automatically protect the interior cushion from any water damage. This will be done by having the back of the chair close onto the seat cushions of the chair, so the only part exposed is the protective material (Figure 1)."


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