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Posted on: Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • Governor Cuomo issues executive order recognizing Juneteenth as holiday for state employees
  • SUNY New Paltz Listens: A Conversation About Race, June 24
  • Assembly Member and alumna Alicia Hyndman ’93 (Black Studies) comments on executive order 
  • Historical context and further reading on Juneteenth
  • Student-led service fraternity raised $3,000+ for racial justice
  • Video: Get to know the Scholar's Mentorship Program
  • Events and development opportunities
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Governor Cuomo issues executive order recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday for state employees
"June 19, 2020 as Juneteenth, which shall be a holiday for state employees, who if not required to work, shall be entitled to leave at full pay without charge to existing accruals and for those employees who are required to work, they shall receive one day of compensatory time."

SUNY New Paltz Listens: A Conversation About Race, Wednesday, June 24
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

"Black Emancipation Day, June 19th, 1865 also known as Juneteenth, is pivotal in the joy, congregation, and spiritual well being of black people in America. I am pleased that the work I have done to solidify Juneteenth as a holiday in the State of New York is coming to fruition. I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Governor to ensure black history and liberation stays at the forefront of progress." - New York State Assembly Member and SUNY New Palz alumna Alicia Hyndman ’93 (Black Studies), on today's announcement of Governor Cuomo's executive order recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday for state employees.

On Juneteenth
Some historical context and additional resources for understanding the day's significance

Governor Cuomo's Executive Order 204
Read the full text of the order declaring Juneteenth a holiday for state employees

Campus chapter of service fraternity raises $3,000+ for Black Visions Collective
100% of donations go to advocacy organization that works for racial justice, equity and political empowerment

The Scholar's Mentorship Program is dedicated to supporting high-achieving students of color at SUNY New Paltz. Learn more about the program in this new video featuring Director Mark Rumnit and a number of students and alumni from the SMP family.

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:

Today! Community Online Academy: June 18, 2020
New sessions on evolving workplace culture hosted by Next Jump young leaders

SUNY Remote Teaching Institute kicks off June 22
Join colleagues from across the system for a free, week-long exploration of best practices in online course design and delivery

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

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


Coronavirus updates

June 18 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

Canceled Tulip Festival donates hundreds of flowers to senior living community
Alumnus Tom Smiley ’09g (Business), chief executive officer at Mohonk Mountain House, comments on donation to Woodland Pond
Better Homes & Gardens, 6/10/20


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, printmaking and installation that appeared in "Other Worlds are Possible," the 2020 Virtual MFA show.

Xuewu Zheng '20 (Printmaking)

"I titled this body of my work Meditation. The works, include two series, containing both printmaking and installation. I have been working on both series for about 30 years. I examine both history and the present in a very personal way and I integrate both philosophy and religion into my work. Through my artistic practice, I bridge the language gap between the Eastern and Western cultures. I pay attention to the relationships between humans and nature, and how they are shaped by modern civilization. Meditation is both the content and the state of my life, and my primary means of instigating this research."


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