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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Tuesday, June 16, 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.


  • A message from President Christian on planning for fall 2020
  • Alumni, students lend journalism talents to The River Newsroom
  • Just one more day until the SUNY Virtual Career Fair
  • Video: Alumna's artistic experience during the pandemic
  • Student Research Symposium: Soil nitrogen and hemp fibers 
  • Events and development opportunities, including new offerings from the Office of Instructional Technology
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

A message from President Christian on planning for fall 2020
"We will take the actions, expend the energy, and employ the creativity and innovation necessary to provide students – all students, including those most heavily impacted by coronavirus and racial disparities in our country with the outstanding educational and community experiences that have made SUNY New Paltz the remarkable institution that attracted you to attend here in the first place"

New online newsroom creates opportunities for early-career journalists
New Paltz students, alumni report on the Hudson Valley for The River Newsroom

Today: Virtual Drop-In hours with the Office of Instructional Technology
Have questions about Blackboard, course development or anything else OIT-related?
Join us Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 2 p.m. through the month of June

Video: A virtual studio walkthrough and introduction to alumna’s new project, Unification
Zahra Nazari ’14 (Painting/Drawing) shares how she is coping during the COVID-19 pandemic and gives details on her upcoming solo show in New York City, spring 2021.

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:

SUNY Virtual Career Fair, June 17
Students and alumni can network with more than 80 employers from home; Contact the Career Resource Center with questions

Time on Task Webinar, June 19 at 12 p.m.
Learn how to plan an appropriate amount of work in an online, hybrid or combined learning course

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

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 16 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

New Paltz village trustees seek renewed role in local police oversight
Review is needed amid growing awareness that village trustees have no authority over local law enforcement practices and procedures
Daily Freeman, 6/13/20


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 the 2020 Student Research Symposium, sponsored by the Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Program.

Hadid Rabadi '20 (Mechanical Engineering) and Jacqueline Taylor ’20 (Mechanical Engineering)

"With the use of sustainable biomaterials such as hemp, synthetic material in composites may be replaced in targeted applications. However, this switch is complicated by the material property variation of natural fiber replacements. In order to gain an understanding of how different material properties are impacted by different agricultural processes and harvesting techniques, hemp samples grown in the years 2018 and 2019 with different levels of manure or inorganic nitrogen were tested. Single, defect-free fiber strands were placed on clear mounting tabs and then measured to determine the average cross sectional area of the fiber."


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