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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Friday, June 12, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • I Still Can't Breathe: Narrative by an alumnus and lifelong activist
  • Village of New Paltz passes resolutions acknowledging history of violence targeting marginalized communities
  • School of Education recognizes student excellence
  • New book from History Professor Emerita Susan Lewis
  • Students: Last chance to enroll in Global Commons summer virtual study abroad
  • Events and development opportunities
  • Student capstones & theses: Photography from an all-American town
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media: Local officials weigh in on current events

News from around campus

I Still Can’t Breathe
A narrative by alumnus Charles Dumas ’75, lifelong political activist and professor emeritus at Penn State University

School of Education recognizes student excellence
Honoring those who went above and beyond as leaders in the Early Childhood/Childhood Education Program

History Professor Emerita co-authors new book on young adult fiction in wartime
Susan Lewis studies heroines in American series fiction of World War I

The New Paltz Village Board recently passed two memorializing resolutions that acknowledge the deep history of violence endured by LGBTQ+ and Black Americans. They reaffirmed those resolutions with the annual repainting of the Pride crosswalk this week.
Learn more at the Village of New Paltz's Facebook page.

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:

June 15 is deadline to enroll in SUNY Global Commons Program
A virtual study abroad experience focused on sustainability, July 6 - Aug. 15

SUNY Technology Conference, June 16 - 18
Virtual event will be free to attendees; advance registration is required

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 12 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

Local officials weigh in on police issues
A round-up of statements from law enforcement leaders and the county executive
New Paltz Times, 6/10/20

Hudson Valley traffic fell by over 70% during Covid-19 pandemic
Research firm aggregates anonymous location data from smartphones and GPS devices to estimate volume
New Paltz Times, 6/9/20


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, documents of an all-American hometown. These works appeared in "Other Worlds are Possible," the 2020 Virtual MFA show, and the Photography Program's spring gallery.

Bruce Wahl '20g (Photography & Related Media)

"My father lives in a town I can not get lost in. He still inhabits my childhood home, surrounded by a collection of objects and photographs arrayed as shrines to his American Dream. Both the town and the man seem alien to me now. This village could be anywhere in New England, it is generic in its quirkiness. Chock full of its own altars to cultural ideas and heavy with an American artifice of place. Photographs, much like memories, degrade over time but still reach for a truth. This is not a perfect objective truth, but a personal one both conflicted and contradictory, this is America after all."


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