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Posted on: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • State guidance on Phase Two reopening for Mid-Hudson region
  • June 15 is last day to enroll in Global Commons virtual study abroad experience
  • Award-winning scholarship from School of Business faculty
  • Tomorrow's Perks at Work online academy schedule
  • Student capstones & theses: Automating a summer chore
  • Events and development opportunities, including a guided conversation today on navigating the pandemic
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media: Alumna Ilyasah Shabazz '85 speaks on MSNBC

News from around campus

Governor Cuomo announces Mid-Hudson Valley enters Phase Two of reopening
Region takes another step forward in pandemic response

New York Forward guidance on Phase Two reopening
Information on businesses and other commercial and recreational activities

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

Thursday Community Online Academy: June 11, 2020
Tomorrow's sessions run the gamut from Hip-Hop Dance to Robotics to Mood Boosting Recipes


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 Virtual Engineering Design EXPO to check out a time-saving, summer-friendly prototype.

Katie Russell '20 (Electrical Engineering), Tristan Judd '20 (Computer Engineering), Kurt Pressly '20 (Electrical Engineering), Chelsea Angulas '20 (Mechanical Engineering), Michele Lederer '20 (Mechanical Engineering), Matthew Pero '20 (Mechanical Engineering)
Advisors: Associate Professor Baback Izadi
Assistant Professor Jared Nelson

"Autonomous lawn mowers are an emerging technology that show large potential for future implementation in the lawn care industry. Most current models require an electrified guidewire to be installed to constrain the mower’s movements on the user’s lawn. This project removes the required guidewire using a GPS mapping system and an algorithm to plot the lawn mower’s path as it navigates the lawn ... The developed algorithm using Python language for the Raspberry Pi stores information as the lawn mower traverses the area ... This information is used to mow the lawn in straight lines with the most efficient mowing route, reducing cost and labor."


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 11, 3 p.m.: Q&A with an AIG financial professional
Free webinar on navigating market volatility during pandemic

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

Summer sustainability book readings and conversations
First up: Andrea Frank, associate professor of photography & related media, leads a June 17 talk on selections from Wendell Berry's "The World-Ending Fire"

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

Virtual Drop-In hours at 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


Coronavirus updates

June 10 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

Malcolm X’s daughter: ‘We can’t find ourselves in the same place 50 years from now’
New Paltz alumna Ilyasah Shabazz '85 (Biology) says she’s encouraged by the next generation’s eagerness for change
MSNBC, 6/7/20

"Custom made social distancing fun just in time for summer," courtesy of Educational Opportunity Program Director Tony Bonilla '87 (Spanish) '05g (Professional Studies)

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