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Posted on: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • RSVP for June 25 retirement celebration for Gerald Benjamin
  • Music performance seniors record recitals in lieu of live events
  • Join the Summer Sustainability Book Read
  • SUNY will host a Remote Teaching Institute for faculty
  • COVID-19 resources from the Employee Assistance Program
  • Student capstones & theses: An illustrated day in the life of a visual arts student teacher
  • Events and development opportunities, including an Instructional Technology drop-in session today at 10 a.m.
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

A retirement celebration for Gerald Benjamin, June 25 at 3 p.m.
RSVP by June 20 and join us in honoring the founding director of the Benjamin Center

With recitals impossible, performance majors make music from their living rooms
"We need music, now more than ever, as a way to connect to each other and lift our spirits"

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

Employee Assistance Program curating large and growing library of COVID-19 resources
Information, self-care groups, labor resources, childcare options and more


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 focusing on the Art Education Program. As this year's seniors adapted to remote student teaching in the visual arts, they also created their own pieces reflecting on the sudden and unexpected transition. The collected works of the Art Education Program's 2020 class can be viewed via this link.

From a Distance
Marlena Doerr '20 (Visual Arts Education)

An illustrated narrative of a day in the life of a student teacher working remotely


Insights from the Disciplines

The present crisis demands a new international monetary system for the public good
A call to reimagine global money for the 21st century
Mona Ali, associate professor, Department of Economics, writing in The Political Quarterly


Events and Opportunities

Today: 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

Join AIG for plain-English answers from a financial profesional
Today at noon, a free webinar on navigating market volatility during pandemic

Trainings from the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion:

Click the links above to register, or view all available HRDI trainings at:

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

Enroll in SUNY Global Commons Program, July 6 - Aug. 15
Students can earn six credits through this virtual study abroad experience focused on sustainability

SUNY SAIL webinar series continues June 10 with "Leadership in Times of Crisis: What Are We Learning?"
Join the conversation about the current arc and impact of COVID-19 on the practice of leadership


Coronavirus updates

June 9 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

Easing back open in New Paltz
Restaurants slowly getting back to business
New Paltz Times, 6/6/20

From Opera Sets to Condolence Cards
Scenic artist Nicole Carroll '11 (Theatre Arts) donates time and creativity during industry pause
American Theatre, 6/5/20

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art put out a call to Hudson Valley artists in early April, asking how they're staying creative while social distancing. The response has been overwhelming: More than 250 artists have submitted work to the Stay Home, Make Art virtual exhibition in less than two months. We couldn't resist sharing "New Paltz," Tamara DelBoccio's painting of the village's iconic skyline. The full collection can be viewed on The Dorsky Museum's Facebook and Instagram pages.

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