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Posted on: Monday, June 8, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • Video of President Christian's June 5 live chat
  • Message from the University Police Department
  • How the College is working with local partners on opiod prevention and response
  • Sign up now to participate in SUNY's virtual Pride Month celebration
  • News from the Career Resource Center
  • Men's soccer charity run raises funds for NYC-based causes
  • Student capstones & theses: An interdisciplinary study of contaminants in urban gardens
  • Events and development opportunities, including a SUNY technology conference
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Video: Conversation with President Christian
Updates and Q&A on a range of topics, including anti-racist initiatives at the College

A message from the University Police Department
"Seeing this unfold made me reflect upon what our department does, will continue to do, and will do in the future to understand, train, and openly communicate with all members of our campus community"

College joins regional opiod prevention and response effort
Pandemic and social distancing pose special challenges for those living with a substance use disorder

Weekly update from the Career Resource Center
Gearing up for SUNY's virtual career fair

Men's soccer team takes on 24-mile challenge fundraiser
Student athletes giving all proceeds to Feed the Frontlines NYC and Brooklyn Community Bail Fund

The SUNY Pride celebration is going virtual this year, and all members of the community are welcome to participate. Register now for the June 25 virtual meet-up and get a free SUNY pride face mask!

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

Enrollment open for 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 impact of COVID-19 on the practice of leadership

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 8 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

Life returns to the Shawangunk waters with easing of acidification
Associate Professor David Richardson on changing ecosystems in the "Sky Lakes"
New Paltz Times, 6/6/20

Teaching from quarantine
An interview with Gowri Parameswaran, chair of the Department of Educational Studies & Leadership
New Paltz Times, 6/6/20


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 looking at a truly multidisciplinary study involving agriculture, chemistry, geography and urban infrastructure, presented as part of the 2020 Student Research Symposium. Use these links to view the virtual symposium presentations and the complete abstract book.

Analysis of trace lead and arsenic concentrations in urban vegetable gardens
Morgan Slater '20 (Environmental Geochemical Science)
Advisors: Salvatore Engel-DiMauro, associate professor, geography
Megan Ferguson, associate professor and chair, chemistry

"Some residents of the East New York neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, who cultivate land for vegetables expressed concerns about trace element contamination in their gardens. Vegetables grown in soil that is contaminated with trace elements such as lead (Pb) and arsenic (As) can absorb these elements, which are harmful when ingested due to their toxicity ... Once an area experiences Pb or As contamination, it is difficult to remediate. The purpose of this study was to determine the concentration of As and Pb in the gardens of the East New York residents."


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