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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • Students: Apply by June 25 to receive CARES Act funding
  • Chief Diversity Officer reflects on a traumatic week in our nation's history
  • Anti-racism resources from Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Perks at Work: Dozens of free classes available to employees every Thursday
  • Student capstones & theses: Virtual reality at the Engineering Design EXPO
  • Events and development opportunities: New online fitness classes kick off today
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Eligible students can now apply for CARES Act funding
More than 5,000 New Paltz students are eligible; click to learn more and apply by June 25

Tanhena Pacheco Dunn, associate vice president for human resources, diversity & inclusion and chief diversity officer, reflects on a traumatic week in our nation's history.

Anti-racism resources from the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion
Recommended reading, viewing and listening, to support continuous learning


Events and Opportunities

NEW: June schedule of online fitness classes starts today!
Drop-in classes in Pilates, yoga, dance and more, at varying levels of exercise proficiency
Want to receive updates on wellness classes?
Email Associate Director of Wellness & Recreation Christina Cordier Purdy to be added to the list

SUNY Perks at Work program offering dozens of free classes every Thursday
Learn about cooking, coding, martial arts, meditation and more from the comfort of home

Free workshop today from SUNY on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
Using a MOOC as course content and activities, June 3 at 2 p.m.

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

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

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

Registration is open for the online Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Teaching and Learning Certificate Program
SUNY Center for Professional Development offers "Innovative Strategies to Engage All Students" course, June 30 - Aug. 11


Coronavirus updates

June 3 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

Area tech companies, colleges praise proposed Endless Frontier Act $100B bill
Sen. Chuck Schumer announces legislation that would invest in the discovery, creation and commercialization of new technologies
LoHud, 5/29/20


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 a virtual reality, Internet of Things-connected accessory developed for the 2020 Engineering Design EXPO.

Virtual Universe: Control in the Palm Of Your Hands
Michelle Pirrone '20 (Electrical Engineering), Matthew Letterese '20 (Computer Engineering), Richard Martino '20 (Electrical Engineering), Vito Ciraco '20 (Electrical Engineering), John Murphy '20 (Mechanical Engineering)
Advisor: Associate Professor Reena Dahle

"Virtual Universe is an affordable and wearable Internet of Things glove and sleeve developed to address the shortcomings and expand the use of current virtual reality devices ... Virtual Universe provides a framework for virtual reality developers to capture hand movement and force and is wearable and affordable for a wide range of consumers to interact with VR technology."


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