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Posted on: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • Obituary of Steven Daniel Ziskind
  • Faculty can work with Library Course Reserves to help ensure equitable access
  • One more day to nominate a colleague for Classified Staff Awards
  • Info on Fair & Impartial Policing curriculum completed by all UPD members
  • Guidance on connecting to campus wireless network
  • Men's volleyball alum recognized among best young coaches in the nation
  • Student capstones & theses: A study of play from the Student Research Symposium
  • Events and development opportunities: Get answers to your Blackboard questions today at OIT drop-in hours
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Obituary of Steven Daniel Ziskind
Updates to come on a future Celebration of Life

Faculty: Help ensure equitable access with Library Reserves
Support student success by sharing required course materials with the STL

Men's volleyball alum Bryan Weber '13 named an AVCA Thirty Under 30 coach
Former Hawk earns recognition for his work on the bench at St. John's University

Guidance on connecting to campus wireless following security update
Users may need to reset their connection to "NP Hawks WPA" network

Training and professional development are embedded in the culture of the SUNY New Paltz University Police Department. All members have completed the Fair & Impartial Policing curriculum, a research-based approach to understanding human bias and how it can manifest in policing, and have kept up-to-date with new modules and videos on adapting to conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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:

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

SUNYCUAD offering full schedule of Professional Forums this week
Free workshops on communication, marketing, development and alumni relations

Hudson Valley Writing Project summer workshops for kids and teens
Session topics include creating comics and graphic novels; writing for political change; storytelling for role-playing games; and the ever-popular workshop on the college essay


Coronavirus updates

June 2 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

Pomp, Despite the Circumstances
Hudson Valley Graduations Amid COVID-19
Chronogram, 6/1/20


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 study of play fulfillment in adults by students and faculty in the Department of Psychology, presented as part of the 2020 Student Research Symposium.
Use these links to view the virtual symposium presentations and the 2020 abstract book.

College Students' Experience with Play
Ann Marie DeBonis '21g (Psychological Science), Ash Moquin '20 (Psychology), Theresa Paras '20 (Psychology), Kanjira Rodriguez '20 (Psychology)

"Prior to this study, this lab had created a four-item scale known as the Adult Play Fulfillment Index (APFI), for the purpose of measuring play fulfillment in adults ... The purpose of this current study was to continue psychometric evaluation of the APFI, which measures the extent to which the respondent feels that their need to engage in preferred play activities during the past two weeks has been met ... Specifically, it was hypothesized that those low in play fulfillment will engage in play longer and experience greater benefits in positive emotion compared to those who score high in play fulfillment."


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