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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Monday, June 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • Campus leaders acknowledge trauma of disproportionate violence in African American communities
  • Off-campus students: Take 10 minutes to complete the Census, help New Paltz for the next 10 years
  • Students can protect their college accounts with multifactor authentication
  • What's new this week at the Career Resource Center
  • Update for employees on suspension of personal leave accrual forfeiture
  • Looking up: Planetarium director's guide to the skies for June 2020
  • New: Spotlight on student capstones & thesis work
  • Events and development opportunities
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Acknowledging the trauma of disproportionate violence in African American communities
May 29 message to campus responds to tragic national news

Off-campus students: Support the New Paltz community by completing your Census response
Ten minutes today will help the College and surrounding area for the next 10 years

Summer is a great time for students to sign up for secure, multi-factor authentication
Familiarize yourself with the Duo login service, before it's required for all accounts later this year

Weekly update from the Career Resource Center
Have you joined one of our Instagram Live sessions yet? We're talking job interviews on Tuesday and Thursday this week

Memorandum on extension of agreements to suspend forfeiture of personal leave accruals
Employees can carry forward unused leave time that would otherwise have been forfeited

SUNY New Paltz Planetarium Director Raj Pandya continues his series of socially distant astronomy videos with a guide to what can be seen in the night sky this month, including special instructions on how and where to spot the SWAN comet as it passes close to Earth.

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 Professional Forums resume this week
Free workshops on communication, marketing, development and alumni relations, June 2 - 5

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 1 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

A chat with John Lefsky
On the decision to close Jack's Rhythms, a fixture of the New Paltz music scene for more than three decades
New Paltz Times, 5/28/20


Student Capstones and Thesis Work

It was genuinely difficult to keep up with the staggering volume of galleries, exhibitions, writing, 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.


"While the pixel art style began as a digital format with limitations, due to the hardware at the time, it has had a resurgence in popularity due to its nostalgic appeal ... Creating content one pixel at a time gives a sense of satisfaction that only arrives from creating pieces one at a time to create a magnificent work of art in the end."
From the 2020 Graphic Design BFA Thesis Show


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