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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Friday, May 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • College mourns passing of Steven Ziskind, student leader in mechanical engineering
  • Director of Athletics, Wellness & Recreation will leave College after 28-year career
  • Student-made videos illustrate Disaster Mental Health concepts for all audiences
  • Hudson Valley Writing Project summer workshops go online
  • SUNY launches new crisis text line for students, faculty and staff
  • Community Pandemic Blog: Local musicians rally together
  • Community events, including new professional development offerings from HRDI
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media: Education faculty chair international conference session on students' mental health

News from around campus

Campus community mourns the passing of Steven Ziskind, student leader in mechanical engineering
“While his skills and intellect will be a great loss to our team, the loss of his friendship is far greater"

Stuart Robinson, director of athletics, wellness & recreation, will leave SUNY New Paltz after 28-year career
“Stuart has left a tremendous legacy of success through winning seasons and numerous championships for our athletics teams, growth in our athletic, recreation and wellness programs, and the impressive accomplishments of our student athletes,” said President Donald P. Christian

Hudson Valley Writing Project offering accessible, online 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

SUNY announces new crisis text line for students, faculty and staff
Mental health awareness initiative also includes training on recognizing distress in others

Graduate students in the spring “Disaster Counseling and Crisis Intervention” course created a series of brief instructional videos about disaster mental health, as an adaptation and response to the new realities created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos covered topics like using creativity to care for mental well being, and how children can cope with trauma.
Use this link to view selected videos.
Image above from video by Jenna Perez ’20g (School Counseling).

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

May 29 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

Webinar discusses mental health of college youth
Gowri Parameswaran and Mathew Swerdloff, chair and adjunct in the Department of Educational Studies & Leadership, respectively, contributed to a session on "The Impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Heath of College Youth," in a conference hosted by the Sidana Institute of Education in Amritsar, India, on May 23. The session was attended by educators and teacher candidates from India and around the world.
The Tribune India, 5/26/20


Community Pandemic Blog


Local musicians rally together
Pictured above: New Paltz band What? practices at a safe social distance

All students, faculty and staff are welcome to submit original writing, visual art, or other creative responses to be shared in our new Community Pandemic Blog. We also invite faculty to submit exceptional student work, on behalf of and with permission from their students.
Please use this link to read more about this project and share.


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