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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM

We created this daily newsletter to keep students, faculty and staff informed about campus news and resources for distance learning, while also reducing the volume of emails we're all receiving. Read more here.


  • What New Paltz students need to know about voting in the June 23 primary
  • Esports teams shine in first-ever Chancellor's Challenge tournament
  • New Paltz student spotlighted on The Moth Radio Hour
  • Community Pandemic Blog: Photos and video document the work of self-care
  • SUNY FACT2 symposium today
  • Webinar on successful grant proposals
  • From our community: A #ThrowbackThursday with First World Graduation
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

What New Paltz students need to know about voting in the June 23 primary
Students who are registered to vote in Ulster County, but are currently living elsewhere, must apply for an absentee ballot no later than June 16

Beth Gebresilasie ’23 tells her story on The Moth Radio Hour
New Paltz student stars on one of the world's most popular podcasts

New Paltz teams shine in SUNY Chancellor's Esport Challenge
Students combine for .667 winning percentage, multiple deep tournament runs


Community Pandemic Blog


Documenting the struggle to keep learning, practice compassion and stay positive

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.


Upcoming Events

Today: SUNY FACT2 Online Symposium on response to a global crisis
A focused discussion exploring new innovations in teaching and learning

Today: Webinar on lessons learned from 10,000 grant proposal reviews
The American Association for the Advancement of Science will share insights and best practices for putting together a successful proposal, today at 1 p.m.


Coronavirus updates

May 28 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

America Rebuilding: Changes for fall classes to encourage safety, distancing
An overview of options being weighed by schools at all levels
Poughkeepsie Journal, 5/28/20

The First World Graduation celebration for first-generation students and students of color began at New Paltz more than 40 years ago, and has grown to become one of the most storied and vital traditions on our Commencement calendar. We're using this #ThrowbackThursday to share a photo from an early 1990s First World Graduation.
Even though an in-person event could not be held this spring, First World still featured prominently in our virtual Commencement. Use this link to view remarks from President Christian and First World President Kiana Graham '20 from our undergraduate ceremony.

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Our team is seeking input on how this newsletter can best serve students, faculty and staff as we all adjust to new challenges posed by the response to coronavirus.
We're inviting submissions* and ideas of all kinds:
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