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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, May 27, 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.


  • Reminder: Nominate a colleague for the Classified Staff Presidential Award by June 3
  • Upcoming investment and financial advising resources
  • Communication faculty on The Academic Minute
  • College mourns passing of Arthur Hack, longtime professor of English
  • SUNY calls for contributors to a #DontRushChallenge video for Pride Month
  • NP Hawks salutes two-sport champion Maddie Van Pelt
  • Community Pandemic Blog: Finding comfort in the lack of control
  • Community events, including a session today on chaplain skills for supporting students
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Nominate a colleague for the Classified Staff Presidential Award by June 3
The College continues its tradition of recognizing employees for exceptional service

Can art help us become better communicators?
Lecturer Terry Gipson discusses new approach to learning on The Academic Minute

Upcoming investment and financial advising resources
Employees can schedule meetings with advisors this week and next

College mourns passing of Arthur Hack, professor of English for nearly four decades
Hack, 86, remembered for his passion for literature and his ability to make people laugh

Van Pelt ends SUNY New Paltz athletic career as one of the most decorated in school history
Two-sport champion's name is written all over the College's record books

SUNY is preparing for Pride Month by calling on creative minds from throughout the state university system to help create a #DontRushChallenge-style video of transformations from everyday, quarantine attire to full on PRIDE march gear. Today, May 27, is the last day to sign up to participate - simply enter your info using this link, and we'll send details and instructions on how to create your video. Follow on Instagram @nplgbtq for more!

Upcoming Events

Chaplain skills support for students, today at 11 a.m.
Rabbi Lori Wynters will lead a conversation on using methods based in mindfulness and spirituality to support students and each other in a time of greater restriction

TODAY: Hudson Valley Music Collective Virtual Songwriter Circle
This bi-monthly, remote series including New Paltz alumni gives musicians the chance to discuss the sometimes daunting, sometimes effortless, always rewarding process of songwriting

SUNY FACT2 Online Symposium: Responding in real-time to a global crisis
A free event on May 28 focused on exploring how necessity has fostered innovations in teaching and learning, and what we can learn from our collective successes and failures


Coronavirus updates

May 27 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

Interest rate on federal college loans is about to hit a record low
A "silver lining" that could save undergraduate students thousands
The New York Times, 5/22/20


Community Pandemic Blog


Finding comfort in the sudden lack of control

All students, faculty and staff are invited to submit original writing, visual art, or other creative responses to be shared in our new Community Pandemic Blog. We also welcome faculty submissions of 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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