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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • Students: P grade election period opens today
  • Additional context and commentary on learning management systems dialogue
  • Benjamin Center will welcome NYS Senator Jen Metzger to a virtual, public conversation on May 27
  • Commencement Countdown: A throwback to Commencement 1955
  • Business faculty sees opportunity in pandemic for new and future graduates
  • Q&A with Baseball Coach Thomas Seay following a season cut short
  • Community Pandemic Blog: Putting down some poetry
  • Development opportunities, including a SUNY symposium on online learning next week
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Students: P grade election period opens today
Special pass/fail option is available for spring 2020 letter-graded courses

Response to conversation about campus learning management systems
Commentary and context on yesterday's robust dialogue about LMS platforms

Benjamin Center hosting conversation with NYS Senator Jen Metzger on May 27
All are welcome to join via Webex for a discussion of the senator's priorities as she serves a four-county district

Business faculty sees opportunity for new graduates working through the pandemic
“Even in the face of uncertainty, our students are learning valuable business tools that will put them ahead of the curve”

Q&A with Baseball Coach Thomas Seay
The second-year coach opens up about the difficulty of cutting the 2020 season short, and looks ahead to a 2021 campaign full of potential

For our final #ThrowbackThursday before the virtual Commencement, a colorized photograph of the New Paltz cap one 1955 grad traded in for a mortarboard at graduation.

Community Pandemic Blog


Resources for teaching, learning and living

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

Sojourner Truth Library hosting Q&A sessions on online learning
Join research and instructional librarians on Tuesday, May 26, at 10 a.m., for info about useful remote instruction resources

The semester may be over, but virtual fitness classes are still going strong!
Offerings Monday and Friday mornings through May 29
Email Wellness and Recreation Associate Director Christina Cordier Purdy for more info or to be added to the fac/staff fitness class mailing list

Would you like to see online fitness continue in June? Fill this quick survey to let us know
Class leaders are planning summer schedules now, and looking for input from virtual exercisers in our community


Professional development and training opportunities

Today at noon: Get ready to build a blended learning course in Blackboard
Instructional Technology staff will walk faculty through the training syllabus and objectives

Federal Advocacy and Research Funding, May 22 at noon
SUNY-hosted webinar will address research funding and present policy insights


Coronavirus updates

May 21 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

Students Find Ways To Bring History To Life Amidst COVID-19 Lockdown
New Paltz students produce real-time, first-person writing on how the pandemic has impacted historical organizations and the people who staff them
SUNY Big Ideas Blog, 5/20/20

SUNY Esports Tournament raises money for student emergency funding
Nearly 500 gamers across the system compete for a good cause
Campus Technology, 5/14/20


From our community

We asked, and the community responded. So excited to share this montage video of faculty and staff (and one pup!) offering heartfelt congratulations to the SUNY New Paltz Class of 2020. Many thanks to all those who took time to contribute to this project!

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