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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Monday, May 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • Counting down to Commencement
  • Benjamin Center surveys local leaders on impact of COVID-19
  • Governor extends executive orders for five regions not ready to open
  • An online MFA & BFA Photography Thesis Exhibition
  • SUB renovation begins today
  • Campus Food Pantry will remain open through the summer
  • The week ahead at the Career Resource Center
  • Feminist pedagogy in a pandemic
  • Community Pandemic Blog: An international student's decision to stay
  • Today: Webinar for Fulbright applicants
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

SUNY New Paltz prepares for first-ever virtual Commencement ceremony
Nearly 2,100 undergraduate and more than 600 graduate degrees to be conferred

Faculty and staff: Share a short video for Class of 2020 celebration montage
Today is the last day to submit a congratulatory message

COVID-19: Local Leaders Respond
Benjamin Center reports findings from survey of 233 county, city, town and village officials

Governor extends executive orders for five regions not ready to open
Summarizing key takeaways from new statewide guidance for reopening

Weekly update from the Career Resource Center
News and opportunities for students and alumni, including a virtual SUNY-wide career fair

Student Union Building renovation begins May 18
Roofing and interior repairs and upgrades will run through the summer

Campus Food Pantry will remain open through the summer
New pickup location near Mail Services while SUB renovation is ongoing

Feminist pedagogy in a pandemic
Senior seminar students reflect on how COVID-19 intersects with gender violence, reproduction, immigration, incarceration and other contemporary issues

The Photography & Related Media program is showcasing thesis works by undergraduate and graduate students.
The online MFA and BFA in Photography Thesis Exhibition can be viewed via this link

Pictured above: Li Lin-Liang ’20g (Photography & Related Media), White Rose, Archival Pigment Print 25×14

Community Pandemic Blog


Professional development and training opportunities

Resources for Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program applicants
Including instructions to register for a general info webinar on Monday, May 18

Still time to join virtual summer study abroad program from SUNY COIL
Deadline is May 18 for faculty to self-nominate to develop content

Call for proposals: SUNY Faculty Development Conference, Oct. 19 & 20
Conference theme is "Teaching and Learning for Student Success"; submit by May 20

Onboarding sessions: Get ready to build a blended learning course in Blackboard
Instructional Technology staff will walk faculty through the training syllabus and objectives
Tuesday, May 19, and Thursday, May 21, from 12 - 1 p.m.


Coronavirus updates

May 18 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

As isolation drags on, people find ways to cope
IDMH deputy director on our collective "sense of life being suspended"
Times Herald-Record, 5/17/20

Floyd was the real deal
Memories of the long-time New Paltz resident and two-time heavyweight champion of the world
New Paltz Times, 5/15/20


From our community


The Commencement countdown is on! It's been a wild ride, and on Friday, it's time to celebrate. Forever Orange and Blue!.


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