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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Friday, May 15, 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.


  • Virtual Engineering Design EXPO goes live today
  • Other Worlds Are Possible: MFA Program launches online thesis show
  • Video: Relive the Virtual Senior Toast
  • Signatures on a console board tell a 20+ year history of the College radio station
  • COVID-19 inspires new course on plague and apocalypse fiction
  • Deadline is May 18 for faculty and staff to contribute a short video for our Class of 2020 montage
  • Community Pandemic Blog: This situation is No Laughing Matter
  • Updates from Mail Services, Benefits and Payroll
  • Development opportunities, including multiple programs happening today
  • From our community: NP Hawks Blooper Reel!
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Virtual Engineering Design EXPO goes live today
A record 20 student teams overcame exceptional challenges to create projects, prototypes and video presentations for this signature capstone experience

DJs’ signatures tell 20-year history of WFNP
A console board becomes a time capsule at the campus radio station

VIDEO: Relive the 2020 Virtual Senior Toast
Celebrating graduates-to-be as the spring 2020 semester comes to an end

COVID-19 inspires new course on plague and apocalypse fiction
These works challenge humanity's sense of dominion over an increasingly unpredictable physical environment

Faculty and staff: Share a short video congratulating the Class of 2020!
Just a few seconds recorded on your phone is enough to let students know you're thinking of them
Click the link above to upload your video (in landscape orientation, please!) before May 18, to be included in our senior celebration montage

Payroll Office Updates on holiday/vacation time forfeiture extentions:

"We invite you to join our radically innovative students as they share their creative reimagining of the world. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many of our students were unable to complete their thesis projects before our studios closed; the work in this exhibition represents a view into their creative process and demonstrates how our community stays active even in the face of adversity." - Matthew Friday, graduate coordinator, Department of Art
Pictured above: Nick Rouke ’20g (Photography & Related Media), Untitled, 2020, archival inkjet print

Community Pandemic Blog

No Laughing Matter by Ashley Rose ’21g (English)

A free-verse piece on how we responded: First with levity, then more seriously

Use this link to read more about this project and submit.


Resources for remote teaching, learning and living

Faculty: Share remote teaching challenges and best practices at Brown Bag Lunches
Join the Office of Instructional Technology today at noon for the final conversation in a series focused on improving online teaching and learning

Student Affairs offers more #NPStressBusters for finals week
TODAY: Dance Fitness Classes at 11 a.m.
Choose from a variety of sessions that are sure to have you shakin' off your stress!

Updates from Mail Services for summer 2020
Guidance for students, faculty and staff

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

Benefits updates: Investment, telehealth, wellness and more
Useful links and other resources to support employees in trying times


Professional development and training opportunities

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 15 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

8 Ways to Get Through the Pandemic With Your Relationship Intact
Expert-backed tips for communicating and connecting effectively with your partner
Sharecare, 5/14/20


From our community


Even in the heat of competition, it's important not to take yourself too seriously. The New Paltz Hawks media team has compiled outtakes from media days, post-game interviews, preview videos and practices into a Blooper Reel for the 2019-20 season.


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