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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Thursday, May 14, 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.


  • Today is the Senior Toast!
  • Statement from SUNY Chancellor Johnson on federal changes to Title IX safeguards
  • Geography students, faculty, alumni use GIS to support Kingston meal delivery effort
  • Student interns document impact of COVID-19 at historic sites
  • Psychological Counseling Center offers survival tips for the last days of finals
  • Men's Volleyball co-captain brings home First-Team All-American honors
  • Community Pandemic Blog: A student athlete reflects on springtime without softball
  • Development opportunities: Blended learning, Stress Busters, Grade Center help and more
  • From our community: School of Education students toast the Class of 2020
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Today at 4 p.m.: Use this link to join the Senior Toast!
Being away from campus isn't going to stop us from raising our glasses to the Class of 2020

SUNY Chancellor Johnson statement on federal changes to Title IX safeguards
Message addresses new federal regulations governing campus sexual assault

GIS we can! Geographers help combat food insecurity
Students, faculty and alumni use Geographic Information Systems to map out efficient delivery zones as part of effort to provide 1,000 meals daily in the Kingston School District

History interns provide real-time commentary on impact of COVID-19
Students shift from working at historic sites, to creating their own historical record

VIDEO: A few survival tips for the last days of finals
Senior Counselor Sarah Burrows offers some #SkillstoChill to get you through

Men's Volleyball co-captain Matt Grace earns First-Team All-American honors
New Paltz's all-time assists leader recognized as one of the top players in the nation

For this #ThrowbackThursday, a glimpse at what Finals Week at SUNY New Paltz looked like in 1957. Those hand-written essays are brutal on the wrist, but there's nothing quite like the feeling of being done.

Community Pandemic Blog

Memoir of a Student Athlete by Emily Fox ’21 (Psychology)

Reflections on springtime without softball, published in this new space for community members to share personal expressions related to COVID-19

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


Resources for remote teaching, learning and living

FDC: Chaplain skills support for students, Friday, May 15, at 2 p.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

Faculty: Share remote teaching challenges and best practices at Brown Bag Lunches
Join the Office of Instructional Technology every day this week at noon for conversation about successes, lessons learned and opportunities to improve in our online instruction

Student Affairs offers more #NPStressBusters for finals week
TODAY: NPStressBusters Yoga with Traci at 12 p.m.
Practitioners move closer to achieving vibrant health through exercises that focus on balance, effort, awareness and breath. All you need is a soft spot to sit!

Instructional Technology providing Grade Center assistance at drop-in sessions for faculty this week
Get answers to your questions about reporting final grades
Friday, May 15, from 9 - 11 a.m.


Professional development and training opportunities

Upcoming Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings:

Click the links above to register, or view all available HRDI trainings at:

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.

Federal advocacy update from the APLU, May 22
SUNY-hosted webinar will address research funding and present policy insights


Coronavirus updates

May 14 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

Metzger hosts community conversation on mental health
State senator joined by Amy Nitza and Karla Vermeulen, director and deputy director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health
Mid-Hudson News, 5/13/20


From our community


Students in the School of Education got the party started a little early this year! Click here to see their toast to the Class of 2020, and use this link to join the campus-wide Senior Toast today at 4 p.m.


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