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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, May 13, 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.


  • Information on credits and refunds for spring 2020 charges impacted by COVID-19
  • Call to faculty and staff: Join us in congratulating the Class of 2020!
  • Update on new tenure clock and permanent appointment timeline options
  • One more day until the Senior Toast!
  • Video message to students from the Counseling Center's LGBTQ+ Liaison
  • Update on work-related travel
  • Next College Council meeting will be held on May 20
  • Community Pandemic Blog: "I Left My Heart in the Hudson Valley"
  • Instructional Technology hosting multiple help sessions to support faculty this week and next
  • NYS Education Department publishes new FAQs for colleges and universities
  • Professional development opportunities, including tonight's free webinar on pollinator-friendly gardening
  • From our community: Download link for free graduation portrait backgrounds!
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Credit/refund schedule for spring 2020 charges impacted by COVID-19
Important information about credit percentages for room, meal plans and fees

Call to faculty and staff: Help us congratulate the Class of 2020!
A few easy ideas for making the virtual Commencement a truly special experience for our graduates

New SUNY-UUP Memorandum of Understanding on tenure clock and permanent appointment
Update for academic and professional faculty about new options for temporarily "stopping the clock"

VIDEO: A message of support to students from Lauren Spencer, LGBTQ+ liaison for the Psychological Counseling Center
If you don't feel accepted at home, a reminder that your New Paltz community is here for you

College Council schedules its next meeting for Wednesday, May 20
Council will meet via web conference to discuss coronavirus, Student Handbook, budget and more

Update on work-related travel
Cancellation extended through June 30, and other important information for faculty and staff


Join us at the Virtual Senior Toast, May 14 at 4 p.m.!


Community Pandemic Blog

I Left My Heart in the Hudson Valley by Nawreen Juthi ’20 (Marketing)

"I was planning weekend sightseeing at some nearby towns, a few more therapeutic walks around Lake Minnewaska, dining at some restaurants in New Paltz that I had yet to try. And now that’s been put on hold."
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 every day this week at noon for conversation about successes, lessons learned and opportunities to improve in our online instruction

Instructional Technology providing Grade Center assistance at drop-in sessions for faculty this week
Get answers to your questions about reporting final grades
Today, May 13, from 1 - 3 p.m. and Friday, May 15, from 9 - 11 a.m.

Student Affairs offers more #NPStressBusters for finals week
Fitness, mindfulness, gaming and more to destress
TODAY: NPStressBusters Yoga with Traci at 12 p.m.

State Education Department issues new FAQs for New York colleges and universities impacted by COVID-19
Comprehensive and well-organized guidance for students, faculty, staff and administrators


Professional development and training opportunities

Pollinators, Native Plants and Habitats: Free webinar tonight at 7 p.m.
Join Laura Wyeth of the College's Biodiversity Initiative and other specialists for some practical guidance for Hudson Valley gardeners

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.


Coronavirus updates

May 13 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

Coronavirus: New Paltz couple turn a corner, donate plasma
In the midst of recovery, Carol and Edward Lundergan look to use their experience to protect others
Poughkeepsie Journal, 5/11/20

Ulster County face shield production effort produces tens of thousands of units
PPE has been used at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York City, Yale University Medical Center, Albany Medical Center, HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, among other sites
Mid-Hudson News, 5/12/20

Jackson State: A Tragedy Widely Forgotten
Last week we took a moment to reflect on the 50th anniversary of violence at Kent State. This week marks 50 years since another, less remembered tragedy on a Mississippi campus
NPR, 5/3/20


From our community

Even if you're away from campus, we want to make sure you can still have the graduation photo you've been waiting for.
Click here to view and download background photo templates for the perfect Commencement portrait!

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