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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Tuesday, May 12, 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.


  • International students make New Paltz a home away from home during pandemic
  • Message from College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean Laura Barrett
  • Gap in the Clouds: Online senior art exhibition
  • New: Community Pandemic Blog post of the day
  • Instructional Technology hosting Brown Bag Lunches and Grade Center Drop-Ins for faculty this week
  • SUNY Online Global Commons summer program offers opportunities for students and faculty
  • A tribute to Gwen Havranek, retiring after distinguished, four-decade career at New Paltz
  • Accounting students receive CPA society honors
  • From our community: Student Affairs presents Distinguished Seniors Awards
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

International students make New Paltz a home away from home during pandemic
Center for International Programs supporting 100+ students whose U.S. educational experiences were interrupted by COVID-19

A Message from Laura Barrett, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
"As challenging as this semester has been, my silver lining has been the opportunity to work with dedicated colleagues who have magically (and with blood, sweat, and tears) made the impossible perfectly possible"

Students and faculty can sign up now for a new, virtual study abroad opportunity from SUNY
Online Global Commons program (July 6 – Aug. 15) provides six credits to students, teaching roles for instructors

Gwen Havranek will retire after distinguished, four-decade career at SUNY New Paltz
Havranek is a 2012 SUNY Chancellor's Award recipient and trusted leader in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Accounting students receive top honors from NYS CPA society
Undergraduate and graduate students earn Outstanding Students of Accounting awards


Community Pandemic Blog

low tide – A poem by Cheyenne Heinen '21g (Adolescence Education: English)


We've already received a number of great submissions to this new forum for students, faculty and staff to share original writing, visual and performance art, and personal expressions related to COVID-19. We'll plan to share a new piece each day in the Daily Digest, and continue to accept new contributions through May 31.

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


Gap in the Clouds: Online senior art exhibition

The annual BA/BS Art Exhibition cannot be held in person this year, but that didn't stop Visual Arts students from producing brilliant work and executing a collective show. Gap in the Clouds, the 2020 Senior Online Exhibition, will be on view now through April 4, 2021.
Pictured above: "Grasshopper," digital photograph by Nicole Porco '20 (Visual Arts)

Resources for remote teaching, learning and living

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

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


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:

Coronavirus updates

May 12 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
An employee, currently asymptomatic, notified the College that she has tested positive for antibodies suggesting prior exposure to COVID-19


The latest from media

Highland graduate uses engineering skills to support healthcare workers
Catching up with Rachel Eisgruber ’20 (Mechanical Engineering)
Times Herald-Record, 5/11/20


From our community


The Distinguished Seniors in Student Affairs award acknowledges outstanding graduating seniors who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Division of Student Affairs while maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Students achieving this award have completed at least one academic year of service to a Student Affairs unit and had complementary campus involvement, leadership and/or civic engagement beyond the nominating department.


Use this link to view the award ceremony and join in congratulating this year's honorees.


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