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Posted on: Friday, May 8, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • Questionable Authorities perform for the Class of 2020
  • Message from SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson
  • STUDENTS: Last chance to customize your Commencement slide and share a Senior Toast
  • Chamber of Commerce interns work remotely to support local businesses
  • Graphic Design Instagram takeover, today at 4 p.m.
  • Forum on race and pandemic, today at 3 p.m.
  • Quick tips to protect yourself from scam emails
  • Professional development opportunities
  • From our community: The Library is here to help during Finals Week
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

Questionable Authorities, the Hudson Valley's only all-professor punk rock band, perform Billy Idol's "Dancing with Myself" for the Class of 2020
Typically this time of year, QA is rehearsing for its annual graduation show. That wasn't possible this May, so they made a music video in honor of 2020 graduates instead.


News from around campus

Message from SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson
Leader of the SUNY system offers words of gratitude and looks ahead to the future of higher education in New York

New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce interns still supporting local businesses
Even as we shelter in place, these students have continued applying their creativity and technical expertise to keep the professional community connected and informed

Reminder about impersonation scam emails
Beware of messages from external accounts


Virtual Commencement: One more day to RSVP

Still time to customize your Commencement slide
Upload your portrait and personal quote by May 9

There's plenty of time to get creative with a DIY Mortarboard for the virtual Commencement! Share your design with us using #npsocial.

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:

Forum on race and pandemic, May 8 at 3 p.m.
The Black Lives Matter @ School Committee will host this open forum welcoming students and employees to share their experiences. Opening remarks from Lecturer Anthony Dandrige and AC2 Program Coordinator Binta Ceesay.

Essential Communication Skills for Teaching course begins May 19
The SUNY Center for Professional Development offers this opportunity for faculty, delivered 100% asynchronous online via Blackboard, as part of its Teaching and Learning Certificate for New Faculty Program


Resources for remote teaching, learning and living

#NPStressBusters continue ahead of finals week
Fitness, mindfulness, gaming and more to destress
TODAY: Latin Dance in Your Kitchen with Christina at 11 a.m.


Coronavirus updates

May 8 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

Pandemic projections: What will the future hold for New Paltz?
A local look to the future, including observations from President Christian's recent Fireside Chat
New Paltz Times, 5/8/20

Former NYPD officer, longtime educator is New Paltz school district's next superintendent
Angela Urbina-Medina is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz's certificate of advanced study in educational administration program
Poughkeepsie Journal, 5/7/20

High schools around region look to use Warwick Drive-in for graduations
Creative ideas for merging virtual and in-person formats
Times Herald-Record, 5/7/20

Hudson Valley College Town Economies Struggle to Adapt During Students’ Absence
Checking in with small businesses during a spring when thousands of potential customers have left town
Chronogram, 5/7/20


From our community


Not sure if the Sojourner Truth Library has ever been this quiet so close to Finals Week. Library staff is still hard at work, though, providing real-time research help to anyone who needs it.


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