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Posted on: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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  • President Christian's report to the faculty
  • School of Business celebrates student excellence
  • Staying active with the College's alumni network: Virtual events and a fireside chat with President Christian
  • From media: Reflections on the 50th anniversary of the Kent State shootings
  • Guidance for returning items to the Sojourner Truth Library
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Evidence-based approaches to online teaching from the SUNY Rockefeller Institute
  • From our community: A muscle car motorcade to rally support for front-line workers
  • Coronavirus updates

News from around campus

President Christian's May 2020 report to the faculty
Reflecting on the end of a challenging, but productive, spring semester, and looking ahead to the fall

School of Business celebrates student excellence at online Awards Ceremony
Presenting special honors for academic achievement, outstanding service and more

Alumni virtual events bring community together, inspire self-care
Delivering comfort and joy to our 65,000+ alumni

Fireside chat: President Christian connects with alumni and friends of the College
Fielding questions from community members checking in on their alma mater

How to return books and other materials to the Sojourner Truth Library
No fines or holds will be incurred for items checked out this semester, but there are still options for returning things when you're done with them


Virtual Commencement: Last week to RSVP


The latest from media: Kent State, 50 years later

The violence at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, generated shockwaves and protests at campuses across the nation, which can still be felt in contemporary dialogues on activism and speech at colleges and universities. It also contributed to the ratification of the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18. 
To mark this historic anniversary and its cultural relevance to our institution, we share below a few selected retrospectives from national publications.

Mary Ann Vecchio gestures and screams as she kneels by the body of a student, Jeffrey Miller, lying face down on the campus of Kent State University, in Kent, Ohio. On publication, the image was retouched to remove the fencepost above Vecchio's head. Photograph by John Paul Filo, who was a journalism student at Kent State University at the time - © 1970 Valley News-Dispatch

At SUNY New Paltz, the shootings in Ohio sparked a peaceful protest and occupation of the Administration Building (now Old Main). Gail Gallerie, retired executive assistant to the president, says: “Among my most vivid memories is seeing College President John J. Neumaier stand at the north end of the long hallway outside of the president's office in the Old Main Building at about 10 p.m the night of May 4. The entire hallway was packed with students and some faculty ... One really amusing thing occurred that week. President Neumaier was working from home. Somehow a parent got what was then the unlisted phone number there and called him. The parent was seeking the president's assurance that his daughter would be safe. When John inquired about where the daughter was, he was told 'she's sitting in your office!'"

Photographs of the protest at Old Main from the 1970 SUNY New Paltz yearbook

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:

Writing through Trauma: Creative writing zoom session, May 6 at noon
Join alumnus Lester Eugene Mayers '19 (Theatre Arts) for an open workshop on self-expression

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.


Resources for remote teaching, learning and living

What to expect when you weren’t expecting online classes
Evidence-based approaches for creating successful remote courses, from SUNY's Rockefeller Institute of Government (a useful read, though we prefer the term "psycho-social skills" over "noncognitive skills"!)

New how-to guide for faculty developing blended learning courses
Access this Blackboard training at your convenience for tips on planning effectively


Coronavirus updates

May 5 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
No new cases to report as of 4 p.m. yesterday


From our community


Rich McElrath, instructional support project specialist in the Office of Instructional Design, is a co-founder of 845MOPARs, a collective of car and truck enthusiasts in the Hudson Valley. For the last month or so the group has been co-organizing parades of vehicles at hospitals, nursing homes, children's centers and anywhere else where people may need a little pick-me-up. On Sunday, May 3, they joined a caravan of about 1,000 first-responder vehicles, cars and trucks that paraded from Washingtonville to Newburgh. Follow them on Instagram @cruisehv and @hudsonvalley_845mopars.


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