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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Monday, May 4, 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.


  • Four employees receive 2020 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence
  • Students, judges convene online for Business Plan Contest
  • Be like Hugo, use New Paltz campus-themed web conferencing backgrounds!
  • New virtual displays on the Library website are a gift to book-browsers
  • The week ahead at the Career Resource Center
  • Insights from the disciplines: Three pieces of creative writing from the Chronogram
  • Professional development opportunities
  • From our community: Alumnus wins $50k on Wheel of Fortune!
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Four New Paltz employees receive 2020 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence
Join us in congratulating Valerie McAllister, Heather Morrison, Narcyz Roztocki and Vika Shock

Student entrepreneurs make their pitch at virtual Business Plan Contest
First place prize goes to "You Tutorials," a custom cosmetics application concept

Love to browse books? Try these new virtual displays
If you're missing the feeling you get when a good book finds you, the Sojourner Truth Library is here to help

Weekly update from the Career Resource Center
Info on a new job search group for graduating seniors, and a chance to be featured in our next Internship Spotlight


Virtual Commencement: News and action items


Insights from the disciplines:
Creative writing from this month's Chronogram

"Closing Time," by Lisa A. Phillips (Chair, Digital Media & Journalism)
A meditation on empathy and impatience while waiting in line to buy groceries

"Why We Stayed Home," by Kristopher Jansma (Director, Creative Writing)
"We are bored. We are terrified. We are running low on toilet paper."

"Crumby," by Erica Ruggiero '20 (Journalism; Theatre Arts)
Considering perseverance and exhaustion from the perspective of a piece of bread

Getting sick of seeing the wall behind you at every web meeting? Follow Hugo's lead and use one of our new video conferencing backgrounds! Click this link to download some of our favorite images from campus, and find instructions for using them as backgrounds on WebEx and Teams.

Professional development and training opportunities

TODAY: Two opportunities for faculty to learn valuable grant writing skills
1) Write! (As if Your Career Depends on it) Webinar today at 2 p.m.
2) Apply now for tuition support for upcoming SUNY workshop

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

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.


Coronavirus updates

May 4 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
A student has notified the College that he has tested positive


The latest from media

6 Virtual/Outdoor Exhibits to Check out this May
The Dorsky's "Stay Home, Make Art" exhibition continues @dorskymuseum
(Chronogram, 5/1/20)

USA Volleyball: Tips from the Pros
First-Team AVCA All-American Aaron Carrk '20 (Communication Studies - Public Relations) talks about an athlete's transition from high school to college


From our community


Huge congrats to New Paltz alumnus Michael Desisto ’16 (Music) for winning big on Wheel of Fortune last week! Michael, who works as a music educator in the Hudson Valley, made it to the bonus round and took home $50,000. Well done!


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