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Posted on: Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10:00 AM

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This newsletter is a daily source of campus news, useful tips, events information, and updates about confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. Read more here.
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  • Coronavirus update: Two students have tested positive
  • Mask and social distance policies remain in place for our campus community, even if you’ve been vaccinated
  • Two new directors appointed in the Division of Student Affairs
  • Provost Lyman's April 2021 Report to the Faculty
  • Reminders about Incomplete Grades from Records & Registration
  • Two updates for UUP employees
  • Photo Detail Challenge Round 2 reveal!
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: Why one student got the vaccine as soon as she was eligible

Coronavirus updates

Mask and social distance policies remain in place for our campus community, even if you’ve been vaccinated
The College will continue to follow state, local and SUNY policies and keep these safety measures in place

SUNY New Paltz COVID-19 Dashboard
The College's tally of active cases, on-campus testing, positivity rates, quarantine and more


News of the day

Pascha McTyson appointed Director of the Center for Student Engagement effective May 13
McTyson brings nearly two decades’ experience in student engagement, student development and success, organizational strategy and staff development

Renee Bostic appointed Director of Athletics, Wellness & Recreation effective July 1
Bostic has dedicated her career to the advancement and success of student-athletes

Provost Lyman's April 2021 Report to the Faculty
Updates on Middle States, new program development and much more

Reminders about Incomplete Grades from Records & Registration
Students can request an incomplete if they meet certain criteria
Faculty members have the sole discretion to grant these requests

Two updates for UUP employees
A new agreement extending your window to use Voluntary Reduction in Work Schedule credits, and open election for Holiday Compensation in Lieu of Compensation Time

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Campus Photo Detail Challenge #2: Old Library
We stumped a few of you with this one! Old Library may seem tucked away on the edge of the Quad, but it's a cornerstone of our campus, built in 1954 as the College's first library. It now serves as home to the photography and graphic design programs, with a renovated interior offering Mac labs, a darkroom, developing and printing labs and a book bindery.
Kudos to Brandon Latargia '21 (Adolescence Education) for being first to write in with the correct answer, and thanks to everyone else who got involved and gave it a shot. More next week!

Events, resources and reminders

The third Annual Art History Symposium starts today!
Three-day event is one of the largest undergraduate art history conferences in the nation, featuring nearly 100 presenters from 64 colleges and universities across the country

April 10 at 7 p.m.: "Grounded," a one-person performance by Grace Petrillo '21
Student-produced and -directed theatre show tells the story of an ace fighter pilot's transition away from the front lines

“Story-Listening for Social Change”: A Distinguished Speaker Series event on Monday, April 12
Oral historian and educator Zaheer Ali will give a virtual address about the power of stories to amplify marginalized voices

Join the GE Board to discuss the future of SUNY General Education, April 14
A new SUNY GE Advisory Committee report recommends significant revisions to systemwide policies; We'll discuss how this may impact our departments and programs

Transportation resources for students planning vaccination
Some bus, taxi and rideshare options that may be useful to members of our community


The latest from media

Why marijuana is still illegal on New York college campuses
The quick answer: Campuses are bound by federal laws
Times Union, 4/7/21


From Our Community

Kristin Lasker explains why she got her COVID vaccine. #ItsYourTurn
Women's soccer player Kristin Lasker '21 (Communication Studies) contributed a quick video to SUNY for their campaign to expand vaccine access for students. Click here to hear from Kristin about why she got her vaccine as soon as she was eligible.

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