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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, May 20, 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.


  • Announcing the spring 2020 Outstanding Graduates
  • Commencement Countdown: Facebook frames for students and families
  • Grade submission deadline extended
  • Alumna at pharmaceutical firm discusses working toward COVID-19 treatments
  • VIDEO: A "humble professor" offers a lighthearted congrats to the Class of 2020
  • Benefits reminder: Employees with Empire Plan can schedule online meetings with doctors at no cost
  • Library will host series on online teaching resources, beginning May 26
  • Community Pandemic Blog: The impact of professors' compassion
  • Development opportunities, including a webinar today on NEH Summer Stipends
  • Coronavirus updates
  • The latest from media

News from around campus

Spring 2020 Outstanding Graduates personify academic excellence
Announcing the list of undergraduate and graduate students nominated by faculty as exceptional scholars and leaders

Share your pride with a Commencement profile photo frame on Facebook
Here's an easy way to celebrate the Class of 2020 on social media

Grade submission deadline extended to Thursday, May 21, at 2 p.m.
Enter grades by logging into my.newpaltz.edu, then clicking "Teaching Menu" > "Enter Final Grades"

Alumna in pharmaceutical industry working around the clock to combat coronavirus
Brittany Grandville '18 (Biochemistry) goes from tennis team to clinical trials team

Class of 2020: We celebrated you when you first arrived at New Paltz, and this week, we celebrate all you've accomplished during your time here.
Photo from Convocation, Aug. 26, 2016.

Community Pandemic Blog


Resources for teaching, learning and living

Sojourner Truth Library hosting Q&A sessions on online learning
Join research and instructional librarians on Tuesday, May 26, at 10 a.m., for info about useful remote instruction resources

Employees with the Empire Plan can speak to a doctor or therapist from the comfort of home, at no cost
Register at LiveHealth Online and use code NYSHIP at payment screen

The semester may be over, but virtual fitness classes are still going strong!
Offerings Monday and Friday mornings through May 29
Email Wellness and Recreation Associate Director Christina Cordier Purdy for more info or to be added to the fac/staff fitness class mailing list

Would you like to see online fitness continue in June? Fill this quick survey to let us know
Class leaders are planning summer schedules now, and looking for input from virtual exercisers in our community


Professional development and training opportunities

Today is the last day to submit a proposal for the SUNY Faculty Development Conference
Conference takes place on Oct 19 & 20; Theme is "Teaching and Learning for Student Success"

One more session this week: Get ready to build a blended learning course in Blackboard
Instructional Technology staff will walk faculty through the training syllabus and objectives
Thursday, May 21, from 12 - 1 p.m.

Webinar: National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends program, May 20 at 2 p.m.
NEH awards support advanced research for a period of two consecutive months

Federal Advocacy and Research Funding, May 22 at noon
SUNY-hosted webinar will address research funding and present policy insights


Coronavirus updates

May 20 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

Benjamin Center report focuses on COVID-19 impacts on local leaders
Radio interview with lead author and Center Director KT Tobin
WAMC, 5/18/20


From our community

Jonathan Raskin, "a humble professor" and chair of the Psychology Department, offers this sincere, lighthearted video tribute to the Class of 2020, produced while social distancing from home.

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