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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM

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  • Coronavirus update: One additional student has tested positive
  • Weekly COVID-19 testing: Science & Engineering and Psychology majors and UUP employees are on the schedule today
  • New York's seven-day positivity rate drops to lowest point since Dec. 1
  • Seventeen undergraduates earn grants for faculty-mentored research
  • Ideas for practicing self-compassion
  • Clarification for faculty on the “Cleared to Return to Campus” column in course rosters
  • Today! Global Engagement Program General Interest Meeting for students
  • A sneak preview of the Sojourner Truth sculpture coming to campus later this year
  • FAQ: Who has to follow SUNY’s weekly testing requirement?
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: Queer Gym Night this Friday

Coronavirus updates

Weekly COVID-19 testing schedule and resources
If you are a School of Science & Engineering or Psychology major, or a UUP-represented employee, please get tested today if you plan to be on campus at all this week

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

New York's seven-day positivity rate drops to lowest point since Dec. 1
Governor Cuomo: "Our post-holiday surge reduction is continuing"


News of the day

Seventeen undergraduates earn grants for faculty-mentored research
Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities program provides funds for applied scholarship in a broad array of academic disciplines

From Harvard Business Publishing: Ideas for practicing self-compassion
A few simple recommendations for taming your inner critic in moments of heightened stress

Clarification for faculty on the “Cleared to Return to Campus” column in course rosters
Students listed as “not applicable” are permitted to be on campus, enter buildings and attend in-person classes

Today! Global Engagement Program General Interest Meeting for students
Learn more about this one-of-a-kind, 12-15 credit experience, which includes an internship with a globally engaged organization

Spectrum News: Artist Creates Sojourner Truth Statue for SUNY Campus
VIDEO: Spectrum News takes you inside Trina Greene's studio as she puts finishing touches on the six-foot sculpture of Sojourner Truth that will be installed at the entrance of our campus Library later this year.

FAQ on Weekly COVID-19 Testing

Who has to follow SUNY’s weekly testing requirement?
Effective Feb. 8, all students, faculty and staff who are on campus for any reason must get a COVID-19 test for each week they are present this spring.
This applies to those who live, work or take classes on campus, as well as those who come to campus to use the Athletic & Wellness Center, Library or other facilities.
Individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine are still required to get tested every week they are on campus, per state and local health guidelines.
Students and employees who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 are exempt from testing for 90 days after their positive COVID-19 test. The College must have a record of the positive test on file in order to process your exemption.
Students’ off-campus test results should be submitted by email to Employees’ off-campus test results should be submitted to

Events, resources and reminders

February is Compliance Review Month for employees
Please complete annual Policy & Procedure Acknowledgement, Workplace Violence Prevention Review and Title IX/Sexual Harassment Review by Friday, Feb. 26
All required reviews can be completed by vising

Harrington STEM Series returns Feb. 16 with an introduction to reconfiguration systems
The College welcomes Heather Russell, assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Richmond

Faculty & Staff: Apply by Feb. 17 to join the next Manager’s Toolkit cohort
A program designed to help new and experienced managers cultivate adaptive management capacity, build a community of support, and provide tools and techniques that align with management best practices

An International Mother Language Day gathering on Feb. 19
All students, faculty and staff are invited to share a reading in the first language you learned

The annual SUNY Online Summit is Feb. 22-26
Mark your calendar for a system-wide conference on online program administration, faculty development, instruction and instructional design

Start your global journey: Study Abroad Fair, Feb. 24
While in-person programs are cancelled for spring and summer, many virtual options remain for students looking for international experience and cultural exchange


The latest from media

African American History: A Past Rooted in the Hudson Valley
An overview on African culture in upstate New York, with insights from former Professor of Black Studies A.J. Williams-Myers
Hudson Valley Magazine, 2/8/21


From Our Community

Queer Gym Night registration on IMLeagues
Starting this Friday! The College invites students to Queer Gym Night in the East Curves Gym at the Athletic & Wellness Center, as a safe space to build strength while building community. Please register on IM Leagues; attendance is capped at 15 students due to COVID-19, and advance sign-up is required.

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