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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Tuesday, February 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: No new cases to report as of 4 p.m. yesterday
  • SUNY's weekly COVID-19 testing requirement is now in effect; Testing today for Business, undecided & non-matriculated students, and UUP employees
  • Sojourner Truth Library launching new Antiracist Campus Read
  • Nine facts about Title IX, ahead of next week's SUNY survey on campus climate
  • Today at 2 p.m.: "Knowmia Beyond Basics" workshop for faculty
  • Get virtual services from the Career Resource Center
  • SUNY enhances its system-wide COVID-19 case tracker
  • The campuswide effort to welcome international students to our community
  • FAQ: How does the weekly COVID-19 testing schedule work?
  • Events and resources
  • Community mourns Dan Guenther, local leader on sustainable agriculture
  • From our community: Ice on the Hudson

Coronavirus updates

Feb. 9 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
No new cases to report as of 4 p.m. yesterday

SUNY's weekly COVID-19 testing requirement is now in effect
Click here to view our testing schedule and additional resources

If you are a School of Business, undecided or non-matriculated student, 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


News of the day

Sojourner Truth Library launching new Antiracist Campus Read
A chance to engage with antiracism through communal teaching and learning
Register now for a four-week curriculum that begins on March 8

Nine facts about Title IX at SUNY New Paltz
The SUNY-wide survey on Campus Climate is coming next week!
Start getting ready now with useful information about the federal civil rights law that protects all members of our campus community from gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, interpersonal violence and stalking

Today at 2 p.m.: "Knowmia Beyond Basics" workshop for faculty
Expand your Knowmia skillset with more in-depth coverage of quizzes, conversations and other tools

Get virtual services from the Career Resource Center
Personalized help with resumes, job search, interview prep and so much more

SUNY enhances its system-wide COVID-19 case tracker
Daily statistics now include test results broken down by population, info on quarantine and isolation, regional comparisons and more

Center for International Programs helps students from abroad overcome new hurdles
Cindy Cullen, coordinator of international student services, helps international students move into their new campus homes, Jan. 15, 2021.
It's hard enough for international students to make the journey to a new nation under normal circumstances. The pandemic presents additional challenges, but a team of campus staff led by the Center for International Programs did all they could, even making custom care packages, to make the move-in and quarantine period as comfortable as possible. Please join us in welcoming these newest members of our community!

FAQ on Weekly COVID-19 Testing

How does the weekly COVID-19 testing schedule work?
Pool testing will be provided from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Thursday, with the first hour (9-10 a.m.) for employees only.
No appointments are necessary for pool testing, but pre-registration through SUNY Upstate Medical University is required and must be updated with each test.
Students, faculty and staff can get a pool test anytime, but we ask members of our community to follow the testing schedule as best they can, to reduce overcrowding at the testing site.
In addition to all-day pool testing Monday – Thursday, we will offer Friday make-up testing for those who were unable to get a test earlier in the week. Friday testing will use individual PCR test kits administered by our partners at Enzo Labs.
Friday PCR testing is by appointment only. Please use this link to sign up (faculty and staff should enter the letter “E”, then their employee ID number, where the scheduling form asks for student ID).

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

Action needed from faculty: Please submit enrollment census information for all spring semester classes before Sunday, Feb. 14
Undergraduate census survey is now available through Starfish
This process is required by Federal law and an important way to help ensure students receive financial aid to which they are entitled

Feb. 10: Global Engagement Program General Interest Meeting for students
Learn more about this one-of-a-kind, 12-15 credit academic and internship experience, which includes an internship with a globally engaged organization

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

School of Business providing free income tax assistance
Student volunteers certified with IRS training to provide basic tax prep help and free e-filing

CircleIn is now live! Download the peer-to-peer study app today
Students can quickly set up group chats and video meetings, share notes, and ask and answer questions in each of their courses


The latest from media

Daniel Guenther: 1943 - 2021
Community mourns a pioneer of organic farming and Community Supported Agriculture in the Hudson Valley, who worked regularly to mentor New Paltz students
Poughkeepsie Journal, 2/7/21


From Our Community

hudsonvalley on Instagram
The icy waters of the Hudson River: Best appreciated at a distance.
Aerial of Long Dock Park in Beacon, New York, by @dji_nimbus, reposted @hudsonvalley.

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