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Daily Digest - SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Monday, April 6, 2020 at 10:01 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.


  • An open letter to faculty from SUNY New Paltz students
  • Parents: Student teachers available now to provide online instruction to k-12 children
  • New Virtual Engagement tool launches for student groups and others hosting online events
  • Remote learning resources for students and faculty advisers
  • Trainings and professional development opportunities
  • The latest from media
  • FAQ of the day

News from around campus

An open letter to faculty from SUNY New Paltz students
Submitted on behalf of students by Student Association Vice President for Academic Affairs Haley Hershenson

Student teachers available now to provide online instruction to children k-12
School of Education offers new service to families in the SUNY New Paltz community

Student Activities launches new Virtual Engagement platform to keep our community connected
Inviting student clubs, organizations and campus departments to host and promote their online events

Real-time list of buildings closed for cleaning
Office of Emergency Management informing community about closures as they occur

The College received 190 gallons of New York State Clean hand sanitizer on Friday, April 3. The Office of Emergency Management is distributing the sanitizer to campus areas of need, including Facilities Management, Information Technology Services, Sodexo, Print & Mail Services, University Police and Residence Life.

Resources for remote teaching and learning

Strategies for students to succeed in online learning
Sharing eight of our favorite approaches to getting the most out of an online class

Advising sites for faculty in Blackboard
Facilitating communication between faculty and their advisees


Professional development and training opportunities

Faculty Development Center: Teaching Circle Discussions
Open conversation among educators on a rotating series of topics
April 7, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., and April 9, 5 - 6 p.m.

Upcoming Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings:

Click the links above to register, or view all available HRDI trainings at: www.newpaltz.edu/hr/training/catalog.html

The latest from media

How will the pandemic affect our sense of community?
Reflecting on local leaders' future outlooks, six months after they were first published
(New Paltz Times, 4/3/20)


Frequently Asked Question of the Day

If students opt into the Pass (P) grade option for spring 2020 courses, can those courses be used to satisfy minor requirements?
Yes. Courses for which a student has earned a P grade will satisfy degree, major and minor requirements and can be applied whether or not the student has declared a major or minor. There may be restrictions for accredited programs leading to licensure or certification.  
Students will be able opt in to this new Pass grade option beginning May 21, and the opt-in period will continue through Oct. 16. We encourage students to discuss this option with their advisors after their spring semester courses are graded. The method for requesting the P grade will be developed and communicated before the end of the semester. 
Have more questions? We're updating our Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions webpage daily.

Daily Digest readers: We want to hear from you! 

Our team is seeking input on how this newsletter can best serve students, faculty and staff as we all adjust to new challenges posed by the response to coronavirus.
We're inviting submissions and ideas of all kinds:
  • Have important news to share with the SUNY New Paltz community?
  • Developed an innovative solution to improve remote teaching and learning?
  • Figured out a lifehack to help yourself stay positive?
  • Want to share a photograph with friends and colleagues?
Please just reply to this email or write to communication@newpaltz.edu and let us know what you would like to see in this space. Thank you!
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