SUNY Cortland will host the Spring 2012 “Wellness Wednesday Series” featuring speakers, exhibits, self-help workshops and other programs intended to encourage campus and community members to learn more about health and wellness. Program topics include yoga, play therapy, safe tattooing and body piercing, tobacco cessation and buying locally.
Sponsored by the Health Promotion Office and the Student Development Center, the series will take place on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, unless otherwise noted. The events are free and open to the public.
On Feb. 1, Louise Mahar, the College’s assistant director of recreational sports for fitness, will offer “A Non-Threatening Introduction to Yoga.” Participants will experience a beginner-level yoga class and should dress in loose, comfortable clothing and bring a towel.
On Feb. 8, Noelle Chaddock Paley, director of the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office, along with a panel of speakers, will discuss “BEing Civil is all about BEing Human: Is There an ISM Threatening Your Humanity?” following a viewing of “The Anatomy of Hate.”
On Feb. 15, Brittany Jarrard, a speech and hearing science major and Zumba instructor, will lead easy-to-follow moves to Latin rhythms for fun and exercise.
On Feb. 22, students can learn how to get a head start on life after college when Career Services Director John Shirley presents, “So You’re Leaving College – Now What?”
On Feb. 29, national presenters Doris and Tom Smeltzer will present “Andrea’s Voice: Silenced by Bulimia,” a compelling story of their daughter’s one-year struggle with bulimia, as well as vital information on disordered eating. This popular talk presents eating disorders from a daughter’s insights and her parents’ perspective. The talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.
On March 14, important health and safety information will be presented at “So You Want to Get Some Body Art: Health and Safety in the Tattoo and Piercing Industry” by two body art professionals. Carrie Kash has 14 years experience in body piercing and is trained in blood-borne pathogens and cross-contamination, and Zachary Zayac is a business owner and a business economics major at the College.
On March 21, “Play with a Purpose” invites participants to an hour of playing to learn more about themselves and others. Ellen A. Gooch, LCSW, senior counselor and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, leads this session.
On March 28, health promotion interns and the College’s Tobacco Advisory Committee will staff tables with “Going Tobacco-Free” information from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On April 4, Rev. Vicki Johnson and members of the interfaith community will share the meaning and traditions of holy days from Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan and Protestant practices when they present “Most Holy Days.”
On April 11, the College will recognize “Sexual Assault Awareness Week” with a speaker who will be announced at a later date.
On April 18, campus groups devoted to purchasing locally grown and produced foods and other healthy and sustainable goods will offer “Buy Locally – Think Globally: Cortland’s Own Farmers Market” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Neubig Hall.
For more information or accommodation to attend an event, contact Catherine Smith, the College’s health educator, in Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-1, or at (607) 753-2066.