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College to Host 'Wellness Wednesday' Series

 College to Host 'Wellness Wednesday' Series

08/26/2013 

Well-being is one of SUNY Cortland’s four priorities, along with academic excellence, transformational education and maximizing resources.

That’s why the campus continues to host a long-lived fall and spring weekly series to encourage the entire campus and community to pursue a lifetime of good health.

Sponsored by the Health Promotion Office and the Student Development Center, the Fall 2013 “Wellness Wednesday” series will take place each Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, unless otherwise noted. The events are free and open to the public.

Scheduled events are as follows:

• On Aug. 28, Louise Mahar, the College’s assistant director of recreational sports for fitness, will offer “A Non-Threatening Introduction to Yoga” in the Corey Union Function Room. Participants will experience a beginner-level yoga class and should dress in loose, comfortable clothing and bring a towel.

• SUNY Cortland student affairs representatives will discuss “So You’re in College: Now What?” on Sept. 4. The three representatives, Carolyn Bershad, director of counseling, Ralph Carrasquillo, director of residence life and housing, and Christopher Kuretich, assistant vice president for student affairs, will address issues for first-year and transfer students, such as residence hall living, partying, homesickness, new relationships and peer pressure.

 • On Sept. 11, the anniversary day of the horrific events that shook the U.S. and this campus, the College community will hold “Remember 9/11,” a day for remembering and “random acts of kindness.” Stop by the Health Promotion and Student Development tables in Corey Union for a ribbon and a “task.”

• Participants can “Walk the Walk of Student Services” at an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 in Van Hoesen Hall and Corey Union. Visitors will be able to meet the student services staff and view the facilities of the University Police Department, student health services, counseling, student disability services, health promotion, substance abuse prevention and education, career services, residence life and housing, Academic Support and Achievement Program (ASAP), Emergency Squad, Tomik Fitness Facility and recreational sports, as well as Auxiliary Services Corporation nutrition services. Staff from the Division of Vice President for Student Affairs, Multicultural Life and Diversity Office, and Campus Activities Office will meet students in the Corey Union lobby. Refreshments will be served and prizes raffled.

indoor frisbee
A recreational competition with a frisbee gives a roomful of SUNY Cortland students an opportunity to refresh and recharge themselves, body and mind.

Mike “Greeny” Green, the president of Collegiate Consultants on Drugs and Alcohol, will discuss “The Four Stages of Drinking” at 8 p.m. on Sept. 25 in the Corey Union Function Room. He will share his take on the four stages of drinking and how even the “one night problem” can have a lifetime of consequences. Green’s background as an athlete, coach, educator and recovering alcoholic provide him with the know-how to help students create a low-risk relationship with alcohol.

• The Southern Tier AIDS Program will offer a presentation titled “Living With HIV” on Oct. 2. An individual who has HIV will offer a personal story on living daily with this disease.

• On Oct. 9, a panel of allies to individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) will discuss the concept of “I Got Your Back.” They will share ideas on how to play an affirmative role with persons of all sexualities.

Louis Larson,SUNY Cortland associate director emeritus of career services, will join a panel to talk about the historical and legal ramifications of gay marriage on Oct. 16. The presentation, called “The Journey to Equality,” marks his inaugural program in a planned “Louis Larson Lecture and Performance Series.”

Bershad and Kathryn Gallup, senior counselor,  will offer tips and tools for building healthy relationships in their Oct. 23 talk, titled  “Healthy Relationships: What Do They Look Like?”

Tracey H. Reilly, M.D., an assistant professor in emergency medicine and medical toxicology at Albany Medical College, will focus her Oct. 30 talk on nontraditional, emerging, Web-based drugs. Her lecture, called “NEW Drugs of the Internet: Getting Amped on Ladybugs Is Not a Good Thing,” will help the audience understand why they will never want to try such drugs, or if they have, never use them ever again.

Andrea Hart, a nutritionist with the College’s Auxiliary Services Corporation, will give tips for making healthy choices on and off campus in her Nov. 6 talk, titled “How to Eat Well in College.”

Kirsten Carter, a graduate student and licensed massage therapist, will present “Back to Massage” on Nov. 13. Her two identical sessions, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., will feature a great massage technique to reduce stress and pain. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend or pair up.

For more information or physical accommodation to attend an event, contact Catherine Smith, the College’s health educator, in Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-1, at catherine.smith@cortland.edu or at (607) 753-2066.