Wellness Wednesday - SUNY Cortland

Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday Series, Spring 2016

Wednesdays @ 7 p.m. — Corey Union Exhibition Lounge unless otherwise noted*

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January 27

“Get On Your Feet! Financial Wellness After College.”

Karen Gallagher, Director of Financial Aid and Kimberley Slater, Associate Director of Financial Aid

We will highlight strategies and resources that students can access on financial wellness and will also discuss New York State's "Get On Your Feet" loan forgiveness program.

February 3

“It’s Personal!”

Anita Kuiken, Senior Assistant and Instructional Services Librarian

Knowing where to find reliable health information can be a real challenge. Sometimes it’s difficult or embarrassing to talk with someone else. Besides that, we are all unique beings with different health concerns and needs.  Arm yourself with the tools you need to find quality information. YOUR health and well-being are at stake – it’s personal!

February 10

“Intro to Massage”

Jeannine Gettis, NYS Licensed Massage Therapist

Come and meet the massage therapist here at SUNY Cortland. Free massages will be given as well as demonstrations of relaxation and self-care tools.    

February 17

“Compassion and Mental Health”

Lauren Herman, Health Educator and Andre Williams, Senior Counselor

What does compassion have to do with mental health? It relates quite a lot actually. This interactive presentation will explore three ways compassion, along with activities, can help and/or change the way you think about yourself and others.

February 24

“Bringing Recovery to Life”

Cheryl Kerrigan, Author, Speaker, Eating Disorder Survivor

*Corey Union, Function Room*

Cheryl Kerrigan is an eating disorder survivor and author of "Telling Ed NO! and Other Practical Tools to Conquer Your Eating Disorder and Find Freedom" (Gurze Books).  Cheryl touches her audience through an honest and moving story of her struggle and recovery from a 25+ year battle with Anorexia. Through her story, Cheryl provides the audience with important information on the inter-workings of the mind of an eating disorder (Ed), shares vital aspects of her recovery, provides successful and practical recovery tools and helps show you what life in recovery looks like. Cheryl’s inspiring story “Brings Recovery To Life.” Cheryl’s presentation and style is honest, engaging, compelling, humorous and very informative. You will walk away with hope, insight and successful, practical tools you can utilize in your own recovery journey.

For more information on Cheryl, check out her website: www.cherylkerrigan.com

March 2

“Hazing and Bullying: Let’s Talk About Respect”

Robert Hackenson, Jr., Founder and Professional “Edutaining” Speaker/Trainer for Dynamic Influence

*7:30 p.m., Corey Union, Function Room*

Hazing can be looked at as bullying with a purpose (initiation) but it can also have severe consequences.  This “edutational” presentation takes attendees through a rollercoaster of emotions, creates hazing and bullying awareness on campus, and challenges students to stand together and make a difference.  Whether it’s hazing on a team or organization, emotional bullying amongst roommates, or cyber bullying, if students stand together they can make a positive difference.  Respect for oneself and for others is of utmost importance.

March 9

“Safe Spring Break Fair”

Health Promotion Interns, Andrea Hart, APAC, Substance Abuse Prevention and Education

*12 - 3 p.m., Student Life Center Lobby *

Stop by our fair to check out how to be safe on spring break! Free items will be given away as well!

March 23

“Savor the Flavor of Eating Right”

Andrea Hart, Health Promotion Interns, ASC

*11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Student Life Center Lobby and Bistro*

Take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors, and social experiences food can add to our lives.

March 30

“Disability Sport Education”

Dr. Catherine MacDonald, Associate Professor, Physical Education Department


Come learn about inclusion through sport! This session will include an overview of sport for individuals with and without a disability as well as an opportunity to be active! Please wear clothes you can move in.

April 6

“Treasure Your Spiritual Wellness”

Rev. Vicki Johnson and Shawn Allen, Campus Ministers

The term “Wellness” involves many aspects of life.  On this evening we will focus on how we can treasure – and nurture – our spiritual health.  Our faith backgrounds may vary, but in the midst of our diversity we recognize that we each have a vital, spiritual self.  No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome to come and experience some ways to deepen your own spirituality. 

April 13

“Interrupting Rape Culture”

Sexual Assault Awareness and Programming Committee

Numbers of sexual assault and violence are too high across the nation. Come and interact as we provide solutions to decrease these numbers and “interrupt” rape culture.

April 20

“Earth Day Activities”

Sustainability Committee

*11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Student Life Center Lobby*

April 20

“Pot Culture”

Alexis Blavos, Assistant Professor, Health Department

April 27

“Taste of the Outdoors”

*Corey Union, Function Room*

Jason Harcum, Assistant Director, Recreational Sports for Outdoor Pursuits and Outdoor Pursuits Student Staff

Experience some of the many adventures that Outdoor Pursuits has to offer. Participate in an interactive demo of packing a sea kayak, stand up paddle boarding, pitching a tent, learning knots and anchor building, and more!


Free and Open to the Public ~ If you need any accommodations to fully participate in these events, contact Health Promotion at 607-753-2066.