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Fall 'Wellness' series events announced

Fall 'Wellness' series events announced


Students can stay informed on current health and wellness issues through SUNY Cortland’s weekly “Wellness Wednesday Series,” which will include speakers, discussions and activities intended to help students adjust to college life.

Sponsored by the Health Promotion Office, the events are free and open to the public.

Scheduled events are as follows:

On Aug. 28, “A Taste of Rec Sports” will be held in the Student Life Center at 6 and 7 p.m. Graduate Student and Indoor Cycling Instructor Christopher Gutierrez will lead an indoor cycling class at 6 p.m., limited to the first 30 participants, and Zumba Instructor Gianna Pino will hold a Zumba class at 7 p.m., open to the first 25 participants. Please wear loose and comfortable clothing you can move in. Attendance is first come, first served.

A discussion about “Turning Conflict into Communication” will be held on Sept. 4. Led by Carolyn Bershad, director of Counseling and Wellness Services and Lauren Scagnelli, health educator, they will offer tips on how to effectively communicate about conflict with others beginning at 6 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.

On Sept. 11, a panel of students will share their experiences living with a disability, what struggles they face and how it has positively impacted them. “RespectAbility” will begin at 7 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.

Mike “Greeny” Green, the president of Collegiate Consultants on Drugs and Alcohol, will discuss “The Four Stages of Drinking” at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18 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.

On Sept. 25, “Wellness Day: Healthy Red Dragons” will be held from noon to 3 p.m. in the Student Life Center lobby. The Healthier Campus Initiative invites students to assess their wellness with a variety of activities. Free water bottles will be given to those who complete the stations.

University Police Officers Frank Dalton, Steven Rolfe and Danielle Salisbury will present “Empowerment Self-Defense” on Oct. 2. Beginning at 7 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, participants will learn basic self-defense techniques to feel help them feel empowered.

Parents with children that came out and adults that came out will share their perspectives and experiences on Oct. 9 in a panel discussion titled, “Mom and Dad, I Have Something to Tell You.” The talk will be held at 7 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.

On Oct. 16, students can learn how to identify personal goals and how to access resources to assist in being successful. “Habits for Success” will begin at 6 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, led by Abby Thomas, director of advisement and transition and Kaitlin Flannery, assistant professor of psychology.

The College’s Multicultural Life and Diversity Office will present “Let’s Talk About Race” at 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge. Students will be invited to share their thoughts, feelings and emotions about race in the United States in an effort to expand intergroup communication, understanding and relations.

Halloween can be a fun day and night but “Don’t Let the Consequences Haunt You” on Oct. 30 will provide information about the dangers of misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Wellness PEER interns and health promotion and substance abuse prevention and education information will be available from noon to 3 p.m. in the Student Life Center lobby.

On Nov. 6, Missy Ftolfi, area director of the American Suicide Foundation will offer a presentation titled “It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health.” A film and lecture at 7 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge will address mental

Students can learn how to “Party Smart with Us Before Cortaca” at a display from noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the Student Life Center Lobby. Free giveaways will be provided.

On Nov. 20, “The Great American Vape Out” will challenge people to stop using nicotine and tobacco. Get information on how to quit and join a campus clean-up from noon to 3 p.m. at the Student Life Center lobby.

For more information or accommodation to attend an event, contact Lauren Scagnelli, the College’s health educator, in Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-38, or at 607-753-2066.