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College Offers Fall ‘Wellness’ Series

College Offers Fall ‘Wellness’ Series


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

Sponsored by the Health Promotion Office and the Student Development Center, the series will take place on Wednesdays at various campus locations. The events are free and open to the public.

On Aug. 29, students are invited to try “Relaxation Yoga.” Two classes are being offered at 6 and 7 p.m. at the Student Life Center Mind Body Room. Attendees are asked to wear loose and comfortable clothing and yoga mats are provided. Attendance is first come, first served and open to the first 40 people who show up.

Explore Lime Hollow Nature Center on Sept. 5 when Outdoor Pursuits trip leaders Jeff Sladewski and Reanna Zappavigna lead a “Mindfulness Hike.” The trip, including travel, will be approximately one hour. Students are asked to wear comfortable athletic clothing and sneakers, bring water and meet the shuttle service at either 5 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. at Outdoor Pursuits.

A “Farmers Market” will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Sept. 12 outside Memorial Library. Student Affairs Sustainability Committee and Health Promotion interns will share information about Cortland’s local sustainable business and locally produced products will be on sale.

Also on Sept. 12, magician Brian Miller will present “Magically Connect with Anyone” at 7 p.m. in Corey Union Function Room. Miller’s talk centers on understanding and appreciating the views of others. He discusses “perspective taking,” how to approach and engage others and he provides some very concise suggestions for anyone hoping to be a more effective communicator. The lecture is punctuated by Miller’s integration of magic to illustrate major points.

“Real Talk and the Right Mix: Alcohol and Drugs” will begin at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19 in Corey Union Function Room. College alcohol and drug abuse is a real issue, and national presenter Bobby Gordon will challenge perceptions and clarify myths and facts surrounding drugs beyond alcohol including opioids, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy/molly, predatory drugs and prescription drug abuse. Gordon incorporates real-world scenarios, facts and culturally relevant media to help students challenge their perceptions and make informed decisions.

The College will celebrate “Wellness Day: Celebrating 150 Years of Healthy Red Dragons” on Sept. 26 with a variety of activities from noon to 3 p.m. in the Student Life Center lobby. This event is led by health promotion interns, the Healthy Campus Initiative, EAP and Counseling and Wellness Services. Free water bottles will be given to those who complete the stations.

“Mend That: A One Man Show on Relationship Violence and More” will be presented by actor, writer and solo performer Tim Collins on Oct. 3. Collins will address relationship violence, bystander intervention, gender roles and masculinity, beginning at 7 p.m. in Corey Union Function Room.

On Oct. 10, “Voices from the Margins” will feature a panel of students, faculty and staff beginning at 7 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge. An intersectional approach demands that we recognize the different types of discrimination as points of overlap or as coming together at a point of intersection. Panel members will share their intersectional voices within LGBTQIAP through their identities, how they intersect, what that intersection looks and feels like, and how their experiences relate to each other.

Failing an assignment, failing a course, failing a semester – these are all associated risks of being a college student, especially if they lead to despair, self-doubt or surrender. On Oct. 24, “Reframing Failure: An Opportunity for Inspiration” will offer a conversation about turning setbacks into strengths beginning at 6 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.

On Oct. 31, “Don’t Let the Consequences Haunt You” will provide information that can help you stay safe later that night by learning the dangers of misuse and abuse of alcohol and prescription pills. Health Promotion interns and Substance Abuse and Prevention Education representatives will be available from noon to 3 p.m. in the Student Life Center lobby.

From noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. 7, students can review their responsibilities and rights around alcohol, drugs and sex at “Party Smart with Us Before Cortaca” information tables, in the Student Life Center lobby.

Nov. 14 is the “Great American SmokeOut.” Health Promotion interns will be on hand to assist those who want to quit and to recruit volunteers for the campus clean-up. Visit tables from noon to 3 p.m. in 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-1 or at 607-753-2066.