News from NYSCHA (Updated 9-11-2015)

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NYSCHA Professional Awards – Accepting Nominations

Susan Shearer Award • Vincent Lamparella Award • Clifford B. Reifler Award

The NYSCHA Executive Board is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the three NYSCHA Professional Awards. Awardees will be announced at the NYSCHA/NECHA 2015 Combined Annual Meeting in Albany, NY. These prestigious awards reflect the hard work and commitment of our members to promote and advance college health in colleges and universities across New York State. The awards honor three people who made college health a signature piece of their life's work. It is our privilege to present these awards in their memory. Anyone can nominate. You do not have to work with them or be a part of their institution!

We encourage all NYSCHA members to consider nominating an individual or individuals from their institutions. The nominating process is easy. To nominate an individual, provide two supporting letters that outline your nominee's work in and commitment to college health. Send your nomination letters and the nomination form to Marcus Hotaling ( by Friday, October 9.

We will be delighted to consider any and all nominations. If you have questions about the nomination process, please contact Marcus Hotaling by e-mail or by phone (518-388-6383).

Best regards and thank you for all you do for our students through your work in college health!

Marcus Hotaling, NYSCHA President-Elect
Director, Union College Counseling Center

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NYSCHA/NECHA 2015 Combined Annual Meeting
October 28-30, 2015 • The Desmond, Albany, New York

The NYSCHA/NECHA 2015 Combined Annual Meeting will be held at The Desmond Hotel in Albany from October 28-30, 2015. The planning committee has taken great care to select programs that will meet the needs and interests of our many disciplines in college health.

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Conferences/Meetings of Interest

We would be happy to post your announcement of a conference/meeting being held in New York State. Please send your announcement to Shelly Sloan, NYSCHA Communications Chair, at

Enough is Enough: Are WE Doing Enough?

We hope you join us on September 18th for this day-long conference bringing together many different colleagues and universities from around the state.

To register:

Colleagues from around the region will gather for a day-long conference exploring NYS mandates regarding sexual assault prevention and response. This conference will provide professional staff members with the opportunity to share what is working well on their campuses, how we all may improve, and where we aspire to go with the work related to the prevention, awareness, and response of sexual violence.

Join us for this all-day conference featuring:

  • Keynote: Joseph Storch, Associate Counsel—SUNY Office of General Counsel and Chair of the Student Affairs Practice Group
  • Round table discussions about NYS legislative mandates
  • Guest Speakers: Willow Domestic Violence Center, RESTORE Sexual Assault Services, as well as College Health Professionals

This conference is for professional staff members and graduate assistants.

Registration starts at 8:15am outside the Seymour Union Ballroom.

A continental breakfast and lunch are included.

Please fill out this form so we can best meet your needs. Thank you!

This conference was planned by a large group of schools in the Western New York Region. A BIG thank you to: the University of Rochester, Nazareth College, Roberts Wesleyan College, St. John Fisher College, and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Promoting Tobacco Cessation on College Campuses in NYS: Experiences from the Field.

To view the slides from this webinar, click here. Speakers included Scott McIntosh (University of Rochester), Pat Bax (Roswell Park Cancer Center), Sharlyn Daun-Barnett (University of Buffalo), Ann Neilson (College of St. Rose), and Cathy Smith (SUNY Cortland). This webinar is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the NYS Public Health Association, and the NYS Colleges Tobacco-Free Initiative.

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From the NYSCHA President – SUNY Ebola Health Alert

As a member of the SUNY system wide working group and your NYSCHA President, I have requested and SUNY has agreed to NYSCHA placing the SUNY Ebola Health Alert Link on our website. This link will provide a resource for information and guidance to all our SUNY campuses regardless of size and structure. The task force group will continue to meet through the New Year and any subsequent changes or updates to this information will appear under the Key Resources section of this page.

Paula Snyder, RN, BSN
President, NYSCHA
Jamestown Community College

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NYSCHA Job Listings

If you would like to post a position on the NYSCHA web site, send the job description to Shelly Sloan, NYSCHA Communications Chair, at Announcements will be posted on the NYSCHA web site for 30-45 days.

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NYSCHA 2015 Student Winner

NYSCHA 2015 Student Award: The Geneseo Pathways Program began in Fall 2011. Pathways peer advocates volunteer their time from 8pm to 8am on evenings and weekends to staff an after-hours helpline. Since Fall 2011, peer advocates have responded to over 220 contacts from students seeking support, information, or resources; with most contacts being for students with varying mental health issues.

In addition to staffing the helpline, peer advocates lead training groups to help new students develop skills to become peer advocates for future.  Training group leaders explain and model skills, provide trainees the opportunity to practice skills via role plays, and provide constructive feedback to promote skill development.

NYSCHA 2014 Student Winners

NYSCHA is pleased to announce the winners of the NYSCHA 2014 Student Awards.

Yi Wan WuNYSCHA 2014 Student Award: Congratulations to Ms. Yi Wan Wu from Stony Brook University. During the past year Yi Wan, who is also a nursing student, led efforts to conduct a campus student health fair that included the Bone Marrow Registry, oral health screenings of those who reported use of tobacco, no cost anonymous HIV and Hepatitis C testing along with spearheading the distribution of health resource information throughout the event.  Yi Wan is also invested in health outcomes and health education that concentrates on health education and prevention.

Stony Brook SHAC GroupNYSCHA 2014 Student Group Award: Congratulations to “SHAC – Student Health Advisory Committee – Tobacco Free SUNY” from Stony Brook University. The SBU Kick Butts students submitted the winning entry of their efforts supporting a tobacco free SUNY. Over 500 students attended this event, which included petition circulation and creation of photos and videos, which among other issues, heightened awareness of the global impact of tobacco harvesting and physical health risks affiliated with harvesting as experienced by children and adults who actually work in the harvesting process.

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Handouts from Previous NYSCHA Annual Meetings

The handouts from the sessions are available on the Annual Meeting page of this web site. The handouts are organized by the session in which they were held.  We appreciate our speakers' willingness to share their presentations with us.