News from NYSCHA (Updated 2-27-2015)

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NYSCHA Student Awards –Nominations are due by April 27.

Each March, college health staff members have the opportunity to nominate individual students and student groups from their campuses that have contributed to the health of the students on their campuses and/or to the work of the New York State College Health Association or the American College Health Association. The Call for Nominations is now open. You can nominate a student or a student group by submitting your nomination to the NYSCHA President-Elect by Monday, April 27. Please use the appropriate form below for your nomination. Submission information is included on the form. If you have questions, please write to Marcus Hotaling, NYSCHA President-Elect at Awards will be announced in May and at the NYSCHA/NECHA 2015 Combined Annual Meeting in October.

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

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

The online Call for Programs is now open. The deadline for submitting a proposal has been extended to April 30. Check the Annual Meeting page for the link to the Call for Programs and for more information about the Annual Meeting.

We welcome your proposals to present, as well as your suggestions for topics and speakers. Please share your ideas with the planning committee by completing our quick SURVEY. If you prefer, you can contact the NYSCHA Conference Planner by e-mail ( or phone (585-273-5770) to share your ideas.

Click here to learn more about the NYSCHA/NECHA 2015 Combined Annual Meeting.

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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 Mary Madsen at

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.

NYSPHA presents “Creating Healthy Places”
April 23-24, 2015
The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, NY
The New York State Public Health Association (NYSPHA) is holding its 65th Annual Meeting and Conference at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, New York April 23-24. The conference will include two days of workshops on leading-edge public health issues, addressing a variety of topics relevant to “creating healthy places” – worksite wellness, school wellness, healthy home, supporting breastfeeding, bridging population health, alcohol and prescription drug addiction, and more. For more information and to register, go to:

College Health Symposium
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
SUNY Geneseo

SUNY Geneseo Health & Counseling is pleased to announce the College Health Symposium is set for Tuesday, May 19th, 2015. Registration information and program details will be posted on this site when available. Please pass on the news to others that may be interested. If you have questions, please contact Deb Penoyer at

Blowing Smoke: The Changing Face of Tobacco
Friday, March 20, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Binghamton University

The Interdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Program is hosting “Blowing Smoke: The Changing Face of Tobacco” on Friday, March 20 at Binghamton University. The program will feature three speakers – Sean McKitrick, Phd (VP of International Field Relations, Middle States Commission on Higher Education), Sharon Fischer (Tobacco Control Coordinator, Broome County Health Department), and Joel LaLone (Specialist in Tobacco Use Assessment, Joel LaLone Consulting LLC). Please RSVP to See the attached flyer (PDF) for more information.

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Poster Contest

NYSCHA Student Poster Competition – Sponsored by the New York State Public Health Association
Are you a student at a New York university or college? Are you passionate about public health issues? Do you have an interesting paper, project, or research study to share? Do you wish to represent yourself and/or your school? Then apply today for the NYSPHA Student Poster Competition by April 1, 2015.

PDF Document Click here for poster guidelines and an entry form to apply.

Posters will be judged by NYSPHA Board and Planning Committee members on the following criteria: general interest to public health professionals, originality, educational value, and overall presentation. Six posters will be selected to display at the NYSPHA conference from all submitted entries. Students who are selected to display posters and who attend in person will be entitled to a free conference registration and $50 travel stipend.

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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 the NYSCHA web master ( Announcements will be posted on the NYSCHA web site for 30-45 days.

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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.