SUNY Briefs – 02/24/2012

New Paltz

Local police are investigating the attempted sexual assault of a SUNY New Paltz student, which was reported on Feb. 19.

According to New Paltz police, a female student was walking back to campus at 1:30 a.m. when a heavyset male in a white hooded sweatshirt approached the student and dragged her behind a house on Plattekill Avenue, where he allegedly tried to assault her. The student escaped, and went to a nearby New Paltz patrolman to report the incident.

According to police, the investigation is ongoing and they are still gathering information.



Collins Airhihenbuwa, an internationally renowned scholar in the field of international public health, will speak at SUNY Cortland’s fifth annual Charles N. Poskanzer Lecture on Feb. 28.

Airhihenbuwa, who is a professor and chair of the Bio-Behavioral Health Department at The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Health and Human Development, will give a presentation entitled “Global Health Equity and the Location of Culture,” which will focus on the disparities in quality and access to public health care around the world.

The lecture is sponsored by the SUNY Cortland Health Department.



Representatives of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at SUNY Binghamton introduced a presentation focusing on innovations in engineering and new projects on Feb. 16.

The presentation, entitled “Engineered for Discovery,” consists of a slide show that showcases the research conducted and engineering discoveries made in the school’s Innovative Technologies Complex. The presentation, which was given by James Pitaressi, professor and chair of the school’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, made its debut at a luncheon for the Endicott Rotary. The department hopes to expand the presentation to various community groups over the next few months.



SUNY Plattsburgh will be introducing a new six-week workshop designed to help individuals with chronic diseases to learn more about self-management.

The workshop, entitled “Living Healthy with Chronic Conditions,” will be held from March 21 to April 25. It will focus on helping people with chronic diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and asthma to learn how to manage their lives more effectively.

The workshop will cover topics including healthy lifestyle tips, setting goals, sharing personal challenges, maximizing medical care and pain management.



Dr. Richard Lapchick, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, will give two presentations at SUNY Potsdam on Feb. 28.

Lapchick, who is also the the chair of the DeVos Sports Business Management Graduate Program at the University of Central Florida and the founder and president of the National Consortium for Academics and Sport, will give two presentations entitled “Your Ethical and Diversity Legacy” and “The Healing Power of Sport,” respectively. The presentations will focus on how sports can play a positive role in social change and increasing equality amongst diverse groups of people.

The first presentation at 4 p.m. will be open to the athletic staff and the campus community. The second presentation will be open to Potsdam student-athletes. Both presentations are sponsored by the school’s athletic department.

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