Healthy Campus Summit

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 Schedule

8-9:30 a.m.

HC Agents Fall Gathering Old Union Hall

Johann Fiore-Conte, AVP, Health & Wellness, Cindy Cowden, Sr. Assoc, Dir., Recreation, Julie Panteloukas, Grad. Assistant, HCI

Each of us can be powerful agents of change in creating a healthier campus! Healthy Campus Agents are volunteer faculty or staff who support the mission of the Healthy Campus Initiative by promoting and encouraging peers, co-workers and friends to consider healthier alternatives and assist with the promotion of campus-sponsored health and wellness programs. Our goal is to recruit an agent from every area of campus. You do not have to already be an agent to attend - please join us!

We’ll enjoy a continental breakfast at the gathering as AVP Johann Fiore-Conte provides an update on our campus mental well-being support networks and the progress of the Healthy Campus Initiative. We’ll also review the role of the HC Agents and share some agent success stories.

8:50-9:40 a.m.

Check-In Old Union Hall

Register for the Summit, fill out a raffle ticket and get your free giveaway while supplies last.

8:50 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Mental Well-being Fair Mandela, Front

Join us and explore a variety of on and off campus resources focused on helping you to build and strengthen your mental well-being. Learn about tele-health options, stress and conflict management, counseling resources, healthy eating and more.

9:20 a.m.

Welcome Address Old Union Hall

Johann Fiore-Conte, AVP, Health & Wellness

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Bark-9 Therapy Dogs Mandela, Back

Bearcats love other animals! Come pet a pooch. Studies show that interactions with animals can decrease stress in humans. Playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol.

9:40-10:40 a.m.

The Power of Positivity Old Union Hall

Dr. Nina Flanagan, PhD, GNP-BC, APMH-BC, Decker School of Nursing, Clinical Professor

Whether you’re a member of the work force or a student, we all have experienced the impact that negative thinking can have on group dynamics and individual members.

Negativity can profoundly influence group undercurrents, the environmental culture, as well as our personal health and well-being. Significant research confirms the power of positivity and its effects on improving quality of life.

Dr. Flanagan will discuss the impacts of negativity and explore realistic and easy ways to create a more positive environment, changing a culture of negativity into positivity. Improving your outlook and perspective can improve your health and future interactions.

9:40-10:40 a.m.

Recognizing and Responding to Students in CrisisUU-111

Dara Raboy, Senior Counselor, Coordinator/Co-founder of 20:1 Programs, Health Promotion & Prevention Services

This presentation aims to help faculty and staff identify when a student is struggling mentally using a continuum from distressed through to being dangerous. How to provide support and referral to the appropriate resources is also addressed.

10:50-11:50 a.m.

Fighting Mental Health Stigma UU-111

Jessica Cohen, Mental Health Program Coordinator, Health Promotion & Prevention Services

In this session we will discuss how stigma around mental health issues impacts the way we think, speak, and act. We will also give participants tools to help fight stigma within their interactions with others and be an active advocate for mental health.

10:50-11:50 a.m.

You, Your Food and Your Mood Old Union Hall

Dr. Lina Begdache, Assistant Professor, Health & Wellness Studies, Decker School of Nursing

Dr. Lina Begdache will explore the relationship between food and mental health across adult-age groups and gender. She will also discuss the diet as a potential first line of defense against mental health and cognitive decline. Dr. Begdache will also touch on the integration of diet and lifestyle factors that may contribute to mental and cognitive functions.

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Employee Flu Vaccine Clinic Mandela, back

Sponsored by EAP and Wegmans

Faculty, staff, graduate student employees, retirees and dependent family members are eligible to register for the flu vaccine clinic. Register here, select the correct date and site. If you need assistance contact EAP at 607-777-6655.

12:00–1:00 p.m.

Texas Well-being:
Promoting Well-being in UT Learning Environments
Old Union Hall

Thea Woodruff, Project Coordinator, Well-Being in Learning Environments Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Woodruff will discuss the University of Texas at Austin Counseling Mental Health Center's initiative to build collaborative relationships with faculty to support student mental health in classrooms and other learning environments. She will describe how UT faculty have begun to create a learning community that decreases stressors, improves learning, builds student resilience, and helps students use specific wellness strategies and resources. She will also share specific strategies utilized by faculty members in addition to discussing considerations for working with faculty, overcoming obstacles, and building a network of relationships.

12:00–1:00 p.m.

Meditative Walking Mediation Labyrinth

Patti Dowd, Program Coordinator Group Fitness, Campus Recreation

Walking a labyrinth can clear the mind, calm anxieties, enhance creativity and lead to personal and spiritual growth. Dr. Herbert Benson at Harvard Medical School’s Mind Body Institute found that meditation is effective at reducing anxiety and eliciting the “relaxation response.” The long-term benefits include lower blood pressure, fewer incidents of chronic pain, and reduced insomnia. Take a short break to try an active style of meditation. Meet at the Mandela Room.


Emotional Well-being UU-111

Jessica Cohen, Mental Health Program Coordinator, Health Promotion & Prevention Services

In this session we will discuss the importance of emotional wellbeing to our overall health. Participants will learn about healthy coping skills they can use to manage their own emotions.


Conditions for Well-being:
Simple Techniques that Support Mental Health in Any Context
Old Union Hall

Thea Woodruff, Ph. D., Project Coordinator, Well-Being in Learning Environments Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Woodruff will discuss research-based strategies that can support mental health whether you’re a faculty or staff member, or a student. Participants will practice wellness techniques that can easily be incorporated into classrooms, discussion sections, and other learning environments. Attendees will walk away with multiple resources for practicing self-care and for helping others incorporate well-being into their own lives.

2:20-3:20 p.m.

Spirituality and Well-being Panel Old Union Hall

BU Interfaith Council - Sr. Rose Casaleno, Newman House, Rev. Rebecca M. Kindig, United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton, Rev. Elizabeth Ewing, Christ Episcopal Church of Binghamton

Mental health is a prevalent issue on college campuses across the nation. Spirituality has the potential to help us tolerate stress, anxiety and depression by helping to generate a sense of peace, purpose, and forgiveness. Spirituality also can incorporate healthy practices for the mind and body. The Binghamton University Interfaith Council formed to serve the spiritual needs of students, faculty and staff; strengthen the faith communities they represent; and model mutual respect, love of learning, and care for the common good. Join us for a panel discussion exploring these concepts with members of the BUIC representing various local faith communities.

3:20 p.m.

Closing Remarks Old Union Hall

Summit Registration