Upstate News

February 3, 2009
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

SUNY Upstate celebrates Black History Month

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—SUNY Upstate Medical University celebrates Black History Month with a variety events throughout February. The events are as follows:

—Opening ceremony. Feb. 4, noon, Ninth Floor Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall

The opening ceremony will feature a presentation on “Clinical Trials and the African American Community: Confronting the Issues & Shining a Positive Light” with Nicholas Bennett, PhD, pediatric infectious disease fellow Stephen Graziano MD, K. Bruce Simmons MD, Paula Trief, PhD,

Lunch will be provided.

—Sarah Loguen Fraser Day. Feb. 11

Lecture on “The Impact of the Tuskegee Experiment” (12:30 to 2 p.m., Medical Alumni Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall) will feature remarks from Ruth Hart MD, the presentation of scholarship to Latoya Lawrence, class of 2011, and a dramatic portrayal of Sarah Loguen.

A marrow donor drive will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the first floor lobby, Weiskotten Hall.

—Coming Together Dinner. Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., Ninth Floor cafeteria, Weiskotten Hall

Bring a dish to share. Hosted by the Faculty and Staff Association for Diversity and

the Student National Medical Association.

—Student National Medical Association’s Annual (soul food) Dinner Dance. Feb. 27, 6 p.m., Campus Activities Building Lobby. “Struggles & Triumphs: Where We Have Been & Where We are Going.”

Entertainment by the Donna Alford JaSSband; the Upstate Faculty, Staff & Student Choir; and Upstate students. The dinner includes a ceremony of remembrance of Eunique Darby and Edward Swain will be held. Darby and Swain were part of a communitywide bone marrow drive last year.

—Storytime with Pediatric Patients & Their Families. Feb. 12, 4 p.m., 4C conference room

Hosted by the university’s Child Life Specialists, featuring readings and activities from March On, a children’s picture book on Martin Luther King, illustrated by Syracuse artist London Ladd; An Apple for Harriet Tubman by Glennette Tilley Turner; and Honey Baby, Sugar Child by Alice Faye Duncan.

The events are sponsored by SUNY Upstate’s Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action and the Student Affairs Office of Multicultural Affairs and CSTEP. For more information, call 464-5234.

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