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SUNY Erie’s Men of Merit conclude year’s Distinguished Speaker Series at City Campus

Article by: Michael Farrell

BUFFALO—SUNY Erie Community College’s Men of Merit Program—established to foster excellence, distinction and integrity in the school’s male African-American, Hispanic and Native American students—concluded its 2017-18 Distinguished Speaker Series with Dr. Fred Archer, medical director of the Hodges Pediatric Clinic at John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, inside the College’s City Campus Auditorium on December 6.

Dr. Archer, a board-certified pediatrician and clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics with the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, spoke to more than 40 students, faculty and staff on the topic of “Health Perspectives for Men: Building the Best You.”   

Focused on the importance of maintaining good physical health, mental health, and social, emotional and spiritual health, Dr. Archer’s presentation was both relatable and informative, using details of sports car maintenance to explain the importance of one maintaining optimal well-being.  

“If you owned a Bugatti, you would use the most expensive gas to maintain it. You need to treat your body the same way,” said Dr. Archer. “When your body shows signs of wear and there are danger signals of body pain, see a health care professional immediately.”

To maintain optimal health, the ’94 Cornell grad suggested a proper intake of carbohydrates, proteins and fats to maintain one’s physical health; regular exercise that includes proper warmup, stretching, and a cool down period; and regular medical screenings to monitor such things as blood pressure and colon health. Recommending adherence to the adage “Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance”—as well as touching on other items like maintaining relationships and personal responsibility—Dr. Archer gave all in attendance plenty to consider, all while providing a poignant conclusion to the year’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

The Men of Merit program provides ambitious minority male students the chance to pursue excellence through a wide array of services designed to maximize academic success; and the opportunity to chart a course to graduation often hindered by poverty, crime and unemployment within local and national minority communities. Members have access to advisers, mentors and leaders—from both SUNY Erie and the school’s extended community—who strive to prepare students for college success.

Program members also have access to a support network comprised of vital College-guided services like academic readiness workshops, crisis counseling and career development necessary to achieve their desired goals. With this backing and a strict adherence to the aforementioned program tenants of excellence, distinction and integrity, members are guided to stay in college, advance academically and serve their community, as they become the men they aim to be. 

For more information on this event, future Distinguished Speakers Series guests or SUNY Erie’s Men of Merit Program, please call (716) 851-1939 or email Dr. Marvin Wilson at wilsonma@ecc.edu.

Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu or call (716) 851-1ECC.