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
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.”
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.