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Upcoming Events


For a complete list of ACPHS events, visit the online calendar


December 16-20
Final Exams
Dec. 25 - Jan. 1
College Closed
January 10
Cont. Ed. Event
"Infectious Disease Basics Workshop"
8:00 a.m.
January 19
Women's Basketball vs. Berekely College
1:00 pm
January 19
Men's Basketball vs. Berkeley College
3:00 pm
January 21
Spring Semester Begins
January 25
ACPHS Research Forum
SC 201/ VT 310
8:00 a.m.

This is the last e-Pulse of the semester as we prepare to settle in for a long winter's nap (some may argue that started in mid-October). But before we drive out of sight, we have five hand-crafted stories that will make you wonder why you ever wished for sugar plums. Think of it as our gift to you. As always, please enjoy in moderation.
College to Co-Host African Studies Conference in 2015 
ACPHS, in conjunction with Union College and Albany Law School, will serve as a host for the 40th annual New York African Studies Association (NYASA) Conference taking place April 10-11, 2015. The theme of the event is "Africa, Its Diaspora, and Laws" with laws defined in the broadest sense to include laws of science, economic laws, biological laws of health, et al. All ACPHS students, faculty, and staff will be able to attend the conference which attracts participants from across the Northeast and beyond.
"Panther Project" Partners with Habitat for Humanity
One of the newest student groups at the College is The Panther Project. The group works with the Capital District chapter of Habitat for Humanity and already has more than 50 active members. They have been on two builds since the start of the semester, with a goal of doing one to two builds per month going forward. Looking to the future, the group is planning its first out of state trip over spring break, and there are already discussions about an international trip in 2015 through Habitat's Global Village program.
Dr. Barton Pai Invited to Speak at NYS Dept. of Health Event
Associate Professor Amy Barton Pai has been invited to participate in a panel discussion about chronic diseases at the first New York State Health Data Code-a-thon. The event is being organized by the NYS Department of Health and will be held on December 19-20 at RPI. The Code-a-thon will bring together tech experts, public health professionals, academics, and others to discuss how to leverage state health data to help New Yorkers improve their health. Organizers hope apps will be developed out of the event that will help New Yorkers more easily identify resources to help combat diabetes and obesity.
Vermont Campus Students Collect Gifts for Local Charities


Each holiday season students on the Vermont Campus collect donations for local charities. This year the benefitting organizations are Toys for Tots and Ronald McDonald House Charities. Gifts were donated as part of the Winter Jam (Vermont's equivalent of the Albany Campus' Snow Ball) as well as through the "Giving Tree," which is set up in the lobby of the campus building. So far, four large boxes of items have been collected, with two boxes being designated for each charity. Gifts are being accepted through Wednesday.

"Jingle Bell Rock" Never Sounded So Good!

As we put a bow on the last newsletter of the semester, we invite you to view this terrific performance of "Jingle Bell Rock" courtesy of the ACPHS group Students Performing Arts in Health Care (SPAHC). You won't be disappointed! 
Fine Print

Don't you love those commercials at this time of year where one person gives the other a car as a gift? Seriously, who gets a car for Christmas? Imagine that conversation: "Thanks for the fruit cake. That was nice. Maybe not as nice as THE CAR I got you, but it's the thought that counts. Sure, yeah." 


Whether or not you're unwrapping a car this year, here's hoping your holidays are filled with family, friends, and fun. And a minimum of fruit cake. See you in 2014!