Two-day blood drive in Lee Hall

There will be a blood drive in Lee Hall on April 11 and 12 from noon until 5 p.m.

The Red Cross is in URGENT need of donors! Over the past few months due to frigid temperatures and winter storms, the Red Cross has had to cancel blood drives resulting in a loss of more than 5,500 units of blood. If you are eligible to donate, please consider doing so.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are always welcome. 

Symposium on the Sahel to be held April 14

A symposium on the Sahel (a region in Africa) will be held Saturday, April 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. in 106 Fitzelle Hall. The Sahel is a semiarid region in Africa located in the south of the Saharan Desert stretching east to west.  The symposium invites a panel of scholars to discuss the effect of climate change on food security, state fragility and violence, and historical roots of risk and land management in the Nigerian Sahel.

OH Fight Walk to raise funds for area cancer patients

SUNY Oneonta’s Oneonta Fights Cancer Club will hold its first-ever OH Fight Walk on Friday, April 13, at the Alumni Field House in order to help support the local fight against cancer.

The entire community is invited to the event, which will take place from 6 p.m. until midnight and will feature activities, food and music. Participants will walk around the Field House to raise awareness of and money for local families battling cancer. Entry costs $15 at the door or $10 for early registration.

The OH Fight Walk is replacing the college’s annual Relay for Life event because The American Cancer Society, which runs Relay for Life, was unable to provide support for the campus’ efforts this year due to staff cuts.

“Our campus has been holding successful Relays for nine years and it’s something the student body looks forward to,” said organizer Linda Drake, executive director for SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community and adviser to the Oneonta Fights Cancer Club. “We still wanted to make a difference. Our club decided that we would give all of our proceeds to three local families affected by cancer. This is a community event!”

Drake said she is hoping to raise at least $10,000. Funds raised will be split evenly between three local individuals who have been affected by cancer – longtime SUNY Oneonta employee Laura Emmett, who is on leave during her recovery; 17-year-old Mariano Hernandez, a star football player at Oneonta High School who is taking time off for treatment; and Oneonta resident Donald Pidgeon, a former employee of Hampshire House Adult Home who can no longer work due to his recovery.

Activities throughout the night will include giant Jenga and checkers, Guitar Hero, a toilet paper mummy-wrapping contest, and much more. There will be fundraising tables around the Field House, so attendees should bring small bills and change to donate. There will also be live music and a DJ during the event.

To register ahead of time for the event, visit the following link https://suny.oneonta.edu/csrc/oh-fight-walk and donate $10.

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Eighth annual ‘Canstruction’ event to take place April 8

SUNY Oneonta’s 8th annual Canstruction event will take place Sunday, April 8, at the Southside Mall, where teams made up of local business employees, community members and SUNY Oneonta students will use design and problem-solving skills to create canned food structures and give back to the community.

At 9 a.m., teams will begin building sculptures using thousands of unopened cans of food, which will later be donated to 15 local food pantries. Canstruction is a national charity committed to ending hunger one can at a time. In the eight years it has been held locally, the event has garnered 25,000 pounds of food. It is organized annually by Linda Drake, executive director for SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community.

The community is invited to watch the building and judging of can sculptures, which will take place at 4 p.m. Judges will be Fred Scheller of The Daily Star, Libby Cudmore of All Otsego, and Luisa Montanti, general manager of the Southside Mall. Trophies will be given away for Best Use of Labels, Favorite, Best Meal and Structural Ingenuity. There will also be a “People’s Choice” category.

Participants must use cans with original labels, and they cannot use glue or anything that will affect the cans during construction. The structures will stay up all week so that the community can see them.

There will be 11 groups participating this year: SUNY Oneonta’s Her Campus club, fraternities Sigma Gamma Phi and Alpha Phi Omega, student athletes, Resident Student Organization and Sodexo; a Hannaford team; robotics team; Glimmerglass Explorer 4H; A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital; and ONC BOCES.