Baseball Coach and Public Speaker Alfonzo Whitehurst on “Motivation and Finding the Wisdom”

Join the Strathmore Speakers Series and Onondaga Free Library for an evening with motivational speaker, coach, Syracuse City School District physical education teacher, and CEO of “Find the Wisdom,” Alfonzo Whitehurst. No stranger to struggle, turmoil, and pain, Mr. Whitehurst was able to triumph over his early adversity, and turn the hardships of life into strength, wisdom, and positivity. Now, he has made it his mission to guide others toward a path for success and, using the motivational tools he developed for “Find the Wisdom,” helps at-risk kids to stay on track to achieve success in school, on the athletic field, and in life.

Corcoran players on the field during rain. Photo by Dennis Nett for Syracuse.com

Today, Mr. Whitehurst is the head coach of Corcoran’s modified baseball team. The team is comprised of twelve players, eleven of whom had never played the sport before they were recruited to be on the team. Many had never even watched the sport on television. In the six years leading up to Mr. Whitehurst taking the helm, the team had won only a single game. The idea of playing a sport where most of the players didn’t look like the Corcoran students, just didn’t occur to them. With the guidance of Mr. Whitehurst and his assistant coach Andrés Miranda, the players are slowly learning the game. But perhaps more importantly, they are learning to celebrate their successes, keep their disappointments in perspective, and focus on what they can control. A brief Q&A will follow Mr. Whitehurst’s talk.

This event will be held on Thursday, April 14th at 7 pm on Zoom. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series and Onondaga Free Library events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

You can register for this event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrcu-qrj4uEtb8TUuKkc4zXGGZwb_NKTJE

About Alfonzo Whitehurst

Alfonzo Whitehurst is a public speaker, coach, and physical education teacher in the Syracuse City School District. He holds a BS and MS in Physical Education from Utica College, and is currently the physical education teacher, football coach, and baseball coach at Van Duyn Elementary School.  In 2020, he was recognized as the First Year Teacher of the Year by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. As the face behind “Find the Wisdom,” he has brought his story of triumph over adversity, and the lessons learned from it, to many throughout Central New York.

Learn more about Alfonzo here:

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Raised amid struggle, sheer joy on graduation day

Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders: Alfonzo Whitehurst ’18

Conservationist Holly Grant on “Backyard Birding”

Join the Strathmore Speakers Series and Onondaga Free Library for an evening with conservationist and Cornell Lab of Ornithology project assistant, Holly Grant. In this informative talk, Ms. Grant will focus on ways to make your backyard more wildlife friendly with feeders and nest boxes, offer tips for successful bird identification using the Merlin Bird ID app, and will discuss ongoing citizen science projects at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, including Project FeederWatch and NestWatch. A brief Q&A will follow.

This event will be held on Thursday, March 10th at 7 pm on Zoom. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series and Onondaga Free Library events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

You can register for this event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUod-yrrzMvEtcQ4i1jH6aBG6VGggw_Rk1C

About Holly Grant

Holly Grant grew up in the Catskill mountains, where she was inspired by nature from a young age. She earned a degree in Conservation Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and later worked with endangered Karner Blue butterflies and American Woodcock and Golden-winged Warblers. She is now a project assistant for Project FeederWatch and NestWatch at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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Nurse Practitioner & Clinical Herbalist Lauren Eadline on “Building Bridges, Closing Gaps: Holistic Health & Modern Medicine”

Join the Strathmore Speakers Series and Onondaga Free Library for an evening with Nurse Practitioner and clinical herbalist, Lauren Eadline. Holistic health and modern medicine are often placed in opposition. Their relationship is frequently characterized by mutual mistrust and outright hostility. And practitioners on both sides frequently exhibit an obstinate reluctance to find areas of agreement or entertain serious collaboration. However, if health is viewed from a truly holistic standpoint, one where the patient remains at the middle of the equation, then the only conclusion that makes sense is that these two seemingly conflicted worlds must work together to offer patients the best possible solutions and the most comprehensive path to overall wellness. In this thought-provoking discussion, Lauren will explore the definition of integrative medicine (and what it is not), how small changes in our approaches to healthcare can realign practice with true human needs, and explore ways of integrating holistic methods of wellness into our daily lives. A brief Q&A will follow.

This event will be held on Thursday, February 10th at 7 pm on Zoom. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series and Onondaga Free Library events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

You can register for this event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpcemopzIvHNObJbVUQ-sI1QE7IYl2h1C5

About Lauren Eadline

Lauren Eadline is a board certified Nurse Practitioner and a practicing clinical herbalist. She maintains a practice in primary care, serving the Syracuse, NY area as a proud member of SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Internal Medicine group. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, the only national body that provides national registration for qualified herbalists in the United States, giving her the Registered Herbalist designation. She is the founder of the EarthStrong Center for Integrative Herbalism, which focuses both on client care and community education. She is also the organizer and lead instructor of the Syracuse Herbal Study Group, a collection of local folks dedicated to affordable and accessible learning, discussion and action on topics in plant medicine with the goal of empowering community health by way of building knowledge and skill.

Master Bee Keeper Bill Kaufman on “The Past, Present & Future of Human-Bee Relations”

Join the Strathmore Speakers Series and Onondaga Free Library for an evening with Master Beekeeper Bill Kaufman. Humans and honeybees have been engaged in a symbiotic relationship for millennia. Bees pollinate our crops, provide us with a natural sweetener, produce wax for cosmetics, and manufacture propolis, a natural antibiotic substance. In return for their valuable economic and agricultural services, humans have provided honeybees with shelter, food, and protection from predation and the elements. Today, as honeybee numbers continue to decline, this fragile but vital relationship is in jeopardy. In this talk, Mr. Kaufman will take a critical look at the past, present and future of human-bee relations, from the dawn of agriculture to the 21st century and beyond. A brief Q&A will follow.

This event will be held on Thursday, January 13th at 7 pm on Zoom. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series and Onondaga Free Library events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

You can register for this event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqduCqrjwsHN0u4MyurXMb3D1iGlXmx8Zt

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About Bill Kaufman

Bill Kaufman is an entrepreneur and small business owner who turned his passion for honeybees and beekeeping into a full time profession. His company, It’s All Better, offers a residential bee-removal service and both free and paid beekeeping classes. He is also a member of the Syracuse Area Beekeepers Club and founder of the Central New York Beekeeper School.

Jennifer Stromer-Galley on “Facebook, Disinformation, and the Digital Pollution of Presidential Politics”

Join the Strathmore Speakers Series and Onondaga Free Library for an evening with Syracuse University iSchool professor and scholar of social media and online interaction, Jennifer Stromer-Galley. Social media provides a ready vector for disinformation, from simple half-truths to full on conspiracy theories. Frequently, the target of this deceit is the American political system, and as was witnessed in the 2020 presidential campaign, its impact can be wide-ranging and gravely consequential. In this talk, Professor Stromer-Galley will look at the interaction of disinformation, advertising, and presidential politics as it played out on Facebook during and after the 2020 election. A brief Q&A will follow.

This event will be held on Thursday, November 18th at 7 pm on Zoom. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series and Onondaga Free Library events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

You can register for this event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqduCqrjwsHN0u4MyurXMb3D1iGlXmx8Zt

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About Jennifer Stromer-Galley

Jennifer Stromer-Galley is Professor in the School of Information Studies, Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, and former Director for the Center for Computational and Data Science at Syracuse University. She is an affiliated faculty member with the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies and with the Department of Political Science. She has published over 50 journal articles, proceedings, and book chapters. Her award-winning book, Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age (Oxford University Press), provides a history of presidential campaigns as they have adopted and adapted to digital communication technologies.