April 2013

Alfred State announces the interim appointments of three long-time employees of the college

Posted Date: Friday, January 4, 2013 - 16:00

Valerie Nixon Named Interim President of Alfred State

Valerie B. Nixon was appointed to this position of interim president of Alfred State upon the departure of President John M. Anderson. Nixon was named to the post by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. She will serve as interim president while a nationwide search for a new president is underway.

Nixon has over 25 years of service with Alfred State, serving most recently as executive vice president, a position she was promoted to last year. Prior to that, Nixon served as vice president for administration and enrollment and vice president for enrollment management, having been named vice president in 2005. She previously held the positions of director of student financial services and director of financial aid. Before joining the college she was assistant director of financial aid at Alfred University and Rochester Institute of Technology and was a financial aid counselor at SUNY Brockport

The recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 1994, Nixon has received numerous professional awards including the New York State Financial Aid Administrator's Association (NYSFAAA) Founder's Award and the NYSFAAA region 2 Service Award, which was awarded to her twice. She is the recipient of the State University of New York Financial Aid Professionals (SUNYFAP) Bill Troy Service Award, the highest honor that organization bestows.

Nixon serves on a number of professional boards and committees including the executive boards of the State University Business Officers Association (SUBOA) and the SUNY Council of Chief Enrollment Officers (SUNYCEO). She is president of the Canisteo Community Support Group, a local charitable organization, and also coaches Tee Ball. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from SUNY Fredonia and a master of professional studies degree in community services administration from Alfred University.

Nixon resides in Canisteo, NY, with her husband, Robert, and is the parent of three grown children.

Deborah Goodrich Named Interim Vice President for Administration and Enrollment

Deborah GoodrichDeborah J. Goodrich has been a member of the Alfred State community since 1978. Prior to assuming the interim vice president position in April 2013, Goodrich served as associate vice president for enrollment management with responsibility for admissions, student records and financial services, international admissions, and application/document processing. Goodrich began her career at Alfred State as an admissions counselor and progressed through a variety of leadership positions during her 30 plus years of service.

Goodrich received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 1994, the State University of New York College Admissions Professional (SUNYCAP) Award in 2005, and the NYS/UUP Excellence Award in 1990. She is an active member of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling, New York State Association of College Admissions Counseling, Western New York Association of Higher Education, SUNYCAP, and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. She serves on the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. and chairs both the Public Relations and Scholarship committees. She participated in the inaugural SUNY Leadership Program and has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of the SUNYCAP Leadership Institute.

She is a three-time SUNY graduate earning an associate’s degree from Erie Community College, a bachelor’s degree in business education from the University at Buffalo, and a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Buffalo State. Goodrich serves on a number of professional boards and committees including the SUNY Enrollment Management Advisory Committee, SUNY ASC Self-Reported Academic Records Task Force, SUNYCAP Executive Board, chair of the SUNY Directors of Admissions Committee and the SUNYCAP Leadership Institute, SUNY Net Price Calculator Committee, and a variety of local and on-campus committees. She is a frequent presenter at regional, state-wide, and national venues.

Goodrich resides in Alfred, NY, with her husband Jeff and is the parent of a grown son.

Kandi Geibel Named Interim Director of Admissions

Kandi Geibel is responsible for overseeing all aspects of student recruitment and college admissions. Previously, Geibel was associate director of admissions. She joined the college in 1995 as an admissions assistant and was promoted to adviser and later to assistant director in 2003. She has an associate’s degree from Alfred State and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling, both from Alfred University.

Geibel received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 2007, the State University of New York College Admissions Professional (SUNYCAP) Achievement Award in 2000, and the NYSTAA Distinguished Service Award in 2010. She is a member of the Alfred State Alumni Council, ACES Board of Directors, Alfred State Intercollegiate Athletic Board, New York State Association College Admissions Counselors, State University of New York College Admissions Professionals, New York State Transfer and Articulation Association, and is currently president of the Arkport Athletic Sports Booster Club.

Geibel resides in Hornell, NY, with her husband, Brent, and her two children.


Alfred University, Alfred State co-sponsoring Anabaptist expert’s talk on Amish forgiveness

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 11:00

Alfred University and Alfred State are co-sponsoring a two-day visit to the community and campuses by scholar/lecturer Dr. Donald B. Kraybill, internationally recognized for his work on Anabaptist (radical movement of the 16th-century Reformation that viewed baptism solely as an external witness to a believer's conscious profession of faith, rejected infant baptism, and believed in the separation of church from state, the shunning of non-believers, and in simplicity of life) groups. The Amish, Hutterites, and Mennonites are direct descendants of the movement.

On Monday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. in Alfred Village Hall, Kraybill will present “Amish Grace: Why the Amish Forgave the Killer at Nickel Mines.” The event is free and open to the public.

Kraybill is the author or editor of many books including “How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy,” which focuses on the Amish response to the mass-murder of children at Nickel Mines School, Lancaster County, PA in the fall of 2006. His speech will touch on the power of forgiveness, its value in our lives, and reflect on the Amish understanding of this concept.

Alfred University’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore will have Kraybill’s book available for sale at Village Hall and Kraybill will sign copies following the program. The AU Bookstore will also have books available on campus.

Kraybill’s Alfred visit is sponsored Alfred University’s colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professional Studies, and the Division of Student Affairs, and Alfred State College’s Center for Civic Engagement, Kaleidoscope, and Office for Multi-Cultural Affairs. The event is part of Alfred State’s President’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge, an initiative inviting campuses to engage in interfaith education, cooperation, and community service programming on campus over the course of one year.

Earlier in the day, from noon to 5 p.m., Alfred University’s Drawn to Diversity program will sponsor “Forgiveness Stations” of desks and notebooks throughout the campus. Those interested may stop, reflect, and anonymously write notes of forgiveness to those that have done harm, whether emotionally or physically.

On Tuesday, April 16, Kraybill will speak in two of Jill Amati’s Social Problems classes at Alfred State. His topic will be “The Whisker War: Why Ex-Amish Beard Cutters Were Charged with Federal Hate Crimes,” an analysis of the reasons behind the Amish related beard cuttings in Ohio and why the jury found the offenders guilty of federal hate crimes. Kraybill was an expert cultural witness aiding the prosecution.

Prior to Kraybill’s visit, a documentary titled “The Power of Forgiveness” will be screened on Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. at EJ Brown Hall 119 on the Alfred State campus. The film, which includes stories and interviews with Kraybill, explores recent research into the psychological and physical effects of forgiveness on individuals and society. This event is also open to the public free of charge.

Kraybill is a senior fellow at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA. He is the author and editor of a number of books and professional articles on the Amish and other Anabaptist groups. He is also the series editor of Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. This spring Johns Hopkins University Press will release “The Amish” by Kraybill, Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, and Steven M. Nolt.


Students inducted into Psi Beta Honor Society

Posted Date: Friday, April 5, 2013 - 13:00

Eight students at Alfred State were recently inducted into the Psi Beta honor society, an organization which promotes interest in the study of psychology at two-year colleges. Students must have earned a 3.25 (out of a possible 4.0) grade point average, including a “B” or higher in at least one psychology course. The ceremony was conducted by Jennifer Bremser, assistant professor, human services; Aoife Patton, Belfast, human services; and Sade’ Bond, Washington, DC, human services.


Alfred State Taco Bell Rated #1 Nationwide

Posted Date: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 15:00

Alfred State’s Dining Services Taco Bell location has been rated #1 nationwide in Taco Bell’s Voice of the Customer Program. The Taco Bell operation on campus is managed by Michael Murray of Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc.

“Of the 5,539 locations nationwide, your team is #1 with our Voice of the Customer program. It is the most important obsession metric as it is feedback your guests are giving on their experience,” explained Jill Woods-Dale of Taco Bell.

“Our standard is 78 percent, (but) the Alfred State team has had three consecutive months at 100 percent,” Woods-Dale stated.

Taco Bell also measured the Alfred State customer experience after 5 p.m. and the score remained perfect at 100 percent. Importantly, the dining unit was also awarded a 100% food safety pass rate for the CORE evaluations. These high metrics all add up to one thing: satisfied customers.

“Everyone on campus knows how hard Mike Murray and his teams work,” said Karen Canne, Director of Dining Services for ACES. “It’s nice to know that our customers see that and respond to it. Being rated # 1 by our long-time vendor is a wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work by everyone – our student employees, our regular staff, and Mike and his leadership.”

Taco Bell has been a dining unit at Alfred State since 1998 when it was co-located in Central Dining Hall. The new location was opened in the Student Gathering Place in 2007.


Dr. Kellogg authors new book, Barry Baskerville Solves a Case

Posted Date: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 15:00

Dr. Richard Kellogg, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Alfred State, is the author of a new book titled BARRY BASKERVILLE SOLVES A CASE. The children's story, beautifully illustrated by graphic artist Gary Kato, is about a precocious youngster who aspires to become a famous detective like his role-model Sherlock Holmes. Barry Baskerville amazes his classmates and teachers with his amazing powers of observation and deduction. Barry even manages to solve a baffling mystery and convinces his parents that he has the necessary abilities to become a skillful investigator.

BARRY BASKERVILLE SOLVES A CASE is intended for an audience of young readers between the ages of seven and 10. The book is published by Airship 27 of Fort Collins, CO, and is available at the Amazon website.

Dr. Kellogg is the author of three previous books involving Sherlock Holmes and the most recent one is titled VIGNETTES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (New York: Gryphon Books, 2008). He has received grants from the SUNY Research Foundation to develop instructional materials on the problem-solving methodology of Sherlock Holmes. A frequent contributor to THE BAKER STREET JOURNAL and THE SERPENTINE MUSE, Kellogg enjoys introducing young readers to the magical world of Sherlock Holmes and his loyal companion, Dr. John Watson.


"New Voices: A Showcase of One Acts" to be featured April 19 & 20

Posted Date: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 15:00

"New Voices: A Showcase of One Acts" is a collaboration between Hornell Community Theatre and Alfred State Drama Club to encourage people interested in theater to try new roles. Five short one-acts are being produced as a show to allow individuals from the greater Hornell community and Alfred State to try their hand at directing, acting, script writing, or other creative aspects of theater. The acts are as follows:

Introduction to the Audience is a one-woman piece written by Bruce Kane. It features Robin Kerr-Wilson in the solo role, with direction assistance by Dianne T. Rokenbrod. This cleverly-written piece is a great opening to the event, and is an exploration of Kerr Wilson's comedic talent. Ali Q. Moore is a prolific writer, but this show marks the first time he will see one of his works come alive on stage. He has written and directed A Mouse Story, which is an homage to his sister's pets and explores about a pet mouse's desire for freedom and safety. Giving You My Heart, written by D.M. Larson, is almost entirely physical acting with only a few words of verbal script. This interesting piece about the interplay and emotions between three developmentally disabled individuals is being directed by Cindy Buckley, who is expanding her directing experience through this creative one act. Kris Majka has written and will direct Death of a Hired Man, which was inspired by a poem by Robert Frost of the same name. A dramatic piece, Majka's act features a couple arguing about the merits of helping a migrant handyman that has once again turned up on their doorstep. The final piece is a scene title A Different Kind of Prince, written and directed by Amanda Lynch as part of her senior theatre project entitled Small Talks, which looks at every day conversations and how they can reverberate.

“New Voices: A Showcase of One Acts” will be featured two nights only, Friday, April 19 at Alfred State in the Pioneer Lounge, Pioneer Center, and Saturday, April 20 at the new Hornell Community Arts Center. Both shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 general admission and $2 for students, at the door. A question and answer session with directors and actors will be held following the second show.

Questions regarding this event may be directed to Barb Pierce at (607) 587-4075 or Janna Buckwalter at buckwajb@alfredstate.edu.


Jazz Band and "Voices" to perform spring concert

Posted Date: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 16:15

The Alfred State Jazz Band and Alfred State “Voices” will present a shared spring concert on Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. in the Cappadonia Auditorium, Orvis Activities Center, on the Alfred State campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Music will include a tribute to Dave Brubeck by the Jazz Band, directed by Jerry Ives, as well as several other pieces. Alfred State “Voices” will offer up “Baba Yetu”, the theme music of the Civilization IV computer game. Several “Voices” students will offer solos as well. “Voices” is directed by Linda Staiger and accompanied by Bo Pang.

Alfred State Jazz Band


62nd Annual Alumni Choral Spring Concert Scheduled

Posted Date: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 16:30

Alfred State is pleased to present the 62nd Annual Alumni Choral Spring Concert, directed by Anthony Cappadonia, professor emeritus of music at Alfred State. The concert will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Anthony C. Cappadonia Auditorium, Orvis Activities Center, on the Alfred campus, and is free of charge and open to the public.

Performers for the concert include the Alfred State Voices, Alumni Jazz Singers, ’87 Collegiate Quartet, ’57 Varieties – Instrumental Jazz Combo, Alfred State Alumni Choir, and a finale by the combined alumni and College choirs.

A sampling of musical selections planned for the concert are “Do Not Fear”, “Come on and Dance with Me”, String of Pearls”, and “Shenandoah”. The finale song, “The Blessing of Aaron,” will be dedicated to the memory of loved ones.

Each spring, alumni from across the United States return to Alfred to attend the Annual Choir Alumni Weekend for rehearsals, a dinner/dance, and this concert. The Alfred State Concert Choir Alumni Organization was formed in 1957 and maintains an active membership of over 400. This organization has supported the college concert choir with donations and fundraising efforts over the years to provide scholarships for college choir members, and established the Anthony C. Cappadonia Scholarship Fund to be used by the college to assist future students.


Alfred State to Celebrate “Earth Week”

Posted Date: Monday, April 15, 2013 - 16:00

Alfred State, in partnership with Alfred University and Alfred residents, has announced a week-long series of events planned in celebration of Earth Day. The events, which begin on Sunday, April 21 and run through Sunday, April 28, include movie showings, service opportunities, outdoor activities, and social functions.

“Thanks to strong commitments by the two colleges and strong support from the village and local businesses, Alfred is beginning to emerge as a hot-bed for sustainability,” said Julian Dautremont-Smith, Chief Sustainability Officer at Alfred State. “This extensive series of events is indicative of increasing interest in environmental protection in the area.”

The schedule of events is as follows:

Sunday, April 21

Pollywogg Holler Clean Up
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Pollywogg Holler (6240 South Rd., Belmont, NY)
Help with spring cleaning around the Pollywogg Holler property. Tasks will include cleaning up downed trees and branches, trail maintenance, debris removal, freshening up gardens & more. Wear weather-appropriate clothes, boots, and work gloves. All volunteers will receive a free pizza. Please RSPV at goo.gl/MX4D7.

Hike and Picnic under Wind Turbines
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Join a hike on the Finger Lakes Trail to see the Howard wind turbines up close! Hikers will bring their own food and picnic under the turbines. Meet at Alfred State’s Huntington Administration Building parking lot OR AU’s Ade Hall at 10:30 a.m. to offer or find a ride. RSVP to stantoca@alfredstate.edu or adm2@alfred.edu.

Showing of the film My Name is Allegany County
7-8:30 p.m., Cappadonia Auditorium in Alfred State’s Orvis Activities Center
Alfred State’s Sustainability Club will show My Name is Allegany County, the inspiring story of how county residents successfully stopped the construction of a nuclear waste facility in Allegany County.

Monday, April 22 (Earth Day)


ACES Celebrates Earth Day
All day
Alfred State’s Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc. (ACES) is celebrating Earth Day all day. It will be serving up a variety of meatless treats at their Grill Station and will introduce a new locally produced pizza crust. ACES will help minimize waste by distributing reusable water bottles at lunch and providing plastic to-go bags only upon request at Friendly’s, Taco Bell, 10 Elm, and Exit West.

Showing of the film Living Downstream
7 p.m., Alfred Village Hall
This event is a screening of the film "Living Downstream." This poetic documentary follows ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber as she travels and tries to bring attention to the environmental links of cancer.

Tuesday, April 23


Water taste test
11 a.m.-2 p.m., outside Alfred State’s Central Dining Hall
Alfred State’s Sustainability Club will be promoting tap water with a fun challenge that asks students to see if they can tell the difference between bottled water and tap water.

Stuff swap
3-6 p.m., Alfred University’s Davis Gym
Come and trade items you no longer need for items owned by your peers! Excess stuff will be donated to Opp Shop (located in Alfred Seventh Day Baptist Parish House) afterward.

Showing of the film Thin Ice: the Inside Story of Climate Science
7-8:30 p.m., Cappadonia Auditorium in Alfred State’s Orvis Activities Center
Alfred State’s Sustainability Club will show Thin Ice: the Inside Story of Climate Science, a new movie that introduces the global community of climate scientists and examines popular critiques of their work.

Wednesday, April 24


Creek Clean-up
4-5:30 p.m., footbridge behind Community Bank on Main Street
Join Alfred State’s Outdoor Recreation Club to clean up the small creek that goes through Alfred. Wear waterproof boots and clothes that are okay to get dirty. Club will provide gloves and garbage bags.

Alfred State Sustainability Club Meeting
5-6 p.m., Physical & Health Sciences Building conference room (Rm 102)
Get involved in sustainability on campus by attending this regularly scheduled meeting of Alfred State’s student Sustainability Club.

Allegany sustainability networking at Pollywogg Holler Eco-Resort
6:30 p.m., Pollywogg Holler (6240 South Rd., Belmont, NY)
Join other sustainability-minded people in and around Allegany County for live music and delicious pizza from a wood-fired oven. The goal of this event is to strengthen the sustainability community in Allegany County and create opportunities for area sustainability advocates to collaborate. Bring a friend! Carpools from Alfred will leave at 6 p.m. from Alfred State’s Huntington Administration Building. There is a $5 entrance fee.

Thursday, April 25


Mountain Biking
4-7 p.m., meet at the gazebo in front of Alfred State’s Orvis Activities Center
Join Alfred State’s Outdoor Recreation Club on a mountain biking trip on the Finger Lakes Trails. Participants must bring their own bike, helmet, and safety equipment. Phone (607) 587-4329 with questions.

The Green Party: Time for Something Entirely Different
5-5:50 p.m., Alfred Village Hall
Virginia Rasmussen will introduce the Green Party and lead a discussion.

Friday, April 26


Tour of Sustainability Innovations at Alfred State’s Wellsville Campus
11 a.m., Zero Energy Home (2530 River Road, Wellsville)
Take a guided tour of the sustainability projects at Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology, including a Zero Energy Home, multiple renewable energy installations, and a constructed wetland that filters contaminants out of water.

Saturday, April 27


Tree Planting in Andover
8:45 a.m., meet at Andover Central School
Join the Upper Genesee chapter of Trout Unlimited to plant trees around Dyke Creek in Andover. Bring gloves and boots.

Hot Dog Day Fair
Noon-5 p.m., Main Street in Alfred
Several Earth Week activities are happening in conjunction with Hot Dog Day. Alfred Community Garden will host a table to recruit new gardeners and provide some hands-on seed planting activities for the kids. In addition, tofu dogs will be sold at the Hillel Club stand by the bus stop. Volunteers are also needed to help collect recyclables generated by Hot Dog Day. Please sign-up to help with recycling collection at goo.gl/u2tWv.

Sunday, April 28


Hot Dog Day Clean-up, Shift 1
8 a.m., meet in the parking lot of Community Bank on Main Street
Help clean up any litter left over from Hot Dog Day. Alfred State will provide materials. Wear clothing that can get dirty. Please sign-up in advance at goo.gl/U415C.

Hot Dog Day Clean-up, Shift 2
12:30 p.m., meet in front of Alfred University's Kanakadea Hall
Garbage bags and plastic gloves will be provided. Wear clothing that can get dirty.


Children's Literature Exhibit at Hinkle Memorial Library

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 09:45

A Children’s Literature exhibit is currently on display at the Hinkle Memorial Library Gallery on the Alfred State campus through May 5.

Hinkle Librarian Barbara Greil and Instructional Support Assistant Jenny Hillenbrand organized this exhibit in celebration of National Library Week, April 14 - 20. Contacting local and regional artists, authors and illustrators, as well as faculty and staff from both Alfred State and Alfred University, they have brought together a wide variety of work, highlighting the importance of libraries, reading, literature, and learning.

The exhibit includes custom-made American Library Association READ Posters featuring Alfred State “celebrities” posing with their favorite books, designed and created by Jenny Hillenbrand. Also featured are an extensive collection of ingenious children’s pop-up books on loan from Alfred University professor and artist Anne Currier. Alfred State faculty member Janice Stafford, who teaches a popular course in children’s literature, has lent an original numbered print from the first Harry Potter book, a signed and numbered print by author/illustrator Mo Willem’s Caldecott Honor book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, as well as an original collage by Bryan Collier, an award-winning author and illustrator. Susan Beckhorn, Suzanne Valentine, and Marsha Hayles, members of RACWI (Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators), have contributed original Illustrations, poetry, books, inspirational objects, and educational materials.

Help us celebrate National Library Week as well as the art and influence of children’s literature!

For information on visitor parking and library hours, consult the HillenJB@alfredstate.edu.


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