Alfred State is once again ramping up for its annual Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities, set to take place from Oct. 12-14 this year.
The first night, Thursday, will feature the annual Blue and Gold dinner from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Terrace Dining Hall, featuring music, giveaways, and prizes, followed by a dodgeball game between students and faculty/staff members at 8 p.m. in the Orvis Activities Center Gymnasium.
Plenty of excitement is planned for “Fun Friday,” including the seventh annual Carly’s Club Race for a Cure 5K Run/Walk, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Pioneer Stadium. The $15 fee goes to Roswell Park Cancer Institute for pediatric cancer research, and the first 75 participants get a free T-shirt.
Also on Friday will be the spirit rally and bonfire at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Stadium parking lot, followed by the fireworks display near the Orvis Activities Center at 8:30 p.m. The popular Alfred’s Got Talent show will round out the night at 9:30 p.m. at the Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center, as students, faculty, staff, and alumni put their talents on display.
On Saturday, the Alfred State community is invited to come out and support the Pioneers as they take on the Gallaudet Bison at 1 p.m. at Pioneer Stadium. Preceding the big game will be a chicken barbeque and tailgate as well as a Greek chili cook-off and a car show beginning at 11 a.m. Alumni, friends, and family members age 21 and older can enjoy a cocktail while watching the game from the End Zone Party inside the “alumni tent” located inside the stadium.
A family-friendly event will cap off Saturday’s festivities, as the “Magician for Non-Believers,” Peter Boie, will perform at 5 p.m. in the Cappadonia Auditorium, Orvis Activities Center. Boie’s hilarious show is sure to leave audiences laughing and astonished. Magic may not be real, but he’ll have you believing in it.
Colleen Argentieri, director of Alumni Relations and co-chair of the Homecoming/Family Weekend Committee, said, “We are again looking forward to welcoming back our amazing alumni, as well as many of the students’ families. The variety of events scheduled will provide lots of fun and excitement, and will add to the memories and good times at Alfred State.
While getting acclimated to new people, surroundings, and class schedules can take some time, getting involved in the nearby community is instantaneous each year for dozens of new Alfred State students.
This year, a total of 100 incoming Pioneers took part in Community Action Day, the annual day of service that takes place during the college’s Week of Welcome, in which new students engage in a number of local community service projects.
A total of 16 projects took place in five areas this year – Alfred, Almond, Belmont, Hornell, and Wellsville. The projects ranged from exterior and interior painting at Hornell Area Concern for Youth, to moving and organizing book collections at the David A. Howe Public Library, to screen printing with the Alfred Farmers Market, and more.
“Community Action Day is a great way for incoming first year students to make new friends, get to know their community, and make a difference locally,” said Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Alfred State.
Civic engagement is a key focus at Alfred State, with students, faculty, and staff taking part in days of service such as Celebrate Service Celebrate Allegany and Spring Into Action, and volunteering out-of-state and around the globe.
The number of service hours contributed by Alfred State’s students has seen significant increases in recent years. Through internships, clinical treatments, and volunteering, the number of service hours has surpassed 80,000 per school year.
Through the generosity of Collette Cornish and the Hornell Erie Depot Museum, Alfred State’s Hinkle Memorial Library gallery is currently featuring an exhibit highlighting the history and contributions of the Erie Railroad and its employees to the region.
Titled "Riding the Erie Rails – From NYC to Chicago ... and Beyond," the exhibit will be on display until Sept. 27.
A wide variety of photographs, pictures, books, and objects are on loan from the museum, including railroad memorabilia such as lanterns, timetables, tickets, uniforms, postcards, and maps. The Hornell Erie Depot Museum, located at 111 Loder St. in Hornell, was established in 2005 by the city of Hornell to honor the men and women of the Erie Railroad.
"We hope this exhibit will not only appeal to the railroad buffs in our area, but to new students, faculty, and community members as well, who will learn about the historical, cultural, and economic importance of the Erie to Alfred, Hornell, and the Southern Tier," said Barbara Greil, reference librarian at Hinkle Library.
Collette Cornish, Hornell Erie Depot Museum director and City of Hornell Historian, said, “The Hornell Erie Depot Museum would like to thank Barbara Greil and Alfred State for this opportunity to share these historical items that have been generously donated by family and friends to honor the men and women of the railroad, and it is our duty at the museum to share the history and preserve them for future generations."
In addition to the museum pieces, model train collector and Alfred resident Louis Greiff has loaned several "O" gauge replicas of Erie locomotives and passenger cars.
The exhibit will be open for viewing during normal library hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-587-4313.
For law enforcement officers, animal shelter employees, veterinary office workers, and others, learning how to handle aggressive dogs can be a challenge.
That’s why the Center for Community Education and Training (CCET) at Alfred State is hosting a course titled “Aggressive Dogs in the Line of Duty” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Lake Lodge in Alfred. The cost to attend is $50, which includes a light breakfast and lunch.
Presenting the program will be Lisa Skavienski, CTC, CSAT trainer and behavior consultant at Dog Educated, LLC; Amy Voltin, CTC, master animal services officer with the Broomfield Colorado Police; and Timothy Kohlmeier, deputy public safety director and emergency manager for Monroe County. The course has several objectives, including:
Wendy Dresser-Recktenwald, senior director of Human Resources and CCET, said Alfred State is looking forward to bringing in experts on aggressive dogs once again.
“The news is frequently peppered with stories about dog bites and aggressive dogs, and our first responders are frequently exposed to dangerous situations that don’t have to be dangerous if they are adequately trained,” she said. “There is such a need to appropriately train first responders on how to handle difficult situations with aggressive dogs to ensure everyone’s safety. The team of experts we have lined up come to us with incredible resumes, and we are confident the training is going to be excellent and beneficial to our community.”
To register for the course, please contact CCET at 607-587-4015 or at email@example.com.
The nation’s best-known promoter of skilled trades is proud of the accomplishments of a recent Alfred State graduate. Mike Rowe’s foundation is sharing the multi-generational story of Aaron Aumick, a building trades: building construction graduate from Port Jervis. Rowe, the television host widely recognized for his “Dirty Jobs” and “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” series, leads a scholarship program that enabled Aumick to earn his associate degree.
“They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” Rowe’s foundation recently posted on Facebook. “In 21 year-old Aaron Aumick’s case, that couldn’t be more accurate. Both Aaron and his father are volunteer firefighters and carpenters. So are Aaron’s grandfather and great-grandfather, making Aaron a fourth-generation firefighter and carpenter.”
Aumick applied for the scholarship after he discovered that his own personal perspective matched Rowe’s S.W.E.A.T. Pledge. The acronym stands for Skill & Work Ethics Aren’t Taboo. Aumick submitted a video application to the foundation and earned the scholarship funds to complete a two-year degree at Alfred State.
“Not only did Aaron successfully earn his degree, he also earned the dean’s award for academic excellence,” stated Deborah Goodrich, associate vice president for Enrollment Management. “Mike Rowe and his foundation are tremendous advocates for encouraging more people to gain trade skills and in doing so, to help fill millions of good-paying, available jobs. We share Rowe’s passion for career-preparedness and his pride in Aaron’s career choice.”
“Since I was a kid I always wanted to be a volunteer firefighter,” stated Aumick. “I decided I wanted to be a carpenter when I realized how much I enjoyed using my hands and building different things with my father and grandfather. I decided to go to school for this trade because of the employment availabilities.”
Through the Work Ethic Scholarship Program awarded to Aumick, Rowe’s foundation provides financial assistance to qualified students with a desire to learn a skill that is in demand. The foundation has granted more than $3 million for use at trade schools across the country.
According to the charity, mikeroweWORKS Foundation rewards people with a passion to be trained for skilled jobs that actually exist. As CEO of the Foundation, Rowe spends a significant amount of time speaking about what he calls the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work, highlighting the widening skills gap, and challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path for the most people. While advocating for more career and technical training, Rowe has also testified before congress regarding millions of American jobs that remain unfilled due to a lack of skilled applicants.