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CCET to host dog behavior seminars

Posted Date: Monday, October 3, 2016 - 09:15

For any dog owners looking to improve their canine’s behavior, the Center for Community Education and Training at Alfred State will be hosting three more seminars this school year to help with just that.

All seminars will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pioneer Lounge in the Pioneer Center. Each will include video tutorials, demonstrations with live dogs, training plans, and other supporting materials.

The instructor, Kelly Cottrell, CTC, is an honors graduate of the renowned Academy for Dog Trainers, and has presented seminars, videos, and workshops on training and behavior modification, and has helped countless guardians live peaceably with their dogs. The first seminar, “Impulse Control and Focus: Teaching Dogs that Patience Pays,” was held Sept. 20.

Kelly Cottrell, CTC, with dogThe next course is titled “Reactive Dogs in the Real World: Beyond Training Set-ups,” and will take place Nov. 15. This session addresses dog reactivity, and will teach participants about group classes that are appropriate for reactive dogs, taking training out of set-ups and into the real world, structured dog-dog greetings, maintaining focus amid triggers, diversifying reinforcers, and much more.

“Enrichment and Play: Channel Your Dog’s Intrinsic Needs,” is the title of the second seminar, which will be held Feb. 22. In this event, participants will learn how to channel their dog’s intrinsic abilities into appropriate outlets. Examples include scent games, work-to-eat options, the rules of tug and other predatory games, dog-dog play, agility for fun, training as enrichment, and more.

The final seminar, “From Guarding to Giving: Teaching Dogs that Resources Aren’t Scarce,” will take place April 18. In a natural environment, guarding valuable resources such as food, toys, bones, and sometimes even owners is a highly adaptive trait for dogs. This seminar will teach attendees prevention exercises, the genetic underpinnings of resource guarding, management strategies to prevent the problem from getting worse, step-by-step training plans with demonstrations, teaching a solid “drop it” cue, how to use recall as an alternative to guarding, and more.

“Alfred State is a leader in the animal care sector, offering high-end training seminars for shelters, rescue groups, animal care professionals, as well as the community,” said Wendy Dresser-Recktenwald, senior director of Human Resources and the Center for Community Education and Training. “We are fortunate to have an expert like Kelly Cottrell travel here to Alfred State to offer the training programs for people in our area. This particular training program will benefit dog owners and professionals alike.”

The cost of each course is $70, which includes a light breakfast and lunch. For more information and to register, contact the Center for Community Education and Training at 607-587-4015 or ccet@alfredstate.edu.

Fine art photography on display at Hinkle Memorial Library in October

Posted Date: Friday, September 30, 2016 - 13:30

The Hinkle Memorial Library is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting the work of Corning-based fine art photographer Chris Walters from Oct. 3-30.

A total of 18 color photographs will be on display in an exhibit titled “From Whence We Came,” which comes from a speech by John. F. Kennedy Jr. before the 1962 America’s Cup in Newport, RI. All of the photographs are of water in a variety of settings and locations, many of which have been captured using long-exposure photography.

“As the son of a coast guardsman, the water has always been in my life, and exists heavily in themes in my photography and writing,” Walters said.

Walters, who specializes in black and white and long exposure photography, spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the country of Georgia, which he describes as a “transformative experience, with my photographic skills growing and my eyes opening up to the world around me.”

After completing his Peace Corps service, Walters received a master’s degree from Columbia University, and began working with IREX, an international non-profit organization. That job took him back overseas to Georgia, where, while working, he was able to travel extensively and photograph throughout the area and beyond, from the plains of the Serengeti to the shores of Lake Bled.

Returning to the US in the fall of 2012, Walters began exhibiting his work in galleries, museums, and private collections throughout the Finger Lakes. He also works as a grant manager and gallery curator for The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, delivering grants to individual artists and organizations for arts and cultural projects throughout the state.

Photography, Walters says in his artist statement, allows him to capture the beauty of the present moment, “and through photography, I can remind others to engage in rather than disengage from life around them. By experiencing life through a different set of lenses, I can show the world to those unable to see it.”

When asked what he hopes people are able to take away from viewing his exhibit at Alfred State, Walters said, “I hope people will find solace in (the photographs’) ever-welcoming arms, a calming of the soul, and a return to an eternal cycle that brings past to present. I hope the viewer can bask in these waters that call to me, to become aware of the beauty that flows in them, and that they too will seek a return from whence they came.”

For more information on Walters and his photography, visit http://www.christopherallenwalters.com/.

The exhibit will be open for viewing during normal library hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email library@alfredstate.edu or call 607-587-4313.

“Ever Flowing,” which depicts the Niagara River after a recently passed thunderstorm
“Ever Flowing,” which depicts the Niagara River after a recently passed thunderstorm, is one of the 18 photos
that will be featured in an exhibit by Chris Walters at Alfred State from Oct. 3-30.


Summer Prep Academy helps new students adjust to college life

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 15:15

Acclimating to college can be an overwhelming experience, and historically, not everyone is successful in making the transition to higher education.

That’s why Alfred State developed the Summer Preparation Academy, a four-week program designed to help freshmen accepted through the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and the Alfred State Opportunity Program (ASOP) become adjusted to the academic and personal challenges they would face as they began college.

This past summer, more than 40 students participated in Summer Prep Academy, with another seven students acting as peer mentors. From July 25 to Aug. 18, the 40-plus students worked to enhance their skills in math, reading, writing, and studying – the foundations for college success. They also took part in career exploration, leadership development, and self-assessment inventories.

Outside of the classroom, the students were also introduced to the campus, took care of the necessary items to be prepared for the first day of classes, and participated in a variety of social and cultural activities on and off campus that were designed to build a sense of community and develop each student’s individual growth and mindset. Examples included taking part in Habitat for Humanity projects in Elmira, visiting a family entertainment center in Olean named Good Times, using Keuka College’s Ropes Course, and exploring Letchworth State Park.

“This past Summer Prep Academy was a great success,” said Associate Vice President of Academic Services Dr. Kathleen Ebert. “The students were able to become acclimated to college life, remediate their math and writing skills, make new friends and connections, and become empowered to be leaders in terms of academic success.”

For more information on Alfred State’s Summer Prep Academy, email summerbridge@alfredstate.edu or call 607-587-4122.

40 incoming freshman Alfred State students worked with Habitat for Humanity
A group of more than 40 incoming freshman students worked with Habitat for Humanity.

FPA Conference a valuable experience for students

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 08:30

Furthering their education outside of the classroom, a group of seven Alfred State business students were able to expand their knowledge and network with experts in the field Sept. 14-16 at the Financial Planning Association’s Annual Conference in Baltimore.

The conference is the largest gathering of Certified Financial Planner (CFP) professionals and financial planning thought leaders, according to the conference’s website, http://fpa-be.org/. The website further states that the attendees, speakers, and partners are among the “most innovative folks in the industry” who come together to connect and share ideas.

Attending from Alfred State were Joseph Henderson, of Far Rockaway; Jerome Hart, of Wellsville; Jason Moore, of Fairport; Denton Cassels, of Bronx; Valerie Wallace, of Rexville; Sierra King, of Clyde; and Alanna Conciardo, of Buffalo. All of the students are financial planning majors except for Hart (business management) and Cassels (business administration).

The students had access to more than 30 trainings on financial planning topics and were able to interact with hundreds of financial planners and financial companies from across the nation. They were also able to have formal and informal interviews with many different companies.

Scott DuMond, assistant professor in the Business Department, who accompanied the students to Baltimore, said the conference provided students with fantastic exposure to the business world, as well as their future career options.

“This conference really opened up their eyes to the many careers that are available to them with a financial planning degree from Alfred State,” he said. “Most FPA members have their CFP certificate, and our financial planning major is a CFP Board-Registered program. This means that our graduates not only obtain their bachelor’s degree, but that they have met the educational requirements necessary to sit for the CFP test, which is a big deal. Each student who attended the FPA Conference was engaged and shared that it was beneficial to them.”

Speaking first-hand to the value of the conference to the students, Conciardo said, “These events are so important because they ready students for the times when these professional interactions could make or break a career opportunity. Being prepared and comfortable in situations such as these can set you apart early on in your career when you aren’t expected to be comfortable.”

King described the conference as a “wonderful learning and networking opportunity.”

“I was surrounded by many professionals who were more than eager to engage with you, and it honestly was an eye-opener for me,” she said. “I feel privileged to have been able to attend the conference. Overall, it was a great experience.”

students who attended the Financial Planning Association’s Annual Conference
Front row from left, Alanna Conciardo, Sierra King, Valerie Wallace, and Doreen Haller, president of the Rochester FPA Chapter; and, back row, from left, Denton Cassels, Jason Moore, Joseph Henderson, Michael Kitces from the Nerd’s Eye View, Jerome Hart, and Alfred State Assistant Professor of Business Scott DuMond.


Southern Tier communities are grateful for student volunteers

Posted Date: Monday, September 26, 2016 - 10:30

Without the assistance of college volunteers, many public, non-profit, and community-based organizations would not be able to fulfill their missions of service to others. That’s why a Community Involvement Fair at Alfred State attracted a crowd of organizations eager to enlist the support of more students. 

Many of the organizations present at the fair have benefited from a flood of Alfred State student volunteers and interns in the past, which is why they were looking to recruit Pioneers again. 

Susan Hooker, executive director of the Hornell Area Concern for Youth, noted that “there are so many ways” in which Alfred State students have helped her organization. She particularly complimented the human service management students who have completed their 400-hour management-focused internship at Concern for Youth, saying they have been “excellent.” 

“Alfred State students are well prepared to enter into non-profit internships or volunteer experiences,” she said. “They come in, interact with the youth, and share their ideas and talents.” 

Hannah Spalding, recruitment manager for The Service Collaborative of Western New York, mentioned two recent Alfred State graduates who have served as Americorps members through programs offered by her organization. One of them served in Clifton Springs helping veterans, and another is currently a tutor and mentor in Buffalo city schools. 

“The whole point of our agency is to connect individuals with volunteer and service opportunities in the community, wherever their community may be,” she said. “We wouldn’t be able to exist without people who want to be engaged, so I would say Alfred State students absolutely help us do what we do.” 

Though Bryan Gamache became the executive director of the Allegany County United Way in July, he is no stranger to working with Alfred State students, noting that he has had positive experiences with them in the past when he was with Accord. Given the number of students who had expressed interest in volunteering with the United Way during the fair, the impact they could have would be “phenomenal,” he said. 

“We depend a lot on volunteers, and based on the conversations I’ve had today,” he said, “going forward, if we were to have this group of students come together, I think a lot of good ideas would come of that.” 

At the Community Involvement Fair, 28 organizations from Alfred and the surrounding region were on-hand to highlight internship, volunteer, and community engagement opportunities. Students from nearby Alfred University were also invited to participate, as students network with potential employer or internship sites, make valuable community connections, and discover ways to get involved.

students speaking with representatives at the Community Involvement Fair
Human services management majors Jessica Dixon, of Wellsville, left, and Ashley Kennedy, of
Troupsburg, speak to representatives from the AIM Independent Living Center.