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Musical comedy ‘The Addams Family’ taking place Nov. 17-20

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 15:30

The Alfred State Drama Department will be presenting “The Addams Family,” a musical comedy based upon a cartoon by Charles Addams, from Nov. 17-20 in the Cappadonia Auditorium of the Orvis Activities Center.

A humorous inversion of the ideal 20th-century American family, “The Addams Family” focuses on the macabre, yet comedic exploits of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday, Pugsley, and Thing. It has been adapted into television shows, films, and even video games.

The Nov. 17-19 shows will take place at 7 p.m., while a matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 20. Tickets are $7 each for general admission, $2 each per student, and can be obtained at the Alfred campus store or outside the Central Dining Hall.

Peer tutoring program receives $6,000 from Student Senate

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 15:15

Continuing its ongoing support of the college’s peer tutoring program, Alfred State’s Student Senate recently contributed $6,000 toward helping defray the cost of the program’s operation. 

Katherine Holmok, Student Senate president and a business administration major from Prattsville, said peer tutoring is a constructive way for students to learn from each other. 

“It’s an opportunity to collaborate and provides valuable one-on-one time, which allows for more questions to be asked and answered,” she said. “Student Senate believes in the benefits of peer tutoring because we see it in our overall performance. We have seen our leadership, knowledge, and professional skills improve as an e-board by working and learning from each other.” 

Casey Cowburn, the peer tutoring coordinator on the Alfred campus, said of Student Senate’s donation, “This generous contribution is vital for the continuation of our services and has a positive impact on our students.” 

Cowburn noted that data for the spring 2016 semester showed that 79 percent of the students who met with their tutor three or more times received a “C” or better in the course, and 94 percent of the students passed the course. 

“This success rate would not be possible without monetary assistance from groups and organizations such as Student Senate,” he said.

Student Senate members present a check to the peer tutoring coordinator
Casey Cowburn, peer tutoring coordinator at Alfred State, left, accepts a check for $6,000 in support of peer tutoring services at the college from Student Senate President Katherine Holmok. Also pictured in the second row, from left to right, are Student Senate members Daniel David, mechanical engineering technology, Brooklyn; Gary Kostek, mechanical engineering technology, Lancaster; Michael Shoemaker, technology management, Buffalo; Eric Hulbert, network administration, Mexico (NY); Natalie Vining, court and realtime reporting, Maplecrest; Denton Cassells, business administration, Bronx; Justin King, electrical construction and maintenance electrician, Uniondale; and Hannah Vuozzo, interdisciplinary studies, Salt Point.


Business students receive expert advice on retirement planning

Posted Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 11:30

It’s never too early to start planning for retirement, as proven by a group of Alfred State business students who recently traveled to Rochester to learn about best practices, mistakes to avoid, and more.

Hosted by the Rochester chapter of the Financial Planning Association at the Locust Hill Country Club, the event was titled “Social Security Optimization and Retirement Income Planning.” The featured presenter was Joe Elsasser CFP®, RHU, REBC, president of Covisum, and co-author of “Social Security Essentials: Smart Ways to Help Boost Your Retirement Income.”

Elsasser’s presentation was designed to provide an understanding of the basic rules regarding Social Security retirement benefits, the various elections available to dual-income earners, and other retirement planning issues surrounding the Social Security process. Scott DuMond, assistant professor in the Business Department, said the event was excellent.

“Mr. Elsasser taught on the 2015 changes in Social Security and when to take it to maximize your benefits,” DuMond said. “Along with that, he discussed how to best withdraw from your retirement accounts in a tax-wise fashion to get the most out of your investments. It was fantastic and a huge benefit to our students.”

Students who attended the event included financial planning majors Rebekah Partridge, of Hornell; Sierra King, of Clyde; Bryanna Godfrey, of Barton; Valerie Wallace, of Rexville; Marika Middelkoop, of Tucson, AZ; Marcus Zeigler, of Canisteo; Shohei Ono, of Aichi, Japan; Bryan Guild, of Cameron Mills; and Nathanael Gisellie, of Jakarta, Indonesia, as well as business administration major (Calvin) Tay Chok Hong, of Kuantan, Malaysia; and business management major Jerome Hart, of Wellsville.

King, the vice president of the Financial Planning Association’s student chapter at Alfred State, said Elsasser’s presentation was a great learning experience.

“I appreciate the FPA of Rochester for having us,” she said. “I was able to pull a lot away from the meeting. Overall, it provided a lot of wisdom and exposure from current professionals.”

students at the Rochester Financial Planning Association’s event
Front row, from left to right, Rebekah Partridge, Sierra King, Bryanna Godfrey, Valerie Wallace, Marika Middelkoop, (Calvin) Tay Chok Hong, and Marcus Zeigler.
In the second row, from left, are Jamie Block, treasurer of the Rochester Financial Planning Association; Kay Pfleghardt Alfred State Alumni (2015) and Rochester FPA board member; Shohei Ono; Bryan Guild; speaker Joe Elasser from Covisum; Doreen Haller, president of the Rochester Financial Planning Association, and Scott DuMond, assistant professor of Business at Alfred State.
Present at the event but not pictured are Nathanael Gisellie and Jerome Hart.

World War II propaganda posters on display at Hinkle Library in November

Posted Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 10:15

Buying war bonds, planting victory gardens, and joining scrap drives are just some of the many things that were encouraged by propaganda posters during World War II. While these pieces’ messages are no longer relevant today, they continue to serve as a reminder of the effort it took by all citizens to ensure freedom.

And from now through Nov. 25, the public may view 12 of these historic posters in an exhibit at the Alfred State Hinkle Memorial Library.

On loan from the Olean Public Library’s permanent art collection, the posters will be accompanied by a small book and historical exhibit detailing the role of the poster as an art form, and as a means of advertising and encouraging participation in the war effort.

Michelle Margeson, secretary to the library director at Alfred State, said that while the war years are often romanticized, the posters on display represent some of the struggles that US citizens had to endure during World War II.

World War II-era poster that says "united"  united nations fight for freedom“This exhibit shows how propaganda played a significant and powerful role in swaying public opinion in all countries during World War II,” she said. “We hope that patrons leave the exhibit recognizing the sacrifices that all US citizens had to make to support the war effort, and draw similarities between past and current propaganda art and advertising.”

Propaganda art during World War II, Margeson said, was instrumental in provoking diverse emotions in US soldiers, enemies, and citizens. She noted editorial cartoonists were also very effective at introducing war themes into their stories, even before the US entered the war, to sensitize public opinion.

“Comic books and cartoons, leaflets, radio messages, books, and movies encouraged a range of opinions about the US entering the war, and reflected our commitment to the cause,” Margeson said. “These posters are a very small sample of how emotions generated by art and advertising can motivate people to act.”

Margeson noted the posters will be displayed to coincide with Veterans’ Day, and also to commemorate the upcoming 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December.

“Not just during times of officially declared war, but both in dangerous and uncertain times, as well as during peacetime, soldiers must make sacrifices, as must their families, friends, and communities,” she said. “In recognizing this universal truth, it is our hope that in these contentious times, we will unite on these two important days to support our soldiers and veterans, and to embrace our similarities as Americans, rather than focus on our differences.”

Also in November, the library will be officially opening the newly renovated Hinkle Library Gallery on the 10th. The renovation was made possible by the generous gifts made to the “50 Years-50 Donors-50 Dollars” campaign that was initiated in conjunction with the library’s 50th anniversary in 2015.

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.

Symposium tackles upcoming presidential election

Posted Date: Monday, October 31, 2016 - 10:30

As the race to become the next leader of the United States wages on, Alfred State’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences joined with the college’s Honors Program recently to host the Khalid Ashraf Symposium on this very topic.

Titled “Presidential Election 2016,” the evening’s center point was a conversation with Alfred University Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Heineman, and Alfred State Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dr. Rex Olson regarding the prolonged, and often contentious political campaign between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The goal was to help students and other first-time voters understand the current campaign in the larger context of American politics in general, and previous presidential campaigns in particular. The friendly, civilized sparring between Heineman and Olson inspired a vigorous question-and-answer session, and revealed that the majority of the students present are planning to vote.

The Khalid Ashraf Symposium series honors the late Khalid Ashraf, a long-time, much-respected member of the Department of Social and Behavioral Science at Alfred State.

Rachel Haines, Dr. Rex Olson, Dr. Robert Heineman; Awa Zoure, Shaun Lambert
l - r: Rachel Haines, liberal arts and sciences: humanities, Arkport; Alfred State Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dr. Rex Olson; Alfred University Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Heineman; Awa Zoure, human services, Brooklyn; Shaun Lambert, criminal justice, Jamaica (NY).


Day of Giving to launch Nov. 29

Posted Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 - 11:45

Whether it’s making a donation, showing Pioneer Pride, or helping to spread the word, Alfred State’s inaugural Day of Giving is all about coming together as a college community to make a difference in the lives of its students.

Speaking to the importance of the event, Alfred State Director of Annual Giving Trish Haggerty noted that every gift, no matter the size, makes an everlasting impact on the college’s students, their education, and their Alfred State experience.

“For those who have never given before, Day of Giving is an excellent time to do so,” she said. “For past donors, this is a great opportunity to take their giving to the next level and reach even further into the lives of our students.”

In helping to reach its goal of $50,000 from at least 300 donors Nov. 29, Alfred State is making it as easy as possible for people to give. Donations can be made online at www.alfredstate.edu/give, or over the phone when speaking to one of the college’s volunteer callers that day. Also, any donations received between Nov. 1 and 29 will be held until the Day of Giving, so people can get a head start on being a part of the action.

Making a gift is just one way to support this important initiative. The college’s website on Nov. 29 will feature a toolkit for people to download social media cover images, as well as a profile badge showing they gave, so that they can share the big day on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #Give2AlfredState.

Additionally, the website will feature real-time updates and allow visitors to track what groups are having the biggest impact. Visitors to the site will also be able to be a part of unlocking challenges, matching gifts being awarded, and will see live videos that day.

For more information on Alfred State’s Day of Giving, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 607-587-3930 or at ia@alfredstate.edu.

Day of Giving