Students in the soils class at Alfred State will hold a pH clinic for the community from 3-6 p.m. Friday, April 17, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in room 103 of the Agriculture Science Building on the Alfred campus.
Community members are encouraged to bring up to four soil samples (sandwich bag-sized) for pH measurement and texture determination (approximate amount of sand, silt, and clay). Student and faculty advisers will be on-hand to assist community members in interpreting their results for specific garden or landscaping needs.
“Testing soil pH is important because pH values outside a plant’s preferred range can limit growth and productivity,” said Jessica Hutchison, lecturer in the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department. “Bringing a sample to the soil pH clinic is a fun, free way to get information about your soil and interact with students who are excited about putting their knowledge to the test.”
If unable to attend the event, community members are encouraged to drop off or mail samples to Jessica Hutchison, 123B Agriculture Building, Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, 10 Upper College Drive, Alfred, NY 14802. If mailing or dropping off samples, please ensure that samples arrive prior to the end of the event.
Contact Hutchison at HutchiJM@alfredstate.edu or 607-587-3616 regarding any questions.
Murray Deutsch, a first-generation child of Holocaust survivors, will speak at Alfred State at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the small-gathering space in the Student Leadership Center.
Deutsch will talk about his family history, including pre-war, the Holocaust, and post-war lives of the Berkovics and Deutsch families. Many members of both his families perished in Auschwitz. His parents immigrated to the United States after spending two years in a displaced persons camp in Torino, Italy.
Deutsch resides in Dansville and is in private practice as a licensed clinical social worker. He is married to Karen Acomb Deutsch, the director of the Gunlocke Library in Wayland.
The talk falls on Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. According to the U.S. Holocaust Museum’s website, www.ushmm.org, the internationally recognized date for Holocaust Remembrance Day corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar and marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Refreshments will be served after the talk, which is jointly sponsored by Alfred State and Hillel at Alfred, the Jewish students’ organization at Alfred State and Alfred University.
The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Alfred State will host its Human Services Awareness Day Thursday, April 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Allegany Room of the Central Dining Hall on the Alfred campus.
This event affords human services students at the college, as well as human services alumni and community services graduates, an opportunity to meet with representatives from local and regional human services agencies to gain information about the field and about opportunities therein.
Each agency will have a display table. Agency representatives scheduled to attend this year’s event include: Accord Corporation, AIM Independent Living Center, Alfred Montessori, Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Allegany County ARC, Allegany Department of Health, Allegany County Office of the Aging, Allegany County Probation Department, Allegany County Youth Bureau, ARC of Steuben, Cattaraugus Community Action, Chances and Changes, Faith in Action Steuben County, Fidelis Care, Finger Lakes DDSO, Hornell Concern for Youth, Hornell Partners for Growth, Institute for Human Services, Kinship Family and Youth Services, Literacy West, Pralid, and ProAction of Steuben and Yates.
The format for this event will be similar to a job fair, but the organizations are recruiting interns and community service volunteers as well as employees. The organizations are looking for people currently in human service/social service programs or holding degrees in those fields.
Members of the English and Humanities Department at Alfred State invite the public to a free spring poetry reading at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Allegany Room of the Central Dining Hall.
Come and enjoy music, desserts, and artwork, all created by Alfred State students.
Faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited to bring either a favorite or an original poem to read. Staff members of Ergo, the campus creative arts magazine, will also read from their works.
The Office of Equity, Inclusion and Title IX, The Kaleidoscope Coalition at Alfred State, and the Institute for Cultural Unity at Alfred University are proud to host Kristin Beck, former US Navy SEAL and star of the CNN documentary “Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story.”
Screening of the documentary will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 23, at the Terra Cotta coffee house, 34 N. Main St., Alfred. Beck will be speaking at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at the Cappadonia Auditorium in Orvis on Alfred State’s main campus (location change).
“Ms. Beck offers a brave and unique view of what it is like to be a member of the LGBTQ community as well as a veteran,” said Nikkie Hockenberry, coordinator of Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX at Alfred State. “She attended Alfred State and Alfred University in the late ‘80s, and we could not more honored that she is returning to the village to share her story with us.”
Both events are open to the public and free of charge. Born June 21, 1966, as Christopher Beck, the documentary "Lady Valor" chronicles the journey that 20-year Navy SEAL veteran Christopher Beck underwent in becoming Kristin Beck, a transgender woman.
"I fought for 20 years for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” Beck said. “I want some happiness."
Academic Success Coach for the Student Success Center at Alfred State Cynthia Thorp was selected to present at the 34th annual Conference on The First-Year Experience, held Feb. 7-10 in Dallas.
The conference provides an ongoing forum in which higher-education professionals may share experiences, concerns, and accomplishments related to supporting student learning, development, and success in the first college year, according to bestevents.us.
Titled “Digging Deeper into Student Engagement and Learning with Case Studies,” Thorp’s presentation demonstrated how case studies and scenarios contribute to deeper-level thinking skills. Thorp also discussed attitudes, behaviors, and habits linked to academic success in the first year.
Approximately 1,000 students from Region I Board of Cooperative Education and Services (BOCES) districts, encompassing Western New York and the Southern Tier, competed in the 26th annual SkillsUSA Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics March 3 at Alfred State.
The winners of this regional competition will advance to the next level at the Oncenter in Syracuse, where all six regions in New York State will meet to attempt to qualify for the national competition in Kansas City, MO, in June. A postsecondary SkillsUSA state competition will also take place on the Wellsville campus on Saturday, March 28.
Skills tests ranged from advertising design to welding to restaurant services. Alfred State faculty, staff, and students were heavily involved in the design, implementation, and judging of many of the contests. Many of the high school students were exposed to a college campus for the first time. Contestants from the following schools attended:
Genesee Valley (Batavia); Career and Technical Education Center at Belmont; Lake Shore/ Carrier Educational Center (Angola); Charles G May Career-Tech Center (Mt. Morris); Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post); Edison Tech (Rochester); Eastern Monroe Career Center (EMCC) (Fairport); Ellicottville CTE Center; GST BOCES Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira); Harkness Career and Technical Center (Cheektowaga); Hewes Educational Center (Ashville); Kenton Career and Technical Education Center (Tonawanda); LoGuidice Center (Fredonia); Niagara (Sanborn); Olean CTE Center; Orleans Career and Technical Education Center (Medina); WD Ormsby Educational Center (East Aurora); Potter Career and Technical Center (West Seneca); Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Newark); WEMOCO Career and Technical Education Center (Spencerport); and GST BOCES, Wildwood Campus (Hornell).
An awards ceremony honored the following winners:
Auto Body Helper
Auto Service Basic
Crime Scene Investigation (Three-Person Teams)
Custom Painting & Graphics
Electrical Construction & Wiring
Food Prep Assistant
Health Knowledge Bowl (Four-Person Teams)
Job Demo A
Job Demo Open
Precision Heavy Equipment
Quiz Bowl (Five-Person Teams)
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