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Alfred State named a Lead Advisory Institution once again

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 10:45

For the second straight year, NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession, has named Alfred State a Lead Advisory Institution in its national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement.

This year, Alfred State will be part of a group of nearly 100 institutions dedicated to promoting civic learning and democratic engagement as a core function of the Division of Student Affairs. The Lead Initiative offers unique professional development opportunities, targeted resources, networking, and recognition for its Lead Institutions.

The college has participated in NASPA’s Lead Initiative since 2012, but was named a Lead Advisory Institution for the first time last year. In this role, Alfred State’s responsibilities include mentoring other Lead Institutions and helping NASPA staff create and execute strategy, publications, and online learning content for the initiative moving forward.

Gregory Sammons, Alfred State vice president for Student Affairs, said Alfred State is proud to again be recognized by NASPA as a Lead Advisory Institution, and that the college “considers it the highest compliment to our students.”

“The recognition illustrates that our students learn not only about social issues,” Sammons said, “but also how to apply knowledge in order to actively engage these challenges and directly be a part of the solutions in our communities.”

By combining real-world learning situations with civic engagement opportunities, Alfred State students make significant contributions to communities around the world and are frequently among the first to lend their skills and knowledge to those in need. Last year, Alfred State students contributed 80,000 hours of service, civic leadership, and workforce-ready knowledge to communities in need.

To learn more about NASPA’s Lead Initiative and view a complete listing of participating institutions, please visit the NASPA website at https://www.naspa.org/rpi/lead-initiative.

The Wrecks coming to Alfred State Oct. 18

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 08:15

Alfred State is excited to announce that up-and-coming indie rock band The Wrecks will be performing at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Orvis Activities Center.

The Los Angeles-based group consists of Wellsville native Nick Anderson (vocals/guitar), Nick Schmidt (guitar), Harrison Nussbaum (guitar), Aaron Kelley (bass), and Billy Nally (drums).

A description of the group on its Facebook page states, “Heavily influenced by groups such as The Pixies, The Strokes, Weezer, and Vampire Weekend, this five-piece isn’t afraid to blend undeniably catchy choruses with lyrics and vocals that have an underlying substance and a certain quirk that give them their young, signature sound.”

On March 18 this year, The Wrecks released their first single, “Favorite Liar,” which has been featured on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation and and has close to 1.3 million plays on Spotify. The group’s debut EP “We Are The Wrecks,” which includes “Favorite Liar,” “I Don’t Like You,” and “Turn It Up,” is now available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and more.

members of the band, The Wrecks
l-r, members of the band, Nick Schmidt, Nick Anderson, Harrison Nussbaum, Aaron Kelley, and Billy Nally

Already, the band has had their songs played on two NBC shows, one CBS show (Limitless), and in a Lions Gate feature film. After a 14-city mostly West Coast and Midwest show in the spring, they were asked to join Nothing But Thieves on a 33-city North American tour that started in Canada and ends in Florida.

A number of the shows, including one at the Foundry in Philadelphia in late October, have sold out. The band has concerts in Columbus, OH and in New York City in mid-October, and were honored to get a chance to play a hometown show for Nick Anderson on their travel day between those cities in Alfred on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Tickets for the concert at are on sale now for $5 each, and can be purchased at the campus store or online at www.alfredstatebookstore.com.

For more information on The Wrecks, visit http://www.wearethewrecks.com/.

Kiddie Ag Day a great success

Posted Date: Monday, October 3, 2016 - 10:45
First- and second-graders at the college farm
First- and second-graders learn how dairy cows are milked.

Always a fun and educational way to teach young students about agriculture, Alfred State once again hosted Kiddie Ag Day on Sept. 22.

Participating schools included Alfred-Almond, Andover, Scio, Bath, Bolivar-Richburg, Canaseraga, Cuba-Rushford, and Genesee Valley.

During the day, approximately 500 first- and second-graders toured the college farm, learning about vegetable production, milk production, horses, and other small animals and agriculture in general. Alfred State Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department students served as tour guides for the event.

Dr. Phil Schroeder, chair of the department, said Kiddie Ag Day was a great success.

“The weather was beautiful, the kids were awesome, and our students did an outstanding job teaching the children about where their food comes from,” he said.

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.