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Alfred State taking part in ‘It’s On Us’ campaign

Posted Date: Monday, April 6, 2015 - 10:30

Alfred State announces that it is participating in the "It's On Us" campaign.

The college began partnering with the White House and The Generation Project last semester for the campaign, which “promotes being an empowered bystander and sends the message that it is truly on all of us to help eradicate sexual violence on college campuses,” according to Nikkie Hockenberry, coordinator of Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX at Alfred State.

The college will screen the film "It Happened Here" April 13 at 6 p.m. in the Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center on the Alfred campus.

“We are incredibly pleased to be following up the screening with a question-and-answer session with producer Marjorie Schwartz Nielsen and one of the subjects of the documentary, Sarah O'Brien,” Hockenberry said.

Marjorie Schwartz NielsenNielsen began her professional career at the Nickelodeon network, producing non-fiction television for teenagers, and has been working with and writing for young audiences ever since. After associate producing documentaries for WNET and KCET, she spent the next 20 years writing feature films and original made-for-cable movies, and was a nominee for a Humanitas Prize.

She has worked with at-risk youth, starting with School on Wheels in Los Angeles missions and shelters, and created programs for Hollygrove Family Services, a non-residential facility for foster youth, and Art Division, a non-profit art school providing free classes, literacy programs, and resources for underserved youth in the Rampart district of Los Angeles.

Sarah O'BrienO’Brien, a Vanderbilt University student athlete who was a victim of rape, has mobilized other survivors and activists and staged events, such as Take Back the Night and The Clothesline Project, where she presented a list of demands to Vanderbilt deans that have led to a revision of Vanderbilt’s policies.

“This is a unique opportunity to discuss the film and a topic that is on the country's radar with two individuals directly responsible for the film,” Hockenberry said.

The event is free and open to the public.

Second annual soil pH clinic set for April 17-18

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 09:30

student Tyler Ross measures pH on a soil sample 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.

Son of Holocaust survivors to speak April 16

Posted Date: Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:15

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.

Human Services Awareness Day to take place April 16

Posted Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:45

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.

Community invited to attend poetry reading April 8

Posted Date: Monday, March 23, 2015 - 14:30

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.

Navy SEAL veteran and transgender woman Kristin Beck to speak March 25

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 10:30

Kristin BeckThe 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."