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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."

Academic Success Coach Cynthia Thorp presents at 34th annual Conference on The First-Year Experience in Dallas

Posted Date: Monday, March 16, 2015 - 12:00

Cynthia ThorpAcademic 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.

Area students compete in 26th annual SkillsUSA Regional Conference at Alfred State

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 09:45

faculty, staff, and students served as competition judgesApproximately 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:

Action Skills

Advertising Design

Animal Careers

Auto Body Helper

Auto Service Basic

Auto Technology

AutomatedManufacturing Technology

Carpenter's Assistant


Collision Repair

Commercial Baking

Computer Maintenance

Cosmetology Jr.

Cosmetology Sr.

CPR/First Aid

Criminal Justice

Crime Scene Investigation (Three-Person Teams)

Culinary Arts

Custom Painting & Graphics

Diesel Mechanics

Early Childhood

Electrical Construction & Wiring

Electronics Technology

Employment Application

Extemporaneous Speech

Food Prep Assistant

Health Knowledge Bowl (Four-Person Teams)

Job Demo A

Job Demo Open

Job Interview


Nail Technician


Power Equipment

Precision Heavy Equipment

Precision Machining

Prepared Speech

Quiz Bowl (Five-Person Teams)

Related Technical Math

Restaurant Services

Small Engines

Technical Drafting

T-Shirt Design

TV/Video Production


Drama Club to present ‘Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon’ April 15-18 at Lake Lodge

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 09:15

Experience the magic and wonder of the Alfred State Drama Club’s production of the “Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” this spring at the Lake Lodge, 6107 Terbury Road, Alfred.

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc., the show will bring an enormous ensemble of fairy tale favorites to life in a jam-packed comedy experience. The show dates are April 15-18.

According to a description of the show on www.playscripts.com, “The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are turned on their heads in this fast-paced, rollicking ride as two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 stories ranging from classics like ‘Snow White,’ ‘Cinderella,’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’ to more bizarre, obscure stories like ‘The Devil's Grandmother’ and‘The Girl Without Hands.’ A wild, free-form comedy with lots of audience participation and madcap fun.”

The show is not appropriate for young children.

Tickets are $2 for students and $5 for general admission to the April 15 show, which starts at 7 p.m. Bus transportation from campus is available.

The April 16-18 dinner theater shows will include a cash bar and begin at 6 p.m. The cost is $20, or two meal swipes for students. Please purchase your dinner theater tickets by April 3.

All ticket sales are made through the Alfred State Book Store, which can be reached at 607-587-4020. Tickets for the April 15 performance will also be available at the door.

Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted. Alfred State students can also use their campus spending account or dining dollars.