Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of an article appearing in the most recent issue of Paperback Parade, a quarterly journal for paperback readers and collectors. Titled “Dagmar in the World of Espionage,” the article reviews two spy novels written by Dagmar and released by Lancer Books in 1967.
Dagmar (1921-2001) was one of the first female stars in the early days of television. She appeared on the NBC program “Broadway Open House” from 1950 to 1952, and later hosted her own television show titled “Dagmar's Canteen.” Dagmar was a gifted comedienne and her photograph graced the front cover of Life magazine for June 16, 1951.
It is not generally known that Dagmar, who was born Virginia Ruth Egnor, had a talent for writing spy novels that were exciting and humorous. The first book to appear is titled “The Spy With the Blue Kazoo,” and the sequel is titled “The Spy Who Came in From the Copa.”
The author points out that Dagmar's novels offer insights into the events and the popular culture of the Cold War era. There are references to the closing of the Suez Canal, the Trujillo assassination, the Cuban missile crisis, the nuclear arms race, and the war in Vietnam. Her spy stories provide the contemporary reader with a tantalizing glimpse into the fads and fashions of American life during the decade frequently referred to as “The Swinging ‘60s.”
Dr. Kellogg writes frequently about the literary legacy of author Philip Wylie and the Sherlock Holmes adventures penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He is the author of the popular series of children's books featuring boy detective Barry Baskerville. The most recent book in the series is titled “Barry Baskerville Traps a Thief,” and this mystery is illustrated by noted graphic artist Gary Kato.
The Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club on Oct. 3 won two divisions of the Finger Lakes Logging Sports Competition held at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua.
The timber sports match consisted of a number of team, individual, and double events, such as crosscut, log roll, chainsaw, climbing, axe throw, fire build, underhand chopping, and more. The Alfred State club, composed of 24 students, took first place in the men’s division, as well as the Jack and Jill division, in which teams included three males and three females.
Coach Scott Bingham said taking first in both divisions his team entered is a great way to start off the season.
“We had to move some people around and change some events at the last minute, but it appears to have paid off,” he said. “We have some seasoned, but also new members on the Jack and Jill team, so it was a great pleasure to see such progress in such a short period of time.”
Alfred State competed against several other schools Oct. 3, including Finger Lakes Community College, Paul Smith’s College, the State University of New York (SUNY) Environmental Science and Forestry Ranger School, Morrisville State, SUNY Cobleskill, and the University of Vermont. The Pioneers won’t have much time to celebrate their success, however, as they will soon prepare for their next competition, taking place Oct. 17 at Paul Smith’s College.
In photo, Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club member Gavin Maloney, a masonry major from Rome, NY, takes part in the chainsaw event.
The Hinkle Memorial Library at Alfred State is featuring the work of alumnus and 3-D artist and sculptor Jason Thomas Burns now through Friday, Oct. 30.
Burns, of Alfred, earned his bachelor’s degree in digital media and animation from Alfred State in 2012. He is the son of Lawrence “Ed” Burns, Alfred State SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Mathematics and Physics Department.
On display are two clay sculptures, three 3-D printed sculptures, and nine digital renderings. Burns’ work typically focuses on science-fiction and fantasy characters and creatures.
Burns said he hopes those who view his work carry away with them an appreciation for the intrinsic beauty and creativity of the digital art form.
“The pieces of artwork shown in the exhibit may not have some deep philosophical message embedded in them, but the artwork itself is the end product of a very creative process that allows the artist to take a piece of concept art, fashion it into a three-dimensional model, and then bring it to life in a three-dimensional printer,” he said. “The process itself is its own reward, and it unlocks the brain’s potential for creative reasoning, which is a skill that serves us well in all areas of our daily lives.”
The exhibit will be open for viewing during normal library hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-587-4313.
The Center for Community Education and Training at Alfred State will host a “Community Overdose Training” event from 8:30-10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16 at the Lake Lodge, 6107 Terbury Road, Alfred Station.
Administered by University Police Officer Jeff Wilcox, this free training will discuss the impact of opioid overdoses in New York State, and teach participants how to recognize one. Attendees will further learn the steps they should take if they encounter someone with an overdose, and also learn how to use a mucosal atomizer in an attempt to save the life of the person who overdosed. Free responder kits will be given out to human services agencies, as well.
Wendy Dresser-Recktenwald, senior director for the Office of Human Resources and the Center for Community Education and Training FOIL/records access officer, said the growing use of heroin and heroin-related deaths is a growing problem in Western New York.
“Heroin isn’t new, but what is on the streets is deadlier than ever. Synthetic fentanyl is 30 to 50 times stronger than heroin and deadly,” she said. “As a community, we need to provide as much education and prevention as we can. As an educational institution, if we can help to save just one life, we should do it. We need to educate our community that heroin is not a recreational drug people can experiment with. When people use heroin or are addicted to opiates, it could be the last time they use because the drug is so deadly,”
People must pre-register for the training by contacting email@example.com or calling 607-587-4015 by Nov. 9.
The mission of the Center for Community Education and Training at Alfred State is to advance economic development in the Southern Tier through the integration of vocational/occupational training, personal and career development, and organizational development.
The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., a private foundation representing faculty, staff, and friends of Alfred State, has welcomed a new board member, Jim Knapp, of Wellsville.
Knapp, senior vice president and assistant branch administrator at Steuben Trust Company in Wellsville, was a member of the Wellsville Lions Club for 20 years. He is currently the exalted ruler at the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Wellsville Lodge #1495; former president of the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce; founder of the Wellsville Main Street Music Festival; executive vice president of the Greater Wellsville Balloon Rally Committee; and a charter member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Allegany County chapter.
Knapp and his wife, Laura, are the parents of three children, Jacob, Julia, and Jaelyn.
In conjunction with its 50th anniversary celebration, the Alfred State Hinkle Memorial Library is currently holding a campaign called 50 Years-50 Donors-50 Dollars to raise funds to refurbish its gallery exhibit space.
Specifically, funds raised through the 50-50-50 campaign will be used for new wall coverings in the exhibit space, additional display furniture, and a new gallery hanging system. The campaign’s goal is $2,500.
During the academic year, the gallery is host to displays of work by students, faculty and staff, community members and regional artists, and an occasional traveling show. The September exhibit featured photographic highlights of the Hinkle Library’s first 50 years. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the library hosted an informal reception and provided a complimentary breakfast on Sept. 12 during Homecoming/Family Weekend.
Coming in October is the sculptural work of Jason Burns of Alfred, who graduated from Alfred State in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in digital media and animation. In November, the gallery will feature the paintings of Judie Mader, of Smethport, PA.
To see this academic year’s full gallery schedule, visit the library Web page and click on the gallery tab. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 607- 587-4313.
To donate to the 50-50-50 campaign, contact Institutional Advancement at email@example.com or 607-587-3930.