The Hinkle Memorial Library at Alfred State will celebrate its 50th anniversary this September.
From 9-11 a.m. Sept. 12, as part of Homecoming/Family Weekend, the library will host an informal reception, during which time staff will be present to answer questions about the Hinkle Memorial Library Historical Exhibit in the gallery and to reminisce about the library and campus over the past 50 years. A complimentary continental breakfast will also be provided during this time.
The exhibit, which will run from Sept. 1 to Oct. 2, will include paintings of past Alfred State presidents, and historical photos of the college campus, the original library located on the Alfred University campus, the village of Alfred, and the Hinkle Library.
“We’re hoping that alumni who are back on campus for the Homecoming activities will stop in and see us,” said Alfred State Director of Libraries David Haggstrom. “It will be really cool if there are some who took part in the book brigade 50 years ago.”
With the growth of the State University of New York system in the late 1960s and 1970s, the Alfred State campus and library grew, as well. On Nov. 15, 1965, as part of the “book brigade,” students lined up at 8 a.m. in the old library, took an armful of books, carried them half a mile across the village of Alfred to the basement of the new library, stacked them in perfect shelf order, then went back for another load of books. With the students’ help, instead of taking weeks, transporting the library’s entire 22,000-volume collection to its current location took only four hours.
In 1970, the library was dedicated in memory of Walter C. Hinkle, college president from 1961-1964. Hinkle was instrumental in increasing the library appropriations and helping to build the library’s collections.
Since its dedication, the library has renovated the main floor and made several additions, including areas for small group or quiet study, the largest open computer lab on campus, an electronic classroom for library instruction and other college trainings, and a new main entrance to the building. The ground-floor renovation to house Technology Services was also completed, and the Marketing and Communications Department has since relocated to the library.
The tagline for the Hinkle Library’s 50th anniversary is “50—50—50: 50 Years—50 Donors—50 Dollars.” Funds raised through this effort will be used to update the display equipment and furniture in the gallery exhibit space. For information on how you can donate to the library, please visit www.alfredstate.edu/make-a-gift or call 607-587-4313.
Plenty of fun and exciting activities and events await Alfred State alumni, students, faculty, staff, and their families Sept. 10-13 during Homecoming/Family Weekend.
“The weekend is all about bringing friends together to share stories and reminisce, as well as creating new memories, remembering the past, and celebrating the future,” said Colleen Argentieri, director of Alumni Relations and co-chair of the Homecoming/Family Weekend Committee. “It’s going to be a terrific weekend and we are expecting another record attendance.”
Last year’s Homecoming/Family Weekend was a big success, as several events drew record-high attendances and sunny skies persisted throughout the weekend. This year’s event will include a larger-than-ever car show and the 50th anniversary celebration of the Hinkle Memorial Library. Saturday’s football matchup against Husson University will be the first Homecoming/Family Weekend game for new head coach Jarod Dodson.
“We’re hoping for good weather, good food, a great time, and a win by the Pioneers,” said Spencer Peavey, senior director of Student Engagement and co-chair of the Homecoming/Family Weekend Committee.
The festivities begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 at The Terrace, during the Blue and Gold Dinner, a students-only themed dinner in which students are encouraged to show up wearing traditional school colors. ACES will sponsor the event and hand out gifts to students. Those who wear school colors will be placed in a special drawing for an additional prize.
Also on Thursday is the annual dodgeball game between students and faculty and staff members, which will take place at 8 p.m. in the Orvis Activities Center gymnasium.
The rest of the schedule is as follows:
Friday, Sept. 11
Saturday, Sept. 12
Sunday, Sept. 13
Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of a new book titled “Barry Baskerville Traps a Thief.” The book, intended for young readers between the ages of six and 10, features color illustrations by noted Hawaiian artist Gary Kato.
The hero of the adventure is a precocious youngster named Barry Baskerville, who aspires to become a famous detective like his role model, Sherlock Holmes. Accordingly, Barry wears a deerstalker hat, examines clues with a magnifying glass, and loves to play the violin. He continually amazes both his teachers and classmates with his amazing powers of observation and deduction.
“Barry Baskerville Traps a Thief” introduces children to the legend of Sherlock Holmes and also shows them how to improve their problem-solving skills. The book is published by Airship 27 of Fort Collins, CO, and is available at the Amazon website.
Dr. Kellogg is the author of four previous books about Sherlock Holmes, as well as the popular series of books for children featuring boy detective Barry Baskerville. He enjoys introducing young readers to the magical world of Holmes and his loyal companion, Dr. John Watson.
In his fall 2015 Opening Remarks speech on Monday, Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan focused on the subject of heroes.
The president began by talking to faculty and staff about superheroes they may have admired as a child, such as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. He then showed a 3-D video featuring several Alfred State employees talking about who their favorite superhero was, and who their heroes are now.
“Our heroes change during our lifetime,” Sullivan said in the video. “The hero of your youth is probably not the hero of your adult life. Our perspectives change, but certainly most of us have our heroes, whether we admit it or not.”
Heroes, Sullivan said, can range from family members to teachers to coaches to members of the military to athletes, actors, counselors, and more.
“You are probably someone’s hero, whether you like it or not, or whether you know it or not,” he said. “You are actually modeling the behavior of a hero in someone’s eyes.”
The president urged faculty and staff to be aware of model hero characteristics, to provide encouragement and assistance, and to make themselves available for helping others. He also said they should think about the impact they will have on the next generation of heroes – the students.
“Alfred State has some awesome heroes,” the president concluded. “Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy your day, enjoy your semester, enjoy your year. You are the heroes of this college.”
Sullivan also provided an update on Alfred State, mentioning the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirming accreditation of the college; new programs, such as criminal justice and radiologic technology; programs in development; faculty, student, and student-athlete accomplishments; more intramurals being offered; record-setting career fairs; and a number of capital projects taking place.
Members of the US Army ROTC program at Alfred State took part in the opening ceremony of the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday, Aug. 9.
Serving as the color guard were Alfred State students and Cadets James Haveron (mechanical engineering technology, Falconer) and Jesse Cole (forensic science technology, Selden), along with Cadet Casey Kelly from Alfred University, and Spc. Cody Wells of the 222nd Military Police Company out of Hornell. The ceremony also included a patriotic American flag skydive and American Idol winner David Cook singing the national anthem. Driver Joey Logano won the race on a thrilling finish.
Derek Fuerch, an Alfred State forensic science technology major from Barker, said local National Guard recruiter and freshman ROTC Instructor Sgt. 1st Class William Ernest tasked him with reaching out to students about serving as color guard members at the Watkins Glen race. Fuerch would also have participated in the opening ceremony, but was at summer training in Fort Knox, KY, at the time.
“I was thrilled to hear we had the opportunity to be the color guard at the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen,” Fuerch said. “This was such an honor and a great way for people to hear about our program. The cadets did a great job and truly enjoyed themselves there.”
Haveron said, “We worked together, completed the task and presented our nation’s colors. A breathtaking moment was when the C-130 military transport aircraft took flight above us mid-anthem. After the anthem was done, we were greeted with amazing hospitality from the Jack Daniels company, which allowed us to watch the race from their tower. Overall, this was an experience unlike any other and honestly only the Army could have given us this.”
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “I am proud of our students who participated as color guard at the Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen earlier this month. We are honored to have an active and growing ROTC unit at Alfred State, and to have them as a vibrant part of our college community.”
For many years, Alfred State has had an agreement in place with the US Army, whereby students can take courses and training in military science during their college years, and upon graduation with a BS, BTech, or BBA degree in whichever major they choose, be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. Following Commencement, graduates have the unique opportunity to serve America as a commissioned officer in the Active, Guard, or Reserve forces, progressing through the ranks of first lieutenant and captain during that time.
The US Army ROTC program at Alfred State is an affiliate of the Seneca Battalion program headquartered at nearby St. Bonaventure University. Anyone interested in finding out more about the program should contact Jared Kausner by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 716-375-2568.
Channon Burroughs, an Alfred State admissions counselor, was selected to serve as a mentor for the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC) Camp College program, held Aug. 7-9 at the State University of New York at Delhi.
NYSACAC's Camp College is a three-day-weekend, pre-college experience, in which high school students from different parts of the Hudson Valley and New York City areas live on campus, attend mock classes taught by college professors, participate in workshops on admissions and financial aid, learn college interview and essay-writing techniques, and gain leadership and teamwork experience in a small collaborative group with mentor facilitators.
As a program mentor, Burroughs said her main role was to work with a small group of 11 high school students, facilitating discussion and activities relating to their interests, goals, and plans for the future, and providing college admissions advisement.
“My other roles as mentor were making sure the students went to each workshop, and ensuring they were engaged in all activities on campus while remaining on schedule,” she said.
Burroughs said her experience at the program was “eye-opening” and joked that she didn’t know she had that much energy in her.
“From the time these 11 teens set foot on campus, to the time they boarded their bus on Sunday, they were with me and three other mentors,” Burroughs said. “In those couple of days, I saw this group go from barely saying a word to one another on Friday to looking like they’ve known each other for years on Sunday.
“There was a young lady who is going to be a first-generation college student, who said if it wasn’t for this trip, she wouldn’t have known where to begin in the college-seeking and application process, especially when it came to financial aid.”
Burroughs continued, “Each of these students had a story that changed for the better dramatically. So when I think of my experience as a mentor, as someone who helped these kids in a great way, it all just feels rewarding and makes me love my job even more.”
In photo above: Alfred State Admissions Counselor Channon Burroughs, second row, first on the left, is pictured along with the 11 students she mentored.