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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies Celebrate Transformation

Dedication of the Thomas M. Blackwell LabAlfred State recently celebrated two historic ribbon-cutting events during its annual Homecoming Weekend. Both ceremonies marked the completion of sizeable construction projects that are among the largest the college has seen since the 1960s.

Alfred State recently celebrated two historic ribbon-cutting events during its annual Homecoming Weekend. Both ceremonies marked the completion of sizeable construction projects that are among the largest the college has seen since the 1960s.

The first ribbon-cutting celebration marked the opening of the new Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) at the College Farm. This facility is unlike any other of its kind and makes Alfred State one of only four colleges in the nation to provide organic and traditional instruction.

President Anderson Named to Steering Committee of Presidents’ Climate Commitment

President John M. AndersonAlfred State President John M. Anderson has been named to the Steering Committee of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). He joins over 20 other college presidents and chancellors in serving on the primary governance body of the organization.

Dr. John M. AndersonAlfred State President John M. Anderson has been named to the Steering Committee of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). He joins over 20 other college presidents and chancellors in serving on the primary governance body of the organization.

Alfred State Signs Sustainability Pledge

Alfred State has signed the “Commitment to Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions,” joining almost 200 other college and universities worldwide. It is one of many voluntary commitments to support sustainability initiatives made as part of Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which began meeting on June 20.

Alfred State has signed the “Commitment to Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions,” joining almost 200 other college and universities worldwide. It is one of many voluntary commitments to support sustainability initiatives made as part of Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which began meeting on June 20.

Alfred State Hosts Sustainability Conference

Debra Rowe, PhD Mitchell ThomashowNearly 75 sustainability professionals from as far as California converged on Alfred State for “Innovations in Technical Education to Advance Sustainability,” bringing with them ideas and best practices from their own experiences.

Nearly 75 sustainability professionals from as far as California converged on Alfred State for “Innovations in Technical Education to Advance Sustainability,” bringing with them ideas and best practices from their own experiences.

A Perfect Summer Day to Break Ground for COSA

Claim a Plot in New Community Garden

Alfred State College’s Green Team is calling all types of gardeners to put down roots in a new community garden hosted by the Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA).

Do you want to grow your own food? Need the space and tools to do it? Never gardened before but want to learn how? Are you an experienced gardener who wants to share what you know with beginning gardeners and learn new techniques from other gardeners? Alfred State College’s Green Team is calling all types of gardeners to put down roots in a new community garden hosted by the Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA).

President Dr. John M. Anderson Signs SEED Commitment

Dr. John M. AndersonAnderson notes that he is “proud to join my colleagues in this necessary and worthwhile endeavor. Colleges play a vital role in preparing our nation’s workforce and in acting as agents of economic change. I wholeheartedly embrace this opportunity to train workers for high-growth jobs in the green economy and educate students about the importance of sustainability.”

Dr. John M. AndersonAlfred State College President Dr. John M.

Buckwheat and Summer Cover Crop Field Day

Buckwheat and Summer Cover Crop Field DayAlfred State College’s Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) hosted the 2010 Northeast Buckwheat Field Day in August. Sponsors included the Alfred State College Institute for Sustainability, the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Northeast Organic Farmers Association of New York.

Buckwheat and Summer Cover Crop Field DayAlfred State College’s Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) hosted the 2010 Northeast Buckwheat Field Day in August. Sponsors included the Alfred State College Institute for Sustainability, the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Northeast Organic Farmers Association of New York. Dr.

16th Annual Buckwheat Field Day Will Be Held At Alfred State College

Cornell University's 16th Annual Buckwheat Field Day will be held at Alfred State College, on Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 1-4 p.m.

Thomas Björkman, associate professor of vegetable crop physiology at Cornell, has organized the event for the last 15 years. The event is hosted by Dr. Brian Baker, director of the Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) at Alfred State College.

Cornell University's 16th Annual Buckwheat Field Day will be held at Alfred State College, on Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 1-4 p.m.

Thomas Björkman, associate professor of vegetable crop physiology at Cornell, has organized the event for the last 15 years. The event is hosted by Dr. Brian Baker, director of the Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) at Alfred State College.

Pesticides and Pollinators Symposium at ASC

Pesticides and Pollinators SymposiumAlfred State College recently hosted a Pesticides and Pollinators symposium. Maryann Frazier, extension entomologist from Penn State, conducted a morning session that examined the role played by pesticides in the decline of North American pollinators, particularly honey bees.

Alfred State College recently hosted a Pesticides and Pollinators symposium. Maryann Frazier, extension entomologist from Penn State, conducted a morning session that examined the role played by pesticides in the decline of North American pollinators, particularly honey bees. Dr. Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, research director of the USDA-ARS Honey Bee Pollination Lab in Tucson, AZ, along with Drs. Diana Sammataro, Dr. Kirk Anderson, and Dr. Mark Carroll, presented via the Internet. The researchers looked at other factors that contribute to the loss of bees, including viruses and parasites.

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