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Returning students and faculty as well as visitors arriving on the Alfred State College (ASC) campus noticed a change in the "landscape" this fall. Thanks to the college's recent "building boom," a townhouse-style residential facility greets visitors arriving from the main entrance looking for all the world like the upscale living complex it is. The complex boasts six residential buildings and a community center. Each brick residential unit offers four or five apartments, each equipped with a full kitchen, a furnished living room, two-and-a-half baths, and six private furnished bedrooms. The commons building for the complex offers a centralized laundry area and meeting facilities. Townspeople were invited to tour the facility on Aug. 21.

Another new opening this fall is the Gathering Place. This structure is a two-story addition that joins the Central Dining Hall and the Allied Health Building. The Gathering Place features a new food court on the first floor with Taco Bell, Freshens, and Friendly's Café. There is also an open area on the first floor where performances may be held. The second floor offers a spot that can be used for socializing or meeting in small groups to work on projects as well as a dining room.

In addition to the living and dining areas, the athletics area is undergoing major additions. A $3.3 million project is under way. This fall ASC will utilize the playing field and track, first of the athletic additions. The final games of the soccer season will be played on the new field. The athletic additions will provide Alfred State with a state-of-the-art outdoor playing area in addition to the wonderful indoor athletic facilities already on campus.

Other, smaller projects have also taken place during the summer including window replacement and restroom rehabilitation in Main Gate residence halls; air conditioning and updated commuter lounge in EJ Brown (class room building); and door replacement at Peet and Braddon residence halls. Other infrastructure upgrades in generators, heat exchangers, sprinkler installations, sidewalk and concrete stair replacement, and campus beautification have also been undertaken.

Faculty hit campus on Aug. 20 to gather for Officer in Charge Dr. Ronald R. Rosati's opening remarks. Rosati kicked off the academic year by updating new and returning faculty on the state of the college as well as spotlighting the College's Centennial celebration year.

Incoming freshmen arrived on Aug. 21, where those who had been unable to attend a summer orientation session "caught up" with their college indoctrination, finalized their class schedules, and participated in the 14th annual New Student Convocation where they were officially welcomed by college dignitaries and dedicated themselves to the principles of community endorsed by the college.

Incoming and returning students, who arrived on campus at the end of the week, also attended a full slate of activities including an Activities Fair which introduced students to the variety of organizations and activities available to them, which was followed by an Activities Carnival, where students played games of skill and chance-at booths staffed by faculty and other members of the college community-for play money which they turned in for prizes at the end of the evening.

Classes for academic year 2007-08 at Alfred State College begin Monday, Aug. 27.

Plans continue for the centennial anniversary celebration of Alfred State College, 2007-08. Activities for this event were previewed during Bake-at-the-Lake, Reunion 2007, and continue through homecoming 2008. Recent activities included participation in the Wellsville Balloon Rally parade in July and the Wellsville Sesquicentennial parade in August, a display and reception at Steuben Trust Bank in Hornell; and a display in the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce window. Additional planned events include the return of the Taste of Wellsville on the School of Applied Technology campus, Saturday, Oct. 6.

Other important dates include: two Admissions Open House programs this fall- one on Sunday, Oct.21, and the second one on Saturday, Nov. 10. The Alfred campus and the School of Applied Technology campus, located in Wellsville, will be open on these days. Representatives at both campuses will be available to provide tours and answer questions. Registration may be done online or when the student arrives on campus starting at 9 a.m. (more details can be found on ASC's newly re-designed ASC Web site: www.alfredstate.edu).

Families will have an opportunity to visit campus during Family Weekend, Oct. 6-8, which will feature a full schedule of activities geared for students and their guests, including the Children's Festival to be held Saturday, Oct. 6; the School of Applied Technology campus will reprise a "Taste of Wellsville" where local eateries will showcase their signature dishes from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award will take place during the official Centennial kick-off on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Lake Lodge where current and former ASC faculty, staff, and alumni will honor Douglas J. Barber,'66, professor emeritus, Civil Engineering Technology, and officially kick-off the yearlong centennial celebration with a book signing by the various authors of the newly written history book which picks up where Elaine Hritz's The First 60 Years left off.

"Foodies" will want to mark their calendars as the Culinary Arts Department on the Wellsville Applied Technology campus announces its scheduled events: Tuesday, Sept. 11, Fine Dining Lab begins; Saturday, Oct. 6, culinary students will provide demonstrations and specialty food items and bakery students will host their annual bake sale fundraiser during the "Taste of Wellsville;" Thursday, Oct. 18, culinary students will host a spaghetti dinner; and on Wednesday, Oct. 31, they will host a Halloween Luncheon Buffet (please note the change!); Thursday, Nov. 29, will be the final evening of the Fine Dining Lab for the semester. On Wednesday, Dec. 5, culinary students will host their annual Holiday Buffet. Spring semester activities include: Tuesday, Jan. 22, Fine Dining Lab re-opens; Tuesday, Feb. 5, culinary students will host their annual Mardi Gras Dinner; Saturday, March 29, Post Secondary Skills competitions will be held throughout the Wellsville campus; and Saturday, April 26, the students enrolled in both culinary programs will compete in the annual Culinary Exposition.

Students will head off-campus for a break following their last class on Friday, Oct. 12, and return when classes resume on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Thanksgiving break is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Nov. 21; classes resume Monday, Nov. 26.

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