Back to School 2008

Alfred State College is ready to kick off another academic year-the first of its second century of operation.

Faculty hit campus on Aug. 18 to gather for President John Anderson's opening remarks. Anderson will begin the academic year by updating new and returning faculty on the state of the college as well as spotlighting the college's strategic plan to guide the community through the next five years. Breakfast will be provided, sponsored by ACES, the campus dining, vending, and transportation supplier; Sysco Food Service, which provides a full spectrum of foodservice supplies and equipment to complement its broad food product offerings; Venture Sales Group, a sales and marketing agency specializing in meeting the needs of today's foodservice customers and suppliers; and New Horizons (Food and Marketing Company) which represents Perdue Farms for the upstate New York foodservice market.

Incoming freshmen will arrive on Aug. 19, where those who had been unable to attend a summer orientation session will catch up with their college indoctrination, finalize their class schedules, and participate in the 15th annual New Student Convocation where they will be officially welcomed by college dignitaries and dedicate themselves to the principles of community endorsed by the college.

Incoming and returning students, who arrive on campus at the end of the week, can also look forward to a full slate of events, including an Activities Fair which introduces students to the variety of organizations and activities available to them, followed by an Activities Carnival, where students play games of skill and chance-at booths staffed by faculty and other members of the college community-for play money which they turn in for prizes at the end of the evening.

Classes for academic year 2008-09 at Alfred State College begin Monday, Aug. 25.

Families will have an opportunity to visit campus during Homecoming/Family Weekend, Sept. 11-14, which will feature a full schedule of activities geared for students and their guests.

A "Rusted Root" concert is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m.

Rusted Root, a band from Pittsburgh, PA, is known for its fusion of Grateful Dead-style bluegrass rock with a strong percussion section that draws from African, Latin American, Native American, and Middle Eastern influences.

Rusted Root formed in 1990 and made its indie record debut in 1992 with Cruel Sun, which was re-released in 2002. The band's major-label debut album was 1994's When I Woke, a hit on college radio and a platinum record. The album hit the top 40 in early 1995, peaking at #33. Along with its increasingly well-known live shows, Rusted Root began working on contributions to the movies Twister and Home for the Holidays. The next studio album was Remember (1996), followed by Rusted Root (1998) and Welcome to My Party (2002). Remember reached the Top 40 in the US, while Rusted Root found its sale buoyed by the use of the band's cover of The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" on an episode of Ally McBeal. A live double album followed in 2004. A greatest hits album was released in 2005 by 20th Century Masters Collection. The band has released three EPs: Evil Ways, Airplane, and Live, which came packaged with a documentary video cassette.

Rusted Root's Send Me on My Way, which hit #72 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1995 is its most commercially popular song. It was used on the soundtracks of Matilda, Ice Age, the 1996 film Pie in the Sky, YTV Canada's Are We There Yet? World Adventure, and the Boy Scouts of America, Order of the Arrow Philmont Trail Crew promotional video that was released in the late '90s. Their music has also appeared on the television shows Party of Five and Homicide.

Current members include Michael Glabicki-lead vocals, guitar, harmonica; Liz Berlin-percussion, backing vocals; Patrick Norman-bass guitar, backing vocals, percussion; Jason Miller-drums, percussion; Colter Harper-guitar, backing vocals; Preach Freedom-percussion, backing vocals; and Dirk Miller- guitar, backing vocals. (per Wikipedia)

Round Black Ghosts will open for Rusted Root.

Student ticket price is $5. General admission tickets are $10. (visit the online registration page for more information).

Additional planned events include the return of the Taste of Wellsville on the School of Applied Technology campus, Saturday, Oct. 11, where local eateries will showcase their signature dishes from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Plans are also well underway for the upcoming inauguration of Anderson as the college's 11th president, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 16.

Other important dates include: two Admissions Open House programs this fall- one on Saturday, Oct. 18, and one on Sunday, Nov. 9. 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 8:30 a.m.

"Foodies" will want to mark their calendars as the Culinary Arts Department on the Wellsville Applied Technology campus announces its scheduled events: fine dining begins Tuesday, Sept. 9 and runs through Thursday, Nov. 20; culinary students will host a spaghetti dinner on Thursday, Oct. 9, and a holiday buffet on Thursday, Dec. 4.

Students will head off-campus for a break following their last class on Friday, Oct. 3, and return when classes resume on Wednesday, Oct. 8. Thanksgiving break is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Nov. 26; classes resume Monday, Dec. 1.

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