Dream Week Activities

Shelby GadsdenAs a part of last month’s Dream Week activities, Alfred State and Alfred University coordinated a community service called Day of Service. Twenty-three students, staff, and faculty members from both campuses volunteered at various locations around the area, including, Turning Point Catholic Charities, Hornell; Jones Memorial Hospital and Manor Hills, Wellsville; and St. Jude’s Chapel, Alfred. Volunteers performed a variety of tasks, ranging from helping the residents of Manor Hills make lunch to baking loaves of bread and writing cards. Additionally, Spirit of Service awards were presented during Dream Week to four exemplars of community service. The award recognizes students, faculty, and staff at Alfred State and Alfred University, as well as non-profit community partners and leaders in the greater Alfred community who demonstrate a strong commitment to serving others. This award is intended to honor people who are actively living out the principles that Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for, including equality, social justice, community, and service. Eleven nominations were submitted and four awards were given on Jan. 23, 2012, at a Volunteer Recognition Reception at Terra Cotta. In the category of faculty staff at Alfred State, nominees included winner Michael Colomaio, lecturer, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Nikkie Hockenberry, Assistant to the Director of Student Activities, Senate Programming Assistant; Mark Payne, assistant professor, Building Trades; and Diane Winans, payroll examiner. In the category of students/student groups at Alfred State, the brothers of Pi Rho Zeta were the winners. Nominees from Alfred University in the faculty staff category included Tricia DeBertolis, AU assistant dean, new student programs; winner Justin Grigg, ENS/university Geo-spatial technology specialist; and Wesley Bentz, professor emeritus of chemistry. Included in the AU students/student group category: winner Julie Ilowiecki, Kevin Carr, and Kate J. Truini. Pictured here, Shelby Gadsden, Olean, cleans up.