Dr. John Anderson , president of Alfred State College, met with members of the Honors Program recently to update the students on the college’s planned Student Leadership Center . When completed, the center will showcase many of the nearly 70 student clubs and organizations  on campus in an open, ‘student center’ setting. According to Anderson, students participating in the organizations will get leadership training and experience and will be encouraged to explore opportunities for civic engagement . As part of this goal, Alfred State College sent 14 students to Bay St. Louis, LA, and New Orleans this fall for a ‘Semester in the South’  of building and rehabbing houses in neighborhoods destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Anderson told of the week he spent in Louisiana working side by side with the students and of the ‘life changing’ interactions the students experienced with the home owners and people living in the damaged neighborhoods in New Orleans. Honors Program member Andrew Catlin  was among those interviewed in a short film  Anderson showed of the students at work building a home in the Seventh Ward in New Orleans.