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Alfred University ‘Springs Into Action’ for Day of Service, Relay For Life

Students (from left) Natalie Poklop, Ashlee Wilmier and Seth Steele helped clean up Pine Hill Trails
Students (from left) Natalie Poklop, Ashlee Wilmier and Seth Steele helped clean up Pine Hill Trails

On Saturday, April 6, Alfred University students, faculty, staff, and community members participated in a day of service supporting the local community, and Alfred University hosted the first annual Relay for Life event in the Joyce & Walton Center.


ALFRED, NY – On Saturday, April 6, Alfred University students, faculty, staff, and community members participated in a day of service supporting the local community, and Alfred University hosted the first annual Relay for Life event in the Joyce & Walton Center.

For Spring Into Action 2019, Alfred University students volunteered at the Hornell Community Garden, supported a Girl Scouts STEM Badge project organized by associate professor of biology Heather Zimbler-DeLorenzo, helped set up the Relay for Life event, and cleaned up the Pine Hill Trails. The Forest People club and the men’s soccer team worked on the Pine Hill trails, removing 13 bags of trash from the trails.

Alfred University students not only had the opportunity to give back to the community, they enjoyed the sense of purpose and satisfaction that comes from serving others.

Senior Ashlee Wilmier volunteered with The Forest People and commented, “making the world cleaner can be fun.”

Van’nderl Senat, a senior, worked on the Hornell Community Garden project and said, “you can’t help but feel good knowing that you had a direct impact on someone’s life.”

Spring Into Action is an annual collaborative day of service event, which also includes Alfred State College and dozens of community partners. More photos and stories from Spring Into Action can be found at the event Facebook page.

This year, approximately 350 students from Alfred University and Alfred State volunteered their time on 23 projects from Cuba to Corning. One of those projects, Relay for Life of Alfred University, had a significant impact for good.

Relay for Life is a nationwide event coordinated through the American Cancer Society to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. The event was organized by Alfred University’s Colleges Against Cancer Club, the Gary Horowitz Service Learning Program, and the Judson Leadership Center. Three Alfred University students took the lead on the project: juniors Gabby Griffin and Andria Merrill, and senior Gabbi Warren. Students, faculty, and staff created teams to walk for 12 hours while University and local performing groups kept participants energized.

One of the Relay for Life highlights is the luminaria ceremony celebrating individuals who have won their fight against cancer and remembering those who lost their battles. Relay participants are encouraged to light glow sticks if cancer has touched their lives. Gabbi Warren recalled that “by the end of the luminaria ceremony everyone had a lit glow stick, representing that in some way they had been affected by cancer. The ceremony allows us to support each other and continue to fight, hand in hand.”

Relay for Life of Alfred University had a total of 120 participants and raised $7,300 for the American Cancer Society, to date. The Student Affairs Fight Club team, including Vice President for Student Affairs and team captain Kathy Woughter and Director of Dining Services John Dietrich, the top fundraiser of the entire event, raised a total of $2,450. The Steuben Trust Company made a generous donation of $500 to the event, arranged by Marketing Director Steve Harriger ‘03. All funds go toward cancer research, patient transportation, and patient and caregiver resources.

Funds will continue to be collected until June 1, and donations can be made at http://main.acsevents.org to help reach the goal of $10,000.