Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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Official News/General Announcements
· Science Center Water Shut Down
· HR/Payroll Department Appointments
· 10 Zoom FAQ's to Keep Your Meetings Secure
· Flu Clinic for Faculty, Staff, and Students
· Supporting Student Mental Health During COVID-19: The Role of Instructors
· First Time Student Worker Requirements
· Wellness Center's Monthly Newsletter
· Face Mask Guide
· New Cable TV Service!! SpectrumU
· Allen Term 2021 Registration Open Monday 9/7
· Alfred Art Walk invitation
· Voter Registration
· Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven
· Gallery Passes for AU faculty, staff and students
· Fiat Lux News Online!
· ADDITIONAL 50% OFF Clearance Clothing Prices
· Common GroundóDiscussing Ibram Kendiís How to Be an Antiracist
· Bergren Forum - Mike Stone, AU Network Services Administrator
· Environmental Journalists Present at AU
What's Happening? More Events...
4:30 POSTPONED 1st Year Graduate Student Presentations
8:00 Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven
· On the Rise: Young Choreographers of Color
5:00 Alfred Art Walk
8:00 Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven
· Common Ground‚??Discussing Ibram Kendi‚??s How to Be an Antiracist
8:00 Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven
· #SaxonFriday
· Last Day to Withdraw from a course, cancel Pass/Fail, select or cancel Audit in "A" Block

Science Center Water Shut Down

The water will be shut down in Science Center on 9/16/20 from 6am - 9am for repairs.

Submitted by: Kelly Moore

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HR/Payroll Department Appointments

Due to COVID-19, the HR/Payroll department can only see people by appointment. If you need an appointment, please contact the HR/Payroll individual that best suits your needs or if you are not sure, contact Kayleigh Jones at 607-871-2276. Most appointments will be virtual, unless HR determines physical presence is necessary.

Submitted by: Kim Wyant

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10 Zoom FAQ's to Keep Your Meetings Secure

To prevent your meetings from zoom bombing, use the steps in this document.

Link: Secure Zoom Meetings

Submitted by: Judy Linza

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Flu Clinic for Faculty, Staff, and Students

The Alfred Pharmacy is offering flu clinics on campus for faculty, staff, and students on the following days:

Thursday, October 1 from 8:30-1:30 in the Knight Club, Powell Campus Center

Tuesday, October 6 from 8:30-1:30 in the Knight Club, Powell Campus Center

The Alfred Pharmacy is able to charge your insurance for the cost of the flu shot.

Submitted by: Amanda Khodorkovskaya

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Supporting Student Mental Health During COVID-19: The Role of Instructors

The mental health impact of COVID-19 has been staggering for everyone in the Alfred University community. As part of AU's Universal Design for Learning series, please join us for a 2-hour webinar for instructors to discuss the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our students. You will take away instructional strategies to support all learners at the individual and classroom-wide level. The webinar will take place via Zoom Thursday September 17th at 1:30pm. Please send an email to for the link to attend and access to webinar materials. Please note this is the second presentation of this webinar. Attendees of the first presentation are welcome to attend, however the content has not changed.

Submitted by: Kelly Gardner (Sanford)

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First Time Student Worker Requirements

As always, new student employees must complete their federal I-9 verification before they are able to begin working. Human Resources is currently seeing students by appointment only.

Students should complete the attached packet of new hire paperwork before scheduling your visit to Human Resources. Please complete and print these forms to bring with you. You will also need to bring your I-9 document(s) to Human Resources (we will make copies of your original documents when you arrive).

New student employees should contact Tamara Green at to schedule a meeting to complete the I-9 process.

Attachment: Student Paperwork

Submitted by: Tamara Green

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Wellness Center's Monthly Newsletter

For those of you returning to campus, you probably have gotten used to seeing the Morning Reflection, the Wellness Center's monthly newsletter, in the bathroom stalls.

In an effort to get the newsletter out to you in a timely fashion, the Wellness Center has decided to provide it via Alfred Today.

Please take a look at the attached newsletter.

Attachment: September Morning Reflection

Submitted by: Amanda Khodorkovskaya

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Face Mask Guide

By now, we should all know that face masks are required anytime we are out in public and cannot maintain a six-foot distance from others. With all the various options for face coverings, the tricky part is knowing which face coverings work best and which face coverings have been found to be least effective.

The Wellness Center has developed a guide for face masks that we hope you find helpful in navigating these strange times.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Attachment: Wellness Center Face Mask Guide

Submitted by: Amanda Khodorkovskaya

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New Cable TV Service!! SpectrumU

We have exciting news! Alfred University is transitioning to a new and modern, on-campus Cable TV service over the month of September. ITS has negotiated with Spectrum to bring a new streaming TV service called SpectrumU to the Alfred University campus. In addition to watching TV on select Smart TVs, you can also watch TV on a Windows, Apple, Roku, Xbox and just about any mobile device. For a full list of compatible devices, we have attached a document that details compatible devices and operating systems.

This new service expands our current line-up of roughly 80 channels to over 150+ channels. This primarily an on-campus service. Some channels are available off-campus, but the majority of channels are only available in campus buildings and residence halls. Because SpectrumU is digital streaming service, many of the channels are now in high definition. If you have additional questions, please contact the ITS Helpdesk ( 607.871.2222


Attachment: Logging on instructions
Attachment: Channel Line-up

Submitted by: Gary Roberts

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Allen Term 2021 Registration Open Monday 9/7

The Allen Term 2020-21 class schedule is now available on BannerWeb. Registration opened Monday 9/7/20.

Submitted by: Pontus Niklasson

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Alfred Art Walk invitation

Thursday, September 17, 5-8pm
Art Walk in the Age of Physical Distancing

Alfred Art Walk is shifting gears!
The galleries are closed but we don't have to be.
Turn Alfred's windows and walkways into a gallery!
We invite the entire community to keep the Art Walk going with two projects. All of Alfred is invited to be both artist and viewer. Brighten up your home, then walk around the village--practicing physical distancing--to see the works of art your neighbors created.

Participate in one or both projects!

Chalk Drawing: Make a chalk drawing on your driveway or the sidewalk in front of your house. We hope for drawings from all ages! The only qualification needed is to be able to get down to the ground to chalk and then be able to stand up again! Two weeks to garner chalk, make a plan and DRAW! Then a day (or more) to walk and enjoy the sidewalk art.

Windows: Use what you have at hand to create some art! Then hang paintings, drawings, sculptures or origami (a symbol of hope and healing in challenging times) in your front windows, in your lawns and public spaces. Send messages to your neighbors. Line our streets with Alfred's famous creativity


Submitted by: Arts Events

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Voter Registration

Details: Want to vote in the election on Tuesday, November 3? The AU Voter Registration Team is here to help! We answer any questions you have, and provide updates to campus this fall. Need to register, but not sure how? Want to vote early in New York State? See the attachments for information on registration and voting early in Allegany County.


If you have other questions, contact our team:

Tricia Debertolis:

Corey Fecteau:

Ashley Gomez:

Shannon Marlatt:

Attachment: Basic information on registering
Attachment: Flyer on Early Voting in Allegheny County

Submitted by: Shannon Marlatt

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Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven

Annie Jump is a 13-year-old science genius whose alien-obsessed father is the laughingstock of Strawberry, KS. One night in August, a meteor falls, and Annie meets Althea, an intergalactic supercomputer that manifests itself in the form of a mean girl with really great hair. Althea is here to help Annie take humanity from the earth to the stars, but being the Chosen One isn't all glory. What is Althea hiding? And what will Annie have to sacrifice to fulfill her destiny?
Join us at the Stull Observatory for an outdoor performance; seating will be limited to maintain social distancing guidelines. For information about ticket availability, please email and use the subject line "Annie Tix."

Link: Alfred University Event

Submitted by: Arts Events

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Gallery Passes for AU faculty, staff and students

Alfred University faculty, staff and students from Alfred University are invited to visit the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery and the Robert C. Turner Gallery. Pick up a Gallery pass at the Welcome Desk at the Turner gallery entrance of Harder Hall, and sign in with the gallery attendant. Remember your AU ID!

Submitted by: Arts Events

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Fiat Lux News Online!

Alfred University's Fiat Lux Student Newspaper is proud to announce the launch of its new website. Articles will still appear in the form of a digital issue, every other Monday, starting with September 13th.

Please subscribe to the website to automatically receive your own PDF copy of each issue.

Our newest issue's headlines include topics like: Black Lives Matter, Voting, and COVID-19's effect on our everyday campus life.

Read the paper, write to the paper, work for the paper, and look out for the stickers.

Get informed at
Submit to
(see website for submission details)

The Fiat Lux currently meets on Tuesdays at 5:30, alternating between Nevins Theater and Zoom.
If you're interested in working for the paper send us an email for meeting details.


Submitted by: Andrew Wiechert

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Registration is now open for the Virtual Engineering Career Fair on Handshake, held on October 1st, 2020. Register for the fair and sign up for 1:1 and group meetings with employers.
As you prepare for the fair, it's important that you:
* Complete your Handshake profile and add your resume NOW!
* Register for employer sessions in advance. You can only attend the sessions you registered for.
* Keep checking for employer sessions to be added after more employers register.

REGISTER FOR SESSIONS ASAP it is first come first serve for spots. Employers will have limited spots available.

Submitted by: Faith Piatt

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ADDITIONAL 50% OFF Clearance Clothing Prices

Don't miss this SALE! Take an ADDITIONAL 50% off clearance prices at the AU Bookstore! Come check out the clearance racks of clothing, imprinted items, and more! Tuesday 9/15 thru Friday 9/18/2020.


Submitted by: Marcy Bradley

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Common GroundóDiscussing Ibram Kendiís How to Be an Antiracist

Common Ground will present a panel discussion on Thursday, September 17, 3:20 - 4:10. Over the summer, 75 members of our community participated in discussions of Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist. Panelists will share what they learned from the experience. Email Deb Ohara ( to receive a zoom invitation for this event.

Submitted by: Robert Stein

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Bergren Forum - Mike Stone, AU Network Services Administrator

This Fall the Bergen Forum will continue for its 51st year, but with a reduced schedule. There will be a forum every two weeks, and all presentations will be online via Zoom. A zoom invitation to each forum can be obtained during the week it is scheduled by e-mailing Marilyn Saxton The forums will take place at the usual time on Thursdays from 12:10 to 1:00. They will also be recorded, and made available on the Bergren Forum youtube channel. Tea and Coffee will be available as usual, but you'll have to make it yourself.

Date: Thursday September 17th

Speaker: Mike Stone, Lessons From a YouTube Content Creator

Submitted by: Marilyn Saxton

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Environmental Journalists Present at AU

Alfred University's Communication Studies department will present a discussion (online via Zoom) about reporting environmental issues as part of its Environmental Journalism class. Members of the Alfred University community are invited to the discussion, which will feature four guests with extensive experience in environmental journalism.

- Alan Adelson - television/film producer, director, and writer. Alan is releasing a documentary about a decades-long struggle for environmental justice that airs this fall on PBS in the United States and on television networks in Germany and France. He is the director and writer of films like Lodz Ghetto (1998), Sequel to Lodz Ghetto (1992) and In Bed with Ulysses (2012).
- Kate Taverna - television/film director and editor. Kate has partnered with Alan Adelson to produce the environmental documentary that will be released shortly. She has 31 credits as a film editor, including documentaries like She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014), which examines the history of "outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women's movement", and Pray the Devil Back to Hell, the story of a group of women who helped bring peace to Liberia and elevate to power the country's first female head of state.
- Sharon Lerner - investigative reporter with The Intercept. Her series The Teflon Toxin was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, The Nation, and the Washington Post.
- Carol Van Strum - author and environmental activist. In 2018, Carol was awarded the international David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding environmental and social justice work. She is the author of A Bitter Fog, which tells the story of the fight she helped lead against use of Agent Orange and other herbicides. That fight led to a nation-wide ban on the aerial spraying of pesticides in all U.S. federal forests.

The discussion is from 3:20 pm to 5:10 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 22. To avoid "Zoom bombing", you can get the Zoom address by e-mailing Peter von Stackelberg at and asking for the address.

Submitted by: Peter von Stackelberg

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