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October 13, 2021

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October 13th - Students can buy used computers!!

Starting Wednesday, October 13th, ITS will begin selling used computers to students at the ITS Helpdesk on the ground floor of Herrick Library. We will accept cash and credit card. Prices for used computers will be set at the following:


* Desktop - HP EliteDesk 800 G2 SFF---$50

* Laptop 14" - HP ProBook 640 G2 ---$100

* Laptop 15.6" - HP ProBook 650 G2 ---$100


* MacBook Pro---$275

* iMac ---$200

And here are some important additional details...

* Computers will be sold on a first-come, first served basis.

* Computers will be sold "as is" with no warranty or ITS support.

* Computers are for personal-use only, and may not be used/purchased by University divisions or for business purposes. Desktops will come with a mouse and keyboard (while supplies last).

* Students will need to supply their own monitor when purchasing a desktop.

* Students should install their own anti-virus/malware software. ITS can offer guidance and recommendations.

If you have additional questions, you can contact the ITS Helpdesk at 871-2222 or helpdesk@alfred.edu

Submitted by: Gary Roberts

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Healthcare has become the single largest employer and fastest growing industry in the United States. Come learn more about the diversity of healthcare careers from former AU students.

This alumni panel discussion is an open forum for anyone interested in learning more about the careers available in the health care industry. The panelists are accomplished professionals who work in a wide range of health care careers and industries including management, research, engineering and clinical practice. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask your questions and develop your healthcare career network.

The panel discussion will take place in Olin 302 and Zoom at HTTPS://ALFREDU.ZOOM.US/J...

Attachment: Panelist Biographies and Program Details

Submitted by: Fred Farley

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Best Study Space on Campus

In our humble opinion, the best spot to study and do homework is the CAS office suite! Why? Check it out:

* Open tables for group work
* Couch and armchairs for the relaxed studier
* Private cubicles for those looking to focus in on work
* Access to study buddies and tutors in the evenings. Why not work somewhere that has extra help when you need it?
* The Student Resource Shelf, a.k.a. free school supplies! (pens, pencils, highlighters, index cards, the list goes on...)
* Did I mention the puzzle table for that sweet escape between problem sets?

No matter your homework and study style, you'll find what you need in the CAS office space. If we don't have what you need, drop a suggestion with one of the study buddies or tutors on duty!

Open Mon to Fri, 8:30am - 4:30pm, and Sun to Wed, 7 - 9pm.

Check out the Peer Support schedule below for more info on our Study Buddy program and tutoring.

Attachment: Peer Support Schedule F2021

Submitted by: Sarah Pratt

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Get WILD with Alfred!

We are looking for Faculty and Staff to join our WILD about Alfred group! WILD stands for Wilderness Immersion, Learning and Discovery. What better way to describe Alfred right? We do various activities through out the year for our students and community. Please email wild@alfred.edu if you are interested in joining us on an adventure or two!

Submitted by: Eliza Ordway

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Looking for Club to Join?

Think about joining Sister Circle! Our philosophy is about learning about empowerment and leadership skills to reach individual potential! If you are interested in learning more and/or joining, please contact Keshell Scipio at kas19@alfred.edu or Nivaye Reid at ner2@alfred.edu

Submitted by: Nadine Shardlow

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Bob Myers - Bergren Forum "Greenland is Melting"

The Bergren Forum sponsored by the Division of Human Studies, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Provost Office will be meeting on Thursday October 14th at 12:10 thru Zoom. For the time being, all presentations will be on Zoom, between 12:10 and 1:00 each Thursday. We will go back to in-person forums once the university considers tis sufficiently safe. The Zoom link can be obtained by e-mailing Marilyn Saxton at saxtonmj@alfred.edu.

Speaker: Bob Myers
Topic: "Greenland is Melting: Climate Change, Tourism, and Adaptation in the High Arctic"

Greenland is all over the news lately regarding the climate crisis, but there's more to the picture than unprecedented global warming. Bob Myers, Prof. of Anthropology, will discuss the complex issues that confront this huge island inhabited by a few people.

Submitted by: Marilyn Saxton

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Professional Staff Affinity Group Interest Survey

The Interim Chief Diversity Officer (Dr. Brian Saltsman) is asking professional members of the Alfred University Community (Faculty, Staff, Administrators, Contracted Workers) to consider filling out a brief interest survey regarding the creation of Employee Affinity Groups.

The purpose of these organizations is to bring members of the community whom share a common identity together either for informal social gatherings, networking, or community support.

Many institutions and organizations have instituted or supported these groups as a means of intentional support, community building, and dialogue facilitation around matters specific to constituents.

At Alfred these groups if created could and would be complementary to already established organizations such as ASTC and SSC. These are voluntary and most often informal groups governed and overseen by members with space (and sometimes snacks) provided/supported by the University Administration.

The current survey (see link) is a first step in gauging community support or interest in the creation of these organizations and to gather initial feedback on what organizations may be of the most benefit to the University at this moment.

Any questions or personal feedback may be sent to Brian Saltsman (saltsman@alfred.edu)

Link: Interest Survey Link/

Submitted by: Brian Saltsman

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IDEA Lab: for Social Justice & Cultural Diversity

2pm-3pm at the 2nd floor of Harder Hall, Moka Joka area.

A space for/with People of Color and everyone who is interested in cultivating diverse and inclusive teaching/learning environment.

IDEA Lab workshop is a bi-weekly open discussion at Alfred University's SOAD and PAD. Anyone who is interested in cultivating a diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment is invited to join. A student, faculty or a community member of color will lead each session by sharing stories and responding with empathy to other discussants. The conduct of this workshop will be 1) active listening, 2) timed responses, and 3) asking questions as a sign of respect to the storyteller. IDEA Lab will be a gathering place for students and faculty of color, and a support network to empower the local BIPOC community.

Attachment: Idea Lab Poster

Submitted by: Arts Events

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Job Opportunity-Senior Financial Accounting Manager

Please see the link below for more information on the open Senior Financial Accounting Manager position

Link: Senior Financial Accounting Manager/

Submitted by: Tamara Green

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Guest Speaker Collin Edouard

Collin Edouard (He/Him) is a first-year ethnomusicology student at Yale University, focusing on music from the Caribbean Islands- in particular Haiti. Collin is an author, choir director, and music teacher with extensive experience in primary/secondary education. A member of Phi Beta Kappa himself, Edouard will be sharing his experiences with the society!

Monday, October 18th in Nevins Theater at 7:00p.m. Come find out how you too can become a part of the oldest, most prestigious honor society in America!

Sponsored by AU Provost's Office. If you have any questions about this event please email Sandra Singer at fsinger@alfred.edu

Attachment: Guest Speaker Collin Edouard Poster

Submitted by: Janet McClain

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Build a house in Florida during Spring Break!

Habitat for Humanity Information Meeting
8-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17
Herrick Library Computer Lab

Would you like to invest your Spring Break 2022 (March 5-13) in building a house with Habitat for Humanity in DeLand, Florida?

Come to the meeting to learn more!

Submitted by: David Snyder

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Open Enrollment Virtual Meetings

Open Enrollment is the yearly period when employees can enroll in any of Alfred University's insurance plans or make changes to their current coverage. Once the Open Enrollment period has closed, your ability to make changes is limited to "Life Events" until the next open enrollment period. The Open Enrollment window for the 2022 plan year will be from October 25, 2021 through November 8, 2021.

All AU and NYSCC employees should log into the PlanSource system to review benefit coverage. If you are not making any changes for the 2022 plan year, all benefits (with the exception of Medical Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Flexible Spending) will remain the same. Flexible spending accounts must be re-elected yearly. Employees will receive a separate email on October 25 with instructions on how to log in to PlanSource. Please note that all changes made during the Open Enrollment window will be effective on 1/1/2022.

Our medical, dental and vision insurance carriers will remain the same. There will be a 2% increase for medical premiums for the 2022 plan year.

Virtual Open Enrollment information sessions will be presented by Relph Benefit Advisors. Dates of the virtual meetings and a meeting link have been provided below. Spouses that are covered by AU insurance plans are welcome to attend these sessions.

* Friday, October 22 - 1:45pm - 2:45pm
* Tuesday, October 26 - 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Join by Phone: 646-558-8656
Meeting URL: https://aleragroup.zoom.u...
Meeting ID: 585 703 9445

If you need assistance in completing your Open Enrollment, please use the following contacts for Human Resources:
Last names starting with A-L: Tamara Green - ext. 2965 or Schweigart@alfred.edu
Last names starting with M-Z: Ashley Yackeren - ext. 2118 or Yackeren@alfred.edu

All NYSCC employees: NYSHIP has not announced Open Enrollment dates for your medical and dental plans. They will announce by the end of the year and you will receive a separate email from Tamara Green or Kayleigh Jones regarding any changes for these two benefits. However, all NYSCC employees should log into the PlanSource portal to review all other available coverages.

Submitted by: Ashley Yackeren

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Support Staff Council meeting Oct. 14

All support staff are encouraged to attend the monthly meeting of Support Staff Council. The next meeting is Thursday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. in the Binns-Merrill Conference Room. We hope to see you there.

Submitted by: Gayle Gebhard

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Walk to End Alzheimerís 10/16, Hosted by AU Womenís Basketball

Alfred University Women's Basketball will be hosting a Walk to End Alzheimer's this Saturday October 16th here at AU. Registration is at 11:45am in the tennis courts. Walk starts just after 12:00pm - we will do one campus loop.
All participants are encouraged to donate to the Alzheimer's Association. Link attached, with options to pay cash or check the day of the walk.

Link: https://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=14674&pg=team&team_id=715436

Submitted by: Michael Moskowitz

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Weekly Wednesday Artists' Speaker Series

As part of the eighth installment of the Weekly Wednesday Artists' Speaker Series, Expanded Media division faculty members; Joseph Scheer, Eric Souther, and Maria Villanueva will give insight into their personal artistic journeys. This event will take place on Wednesday, October 13th at 7:00 pm in Harder Hall and virtually on Zoom. The Weekly Wednesday Arts Speaker Series invites faculty, staff, and guest artists to present short ten-minute talks which focus on their own creative practice outside of the classroom. The evening will also include raffles and community engagement. "We're not just building a speaker series," shares Dan Napolitano, Associate Dean of the Arts, "We are building a gathering space - with an effort to safely reclaim in-person gatherings with accommodations for those requesting online access. The goal of this series is 'connection by inspiration'." The live, in-person event is available on zoom. For zoom users, please register in advance for this event: https://alfredu.zoom.us/m...

Link: AU Connect Event /

Attachment: Weekly Wednesday Speaker Series Poster

Submitted by: Arts Events

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Job Opportunity-Director of Sponsored Programs Administration

Please see the link below for more information on the open Director of Sponsored Programs Administration position.

Link: Director, Sponsored Programs Administration/

Submitted by: Tamara Green

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