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Alfred Today

October 15, 2021

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Official News/General Announcements


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MFA for Virtual Private Users (FortiClient)

Alfred University continues to evolve our information security practices to meet the increasing threat environment posed by those who would steal our sensitive information and disrupt our educational mission. Most recently we have implemented multifactor authentication (MFA) for off-campus email users. I want to thank our campus community for understanding that our diligent efforts contribute to a more secure information technology landscape.

We are now turning our attention to the use of the virtual private network (VPN). As of Wednesday, September 15th, all Alfred University VPN users will be required to authenticate through MFA, just like they do for off-campus email access. These efforts will help further protect the confidentiality of our sensitive information, and the availability of information systems.

Before September 15th, all VPN users will need to install the new VPN software. Please see the link for directions on installing the new VPN client. If you require any assistance, please call the ITS Helpdesk 607-871-2222.

Link: How to Setup VPN

Submitted by: Gary Roberts

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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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Walk to End Alzheimer's 10/16, Hosted by AU Women's 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: Team page of Alfred University Women's Basketball

Submitted by: Michael Moskowitz

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Phonathon Job Openings

Alfred University is seeking students to work in the University's Phonathon. The job pays $10 per hour and allows for flexible hours built around your schedule. If interested or know someone who would be interested, please contact Caroline Burgos at burgoscm@alfred.edu.

Submitted by: Caroline Burgos

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Students Graduating for December 2021

If your plan is to graduate in December don't forget to view the Graduation checklist page! You must apply to graduate and there are several other things you must follow up on as well.

Link: Graduation Checklist

Submitted by: Tammy Jursza Williams

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Saturday Night Magic

The magic the gathering club will be holding its weekly commander event on Saturday at 7pm in the Kenyon Allen room. It will be a casual get together to play commander. All skill levels welcome and there are decks available to players who want them.

Submitted by: Yves Geyer

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Food Pantry Hours

The AU Pantry is open MONDAYS 3:30 to 6:00. Everyone is welcome to stop by and see what we have. If these hours don't work for you, or you have specific dietary needs, email KLV11@ALFRED.EDU to schedule a time to stop in. If you have ANY need reach out and we will do our best to help! See you at the AU Pantry in the Judson Leadership Center next to Openhym.

Link: More info on the AU Pantry

Submitted by: Kirstin VanRenselaar

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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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Students Got Writing Skills? Sweet!

Hey faculty!

Our newspaper is looking for more writers and editors this semester.
If you have any students that show promise in writing and editing, please let them know that we're open for business.

Fiat Lux News meets in the boardroom of Powell Campus Center at 6pm every Tuesday!

Submitted by: Fiat Lux News

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Hey Kids, You Want to Write for a Newspaper?


Fiat Lux News is looking for writers and editors. Writing can vary from newswriting to fiction writing, and the editing is biweekly.

Please email us at aufiatlux@gmail.com if you're interested, or come see us at the board room in Powell Campus Center on Tuesdays at 6pm for our meetings!

Submitted by: Fiat Lux News

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Years of Service Recognition

The Employee Recognition Committee would like to announce Years of Service dates for the month of October 2021. The Committee will be observing years 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50.

At Alfred University, we realize that our employees are our greatest asset, and we are delighted to honor your dedicated service and commitment to this organization. It is our employees who uphold our principles, demonstrate our vision of working for a better future for our University, deliver on our customer promise and make us the passionate organization we are today.

The success of our organization is a direct result of your efforts and dedication. Your commitment to quality and personal and professional integrity is the differentiating factor that sets us apart from our competition.

On behalf of Alfred University, it is with great pride and admiration that we congratulate you on this service anniversary milestone.

Celebrating 1 Year of Service:
October 19 - Rebecca Streeten-Head Women's Lacrosse Coach
October 19 - Kyle Reynolds-Custodian
October 19 - Katlyn Yocum-Custodian
October 19 - Caroline Burgos - Phonathon/Events Specialist
October 26 - Kelly Stephens-Custodian

Celebrating 10 Years of Service:
October 12 - Nicole Munkwitz-Technician, ENS/Geology

Celebrating 15 Years of Service:
October 9 - Karen Fry-Office & Barn Assistant

Celebrating 20 Years of Service:
October 29 - Cori Carlin-Research Account Specialist

Celebrating 25 Years of Service:
October 2 - Scott Misture-Inamori Professor
October 21 - Francis Williams-Electronics Specialist

Celebrating 35 Years of Service:
October 2 - Mary Coleman-Secretary/Bookkeeper, ITS

Submitted by: Tamara Green

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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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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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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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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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Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF III) for Students

All students should have received an email on Friday 10/8 regarding HEERF III funds for students. Please refer to the University's website for further information.


-There is no application process, eligible students are currently being finalized and those who qualify will receive a separate email communication by the end of next week.

-There is an authorization form available through 10/22 that you can complete to apply the funds directly to your student account. This can be found at alfred.scholarshipuniverse.com. After logging in, search for "HEERF III" in the upper right-hand corner.

-To make sure you receive your award quickly make sure you've enrolled in Direct Deposit and submitted your Direct Deposit Form by clicking the link below. Direct Deposit forms must be received by Thursday 10/14!

Link: Direct Deposit Authorization & Submission

Submitted by: Amanda Azzi

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What Comes After Us

October 15th - October 22nd

What Comes After Us is a photography exhibition curated by Molly Smith in the Robert C. Turner Gallery Catwalk. This exhibition features documentation of urban exploration in Upstate New York and Kansas. Through this documentation, Molly focuses on how nature reclaims these environments once they are abandoned, and what happens to the memories that were left behind.

Opening reception is October 15th from 6pm-8pm.

Link: AU Connect Event

Submitted by: Arts Events

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AU Orchestra Halloween Concert

October 29th 8:15pm

The Alfred University Symphony Orchestra will perform a "Halloween Spooktacular" Concert on Friday Oct. 29 at 8:15 pm in Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall, featuring the AU Orchestra and Brooke Harris as Monster of Ceremonies. Pre-concert classic cartoons begin at 7:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Come as you are or come dressed as your favorite ghost, goblin or ghoul for a fabulously frightful evening. Pre-show classic cartoons begin at 7:45pm.


Link: AU Connect Event

Submitted by: Arts Events

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Foreign Language Placement Exam

The Foreign Language Placement Exam is now administered online. Online exams can be taken in French, German or Spanish. Students must PREREGISTER by emailing Prof. S. Singer (fsinger@alfred.edu). In the email, include the language (French, German or Spanish) in which you would like to be tested. For Spring 2022 Semester classes, you must preregister during Advisement Week October 25-29, 2021.

Who should take a Placement Exam?
* Students who have taken more than two years of French, German or Spanish in high school and who intend to take the same language at AU should take the exam in that language.
* Students who are bilingual or native speakers of French, German or Spanish (or who have spoken the language at home) should take the exam in that language.

Who does not need to take a Placement Exam?
* Students who are planning to take French, German or Spanish in college but have NOT studied that language in High School (or spoken it at home) do not need to take an exam. They should start by taking 101 in their chosen language.
* Students who wish to demonstrate proficiency in a language OTHER THAN French, German or Spanish should contact Prof. S. Singer (fsinger@alfred.edu) about procedures for taking a Placement Exam through another institution.

Submitted by: Janet McClain

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Want to Submit for Our Halloween Issue?

Fiat Lux News is proud to say we're going hardcopy for our Halloween issue this year!
Our deadline is October 22nd at midnight, and we're looking for people to submit any type of spooky content so we can have a great issue.
Submit (or send questions to) aufiatlux@gmail.com or tjt2@alfred.edu

We're terribly excited to see what you'll send in!

Submitted by: Fiat Lux News

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Passionately Pink for a Cure- FREE TEE

Stop in the AU Bookstore TODAY and Friday to pick up (1)FREE Passionately Pink for a Cure pink tee. Wear your Pink tee to the AU Women's Basketball Chalk the Walk event October 21, 9am-4pm on Academic Alley. Barb from Creative Hair Designs will be offering Pink hair extensions for $12.00 on Oct. 21. Also visit with members of Chi Sigma Alpha (Student Affairs Honor Society) who will be on site! OCTOBER is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Submitted by: Marcy Bradley

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ADDITIONAL 25% OFF clearance prices @ AU Bookstore

Check out the additional 25% OFF sale at the AU Bookstore. Clothing (LOTS of children's clothing), emblematic, school supplies, and more!
(Great items for stocking stuffers!)

Link: http://alfred.bncollege.com

Submitted by: Marcy Bradley

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History of South Hall and opening of 1908 time capsule

To commemorate the history of the South Hall building (recently demolished, next to the Saxon Inn) the community is invited to attend a program on the history of the building (constructed in 1908 as the village public school before becoming an AU structure). As part of the program, the time capsule placed in the cornerstone during construction will be opened.
Monday, October 18th at 7:30 pm, in the Alfred Village Hall on West University Street.
Masks will be required.

Submitted by: Laurie Lounsberry Meehan

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Update on the AU Libraries Commitment to Anti-Racism And Anti-Oppression

In the summer of 2020, Alfred University Libraries made a Commitment to Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression. In this commitment, committed to action items designed to strengthen the inclusivity of AU Libraries.

We want to update the Alfred University community on our progress and lay out where we plan on going next.

See the full blog post at the link!

Link: Update on the AU Libraries Commitment to Anti-Racism And Anti-Oppression

Submitted by: Kevin Adams

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Environmental Studies Speaker- Cameron Prophet '10

Please join us this Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 to hear Cameron Prophet give a talk titled ""Mitigation of Dam Effects on Desert Riparian Vegetation: The Long-Term Experimental Management Plan for the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park".

After graduating from Alfred-Almond Central School, Prophet received a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Alfred University and then spent a number of seasons volunteering and working for several land management agencies and conservation organizations, eventually attaining an internship with Grand Canyon National Park. Since 2016, He has held the Invasive Plants Crew Lead position with the Grand Canyon National Park Vegetation Program. Prophet is the son of Becky and Craig Prophet of Alfred. All are welcome to attend the talk (masks and social distancing are required for in person attendance) or join via zoom.

This talk will be available in person and via Zoom.

Friday, Oct. 15, 2021
12:20 pm - 1:10 pm
Roon Lecture Hall (Science Center) Room 247

Join Zoom Meeting

Submitted by: Shannon Yocum

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