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Alfred Today

March 31, 2023

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Alfred University Service Awards Nominations Request

The Employee Recognition Committee would like you to know that the nomination form is open to nominate your co-workers for the three established service awards. Nominations will be received through 4/15/23.

Three Awards (to read more about these click the link below):

-Bob Condrate Lifelong Learner Award
-Saxon Service Award
-Cathy Johnson Service Award

These awards will be presented at the 6th Annual Employee Recognition Event.

Link: Employee Recognition Page

Submitted by: Kayleigh Jones

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Selections: The Archive - Featuring Recent Acquisitions Opening Reception

Selections: The Archive is a view into the permanent collection of the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum focused on recent acquisitions in context with other major works.

Opening Reception on Thursday, February 23 2023 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Alfred Ceramic Art Museum.

Link: AU Connect event link

Submitted by: Arts Events

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IDEA LAB: Call for Exhibition Proposals

We accept show proposals to highlight cultural diversity, social justice, non-oppression, and/or I.D.E.A topics.
Materials and refreshments for the show will be provided.

Link for form:

Any questions contact:

Link: AUConnect Article

Submitted by: Arts Events

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Summer Job Opportunity!

Are you in need of a job this summer? Consider staying in Alfred and applying as a Peer Mentor for the AU Advantage Summer Bridge Program! For more information, check out the attached flyer.

If interested, you may send your resume to pratt@alfred.edu or apply on Handshake.

Link: Apply on Handshake!

Attachment: Peer Mentor Job Posting

Submitted by: Sarah Pratt

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Multi-Cultural Kitchen

The IDEA Lab is sponsoring a multi-cultural cooking workshop on Friday April 7th from 11:20 am to 1:20 pm in the IDEA Lab. Making fresh food and talking about multicultural food in Jerusalem. Vegetarian and Vegan options available and you can take food with you after the workshop.

Link: AU Connect Event

Submitted by: Arts Events

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French - Language House Applications

Immerse yourself in the French language and culture!

The Division of Modern Languages is currently accepting applications for the 2023 - 2024 academic year, to live in the Language House, at 12 Park Street. Experience a foreign language by living with an international Teaching Assistant who is a native French speaker, along with fellow language students while fostering an authentic cultural and linguistic experience.

If interested please submit the Application Form for the Language House by the end of March to Janet McClain in 203 Perlman or mcclain@alfred.edu. No late submission accepted. You may apply as a group, pair or individual.


Submitted by: Janet McClain

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RICH B*TCH by Rachel Lynett

Theatre Production directed by Asst. Prof of Theatre Jonathan Ziese.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Alfred Theatre Division's production of RICH B*TCH will be canceled on Thursday night March 30, 2023. A matinee will be presented SUNDAY APRIL 2, 2023 @ 2pm.

Dani, Emma, Izzy, Vivien, and Maddie gather in a Las Vegas hotel to celebrate Emma's wedding. (Just don't call it a "bachelorette party" or Emma will yell at you.) No one expected the literal and proverbial cuts they would ultimately inflict on each other over the course of an evening that would change each of their lives in ways both overt and subtle.

The three shows, on, Friday, and Saturday, (March 31-April 1) will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 at 2pm in Miller Theater.

This show is free to the public and no reservations are required.

*Please note that this show does contain mature subject matter with adult content and may not be suitable for all audiences.

Link: AUConnect Event

Submitted by: Arts Events

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Bridges Between Mathematics and the Arts

Next week is advising week, so here's a heads up about a special course being offered in fall 2023:

Topics: Bridges Between Mathematics and the Arts - 18497 - MATH 200 - 1

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in art or math. We will focus on learning and exploring intersections of the two fields, drawing on research and expertise of AU math and arts faculty. Students will produce artwork and/or analytical papers which can be submitted for peer review to The Bridges Organization, an international mathematics, art, music, architecture, and culture organization with an annual conference and peer-reviewed publications. Mentoring students who are producing work for peer review, then optionally submitting it and/or attending the Bridges 2024 math arts conference are all facets of the class. Faculty will continue mentoring students toward this goal, even when the class concludes. For more information about the Bridges organization, including archives of previously accepted artwork and papers, conference announcements and updates see https://www.bridgesmathar....

The course is cotaught by Drs. Lipnicki and Matson. It will take place 12:20-1:10pm MTWF.   Please keep it in mind for your advising week meetings. 

Submitted by: Amanda Lipnicki

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Ramadan 2023

Please Read:

Message from Zahriyah- Amina, Vice President of the African Students Association (ASA) and the Muslim Student Ambassador.

As Salam Alaikum Ramatullahi Wa Barakhatu All,

The Cresent Moon has been spotted in Saudi meaning this year Ramadan will take place from Wednesday, March 22nd to Friday, April 21.

First, we would like to commend you on your commitment to fasting this year as it is a challenging thing to do while being active and school while also taking part in sports, clubs, or organizations. Angie Taylor has offered to supply dates and water on a needed basis. You can stop by her office on the first floor of Powell to get your supplies per week. We also have an area on the second floor of the gothic Powell equipped with Qurans, Dikr beads, Prayer rugs, and garments if you need them.

If you would like personal Qurans in English we have about 50 we can give away, please contact Eliza Ordway or Angie Taylor for them. As you know we also have 3 Stories of the Prophets events coming up with snacks and chia as you enjoy the film. THESE FILMS WILL NOT SHOW THE FACE OF ANY PROPHET WITHIN ISLAM AS IT IS CONSIDERED HIGHLY DISRESPECTFUL.

We will also be hosting a trip to a Masjid in Elmira, NY, during Dhurh prayer on Sunday, April 2, to get a tour of the Masjid and to learn more about the blessed month of Ramadan. We hope your Ramadan is easy this year and if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

Link: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Ramadan

Attachment: Ramadan 2023

Submitted by: Angie Taylor

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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. To take the exam during Advisement Week for Fall Semester classes, you must pre-register by or before March 31, 2023.

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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Crave by Sarah Kane

"If you died it would be like my bones had been removed. No one would know why, but I would collapse."

In Crave by Sarah Kane, four characters talk at and around each other. They are haunted by unknown experiences. Without any discernable plot or action, love and trauma are dissected and investigated by the four unnamed characters.

Crave is presented as a senior directorial capstone by Ronan Adams of the Performing Arts PDaT (Performance, Design and Technology) Division
This show is free to the public. Reservations are not required but GA seating is limited.

Please note that this show does contain strong subject material (including sexual assault and drug use) and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Link: AUConnect Event

Attachment: craveposter

Submitted by: Arts Events

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Opening of an MFA Thesis Exhibition by Tomáš Penc, MFA SDS Candidate 2023

Thesis Exhibitions in the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery and Robert C. Turner Gallery

Opening receptions: April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, May 5

Thesis show hours: Sunday 1-3pm, Monday and Tuesday 11-4pm

April 8 - 11

Sheyda Azar

Sculpture Dimensional Studies

Fosdick-Nelson Gallery

Tomas Penc

Sculpture Dimensional Studies

Robert C. Turner Gallery

Link: AUConnect Event

Submitted by: Arts Events

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Trio of Three Continents

Trio from Three continents. Celebrating world heritage with Gao Hong, Kadialy Kouyaté and Leonard Jacome, show us Pipa(China), Kora(Senegal) and Harp( Venezuela), they will do workshop and concert with free admission.

Link: AUConnect Event

Submitted by: Arts Events

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Got Pep?

Do you play an instrument or are passionate about being loud at football games? You're in luck as Alfred University's "Sound of the Saxons" is looking for members for the 2023 season. We take musical talent or lack thereof at every level and we strive to make music at the games as well as making noise in the stands. For more information or to join the email list, don't hesitate to get in touch with our advisor Dave Snyder at snyderd@alfred.edu or contact the pep band directly at pepband@alfred.edu

Submitted by: Pep Band

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COB Fleece/Jacket For Sale

Hello everyone!
We are a student group at Alfred University that is organizing our small business idea - College of Business Apparel! We are going to manufacture through Bookstore CoB fleece and anorak jackets! This is a great investment for students, alumni, and parents as we try to keep the price reasonable and fair. Our fleece is super soft and comfortable for everyday wear, sports, and active weekends! All our profits are going to be donated to humanitarian aid towards the war in Ukraine, so if you would like to do a small donation, we would appreciate it and include a small gift personally from our group.

Thank you!

Link: https://juliakoreiba.mfs.gg/ib-DUEw

Submitted by: Nathan Wazinski

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Threaded Tracing - Chris Coleman

Threaded Tracing by Chris Coleman

On view at TSI/Harland Snodgrass Gallery March 27th - April 8, 2023

Link: AU Connect event link

Submitted by: Arts Events

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Accounts Payable Invoices / Reimbursement Requests

Please send all invoices and reimbursement requests (check requests) to AP@alfred.edu

Please continue to send all travel to Bethany Adams at badams@alfred.edu

Thank you!

Submitted by: Amanda Azzi

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The 28th Annual Riley Lecture in Women’s and Gender Studies

The 28th Annual Elizabeth and Charles P. Riley Lecture in Women's and Gender Studies will be held on Tuesday, April 4th, at 5:30 pm. Our Riley Lecturer, Dr. Katrina Kimport of the University of California, San Francisco, will give a talk titled "No Real Choice: How Culture and Politics Matter for Reproductive Autonomy."

Dr. Kimport is a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, and a medical sociologist in the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH-pronounced like "answer") program at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research examines the (re)production of inequality in health and reproduction, with a topical focus on abortion, contraception, and pregnancy. She has published over 75 articles in sociology, health research, and interdisciplinary journals. She is also the author of three books: "No Real Choice: How Culture and Politics Matter for Reproductive Autonomy" (2022, Rutgers), "Queering Marriage: Challenging Family Formation in the United States" (2014, Rutgers), and, with co-author Jennifer Earl, "Digitally Enabled Social Change" (2011, MIT). (Read Dr. Kimport's speaker bio: https://www.ansirh.org/ab....)

If you happen to be in the area, please join us on campus! We will be meeting in Olin 302 to hear from Dr. Kimport, who will join us virtually to give her lecture. A reception will be held after her talk in Olin 301.

For those who are unable to attend in person, here is the link to register for the Zoom event.

Link: https://alfredu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvdO-qpj4vGdETyaehZGSkFcR0DfGbObn8

Attachment: Event Poster

Submitted by: Janet McClain

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ChatGPT Discussion #3: What does ChatGPT mean for writing assignments?

How can we assign writing when chatbots can churn out essays in response to our prompts that have better sentence structure and cohesion than most of our students can manage? What are the implications of this technology for the future of writing and how can we prepare our students for that future? What should writing instruction look like under these circumstances?

These are questions we hope to address during this discussion. Faculty will share some more innovative assignments that might make it less likely that students will be tempted to cheat. Interesting refreshments will be served.

Join us! Thursday, April 6th, 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Powell Campus Center, Alumni Lounge/Kenyon-Allen

Link: ChatGPT Discussion Series #3: What does ChatGPT mean for writing assignments?

Submitted by: Vicky Westacott

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Intermediate German - Beginning Ancient Greek - Fall Semester

After an interval of over 10 years, Intermediate German will be offered again starting this coming Fall Semester 2023. Both semesters of Intermediate German will be offered. For those of you who haven't had any German for a while, the course will start with an intensive review. The time and days for the course will be adjusted to accommodate the schedules of everyone who signs up for the course.

After an interval of more than anyone can remember, beginning Ancient Greek, the common language of the ancient Hellenistic world, will be offered this coming Fall Semester 2023. The course will be taught at the following time: MTWF 9:20 - 10:10 a.m.

Please note: Beginning Latin will not be offered during the 2023-24 academic year.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Singer: fsinger@alfred.edu

Submitted by: Janet McClain

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Free Online Zoom Workouts - Sign Up

The Alfred University Health Fitness Management students are hosting free, ~60-minute Zoom workout sessions for Alfred University faculty, staff, students, and the Alfred community!

These Saxon Strength & Wellness sessions include a variety of different workouts such as: bodyweight resistance, cardio, yoga, and overall stretching. The sessions will consist of a warm up, cool down, various exercises, and general health/wellness educational topics. Workouts will accommodate for skill and experience level, along with consideration to space available in your home.

Schedule: Zoom classes will take place every Monday and Wednesday from 6:30-7:30pm for the first three weeks of April (3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, and 19th).

Please use the following link to sign up: https://forms.gle/D9HJxgv...

Questions can be directed to: Parker Evans (pje1@alfred.edu) or Darian Ortiz (dho1@alfred.edu)

Thank you!

- Saxon Strength & Wellness
(Hosted by Health Fitness Management)

Submitted by: Eden Palmer

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Thank You!

The staff in the Career Development Center would like to thank all of the faculty, staff, and students for their support in another successful Spring Career Fair!

Many hands truly make a light load and we are grateful for the collaboration across campus. We hosted 56 employers who were very impressed with the almost 260 professionally dressed and well-prepared AU students who attended!

Great job, Saxons- kudos to all of you!

Submitted by: Meghan Dwyer

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Opportunity from SUNY FACT 2: Inclusive Teaching Webinar Series

The SUNY FACT2 Task Group on Inclusive Teaching will be hosting a Symposium through the month of April. This is a 4-week virtual symposium to be held every Thursday in April, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Each week will focus on a specific topic related to inclusion. The topics are:

4/6 - What is Inclusive Teaching?
4/13 - Setting the Tone
4/20 - Creating a Welcoming Environment
4/27 - Giving the Students Tools for Success

Participants may sign up for as many webinars as they like, and participation is free. All faculty are welcome to attend. If you need assistance with registration, please contact Meghanne Freivald.

Link: SUNY FACT 2 Inclusive Teaching Webinar Series

Submitted by: Meghanne Freivald

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Popular Music Ensemble Concert

The Alfred University PAD Pop Ensemble will now be holding their final recording / performance concert in the CD Smith Theatre on April 25 from 5-7 p.m.

An intimate experience on the stage of CD Smith with the pop music ensemble playing original compositions and reinterpretations of modern pop songs. Each song will be recorded live in front of the audience, both for video and audio purposes.

Seating is very limited, first come first serve. Audience will sit on the stage with the ensemble! The event is free to the public. Come and be a part of the performance and recording sessions!

Link: AUConnect Event

Submitted by: Arts Events

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