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Alfred Today

September 18, 2023

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Official News/General Announcements


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Do you plan events on campus?

Join an open meeting for anyone who plans events on campus!

Do you plan events? Does your office or department provide support services for campus events? Are you interested in knowing what others are planning? Looking for collaborations or programming partners?

If so, please join in the fun for a monthly open meeting on Campus Event Planning:

Tuesday, September 19th
2-3 p.m.
Herrick Library in the BookEnd Lounge.

What to expect:
-Casual conversation and sharing about ideas and plans (no formal prep required)
-Meet colleagues across campus
-Share what events your department is planning (or thinking of planning)
-No events right now? Just come and say hi and hear about what others are up to.
-Don't plan events? No problem! Anyone who is interested is welcome!

Future Meeting Dates:
-Tuesday, October 10
-Tuesday November 7
-Tuesday December 5

Everyone is welcome!

Hope to see you there!

Submitted by: Mechele Romanchock

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Canvas Tip of the Week - Add Announcements to the Course Home Page

ITS is pleased to highlight Canvas tools and features that can help faculty and students achieve their goals. This week's tip is:

Add Announcements to the Course Home Page

The Announcement tool in Canvas is a great way to communicate with students and share updates. You have the ability to place recent announcements at the top your course's home page. This places the announcements in a prominent location and ensures that the students see necessary information. Instructions are included in the guide below:


Submitted by: Meghanne Freivald

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Have The Alfred Sun weekly community newspaper delivered FREE to your Powell Campus Center mailbox every Thursday!

Sign up now! Email your name together with your PCC box number to: snyderd@alfred.edu today! Here comes the SUN....!

Submitted by: David Snyder

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Women and Gender Studies Reception

Everyone is welcome to the Women and Gender Studies Reception. Monday, September 18, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. The location is the Judson Leadership Center. Come meet new people, share ideas, and relax. Learn more about the Women's and Gender Studies Minor. (Refreshments will be served).

For more information contact: Sandra Singer, Director, Women's and Gender Studies Program, email: fsinger@alfred.edu

Submitted by: Janet McClain

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Business Purpose Statements in The Saxon Shop

In order to streamline the requisition approval process in The Saxon Shop (Unimarket), we are now requiring that all requisitions include a justification statement. We ask that you simply state the business purpose of your purchase. If you think it would help the approver(s), there is also the possibility of adding attachments to your justification. Some examples of potential justification statements are:

- This requisition is for supplies required for the ___________ class I am teaching this semester.

- This requisition is for office furniture for a new employee in our department, John Smith, who will be starting on September 4th. Procurement helped us to secure quotations.

- We are placing this order with Amazon instead of B&H because the projector is on back order with B&H and we need it ASAP.

- These materials are for storing samples and materials for the ARL project.

This change in the process will save the approver(s) throughout the workflow from needing to email or call you with questions regarding the order.

Because of this change, you will no longer have to answer the question, "Is this requisition related to Sponsored Research or a Grant?"

As always, please feel free to contact the Procurement Office if you have any questions or need additional information.

Thank you.

Submitted by: Melissa Badeau

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Information Literacy Canvas Modules

The Information Literacy Librarian has created a series of canvas modules that can be imported into your Canvas courses. The most popular modules include building complex searches, finding scholarly articles, and creating appropriate citations.

Other topics include Zotero (citation manager), using library resources, evaluating sources, and brainstorming research questions.

Email Kevin Adams to request a module: adamska@alfred.edu.

NOTE: If you have used an Information Literacy Module in the past, please reach out to Kevin for an updated version, instead of copying the old one. Most modules were updated last year.

Link: Information Literacy Canvas Modules

Submitted by: Kevin Adams

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Student Rights Under FERPA-Academic Records Only

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), students have certain rights with respect to their education record at AU. Most information is confidential such as your grades and is only accessible to those with an educational purpose. Directory information is not protected under FERPA but at Alfred we protect and limit this information. Please see our website on FERPA for details about those rights.

With these rights even parents can be denied access/information unless you sign a release form authorizing their access. Please visit the registrar web page and look under forms to find the Parent/Guardian Access Waiver form.

You can choose to have your record confidential. Though it does mean there will be implications. Please read thoroughly the attached form before making this decision.


Attachment: Confidential Form

Submitted by: Tammy Jursza Williams

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National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

Institute for Cultural Unity and The Judson Leadership Center presents it's first speaker of a four speaker series.

Dr. Marilu Marcillo is currently the Dean of the School of Business and Information Sciences at Felician University. Dr. Marcillo brings a wealth of experience in academic program development and oversight, as well as in certifications and training in many key areas of higher education.

Dr. Marcillo came to Felician from St. Peter's University, where she held the position of Chair of the Business Administration Department. Dr. Marcillo has an MBA from Centenary University and a Doctor of Management in Environmental and Social Sustainability from Colorado Tech University.

What is Hispanic Heritage Month and why is it celebrated?

"Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Why is September 15th Hispanic Heritage Month?
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively.

The 28 Hispanic or Latino American groups in the Census Bureau's reports are the following: "Mexican; Central American: Costa Rican, Guatemalan, Honduran, Nicaraguan, Panamanian, Salvadoran, Other Central American; South American: Bolivian, Chilean, Colombian, Ecuadorian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Venezuelan, Other South American; Other Hispanic or Latino: Spanish, Spanish American, All other Hispanic".

Link: https://youtu.be/KnfObXiV3h8

Attachment: National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

Submitted by: Angie Taylor

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Procurement Office Closed October 3rd – October 5th

The Procurement Office will be closed from Tuesday, October 3rd thru Thursday, October 5th so that the Procurement Team can attend a conference. If you need to return or sign out a store card (Lowes, Wal-Mart, or Wegmans), please contact Bethany Adams in the Business Office.

While the office will be closed, the team will be monitoring emails and Saxon Shop approvals during this time. Please understand that there may be a slight delay in response time.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Submitted by: Melissa Badeau

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Yom Kippur Observance Celebration

Yom Kippur is an observance when Jews seek to recompense their sins and achieve reconciliation with God on the 10th day of the lunar month (Tishri). The day ends the '10 days of repentance' that begin with Rosh Hashana (New Year's Day) on the first day of Tishri.

Yom Kippur begins on Sunday, 24th September 2023 and ends on Monday, 25th September 2023, at nightfall. The holy day is observed on the tenth day of Tishri, the seventh month in the Hebrew Calendar.

Yom Kippur, famously called the Day of Atonement, is a day of fasting, praying, and repentance. People pray to God and seek forgiveness for all their sins on this day.

Link: https://youtu.be/8_JMPxXSyy4

Attachment: Yom Kippur Observance Celebration

Submitted by: Angie Taylor

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September 25 - October 1, 2023 Next Week in the Arts

Public events in the School of Art & Design + Performing Arts Division, week of September 25 - October 1, 2023. All events are free and open to the public.

September 25, 2:30pm

Nevins Theater

Emily Cheng Artist Talk

Renowned for her captivating large-scale paintings, Cheng's work is characterized by vibrant, circular compositions. She has received prestigious awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She will share her insights and journey as an artist. Sponsored by the Division of Drawing & Painting

On View:

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum Reuben Nakian: The Impassioned Gesture and Ashley Lyon: Super Real on view through December 30, 2023

Cohen Gallery Central Receiving New Works by Trevor Bennett on view through October 1, 2023

Fosdick-Nelson Gallery Andy Brady: Steward of Precision on view through October 22, 2023

Robert C. Turner Gallery Back Burn 2023 Summer Ceramics Intern Showcase and A ticket to Senegal: Where one feels at home On view through September 29, 2023

TSI/Harland Snodgrass Gallery "Bodies," Mark Klink

Link: AUConnect Arts Events

Submitted by: Arts Events

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Take a Trip to Wickham Farms!

Located on beautiful farmland in Upstate New York, Wickham Farms is a short drive from Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, and the Finger Lakes Region! Wickham Farms has activities, food and a beautiful farm that will keep you exploring and making memories all day long!

Sign up for a trip to Wickham Farms!

Link: Sign Up Here

Submitted by: Brenden Navarro

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