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Alfred Today

February 12, 2024

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Canvas Tip of the Week - Quiz Answer Feedback

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

Quiz Answer Feedback

When creating a quiz in Canvas, you can add written feedback to each possible answer. The students will see the written feedback after they complete the quiz, as long as they are permitted to see their responses. Immediate feedback can help students understand their progress and identify skills or information they may need to focus on. Instructions are included in the guide below:

https://guides.instructur...

Submitted by: Meghanne Freivald

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Hillel at Alfred's 75th Anniversary information

Hillel at Alfred is celebrating its 75th anniversary during the 2024-2025 academic year. We are seeking volunteers who are interested in planning events for a yearlong celebration to commemorate this milestone. If you have ideas for celebration activities or want to be a part of the planning process, please email Hillel Advisor Max Koskoff at Koskoff@alfred.edu. We will have our first meeting mid-March. Please note, while we hope to focus events around the Jewish faith and identity, we welcome all faiths to this conversation. Additionally, ideas do not need to be centered around religion and faith, but intersections with the Jewish faith are welcomed. We look forward to your involvement with this yearlong celebration!

Submitted by: Max Koskoff

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Can We Find You????

Please double check that your contact information is up to date. You can verify your information in Banner Web. Click on Personal Information to view your contact info. If you need to make any changes, please fill out the form and send to the registrar@alfred.edu.

Link: Change of Address form

Submitted by: Kathleen Hillman

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Admissions is hiring Student Ambassadors!

Admissions is hiring Student Ambassadors for the spring semester! Get paid to give tours to prospective students and share your love for AU! Our student ambassadors are a vital part of the Admissions team. Ambassadors help with tours, specialty events, desk coverage, and so much more.

We are specifically looking to hire engineering majors, but all majors will be considered. Hours are flexible and determined based upon your class schedule. Both work study and non-work study are considered, with preference given to those with work study.

If interested, please fill out the application and return to Deanna Spencer at spencerd@alfred.edu.

Attachment: Student Ambassador Application

Submitted by: Deanna Spencer

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Women's Leadership Academy 2024-25 Nominations

The Judson Leadership Center is now taking applications for the Women's Leadership Academy for next year! This is a unique opportunity for students interested in the intersections of social justice, gender, and leadership. This is open to students of ALL gender identities!
The WLA includes two 2-credit courses on gender and leadership development. We will host an open house on Saturday February 17th 11am - 1pm in the JLC for students who wish to learn more about the WLA. All are welcome to attend.

To nominate a student for the WLA, please email Abby Hurley (hurley@alfred.edu) with the student's name and information. Students do NOT need to be nominated in order to apply!

To learn more about the WLA, please see the attached document.

Attachment: WLA Class Summary (WGST 201 & 475)

Submitted by: Abby Hurley

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

The Union University Church on the corner of Main St and Church St. is hosting a free pancake dinner on February 13th from 5pm - 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

Submitted by: Eliza Ordway

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Drop in Office Hours with Beth Ann Dobie

The Office of the Provost and Chief Operating Officer would like to announce drop-in office hours from 9:30 am to 11 am the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, beginning January 30, 2024. All faculty and staff are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.

Please feel free to come share thoughts or concerns, ask questions or give feedback.

The dates open office hours will be in effect through the spring semester are as follows:
February 13 & 27
March 12 & 26
April 9 & 23

Submitted by: Crystal Henshaw

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Alfred University Alumni Awards

Alfred University Alumni Awards - There are countless Alfred University alumni who, since leaving Alfred, have achieved extraordinary things in their lives and careers. The Alfred Alumni Association will recognize honored alumni on June 8 during the 2024 Reunion. Take a moment to review the criteria for each of the five alumni awards and nominate an outstanding AU alum today!

Link: Nominate

Submitted by: Leah Cummings

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February 12 - 18, 2024 This Week in the Arts

Public events in the School of Art & Design + Performing Arts Division, week of February 12-18, 2024. All events are free and open to the public.

Arts Faculty Search Candidates:Sculpture Dimensional Studies

12-Feb 4:30pm Nevins Candidate # 1
14-Feb 4:30pm Nevins Candidate # 2
19-Feb 4:30pm Nevins Candidate # 3

Black Glass Artist Series : Leo Tecosky

Glass Demonstration 2/13 130-4pm Glass Studio
Glass Demonstration 2/15 130-4pm Glass Studio
Public Lecture 2/16 430pm Room C Binns 106

Thursday, February 15, 5-8pm Alfred Art Walk
Thursday, February 15, 4:30pm Nevins Theater Arts Speaker Series: Shing Yin Khor

Shing Yin Khor is a game and theatre designer and cartoonist based in Los Angeles, CA, by way of Malacca, Malaysia. Their game design work centers around physical storytelling artifacts, divination mechanisms, and immigrant interpretations of nostalgic Americana, and is rooted in their work as a builder and artist - keepsake games centered on the bridge between physical making and traditional tabletop RPGs. Their live mail letter-writing game Remember August won the 2022 Indiecade Award for Best Tabletop Game. They lead the production collective Three Eyed Rat, which has built space desert apothecaries, decrepit space salvage stations in the forest, lumberjack-themed bars, and several new divination mechanisms.

February 15 - 17 , 8pm Miller Theatre 2024 An Evening of Dance

One weekend only, Feb 15, 16 & 17. All shows at 8pm in Miller Theater. The performance features choreographic works by Alfred University faculty Colleen Wahl and Erin Law as well students Alexia Blitz, Grace Fox, Kaylee Gernant, Ella Genovese, Frankie Guiliano and Shirite Westreich, as well as lighting design by faculty Ola Kraszpulska.

Friday, February 16, 6-8pm Opening Reception Playthings Curated by Anthony Nguyen and William Wheeler. Participating artists include: Jacky Connolly, Harry Dodge, Clare Gatto, Kara Gut, Paul Higham, Jacob Hoving, Stanya Kahn, James Kirkpatrick, Ben Patterson, Emily Sara, Allan Wexler, and Robert Yang.

Link: February 12 - 18, 2024 This Week in the Arts

Submitted by: Arts Events

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Student Job Opportunity - Peer Mentor

The Center for Academic Success is hiring Peer Mentors for the AU Advantage (AUA) Summer Bridge Program. The Peer Mentor position plays an integral role in helping our incoming first-years transition from high school to college during this four week summer program.

Please read the attachment for further details.

To apply you may send your resume and cover letter to pratt@alfred.edu.

Attachment: Peer Mentor Job Description

Submitted by: Sarah Pratt

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"Buy Safe, Charge Safe"

Multi-Agency Effort Will Educate Consumers About How to Properly Purchase, Use, Charge and Maintain Devices with Lithium-Ion Batteries.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced a statewide campaign to raise awareness about the safe use of consumer products that contain lithium-ion batteries, such as e-bikes, e-scooters, hoverboards, smart phones, laptops, toys and power tools. These consumer products have enhanced our lives in many ways; however, they pose serious safety risks if not used properly and with safety in mind.

In New York City, there were over 250 fires, more than 130 injuries and at least 18 fatalities in 2023. More fires have occurred statewide, including in Greene, Herkimer, Orange, Jefferson and Suffolk counties, among others. Governor Hochul has also proposed a ban on the sale of uncertified or improperly certified lithium-ion batteries used in micro-mobility devices such as e-bikes and e-scooters.

https://www.youtube.com/w...

Link: "Buy Safe, Charge Safe"

Submitted by: Jeffrey Ormsby

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UPDATED TRAVEL POLICY & RELATED FORMS!

The Business & Finance Division has been working hard to update our travel policy and all related documents over the last few months. We are pleased to announce that our webpages are now up to date with the new policy (including an easy to understand PDF version) along with new forms that align with policy.

As a reminder, we are also working on implementation of a new Travel and Expense Reimbursement module that is expected to go-live by the end of March so while the policy will remain intact at that time, these forms are temporary and will be replaced with our new software in the coming weeks which will make the process much more seamless for all of you!

Main changes to our Travel Policy include:
-an increase in the mileage rate to .50 cents per mile (no motor pool denial needed)
-motor pool is no longer the first-choice vehicle, and should only be used for short trips
-an increase in flat rate reimbursement for meals to $50 per day ($40 day of travel)
*The summary page on the policy is VERY helpful at detailing all the major changes.*

As always, please direct all travel related questions to Bethany Adams or Amanda Azzi.

To access the policy and forms, please visit the Business Office webpage using the following link.

Link: Travel Webpage

Submitted by: Amanda Azzi

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Black History Month Featured Person of the Day

Madeline Turner (Date of birth and death unknown)

An African American woman who invented Turner's Fruit-Press, which paved the way for further development of the fruit press.

In 1916, she was given a patent for her "ingenious" invention, and this is the reason we can all pay insane amounts of money to drink our veggies.

She was granted U.S. Patent 1,180,959 on April 25, 1916 and exhibited her invention at the Panama-California Exposition.

Link: https://youtu.be/k5JNFO6kGPY

Submitted by: Angie Taylor

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Instructions for updating Zoom conferencing software

ITS received information that the Zoom Web conferencing software needs to be updated on employee computers before they can join a meeting. This installation takes a few minutes, so we recommend employees update their client well in advance of your next Zoom session. Here are the instructions from the ITS Helpdesk:

Windows Instructions:

* Go to: https://support.zoom.us/h...
* Choose the "Zoom desktop client for meetings(64-bit) - MSI Installer". Please note that this is the fifth item on the list of installers.
* This will install the new client. If for some reason you need admin privileges, please call the ITS Helpdesk at 607.871.2222.
* Once it finishes installer you can open Zoom, choose "sign-in", then choose SSO (has a key character).
* Enter "alfredu" in the "domain" box and then sign-in with your network credentials.
* If you have any questions, are need assistance, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at 607.871.2222

Please note that there are no current updates for macOS systems. These instructions are only for Windows computers.

Submitted by: Mark Whitehouse

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Planning on Graduating in May?

Are you planning on Graduating in May? Here are a few things you should know and do:

* College policy requires that you must submit an Application to Graduate in order to actually graduate. To access the graduation application you need to log into BannerWeb and click on student services tab then student records. You should see at the bottom of the list an application to graduate with a graduation cap. Please click that link and follows the prompts.

* Don't forget to order your cap, gown, tassel and hood at the Alfred University Bookstore, Powell Campus Center. Deadline is March 10, 2024!

* Check out our Graduation Checklist Page of things to do and be aware of. Check back regularly for any updates/changes.

*If you have any questions, email the Registrar's office: registrar@alfred.edu

Link: Graduation Checklist Page

Submitted by: Alex Holbrook

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Job Opportunity-Visiting Clinical Faculty and Costume Shop Supervisor

Please see the link below for more information on the open Visiting Clinical Faculty and Costume Shop Supervisor position.

Link: Visiting Clinical Faculty and Costume Shop Supervisor

Submitted by: Tamara Green

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Open Meeting for Campus Event Planning

You're invited to join an open meeting for campus event planners!

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.

Upcoming meetings are scheduled for:
Tuesday, February 13th
Tuesday, March 12th
Tuesday, April 16th

Meetings are in Herrick Library from 2pm-3pm 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!

Everyone is welcome!

Hope to see you there!

Submitted by: Mechele Romanchock

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