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Alfred Today

April 2, 2024

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Important Note To Administrative Offices

As we continue to work through a significant volume of work orders and projects in Administrative Programming, I want to take an opportunity to remind you of some procedures that will help all of us work as effectively as possible. If you have a smaller programming request, please send those requests to adminprog@alfred.edu. Please do not send those initial programming requests directly to a specific programmer. This will allow us to route your request to a programmer who can best handle your request.

Also, if you have a larger request that you envision will require weeks (or even months) of concentrated programming time, please send those to myself <roberts@alfred.edu>. Projects and larger requests require a conversation about prioritization.

Thank you for continued support and assistance,
Cheers and Fiat Lux!

Submitted by: Gary Roberts

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Pamela Lavin Bernstein Women of Influence Speaker Series: Sophia Chang

Each year, the Women's Leadership Center hosts several high profile speakers to discuss topics related to leadership, women, career strategies, or social/global issues. Our speakers are at the top of their game, and represent all fields of human endeavor.

On Tuesday, April 2nd at 7 pm in Nevins Theatre, we will welcome keynote speaker, Sophia Chang!

Topics covered in Sophia's presentation may include:

+ Cultivating your confidence
+ Don't be afraid of your passion
+ Her experience as the first Asian woman in hip hop
+ Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
+ Networking
+ Entrepreneurship
+ Mentoring and empowering women, women of color, and working mothers
+ Dealing with microaggressions, privilege and allyship

Link: View Event Details

Submitted by: Abby Hurley

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Planning Summer Events? Add your plan to the calendar!

Planning Summer Events? Add your event to the internal planning calendar on Outlook!

The calendar can help the campus community see plans, coordinate spaces, and avoid conflicts. The calendar also helps us to ensure that support services for our programs are available.

To View the Calendar:
From Webmail > Go to Outlook calendar
· Click Add Calendar
· Select "add from directory"
· Type AUEvents@alfred.edu > choose "my calendars", "people's calendars" or "other Calendars" depending on how you organize
· From there you should be able to see all the events on the calendar

To Add Your Event to the calendar:
· Invite AUEvents@alfred.edu to events from your own calendar or department calendar. Edits & changes in your own calendar will be reflected in the campus planning calendar

Submitted by: AU Event Planning

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Interested in obtaining funding for a research project?

Student proposals requesting Fall 2024 funding from the Alfred Research Grants for Undergraduate Students (ARGUS) program are due by midnight April 19, 2024. Instructions for preparing and submitting a proposal and the supporting application materials can be found at the link below. Please be aware that proposals not following the required format will be returned without review.

If you have questions, email Dr. Wallace at wallaced@alfred.edu.

Link: ARGUS application information

Submitted by: Desmond Wallace

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Undergraduate Research Forum-Abstract/Artist Statement Form

We are celebrating the 23rd year of the Undergraduate Research Forum this year. The Forum welcomes poster presentations from undergraduate students engaged in research across all academic areas, creative works and artistic pursuits!

You are required to submit an abstract that consists of a presentation title and a brief synopsis statement of the project. Students in the arts may choose to submit an artist statement in lieu of an abstract.

The length of the abstract submission will be between 100 to 250 words and will be printed in the Undergraduate Research Forum program booklet.

Please use the new form below to submit your abstract/artist statement. If you have any questions on where to start, what are the guideline for writing it and are there example to help, please refer to the URF Abstract Guidelines and Examples handout below.

The deadline for submissions is April 9th at 5:00pm. No exceptions!

Please contact Shannon Yocum at yocum@alfred.edu with any questions or concerns about the URF.

Link: Abstract/Artist Statement Submission Form

Attachment: URF Abstract Guidelines and Examples

Submitted by: Shannon Yocum

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Registration is Open for 2024 HDD Wellness 5K Run/Walk!

The AU Wellness Center will be hosting a 5K Run/Walk on Hot Dog Day, April 20th, with check-in at 8 a.m. at the Village Bandstand and the Run/Walk beginning at 9 a.m.

The cost is $10 for K-12 Students, AU Students, and A-State Students. Community members pay $20.

Please take note of the virtual race option where you commit to complete the distance of the race on your own schedule and in a location of your choosing while paying the same registration cost- this is an excellent way to support our event if you are unable to make it in person.

Proceeds will benefit AutismUp, an organization serving individuals and their families in the WNY region with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

To register, please see the attached link and advertisement.

If you have any questions, please contact the Wellness Center at (607)871-2400 or email James Ward at wardjv@alfred.edu . Thank you!

Link: 2024 Hot Dog Day Wellness 5K Run/Walk Registration Website

Attachment: 2024 Hot Dog Day Wellness 5K Run/Walk Advertisement

Submitted by: James Ward

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Effective Handwashing and Hygiene Habits to Prevent Communicable Disease

The AU Wellness Center has seen a rise in communicable diseases this academic year, now including Norovirus. Please reference the mass email sent from Student Experience on March 18th, 2024 with information on Norovirus and its prevention. The link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) page on Norovirus is also attached to this posting.

Effective handwashing and personal hygienic techniques are essential to prevent the spread of communicable disease. Please reference the attached graphic card from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) on how to effectively wash your hands. Individuals should also maintain proper personal hygiene as well as keep their living and work environments clean. Whether it be properly cleaning produce you are consuming or disinfecting surfaces in your work and living environments with a disinfectant product (i.e. "Lysol" Spray), effective hygiene habits can help to keep yourself and those around you from getting sick.

Link: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Page on Norovirus

Attachment: NYSDOH Guide to Slow the Spread of Germs

Submitted by: James Ward

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Admissions is Hiring Admissions Counselors!

Are you a current senior looking for a job after graduation? If so, we are looking to add to our team! If you love AU just as much as we do, telling students about your experience, and traveling to new places, this could be the right fit for you!

If interested, please submit an application on the website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kyla Whannell, Director of Admissions, at whannell@alfred.edu

See Admissions Counselor Job Description here

Link: Admissions Counselor Job Description here

Submitted by: Kyla Whannell

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Flip The Switch & Support a Student Business!

Tired of the bland overhead lights? Want a lamp that fits your dorm aesthetic?

Fulfill all of your lamp needs and support Lumiere, a student run business.

Don't want a lamp? Consider donating instead! All profits go to Team Chelsea, a volunteer organization that helps find lost pets.

Click the link to see our lamp and to order!

Link: Order Here

Attachment: Our product

Submitted by: Lumiere

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Apply to be a Graduate Resident Directors for next year!

Residential Communities is Hiring Graduate Resident Directors (GRDs) for the 24-25 academic year. GRDs play a pivotal role in the development of students and support the overall institution by engaging, mentoring and supporting residents.

Job Description: https://alfred0-my.sharep...
Applications due Friday April 5, 2024 at 11:59pm

Link: Application for position

Submitted by: Max Koskoff

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Passover Dinner Announcement

Hillel at Alfred will be hosting its annual Passover services and dinner on Monday April 22, 2024 starting at 5:30pm in the Knight Club in the Powell Campus Center. Feel free to bring your friends and family, as we create community and retell stories from the Haggadah. The meal will have a suggested donation of $10 per person. Please RSVP to Max Koskoff at Koskoff@alfred.edu by Friday April 5, 2024 at 5pm.

Submitted by: Max Koskoff

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What are the challenges you might face while voting in Alfred?

As part of my capstone project, I am conducting a survey to better understand the voting issues students face in Alfred. I'm addressing what students might face when voting on campus. Once the survey is complete, you will be entered into a raffle. Thanks, from Valerie M.
If there any questions please email me at Vm10@alfred.edu

Link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=0byrFFrfOkG6u3hT4m_OOtmsc3vvTKdDlljv7jbwCnlUMUdMUjZHOFRVUzE1TE1RNzFQTDZQOE0yRC4u

Submitted by: Valerie Mintz

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Volunteers Needed!

On April 22nd students are given the opportunity to plant around campus to celebrate Earth Day apart of an event hosted by Residential Communities. Any help available from 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM on Monday April 22nd would be greatly appreciated. Please email howardm@alfred.edu if you have any questions/ want to join and volunteer to help students!

Link: https://auconnect.alfred.edu/actioncenter/organization/barresi/events/calendar/details/9951331

Attachment: Earth Day 2024

Submitted by: Madigan Howard

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Hiring Summer Students!

University Advancement is hiring students to work Reunion weekend, June 4-9, 2024.

Part I: Position Description

Title of Position:
Summer Reunion Student Ambassador
Temporary/Non-Work Study

University Advancement

Title of Supervisor:
Alumni Engagement Officer, Janet Marble
Annual Giving Officer, Audrea Sirianni

Part II: Position Summary

Under the general supervision of the Alumni Engagement Officer and the Annual Giving Officer, this position performs a variety of responsibilities and duties related to the planning and facilitating Reunion weekend in June.

Part III: Position Requirements

Education: Minimum of High School Diploma or GED equivalent.

Experience: A dependable student who is available for temporary employment between June 4 - June 9, 2024. A polite and trustworthy demeanor as well as dependability is a MUST. The qualified candidate should be engaging, professional and friendly. Possesses the ability to work effectively with others.

Additional Knowledge/Skills: Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and Outlook) is required. The required work is physical and requires the candidate to lift at least 20lbs. A clean valid NYS driver's license for more than a year is required. You will be driving golf carts and AU vehicles.

Attachment: Reunion Student Ambassador Job Description

Submitted by: Audrea Sirianni

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Instructional Design Services Available from ITS

The Instructional Support Team of ITS is pleased to provide Instructional Design services to faculty as they plan for their summer and fall courses. Instructional Design results in the creation of effective instructional experiences and materials based on a specific set of learning objectives.

Individualized services are available to faculty as they develop and design new courses, or re-design and adapt existing ones. Assistance is available for all courses with a Canvas instance, whether they are delivered online or in person. Areas of focus include but are not limited to course structure, navigation, content placement, and organization.

To schedule an initial discussion and needs assessment, please contact Meghanne Freivald.

Submitted by: Meghanne Freivald

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The Ackerman Internship Application

The Ackerman Internship is a paid internship that offers students in-depth exposure to Museum professional practices as well as insight into creative processes across history. It is designed to further the intern's professional goals while helping the Museum address its specific organizational needs.

The Internship starts from 9/2/2024 to 11/22/2024

Eligibility and position requirements:

Sophomore through Senior year students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to apply. Candidates should be organized, with strong attention to detail, good written and oral communication skills and proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Photoshop. Preferred but not required, museum or gallery experience and familiarity with FileMaker Pro or another database. Intern tasks and responsibilities will focus on data and inventory assessment, research and cataloging as well as handling ceramic art in the Museum's collection in relationship to specific projects. The intern will work directly with the Museum's Curator of Collections and Research Director Susan Kowalczyk. Established in honor of Jerome "Jerry" Ackerman, MFA AU 1952, a gregarious designer-craftsman whose artistic collaboration with his wife, Evelyn Ackerman, was at the heart of California's Midcentury Modernism movement. Jerry's career is emblematic of the potential of ceramic art to trigger creative adventure in all art and design disciplines.

Applications are accepted by emailing Susan Kowalczyk or through your Handshake profile. Application must include a letter of interest, resume and two professional letter of recommendation.

Apply Here! Applications are due by April 10th.


Contact kowalczyk@alfred.edu or giese@alfred.edu for any questions

Link: AU Connect News

Submitted by: Arts Events

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Summer Planning Meeting

Tuesday, April 16, 2pm Herrick Library Bookend Lounge

In anticipation of another beautiful Alfred summer full of exciting programs and events, campus event planners are invited to a Summer 2024 planning meeting.

Numerous offices, departments, schools, and colleges are involved in creating or supporting summer activities such as classes, workshops, events, or other programs.

The request for this meeting grew out of a conversation with the informal event planning group who desire to collect information, share resources, and collaborate on event planning on campus. This group comprised of staff and faculty across disparate campus offices and our regular meetings are open to all. Summer programs are robust and growing across campus.

The purpose of this meeting will be to create an opportunity for communication with stakeholders from across campus who are involved in any type of summer programming. This interdepartmental communication will help improve overall awareness of what summer 2024 will look like in Alfred. The goal is also to strengthen our collaborations and plan for and anticipate the impact on our support services.

This meeting will be in person as face-to-face interaction facilitates collaboration. We understand that in person is not an option for everyone, and we have included a Zoom link for those who need to join remotely.

If you know of someone not on this list that could benefit from or add to the conversation, please feel free to forward the invitation or contact auevents@alfred.edu for the calendar invite or zoom link.

We hope you will join us!


Mechele Romanchock
Director of Libraries

Isaac Matson
Pre-College Programs Coordinator

Caitlin Brown
Communications & Outreach Director
New York State College of Ceramics

Submitted by: Arts Events

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Alfred in Bloom Tote Bags

Do you need a new cute tote bag for spring? Click our link below or scan the QR codes around campus to check them out! If you want to see the bags in person, find us on Hot Dog Day on Main Street!

Link: https://www.instagram.com/alfredinbloom_totebags/

Submitted by: Isabella Santella

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