Faculty, staff reach out to local communities
It’s a fact that Alfred University faculty and staff members are generous with their time — on campus. What may not be as well known are the numerous ways that faculty/staff give of their time in Alfred as well as their many home communities.
The volunteer efforts run the gamut from scout groups to church groups to coaching, to bolstering female prisoners’ self esteem, to nurturing neighborly relationships.
Below is just a representation of some of the activities faculty and staff perform for their communities:
Peggy Broderick, Career Development Center secretary, volunteers with Faith in Action and First Baptist Church, both in Hornell. She’s currently involved with holiday wreath sales, managing volunteer hours, and collecting pennies for children living in poverty.
Vice President for Student Affairs Kathy Woughter is a member of the Allegany County United Way’s Health Impact Council which focuses on pressing health needs for all ages. She sits on Alfred Alive’s Economic Development Committee and is the AU representative to the Hornell Chamber of Commerce.
Mary McGee, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is a member of the Alfred-Almond Scholarship Committee.
Becky Prophet, professor of theater, is a volunteer in the Allegany County Jail one day a week for a program designed to help women raise their self-esteem, have the courage to change their behaviors or expectations, and to make better choices. She also weekly reads and/or does an oral interpretation for the elderly in an assisted living facility in the area.
Along with Dan Napolitano, director of Student Activities, and Hannah Young, assistant professor of counseling, Prophet created “Welcommunity” to provide a social event where new people in the community can meet longer-term residents and become familiar with clubs, organizations, and businesses. She also serves on the Alfred Alive Program Committee. And she annually organizes the South Main Street Picnic and every third year organizes the Sue Bergren Hill-High Picnic.
Young is also on the Institute for Human Services and Steuben County Community Services boards, Bath.
Napolitano is also a Cub Scout leader and a member of the Alfred Lions Club.
Susan Gorman, assistant director of the Alfred Fund, is an instructor and on the parent committee for Boy Scouts.
Nancy Furlong, professor of psychology, is assistant chief for the A.E. Hook & Ladder Co., Alfred. Company members include: Walter Schulze, professor of ceramic engineering and materials science; Timothy Cox, visiting Gertz assistant professor; John Hosford, visual resources curator, Scholes Library; Mark McFadden, director, Career Development Center; Zach Hamm, technical director, Performing Arts; Kevin Gagne, physics technician; William Dibrell, professor of philosophy; Alexander Wake, groundskeeper; and retired faculty Wes Benz, Bob Pipal, and Tom McDowell.
McFadden is also a member of the Alfred 21st Century Group and is chairman of the board for the Children and Youth Learning Initiative.
Laurie McFadden, librarian and University archivist, is head of the Baker’s Bridge Historical Society; Mark McFadden is secretary. Laure McFadden is also on the Friends of the Library Group and is treasurer for the local Boy Scout troop.
Jodi Bailey, director of marketing, is a member of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce.
Valerie Mettler, secretary to the dean of students and the Judicial Board, is secretary to the Compeer Board in Steuben County. Compeer is a non-profit organization that assists children and adults overcome the sometimes-overwhelming effects of mental illness through the power of friendship. Her duties include assisting with social gatherings for clients and fund-raising.
Pat LaCourse, associate librarian, Scholes Library, is on the Student Judiciary Board.
Laura Greyson, professor of political science, is on the Jones Memorial Hospital (Wellsville) Advisory Board and the Executive Board of the Bethesda Foundation, Hornell.
Ben Howard, professor emeritus of English, leads Falling Leaf Sangha, a Zen practice group of community members and students which meets weekly on campus.
Diane Mulkin, associate director of Student Financial Aid, is treasurer for Hornell Kiwanis.
Dawn Grosso, assistant professor of accountancy, volunteers for the Legal Service Project, Rochester, and is chairman of the Victor Town Board.
Frank Duserick, professor of business, is supervisor for the Town of Naples and a member of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors.
Amy Jacobson, director of gift planning in the University Relations Division, is on the board of Legal Assistance of Western New York.
Nancy Kohler, director of the AU equestrian program, coordinates the Interscholastic Equestrian Association program in Alfred.
Harry Hurd, director of the Western equestrian program, is director of horses for the Allegany County Fair Board.
Chemistry Professor John D’Angelo is a volunteer with the youth group at St. Ann’s Church, Hornell.
Vicky Westacott, director of the Writing Center and Study Abroad, is a member of the Alfred-Almond School Board along with Andy Deutsch, professor of sonics and video; Earl Pierce, vice president for Enrollment Management; and Nadine Shardlow, director of the HEOP and EOP programs.
Vicky is also a member of the Allegany County Youth Board, as is Robert Heineman, professor of political science, and is Gary Ostrower ’61, history professor.
Westacott is a long-standing member of Wee Playhouse. Heineman is a member of the SUNY (State University of New York)-Geneseo College Council, chairs the Allegany County Youth Court Advisory Board, and is a member of the Sugar Hill Development Corp. Board of Directors, Alfred.
Andy Eklund, associate professor of chemistry, is a member of the Alfred-Alfred Station Community Chest Board and is a youth group leader at Christ Episcopal Church.
Mark Smith, director of Scholes Library and associate dean of libraries on campus, is a member of the board of directors for the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and Hornell Community Theatre, and is artistic director of the Orpheus Chorale and Hornell Community Choir.
Brenda Porter, director of Residence Life, is president of the Arkport Alumni Association, second vice president of the Alfred Lions Club, volunteer photographer for the Canisteo Wrestling Club, and volunteer assistant coach of the Canisteo Youth Flag Football Team.
Garrett McGowan, associate professor of chemistry, coaches Little League in Hornell, is a reading volunteer in his childrens’ school, performs science demonstrations/tie-dye with elementary schoolchildren, and is a Steuben County Pro Action certified volunteer to help out in the classroom.
Nancy Banker, secretary for the Center for Student Involvement, is a member of the Hornell Area Wind Ensemble.
Trish DeBertolis, assistant dean, New Student Programs, is a member of the Alfred-Almond Community Chest.
Justin Grigg, geospatial technology specialist, is a member of the Alfred Village Planning Board.
Judy Scott, secretary, College of Business, coordinates the annual Kids Fishing Contest for the Andover Wetlands Restoration Project. The contest will be in its 20th year in 2011.
Heather Yanda, visiting lecturer in English, taught a creative class at the Alfred Box of Books Library and is active at Christ Episcopal Church, Hornell. Retired Herrick Librarian Lana Meissner is a member of the Box of Books Board.
Corrie Burdick, education instructor, serves on the Alfred Union University Church Board of Christian Education.
Norm Pollard, dean of students, is a member of the Town of Alfred Zoning Board, the Alfred Coalition, and a “key leader” for Partners for Prevention in Allegany County.
Rene Richardson, medical office assistant in the Wellness Center Health Services, is a member of the Alfred Town Planning Board.
Addison Frey, associate professor of mathematics, is on the Board of Directors of the Genesee Valley Habitat for Humanity and serves as its mortgage treasurer.
Susan Mayberry, professor of English, is a member of the Village of Alfred Planning Board.