Tricia Herritt, coordinator of International Student Services, was appointed to a two year team to the NAFSA Region X Middle States Team as the New York State representative.
Dr. Jennifer Bremser, assistant professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, was co-author (along with Dr. Lisa McCool, assistant professor, Business) of the article, “Individual differences in disgust sensitivity do not influence moral reasoning, but a discipline specific ethics course does,” published in the journal One Voice International: Annual Collection of Scholarly Works.
Dr. McCool, assistant professor, Business, was presented with the Leadership Through Civic Engagement award at the 2014 Faculty/Staff Luncheon.
Steve Reynolds, associate professor, Business, presented “Is Social Media a Moving Target?” at the Chinese American Scholars Association E-Leader conference in Bangkok. His paper was also published in the International Journal.
Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of a new children’s book titled Barry Baskerville Returns.
Professor Bill Dean, Architecture, coordinated an exhibit in the Rochester Regional Community Design Center Gallery entitled “Connections: Spaces, Places and the Urban Fabric,” a collection of student work from the senior Urban Design Studio. He and Jeff Johnston, assistant professor, Architecture, also accompanied five architectural technology seniors to Washington, DC, where they presented a synopsis of their master plan for Campbell, NY, as part of the annual Appalachian Teaching Project conference.
John Santora, associate professor and chair, and Brent Kelley, assistant professor, both of Culinary Arts, as well as student Josh Blakeslee (Top Hat president) went to Fisher Price in East Aurora and picked up $1,200 worth of items for Toys for Tots this winter. These toys are distributed to families in need throughout Allegany County.
Joe Richardson, interim dean of the School of Applied Technology, and Craig Clark, interim vice president for Academic Affairs, continue to work with Buffalo Billion group. Alfred State has been asked to host their welding and possibly machine tool classes in the new advanced manufacturing center in Buffalo.
Electrical & Building Trades faculty took approximately 150 students to the Rochester Careers in Construction Day held last October at the Monroe County Fleet Center.
Jon Owejan, assistant professor, mechanical and electrical engineering technology, was awarded five U.S. patents in the field of alternative energy.
Dr. John Williams, dean of the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology, attended the Quarterly MST Connect Coalition Core Team meeting at Corning, Inc.
Charles “Chuck” Neal, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, was an invited guest speaker at Scio Central Schools. His presentation focused on the issues students can expect to encounter as they transition from high school to college.
Barbara Greil, librarian, is taking a 10-hour online tutorial on version 8 of Camtasia Studio, a program she uses to create information literacy videos. Greil also co-presented a best practices workshop, “Designing Effective Research Assignments,” during the January professional development week.
ACES Management team recently attended and participated in the 2014 Annual SASA (SUNY Auxiliary Services Association) Conference. David Sengstock, ACES executive director, was this year’s SASA Conference chair. The conference featured SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher as the opening keynote speaker and she described her vision of the “Power of SUNY.” She also mentioned Alfred State when describing shared services with regards to the printing initiative along with ACES’ contribution to scholarships here at Alfred State when describing auxiliary services corporation’s contributions to each SUNY campus.
Dorothea Fitzsimmons, assistant professor and coordinator of animal science, and Dr. Philip Schroeder, associate professor and chair of Agriculture and Veterinary Technology, attended the New York Agriculture Society’s 183 Annual Forum in Syracuse.
Dr. Nicholas Waddy, associate professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, had an article published in a recent edition of South African Historical Journal, titled, “The Strange Death of ‘Zimbabwe-Rhodesia’: The Question of British Recognition of the Muzorewa Regime in Rhodesian Public Opinion, 1979.”
Dr. Jayne Swanson, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, was elected president of the SUNY Association for Institutional Research and Planning Officers. She was also elected vice chair of Western New York College Connection Faculty Development. Eleven members
Dr. Lisa Harmon, RN, CNE, assistant professor of Nursing, has been named chair of the Nursing Department. Hailing from Wellsville, Dr. Harmon received her bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, her master’s from St. Joseph College of Maine, and her Ph.D. from Walden University. Like many Alfred State professors, she has decades of field experience that puts her at the forefront of her profession. Before coming to Alfred State, she served as a flight nurse in Montana, riding in helicopters and fixed-wing emergency aircraft. After earning a master’s degree in nursing administration, Dr. Harmon served as a director of several emergency departments before earning her Ph.D. “I wanted to guide students to nursing excellence,” she says. “To give back to a profession in which I have been so richly rewarded, challenged, and humbled. When I started teaching, I found all over again that immense sense of fulfillment in what I do. Nursing is a calling—not just a job or career.” She teaches courses in the associate in nursing program on campus as well as in the online bachelor’s degree.
Automotive faculty, staff, and students returned to Watkins Glen International Raceway in April for the 2014 Toyota Green Grand Prix, bringing home their fourth consecutive win in fuel economy for the modified hybrid 3-cylinder Insight. Engines instructor Will Weaver and senior automotive service technician student Jeff Johnson won the Doris Bovee Memorial Prize, a best overall for the Saturday road rally around Seneca Lake, and senior automotive service technician student Lukas Dickerson was given the opportunity to copilot a stock 4-cylinder hybrid, which won first in its class.
Jeff Stevens, associate professor, Electrical Trades, presented at the 28th Annual LAHR Symposium “Native Plants: Yes You Can!” at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC on March 29. Stevens was presented with the Leadership Through Civic Engagement award at the 2014 annual Faculty/ Staff Luncheon.
Spencer C. Peavey, senior director Student Engagement, is a 2014 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.
Roxana Sammons, secretary II for Institutional Advancement, is a 2014 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.
Pioneer Awardees for 2014 include Annette Burdett, secretary I for Physical & Life Sciences/ Nursing; Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement; Brian Decker, instructor in Culinary Arts; and Dean Tzivanis, residence hall director.