Dr. Karla M. BackDr. Karla M. Back, professor, Business Department, received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching this June.

Melissa BlakeMelissa Blake, Melissa Blake, instructor in the Business Department, was interviewed in August about her artwork on NPR’s Out of Bounds, a radio show that features 30 minute interviews with visionaries: people living, working, and thinking outside the mainstream.

Kathleen BlissKathleen Bliss, assistant professor of veterinary technology, has been featured as one of the “Top Veterinary Technology Professors” on, a premier online resource dedicated to prospective and current veterinary medicine professionals.

Jen BremserJen Bremser, assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences, along with her colleague Dr. Gallup, was favorably referenced in a recent article in Psychology Today.

Dr. Robert CurryDr. Robert Curry, has been appointed interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. He is New York’s higher education representative to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and serves on PARCC’s Core Leadership Review Committee and New York’s ELA Content Advisory Panel; both groups work to develop Common Core-aligned assessments. He has also worked on Common Core alignment with the GED Testing Service and for the U.S. Department of Education.

As dean, Dr. Curry is responsible for leading more than 70 faculty and staff. The school includes seven departments (Agriculture and Veterinary Technology, English and Humanities, Mathematics/Physics, Nursing, Physical and Life Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Learning Center) offering 19 programs to approximately 1,277 students.

Dr. Curry holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree in English from Chico State University, and a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and comparative literature from San Francisco State University.

Jim GerbecJim Gerbec, Automotive Trades professor, and three of his students—Olivia Barszczewski, Nicholas Bigelow, and Ryan Dontoh—traveled more than 2,500 miles in Alfred State’s own Chevrolet Volt on an eight-day, cross-country trivia game called the Fireball Run. This was more than just an epic road trip; the competition had a higher purpose—using celebrities and movie cars to spread awareness about missing children. And the Alfred State team (chosen to compete by series producer JJ Sanchez himself) made an impression, earning them the prestigious Spirit of Legend award. Their efforts also contributed to the discovery of a missing child. For Jim, the experience was life-changing, especially after getting to meet the young fans in each city. “We were like the kings of cars to them…For just a short time, I was not me. In the kids’ eyes, we were celebrities and mentors. I will never forget that feeling.”

Jeffrey G. GoodrichJeffrey G. Goodrich, Alfred Station, senior programmer/ analyst, was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Professional Service in June.

Tricia HerrittTricia Herritt, coordinator of international student programs, has won the National Association of International Educators’ (also known as NAFSA) prestigious “Rising Professional” award, which was presented at the NAFSA Regional Conference in Atlantic City. Herritt, a member of the Alfred State community since 1999, has held a variety of positions at the college, including residence hall coordinator, assistant director of College Housing, interim coordinator of international student programs, and coordinator of international student services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Cross Cultural Studies from Toccoa Falls College and a master’s degree in professional studies from Nyack College (formerly Alliance Theological Seminary).

Steph Hoyer and Steve WozniakIn October, members of Alfred State’s web team attended HighEdWeb 2013, the Higher Education Web Professionals Association’s annual conference, where more than 700 web gurus from 45 states and 10 countries gathered to hear presentations, participate in intensive workshops, and network with peers. Pictured here, opening Keynote Speaker Steve Wozniak, author, speaker, co-founder of Apple Computer Inc., and chief scientist at Fusion-io, and Stephanie Hoyer, ‘94, web and social media publisher at Alfred State.

R. ‘Jack’ JonesR. ‘Jack’ Jones, instructor in the Building Trades Department, has been appointed interim chair of the Building Trades Department.

James LockerJames Locker, ’66 joined the Alumni Council in August 2013. Jim is a retired vice president from the Steuben Trust Company where he spent 37 years. He is currently the assistant district governor for the Hornell Rotary, a Knights of Columbus board member, and serves on the Finance Council of Our Lady of the Valley Parish. Jim and his wife, Cheryl, reside in Hornell.

Cynthie LuehmanCynthie Luehman, professor of nursing, has been appointed interim chair of the Nursing Department. She received her bachelor’s degree from Alfred University and her master’s from the University at Buffalo.

Patty M. Lewis- BrownellPatty M. Lewis- Brownell, of Wellsville, was presented with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. She is the secretary I in the Student Services Department on the Wellsville campus and has been at Alfred State for more than 26 years.

Calista McBrideCalista McBride, professor of English, has been appointed interim department chair of the English and Humanities Department. McBride is a Chancellor’s Award winner and received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas State University.

Earl PackardDr. Earl Packard, a Hornell native and professor in the Alfred State Mathematics and Physics Department, was selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading in calculus again this summer—it will be his 11th time serving in this capacity.

Matt PettisMatt Pettis, instructor in the Electrical Trades Department, has taken his final course work to become a certified OSHA instructor.

Ron RhoadesRon Rhoades, curriculum coordinator and assistant professor of financial planning in the Business Department, was recognized as one of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (CAPFA) “30 Most Influential” for playing a vital role in advancing NAPFA and Fee-Only financial planning. He is completing a business law I textbook for free distribution to his students, his blog, Scholarly Financial Planner, was recently chosen as one of the “10 Most Influential Blogs for Financial Advisors” by Financial Planning magazine, and he was named a member of the editorial review board for the Journal of Financial Planning. He also served as a panelist before more than 100 Congressional staff in a presentation organized by the AARP on pending legislation affecting the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. SEC.

Jane A. VavalaJane A. Vavala, associate librarian in Library Services, received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship in June.

Dr. Nicholas WaddyNicholas Waddy, Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy, associate professor of history at Alfred State, has published his first novel, Jewel of the East. He has taught courses in European and World history for more than 10 years as an associate professor at Alfred State. Dr. Waddy also recently presented a paper at the Southern African Historical Society conference held in Gaborone, Botswana.

Dr. Choichiro YataniDr. Choichiro Yatani, professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, presented a paper at the International Conference on the Social Sciences held at Charles University in Prague. Dr. Yatani earned his Ph.D. in social psychology from SUNY at Stony Brook.