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High schoolers compete in 28th annual SkillsUSA Regional Conference at Alfred State

Posted Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:45

More than 950 high school students from Region I Board of Cooperative Education and Services (BOCES) districts, encompassing Western New York and the Southern Tier, competed in the 28th annual SkillsUSA Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics March 7 at Alfred State.

The winners of this regional competition will advance to the next level in Syracuse in April, where all six regions in New York State will meet to attempt to qualify for the national competition in Louisville, KY, in June. A postsecondary SkillsUSA state competition will also take place on the Wellsville campus on Saturday, March 25.

Skills tests ranged from criminal justice to TV/video production to public speaking. Alfred State faculty, staff, and students were heavily involved in the design, implementation, and judging of many of the contests. Many of the high school students were exposed to a college campus for the first time.

Contestants from the following schools attended:

Genesee Valley (Batavia); Career and Technical Education Center at Belmont; Lake Shore/ Carrier Educational Center (Angola); Charles G May Career-Tech Center (Mt. Morris); Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post); Edison Tech and Occupational High School (Rochester); Eastern Monroe Career Center (EMCC) (Fairport); Ellicottville CTE Center; Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center (Stanley); GST BOCES Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira); Harkness Career and Technical Center (Cheektowaga); Hewes Educational Center (Ashville); Kenton Career and Technical Education Center (Tonawanda); LoGuidice Center (Fredonia); Niagara (Sanborn); Olean CTE Center; Orleans Career and Technical Education Center (Medina); WD Ormsby Educational Center (East Aurora); Potter Career and Technical Center (West Seneca); Wayne Technical and Career Center (Williamson); WEMOCO Career and Technical Education Center (Spencerport); and GST BOCES, Wildwood Campus (Hornell).

An awards ceremony honored the following winners:

Action Skills

Advertising Design

Animal Careers

Auto Body Helper

Auto Service

Auto Technology

Carpenter's Assistant


Collision Repair

Commercial Baking

Computer Maintenance


Cosmetology Jr.

Cosmetology Sr.

CPR/First Aid

Criminal Justice

Crime Scene Investigation (Three-Person Teams)

Culinary Arts

Custom Painting

Diesel Mechanics

Early Childhood

Electrical Construction & Wiring

Electronics Technology

Employment Application


Extemporaneous Speech

Food Prep Assistant

Health Knowledge Bowl (Four-Person Teams)

Job Demo A

Job Demo Open

Job Interview


Nail Technician


Power Equipment

Precision Heavy Equipment

Prepared Speech

Quiz Bowl (Five-Person Teams)

Related Technical Math

Restaurant Services

Small Engines

Sports Conditioning

Technical Drafting

T-Shirt Design

TV/Video Production


Retired Alfred State professor talks GMO foods with Honors Program students

Posted Date: Monday, February 27, 2017 - 15:45
The Honors program students pictured with Emeritus Professor John Buckwalter
Pictured from left to right are Alfred State Honors Program students Mary Rose Ricotta (forensic science technology, Derby), ShirleeJae Illsley (architecture, Castle Creek), Nic Covelli (surveying and geomatics engineering technology, Stormville), Professor Emeritus John Buckwalter, Stacy Duink (architecture, Hamburg), Brittany Richards (forensic science technology, Piffard), Cassandra Ryan (mechanical engineering technology, Gloversville), and Ian Potash (digital media and animation, Syracuse).

Emeritus Professor John Buckwalter returned to the Alfred State campus recently to meet with members of the college’s Honors Program, and present up-to-date information on GMO (genetically-modified organism) foods.

The topic of GMO foods is sometimes controversial, and the processes behind creating them are often poorly understood by the average person, Buckwalter said. While the benefits of using the process to create pest-resistant strains of numerous plants are clear, not every country allows GMO crops to be planted. 

According to Buckwalter, humans have been genetically ‘modifying’ food crop plants for millennia, and today’s GMO foods have undergone a lengthy, rigorous review process before being introduced to the public. Buckwalter retired in 2013 after teaching biology at the college for 31 years, finishing his career at the rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor. During his career, Buckwalter also taught in Ethiopia, China, and Russia, accompanied to each location by his wife, Laurel.