July 2007

Danielle Welch Nominated College of Tech Rep for SUNYCAP

Posted Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2007 - 09:22

Danielle WelchDanielle Welch, admissions counselor, Office of Admissions at Alfred State College, was recently elected to serve as the College of Technology representative for the SUNYCAP (State University of New York College Admissions Professionals) Executive Board. In this role, Welch will be responsible for representing the Colleges of Technology sector at large, encouraging active participation of members, and encouraging new membership.  She continues to be an active member by working with the Executive Committee on other SUNYCAP committees and projects, including planning and coordinating the annual SUNYCAP conference, New Professionals Orientation, and Operation Inform. Previous SUNCAP includes SUNYCAP conference attendee, Op Inform attendee, New Professionals Orientation, Hovorka Grant Recipient, and SUNYCAP planning committee. 

Welch also holds membership in NYSACAC (New York State Association for College Admissions Counseling) and Guidance Advisory committee at Alfred State College.

A member of the ASC community since 2004, Welch provides information to prospective students and their parents, and guidance counselors regarding programs and services available at Alfred State College; participates in recruitment activities; and reviews applications for admission to the college.

Welch holds a bachelor of arts degree in public relations from SUNY Oswego and an associate of applied science degree in marketing from Alfred State College.    She is pursuing a master's degree in higher education.

Prior to joining the professional staff at Alfred State, Welch served as an administrative assistant in the Marketing Department of St. James Mercy Health System.

The Hornell Senior High School graduate is the daughter of the late Dennis and Barbara Welch.

She resides in Hornell.

The State University of New York College Admissions Professionals (SUNYCAP) was established in 1970 as an independent, incorporated, professional organization and celebrates 36 years of service to admissions and enrollment management professionals, school counselors and prospective students. SUNYCAP provides professional development opportunities for its members through the New Professionals Orientation (NPO), as well as grant and scholarship opportunities. The organization also sponsors the Op Inform (Operation Information) programs held for school counselors at SUNY colleges and universities throughout the state.

Kellogg Authors Conan Doyle and the Sleeping Fiend

Posted Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2007 - 09:31

Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor of psychology at Alfred State College, is the author of an article appearing in the most recent issue of The Serpentine Muse, a literary quarterly.  Titled "Conan Doyle and the Sleeping Fiend," the article focuses on how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle utilized cocaine both in his medical practice and in his literary career.

Doyle, like most physicians of his era, considered cocaine to be a wonder drug and recommended the substance for a variety of mental and physical illnesses.  He sensed, however, that the medication had strong addictive properties and sometimes referred to cocaine as a "sleeping fiend."  As an author, Doyle had his most famous character, Sherlock Holmes, injecting a seven percent solution of cocaine three times a day.  The great detective often asserted that the drug increased his energy level and enhanced his powers of perception.

Kellogg is a prior recipient of an instructional grant from the SUNY Research Foundation and he uses the Sherlock Holmes literature to demonstrate problem-solving strategies in his psychology classes.  He is the author of two books and more than 20 articles dealing with Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes.  Kellogg joined the Alfred State faculty in 1970 after receiving his graduate degrees from Alfred University and the University of Rochester.

Matt Heller Attends WMD Training

Posted Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2007 - 09:44

Emergency responder Matthew D. Heller, a State University of New York (SUNY) police officer at Alfred State College, recently completed a weapons of mass destruction training course at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, AL.

Heller, who joined the department in 1996, was promoted to lieutenant on the University force in 2001.  In this capacity, Heller is responsible for supervising the evening and night shifts of the University Police Department staff.  Additionally, he serves as a field training officer and as a member of the campus bicycle patrol.

Heller holds an associate's degree in criminal justice from Finger Lakes Community College; he is a graduate of the Police Academy, Albany.

Prior to joining the Alfred State College police force, Heller served as a campus security guard at Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua; he was also in charge of outer security and parking for concerts at the Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center.

The CDP is operated by the US Department of Homeland Security's Office of Grants and Training and is the only federally chartered weapons of mass destruction training facility in the country.  The CDP is also a member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, in partnership with Louisiana State University, the Nevada Test Site, New Mexico Tech, and Texas A&M.

The CDP provides federally funded, interdisciplinary training for emergency responders from across the United States and US territories, for the following disciplines:  emergency management, emergency medial service, fire service, governmental administrative, hazardous materials, health care, law enforcement public health public safety communications, and public works.  Emergency responders attending training participate in advanced, hands-on all hazards training on chemical, ordnance, biological radiological, and nuclear weapons of mass destruction.  Training conducted at the CDP assists the nation's emergency response community with the overwhelming task of prevention of, protection against, response to, and recovery from acts of terrorism.

Responders attending CDP training are specially selected from the nation's 11 million emergency responders.  Training at the CDP ensures that responders gain critical skills and confidence to be better prepared to effectively respond to local incidents or potential WMD incidents.

Tezak Receives Frederick Berger Award

Posted Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 - 07:33

Edward TezakEdward Tezak, SUNY (State University of New York) Distinguished Service Profess of mechanical engineering technology at Alfred State College received the Frederick J. Berger Award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) at a special awards ceremony at the organization's annual conference and exposition in Honolulu in June. The award recognizes both an individual and a school or department for demonstrating outstanding leadership in curriculum, techniques, or administration in engineering technology education.

Tezak was recognized for "his work at the forefront to advance engineering technology and to obtain an identity and recognition for engineering technology, apart from engineering.  A long-time advocate in engineering technology, he is active on the national, state, and campus levels, promoting and enhancing the profession.  He is a leader and integral part of the programs at Alfred State College," noted the letter from ASEE notifying the college of Tezak's award.

Tezak has been affiliated with ASEE since 1984, having served as campus liaison representative for the US Military Academy at West Point until 1990, and was recognized as the 19990 Outstanding Section Campus Liaison Representative for the Middle Atlantic Section.  He served the ASEE Mechanics Division as a member of the Executive Committee, program chair and division chair.  He served on the ASEE Board of Directors as the PIC III chair.  He has been affiliated with the Engineering Technology Division (ETD) since 1993 and has worked on the two- and four-year ETD surveys and with the ETD long-range planning committee.  He represented SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome and Alfred State College on the Engineering Technology Council.  Tezak served as the campus liaison representative for ASC.  He received the Outstanding Educator Award in 2001 from the ASEE St. Lawrence Section.   He served as the ETD assistant program chair for the ASEE annual conference for the Engineering Technology Division in Montreal and the ETD program chair for the annual conference in Nashville.  Since 2004, Tezak has served as secretary of the ETD.

Prior to returning to teaching in 1999, Tezak served as dean of the School of Engineering Technology at Alfred State College and as dean of the School of Information Systems and Engineering Technology at the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica/Rome.  He served on the staff and faculty at the US Military Academy (USMA) at West Point for 20 years and was on two ABET Accreditation Steering Committees.  He was a tenured faculty member of the Department of Mechanics at USMA, and served as associate dean of the Academic Board during the last four-and-a-half years of his tenure there.  His academic interests are engineering mechanics, mechanics of materials, fluid mechanics, graphics/CAD, electromechanical analysis, computer applications, vibrations, and space mechanics.  He has been a member of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) since 1977 and an MET ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) program evaluator since 2002.

Tezak has been active in the NYS Engineering Technology Association, NYSETA, as well as serving as the institutional representative on the Council for Engineering Technology for New York State, CETNYS, both at SUNY Institute of Technology-Utica/Rome and Alfred State College.  He has been a member-at-large on the executive committee of ETA since 2000 and secretary/treasurer of CETNYS since 2000.

Tezak holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the US Military Academy, a master of science degree in engineering (astrodynamics) from UCLA, and a PhD from VPI&SU in engineering mechanics.  He obtained his PE from the state of Virginia.

Terri Ross Named to ASC College Council

Posted Date: Monday, July 16, 2007 - 04:16

Allegany County Treasurer Terri L. Ross, Angelica, was appointed by former Gov. George Pataki to serve on the Alfred State College Council.

Council members serve without salary as an advisory group to the president of the College. Authority of the Council is in such areas as regulations governing student conduct, regulations concerning care and management of campus facilities, review of academic programs, approval of candidates for college degrees, and selection of the College president.

Ross is a 1981 graduate of Alfred State College where she majored in accounting. As county treasurer, she serves as the county's chief fiscal officer. She is active in the Republican Party, both statewide and locally. Ross formerly served as the finance chair/treasurer of the Alfred State College Development Fund Board.

The Angelica Central School graduate is the daughter of Ella Louise Ross, and the late James A. Ross.

Articulation Agreements With ECC & MCC

Posted Date: Monday, July 16, 2007 - 04:19

Alfred State College (ASC) has signed articulation agreements with two local community colleges, Erie (ECC) and Monroe (MCC), in order to facilitate the transfer process between the community colleges and Alfred State.  Both articulation agreements reside in the School of Management and Engineering Technology at ASC.

The agreement between ASC and ECC allows students who have completed ECC's court/realtime reporting certificate program with an average of "C" or better to transfer into ASC's associate degree program in court and realtime reporting as second-year students.

The agreement between ASC and MCC allows students who graduate from MCC with a general business-business administration associate's degree and who have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (of a possible 4.0) for all courses taken, and achieved a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 (out of a possible 4.0) for all courses taken in the business discipline are guaranteed admission into ASC's bachelor-degree level financial planning program with full junior status.

Students who do not meet the stated criteria will be evaluated for acceptance on a case-by-case basis.

For additional information, please contact Alfred State College Admissions at 1-800-4-ALFRED or (607) 587-4215. 

Bake at the Lake 2007

Posted Date: Monday, July 16, 2007 - 04:22

The Office of Alumni Affairs at Alfred State College (ASC) announces plans for its annual reunion, "Bake at the Lake," to be held Friday and Saturday, July 27-28.

Festivities begin on Friday night, July 27, with registration and dorm check-in for those alumni who will be staying on campus in Braddon Hall.  From 8 p.m. until midnight, revelers will gather in downtown Alfred--at Alex's and GJ's--to catch up with old friends.

On Saturday, July 28, dorm check-in will resume at Braddon Hall, from 9-11:30 a.m.  The campus fitness center in Orvis will be available to reunion visitors, free of charge.  A fun run is scheduled from 9-10 a.m. under the direction of ASC's track and field coach Gary Moore,'76, who will lead the pack of energetic alumni on a running tour of the ASC campus and the town.

For those less energetic, a historical walking tour of campus, led by an Admissions tour guide, will visit campus buildings, including classrooms, residence halls, the Orvis Activities Center, and current construction sites.  Alumni will are sure to be "wow-ed" by the new townhouse-style residence halls which will welcome students in August.

Another tour (9-11 a.m.), this time of the School of Applied Technology Campus in Wellsville, will allow visitors a view of classroom buildings, renovations, and current building projects.

From 10:30-11:30 a.m., the ASC Alumni Association Board of Directors will hold its annual meeting.  Alumni need not be on the board to attend.

A Farm Complex Open House, noon - 3 p.m., will offer tours of the College Farm and outline plans for the new Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture renovations.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m., a free shuttle bus will be available to take alumni and their families to Lake Lodge for the Bake at the Lake barbecue, which will be held from noon to 8 p.m.  Passengers will be picked up and discharged in the Huntington Administration Building parking lot.

Activities planned throughout the day, include Bocce ball, a fishing derby (bring your own poles), a nature walk, card games, Frisbee, volleyball, and badminton.

Additionally, a petting zoo with a variety of Alfred State Farm animals is planned.  This will be a hands-on experience for people of all ages. From 4 - 8 p.m. there will be live entertainment featuring favorite tunes from the '70s, '80s, and '90s.

Additionally, honored classes will be recognized during the reunion; these include those reunion classes celebrating their 50th (Class of 1957), 25th (Class of 1982), and 10th (Class of 1997) anniversaries.

A complete schedule of events, costs, and registration forms are available online at www.alfredstate.edu, link to Alumni and Friends homepage and click on Reunion 2006 - Bake at the Lake, or call the Alumni Affairs Office at (607) 587-4260.

ASC Launches New Web Site

Posted Date: Monday, July 16, 2007 - 04:24

Alfred State College has launched the latest incarnation of its Web site at www.alfredstate.edu. The new site features an updated design and reorganized navigation, making information about ASC much easier to find. Emphasis has been placed on making the navigation as easy to use as possible, meaning users will always be just a click or two away from key information and practical applications such as academics, admissions, athletics, alumni, events, news, and student life.

The new site's navigation operates through "role" pages, which allow browsers to access the pages which most closely relate to their needs (or "roles") such as prospective students, parents of current students, international students, or school counselors. In addition, there is a site index at the bottom of every page which makes it very easy to jump between sections.

The site search feature has also been greatly improved. It is more accurate and provides additional information such as a preview of the content for each search result.

Additionally, ASC has added new content areas to the site, including our "Success Stories" section which will be updated with articles about our outstanding students, faculty, and alumni. The Web site also contains a section on news and information that houses an archive of news releases as well as a section on sports news releases and a weekly statistical roundup of all Pioneer athletic teams.

The new site now offers RSS feeds to allow users to subscribe to constantly updated feeds of news and Web content, so that the user can easily keep up to date on the latest headline news articles and college developments. A number of other pages also offer RSS feeds, indicated by an orange icon.

There is, of course, a new look to the site. The design is cleaner and simpler. The colors and the fonts have been changed to reduce user eye-strain while browsing the site. A sprinkling of visual features has been added (such as our tool tips) which will make the ASC Web site experience more interesting and informative.

The College Web programmer utilized Drupal, an open source content management system, to develop the new site. The team will continue to develop the site and will assist faculty and staff in developing and maintaining departmental Web sites.

The Alfred State College Web development team sees this new Web site as a foundation on which we can continue to build new features to help visitors to the site "hit the ground running!"

Orientation 2007

Posted Date: Monday, July 23, 2007 - 05:33

Orientation 2007Alfred State College welcomed hundreds of students to campus this month for their initial indoctrination to college life through its annual orientation program. Entering students and their families attended informative and interactive programs throughout the day and had their questions answered on items such as registration, financial aid, and housing; additionally, they toured residence halls. Orientation programs offer entering students a head start on meeting key people in their academic areas, recognizing the academic requirements of their curriculums, and getting to know the campus. It also offers them the opportunity to meet new friends and participate in activities before classes start which helps make the transition between high school and college smoother. Parents were afforded the chance to talk with some of ASC's administrators about what to expect in the transition and first semester. Beyond the critical information conveyed, students were welcomed as members of the campus community. For students attending classes on the Alfred Campus (Management & Engineering Technology and Arts & Sciences), one of the main components of the day was scheduling their fall semester classes. For students attending classes on the Applied Technology Campus, a session on the Wellsville Campus with the academic dean and Student Services personnel as well as an opportunity to see various tool vendors was also on tap. ASC's Orientation program is an integral part of the process for students preparing for a successful college experience. Pictured here, one of ASC's Orientation leaders (far right) helps Alfred State's entering students to "hit the ground running" for their collegiate experience.

Doyle Named HR Director

Posted Date: Monday, July 23, 2007 - 05:41

Mary Lou DoyleMary Lou Doyle, of Ithaca and Alfred, has been named director of Human Resources and Payroll at Alfred State College.  She began her duties during the spring semester.

In this new capacity, Doyle is responsible for managing the human resource programs for the approximately 600 college employees.  This includes developing and administering human resource policies, directing faculty/staff recruitment efforts, leading campus training and recognition programs, and maintaining effective employee relations.

The office also monitors compliance with human resource laws and administers employee benefits.

Doyle notes that she is excited to be "bringing a fresh perspective and new energy to the services offered by the office of human resources for the college and its employees."

Prior to joining the Alfred State College's professional staff, Doyle served as assistant dean for Human Resources at Cornell University's School of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Doyle holds a master of business administration in organizational development from Syracuse University and a bachelor of arts degree in English from Colgate University.