January 2008

Building Trades Student Receives NWAIC Scholarship

Posted Date: Tuesday, January 1, 2008 - 13:00

Elisabeth ElliotAlfred State College student Elisabeth Elliott, Johnson City, a Building Trades freshman at the college's School of Applied Technology, was awarded a $500 National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC) scholarship from Buffalo Chapter #172.  The Buffalo Chapter #172 NAWIC sponsors the Alfred State Student Chapter which is open to all female students enrolled in the building trades curriculums.   Dennis Prutzman, associate professor, Building Trades, serves as the adviser for the Alfred State College NAWIC Student Chapter.  The award is based on grade point average, financial need, course of study, and community involvement. 

Since its founding, NAWIC, an international non-profit organization, has grown to a membership of 5,500 women with more than 179 chapters. In its 51 years of service to its members, NAWIC has advanced the causes of all women in construction whose careers range from business ownership to the skilled trades. With almost 900,000 women working in construction today, the industry is becoming more accepting of their non-traditional roles. Over the years, the mission of NAWIC has stayed the same: To enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

WINS Gives Christmas Gifts

Posted Date: Thursday, January 3, 2008 - 04:15

Alfred State College's WINS Club (Women in Non-traditional Studies--though membership is open to all students) recently raised $354 in bottle and can returns and monetary donations from the campus community and from Immaculate Conception School (ICS) in Wellsville to buy presents for an area family.

ASC staff also donated used clothing and toys for the family. The fourth-, fifth-, and eighth-grade classes at ICS donated food, blankets, and money as well. Additionally, newly formed ASC fraternity, Alpha Rho Kappa, donated children's clothing and money.

WINS Gives ChristmasMore students than shown in the photograph participated in the fund raising activities. Santa's helpers include, left to right: Ilona Kiss, freshman, interior design, Raquette Lake; Tim Johnsen, freshman, architectural technology, Ronkonkoma; Samantha Brooks, freshman, interior design, Little Valley; Ryan Merry, freshman, architectural technology, North Syracuse; Emily Mawer, freshman, architectural technology, Lancaster; Maggie Ball, junior, surveying engineering technology, Cassadaga; Mary Gattie, freshman, architectural technology, Orchard Park; David Knoop, freshman, architectural technology, Fort Plain; Kathy McCarthy, freshman, architectural technology, Orchard Park. Club adviser Joy Carlson, RA, AIA, professor, Computer Imaging and Architectural Engineering Technology Department at ASC, hosted the "elves" and provided the photo.

Pay it Forward Scholarships

Posted Date: Monday, January 7, 2008 - 04:00

The Alfred State College Nursing Department is continuing its "Pay It Forward" philosophy through the awarding of its second annual "Pay It Forward" scholarship, established during the fall 2005 semester and presented to this year's recipients, senior nursing students Katrina Tracy-Folts, Whitesville, and Megan Williams, Houghton, at semester's end. 

The premise of "paying it forward" comes from a movie by the same name where a school child, as the result of a homework assignment to change the world, begins the practice of helping others, expecting not pay back, but that each of those beneficiaries will go on to help three more people.  The caring aspect of that concept prompted ASC Associate Professor of Nursing Linda Panter to incorporate it into the nursing program, where it has grown, and culminated, thus far, into the scholarship.  Each eligible nursing student submitted to the faculty proposals for activities they could conduct to demonstrate the caring nature of the profession. The proposals needed to demonstrate an understanding of caring as identified in the nursing caring project and evidenced by implementing a unique caring project and revealing insight and sensitivity in the written assignment. 

Tracy-Folts' winning proposal noted that "caring is an energy that overcomes you to do something for someone without expecting something in return.  Caring can be an act of kindness, providing comfort, attentively listening, or treating someone with respect. Caring is multi-faceted and can give someone a feeling of overwhelming joy when the outcome is appreciated.

"Recently, I was involved in organizing a benefit jamboree for four individuals in my community who each had medical concerns that required support from the community to help with expenses.

"The night before the event, I overheard Carson (9), whose father, one of the jamboree's beneficiaries, say he wanted to set up a lemonade stand to help raise money for everyone.  His father said it was too late to get the materials to run the stand.  Carson was disappointed but understood.  That evening, without telling Carson or his father, I prepared posters, rounded up some tables, and bought lemonade and cups.  The next morning I had everything set up for Carson before he arrived.  Carson's reaction was priceless.  When he saw the stand, he was happy and surprised-which made me happy.  Throughout the day he was able to get his friends to help him and they sold $120 worth of lemonade. 

"At the end of the day Carson, without hesitation, took his earnings to split among the families. This act of unselfishness made me appreciate even more the importance of caring."

Williams' winning entry read, in part: "Caring is an integral part of the nursing profession because it is done every minute of every day.  A nurse must advocate for a complete stranger in most cases. In most circumstances, a nurse is the person who helps the patient deal with and overcome various problems and circumstances that evolve while at the hospital, the doctor's office, or even during a home visit by the nurse.  A nurse must truly care for each and every patient, family member, doctor, and co-worker in order to be successful and make even a terrible circumstance just a little bit better.

"I work as a waitress at a restaurant in Cuba. We have several ‘regulars' who come in for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.  Most of these regulars are at least 75 years old and consider the people at the restaurant their family.  One man, Jay, is 90 years old, has never been married, has no family nearby, and lives alone in an upstairs apartment across the street from my boyfriend.  Throughout the past year, Jay has been slowly declining, not only with his ambulating abilities, but mentally as well. 

"Recently, I learned that Jay had broken his hip and was scheduled to have surgery for a hip replacement.  In order to let Jay know that we were thinking of him, I got a get well card and had everyone at the restaurant sign it.  When I went to visit him, I brought the card that everyone had signed and some candy because although I know very little about Jay, one thing I do know from being his waitress is that he has a very sweet tooth!  Jay was so happy to have someone visiting him that he had a smile on his face the entire time we were there.  After reading the get well card, Jay had tears in his eyes, which of course brought tears to mine.  Seeing how much this meant to him made me feel great.  The words to express how I felt when I saw his smiling face are simply indescribable.

"Later, we learned from a nurse that Jay did not have any street clothes to wear and all of the other patients on the rehabilitation floor wear street clothes.  I told her I would try to get into his apartment to get some clothes for him.  My boss at the restaurant assured me that she would go to Jay's house and talk to the owners to get into his apartment to take him some clothes.  Additionally, I plan to get Jay some sweatpants and sweatshirts for rehab because I'm sure they will be more comfortable for him.  I also plan to visit him as much as possible and do whatever I can to help him out and continue to be there for him."

Pay it forwardPictured here, Panter, far left, welcomes recent nursing graduates and congratulates the scholarship winners:  Williams, Teresa Kuhn, Renee Martindale, Troy-Folts, and Peg Eisenhardt.

Kuhn, Martindale, and Eisenhardt are 2007 nursing grads.  Kuhn and Martindale work as RNs at St. James Mercy Health, Hornell, and Eisenhardt works at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, and serves as a tutor for nursing students at ASC. Panter invites graduates back to assist in the presentation of the caring projects.  Every graduate receives a letter annually re: the Caring Project, which helps keep the graduates connected to ASC Nursing.

Alfred State Surpasses Fundraising Goal

Posted Date: Monday, January 7, 2008 - 04:00

Alfred State College has announced that it has raised $1,043,000 for the building of its new Construction Industry Workforce Development Center in Wellsville, surpassing its original goal of $1 million.

The project was made possible by donations from the Alfred State Educational Foundation, Inc., that owns the campus, a federal HUD grant sponsored by Congressman John "Randy" Kuhl, Jr., (R-Hammondsport); an Empire State Development grant sponsored by NYS Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean; and many private donations including The LC Whitford Co., Wellsville; AL Blades & Sons, Hornell; Otis Eastern Service, Inc., Wellsville; LeChase Construction, Rochester, and the Builders Exchange of Rochester.

"Reaching the goal of $1 million will allow the construction to start in 2008. It has been a real pleasure working with government, alumni, and businesses that support Alfred State College and the vision of a new Construction Workforce Development Center in Wellsville," said Craig Clark, executive director of the Wellsville Campus and interim vice president of academic affairs. "This is how government, business, and education need to lead in developing the workforce of tomorrow."

"This success will allow us to train graduates in some of the most-needed workforce skills in New York State," said Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, Provost and Officer in Charge of Alfred State College. "The Construction Industry Workforce Development Center will provide education and training leading to job opportunities for local--rural and urban--youth and will address a workforce shortage in the regional and national construction industry."

Alfred State College, in partnership with members of the region's construction industry, is developing the Construction Industry Workforce Development Center to increase economic development opportunities through job creation in rural and urban Western New York. The need for construction workers in Western New York and nationally is well documented, with nearly one million new construction jobs to be added by 2012, an increase of 15 percent. The construction industry is one of the top 10 largest sources of job growth in the United States.

The Center is one of the fundraising projects contained in Alfred State's Centennial Campaign, which has an overall goal of $3,427,000.

"The support for this project is indicative of the value that Alfred State College has for the region," said Rosati. "Overall, we expect this to be a highly successful campaign, and our staff and volunteer boards have worked hard to reach this first milestone."

ASC’s Neal Named Interim Vice President for Administrative Affairs

Posted Date: Monday, January 7, 2008 - 04:00

Chuck Neal Charles V. Neal, professor, Business Technology Department, has taken on the duties of interim vice president for administrative affairs.

Neal,'74, Wellsville, joined the ASC faculty as an instructor in 1977 and has moved through the ranks achieving the rank of full professor in 1999. His primary faculty responsibility included teaching a variety of accounting courses, advising students, and serving as Accounting Club adviser.

During his tenure at the College, Neal has served as chair of the Accounting/Computer Information Systems Department and as Dean of the School of Business Technologies as well as interim dean of the School of Management and Engineering Technology prior to his appointment as interim associate vice president.

In his role as administrative vice president, Neal is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations for the college budget, purchasing, human resources, facilities services, and Auxiliary Campus Services and Enterprises (the food service and vending operation).

Neal has authored reviews for two nationally used accounting textbooks. He has also co-authored an article, "Campus Computing-A Big Approach by a Small College," with former ASC colleague Dennis Kelsey, which appeared in Education magazine.

Neal was honored with the SUNY (State University of New York) Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002. Neal has also been honored as the ASC Alumni Association's "Teacher of the Year."

While a student at Alfred State College, Neal was an honor student, and at his 1974 commencement was named winner of the Paul B. Orvis Memorial Award for Excellence as the outstanding senior in the School of Business Technologies. As a student he also earned six varsity letters in wrestling, golf, and bowling and was voted Senior Athlete of the Year, leading to his induction into the Alfred State College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.

Neal holds a master's degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University, a bachelor's degree in accounting from SUNY at Buffalo, and an associate's degree in accounting from Alfred State College.

Athletes Back on Campus

Posted Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 09:17

Alfred State College athletes are back on campus preparing to begin play in 2008.  The men's and women's basketball teams, the wrestling team, and the swimming team began practicing on Sunday while the Indoor Track & Field team returns to campus on Thursday.

The Pioneers wrestling team gets the 2008 athletic year started when Coach George Porter and his troops travel to the University of Buffalo to compete in the annual New York State Championships.  The NYS Championships features wrestlers from every two-year and four-year college in New York that has a collegiate wrestling program.  Action starts Friday morning at UB and runs until Saturday evening.  The Pioneers are currently 1-4 on the season in dual matches.

The Indoor Track & Field team begins their season on Saturday when they will compete with at least 13 different schools at the RIT Invitational.  Action is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Gordon Field House.

The swim team dives back into action at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Erie CC Invitational.  The men's team has won the three previous invitationals it has swam in.

The women's basketball team will return to the hardwood on Sunday at 2 p.m. when they take on Medaille College JV.  The Lady Pioneers are currently 9-3 and winners of three straight.

The men's basketball team opens up 2008 play and Western New York Athletic Conference play on Tuesday when they host JCC-Olean at 6:30 p.m.  The Pioneers are currenlty 11-4 and winners of three straight.

Currently, Alfred State athletic teams have a 93-48-3 record (.646 winning percentage).

SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. John M. Anderson President of Alfred State College

Posted Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 09:37

Albany - The SUNY Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. John M. Anderson as the next president of Alfred State College. Dr. Anderson's appointment is effective March 1, 2008. He will earn a salary of $185,000.

Dr. Anderson has, since 2004, served as executive vice president and provost at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. In addition, he has recently served as interim vice president for student life at the college. Previously, he was vice president for academic affairs at two SUNY campuses, SUNY Institute of Technology and Alfred State.

"I offer hearty congratulations to John Anderson on becoming the president of Alfred State College.  Having John Anderson as president of the campus is the key to unlocking Alfred State's full potential," said SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Carl T. Hayden.  "From academic excellence to athletic achievement, we look forward to great things from John Anderson, and the students, faculty and staff of Alfred State College."

"Dr. Anderson spent 12 years as a member of the administration at Alfred State, from 1991 to 2003, and I am pleased that he has agreed to return," said Interim Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark, who nominated Dr. Anderson for the position in December. "His knowledge and experience with the campus, combined with the experience and leadership he has developed at Hartwick College over the last four years, make him an ideal presidential candidate for the campus and a welcome addition once again to the SUNY System."

Interim Chancellor Clark thanked search committee Chairman John Hasper and Alfred State Provost Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, who has been the Officer in Charge of the campus since June 1, 2007. Dr. Rosati will now resume his duties as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The search committee was made up of representatives of the faculty, administration, students and the college council. 

Dr. Anderson said, "I am thrilled to be returning to Alfred State, and would like to thank the Board of Trustees, Dr. Clark and the search committee for having the confidence in me to lead this fine institution. It is a particularly exciting time for the College as it approaches its centennial celebration. With the strong foundation of excellence that already exists at Alfred, we are well poised for ongoing success over the next 100 years."

As executive vice president and provost at Hartwick College, Dr. Anderson provides leadership and oversight of the college's academic schools and departments, which contain more than 1,450 full-time students, and the administration of more than 30 baccalaureate programs. He also oversees the development and administration of annual budgets, strategic planning for academic affairs, the development and implementation of academic regulations, and the recruitment of new faculty.

Prior to this position, Dr. Anderson also served as vice president of academic affairs at SUNY Institute of Technology, from 2003 to 2004; provost and vice president for academic affairs at Alfred State College, from 1999-2003. For the eight years prior, Dr. Anderson held several positions at Alfred State, including vice president for institutional advancement, dean of student development, and vice president for student services.

Between 1975 and 1991, Dr. Anderson held several teaching and academic posts at Alfred State College, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Geneseo, and two area high schools. Over the years, he has worked as a consultant for several entities, including the Middle States Association, NYS Department of Education and the SUNY Delegation to Turkey.

A true product of the SUNY System, Dr. Anderson has a Ph.D. in Education from Cornell University, an M.A. in Physics from SUNY Geneseo, a B.A. in Physics from SUNY Brockport, and an A.S. in Math and Science from Westchester Community College. He also received post-graduate education at Harvard University, University at Buffalo, and Alfred University.

Alfred State College is a public, coeducational, nonsectarian college of approximately 3,200 undergraduates. The College was founded in 1908 and joined the newly organized State University of New York (SUNY) system in 1948. Located in the scenic Southern Tier of New York State between the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains and the Finger Lakes region, the College is 70 miles south of Rochester and 90 miles southeast of Buffalo.

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 427,000 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses.

Centennial Ergo Reception

Posted Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 04:00

Ergo Reception Alfred State College alumni, students, faculty, staff, and retirees connected recently at a special “Centennial Poetry Reading” where the alumni centennial issue of Ergo, the campus literary magazine, was officially “unveiled.” In addition to the Ergo contributors, special guests included Joe Flynn, SUNY distinguished service professor emeritus; Bruce Clarke, professor of English emeritus; and Dr. John O. Hunter, ASC president emeritus, who read or recited poetry.

Flynn recited his original tribute to Alfred State College, its Centennial, and its educational mission, “Crossing the Kanakadea;” Clarke read an audience favorite, "Flat Cats," with his unique style and wit; and Hunter gave a dramatic performance of "Ulysses" that would have made Alfred, Lord Tennyson proud.

Tom Stolberg, ASC associate professor, Business Technology Department and 1978 ASC graduate, began the evening with guitar music and the song “Atlantis” by 1960s Scottish singer Donovan (Leitch—who used only his first name when performing), which inspired his own poem, “Blues on the Water,” which he wrote in the stairwell of Shults Hall and first performed in a coffee house in the Allegany Room when he was a student at Alfred State College.

CarolAnn Geffers Garrison, an alumna of Alfred, performed a poem about Native American history and ended with a humorous reading. Guest of honor was Helen McCarty, professor of speech emeritus, faculty editor of the first Ergo in 1966 and organizer of the first Alfred State poetry readings. Art work by students from the Computer Art and Design program enhanced the Allegany Room.

Opening Remarks January 2008

Posted Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 04:00

Anderson and Rosati Alfred State College’s Orvis Auditorium was filled to capacity on Jan. 14 as the College’s new president, Dr. John M. Anderson addressed the campus community for the first time in his new role. After a standing ovation which visibly moved him, Dr. Anderson listed his goals for his first semester: an honest and transparent administration, collegial participation in the strategic planning process, development of a handful of achievable initiatives by semester’s end, and an environment of pride and respect in the ASC community. Dr. Anderson held several teaching and academic posts at Alfred State as well as administrative positions, including vice president for institutional advancement, dean of student development, and vice president for student services. Pictured here, Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, right, who has served as officer-in-charge during the search for a new president, “passes the torch” to Dr. Anderson.

Lowes & Skills USA Team up for Wellsville Playground

Posted Date: Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 04:00

Skills USA and LowesThe Alfred State College SkillsUSA chapter received a $10,000 grant from Lowe’s and SkillsUSA in March 2007. The Alfred SkillsUSA team wanted to make a significant difference in its college community through both the leadership opportunity and financial gift that they had been awarded.

The project the students chose began as a dream of the local Wellsville Parent Teacher Association (PTA) which determined that the Wellsville Central School elementary playground was in dire need of an upgrade. The grounds, especially in the spring and fall seasons, were constantly subject to flooding due to a lack of drainage.

The SkillsUSA team began its work by removing approximately 300 cubic yards of topsoil and base and installing over 200 feet of 4” drainage lines, and spreading 160 tons of rock across the entire playground to rectify the drainage problem. Replacement of the topsoil in conjunction with a final grade maximized water control and the leveling of the grounds, thereby maximizing its use for outdoor education and recreation. The installation of this system has been described by the PTA as “the necessity that no one wanted to do because it lacked visual impact and required a costly investment.”

The Alfred State College SkillsUSA Team has clearly shown an ability to illustrate its skill level in the trades. Additionally, the school district has begun plans to repair the other grounds at the school through applying proper drainage techniques. These Alfred SkillsUSA students have set the bar just a bit higher.

The SkillsUSA team also removed, rebuilt, and repainted the 10-child swing set from the center of the grounds, and in the spring will reset it in a new location on the playground. This change, which provided a redesign of the playground equipment, has also provided an 8,000-square-foot green space that is safer for the students, level, properly drained, and ready for educational and recreational pursuits. The Alfred team also built and installed enough benches and picnic tables for parents to use when they visit the grounds and for teachers to seat entire classes for activities when the weather permits. An existing playground area was cleared of weeds and leveled and will be treated in the spring with a stain and seal, also greatly improving its appearance and safety for the children.

The leadership example of SkillsUSA, Lowe’s, and Alfred State College has provided a catalyst for the community to join in. An additional $8,000 in donations has been received since the beginning of the project. Once the local businesses and organizations learned of the project, they all were happy to help. This opportunity has allowed the students of Alfred State College and Wellsville Central School to experience first-hand what can be accomplished when a group of skilled and focused individuals seek out the opportunity, the means, and the power to make a difference in the community in which they live.

The project has been host to a multitude of volunteers outside of the SkillsUSA chapter including: faculty and staff from the college, organizations from the Alfred and Wellsville communities (the Alpha Beta Chi sorority, Wellsville PTA), and the Wellsville school district itself has enjoyed the efforts of faculty, parents, administration, and students who all lent a hand.

Leadership, focus, commitment, challenge, perseverance, satisfaction, opportunity, and rewarding were all words mentioned by the team members, as well as others, who have been involved. However, words fall short in describing the learning experience that this grant has offered to the Alfred State College and Wellsville Elementary School students. This year, the membership for the fall semester in SkillsUSA is at an all-time high. The students are more active and self-reliant, and they are participating in a multitude of other outside activities such as hosting blood drives, initiating fund raisers, participating in campaign bell ringing, and more. This project has served as the catalyst to teach them that they can make a difference in their own lives and of those around them.

Pictured here, several Wellsville Central School elementary students enjoy the signage as well as the playground.