Several Alfred State College faculty and staff members were honored recently at the College's annual recognition luncheon, as recipients of the Pioneer Award which recognizes those members of the organization who demonstrate the following characteristics: commitment to the mission and goals of the college, meaningful and measurable positive impact on the college, role modeling, and a high level of performance. The award carries with it prize money of $225 for each recipient. This year's winners included Cyril ("Skip") Merrick, associate professor and chair, Automotive Trades Department; Linda Panter, professor, Nursing Department; Mary Fagan, secretary to the dean of the School of Applied Technology; Kathy Bayus, secretary, Communications Office; Elaine Antonioli, director, Career Development; and Wil Mlott, II, Facilities Services.
Merrick, who has been at the college since 1980, earned the award, according to the nomination, because "The growth of the automotive program over the past few years is due in large part to Skip's commitment to the department and to the college as a whole. As chair of the Automotive Trades Department, Skip created a new parts technology program, the first associate of applied science program in the School of Applied Technology.
"Skip is also very active in support of enrollment. He recently received a grant for the Skills competition and he has been very active in setting up the annual Car Care event. Skip also worked with Tenneco to set up the Drive and Ride event for the Wellsville Campus. He has recruited at numerous trade shows with the help of funding from the UniSelect Group. Skip worked with his very competent faculty and staff to ensure that the automotive department continues to stay NATEF-certified."
Panter has been a member of the Alfred State faculty since 1993.
Her nomination read, in part: "Over the years, she has consistently worked to enhance the visibility of the Alfred State College nursing program, its students, and nurses throughout our community.
"Linda created the nationally recognized ‘Adopt a Nurse' Program in which male nurses in the community serve as mentors for male student nurses. Linda is also the creator of the ‘Pay It Forward' Program in which students learn first-hand the benefits of giving to and caring for others. Linda and this program have been recognized nationally by several entities including the National Pay It Forward Foundation which mentions our program on its Web site. Linda also created the Pay It Forward Scholarship, funded by current and former nursing students, and given to the students who show the greatest selfless caring through a project done in the nursing department.
"Linda serves the broader college community in many ways. She has served on the Student Life Committee and is a member of the SART team where she works with students in crisis. She also chairs the Orvis committee for the School of Arts and Sciences which recognizes outstanding students annually. Linda is a tireless supporter of students and nurses."
Fagan, an employee of the college since 1971, has "been instrumental in making the Wellsville campus the best postsecondary vocational school in the region and the nation," notes her nomination.
"One of her significant contributions to the Wellsville campus is that she is the driving force behind the annual Taste of Wellsville. This campus-wide and community event hosts more 900 visitors on the Wellsville campus. Mary is also the engine behind the annual New York State SkillsUSA competition. This postsecondary skills competition involves 150 visitors each year. Mary has done a phenomenal job making sure these activities are a success each and every year. The relationships she has developed with her colleagues and within the community help to ensure that each event is well coordinated and organized.
"In addition to these extraordinary accomplishments, Mary serves as the operations manager for the Educational Foundation and is an active member of the College Commencement Committee.
"All this is in addition to Mary's outstanding performance in her ‘day job' as secretary to the dean, a role she has filled with distinction for more than 10 years.
"Mary's wonderful and one-of-a-kind contributions really make a difference to our students, faculty and the community. She epitomizes what Alfred State College is all about."
Mlott has long had a strong commitment to Alfred State, its students, and its employees since joining the college in 1988, notes his nomination. He serves as "president of the Local CSEA Chapter, where he is a strong and vocal advocate for his constituents. He continually looks for ways to improve the work environment and the morale of those he represents, and for the campus as a whole. Most recently, working with CSEA Partnership and the Administrative Affairs Office, he applied for and received a grant to replace some appliances in the staff break rooms, which have not seen significant improvement in over 12 years.
"A prime example of the work Wil does to help our students happened this past winter. Wil was working the night shift and was asked to work on a problem with outside door locks at the townhouses. He worked several hours on a freezing cold night to get the job done."
Bayus has served the College for nearly 27 years, the last nine in Communications and is a true Alfred State ‘Pioneer.' Her dedication and service to the College is always beyond the expected; she often participates in evening events and goes out of her way to help colleagues. Kathy's commitment to students is legendary as evidenced by her volunteer activities. Most notably she (together with Andy) has co-chaired the outdoor recreation club for more than 20 years and has a devoted cadre of alumni to show for it!
"Her colleagues in the Communications Office call it a ‘lucky day' when Kathy joined their team. She is willing to take on any task that is assigned and many that aren't. When a valued colleague left, Kathy took on the responsibility of reviewing newspaper clips and editing and proofing every publication and press release that leaves campus.
"Kathy is cheerful and positive. Everyone who knows her considers her a friend. Kathy is a positive role model for others and truly exemplifies the Pioneer spirit."
Antonioli, serving five years in career development, has had a definite impact on the College.
Her nomination read, in part: "She possesses a high level of commitment and her performance is recognized as a role model to others. As director, Elaine has focused diligently in marketing Career Fairs to employers over the past two years. Her efforts have resulted in doubling the number of Career Fairs held both on the Alfred and Wellsville campuses and quadrupled the number of employers present. More importantly, Elaine has accomplished all of this with her staff through collaboration with faculty departments and with solid communication with Alfred State College students.
"In addition, Elaine has conducted extensive research into the technological resources and software packages that help to facilitate career planning and development for our students. In less than two years she has implemented three significant and highly advanced technology resource programs on the department Web page that provide cutting-edge services to her clientele. One of these systems provides an online 24-hours-a-day/seven-days-a week Career Center for students where they can research employers, develop a career portfolio, and complete personalized online assessments toward making educated career choices. Another new system uses a customized software program to link career development professionals, students, and alumni to nationwide career resources and offers an exceptional database of employers for job seekers. The third system uses the popular social networking concept and leverages that technology for ‘professional social networking.'
"Elaine personifies an open-door, open-dialogue policy and in her work is the embodiment of true consensus building. She treats faculty, staff, students, and employers with kindness, dignity, and respect. Her colleagues state that Elaine is always encouraging, creative, and innovative - characteristics that are instrumental in building bonds and is incredibly inspiring to all those who are lucky enough to work with her."
This year's luncheon theme was Eat Fresh, Buy Local, Think Green, which hosted a variety of local vendors promoting their products and increasing awareness of the benefits of buying locally.
Lawrence ("Ed") Burns, State University of New York (SUNY) distinguished teaching professor, Mathematics and Physics Department, Alfred State College, was honored recently for his 40 years of service at the college. A member of the faculty since 1968, Burns holds a master of science degree in engineering from SUNY Buffalo, a bachelor of science degree in engineering science from Purdue University (IN), and an associate of applied science degree in engineering science from Alfred State College, class of 1965.
Burns has participated in the annual Eisenhower Grant director seminars summarizing current research findings for "best practices" in teaching science and math. Over the past 25 years, he has participated in numerous NSF-sponsored conferences on mathematics and science education. In 1973, he and one other NSF consortium member were recognized for the productivity of their grant projects and awarded an "all expenses paid" trip to the international conference on APL applications in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Burns was awarded the 1997-98 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
The Bath native is a 1963 graduate of Hammondsport High School. He is married to the former Kathleen Long. The couple resides in Alfred; they are the parents of six grown children.
As a token of the college's appreciation of his service, Burns was given a certificate and a college lamp.
This year's luncheon theme was Eat Fresh, Buy Local, Think Green, which hosted a variety of local vendors promoting their products and increasing awareness of the benefits of buying locally.
Stephen Richard, assistant professor, building trades, at Alfred State College, has authored a workbook: Workbook to Accompany Masonry Skills, 6th ed., published by Thompson Delmar Learning to be used in high schools, colleges, and training centers throughout the United States.
This book serves as a competency-based workbook companion to the text Masonry Skills, 6th ed., written by Richard Kreh.
"The craft of masonry relies on good hand skills. My intention was to write a workbook that would guide students in building practice projects from very basic [ones] such as a brick corner to advanced projects such as a Rumford fireplace. Each of the 49 competency-based projects contains a task, performance objective, related learning activities, procedure, and instructor's evaluation and checklist," notes Richard.
"I enjoyed collaborating with textbook author and masonry expert Richard Kreh who has taught many masonry students throughout his career. The masonry industry needs a skilled work force which has the ability to design and build visually pleasing masonry structures to replace our retiring masons. Students can develop their hand skills and knowledge by building the brick veneer projects that teach students historic bond patterns, quoin corners, and corbel work. The masonry industry can quickly and easily add pleasing designs to brick veneer projects by using these techniques," he adds.
Richard, who has been an Alfred State College faculty member since 2004, holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial arts education from Cheyney University; he has also attended several professional training seminars, including Safety, Universal Building Code, Pay for Performance, Waterproofing, Masonry Reinforcing Cavity Wall Construction, Rough Terrain Forklift Operation and Instructor Course, Certification/Installation Training for Dry-Vit EIFS System, and NCCER Instructor Certification.
In addition to his Alfred State College responsibilities, Richard serves as president and sole stockholder of Miller and Richard Masonry Contractors, Inc. (1979-present). Additionally, prior to joining the ASC faculty, Richard was the sole proprietor of Steven B. Richard Contractor (services); a substitute teacher at Northern Potter (PA) High School; a construction worker for Ed Hager Construction; and a masonry laborer at John Bubel Masonry, Inc.
Richard holds the following certifications: Rough Terrain Forklift Operation, NCCER Instructor Certification, Dry-Vit EIFS System Certification, Hilti Powder Actuated Tools, University Masonry Professors Conference.
He is member of the following organizations: First Citizens National Bank - local board member; Genesee Headwaters Watershed Association - president; Yorks Corners Mennonite Church - past youth group leader, elder; Mennonite Mutual Aid Advocate, and Mennonite Disaster Service.
Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Alfred State College, recently announced promotions in his area. Promoted were Leon Buckwalter, Hinsdale, Building Trades Department, from instructor to assistant professor; Debra Burch, Cuba, Culinary Arts Department, from assistant professor to associate professor; Jeff Hellwig, Olean, Computerized Design and Manufacturing Department, from assistant professor to associate professor; Steven Martinelli, Andover, Computerized Design and Manufacturing Department, from associate professor to professor; Lawrence Perry, Alfred Station, Automotive Trades Department, from instructor to assistant professor; Dennis Prutsman, Troupsburg, Building Trades Department, from associate professor to professor; Edward Raish, Hornell, from Automotive Trades Department, from instructor to assistant professor; Michael Ronan, Rushford, Automotive Trades Department, from associate professor to professor; Christopher Staba, Wellsville, Automotive Trades Department, from assistant professor to associate professor; Eric Wilmot, Portageville, Automotive Trades Department from instructor to assistant professor; Kathleen Bliss, Freedom, Agriculture and Horticulture Department, from lecturer to assistant professor; Linda Panter, Hornell, Nursing Department, from associate professor to professor; Dr. Nicholas Waddy, Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, from assistant professor to associate professor; and Lisa Yates, Belmont, Nursing Department, from assistant professor to associate professor.
Alfred State College recently announced promotions in the ranks of the professional staff. Promoted were, in the Administrative Affairs Division: Barbara Davis, Wellsville, from publications production assistant, to secretary to the vice president for Administrative Affairs; Rita Scott, Arkport, from cleaner to laborer, Facilities Services; Roseanna Thompson, Hornell, from cleaner to janitor, Facilities Services; and Jim VanCise, Canisteo, from laborer to maintenance assistant, Facilities Services. In the Division of Enrollment Management: Kathy Bayus, Alfred Station, from clerk 2 to secretary 1, Communications; Pamela Brandes, from calculations clerk to calculations clerk 2, Student Accounts; Sue Conklin, Campbell, from secretary 1 to agency program aide, Enrollment Services; Kandi Geibel, Hornell, from assistant director to associate director, Admissions; and Jason White, Hornell, from staff assistant to staff associate, Enrollment Services. In the Student Affairs Division: Casey Gross, from assistant director, Residential Life to assistant dean, Judicial Affairs; and Tricia Herritt, Andover, from resident director to assistant director, Residence Life. And in the Institutional Advancement Division: Roxanna Sammons, from secretary 1 to secretary to the vice president for Institutional Advancement. Promotions were announced at the annual recognition luncheon at the end of the spring semester. This year's luncheon theme was Eat Fresh, Buy Local, Think Green, which hosted a variety of local vendors promoting their products and increasing awareness of the benefits of buying locally.
Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State College were honored recently for their years of service at the college. Those employees honored for 10 years received umbrellas and included, l-r: Carl Rahr, Wellsville, assistant director, Technology Services; Wendy Fleming, Scio, senior financial aid adviser, Financial Aid; Ricky Richards, Wellsville, instructional support associate, Instructional Technologies; Ruth Phillips, cleaner, Facilities Services; Michael Colomaio, Hornell, lecturer, Social and Behavioral Sciences Department; Jeffrey Marshall, Dansville, associate professor and chair, Civil Engineering Technology Department; Jeffrey Hellwig, Olean, assistant professor, Computerized Design and Manufacturing Department; Janet Kemp, Wellsville, keyboard specialist, Student Activities; Dr. Edward Tezak, Wellsville, SUNY distinguished professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department; Melody LaChiusa, Hornell, senior staff assistant, Technology Services; and William Schultze, Alfred Station, senior staff assistant, Instructional Technologies. Also honored, but missing from photo: Sylvia Prestine, Friendship, keyboard specialist, University Police; Bradley Thompson, Wellsville, assistant professor, Electrical/Electronic Service Department; Joyce Venter, Canisteo, bursar, Student Accounts; and Tammy Wellington, Arkport, staff associate, Enrollment Services. Honorees received a certificate and a college umbrella. This year's luncheon theme was Eat Fresh, Buy Local, Think Green, which hosted a variety of local vendors promoting their products and increasing awareness of the benefits of buying locally.
Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State College were honored recently for their years of service at the college. Those employees honored for 20 years included, l-r: Thomas Stolberg, Cuba, associate professor, Business Technology Department; Jane Goodridge, Wellsville, janitor, Facilities Services; Valerie Nixon, Canisteo, vice president for Enrollment Management; Colleen Argentieri, Hornell, development officer, Institutional Advancement; Dale Angood, Wellsville, instructional support specialist, School of Management and Engineering Technology; Bonnie Tucker, Belfast, keyboard specialist, Civil and Computer Imaging and Architectural Engineering Technology departments; Mary Scholla, Angelica, secretary to the dean, School of Arts and Sciences; Susan Drake, Canisteo, keyboard specialist, Culinary Arts Department; Rodney Alexander, Arkport, plumber/steamfitter, Facilities Services; Willard Mlott II, Canisteo, maintenance assistant, Facilities Services; and Laura Giglio, Hornell, director, Financial Aid. Also honored, but missing from photo: Gertrude Dorsey, Belfast, cleaner, Facilities Services; Christine Drumm, Almond, maintenance assistant, Facilities Services; Diane Kilbury, Bath, library clerk II, Hinkle Memorial Library; and Carl Thompson, Greenwood, laborer, Facilities Services. Honorees received a college clock and a certificate to commemorate the occasion. This year's luncheon theme was Eat Fresh, Buy Local, Think Green, which hosted a variety of local vendors promoting their products and increasing awareness of the benefits of buying locally.
Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State College were honored recently for their years of service at the college. Those ASC employees honored for 25 years included, l-r: Mark Amman, Andover, professor, Physical and Life Sciences Department; Jeffrey Goodrich, Alfred Station, senior programmer/analyst, Technology Services; Dr. Takao Takeuchi, Alfred, professor, Mathematics and Physics Department; and Michael Foster, Hornell, electrician, Facilities Services. Other honorees, missing from the photo: Marshelle Gillette, Almond, director, Facilities Services; Ronald Nichols, Andover, professor, Civil Engineering Technology Department; and Peter Sirianni, Hornell, plant utility engineer I, Heating Plant. Honorees received a college chair and a certificate to commemorate the occasion. This year's luncheon theme was Eat Fresh, Buy Local, Think Green, which hosted a variety of local vendors promoting their products and increasing awareness of the benefits of buying locally.
Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State College were honored recently for their years of service at the college. Those honored for 30 years included, l-r: Dawn Linke, Andover, instructional support specialist, Instructional Technologies; Richard Perkins, Andover, maintenance, Facilities Services; Nancy Shearer, Hornell, dean, Enrollment Services; Carol Melnyk, Canisteo, secretary to the dean of the School of Management and Engineering Technology; and Claudia Mount, Hornell, supervising janitor, Facilities Services. Also honored, but missing from photo: Roger Gelser, Angelica, general mechanic, Facilities Services. Honorees received a certificate and college pen set to commemorate the occasion. This year's luncheon theme was Eat Fresh, Buy Local, Think Green, which hosted a variety of local vendors promoting their products and increasing awareness of the benefits of buying locally.
Retirees of Alfred State College were honored recently at the school's annual recognition luncheon. Faculty and staff members who retired this year include, l-r: Maureen Cooper, Wellsville, instructional support associate, Culinary Arts Department, and Beverly Spencer, Almond, cleaner, Facilities Services. Honored on the occasion of their retirement, but missing from photo: James Falzarano, Hornell, janitor, Facilities Services; Beverly Gilbert, Hornell, secretary to the vice president of Institutional Advancement (who was also honored for 35 years of service); Mary Hayes, secretary to the vice president for Administrative Affairs; Richard Knight, university police officer, University Police; Ruthie Newell, Hornell, secretary to the vice president for Student Affairs; Mary Smith, Almond, professor, Nursing Department; Joyce Venter, Canisteo, bursar, Student Accounts; Joyce Weimer, Allentown, senior staff assistant, International Education; and Charles Wiser, Scio, instructor, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department. All retirees received a certificate; those retiring with fewer than 25 years' service received a college plate; those retiring with 25 years or more of service received a college chair and a college plate to commemorate their time at the college. This year's luncheon theme was Eat Fresh, Buy Local, Think Green, which hosted a variety of local vendors promoting their products and increasing awareness of the benefits of buying locally.