July 2008

Local Educator Selected to Participate in Advanced Placement Program Reading

Posted Date: Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 08:00

Dr. Earl Packard, assistant professor and chair of the Mathematics/Physics Department at Alfred State College, was selected to participate this June in the annual reading and scoring of the College Board's AP Examinations in AP Calculus.

Each year the AP Program, sponsored by the College Board, gives more than one million capable high school students an opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses and examinations and, based on their exam performance, to receive credit and/or advanced placement when they enter college.

Approximately 2.8 million examinations in 22 disciplines were evaluated by over 10,000 readers from universities and high schools.  Representing many of the finest academic institutions in the world, these men and women are some of the best high school and college educators from the United States, Canada, and abroad.

The AP Reading is a unique forum in which academic dialogue between secondary school and college educators is fostered and strongly encouraged.  "The Reading draws on the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer," said Trevor Packer, executive director of the Advanced Placement Program at the College Board.  "It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching.  We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Earl Packard."

Packard, who joined the ASC faculty in 2003, holds a PhD in mathematics from Tulane University, a bachelor of science of education (BSE) in mathematics from Mansfield University, and a bachelor of science degree in music education from Mansfield State College.  Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Packard taught at Kutztown University (PA) and the University of Arkansas, Monticello. 

Eight Pioneers Earn Academic All-American Honors

Posted Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - 05:54
Eight Alfred State College athletes have earned NJCAA Academic All-Americans for excellence in the classroom.  Cal Ayers (Letchworth), Keenan Hall (Monticello), Kaila Smith (Alfred Almond), Dustin Falkner (Letchworth), and Gallaway Longenecker (Manheim, PA) were all named Distinguished Academica All-Americans while Kevin Underhill (Somers), Paul Farrell (St. Francis), and Sarah Palmiter (Alfred Almond) were named All-American.

Ayers played soccer and ran track and field this year.  She scored a goal and passed out two assists on the soccer field and earned All-Region and All-American honors as a member of the National Champion 4 x 100 relay team.  She finished her ASC academic career with a 3.92 GPA.

Hall participated in both indoor and outdoor track and field the past two seasons.  He helped the men's team to Region III Indoor Championships in 2007 & 2008 and the outdoor championship in 2007.  He was named All-Region during the outdoor season this spring.  He accumulated a 3.88 GPA.

Smith has played three different sports during her time at Alfred State.  This past year she scored a goal and passed out three assists on the soccer field and averaged 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds for the basketball team.  During her freshman season, Smith played basketball and softball.  She has a 3.87 GPA.

Falkner scored six goals and had two assists as a member of the men's soccer team.  He was named 1st team All-WNYAC following the season.  In the classroom he holds a 3.84 GPA.

Longenecker wrestled his way to All-American, All-Region, and All-WNYAC honors this season.  He finished 5th in the nation at 133 lbs and had a 20-4 record.  This is the second year in a row; Longenecker was named All-Region and All-WNYAC.  He holds a 3.81 GPA.

Underhill hit .408 (73 for 179) for the baseball team.  He collected 11 doubles, a triple, and drove in 48 runs.  He also stole 13 bases.  Underhill earned All-WNYAC 1st team honors in the fall and 1st team All-Region honors in the spring.  He finishes his academic career with a 3.75 GPA.

Farrell participated in both indoor and outdoor track and field this year after swimming the previous two years.  He helped the men's team to a indoor regional championship.  He holds a 3.72 GPA.

Palmiter fired two shots on net as a member of the women's soccer team this fall.  She holds a 3.60 GPA.

Distinguished Academic All-American status is earned by attaining a GPA of above 3.80 with 45 semester hours.  Academic All-American status is earned by attaining a GPA of above 3.60 with a 45 semester hours.

Meeting Held to Discuss Faculty Exchange

Posted Date: Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 10:04

Cornell Cooperative Extension Meets With ASC RepresentativesRepresentatives from Alfred State College (ASC) met recently with representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Wyoming County Dairy Institute to create an arrangement whereby ASC and Cooperative Extension will conduct a pilot program involving a faculty exchange for the next academic year. Dr. Dorothea Fitzsimmons, assistant professor, ASC Agriculture and Horticulture Department, will spend one day per week at the Dairy Institute sharing her veterinary expertise with farmers in Wyoming County, while Joan Petzen, extension issue leader for agriculture and natural resources - business management educator, will travel to Alfred State to share her expertise in farm business, policy, and tax structure with students enrolled in agriculture programs at ASC. This exchange is expected to be a long-term arrangement between the two entities. The impetus behind the partnership is "to merge our resources and blend our programs to better meet the needs of the people in our region," notes Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, ASC provost and vice president for academic affairs. Meeting to discuss the agreement earlier this summer, were, front row, l-r: Fitzsimmons; Dr. John M. Anderson, Alfred State College president; Helene Dillard, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension; and Petzen. Back row, l-r: John Buckwalter, ASC interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences; William Maddison, Executive Director of CCE, Glenn Applebee, executive associate director, CCE; Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, ASC provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Victoria Bolton, SUNY distinguished professor and chair, ASC Agriculture and Horticulture Department.

UNI-SELECT Partnership for Automotive Parts Technology Program Reviewed

Posted Date: Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 10:44

The School of Applied Technology at Alfred State College is pleased to announce that the relatively new automotive parts technology curriculum, begun in fall 2007, will be offered in an online format beginning fall 2008. This new format was approved at a recent partnership meeting with ASC and UNI-SELECT.

Initially, UNI-SELECT agreed to support the auto parts technology program with financial support of $50,000 per year for the first three years of the program. The two groups are now discussing how the industry can support construction of a new state-of-the-art parts store on campus in the near future.

The automotive parts technology program is a two-year AAS (associate in applied science) program complementing the existing automotive trades curriculums which include degree programs in autobody repair, heavy equipment: truck and diesel technician, and motorsports technology. Its objective is to supply automotive parts stores with entry-level employees. There is currently no college-level automotive parts technology curriculum in the state that fills that need, according to college officials. The new online offerings will provide the ability for Alfred State College to offer the program nationwide.

"There is a great demand from industry for entry-level counter people with the technical skills to advance as managers," noted Cyril ("Skip") Merrick, associate professor and chair, Automotive Trades Department. "Moving the new automotive parts technology program to an online format will allow us to greatly expand the ability to develop in students the necessary skills to succeed in the broad area of automotive parts store operation."

Fred Roberts Auto Plus, a division of UNI-SELECT, currently runs an active auto parts store on the Applied Technology Campus in Wellsville, where students are regularly exposed to its operation.

The partnership was developed with the vision of creating a two-year automotive parts technology program for the industry. This hands-on program and its courses have been developed based upon input from experts in the automotive parts store industry.

James E. Buzzard, executive vice president, UNI-SELECT USA, notes that Alfred State College's "continued commitment to excellence in education and desire to expand the program offering and degree level" make this partnership possible. "This [program] will give our industry and company the future employees with the needed technical and business training."

Craig R. Clark, executive director of the Wellsville Campus and dean of the School of Applied Technology, concurs: "The auto parts technology program is a great example of how industry and education can work together to develop and then support a program," he noted. "The initial $50,000 per year commitment is being used for scholarships up to $4,000 to students accepted into the program. We are very excited to begin discussing how we can expand the program online now and construct a new facility for the program in the near future."

The knowledge and skills areas include basic computer operation, communication, business operation, automotive parts management, automotive parts identification, pricing strategies, and inventory control. Instruction is based upon the hands-on modular format that has been successful on the campus for more than 40 years. The program has also been designed to allow its graduates to articulate easily with Alfred State's technology management (BBA) degree which allows students who earn an associate's degree in a technical or professional area to complete a bachelor's degree using a 2 + 2 format. While Alfred State has a strong reputation for graduating students with outstanding technical skills, these two-year students have lacked management and business training, which is crucial for future entrepreneurs. Technology management fills that need, college officials said.

Graduates of the program will find employment in automotive parts stores, automotive dealerships, and larger fleet operations at construction companies or municipalities as well as at larger institutions that have their own fleets and maintenance organizations.

Alfred State College's automotive trades programs boast one of the largest automotive-related college-level enrollments in New York State. Currently, the automotive trades programs serve some 260 students with 16 faculty and over 80,000 square feet of facilities to provide hands-on learning.

Award-Winning Programs

  • The automotive service technician program was awarded #1 Post-secondary Automotive Program in New York State by the Industry Planning Council for 1996, 1998, and 2006, and was national runner-up for 1998 and national winner in 2000.
  • The heavy equipment: truck & diesel program is one of nine national Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS) TechSmart programs.
  • Three program areas-automotive service technician, heavy equipment: truck and diesel technician, and autobody repair-are all National Automotive Technician Foundation Master Certified. Few colleges have master certification in all three areas. Alfred State was one of the first programs to be certified in the nation.

For more information, contact the Alfred State College Automotive Trades Department at (607) 587-3117. The Alfred State Admissions Department can be reached by calling 1-800-4-ALFRED.

UNI-SELECT Partnership for Automotive Parts Technology Program ReviewedPictured here, following the decision to offer the automotive parts technology program online, are, l-r: Dr. John M. Anderson, president, Alfred State College; Cyril Merrick, associate professor and chair, ASC Automotive Trades Department; Carmen Capriotto, ASC class of 1972, executive vice president, Corporate Stores, UNI-SELECT; Craig R. Clark, executive director of the Wellsville Campus and dean, School of Applied Technology; Gerry Ives, assistant professor, ASC Automotive Trades Department; James E. Buzzard, executive vice president, Automotive Group, US, UNI-SELECT; and Al Mosher, ASC class of 1973, Alfred State partnership manager, division stores manager, UNI-SELECT.

ASC and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County Host 39th Annual Finger Lakes Dairy Judging Contest

Posted Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 04:48

The Alfred State College (ASC) Agriculture and Horticulture Department and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County hosted the 39th annual Finger Lakes Dairy Judging Contest for Future Farmers of America (FFA) members as well as 4-H members from local counties at the ASC college farm earlier this month.

Contests took place in the following categories: novice (age 10 and under or 13 and under who have not previously competed in the Finger Lakes District Dairy Judging Contest), junior: 8-13 years old; and senior: 14-18 years old. Classes consisting of Holsteins and Colored Breeds were judged on halter, and questions were asked on several classes.

Individual Winners:

  1. Shelby Button, Jasper-Troupsburg
  2. Matt Lates, Fillmore
  3. Allyson Long, Prattsburg
  4. Dan Alleger, Jasper-Troupsburg
  5. Stephanie Hinz, Fillmore
  6. Nick Digati, Prattsburg
  7. Mike LaCrone, Jasper-Troupsburg
  8. Matt Rowley, Randolph
  9. Tara Cline, Cuba-Rushford
  10. Robert Hurd, Prattsburg
  11. Darin Buvoltz, Randolph (runner-up)

Team Winners:

  1. Jasper-Troupsburg, Team 1: Shelby Button, Dan Alleger, Mike LaCrone, Sadie Button; score: 1,079
  2. Prattsburg, Team 2: Marcus DeBurgomaster, Robert Hurd, Allyson Long; score: 982
  3. Cuba-Rushford, Tara Cline, Molly Emerson, Alan Sweet, Kim Sweet; score: 943
  4. Prattsburg, Team 1: Nick Digati, Jacob Kula, Kasey Wetmore; score: 928
  5. Jasper-Troupsburg, Team 2: Katie Carl, Kris Davis, Mariah Willis, Tyler Schenck; score: 911

4-H Winners:

Novice Category:

  1. Adam Buckenmeyer, Wyoming 4-H, score: 401
  2. Alton Rudgers, Wyoming 4-H, score: 373
  3. Hope Vanderwater, Wyoming 4-H, score: 359
  4. Grace Franklin, Steuben, score: 346
  5. Shante Robinson, Steuben, score: 317
  6. Ann Johnson, Steuben, score: 315
  7. Lydia Milligan, Wyoming, score: 311
  8. Ashlynn Bennett, Steuben, score: 302
  9. Cameron Cox, Wyoming, score: 281
  10. Justin Bennett, Steuben, score: 275

Winning 4-H Novice Teams:

  1. Wyoming (Adam Buckenmeyer, Alton Rudgers & Hope Vanderwater)-score: 1,133
  2. Steuben (Grace Franklin, Shante Robinson, & Ann Johnson)-score: 978
  3. Wyoming (Lydia Milligan, Cameron Cox) - score: 592
  4. Steuben (Ashlynn Bennett, Justin Bennett) - score: 577

Senior Category:

  1. Brittany Spencer, Wyoming, score: 430
  2. Stephanie Spencer, Wyoming, score: 401
  3. Ben Colopy, Wyoming, score: 399
  4. Duncan Bailey, Cattaraugus, score: 398
  5. Drew Hill, Cattaraugus, score: 386
  6. Adam Hill, Cattaraugus: score: 385
  7. Darin Buckenmeyer, Wyoming, score: 385
  8. Kelsie Brennan, Wyoming, score: 378
  9. Marshall Hinz, Wyoming, score: 367
  10. Steven Quanz, Steuben, score: 360
  11. Taylor Hill, Cattaraugus, score: 360

Winning 4-H Senior Teams:

  1. Wyoming, 1,200 points
  2. Cattaraugus, 1,169 points
  3. Wyoming, 1,130 points
  4. Allegany, 660 points
  5. Steuben, 360 points

Junior Category:

  1. Jared Dueppengiesser, Wyoming, score: 399
  2. Emily Richards, Wyoming, score: 380
  3. Dan Hill, Cattaraugus, score: 362
  4. Jordan Kramer, Steuben, score: 331
  5. Paige Demun, Steuben, score: 318
  6. Hannah Ikeler, Wyoming, score: 310
  7. Luke Colopy, Wyoming, score: 309
  8. Molly Emerson, Allegany, score: 305
  9. Alyssa Santangelo, Allegany, score: 294
  10. Logan Robinson, Steuben, score: 293

Winning 4-H Junior Teams:

  1. Wyoming, 1,089 points
  2. Steuben, 942 points
  3. Allegany, 599 points
  4. Cattaraugus, 362 points

The first-place individual in the senior division of both the 4-H and FFA contests will be offered a $250 scholarship to Alfred State College. These scholarships are provided for students with plans to enroll in the veterinary technology, agriculture, or landscape design and construction programs at Alfred State.

NYS Sen. Catharine Young Secures Funding for Alfred State College Student Center

Posted Date: Friday, July 25, 2008 - 11:40

Young and AndersonNYS Sen. Catharine M. Young, (R-Olean) visited the Alfred State College campus recently to announce $33.5 million in funding for a new student center on the campus. Sen. Young, long a friend of the college, successfully worked to get the funding put back into the state appropriations budget after it had been removed. The Alfred State Student Center will be the physical representation of the realization of Alfred State's vision of being nationally recognized as the college of choice for students seeking a technology-focused education (associate and baccalaureate level) and the preferred college for employers seeking graduates prepared to "hit the ground running."

"Alfred State College does a great job educating students," said Young. "But today's students expect a certain quality of life at college, and this new student center will help Alfred State meet those expectations. I'm pleased to know that the plans for the student center include encouraging leadership and civic responsibility so that students will not only be successful in their careers, but also in their lives."

Moving from a two-year college culture to a four-year college culture entails more than simply adding academic offerings, faculty, and staff. Interpersonal, social, and leadership skills need to be developed through personal interaction with many different people. These interactions provide the best instruction when the setting is a safe, comfortable gathering place. A student center will provide this gathering place that will naturally draw students and faculty together outside the classroom. The Student Center will complete a student's total college experience -- academic programs to expand knowledge, facilities to support quality educational experiences and sports activities, and the Student Center to grow the spirit.

Phase one of the project, the $5.5 million student area, has connected Central Dining Hall with the Allied Health Building and is open for students to gather all day and for events after the food service area closes. The new construction will connect the current Central Dining Hall with the Agriculture Science Building.

Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson noted, "We're excited about the dramatic way our new facility will transform our campus culture into one that will emphasize student involvement and student leadership. The process we'll use for the design of the facility will be very inclusive, using the expertise of our faculty, staff, and students ... and we can't wait to get going!"

Echoing Anderson's sentiments, Young commented, "This is just the beginning of many wonderful things for Alfred State College."