July 2010

Kellogg Authors in Most Recent Issue of PAPERBACK PARADE

Posted Date: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 05:15

Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor of psychology at Alfred State College, is the author of an article appearing in the most recent issue of PAPERBACK PARADE, a quarterly magazine published by Gryphon Books of New York. Titled “Philip Wylie’s Nuclear Nightmare,” the article states that writer Philip Wylie (1902-1971) was an expert on nuclear energy who wrote extensively about the perils of a global atomic war. Wylie’s astute observations on the cold war and the atomic era are as relevant today as they were 50 years ago.

The author notes that Philip Wylie had a “Q” clearance for access to classified information, observed the atomic bomb tests in Nevada, and served as a special consultant to the Federal Civil Defense Administration. This scientific expertise enabled Wylie to become the chief oracle of the atomic age, and he wrote numerous books and articles about the causes and consequences of nuclear conflict. Wylie concluded that no nation at war can ever be victorious when massive quantities of nuclear weapons are employed. The mutual destruction of both countries is assured in such a confrontation.

Kellogg joined the Alfred State faculty in 1970 after completing graduate studies at Alfred University and the University of Rochester. He is the author of three books dealing with legendary detective Sherlock Holmes and his articles frequently appear in popular magazines and professional journals.

Allegany County Community Action Day, Aug. 28

Posted Date: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 12:33

Alfred State College is partnering with several Allegany County human services agencies to conduct an kehoeal@alfredstate.edu.

Baccalaureate-Level Nursing Degree (BS-N) to Begin Fall 2010

Posted Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 08:23

Officials at Alfred State College are pleased to announce the establishment of a admissions@alfredstate.edu.

$1,000 Bright Future Scholarship Awarded to Senior in HIT Program

Posted Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 08:28

Lisa Meaney, Victor, a senior in the health information technology program at Alfred State College, was recently awarded a $1,000 Bright Future Scholarship by the AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) Foundation.

This award, established by gifts from past scholarship recipients, is one of 35 distinct merit scholarships awarded by the organization to students currently enrolled in health information management programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). Three levels of scholarships are offered: $1,000 for an HIT AA degree student; $1,200 for an HIA BA/BS degree student; and $2,500 for a credentialed professional pursuing a master or doctoral degree in an area related to HIM practice.

In 2010, 146 students submitted applications; out of that pool, 72 qualified candidates received scholarships for an award total of $94,650. The 2010 award recipients included two PhD candidates, nine master degree students, 23 bachelor degree students, and 38 associate degree students. The GPAs (grade point average) of those awarded scholarships ranged from 3.25 to 4.0, with an average GPA of 3.8 (out of a possible 4.0).

The AHIMA Foundation is the philanthropic and charitable affiliate of AHIMA (the American Health Information Management Association). The Foundation was established in 1962 as the nonprofit entity of AHIMA as its sole corporation. Initially dedicated to procuring books for the AHIMA library and to providing loans to health information management (HIM) students, today, the AHIMA Foundation strives to be the premiere resource for HIM professionals and the leader in advancing the field for the betterment of the HIM profession and the healthcare consumers they ultimately serve.

One of the major initiatives of the AHIMA Foundation is to attract and support new talent in the HIM (health information management) industry by improving the educational opportunities for future HIM professionals through scholarships.

The American Health Information Management Association, founded in 1928 to improve the quality of medical records, is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals. AHIMA's more than 57,000 members are dedicated to the effective management of personal health information required to deliver quality healthcare to the public. AHIMA is committed to advancing the HIM profession in an increasingly electronic and global environment through leadership in advocacy, education, certification, and lifelong learning. Quality health information management is essential to all aspects of today's healthcare system, ensuring the availability of health information to facilitate real-time healthcare delivery and critical health-related decision making for multiple purposes across diverse organizations, settings, and disciplines.

Pollinators and Pesticides Symposium, July 22, 2010

Posted Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 11:29

A steady decline in pollinator species has been noted for decades. Additionally, the increasing loss of honey bee colonies suffered by the commercial beekeepers that provide pollination services to commercial growers indicates that many food supplies are imperiled. A symposium on pollinators and pesticides will introduce attendees to some of the recent findings related to honey bee and pollinator losses.

The Symposium will be held Thursday, July 22, 2010, from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. in the Orvis Auditorium on the Alfred State College campus. For those wishing to bring a picnic lunch, a designated area will be announced at the meeting; other lunch options will be available on campus and in town.

There is no cost to attend; however, registration is required through the New York Sustainable Agriculture Working Group at the following e-mail - nysawg@gmail.com or at (716) 316-5839. Include name, affiliation (e.g., grower, researcher/college, beekeeper/organization, etc), and phone number or e-mail address.

Presenting from Pennsylvania State University/Center for Pollinator Research will be Maryann Frazier, Pennsylvania state extension entomologist, “A Survey of Recent Research Findings Regarding Honey Bee Health,” and Dr. James Frazier, professor, Department of Entomology, “Synergistic and Sublethal Effects of Pesticides on Honey Bees.” Presenting from the USDA-ARS Honey Bee Pollination Lab in Tucson, AZ, will be Dr. Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, research director, “Do Pesticide Contaminants Alter the Microflora in Healthy Honey Bee Colonies?” Dr. Diana Sammataro, “Beneficial Lactic Acid Bacteria Microflora of Honey Bees;” Dr. Kirk Anderson, “Microbiota in the Stored Food Sources of Social Insects;” and Dr. Mark Carroll, Varroa Mite Attractants: Potential Solution for Varroa Mite/Viral Challenges to Honey Bees.”

This Symposium is sponsored by Alfred State College and its Institute for Sustainability; The Western New York Honey Producers Association; The New York Sustainable Agriculture Working Group with USDA RMA; and Bee Culture - the Magazine of American Beekeeping.

White Signs with Youngstown State

Posted Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 06:38

Pat White waits for the snapAlfred State College football player Pat White (Warren, OH) has signed his national letter of intent to continue his career at Youngstown State.  White joins the Penguins and will compete in the Gateway Football Conference, a NCAA Division I football bowl subdivision program.

After playing basketball at Alfred State, White returned to the football field during the 2009 season.  White caught 24 passes for 599 (59.9 yards/game) yards for the Pioneers.  He caught six touchdown passes and his longest reception of the season was 78 yards. 

Alfred State football coach Mick Caba is excited to see another player have the chance to play at a higher level.  ”It has been a pleasure to coach Pat White and see him develop into an NCAA Division I wide receiver. I am excited that Pat has signed to play at Youngstown State University, just minutes from his home.  With the size, speed and talent Pat has and the opportunity to play for Coach Wolford in the YSU offensive system I could see the NFL on Pat’s horizon.”

White is the second Pioneer Coach Caba has sent to Youngstown.  In 2005 the Penguins signed Codera Jackson ‘05.  Codera, a NJCAA All American while at Alfred State became a two-time NCAA All American for the Penguins in 2005 and 2006. Upon graduation from YSU Jackson spent a short time with the Hamilton Tigercats of the CFL then 2 seasons with the Rochester Raiders of the Professional Indoor Football League.

White was also recruited by the University of Akron, Syracuse University, Delaware State University, Robert Morris University, and Arkansas State University.

White will make his debut with Youngstown State on September 4th when the Penguins travel to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions.

Nine Tracksters with ASC Ties Heading to Empire State Games

Posted Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 10:19

Nine athletes with ties to the Alfred State College track and field teams will compete this week at the Empire State Games.  The 2010 Summer Games will be held in Buffalo with most of the track events taking place at the University of Buffalo.

Five incoming Pioneers will be competing.  Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson) will compete in the 400 and 800, Mark Canady (Rochester/Edison) will run the 100, Dre Johnson (Rochester/Edison) will race in the 200, and Marquis Johnson (Rochester/Edison) will compete in the 400 hurdles.  Byron Jones (Niagara Falls) is also competing in the triple jump.

Current Pioneer, Pete Francia (Greece Olympia) will represent the Western team in the steeplechase while former Pioneers David Gross (Brockport), Wenley Louis (Irondequoit), and Andrew Omoregie (Rochester/Gates Chili) will also all compete.  Gross in the shot put, Louis in the long jump, and Omoregie in the high jump and the 110 hurdles.

Track and Field competition begins on Thursday and runs Friday and Saturday.  Results of the action can be found at: http://www.empirestategames.org/summer/

ASC Requests Funding for Renewable Energy Technical Training Center

Posted Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 06:10

An appropriation of $500,000 was granted this week to Alfred State College pursuant to a request for funding to support a renewable energy technical training center. Now that the bill has been approved by the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee and the full Senate Appropriations Committee, it will move forward to the Senate and Conference with the House and then to the President for signature.

As reported by the Olean Times Herald (July 25, 2010) US Sen. Charles Schumer noted: "SUNY Alfred is at the cutting edge of clean energy development and this investment will go a long way to make sure the school stays on top. Developing this clean energy technology will mean jobs for middle class families and economic growth throughout the Southern Tier. I'm going to be working hard to ensure that this funding makes it all the way through the appropriations process."

“I am pleased that Sen. Charles Schumer has recognized and supports the need for alternative energy training initiatives,” said Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson. “This funding will allow the College to continue its cutting-edge renewable energy leadership position.”

The Center will be used to build additional model installations with complete monitoring systems, utilizing geothermal, solar, and small wind projects. These sites will demonstrate the economic advantages of such systems. Additionally, the Center will provide economic development by promoting alternative ways to provide energy for homes, businesses, and farms in the rural sections of upstate New York that often are poor and disadvantaged; attract youth from both rural and urban backgrounds to green careers; provide additional trained employees for service industries in upstate New York; serve as a regional training center for new green energy technologies; and educate the public re: the advantages of renewable energy production.

“Through the Center, awareness will be significantly increased for a number of constituencies, including students who will be exposed to the many high-demand, high-paying green careers,” notes Craig Clark, dean, School of Applied Technology.

Alfred State College is uniquely poised to pursue this renewable energy technical training center thanks to its reputation for hands-on pedagogy, its partnerships with SUNYGREENSNY, NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority), and others.

For additional information, go to http://schumer.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=326689.

Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-chair Visits ASC

Posted Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 09:42

Alfred State College hosted Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the New York Department of State (NYSDOS), and Southern Tier West Regional Development and Planning Board (STW) representatives on Wednesday, July 28, at the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville. The visitors met with ASC officials to review their partnerships with Alfred State College.

Visitors included Earl F. Gohl who was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 10, 2010 as federal co-chair of the ARC. He is the 11th federal co-chair to be appointed since the Commission was established by an act of Congress in 1965. George Korchowsky, Land Use Training Specialist (LUTS II) with the Department of State’s Division of Local Government working for the New York State Appalachian Regional Commission, accompanied the federal co-chair on the Alfred State College visit.

“We are delighted to host these visitors to our campus so they can view the tangible results of our partnerships,” noted Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson. “I am also confident that they will be assured by their visit that their support has allowed Alfred State to lead the way in alternative energy training.”

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts. In New York State the ARC works with the NYS Department of State and Southern Tier West. ARC funds projects that address the four goals identified in the Commission's strategic plan, including the two most relevant to ASC: increasing job opportunities and per capita income in Appalachia to reach parity with the nation and strengthening the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in the global economy.

Southern Tier West is one of 71 Local Development Districts (LDD) designated by ARC. As an LDD, Southern Tier West oversees the direction and coordination of all ARC-funded economic and social development in the three-county region. Southern Tier West's mission is to help coordinate and enhance planning and development activities in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties so as to promote social, physical, and economic development in these counties.

Since 1996 Alfred State College has partnered with Southern Tier West, New York Department of State, and the Appalachian Regional Commission on various grants totaling more than $1.3 million. These grants have focused on increasing job opportunities and strengthening capacity through development of new laboratories, expertise, and programs. This has included grants in the areas of welding, CNC machine tool, computer technology, historic restoration and renovation, automated manufacturing laboratory, heavy equipment operation, advanced diesel laboratory, renewable energy institute, and green building laboratory.

The college has successfully leveraged these resources by working with industry and other agencies. Well over $4 million in grants from other sources has been awarded to ASC based upon these ARC grants. A recent example is the renewable energy ARC grant that allowed the college to develop its expertise in small wind and photovoltaic systems. The expertise and facilities developed by the ARC grant were used to win a $2.1 million NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) grant last year to expand clean energy training in New York State through the green home laboratory that will be powered by geothermal, solar thermal, photovoltaic, and small wind systems. A tour of this project was one of the highlights the visitors from ARC, NYSDOS, and STW enjoyed. The college will also be implementing a new alternative fuels laboratory through an ARC grant in the fall of 2010 that was also discussed during the tour.

The relationships with the ARC, STW, the NYSDOS and the ARC grants have allowed the college to develop and institute many innovative workforce development programs. The latest grants have focused on developing green programs before they were popular.

“The College’s ‘green home’ is a very impressive project,” said Gohl during his visit here. “The ARC is interested in funding projects that create jobs and brighter economic futures for the people in the Appalachian states. Alfred State College continues to develop programs and produce graduates that help make that goal a reality.”

“These types of programs are critical for the economic development, business retention, and retention of our youth by developing the latest job skills," said Craig Clark, dean of Applied Technology and principal author the ARC grants.

ARC, NYSDOS, and STW representatives visit on July 28, 2010In photo, l-r:
Alfred State College Assistant Professors Glenn Brubaker and Jeffrey Stevens, Electrician and Computer Technician Department; Guy Land, chief of staff, Appalachian Regional Commission; Dr. Steven Havlovic, ASC vice president for Academic Affairs; Richard Zink, executive director, Southern Tier West regional planning committee; Craig Clark, dean, School of Applied Technology, Alfred State College; Earl Gohl, federal co-chair, Appalachian Regional Commission; Dr. John M. Anderson, president, Alfred State College; Kyle Wilber, Appalachian Regional Commission program manager for NYS Department of State; and George Korchowsky, assistant program manager, NYS Department of State.

Pesticides and Pollinators Symposium at ASC

Posted Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 10:31

Alfred State College recently hosted a Pesticides and Pollinators symposium. Maryann Frazier, extension entomologist from Penn State, conducted a morning session that examined the role played by pesticides in the decline of North American pollinators, particularly honey bees. Dr. Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, research director of the USDA-ARS Honey Bee Pollination Lab in Tucson, AZ, along with Drs. Diana Sammataro, Dr. Kirk Anderson, and Dr. Mark Carroll, presented via the Internet. The researchers looked at other factors that contribute to the loss of bees, including viruses and parasites.

Of particular concern is Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Entomologists have long suspected a link between pesticides and the deaths of bees. While the neo-nicotinoid insecticides were found to directly kill honey bees, what was surprising was the significance of fungicides. Frazier found that of 887 samples taken of pollen, most contained multiple pesticide residues. These pesticides were often shown to have synergistic effects where the combinations are more deadly to bees that one would expect given their individual toxicity.

Pesticides and Pollinators SymposiumBecause bees rely on various microorganisms to help digest their food, the use of fungicides can have a greater impact on declining bee populations. These pesticides kill the microflora in bees that enable the bees to metabolize protein from pollen. Scientific evidence presented suggests that pesticides also compromise the honey bees’ immune systems. Repeated exposure to pesticides causes cumulative effects that reduce toxic doses below what a one-time feeding would produce. Pesticides are believed to make honey bees more susceptible to stress and opportunistic infections by parasites such as the Varroa mite.

The symposium was attended by over 80 participants, most of whom are honey producers. People came from as far away as California and Michigan to attend. The Symposium was sponsored by Alfred State College and its Institute for Sustainability; The Western New York Honey Producers Association; The New York Sustainable Agriculture Working Group with USDA RMA; and Bee Culture - the Magazine of American Beekeeping.

See the Pesticide-Pollinator Workshop event page for links to view the presentations (PDFs).