February 2011

Student “Cookie Gram” Valentine Fundraiser For New Culinary Arts Building

Posted Date: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 03:28

Danielle Lawrence with her cookie creationsProving that love entails not only feelings for another person (or people), Danielle Lawrence, Oakhurst, CA, a Culinary Arts Department. “It never fails to inspire and amaze me when I see what our students can do.”

Students Assist with Web Sites

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 07:36

Alfred State College students enrolled in information technology classes recently lent their budding expertise to the local community.

The web applications and applied database management classes revamped the Allegany County Historical Society's Web site. The classes built a content management system, organizing the group’s data into a relational data system allowing for the storage of historical data, the searching of site data, and the dynamic generation of Web material. The site will allow the historical society to remotely administer it while delivering items of historical interest to researchers, including stories, census data, cemetery data, and genealogical information. Included in the site will be a forum for site users and researchers. The historical society's president, Ron Taylor, was actively involved with meeting the students and sharing his organization’s concerns and wishes. In addition, the introduction to web page development students will perform data entry and usability testing for the Web site.

Additionally, the web programming I class developed a Web presence for the Canisteo Community Support Group, Inc., an organization that raises funds for local causes and manages two local events: Christmas in the Village and Crazee Daze. The students are building an information dissemination site for the organization with the hope that the site becomes the primary source of information regarding the group and its events to its external constituents.

CISY 7203 (web programming II) class is continuing improvements on both the Allegany County Historical Society site and the Canisteo Community Support Group Web presence.

“Both projects involve a fair amount of work to really make them shine, and I am very proud of my students from both last semester and this semester for their hard work,” he says.

Curry Tapped as SUNY Rep for PARCC

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 08:41

English and Humanities Department at Alfred State College, has been tapped to represent the State University of New York (SUNY) at the newly formed national project, Partnership for the Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC).

The PARCC coalition has been formed by 26 states across the country, including New York, to create a next-generation assessment system that will ensure that students across the country are expected to meet common, high standards that will prepare them for their futures. States in PARCC have one common goal: building their collective capacity to dramatically increase the rates at which students graduate from high school prepared for success in college and the workplace and provide students, parents, teachers, and policymakers with the tools they need to help students – from grade three through high school – stay on track and graduate prepared.

PARCC has selected Achieve (an independent, bipartisan, non-profit education reform organization based in Washington, DC, that helps states raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments and strengthen accountability) to coordinate the work of the Partnership, leveraging that organization's deep experience in educational standards, assessments, and the broader college-and career-ready policy agenda.

Later this month, Achieve will host a higher education and K-12 faculty engagement meeting for governing and participating PARCC states. At this meeting, higher education faculty, high school educators, state assessment leads, and state post-secondary leads will begin the process of identifying the core competencies needed for success in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses. The meeting will allow high school and higher education faculty to discuss and describe key design principles and performance expectations for the high school assessments that will measure college readiness.

Together, the 26 PARCC states educate more than 60 percent of the K-12 students in the United States. The proposed assessment system will be computer based and students will take parts of the assessment at key times during the school year, closer to when they learn the material, rather than waiting for one big test at the end of the year. Teachers and principals will be able to see how students are progressing toward achieving the standards at key points in the school year, allowing them to adjust instructional practices or give extra support to students who need it. Because the assessments will be developed by states in partnership with one another, they will provide a common metric for measuring the performance of their students; for the first time, meeting standards in one state will mean the same thing as in others.

In order to ensure the assessment system is anchored in what it takes to be successful in college and careers, higher education systems and institutions in all PARCC states will participate in the development of the new high school tests. Over 200 higher education institutions, including some of the largest in the country, have agreed to participate. The goal will be for those institutions, and the nearly 1,000 campuses they represent, to honor the results of the new assessments as an indicator of students’ readiness to take first-year credit-bearing courses.

Leaders from Partnership states have spoken out about their participation in PARCC.

New York State Education Commissioner, David M. Steiner noted: “We are working together to develop a system that will utilize performance-based assessments, evaluate what students are learning throughout the academic year, and build end-of-year summative assessments to provide the measures of student growth that states need to support valid accountability systems."

Curry was hired by Alfred State College in 2004 as an assistant professor in the English and Humanities Department where he teaches courses in composition and literature. Prior to joining the Alfred State College faculty, Curry taught at the University of Connecticut.

Curry holds a master of arts in English from Chico State University and a bachelor of arts in creative writing and comparative literature from San Francisco State University. He completed his doctoral work at the University of Connecticut.

Claim a Plot in New Community Garden

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 09:03

Do you want to grow your own food? Need the space and tools to do it? Never gardened before but want to learn how? Are you an experienced gardener who wants to share what you know with beginning gardeners and learn new techniques from other gardeners? Alfred State College’s Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA).

The garden will be located just inside the Village of Alfred behind the Horticulture Building at Alfred State College.

The community garden will help local families have access to fresh, healthy vegetables and fruits. “We have the opportunity to teach a whole new generation of young people the joy and rewards of growing their own food,” explained Brian Baker, executive director of the Sustainability Institute.

The community garden gives participating gardeners access to a greenhouse, tools, equipment, organic seeds, potting mix, and compost provided by the college.

The Green Team invites schools, clubs, organizations, and individuals to claim a plot in the garden. For more information, call Sandy Dennison at (607) 587-4069, or e-mail her at dennissj@alfredstate.edu. An Alfred Community Garden Facebook page has been set up at http://www.facebook.com/AlfredGarden.

US Representative Tom Reed Tours ASC

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 10:12

Tezak, Anderson, Reed, McClean, Lawrence, and MarsiglianoAlfred State College officials welcomed US Representative Tom Reed, (R-29th District) recently as he toured the college and met mechanical engineering faculty and students. Pictured here, l-r: Dr. Matthew Lawrence, assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department; and Michael Marsigliano, Staten Island. McClean and Marsigliano are seniors in the mechanical engineering technology program.

Pioneers Down Jaguars

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 16:02

The Alfred State College men's basketball team outscored JCC-Olean 46-36 in the second half en route to a 81-72 victory on Tuesday evening.  The win is the Pioneers first conference victory of the season and improves the team to 5-21 (1-11 WNYAC).

Younatan Gobezai (Bethesda, MD) had a big night finishing with 22 points, nine assists, and six rebounds.  Patrick Parker (Jamaica/Hillcrest) had 12 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists while Tommy Hutson (Brooklyn/Susan McKinney) chipped in 12 points off the bench.  Milton Colquehoun (Silver Springs, MD), Melvin Jenkins (Brooklyn/Susan McKinney) and Ryan Caron (Prattsburgh) all had eight points.  Caron added eight boards.

Rameek Boyd led the Jaguars with 22 points while Ryan Carney had 19 points and 13 rebounds.  DeParis Banks chipped in 15 points and 10 boards while Kyle Clake had 15.

The blue & gold hit the road for the final time in 2010-11 season on Thursday when they battle Niagara CCC.  Opening tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Jim Keady to Speak on Sweatshops and Social Justice

Posted Date: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 04:26

Alfred State College will welcome Jim Keady, who will speak on sweatshops and social justice, Thursday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Orvis Auditorium on the Alfred campus. This event is open to the public free of charge.

Keady’s presentation, “Behind the Swoosh: Sweatshops and Social Justice,” recounts his experience of spending one month in an Indonesian slum living with Nike factory workers on $1.25 per day, a typical wage, and his decades-long effort to end sweatshop abuses. He will also show audience members what they can do to get involved and join this fight for justice.

Sponsored by Alfred State’s Kaleidoscope Coalition (login required), Keady’s appearance will feature an interactive multi-media presentation including slides, role-playing, and powerful video footage. Along with personal accounts, the presentation includes the latest information on Nike's horrible labor and environmental practices and challenges the audience to deal in human terms with the women, men, and sometimes children, who are the foundation of global manufacturing.

Keady is an educator, activist, theologian, filmmaker, writer, and athlete. He is the director of Educating for Justice, Inc., a NJ-based nonprofit company that educates and organizes citizens to promote peace and justice in the world. For the past 12 years, Keady has focused much of his time and energy on improving the living and working conditions for Nike’s overseas factory workers. His work has been featured on CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, HBO Sports, ESPN, the ABC, the BBC, NPR, WBAI, as well as in the NY Times, Newsday, Sports Illustrated, the Daily News, and countless other local radio programs and print outlets. Keady’s Nike accountability campaign, TEAM SWEAT, can be found at www.teamsweat.org and he can be reached by e-mail: jim@educatingforjustice.org.

Keady holds a master’s degree with distinction in theology from St. John's University (NYC) where he concentrated his studies in social ethics and pastoral theology. Keady also coached St. John’s men’s soccer team, at the time, the NCAA Division One National Champions. He was eventually forced to resign from his job because he refused to wear and promote Nike's products as part of the school's $3.5 million dollar endorsement deal with the sportswear giant.

Prior to his work with EFJ, Keady taught high school religion for five years at schools in New York and New Jersey. He also played and coached soccer at the youth, high school, college, and professional levels. Jim has also been involved in electoral politics and from 2005-08 served as a councilman in the City of Asbury Park, NJ. He has spent time traveling the globe and doing volunteer work in Asia and Europe with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. In addition to his graduate degree from St. John's, he holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from St. Joseph's University.

In 2001, the Mario Savio Foundation (CA) recognized and honored Jim's work for justice, naming him the “Young Activist of the Year.” Jim is currently producing a feature length independent documentary film and writing a book, both titled, SWEAT, which will detail his decade-long work of advocacy on behalf of Nike's overseas workers.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in corporate social responsibility, business ethics, global leadership, social justice, civic engagement, and activism,” says Ashley Kehoe, director, of kehoeal@alfredstate.edu or phone: (607) 587-4077.

Third Edition of Bartholomew-Green's 3-2-1 Code It! Published

Posted Date: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 05:33

Michelle Greencourt and realtime reporting). Numerous vocational-technical offerings stressing hands-on learning are available at the School of Applied Technology Campus located in nearby Wellsville, NY. The College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and several programs are also accredited or approved by program-specific professional organizations. Academic programs, residential facilities, and co-curricular activities are provided to meet the educational, cultural, social, and recreational needs of students. The College is located in Alfred, NY, a scenic village in Allegany County. It is 15 miles north of the Pennsylvania border, 70 miles south of Rochester, and 90 miles southeast of Buffalo.

Former Pioneer Basketball Players Excelling

Posted Date: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 09:36

Former Alfred State College men's basketball players Dan Foley (Irondequoit) and Travis Brannen (Elmira Free) have played important roles in recent basketball games for their current schools.

Foley was named the NAIA Division II men's basketball player of the week after two solid performances for Roberts Wesleyan College.  Versus Point Park he had 15 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists and nearly posted a triple-double when the Raiders upset #1 Walsh (Ohio) recording 13 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.

On the year, he is averaging 14 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 8.5 assists for the Raiders.

Brannen helped the Golden Knights to an upset of crosstown rival #17 Mercyhurst College with a career night.  Brannen finished with 32 points on 13 for 15 shooting (4 for 4 from three) and added 11 rebounds as Gannon gave the Lakers their first PSAC loss.

On the year, Brannen is averaging 11 points and 6.6 rebounds for the 13-10 Knights.

Mardi Gras Celebration, Tuesday, March 8

Posted Date: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 10:03

Students enjoying Mardi Gras festivitiesStudents enrolled in the culinary arts programs at Alfred State College will prepare a Mardi Gras celebration, featuring a New Orleans-style menu, on Tuesday, March 8, from 5-7 p.m., in the student cafeteria of the Culinary Arts Building on the Wellsville campus.

Masked wait staff will serve patrons at tables decked out in bright colors designed to evoke a Mardi Gras atmosphere; musical jazz selections will provide additional ambience. Guests will receive complimentary Mardi Gras beads in the traditional colors of green, gold, and purple.

Cost of the event is $15 for adults; $7 for children 10 and under. Proceeds from the event, which is sponsored by the Top Hat Club (the culinary honor society), will benefit the Club’s Activity Fund.

Josh Baker, Andover, a senior culinary arts student is the chef manager in charge of the event. Scott Wood, Auburn, a senior culinary arts student is the chef in charge of food production.

The event is open to the public; no reservations will be accepted.

For additional information, please call the Culinary Arts Department at (585) 593-6270, ext. 3170, or (607) 587-3170.