Physical and Health Sciences at Alfred State College, was selected to participate in the annual reading and scoring of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Examination in environmental science in June.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP®) gives more than 1.8 million capable high school students an opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses and examinations. Based on their exam performance, successful students can receive credit and/or advanced placement when they enter college.
This year, more than 3.2 million examinations from more than 30 AP courses were evaluated by over 10,000 AP readers from universities and high schools. Representing many of the finest academic institutions in the world, AP readers are made up of professional educators from the United States, Canada, and abroad. The AP reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between high school and college educators is fostered and strongly encouraged.
“The reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, vice president 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 Dr. Jakobi.”
Carley Youngman, Spencerport, an architectural technology major at Alfred State College, was recently awarded the 2011 scholarship from the Greater Rochester, NY Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).
The Greater Rochester NY Chapter, whose core purpose is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry, was chartered in 1985 and contributes to the construction industry in Rochester by awarding scholarships, providing educational opportunities to women in the industry, and conducting community benefit projects. The chapter has been awarding scholarships for more than 20 years.
NAWIC has been helping women for over 55 years take advantage of the opportunities in construction. Establishing a network base, mentoring, providing educational and professional opportunities for women in construction is the common goal within the organization.
One of the new programs to emerge from Alfred State College’s Student Leadership Institute is a high school leadership training program. Scheduled for Monday-Friday, Aug. 1-5, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily, this training program will provide hands-on leadership training for interested 9-12 graders and recent high school graduates.
Alfred State’s commitment to project-based learning with its undergraduates serves as a framework for this hands-on training program for young adults who wish to learn how to lead, resolve conflict, and inspire others.
“We know that leaders are made and not born,” states Dr. Steven Tyrell, vice president for Student Affairs at Alfred State. “However, we often wait too long in a person’s experience before we provide them with real life applications to effectively lead others. We also see examples of where young people stand up and take charge of situations, lead others through difficult times, and make a difference in the lives of others. When you learn more about these young people, you come to understand that they had accessed those leadership training resources society so often waits to give others until later in life. We have an opportunity and an obligation to put those skills in young adults’ hands now. This program brings these leadership skills to program participants!”
Participants will learn skills they can immediately use in the high school setting, with friends, and in preparation for life after high school, whether they are college-bound or seek employment. One of the additional benefits of this leadership program is that many of the training sessions include important skill sets that participants can also use to market themselves in the future. For instance, if they wish to apply for a resident assistant position in College or lead a civic engagement project in their community, they will be prepared to “hit the ground running,” making a difference in the lives of others.
Through fun, “hands-on” training sessions, participants will learn how to facilitate effective teams, understand and resolve conflict, lead others, work in cross-cultural settings, and discover their preferred choices for making a difference in the lives of others. All topics are presented in a manner by which participants will get a chance to immediately apply what they learn. Many face-to-face simulation activities will be used in the program and none involve the use of an Xbox, Wii, or PlayStation!
High school students who complete our program should be able to readily step into a leadership role in high school, college, or workforce settings where they can more fully consider ethical issues and weigh possible civic-minded goals associated with leading others (e.g., as a team captain, class government officer, club officer, manager).
The program will be facilitated by Tyrell and Matt Ryan, director of Student Affairs. Tyrell and Ryan have conducted over 300 training sessions and leadership workshops through their professional careers.
The High School Student Leadership Program fee is $50. There is also an additional $50 charge for lunch and snacks for those participants who choose to not bring their own lunches. Space is limited to the first 25 students who sign up for the program. To register for this program, please call (607) 587-3911, the Office of Student Affairs at Alfred State College!
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The excitement was palpable as faculty, staff, administrators, friends, and special guests gathered recently on a perfect summer day to break ground for Alfred State College’s Dr. Terry Tucker, dean, School of Arts and Sciences at the college who served as emcee for the event, noted that “We are preparing our students for a very different future. The need for good stewardship of land, water, and soil, as well as savvy consumers who will want to know how and where their food products are produced will require agriculturists to be familiar and comfortable with the new technologies.” Additionally, Tucker noted, “The projected growth in population [9 billion people by 2050] will increase the demand for food by nearly 70%. It will be imperative for farmers to know how to use the same amount of land, probably less water, and possibly a less favorable climate for food production to meet the increased demand. And that’s what COSA is all about: we’re creating a new generation of problem solvers and innovative entrepreneurs whose influence will reach beyond Western New York.” Principals involved in the project include AES Agricultural Engineering Services, LLS, Auburn, NY; Baker Construction, Alfred; and Spoleto Construction, Rochester. Pictured here, l-r: Dave Spoleto, president, Spoleto Construction; Patricia K. Fogarty, chair, Alfred State College Council; Tucker; Dr. John M. Anderson, president, Alfred State College; Sen. Young; Eunice A. Lewin, trustee, State University of New York (SUNY); and Matthew A. Morgan, deputy commissioner, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets.
View pictures of the COSA groundbreaking event.
Alfred State College’s Craig Clark, dean, School of Applied Technology; Keith Perry, Syosset WM School; Rich Monroe, Genesee Valley BOCES/Batavia; Jason Millington, Rochester City Schools; and Joseph Castelli, Levittown School.
Workshop participant Rich Monroe is shown performing the final wiring installation from the solar panels on the College’s state-of-the-art green home laboratory. The laboratory’s goal is to use the latest new building systems and renewable systems achieving a zero energy home that can be used in advanced course work for ASC students. Its energy use will be monitored over time and it will also be used for community awareness programs, such as this two-day workshop.
The real goal of this hands-on training workshop was to strengthen and enhance the current skill sets of these educators to strengthen the training they offer to their students. Alfred State College is committed to working with institutions and educators, as well as industry partners, to develop and strengthen New York State’s workforce.
Several Alfred State College athletes have earned honors from the NJCAA, Region III, and the Western New York Athletic Conference for outstanding academic achievements. Three Pioneers were recipients of the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement, three more were honored with the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement, 11 were named Academic All-Region, and 15 were named Academic All-Conference.
Vincent Antonioli (Wellsville), Atay Chokmorov (Bishkek, Kyrgyztan), and Amanda Bush (Altoona, PA) earned the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement, Academic All-Region, and Academic All-Conference. Antonioli earned a 3.8 GPA, Chokmorov held a 3.86, and Bush a 3.88.
Alex Farrell (N. Tonawanda), Andrea Presher (Prattsburgh), and Charise Nankivell (Hornell) earned the NJCAA Award for Expemplary Academic Achievement, Academic All-Region, and Academic All-Conference. Farrell had a 3.7 GPA, Presher has a 3.75, and Nankivell a 3.78.
Joining the NJCAA award winners on the Academic All-Region team (have to have a 3.5 GPA with 45 credits) and the Academic All-Conference team (3.30 GPA with 45 credits) were Joe Markel (Arkport), Jacob Giglio (Hornell), Wade Harrington (Campbell Savona), Kelley Dumbleton (Warsaw), and Makenzie Finnemore (Genesee Valley).
Derek Snyder (Bath), Travis Bellows (Alfred Almond), Michelle Marinich (Chenango Forks), and Ginette Gornett (Potsdam) all earned Academic All-Conference.
Alfred State College and Atlantic Richfield (a BP-affiliated company) officials gathered recently to announce the transfer of the wetland treatment system site to the View more pictures of this ceremony.
Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State College, is the author of an article appearing in the most recent issue of Paperback Parade, a quarterly journal for readers and book collectors published by Gryphon Books. The article is titled "Philip Wylie: Saving the Planet through Science Fiction."
Kellogg points out that Philip Wylie (1902-71) used the medium of science fiction to express his vision of a future world in which the environment has been permanently damaged by corporate greed and the reckless use of modern technology. Wylie's books remind the reader that ecosystems are very fragile and easily destroyed by the combined forces of consumer demands and the concern for maximum profits by our large corporations.
In both Los Angeles: A.D. 2017 (1971) and in The End of the Dream (1972, published posthumously), Wylie asserts that maintaining a clean and sustainable environment is far more than an issue of esthetics. It is an issue vital to the very survival of our planet. These novels contain frightening accounts of mutated microbes, lethal insects, and massive contamination of our air, soil, and water supply. Wylie even notes the impossibility of constructing containment vessels which can safely hold spent nuclear fuel. He predicts that natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes will inevitably damage such containers and that radioactive waste will then leak into the underground aqueducts of communities.
Kellogg has written extensively about the life and literary legacy of Philip Wylie. He also plays the role of the famous writer during the annual Open House which is held at the former Wylie home in Rushford during the Labor Day weekend. Philip Wylie married the daughter of the village physician in 1938 and spent his summers in Rushford from 1938 until his death in 1971. Consequently, his books contain frequent references to Rushford and other communities in the Southern Tier of New York State.