August 2011

New Student Convocation Planned

Posted Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 05:18

Hornell City Court Judge and associate professor in the Joseph E. Damrath will serve as keynote speaker at the College’s annual New Student Convocation in August.

The event, presided over by ASC President Dr. John M. Anderson, will also feature remarks by AJ LaMere, Rochester, Student Senate president, and William Snyder, ASC class of 2001, who will serve as the alumni speaker.

This activity marks the official beginning of a student’s academic career at Alfred State, welcomes new students to campus, and acquaints them with the institution’s expectations, including its principles of community by which students are expected to conduct themselves. New Student Convocation includes a formal procession of faculty in academic regalia and presentations by campus representatives.

Damrath, who has been a member of the ASC business faculty since 2003, holds a JD from The University of Toledo College of Law; an MA in philosophy from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh; and a BA in philosophy from LeMoyne College, Syracuse. He was admitted to the NYS Bar in 1981 and admitted to practice before the United States District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts.

In addition to his faculty obligations, Professor Damrath serves as Hornell City Court Judge (since 1989); was assistant district attorney for Steuben County (1982-88); and conducts a general law practice, concentrating in business law, contracts, corporations, partnerships, leases, collections, wills, estates, real estate, education law, health law, criminal law and litigation.

Professor Damrath is a member of several professional associations, including Academy of Legal Studies in Business; Society for Business Ethics; American Catholic Philosophical Association; New York State Bar Association; Steuben County Bar Association New York State City Judges Association; Attorney Grievance Committee (7th Judicial District); New York Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals; and National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He is also a member of the Hornell Rotary Club.

Professor Damrath was named a Distinguished Jurist by the Center for Dispute Settlement in 2010. In May 2011, he was recognized by the State University of New York (SUNY) with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Additionally, Professor Damrath has rendered service to the campus community by serving as: Faculty Senate-Parliamentarian, faculty adviser to Business Professionals of America, the College Ethics Officer, and a multitude of department and college committees.

Convocation Alumni Speaker William Snyder III, Class of 2001, graduated from the BS program in construction management technology as well as from the College Council. Throughout his time at ASC, Snyder worked as a student ambassador, a door guard, and a resident assistant.

While at ASC, Snyder was honored with numerous awards: the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence for outstanding academic achievement and contributions to the university community; the Paul B. Orvis Award for academic achievement and extensive involvement in the college community; Outstanding Student in Construction Engineering for academic distinction for dedication in field of study; and the National Associate Undergraduate Scholarship Award for devotion to the construction industry. Bill was a member of Psi Beta, a national honor society in psychology; and Associated General Contractors of America. Since graduation, Bill has worked for National Fuel Gas in Williamsville, working through the ranks in field operations. He was promoted to district manager earlier this year.

Over the years, Bill’s affiliations have included councilman, Town of Concord Town Board; Concord Public Library Board of Trustees; Town of Concord Zoning Board of Appeals; and Erie County Cooperative Extension Planning Board.

Convocation Address Speaker Alfred J. (“AJ”) LaMere is a Burdick Hall, APB honorary board member, and Student Activities chair on Student Senate. AJ is now serving a third year as Alfred State Student Senate president.

Local Solar Installers Earn Industry’s Most Prestigious Certification

Posted Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 05:36

Electrical Trades Department, Alfred State College, recently earned the industry’s leading recognition of expertise as a certified installer of solar electric systems (aka “photovoltaic” or “PV” systems) from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

NABCEP is the most respected and well‐established national certification organization for renewable energy professionals. Designation as a NABCEP-certified solar PV installer is widely recognized to be the most important and meaningful certification of its kind in the renewable energy industry.

“Receiving NABCEP’s certified installer status is personally very satisfying,” said Stevens. “More important, it means we can offer our students the added confidence of knowing that the information we are presenting is current and up to the highest standards in the industry.”

To earn NABCEP certification, Stevens and Kelley were required to demonstrate competence as solar PV installers by passing a rigorous exam that covers the multi-craft aspects of being a professional PV installer. They demonstrated knowledge on subjects as diverse as system design, electrical and job safety, the National Electrical Code, roofing and construction techniques, system commissioning, and troubleshooting. In addition to passing the exam, all certified NABCEP installers are required to show that they have real-world experience as a senior person on the installation crew as well as a minimum number of hours of advanced training.

“One thing you can be assured of with NABCEP certified installers is that your job won’t be their first,” said Ezra Auerbach, executive director of NABCEP. “Anyone who makes the considerable effort required to earn NABCEP Installer Certification has been required to document their experience and education as part of the eligibility process. They have also made a very real commitment to upholding high standards of ethical and professional practice. We are delighted to welcome Jeff and Sean to these lofty ranks.”

Stevens, a member of the Alfred State College faculty since 2002, lectures on electrical theory and national electrical code understanding and interpretation, as well as photovoltaic design and installation. His goal is to help develop and implement a curriculum and training facility that focuses on the training and accreditation of men and women to meet the industry guidelines for the installation of PV systems in the Northeast. He has attended numerous PV programs and trainings and is a member of focus groups working to meet that goal.

Stevens, a licensed master electrician and contractor, maintains a small electrical contracting business.

Additionally, Stevens has obtained his pre-certification as a certified photovoltaic installer, continues studies with associated National Electrical Codes and Photovoltaic installations, and is currently working with other faculty to build a green home laboratory addition to the facility at Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology campus to accommodate the demand for training and showcase the craftsmanship of the students and the renewable technologies currently being taught throughout the programs.

Stevens holds two associate of occupational studies degrees from Alfred State College: construction and maintenance electrician and plumbing, heating, and air conditioning, ’91 and ’93, respectively.

He is a member of the Allegany County Gideons International and manages ministries and mission trips for Global Community Outreach.

Kelley, a 2010 graduate of Alfred State’s electrical construction and maintenance electrician program, joined the faculty in January. He is the owner of Allegany Renewable Technologies, a small-business in the renewable energy sector.

Alfred State, a college of technology within the SUNY system, offers outstanding educational opportunities in its 19 bachelor degree and 52 associate degree program options. ASC is particularly known for its learning-by-doing philosophy and hands-on education. Of course, the College’s technology-rich programs also teach students the critical thinking skills that help them succeed throughout their lives.

Because Alfred State possesses a strong sense of community, ASC students typically feel right at home within a few days of their arrival. Additionally, students can choose to participate in more than 90 clubs and organizations as well as intercollegiate sports and intramurals.

Alfred State is located in the beautiful Southern Tier of New York state: 15 miles north of the Pennsylvania border, 70 miles south of Rochester, and 90 miles southeast of Buffalo.

For additional information: call 1-800-4-ALFRED.


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Governor Cuomo Signs NYSUNY2020 Bill

Posted Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 10:19

“I am very pleased that Governor Cuomo has signed the NYSUNY2020 bill, which will result in fair, rational, and predictable tuition increases for SUNY students and their families,” said Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson upon learning of the Governor’s signing the bill into law.

“This landmark legislation improves the tuition policy process and will be a boon to New York State, the State University of New York (SUNY), and most importantly, to us in this region, to Alfred State College,” said Anderson.

“I want to express my gratitude to Chancellor Zimpher, Gov. Cuomo, and the Legislature for their support of SUNY and their recognition of SUNY’s needs. This new plan will allow current and prospective students and their families to better budget for higher educational costs by avoiding unexpected tuition spikes, and will afford campuses a steady revenue stream to allow them to plan more effectively for their programming and physical plant needs.

“Once again, I want to thank Chancellor Zimpher, Gov. Cuomo, and the Legislature for their support of SUNY, New York State’s future.”

Wright Named Executive Assistant to the President

Posted Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 12:20

Chanel WrightChanel Wright, Addison, has been named executive assistant to the president of Alfred State College. In this new position, Wright provides operational and programmatic support for the day-to-day activities of the President’s Office in addition to overseeing special projects and programs strategic to the College’s future. She engages in extensive interaction with all levels of internal and external campus constituencies, including College Council.

Wright joined Alfred State College in 2008 as a residence hall director in the Division of Campus Life, where she supervised hall residents; enforced college regulations and policies; served as a liaison between students, faculty, and administration; selected, trained, and supervised student staff; and was responsible for individual and group counseling within the residence hall. Wright has also led a number of administrative and student development initiatives in residence life throughout her time on campus; she has also been one of the campus champions of civic engagement.

Wright holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Nazareth College, Rochester.

The Addison Central School graduate is the niece of Thomas and Darlene Wright of Addison.

She began her new duties July 1, 2011.

Sept. 11 Events Planned

Posted Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 10:01

Alfred State College will remember those who lost their lives and those who risked their lives as a result of the attack on the World Trade Center 10 years ago with three days of activities which are open to the public.

On Friday, Sept. 9, the College will host a remembrance ceremony and balloon release at noon in the quad outside of EJ Brown Hall where speakers and music will honor 9/11 victims, their families, and the responders. Helium-filled (biodegradable latex) balloons will be released in tribute.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, the 2006 major motion picture United 93 which depicts the actions of the passengers of United Flight 93 will be shown at 8 p.m. in the Orvis Auditorium. Watch the trailer.

On Sunday, Sept. 11, at noon, the college will sponsor a

ASC Host to North America's Largest Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education

Posted Date: Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 07:17

Alfred State College is proud to announce our involvement as a Campus Host Sponsor for the AASHE 2011 Conference and EXPO in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Oct. 9, 2011. This annual three-day conference presented by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), is the largest North American conference focused on sustainability in higher education, expected to draw over 2,500 participants to Pittsburgh, from more than 10 countries. AASHE has a reputation for providing the greatest campus sustainability information exchange and in-depth experience within this conference format. The focus of the 2011 conference is creating sustainable campuses and communities and will include community service projects for both conference attendees and Student Summit participants.

“We chose Pittsburgh because of the institutions of higher education in the area and surrounding areas such as Alfred State College” remarked Paul Rowland, AASHE Executive Director “They are leading the way in creating sustainable colleges and universities and are great examples for other institutions around the world. There is no better place to host this discussion than in Pittsburgh.”

Throughout the conference, in addition to the over 400 presentations, participants will be provided with the opportunity to experience local Pittsburgh. On Tuesday, Oct. 11, a Dine Around to local restaurants with a focus on sustainability is offered to participants. Restaurants include: The Carlton; Elements; Habitat; Lidia’s; Nola on the Square; The Sonoma Grill; and Stagioni. On both Monday, Oct. 10 and Wednesday, Oct. 12, tours of the local host institutions will have participants experiencing the best of Pittsburgh campus sustainability.

Alfred State will have the all-electric vehicle created by a class of seventh semester seniors in the mechanical engineering technology program in the fall of 2010. In addition to being on display throughout the conference, there will be a presentation by members of the class discussing the project and how other schools can implement a similar program of project based learning.

Kicking off the conference will be Dr. Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Laureate and Founder of the Green Belt Movement. Additional keynote speakers include Sandra Steingraber, author and ecologist, and Tim White, Chancellor of the University of California Riverside. Bill McKibben, founder of will join as the AASHE Student Summit Keynote presenter. Dr. Mitchell Thomashow, former president of Unity College; Leith Sharp, Executive Director, Illinois Green Economy Network; and well known environmentalist David Orr from Oberlin College will speak to intimate audiences during the three-day event.

Alfred State’s faculty, staff, and students presenting at the conference include:

  • Craig Clark, Dean of the School of Applied Technology
  • Timothy Cochran, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Matthew Dunn, Student, Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Jeffrey Johnston, Assistant Professor, Computer Imaging & Architectural Engineering Tech.
  • Matthew Lawrence, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Dianne Tuzzolino, Associate Professor, Business Department
  • Witcliffe Williams, Student, Electrical Engineering Technology

The AASHE 2011 Conference and EXPO is sponsored by many sustainable partners, including: Siemens, Trane, Waste Management, ARAMARK, Domtar, the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Izzy+, and Cascade Tissue. Over 120 exhibitors are expected to fill the EXPO hall.

Additional campus hosts of the AASHE 2011 Conference and Expo include Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Cornell University, Duquesne University, Frostburg State University, Pennsylvania State University, Point Park University, Portland State University, Slippery Rock University, University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University.

AASHE 2011 Conference and Expo
October 9–12, 2011
Daniel L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
General Fee: $475 for General Attendee Member/$600 for General Attendee Non-Members
Student Fee: $200 for Student AASHE Members/ $225 for Students Non-Members
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AASHE Student Summit
October 9, 2011
Daniel L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Fee: $30
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About the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. Our mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. We do this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. More information about AASHE, including membership can be found at Detailed information on the AASHE 2011 Conference & Expo can be found at Follow AASHE on Facebook and Twitter.

Staff to Embark On Relief Trip to Minot, ND

Posted Date: Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:23

Five volunteers from the ranks of Alfred State College staff will bring civic engagement to life when they embark on a relief trip to Minot, ND, from Sept. 1-7.

This community was one of the areas hardest hit by the flooding of the Souris River in late June, when 10,000 residents of Minot were forced to flee from the worst flood seen in over 130 years. The prolonged flooding has displaced a quarter of the area’s population and devastated more than 4,100 properties.

The five staff members, Gregory Sammons, University Police chief; Chanel Wright, executive assistant to the college president; Liz Raterman, director, Multicultural Affairs; Deb Mayes, staff assistant, Technology Services; and Scott Bingham, officer, University Police, will work with All Hands Volunteers which will house and feed volunteers on site at their headquarters.

The work will include some mucking out homes and gutting walls and ceilings ruined by the floodwater as well as other flood remediation projects, such as removing destroyed belongings and clearing debris. The work may also include just helping the residents try to rebound from this historic flood.

The All Hands story began in 2005 after the devastating tsunami in December 2004. Businessman David Campbell headed to Thailand to see how he could help. His intended one week volunteer visit turned into one month, during which he became one of the founders of HandsOnThailand, which brought more than 200 volunteers and several hundred thousand dollars to assist the rebuilding of five fishing villages. After hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the US in 2005, David joined with several other HandsOn volunteers to establish HandsOnUSA. In total, more than 1,500 volunteers helped HandsOnUSA serve the survivors of Katrina. Six years later, the organization has mobilized 6,000 volunteers from 42 countries on 15 disaster response projects in eight countries around the world. All Hands Volunteers is a US-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that provides hands-on assistance to survivors of natural disasters around the world, with maximum impact and minimum bureaucracy.

Schedule Set for East-West Showdown

Posted Date: Monday, August 29, 2011 - 05:14

The Alfred State College men's soccer team will open up their 2011-12 season this weekend at the East-West Showdown.  The rotating tournament will be held at SUNY Delhi this season.

The Pioneers will take on host SUNY Delhi at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday to open up their campaign and then will play at Noon on Sunday versus Mohawk Valley CC.  Jamestown CC is the fourth team in the two-day classic format tournament.

The East-West Showdown starts the Pioneers opening six-game road trip. The Pioneers are not home until September 22 when they host Broome CC.

ASC looks to improve on their 4-9-2 record of 2010.

Field Set for 2011 ASC Volleyball Invitational

Posted Date: Monday, August 29, 2011 - 06:02

The field and brackets are set for the 2011 Alfred State College Volleyball Invitational.  The Pioneers welcome seven teams to the Orvis Activities Center on Saturday for the all-day event.

Alfred State will be joined by Mohawk Valley, Herkimer CCC, Butler CCC, SUNY Delhi, Nassau CC, Mercyhurst North East, and Jamestown CC.  Nassau and Herkimer both advanced to the NJCAA Division III National Championships last year.

Action begins at 9 a.m. with pool play.  In Pool A, ASC will be joined by Mohawk Valley, Herkimer, and Butler.  Delhi, Nassau, Mercyhurst, and Jamestown will compete in Pool B.

The top two seeds in each pool will advance to the playoffs which will begin at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Estimated Time Court 1 Court 2
9 a.m. Alfred vs. Mohawk Valley Delhi vs. Nassau
10:15 a.m. Butler vs. Herkimer Mercyhurst vs. Jamestown
11:30 a.m. Alfred vs. Butler Jamestown vs. Delhi
12:45 p.m. Mohawk Valley vs. Herkimer Nassau vs. Mercyhurst
2 p.m. Alfred vs. Herkimer Delhi vs. Mercyhurst
3:15 p.m. Butler vs. Mohawk Valley Jamestown vs. Nassau
4:30 p.m. 1st Pool A vs. 2nd Pool B 1st Pool B vs. 2nd Pool A
5:45 p.m. Championship Match  

The Lady Pioneers advanced to the Region III Championship Tournament and finished the 2010 season with a 24-12 mark.

Students to Help Rebuild Two Cities Ravaged by Hurricane Katrina

Posted Date: Monday, August 29, 2011 - 10:50

Semester in the South 2011 group with President AndersonFor the second consecutive year, Alfred State College senior carpentry students enrolled in the College’s Assistant Professor Norm Ellis, and in conjunction with the Episcopal Diocese in the 7th Ward, New Orleans, and Habitat for Humanity in Bay St. Louis, 13 students will spend 15 weeks sawing, hammering, and building houses for those who continue to be displaced by the storm. Pictured here, getting ready to hit the ground running are, l-r: Ellis; Paul Ehrke, Amherst; Nathan Haines, Penn Yan; Brandon Richardson, Basom; Timothy Doherty, Jr., Belmont; Quentin Humphrey, LeRoy; George Peseky, Elmira; College President Dr. John M. Anderson, (wishing them bon voyage); Frank Cosco, West Seneca; Logan Rappleye, Watkins Glen; Anthony Palella, Fairport; Sean O’Donnell, Grand Island; and Brandon Perkins, Rochester. (missing from photo: Walter Soroko, Westfield, PA; and Joshua Kellogg, Waterville.)