January 2012

SUNY Financial Aid Day, Saturday, Feb. 11

Posted Date: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 05:32

The Alfred State College Office of Student Records and Financial Services will participate in the annual SUNY Financial Aid Day, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, beginning at 9 a.m., in EJ Brown Hall, Room 414, on the Alfred campus. The financial aid staff will assist students and their guests in completing and submitting the 2012-13 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically. The FAFSA is required for all financial aid, including New York State assistance. The financial aid staff will also be available to answer any questions regarding the financial aid process.

Students/parents can register by going to www.suny.edu/studentevents or by calling 1-800-342-3811. This workshop is open to all prospective college students and their families, including those who do not plan to attend Alfred State College. Registrants will receive an e-mail listing necessary information, including what materials students/parents will need to bring with them, building location details, and parking directions.

Prior to SUNY Financial Aid Day, participants are encouraged to obtain: a Federal PIN number at www.pin.ed.gov (allow 1-3 business days for receipt); driver's licenses; alien registration card (non-U.S. citizens); bank statements and investment information; FAFSA PIN number; Social Security numbers; 2011 Federal Income Tax return (or estimated); W-2 forms or other records of income earned for 2011; and 2011 untaxed income information.

SUNY's Statewide Student Financial Aid Days are offered as a service to all prospective college students and their families. The programs are designed to answer questions and provide assistance regarding the financial aid application, types of aid available, and the award process.

Thirty-five programs will be offered across New York State. Students and parents should feel free to attend the program closest to where they live.

Goodrich Featured Speaker at National Conference

Posted Date: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 09:09

Deborah J. GoodrichAlfred State College’s Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Deborah J. Goodrich was recently a featured speaker at NACAC’s (National Association for College Admission Counseling) 67th national conference. An overview of her presentation was subsequently printed in the November 2011 issue of Enrollment Management Report (practical guidance in recruitment, admissions, retention and financial aid).

The focus of this year’s conference was the sharing of ideas and innovations in response to change in the profession. According to NACAC President Jim Miller, “…we must embrace opportunities to question our assumptions, learn new concepts, adjust our plans, and enhance and improve our work.”

Goodrich’s presentation, “Using Predictive Modeling and Communication Plans to Make the Most of Your Marketing Dollars,” was a case study, relating how Alfred State, recently recognized as a University Business Model of Efficiency honoree, implemented predictive modeling to realize significant savings and increased enrollment. This method also allowed the college to focus limited marketing dollars on students who were most likely to enroll.

Goodrich joined the Alfred State College professional staff in 1978 and moved through the ranks from admissions counselor, to associate vice president. She holds an associate’s degree from Erie County Community College, a bachelor’s degree from SUNY at Buffalo, and a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Buffalo State College.

ASC Nursing Program Added to JCC's Communiversity

Posted Date: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 11:23

Pictured here, Sellers and Columbare review the agreement.Alfred State College has signed an agreement with Jamestown Community College (JCC) to allow graduates of JCC’s nursing program the opportunity to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing through the Communiversity at JCC in partnership with Alfred State College.

The agreement was reviewed recently by Kathleen F. Sellers, PhD, RN, professor and chair of Alfred State College's Nursing Department, and Dawn T. Columbare, DNP, RN, CNE, professor and director of JCC's Nursing Education Program.

The agreement outlines how graduates of JCC's associate in applied science degree in nursing can complete Alfred State's nursing degree online in four semesters. JCC graduates must complete designated JCC courses with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (out of a possible 4.0) and must secure licensure as a registered nurse by the end of their first semester after matriculating at Alfred State.

Students can transfer additional JCC course work toward meeting requirements for the bachelor's degree and Alfred State will accept a maximum of 90 total transfer credit hours from JCC.

The nursing degree agreement is a component of the Communiversity partnership that Alfred State, JCC, and several other colleges have undertaken. Communiversity is an alliance of regional colleges and universities making select associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees accessible to JCC students without their needing to leave the area.

Details of the agreement and the Communiversity program can be accessed at www.sunyjcc.edu/communiversity.

President Anderson Applauds Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address

Posted Date: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 11:28

Dr. John M. Anderson, president, Alfred State College, applauds NYS Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s foresight, dedication, and commitment to the State University of New York (SUNY) as evidenced in the Governor’s State of the State address.

Anderson noted: “Gov. Cuomo recognizes the importance of education—at all levels—to all New Yorkers. His ongoing commitment to the State University is heartening in that it empowers SUNY to continue to drive economic development by creating jobs and training students in emerging careers. The expansion of the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Act is proof positive of the Governor’s faith in the State University. We at Alfred State wholeheartedly support Gov. Cuomo’s vision and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s efforts on behalf of SUNY. 2012 looks to be a promising year!”

Kellogg Authors Article in Paperback Parade

Posted Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 04:50

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 published by Gryphon Books. The article is titled “Philip Wylie: On the Smuggling of Bombs.”

The article notes that Philip Gordon Wylie (1902-71) incorporated his views on nuclear weaponry into several of his novels. Wylie served as adviser to the Senate Special Committee on Atomic Energy and as consultant to the Federal Civil Defense Administration. The holder of a top-secret clearance, he observed testing of the atomic bomb in Nevada.

In “The Smuggled Atom Bomb” (1951), Wylie points out that aircraft and rockets are not the only means for initiating a nuclear war. He suggests that an atomic weapon can be smuggled into the country, perhaps aboard a ship or submarine, and then transported to an urban center where it would be detonated. Wylie felt it crucial that Americans stay vigilant to prevent enemy nations from smuggling nuclear components into the United States. His warning is still prescient today because of nuclear proliferation and the increase in international terrorism.

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 held at the former Wylie residence in Rushford during the Labor Day weekend. Guests at the Open House can view photographs, memorabilia, and a library of Wylie books and articles relevant to his long and successful writing career.

Kellogg writes frequently for both popular magazines and professional journals. He joined the Alfred State faculty in 1970 after completing his doctoral studies at the University of Rochester.

Mitchell Publishes Poetry

Posted Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 05:02

Dr. Richard A. MitchellDr. Richard A. Mitchell, professor in the English and Humanities Department at Alfred State College, has had three of his original poems, "Opening Days," "Coupons," and "Charlie's Store," published in the Fall/Winter edition of The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.

Mitchell has been widely published in a variety of magazines and literary journals, such as Sahara Magazine of Worchester, MA, The Advocate, Blue Unicorn, and The Distillery, Motlow State College, Lynchburg, TN, to name just a few. His work also appears in anthologies including Many Voices, Many Lands and New American Poets.

Prior to coming to Alfred State, Mitchell taught at SUNY Delhi and at North Country Community College in Saranac Lake.

The Johnson City native holds degrees from Broome Community College and SUNY Oswego, and earned a PhD in English from the University of Nevada.

President Anderson Talks Sustainability with Garden Guys

Posted Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 07:37

Listen to the podcast of The Garden Guys' Jan. 8 radio interview with President Anderson.

President Anderson Kicks Off Spring Semester

Posted Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 10:30

Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson kicked off the spring academic semester by presenting an abundance of kudos for the college community as well as issuing a new challenge.

Anderson’s presentation began with a series of vignettes acknowledging the impact the college’s faculty, staff, and students have had over the years, in places near and far. Congratulating the assemblage, Anderson noted that the college’s efforts do not go unnoticed by a wide variety of stakeholders, such as alumni, donors, elected officials, and business and industry, to name just a few.

Also acknowledging that many colleges—like Alfred State—focus on sustainability and civic engagement, Anderson noted that what makes Alfred State unique is the manner in which the college achieves success in those areas: through project-based learning, the philosophy that students learn by doing, and that learning how to think, not what to think, prepares ASC graduates to be conscientious global citizens.

And those conscientious global citizens direct their attention to issues big and small. One issue that the spring 2012 semester is spotlighting through Commencement (May 13, 2012) is the plight of abused animals. Dubbed “Campaign 101,” in recognition of the College’s 101st commencement, Alfred State and the two local animal shelters, the SPCA serving Allegany County and the Hornell Area Humane Society, will join forces throughout the spring to encourage 101 animal adoptions.

“As I contemplated Commencement 2012, the College’s 101st, I couldn’t get Disney’s 101 Dalmatians out of my mind,” Anderson told faculty and staff. “When I realized that, in essence, it was a story about animal cruelty, I asked myself what we, as a college, could do to mitigate animal mistreatment in our area. Enlisting the help of our veterinary technology faculty as well as the local shelters, we decided upon ‘Campaign 101,’ an effort to encourage the adoption of 101 pets from the two shelters by May 13. One aspect of this plan is the continuation of our students’ and faculty’s work in providing medical care for the shelter animals, including spaying and neutering, which, ultimately, makes the animals more adoptable. The second aspect is encouraging faculty and staff as well as the local communities to consider adopting a pet in the next four months…even if they’re not 101 Dalmatians!”

To jump-start the campaign, ASC officials opted to protect community members’ current pets by distributing ID tags for dogs and cats to facilitate the public’s willingness and ability to return lost animals to their owners. Dr. Emily Weiss, the researcher on the ID me project, has praised the College for its commitment and willingness to act on behalf of those creatures who can’t act on their own behalf.

Financial Planning Students Quoted in Publications

Posted Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 11:30

Students enrolled in Alfred State College’s financial planning program traveled to Brooklyn this fall to attend NAPFA’s (National Association of Personal Financial Advisors) Practice Management and Investments Conference. All had been recipients of full scholarships to the event. The Alfred College scholarship winners were sponsored by NAPFA, NAPFA Chairwoman Susan John, an anonymous firm, and the college. Excerpted here, portions of interviews with Rhoades and his students that appeared in AdvisorOne and in NAPFA Advisor Magazine (by Joyce Hanson), November 2011.

“These students work very hard, and they are excited about joining the financial planning profession. The exposure to the real world of advisers is invaluable,” said Dr. Ron Rhoades, CFP, assistant professor in the Business Department of Alfred State College, and curriculum coordinator of its financial planning program and NAPFA board member who coordinated the trip.

“The key is bringing the real world into the classroom,” said Rhoades. “Students can only learn so much from professors. I have seen our students networking at breakfast, listening to speakers from the financial industry and soaking up information like sponges. They are so excited to be here. Some of these students have never been out of the rural area of New York before,” Rhoades said, noting that the group was planning a field trip to Times Square on Tuesday night.

For the students, the conference was not only a reward for academic achievement but also a chance to meet advisers who might be able to provide them with internships and first jobs.

Bill Fahs, a senior from Wellsville who was part of the group, noted that listening to advanced-level speakers at the conference made him more confident about the baseline knowledge he has acquired as a student. “The presenters moved through the material very quickly, but I was surprised at how much of it I understood,” he said. “It wasn’t over my head, which I think shows the quality of our courses at school.”

Rhoades, a director on NAPFA’s national board, is the owner of a financial planning firm, ScholarFi Inc., but in August he moved from Florida to upstate New York to begin his teaching duties. To ensure he has sufficient time to teach, Rhoades keeps his client base small, at about 20.

Rhoades, who began his duties at Alfred State in 2011, earned a Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from the University of Florida College of Law, which was preceded by bachelor of science degree in business administration from Florida Southern College. Rhoades has over 25 years of experience as an attorney, with nearly all of those years substantially devoted to estate planning, tax planning, and retirement plan distribution planning. Rhoades also has over a decade of experience as a personal financial adviser, and he was a principal with an investment advisory firm, where he served as chair of its Investment Committee. He is involved with several financial planning organizations, writes the “One Man Think Tank” column for one industry publication, and he is the author of numerous articles published in financial industry publications. He is the author of two books and is a frequent speaker at national conferences in the financial planning and investment advisory professions. Rhoades is the recipient of The Tamar Frankel Fiduciary of the Year Award for 2011, from The Committee for the Fiduciary Standard, as he has “altered the course of the fiduciary discussion in Washington.” He was also named as one of the Top 25 Most Influential persons associated with the investment advisory profession in 2011 by Investment Advisor magazine.

Drama Club to Present Staged Reading of The Laramie Project

Posted Date: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 04:59

The Alfred State College Drama Club will present a staged reading of The Laramie Project, written by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. Performances are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. in the Pioneer Lounge on Alfred State Campus. The performance is open to the public, but due to adult themes, parental discretion is advised.

Cost of admission is $2; proceeds will go to support a charity that addresses how hatred, violence, and harassment impact young people. There will also be a free will offering.

The play is based on an incident that took place in 1998 when Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay student registered at the University of Wyoming, was tied to a cattle fence, beaten about the head, robbed, and left to die on a bitterly cold night in October. Eighteen hours later, he was accidentally discovered by a biker, who had trouble believing that the figure he saw attached to the fence was human. Police and ambulances were dispatched, and Shepard was taken to a local hospital, to no avail. He never regained consciousness and died several days later due to his head injuries. Two local young men were charged with the crime.

Kaufman's goal was to create a play that focused not on the assault on Matthew Shepard, but on the community where such an attack could happen, and how many of the citizens reacted to the crime. The play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted by the theatre company with inhabitants of the town, company members' own journal entries, and published news reports.

Structured as a documentary in three acts, the play attempts to reenact the events that occurred on that fateful night. Eight actors portray more than 60 characters in a series of short scenes. It is a powerful look at the different ways a community and the nation reacted to hatred. The Laramie Project is often used as a method to teach about prejudice and tolerance in personal, social, and health education and citizenship in schools.