August 2012

Automotive Students Prepare for Record Run at Bonneville Salt Flats

Posted Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 12:33

Ten students and four faculty members from the Alfred State Automotive Trades Department are traveling to the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah this week to attempt to break the land speed record for 1 liter automobiles. Department chair Kent Johnson will lead the team to Wendover, Utah, where over 450 competitors will compete in a variety of categories. Johnson notes that the effort is an example of the college's focus on project-based learning.

The Honda Insight Hybrid was donated by an Alfred alumnus, and Johnson explained that the extensive modifications to the car were completed with donated funds and industry support. Students worked before and after classes to complete the car, which will be piloted by automotive instructor Sean Haggerty and Alfred State president Dr. John Anderson. The land speed attempt follows a May victory in another donated Insight at the Watkins Glen Green Grand Prix, where that student-prepared car went against competitors from around the country to capture a mileage challenge. That car averaged 96 MPG over a three-hour-long "race" at the Finger Lakes track.

Honda Insight Hybrid

The Insight and tow van are shown above in front of the college “Zero Energy Home Laboratory”, another recent student project. Pictured from left to right are Michael Ronan, professor, Automotive Trades Department; Tim Randall, Spencerport, 2012 Automotive Trades graduate; Billy McMahon, Avoca, 2012 Automotive Trades graduate; Geoffrey Aman, Rochester, 2012 Automotive Trades graduate; Will Weaver and Sean Haggerty, instructors, Automotive Trades Department. Students Randall, McMahon, and Aman helped with this project.

Streater Creating a Buzz at Raider Camp

Posted Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 03:46

Former Pioner Rod Streater vs. the Dallas Cowboys

Update 8/21: Rod Streater caught seven passes for 43 yards in the Raiders second preseason game vs. the Arizona Cardinals.  He plays again on Saturday when Oakland hosts the Detroit Lions

Former Alfred State football player Rod Streater is creating a buzz around the Oakland Raiders and the NFL after his performance in his first preseason game vs. the Dallas Cowboys. Streater, an undrafted free agent, spent a year as a safety and a year at wide receiver wearing the Pioneer blue & gold before transferring to Temple University for his final two years of college eligibility.

Streater caught six passes for 66 yards in the Raiders Monday Night Football contest vs. the Dallas Cowboys. The Raiders were not able to use Streater's offensive production to produce any points and fell 3-0 to the Cowboys.

After the game Streater was asked about his first experience in the NFL, "It felt good, it really did. That's what you work for, to come out here and make plays. It's just a great experience."

During the contest Streater was a popular topic for ESPN analysts Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden. The duo even mentioned Streater's time at Alfred State and his NJCAA All-American performance in the high jump. ESPN's Skip Bayless also took time during the game to tweet about Streater's performance "Raiders must really love undrafted rookie Rod Streater. Can't remember rookie being so featured in 1st half of 1st preseason game - 6 for 66

In 2009 season at Alfred State. Streater caught 24 passes for 539 yards and six scores. During his freshman season wearing the blue & gold, Streater played safety on the defensive side of the ball and picked up 20 tackles and picked off two passes.

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New Student Convocation -- 2012

Posted Date: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 11:36

Alfred State officially welcomed 1,300 freshmen on campus today at a Convocation ceremony that was led by Alfred State President John M. Anderson along with faculty and staff.

Hundreds gathered to hear opening remarks and welcome the incoming class who join the Alfred community from around the state and around the world.

Members of this year’s incoming class include students from 57 of New York’s 62 counties, 22 additional states, and 16 students from five foreign countries. Of the freshmen class, 108 students have been identified as Distinguished Scholars and 208 have been offered scholarships in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements, exceptional vocational skills, and extraordinary talents outside the classroom. A number of students also bring with them previous work experience and successful college course work.

The event culminated with a creatively choreographed aerial image of the freshmen class on the field at Pioneer stadium and was followed by a barbeque picnic, music, and activities fair.

See photos of the New Student Convocation and Student Activities Fair.

Click below to take a 360 tour of the day's event.

Alfred State Program Helps Displaced Workers Secure Full-Time Employment

Posted Date: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 12:18

An Alfred State training program for CNC precision machining has helped six displaced workers in Allegany County secure full-time employment in CNC machining.

The program is offered annually and involves 168 hours of hands-on learning. This year’s session concluded earlier this month and took place in the Alfred State machine shop located at the Dresser Rand facility in Wellsville. In all, eight residents from Allegany County participated.

CNC training will take place again in 2013. To learn more, contact Alfred State’s Center for Community Education and Training at (607) 587-4015.

CNC machining training

Stephen Pink and Gary Havens of Wellsville program a machine as part of CNC training for precision machining offered through Alfred State.

Students Make a Difference in Haiti with Project-Based Learning

Posted Date: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 05:19

Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, 64 Alfred State students in the College’s Agriculture & Veterinary Technology. “It was a powerful experience. No text book or lecture could have taught them what they learned from their experience in Haiti. Best of all, the contribution they made will be felt for years to come.”

Alfred State’s unique focus on hands-on, project-based learning is rooted in the concepts of civic engagement and sustainability and provides the foundation for all learning at Alfred State. Local students returning from this summer’s session in Haiti include: Alfred Station – Patrick Umphries, building trades; Almond – Billy Ernest, veterinary technology; Lisa Reynolds, nursing; Megan Votava, nursing; Addison – Craig Quick, building trades; Andover – Chris Reynolds, nursing; Hunt – Ethan Duell, building trades; Wellsville – Nicole Terwilliger, veterinary technology.

nursing students in Haiti

Alfred State nursing students (from left) Gurvinder Kaur and Sunnie Day assist Dr. Jim Wilkens in examining a patient in Haiti.

building technology students in Haiti

Alfred State building technology students (from left) Patrick Umphries, Eric Scott, and Megan Votava (nursing) construct some bunk beds for the guesthouse.

veterinary technology student in Haiti

Alfred veterinary technology students Erin Baum examines a horse for a Haitian farmer.

veterinary technology student in Haiti

Alfred veterinary technology student Michele Marinich examines a cow during a veterinary clinic.

Alfred State Awarded Chapter Status by NECA

Posted Date: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 05:35

Alfred State has been authorized to establish a student chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). The new student organization will debut on the Wellsville campus this year and will distinguish Alfred State as one of only 26 educational organizations in the country that operates a student-led chapter of the NECA organization.

NECA, a widely recognized professional organization representing the electrical construction industry, is focused on alleviating a critical managerial shortfall that is emerging in the industry. According to the organization, as the market for electrical contracting services expands in diverse directions, finding capable managers to oversee current projects and plan for future growth is becoming challenging for many contractors.

“With a NECA chapter on campus, our electrical construction and maintenance electrician students will be able to network directly with industry professionals,” said Alfred State’s Craig Clark, Executive Director of the Wellsville Campus and Dean of the School of Applied Technology.

Clark attributes the creation of Alfred’s NECA chapter to the College’s affiliation with influential industry leaders including Rochester-based Aaron Hilger, President of the Builders Exchange and Chalisse R. Sharp, NECA’s Executive Director.

“Meaningful connections with industry leaders, is just one of the ways we prepare students to meet and exceed industry standards,” said Clark, adding, “it is also one of the reasons why Alfred State can boast a 99 percent placement rate.”

Alfred State Offers Beginner Motorcycle Rider Course

Posted Date: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 05:47

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Successful Run at Bonneville Salt Flats

Posted Date: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 08:32

Thirteen students and four faculty members from Alfred State’s Visit the Automotive Department page on Facebook to view photos of this event.

Honda Insight Hybrid

Students surround the Alfred State Honda Insight that competed at Bonneville Salt Flats. From left, Michael Ronan, professor, Automotive Trades Department; Tim Randall of Spencerport, a 2012 automotive trades graduate; Billy McMahon of Avoca, a 2012 automotive trades graduate; Geoffrey Aman of Rochester, a 2012 automotive trades graduate; Will Weaver and Sean Haggerty, instructors, Automotive Trades Department.

Lady Pioneers Fall in Opener

Posted Date: Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 17:17

The Alfred State women's soccer team fell 3-0 to Monroe (Bronx) College in their 2012 season opener.  The game played in Rochester was part of the Monroe CC Invitational  The Mustangs finished their trip to Rochester with a 2-0 record.

Monroe found the back of the net twice in the first half and once more in the second.  Krista DeCarlo (Bayshore/West Islip) made 11 saves in net as the Lady Pioneers were outshot 22-5.

The blue & gold have over a week off before beginning Region III Division III play next Sunday when they travel to Tompkins Cortland CC for a 1 p.m. contest.  A scrimmage scheduled for Monday (8/27) @ Keuka College has been cancelled.

Rhoades Authors Book; Presents at Certified Financial Planner Board

Posted Date: Monday, August 27, 2012 - 12:25

Dr. Ron A. Rhoadescontact Alfred State’s Admissions Department.