February 2013

Students to Mark Nat’l Court Reporting Week with Outreach to Local Veterans and More

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 16:00

Court reporting and captioning students at Alfred State are marketing National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, Feb. 17-23 by participating in a national veteran’s oral history project coordinated by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the leading organization representing stenographic court reporting and broadcast captioning professionals.

As part of the project, students will use court reporting methods and equipment designed for capturing, storing, and retrieving information. The oral accounts of service that they collect will be donated to the Library of Congress where they will be preserved as part of American history. On campus, students will also be promoting the profession on social media, and they will be welcoming returning graduates to campus to share their career insights.

Alfred State’s blakemj@alfredstate.edu.

Students Recognized at Spirit of Service Event

Posted Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 16:00

Alfred State students, faculty, staff, friends, and residents of the Alfred community celebrated the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. last month at an awards ceremony held at the Village of Alfred Courthouse. The Jan. 24 event honored those who demonstrate a strong commitment to serving others and who exemplify the principles of equality and social justice that Martin Luther King Jr. did. The event was hosted in partnership with Alfred University and was a part of a nationwide Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Collegiate Challenge.

The five winners of the Spirit of Service awards are Alfred State student Leslie Teagarden, Alfred resident Jeanne Hyland, Alfred University student Zachary Mazejka, Alfred University faculty member Becky Prophet, and Sandy Dennison, marketing director for Alfred State’s ACES.

Following the awards ceremony, on Jan. 26, the college also hosted a day of service during which students worked on projects at 14 locations in the community including Alfred library.

MLK awards ceremony

Spirit of Service nominees and award recipients are, from left, Teagarden, Hyland, Alfred resident Bob Amico, Alfred University students Autumn McLain and Shane Farnum, Alfred State faculty members Dr. Melvin Chambliss and Nancy Furlong, Mazejka, Dennison, Alfred State student Matt Butler, staff member Deb Mayes, and faculty member Mark Payne. Missing from photo, Alfred University student Casey Duncan, award recipient Becky Prophet and Alfred University faculty members Robyn Goodman and Wes Bentz.

Alfred State Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

Posted Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 16:00

Several new faculty and staff members have joined Alfred State in the schools of Arts and Sciences; Architecture, Management & Engineering Technology; and Applied Technology as well as in the departments of Facilities Services, Student Life, Admissions, Library Services, Athletics, and Technology Services. New hires include:

Casey Cowburn of Andover joins Alfred State’s School of Arts and Sciences as coordinator of the Alfred State Opportunity Program (ASOP) in the Learning Center. In this role, he provides general and academic advisement to freshmen. Prior to joining the college, he was a forensic clinical coordinator at the Allegany County Jail. Cowburn has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts.

Doug Foster of Hornell joins Alfred State’s Facilities Services as a cleaner in the Physical & Health Sciences Building.

Michael Fox of Alfred joins Alfred State’s Student Affairs as resident director for the MacKenzie South dormitory. Fox has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in computer science from Shepherd University.

Heather Mark of Dansville joins Alfred State as keyboard specialist I in Admissions. Previously, Mark worked as a chemical dependency counselor. She has an associate’s degree in applied science from Genesee Community College.

Catherine Miller joins Alfred State as an instructional support assistant in Library Services. Miller has a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo.

Joshua Mudrick of Hornell joins Alfred State’s Facilities Services as a cleaner in the Physical & Health Sciences Building.

Jon Owejan of Honeoye joins Alfred State as assistant professor, mechanical and electrical engineering technology. Prior to joining the college, Owejan was a senior research engineer for General Motors. He has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Alexe Pask of Williamsville joins Alfred State as an assistant athletic trainer. Pask has a bachelor’s degree in health care studies and a master’s degree in athletic training from Daemen College.

Jacob Perry of Springville joins Alfred State as instructor, culinary arts, on the Wellsville campus. Prior to joining the college, he was a chef at the Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel. Perry has an associate’s degree in culinary arts and a bachelor’s degree in food service management from Johnson & Wales University.

David Phillips of Hornell joins Alfred State’s Technology Services as a computer technician. Phillips has an associate’s degree in computer and electronics systems from Alfred State.

Lisa Summers of Arkport joins Alfred State’s Facilities Services as a cleaner in the Document Center and the Huntington Administration Building. Summers earned an associate’s degree from Alfred State and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Alfred University.

Ed Foundation Announces New Board Members and Officers

Posted Date: Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:00

The Board of Directors of the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., has announced new board members and officers for 2013-14. The new board members are, (pictured below from left) Terry Ross of Angelica, Casey Joyce of Wellsville, and Scott Burt of Scio.

2013-14 Ed Foundation board members

The new officers are Wellsville residents. They are (pictured below from left) Geralyn Gough, vice president; George Goetschius, secretary and treasurer; and Julie Hart, president.

Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. 2011-12 officers, l-r: Geralyn Gough, secretary/treasurer; George Goetschius, vice president; and Julie Hart, president.

All have been elected to serve one-year terms in these capacities.

Architecture Design Student Earns Kawneer/AIAS Competition Honors

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 14:00

Kyle PerryAlfred State student Kyle Perry, of Frewsburg, a third-year study abroad program in Sorrento, Italy, on the Bay of Naples. After completing his BS in architectural technology degree at Alfred State, he plans on earning a master of architecture degree and pursuing a career in the profession.

Former Alfred State President Bill Rezak to Speak at New Horizons Forum – Feb. 27

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 14:00

Dr. William Rezak, former Alfred State President, will talk about his new book, The Arab and the Brit – The Last of the Welcome Immigrants” at the New Horizons Forum on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in room 107 of the Physical and Health Sciences Building. The public is invited free of charge. An open discussion will follow.

Forum director and SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus Joe Flynn notes that President Rezak’s book is “an important contribution to current conversations surrounding immigration and foreign affairs in the Middle East. More than that, it is a deeply moving and personal family memoir at once richly historical and told in a compelling narrative style.”

Interested parties may preview the book.

The New Horizons Forum, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences, showcases current scholarly, creative, and public service work by faculty, students, administrators, professional staff, and invited guests. It is guided by a campus-wide advisory board whose goal is to enrich the intellectual life of the institution.

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College Council Recognizes Two University Police Officers for Heroic Works

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 14:00

The Alfred State College Council recently honored University Police Officer Mark Woodworth and Lieutenant Scott Bingham for two separate heroic actions they recently took in recent emergency situations.

 Anderson, Woodworth, Sammons, and FogartyAlfred State President John M. Anderson along with members of the College Council honored both officers with certificates of recognition. Officer Woodworth was honored for his response to the explosion at the Rose Apartments on Glen Street in the village on November 11. As one of the first responders to arrive on the scene, Woodworth made his way to the upper floor to rescue an injured resident who was trapped before continuing to help clear the unstable building.

Pictured here, from left, Alfred State President John M. Anderson, Officer Woodworth, Vice President of Student Affairs Greg Sammons, and College Council Chair Pat Fogarty.

Lieutenant Bingham was honored for his response in pursuing a bank robbery suspect that struck a car on Church Street, led a short chase while pursued by Lt. Bingham, and eventually crashed resulting in Bingham taking the suspect into custody. The suspect and driver of that vehicle were charged with allegedly robbing the Community Bank on Main Street. Bingham’s actions and pursuit directly prevented the robbery suspect’s potential escape and decidedly ended any continued danger the suspect posed to the community.

Anderson, Bingham, Richardson, and Sammons

Pictured here, from left, Alfred State President John M. Anderson, Officer Bingham, College Council member Joe Richardson, and Vice President of Student Affairs Greg Sammons.

“Each of these police officers separately demonstrated the level of professionalism, readiness, and willingness to act to the level of heroism that makes their acts special,” said Greg Sammons, vice president of Student Affairs and former chief of University Police on the Alfred State campus. “Our community is proud of these two police officers. Both Lt. Bingham and Officer Woodworth represent the best of what Alfred State’s University Police Department has consistently offered the Alfred community.”

Program on Best Practices in Law Enforcement Involving Dangerous Dogs and Dogfighting, April 23

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 10:00

Alfred State’s Center for Community Education & Training (CCET) -- in partnership with the ASPCA -- is hosting Responding to Dogfighting & Dangerous Dogs, Best Practices for Law Enforcement on Tuesday, April 23 at Lake Lodge, 6107 Terbury Road in Alfred, from 8:30 a.m. to 5.p.m.

This course features presentations by Randall Lockwood, PhD, senior vice president, forensic sciences and anti-cruelty projects, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and Terry Mills, director of blood sports, field investigations and response team, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and includes the following sessions:

Officer Safety: Recognizing and Responding to Dangerous and Potentially Dangerous Dogs – this program covers the basics of how dogs communicate, how to rapidly assess an encounter with a dog, and the use of a force continuum in choosing a response.

Investigating Dogfighting: Part 1 -- Learn the basics of how dogs are bred, raised, and trained for fighting as well as the basic steps in planning, and executing, a dogfight investigation.

Investigating Dogfighting: Part 2 – Review what happens at a raid, evidence identification and collection, safe animal handling, examination of dogs, transport and housing and more.

After the Raid -- Review case packaging of a successful dogfight prosecution, the role of expert witnesses in building the case, effective testimony and longer term evaluation, housing and placement of seized dogs.

Cost is $39 and includes registration, a continental breakfast, and lunch. To register for this course, contact CCET at (607) 587- 4015 or email ccet@alfredstate.edu.

Alfred State Hosts SUNY Student Senate’s Meeting

Posted Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 15:00

Alfred State hosted a meeting of the SUNY Student Senate on Saturday, Feb. 16. In all, 28 SUNY Student Senate members, including a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees, traveled from Albany to attend the day-long conference which included campus tours and events planned by the Alfred State Student Senate.

The SUNY Student Senate acts as a forum between SUNY students, the SUNY Chancellor, and SUNY Board of Trustees on matters impacting areas of student concern and is a communication network for campus student government leaders. Members of Alfred State’s Student Senate welcomed the guests, arranged campus tours and provided an evening dinner for them with the Alfred State President’s Council which was followed by an evening entertainment show.

SUNY Student Senate with Alfred State administration Caption: Front, from left, SUNY Student Senate Secretary Samantha Kloeckener and Vice President Nicole Williams, with Alfred State Student Senate President Courtney Cardinal. Back row, from left, Alfred State’s Student Senate Technology Chair Joshua Altemoos; SUNY Student Senate Executive Board President and SUNY Trustee Kevin Rea, Alfred State’s Executive Vice President Val Nixon, Vice President of Student Affairs Greg Sammons, College Council Chair Pat Fogarty, and SUNY Student Senate Treasurer Bryan Meyers.

Standard Financial Aid Award Letter to be Used This Fall

Posted Date: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 11:00

Alfred State announced today that it will put in place a new, standardized Financial Aid Award Letter from the State University of New York beginning in March.

In fact, the State University of New York (SUNY) announced yesterday that all of the system’s 64 campuses will begin using a standard Financial Aid Award Letter for the 2013-14 academic year, as part of the SUNY Smart Track™ campaign, the system’s commitment to college cost transparency and a reduction in student debt.

The new award letter will allow students and their families to see clearly the cost of attendance and financial aid offerings at each campus, including campus-specific information such as graduation rate, median borrowing, and loan default rate. SUNY is the first and largest public system of higher education nationally to implement such a tool for students and families.

“While college students across the country are taking on more loan debt than ever before, SUNY Smart Track™ gives our prospective students the most comprehensive and transparent financial aid information available so that they can make informed decisions about how to pay for their college education,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The standard award letter will allow prospective students and their families to easily compare colleges within SUNY and view a full outline of the financial commitment associated with their education.”

Development of the standard financial aid award letter was first announced when SUNY launched its Smart Track™ campaign in September. With the launch, SUNY adopted the concept of transparency of financial aid and college costs and the system began offering students the most proactive, comprehensive financial aid information and services in the country.

More recently, in the 2013 State of the University Address, Chancellor Zimpher announced that SUNY Smart Track™ would contribute to a larger, system-wide goal of decreasing the loan default rate of SUNY students by at least five percent over the next five years.

The average indebtedness of a SUNY graduate is $22,575, well below the national average of $26,600. The vast majority of SUNY student loan borrowers repay their loans successfully.

The SUNY Smart Track™ Award Letter was developed by a committee of campus Financial Aid Directors, and others, who were tasked with adopting the intent of the federal Financial Aid Shopping Sheet while creating a unique version for SUNY. Additionally, the campaign calls for an expansion of SUNY’s Student Loan Service Center, early engagement of students at risk of default, and providing new and improved online resources such as a net price calculator, chats with financial aid experts, and financial literacy materials. Samples of the standard award letters that will be used, for resident and commuting students, are available online.