Ten freshmen Building Trades students and instructor Jack Jones returned from a week of service in Long Island Feb. 8 where they spent five days helping home owners there prepare to rebuild homes destroyed by Super Storm Sandy last fall.
“This was a rich and rewarding learning experience on many levels,” said Jones. Students worked on four homes which were identified by the New York Annual Conference (NYAC), a mission and relief organization through the United Methodist Church that coordinates volunteers to assist with recovery efforts.
“We were thrilled to have Alfred State students here to help us rebuild,” said NYAC Disaster Response Coordinator Warren Ferry. “Having volunteers who are diligent, open to taking on tough challenges, and who have the skills to use the right safety procedures is a tremendous help. We hope they come back soon!”
The students worked on homes that were between the demolition and reconstruction phase of construction. “This phase of construction is a particularly stressful time for home owners under the best of circumstances,” said Jones, “but the people we were helping had just lost everything. They were very grateful for the work we provided.”
Jones said students were able to see real-world instances of exemplary building work and how certain construction techniques and workmanship helped some structures withstand damage while other methods may have contributed to making structures vulnerable to storm damage.
“Being able to see real examples like this while also experiencing how important safety and quality to the people who live in these buildings was a meaningful experience,” added Jones.
The project was part of the Building Trades lab component and was coordinated by through Alfred State’s Center for Civic Engagement.
Twelve Alfred State students who will be spending spring break in Horry County, SC, building houses as part of Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge program are raising funds for the trip, including $3,000 for materials and building supplies for the house construction. Fundraising efforts include a pancake breakfast hosted at St. Jude’s Chapel on the Alfred Campus on Saturday, March 2 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tickets are $7, $5 for students, and are available at the door. Anyone interested in contributing directly to the fundraising efforts can do so online (select ‘Civic Engagement Projects’ from the drop down menu).
Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge is a year-round school break program that is coordinated through the Collegiate Challenge Team at Habitat for Humanity International in Americus, GA. More than 14,000 students from more than 700 colleges, universities, and high schools participate in the event over spring break and will work at more than 200 sites nationwide. Collectively, these students have pledged more than $1 million to support Habitat for Humanity.
The Alfred State students participating in this event include: Morgan Brown of Montgomery, Tyler Fox of Walker Valley, Randy Friday of Brooklyn, Brook Hart of Saint Johnsville, Noelle Hunka of Buffalo, Brandon Hunt of Pine Bush, Stephanie Lang of Angelica, Lynnette Lockwood of Woodhull, Abigail Moynihan of Syracuse, and Elizabeth Yetter of Newark Valley.
Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s won first place in the men’s division and first place in the mixed Jack and Jill division in the spring opener Collegiate Woodsmen competition held recently at SUNY Cobleskill, Feb. 16. The Woodsmen’s will compete again on March 23 in Syracuse, followed by a championship competition in Canandaigua, April 19-20.The Pioneer Woodsmen’s is a student organization that studies the ideas, tools, and techniques of the competitive lumberjack community. The group practices lumberjack techniques and competes in intercollegiate competitions with teams from New York, New Hampshire, Maine, and West Virginia including Finger Lakes Community College, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry and Ranger School, SUNY Cobleskill, Paul Smith's College, Penn State, University of New Hampshire, Colby College, Dartmouth and West Virginia University.
Pictured here, front from left, Coach Mike Oyer, Club President Greg Kruppa of North Collins, Shannon Danzi of Derby, Taylor Waite of Angelica, Stevie Foit of Lawtons, Spencer Sagneri of Rochester. Second row, Chad Martin, club treasurer, of Breesport; Emily Hoover of Stanley, Coach Scott Bingham, Jason McCadden of Auburn, Dan Christoffersen of Port Crane, Sutton Carhart of Stafford. Third row, Club Secretary Joe Francese of Franklin Square, Club Vice President Russ Andrus of Binghamton, Chris Savosh of New Paltz, Keith Poliey of Greenwood Lake, Eric Hurlburt of Buffalo, Ben Wood of Hector. Back row, Dan Trembath of Eden, Equipment Managers; Wade Harrington of Campbell, Marc Poliey of Greenwood Lake.