Alfred State Michael Colomaio presents a $150 donation from the Knights of Columbus to the student organizers of the kickball tournament, John Albrecht and Curtis Combs. Both students are interning at the Hornell Area Concern for Youth, the organization benefiting from proceeds of this fundraising event. Colomaio is also a member of the Concern for Youth’s board of directors.
A piece of American history was captured at Alfred State last week when court reporting instructor Danielle Green transcribed an oral account of World War II given by area veteran Paul Gerling, 87, of Wayland, NY.
Green transcribed Gerling’s oral account using the state-of-the art tools of court reporting professionals. The account was simultaneously transcribed and videotaped while Gerling was interviewed by his daughter, email@example.com.
WWII veteran Paul Gerling of Wayland with daughter, Professor Sandra Gerling-Yelle (far right) and court reporting instructor Danielle Green (middle), both of Alfred State.
Alfred State announces the following faculty and staff accomplishments:
Dr. Robert Curry, of Angelica, associate professor and chair, Social and Behavioral Sciences, will be attending the Southern African Historical Society Conference June 27-29 in Gaborone, Botswana, where he will present a paper entitled, "The Strange Death of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia: The Debate over British Recognition of the Muzorewa Regime, 1979." Waddy will also be traveling to Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
Dr. Marty Schmidt, Vice President and Director of Environmental Remediation in Cleveland, OH, will be the guest speaker at the Lot No. 8 on the Alfred State campus.
Schmidt’s presentation, “Implementation of Sustainable Remediation Opportunities for ‘Win-Win’ Solutions for all Stakeholders”, focuses on the remediation effort involving the former Sinclair Refinery in Wellsville and how the Atlantic Richfield Company developed a holistic, ‘win-win’ approach that provided a long-term contribution to the environment, the community, local businesses, regulators, and others. His presentation details the techniques, remedies, and the overall methodology that was used to address the situation.
New Horizon’s Forum programs are sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences to enrich the intellectual, social, and cultural life of the college by showcasing the results of recent scholarly, creative, or public service works by faculty, professional staff, students, and invited guests.
Alfred State has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, one of the highest honors a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The distinction was announced March 4 at the American Council on Education’s 95th Annual Meeting Leading Change in Washington, DC.
“Congratulations to Alfred State, its faculty and students, for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”
The CNCS has administered the honor to exemplary colleges and universities since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact. CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund, and other programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty, and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
“We believe in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever changing world,” said Alfred State’s Jonathan Hilsher, director of civic engagement. “We’re honored to receive this prestigious award – and owe much of it to the students themselves. They’re the energy driving our commitment and they’re the ones who make it all happen.”
Alfred State’s commitment to civic engagement is deeply embedded in the college’s unique approach to education through project-based learning experiences. By coupling real-world learning situations with a focus on meaningful civic engagement opportunities, Alfred State students are able to make significant contributions to communities around the world and are frequently among the first to lend their skills and knowledge to those in need, including communities devastated by Super Storm Sandy and Haitian communities recovering from the 2010 earthquake. Last year, more than 2,000 Alfred State students contributed over 46,000 hours of service, civic leadership, and workforce-ready knowledge to communities in need.
Approximately 900 students from Region I BOCES (Board of Cooperative Education and Services) districts encompassing Western New York and the Southern Tier, competed in the 24th Annual SkillsUSA Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics March 5 at Alfred State.
The winners of this regional competition will advance to the next level of competition at the On-Center in Syracuse, where all six regions in New York State will meet to attempt to qualify for the national competition in Kansas City in June. A postsecondary SkillsUSA state competition will take place on the Wellsville Campus on Saturday, April 6.
Competition areas ranged from advertising design to welding. Alfred State faculty, staff, and students judged the competitions and competitors from the following schools attended:
Genesee Valley (Batavia); Career and Technical Education Center at Belmont; Lakeshore/ Carrier Educational Center (Angola); CG May Vocational Center (Mt. Morris); Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post); EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport); Ellicottville CTE Center; GST BOCES Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira); Harkness Center (Cheektowaga); Hewes Educational Center (Ashville); Ken-Ton Center (Tonawanda); LoGuidice (Fredonia); Niagara (Sanborn); Olean CTE Center; Orleans (Medina); WD Ormsby Center (East Aurora); Potter Career and Technical Center (West Seneca); Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Newark); WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport); and GST BOCES, Wildwood Campus (Hornell).
An awards ceremony honored the following winners:
Auto Body Helper
Automated Manufacturing Technology
Custom Painting & Graphics
Electrical Construction & Wiring
Food Prep Assistant
Health Knowledge Bowl
Job Demo A
Job Demo Open
Precision Heavy Equipment
Related Technical Math
A team of four Alfred State Dr. Rhema Fuller, assistant professor, sport management, is the faculty advisor for the team. Students on the Alfred State team are, front from left, Michael Durkin of Jeffersonville and Shelby Gadsden of Olean; back row, Josh Simons of Campbell and Steve Snaider of New York City.
Alfred State is hosting Human Services Awareness Day on Thursday, April 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Allegany Room of Central Dining Hall on the Alfred campus. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Lot No. 8 on the Alfred State campus.
Presented by the college’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, this career fair-style event is open to students, alumni, and people in the community who are interested in learning more about human services-related fields. Twenty area agencies are participating and many are currently hiring or recruiting for interns. Anyone interested in learning more about the human services field and the career opportunities that exist within it are encouraged to attend.
Participating area agencies include: the Accord Corporation, Alfred Montessori, Allegany County ARC, Allegany County on Alcoholism, Allegany County Probation Department, Allegany County Youth Bureau, Allegany Office of the Aging, American Red Cross, Arbor Housing and Development, Cattaraugus Community Action, Fidelis Care, Finger Lakes DDSO, Hornell Area Concern for Youth, Institute for Human Services, Kinship Youth & Family Services, Ontario ARC, Snell Farm Children’s Center, Steuben ARC, St. James Mercy Hospital, and Turning Point.
The Alfred State’s New Horizons Forum scheduled for Thursday, April 11, 2013, will feature Debra (McQueen) Quinn who will present on Sporadic & Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS, also called “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a fatal neurodegenerative disease for which there is no known cause or cure. The forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Room 215 of the Engineering Technology Building and is open to the public. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Engineering Technology Building.
Deb began her fight with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) in October 2009. Upon researching her genealogy, she traced the disease through 13 generations of her grandmother’s family to the early 1600s, discovering more than 20 additional family members who suffered from ALS. Deb has brought awareness into her community, working tirelessly with the Hearts for ALS NY organization, speaking at local and national platforms, and most recently speaking before the Food and Drug Administration at a public hearing on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). She will not settle to keep the door closed and be quiet about this disease. It is hard, but she is the voice for her children, nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom have a 50 percent chance of inheriting ALS.
All veterans are encouraged to attend since they are twice as likely to have ALS.
Deb lives on the outskirts of Wellsville with her husband, Mike. She has two adult children, Kristin, 27, and Dustin, 26. Deb holds an associate’s degree in business management from Alfred State.
The New Horizons Forum, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences, showcases current scholarly, creative, and public service work by faculty, students, professional staff, and invited guests. It is guided by a campus-wide team of advisers whose goal is to enrich the intellectual life of the institution. Follow the Forum.
Alfred State will be hosting “Project Prom Dress” on Saturday, April 20 in the Pioneer Lounge, Pioneer Center, on the Alfred State campus from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This event is for high school girls in the area who need a formal dress for prom season. Guests are welcome to come and ‘shop’ for a donated dress and leave with one of their choice at no cost to them.
Project Prom Dress is being coordinated by Alfred State senior Kayla Franchina of Gerry. Franchina, a human services student, hosted a similar event last year in Chautauqua County. The event collected more than 500 gowns, all of which were given to area girls and others throughout Western New York during prom season.
Anyone who would like to donate a gown should email firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is free and open to the public.