Alfred State has announced Colonel Timothy J. LaBarge, commander of the 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh, NY, as this year’s speaker for the Sunday, May 19, 2013, Commencement exercises. This ceremony – the college’s 102nd Commencement – will be dedicated to veterans and those currently serving in the United States Armed Forces and will also feature a special tribute through a flyover of “W7,” a C-47 that was one of the lead aircraft in the first strike at D-Day in Normandy, France, during WWII.
Colonel LaBarge previously served as the commander of the 109th Airlift Wing, the only ski-equipped C-130 aircraft in the Air Force inventory and sole provider of heavy airlift in support of military and National Science Foundation directed operations in the Arctic and Antarctic Polar regions. He also served in the Directorate of Total Force Integration, Air Force Strategic Planning, at the U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington, DC; is a subject matter expert in the Mission Development Division; and served as Director of Staff – Air Component at the New York Air National Guard headquarters, where he was principal adviser to the Adjutant General and/or Assistant Adjutant concerning the U.S. Air Force and National Guard.
Commissioned to the Air Force in 1983, Colonel LaBarge has since served in positions and roles of: T-37 instructor pilot; wing flight examiner/spin pilot; C-5 Aircraft Commander; flight instructor/examiner pilot; squadron operations officer; chief, Standard and Evaluation; and chief, Wing Command Post. He has a rating of Command Pilot; has flown combat and support missions in Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Antarctic Operation Deep Freeze Seasons airlift missions; and has logged in more than 5,500 flights hours in seven different United States Air Force aircraft.
Colonel LaBarge received his bachelor of science degree in biology from St. Lawrence University in 1983. He completed Squadron Officer School in 1987, then Air Command and Staff College in 2001, Air War College in 2003, and Advanced Joint Professional Military Education in 2013.
On May 9, Professor William Dean, Architecture and Design, accompanied two second-year architectural technology students to the First Presbyterian Church of Bath, NY for a public presentation of conceptual designs that included new signage and a veterans’ memorial that will welcome visitors to the village’s historic downtown. Katherine Dussing, Syracuse, and Taylor Woolf, Watertown, explained their proposals to the group of 25 residents representing different community groups around the village. The event, sponsored by CIVIC (Community Involvement and Volunteering Initiative Committee), provided the opportunity for residents to identify existing assets in the community and share ideas for future development. Alfred State’s participation is an extension of ongoing civic engagement efforts in the Department of Architecture and Design.
Alfred State students at the School of Applied Technology on the Wellsville campus recently had the opportunity to restore a 1978 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith II for JJ Sanchez, executive producer of the online series FIREBALL RUN (see photos). Sanchez is set to visit and address the students on May 17, 2013.
The opportunity to work on the prized Rolls Royce presented itself during a conversation between Sanchez and Craig Clark, dean of the School of Applied Technology, when the FIREBALL RUN rolled onto the Wellsville campus in September 2012 as part of the show’s “Northern Exposure” series segment. The connection between the production and the college is the result of the promptings of Gretchen Hanchett, executive director of The Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce.
From matching the quality of a Rolls Royce factory paint and body finishing, to returning the vehicle to ‘long distance’ mechanical reliability through renovations, Professors www.fireballrun.com.
The Alfred State Nursing Department continued its “Pay It Forward” philosophy through the awarding of its seventh annual round of “Pay It Forward” scholarships to Gary Crouse, Hammondsport, NY; John Kozlyuk, Rochester, NY; and Maura Tuffey, Albany, NY. Each recipient received $150 and good wishes from the class of 2005 who first established the scholarship. Each scholarship recipient needs to demonstrate an understanding of caring as evidenced by implementing a unique caring project and to reveal insight and sensitivity in the written assignment.
The premise of “Paying it Forward” comes from a movie by the same name where a school child, as the result of a homework assignment to change the world, begins the practice of helping others expecting that each of those beneficiaries will go on to help three more people. The caring aspect of that concept prompted Linda Panter, professor in Alfred State’s nursing program, to incorporate it into the program. All senior nursing students submit proposals detailing the activities they could conduct to demonstrate the caring nature of the profession. One of those ideas was the “Pay It Forward” scholarships which are awarded to senior nursing students at the beginning of their last semester. Funding is primarily supported by the graduates of the Alfred State nursing program.
“Pay It Forward’ is a concept relating to social change beginning with the individual,” says Panter of the project. “Application of the process results in exponential development of moral health and caring, as well as transformation of the individual into a contributing member of the global society,” she adds.
Since the inception of “Pay It Forward”, several caring projects relating to this concept have been developed by the students within the nursing program. As an example, the annual “Pay It Forward” bulletin board is a message sharing project that elicits positive messages to one another each year. The senior class has the opportunity to develop their own theme under the umbrella of this inspiring model. This year’s theme is “A single leaf provides no shade.” Prior to each exam, students are encouraged to take a moment to reach out to a class member, offering a good luck handshake or a touch of the shoulder. Each day, someone somewhere is implementing the “Pay It Forward” concept. Other heartwarming class projects this semester included a signed sympathy card by the seniors addressed to the Sandy Hook Elementary School, donations of food to the Alfred Area Food Pantry, and a special contribution to the Jillian Andolina benefit held earlier this year.
The graduating class usually leaves a small pot of money to allow for a pizza party for the next senior class. This event ignites the “Pay It Forward” concept at the beginning of the academic year with the current seniors and starts the rippling effect of the “Pay It Forward” concept in the Alfred State nursing program. The Alfred State nursing class is changing the world with the “Pay It Forward” movement.
Back row, l to r: Gary Crouse, Hammondsport; Maura Tuffey, Albany; John Kozlyuk; Rochester
Front row, l to r: Annette Burdett, administrative assistant, Nursing Department; Linda Panter, professor, Nursing Department
Friends, families, and fellow students celebrated as Alfred State graduates participated in commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Valerie B. Nixon, college interim president, presided over the event at the Pioneer Stadium on the Alfred State campus. This ceremony – the college’s 102nd Commencement – was dedicated to veterans and those currently serving in the United States Armed Forces and featured a special tribute through a flyover of “W7,” a C-47 that was one of the lead aircraft in the first strike at D-Day in Normandy, France, during WWII.
Welcoming the audience on behalf of the students was Courtney M. Cardinal of Depew, NY, chair of the Alfred State Student Senate. This year’s student speaker was Teandra K. Henry of Queens Village, NY.
Keynote speaker for the ceremony was Colonel Timothy J. LaBarge, commander of the 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, NY. He is responsible for the combat readiness of assigned units by reviewing training programs and ensuring availability of necessary equipment, supplies, and facilities.
LaBarge previously served as the commander of the 109th Airlift Wing, the only ski-equipped C-130 aircraft in the Air Force inventory and sole provider of heavy airlift in support of military and National Science Foundation directed operations in the Arctic and Antarctic Polar regions. He also served in the Directorate of Total Force Integration, Air Force Strategic Planning, at the U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C. As a subject matter expert in the Mission Development Division, he worked with the Air Staff, MAJCOMs, the National Guard Bureau, Air Directorate, Joint Directorate, and the Air Force Reserve to develop initiatives that maximize the Air Force's overall combat capabilities and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of all Air Force components. As the Director of Staff - Air Component at the New York Air National Guard headquarters, LaBarge was the principal adviser to the Adjutant General and/or Assistant Adjutant on a broad range of matters concerning the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard.
He received his Air Force commission through the Officer Training School program in 1983, and has served as a T-37 instructor pilot, wing flight examiner/spin pilot at Reese Air Force Base in Texas and as a C-5 Aircraft Commander at Dover AFB in DE. Joining the NY Air National Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing in 1991, Col LaBarge has held positions as C-5 instructor pilot and flight instructor/examiner pilot; squadron operations officer; chief, Standardization and Evaluation; and as chief, Wing Command Post. He has flown combat and combat support missions in Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as five Antarctic Operation Deep Freeze seasons flying polar airlift missions in support of the National Science Foundation and the international science community. Col LaBarge has logged in more than 5,500 flight hours in 7 different USAF aircraft and has a rating of Command Pilot.
The presentation of the Paul B. Orvis Award for Excellence, awarded to outstanding two-year graduates from each of the college’s schools of study as well as to a baccalaureate graduate, was a highlight of the ceremony. The award honors Paul B. Orvis, a former president of Alfred State and State University of New York dean for two-year colleges. Recipients must meet the criteria of service, leadership, character, and scholarship.
Honored at the ceremony were Jacob A. Bayus, Alfred Station, NY (School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology baccalaureate recipient); Lucas C. Bayus, Alfred Station, NY (School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology associate recipient); Sade΄ Bond, Washington, DC (School of Arts and Sciences recipient); and Ryan Dontoh of Dryden, NY (School of Applied Technology recipient).
The flag displayed on stage was flown on September 11, 2011 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, during Operation New Dawn to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Beginning at the same time as the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 ten years before, it was flown for 49 minutes, 37 seconds – one second for each victim of the attacks. The flag was flown at the request of Captain Thomas Raterman and presented as a gift to Alfred State with a certificate of authenticity from the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command that states, “this flag symbolizes the patriotism, valor, and sacrifices made by all who have served in the United States Armed Forces during the Global War on Terrorism, as well as for victims who gave their lives on that fateful day.” Captain Raterman is the husband of Liz Raterman, Alfred State’s Director for Multicultural Affairs.
The Alfred State Men’s Quartet performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the Alfred State alma mater during the ceremony, and other musical interludes featured the Southern Tier Brass with a salute to the Armed Forces. Students and faculty were led out in recessional to the music of the Gates Keystone Police Pipes and Drums.
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Nearly 900 two- and four-year graduates, their families, professors, and friends were on hand Sunday, May 19, as Alfred State honored its graduating class during the College’s 102nd commencement ceremony. Valerie B. Nixon, interim college president, presided over the event. One of the highlights of the ceremony is the presentation of the Paul B. Orvis Award for Excellence, awarded to the outstanding two-year graduate in each of the college’s schools of study, as well as to a baccalaureate graduate. The award, which honors Paul B. Orvis, a former president of Alfred State and State University of New York dean for two-year colleges, is a glass bowl engraved with the student’s name. Recipients must meet four criteria: service, leadership, character, and scholarship. Faculty, staff, and fellow students appraise the first three. Scholarship is determined by an analysis of the student’s academic standing in comparison to other students in the academic area.
Dr. Stephen J. Havlovic, provost and vice president for academic affairs, who presented the award, stated “for the first time in the college’s history, we have siblings receiving this award.”
Jacob A. Bayus, Alfred Station, who received his autobody repair degree during the ceremony, was chosen as the School of Applied Technology’s associate-degree recipient. Dontoh was a member of the Sigma Tau Epsilon honor society, has been on the Dean’s List, and has completed a social change leadership program. Additionally, Dontoh was an active brother of the Psi Delta Omega fraternity, and has completed numerous hours of community service such as cleaning up the Wellsville Campus, raking leaves/painting for the Scio Rod & Gun Club, maintain and upkeep at a local animal shelter, and spring clean-up at Wellsville’s Memorial Park.
Pictured here, with Dontoh (center) is Interim President Valerie Nixon and Alfred State College Council Chair Patricia K. Fogarty.
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