August 2013

Alfred State Treks to China for the 2013 Solar Decathlon

Posted Date: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 14:00

Students from Alfred State designed, built, and operated a solar-powered home for the 2013 Solar Decathlon in China.

From July 15 - Aug. 18, 2013, students from, Alfred State, Alfred University, and Guilin University of Technology in China (dubbed Team Alfred), came together in Datong, China, to build a home of the future—one that showcases some of the biggest innovations in renewable energy and sustainable design.

“It has been a life changing experience, full of challenges,” says Jacob Grisewood, of Belmont, NY. A 2013 graduate of Alfred State’s Team Alfred’s Facebook page.


Ten Alfred State Students Attend President Obama’s Speech

Posted Date: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 15:30

President Obama visit to UB

On Thursday, August 22, 2013, 10 Alfred State students—Pernell Celestine, Migdalia Colon, Izamar Rivera, Roain Saunders, Miracalle Taylor, Miho Iba, Fuzuki Koshizawa, Yohei Koyama, Kento Matsuda, and Chihiro Takaki—left Alfred in the wee hours and travelled more than 90 miles to hear President Obama’s speech on college affordability.

Along with five faculty and staff, the students heard President Obama speak on issues that affect them—college loan debt and the importance of making higher education available to everyone. After Friday’s speech at Binghamton University, President Obama will have visited four SUNY campuses during his two terms in office, the most of any public university system in the nation.

Read more about President Obama’s bus tour.


Alfred State Rings in the New Semester with New Faculty and Staff

Posted Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 14:45

Just in time for the fall 2013 semester, Alfred State welcomes a crop of new faces to its ranks. New hires include:

Amie Acton, who joins Alfred State as an instructional support assistant, holds a master’s degree in library science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

John Atwell joins the Building Trades team as an instructional support assistant. He was formerly in the U.S. Navy in the construction field.

Lisa Boyle, the new instructional support assistant for Physical and Life Sciences, received her associate degree in medical record technology from Alfred State.

Alec Berenbaum comes to Alfred State from Rochester Institute of Technology. He holds a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in computer science and will be teaching in the Computer and Information Technology department.

Ryan Bremser, of Hornell, joins Alfred State as the new head men’s and women’s swim coach. He has served as coach for the Southern Tier Saratoga YMCA, Guilderland YMCA, and Ridgewood Swim Club.

William Brown will be working with Facilities Services as a cleaner at the farm, vet tech, and motorsports facilities.

Adrian Cogswell, of Bath, joins Alfred State as a web programmer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology: applications and software development.

Justin Cornelius is the new student affairs coordinator on the Wellsville campus. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY Buffalo and a master’s degree in education from Alfred University.

Heidi Dobson, of Hornell, joins Alfred State’s Student Records and Financial Services as a keyboard specialist. She is a graduate of Alfred State.

Jennifer Enke, of Alfred Station, joins the Athletics department as the new assistant athletic director and compliance coordinator. She holds a master’s degree in education from Alfred University and a bachelor’s degree in physical education and athletic training from Canisius College.

Lenny France, of Canisteo, joins Facilities Services as a plant utilities assistant.

Gerard Gingras joins Alfred State as the new athletic trainer. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the University of New Mexico.

Randy Glass will be working with Facilities Services as a cleaner on the Wellsville campus.

Dr. Rouyo Jin joins Alfred State as a visiting professor of Civil Engineering Technology. He holds a master’s degree and doctoral degree in construction engineering and management.

Leslie Kachurek, of Niagara Falls, is the new chief of police with University Police. He received master’s degrees in business administration, organizational management, and criminal justice from Southwest University.

Lori King holds a master’s degree in higher education from Kaplan University. She joins Residential Life as a residence hall director.

Amanda Kozub, of Cortland, joins Alfred State as assistant professor of Digital Media and Animation. She received a master’s degree in animation from Savannah College of Art and Design.

George Lynch II, a new instructor in Building Trades in the School of Applied Technology, received his associate degree in heavy equipment, truck, and diesel from Alfred State.

Jim Macklin joins Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology as a welding lecturer in Computerized Design and Manufacturing.

Patricia Martire will be working in Library Services as an instructional support assistant. She holds a master’s degree in library science from SUNY Buffalo.

Erica Matteson, a new lecturer in Physical and Life Sciences, holds a graduate certificate in healthcare management and a bachelor’s degree from SUNY IT.

Charles Music, of Bolivar, joins Alfred State’s Facilities Services as a cleaner in the new Student Leadership Center.

Eliza Ordway is a new instructional support assistant on the Wellsville Campus. She holds a bachelor’s degree in recreational education.

Katie Orr is the newest member of the Residential Life team and will serve as keyboard specialist. She holds a master’s degree in education school counseling and a bachelor’s degree in child and family studies.

Alexe Pask joins the Athletics department at Alfred State as an athletic trainer. She received her master’s degree in athletic training from Daemen College.

Carol Pautz, of Knoxville, Pennsylvania, is a new cleaner with Facilities Services.

Mikenna Pierotti is the new public relations writer on the Marketing Communications team. She holds a master’s degree in English from West Virginia University and a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Alfred University.

Sean Ryan joins Residential Life as a residence hall director. He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications at St. Bonaventure University.

Mark Scharles, of Belfast, joins Facilities Services at Alfred State as a cleaner in E.J. Brown Hall.

Anthony Scott, of Laurel, Maryland, joins Alfred State’s Athletics department as a new assistant football coach and equipment manager. He received a master’s degree in recreation and sport science from Ohio University.

Paul Stewart, of Hornell, is the new cleaner in Physical and Health Sciences.

Dr. Alice Tarun, a new assistant professor of Physical and Life Sciences, received her doctorate in comparative biochemistry from the University of California.

Libby Tsibulsky joins Residential Life as a residence hall director. She holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Alfred University.

Gordon Walker, a new instructor in Automotive Trades in the School of Applied Technology, received his associate degree in heavy equipment, truck, and diesel from Alfred State.

Sara Weller, of Greenwood, is the new assistant director of Procurement and Payment Services. She received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from SUNY Brockport and an associate degree in accounting from Alfred State.

Marie White, of Wellsville, joins Facilities Services at Alfred State as a cleaner on the Wellsville campus.


Alfred State Welcomes New Presidential Candidates

Posted Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 16:15

The Alfred State community eagerly awaits the arrival of five presidential hopefuls slated to begin arriving the second week of September. The candidates for Alfred State President will be on campus between September 9, 2013, and September 24, 2013, touring the college community and meeting with stakeholder groups, including the College Council and boards, President’s Council, students, faculty, and staff. Each candidate’s name and resume will be publicly available two days prior to each visit.

The first candidate will be on campus September 9 and 10; the second candidate will be on campus September 12 and 13; the third candidate will be on campus September 16 and 17; the fourth candidate will be on campus September 19 and 20; and the final candidate will be on campus September 23 and 24.

Candidates will also be available to speak to the community during an open forum on the Alfred Campus in the new Student Leadership Center’s Large Event Space on the first day of each visit at 7 p.m. Keep checking alfredstate.edu for updates on the search.


Unique Residence Hall Competition Launched

Posted Date: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 14:30

Alfred State has cornered the market on student engagement this semester. The college recently kicked off its brand-new, yearlong Pioneer Cup competition, which pits residence halls against each other in a friendly (but fierce) fight to prove their superiority in terms of civic engagement, sustainability, and health and wellness.

“This exciting new program is a way to boost student participation in the many civic engagement, sustainability, and wellness activities we organize on campus,” says Julian Dautremont-Smith, Alfred State’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “It has the potential to really help build a culture of service, health, and environmental responsibility among students.”

Residents can earn points for their hall by participating in activities, programs, and events related to the competition themes. At the end of the school year, the residence hall with the most points will be named the Pioneer Cup Champion and will be awarded at least $1,500 that can go toward fun extras like taking a hall trip or buying a foosball table. All residents of the winning hall will also receive Pioneer Cup Champions T-shirts and recognition in an end-of-year ceremony.

To keep the momentum up throughout the year, Alfred State will also be raffling off prizes (many of which were donated by area businesses) each month to students who participate in Pioneer Cup activities. The more Pioneer Cup activities students complete, the better their chances of winning.

During the recent Welcome Week, students earned points for participating in a community service event, attending the Alfred Farmers Market, or purchasing something from the Mega Sale, which offered usable clothing, furniture, and other items donated by students during move out at the end of the spring semester. There will be a wide variety of other point-scoring opportunities on campus throughout the year, including donating blood, being part of an athletics team, or holding executive office in a student organization.

Although many colleges hold some kind of residence hall competition, the Pioneer Cup is unique. It is held all year long and has a broad focus on civic engagement, sustainability, and health and wellness. “The variety of point scoring opportunities ensures that every student can help their hall in some way,” says Jonathan Hilsher, Alfred State’s Director of Civic Engagement.

The Pioneer Cup is a joint program of the Center for Civic Engagement, the Office of Sustainability, Health & Wellness Services, and Residential Life. More information about the scoring and prizes is posted on the Pioneer Cup website.


Packard Selected to Participate in AP Program Reading for 11th Consecutive Year

Posted Date: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 15:00

Mathematics and Physics Department, was selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading in calculus again this summer—it will be his 11th time serving in this capacity.

Each June, exceptional AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams.

AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the finest academic institutions in the world. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between educators is both fostered and encouraged. “The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and College Readiness at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Earl Packard.”

The Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies—with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both—while still in high school. Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue—skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students.

In 2012, more than 11,000 AP Readers evaluated more than 3.7 million AP Exams.