On August 14, 2013, WETD 90.7 FM moved their Main Studio to Alfred State's new $33 million Mark Amman was instrumental in the move. From blueprints to completion over a four-year period, he worked closely with architects, engineers, and the Alfred State administration in relocating WETD to its prime fourth-floor corner location. WETD now overlooks the common Park Space and new Ever Green Cafe below, and has a beautiful view of the quad, surrounding hills, and village of Alfred.
WETD’s new cherry wood broadcast tables and racks were handcrafted by Professor Amman, designed to allow the DJ easy access to key equipment. Professor Amman, WETD staff, and Alfred State IT technicians worked long hours to connect servers, phone lines, and more.
When turning on the 3500W transmitter on Thursday, however, it failed to start. Professor Amman approached local radio stations and engineers from across the country for help. One brought special tools to identify the issue, while another engineer traveled two hours from Jamestown to Alfred to meet Professor Amman with a small spare 150W transmitter so WETD could broadcast minimally. When turned on, the smaller transmitter was able to kick the larger 3500W transmitter into full power.
WETD Advisor Rick Herritt says, “It was an amazing opportunity to see the care and concern fellow broadcasters in our region—like WCKR (of Hornell, New York), the Family Life Network (of Bath, New York), and 89.1 The Point at SUNY Brockport—have for each other and for college radio stations like WETD. WETD thanks each broadcaster for their continued support and encouragement over the years.”
WETD is celebrating 40 years of broadcasting at Alfred State this year; the AM station WVAT preceded WETD by 10 years. Also, WETD was just accepted as Associate members of the Wellsville, New York, Chamber of Commerce to honor WETD's key volunteer efforts at community events and fund-raisers, such as the Main Street Festival and the Balloon Rally's Clambake. WETD has been awarded the Alfred State Student Senate's Community Service Award, now titled Civic Engagement Award, five out of the past eight years (out of more than 80 campus clubs and organizations). The station’s all-volunteer DJs focus on understanding and meeting the needs of their local communities, making WETD's leadership very proud of their students.
WETD 90.7 FM is an educational member of the New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA), as well as the College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI). WETD hopes to again bring a team of WETD DJs and Board Members to CBI's Conference this October in San Antonio, Texas.
The SLC's grand opening will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, September 27, 2013, during Alfred State Homecoming/Family Weekend. WETD DJs and alumni will be on hand to personally greet and give tours of the new WETD studios.
This month,Alfred Statewas selected to participate in a national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement. The college has been named one of 70 colleges and universities in the nation as a Lead Institution by NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession.
“Alfred State is pleased to be selected to participate in NASPA’s network of institutions dedicated to developing students’ sense of civic identity, as civic engagement is a core value of higher education,” says Director of Civic Engagement Jonathan Hilsher. “Being recognized as a national leader in this field reflects our institutional commitment to civic leadership, the quality of our current efforts, and our ongoing commitment to inspiring students to develop innovative solutions to community challenges and opportunities.”
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 more than 46,000 hours of service, civic leadership, and workforce-ready knowledge to communities in need.
As a participating institution in NASPA’s initiative, Alfred State will continue to encourage students’ civic development through thoughtful community partnerships, engaging leadership opportunities, and democratic participation.
To learn more about NASPA’s Lead Initiative and view a complete listing of participating institutions, visit the NASPA website.
On August 15, 2013, the Alfred community welcomed Les Kachurek, a 23-year veteran of the City of Niagara Falls Police Department, as the new chief of police for the University Police Department, which coordinates law enforcement on the Alfred State campus. The department includes a chief of police, department secretary, three lieutenants, and eight sworn police officers.
Chief Kachurek will be overseeing all activities of the University Police Department, including planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, and budgeting in accordance with the department’s goals. He has served in a diverse array of roles in law enforcement, including administrative captain of the City of Niagara Falls Police Department, director of training and accreditation, commander of the city jail, project manager, and relief patrol division commander. He also served as an adjunct instructor at Niagara County Community College for 12 years.
"Les Kachurek brings great vision and experience to Alfred State as our new chief of police. His background in both education and state accreditation make him a wonderful fit to the existing culture of our accredited University Police Department," says Greg Sammons, Alfred State vice president of student affairs.
Chief Kachurek holds three master’s degrees—in criminal justice, organizational management, and business administration—and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy. He has received numerous medals and commendations, including the Superintendent’s Award, Combat Cross, Gallantry Star, and Meritorious Service Medal and has volunteered with or supported several community organizations, including the Wounded Warrior Project, Niagara Hospice, Canine Helpers, and the Humane Society.
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The newest member of Alfred State’s growing renewable energy family is currently catching the breeze above campus—a 100 kilowatt grid-tied wind turbine that will offset some of the college’s electricity usage. The turbine came online just a few weeks ago and is already producing clean, green energy.
“This community wind project is another example of sustainability at the college and highlights the progress of our Student Leadership Center. And a second zero energy demonstration home—dubbed Pioneer Landing—is also in the works, with students getting involved in the design and building of the project.
In a world with rising energy costs, climate change, and dwindling resources, Alfred State is taking a proactive approach to the future of energy. “This wind turbine is an important step towards achieving Alfred State’s emissions reduction goals,” says Julian Dautremont-Smith, chief sustainability officer at Alfred State. The project will complement the college’s growing emphasis on sustainability and strengthen the region’s access to training and employment in green industries.
“Alfred State has been a leader in educating technical students since at least the 1940s and students in trades for more than 45 years. It’s what we’re known for,” Clark says. “There is a real lack of this type of skilled workforce in the region, and a lack of models to sell community wind. This project will allow Alfred State to continue training the highly skilled workers the industry requires and help meet national, state, and regional needs.”
Alfred State is moving on up in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Colleges rankings—now 17 (up from 23) among top regional colleges and universities in the North. The college has also earned a fifth place ranking among top public schools in the North. 2014 marks the seventh consecutive year Alfred State has made the prestigious list, which includes 23 other SUNY campuses.
“Our focus on project-based learning and commitment to student leadership through civic engagement has clearly been acknowledged, as we have risen steadily in the rankings over the last five years,” says Alfred State Interim President Valerie Nixon.
U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges list is one of the most sought-after rankings among colleges and universities across the nation. This year, the criteria included things like graduation rate performance, academic reputation, faculty resources, and student SAT and ACT test scores.
“As we continue to work with Governor Cuomo to position SUNY and New York to lead in affordability, access, and quality, and President Obama puts these issues into focus nationally, we are proud to be recognized and ranked favorably by U.S. News & World Report,” says SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “Congratulations to Alfred State and the many campuses representing SUNY on this list.”
Three Alfred State students set off for Colorado this week where they will be embarking on an epic eight-day 2,500-mile cross-country trivia game called The Fireball Run. This contest will see participants traveling from the forest Northwest to the desert Southwest all in an effort to help raise awareness about missing children. Their trip—from Sept. 22 to 29—starts in Longmont, Colorado, and ends in Riverside, California.
“There’s not only a common interest in helping the community among the contestants, but also a passion for racing and traveling,” says Canada native and 2013 Fireball Run website.
Alfred State has been designated an official military friendly school by top-rated publisher Victory Media and G.I. Jobs Magazine. Alfred State is one of just 36 SUNY schools awarded the honor.
“We are proud to support our serving men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom,” says Alfred State Interim President Valerie Nixon
According to Victory Media’s data-driven survey, Alfred State ranks in the top 15 percent of schools nationwide competing for the 8 million military members and veterans seeking higher education.
Alfred State President Emeritus Bill Rezak will return to campus to open this semester’s New Horizons Forum Fall Series with "An Arab-American Looks at the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict.”
A first generation American with Palestinian roots, Dr. Rezak was a featured speaker at the forum on the occasion of the publication of his book, The Arab and the Brit: The Last of the Welcome Immigrants published by Syracuse University Press. Forum director and SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus Joe Flynn noted “Bill’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.” Rezak’s upcoming remarks will be drawn from family history as well as to his current research for a book in progress on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
William D. Rezak was president of Alfred State from 1993 until his retirement in 2003. Formerly dean of the School of Technology at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia, he spent 18 years as a mechanical engineer involved in the design and construction of power plants.
The forum will be held in the Small Events Room of the Student Leadership Center (SLC 310) on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at 7 p.m. An open conversation will follow Rezak’s prepared remarks. The public is invited to attend free of charge.
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 of faculty, students, professional staff, and administrators working together to enrich the intellectual life of the institution.
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