October 2013

Dining Ups the Sustainability Bar

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 09:15

Dedicated to challenging the status quo in order to support the college’s focus on the environment, this fall, the dining team at Alfred State introduced two new processes that will positively impact the campus’s footprint—incorporating technologies like compostable packaging and reusable takeout containers.

Ever Green: New Venue, New Packaging

With the opening of ACES. Used cooking oil is also recycled, and in 2012, the company and Alfred State teamed up to shred waste cardboard on campus and use it for livestock bedding at the college farm. They won a NACUFS Bronze Sustainability award in July 2013 for their efforts.

CCET presents Current Trends in Substance Abuse Training

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 10:15

Alfred State’s ccet@alfredstate.edu for more information. Pre-registration is required. The cost of the training is $25.

History Professor Authors New Novel, Jewel of the East

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 10:30

Gripping Romance-Adventure Set in 18th Century India

Dr. Nicholas WaddyNLWaddy@yahoo.com.

START-UP NY Forum Successfully Opens Dialog between State and Local Stakeholder Groups

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 13:00

More than 25 people from local industries, area governance, and regional colleges recently gathered in Alfred State’s brand-new Student Leadership Center to discuss one of the most potentially game-changing initiatives of the year—START-UP NY—a statewide program intended to attract new investors and entrepreneurs to New York with the promise of operating tax free for 10 years.

START-UP NY meetingDuring the forum, local business and government leaders voiced concerns about the program’s impact, but most were tentatively enthusiastic about its potential, Alfred State included. “We’re ready to lead the region in the START-UP NY program,” says Craig Clark, interim vice president for academic affairs at Alfred State. “The college’s long history of supporting manufacturers in the region—from the skilled trades to engineering—positions us well.”

With the implementation of this program, every SUNY community college and four-year college or university in the state will be able to establish an area in or around their campuses where approved businesses will operate tax free.

As Governor Cuomo begins urging SUNY campuses to start developing their plans, Alfred State is taking a proactive approach to the new law. Kenneth Adams, Empire State Development (ESD) president and CEO and commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development, made the trip to Alfred to aid in the discussion. He fielded questions about everything from the acreage allotted to private colleges under the program, stopgaps against fraudulent applications, and benefits to local communities. “I’m so glad I visited Alfred and had the opportunity to listen to community input and discuss how excited we are about the START-UP NY program,” Adams says.

“The ability to have a real dialog with community leaders and Ken, who is helping to shape the rules and regulations, was a big plus,” Clark says. “It was also great to hear that the local community leaders and government officials appear to support this innovative project and that ESD is building a remarkable amount of flexibility into the program.”

Although any New York State college or university can participate in the program, private colleges are limited by a set acreage. SUNY campuses like Alfred State don’t have the same restrictions, which puts them in a prime position to attract a diverse array of new businesses. And with the new Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center (funded by a recent SUNY 2020 grant) soon to be built at Alfred State’s Wellsville campus, Clark believes this will expand the area’s attractiveness to manufacturers even more—bringing in much needed jobs and revenue.

“Attracting new businesses to communities throughout the state will be a boon to the towns they call home,” Adams says. “We’re going to work very hard to bring thousands of jobs upstate each year.”

AS President Emeritus William Rezak meets with Honors Program members

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 13:15

Alfred State President Emeritus William Rezak met with members of the college’s Honors Program on September 25 in the new Student Leadership Center to discuss the ongoing tensions in the Middle East. Rezak, author of The Arab and the Brit, the story of his father and mother, drew on his years of research and reflection on the deep roots of today’s conflicts and the many impediments to holding peace talks in the region. Rezak, president of Alfred State from 1993-2003, makes his home in Georgia and continues to write on Middle East issues and higher education.

Honors Program 2013

Pictured from left to right: Seiyo Nakazawa, Rezak, Tileyah Williams, Rhapsodie McClintick

The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., Welcomes New Board Member

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 13:30

The The Dolomite Group based in Hornell, manages operations at the former A.L. Blades & Sons, Inc. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana, and his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University at Buffalo.

He is an active community member in the Wellsville area, a member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church, and maintains membership in a number of professional organizations and societies, including the Associated General Contractors (AGC), the Association of Pennsylvania Contractors (APC), and the Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD). He is a member and has been a president of the local chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Barry is also a former Allegany County legislator and is the director of Stannards Water, Inc.

A native of Scio, Barry has two children—Shannon Alban and Christopher Barry—and currently lives with his wife Michele in Wellsville.

Alfred Community Screens Award-Winning Documentary on Indonesian Genocide during October New Horizons Forum

Posted Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 14:00

The Alfred State New Horizons Forum, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences at Alfred State, showcases current scholarly, creative, and public service work by faculty, students, professional staff, community members, and invited guests. It is guided by a campus-wide team of advisors whose goal is to enrich the intellectual life of the institution.

What Is Your Passion Exhibit at Hinkle Library

Posted Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 14:15

What Is Your Passion imageAlfred InterVarsity invites you to view the installation of its art show, What Is Your Passion. The show features work from a diverse group of artists with illustrations of the passions of more than 150 community members from Alfred State and Alfred University. The show will exhibit for the month of October in the Hinkle Memorial Library gallery.

For information on visitor parking and library hours, consult the Hinkle Library Web page.

Department of Architecture and Design Brings Award-Winning Architect Tod Williams to Campus

Posted Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 14:30

Architecture is a noun poster image, Entrance to the new Barnes Foundation Museum in Philadelphia designed by Tod Williams The ArtWalk Tile in Rochester, New York, a gallery style store with an inventory of luxury tile and hardwood displayed as fine works of art.

Professor Schwartz to Give TEDx Talk in Buffalo Today

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 10:45

Jeremy Speed Schwartz, assistant professor of Digital Media & Animation, will be delivering a talk as part of TEDxBuffalo, an independently organized TED event, on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 11:24 a.m. at Canisius College’s Montante Cultural Center. Professor Speed Schwartz will be discussing experiments and collaborations in science and art. Alfred State will also be broadcasting the event live on its own campus in the Student Leadership Center’s small event space.

Speed Schwartz’s talk, titled "Imaginary Science: Experiments and Collaborations in Science/Art," is a presentation of some of his work with the League of Imaginary Scientists, an interdisciplinary art group focused on collaboration with scientists in various fields. Their work combines video, interactive media, animation, sculpture, and performance. “In the past, we've worked with biologists at MIT, NASA geophysicists, and most recently scientists at the Memphis Ground Water Institute,” Speed Schwartz says. “The focus of the talk is the benefits we as artists gain from working with people who have radically different methodologies. This includes how we might use their research as a jumping-off point to explore new ideas and how we might incorporate their strategies into our conceptualization and production. I will also be discussing what these scientists gain from working with us.”

In the spirit of the original TED talks, TEDx is a series of local, self-organized events intended to bring various people together to share in a TED-like experience. TEDxBuffalo has taken place each October since 2011. The event is free thanks to numerous donations and is organized and hosted by volunteers. The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4:06 p.m. and includes an after-party.