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February 2014

Upcoming Courses on Investigating Animal Attacks and Dealing with Aggressive Animal Behavior

Posted Date: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 09:45

Alfred State’s Center for Community Education and Training is offering two new courses on animal aggression and attacks this April

The ccet@alfredstate.edu, phone: 607-587-4015

Information Security Team Qualifies for Prestigious Competition

Posted Date: Monday, February 10, 2014 - 10:15

Eight Computer and Information Technology students were selected to compete in the upcoming Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense competition in New Hampshire

On Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, Alfred State’s Information Security Team competed in the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NECCDC) qualifying round and, after a highly successful showing, was selected as one of nine to compete in the NECCDC competition at the University of New Hampshire March 14-16, 2014. “When it comes down to it, a lot of hard work and late nights go into making sure we are ready to put our best foot forward,” said Matt Dennison, team captain. “The qualifier is just one day of competition, but it is really fast paced. We have set the bar high for the regional competition in New Hampshire. Last year we did really well as a team. Our plan for this year is to keep the momentum going, continue to improve, and secure a spot in the top three.”

Fourteen teams competed at the qualifying competition on Jan. 25, including teams from Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY IT, and other technology-focused campuses. The Alfred State Information Security Team was represented by six students in the information technology: network administration program—Captain Matthew Dennison, of Granville; Co-Captain Adam Smith, of Marietta; Michael Fiore, of Poughkeepsie; Mathew Gandron, of Derby; Craig Gratton, of Lackawanna; and Edward Swackhamer, of Brewerton. The team also included Jeffrey Andolora, of Caledonia, in the information technology: applications software development program, and Christopher Grabski, of Aurora, in the information security and assurance program.

“The team started preparing for this competition when they returned from the 2013 NECCDC which was held at the University of Maine,” said Professor and Chair of Computer Information Technology Jim Boardman, team coach. “The team finished sixth out of 10 teams competing at the 2013 NECCDC, which is very good considering all other teams had graduate student members. RIT came in first place; however, their captain was the captain of Alfred State’s 2012 NECCDC team. He is now a graduate student at RIT.”

This three-day event began by specifically focusing on the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing commercial network infrastructure. Students who participated got a chance to test their knowledge in an operational environment while networking with industry professionals and learning about many of the security and operational challenges they will soon face in the job market. “This competition is all about hands-on experience and our students excel because our program focuses on hands-on training in a project based learning environment,” Boardman said. “I’m very proud of our team. They have practiced countless hours delving into the details of how to properly secure a network and network applications. But, most importantly, they have spread their enthusiasm for cyber security to all students in their department and many other schools by hosting local security competitions in the spring of 2013 and fall of 2013.”

Much credit goes to the students that competed, Coach Jim Boardman, proctors Dr. John Burke and Professor Scott O’Connor, and computer technician Russell Rittenhouse, who helped the team get through the qualifying round.

Alfred State and Alfred University to Compete in U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015

Posted Date: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 09:15

Alfred State and Alfred University have been selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 in Irvine, California. The Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

“Alfred State and Alfred University worked together during the 2013 China Solar Decathlon, earning a first place award in energy balance as well as an incredible real-world work experience,” said Alfred State Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Craig Clark. “Participating in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon and the unique training our students will receive on this journey will be the perfect complement to our school’s mission of hands-on, project-based learning and our focus on sustainability. With this experience, our students will be even more competitive in the clean energy and construction fields.” In the past, Alfred State students have constructed a net-zero energy demonstration home in Wellsville, NY, and led solar workshops and construction projects at the U.S. National Arboretum.

“I am delighted that we are continuing our collaboration with Alfred State in the U.S. Solar Decathlon. This program provides our students with an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience designing energy efficient systems,” said Doreen Edwards, dean of the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University. Alfred University is one of only a few institutions in the U.S. that offers a bachelor’s degree in renewable energy engineering.

The Solar Decathlon enhances public understanding of how to save money at home with clean energy solutions available today and provides students with training and hands-on experience to prepare them for the clean energy workforce. Since 2002 the Solar Decathlon has:

  • Involved 132 collegiate teams, which pursue a multidisciplinary approach to study the requirements for designing and building energy-efficient, solar-powered houses
  • Established a worldwide reputation as a successful educational program and workforce development opportunity
  • Positively impacted nearly 20,000 collegiate participants.

The Solar Decathlon supports the Obama Administration’s goal of building a clean energy economy while saving families and businesses money by saving energy.

“Alfred State is honored to have this opportunity for our students to showcase their knowledge and abilities,” Clark said. “And we know our entry will be unique, with students designing, building and operating our home from beginning to end within our hands-on laboratories.”

Alfred State to Participate in Annual SUNY Financial Aid Day

Posted Date: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 12:15

The Alfred State Office of Student Records and Financial Services will participate in the annual SUNY Financial Aid Day, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, beginning at 9 a.m., in the EJ Brown Business Building, room 414, on the Alfred campus.

The Student Records and Financial Services staff will assist students and their guests in completing and submitting the 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically. The FAFSA is required for all financial aid, including New York State assistance. The Student Records and Financial Services Office staff will also be available to answer any questions regarding the financial aid process.

Students/parents can register by going to www.suny.edu/studentevents or by calling 1-800-342-3811. This workshop is open to all prospective college students and their families, including those who do not plan to attend Alfred State. Registrants will receive an email listing necessary information, including what materials students/parents will need to bring with them, building location details, and parking directions.

Prior to SUNY Financial Aid Day, participants are encouraged to obtain: a Federal PIN number at www.pin.ed.gov (allow 1-3 business days for receipt); driver's licenses; alien registration card (for non-U.S. citizens); bank statements and investment information; FAFSA PIN number; Social Security numbers; 2013 Federal Income Tax return (or estimated); W-2 forms or other records of income earned for 2013; and 2013 untaxed income information.

SUNY's Statewide Student Financial Aid Days are offered as a service to all prospective college students and their families. The programs are designed to answer questions and provide assistance regarding the financial aid application, types of aid available, and the award process.

Forty-six programs will be offered across New York State. Students and parents should feel free to attend the program closest to where they live.

Students to Mark National Court Reporting Week with Outreach to Local Veterans and More

Posted Date: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 14:15

Court reporting and captioning students at Alfred State are marking National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, Feb. 16-22, by participating in a national veteran’s oral history project coordinated by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the leading organization representing stenographic court reporting and broadcast captioning professionals.

As part of the project, Alana Devaul, a senior court reporting student and native of Fulton, will use court reporting methods and equipment designed for capturing, storing and retrieving information to transcribe the service story of renowned local artist Chet Swier of Cuba who served during World War II as a pilot in the Army Air Corps. Swier, a native of Kenmore, NY, was shot down over Germany and was captured as a prisoner of war. Although Swier passed away in 2011, his story was caught on tape during annual trips to Cuba Elementary School where he related his story to the young students. The oral account of his service will be collected and donated to the Library of Congress where it will be preserved as part of American history.

Also in celebration of the week, on-campus students will be spending a day at the Allegany County Courthouse where they will shadow official court reporters Jo Ann Tredway of Cuba and Pam Rohrabacher of Wellsville as they “capture the record” in local court cases. The students will also be given a tour of the rest of the courthouse facilities to see how legal documents are created and stored.

In addition, court reporting students will be participating in a civic engagement project they’re calling ASC Operation Gratitude. The project will consist of soliciting a variety of items from the Alfred State community to assemble care packages to send to overseas veterans. Included in the packages will be cards signed by members of the student body, faculty, and staff. Students will also make paracord bracelets (survival bracelets) to send with the care packages.

Alfred State’s associate degree and certificate programs in court reporting and captioning are the only NCRA-approved programs in Western New York. Both programs are online and typically take four semesters (including a summer session) to complete.

“Court reporting and captioning is a highly technical profession that requires great skill and knowledge,” said Francine Staba, chair of the business department. “These professionals make invaluable contributions to the legal and deaf and hard-of-hearing communities each and every day.” As a result, career opportunities for new graduates entering the field are plentiful. The profession offers both flexibility and significant income potential. In New York State, for example, the average annual income for reporting professionals is $84,000.

Alfred State’s court reporting graduates typically find work in the field within six months of graduation and are qualified to be a closed-captioner for live events, broadcast and videography purposes, freelance court reporters, medical transcriptionists, rapid text entry specialists, and real-time reporters.

To learn more about the upcoming events for National Court Reporting and Captioning Week at Alfred State or, to learn more about the program, contact Danielle Green at greendr@alfredstate.edu or Melissa Blake at blakemj@alfredstate.edu.

Alfred State Hosts the Student Assembly of the State University of New York

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 10:00

Representatives from across New York sat down at Alfred State to discuss child care, Long Island College Hospital, and new appointments.

Representatives from SUNY campuses across New YorkAlfred State and its Student Senate hosted the Student Assembly of the State University of New York (SA) for their February 2014 Executive Committee meeting on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. The SUNY SA comprises student leaders elected by their peers from across SUNY’s 64 campuses.

During the meeting the group discussed many topics pertaining to the students of SUNY, including child care, Long Island College Hospital (LICH), and the appointment of three new directors to SA’s executive cabinet.

The event was held in the college’s newly opened Student Leadership Center. Student Senate Chair Josh Altemoos and Alfred State’s president, Dr. Skip Sullivan, welcomed the group. “One of my goals while taking office this past June, as president of the Student Senate here at Alfred State, was to increase the student government’s presence at the state level, including advocacy for our number one priority, our students. Directly related to this was increasing our relationship with state-wide governance organizations and other colleges,” Altemoos said.

At the 13-hour meeting, representatives discussed Long Island College Hospital and SUNY’s plan to combat the cost of the hospital; SUNY Voices, the first ever conference on shared governance hosted by SUNY, the Faculty Council of Community Colleges (FCCC), University Faculty Senate (UFS), and SA; and child care within SUNY, advocating for potential restoration of funding for campus child-care services.

The group ended with a dinner, where members of the SA, college administration, student senate, faculty senate, and college council enjoyed food prepared by Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc. (ACES).

This is the second year in a row that Alfred State has proudly hosted the SA, where previous to 2013, the group had not been at Alfred State for 10 or more years. In 2013, Alfred State was elected as the best host of the year due to its excellent hospitality.

“I believe the event went quite well,” Altemoos said. “The student leaders were greatly impressed with the campus, the student leadership center, and the hospitality provided to them by the event planner and the campus as a whole. They especially enjoyed having dinner with administrators of the college and various members of the college’s shared governance groups.”

Drama Club Presents Dinner Theater Production of Loco-Motion, Commotion, Dr. Gorilla and Me

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 10:00

Mystery meets comedy in Alfred State Drama Club’s dinner theater production of the mystery-thriller parody, Loco-Motion, Commotion, Dr. Gorilla and Me, written by Tim Kelly and presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The performance will run April 3-5 at Lake Lodge on 6107 Terbury Road in Alfred Station (NortonML@AlfredState.edu by March 24. Tickets for the Thursday night show can be reserved and will also be available at the door.

Come join the Drama Club, under the direction of Janna Buckwalter, as they uncover the truth of what really happened at "The Old Dark House."

Culinary Arts Students to Prepare a Mardi Gras Celebration Dinner

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 10:15

Students enrolled in the Culinary Arts programs at Alfred State are bringing a taste of the fun and festivities of Mardi Gras to Wellsville. These future food industry experts will be preparing a delicious New Orleans-style menu—and giving out complimentary Mardi Gras beads in the traditional colors of green, gold, and purple—on Tues., March 4, from 5-7 p.m., in the student dining room of the Culinary Arts Building on the Wellsville campus.

The cost of attendance is $17 for adults; $7 for children 10 and under. Proceeds from the event will benefit Culinary Arts scholarships. This event is open to the public; no reservations will be accepted.

College Honors Seminar Discusses New Marijuana Laws

Posted Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 08:45

In the wake of both Colorado and Washington State’s legalization of recreational marijuana this January, Alfred State Professor Wayne Bensley met with members of the college’s Physical and Life Sciences Department, Bensley has testified as an expert witness in hundreds of county, state, and federal cases.

“Students seemed very interested in the topic as a whole, and, based on questions I received, they left with open minds,” he said. “I tried to present the material in an unbiased manner to allow them to formulate opinions on the subject based on the information that was presented.”

Members of the Honors Program

Members of the Honors Program meet several times each semester to hear guest speakers on a wide range of current topics and these topics often spark debate, which, Bensley believes, is a good thing. “While polls indicate that the majority of Americans do advocate the usage of marijuana for medical purposes, these same polls typically show that this position is held by only 52 to 55 percent of the general population.”

As of Jan. 1, recreational use of marijuana is legal in both Colorado and Washington State, and New York’s Governor Cuomo has proposed making medical marijuana available at a limited number of hospitals in the state.

“Before taking a stand on this issue, it is important for people to understand the difference between rumors, unsubstantiated claims, and scientific data that is available in this area. The recent events in Colorado and Washington State will likely serve as an experiment for the rest of the country,” he said.

During the seminar Bensley also explained the chemistry of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an important compound in marijuana, and the close relationship between marijuana and the once commonly used hemp plant. Although arguments for and against the changes in marijuana laws remain, it is Bensley’s prediction that every state will be watching closely as these decisions unfold.

Photo Caption: Members of Alfred State’s Honors Program held a seminar in February to discuss recent and proposed changes to marijuana laws.
Back row, left to right: Professor Bensley, Darima Tsoktoeva, Ian Potash, Kathryn Worth; Front row, left to right: Spela Sluga, Stephanie Pembleton, Samantha Duquette, Emilie Vernack

Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., Welcomes New Board Members

Posted Date: Friday, February 28, 2014 - 11:45

The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., a private foundation representing faculty, staff, and friends of Alfred State, welcomed two new board members earlier this year, Carissa M. Knapp, of Belmont, and Sandra E. Sawyer, of Wellsville.

Carissa M. KnappKnapp, second assistant county attorney for the Allegany County Attorney’s Office, received her associate degree in liberal arts and social sciences from Alfred State; her bachelor’s degree in history from Alfred University; a master’s degree in professional studies, community service administration from Alfred University; and her law degree from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. She is a past president of the Belmont Rotary Club. An Allegany County native, Knapp and her husband, Eric, live in Belmont.

Sandra E. SawyerSawyer, of Sawyer Realty, Inc., in Wellsville, is a former teacher at Friendship Central School, where she spent nearly 40 years guiding young minds. She has also been a class advisor and grant writer and remains an active community leader. She is a member of the NYS Retired Teachers’ Association, the National Association of Realtors, and the NYS Association of Realtors. She is currently a real estate salesperson and part-time consumer science teacher. Sawyer received her bachelor’s degree in education from SUNY Geneseo and her permanent teaching certification from Alfred University. She has maintained her New York State real estate salesperson license since 2003. Born in Oneida, Sawyer lives in Wellsville near her son, Patrick.