The 2014 SkillsUSA New York State Leadership and Skills Conference Postsecondary Championship held on Alfred State’s Wellsville Campus pitted 60 students from three schools against each other in one of the nation’s most prestigious showcases of career and technical aptitude. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. Alfred State students nearly swept this statewide competition with 25 wins in each of the 10 categories.
Front row (left-right): Ethan Livernash (Rochester), Knakita Harris (Whitesboro), Jessica Baier (Rochester), Kareena Dennis (Springville), Evan Engelbrecht (Rochester), Josh Blakeslee (Farmersville), Jacob Passalugo (Cortland)
2nd row (left-right): Brittany Hedgepeth (Buffalo), Kody Wolfer (Wellsville), Tim Alvarez (Tampa, Fla.), Joe Kurch (Buffalo), Christopher Buddell (Buffalo), Joe Livecchi (Webster), Dylan Davis (Naples)
Back row (left-right): James Haviland (Patterson), Zachary Catherman (Coudersport, Pa.), Jacob Greene (Friendship), David Crosby (Hornell), Patrick Kelly (Caledonia), Travis Goodspeed (Fort Ann)
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The Board of Trustees of the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) announces the renewal of accreditation of the construction management program at Alfred State. The program has maintained the stringent standards of the ACCE and has proven to the board, through a visiting team of its peer and industry practitioners, that the program is worthy of accreditation.
The construction management engineering technology (BS) program at Alfred State includes a series of technical courses designed to familiarize the graduate with all aspects of construction management, as well as a series of related courses in math, science, and several business courses, which give the graduate a broad-based education that provides the skills needed in a leadership role in today's construction business.
The ACCE was established in 1974 to be a leading global advocate of quality construction education and to promote, support, and accredit quality construction education programs around the world. The ACCE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the accrediting agency for four-year baccalaureate degree programs in construction, construction science, construction management, and construction technology and is the accrediting agency for two-year associate degree programs of a similar nature.
SUNY officials approved William Goodrich, president and CEO of Rochester’s LeChase Construction and a 1984 graduate of Alfred State, as the recipient of the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) degree last month. Alfred State President Skip Sullivan will present the award at the College’s 2014 Commencement ceremony this May.
“Over the years, Bill has guided his company with a set of values that we at Alfred State cherish—things like quality, integrity, and social responsibility. That’s why he is one of Western New York’s most effective and successful business leaders and why he is such a wonderful role model and mentor for our students,” Sullivan said.
Goodrich has been an integral member of LeChase since 1985. He was named President in 2002 and CEO in 2007. Among his many accomplishments, he has also been instrumental in the ongoing geographic expansion of the organization, its advocacy for sustainable construction, and the development of safety programs to propel the company into becoming a world-class safety organization. LeChase’s commitment to the community on global, national, regional, and local levels is a key element of the company’s corporate ethics and philosophy. Goodrich has also integrated sustainable building practices into the corporation’s daily business operations.
A strong supporter of education, Goodrich has worked with Alfred State for many years to ensure that his employees and Alfred State graduates are leaders in the construction industry. To date, more than 40 Alfred State graduates have found careers at LeChase. Goodrich has also been involved with Rochester Careers in Construction, a program that connects high school faculty and students with construction industry experts, for more than a decade. He has been a driving force behind continuing education and training being available for the company’s employees, allowing for internal growth and a high retention rate. Currently, he is behind the development of a dedicated learning environment within LeChase.
At Alfred State, Goodrich’s work has been instrumental in the successful completion of the $4.1 million Construction Workforce Development Center at the School of Applied Technology in Wellsville, which is now in its final stages, and in the opening of the $33.5 million Student Leadership Center, where LeChase sponsored one of thirteen leadership suites awarded to community-focused student organizations. LeChase supports several institutional, charitable, and community-based organizations on an annual basis. This practice has been a cultural foundation for many years.
In his personal life, Goodrich maintains active membership in many community and professional organizations that work to improve lives, including the Hillside Children’s Center, Lifetime Healthcare Companies, Boy Scouts of America, NYS Trooper Foundation, Junior Achievements, and the United Way to name a few. His free time is spent with his family, relaxing, traveling, and participating in a variety of activities with his wife Rhonda and both his children who are currently in college. “Family values, both inside and outside of LeChase, are critical components to growing personally and professionally. I am truly blessed to have a caring and supportive family at home and at work,” Bill said.
Goodrich was the recipient of a President’s Medallion from Alfred State in 2010; was the keynote speaker for Alfred State’s 99th Commencement ceremony; and was featured in the Transitions, the College’s alumni magazine, in spring 2013. His education includes a bachelor’s degree in business from Roberts Wesleyan College and an associate degree in Construction Engineering Technology from Alfred State.
“We are delighted to present Bill Goodrich with this award,” Sullivan said. “The College is proud to call such a civically engaged, innovative leader one of its own.”
Student displays from nine local school districts (Addison, Andover, Canaseraga, Hammondsport, Hinsdale, Portville, Prattsburgh, St. Anne’s Academy, and Tuscarora) were judged at Alfred State’s 15th Annual Regional Science and Technology Fair on April 4. Sixty-three science and technology projects were on display for judging and public viewing. Participants were divided into senior (grades 10-12), junior (grades 7-9), and novice grade categories. A total of 77 students presented their projects to the judges for a chance at $1,590 in prize money.
The grand prize of $500 was awarded to Ryan Kent, of Portville, for his “Benefits of air power” project. Hinsdale and Portville school districts won best junior and senior division schools respectively. (Pictured here, Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan congratulates grand prize winner Ryan Kent.)
Winners in the senior division included Lydia Lukomski, of Portville, who earned a $250 first place prize for her “physics of volleyball” project; Ryan Thierman and Darienne Slocum, both of Portville, who won a $150 second place prize for their “Breaking bad battery;” and Nicholai Dowdy, of Hinsdale, who won a $100 third place prize for his “Visual agent best camouflage” project.
Winners in the junior division included Grace Lenhard, of Prattsburgh, who won first place and $250 for her “Likes and dislikes of smells” project; Kristin Chapman, of Hinsdale, who won second place and $150 for “Crank it to power it,” and Tyler Vroman, of Addison, who won third place and $100 for “Mushroom ethanol.”
Winners in the novice division included first place and $50 to Brenden Everdyke, of Prattsburgh, with “Marble Race”; second place and $25 to David Mcintosh and Ryan Reynolds, of Canaseraga, with “Fracking;” and a $15 third place win to Nolan Randall, of Prattsburgh, with “Bess Beetle.”
Each participant received a certificate of participation, and individual ribbons were presented to first-, second-, and third-place prize winners in all divisions. Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan stopped by the event to congratulate the winners and view the projects. The prizes were sponsored by Alstom Transportation, Alfred State Student Senate, Alfred State Physical and Health Sciences Department, Wards Scientific, Fisher Scientific, Bio-Rad laboratories.
Back row (left to right): Ryan Kent, grand prize winner (Portville); Nicholai Dowdy, third place senior division (Hinsdale); Ryan Thierman, second place senior division (Portville); Lydia Lukomski, first place senior division (Portville); Tyler Vroman, third place junior division (Addison); Ryan Reynolds, second place novice division (Canaseraga); Grace Lenhard, first place junior division (Prattsburgh)
First row (left to right): Darienne Slocum, second place senior division (Portville); Brenden Everdyke, first place novice division (Prattsburgh); Nolan Randall, third place novice (Prattsburgh); David Mcintosh, second place novice (Canaseraga); Kristin Chapman, second place junior division (Hinsdale)
Alfred State student Kayla Franchina, of Gerry, has recently been named a 2014 recipient of the Newman Civic Fellows Award from Campus Compact for her role in launching Project Prom Dress at Alfred State. Kayla is one of less than 200 students in the country being honored this year and the only Alfred State student to ever receive the award. The Newman Civic Fellows Award is given to those student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in enacting positive and lasting change in their communities through service, research, and advocacy.
Project Prom Dress, of which Kayla is the founder, focuses on collecting donated prom dresses, accessories, and cash donations for underprivileged teenage women. The group also hosts dress drives and sponsors proms at low-income schools. “For me, it isn’t just about getting dresses for these girls; it’s about helping them have the night of their lives,” Kayla says. “This project helps these women feel great about themselves, even if they can’t afford to go into a store and pick out something new to wear.”
Kayla started her prom dress drive after experiencing the sticker shock of looking for her own prom dress on a tight budget. “I was with my mom and we were in a prom dress store—the only one within hours of our town—and there wasn’t a single dress under $100. I knew it would be hard for me to get one, and I knew a lot of my friends wouldn’t be able to get a dress at all. I had to do something about it, so I started my first dress drive, and it just snowballed from there.”
This prom dress project has since attracted a lot of attention—from local media to businesses to local government, even earning significant support from Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon. After transitioning the project to Alfred State and helping to form it into a highly regarded club, Kayla began acting as a mentor to new club members. She now helps form connections between club members and members of the community in order to facilitate donations and keep the project moving forward.
“Today, I’m teaching the young men and women who will be taking the project over and getting them ready to take the wheel. This experience has really taught me a lot about networking and the importance of reaching out to people at all levels. That’s the only way you can really make a difference,” Kayla says.
To date, Kayla and project prom dress have collected hundreds of dresses, accessories, and shoes from generous local businesses and passed them on to dozens of young women. And this year, thanks to their efforts and local fundraising, Whitesville Central School will be able to host its own prom.
“I’ve learned that people love helping other people if you give them the chance. It’s one of the best learning experiences of this project. You get to see how generous these small communities are and how easily they come together.”
The SUNY Alfred State NASPA). This initiative is designed to build a database of valuable programs from which NASPA members can adopt and adapt for their own campuses. The awards were presented at the annual NASPA Campus Safety Knowledge Community meeting in Baltimore, Md.
The University Police Department received the Campus Safety Knowledge Community Award for Best Practices in General Categories for implementing the Values-Oriented Ten-Minute Training endeavor as part of an overall paradigm-shift within the department to a learning organization.
The department also received the Campus Safety Knowledge Community Award for Best Practices in Preparation for improving the use of force continuum by integrating it with the DRRM.
Law enforcement is coordinated on the Alfred State campus by the University Police Department, a fully accredited law enforcement agency. The department at Alfred State consists of a chief of police, department secretary, three lieutenants, four full-time dispatchers, and eight sworn police officers. All officers in this department are certified police officers in New York State.
Twenty-one students from Alfred State’s electrical construction and maintenance electrician program braved the wintry weather last month to honor friend and fellow student, Trevor Randall, who died in a recent car accident, by completing one of Trevor’s unfinished service projects in their spare time—spending two Saturdays wiring the new Bolivar town highway barn. Professors Steve Kielar, Calvin O’Dell, and Dan Noyes were also involved in the project.
“Mr. Kielar came to me and told me Trevor had been working on a project near his hometown and they needed someone to finish it,” said student Daniel Napolionello, of Valley Stream. For Daniel and many of the other students in his class, Trevor was both a friend and an inspiration—a young man who worked hard and went out of his way to help others. ”Pretty much everyone in the class wanted to be in on it from the beginning. It wasn’t hard saying we’d give up two Saturdays for him because of the impact he had on all of us.”
Trevor started the project after hearing about it from his instructors, who’d been approached by town officials with the opportunity for a service project. Although unable to fit the project into the curricula, faculty in the electrical construction and maintenance electrician program knew of one student who’d be willing to put in the time and effort—Trevor Randall, a native of the Bolivar area.
“Trevor was already an incredibly hard-working, dedicated professional and he hadn’t even graduated yet,” said Steve Kielar, an instructor in the program and a resident of Olean. “We knew he’d get the work done and do a great job.”
“It was pretty amazing how, throughout the whole job, we knew Trevor had taken it all on by himself. It might have taken him a full month going five days a week, but he would have done it,” Daniel said.
Trevor was only able to work on the project for three days before a car accident claimed his life, but his fellow students were more than willing to step in and finish the project in memory of their friend. These 21 young people completed wiring the entire structure, from inside and outside lights to the electrical panel, all in just two 10-hour days.
The students also created and sold bracelets, the proceeds from which will go toward a memorial bench outside Bolivar-Richburg Central School in Trevor’s honor.
When asked, the students say they simply hope the project helps keep Trevor’s memory alive. “I hope people realize how good of a guy he was and how much of an impact he had on the whole class and the program,” Daniel said. “This wasn’t a job we were hoping to be recognized for. It was just for Trevor.”
Back row (from left to right): Brad Schiralli, superintendent of highways town of Bolivar; Dylan Loney, Massapequa; Tyler Vanderbilt, Williamson; Brandon Hayes, Freeville; Joshua Lenahan, Woodhull; Evan Sutterby, Sterling; Dalton MacMyne, Binghamton; Nathan Kulak, Grand Island; Nathan Andres, Sandusky; Michael Drago, Brooklyn; Alex Ortiz, Bolivar; Shane Kehlenbeck, Shortsville; Robert Park, Depew. Front row (from left to right): Steve Kielar, instructor electrical construction and maintenance electrician program, Olean; Timothy Monahan, Fairport; Daniel Napolionello, Valley Stream.
Not pictured: Conner Fox, Phelps; Mathew Henkel, Clarence; Dylan Snyder, Penn Yan; Kevin Morsman, Bolivar; Joseph Kurch, Buffalo; Candice Westmorland, Lockport; Danel Bowen, Bolivar.
The Alfred State Alumni Choir will present the 63rd Annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 2 p.m. The concert will be performed in the Anthony C. Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center on the Alfred State campus and will be dedicated to former director, Anthony C. Cappadonia, who passed away on Feb. 7, 2014.
Groups performing will include Alfred State Voices, the student choral group directed by Linda Staiger; the Alumni Jazz Singers; ’87 Quartet; ’57 Varieties Instrumental group; and the Alumni Choir consisting of those who performed as students under the direction of Mr. Cappadonia from 1951 to 2007 and in alumni concerts through 2013.
Selections by the groups will include arrangements by Mr. Cappadonia such as “If Ever I Would Leave You” and “Somewhere” from West Side Story. A special tribute to Anthony Cappadonia has been written by Alfred State alumnus Bob Scott and will be performed by an instrumental group. The concert is free and open to the public.
Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of a new book titled Barry Baskerville Returns. This children’s story, intended for an audience of young readers between the ages of seven and 10, is beautifully illustrated in color by noted Hawaiian artist Gary Kato.
The book is about a precocious youngster named Barry Baskerville who lives in Watsonville. Barry aspires to become a famous detective like his role model Sherlock Holmes. As expected, Barry irritates his friends and teachers by wearing a deerstalker hat, peering at everything through a magnifying glass, and flaunting his astounding powers of observation and deduction. During a family vacation at the beach, Barry impresses his parents by investigating the case of the missing car keys. The Baskervilles conclude that it really is nice to have a detective in the family.
Barry Baskerville Returns shows school-age children the importance of making accurate observations and then making logical deductions from their observations. The lessons taught in the story are designed to enhance problem-solving abilities. The book is published by Airship 27 of Fort Collins, Colo., and is available in both print and Kindle formats through Amazon.
Dr. Kellogg is the author of four previous books dealing with Sherlock Holmes; the most recent is titled Barry Baskerville Solves a Case (Airship 27, 2013). He has received grants from the SUNY Research Foundation to develop instructional materials on the problem-solving strategies of “The Great Detective.” A frequent contributor to The Baker Street Journal and The Serpentine Muse, Kellogg enjoys introducing young readers to Baker Street and the magical world of Sherlock Holmes and his loyal companion, Dr. John Watson.