May 2014

Digital Media and Animation Seniors Present Showcase

Posted Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 16:30

Senior students in the Digital Media and Animation Department will be screening their best work for the public on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at noon in room 215, and an exhibit of more work will be displayed in the Llewellyn Gallery after the screening. Both room 215 and The Llewellyn Gallery are in the School of Engineering Technology building located on the Alfred State Campus. The displays will cover a range of disciplines—from 3D animation, to 2D animation, to gallery installations, and more. These works will show currently enrolled students, prospective students, and the public the level and range of technical and artistic skills individuals can reach in this program.

The Digital Media and Animation Department at Alfred State prepares graduates for immediate employment or continued educational opportunities in a range of design- and technology-related disciplines. The department provides quality technical education that integrates theory and practice with a foundation in the arts and sciences.


New Trainings and a Summer Camp from the Center for Community Education and Training

Posted Date: Friday, May 2, 2014 - 15:15

Alfred State’s Center for Community Education and Training (CCET) is offering a summer camp for career exploration and summer training in machining, welding, heavy equipment, and more.

233 - Hour CNC Precision Machining & Basic Welding Certificate Program
Location: Alfred State – Wellsville /Dresser-Rand Machine Shop Location
Dates: May 27– August 1; Computer Numerical Control (CNC) runs first eight weeks (Tues. – Thurs.); Welding runs final two weeks (Mon. – Fri.)
Time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. with 1/2 hour lunch; CNC = 168 hours; Welding = 65 hours
Cost: $2,700 per person
This training prepares you for entry-level jobs in a variety of machining occupations. Learn blue print reading, basic shop math, measurement tools, manual and CNC lathes and mills, and safety and programming of machines. The final two weeks will provide hands-on welding training. Learn the basic skill sets of welding in stick, oxy-fuel, MIG, and TIG using the tools, equipment, and consumables of the welding trade in a fast-paced learning environment. Learn all the tools you’ll need on the job today. A mini job fair will be held at the end of the training.

Heavy Equipment Maintenance and CDL Training
Location: Alfred State – Wellsville
Dates: Heavy Equipment runs June 16 – July 10 (Mon. – Thurs.); CDL Training runs June 20 – July 25 (Fri. only); One-on-one drive time will be scheduled with each student and an instructor
Time: Heavy Equipment runs 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. with ½ hour lunch = 128 hours; CDL Training runs 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Fridays) with ½ hour lunch = 24 hours (in classroom)
Cost: CDL license with maintenance training: $3300 per student; Just CDL training: $2800
Students will receive onsite, hands-on training with wheel loaders, backhoes, excavators, and bulldozers. They will gain simulator training with excavators and bulldozers in state-of-the-art simulator technology—a CAT 320-size excavator and a bulldozer simulator based on the John Deere 700 series.
The simulator offers industry standard joystick controls and heavy equipment load and lash training. The CDL Class A or B training allows the student to have one-on-one drive with the instructor in order to receive the driving hours required for the road test (up to 40 hours). The road test is included at the end of the training no later than July 25 as the students are ready.
The preventive maintenance training option will educate both operators and supervisors on proper maintenance practices for equipment. Training will cover backhoes, bulldozers, excavators, wheel loaders, trucks, and trailers.

Career Exploration Institute
Dates: Mon., July 21 – Thurs., July 24
Times: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily
Cost: $50 (per student)
Age Range: Grades 8-12
Not sure what you want to be when you grow up? We can help! Join us at Alfred State for a four-day career exploration. You’ll enjoy four fun-packed days of exploration as well as college information that can help you make the right choice. You’ll explore everything from Culinary Arts to Heavy Equipment and even visit the College Farm. This educational, hands-on experience is promised to be fun for all.

Registration Information: call 607-587-4015 or email ccet@alfredstate.edu. Enrollment is limited, so please register early!


All Hands Volunteers Founder David Campbell to Speak at Commencement

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 13:45

David CampbellDavid Campbell, successful businessman and founder and chair of All Hands Volunteers, will be the speaker for Alfred State’s 103rd Commencement on May 18, 2014.

Campbell, a native of Buffalo and resident of Carlisle, Massachusetts, has truly done it all over his 50 years in business—he’s been President of BBN Technologies of Cambridge and CEO at Computer Task Group of Buffalo and Xpedior of Chicago. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Tektronix, M&T Bank, MRO Software, and Gibraltar Industries; he has been a Trustee at both Niagara University and the University at Buffalo; held the position of Chairman for Roswell Park Cancer Institute Council, the Buffalo United Way campaign, the Erie County IDA, and the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce; and he has served on the board of directors for numerous other corporate and nonprofit entities.

But it wasn’t until 2005—after learning about the devastation caused by a tsunami in Thailand and traveling to that Southeast Asian country to help—that he embarked on some his greatest humanitarian endeavors, becoming one of the founders of HandsonThailand.org, which brought in more than 200 volunteers and several hundred thousand dollars to assist in rebuilding five Phuket fishing villages.

Inspired to continue the work of providing hands-on assistance to communities in need, Campbell then incorporated All Hands Volunteers (previously known as Hands on USA and Hands on Disaster Response, respectively) in 2006 and quickly brought 1,500 volunteers to Biloxi, Mississippi, in response to Hurricane Katrina. Under his leadership over the next seven years, the organization managed more than 30 projects.

Today, All Hands Volunteers is a model of civic engagement. This U.S.-based nonprofit does its work with maximum impact and minimum bureaucracy. And each program is directed by the needs of the community in which the volunteers work, ensuring a timely, relevant, and culturally sensitive response. To date, All Hands Volunteers has helped communities in Haiti, Peru, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Bangladesh. U.S. relief projects have taken place in Mississippi, New York, Tennessee, Rhode Island, and Iowa.

Campbell has received numerous awards and recognitions during his career. He was named Citizen of the Year by The Buffalo News, received an honorary doctorate from Niagara University, and earned inclusion as a Fellow in the first year awards of the Purpose Prize.


Local College Student Earns Employee of the Year Award

Posted Date: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 11:30

Lucas Bayus, of Alfred Station, a business administration (BBA) major at Alfred State, has been named the 2013-14 Alfred State Student Employee of the Year. Bayus works in the Marketing Communications Office and was nominated by his supervisors, Deb Root, senior director of Marketing Communications, and Molly Andrus, graphic designer. Students are nominated on the basis of reliability, initiative, quality of work, disposition, and contribution to employer.

Bayus’s duties included photographing events and activities on campus which require excellent technical and photographic skills; good communication and people skills; a good eye for a picture; and being proficient in uploading photos to Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube.

In the nomination for the award, Bayus is characterized as someone who “clearly exemplifies the leadership skills, initiative, reliability, attitude, professionalism, and attention to detail that is required in his position of student photographer.”

Root and Andrus also wrote: “Luke has achieved a reputation on campus for producing quality work and being reliable. He pays the utmost attention to detail and accuracy, while going the extra mile to make the projects assigned to him successful.”

nominated for Student Employee of the Year with President

Students at Alfred State who were nominated for Student Employee of the Year by their respective offices were honored at a reception in April. Pictured here, front row, left to right: Kaitlin Anderson, Poughkeepsie, mathematics/English department; Lydia Rola, West Seneca, Office of Institutional Advancement; Heather Steadman, Whitesville, Office of the Executive Vice President.

Back row, left to right: Student Employee of the Year Lucas Bayus, Alfred Station, Office of Marketing Communications; Emily Stella, Geneva, Box of Books; Dr. Skip Sullivan, college president; Olivia Ciesla, Angola, Office of Student Engagement; Tyler Ribble, Elmira, Office of Student Engagement.


Alfred State Holds 103rd Commencement

Posted Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 14:30

Friends, families, and fellow students celebrated as approximately 900 Alfred State students graduated. Commencement ceremonies were held Sunday, May 18, 2014, and Dr. Skip Sullivan, president, presided over the event held at Pioneer Stadium on the Alfred State campus.

Welcoming the audience on behalf of the students was Joshua Altemoos, of Buffalo, N.Y., president of the Alfred State Student Senate, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in information technology: network administration. This year’s student speaker was Tsu Zhu, of Flushing, N.Y. Zhu is a graduate of both the Culinary Arts Department, where she received her associate degree, and—most recently—the technology management program, where she received her bachelor’s.

Keynote speaker for the ceremony was David Campbell, successful businessman and founder and chair of All Hands Volunteers. Campbell, a native of Buffalo and resident of Carlisle, Massachusetts, has been President of BBN Technologies of Cambridge and CEO at Computer Task Group of Buffalo and Xpedior of Chicago. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Tektronix, M&T Bank, MRO Software, and Gibraltar Industries; he has been a Trustee at both Niagara University and the University at Buffalo; held the position of Chairman for Roswell Park Cancer Institute Council, the Buffalo United Way campaign, the Erie County IDA, and the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce; and he has served on the board of directors for numerous other corporate and nonprofit entities.

Following a tsunami in Thailand in 2005, Campbell became one of the founders of HandsonThailand.org, and helped to bring in more than 200 volunteers and several hundred thousand dollars to assist in rebuilding. Inspired to continue the work of providing hands-on assistance to communities in need, Campbell then incorporated All Hands Volunteers (previously known as Hands on USA and Hands on Disaster Response, respectively) in 2006 and quickly brought 1,500 volunteers to Biloxi, Mississippi, in response to Hurricane Katrina. Under his leadership over the next seven years, the organization managed more than 30 projects. To date, All Hands Volunteers has helped communities in Haiti, Peru, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Bangladesh. U.S. relief projects have taken place in Mississippi, New York, Tennessee, Rhode Island, and Iowa.

Campbell has received numerous awards and recognitions during his career. He was named Citizen of the Year by The Buffalo News, received an honorary doctorate from Niagara University, and earned inclusion as a Fellow in the first year awards of the Purpose Prize.

President Sullivan also awarded an honorary degree during the ceremony, the Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.), to William Goodrich, president and CEO of Rochester’s LeChase Construction, Alfred State class of ’84.

Goodrich has been an integral member of LeChase since 1985. He was named president in 2002 and CEO in 2007; has 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; has been a driving force behind continuing education and training being available for his company’s employees; and, currently, more than 40 Alfred State graduates have found careers at LeChase.

At Alfred State, Goodrich has been an essential supporter of the $4.1 million Construction Workforce Development Center at the School of Applied Technology in Wellsville and in the opening of the $33.5 million Student Leadership Center, where LeChase sponsored one of thirteen leadership suites awarded to student organizations. LeChase also supports several institutional, charitable, and community-based organizations on an annual basis.

Goodrich maintains membership in many community and professional organizations; 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 magazine. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from Roberts Wesleyan College and an associate degree in Construction Engineering Technology from Alfred State.

The presentation of the Paul B. Orvis Award for Excellence, awarded to outstanding two-year graduates from each of the college’s schools of study as well as to one or more baccalaureate graduates, was a highlight of the ceremony. The award honors Paul B. Orvis, a former president of Alfred State and State University of New York dean for two-year colleges. Recipients must meet the criteria of service, leadership, character, and scholarship.

Honored at the ceremony were Nicole M. Agosta, Amsterdam, N.Y., (School of the Arts and Sciences baccalaureate recipient); Rachel A. Howard, Pittsford, N.Y., (School of Arts and Sciences associate degree recipient); Lisa J. Kowalewski, Akron, N.Y., (School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology associate degree recipient); Joshua D. Lenahan, Woodhull, N.Y., (School of Applied Technology recipient); and Kyle “Christian” J. Perry, Frewsburg, N.Y., (School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology baccalaureate recipient).

The Alfred State Men’s Quartet performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the Alfred State alma mater during the ceremony. Students and faculty were led out in recessional to the music of the Gates Keystone Police Pipes and Drums.


Local Students Embark on Civic Engagement Trip to Peru

Posted Date: Monday, May 19, 2014 - 10:30

Students from Alfred State will journey from Alfred to Lima, Peru, from May 20 to May 29 to participate in a civic engagement project. This group of nine students; Mathematics and Physics Department faculty member Dr. Kathleen Ebert; and one Business Department faculty member, Dr. Lisa McCool, who is heading up the project, began preparations for the trip in November.

Students will be working with two groups: InMed, a support service for women and children, and Cooperar Peru, an orphanage located in Tankarpata. The group worked to raise funds and collect donated items for the trip’s service organizations. Donations included 1,000 birthing kits donated by Vonta International, 100 hand-crocheted newborn caps donated by Olean General Hospital, and numerous baby layette items donated by McKenzie Mallaber’s family.

April Heckman, a Rexville, N.Y., native and student in the business administration program, is looking forward to this potentially life-changing experience. “I’m excited about seeing a new culture,” she said. After arriving in Peru, the group will tour four cities, including Machu Picchu. One goal is to share a day with the children in the orphanage playing games and doing crafts. “I want to make a difference and see how others live,” said McKenzie Mallaber, of Livonia, N.Y., a student in the human services management program.

This project is being done in collaboration with the Office of Civic Engagement and International Student Services.


Retirees Announced at Recognition Luncheon

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 15:30

Retirees of Alfred State were honored recently at the school's annual recognition luncheon. Faculty and staff members who retired this year include Robert Albrecht, Alfred Station, NY; John Buckwalter, Alfred Station, NY; David Chilson, Belmont, NY; Sheri Furlong; Roger Gelser, Angelica, NY; Jim Graham, Greenwood, NY; Robyn Hansen, Hornell, NY; Steven Havlovic; Steven Jakobi, Canisteo, NY; Bruce Jamison, Canisteo, NY; Cynthia Jeffords, Swain, NY; Yogendra Jonchhe, Hornell, NY; Gary Lounsberry; Cynthie Luehman, Dalton, NY; Elizabeth McDaniels, Hornell, NY; Terry Morgan, Andover, NY; Thomas Murphy, Warsaw, NY; Ron Nichols, Andover, NY; Joan Norman, Wellsville, NY; James Paterniti; Cynthia Paxhia, Friendship, NY; Chris Petrilli, Hornell, NY; Ruth Phillips; Robert Rees, Almond, NY; Marcia Ross; Carol Stewart, Wellsville, NY; Thomas Taber; and Janette Thomas, Wellsville, NY. All retirees received a certificate and an engraved pewter plate to commemorate their time at the college.

13-14 retirees

Pictured here, l-r (front row), Ruth Phillips and Cynthie Luehman; l-r (back row), Robert Rees, Terry Morgan, Gary Lounsberry, and David Chilson.


10-Year Employees Honored

Posted Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 15:15

Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their years of service at the college. Those employees honored for 10 years included Karla Back, Alfred, NY, professor, Business; James Boardman, Alfred, NY, assistant professor and chair, Computer Information & Technology; Glenn Brubaker, Andover, NY, director, Facilities Services; James Buell, associate professor, Mathematics/Physics; Tammy Conrad, Dansville, NY, executive assistant to the president, President’s Office; Heather Craft, mail & supply clerk, Print & Mail Services; Lee Criss, cleaner, Facilities Services; Robert Curry, Angelica, NY, interim dean, School of Arts and Sciences; Eugene Doorley, Hornell, NY, fitness center manager/volleyball coach, Athletics Department; John Kaffitz, Wellsville, NY, general mechanic, Facilities Services; David Kendall, Alfred, NY, associate professor, Mathematics/Physics; George Porter, Hornell, NY, wrestling coach, Athletics Department; Allen Raish, Hornell, NY, lecturer, Mathematics/Physics; Stephen Richard, Genesee, PA, associate professor, Building Trades; Mark Shaw, assistant professor, Computerized Design & Manufacturing; Dianne Tuzzolino, Hammondsport, NY, associate professor, Business; and Tammy Woods Edwards, coordinator of continuing education, Center for Community Education and Training. Honorees received a certificate and a college umbrella.


20-Year Employees Honored

Posted Date: Friday, May 30, 2014 - 08:45

Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their years of service at the college. Those employees honored for 20 years included Mary Kay Cipolla, Hornell, NY, cleaner, Facilities Services; Donald Davison, Hornell, NY, plant utility engineer I, Facilities Services; Robin Harrington, Wellsville, NY, senior financial aid adviser, Student Records & Financial Services; Marie Hegarty, Hornell, NY, janitor, Facilities Services; Mary Hoffman, Alfred Station, NY, secretary 2, School of Arts and Sciences; Cindy Hogan, Scio, NY, cleaner, Facilities Services; Janet Lambert, Scio, NY, keyboard specialist, Technology Services; Jim Masterson, Wellsville, NY, electrician, Facilities Services; Charlene McGregor, Canisteo, NY, janitor, Facilities Services; Mary Monroe, Alfred Station, NY, accountant aide, Business Affairs; Barbara Pierce, Canaseraga, NY, keyboard specialist 2, Student Engagement Office; Cheryl Post, janitor, Facilities Services; Francine Staba, Wellsville, NY, associate professor and chair, Business; Doreen Vance, Hornell, NY, adjunct instructor, Student Success Center; Robert Wise, Hornell, NY, maintenance assistant, Facilities Services. Honorees received a college clock and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.