June 2014

25-Year Employees Honored

Posted Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 14:15

Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their years of service at the college. Those employees honored for 25 years included Deb Claire, Arkport, NY, senior programmer/analyst, Technology Services; Christine Drum, secretary 1, Student Success Center; David Law, Scio, NY, associate professor, Computer & Information Technology; Stephen Perkins, plant utility assistant, Facilities Services; and James Vancise, Canisteo, NY, maintenance assistant, Facilities Services. Honorees received a college chair and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.


30-Year Employees Honored

Posted Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 14:30

Drumm & SimpsonMembers of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their years of service at the college. Those honored for 30 years included Brantley Davis, Alfred Station, NY, plant utility engineer 1, Facilities Services; Roger Drumm, Andover, NY, associate professor, Building Trades; and Rex Simpson, Arkport, NY, professor, Architecture and Design Department. Honorees received a college watch and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.

Pictured here, standing, l-r: Drumm, Simpson


35-Year Employees Honored

Posted Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 16:00

Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their years of service at the college. Those honored for 35 years included Michael Cobb, Alfred, NY, chair and lecturer, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Deborah Goodrich, Alfred Station, NY, associate vice president, Enrollment Management; David Haggstrom, Angelica, NY, librarian, Library Services; April Lawrence, Arkport, NY, assistant to Executive Vice President, Office of the Executive Vice President; Gary Moore, Geneseo, NY, head track & field/cross country coach, Athletics; and John Santora, Scio, NY, chair and associate professor, Culinary Arts. Honorees received a college weather station and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.

35-Year Employees

Pictured here, seated, l-r: Goodrich, Lawrence
Standing, l-r: Santora, Haggstrom, Cobb, Moore


40-Year Employees Honored

Posted Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 15:45

40-Year Employees HonoredMembers of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their years of service at the college. Those honored for 40 years included Victoria Bolton, Cohocton, NY, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Agriculture & Veterinary Technology; and Aniko Constantine, Dansville, NY, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, English & Humanities. Honorees received a college lamp and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.


45-Year Employee Honored

Posted Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 16:00

Lawrence “Ed” Burns, Alfred Station, NY, SUNY Distinguished Teaching professor, Mathematics/Physics at Alfred State, was honored recently for his 45 years of service at the college. He received a certificate and a college pocket watch to commemorate the occasion.


Local Educator Selected to Participate in Advanced Placement Program Reading

Posted Date: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 09:15

Dr. Earl Packard, a Hornell native and professor in the Alfred State Mathematics and Physics Department, was selected to participate in the annual College Board’s Annual AP Reading in calculus – it was his 12th time serving in this capacity.

Each June, exceptional AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams. During the June 2014 scoring sessions, more than 12,500 AP Readers evaluate more than 4.2 million AP Exams.

AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the world’s leading academic institutions. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between educators is both fostered and encouraged. “The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and Instruction at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Earl Packard.”

The Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both – while still in high school. Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to analyze complex problems, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students.

Packard, who joined the AS faculty in 2003, holds a PhD in mathematics from Tulane University, a bachelor of science of education (BSE) in mathematics from Mansfield University, and a bachelor of science degree in music education from Mansfield State College. Prior to joining the AS faculty, Packard taught at Kutztown University (PA) and the University of Arkansas, Monticello.


Staff Receive Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

Posted Date: Monday, June 9, 2014 - 08:45

Alfred State staff were recently honored with Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Professional Service and Classified Service. Spencer Peavey was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service and Roxanna Sammons was presented with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. Each received a certificate and a medallion.

Spencer PeaveyPeavey, senior director of Student Engagement, has been an invaluable member of the campus community since 2006. As a senior director, his primary job responsibilities encompass student activities, Greek life, and orientation, yet he has always gone above and beyond these requirements, expanding his own role and taking on a leadership position in the team who envisioned, planned, and executed the programming for the new Student Development Center in the heart of campus. He has served as a mentor to others in his division and elsewhere on campus; is a regular presenter during Professional Development Week; and his active and committed involvement in a wide variety of national organizations has brought deserved recognition to Alfred State, his office, and the SUNY system. He is a recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Orientation Professional Award, and in 2010, his presentation on the use of social media to promote orientation activities won Showcase Honors and went on to represent the region at a national conference of orientation professionals. And this year, a proposal he wrote resulted in the siting of the 2014 Western New York Student Leadership Educators Conference at the Alfred State.

Roxanna SammonsSammons, secretary 2 in the Institutional Advancement Office, has consistently demonstrated unmatched performance within and beyond her position since 1992. Her skills and extensive service to the campus and to the State University, combined with her continued support of campus operations and programs are reflected in both her professional achievements and in the goals she has helped various departments reach over the years. Not only is she an organized, thoughtful employee, but she has reached out to and developed valuable friendships among alumni and supporters and is always comfortable meeting and speaking with them on behalf of the college. She has extensive knowledge of the college, budgets, and its events, and she supplies invaluable information and advice. She participates in major events, fundraising, and strategy sessions and always has valuable insight to add. Most importantly, she is always willing to lend a hand on any project in any department. In a phrase, Roxana “makes things happen” and her outstanding character has made many an alum or friend of the college feel welcome and appreciated.


Academic Promotions Announced

Posted Date: Monday, June 9, 2014 - 09:00

Alfred State recently announced promotions for faculty and staff. Included among those receiving promotions in the Division of Academic Affairs, with their new titles, are Tammy Brackett, Andover, NY, associate professor, Digital & Media Animation; Marlee Cannon, Wellsville, NY, academic adviser, Student Success Center; Laurie Dunn, Portville, NY, associate professor, Nursing; Marsha Goodwin, Troupsburg, NY, keyboard specialist 2, Digital Media & Animation and Architecture & Design; Lisa Harmon, Wellsville, NY, associate professor, Nursing; R. Jack Jones, assistant professor, Building Trades; Luke McIntosh, assistant professor, Automotive Trades; Constance Pennisi, assistant professor, Digital Media & Animation; Tim Piotrowski, associate professor, Civil Engineering Technology; Debra Tomm, Alfred Station, NY, secretary 1, Social & Behavioral Sciences.


Administration and Enrollment Promotions Announced

Posted Date: Monday, June 9, 2014 - 09:15

Alfred State recently announced promotions for faculty and staff. Included among those receiving promotions in the Division of Administration and Enrollment, with their new titles, are: Thomas Ames, Hornell, NY, general mechanic, Facilities Services; Barbara Bennett, Hornell, NY, head janitor, Facilities Services; Kristine Clark, SUNY campus worker, Facilities Services; Shawn Cline, Alfred Station, NY, SUNY campus worker, Facilities Services; Mark Cragg, Almond, NY, instructional support associate, College Farm; Daniel Foster, supervising janitor, Facilities Services; Dominic Gallicchio, calculations clerk 2, Procurement & Payment Services; Mike Houghtaling, Arkport, NY, supervising janitor, Facilities Services; John Kaffitz, Wellsville, NY, general mechanic, Facilities Services; Laura Kernan, Almond, NY, keyboard specialist 2, Facilities Services; Nicole Parise, agency program aide, Student Records & Financial Services; Lawrence Perkins, Andover, NY, maintenance supervisor, Facilities Services; Steven Scott, maintenance assistant, Facilities Services; and Laurie Spike, janitor, Facilities Services.

promotions in the Division of Administration and Enrollment

Standing, l-r: John Kaffitz, Mike Houghtaling, Dominic Gallicchio, Tom Ames
Seated, l-r: Laurie Spike, Nicole Parise, Barb Bennett, Laura Kernan


Dr. Kristin Poppo Accepts VP of Academic Affairs Position

Posted Date: Monday, June 9, 2014 - 09:30

Dr. Kristin PoppoDr. Kristin Poppo, of Belmont, Mass., has accepted the position of vice president of Academic Affairs at Alfred State, effective July 16. Most recently, Poppo has been associate provost and executive director of regional centers and the National Institute of Teaching Excellence at Cambridge College. “Dr. Poppo’s student-centered approach to leadership, and her focus on preparing a 21st-century workforce, aligns perfectly with Alfred State’s values and goals,” said Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We are delighted that she has accepted our offer and that she will soon be an essential part of supporting our mission.”

“Alfred State's emphasis on civic engagement, experiential learning, sustainability, and relevant degree programs is visionary and serves as a model for all of higher education,” Poppo said. “I am passionate about teaching and learning and found the opportunity to provide academic leadership at an institution that is closely aligned with my values irresistible.”

Poppo has an extensive background in both education and community service. She has held teaching positions at colleges in Vermont, North Carolina, and Washington. She has also been a minister at Madura Congregational Church in Wakefield, Kan., and an associate minister at Second Congregational Church in Beverly, Mass. Poppo was head of graduate and professional studies at IslandWood/University of Washington from 2001 to 2008 and director of extended learning at Olympic College, a Washington State community college, from 2008 to 2011. Her history with online educational programs; creating educational partnerships; and increasing experiential, environmental, and multicultural education at various institutions has resulted in significant achievement in increasing budget efficiencies, expanding program offerings, and developing new resources for students.

“As both a teacher and a leader, my goal is to empower others to grow and thrive while improving their lives and building stronger communities,” she said. “My deepest passion is to create a more just and compassionate world and to inspire others to share this commitment. My work in faith communities, non-profits, and higher education has been about service and providing all people the opportunity for success. I will be deeply committed to every student and work diligently to help them complete degrees that will enhance their lives.”

Poppo has served in the Solomon Islands as a community development worker/medical discharge with the U.S. Peace Corps and has held chaplaincy internships at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and Goddard Chapel at Tufts University. She has also served on numerous committees in leadership and membership positions, from the Beverly Interfaith Council in Massachusetts, where she promoted interfaith dialogue and religious tolerance among all religious groups, to the North Kitsap Fishline, where, as president, she led the group through the strategic planning process to expand programs for distributing food to the homeless and children in the area. She has also published articles and given numerous presentations on pedagogy, compassion, environmental education, diversity, and many other topics in the United States and Canada and has been awarded two fellowships.

Poppo received her Ph.D. in the social and philosophical foundations of education from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro; her master’s in divinity from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass.; her master’s in teaching/environmental communications from Antioch University – New England in Keene, N.H.; and her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion with a minor in women’s studies from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y.


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