The Alfred State New Horizons Forum continues its 2014 season with two November events. “A Conversation with Alfred State Student Veterans” will be offered on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at 5 p.m. in the Student Leadership Center, room 310 (Small Events Space). “The Solar Link Project: An Adventure in Interdisciplinary” will be offered on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the School of Engineering Technology, room 215. Both events will start with light refreshments at 5 p.m. and are open, free of charge, to the Alfred State community, Alfred University, and the area public.
The conversation with Alfred State student veterans will honor Alfred University Professor Emeritus and local businessman Wally Higgins. Professor Higgins is a World War II veteran and member of the fabled Tuskegee Airmen.
The session will open with brief five minute reflections by students, faculty, and administration veterans and supporters. The forum will then turn to an open mike session and discussion targeting the college’s efforts to serve veterans. Participants will be invited to comment on issues confronting student veterans and how well the college is meeting the challenges faced by this highly valued student population.
Those who have agreed to speak include U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Business Department, James Grillo; U.S. Army Iraq veteran and Alfred State Controller, Joseph Greenthal; and Distinguished Teaching Professor of English, Dr. Aniko Constantine.
The “Conversation” will be moderated by Forum Director Army Security Agency veteran and SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of English, Emeritus Joseph Flynn, who notes the event format should produce a highly interactive discussion with the audience participants.
The following Tuesday New Horizons Forum will celebrate “The Solar Link Project”, a highly innovative academic collaboration which brings together Alfred State students and faculty representing a variety of campus departments and programs. This remarkable effort, whose potential uses solar energy to produce safe drinking water for indigent populations worldwide, represents the expanding implementation of Alfred State’s vision of technology and people in service to humanity. Speaking on behalf of this ongoing effort, information technology major and Buffalo native, Sarah Jastrzab, and computer engineering technology major and Hornell native, Lawrence Fink, have noted that participants come from across the Alfred campus and are drawn from the academic Schools of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology, Arts and Sciences, and Applied Technology. The Solar Link Project also extends to area corporations and professionals.
In his initial invitation to students and faculty members of the Solar Link Team forum, Flynn noted, “Your collaborative undertaking contains the essential ingredients of the way local multidisciplinary approaches can be used to address contemporary global problems, a central theme and showcasing goal of the New Horizons Forum.”
The New Horizons Forum, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences, showcases current scholarly, creative, and public service work by faculty, students, professional staff, and invited guests. It is guided by a campus-wide team of advisers whose goal is to enrich the intellectual life of the institution.
The New Horizons Forum - Real People. Face to Face. Working for Real Results.
Don’t forget that Tuesday, Nov. 4 is Election Day! Students should visit https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/votersearch.aspx to double-check that they can vote locally. If registered to vote in the village of Alfred, students can cast their ballots between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. at A.E. Crandall Hook & Ladder Company at 6 Main St., Alfred.
Students who are registered voters can sign up for TurboVote at alfredstate.turbovote.org to receive important Election Day 2014 information, including polling place information and a preview of their ballot. TurboVote also includes other features that will be helpful for future elections, such as requesting absentee ballots and registering to vote. So far, roughly 30 Alfred State students have signed up for TurboVote, according to Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement.
Also, the Judicial Campaign Ethics Center of the New York State Unified Court System has launched the annual non-partisan Judicial Voter Guide at www.nycourts.gov/vote. The guide contains information about judicial candidates on the ballot in each county based on information provided by the state and county election boards and is designed to help people make a more informed decision on Election Day.
“Election Day is an opportunity to exercise your civic right and responsibility to make your voice heard,” said Hilsher. “I’d encourage everyone to invest the time to vote on Tuesday.”
The village of Savona recently received some help with envisioning its comprehensive plan after Alfred State architecture students presented their designs for the future layout of the municipality Oct. 28 at the Campbell-Savona Elementary School.
Village officials and roughly 25 residents listened as 10 students in Professor William Dean’s Urban Design Studio class shared their visions for five sections of Savona. These included a residential area, the Cohocton River Trail, the western side of town, a mixed use commercial area, which would feature a senior living community, and the Four Corners area, which would include a boutique hotel and a Dollar General that matches the look of the surrounding buildings.
“The goal was to create a vision from the work that the community had already done as far as further developing what they wanted in the comprehensive plan,” said Dean, chair of the Department of Architecture and Design. “We tried to remain as faithful to that document as possible. That’s not to say that the students didn’t bring their own design experience into it, but I kept driving home the point throughout the project that we wanted our work to be an extension of the comprehensive plan.”
The students spent eight weeks on the project, which began in August with a tour of the village led by Mayor Gregge Harrian, and included an interim critique by a panel composed of Harrian; Nicolette Barber, a planner from HUNT Engineers, Architects and Surveyors out of Horseheads; and members of the village’s Comprehensive Plan Committee.
“After meeting with the mayor and the committee, the students took their comments to heart and continued to develop their designs for the final presentation,” Dean said.
According to Dean, the students’ designs received a lot of positive feedback throughout the process and were well-received during the presentation.
Brittany Varengo, an architectural technology major from Syracuse, said, “We were able to connect to the people on a personal level and know that our hard work was appreciated.”
The Women In Non-traditional Studies (WINS) Club hosted the 22nd annual Women in the Field Dinner Oct. 29 in the Allegany Room of the Alfred State Central Dining Hall, with 38 attendees.
WINS Adviser Professor Joy Carlson invited four women to speak to interested students at the dinner, including new hires Dr. Danielle Bond, assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology, and Dr. Tabitha Sprau Colter, assistant professor of civil engineering technology, who talked about their academic and work experiences before coming to Alfred State. Alumna Carley Youngman, of Fairfax, VA, who graduated in 2014 with bachelor’s degrees in architectural technology and construction management engineering technology, and Elizabeth Kirchhoff, of Rochester, who graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in architectural technology, spoke about their work experiences and continuing education plans.
Pictured at the 2014 WINS Women in the Field Dinner, from left to right, are Katie Dussing, treasurer, Syracuse, senior - architectural technology; Youngman, of Balfour-Beatty plc; Allana Havernick, co-president, Arcade, senior - environmental technology; Sprau Colter; Stacy Duink, co-president, Hamburg, junior - architectural technology; Bond; Mironda Piphus, vice president, Rochester, senior - construction management engineering technology; Kirchhoff, of LaBella Associates; and Elizabeth Dussault, secretary, Breesport, junior - architectural technology. Photo supplied by club photographer, MikeQuaisa Brown, Mountainville, senior - interior design.
The Hinkle Memorial Library at Alfred State is hosting an art exhibit by Barbara Fox, of Little Valley, titled “Joie De Vivre” from now through Dec. 12.
The exhibit contains about 20 paintings, nearly all of them watercolor, that Fox has completed within the last three years. Its title is French for “exuberant enjoyment of life.”
Fox’s paintings have received numerous awards and have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the International Guild of Realism, among others, and is a master designer for the United States Mint.
Fox says she always paints realistically, focusing on the light and color of objects.
“A room full of colorful, light-struck flowers is always a joy in the gray days of winter,” Fox said. “And with my new still life paintings, I create something I crave in my life: peace, order, and beauty. I hope viewers will find a sense of that in my paintings, and enjoy the light, the colors, and the joie de vivre that art can provide.”
The “Joie De Vivre” exhibit will be open for viewing during normal library hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-587-4313.
Danielle Green, a court reporting and captioning instructor in the Alfred State Business Department and a freelance court reporter, contributed to the National Court Reporters Association’s (NCRA) recently released book “Court Reporter Survival Guide: School Success Stories.”
The 106-page, softcover book is a collection of essays and tips written by freelancers, officials, CART captioners, and current students about making it through court reporting school. It contains eight chapters, including those titled “Superheroes in Training,” “The Road Less Taken,” and “Testing Our Limits.”
The content is described as “often humorous and always thoughtful,” consisting of insight and advice, as well as testaments sharing the many benefits, rewards, and opportunities that court reporting has to offer. Green said she contributed a short story about her own journey through court reporting school and how she became successful.
“Contributing to this book allowed me to share my trials and tribulations with current and prospective students,” Green said. “My participation in the book was motivated by the intrinsic rewards that I received.”
Green said she has a passion for students, and loves to see them succeed.
“Any way that I can contribute to their journey of success is gratifying,” she said. “And it never hurts to put our great college, Alfred State, in the spotlight as an added benefit.”
To purchase a copy of the book or to learn more about the NCRA, visit NCRA.org.
The Sant’Anna Institute of Sorrento, Italy bestowed Leadership Awards to a pair of Alfred State students enrolled in the college’s 2015 spring semester study abroad program last week at the Student Leadership Center.
Jake Kohler, a technology management major from Babylon, and Elizabeth Parker, an architecture major from Campbell, received the awards from Dr. Cristiana Panicco, president of Sant’Anna, and Alfred State Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Kristin Poppo. The awards, which will be given on an annual basis, are intended to encourage participation in studying abroad.
“We’re very happy to give students the chance to study abroad and fulfill their dreams,” Panicco said.
Awards are each in the amount of $1,000, which will be applied to the students’ account at Sant’Anna Institute, in Sorrento, Italy, the location of the study abroad program. Award winners are expected to exercise leadership among their peers during the semester abroad and to assist the on-site faculty in organizing events and traveling.
All business and architecture students are eligible to apply for the Leadership Award and recipients are selected by their respective department faculty. Applicants are evaluated on academic achievement, proven leadership skills, a written essay, and upon letters of recommendation.
Poppo said, “Alfred State is proud of the opportunity to partner with Sorrento over the last seven years to provide an exceptional opportunity for our architecture and business students to get a global perspective in their fields.”
Pictured, from left, are Alfred State Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Kristin Poppo; Jake Kohler, a technology management major from Babylon; Elizabeth Parker, an architecture major from Campbell; and Dr. Cristiana Panicco, president of Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy.
Alfred State students in the Architecture and Design department are helping to improve the quality of the built environment in Allegany County and the surrounding region through a number of Southern Tier Architectural Resource (STAR) Center civic engagement projects.
The STAR Center is a collaboration of two organizations in the department: the Architecture Club and the Interior Design Club, which, through the promotion of sound design and planning principles, seek to enhance the local built environment.
Last semester, architectural technology majors Jeremy Dearing, of Allentown, PA, and Andrew Scott, of Arverne, NY, proposed designs for a project at Pioneer Park in Dansville. The project involved creating a place for a monument marking the park as Dansville’s first cemetery - where many are still interred - as well as landscaping and lighting work.
“What the clients were proposing was fairly low impact and it was really meant to just formalize the park and create a place for a new monument that they had already made,” said Bill Dean, chair of the department of Architecture and Design. “Most of the time you would create the plan first and then place the monument. They had the monument first and it was like, ‘All right, where do we put it?’
“Jeremy and Andrew worked on that and talked about two different possible locations for the monument and did renderings of what that might look like, just to kind of give them some guidance.”
Dearing said, “I’m very glad that I was able to get some real hands-on experience with actual clients.”
In the fall of 2013, Dean said, two students through the STAR Center also presented designs for a project that involved placing a welcome sign in downtown Bath. The clients ultimately chose architectural technology major and Syracuse, NY, native Katie Dussing’s plan.
“We’ve done a lot of these conceptualizations but we’re starting to see more activity with actually implementing them,” Dean said, “which is nice because it’s great to have the ideas on paper but you want to see them built at some point.”
Since 2013, according to Dean, the STAR Center students have undertaken eight typically infrastructure-related civic engagement projects, mainly in the Southern Tier. Potential upcoming projects include conceptual planning for a pocket park in Scio, documenting existing conditions for a veterans’ center in Rushford and for a building in downtown Buffalo, and a master plan for Lions Camp Badger in Spencer, NY.
Another project involves two students working with the Alfred State Sustainability Committee on converting an L-shaped area near the Central Dining Hall into a community garden.
“It’s not a huge space, it’s not a big project, but any place we can help, we’re happy to give the students that type of experience,” Dean said. “We don’t know if the garden is going to be edibles or perennials. That hasn’t been decided yet.”
Libby Dussault, an architecture and interior design student, from Horseheads, NY, said the STAR Center provides an awesome opportunity for students.
“It’s a good way to meet and work with other people and form relationships and learn how to work on a project with someone else because we do a couple of partner projects in the studio but nothing that has follow-through and you don’t see the end result and I think working with clients, that’s a good opportunity, too,” she said.
Dean noted, “These students are actually getting that experience of talking to people about their problems and helping them develop solutions to the extent that they can do that through an academic exercise, so I think it really provides a tremendous experience for the students that they’re not going to get in every architecture program.”
Pictured in photo above are, from top, counter-clockwise, Alfred State architectural technology majors Jeremy Dearing and Andrew Scott, and members of the Pioneer Park Committee Patricia Kreiley, Paul Hoffman, and Jane Schryver. The students worked with the committee members on a civic engagement project at Pioneer Park in Dansville last semester through the college’s Southern Tier Architectural Resource (STAR) Center.
Alfred State will host a holiday buffet from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the Culinary Arts Building on the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville.
The cost, which includes beverages, is $20 per person and $10 for children under 10 years of age. The menu will feature classic French cuisine, such as crown roast of pork, coq au van, crème brulee, French onion soup, cream puffs, cassoulet with duck, broccoli mornay, and much, much more.
Proceeds will benefit the Culinary Honors Program. This event is open to the public; no reservations will be accepted. Questions may be directed to 607-587-3170.
The Department of Architecture and Design at Alfred State has announced the winners of this year’s Bob Pahl Award, given annually to two students who kept the top sketch journals while studying abroad in Sorrento, Italy, as part of their urban sketching course.
The honor began in 2012 and is named for Bob Pahl, a Boston-area architect, who graduated from Alfred State in 1981 with a degree in architectural engineering technology. Pahl donated the first- and second-place prizes, which were presented this year to Taquon Middleton, of Brooklyn, who received $800, and Kara Anderson, of Ontario, who received $200.
Nicholas Cultrara, of Buffalo, was the recipient of a $100 third-place prize, which was donated by Professor Joy Carlson. All three students are architectural technology majors.
“We are extremely grateful to Bob for his generous donation each year,” said Jeffrey Johnston, assistant professor in the Architecture and Design Department and coordinator of the study abroad program in Sorrento. “The Bob Pahl Award provides a valuable incentive for Sorrento architecture students to carefully document, through drawings, their travel experiences and observations.”
Pahl said as a freshman, new to college but with a love of architecture, walking into Johnston’s introduction to architecture course was a dream come true.
“He inspired me, through his talk of travels and his incredible talent in sketching, to make architecture my passion and my life,” said Pahl. “I sketch daily in my profession, and love to give back to the place that had such an impression in my life. I also want to keep the ‘art alive in architecture,’ supporting hand sketching any way I can.”
Pictured, from left, are Jeffrey Johnston, assistant professor in the Architecture and Design Department; Dr. Kristin Poppo, vice president of academic affairs; architectural technology majors Taquon Middleton, of Brooklyn, Kara Anderson, of Ontario, and Nicholas Cultrara; and Dr. Cristiana Panicco, president of Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy.