January 2015

Students to work over winter break at Olean, NY airport

Posted Date: Monday, January 5, 2015 - 09:15

When the lights come on at the Cattaraugus County-Olean Municipal Airport’s new T-hangar building for the first time, people will have two Alfred State students to thank.

Since Nov. 17, electrical construction and maintenance electrician majors Alex Ortiz, of Richburg, and Kevin Morsman, of Bolivar, have been working at the facility, located at 5420 Hatch Hill Road in Ischua. David Kahm, city electrician for Olean, said the students’ efforts have included installing conduit, wires, and light fixtures in each T-hangar bay, and installing receptacles for the overhead doors.

“Both Alex and Kevin have done a great job on this project,” Kahm said. “I am pleased with their work ethic, attention to detail, and willingness to learn the electrical trade.”

The purpose of the building is to create more storage for airplanes, according to Kahm, who said the total cost of the new T-hangar is $700,000 and the electrical cost is around $90,000. A T-hangar is “basically a garage for airplanes,” he said.

“It’s called a T-hangar because the shape of each bay looks like a ‘T’ in order to properly fit an airplane inside,” he said.

Morsman and Ortiz will continue to contribute their time and talents to the project until Jan. 23, just three days before classes start for the beginning of the spring 2015 semester.

Related article in Olean Times Herald

Area law enforcement agencies receive training on life-saving Naloxone medication

Posted Date: Friday, January 9, 2015 - 11:45

New York State University Police at Alfred State Thursday provided training to 24 area police officers on the use of Naloxone, a medication that temporarily reverses the effects of opioids and can save lives in the event of an overdose or medical emergency.

In addition to educating area officers on the use of Naloxone, the training provided an overview of the New York State Good Samaritan Law. This legislation is intended to encourage individuals to seek medical attention for someone who is experiencing a drug or alcohol overdose or other life-threatening injury, who otherwise may have refused to do so for fear of criminal prosecution. The training also detailed signs and symptoms of opioid overdose, provided officers with sample policies for their agencies dealing with the use and storage of Naloxone, and included a discussion with officers who have used Naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, someone dies every 19 minutes from a drug overdose. Naloxone works by temporarily reversing the effects of the opioid - whether illicit or prescription - allowing the individual to regain consciousness and resume normal breathing, reversing the overdose, and potentially saving the lives of those involved. Naloxone is not the kind of medication that can be abused.

Officer Jeff Wilcox of the New York State University Police provided the training to members of the following agencies: Cuba Police Department, Friendship Police Department, Willing Police Department, Angelica Police Department, Independence Police Department, Canisteo Police Department, Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, and the Allegany County Probation Office.

Officers from the Alfred Police Department and the New York State University Police at Alfred State had previously completed the training.

WINS members raise funds, buy presents for family in need during holidays

Posted Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 14:15

Fourteen members of the Women In Non-traditional Studies (WINS) Club assisted Santa in December by raising $193 through pop can and bottle returns and monetary contributions for an area family in need.

The students also shopped for presents and wrapped them for delivery to Steuben County Rural Ministry a week before Christmas. The students’ efforts were part of an annual project undertaken by members of the WINS Club.

“I am always surprised and heartened that WINS members can take the time at the end of the semester to make this project successful,” said Joy Carlson, professor of architecture and design and WINS Club adviser.

The WINS Club’s two main goals are to further the knowledge of women in male-dominated fields and to sponsor civic engagement/fundraising projects both locally and globally. WINS is open to all members of the Alfred State community, regardless of gender.

students in WINS club with holiday presents that they wrapped

Shown here are some of the Women In Non-traditional Studies Club members who raised money and purchased presents for an area family in need last month. From left to right are Beth Parker, of Campbell; Allana Havernick, of Arcade, club co-president; Stacy Duink, of Hamburg, club co-president; Adrienne Drumm, of Tully, club vice president; and Elizabeth Dussault, of Breesport, club secretary. Parker, Duink, Drumm, and Dussault are all architecture majors, and Havernick is an environmental technology major. (Photo provided by WINS Club Adviser Professor Joy Carlson)

Alfred State earns spot on Top Online Associate Degrees for 2015 list

Posted Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 09:00

Affordable Colleges Foundation logoThe Affordable Colleges Foundation has announced that Alfred State ranks 23rd on its list of Top Online Associate Degrees for 2015.

ACF, a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information, analyzed data collected from hundreds of colleges across the U.S. with online degrees at the associate level. The purpose was to see which schools offer the most impressive two-year programs for a community-oriented student base.

The organization utilized a proprietary scoring system to determine its list, taking into consideration a number of various cost and quality criteria and metrics. These include number of online associate degrees available, online tuition cost, job placement for graduates, student-faculty ratio, and more.

On its website, www.affordablecollegesonline.org, the organization says, “SUNY College’s Alfred State Technology campus offers two online associate degree programs: health information technology and court and real-time reporting. Alfred State’s online programs constantly evolve to meet current employer and industry demands, ensuring that students graduate with the necessary skills to succeed.”

Learn more about Alfred State’s online programs and courses.

Students, faculty, and staff honored during Celebration of Service Ceremony

Posted Date: Friday, January 30, 2015 - 15:00

Several members of the Alfred State family were honored for their service to others Thursday at the Alfred Village Hall during the fifth annual Celebration of Service Ceremony.

Each year, two honorees, one student and one faculty or staff member, receives a Spirit of Service Award, which recognizes and celebrates those in the Greater Alfred community who demonstrate a strong commitment to serving others. The award is intended to honor people who are actively living out the principles Martin Luther King Jr. stood for, including equality, social justice, community, and service.

Ashley Ebel, a business administration major from Freeville, proudly displays her Alfred State College Student Spirit of Service Award.Ashley Ebel, a business administration major from Freeville, was named this year’s Alfred State College Student Spirit of Service Award winner. Ebel works as a student advocate for the Center for Civic Engagement, works at the rock climbing wall, is a leader in the Outdoor Recreation Club, and is president of Little Angels of Honduras, a new organization on campus devoted to fundraising and awareness regarding the lack of adequate medical supplies and care for Honduran infants and children.

In 2013, Ebel was named “Mentee of the Year” for the Emerging Pioneers Leadership Program, in part due to her hard work with Hope for Honduras. She has also worked with a small group through this leadership program to raise awareness about youth suicide by hosting a poetry slam. This event highlighted many of the reasons for young adult suicide and discussed resources available to depressed and suicidal youth.

This year’s winner of the Alfred State Faculty/Staff Spirit of Service Award is Michael Murray, assistant director of dining at Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc. (ACES). ACES is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the mission of Alfred State by providing dining services, campus bookstores, cable TV, vending, and transportation services to student customers.

Murray has been a member of the Alfred State Family for decades as a tireless employee of ACES, is an active member of the Alumni Board, is co-adviser to the Greek Advisory Board, and is an adviser to one of Alfred State’s Greek houses, Gamma Theta Gamma. Every year under Murray's direction, the brothers of Gamma Theta Gamma host a Halloween Haunted House for the community, with proceeds typically going to Relay for Life.

In 2014, half of the proceeds from this event went to benefit the Golisano Children's Hospital, and under Murray’s direction, the fraternity is working to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. Murray is also an active fundraiser for the ALS Foundation, participating in the annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser and continuing to raise money and awareness for the cause throughout the year.

Also recognized were the following nominees, who each received a certificate for their efforts:

  • Andrew Scott, an architectural technology major from Arverne, who has devoted significant time outside of his architectural studies to volunteer at the Southern Tier Architectural Resource (STAR) Center.
  • Chad Martin, a construction management engineering technology major from Breesport, who,as president of the Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club, takes leadership in managing a large and active club involved in lumberjacking competitions throughout the region.
  • Dr. Robert Curry, dean ofthe School of Arts and Sciences, who is a language partner for international students, has served on many Alfred State committees, serves on various New York State curricular committees, and always makes time for staff and students.
  • Debra Mayes, computer specialist with technology services, whois highly engaged in numerous civic engagement projects and has traveled to Catskills, North Dakota, Long Island, and Detroit to assist with flood cleanup and other disaster relief efforts.
  • Barbara Pierce,student activities secretary,who is an incredible advocate for the Alfred Community Garden and has mentored a group of students who are participants of the Emerging Pioneers Leadership Program at Alfred State.

Michael Murray, assistant director of dining at Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc. (ACES), center, along with members of Gamma Theta Gamma

Pictured here is this year’s Alfred State Faculty/Staff Spirit of Service Award winner Michael Murray, assistant director of dining at Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc. (ACES), center, along with members of Gamma Theta Gamma.

In photo above is Ashley Ebel, a business administration major from Freeville, proudly displays her Alfred State College Student Spirit of Service Award.