August 2015

‘Reactive Rover’ workshop set for Sept. 23 at Alfred State Lake Lodge

Posted Date: Monday, August 3, 2015 - 10:15

Trainers, shelter and rescue workers, and pet guardians can learn how to modify a common issue in pet dogs, namely leash reactivity, by registering for Alfred State’s “Reactive Rover” workshop, taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Lake Lodge, 6107 Terbury Road, Alfred Station.

Presented by the Center for Community Education and Training (CCET) at Alfred State, the workshop will lay out the genetic and environmental underpinnings of dog-dog reactivity, discuss the underlying causation, and provide protocols for modifying the behavior. Topics include adaptive significance of dog-dog reactivity, understanding the underlying causation: frustration and negative emotional responses, management strategies, games for reactive dogs, and more.

Wendy Dresser-Recktenwald, senior director for the Alfred State Office of Human Resources and the Center for Community Education and Training FOIL/records access officer, said one of the most common canine behavioral problems is leash reactivity.

“Many dogs will lunge and bark aggressively while on a leash and because of this, many dogs get returned to shelters or dumped at shelters because owners feel they can’t control them,” she said. “This can be stressful on the owner, but ultimately could make or break the happy home we wish for all dogs to have.”

The on-hand expert for the event will be Kelly Cottrell, CTC, the supervisor of training and behavior for the Louisiana SPCA. She is an honors-level graduate of the renowned Academy for Dog Trainers, also known as the “Harvard for Dog Trainers.” As the guardian of three dog-reactive canines, she emphasizes with owners struggling with this behavior issue, and has first-hand experience decreasing stress for both dogs and their people.

The information-packed seminar will also include training plans, class design examples, and demonstration of techniques with live dogs. Registration is $50 and includes breakfast and lunch. For registration information, contact the CCET at 607-587-4015 or at

The CCET, a leader in providing state-of-the-art training for sheltering and rescue personnel, wanted to offer a well-rounded training that would appeal to everyone and help solve common canine problems, Dresser-Recktenwald said.

“We are excited that this is a training anyone can benefit from regardless of the breed, the size of the dog, or their experience with dogs,” she said.

Appalachian Regional Commission awards Alfred State grant to bring renewable energy to Advanced Manufacturing Center

Posted Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 08:45

The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded Alfred State a grant in the amount of $143,457, which will be used to bring renewable energy to the Advanced Manufacturing Center on the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville.

The grant funds will allow for a project that involves training and educating electrical, welding, and machine tool students in the monitoring and management of renewable energy aspects of sustainable advanced manufacturing through installation of a commercial-grade photovoltaic system and energy monitoring of all energy systems in the center. Students, who will install the photovoltaic system, will gain an understanding of energy costs related to the sustainable operations of a commercial facility by implementing an energy-management system.

“The project will also allow us to work toward making the new Advanced Manufacturing Center a zero-energy facility,” said Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology.

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “Our students will benefit from this project by gaining hands-on experience and developing skills and knowledge related to renewable energy components of sustainable advance manufacturing. We are grateful to the Appalachian Regional Commission for providing us this grant.”

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), according to its website,, is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. ARC provides funding each year for several hundred projects in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation.

In June, Alfred State broke ground on the center, which will be used to train and educate welding technology and machine tool technology students in state-of-the-art sustainable practices in advanced manufacturing through efficient processes. Other uses for the facility include prototyping and assisting manufacturers in the development of new products and systems.

The building will house freshman and senior welding students and senior machine tool technology students, and includes classrooms, a computer lab, a welding fabrication shop, material handling and preparation space, a CNC machine shop, and metrology and inspection space. It is expected to be in use by the fall 2016 semester.

Print and Mail Services awarded twice at print competition

Posted Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 09:00

The Alfred State Print and Mail Services Department was awarded for two of its printed pieces in the Association of College and University Printers’ 2015 print competition.

Catherine Chambers, director of Print and Mail Services, said the Alfred State personalized viewbook won a first-place award for quality and uniqueness, and the Alfred University MostArts Festival brochure received an honorable mention under the “Best Digitally Printed” category.

“We feel especially honored to win these awards, notably the one for a recruitment piece,” Chambers said, referring to the viewbook, “as the recruitment and retention of students is one of the most important functions on campus.”

Print and Mail Services provides document and distribution solutions to the campus community, including the production and management of all printed materials related to student recruitment, admission decisions, scholarship awards, academic warnings, etc. The award-winning, state-of-the-art Print and Mail Services facility at Alfred State is a key component of SUNY’s shared services initiative.

The Association of College and University Printers is a non-profit organization that was established to promote communication, training, and educational opportunities within the higher education in-plant printing and mailing industry, according to its website,

Chambers is an elected board member of the organization and a regular presenter at its annual conference. At the 2015 conference, held April 12-16 Portsmouth, VA, the title of her presentation was “Variable Data: The Good, the Bad, the Possible.”

Two-year criminal justice program now available

Posted Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 15:45

Alfred State is now offering a new associate-level criminal justice program.

The AS in criminal justice will focus on the development, structure, and function of the US criminal justice system, as well as ethical law enforcement practices and community relations. The program will prepare graduates to enter the job market or a police academy, to seamlessly transfer into criminal justice programs at the baccalaureate level, or to enter Alfred State’s existing technology management BBA program.

In addition, professional course work with a management component will be required to begin to prepare graduates for administrative and leadership positions within the field. Job opportunities exist in law enforcement at the local, county, state and federal levels, and in correctional institutions, parole and probation departments, private security companies, and police science organizations, among others.

The major was developed in response to inquiries about the availability of such a program at Alfred State, the popularity and success of similar programs at regional community colleges and peer colleges of technology, and opportunities for graduates to continue their education or to find employment across a broad job market. The demand and employment opportunities for graduates in criminal justice should remain steady well into the future.

Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “The public interest in criminal justice is significant, as are the opportunities this field presents graduates. Alfred State is pleased to be able to add another high-demand major to its academic offerings. I thank the faculty who worked to make this program possible.”

Dr. Kristin Poppo, vice president for Academic Affairs, said, “The criminal justice program is a wonderful addition to the Alfred State curriculum and complements our strong forensic science technology major. We look forward to continuing to build vibrant programs that best serve New York State.”

To fulfill degree requirements, each student must complete 60 total semester credit hours, including a minimum of 39 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences from seven of the 10 State University of New York general education categories, and earn a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a grade of “C” or better in the core criminal justice courses (CJUS prefixes).

Applied Technology students working on house 54 for Wellsville community

Posted Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 10:45

students building house 54 in WellsvilleAlfred State students enrolled in several applied technology programs will be working this fall on building house 54 for the Wellsville community.

The one-story, 2,972-square-foot, French country-style house will feature three bedrooms, a dining area, a spacious kitchen, an entertainment alcove, a laundry room, a small home office, two bathrooms, a covered rear porch with a fireplace, and a full basement. The house does not yet have an assigned address.

According to Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology, the basement excavation for the house has begun, but the “real” work will start in the fall. Students in the following majors will be working on house 54 as a hands-on learning experience: heavy equipment operations, building trades: building construction, masonry, electrical construction and maintenance electrician, and air conditioning and heating technology.

The houses Alfred State students regularly build for the community, valued at more than $200,000, take two years to complete and are then subsequently sold on the open market and occupied.

Students build and detail the houses in a subdivision owned by the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., a private foundation dedicated to improving the Alfred State community through the support of educational programs. The Educational Foundation funds the construction of the houses.

Under the supervision of their instructors, tomorrow's craftspeople prove themselves by building for discerning homeowners. For students, it's an unmatched opportunity to put their learning into practice and gain real-world experience.

“These hands-on projects - building homes and selling them - prepare students for their careers and are one of the main reasons our students are hired,” Clark said. “The live work sets Alfred State apart from other colleges and makes our graduates more valuable for employers.”

Admissions Counselor Burroughs serves as mentor for NYSACAC Camp College program

Posted Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 09:15

dmissions Counselor Channon Burroughs, second row, first on the left, is pictured along with the 11 students she mentored while at the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC) Camp College programChannon Burroughs, an Alfred State admissions counselor, was selected to serve as a mentor for the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC) Camp College program, held Aug. 7-9 at the State University of New York at Delhi.

NYSACAC's Camp College is a three-day-weekend, pre-college experience, in which high school students from different parts of the Hudson Valley and New York City areas live on campus, attend mock classes taught by college professors, participate in workshops on admissions and financial aid, learn college interview and essay-writing techniques, and gain leadership and teamwork experience in a small collaborative group with mentor facilitators.

As a program mentor, Burroughs said her main role was to work with a small group of 11 high school students, facilitating discussion and activities relating to their interests, goals, and plans for the future, and providing college admissions advisement.

“My other roles as mentor were making sure the students went to each workshop, and ensuring they were engaged in all activities on campus while remaining on schedule,” she said.

Burroughs said her experience at the program was “eye-opening” and joked that she didn’t know she had that much energy in her.

“From the time these 11 teens set foot on campus, to the time they boarded their bus on Sunday, they were with me and three other mentors,” Burroughs said. “In those couple of days, I saw this group go from barely saying a word to one another on Friday to looking like they’ve known each other for years on Sunday.

“There was a young lady who is going to be a first-generation college student, who said if it wasn’t for this trip, she wouldn’t have known where to begin in the college-seeking and application process, especially when it came to financial aid.”

Burroughs continued, “Each of these students had a story that changed for the better dramatically. So when I think of my experience as a mentor, as someone who helped these kids in a great way, it all just feels rewarding and makes me love my job even more.”

In photo above: Alfred State Admissions Counselor Channon Burroughs, second row, first on the left, is pictured along with the 11 students she mentored.

Alfred State ROTC members join in on opening ceremony of Cheez-It 355 at The Glen

Posted Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 11:15

Alfred State students and ROTC members at Cheez-It 355 at The GlenMembers of the US Army ROTC program at Alfred State took part in the opening ceremony of the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday, Aug. 9.

Serving as the color guard were Alfred State students and Cadets James Haveron (mechanical engineering technology, Falconer) and Jesse Cole (forensic science technology, Selden), along with Cadet Casey Kelly from Alfred University, and Spc. Cody Wells of the 222nd Military Police Company out of Hornell. The ceremony also included a patriotic American flag skydive and American Idol winner David Cook singing the national anthem. Driver Joey Logano won the race on a thrilling finish.

Derek Fuerch, an Alfred State forensic science technology major from Barker, said local National Guard recruiter and freshman ROTC Instructor Sgt. 1st Class William Ernest tasked him with reaching out to students about serving as color guard members at the Watkins Glen race. Fuerch would also have participated in the opening ceremony, but was at summer training in Fort Knox, KY, at the time.

“I was thrilled to hear we had the opportunity to be the color guard at the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen,” Fuerch said. “This was such an honor and a great way for people to hear about our program. The cadets did a great job and truly enjoyed themselves there.”

Haveron said, “We worked together, completed the task and presented our nation’s colors. A breathtaking moment was when the C-130 military transport aircraft took flight above us mid-anthem. After the anthem was done, we were greeted with amazing hospitality from the Jack Daniels company, which allowed us to watch the race from their tower. Overall, this was an experience unlike any other and honestly only the Army could have given us this.”

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “I am proud of our students who participated as color guard at the Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen earlier this month. We are honored to have an active and growing ROTC unit at Alfred State, and to have them as a vibrant part of our college community.”

For many years, Alfred State has had an agreement in place with the US Army, whereby students can take courses and training in military science during their college years, and upon graduation with a BS, BTech, or BBA degree in whichever major they choose, be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. Following Commencement, graduates have the unique opportunity to serve America as a commissioned officer in the Active, Guard, or Reserve forces, progressing through the ranks of first lieutenant and captain during that time.

The US Army ROTC program at Alfred State is an affiliate of the Seneca Battalion program headquartered at nearby St. Bonaventure University. Anyone interested in finding out more about the program should contact Jared Kausner by email at or by phone at 716-375-2568.

President Sullivan to Alfred State employees: 'You are the heroes of this college'

Posted Date: Monday, August 24, 2015 - 15:45

Alfred State employees view the 3-D videoIn his fall 2015 Opening Remarks speech on Monday, Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan focused on the subject of heroes.

The president began by talking to faculty and staff about superheroes they may have admired as a child, such as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. He then showed a 3-D video featuring several Alfred State employees talking about who their favorite superhero was, and who their heroes are now.

“Our heroes change during our lifetime,” Sullivan said in the video. “The hero of your youth is probably not the hero of your adult life. Our perspectives change, but certainly most of us have our heroes, whether we admit it or not.”

Heroes, Sullivan said, can range from family members to teachers to coaches to members of the military to athletes, actors, counselors, and more.

“You are probably someone’s hero, whether you like it or not, or whether you know it or not,” he said. “You are actually modeling the behavior of a hero in someone’s eyes.”

The president urged faculty and staff to be aware of model hero characteristics, to provide encouragement and assistance, and to make themselves available for helping others. He also said they should think about the impact they will have on the next generation of heroes – the students.

“Alfred State has some awesome heroes,” the president concluded. “Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy your day, enjoy your semester, enjoy your year. You are the heroes of this college.”

Sullivan also provided an update on Alfred State, mentioning the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirming accreditation of the college; new programs, such as criminal justice and radiologic technology; programs in development; faculty, student, and student-athlete accomplishments; more intramurals being offered; record-setting career fairs; and a number of capital projects taking place.

Dr. Kellogg authors new book, 'Barry Baskerville Traps a Thief'

Posted Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 15:30

Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of a new book titled “Barry Baskerville Traps a Thief.” The book, intended for young readers between the ages of six and 10, features color illustrations by noted Hawaiian artist Gary Kato.

The hero of the adventure is a precocious youngster named Barry Baskerville, who aspires to become a famous detective like his role model, Sherlock Holmes. Accordingly, Barry wears a deerstalker hat, examines clues with a magnifying glass, and loves to play the violin. He continually amazes both his teachers and classmates with his amazing powers of observation and deduction.

“Barry Baskerville Traps a Thief” introduces children to the legend of Sherlock Holmes and also shows them how to improve their problem-solving skills. The book is published by Airship 27 of Fort Collins, CO, and is available at the Amazon website.

Dr. Kellogg is the author of four previous books about Sherlock Holmes, as well as the popular series of books for children featuring boy detective Barry Baskerville. He enjoys introducing young readers to the magical world of Holmes and his loyal companion, Dr. John Watson.

Homecoming/Family Weekend to take place Sept. 10-13

Posted Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 09:45

Plenty of fun and exciting activities and events await Alfred State alumni, students, faculty, staff, and their families Sept. 10-13 during Homecoming/Family Weekend.

“The weekend is all about bringing friends together to share stories and reminisce, as well as creating new memories, remembering the past, and celebrating the future,” said Colleen Argentieri, director of Alumni Relations and co-chair of the Homecoming/Family Weekend Committee. “It’s going to be a terrific weekend and we are expecting another record attendance.”

Last year’s Homecoming/Family Weekend was a big success, as several events drew record-high attendances and sunny skies persisted throughout the weekend. This year’s event will include a larger-than-ever car show and the 50th anniversary celebration of the Hinkle Memorial Library. Saturday’s football matchup against Husson University will be the first Homecoming/Family Weekend game for new head coach Jarod Dodson.

“We’re hoping for good weather, good food, a great time, and a win by the Pioneers,” said Spencer Peavey, senior director of Student Engagement and co-chair of the Homecoming/Family Weekend Committee.

The festivities begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 at The Terrace, during the Blue and Gold Dinner, a students-only themed dinner in which students are encouraged to show up wearing traditional school colors. ACES will sponsor the event and hand out gifts to students. Those who wear school colors will be placed in a special drawing for an additional prize.

Also on Thursday is the annual dodgeball game between students and faculty and staff members, which will take place at 8 p.m. in the Orvis Activities Center gymnasium.

The rest of the schedule is as follows:

Friday, Sept. 11

  • 7 p.m. – Magician Mike Super at the Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center. Tickets are free of charge and are available at the Office of Student Engagement (Student Leadership Center, room 204).
  • 8:30 p.m. – Spirit rally and bonfire in the parking lot near Pioneer Stadium, featuring a car smash, taco in a bag, brick oven pizza, cotton candy, and snow cones.
  • 9:30 p.m. – Fireworks display and Late Night Glo-lympics at Pioneer Stadium, which will include glow-in-the-dark-related games such as miniature golf, glow racing, and laser tag.

Saturday, Sept. 12

  • 9-11 a.m. – In recognition of its 50th anniversary, the Hinkle Memorial Library will host a celebration, which will include a complimentary continental breakfast.
  • 9 a.m. – Fifth annual Race for a Cure 5K Run/Walk, starting at 10 Elm. The cost to participate is $15, with proceeds benefiting Carly’s Club and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Register online at For more information, contact Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement, at 607-587-4077.
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Car show near Pioneer Stadium. Registration starts at 9:15 a.m. in Orvis Activities Center parking lot. Participants must RSVP by Sept. 7. There is no entry fee.
  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Tailgate chicken barbecue party and chili cook-off at the tent by Pioneer Stadium. The cost is $11 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Inflatable activities will be available for children, starting at 10 a.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. – People 21 and older can watch the big football game from the End Zone Club at Pioneer Stadium.
  • 1 p.m. – Football game – Alfred State Pioneers vs. Husson University (Bangor, ME) Eagles. Admission is $2, however, those who attend the tailgate barbecue will have their hand stamped and be admitted free of charge.
  • 5 p.m. – Alfred’s Got Talent show in the Orvis Gymnasium, Orvis Activities Center.

Sunday, Sept. 13

  • 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Brunch at The Terrace at the Central Dining Hall. The cost is $6.50 per person.