A group of eight Alfred State senior building trades: building construction students will be spending the fall 2015 semester performing service work for communities in need as part of the college’s Semester in the South program.
Accompanied by Building Trades Associate Professor Norm Ellis, the students departed from Alfred Friday for Biloxi, MS, where they will spend six weeks working with Habitat for Humanity on building a new home. The following six weeks will be spent in New Orleans, working for St. Anna’s Episcopal Church on repurposing a mansion built in 1846 into a school and arts center for the Treme neighborhood.
Taking part in the Semester in the South this year are Brock Delgato, of Clarence; Kyle Parish, of Buffalo; James Friedeborn, of Ithaca; Jake Baran, of Clarence; Brian Mitchell, of Derby; Kevin Rogers, of Frewsburg; Kayla Miller, of Bronx; and Cody Marvin, of Bath.
This is the sixth year Alfred State students have journeyed to the southern states to apply their knowledge, gain valuable hands-on learning, experience a new culture, and make a difference in struggling communities. The students are expected to return to Alfred Nov. 21.
According to Ellis, the students will be performing mainly carpentry-related tasks while in Biloxi, though in New Orleans, they will be looking to do masonry, roofing, electrical, and plumbing work.
“The program has been a phenomenal success,” he said. “It’s the perfect place to teach. When you’re in the classroom, sometimes you don’t get the chance to reinforce and do the things we’re talking about, so if we’re going out there and building a whole house, we’re pretty much covering everything we’re learning, and also helping out communities in need in the process.”
Rogers said he decided to participate in the Semester in the South program because, “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it also looks great on a resume.”
Miller said, “I wanted to get out of Alfred and do something to help out a community in need.”
Alfred State recently welcomed more than 30 new faculty and staff members.
The Division of Academic Affairs has 16 new hires, including Mark Bloxsom, Leslie Buckley, Dr. Trisha Cowen, Daniel Drake, Joseph Fisher, Dr. Adrienne Foos, Daniel Jardine, Jessica Lippa, John Phillip Lisec, Joseph Mariotti, Heather Mark, Bridgett Mayorga, Dr. Mark Montgomery, Timothy Rohrer, Dr. Scott Simpson, and Dr. Jason Stupp.
Bloxsom, of Belfast, is now an assistant professor in theBusiness Department. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer studies from the University of Maryland University College, a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a master’s degree in economics from the University of California, Irvine.
Buckley, of Wellsville, joins the college as a disabilities and tutoring coordinator. Buckley earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Houghton College and a master’s degree in school counseling from Alfred University.
Cowen, of Alfred, is a new assistant professor in the English and Humanities Department. She has a bachelor’s degree in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College and a master’s degree from Binghamton University, where she also earned a doctorate in English literature and general rhetoric.
Drake, of Canisteo, was hired as an instructor in the Building Trades Department. He attended Biola University in La Mirada, CA, and has been a self-employed carpenter for nearly 25 years.
Fisher, of Scio, is now an instructor in the Building Trades Department. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1993 to 2008 and has been a heavy equipment operator at Jopo Farms since 2010.
Foos, of Alfred, is now in the position of assistant professor in the Business Department. Foos has a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo, an MBA degree from RIT, and a doctorate degree from the University of Manchester.
Jardine, of Owego, was hired as an institutional research analyst in the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness. Jardine earned a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in GIS/planning from Binghamton University.
Lippa, of Alfred Station, is now an assistant professor in the Nursing Department. She earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health science at SUNY Brockport, received her Bachelor’s of Nursing at The University of Rochester, and her master’s in family nurse practitioning at St. John Fisher College.
Lisec, of Alfred, is a new assistant professor in the Business Department. Lisec earned a bachelor’s degree in business, marketing and a bachelor’s degree in health and sports studies from Miami University, where he also received a master’s in sports studies. He is working toward his doctorate in kinesiology, with an emphasis in sport sociology from the University of Minnesota.
Mariotti, of Wellsville, is now in the position of instructor in the Building Trades Department. He served in the US Army from 1989 to 1996 and has 17 years of experience working at Wayne Paving and Gravel as a foreman and equipment operator.
Mark, of Dansville, joins the college as a secretary 1 in the Student Success Center. She has an associate degree in human services from Genesee Community College.
Mayorga, of Canisteo, was hired as an assistant professor in the Physical and Life Sciences Department. Mayorga has an associate degree from Alfred State, a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport, and a master’s degree from Capella University.
Montgomery, of Clayville, is the new coordinator of Academic Success Initiatives in the Student Development Department. He earned an associate in human services from Mohawk Valley Community College, a bachelor’s in psychology from SUNY Utica-Rome, a master’s in education from the University of New England, and a doctorate in education from Walden University.
Rohrer was hired as an instructor in the Building Trades Department.
Simpson, of Allegany, joins the college as an assistant professor in the Physical and Life Sciences Department. Simpson earned his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Fredonia and his doctorate degree from the University at Buffalo.
Stupp, of Friendship, is now in the position of assistant professor in the English and Humanities Department. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication and a master’s degree in English, both from St. Bonaventure University, and his doctorate in English from West Virginia University.
The Division of Administration, Advancement and Enrollment has hired nine new employees, including Danielle Bossard, Kalem Chambliss, Brenda Clancy, Christine Cleveland, Tamara Donovan, Chad Hafer, Stewart Sanford, Nicole Schroeder, and Brett Talbot.
Bossard is a new cleaner on the B shift at the farm and the Veterinary Technology Building.
Chambliss, of Belmont, is now in the position of office assistant 1 in the Print and Mail Services Department.
Clancy is a new agency program aide in Facilities Services.
Cleveland was hired as a cleaner on the C shift in the Hinkle Memorial Library.
Donovan, of Hornell, is now a cleaner on the B shift in the Huntington Administration Building.
Hafer joins the college as a plumber.
Sanford was hired as a cleaner on the C shift in the Orvis Activities Center.
Schroeder, of Hornell, is a new office assistant 2 keyboarding in Student Records and Financial Services. She graduated from Alfred State with an associate degree in liberal arts and sciences: social science.
Talbot, of North Hornell, is now the assistant director for Human Resources and CCET. He earned his associate degree in liberal arts and sciences: social science from Alfred State, his BSE degree from Mansfield University, and his master’s in school counseling from Alfred University.
The Division of Residential Services has nine new hires, including Audrey Cloum, Jarod Dodson, Mary Duex, Cody Herman, Jonathan Hoover, Sean McCarthy, Amy Miller, Andrew Strobel, and Charlotte Whitney.
Cloum, of Alfred, is now in the position of assistant director for Residential Life. Cloum has a bachelor’s degree in behavior development from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in student affairs and higher education from Indiana State University.
Dodson, of Alfred, joins the college as the new head football coach. He earned both his bachelor’s degree in recreation and his master’s degree in health and physical education from the University of South Dakota.
Duex, of Alfred, was hired as the residence hall director for MacKenzie North. She has a bachelor’s degree in forensic science technology from Alfred State and is working toward her master’s in higher education and student affairs administration from Buffalo State.
Herman, of Alfred, is the new residence hall director for MacKenzie West. Herman earned his bachelor’s degree in human services management from Alfred State.
Hoover, of Hornell, is now in the position of head men’s soccer/lacrosse coach. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Wheeling Jesuit University.
McCarthy, of Alfred, is the new residence hall director for MacKenzie East. McCarthy earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from SUNY Oswego.
Miller, of Alfred, was hired as the new residence hall director for Main Gate A. She received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport.
Strobel, of Alfred, is now in the position of assistant football coach/equipment manager. Strobel earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University and a master’s degree from Concordia University Irvine.
Whitney, of Cazenovia, joins the college as the residence hall director for Burdick Hall. She has a bachelor’s degree from Cazenovia College and a master’s degree from Stony Brook University.
For the ninth consecutive year, Alfred State has made the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings, tying for 19th among the top regional colleges in the North for 2016, up from 22nd a year ago.
The college has also tied for sixth place among top public regional schools in the North, moving up from seventh place last year. Furthermore, Alfred State tied for 14th on the list of best colleges for veterans among regional colleges in the North, and tied for seventh on the freshman retention rate list for regional colleges in the North.
“We’re delighted that Alfred State continues to perform well on the national scene and we’re pleased with our faculty and staff for keeping us in incredible areas of ranking both statewide and nationally,” said Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Rankings matter to students and parents when selecting a college. We are pleased that these rankings are validation of the return on investment at Alfred State.”
U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges list is one of the most sought-after rankings among colleges and universities across the nation. The rankings include data on nearly 1,800 colleges and focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked on up to 16 measures of academic quality.
“The State University of New York has historically offered students an affordable, accessible higher education that is second to none,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “As we work to bring the benefits of a SUNY education to even more students through our Completion Agenda, we are proud to see so many of our colleges and universities recognized by U.S. News & World Report again this year."
Six faculty and staff members were recognized Saturday, Sept. 12 as the honorary inductees of the new Alfred State chapter of the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society.
Headquartered out of Colorado State University, the honor society was funded by an ACE/Wal-Mart Foundation Success for Veterans Grant. SALUTE is the first national honor society established for student veterans and military in two-year and four-year institutions of higher education.
Honorary inductees each received a certificate and a red, white, and blue cord at halftime of the Homecoming/Family Weekend football game against Husson University. They included:
Piotrowski, who is also a co-adviser of the chapter, said of being an honorary inductee, “I was certainly grateful for the recognition and happy to share the experience with my fellow Alfred State employees.”
Students will be inducted as the first class of the Alfred State chapter of SALUTE in the spring 2016 semester. To qualify, undergraduates must meet the following criteria:
ROTC cadets may also submit their undergraduate transcripts for consideration, but will not be inducted until after accepting a commission, however.
Nikkie Hockenberry, coordinator of Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX at Alfred State, said it is exciting to see Alfred State veterans receive recognition for their academic success.
“The experience they bring to our campus and our classrooms should be honored,” she said, “and we are happy to be able to make that recognition official with SALUTE.”
Melanie Ryan, student disability services coordinator and co-adviser of the Alfred State chapter of SALUTE, said, “We are very proud of our veterans and are honored to be able to celebrate their academic achievements. SALUTE offers Alfred State an opportunity to publicly celebrate our veterans’ academic successes, and I am delighted to be an adviser for Alfred State’s branch of the SALUTE honor society.”
For more information on SALUTE, visit http://salute.colostate.edu/. To find out more about the Alfred State chapter, contact Piotrowski at 607-587-4654 or Ryan at 607-587-4506.
A new business connected with Alfred State has been formed as part of START-UP NY, the innovative program that establishes tax-free areas associated with colleges and universities across the state.
Sponsored by Alfred State, TDG Wood Products, LTD will manufacture a new line of micro/micron cooking wood chips under the brand name SmokinLicious® Gourmet Wood Products. The cooking wood chips will be new products and trademarked as Minuto and Piccolo Chips, respectively.
These chips will be various sizes designed and manufactured for use primarily in commercial wood cooking and/or smoking appliances used in a wide variety of culinary settings worldwide. TDG Wood Products will locate to the Sanzo building in Cuba, NY, create seven new jobs, and invest $249,350.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “Alfred State is excited about the formation of TDG Wood and is proud to be participating in such a terrific program as START-UP NY.”
Dr. Craig Clark, dean and executive director of Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology, said, “Alfred State looks forward to working with TDG Wood on their SmokinLicious® products in our culinary program and manufacturing-related programs. It is important to grow companies in Allegany County both for careers and for connections with the colleges in the county.”
Terry and Donna Grant, the husband and wife ownership team of TDG Wood Products, LTD, said, “We are so thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to partner with Alfred State, specifically with their culinary arts program. We commend President Sullivan and Dean Clark for their commitment and persistence in completing this process and congratulate them on becoming the first STARTUP-NY partner in Allegany County. We look forward to a long and superb association with Alfred State that will certainly benefit our business and the region’s economic vitality.”
TDG Wood is one of 15 businesses that Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced will expand in or locate to New York State as a result of START-UP NY. These businesses, according to the governor’s office, have committed to create at least 220 new jobs and invest approximately $4.3 million during the next five years in the Western New York, Southern Tier, Central New York, Capital District, Mid-Hudson, and Long Island regions.
START-UP NY, according to www.startup.ny.gov/, offers new and expanding businesses the opportunity to operate tax-free for 10 years on or near eligible university or college campuses in New York State. Partnering with these schools, the website continues, gives businesses direct access to advanced research laboratories, development resources, and experts in key industries.
Hundreds of first- and second-grade students from area schools toured Alfred State’s 800-acre farm Thursday, Sept. 17, during Kiddie Ag Day.
Dr. Philip Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, said the students learned where milk comes from, and how animals are raised and what they eat. They also learned about a number of animals, such as horses, alpacas, rabbits, and ducks.
Participating schools included Alfred-Almond, Andover, Bath, Bolivar-Richburg, Cuba-Rushford, Fillmore, Genesee Valley, and Scio.
“I am very proud of our students,” said Schroeder. “They worked very hard to make sure that the approximately 700 first- and second-graders who attended Kiddie Ag Day had fun and learned about agriculture.”
Dr. Nadine Hoover met with members of the Honors Program at Alfred State Sept. 10 to discuss her 35 years of working for peace in war-torn countries around the world.
Hoover, a longtime Alfred resident, coordinates Friends Peace Teams in Asia West Pacific; maintains a massage therapy practice in Alfred; and directs the Conscience Studio, a publishing company and online art and book store; to support training in how to live as individuals and communities of conscience.
According to Hoover, “Wherever there is war, there are children, and the trauma of war stays with people for generations. We believe peace is not only possible, but absolutely essential if this world is to survive.”
Pictured is Dr. Nadine Hoover, along with three members of the Alfred State Honors Program. From left to right are Hoover; Natalia Sytch, a veterinary technology major from Rochester; Ivory Humutowo, a business administration major from Jakarta, Indonesia; and Ashley Marino, a culinary arts: baking, production and management major from Victor.
Three teams headed from the Alfred State School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville to Connecticut Thursday for the annual Fireball Run event.
A life-sized trivia game that seeks to aid in the recovery of America’s missing children, Fireball Run begins Sept. 25 this year and ends Oct. 3, covering eight cities and 2,000 miles. This season will feature four astronauts from four nations, four celebrity teams, and 40 rally teams, who will start in Hartford, CT, then head to Queen Anne’s, MD; Williamsburg, VA; Topsail Island, NC; Florence, SC; Liberty County, GA; Sanford, FL; and finish in Cocoa Beach, FL.
The three groups that left from Wellsville are Team Alfred State, Team Allegany (Gretchen Hanchett, executive director of the Allegany County Chamber and Office of Tourism, and Deb Root, Allegany County Legislator and former Alfred State director of Marketing and Communications) and Team Visit Salamanca (John Sheehan, executive director of the Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce, and Ward “Skip” Wilday, senior vice president at Morgan Stanley).
The college’s team will be driving the same vehicle as last year, a 1987 Mercedes 300 SDL, donated by Mark Crounse, who graduated from Alfred State in 1975 with a degree in automotive service technician. The team consists of automotive service technician majors Sebastian Bruno, of Penn Yan, and Jake Landuyt, of Clifton Springs; and Kent Johnson, associate professor and chair of the Automotive Department. The college is a sponsor of the event again this year.
“We again are thrilled to be part of Fireball Run, in which students get to be part of an adventure across the East Coast of the US with celebrities,” said Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology. “Two years ago, one of the Alfred State student competitors landed his dream job at Local Motors in Phoenix, AZ, connecting with the Rally Fighter team at the event.”
Among the speakers at Thursday’s send-off was State Sen. Catharine Young, R, C, I-Olean. She noted the importance of Fireball Run, in that, through this effort, a number of missing children have been recovered.
“I want to say to everyone who is going, you’re going to have a blast, but at the same time, you’re going to learn, you’re going to share your talents, you’re going to have a cool adventure, and you’re going to do something that will make a difference,” she said. “I want to wish you safe travels, go to it, and have a really, really great time. Congratulations to everyone who made this happen.”
Being the tech team, Johnson said, the Alfred State group will be expected to diagnose and advise owners of vehicles with mechanical issues and in some cases repair the vehicles if possible.
“Since a good percentage of the vehicles involved are typically unique or vintage vehicles, this year’s Fireball Run should be as exciting and challenging as last year’s,” Johnson said.
When asked how he felt about going on this year’s Fireball Run, Bruno said, “It’s honestly an absolute honor. I decided to come to Alfred State for something I loved doing and to get an opportunity like this is awesome, to say the least.”
Landuyt said, “I’m excited about going. I remember seeing the send-off for it last year and I thought, ‘Wow, this is pretty neat.’ Never did I think I’d be able to do something like this. It’s pretty cool.”
For a full schedule, updates, and to watch the action live, visit www.fireballrun.com.
Shown in photo above are the members of the 2015 Alfred State Fireball Run team, along with the 1987 Mercedes 300 SDL they will be driving in the event. From left to right are automotive service technician students Sebastian Bruno, of Penn Yan, and Jake Landuyt, of Clifton Springs; and Kent Johnson, associate professor and chair of the Automotive Department.
More than 25 Alfred State and Alfred University students headed to California Saturday, Sept. 26, to compete in the 2015 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.
Held this year from Sept. 28 to Oct. 18 in Irvine, CA, the Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. Seventeen teams are competing in the 2015 event.
Team Alfred’s entry is a nearly 900-square-foot zero-energy home for middle-class families in rural western New York. Alfred State and Alfred University also collaborated on a submission for the 2013 Solar Decathlon, held in Datong, China.
The 2015 house was shipped in modules to the site of the Solar Decathlon on Sept. 21. Once the students arrive, they will have nine days to reassemble the house.
Michael May, a building trades: building construction major from Moravia, said, “This is the first house that we actually got to build from the floor up and we’re getting to go to California for 12 days, so that’s pretty cool, plus the construction industry is going green, so it’s good to go into green building.”
Ryan Williams, a building trades: building construction major from New Baltimore, said of Alfred State’s participation in the Solar Decathlon, “It’ll be cool to show what a smaller school can do against bigger schools.”
Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology, said design of the home was led by Alfred State architecture students, along with students from both campuses who are learning about mechanical, electrical, and renewable energy, and more.
“Our home is unique regarding students being involved from design through construction phases, with little assistance from professionals except faculty,” Clark said.
The opportunity to have Alfred State students be involved in this national competition is great for students, faculty, and the college, said Clark.
“We are extremely proud of the work to this stage, which includes design, construction of the modular home, and packing up the home to ship to California,” he said.
Accompanying the students on the trip will be Joe Richardson, chair of the Alfred State Building Trades Department. Alfred State students who are participating are listed below, by major:
Building trades: building construction
Air conditioning and heating technology
Electrical construction and maintenance electrician
Alfred University students who are participating are:
Saeed Azad, a mechanical engineering graduate student from Iran; Tchabelino T. Azimyt from New York City, Patrick R. Byrne, of Hamburg, Nolan Jessop, of Churchville, and Dylan A. Tucker, of De Ruyter, all senior mechanical engineering majors; Bernard Dolecki, AU Class of 2014, School of Art & Design; Taylor A. Kelley, a junior mechanical engineering major from Wellsville; Avery O. Sandler, a senior, dual major in mechanical engineering and renewable energy engineering from Israel; and Jessica Scoones, of Deansboro, a senior renewable energy engineering major.
AU faculty advisers are Dr. Wallace B. Leigh and Dr. Xingwu Wang, both professors of engineering in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering.
Team Alfred would like to thank its sponsors, including LeChase Construction; Upstate Roofing and Painting; NanaWall; Pella; Lutron Electronics, Inc.; Kohler; Carlisle; Big Ass Solutions; Way To Grow; LaBella Associates; Resource Furniture; The Western New York Floor Company; O’Connell Electric Company; Thermal Foams, Inc.; CLEI; Echo Global Logistics; Pearl’s Premium; Corning, Inc.; SWBR Architects; Apricus Solar Hot Water; Tinkertown Supply; Do it Best; HEP Sales; North Main Lumber; Madison Wood; Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Local 276; and Southern Tier Builders Association.