The town of Southport received some assistance with envisioning its recently approved comprehensive plan after Alfred State architecture students presented their designs that looked five, 10, and 15 years into the future development of the municipality. The presentation took place Nov. 11 at the Southport Fire Hall.
Town officials and more than 25 residents listened as 12 students in Professor William Dean’s Urban Design Studio shared their Community Visualization Study for five sections of Southport. The study included two areas in Center Southport along Broadway Street, Southtown Plaza on Cedar Street, and residential areas in the Lower Mt. Zoar and Universal Village districts.
Individual proposals from the students involved placing a new pedestrian bridge over Route 14 that would connect the bulkhead to a walking trail along Seeley Creek, a new community center in Center Southport, infill housing to serve people in a range of income levels and age groups, and general improvements that would make Southport safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Dean, a professor of Architecture and Design, said the goal was to illustrate the great work done by the town in developing its comprehensive plan, and show how Southport could be transformed over the next 15 years from a thoroughfare that people pass through on their way to and from Elmira, to a true destination that builds on its location as a gateway to the Southern Tier.
“We tried to remain as faithful to that document as possible,” he said. “Students were encouraged to bring their own design experience to the project, but I kept driving home the point that we wanted our work to be an extension of the comprehensive plan.”
The students spent nine weeks on the project, which began in August with a tour of the town led by Supervisor David Sheen, and included the completion of a Neighborhood Development Analysis to study the existing conditions, and an interim critique by a panel composed of Sheen; Deputy Supervisor Kathy Szerszen; and Nicolette Barber, a planner from HUNT Engineers, Architects and Surveyors out of Horseheads. The students took those comments to heart and continued to develop their designs for the final presentation.
According to Dean, the students’ designs were given a lot of positive feedback throughout the process and were well-received during the presentation.
In photo above, from left to right are Alfred State students Chiharu Kamioka, of Tochigi, Japan; Eric Lipes, of Cicero; Clayton Lounsbery of Liverpool; Beth Parker of Campbell; Shane Joyce of Irondequoit; Liz Deuell of South Wales; Kodie Tompkins of Savannah; Andrew Scott of Arverne; Serif Hajdarevic of East Syracuse; Brady Morrison of Kennedy; Jayson Perrine of Syracuse; and Stacy Duink of Hamburg. All are architectural technology majors except Duink and Parker, who are Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) majors.
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Dr. Aniko Constantine was presented with the Alfred State President’s Medallion Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Alfred State Lake Lodge, where she celebrated with friends, family, and fellow Alfred State colleagues.
The college’s President’s Medallion was instituted in 2008 and is awarded to those who have made outstanding contributions to Alfred State. The college recognizes and commemorates the efforts of supporters and advocates dedicated to the mission of Alfred State.
Constantine joined Alfred State as an assistant professor of English in 1974 and six years later was named a SUNY Chancellor’s Award winner for excellence in teaching. She has received a number of other awards and honors in her career, including the Jaime Escalante Award for Teaching in 1989, being named a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1997, and earning with the Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award in 2010.
Other honors include the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh to study theories of writing, an appointment to the SUNY Scholars Panel for Writing Assessment, and being treasurer and executive board member of the SUNY Writing Council for 25 years.
Over the years, Constantine has taught a number of courses at Alfred State, including introduction to composition, introduction to literature, short story, gender and identity in literature, and images of women in fiction, which she created. Through an outreach program, Constantine even once taught Vietnam veterans.
In the last 20 years, Constantine has endowed a number small scholarships at Alfred State, as well as a memorial scholarship for her son Paul Edward Constantine Jr., and a scholarship for Educational Opportunities Program students. Her largest donation is an unrestricted $100,000 annuity legacy gift.
Constantine earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Hartwick College in 1965, and her master’s and PhD, both in English, from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus in 1966 and 1972, respectively.
In photo above, Alfred State SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and 2015 President’s Medallion recipient Dr. Aniko Constantine, right, is pictured, along with President Dr. Skip Sullivan and Danielle White, executive director of Institutional Advancement.
The Hinkle Memorial Library is currently featuring an award-winning art exhibit by Smethport, PA, artist and art instructor Julie Mader, titled “Power Within.”
On display through Jan. 4, the exhibit is a collection of block prints, acrylic paintings, and mixed media pieces that center on plants containing alkaloids able to battle cancer cells, such as English Yew, Madagascar Periwinkle, and Mayapple. “Power Within” was selected by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts as one of four projects chosen from more than 600 to be recognized as a “2014 Best of the Best Project.”
“The collection was created to honor and recognize the strength required of cancer patients and survivors, the medical team, and those who love and support both sides,” Mader said in her artist statement on the exhibit.
During visits to host sites, Mader, the Pennsylvania Wilds 2015 Artisan of the Year Award-winner, felt blessed to witness first-hand the impact that art can have, when on several occasions a stranger would share that viewing the paintings simply made them feel good. For Mader, this confirmed that her intent to offer comfort truly came through in the exhibit.
The 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.
NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession, has named Alfred State as a Lead Advisory Institution in its national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement.
Having participated in the initiative since 2012, the college has now taken a leadership role among a group of 74 institutions dedicated to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education. As a Lead Advisory Institution, Alfred State’s responsibilities include mentoring other Lead Institutions and helping NASPA staff create and execute strategy, publications, and online learning content for the initiative moving forward.
Greg Sammons, Alfred State vice president for Student Affairs, said the invitation to become a Lead Advisory Institution emphasizes Alfred State’s growing reputation as a leader in civic engagement best practices within higher education.
“We’re excited to participate to not only help NASPA’s impactful initiative and peer institutions,” Sammons said, “but to also have new opportunities to learn from peers on how we can make our strong programmatic commitment even stronger."
By combining real-world learning situations with civic engagement opportunities, Alfred State students make significant contributions to communities around the world and are frequently among the first to lend their skills and knowledge to those in need. Last year, Alfred State students contributed 80,000 hours of service, civic leadership, and workforce-ready knowledge to communities in need.
To learn more about NASPA’s Lead Initiative and view a complete listing of participating institutions, please visit the NASPA website at https://www.naspa.org/rpi/lead-initiative.
AffordableCollegesOnline.org (AC Online), a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information, has listed Alfred State third overall in its rankings for the 2015-2016 Best Online Colleges in New York.
AC Online used a number of scoring metrics to determine its rankings, including count of online bachelor’s degrees available, percentage of students receiving financial aid, availability of job placement for graduates, and acceptance rate. In order to be ranked, schools must offer a bachelor’s degree or higher, must be a public or private, not-for-profit institution, and must offer at least one fully online bachelor’s degree program.
Alfred State’s online programs include coding and reimbursement specialist (certificate), court and realtime reporting (AAS degree), court reporting and captioning (certificate), health information technology (AAS), nursing (BS), and technology management (BBA).
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “Our college is pleased to offer a number of rewarding online programs and is delighted to have been named to the list of Best Online Colleges in New York.”
According to a recent study by the Babson Survey Research Group, the online student population in the country is now over 7 million. More than 175,000 students in New York State are enrolled in at least one online undergraduate course.
“We wanted to highlight the schools in each state that are driving innovative learning and meeting demands of students,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder of AC Online. “These schools are not only offering great programs, but they have expanded their program excellence to the much-desired online environment.”
To view a complete listing of the rankings, visit: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/new-york/.