November 2015

As Polo Sheds Its Elitist Image, Teams Crop Up on Campus

Posted Date: Monday, November 2, 2015 - 09:00

Student Abigail Campbell was featured in the New York Times in the article, As Polo Sheds Its Elitist Image, Teams Crop Up on Campus, by David Walter.

Retired brigadier general to speak at Alfred State School of Applied Technology campus on Veterans’ Day

Posted Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 09:45

retired US Army Brig. Gen. Arthur G. Austin Jr. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to listen to retired US Army Brig. Gen. Arthur G. Austin Jr. speak at 8:30 a.m. Veterans’ Day (Nov. 11) in the Alfred State Student Activities Center gymnasium on the Wellsville campus.

Austin, who is a graduate of the Detroit Chadsey High School commercial foods program, will give a speech about opportunities in culinary arts from a military perspective, focusing on personal vignettes, examples of leadership, and making a difference in one’s given field. He has commanded and overseen dining facility operations in both state-side and overseas operations. He also has personal experience in food service emergency response operations and with commercial food vendors during military operations.

The now-retired brigadier general entered into military service Jan. 8, 1977, as an enlisted member in the 177 Military Police (MP) Group, Michigan Army National Guard 210th Military Police Battalion. He attended basic training at Fort Knox, KY, before taking the MP Advanced Individual Training course at Fort McClellan, AL.

Austin entered the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Michigan State University in 1980, and was commissioned in March 1982. He has held various positions of command and responsibility over his 37 years of service, retiring as the deputy commanding general of the 46th Military Police Command in Lansing, MI on Oct. 31, 2014.

While serving in the military, Austin mobilized during the 1980 Cuban Refugee Crisis, in December 1990 for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, in 2003 to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for Operation Enduring Freedom, in 2005 for Operation Katrina/Rita, and in 2008 for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Among his awards are the Federal Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and various campaign and personnel service awards. He is the 901st Bronze-level recipient of the Military Police Regiment Order of the Marechaussee and the 14th inductee of the Michigan State Spartan Battalion Hall of Fame.

Originally from Detroit, Austin lived in Southfield, MI, for more than 25 years before moving to Cuba, NY, where he and his wife, Karen, now call home.

A bake sale will also be held at the same location as Austin’s speech that day, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve for disabled veterans.

New four-year graphic and media design program available

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 12:00

Applications are currently being accepted for the new four-year Bachelor of Science graphic and media design program.

This program will focus on developing the contemporary problem-solving and design skills needed to enter the workforce and to apply the elements and principles of design, drawing, and visual communication. An awareness of design history is combined with the latest topics in graphic and media design to provide an informed student aimed at innovation in the field.

The graphic and media curriculum was developed in response to a high volume of requests from prospective students, as well as to fill the current demand for designers who can work in a multitude of different media and platforms.

According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the arts and design occupations is projected to grow by 7 percent from 2012 to 2022, resulting in more than 17,000 new jobs. Nearly half of this growth is expected to occur among graphic designers.

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “This new program will allow us to graduate skilled, versatile graphic designers who will be on the cutting edge of new trends in the field of design. I thank the faculty who worked to make this program possible.”

Dr. Kristin Poppo, vice president for Academic Affairs, said, “Alfred State is pleased to expand its Digital Media and Animation Department with this new degree in graphic media and design. Our programs provide incredibly creative students with excellent career options in growing fields.”

Graduates will possess the skills necessary to be well-rounded in both design and production across a wide variety of print and digital media. They will also be well-prepared for entry-level positions at design firms and in-house design and/or production departments within larger companies.

Learn more about this major.

Alfred State Named to Victory Media’s 2016 Military Friendly® Schools List

Posted Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 13:30

military friendly '16 logoAlfred State has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. 

Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. 

Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly® School title by completing a survey of more than 100 questions covering 10 categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent advisory board of higher education and recruiting professionals. A full list of board members can be found at   

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country. 

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “We are proud to be named a Military Friendly® School for the sixth consecutive year, and are extremely grateful for the courage and sacrifice of our country’s servicemen and women. Veterans will always be welcomed into the Alfred State family.”

“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.” 

See more about Alfred State’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students

Alfred State will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on

Leadership Suite initiative earns Certificate of Honorable Mention

Posted Date: Monday, November 9, 2015 - 15:30

The Leadership Suite initiative at Alfred State recently received a Certificate of Honorable Mention for the 2015 SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Awards in the Careers, Academic Advising and Support, Service-Learning, Community Service category.

The State University of New York Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers (CCSAO) and the Office of University Life offer these awards annually to outstanding student affairs programs that have demonstrated a positive impact on students and their development. Each category has one award and one honorable mention.

The criteria for the category in which Alfred State was honored included the clarity of the program objectives, design creativity, effectiveness, scope and level of participation, cost-effectiveness, level of campus-wide collaboration, and the impact of the program as based on the findings of outcomes assessment efforts.

The purpose of Alfred State’s 13 leadership suites, located in the Student Leadership Center, is to inspire students to discover their passion and make a difference. Suites are awarded to student organizations actively involved in exciting and meaningful civic engagement projects locally, regionally, and globally.

“The Leadership Suite initiative highlights the amazing work students are undertaking in the campus and larger community as they apply experience, knowledge, and passion to tackle community challenges and create opportunity,” said Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement. “This award helps demonstrate the value of an initiative dedicated to empowering students to make a meaningful impact.”

‘Seussical’ musical to take place Nov. 19-22

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 11:00

The Alfred State Drama Club will soon present “Seussical,” a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty that brings together characters and places from more than 15 well-known Dr. Seuss books into an imaginative, fun, colorful show for children of all ages.

Performances, which will take place in the Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center, are Nov. 19-21 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $2 for students and children, and $7 for general admission. They can be purchased through the Alfred State Campus Store at 607-587-4020 or at the door.

Credit cards and campus accounts, as well as cash and check, are accepted at the Campus Store. Payment at the door is by cash or check only.

In conjunction with the show, the Alfred Box of Books, 1 W. University St., Alfred, is hosting Seuss Month for the month of November. Members of the cast and crew will be reading Dr. Seuss books at the Nov. 18 story-time event at 11 a.m.

Seussical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

For more information, contact or 607-587-4233.

Student, mother discuss foreign volunteer work with Honors Program members

Posted Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 09:00

Alfred State student Natalia Sytch and her mother, Vera Sytch, met with members of Alfred State’s Honors Program and their guests Thursday, Nov. 5 for a presentation on their lengthy travels this past summer in Cambodia, China, and India.

Natalia, a Rochester native with a double major in agricultural technology and veterinary technology, and Vera, a photographer, spent their time working with people in extreme poverty, teaching and ministering, including work in Calcutta Mercy Hospital. According to Vera, “Americans Mark and Huldah Buntain founded the hospital in 1977, and have devoted their lives to this service.”

Vera’s involvement with the hospital changed suddenly when she contracted a virus in Calcutta and spent 10 days as a patient there. Their trip, which was to include similar volunteer work in Liberia, was cut short when Vera’s illness forced their early return to Rochester. Natalia said when she graduates in May, her goal is “to use the knowledge gained in my studies at Alfred State to improve the lives of some of the hard-working, but impoverished people I met this summer.”

Farhan Alshammari, Emily Lestrange, Jacob Marcy, Natalia Sytch, Vera Sytch, Hannah Vuozzo, Shannon Fay, Kristen Williams, and Cassandra Ryan

Pictured from left to right are Farhan Alshammari, mechanical engineering technology, Big Rapids, MI; Emily Lestrange, veterinary technology, Gansevoort; Jacob Marcy, liberal arts and sciences: math and science, Clay; Natalia Sytch; Vera Sytch; Hannah Vuozzo, architecture, Salt Point; Shannon Fay, architecture, Schuylerville; Kristen Williams, liberal arts and sciences: humanities, Hornell; Cassandra Ryan, mechanical engineering technology, Gloversville.

Four-year interdisciplinary studies program now offered

Posted Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 09:15

Prospective students can now enroll for the spring 2016 semester in Alfred State’s new Bachelor of Technology (BTech) interdisciplinary studies program.

This program enables students to pursue precise career interests that cannot be accommodated within typical majors. It is designed to provide a four-year curriculum in which students are able to personalize, within specified core and concentration areas, their technology-based program of study.

Founded on academic flexibility, the program provides two sets of broad-based academic options. Students select one core set of courses for years one and two of the program, and then choose two concentration areas for years three and four.

The core areas include science/technology/engineering/mathematics (STEM), management, design, health/agriculture/science (HAS), humanities/social science, and technical communication. The concentration areas are STEM, management, technical communication/design, humanities/social sciences, and health/science.

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “As one of seven colleges of technology within the State University of New York system, Alfred State is well-positioned to deliver a technology-based interdisciplinary studies program that allows students to explore cross-disciplined, personalized academic career tracks. I thank all of the faculty who made this program possible.”

Dr. Kristin Poppo, vice president for Academic Affairs, said, “As our world becomes more complex, the skills and knowledge needed for the workplace often cross many disciplines. Our new interdisciplinary studies degree allows students to build a degree integrating interests in STEM fields, business, human services, health, and communications. We are confident that this degree will help students prepare for jobs of the future.”

Graduates of the this program will be well-prepared to enter and succeed in a wide range of technology-based careers, including technical writer, sales engineer, health and safety engineer, cost estimator, computer systems analyst, occupational health and safety specialist, and more.

Sinclair, Mosher added to Alfred State College Council

Posted Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 09:45

The New York State Governor’s Office recently appointed Frederick Sinclair, of Alfred, and Alan Mosher, of Wellsville, to the Alfred State College Council.

Council members serve without salary as an advisory group to the president of the college. Authority of the Council is in such areas as regulations governing student conduct, regulations concerning care and management of campus facilities, review of academic programs, approval of candidates for college degrees, and selection of the college president.

Frederick SinclairSinclair, who studied liberal arts at Alfred University, has 35 years of experience in natural resource protection serving as manager of the Soil and Water Conservation District for Allegany County. He has also served three terms as town supervisor of the Town of Ward, and one term as an Allegany County legislator and chairman of the county’s Planning and Economic Development Committee.

In addition, Sinclair has held a number of other community roles, including member of the Southern Tier West Regional Planning Board, the Literacy West Board, the SPCA Serving Allegany County Board, the County Comprehensive Plan Implementation Group, and the former president of both the Seneca Trail Resource Conservation and Development Council and the ACCORD Corp. Sinclair currently is serving as chairman of the Concerned Citizens of Allegany County Inc.

His awards include the Southern Tier West 2012 Marvin B. Cobb Award for outstanding service and support in attainment of regional goals, the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Resource Conservation and Development Association Award, the ACCORD Corporation President’s Award,

and the 1997 Pathfinder Award for exceptional contributions to achieving the goals and objectives of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Alan MosherMosher is an Alfred State alumnus, having graduated in 1973 with a degree in business: public administration. Since 1979, he has served on the advisory board to the college’s Automotive Trades Department, and in 2008 received the Alfred State President’s Medallion.

After earning his degree, Mosher worked at Jones Memorial Hospital as an emergency room technician from 1970 to 1973, then at Fred Roberts Distributing Company in Angelica from 1973 to 1977, providing outside sales and customer development. In 1977, he established Fred Roberts Auto Parts Inc. in Wellsville, serving as president and CEO until 1998, when he sold the business to Middle Atlantic Warehouse Distributors Inc. and became a divisional manager. Mosher has since been named the director of PBE Sales and Development for Auto Plus Auto Parts in Wellsville.

His community service includes serving as the president of the Wellsville High School Board of Education, as a 30-year member and past president of the Wellsville Lions Club, and as a past president of both the Wellsville Girls Softball Association and the Allegany County United Way. Mosher’s awards include the 1990 and 1994 Wellsville Lion of the Year, the 1995 Wellsville Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award, the 2000 Melvin Jones Fellows Award, and the 2014 Robert J. Uplinger Community Service Award.

The appointments of Sinclair and Mosher signify that all Alfred State College Council seats have now been filled.

Retired US Army Brig. Gen. Austin to Alfred State community: ‘Be part of the solution’

Posted Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:15

Dozens of Alfred State faculty, staff, students, and community members packed into the Student Activities Center on the Wellsville campus on Veterans Day to show their support for veterans and to listen to retired US Army Brig. Gen. Arthur Austin Jr. give a speech.

After acknowledging soldiers and their families and encouraging veterans to share their stories, Austin delivered a simple, yet powerful message: “Be a part of the solution for a better world.”

“I was well-known for challenging my young officers and enlisted personnel and figuring out if they were part of the problem or part of the solution, and believe me, I had no problem in identifying which side they fell on,” he said.

President Dr. Skip Sullivan, US Army Sgt. 1st Class Darrin Cowher, retired US Brig. Gen. Arthur Austin Jr., Culinary Arts Associate Professor Debra Burch, and Executive Director and Dean of the School of Applied Technology Dr. Craig ClarkThe retired brigadier general then acknowledged Alfred State students, saying, “They are our future. They are part of the solution for a better tomorrow.”

Austin spent more than 37 years in the military before retiring as the deputy commanding general of the 46th Police Command in Lansing, MI on Oct. 31, 2014. Originally from Detroit, he now resides in Cuba, NY, with his wife, Karen.

The retired brigadier general, who commanded and oversaw dining facility operations in both state-side and overseas operations while in the military, also talked about opportunities in culinary arts from a military perspective.

He concluded by saying, “Do your best. If you do your best, you never have to wonder or worry if you’re part of the problem or part of the solution.”

After Austin’s remarks, Evelyn Turner, the 2013 Alfred State President’s Medallion recipient and founder of the Evelyn Turner Culinary Arts Annual Scholarship, presented a check for $5,000 to the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve for disabled veterans. A bake sale was also held throughout the day at the same location to raise money for LEEK, located in Potter County, PA.

Pictured from left to right are Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan, US Army Sgt. 1st Class Darrin Cowher, retired US Brig. Gen. Arthur Austin Jr., Culinary Arts Associate Professor Debra Burch, and Executive Director and Dean of the School of Applied Technology Dr. Craig Clark.