February 2016

Architecture students present at ATP Conference in Washington

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 11:15

senior architecture students with Professor William Dean and ; Dr. Craig Clark Eight senior architecture students presented at the annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) conference at the end of the fall semester in Washington, DC.

The presentation centered on a project the students undertook last semester as part of Design Studio 5: Urban Design, in which they worked closely with residents and community leaders in the Chemung County town of Southport. The students produced a community visualization study to create a vision for the sustainability and growth of Southport, which was well received by residents and village officials and may be considered for future implementation.

In addition to the final presentation, the nine-week project also included the completion of a Neighborhood Development Analysis to familiarize students with the town, a meeting with town officials midway through the project, and a public display of the student work at the Community Design Center gallery in Downtown Rochester.

Led by the Consortium of Appalachian Centers and Institutes, the ATP offers students a unique opportunity to conduct active community-based research on their campuses.

Pictured in photo from left to right are Professor William Dean, Department of Architecture and Design (ATP Teaching Fellow); Eric Lipes, of Cicero; Andrew Scott, of Queens; Serif Hajdarevic, of East Syracuse; Shane Joyce, of Irondequoit; Elizabeth Deuell, of South Wales; Stacy Duink, of Hamburg; Clayton Lounsbery, of Liverpool; Dr. Craig Clark, Alfred State vice president of Economic Development (ATP Teaching Fellow); ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl; and Kodie Tompkins, of Savannah. Duink is a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) major, and Lipes, Scott, Hajdarevic, Joyce, Deuell, Lounsbery, and Tompkins are all architectural technology majors.

Several honored during Celebration of Service Ceremony

Posted Date: Friday, February 5, 2016 - 11:45

A number of Alfred State and Alfred University faculty, staff, students, and community members were recognized for their service to others Jan. 28 during the sixth annual Celebration of Service Ceremony at the Alfred Village Hall.

Each year, the ceremony presents several honorees with 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 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for, including equality, social justice, community, and service.

2016 Spirit of Service Award winners

The recipient of the 2016 Alfred Community Spirit of Service Award was Melissa Jusianiec, wife of Alfred State men’s head basketball coach Jerry Jusianiec. As a parent of three children, she served on the Alfred Montessori School Board for three years, helping to organize and run many fundraisers. Jusianiec is now on the Student Improvement Team Committee at Alfred-Almond Central School, and is an active member of the Union University Church, chairing the Board of Christian Education, volunteering in the benevolence programs, and organizing the annual Christmas boxes for families in need.

Matt Ryan, Alfred State senior director of Residential Life, was presented with the 2016 Alfred State Faculty/Staff Spirit of Service Award. Ryan is an active member of the Wellsville Lions Club, and is involved in the organization’s community work, including the annual Breakfast with Santa event. Committed to the local community for more than a decade, Ryan is dedicated to ensuring that Alfred State students learn about equality and social justice, and is constantly seeking ways to improve the student residential experience.

Receiving the 2015 Student Group Spirit of Service Award were 11 students from Alfred State and Alfred University who have all joined the A.E. Crandall Hook and Ladder Company volunteer fire and ambulance service in the past two years. Alfred State students included Nick Dukette (building trades: building construction, Tupper Lake), Joe Ferreri (architectural technology, Marion), Mike LoPreto (technology management, Sayville), Brian O’Connor (automotive service technician, West Babylon), Larry Pratt (autobody repair, Fairport), Coral Smith (forensic science technology, Kings Park), and Aaron Aumick (building trades: building construction, Port Jervis). Alfred University students included Nick Fletcher (mechanical engineering, Big Flats) Daniel Forsman (art and design, Buffalo Grove, IL), Richelle Jenkins, (general science, Camillus) and Andrew King (materials science and engineering, Canisteo).

Since 2014, these students combined have gone on more than 200 ambulance and fire calls in the village and town of Alfred. They have also completed weekly training in the department, and a number of them have taken courses through the county, such as Fire Fighter I and Advanced EMT. Furthermore, the students, have volunteered to assist with projects integral to running the department, including painting and cleaning, electric work, and apparatus maintenance.

David Snyder, access services coordinator at Alfred University’s Herrick Library, was presented with the 2016 Alfred University Faculty/Staff Spirit of Service Award. The owner and publisher of the Alfred Sun newspaper, Snyder also continues to recruit members to the Alfred University Pep Band, and has served as adviser for the AU Habitat for Humanity group for more than 15 years, been involved with the Alfred Community Theater, and is a very active member of the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship.

Robert Graves, an art and design major from Alfred Station, was presented with the 2016 Alfred University Student Spirit of Service Award. Having grown up in the Alfred area, Graves has long been involved in community service projects in Alfred, including working on the baseball fields and the Foster Lake trail system. He has also worked to combat classism, increase disabilities awareness, and has insisted that the village be more fully included in the university’s strategic plan.

In photo from left to right are Joe Ferreri (Alfred State, architectural technology, Marion), Larry Pratt (Alfred State, autobody repair, Fairport), Richelle Jenkins (Alfred University, general science, Camillus), Mike LoPreto (Alfred State, technology management, Sayville), community member Melissa Jusianiec, Access Services Coordinator at Alfred University’s Herrick Library David Snyder, Alfred State Senior Director of Residential Life Matt Ryan, Robert Graves (Alfred University, art and design, Alfred Station), Coral Smith (Alfred State, forensic science technology, Kings Park), Nick Dukette (Alfred State, building trades: building construction, Tupper Lake), Brian O’Connor (Alfred State, automotive service technician, West Babylon), and Nick Fletcher (Alfred University, mechanical engineering, Big Flats). Not pictured are Aaron Aumick (Alfred State, building trades: building construction, Port Jervis), Daniel Forsman (Alfred University, art and design, Buffalo Grove, IL), and Andrew King (Alfred University, materials science and engineering, Canisteo).

Architecture students present course work to industry professionals

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:00

student Nicholas Galatioto of Garwood, NJ, presenting his fifth-year thesis proposalSix fifth-year architecture students in Alfred State’s first-ever Bachelor of Architecture class presented progress drawings and models to industry professionals as part of their Design Studio 7 – Thesis Definition course work late last semester.

The presentations built on previously completed work that included developing a thesis abstract and performance program for their proposed projects, and an illustrated site exploration of a chosen site. Each student discussed project proposals in terms of their initial research and inspiration, site analysis, conceptual development, and schematic design alternatives. Project proposals ranged from a lacrosse stadium on Long Island, to a municipal complex in Geneseo, to a church in Brasilia, Brazil.

The students presented their thesis proposals to a design jury that included Leticia Fornataro, associate AIA, of SWBR Architects; Bud Knapp, AIA, of Nehemiah Design; and Professors Sue Akiyama; Richard Carlo, AIA; and William Dean, AIA, the course’s instructor. This was the second time that Fornataro and Knapp provided valuable feedback to the students on their work in progress. Akiyama is the students’ instructor for the second part of the capstone project, Design Studio 8 – Thesis Definition, currently taking place this semester.

The mission of the Department of Architecture and Design is to provide a career-focused, project-based education, integrating theory and practice with a strong multidisciplinary foundation that draws upon an institutional heritage of building and technology. Emphasizing core values of leadership, professional preparedness, and work ethic, experienced faculty offer personal instruction and guidance to students as they collaborate with real people to explore real challenges across the region and beyond.

The department offers four degrees; an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in interior design, an AAS in architectural technology, a Bachelor of Science (BS) in architectural technology, and SUNY’s first five-year Bachelor of Architecture (BArch). The emphasis on all programs in the department is to create good design for the social good.

In photo from left to right are Alfred State Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) student Nicholas Galatioto of Garwood, NJ, presenting his fifth-year thesis proposal to Leticia Fornataro, associate AIA, of SWBR Architects; Alfred State Professor Sue Akiyama; and Bud Knapp, AIA, of Nehemiah Design.

Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. funds students through work-grant program

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:00

The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. annually provides $10,000 to fund eight to 10 Alfred State students through its work-grant program, allowing students who are ineligible for work-study funds to find employment on campus. The grant is renewable on an annual basis.

Additionally, departments within Alfred State can request student workers with specific skills, and the work-grant coordinator attempts to meet those needs with appropriate student assistance.

Students funded through the Ed Foundation to work in specific areas on campus are considered “regular” employees of the college and are expected to maintain the level of professionalism required of their colleagues.

For award year 2015-2016, eight students from Student Engagement; Physical and Life Sciences; Equity, Inclusion, and Title IV; the School of Applied Technology; Athletics; and International Affairs have received funding through the work-grant program.

The program is administered through the Student Records and Financial Services Office.

The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., is a private foundation representing faculty, staff, and friends of Alfred State dedicated to improving the college community through the support of educational programs. The activities pursued by the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., are governed by a board of directors made up of representatives from each of the following groups: alumni, College Council, faculty and staff, and friends of the college.

The Foundation provides monetary support to enhance learning opportunities for students through scholarships, work grants, and community service projects. The Ed Foundation also funds the Building Trades programs’ hands-on home construction projects.

Additionally, the Foundation owns and maintains the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville. The campus, which attracts some 800 students annually, is recognized as one of the best applied technology schools in the nation.

Since 1966, the foundation has invested approximately $8 million in improvements on the campus.

New two-year graphic and media design program available

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 11:15

Prospective students may now enroll for the fall 2016 semester in Alfred State’s new Associate in Science (AS) graphic and media design program.

This major will provide graduates with foundational knowledge in graphic design for screen-based and print media. It will focus on developing the contemporary problem-solving skills needed 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.

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “The new two-year graphic and media design program is laddered with our college’s newly established Bachelor of Science (BS) in graphic and media design because the course structure of the AS parallels the first two years of the BS curriculum. We are pleased to expand our academic offerings to now include this program, and I thank all of the faculty who worked to make this major possible.”

Since foundational courses in the AS in graphic and media design also serve as coursework required in Alfred State’s AAS and BS programs in digital media and animation, AS graphic and media design graduates will have the option of selecting either career path for the third and fourth year of baccalaureate study, with minimal academic impact.

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.

Graduates of the graphic and media design (AS) program will be able to enter into a variety of skill-specific job fields. These include graphic design, motion graphics, interactive design, Web design, illustration, and/or other areas of creative problem-solving.

Deb Goodrich, associate vice president for Enrollment Management, said, “Given that graphic and media design is a growing field, Alfred State is excited for the possibilities this new program gives to graduates, whether they choose to enter the workforce or continue their education at the baccalaureate level in either graphic and media design or digital media and animation.”

Alfred State taking part in SUNY Financial Aid Days

Posted Date: Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:15

The Alfred State Office of Student Records and Financial Services will participate in the annual SUNY Financial Aid Days, Saturday, Feb. 20, beginning at 9 a.m. in EJ Brown Business Hall, Room 212, on the Alfred campus.

The office’s staff will assist students and their guests in completing and submitting the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically. The FAFSA is required for all financial aid, including New York State assistance. Staff will also be available to answer any questions regarding the financial aid process.

Students/parents can register by going to www.suny.edu/studentevents or by calling 1-800-342-3811. This workshop is open to all prospective college students and their families, including those who do not plan to attend Alfred State. Registrants will receive an email listing necessary information, including what materials students/parents will need to bring with them, building location details, and parking directions.

Prior to SUNY Financial Aid Day, participants are encouraged to obtain: a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) at https://fsaid.ed.gov (allow one to three business days for the Social Security Administration to verify information); a driver's license; an alien registration card (non-US citizens); bank statements and investment information; Social Security Numbers; a 2015 Federal Income Tax return (or estimated); W-2 forms or other records of income earned for 2015; and 2015 untaxed income information.

SUNY's statewide Student Financial Aid Days are offered as a service to all prospective college students and their families. The programs are designed to answer questions and provide assistance regarding the financial aid application, types of aid available, and the award process.

Forty-four programs will be offered across New York State. Students and parents should feel free to attend the program closest to where they live.

Nursing students aid Haiti residents during winter break

Posted Date: Monday, February 15, 2016 - 15:00

A group that included several nursing students traveled to Haiti last month to provide medical assistance to some of the country’s citizens.

Those from Alfred State who attended the trip included nursing students Samantha Smith, Eldred, PA; Reno Cheshire, Port Jervis; Annaliese Corrao, Grand Island; Cierra Dean, Andover; Taylor Voigt, Fairport; Whitney Farrand, Franklinville; and Anna Wood, RN, Canandaigua; as well as Daniel Woolston, assistant director of medical services, Health and Wellness Services Department; and Jessica Lippa, assistant professor in the Nursing Department.

Also making the trip were Tim and Cindy Peterson, both RNs at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville; Arlene Lalonde, an RN at the Cuba Urgent Care Center; and Cassedy Meade, a nursing student at Corning Community College. The group departed for Haiti on Jan. 9, stayed near the village of Chambrun, and returned Jan. 16.

Taylor Voigt holds a child at one of the mobile medical clinics set up in Onaville, HaitiAccording to Woolston, the students were active participants in mobile medical clinics provided by Nehemia Vision Ministries.

“They rotated through triage, the assessment and treatment stations, as well as helped out in our pharmacy,” Woolston said. “They were able to take medical histories with help from a Haitian translator, conduct basic physical examinations, and give health advice/medications, all under the guidance of an experienced RN or nurse practitioner.”

Corrao said, “Although our efforts in Haiti helped only a small portion of the country’s population, I think this experience helped fulfill both our needs - as in the desire to help people, to observe another culture, and to learn to appreciate what we have - and their medical needs. This has been one of the best experiences/trips I have ever been on; I learned so much and met an amazing group of people.”

After being in Haiti, Lippa said she realized “to be truly happy is to love the people around us.”

“Haiti may not have the material goods that we do, but the citizens have an overabundance of gratitude, joy, and spirit,” she said. “The hope for the future is to continue to change their lives, as well as those of the Alfred State nursing students by making the trip an annual occurrence. With the love and support of the community, we can change lives.”

Through contacts created in the past, Woolston said, the group was able to fly to Haiti on a private jet provided by the Dean Foundation.

“We are also grateful for the donations and financial support provided by many private individuals, the Alfred State Center for Civic Engagement, and the members of the Genesis Bible Church,” he said. “A total of $2,500 was raised to pay for the medications we used in the mobile clinics, and another $3,800 was raised to purchase Pedialyte, which we gave to Nehemia Vision Ministries for the treatment of dehydration.”

Overall, Woolston said, the trip was very successful.

“We were able to see life from a different perspective for the week we were in Haiti,” he said. “The nursing students grew not only in their medical knowledge and skills, I believe they also grew in their world view. Furthermore, I feel these young people better understand the meaning of commitment and the blessing of having faith and perseverance.”

Pictured in photo: Taylor Voigt, a nursing student from Fairport, holds a child at one of the mobile medical clinics set up in Onaville, Haiti, a large, post-earthquake settlement north of Port-au-Prince.

Classes have been cancelled today, Feb. 16, due to weather.

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 07:30

Classes have been cancelled today, Feb. 16, due to weather.

Project Prom Dress Extravaganza to take place April 10

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 11:00

Christine Dodd holding up a prom dressOnce again, Alfred State’s Project Prom Dress Extravaganza is helping teenage girls from Allegany County and the surrounding areas find that special outfit for the prom without having to spend a dime.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at the Pioneer Center on the Alfred campus, the student-run event will allow attendees to select from hundreds of new or lightly used prom dresses, and take one home without any cost. People may also make donations that day, including dresses, shoes, and gear.

Founded by Kayla Franchina, a 2014 human services management graduate from Gerry, Project Prom Dress focuses on collecting donated prom dresses, accessories, and cash donations for underprivileged teenage women.

Alfred State wishes to thank its amazing donors for this year’s event: Elegance Bridals and Formals, of Canisteo; Belle Ruche Bridal Boutique, of Olean; Jessica Dugo, of Geneseo; JBK Bridal and Prom, of Horseheads; Bonjulies Main Street Bride, of Horseheads; Bella You, of Rochester; One Enchanted Evening, of Fairport; and The Purple Iris, of Horseheads.

For more information, contact Alyshia Zurlick, assistant director of Student Engagement, at zurlicam@alfredstate.edu, or Sandra Burdick, events concierge, at burdicsl@alfredstate.edu.

Pictured is Christine Dodd, a forensic science technology major from Montrose, PA, with a number of prom dresses that had been for sale at a past Alfred State Project Prom Dress Extravaganza.

Site review on nursing program to be held March 2

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 11:15

Alfred State announces that it will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its associate degree nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The public is invited to meet the site visit team and share their comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled for 3:30 p.m. March 2 at the Physical and Health Sciences Building, Room 102. Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:

Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Or email: mstoll@acenursing.org

All written comments should be received by the ACEN by Feb. 24.