November 2016

World War II propaganda posters on display at Hinkle Library in November

Posted Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 10:15

Buying war bonds, planting victory gardens, and joining scrap drives are just some of the many things that were encouraged by propaganda posters during World War II. While these pieces’ messages are no longer relevant today, they continue to serve as a reminder of the effort it took by all citizens to ensure freedom.

And from now through Nov. 25, the public may view 12 of these historic posters in an exhibit at the Alfred State Hinkle Memorial Library.

On loan from the Olean Public Library’s permanent art collection, the posters will be accompanied by a small book and historical exhibit detailing the role of the poster as an art form, and as a means of advertising and encouraging participation in the war effort.

Michelle Margeson, secretary to the library director at Alfred State, said that while the war years are often romanticized, the posters on display represent some of the struggles that US citizens had to endure during World War II.

World War II-era poster that says "united"  united nations fight for freedom“This exhibit shows how propaganda played a significant and powerful role in swaying public opinion in all countries during World War II,” she said. “We hope that patrons leave the exhibit recognizing the sacrifices that all US citizens had to make to support the war effort, and draw similarities between past and current propaganda art and advertising.”

Propaganda art during World War II, Margeson said, was instrumental in provoking diverse emotions in US soldiers, enemies, and citizens. She noted editorial cartoonists were also very effective at introducing war themes into their stories, even before the US entered the war, to sensitize public opinion.

“Comic books and cartoons, leaflets, radio messages, books, and movies encouraged a range of opinions about the US entering the war, and reflected our commitment to the cause,” Margeson said. “These posters are a very small sample of how emotions generated by art and advertising can motivate people to act.”

Margeson noted the posters will be displayed to coincide with Veterans’ Day, and also to commemorate the upcoming 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December.

“Not just during times of officially declared war, but both in dangerous and uncertain times, as well as during peacetime, soldiers must make sacrifices, as must their families, friends, and communities,” she said. “In recognizing this universal truth, it is our hope that in these contentious times, we will unite on these two important days to support our soldiers and veterans, and to embrace our similarities as Americans, rather than focus on our differences.”

Also in November, the library will be officially opening the newly renovated Hinkle Library Gallery on the 10th. The renovation was made possible by the generous gifts made to the “50 Years-50 Donors-50 Dollars” campaign that was initiated in conjunction with the library’s 50th anniversary in 2015.

The exhibit will be open for viewing during normal library hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email or call 607-587-4313.

Business students receive expert advice on retirement planning

Posted Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 11:30

It’s never too early to start planning for retirement, as proven by a group of Alfred State business students who recently traveled to Rochester to learn about best practices, mistakes to avoid, and more.

Hosted by the Rochester chapter of the Financial Planning Association at the Locust Hill Country Club, the event was titled “Social Security Optimization and Retirement Income Planning.” The featured presenter was Joe Elsasser CFP®, RHU, REBC, president of Covisum, and co-author of “Social Security Essentials: Smart Ways to Help Boost Your Retirement Income.”

Elsasser’s presentation was designed to provide an understanding of the basic rules regarding Social Security retirement benefits, the various elections available to dual-income earners, and other retirement planning issues surrounding the Social Security process. Scott DuMond, assistant professor in the Business Department, said the event was excellent.

“Mr. Elsasser taught on the 2015 changes in Social Security and when to take it to maximize your benefits,” DuMond said. “Along with that, he discussed how to best withdraw from your retirement accounts in a tax-wise fashion to get the most out of your investments. It was fantastic and a huge benefit to our students.”

Students who attended the event included financial planning majors Rebekah Partridge, of Hornell; Sierra King, of Clyde; Bryanna Godfrey, of Barton; Valerie Wallace, of Rexville; Marika Middelkoop, of Tucson, AZ; Marcus Zeigler, of Canisteo; Shohei Ono, of Aichi, Japan; Bryan Guild, of Cameron Mills; and Nathanael Gisellie, of Jakarta, Indonesia, as well as business administration major (Calvin) Tay Chok Hong, of Kuantan, Malaysia; and business management major Jerome Hart, of Wellsville.

King, the vice president of the Financial Planning Association’s student chapter at Alfred State, said Elsasser’s presentation was a great learning experience.

“I appreciate the FPA of Rochester for having us,” she said. “I was able to pull a lot away from the meeting. Overall, it provided a lot of wisdom and exposure from current professionals.”

students at the Rochester Financial Planning Association’s event
Front row, from left to right, Rebekah Partridge, Sierra King, Bryanna Godfrey, Valerie Wallace, Marika Middelkoop, (Calvin) Tay Chok Hong, and Marcus Zeigler.
In the second row, from left, are Jamie Block, treasurer of the Rochester Financial Planning Association; Kay Pfleghardt Alfred State Alumni (2015) and Rochester FPA board member; Shohei Ono; Bryan Guild; speaker Joe Elasser from Covisum; Doreen Haller, president of the Rochester Financial Planning Association, and Scott DuMond, assistant professor of Business at Alfred State.
Present at the event but not pictured are Nathanael Gisellie and Jerome Hart.

Peer tutoring program receives $6,000 from Student Senate

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 15:15

Continuing its ongoing support of the college’s peer tutoring program, Alfred State’s Student Senate recently contributed $6,000 toward helping defray the cost of the program’s operation. 

Katherine Holmok, Student Senate president and a business administration major from Prattsville, said peer tutoring is a constructive way for students to learn from each other. 

“It’s an opportunity to collaborate and provides valuable one-on-one time, which allows for more questions to be asked and answered,” she said. “Student Senate believes in the benefits of peer tutoring because we see it in our overall performance. We have seen our leadership, knowledge, and professional skills improve as an e-board by working and learning from each other.” 

Casey Cowburn, the peer tutoring coordinator on the Alfred campus, said of Student Senate’s donation, “This generous contribution is vital for the continuation of our services and has a positive impact on our students.” 

Cowburn noted that data for the spring 2016 semester showed that 79 percent of the students who met with their tutor three or more times received a “C” or better in the course, and 94 percent of the students passed the course. 

“This success rate would not be possible without monetary assistance from groups and organizations such as Student Senate,” he said.

Student Senate members present a check to the peer tutoring coordinator
Casey Cowburn, peer tutoring coordinator at Alfred State, left, accepts a check for $6,000 in support of peer tutoring services at the college from Student Senate President Katherine Holmok. Also pictured in the second row, from left to right, are Student Senate members Daniel David, mechanical engineering technology, Brooklyn; Gary Kostek, mechanical engineering technology, Lancaster; Michael Shoemaker, technology management, Buffalo; Eric Hulbert, network administration, Mexico (NY); Natalie Vining, court and realtime reporting, Maplecrest; Denton Cassells, business administration, Bronx; Justin King, electrical construction and maintenance electrician, Uniondale; and Hannah Vuozzo, interdisciplinary studies, Salt Point.


Musical comedy ‘The Addams Family’ taking place Nov. 17-20

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 15:30

The Alfred State Drama Department will be presenting “The Addams Family,” a musical comedy based upon a cartoon by Charles Addams, from Nov. 17-20 in the Cappadonia Auditorium of the Orvis Activities Center.

A humorous inversion of the ideal 20th-century American family, “The Addams Family” focuses on the macabre, yet comedic exploits of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday, Pugsley, and Thing. It has been adapted into television shows, films, and even video games.

The Nov. 17-19 shows will take place at 7 p.m., while a matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 20. Tickets are $7 each for general admission, $2 each per student, and can be obtained at the Alfred campus store or outside the Central Dining Hall.

Employers recognize value of Alfred State students

Posted Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 12:00

Whether traveling a great distance or just down the road, focusing on mechanical engineering or health care, employers are continuing to flock to Alfred State to recruit students who are the perfect fit for their organization.

In fact, a total of 109 employers registered for the college’s two career fairs held last month on the Alfred and Wellsville campuses. These events provided an excellent networking opportunity for students, who were able to connect with and learn more about the companies they may end up working for after graduation.

As they have done in the past, representatives from computer networking company Cisco Meraki traveled thousands of miles from San Francisco to Alfred, looking to recruit information technology: network administration students. The company, which currently employs four Alfred State alums, also held an information session and on-campus interviews.

student speaking with employers at fair
Dakota Fraser, a construction management major from Lima, right, chats with
Balfour Beatty Construction Project Engineer Andrew Hydock and Senior Project
Engineer Carley Youngman.

“The students definitely have the aptitude and the drive to make a difference,” Chuck Slack, technology support manager at Cisco Meraki, said of Alfred State network administration students. “A lot of their program helps set the tone for what they’re going to be doing when they get out there on the job. They’re very hard-working people, some of our top-performing, for sure.”

Returning to their alma mater to recruit students for Balfour Beatty Construction were Vice President Dan Novack, Senior Project Engineer Carley Youngman, and Project Engineer Andrew Hydock, who made the trip up from Virginia. Balfour Beatty has hired numerous Alfred State grads, several of whom are in high-level positions.

“When they are on the job, they get to use the skills they are learning here, which are very valuable,” Hydock said. “They come in with an advantage because they have real-world experience.”

Youngman added, “Alfred State is a school of technology, so all of the technical stuff students are learning here, they can instantly apply in our field, whereas as at some of the larger schools, students don’t have as much technical experience, so they have to be taught some of those skills on the job.”

Christina Tschantre, human resources manager at Corning, Inc., agreed that Alfred State students “definitely come out of college with good hands-on experience.”

“Also, we’ve been able to partner with some of the professors here to have students come and work with us so they know what we’re all about and what we need them to know coming out of their programs at Alfred State,” she said.

Jennifer Duffy, regional human resources business partner at Maine Drilling & Blasting, said her company has had tremendous success working with Alfred State grads in the past, who have “turned into really excellent members of our team.”

“They have a terrific work ethic and seem to be ready to go to work right away,” said Duffy, who had traveled from Bethel, PA to recruit Alfred State students. “I think we do a pretty good job explaining what it is we do, because it is rough work and we want people to understand what they’re getting into, but Alfred State students are just ready to get out there and get their hands in it.”

If you are an employer interested in recruiting Alfred State’s talented students/alumni, please contact Elaine Morsman, director of the Career Development Center, to find out how to connect with JobLink at or 607-587-4060.

Mary Huntington receives Alfred State President’s Medallion

Posted Date: Monday, November 7, 2016 - 14:45

Former first lady of Alfred State Mary Huntington was honored with the college's President’s Medallion Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Alfred State Lake Lodge.

The 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.

Huntington has had a strong presence at Alfred State and in the nearby community for more than 50 years. When her husband, David, became the seventh president of the college in 1964, she became an honorary president of the Alfred State College Association of Women.

Known as the Alfred State Faculty Wives from 1963 until 1979, the group participated in numerous service projects and held many fundraisers, which collected scholarship funds for students in need, older returning students, and women. Huntington currently serves on the board of directors for the Alfred State Development Fund, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that raises funds for the college.

She continues to be a strong advocate for Alfred State, regularly attending a variety of functions, including speaking events, commencement, convocations, and sporting events.

Her involvement extends beyond the boundaries of Alfred State, however. Huntington is a board member of multiple non-profit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and the Bethesda Foundation.

A current member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board, she has also served on the Village of Alfred Planning Board, as president of the Hornell Campfire Girls, as vice president of the Women’s Golf Association at the Wellsville Country Club, and as vice president for membership with the American Association of University Women.

During Celebrate Women’s Month in 2007, Allegany County presented Huntington with a certificate of recognition for being a role model for all women. SUNY also awarded her with a certificate of appreciation for service, support, and contributions to the Alfred State College Association of Women. She was also included in the Marquis Who’s Who of American Women publication.

Mary Huntington received the Alfred State President's Medallion
Former first lady of Alfred State Mary Huntington, center, was the 2016 recipient of the college’s President’s Medallion. Also pictured are Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan and his wife, Debra.


Alfred State ranked a Best College for Veterans in the North

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 10:15

It’s not only on Veterans’ Day when students connected to military service feel honored and respected at Alfred State. US News & World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges for Veterans places the school in sixth place among all northern regional colleges, and third best among public colleges in the North.

Alfred State is also honored to be recognized for the lowest tuition out of all northern regional colleges ranked as a best bet for veterans by US News & World Report. The 2017 Best Colleges for Veterans list further shows that Alfred State is the only school with 3,000 students or more to earn the accolade among northern regional colleges. All of these honors combined with Alfred State being recognized for six straight years by Victory Media’s list of Military-Friendly® Schools, shows a dedication to assisting veterans who are now students.

“These honors are reflective of how the college makes veterans and ROTC students feel right at home,” said Nikkie Hockenberry, chief diversity officer and Title IX coordinator at Alfred State. “We all owe them our respect and admiration and it’s quite common to see fellow students thanking them for their military service.”

To be included in the list, colleges need to provide a variety of services to student veterans, and the media outlet also evaluated “which top-ranked schools offer benefits that can help them make pursuing a college education more affordable,” according to the report.

“From the veterans who are here sharpening skills to prepare for the workforce, to the young ROTC students who will soon enter the armed forces as commissioned officers, we have a large number of students with ties to the military and we offer them all kinds of support,” Hockenberry said.

From special spaces to socialize in, to recognitions and financial support, the college offers a long list of benefits to veterans. Some of the services available to Alfred State students with military service include:

  • Veterans’ Lounge available in the EJ Brown Hall business building.
  • Veterans’ Resource Center is in the Student Leadership Center.
  • SALUTE recognizes academic achievement of student veterans.
  • Hero of the Week rewards veteran and military service members.
  • Veterans are exempt from the cost of campus parking fees.
  • Yellow Ribbon Program of the Post-9/11 GI Bill is available for students.
  • Military Tuition Assistance (TA) funding is accepted.
  • Principles of Excellence from the Department of Education are followed.
  • Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) military science and training offered.
  • Basic military science courses and activities are also open to all students.
  • Veterans Advisory Committee monitors all services and needs for student veterans.

US News & World Report only honors a handful of northern regional colleges meeting the criteria to be among the Best Colleges for Veterans. Alfred State’s placement in the 2017 report is the highest ranking ever achieved by the college.

SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society members
Alfred State has earned high rankings in the most recent US News and World Report Best Colleges for Veterans list. Pictured are members of the Alfred State chapter of the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society at the 2016 induction ceremony.


Alfred State makes President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 14:15

Recognizing Alfred State’s strong commitment to civic engagement, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has named the college to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in several categories.

The CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs and leads the president’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. According to the CNCS, each year, the president of the United States recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in communities through service.

The Honor Roll, the CNCS states, highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community challenges, and as a result, more students are likely to pursue a lifelong path of civic engagement that achieves meaningful and measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

“Alfred State is honored and proud to have been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Our students, faculty, and staff have demonstrated and continue to show their dedication to making a difference in our community through various projects and initiatives, several of which coincide with programs on a national level. I applaud the efforts of all individuals who helped us achieve this great honor.”

Specifically, Alfred State was named to the Honor Roll in the General Community Service, Economic Opportunity Community Service, and Education categories. The General Community Service category recognizes institutions that have made a commitment to improving the quality of life of off-campus community residents, particularly low-income individuals.

The Economic Opportunity Community Service category recognizes institutions with service programs that build economic independence, increase family stability, and create more sustainable and resilient communities. Those honored in the Education category have made a commitment to improving educational outcomes for children and youth in pre-kindergarten through undergraduate education.

Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Alfred State, said, “Civic engagement is an integral part of the Alfred State experience. This award is simply another affirmation of the time and knowledge invested in community service through curricular and co-curricular experiences.”

Alfred State students at Community Action Day
Alfred State was recently named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in three categories. Pictured at the college’s 2016 Community Action Day, from left to right, are Rebekah Waterman, culinary arts: baking, production, and management, Wayland; Katherine Holmok, business administration, Prattsville; Pedro Chay Chan, electrical construction and maintenance electrician, Rochester; and Clayton Hamm, nursing, Williamson.


Brubaker earns educational facilities credential

Posted Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 11:45

Alfred State is pleased to announce that Director of Facilities Operations Glenn Brubaker has received the Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) credential through APPA, the association dedicated to leadership in educational facilities. The CEFP is a way to validate the unique knowledge and competency required of an accomplished professional in the educational facilities field.

Alfred State Executive Vice President Valerie Nixon said the college was pleased to support Brubaker’s attendance at the APPA Leadership Academy and congratulates him on his achievement.

“Glenn provides innovative and creative leadership in facilities services and capital construction,” she said. “With Glenn’s background in sustainability, he has initiated a number of cost-saving energy efficiencies and has implemented a number of operational changes resulting in improvements in the college’s physical infrastructure. With the completion of this program, I know Glenn will continue to be on the forefront of innovation for the college.”

Glenn Brubaker
Glenn Brubaker

John Morris P.E., CFM, CEM, CPE, LEED AP, GBE, CEFP, and chair of APPA’s Board for Educational Facilities Professionals Certification, said credentialing is important, not just to show that one is qualified, but also to show that they have enough dedication in their role to make the effort to earn a professional certification.  

“Quite often that says more about an individual than the certification itself,” he said. “APPA's CEFP is the only certification that demonstrates the recipient’s qualifications for educational facilities management, and also demonstrates their dedication to the educational facilities profession.”

Morris added, “The APPA CEFP is quickly becoming the industry standard, and I encourage everyone to pursue their CEFP certification. By obtaining and maintaining this credential, recipients will further assure forward-thinking relevancy and mastery of the best management practices related to educational facilities.”

Lander Medlin, APPA executive vice president, said, “The CEFP credential is an exciting new standard for educational stewardship. It represents core knowledge, talent, and skill, underscoring accountability and commitment to growth and mastery.”

Brubaker, an Andover resident who has been an Alfred State employee since 2004, said, “Over the past two years, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the APPA Leadership Academy and study for the CEFP exam. This broadened my knowledge and experience in the core areas of general administration, maintenance and operations, utilities/energy management, and capital construction. Thank you to Executive Vice President Valerie Nixon, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Deborah Goodrich, and all who had a part in affording me the opportunity to attend the academy and receive the honor of this achievement.”

For eligibility requirements, more information, and to apply for the preparatory course or online CEFP exam, visit or contact Kelly Ostergrant at

MacKenzie Makeover ‘moving along smoothly’

Posted Date: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 13:15

After only about a month since renovations to the MacKenzie Complex began, great progress is already being made in the effort to transform the building into the largest and most modern residence hall within the State University of New York system.

According to Glenn Brubaker, director of Facilities Operations, the demolition work on phase one of the MacKenzie Makeover project is about 60 percent complete after the physical work on the facility started in early October.

“So far, the project is moving along smoothly, as we are just getting underway. The satellite boiler project for the entire MacKenzie Complex is also underway, with DASNY (Dormitory Authority of the State of New York) and the consultants coordinating the two projects to create a symbiotic relationship for both of them,” said Brubaker, referring to the college’s boiler decentralization effort, which involves eliminating campus buildings’ dependency on the college’s main heating plant through the installation of new, more efficient condensing boilers.

The first phase of the MacKenzie Makeover involves renovating the East Tower to create a new entrance and gathering spaces for students on each floor, while reinventing the Central Quad to create an attractive core for the 1,200-student residence hall that is warm, welcoming, and feels like an extension of one’s own home. The quad’s design includes a 35-foot-tall atrium with the light illuminating natural surfaces of rock and wood throughout.

President Dr. Skip Sullivan at the MacKenzie Complex wearing a hard helmet and holding a hammer
The MacKenzie Makeover project is underway and making great progress. Pictured is
President Dr. Skip Sullivan at the MacKenzie Complex soon after the physical work on
the building began in early October.

Phase one, Brubaker said, is expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2017. He said the design of phase two is currently underway, which entails completing work on MacKenzie East, such as renovating row house 8 and Tower G.

“Also, all of MacKenzie South will be renovated,” Brubaker said. “This includes row houses 9, 10, and 11, and Towers H and J. Construction for phase two is tentatively scheduled to begin in May 2018.”