February 2018

Mardi Gras dinner set for Feb. 13

Posted Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 09:30

The Culinary Arts Department will be presenting an exciting array of New Orleans-style cuisine during its annual Mardi Gras dinner from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 in the Culinary Arts Building on the Wellsville campus.

The menu will include jambalaya, gumbo, shrimp etouffee, southern-fried chicken, red beans and rice, muffuletta and po’boy sandwiches, collard greens, king cake, pecan pralines, beignets, and more. The cost, including beverages, is $17 per person and $8 for children under 10 years of age.

Proceeds will benefit culinary student scholarships. The event is open to the public, and no reservations will be taken. Questions may be directed to 607-587-3170.

Plenty of paths to BSN at Alfred State

Posted Date: Friday, February 2, 2018 - 09:00

Future nurses in New York State are now required to earn a bachelor’s degree. Fortunately, Alfred State College (ASC) has a number of ways to assist students and existing nurses with earning their degree.

In December, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that requires future registered nurse (RN) graduates of associate degree and diploma nursing programs to finish a baccalaureate completion program in nursing within 10 years after initial licensure in New York State. The basis for the law is evidence confirming better outcomes when patients receive care from baccalaureate-prepared nurses.

male student in nursing uniform standing next to a bed in a labAmong the college’s 70-plus majors is a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and the New York State Education Department.

Additionally, in order to meet the needs of registered nurses seeking a bachelor’s degree, the RN to BSN program is offered primarily in an online format. This provides flexibility and learning style choices for the adult student and working professional.

“There are a number of paths that students may take in order to earn their BSN degree at Alfred State,” said ASC Nursing Department Chair Linda Panter. “We offer a flexible format to accompany the schedules of the adult student and working professionals, as well as a fully accredited curriculum, modern technology, and clinical experiences that ensure these students are receiving a high-quality education.”

The law, which took effect. Dec. 18, 2017, would not affect those who are “grandparented,” including RNs who were licensed on or before that date, as well as any person who was enrolled in, accepted in, or waitlisted for later acceptance in a diploma or associate degree program in New York State before that date. This means they will not be required to earn a bachelor’s degree to maintain permanent RN licensure in New York State after they graduate.

Admission to Alfred State’s RN to BSN program requires graduation from an accredited or state-approved associate degree in nursing or certified diploma program in nursing, and plans to secure licensure as a registered professional nurse by the end of the first semester in the program. Graduates of Alfred State’s Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in nursing may enter directly into the college’s BSN program, which can be completed full-time in two years or part-time as the student desires.

“Alfred State is doing its part to ensure that future nursing students meet the requirements of this new law, and receive the skills, knowledge, and experience they’ll need to provide the best healthcare possible to their patients,” Panter said.

ASC also offers a dual degree nursing program, which allows students to earn both an associate and baccalaureate degree over four years. The graduates of the associate program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam at the end of the third year.

Brothers/Alfred State grads aiming high with business expansion

Posted Date: Friday, February 2, 2018 - 13:15

Alfred State alumni and brothers Stephen and Matthew Vossler are expecting big things for their company, PM Research, now that it has expanded its Precision Armament Division into the 55,000-square-foot former GE Lufkin building in Wellsville. Stephen, a mechanical engineering grad, and Matthew, an engineering science graduate, predict significant expansion of the division, which produces high-end accessories for use on small firearms, in the next three to five years, including adding equipment and jobs.

Check out the full story in the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

Students embrace Black History Month

Posted Date: Monday, February 5, 2018 - 14:00

To enhance cultural awareness and strengthen the close-knit community of support at Alfred State College (ASC), students are amplifying cultural programming throughout the month of February with a variety of events.

several people in uniform creating a human pyramid
Zuzu African acrobats will be performing at Alfred State at
6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 in the Orvis Activities Center
gymnasium. Photo courtesy of Zuzu Acrobats, Inc.

Sponsored by several different student-led organizations, the events include a campus forum about stereotypes, poetry slam, culture-focused debate, Zuzu acrobatic show, documentary film screening, a Black Inventions Exhibit®, and what’s known as the International CommUNITY Potluck to emphasize the benefits of unity in the community.

Many of the students coordinating the activity are members of Kaleidoscope Coalition, a collection of multicultural and diversity organizations at Alfred State. Composed of students, faculty, and staff, the organization provides resources to the campus community by creating events, programs, trainings, and initiatives that are intended to build awareness and encourage human growth.

“Kaleidoscope strives to provide unique opportunities that educate and challenge students to open their minds and cherish new relationships in hopes of further developing their ability to relate to others,” said Kemar Kidd, the student president and chair.

Students across the country have reacted as the topics of race relations and immigration sometimes have led to polarizing national debates. Kidd says students at ASC were not immune to those tensions.

“Increasing programming for Black History Month is a direct response to some of the feedback we received last year,” stated Kidd. “These programs help us learn more about where our neighbors are from, their culture, and their way of life.”

Spirit of Service Award recipients celebrated for service to others

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 14:15

Members of the Alfred State College, Alfred University, and Alfred village community came together recently at Union University Church for the eighth annual Celebration of Service Ceremony to honor recipients of the Spirit of Service Award.

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Cassandra Bull, an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving in
partnership with Alfred State College, Allegany County
Cooperative Extension, and the Alfred Community Garden,
center, was named the recipient of the 2018 Alfred State
Faculty/Staff Spirit of Service Award. Pictured, from left to
right, are Laura Hunsberger, executive director of the Allegany
County Cooperative Extension; Jonathan Hilsher, director of
Alfred State’s Center for Civic Engagement; Bull; Sandra
Dennison, marketing director for Auxiliary Campus Enterprises
and Services (ACES); and Debra Mayes, staff assistant in
Technology Services at Alfred State.

Each year, Alfred community members, as well as students, faculty, and staff of both Alfred State College and Alfred University are nominated by their colleagues, students, and community members for the award, which recognizes their service to others. Recipients receive the award for exemplifying principals that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. advocated including commitment to equality, service, social justice, and community.

The Allegany-Cattaraugus-Chautauqua Fund for Women (ACC-FFW), represented by Melissa Jusianiec and Sashi Racho, received the 2018 Alfred Community Spirit of Service Award. The organization aims to provide financial assistance and open doors for women seeking sustained self-sufficiency through continued education, career development, small business development, and other initiatives. Also nominated was Crystal Dodge, who has maintained the village of Alfred book stand for over 11 years.

The 2018 Alfred State Faculty/Staff Spirit of Service Award recipient was Cassandra Bull, an AmeriCorps VISTA member focused on community based gardening and nutritional literacy. An alumna of both Alfred University and Alfred State, Bull has demonstrated incredible commitment to agriculture and sustainable food systems in the Alfred community. Also nominated were Zachary Barbis, a residence hall director; Jessica Lippa, professor of Nursing; and Constance E. Pennisi, professor of Digital Media and Animation.

Receiving the 2018 Alfred State Student Spirit of Service Award was Samantha Smith, who has been integral in starting and maintaining the Hope for Health Club. Her participation in two medical trips to Haiti guided her efforts in building Hope for Health and promoting civic engagement. Also nominated were Mitchell Colvin, a leader of the Hope for Health Club; Megan Jones, a volunteer and member of the Newman Club; Peter J. Mormino, a volunteer for the Reaching Individual Success in Education (RISE) program; Danielle Russo, a member of the Alfred Volunteer Fire Department and Alfred State women’s rugby team; and Sierra Topolski, a residential assistant and volunteer in education.

The 2018 Alfred University Faculty/Staff Spirit of Service Award was presented to Dr. Timothy Cox, an ambulance lieutenant and professor of English, and John Hosford, a fire department quartermaster and visual resources curator. Noted for their compassion and diligence, Cox and Hosford have dedicated their time to preparing for and responding to emergency situations with the utmost care. Also nominated were Donald J. Cinque, a volunteer with the Career Development Center; and Dr. Becky Prophet, a professor of Theater.

Elvira Rodriguez, an advocate of cultural unity, gender equality, and sexual assault and domestic violence awareness, received the 2018 Alfred University Student Spirit of Service Award. Her work has included organization of Take Back the Night events, as well as involvement in the AU Bias Response Team, president’s committee task force for diversity, and Institute for Cultural Unity. Also nominated were Elizabeth Benedict, a graduate student in counseling; and Beryl Torthe, a volunteer EMT.

Student scores big with role at IIHF World Junior Championships

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 14:15

While she may not have laced up her skates, Alfred State’s Cassidy McCourt had an important role to play at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championships.

Held in Buffalo from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, the event featured the best men’s players under the age of 20 from 10 nations, including the United States, Canada, Belarus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Slovakia. This was only the fifth World Junior Championship to be played in the United States and the second time it has been played in Buffalo.

Throughout the tournament, McCourt, a sport management student from Buffalo, was able to develop her professional skills even further by serving as a host for the on-ice officials. She also provided game day operations and event management assistance during the IIHF World Junior Championship Outdoor Game between the US and Canada on Dec. 29 at New Era Field in Orchard Park.

Cassidy, center, with some of the officials
Cassidy McCourt (sport management, Buffalo), center, served
as a host for on-ice officials during the 2018 International Ice
Hockey Federation World Junior Championships in Buffalo.
She is pictured with some of the officials.

With 44,592 in attendance, the United States overcame a two-goal deficit to defeat Canada 4-3 in a shootout that day. Canada would go on to win the gold medal in the overall tournament, however, with Sweden earning silver and the US taking home bronze.

McCourt said working at the IIHF World Junior Championship was an incredible experience.

“Being able to experience and work behind-the-scenes of such a prestigious event opened up many opportunities,” she said. “As a host, our jobs began before the tournament did. It was our job to make sure everything ran smoothly and everyone adjusted well to being in Buffalo.”

Additionally, McCourt noted that she made a lot of connections with referees, players, and coaches from all over the world.

“Working in hockey has always been my goal,” McCourt said, “and this tournament has helped me to get one step closer to that.”

John Lisec, an assistant professor in Alfred State’s Business Department, said McCourt’s experience at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship successfully exemplifies the Alfred State sport management program’s emphasis toward applied learning and hands-on learning approaches.

“In addition to understanding theoretical concepts and project-based learning within the classroom, Cassidy's dedication to developing tangible, job-ready skills outside the classroom reflects the well-rounded nature of Alfred State's sport management students,” Lisec said. “Her passion and desire to be successful within the sports industry is an excellent example of students within our program.”

MacKenzie Makeover highlights list of campus upgrades

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 14:30

Students who recently returned to Alfred State for the start of the spring semester were greeted by the sight of some outstanding renovations to the MacKenzie Complex, as well as several other impressive additions around campus.

students gathered in MacKenzie Complex, tv, chairs, tables
Students gather in a newly renovated area of the MacKenzie Complex.

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “Our crews have been hard at work this winter break making some much-needed improvements around campus, particularly in the MacKenzie Complex, where students can now enjoy a beautiful common space area, as well as plenty of other exciting changes.” View photos.

The first phase of the project to renovate the largest residence hall on campus, the MacKenzie Makeover, wrapped up just prior to the start of the new semester, and the second phase is currently underway. Among the upgrades are a new dining area named “TimberLineZ,” a fitness center, laundry facility, and informal gathering spaces showcasing fireplaces and water features.

“These areas were enhanced by bringing the outside in with natural lighting from the raised skylight and plentiful natural plant life,” said Gregory Sammons, vice president for Student Affairs. “Also, 120 students moved into our premier living areas, including the MacKenzie Commons Apartments and single lifestyle apartments featuring full kitchens with private living rooms.”

In MacKenzie East, students are enjoying the newly renovated suites that encompass entire floors of the tower, including semi-private lounges, kitchenettes, and study areas.

“The openness of the new common area and tower floors has been well received by both students and family,” Sammons said.

The new MacKenzie fitness center includes a cardio fitness studio, featuring 10 new pieces of cardio equipment. Each of the machines is equipped with an individual TV display.

MacKenzie isn’t the only facility on campus to feature an upgraded fitness center, however. During the semester break, the Pioneer Fitness Center also received a considerable upgrade.

The college made $120,000 worth of improvements to this workout area, which now features brand-new gym flooring, a brand-new strength circuit, four conversion power racks, a plate-loaded circuit, and new multi-station crossover unit.

Also added to the campus during the winter break is a new LED sign in front of the Orvis Activities Center. The sign will be used to feature upcoming college events, news, and announcements. Using Visix technology that coordinates all digital signage on campus, the sign is able to display sharp images and full-motion videos that can be updated continuously.

Inside of the Orvis Activities Center, new tiling, shower heads, and lighting have been installed in multiple locker room areas. The updates modernize areas that Pioneer student-athletes and visiting teams use daily.

Rotary honor for ASC trustee

Posted Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 13:30

The Corning Rotary Club recently recognized Charles Craig as the latest community member to be named a Paul Harris Fellow, the organization’s highest honor. Craig is SVP of science and technology, administration and operations at Corning Inc. and a member of the Alfred State College Council.

More at: Star Gazette

Ag grad goes back to farming roots

Posted Date: Friday, February 9, 2018 - 14:00

“I wanted to get back to my agricultural roots and I love working with kids, so this is the best of both worlds,” said Stacey Johnston, Farm to School coordinator and ASC agricultural technology grad.

More at: Buffalo News

Architecture students present at ATP Conference

Posted Date: Monday, February 12, 2018 - 08:30

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) recently hosted 10 Alfred State students at the 17th annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) symposium.

Supported by ARC and organized by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University, ATP coordinates student teams from participating colleges and universities in Appalachia to develop applied research projects on topics related to building a sustainable future for the Appalachian Region. As part of ATP, student teams travel to Washington, DC, to formally present their research to other participating schools and ARC leadership.

The Appalachian Regional Commission is a regional economic development partnership of federal and state governments across 420 counties in 13 Appalachian states. ARC's mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia.

The 2017 ATP symposium was held at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, VA, and featured 150 students representing 13 schools from 10 Appalachian states. The team from Alfred State included fourth-year students in Design Studio 5: Urban Studio. They presented their research titled “Connecting Built and Natural Environments: A Vision for Preservation, Sustainability and Growth in Canaseraga, New York,” which discussed the Community Visualization Study completed for that community in fall 2017.

The research team was led by William Dean, a professor in Alfred State’s Department of Architecture and Design. Dean was also named an Appalachian Teaching Fellow for the 2017–2018 academic year, along with Dr. Craig Clark, Alfred State vice president for Economic Development.

As part of their ATP visit to the Washington, DC, area, the Alfred State team also toured a number of monuments and museums on the National Mall, including the recently renovated National Gallery of Art.

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. Nearly 2,000 students from 20 colleges and universities across Appalachia have participated in the ATP since the program began in 2001.

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Pictured in the front row, from left to right, are Alfred State students Devin Mcvay (architectural technology, Oakfield), Christian Jankuloski (architecture, Webster), Sarah Latona (architectural technology, Mount Morris), Kacie Matuszak (architectural technology, Rochester), and Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl. In the second row, from left to right, are Alfred State Vice President for Economic Development Dr. Craig Clark (ATP Teaching Fellow), Alfred State Architecture and Design Professor William Dean (ATP Teaching Fellow), students Matthew Mustac (architecture, Washingtonville), Joseph Richardson (architectural technology, Geneva), Christofer Hydos (architectural technology, Cornwall), Andrew Ellis (architectural technology, Fredonia), and Christiana Mehmel (architecture, Olean). Photo courtesy of the Appalachian Regional Commission.