Over winter break, Alfred State College students of digital media and animation (DMA), along with Associate Professor Jeremy Speed-Schwartz, explored art, cinema, and animation in Japan as part of the college’s Studio Tokyo program.
During the two-week experience, 18 students collaborated with Meiji University Professor Kentaro Fukuchi and his digital arts students. According to Speed-Schwartz, the group was invited to Fukuchi’s lab on the Nakano Campus of Meiji University to share their projects and see work from his students, including virtual reality and 360-degree video work.
The students also participated in a “hack-a-thon,” in which Alfred State and Meiji students worked together in teams to create works utilizing technological equipment such as infrared and 360-degree cameras.
In coordination with University of Iowa Professor Peter Chanthanakone, Speed-Schwartz arranged for their students to collaborate by creating stop-motion “dances.” Groups of both Alfred State and University of Iowa students were given supplies and three hours to create their films, which were later judged by a panel including Speed-Schwartz, Chanthanakone, and local filmmaker Benjamin Beardsley.
The main project for the trip was an animation production in collaboration with the Tokyo-based band Lantanaquamara. Working with their manager, So Yamanaka, the students developed a music video for the band’s song “Meteor Shower.” Much of their work had to be communicated visually, given that the band speaks only limited English, said Speed-Schwartz.
He stated, “The program is designed to immerse students in a culture other than their own, offer an opportunity for structured group animation production and further their exploration of the history of Japanese media and art. I couldn’t be happier with the professionalism and engagement exhibited by these students throughout the program.”
Alexandria Devlin, a DMA student from Port Jefferson, said, “How many times do you get to visit a foreign country to study? I got to learn from what animation derived and why. It was very interesting to see how it evolved.”
Beyond valuable collaborative exploration, students continued their research of Japanese media through several site and museum visits in the greater Tokyo area. The group visited the Suginami Animation Museum in Suginami, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Daiba, the Tokyo National Museum in Taitō, and the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka.
“I would totally do it again if I could,” said Devlin.
The program is offered every other year to DMA students.
The Studio Tokyo students, all digital media and animation majors, are:
Nicole Barber, of Rochester; Tom Casterline, of Canisteo; Gregory DeGraff, of Alfred Station; Alexandria Devlin, of Port Jefferson; Joshua Fand, of Wallingford, CT; Chris Fogg, of East Meadow; Jillian Gregory, of Andover; Rebecca Gregory, of Andover; Cassaundra Hall, of Bath; Megan Hendershot, of Brockport; Robert McCoy, of Levittown; Alexis Parker, of Honeoye Falls; Skyler Reisner, of Olean; Taylor Stevenson, of West Seneca; Tyler Sudyn, of Buffalo; Darien Waldron, of Central Square; Ryan Williams, of Saint James; and Gregory Williams, of Wellsville.
Alfred State Director of Annual Giving Trish Haggerty and Associate Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations Kaitlyn Brown are among the 13 recent graduates of the Leadership Allegany program.
This 10-month leadership training program provides a dynamic learning environment where adult professionals who live, work, or have vested interest in Allegany County grow their leadership abilities, create connections, and impact their communities.
Check out the entire story in the Wellsville Daily Reporter.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
Room 215 of the School of Engineering Technology Building (SET)
The School of Arts and Sciences will celebrate Black History Month with the showing of this powerful, contemporary film. Based on James Baldwin’s life and writings and directed by Haitian-born, renowned filmmaker Raoul Peck, the film centers on the murders of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Through film and television outtakes, the director traces the historical persistence of racism in America from slavery to the present day.
SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus Joseph G. Flynn, who knew James Baldwin personally, will introduce the film. A brief discussion and reception will follow the film. The public is invited. Please arrive early as the doors will close promptly at 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State College, is the author of an article appearing in the most recent issue of Paperback Parade, a quarterly journal for readers and book collectors. The article, titled “Philip Wylie's Superspy,” discusses a spy novel written by noted writer Philip Wylie (1902-1971).
Wylie's book, “The Spy Who Spoke Porpoise” (1968), captures the fears and anxieties associated with an era termed the “Cold War.” The plot involves a Russian scheme to conceal nuclear submarines in underground caves off the shores of Hawaii.
When a signal is given, the subs will tow massive bombs to the West Coast of the United States. After being detonated, the radioactive cloud from the bombs will kill most of the population. Russia will then dominate the world.
The hero of the adventure is a retired millionaire named Ring Grove. The genial retiree from New York, who served with the OSS in World War II, is actually working underground in Hawaii for the president. His mission is to detect and foil a diabolical plan to attack and destroy the United States.
The author points out that Ring Grove is one of the most remarkable characters in espionage fiction. He symbolizes the brave individual fighting against the forces of evil. Grove's exploits provide the contemporary reader with a fresh perspective on the crucial role that intelligence agencies played in protecting the nation during the Atomic Age.
Kellogg writes frequently about the genres of mystery and science fiction. He is the creator of a series of mysteries for children that feature boy detective Barry Baskerville. His most recent book, titled, “Barry Baskerville's Marvelous Memory” (2017), is available at the Amazon website.
In keeping with its focus of preparing students for in-demand careers, Alfred State is working with Northland Workforce Training Center to provide students a curriculum for hands-on training at the Buffalo facility.
A $60 million project touted under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, the center’s focus will be on creating a successful workforce pipeline for qualified community members so that they can become highly skilled workers in the advanced manufacturing and energy industries. The center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.
For an update on the project's construction, check out this story by WGRZ.
A pair of Alfred State College (ASC) financial planning majors were among just 54 students from throughout the nation who recently attended TD Ameritrade’s 2018 National LINC Conference in Orlando, FL.
Held annually, the conference invites schools with Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board Registered Programs to attend. This year, Alfred State was one of 27 colleges represented, as Madison Webster (Painted Post) and Adam Wilkins (Rochester) participated in the conference.
For four days, Webster and Wilkins expanded their knowledge on the latest financial planning trends, technology, and business solutions with workshops, conference sessions, and thought-provoking conversation about topics such as marketing growth and retirement plan opportunities. Additionally, they were able to connect with peers, industry experts, conference sponsors, and technology partners through one-on-one sessions and group interactions.
Scott DuMond, assistant professor in the Alfred State Business Department, said the conference was incredibly helpful to the Webster and Wilkins.
“Not only did TD Ameritrade cover the expenses for the students, but they offered specific training designed for a college student in a financial planning program that will help them grow into excellent financial planners in the future,” DuMond said. “They also provided numerous opportunities to network with financial planners and firms that hire and do business with financial planners. Madison and Adam both shared that this was an incredibly beneficial week for them. Thank you TD Ameritrade.”
Wilkins said, “It was an honor to represent myself and my school at such a nationally recognized event. The conference was a great learning experience; not only were we able to listen and learn from industry experts, but it was also a great opportunity to meet existing advisers in the field and network. It really reinforced my excitement for my future profession and my pride in the financial planning program at Alfred State.”
Webster said she is so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the conference. She noted she was able to network with advisers who provided her with very helpful advice, as well as students from other institutions of higher education.
“Since I am the president of the FPA (Financial Planning Association) student chapter at Alfred State, I was able to meet with other E-Board members from other schools, and we shared what we do to keep our clubs active on campus,” she said. “I made a lot of new friends, learned a ton of information from different sessions and speaking events, and am so thankful for TD to have given me this opportunity.”
The ongoing support of the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. has greatly contributed to student success at Alfred State through a generous annual donation to peer tutoring.
Since the 2010-2011 academic year, the Foundation has provided $5,000 annually to the college’s peer tutoring program. As a result, the program has fulfilled more than 610 student requests over the last four years, providing more than 4,910 hours of support.
Students receiving assistance through peer tutoring have earned a significantly higher GPA (1.16 GPA points on average higher), and report, through student surveys, a “stronger confidence in the course material.” Furthermore, the peer tutoring program has initiated a new Tutor Training Program to enhance the service provided, with initial steps being taken to earn national College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Certification.
Alfred State offers free peer tutoring services for most courses. Peer tutors are students who have earned an “A” or “B” in a course and have received special training. Sessions are usually face-to-face, but online tutoring may be arranged upon request.
The peer tutoring program is housed in the Student Success Center, located in the Hunter Student Development Center on the Alfred campus, and the Student Services Building on the Wellsville campus. Casey Cowburn is the peer tutoring coordinator in Alfred and Leslie Buckley serves as tutoring coordinator and coordinator for Disability Services in Wellsville.
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.
Alfred State College's construction management program was the focus of a recent article featured on FUEL, a website run by "word-toting construction junkies who build articles and drill into the details of construction."
Titled "NY College Helps Create Construction Professionals," the article highlights Alfred State's teams that competed in the Associated Schools of Construction Region 1 competition, and mentions that the college's construction management program is "feeding a hungry labor market."
Visit the FUEL website to read the full article.