March 2018

Nursing students to aid Haiti residents

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 15:45

Alfred State College (ASC) nursing students in the Hope for Health Club will once again be providing some much-needed medical aid to residents of Haiti when they travel to the country this coming May.

The group will depart from the US May 26 for the village of Chambrun, and fly back June 2. Participants include students Ashley Bender (Apalachin), Carla Badio (Snellville, GA), Kimberly Jenkins (Black Creek), Christy Lee (Whitesville), Samantha Smith (Eldred, PA), Catherine Miner (Dansville), Brooke Geibel (Hornell), Mitchell Colvin (Campbell), and Whitney Farrand (Franklinville).

Also attending the trip will be nursing alumni Emily Stella and Jennifer Ross, as well as ASC Assistant Director of Health and Wellness Services Daniel Woolston, and Assistant Professor of Nursing Jessica Lippa and her husband, Geoffrey, who is a visiting professor in biology at Alfred University.

According to Woolston, the team will be providing mobile medical clinics for four days, two of which will focus on an earthquake displacement community, while the two other days will center around a pair of remote villages. The group will be serving with an organization called “Nehemiah Vision Ministries,” which is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that ministers to people living in the communities of Chambrun and Onaville, along with smaller villages within a 10-mile radius of its 18-acre ministry camps. For more information on this organization, visit

two males each holding their thumb up
Pictured during last year’s trip to Haiti is Alfred State
College nursing student Mitchell Colvin, right, along
with an interpreter named Pierre Markens.

“We will also get a chance to see the malnutrition clinic, medical clinic, and women’s health clinic at the main Nehemiah Vision location,” Woolston said. “Also, we spend some time with the children in the nearby village of Chambrun.”

To help offset necessary expenses, the team is currently holding a crowdfunding campaign for the trip, with an ultimate fundraising goal of $20,000. Donations made will initially go toward medications, Pedialyte, and medical supplies, with any additional contributions helping defray the cost of students’ room and board.

To donate, visit, click on “Student Fundraising,” under “Giving Opportunities,” and find the “Hope for Health Nursing Club” button on the bottom of the page. Also, check out the club’s Facebook page at

Offering his thoughts on the annual trip, Woolston said, “My greatest satisfaction is seeing the student nurses and the rest of the team experience making a difference in other people’s lives. It is humbling to be a part of this effort to show compassion and kindness toward those in need.”

Jessica Lippa noted that the trip has a big impact on ASC nursing students, who are able to grow and learn as a result of interacting with, diagnosing, and treating the Haitian patients.

“The students are changed somehow after an experience like this, and they come home with an appreciation that is hard to explain,” she said. They are able to look at the positive instead of the negative, and they live with gratitude and love for one another.”

Linn to Lead Pioneer Football

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 08:45

Alfred State Director of Athletics Jason Doviak has announced the hiring of Scott Linn as the new executive head football coach for the Pioneers. Linn becomes the fourth coach in the history of the football program at Alfred State.

Linn comes to Alfred State after spending the last four seasons as the offensive coordinator at Alfred University. He was in charge of all aspects of the offensive staff, game plan, and practice preparation. He helped guide four players to All-American honors and aided the Saxons to the NCAA quarterfinals and a school-record 12 victories in 2016. Linn also served as the kickers and kickoff return team coach as well as serving as the football team strength and conditioning coordinator.

Doviak is thrilled to have Linn join the Pioneer family, saying, "Coach Linn has had tremendous success as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division III level as an offensive coordinator and special teams coach. His vision for our football program aligns well with our departmental and institutional philosophy. He possesses outstanding integrity and leadership qualities that further illustrates his readiness to be our next coach. Coach Linn will bring a culture of success to our program and we are excited about the future for Pioneer football."

Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan shares Doviak's excitement. He said, "I am excited to have a new coach that has been involved in promoting and delivering a culture of winning. While the program will be building, we are confident in our current players' skills and look forward to the new leadership and successes on the field."

Linn is excited to get started. He said, "I could not be more excited and honored to become the executive head football coach at Alfred State. I want to thank President Sullivan and Jason Doviak for their trust and confidence in me to lead our student-athletes. You can expect a Pioneer football program that is going to compete in everything we do, from on the field, to in the classroom, and in helping out in the community."

Prior to working on the Alfred University coaching staff, Linn spent from 2009-2014 on the coaching staff at Hartwick. During his time there, he held numerous roles including assistant head coach (2012-14), special teams coordinator (2012-2014), recruiting coordinator (2012-2014), defensive backs coach (2012-2014), strength and conditioning coordinator (2011-2014), academic coordinator (2011-2014), linebackers coach (2011-2012), and defensive line coach (2009-2011).

Linn started his coaching career at Albion College (Albion, MI) as a tight ends and fullbacks coach for his alma mater (August 2006 - November 2006). He spent the next spring working as a volunteer with the Eastern Michigan University football program before accepting a graduate assistant coaching job at Alfred University. He spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons with the Saxons coaching the running backs.

On the playing field, Linn was a fullback on a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) conference champion team at Albion College (Albion, MI). At Albion, he earned a bachelor's degree in physical education, while at Alfred University he earned a master's degree in education.

Linn has been a member of the American Football Coaches Association since 2007 and been active in community service projects with Hornell Concern for Youth, Read Across America, and Be the Match.

Linn will begin his duties at Alfred State this week.

The 2018 season kicks off on Sept. 1 when the team welcomes UMass-Dartmouth to Pioneer Stadium.

New head football coach Scott Linn
Pictured is Scott Linn, the new executive head football coach at Alfred State College.


Professor Flynn hosting discussions on James Baldwin's America

Posted Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:30

On Tuesday, March 20, from 5-6:30 p.m., the Alfred Box of Books Library with Alfred State's Emeritus Distinguished Professor Joe Flynn, held the first of six planned Tuesday evening discussion sessions of James Baldwin's America.

Flynn, who has taught Black American Literature for more than four decades while he was president of the SUNY University Faculty Senate, nominated Baldwin to the Board of Trustees for a special honorary degree traditionally presented at the annual convocation of Distinguished Professors of the SUNY System.

To enhance this event and to highlight the life and genius of Baldwin, Flynn then organized and led the first SUNY Black Studies-Women's Studies Symposium on April 21-22, 1985, at the SUNY Albany campus. This event included many scholars from the Northeast along with Toni Morrison, Florence Howe, Barbara Smith, and the late Amiri Baraka.

The current program is funded by Manhattan-based Humanities NY, a state cultural subdivision of the National Endowment of the Humanities. The project director for this joint effort is Melanie Miller, the director of the Alfred Box of Books Library.

At the recent opening evening event, it was decided there is still room for area students and residents to join this project at its second meeting on March 27. People will be accepted on a first-come basis. If you wish to join, please call Melanie Miller at the Box of Box Library at 607-587-9290 or Joe Flynn at 607-382-1047. Or you may email Melanie at or Joe at

ASC to host ribbon-cutting for phase one of MacKenzie Makeover

Posted Date: Friday, March 23, 2018 - 10:45

Alfred State College (ASC) is celebrating the new look and amenities of the largest residence hall on campus with completion of phase one of its MacKenzie Makeover project. ASC will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. April 6 in the Commons area of the MacKenzie Complex.

Speakers for the event include many of the architects and contractors who have a special tie to the project since they once lived in MacKenzie. Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan will be joined by representatives from ASC facilities, residential services, Mach Architecture, Pathfinder, LeChase Construction, and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY).

Past and present residents of MacKenzie are invited to join the celebration. Tours of the newly renovated space will take place immediately following the ceremony, as guests will have a chance to see the amazing new amenities, new apartments, and craftsmanship of the building.

The first phase of the MacKenzie Makeover project 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, a laundry facility, and informal gathering spaces showcasing fireplaces and water features.

Photo of inside of MacKenzie Complex
The MacKenzie Makeover ribbon-cutting will take place at 3 p.m. April 6 in MacKenzie Commons. Photo courtesy of Alfred State construction management major Ryan Schiffman, of North Collins.


Alfred State College to open police academy

Posted Date: Friday, March 23, 2018 - 10:45

Looking to provide further training and certification opportunities for current and future law enforcement officers, Alfred State College (ASC) is pleased to announce the opening of its new police academy, pending final state approval.

Running throughout the summer, the Alfred State Police Academy (ASPA) will hold its first class in May, and is designed to serve recruits in both pre-employment (Phase I) and employed (Phase II) stages. Graduates will earn either the Pre-Employment Certificate (Phase I) or the Basic Course for Police Officers Certificate (Phase II).

“The academy directly benefits the entire western New York region and provides police departments in Allegany and neighboring counties with high-quality law enforcement training opportunities and access to the corresponding certifications,” said Gregory Sammons, Alfred State vice president for Student Affairs.

Academy participants will gain knowledge and expertise in New York State laws, investigations, defensive tactics, emergency services and management, emergency vehicle operations, and many more topics as outlined by the New York State curriculum.

The academy will also complement Alfred State’s Associate in Science (AS) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in criminal justice by providing students wanting to work in policing with the opportunity to complete their degree in the same location where they complete their police training curriculum.

“The academy will offer recruits enrolled in our criminal justice degree programs the opportunity to apply up to 12 college credits toward elective requirements in the Bachelor of Science degree program,” Sammons said. “Being able to take advantage of the credits requires early and careful planning by the student in consultation with their faculty adviser.”

During Phase I of the academy, all recruits participate in all training and activities. Phase II, limited to those recruits employed by police agencies, includes modules such as firearms, counter-terrorism, baton/ASP, active shooter training, and standardized field training.

“Once a pre-employment recruit is hired by a police agency,” Sammons said, “the pre-employment graduate may then return to the ASPA to take the remaining course work and the required field training in Phase II and obtain the full police basic certification.”

In order to qualify to participate, pre-employment recruits must:

  • Be at least 19 years of age.
  • Complete a background check process.
  • Meet physical fitness and medical standards requirements.
  • Complete an oral interview.

Sworn officers must:

  • Be hired by a police department, full- or part-time, prior to enrollment in ASPA and registered as a police officer with New York State’s Division of Criminal Justice Services on the state registry.
  • Pass standardized physical fitness tests.

Both the Pre-Employment Certificate and the Basic Course for Police Certificate last for a period of two years. Maintaining active employment as a police officer continuously extends the certificate.

Sammons noted that pre-employment graduates have up to two years to secure a position as a police officer (part- or full-time) in order for the certification to remain valid.

“This is an important consideration in assessing both the risk and timing of your potential attendance in the ASPA,” he said. “Recruits who graduate the program are not guaranteed a job. Graduates of the ASPA would need to apply for employment with police agencies of interest or full-time employment. This typically includes applying and taking civil service examinations to be placed on a candidate list.”

Alfred State College University Police SUV
The Alfred State Police Academy will launch in May 2018.

The ASPA will use modern classroom space in the Physical and Health Sciences Building on the Alfred campus. The variety of course work throughout the academy, however, will require that recruits are learning in classrooms, gym, and many external locations to ensure the highest-quality experience for the participants.

While the academy will not require recruits to stay on campus, housing in the brand-new MacKenzie Commons apartments will be offered at a deeply discounted rate of $50 per week. The apartments will be shared, but are single-occupancy bedrooms, and include kitchens.

The course cost for the academy is $4,000 and a $500 non-refundable deposit will be required to secure a space in the program. Final state approval is expected soon.

For more information, contact The Center for Community Education and Training (CCET) at, Tammy Woods Edwards at 607-587-4017, Lt. Jeff Wilcox at, or visit

Alfred State installs its third class of inductees in the Sigma Lambda Chi honor society

Posted Date: Monday, March 26, 2018 - 11:15

Nine students were recently installed in the Zeta V Chapter of the Sigma Lambda Chi (SLC) honor society at Alfred State.

Civil Engineering Technology Associate Professor Timothy Piotrowski is the adviser to the newly installed student members, all of whom are construction management majors. They include Ryan Schiffman (North Collins), Robert Sturtz (Marion), Jon Weaver (Palmyra), Nicholas Wilder (Eden), Douglas Horbachewski (Hamburg), Luke Podyma (Eden), Andrew Ball (Tonawanda), Zebadiah Hoffmann (Hamburg), and Ashton Roberts (Holland Patent).

Other faculty members who participated in the installation ceremony were Associate Professor and Department Chair Erin Vitale, Associate Professor Jeff Marshall, and retired Professor Ron Nichols.

Sigma Lambda Chi is an international honor society within the construction industry. Chapters may be established at a school, college, or university that has a major discipline of education in construction.

To be installed by a chapter, a student must be at least a junior and have a GPA in the upper 20 percent of qualified students in the program. They must also have participated in one or more extracurricular activities; demonstrated excellent leadership, character, and personality traits; and worked in some phase of construction for at least one summer or winter break.

Membership in this society is certainly an important milestone in a student’s college career and indicates a significant accomplishment for the inductee, as well as to potential employers. Members are permitted to wear the memorabilia associated with the society at graduation for further recognition.

According to SLC International President Christine Piper, there are approximately 75 chapters and more than 19,000 current members in the United States, Australia, and Ireland.

new members of the Alfred State chapter of the Sigma Lambda Chi honor society
Pictured are the new members of the Alfred State chapter of the Sigma Lambda Chi honor society. All
students are construction management majors. From left to right are Ryan Schiffman, Robert Sturtz,
Jon Weaver, Nicholas Wilder, Douglas Horbachewski, Luke Podyma, Andrew Ball, Zebadiah Hoffmann,
and Ashton Roberts.


members of the Alfred State chapter of the Sigma Lambda Chi honor society
Pictured are the members of the Alfred State chapter of the Sigma Lambda Chi honor society. From left
to right in the back row are Ryan Schiffman, Robert Sturtz, Jon Weaver, Nicholas Wilder, Douglas
Horbachewski, Luke Podyma, Andrew Ball, Tyler Elliott, Zebadiah Hoffmann, and Ashton Roberts. In the
middle row, from left to right, are Lindsey Thiel, Carina Scalise, Ashley Battley, and Aaron Buck. In the front
row, from left to right, are Associate Professor Tim Piotrowski, Associate Professor Erin Vitale, Associate
Professor Jeff Marshall, and retired Professor Ron Nichols.

Architecture grad designing his future with bamboo

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 11:45

Mathew Watson, a 2017 graduate of the Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) program at Alfred State, has embarked on a global journey to launch his career in architecture, one that includes a rather unique focus – bamboo.

During his thesis studio at Alfred State, Watson explored the use of bamboo in architecture to address humanitarian and sustainable building. Considering the effects of climate change, Watson merged these concepts to develop a thesis centered on disaster relief housing: Dr. Bamboo Homes, the letters of “Dr” standing for “disaster relief.”

“I had no prior experience in disaster relief architecture or bamboo construction, but that made it all the more intriguing to me,” he said. “The more I researched bamboo, the more I realized how eco-friendly and viable a building material it is.”

His research also revealed insights about the construction techniques and best practices of bamboo in different cultures, as it has been utilized in a multitude of ways over centuries.

“I quickly discovered bamboo is a material that cannot be taught through a computer screen,” Watson explained.

This realization led him to find Ibuku, an architecture firm specializing in bamboo design and construction. Located in Bali, Ibuku was offering a two-week course called “Bamboo U(niversity): Build and Design.”

Through vigorous crowdfunding, Watson was able to participate in the program after graduation. During his time in Bali, he learned a tremendous amount about bamboo and the cultures that utilize it. He also solidified personal and professional connections to community leaders and industry experts involved in the bamboo sector of architecture.

In Bali, Watson learned of another opportunity to enhance his understanding of bamboo and move forward with his career: Humanitarian Bamboo. This is an open source project designed to bridge the gap between humanitarian response specialists and bamboo experts to produce best practice guidelines and technical briefs on how to use bamboo effectively in post-disaster humanitarian response. Watson eventually spoke to the project leader, David Hodgkin, over dinner in Bali.

Hodgkin started the project in response to his observations of disaster relief after a 2006 earthquake in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He developed a team of stakeholders who organize international forums, evaluations, and trainings to develop guidelines for the use of bamboo in disaster relief efforts.

Through his experience in Bali, Watson said, “I learned there is a major difference between assistance and development in the humanitarian world. Humanitarian development is what people usually imagine when they think of disaster relief, which is temporary housing solutions on a mass scale, but humanitarian assistance is focused on long-term solutions.”

Given his deep interest in this type of work, Watson was thrilled when he was invited to join the Humanitarian Bamboo team in Central Java, Indonesia for six months, beginning this May. Eager to contribute to making a lasting impact on communities there, Watson recently launched his second crowdfunding campaign to make the trip a reality.

“(Humanitarian Bamboo) appealed to me most because it was about helping a culture improve its situation permanently,” Watson said.

To learn more about his trip to Bali and plan for Central Java, visit his website:

Mathew Watson, right, female on left, with bamboo
Pictured is Alfred State graduate Mathew Watson developing his understanding of bamboo construction
through observation and application.

Drama Club to perform ‘Harvey’ April 4-7

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 09:15

Sure to delight and entertain audience members of all ages, the Alfred State College Drama Club will be performing the play “Harvey” from April 4-7.

The play centers on a man and his friendship with an imaginary 6-foot-tall rabbit. A regular show will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, with the cost being $2 for students and $5 for all others.

Dinner theater shows will be held Thursday, April 5; Friday, April 6; and Saturday, April 7 at 6 p.m. each night. The cost is $20 per person and two meal swipes for students.

All shows will take place at the Alfred State Lake Lodge, 6107 Terbury Road in Alfred Station. Tickets are available in the Student Leadership Center and the Alfred Campus Store. Dinner theater tickets must be purchased by March 30.

For more information, please call 607-587-4075.

Weaver honored as 2018 Newman Civic Fellow

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 14:15

Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 268 students who will make up the organization’s 2018 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, including Alfred State College’s own Hannah Weaver.

Hannah Weaver
Hannah Weaver was named a 2018 Newman Civic
Fellow by Campus Contact

A business administration major from Spencerport, Weaver has been active in a number of civic engagement initiatives on campus, garnering the respect of community members, peers, and faculty and staff. As the civic connections coordinator, she has been able to connect incoming students interested in civic engagement opportunities to organizations in need of volunteers.

“I have been able to make personal connections with students and place them with non-profit organizations based on their interests,” she said. “The hope and goal is to build a connection among students, organizations, and community members.”

Additionally, Weaver has provided leadership for fundraisers, including one that was able to raise 1,170 meals for hurricane victims. She also provides support to the college’s most civically active student organizations, and leads voter engagement efforts on campus.

“In the future, I hope to be able to participate in more community events such as Community Action Day, and potentially help plan more community-wide events,” she said.

In his letter recommending Weaver for the honor, Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “Hannah will be an important addition to a national fellowship of student leaders due to her passion, leadership abilities, and ability to inspire others to get involved.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate and engage with such an extraordinary group of students,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year's Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are bringing people together in their communities to solve pressing problems. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it's what our country and our world desperately need.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.

Students learn self-defense in Rape Aggression Defense class

Posted Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 09:00

Gaining the skills and knowledge they need to defend themselves, seven participants recently successfully completed the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course at Alfred State College (ASC).

The class was composed of both ASC students and staff members. Participants completed 12 hours of training over the course of three sessions, culminating with hands-on defensive training.

Teaching the class were certified RAD instructors and University Police’s own Officer Corwin Mackney and Communications Specialist Jennifer Chiaino.

At the conclusion of the program, Mackney said, “I am very proud of all of these women for completing RAD. As an instructor, it gives me great pride to see each student learn and grow through the program, and at the same time enjoy the experience.”

The purpose of the RAD class is to develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they may become viable considerations to the person who is attacked.

Ariel Bailey, a programmer-analyst at Alfred State, said that she initially took this class “to be given strength and confidence, but RAD helped me to hone the strength and confidence I already had (but neglected) in myself.”

RAD is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive self-defense course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on training. It is the only self-defense program ever to be endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

RAD operates on the premise that a spontaneous violent attack will stimulate a natural desire to resist on the part of the victim. The class is designed to educate women by enhancing their options of physical defense as being not only prudent, but also a necessity if a natural resistance is to be effective. The Rape Aggression Defense System empowers women to make their own decisions regarding self-preservation and self-defense options.

Overall, participants felt the class was a very positive experience.

Alfred State student Alison Norton, an interdisciplinary studies major from Greene, said, “The teachers work really hard at making it a comfortable and safe environment. It’s an empowering and free experience that women should take advantage of. I would do it again in a heartbeat and I would highly recommend taking this class.”

Jo Ellen York, an instructional support assistant in the Health and Wellness Services Department, said, “This program was amazing, it was empowering, and I would highly recommend any female to participate in one. Thank you for offering this to students, faculty, and staff.”

Matthew Heller, the chief of Police at the University Police Department, said, “Officer Mackney and Dispatcher Chiaino have done a great job in bringing this training opportunity to female members of our campus. They both have a passion for this program and it comes through in the way that is delivered to the participants. It would be great to see a group of women in our Greek community or athletic teams get together and take advantage of this training in the future.”

If you are interested in attending this free training in the future, contact Mackney at the University Police Department by calling 607-587-3999.

instructors and participants of the 2018 Rape Aggression Defense course
Pictured are the instructors and participants of the 2018 Rape Aggression Defense course.
From left to right in the front row are Victoria Marte, Alison Norton, and Ariel Bailey. In the
second row from left to right are Jennifer Chiaino, Jo Ellen York, Janu Patel, Adedoyin
Odugbesan, and Corwin Mackney.