September 2018

Dr. Daniel Katz named new dean for Arts and Sciences

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 10:15
Dr. Daniel Katz
Dr. Daniel Katz 

With a scholarly history of documenting the power of workers coming together to improve society, the new Arts and Sciences dean at Alfred State College (ASC) is an advocate for teaching career skills in higher education.

Daniel Katz, PhD, previously served as the chief academic officer for two colleges. Serving the needs of first-generation college students who are looking to launch careers has been a focus throughout his academic appointments.

“Alfred State College is an ideal place for me,” Katz said. “I am energized by the excellent degree programs and first-rate faculty and staff. My own values are aligned with the mission of the college to build community and promote service at home, throughout the country, and in the world. And I am especially happy about working with diverse, curious and ambitious students from all over New York State — even my home town of Brooklyn! — and beyond.”

Previously, Katz has served as the vice president for academic affairs at Metropolitan College of New York and provost at the National Labor College. At Rutgers University, he received his PhD in American history. Katz is the author of the book “All Together Different: Yiddish Socialists, Garment Workers, and the Labor Roots of Multiculturalism,” co-editor of the book “Labor Rising: The Past and Future of Working People in America,” and he is co-authoring the book “Woven Together for Justice: A History of the Needle Trades Unions.

Based on student interest and jobs that are in demand by employers, Katz supervised the creation of multiple new degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In his leadership roles, he utilized data to drive decisions regarding program development and student retention. Supervising a center for excellence in teaching, he mentored both full-time and adjunct faculty to improve teaching skills. Katz also collaborated with government agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations, and schools.

Much of Katz’ career, scholarship, and volunteer activism has centered on women’s communities, communities of color, and underserved populations. His writings have chronicled how workers have reached across racial, ethnic, and cultural lines to build a brighter future. As a matter of both principle and practicality, Katz believes in supporting women and minorities who are striving to succeed and helping them to advocate for themselves.

Dr. Kristin Poppo, Alfred State provost, said the college is delighted to welcome Katz as the new dean of Arts and Sciences.

“Dr. Katz brings with him an accomplished and distinguished academic background, as well as a passion for diversity and equity, and a career-centered approach to learning,” Poppo said. “Therefore, we believe he is an excellent fit as the head of the School of Arts and Sciences, and will have a great impact on our students and our college.”


Alfred State College welcomes new employees

Posted Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 09:30

Alfred State College recently welcomed more than 40 new faculty and staff members.

Joining the Office of the President is J. Joseph Wilder, who has been hired as the major gifts officer. He holds an associate degree from Alfred State College, a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University at Buffalo.

The Division of Academic Affairs has 25 new hires, including Adam Brown, Dr. Elizabeth Bullock, Stephen Cady Jr., Dr. Carson Clements, Julie Conklin, Stephen Fonash, Nicholas Ford, Michael Haleta, Scott Hillman, Dr. Daniel Katz, Bridget Kehrer, David Kostick, Jamin Kuhn, Jason Linn, Dr. Travis Matteson, Michael O’Connor, Thomas Olson, Charmine Parks, Jordan Reed, Anna Reger, Dr. Zachary Rhone, Terrence Ward, Dr. Andrea Williamson, Reza Yadollahi, and Kathy Young.

Brown is a new assistant professor in the Physical and Life Sciences Department. He received his Associate of Applied Science degree in forest technology from Pennsylvania College of Technology, a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Lycoming College, a Master of Science degree in botany from University of Hawaii at Manoa, and his doctorate in medical biochemistry from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Bullock is now in the position of assistant professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department. She earned her doctorate at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Cady was hired as an instructor in the Building Trades Department. He received a Basic Police Officer Certificate from the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy and an Associate of Applied Science degree from Corning Community College.

Clements joins the college as an assistant professor in the Business Department. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Brockport, a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University, and a PhD from Miami University.

Conklin is a new academic success specialist/adviser. She received a bachelor’s degree from Daemen College, and a master’s degree through the GRC MSW Program of Nazareth College and The College at Brockport.

Fonash was hired as an assistant professor in the English and Humanities Department. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Delaware.

Ford is now an instructor in the Civil Engineering Technology Department. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in surveying engineering technology from Alfred State College.

Haleta joins the college as an assistant professor in the Digital Media and Animation Department. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

Hillman is a new instructor in the Building Trades Department. He served in the US Air Force from 1987 to 1992.

Katz is the new dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science and a Master of Arts in History, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and a doctorate in history from Rutgers University.

Kehrer joins the college as a coordinator of academic advisement. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in health promotion and physical education from Ithaca College, and her master’s degree in school counselor education from St. Bonaventure University.

Kostick is now in the position of program coordinator for extended learning. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Kuhn was hired as an assistant professor in the Digital Media and Animation Department. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Eastern Washington University and a Master of Fine Arts from Washington State University.

Linn joins the college as an instructor in the Building Trades Department.

Matteson is a new assistant professor in the English and Humanities Department. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and writing from Indiana Wesleyan University, a Master of Arts in English from St. Bonaventure University, and a doctorate in English from the University at Buffalo.

O’Connor joins the college as an institutional research and planning assistant. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology degree from SUNY Geneseo and a Master of Arts in educational psychology and quantitative methods from the University at Buffalo.

Olson is a new instructor in the Computerized Design and Manufacturing Department.

Parks is now in the position of student success specialist/adviser. She received an associate degree in liberal arts humanities and social science from Corning Community College; and a Bachelor of Arts degree and a master’s degree in counseling, both from Alfred University.

Reed was hired as a system administrator in Technology Services. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems and technology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Reger joins the college as an assistant professor in the Business Department. She received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Binghamton University, School of Management, and a Master of Taxation from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.

Rhone is a new assistant professor in the English and Humanities Department. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and psychology from Houghton College; and a Master of Arts in English literature, and a doctorate in literature and criticism, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Ward is now in the position of assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Physics. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree, both from Southern Illinois University.

Williamson was hired as an assistant professor in the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department. She received a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist degree from Chi Institute, a Bachelor of Arts from Alfred University, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University.

Yadollahi is a new assistant professor in the Civil Engineering Technology Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, a master’s degree in structural engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, a doctorate in infrastructure asset management from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, and a postdoctoral degree in sustainable infrastructure from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

Young joins the college as chair of the Allied Health Department. She earned an associate degree in respiratory care and a bachelor’s degree in advanced cardiorespiratory science from SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse and a master’s in health administration from Ohio University.

The Division of Administration, Advancement and Enrollment has nine new hires, including Tracey Hafer, Justin Haynoski, Cynthia Merring, Braedy Morton, Betsy Penrose, Lauren Radka, Julie Rose, Curtis Stock, and Jennifer Taylor.

Hafer joins the college as a cleaner.

Haynoski is a new SUNY campus worker.

Merring was hired as an office assistant 1 in the Business Affairs Office. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from Alfred State.

Morton joins the college as a cleaner.

Penrose is the new associate vice president for Enrollment Management. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematical science from Pennsylvania State University (Capitol Campus), a Master of Science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California, and a Ruffalo Noel Levitz Enrollment Management Certificate from Bay Path University.

Radka is now in the position of office assistant 1 in the Admissions Office. She received a bachelor’s degree from Keuka College and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

Rose was hired as the senior director of Student Records and Financial Services. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from SUNY Geneseo and a Master of Business Administration from SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Stock is a new cleaner. He served in the US Air Force from 1989 to 1995.

Taylor joins the college as a cleaner.

The Division of Student Affairs has 14 new hires, including Brent Barnes, Mary Chamberlain, Stephen Crouch, Desmond Davis, Zachary Handy, John Lehman Jr., Scott Linn, Greggory Mark, Steven Parker, Robert Privitera, Kyle Putnam, Owens Shepard, Daniel Sheppard, and Theresa Toth-Fleischman.

Barnes was hired as an assistant football coach/defensive coordinator. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in economics, and a Bachelor of Arts in history, all from Rice University; and a Master of Arts in physical education from Montclair State University.

Chamberlain is now in the position of residence hall director. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Blackburn College.

Crouch joins the college as a university police officer 1. He earned an associate degree from Corning Community College.

Davis is a new residence hall director. He received a bachelor’s degree from Alfred University.

Handy is the new offensive line coach for the football team. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in history/adolescent education from Utica College.

Lehman is now a residence hall director. He received an Associate of Science degree in human services from Corning Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in human services management from Alfred State College.

Linn was hired as the new executive head football coach. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Albion College and a master’s degree in education from Alfred University.

Mark is a new university police officer 1.

Parker joins the college as a residence hall director. He received a Bachelor of Science in social work from St. Cloud State University and a Master of Arts in leadership from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Privitera is a new residence hall director. He earned a bachelor’s degree in human services management from Alfred State.

Putnam was hired as the coordinator of campus recreation. He holds a degree in public relations from Marist College and a degree in sport management from SUNY Cortland.

Shepard joins the college as a new residence hall director. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Alfred University.

Sheppard is now a university police officer 1. He earned an Associate of Science degree from Erie Community College.

Toth-Fleischman was hired as a nurse 1 for the Wellsville campus. She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree from Alfred State.


DMA students awarded for video made in Tokyo

Posted Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 10:15

“Mittashane,” an animated video created by Alfred State College students while studying abroad in Toyko, recently won “Best Animated Short” at the Western New York Film Arts and Music Event (FAME) held at Genesee Community College.

According to Jeremy Speed Schwartz, associate professor of Digital Media and Animation, Mittashane is a 5-minute music video for Castro House, a band based out of western Tokyo. It was created in 2016 by students within the Digital Media and Animation (DMA) Department who participated in Alfred State’s Studio Tokyo study-abroad offering.

Every other year, one of Alfred State’s seasoned faculty members leads a group of digital media and animation students on this three-week winter program. While abroad, students explore Japanese art, cinema, animation, and digital media. They also create animation and digital media projects in collaboration with local artists, and expand upon their research of Japanese media and production methods through site visits to museums and production studios.

Castro House, according to Speed Schwartz, lists the Beatles as one of its major influences, and the music video pulls from some of the psychedelic design ideas in the artwork surrounding Beatles films. The video, he added, was also influenced by the 2011 tsunami and resulting nuclear disaster in Fukushima, and the reaction many in Japan had to the continued use of nuclear power despite its dangers.

“The story is fairly loose,” Speed Schwartz said. “A group of corporate fish build a giant spherical robot, and launch it into the sky where it devours the sun. They are accompanied by a troupe of dancing bunnies, a singing Capricorn, and a psychedelic guitar player.”

Mittashane, Speed Schwartz said, was a collaborative production where each student had “ownership” of their shots. Within a few guidelines, students could design and animate their shots however they wanted, which created an eclectic feel to the overall piece.

Those involved with the video’s creation included Ashley Adams, Nicole Barber, Ben Ceci, Brian Chu, Alex Ciolek, Amelia Fantasia, Eric Gonzalez, Alex Jermyn, Tim Morgan, Alexis Parker, Amelia Phillips, Danielle Roberts, Nia Seward, Jordan Williams, and Kevon Wyllie.

Most of these students have since graduated, and many of them are still using Mittashane on their demo reels and putting it on their resume, Speed Schwartz said.

“I hope it continues to provide a good jumping-off point for their careers in animation, and this award certainly helps them stand out in a crowded field,” he said. “For most of these students, Mittashane was their first publicly-screened animation. This film has been in film festivals for two years, which is a pretty long festival run. There’s something about the bouncy energy of the song and the imagery of the film that really connects with people.”

Festival Director Rhonda Parker and Jeremy Speed Schwartz, associate professor of Digital Media and Animation
Festival Director Rhonda Parker and Jeremy Speed Schwartz, associate professor of Digital Media and Animation
example of digital media, blue sky, road, and figures with faces
Shown here is a still image from “Mittashane,” a music video Alfred State students created in 2016 while studying abroad in Tokyo. The video recently won “Best Animated Short” at the Western New York Film Arts and Music Event.

 


ASC excellence honored by 2019 US News list

Posted Date: Monday, September 10, 2018 - 08:45
  • No. 1 SUNY school among Northern Regional Colleges.
  • No. 5 Top Public Schools list of Northern Regional Colleges.
  • No. 12 for all public and private Northern Regional Colleges.

The 2019 US News & World Report Best Colleges rankings show Alfred State College (ASC) coming in at No. 5 on the Top Public Schools list for Northern Regional Colleges. ASC is also a stellar No. 1 among SUNY regional colleges. When compared against all 94 public and private regional colleges in the 11-state northern region, Alfred State ranks No. 12, up two spots from last year.

“The entire campus should be proud of our success because this prestigious ranking is thanks to the dedication of our faculty, skills of our staff, and accomplishments of our students,” said Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Prospective students are looking for a college offering majors that are in-demand in the workplace. The next criteria is when many parents and students narrow their choices to in-state public schools for the best value. The 2019 report from US News clearly shows that Alfred State is number one among their choices.”

This is the 12th straight year for Alfred State to be highly ranked by the publication. The US News definition of a regional college is one that focuses on undergraduate education with less than 50 percent of the degrees in liberal arts disciplines. This makes for a more career-ready graduate. The respected Carnegie Classification lists a massive number of 729 such colleges offering bachelor’s and/or associate degrees. In the north, US News is very selective in only awarding a numeric ranking to 47 of these regional colleges for the 2019 list.

Other Northern Regional College honors for Alfred State:
  • No. 1 public college for Best Value Schools.
  • No. 7 Best Value School among both public and private.
  • No. 3 among public schools for Best Colleges for Veterans.
  • No. 6 Best Colleges for Veterans for both public and private.
  • No. 1 for right-sized colleges with enrollment from 2,000 – 5,000.
  • No. 2 for all public colleges with enrollment greater than 2,000.
  • No. 7 among public schools for Best Retention Rate.

US News & World Report’s Best Colleges list is one of the most sought-after rankings among colleges and universities across the nation. The rankings include data on more than 1,800 colleges, with schools ranked on up to 15 areas related to academic excellence. More information is available on the ASC rankings website.

Students cheer new ranking.
Alfred State is pumped to be named the No. 1 SUNY regional college.

 


Building Trades students restore historic cabins in the South

Posted Date: Monday, September 10, 2018 - 08:45

In the early morning hours on the day before classes were to begin for the fall 2018 semester, 13 Alfred State College building trades: building construction students, along with their instructor, Dan Drake, set out for a field trip like no other.

Their destination: Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, located on the border of Tennessee and Kentucky. Drake and his students traveled to participate in a restoration project at The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum. While on site, students worked to restore historic cabins on the farm, with much of the work involving replacing wood-shingled roofs and log restoration.

Students participating in the project include: Martin Buchinsky, of Binghamton; Tyler Caton, of Nunda; Kevin Connelly, of Brockport; Parker Czerniak, of Colden; Michael James, of Akron; Ronald Jones, of Tonawanda; Nicholas Lane, of Waterloo; Brandon Miller, of Kendall; Michael Pazik, of Wilson; Joshua Schamberger, of Buffalo; Jesse Tinker, of Horseheads; Dylan Utz, of Buffalo; and Zachary Wheeler, of Buffalo.

The job was managed by HistoriCorps, a nonprofit organization that helps mobilize volunteers to participate in restoration projects on public lands across the nation. Alfred State's connection with HistoriCorps began last fall when building construction students worked on a similar project in Allegany State Park.

"Last year's project was a great experience for everyone involved. Our students learned a lot about restoration and teamwork, and HistoriCorps personnel were able to learn about our program and the type of education Alfred State offers. On a departmental level, we determined that HistoriCorps could be a valuable partner in the education of our students." said Jack Jones, chair of Alfred State’s Building Trades Department. "We really value opportunities to get students out of the traditional classroom environment, especially when they can use their developing skills to make a difference in the world around them. This year we wanted to take that to the next level."

While on site, workers slept in living quarters provided by the park. HistoriCorps provided logistical structure and meals, but students helped out with some of the meal preparation and cleanup. During downtime, students were able to enjoy life on the 1850s farm and swim in a nearby lake.

This trip is one of two HistoriCorps projects that are scheduled for the fall semester. In late September, Building Trades Instructor Brady Adams will depart with four more building construction students to Malakoff Diggins State Park in California.

"These projects are intended to supplement regular instruction for students and offer them the chance to do some things that they would not do on campus," said Jones. "Aside from good hands-on experience, they are learning valuable life skills and making great memories while living together on the job site."

Drake noted that once the group arrived at Homeplace, he immediately realized how important the project would be to all parties involved.

“It helped HistoriCorps in giving them a major boost in meeting their contract with Homeplace, and most importantly, it helped Alfred State College in training 13 students on the importance of civic engagement,” he said. “I was so proud of these 13 students! In hot and humid conditions, they were relentless on working hard to complete these three structures, but most of all, they had some of the greatest memories on this trip that they will laugh about throughout the whole year. I was very proud to be their instructor and look forward to a great semester with this group.”

students standing outside a log cabin
L-r are students Jesse Tinker, Tyler Caton, Michael James, Zachary Wheeler, Martin Buchinsky, Michael Pazik, Dylan Utz, Joshua Schamberger, Parker Czerniak, Brandon Miller, Nicholas Lane, Ronald Jones, Kevin Connelly, and a Homeplace worker.

‘Jeanne’s Genes’ exhibit to honor long career of local artist

Posted Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 13:00

In honor of the long and outstanding career of local artist Jeanne Ehmann, an upcoming exhibit at Alfred State College’s Hinkle Memorial Library titled “Jeanne’s Genes” will feature various pieces of her work from throughout a 75-year period.

The majority of the work on display, which spans from 1940 to 2015, will consist of Jeanne’s watercolors. Also included will be a variety of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramics.

The exhibit will also feature work by her daughters Constance Ehmann and Christine Ehmann; her granddaughters Annie Robrecht and Mae Vincenza Backer; her great-grandchildren Abhainn Dobhran (Abby Bajus), Phin Bajus, Liam Bajus, Lydia Bajus, Ezi Backer, and Elli Backer; and local artist Glenn Zweygardt and Virginia artist Amber Erbschloe.

painting of a woman
“Jeanne’s Genes” an exhibit paying tribute to local artist
Jeanne Ehmann, is on display at Hinkle Library Gallery
from now until Oct. 26.

Kicking off the opening for the show will be a reception taking place from 4-6 pm. Sept. 14 in the Hinkle Library Gallery. The public is invited to attend, and the exhibit will be on display until Oct. 26.

“We are a blessed family to have her in our lives and to see how her artistic legacy surfaces in each generation,” said Constance Ehmann, an assistant professor in the Digital Media and Animation Department at Alfred State College.

Jeanne Ehmann was born in 1920 and raised in Spencerport, but lived in many other areas of the United States throughout her adult life. She now resides in Alfred Station. As a young woman, Jeanne aspired to be an artist but her father, a farmer, and her mother, a nurse, insisted she be more pragmatic because in her father’s words, “Any dang fool can draw.”

She graduated from Keuka College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1941. She drew and painted while she raised her four children, taught elementary school, ran a business for 25 years, pursued a master’s and later her Doctorate in Linguistics, which she earned from SUNY Albany.

When she retired from teaching and the family business, she began to devote more time to making jewelry and painting. Her focus narrowed to painting when she joined a watercolor club in Arizona.

The family gives special thanks to Ray Clement, a friend of the family for 50 years and Constance’s partner, and the Clement Frame Shop and Art Gallery in Troy for framing newly found images of Jeanne’s.

Jeanne’s Genes will be open for viewing during normal library hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email library@alfredstate.edu or call 607-587-4313.


Scott Richardson named session director of Alfred State Police Academy

Posted Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 14:15

Officer Scott RichardsonThe Center for Community Education and Training (CCET) at Alfred State College is pleased to announce that Officer Scott Richardson has been named the session director of the school’s new police academy.

Richardson brings with him more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement, having served as a police officer for the city of Hornell, the village of North Hornell, the village of Andover, and the village of Alfred. He also served as chief of the village of Alfred police and is a retired criminal justice instructor who taught at the Greater Southern Tier BOCES Coopers Plains campus for 12 years. In addition to his current police officer duties in North Hornell, Richardson is also a commissioner of the City of Hornell Board of Public Safety.

A 1978 graduate of Andover Central School, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from Keuka College, is a graduate of the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy, and has earned a Public School Teacher Certificate through the University of the State of New York Education Department.

Wendy Dresser-Recktenwald, senior director of Human Resources and CCET, welcomed Richardson and said that Alfred State College intends to provide comprehensive police officer training that is relevant for today’s officer.

“We want to be the ‘police academy of choice’ for local law enforcement agencies, and we believe under Scott’s leadership we can do just that,” she said. “By bringing in Lt. Grossman on Oct. 24, an internationally recognized educator for law enforcement and military, to speak about ‘combat’ for police officers, we are showing that we intend to lead the charge and train not only new recruits but seasoned officers.”

She added, “Scott’s academic background and his unique experiences as an officer, investigator, and an educator are a great match for Alfred State. The fact that Scott knows our local law enforcement is helpful, and will help us keep a pulse on what local law enforcement training needs are. Between Scott’s appointment and our Police Academy Advisory Board, we are confident in our program going forward.”

Gregory Sammons, vice president for Student Affairs, said, “We’re excited to have Scott Richardson join us as the director of the Alfred State Police Academy. Scott brings an extensive background in both policing and as a law enforcement educator. His vision for in-service and other law enforcement courses will complement the basic course and academy class set to kick off in May of 2019.”

Richardson said, "I am very excited to be named session director of the Alfred State Police Academy. I think that it is imperative that we provide our future police officers with all the education and tools necessary to make them the best police officer's that they can be and that is exactly what we intend to do here at Alfred State. I look forward to ‘hitting the ground running’ so that our future police officers can ‘hit the streets running.’"

The Alfred State Police Academy’s inaugural Basic Course for Police Officers is set to launch May 14, 2019. The academy will serve recruits in both pre-employment (Phase I) and those employed (Phase II) stages. Graduates will earn either the Pre-Employment Certificate (Phase I) or the Basic Course for Police Officers Certificate (Phase II).

For more information on the police academy, please contact CCET at 607-587-4015 or CCET@alfredstate.edu.


Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. welcomes Markel as new board member

Posted Date: Monday, September 17, 2018 - 14:00

Kathy MarkelThe Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., a private foundation representing faculty, staff, and friends of Alfred State, has welcomed a new board member, Kathy Markel, of Arkport.

As the senior associate director of Admissions at Alfred State College, Markel provides information to prospective students, parents, and school counselors regarding Alfred State College; participates in recruitment activities; coordinates recruitment publications; reviews applications for admission; and awards academic scholarships as part of the Admissions team.

Since joining the professional staff in 1990, Markel has moved through the ranks in Admissions, and was promoted to her current position in 2015. In 2003, she received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

Markel holds a Master of Science degree from SUNY Fredonia, a Bachelor of Science degree from Nazareth College, and an associate degree from Alfred State. She and her husband, Thomas, are the parents of two sons, Joseph and Brian.


ASC to host Student Leadership Conference

Posted Date: Monday, September 17, 2018 - 14:30

The 2018 Western New York Student Leadership Conference will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29 in the Student Leadership Center at Alfred State College.

This conference is designed to bring together students from various colleges and universities throughout western New York to explore how they as students can demonstrate leadership and make change in both their campus and local communities. Students will engage in a highly interactive experience where they will meet others and learn valuable tools to take back to their home institutions.

Registration for the conference costs $20 and must be completed by Friday, Sept. 21. For more information, contact Troy Morehouse, director of Student Engagement, at 607-587-4081 or morehotw@alfredstate.edu.


ASC’s Jeffrey Stevens assists with solar training in Nigeria

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 09:45

With solar power becoming an increasingly important energy source in Nigeria, the demand for skilled solar installers in that country has never been higher.

That’s why Alfred State College’s own Jeffrey Stevens teamed up with other groups this summer to organize and deliver an installation training program to develop a critical mass of highly skilled solar energy systems installers in Nigeria. Along with Stevens, who is the interim dean of the School of Applied Technology, support hailed from Cornell University, the State University of New York (SUNY), TellCo Europe-Nigeria, Orun Ododo Power Company Limited (OOPCL), and the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI).

Jeffrey Stevens with group of people in front of a large solar panel
Interim Dean of the School of Applied Technology Jeffrey Stevens, far right,
provides solar energy training to a group of installers in Nigeria.

For two weeks, Stevens trained installers in Abuja, Nigeria on photovoltaic systems. Though the original plan was to train 20 people, the project was expanded, and a total of 53 participants were trained. The project was made possible thanks to a $10,000 grant from Cornell University’s Institute for African Development (IAD) Students Summer Project Fund and support from Alfred State College.

According to the final report on the project, the trainees were first taught the theoretical aspects of solar energy and installation for a week, and then exposed to practical field experience for another week. During the field work portion, they were involved in the installation of a solar-powered borehole water supply system in Toko Village, a rural community in Karu Local Government Area, Nasawara State, at the outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja.

The village is home to more than 600 members who previously had to walk a significant distance to service and obtain water for daily use. Now as a result of the project, the resource is located in the village center and has been infused to be the focal point of the community.

After the two-week training was completed as a way to encourage long term growth, the organizers began mentoring the 53 successful trainees and will continue to coach them for six months in their quest to becoming solar energy entrepreneurs and service providers, the final report states. Monitoring and evaluation exercises were also expected to take place for six months on the installed water supply system at Toko Village to ensure continuous operation and to measure the impact of the project.

Stevens brought with him extensive solar energy experience that includes serving as the consultant and lead for solar installation projects in a number of places, including county parks in Arlington, VA; the National Arboretum in Washington, DC; and the New York State Parks Department in Niagara Falls. He described the trip as “an incredible experience of sharing and teaching.”

“I found it an honor to share with Nigerian professionals the foundational knowledge and skills that Alfred State has been integrating into the School of Applied Technology’s skilled trades programs,” he said. “The demand for skilled tradesmen and women in the workforce is one that knows no borders. The workforce shortage is one that Alfred State recognizes and is serious about addressing. We are proud to be part of the solution to training the next generation of renewable energy and skilled trade leaders.”


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