When it comes to providing students with amazing hands-on experiences involving interaction with industry professionals, Alfred State College’s sport management programs have always been a homerun.
The most recent example of this is the joint collaboration between ASC students and the Rochester Red Wings – the Minnesota Twins’ Minor League Baseball AAA affiliate – on a capstone project.
In addition to becoming immersed in cutting-edge sport management research while creating a review of literature, the senior capstone class is designed for Alfred State sport management to work closely with a local sport organization to address problems and concerns through research-based recommendations and solutions.
While embracing Alfred State's hands-on approach and applied learning model, sport management students partnered with the Red Wings in a consultative role to provide strategies to improve social media and digital marketing, sponsorship, ticket sales, and promotions.
Students who participated included Robert Adams, of Jasper; Ryan Apolito-Santos, of Manhattan; Kenny Bello, of Brooklyn; Robert Cardona, of Manhattan; Matthew Cunningham, of Mastic; Grace Hall, of Cattaraugus; Cassidy McCourt, of Buffalo; Cody Miller, of Andover; Ryan Mills, of Massapequa; Pedro Mora, of Manhattan; Fernando Ramos, of Yonkers; William Robinson, of Jamaica; Trevor Stiles, of Hornell; Leigh Swartzfager, of Nunda; and Francis Tabisola, of Westbury.
John Lisec, assistant professor in the Business Department, said, “The sport management program partnership with the Rochester Red Wings is a tremendous example of hands-on and applied learning in action at Alfred State College. While developing research-based recommendations for the Red Wings from cutting-edge sport management academic research, the sport management capstone class begins to bridge the gap between academia and the sport industry.”
Ramos described the Red Wings project as “quite the experience.”
“Meeting the professionals in the industry is one thing, but being able to present my own ideas that I got from my research was both exciting and nerve-wracking,” he said. “Would I do it again? Yes I would.”
Swartzfager said, “The capstone project really opened several opportunities for us that we would not have received by just sitting in a classroom. Going to the Red Wings stadium and discussing possible suggestions to help them improve in certain areas such as marketing, promotions, sponsorship, and more was intimidating, yet such a rewarding experience.”
Stephen Crouch, an officer with the University Police Department at Alfred State College, recently graduated from the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy’s Basic Course for Police.
This was the 35th academy class to graduate from the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy in Corning. Crouch graduated alongside eight other new law enforcement officers who have begun working in communities all across the Southern Tier.
“Teamwork was the foundation of the academy, and our class as a whole felt like a family,” Crouch said. “Everyone was always there to pick each other up when we needed it and even though we are all now at different departments, I made friends for a lifetime.”
Crouch joined Alfred State College’s University Police Department in April while in the academy. He and his classmates were sent back to their hiring departments for academy field training, where they worked with certified field training officers to apply what they learned in the classroom to real situations.
Crouch noted, “We were able to get lots of hands-on experience in different areas to allow us to get as close as possible to the real thing before actually going and doing what we were learning.”
Alfred State Police Chief Matthew Heller said, “During my conversations throughout the academy with Director Mike Cobb, he told me Crouch did well and had no issues with any aspects of the academy. Since he has returned to us, Crouch has done a very good job integrating into the community here at Alfred State. He seems to relate well to the students and will continue to learn more as he works through the department’s field training process, and I look forward to seeing him progress in his law enforcement career.”
These days, 2012 autobody repair graduate Logan Wannall is living out his childhood dream of running his own autobody shop. Wannall is the owner of Epic Auto, a full collision and general maintenance shop located in his hometown of Groton.
Alfred State College is once again taking a leadership role in a national initiative that focuses on civic learning and democratic engagement.
For the third straight year, NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession, has named Alfred State as a Lead Advisory Institution in its Lead Initiative. This effort comprises a network of NASPA member colleges and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education.
Alfred State has participated in NASPA’s Lead Initiative since 2012. This year, the college will be part of a group of more than 70 institutions dedicated to promoting civic learning, networking, and recognition for its Lead Institutions.
As a Lead Advisory Institution, Alfred State’s responsibilities include mentoring other Lead Institutions and helping NASPA staff create and execute strategy, publications, and online learning content for the initiative moving forward.
Dr. Gregory Sammons, Alfred State vice president for Student Affairs, said, “Our relationship with NASPA and role as a Lead Advisory Institution are emblematic of both one of the college’s core values, service, and one of the college’s six strategic priorities: local and regional impact. The continued designation as a Lead Advisory institution is just more evidence that we’re walking our talk on the issues of civic learning and engagement.”
By combining real-world learning situations with civic engagement opportunities, Alfred State students make significant contributions to communities around the world and are frequently among the first to lend their skills and knowledge to those in need. Last year, Alfred State students contributed 80,000 hours of service, civic leadership, and workforce-ready knowledge to communities in need.
To learn more about NASPA’s Lead Initiative and view a complete listing of participating institutions, please visit the NASPA website at https://www.naspa.org/rpi/lead-initiative.
Hundreds of local elementary students had a great time learning about agriculture and animals recently as Alfred State College once again hosted Kiddie Ag Day.
Participating schools included: Andover, Arkport, Canaseraga, Prattsburgh, Belfast, Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES, Cuba-Rushford, Bolivar-Richburg, Genesee Valley, Avoca, Fillmore, Bath, Alfred-Almond, and Scio.
During the day, approximately 750 first- and second-graders toured the college farm, learning about vegetable production, milk production, horses, small animals, and agriculture and general. Alfred State Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department students served as tour guides for the event.
Dr. Phil Schroeder, chair of the department, said, “We had a big group of super enthusiastic kids and our students did an awesome job as tour guides.”
The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) has announced that upgrades to the restrooms within Alfred State College’s Robinson/Champlin (RC) and Getman residence halls are now finished.
Upgrades include new showers and vanities, new plumbing fixtures with water-saving devices, and more.
A number of online resources rank Alfred State College (ASC) highly when it comes to affordability and student life, two factors that are crucial for students trying to decide which college is right for them. For affordability, multiple databases show ASC No. 3 in the state. Other sites rank the college highly for other attributes important to students such as an award for being No. 5 in the state for best campus food.
Betsy Penrose, associate vice president for Enrollment Management, said, “Alfred State is excited to have been recognized as a college that provides both a high-quality education at an affordable price for all students, as well as the tools and resources students need to make the most of their college experience and be well prepared for their careers.”
One of those resources, Money Magazine, recently placed Alfred State within the top 10 percent among best colleges for your money out of 4,500 US colleges considered. For New York public schools with fewer than 5,000 students, Money Magazine ranked Alfred State No. 3.
Money Magazine focused on three basic factors that surveys show are the most important to parents and students: quality of education, affordability, and outcomes. Specifically, it analyzed graduation rates, tuition charges, family borrowing, alumni earnings, and 22 other data points to find the country’s top values.
Additionally, AffordableColleges.com ranked Alfred State No. 3 in its list of most affordable online bachelor’s degrees in New York. This list focuses on bachelor’s degree programs that offer the lowest tuition and that have the highest return-on-investment for students. Alfred State earned another No. 3 ranking from AffordableColleges.com in the list of best choices for out-of-state students searching public colleges in New York.
Also worth noting is that out-of-state students may begin their education at the extremely economical associate degree rate, then complete their bachelor’s degree through a 2+2 system. This means these students may receive their associate degree in two years and their bachelor’s degree in another two years more cost effectively than if they initially enrolled in a four-year program.
AffordableColleges.com used the most recent data available from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Run by the US Department of Education, IPEDS offers reliable and accurate insight into affordability, academic pedigree, and online/distance learning programs.
In addition to being ranked as an excellent value, Alfred State is also recognized for a high quality of student life.
Niche.com ranked ASC fifth among New York public colleges in its Best College Food list, which is based on meal plan costs and student reviews. Also, Alfred State came in at No. 7 among New York public colleges in Niche’s Best Campus Resources list, which applauds top-ranked colleges for offering outstanding campus resources across classrooms, labs, performance venues, housing, food, and recreational facilities. To acquire its data, Niche.com rigorously analyzes dozens of public data sets and more than 100 million reviews and survey responses.
In one of the most prestigious rankings, Alfred State recently ranked highly in several categories by US New & World Report, coming in as the No. 1 SUNY school among Northern Regional Colleges, and as the No. 1 public college for Best Value Schools among Northern Regional Colleges. To view a complete list of Alfred State’s rankings, visit www.AlfredState.edu/rankings.
Six Alfred State College business students recently learned how to help clients improve their understanding of Medicare, and also networked with professionals in the field during a trip to Rochester.
The students attended the Financial Planning Association of Greater Rochester’s September program at the Irondequoit Country Club titled “Medicare 101 – Taking the Confusion out of Medicare for Your Clients.” The program addressed the various parts of Medicare and what they cover, as well as when and how to enroll. Attendees were able to become familiar with terms such as supplements, Medigap plans, Medicare Advantage plans, prescription drug plants, the Donut Hole, and many more, and came away being able to answer the big question of, “What will healthcare cost my client in retirement?”
After the program, students then visited with financial planning professionals Kathleen Roth and Joshua DeJohn of Waterstone Financial Services to learn about helping clients through transitions and difference investment strategies. Later, they met with Matt Eggar, managing director of Focused Wealth Advisors, to learn about career options in financial planning and how to succeed through the interview process and first few years in the business.
Alfred State students who participated included Muhammad Bah, of Bronx; Nathan Adamec, of Lancaster; Nathanael Gisellie, of Jakarta, Indonesia; Joshua Miller-Labar, of Groton; Amgad Selem, of Saint James; and Amy Macaluso, of Laurel. All of the students are financial planning majors except Selem and Macaluso, both of whom are majoring in business administration.
Gisellie said being able to attend trips such as this one is really beneficial.
“In these programs, we not only learn from the presentations, but we also learn to network and meet other financial planners in the area,” he said.
Adamec agreed that the trip was extremely beneficial, saying, “The laws of Medicare are always changing, and this trip allowed me to stay up to date with all the policies and procedures of Medicare,” he said. “The program provided great value, as dealing with older clients in financial planning routinely involves Medicare.”