October 2018

Student Joseph Ferreri appointed student architect licensing advisor

Posted Date: Monday, October 1, 2018 - 14:00

It’s never too early for architecture students to start thinking about professional licensure. That’s why Alfred State College’s Department of Architecture and Design is taking all of the steps necessary to help make information on how to become a registered, practicing architect widely accessible to students.

One of the ways in which the department is accomplishing this is by appointing an architecture student to the position of student architect licensing advisor. Following the graduation of last year’s advisor, Adrienne Drumm, the department has recently appointed Joseph Ferreri as her successor.

Joseph Ferreri
Joseph Ferreri

Ferreri, an architecture major from Marion, will join Professor William C. Dean, RA, AIA, the department’s faculty architect licensing advisor, in providing information and guidance on experience and registration to the department’s 170 architecture students. Upon successful completion of the BArch degree, graduates may begin an internship and the other professional steps leading to licensure as a registered, practicing architect.

Dean said, “Joe is one of those rare individuals who has been working in an office since his first year at Alfred State, and most likely has more architectural experience than anyone at his level in the program. He jumped at the chance to take on this new role, and I have no doubt he will do a great job.”

Architect licensing advisors are responsible for disseminating up-to-date information on the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) to students and faculty at their school. The AXP is administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and is required for becoming an architect in New York State.

Like the AXP state advisors, these volunteers are informed on AXP by the National Chapter of the AIA on a daily basis, and also communicate with the AIA, NCARB, and with each other regularly. These individuals are also considered trusted sources of information on AXP and are funded to attend the annual Architect Licensing Advisor’s Conference.

Of his new position, Ferreri said, “Licensing is a critical part of architecture and I am happy to be able to educate the student body regarding this topic. I have big shoes to fill; however, with the help of my professors, I’m sure it won’t be a problem!”

Students flock to Alfred State for WNY Student Leadership Conference

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 14:45

A total of 114 students from nine western New York colleges gathered at Alfred State College recently to learn how to enhance their leadership skills and make a difference on campus and in the community.

The students took part in the 2018 Western New York Student Leadership Conference, engaging in a number of educational sessions and learning about such topics as civic engagement, finding your voice as a student, free speech on college campuses, personality assessments, and more. Colleges represented at the conference included Alfred State College, Alfred University, Buffalo State College, University of Buffalo, Villa Maria College, D’Youville College, St. Bonaventure University, SUNY Erie, and Medaille College.

Darren Cotton, founder of University Heights Tool Library, speaking in front of an audience
Darren Cotton, founder of University Heights Tool Library

Providing the keynote address was Darren Cotton, founder of University Heights Tool Library. According to www.thetoollibrary.org, a tool library is a non-profit program set up to lend tools out to community members to help them maintain and fix up their homes and gardens. The purpose of a tool library is to help provide communities the tools they need to create the change they want.

Troy Morehouse, director of Student Engagement at Alfred State, said the conference was a great success.

“Students were provided many opportunities to become stronger leaders by learning more about themselves and the opportunities that exist for them,” Morehouse said. “Along with this, students from other schools were very impressed with how beautiful our campus is.”

VP for Student Affairs Sammons earns doctorate

Posted Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 11:15

Gregory SammonsFurthering his education to the highest level possible, Alfred State College Vice President for Student Affairs Gregory Sammons recently earned a doctorate from Northeastern University.

Sammons successfully defended his dissertation, “Our Right to Know: How Campus Police Chiefs Experience the Clery Act” and subsequently completed all requirements to graduate with a Doctorate in Education (EdD) in organizational leadership. In addition to his doctorate, Sammons also holds a Master of Justice Administration degree from Norwich University, a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Houghton College, and an Associate in Applied Science degree in criminal justice from Finger Lakes Community College.

Sammons has been a member of the Alfred State staff since 1996. He became the vice president for Student Affairs in 2013 after previously serving as the institution’s chief of police.

As a divisional vice president, Sammons oversees a number of departments including Athletics, Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Intercultural Unity, International Education and Student Services, Office of Student Engagement and Recreation, Health and Wellness Services, University Police, Residential Services, Greek Life, and the office of Judicial Affairs. Sammons is also a Level 3-NTS archery coach and volunteers his time as Alfred State’s archery team coach. In 2012, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

Sammons maintains membership affiliations with NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators, the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), and the Society for College and University Planners (SCUP).

He and his wife, Roxana, reside in Arkport, and are the proud parents of three daughters, Racquel, Courtney, and Sarah.

Hundreds of students take part in ASC’s Ag Skills Contest

Posted Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 14:45

Alfred State College recently hosted 350 Future Farmers of America students from 21 western New York high schools for the 32nd annual Agriculture Skills Contest.

The contest included a variety of events designed to test students’ knowledge and skills in agronomy, agricultural mechanics, animal science, veterinary science, and tractor operations. Ribbons were awarded in every competition, as well as for overall individual and team placing.

Dr. Phil Schroeder, chair of Alfred State’s Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, said of the contest, “We had a great turnout and fabulous weather this year. I think all the students had fun and learned something.”

Oktoberfest dinner set for Oct. 18

Posted Date: Friday, October 5, 2018 - 08:45

Alfred State College will host an Oktoberfest dinner from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Culinary Arts Building on the Wellsville campus.

The cost of the meal is $17 for adults and $8 for children 10 and under. No reservations will be accepted.

The menu will include:

  • Potato beer soup
  • Bratwurst with sauerkraut
  • Wiener schnitzel
  • Brussels sprouts
  • German potato salad
  • Sautéed cabbage
  • Onion tart pie
  • Spätzle
  • Sauerbraten
  • Chicken and dumplings
  • Desserts and more

Proceeds from the meal will benefit culinary arts student scholarships. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Wood at 607-587-3170.

Pizza Pioneer opens on campus

Posted Date: Friday, October 5, 2018 - 13:15

Pizza and college students go together like the sun and the moon, and Alfred State College’s new Pizza Pioneer dining location officially opened with a galaxy of rave reviews. The new dining hot-spot is located at 10 Elm, which is also home to Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Service’s (ACES) Fresh Market and Café.

“Pizza Pioneer replaces a nationally branded pizza location that had been part of campus for 20 years,” explained Denise Brownell ‘89, director of dining services. “Our students were ready for a pizza flavor refresh and our retail dining team took it as a challenge to come up with a menu that was even more delicious.”

female student eating a slice of pizza
Students can now enjoy Pizza Pioneer at 10 Elm on campus.

So far, it looks like that challenge has been successfully met. Pizza Pioneer is the brainchild of Assistant Managers John Schunamann and Marc Mastrella ’16 and Assistant Director of Retail Operations Michael Murray ’78.

“We created our own sauce recipe and selected the highest-quality products because we know that students take their pizza seriously” explained Schunamann.

“Self-branded retail operations on a college campus have to stand on their own merits,” observed Mastrella. “We have to give customers a reason to break out of their brand-name habits and visit our location.”

Murray, Schunamann and Mastrella not only created the menu, they also developed the logo, working with local marketers White Imprints to find just the right brand image for their new unit.

So far, students have demonstrated their appreciation for the hard work of the dining team. According to Denise Brownell, director of Dining Services for ACES, pizza sales on-campus are up 10 percent, which amounts to over 8,000 slices of pizza served by Pizza Pioneer each week.

“Mike, John and Marc and their team of ACES full-time employees and student workers have created another successful retail operation. This group has opened three successful dining units over the last four years. I couldn’t be more proud of their work,” Brownell said.

Pizza Pioneer is open from 3-11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday while classes are in session.

UB, Alfred State lead effort to bolster clean energy workforce development

Posted Date: Friday, October 5, 2018 - 14:30

The University at Buffalo is teaming with Alfred State College to support growth of the renewable energy sector by building collaborations and expanding educational opportunities.

The aim of the Western New York Clean Energy Workforce Development Program is to close critical workforce gaps by strengthening the connectivity between clean energy employers and educators in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Allegany counties. It will result in new micro-credentials, certifications, continuing education assets and traditional degree offerings tailored to current and emerging industry needs.

Funding the two-year initiative is a $750,000 grant from New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Climate Jobs NY. It falls in line with the state’s comprehensive strategy — called Reforming the Energy Vision — to foster a clean, resilient and affordable energy system.

“This endeavor strongly aligns with UB’s pledge to create a more sustainable future for our campus, community and beyond,” says Liesl Folks, dean of the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). “As a public research institution, we have been active in the environmental movement since its birth 30 years ago. We are committed to becoming climate neutral by 2030. So it is only natural that we intensify our focus on equipping individuals with skills to operate and advance clean energy technologies.”

Ryan McPherson, UB’s chief sustainability officer, calls the program an “excellent complement to the university’s ongoing work to build a future fueled by clean energy.”

“From our dedicated faculty’s groundbreaking renewable energy research, to our engaged students proposing new and innovative sustainable paths forward, and our staff working to reduce our operational footprint every day,” McPherson says, “the university is taking critical steps to build our low-carbon economy.”

The UB Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE), which is the business outreach arm for UB SEAS, is managing the program. TCIE is overseeing formulation of a five-year regional strategy that engages utilities and their vendors in workforce development. The forthcoming framework is poised to assure an ongoing conduit between clean energy sector requirements and the region’s training and education system.

Shaping the strategy is a study conducted by the UB Regional Institute to involve: labor market assessments; an advisory group of members representing clean energy employers, firms of various sizes and sectors, and government agencies; and researching curricular development best practices. The study will identify skills and credentials sought by clean energy employers.

Results of the workforce needs assessment will steer the enhancement of existing Alfred State curriculum and creation of new, innovative educational programs between the two participating institutions. The intention is to share programs among all State University of New York schools within the five Western New York counties.

“Alfred State College is thrilled to work with UB to meet the needs of the clean energy workforce,” says Kristin Poppo, Alfred State provost. “For years, we have emphasized sustainable practices in applied curricula in the trades and engineering technologies. Together with UB, we can meet all aspects of the emerging clean energy workforce with a pathway for learners, from applied associate degrees all the way up to PhDs in engineering.”

Other partners of the Western New York Clean Energy Workforce Development Program include Invest Buffalo Niagara, National Grid, National Fuel, NYSERDA and Tesla.

(Article written by Tracy Puckett, marketing communication associate at the University at Buffalo.)

Alfred State partnership helps keep Alstom on track for success

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 10:30

Alfred State College is proud to be among the educational partners who play a role in Alstom’s success.

Throughout their longstanding relationship, Alfred State and Alstom have worked to identify ways to collaboratively meet growing employment demands and educational program needs, as noted by Dr. John Williams, dean of the School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology.

To learn more about Alfred State's partnership with Alstom, check out the full article about by The Spectator here.

Vet tech, HIT programs among top 10 in the nation

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 12:00

Alfred State College (ASC) recently had two of its programs - veterinary technology and health information technology (HIT) – ranked in the top 10 in the nation. In addition, several ranking sites have rated the college highly when comparing all US schools offering these and other programs within the School of Arts and Sciences.

According to TheBestColleges.org, Alfred State ranks No. 3 in the nation for veterinary technology. TheBestSchools.org, places the college No. 8 in the US for health information technologies. US News and World Report also ranks ASC highly among schools offering these two programs, in the top 13 nationally for HIT, and one of the top 19 ranked schools with veterinary technology.

Alfred State is ranked in the top 30 nationwide among schools offering nursing, forensic science technology, environmental technology, and diagnostic medical sonography.

“We are very pleased that the national rankings affirm the hard work and dedication of our faculty, who are among the best in their fields,” said Dr. Daniel Katz, dean of Alfred State’s School of Arts and Sciences. “Top employers nationwide consistently seek out our students for their exceptional skills and knowledge. Additionally, we are thrilled about our launch of a brand-new department in Allied Health that came about in response to the demands for new programs, such as diagnostic medical sonography. Our school and its programs will continue to grow, excel, and meet the demands of employers.”

A number of objective sources allow students to search for schools offering a specific major, and rank Alfred State highly in several program categories:

US Program Rank Program Source Major Description
No. 3 Veterinary Technology TheBestColleges.org Veterinary/Animal Health Technology
No. 8 Health Information Technology TheBestSchools.org Health Information Technology
No. 11 Nursing RN to BS in Nursing OnlineU.org Affordable Online Ranking for Nursing
No. 37 Nursing RN to BS in Nursing AffordableColleges.com Affordable Online Ranking for Nursing

Alfred State is also ranked highly among US colleges offering these selected arts and sciences majors.

US College Rank Program Source Major Description
Top 13 Health Information Technology US News & World Report Health Information/Medical Records Technology
Top 19 Veterinary Technology US News & World Report Veterinary/Animal Health Technology
No. 25 Forensic Science Technology Money Magazine Forensic Science and Technology
Top 27 Environmental Technology US News & World Report Environmental Control Technologies
Top 30 Diagnostic Medical Sonography US News & World Report Diagnostic Medical Sonography

To respond to the high demand for graduates and interest among students, some of the college’s healthcare degrees are available both on campus and 100 percent online. Health information technology (HIT), healthcare management, and nursing programs attract interest from many current healthcare workers. Online learning is a convenient way to earn a degree and advance the career of a working adult. A full list of majors available for online students is at www.AlfredState.edu/online.

A full list of recent Alfred State accolades is available at www.AlfredState.edu/rankings.

two female vet students in lab with a dog
Alfred State is ranked third in the nation among schools with veterinary technology. Source: TheBestColleges.org.

Pioneer Pride Strong at Homecoming and Family Weekend

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 14:45

Numerous students, alumni, faculty, and staff came out to celebrate and display their Pioneer Pride during Alfred State College’s 2018 Homecoming and Family Weekend.

On Friday, Pioneers and their families enjoyed fun events at the annual spirit rally and bonfire and the first friendly competitions of the Pioneer Challenge, such as the Not-So-Naked-Half-Mile and tug-of-war, while listening to live music by the Alfred State Rock Band and eating a number of goodies.

group of male students outside
Students pose for a photo near the bonfire at Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Saturday’s festivities included faculty/staff and Greek chili competitions, a car show, corn hole and pie eating competition, and the eighth annual Carly’s Club Race for a Cure 5K, which preceded the big football game between Alfred State and the Maritime Privateers.

Also prior to kickoff of the football game, the name of the college’s new ox mascot was announced: Big Blue. The name was decided upon by those who voted in an online poll. Capping off the events on Saturday was magician Daniel Martin, whose award-winning magic captivated and entertained the audience.

Colleen Argentieri, director of Alumni Relations and co-chair of the Homecoming and Family Weekend Committee, said, “We loved the student engagement with the Pioneer Challenge, and despite the intermittent rain early Saturday, attendance for Homecoming was wonderful. Also, the basket raffle was terrific, we had a great crowd during the football game, and we were very fortunate to have Lucky Number – led by Automotive Trades Associate Professor John Garippa – playing at the tent party. Overall, it was a great weekend, and I am proud to be a part of such a hardworking and fun committee.”

Fellow committee co-chair Mallory Morehouse, associate director of Orientation and Family Programs, said, “We were so happy to see students participating in the first annual Pioneer Challenge, and hope this will become a long-standing tradition here at Alfred State. We were also thrilled to see more students bring their families up to enjoy the spirit rally and bonfire on Friday night. Alfred’s Got Talent was once again very successful and well attended by students and families alike. We had so many great students helping us this year and I have to give a shout out to Kaieel Ward, who is interning with the Recreation Office and did the majority of execution with the Pioneer Challenge. Another great year!”

Check out a video of Homecoming 2018 here.