The ongoing support of the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. has greatly contributed to student success at Alfred State through a generous annual donation to peer tutoring.
Since the 2010-2011 academic year, the Foundation has provided $5,500 annually to the college’s peer tutoring program. As a result, the program has fulfilled more than 925 student requests over the last six years, providing more than 6,428 hours of support.
Students receiving assistance through peer tutoring have earned a significantly higher GPA (1.03 GPA points on average higher), and report, through student surveys, a “stronger confidence in the course material.” Furthermore, the peer tutoring program has initiated a Tutor Training Program to enhance the service provided with the integration of online and face-to-face training provided.
Alfred State offers free peer tutoring services for most courses. Peer tutors are students who have earned an “A” or “B” in a course and have received special training. Sessions are usually face-to-face, but online tutoring may be arranged upon request.
The peer tutoring program is housed in the Student Success Center, located in the Hunter Student Development Center on the Alfred campus, and the Student Services Building on the Wellsville campus. Casey Cowburn is the peer tutoring coordinator in Alfred and Leslie Buckley serves as tutoring coordinator and coordinator for Disability Services in Wellsville.
The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. is a private foundation representing faculty, staff, and friends of Alfred State dedicated to improving the college community through the support of educational programs. The activities pursued by the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. are governed by a board of directors made up of representatives from each of the following groups: alumni, College Council, faculty and staff, and friends of the college.
The Foundation provides monetary support to enhance learning opportunities for students through scholarships, work grants, and community service projects. The Ed Foundation also funds the Building Trades programs’ hands-on home construction projects.
Additionally, the Foundation owns and maintains the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville. The campus, which attracts some 800 students annually, is recognized as one of the best applied technology schools in the nation.
Since 1966, the Foundation has invested more than $8 million in improvements on the campus.
Alfred State College President Dr. Skip Sullivan has been recognized by Buffalo Business First as being one of the most influential people in western New York.
Sullivan is among a select group of leaders within the region who have been recently named to Business First’s annual Power 250 list. Congratulations President Sullivan!
The Alfred State club hockey team capped an impressive season this past weekend by winning the Upstate New York Club Hockey League (UNYCHL) Tier 2 Championship.
The championship is the first in school history for the Pioneers, who defeated Albany College of Pharmacy 4-3 in the semifinals, and St. John Fisher 3-0 in the championships. The Pioneers finished the season with a 9-0-1 record.
Offering a taste of what they have learned from their hands-on curricula, Alfred State College Culinary Arts students recently taught nearly 200 women how to prepare a delicious and healthy meal for themselves and their families during a Healthy Food and Cooking Preparation Demonstration.
The demo was part of the Allegany County Department of Health’s Women’s Health Initiative. According to The Spectator, nearly 40 ASC culinary students created a nutritious five-course meal for the attendees, who were able to watch the students prepare the dishes on-screen as they were being served.
In addition to the tips and techniques they acquired from watching the students create the meal, attendees also received detailed recipes as to how to prepare each dish, as well as cook books, a Fitbit scale, and more.
Nine members of the Alfred State Archery team recently traveled to Lancaster, PA, to compete in the 50th USA Archery Indoor National Championships. The team held its own against colleges from around the country, and ended up with several strong finishes in both regional and national competitions.
The championship event is held over a three-day weekend and contested at different regional sites throughout the US. The combined results determine national awards.
First-year student Nathan Summerville, mechanical engineering technology, Fulton, led the way with a first-place finish in men’s compound at the regional site, and a national finish of sixth place (national combined results not certified yet at time of release). Senior Joshua Harp, surveying and geomatics engineering technology, Farmington, finished third in men’s compound within the regional competition, and 11th in the national combined results.
First-year student Robert “Jay” Lawrence, surveying and geomatics engineering technology, Fort Ann, finished second in Lancaster and eighth in the nation. The indoor championships are a target round shot from 18 meters at a vertical target face featuring three round, colored bullseyes. Archers shoot 60-arrow rounds over two days (120 scored arrows total).
In addition to Summerville, Harp, and Lawrence, Alfred State Archery team members Jacob Pollock, mechanical engineering technology, Franklinville; Jacob Houseknecht, culinary arts, Candor; Jacob Patanella, mechanical engineering technology, Churchville; Tim Moran, mechanical engineering technology, Syracuse; Reice Woodward, criminal justice, Oakfield; and Tristin Brown, electrical construction and maintenance electrician, Cincinnatus, also competed in the Indoor National Championships.
Coach Greg Sammons (USA Archery Level 3-NTS) was proud of the team, adding, “I’m thrilled with the performances of the team. Archery performance requires a strong mental program to work in concert with physical skills and a solid equipment setup, and our first-year Pioneers really responded with a lot of mental grit in their first national tournament. This is exciting for the trajectory of Alfred State Archery over the next few years.”
The Alfred State Archery Team is a member of the USA Archery Collegiate Archery program. The team has upcoming regional shoots before traveling in April to the USA Archery East Regional Outdoor Target Championships being hosted in Harrisonburg, VA.