February 2019

ASC employees graduate from Leadership Allegany

Posted Date: Monday, February 4, 2019 - 10:00

Alfred State College’s Brittany Richards, coordinator of Student Activities, and Christian Vernam, assistant director of Financial Aid, are among the 16 recent graduates of the Leadership Allegany program.

The program began in April and ran for nine months, providing a learning environment in which adult professionals who live, work, or have vested interest in Allegany County grow their leadership abilities, create connections, and impact their communities.

Check out the full story by The Spectator here.

Sea and Shore dinner set for Feb. 14

Posted Date: Monday, February 4, 2019 - 10:15

Anyone looking to treat their sweetheart to an excellent meal this Valentine’s Day should consider Alfred State College’s upcoming Sea and Shore Dinner.

Set for 5-7 p.m. Feb. 14, the dinner is open to the public and will take place at The Rig, which is located inside the Culinary Arts Building on the Wellsville campus. The cost of the meal is $25 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under. No reservations will be accepted.

The menu will include:

  • Carved prime rib
  • Open-faced cordon bleu chicken
  • Crab legs
  • Bacon-wrapped scallops
  • Shrimp scampi tossed with pasta
  • Rice pilaf
  • Loaded twice-baked potatoes
  • Vegetable medley
  • Roasted red pepper bisque
  • Chinese seafood soup
  • Fresh bread
  • Desserts

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

ASC alumnus Elwell named CIO at Level Financial Advisors

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 14:45

Steven Elwell has come a long way since graduating from Alfred State College with a degree in financial planning in 2007.

Originally starting as an intern, Elwell has since worked his way up at Level Financial Advisors to become the company’s chief investment officer (CIO). Formerly known as Schroeder, Braxton and Vogt, Level Financial Advisors is an Amherst-based company that manages $385 million in assets for 611 households.  

Elwell is a past recipient of the Alfred State Alumni Council’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Check out the full article here.

Alfred State grad and Level Financial Advisors CIO Steven Elwell
Steven Elwell


Alfred State holding drive to benefit rescued animals

Posted Date: Friday, February 8, 2019 - 11:00

Led by University Police Officer Jennifer Chiaino, Alfred State College will be hosting a drive for local animal shelters in order to provide them with the supplies they need to help rescued animals.

Titled “Share the Love,” the drive will take place from Feb. 9-16. Donations of dog/puppy food, blankets, leashes, toys, and more can be made in Room 105 of the Student Leadership Center.

For more information about the drive, check out the full article by The Spectator.

Spotlight on Print and Mail Services

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 08:15

Graphic arts magazine In-plant Impressions recently published an online article highlighting Alfred State College’s Print and Mail Services (PAMS), specifically PAMS’ role in the school’s rebranding efforts, and its new ability to print name badges.

The Philadelphia-based In-Plant Impressions (IPI) has been published since 1951, according to the magazine’s website, and focuses on helping in-plant managers increase productivity and stay competitive. Articles cover successful in-plants, new graphic arts technologies, and more. 

Alfred State’s award-winning Print and Mail Services produces a wide variety of projects for both on-campus and off-campus clients, ensuring top quality services overall.

Check out the full article by IPI here.

Print and Mail Services team
Alfred State College’s Print and Mail Services team from left to right: Catherine Chambers, Christie White, Heather Jackson, Peter Van Tyne, Brent Cobin, and Becky Comer.


Healthy Food and Cooking Preparation Demo taking place at Alfred State Feb. 26

Posted Date: Monday, February 18, 2019 - 11:30

As part of its Women’s Health Initiative, the Allegany County Department of Health will be hosting a free Healthy Food and Cooking Preparation Demonstration Feb. 26 on Alfred State College’s Wellsville campus.

The demonstration will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. at The Rig in the Culinary Arts Building. According to an article by The Spectator, participants will learn how to prepare a healthy, delicious meal for themselves and their family with all the cooking materials and food provided at no extra cost. Culinary Arts instructors and students will be teaching the course, which is open to Allegany County women aged 18 and over.

For more information, check out the full story by The Spectator here.

Village of Alfred and ASC remember community leader John Ninos, Sr.

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 13:45

Alfred State College (ASC) is remembering the life of local businessman and pillar of the Alfred community John Ninos Sr., who passed away on Monday, Feb. 18.John Ninos Sr.

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of ASC, said, “Alfred State is deeply saddened by the loss of John Ninos Sr., a man who touched the lives of so many people within the Alfred community. His impact was felt by countless Alfred State students, employees, and alumni, many of whom have shared with me the fond memories they have of John and The Collegiate Restaurant, which he owned and operated for many years. Alfred State offers its deepest condolences to his loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

Indeed, the impact that Ninos has had on Alfred State Pioneers has been felt for many years. At a bench dedication ceremony for Professor Eddy Foster in August of 2008, Alfred State 1956 plant and soil science alum Donald Holzer noted that Ninos, “helped me out while I was a student by hiring me and paying me an incredibly generous salary.” Holzer went on to acknowledge that he was inspired by Ninos’ “spirit of philanthropy and humanity,” which prompted him to donate the memorial bench and to create two Alfred State scholarships.

Additionally, Ninos is being remembered as a strong supporter of Greek life in Alfred. He was known fondly as “Uncle John” by many of the “Greeks” throughout the years, according to a post on Facebook by The Collegiate Restaurant. Ninos’ affection for the students in Alfred is legendary. Visitors to “The Jet,” as the eatery is also known, have no doubt noticed the numerous Greek paddles that adorn the walls there.

Perhaps it was Ninos himself who best summarized his relationship with the colleges and community of Alfred. In an article by the Hornell Evening Tribune in 2009 regarding the fire that leveled the original Collegiate location before relocating, Ninos was quoted as saying, “My relationship with the students, faculty, and residents of Alfred through the years is the greatest reward that I have received for the time and effort that I put into the restaurant, and it continues to be worth more than whatever amount of money that I might have earned.”

Looking for love? Alfred is No. 1 in NY, article says

Posted Date: Monday, February 25, 2019 - 09:30

If you’re single and looking to mingle in upstate New York, Alfred may be just the place for you!

A recent article by NewYorkUpstate.com ranked the village of Alfred No. 1 overall on its list of 40 towns in upstate New York with the most eligible singles. In order to determine the rankings, the site collected data from the 2017 US Census five-year population estimates.

Finding that special someone in Alfred is nothing new at Alfred State College (ASC). In fact, many Pioneers have ended up meeting their future partner or spouse while studying at ASC.

Check out the full article on the rankings here.

two students sitting at table in CDH man and woman in an office

ASC students network with employers at nursing, medical career fair

Posted Date: Monday, February 25, 2019 - 10:45

Students within Alfred State College’s various health-focused programs were able to meet with many employers recently during a nursing and medical-related career fair.

Elaine Morsman, director of the Career Development Center at Alfred State, noted this year’s fair was another success.

“We loved the variety of employers who were recruiting for several of our health-related majors, including nursing (two- and four-year) and radiologic technology,” she said. “Students came prepared with resumes in hand. One of the employers told me that this was the best fair that they had attended in a long time. Often they meet very few qualified candidates, but that was not true about our fair.”

Interest among employers in attending Alfred State career fairs continues to grow, as evident from this year’s nursing and medical-related career fair, which drew in 22 employers, compared to 11 last year.

Employers at this year’s fair noted how impressed they were with Alfred State students. Julianne Remaley, a senior nurse recruiter with UPMC, said her employer last year hired a couple of ASC graduates who turned out to become excellent employees, which is why UPMC was eager to come back to campus this year and recruit even more Pioneers.

“We’re excited to talk with the students who are going to be graduating and to give them opportunities to start their career,” she said.

Kelli Piehler, associate director of campus recruitment and talent acquisition at Rochester Regional Health, said, “I’ve been very impressed with the professionalism of the students and their interest level and engagement coming to the table. They come prepared with their resumes, they’re asking great questions, so I’m confident they’re going to transition into really great nurses.”

Overall, 44 students enrolled in Alfred State’s nursing and medical-related programs signed in to meet with employers during the career fair – handing out resumes, engaging in conversations, and making those all-important professional connections. Not all of the students who attended the fair signed in, however, Morsman noted.

Nicole Ahle, a nursing student from Nanuet, said the recruiters she spoke with offered not only helpful information about their place of employment, but also great advice about starting a career in the medical field.

Raeha Dixon, a healthcare management major from Perry, said she spoke with many employers and noted her interactions with them were very positive. She also applauded Alfred State for offering opportunities such as the career fair.

“That’s what I like most about (Alfred State) – that I come to school and I know they’re going to give me opportunities like this,” she said.

Employers who registered for/participated in the career fair included the Army National Guard; Arnot Health; Catholic Health; Dent Neurologic Institute; Elderwood at Hornell; Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, LLC; Guthrie; Guthrie Healthcare System; Highland Hospital; Jones Memorial Hospital; Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation; New York Air National Guard; Rochester Regional Health; Strong Memorial Hospital; the Arc of Steuben; the Council on Addiction Recovery Services, Inc.; the University of Rochester; UPMC; Upper Allegheny Health System; Venture Forthe Incorporated; Wellness G.I.F.T.S. Inc.; and WellNow Urgent Care.

woman standing behind a table speaking with students
Kelli Piehler, associate director of campus recruitment and talent acquisition for Rochester Regional Health, left, meets with attendees of Alfred State’s spring 2019 nursing and medical-related career fair.

2018-19 PAL students announced

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 11:45

Alfred State College is pleased to introduce this year’s class of academically talented student leaders who have been named to the Presidential Aspiring Leaders (PAL) Program for 2018-2019.

The Presidential Aspiring Leaders (PAL) Program was created for students who possess a strong work ethic, display commitment and dedication to their studies, are engaged in the community and the college, and are looking to strengthen their leadership skills. Students within the program are expected to become familiar with and abide by Alfred State’s core values of respect, integrity, service, and dedication.

Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “I am extremely proud of our students here at Alfred State, and I congratulate the newest members of our PAL Program, which is now in its second year. Exciting opportunities await these new members, and I am delighted to work with them.”

In order to qualify for the program, a student must be a senior, have a 2.5 GPA or higher and have two faculty or staff recommendations that are supported by the dean of their school and approved by their division’s vice president. The president will make final selection of the nominees.

As a PAL member, students will participate in quarterly dialogues on leadership topics with the president, provide feedback on campus issues, and attend a minimum of six assigned events with Sullivan, other faculty or staff, or alone on behalf of the President’s Office. These events include Accepted Student Days, Homecoming and Family Weekend, local/state/federal legislative meetings, state and county fairs, SUNY special events, various ribbon-cutting ceremonies, and more.

several students standing on staircase wearing blue coats
Pictured are the members of Alfred State’s Presidential Aspiring Leaders (PAL) Program for 2018-2019.
In the first row, from left to right, are Brian Kelly, Skye Steves, William Rollison, and Calvin Ganthier.
In the second row, from left to right, are Matthew Raynor, Karl Platt IV, Nathanael Gisellie, and Christopher
Platt. In the third row, from left to right, are Peter York, Ryan Shipherd, Hannah Weaver, and Carolyn Wright.
In the fourth row, from left to right, are Executive Assistant to the President Tammy Conrad, Sheila Young,
Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan, and Katie Lengvarsky. PAL members not pictured include Tyler
Caton, Jordan Dunning, Brandon Miller, Tay “Calvinn” Chok Hong, and Leah Villagomez.

This year’s class of PAL students, along with their major and hometown, includes:

  • Tyler Caton, building trades: building construction, Nunda
  • Jordan Dunning, heavy equipment, truck and diesel technician, Cicero
  • Calvin Ganthier, criminal justice, Brooklyn
  • Nathanael Gisellie; financial planning; Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Brian Kelly, information technology: applications software development, Allegany
  • Katie Lengvarsky, business administration, Portville
  • Brandon Miller, building trades: building construction, Kendall
  • Christopher Platt, architecture, Camden
  • Karl Platt IV, heavy equipment operations, Albany
  • Matthew Raynor, electrical construction and maintenance electrician, Riverhead
  • William Rollison, sport management, Buffalo
  • Ryan Shipherd, masonry, Randolph
  • Skye Steves, welding, Collins
  • Tay “Calvinn” Chok Hong; financial planning; Kuantan, Malaysia
  • Leah Villagomez, financial planning, West Seneca
  • Hannah Weaver, business administration, Spencerport
  • Carolyn Wright, agricultural business, Franklinville
  • Peter York, construction management, Akron
  • Sheila Young, human services management, Caneadea

Students hold the distinction for the academic year beginning in the fall semester and ending when the spring semester concludes. Upon completion of the program, PAL students will receive a letter of recommendation from Sullivan and will be recognized at the college’s Honors Convocation and Commencement ceremony.