March 2019

STEM Education Summer Institute set for July 28-30 at Alfred State

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 10:45

Presentation proposals being accepted through March 31

Alfred State College is pleased to announce that it will once again host educators from all levels for the STEM Education Summer Institute. Presenters are invited to submit proposals for the conference from now until Sunday, March 31.

Taking place July 28-30, the institute is hosted by the New York State STEM Education Collaborative and provides a way for kindergarten-through-college-level educators to learn new techniques for engaging students of all ages in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.

The 2019 program will include keynote speeches, plenary sessions, regular sessions, poster sessions, STEM trivia, and scheduled tours. This year’s theme is “STEM Connects ALL: Never Too Early – Never Too Late!” The full conference will provide 15 Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) certified professional development hours.

Serving as keynote speakers this year are State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, SUNY Fredonia Distinguished Teaching Professor in Mathematics Dr. Robert Rogers, and Clarkson University President Dr. Anthony Collins.

The event will feature more than 50 cutting-edge presentations related to STEM and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) spread across eight individual sessions.

The cost of the full registration is $120, which includes all meals. Presenters, however, pay only half of this fee. In addition to local hotels, on-campus housing will be available for $55 per night.

For more information or to submit a proposal, visit The finalized schedule and other pertinent information will be posted to this website very soon.

Alfred State alum competes at Arnold Sports Festival

Posted Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:45

Jake Grisewood, a 2013 graduate of Alfred State College’s building trades: building construction program, recently showcased his strength against competitors from around the world in the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

According to an article in The Spectator, the event attracts about 22,000 athletes from around the globe to compete in dozens of different events, ranging from weightlifting, bodybuilding and foosball, to fencing, pole fitness, and arm wrestling.

Grisewood, who now works at Duggan and Duggan General Contracting as a project manager, started his powerlifting career about five years ago, the article states. While competing at the festival, he set a new personal record in one of the categories.

Check out the full article by The Spectator here.

Alfred State launches competitive gaming team

Posted Date: Monday, March 25, 2019 - 09:15

With the addition of an Esports team on campus, gaming has climbed to a whole new level at Alfred State College (ASC).

The Alfred State Esports team launched this spring, and affords students the opportunity to go head-to-head against other colleges in many competitive games, including Overwatch, Rainbow Siege Six, League of Legends, and Super Smash Bros. ASC is now a member of Tespa, founded to promote positive attributes of gaming culture and to host the best college Esports events and competitions.

several students sitting in front of computers
Members of the new Esports team. Photo courtesy of James Stephens.

Troy Morehouse, director of Student Engagement at Alfred State, said of the new team,

“We are proud to be able to offer intercollegiate Esports as a part of our campus recreation. With the creation of this team as a club sport, we now offer competitive opportunities to a wider range of students.”

A new Esports Suite in the Student Leadership Center provides the team with new computer equipment and a high energy environment for players to practice and compete. Alfred State’s Esports advisor and the student coach are available to assist in training of players and to promote best practices for a responsible balance of academic study and team play.

The Esports Suite is in addition to another Games Nation Suite for console game players.

The Esports team complements Alfred State’s new game and interactive design AS and BS programs, which are set to launch in the fall of 2019. Students in these programs will be exposed to many different facets of interactive media, and will become prepared for a wide variety of occupational opportunities, including game design, UX (user experience design, interactive entertainment, and more.

Alfred State will host an Esports invitational tournament for local high schools from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 2. Participants will be able to hear from game design industry professional and Alfred State alum Eric Doty about what it’s like to work in the game development field. They will also learn about the exciting new game and interactive design majors, and will compete against other high schools with the winning high school team to take on Alfred State’s collegiate team.

On March 30, Alfred State will compete in the HV Gamer Con in Albany. Also, on April 5, the team has a head-to-head match with SUNY Canton. For more information on Alfred State Esports, check out the team’s social media @AlfredStEsports or

Learn more about Esports at Alfred State.

‘Stirring the Pot’ event to highlight Native American culture

Posted Date: Monday, March 25, 2019 - 14:00

Alfred State’s Center for Intercultural Unity is pleased to host a unique exploration of indigenous culture from 12:30-2 p.m. Thursday, March 28 in the Orvis Activities Center’s Cappadonia Auditorium.

The event will include a photography exhibition, as well as a panel discussion about connecting with the past, identity politics, and representation of Native Americans. Dr. Joe Stahlman and Dr. Fileve Palmer will be present, along with William Maybe (Seneca Nation) and Alfred State Senior Director of Residential Services Matthew Ryan (Seneca Nation).

Dr. Joe Stahlman and Dr. Fileve Palmer
Dr. Joe Stahlman and Dr. Fileve Palmer

“The college is excited to welcome the work of these two scholars and visionaries, as well as members of the Seneca Nation, students, and the public. We look forward to a lively and thoughtful discussion of representation, identity politics, and culture,” said Cyan Corwine, coordinator of international education at Alfred State. “Come join us for some light refreshments and insightful conversations.”

In 2013, Stahlman and Palmer developed a photography exhibition revolving around six Wanamaker photographs called “Stirring the Pot: Bringing the Wanamakers Home.” The two Indiana University-Bloomington graduates came to this project because in 2008, Stahlman unexpectedly came across an image of his great-great Tuscarora grandfather, Chief Jefferson Chew, and five other Tuscarora relations while searching through the Mathers' Museum for World Cultures' Wanamaker archive.

Over the years, while completing their dissertation research and work, the couple envisioned embarking on a project in which the original images would be shared with Stahlman's Tuscarora relatives. Stahlman and Palmer were already well versed at putting together photography exhibitions in South Africa, where Palmer led community- centered photo-ethnography-projects (PEP) with African youth.

The couple worked with the youth to connect them with professional community photographers, explore issues of representation and community, and helped them curate three community exhibitions around KwaZulu-Natal Province. When they returned to complete Stahlman's fieldwork on Tuscarora in 2011, they replicated PEP with a sixth-grade class in the Tuscarora Indian School with the help of Joanne Weinholtz, the culture and history teacher, who went on to exhibit the youth's photos during the National Picnic in 2012.

After completing their PhDs and witnessing the power of photography to engage community, they returned their attention to the Tuscarora photographs from the Wanamaker archive. The couple conceived a project in which the images were presented to individuals directly related to the people represented in the photos.

From there, volunteers who would model with their ancestors were solicited with enthusiasm. The descendants got to choose locations, poses, and which personal attributes they wished to see represented.

After doing it on their own, "We proposed the concept to Mathers and they eagerly jumped on board," said Stahlman. "Dr. Palmer and I spent the next 16 months, in five separate trips to Tuscarora, photographing living Tuscarora descendants with their ancestors. By the time we finished shooting, we had 587 photos."

With the curatorial assistance from Mathers, the team pared down to 24 images that captured the essence of the Stirring the Pot project. Since its inception, the exhibition has been shown on three separate occasions - at Mathers in 2016, Tuscarora Nation House in 2017, and at Purdue University in 2018.

For more information about this event, please contact Cyan Corwine at

Student Riko Hayano honored as Newman Civic Fellow

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 13:15

Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 262 students who will make up the organization’s 2019-2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, including Alfred State College’s own Riko Hayano.

An interdisciplinary studies major from Osaka, Japan, Hayano is a highly respected student leader committed to enriching the community and promoting growth through shared experience. Hayano provides intercultural programming for inbound and outbound international students, supporting programs such as the CommUnity Potlucks and International 101. These initiatives enable students and staff to come together to learn and teach one another.

Riko Hayano sitting at a table with her laptopAdditionally, Hayano played a part in re-launching WILD (Women Inspiring Leadership Development), and serves as liaison between students and the Center for Intercultural Unity, advocating for underrepresented students. She also serves as a diversity RA, creating programming for her residence hall and the entire campus around issues of diversity and inclusion.

Hayano seeks to foster dialogue and programming around intersections of identity, share her experiences, and get students involved. As Dr. Skip Sullivan, Alfred State president, said in his recommendation letter, “She is a true community builder at heart.”

Nikkie Herman, chief diversity officer and title IX coordinator in the Center for Intercultural Unity at Alfred State, said, “I am so proud of Riko for being selected as the Newman Civic Fellow this year. She exemplifies unity, inclusion, and passion for social justice and civic engagement. Our campus is grateful for all of the work that she does, and will continue to do next year with her fellowship.”

Hayano noted that she genuinely loves helping others.

“I believe that my purpose of being in Alfred is to help, and by helping, I mean motivating/empowering others and to form a unity together to be better individuals as a whole,” she said.

The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth for students who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership and an investment in solving public problems. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

“We are proud to recognize each of these extraordinary student leaders and thrilled to have the opportunity to engage with them,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year's Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are committed to finding solutions to pressing problems in their communities and beyond. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it's what our country and our world desperately need.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. Learn more at

Students compete in 2019 SkillsUSA Postsecondary Championship at Alfred State College

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 13:30

The 2019 SkillsUSA New York State Leadership and Skills Conference Postsecondary Championship was held on Alfred State College’s Wellsville campus on Saturday, March 23.

A total of 54 students from three schools competed against each other in one of the nation’s most prestigious showcases of career and technical aptitude. Schools competing this year included State University of New York (SUNY) College of Technology at Alfred, SUNY Delhi, and the Culinary Institute of America. All competitions took place on the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville.

Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels, and are judged to industry standards using judges from industry. The SkillsUSA state winners are eligible to compete in the 55th National SkillsUSA Championship, held in Louisville, KY, from June 24-28. More than 6,500 students will compete hands-on in 103 different trade, technical, and leadership fields.

SkillsUSA changes lives every day. Students discover and grow their career passions and appreciate their own self-worth through the work and dedication of instructors, administrators, association directors, industry partners, and alumni. SkillsUSA continues to strive for their core purpose, to help instructors reach and engage their students so their students will succeed.

gold medal winners
Pictured are the gold medal winners from the 2019 SkillsUSA New York State Leadership and Skills Conference Postsecondary Championship held on Alfred State College’s Wellsville campus. From left to right are Brandon Meek, Steven Mazzone, Matt Piccirilli, Mitchel Davis, Allan Jones, Nora Engelken, Karam Lee, Ryan Shipherd. Not pictured is Caryl Koch.

Winners from the March 23 championship, by competition, are as follows:


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Justin Clark, Burlington Flats

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Nick Webb, Waterloo

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Matt Piccirilli, Webster


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Ethan Kennedy, Delhi

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Ryan Lee, Lancaster

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Caryl Koch, Cuba


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Jordan Dunning, Wellsville

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Kyle Wiedemann, Bolivar

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Steven Mazzone, Marilla


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Brandon Miller, Kendall

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Zachary Miles, Endicott

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Mitchell Davis, Bath


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Morgan Dennis, Cameron

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Brandon Ting Tai Hoe, Flushing

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Karam Lee, Salt Lake City, UT


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Beatriz Baldaras, New Castle, DE

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Cheyenne Gehringer, Westfield, PA

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Nora Engelken, Fairway, KS


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Damian De Sordi, Morrisville

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Joseph Yambor, Franklin

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Brandon Meek, Akron


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Jakob Lojek, Akron

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Spencer Woodruff, Sennett

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Ryan Shipherd, Randolph


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Deborah Huppman, Camillus

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Joshua Froio, Phoenix, NY

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Allan Jones, Farmersville Station

Local schools compete in Science and Technology Fair at Alfred State College

Posted Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:00

More than 100 outstanding scientific projects by students from 13 area school districts were featured in Alfred State’s 20th annual Regional Science and Technology Fair.

Participating districts included Addison, Alfred-Almond, Archbishop Walsh STCS, Bolivar-Richburg, Cassadaga Valley, Friendship, Hinsdale, Hornell, Houghton Academy, Lima Christian School, Portville, Prattsburgh, and St. Ann’s Academy.

A total of 180 students presented 158 science and technology projects to the judges for a chance at a share of the $1,590 in prize money. Participants were divided into three divisions: senior (grades 10-12), junior (grades seven through nine), and novice (grades four through six).

Winners in the senior division included first-place winner ($250) Laura Wilhelm from Portville with “Liquid Ice Melt for the Common Consumer,” second-place winner ($150) Gail Patton from Hinsdale with “What’s in a Face?,” and third-place winner ($100) Nathan Armstrong from Hinsdale with “It’s Time to Strike.”

Winners in the junior division included first-place winner ($250) Catherine Pryzbyla from Archbishop Walsh with “Self Control: The Marshmallow Test,” second-place winner ($150) Christy Childs from Hinsdale with “Preserving?,” and third-place winner ($100) Lemuel Fiegl from Lima Christian School with “Hacking the Air Gap.”

Winners in the novice division included first-place winner ($50) Nicholas Gray from St. Ann’s Academy with “Slippery Slopes – Investigating the Angle of Repose and its Impact on Slope Stability,” second-place winner ($25) McKenzie Calderwood from Prattsburgh with “Power of Precipitation,” and third-place winner ($15) Clayton Cheney from Prattsburgh with “Tap, Sap, Boil.”

The grand prize ($500) went to Shayla Wilhelm from Portville with “Aluminum SiO2 Coated Optical Mirror Deterioration with Epoxy Resin.”

The People’s Choice Award resulted in a tie between (Certificate/Ribbon) Matthew Robinson from Hornell with “The Making of the Grand Canyon” and Aurelia Hoover from St. Ann’s Academy with “Separating Ink: Water vs. Alcohol.”

Winning Outstanding School awards were Prattsburgh (novice division), Hinsdale (junior division), and Portville (senior division). All Outstanding School winners received a silver tray.

Each participant received a certificate of participation, and individual ribbons were presented to first-, second-, and third-place prize winners in all divisions. The Science and Technology Fair was sponsored by Otis Eastern of Wellsville, with additional funding provided by ACES, Thermo-Fisher Scientific, Alfred State Student Senate, Alfred State Science Society Club, the Physical and Life Sciences Department, the American Chemical Society, and Wards Scientific.

Additionally, about 80 volunteers consisting of faculty, staff, students, community members, and alumni assisted with the fair. Alfred State thanks everyone who helped make the 20th annual Regional Science and Technology Fair possible.

students holding up their ribbons

Pictured are the students who were awarded for their projects at Alfred State’s 20th annual Regional Science and Technology Fair. In the front row, from left to right, are Lemuel Fiegle, Christy Childs, Gail Patton, Nicholas Gray, and Aurelia Hoover. In the back row, from left to right, are Matthew Robinson, Catherine Pryzbyla, Laura Wilhelm, Shayla Wilhelm, and Nathan Armstrong. Not Pictured are Clayton Cheney and McKenzie Calderwood.

New four-year agriculture program coming to Alfred State in fall 2019

Posted Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 13:15

Alfred State College is excited to announce that it will soon launch the first four-year agriculture program in the school’s history.

Classes for the new Bachelor of Technology degree program in agricultural entrepreneurship will begin in the fall of 2019. This new program is designed to provide tomorrow’s agricultural entrepreneurs with the skills to make local agriculture economically viable through the application of traditional production practices and the development of value-added (VA) products.

Students will take production courses to build a strong foundation in agriculture, value-added courses to develop non-traditional agriculture skills, and business courses to understand marketing and financial management.

The program will appeal to both traditional students who come from a farm background, and to those who are new to agriculture. Students will become prepared to be successful in their efforts to improve the profitability of an existing farm, or start a new agricultural venture of their own.

A variety of different jobs will be available for Alfred State agricultural entrepreneurship graduates, including manager or owner of a commercial farm; agricultural credit officer; warehouse manager for farm chemicals, feed, seed, and fertilizers; and more.

Dr. Phil Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department and coordinator of the new program, stated, “We are very excited to offer a baccalaureate degree in agriculture and believe it will greatly enhance educational opportunities for students from western New York and beyond.”

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “Exciting things are happening in our Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, from the addition of in-demand majors such as agricultural entrepreneurship, to the diversifying of our College Farm. I thank everyone who made this new program possible.”

Dr. Kristin Poppo, provost at Alfred State, said, “The agricultural entrepreneurship BTech is an innovative new program that prepares students for a wide range of opportunities, from focusing on value-added products on the family farm to being part of the corporate agricultural industry. The college’s largely renovated farm, including an organic dairy and meat production, will provide exceptional applied learning experiences.”  

Dr. Daniel Katz, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, said, “This landmark program enhances Alfred State’s historic mission to support the agricultural economy of our region and beyond as it increases the opportunities for our students. The BTech in agricultural entrepreneurship grounds us in our traditions and highlights the future for the college.”

Alfred State agriculture student
Classes for Alfred State College’s new agricultural entrepreneurship BTech program will begin in the fall of 2019.