April 2019

SNL’s Michael Che coming to Alfred State College April 23

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 11:30

Alfred State College is delighted to announce that comedian and Saturday Night Live cast member Michael Che will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 in the Orvis Activities Center.

Michael CheDoors for the event will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Campus Store in the Student Leadership Center for $12 for the general public and $5 for students. The performance is made possible by Alfred State Student Senate and the Alfred Programming Board.

Troy Morehouse, director of Student Engagement at Alfred State, said, “We are very excited to be offering this event to our students and the community, and cannot wait for Michael to be on campus.”

Having been named one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Funniest People,” Buzzfeed's "50 Hottest Men in Comedy," and Variety’s “Top 10 Comics To Watch,” Che is quickly leaving his mark on the media landscape. A native of lower Manhattan, Che’s comedy uses humor to identify humanity in the most controversial actions.

Currently, Che is the co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s iconic Weekend Update” segment where he is also a co-head writer for the show. Prior to joining SNL, he was a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning program The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Che has performed stand-up on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers and on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman.

In 2016, he released his first hour-long stand-up special titled “Michael Che Matters” on Netflix. His first special aired in 2014 on Comedy Central’s The Half-Hour stand-up series.

Che has made numerous other television and film appearances. Most recently, he co-hosted the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC. Che’s other appearances include Chris Rock’s Top Five, Comedy Central's hit series @midnight, and as a weekly cast member on Vh1’s Best Week Ever.

Che has performed on the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity festival tour, at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Montreal Comedy Festival, Comedy Central’s South Beach Comedy Festival, The Moontower Comedy Festival, and Bonnaroo, where The Nashville Scene proclaimed “Straight up: Michael Che is going to be a star.” He was crowned the winner of the New York’s Funniest Stand-Up competition at the 2012 New York Comedy Festival, and both Time-Out NY and Comedy Central have listed him as one of their "Comics To Watch." He headlines comedy shows nationally and internationally.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Engagement at studentactivities@alfredstate.edu or 607-587-4075.

Pioneers volunteer out-of-state during spring break

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 14:45

While spring break is typically considered a time for students to relax and recharge, for Alfred State College (ASC) Pioneers, it’s an opportunity to make a difference.

During their recent spring break, a number of ASC students volunteered for one of two out-of-state civic engagement trips in an effort to help those in need.

On the trip to Myrtle Beach, SC, a group of 11 volunteers were led by Amy Miller, residence hall director, and student leader Elisabeth Rebmann, a human services management major from Attica. Participants included Colin Blatz, mechanical engineering technology, Buffalo; Spencer DiSalvo, heavy equipment operations, Mount Morris; Felicia Fiacco, architecture, Elbridge; Dalton Fries, architecture, Olean; Nicole Grandall, human services, Bath; Rachel Marsh, business administration, DeRuyter; Matthew Murphy, electrical construction and maintenance electrician, Buffalo; Alex Serrano, computer engineering technology, New York City; and Rachel Von Hagn, nursing, Bath.

During the trip, the group worked with Habitat for Humanity of Horry County at a construction site, where they helped build an affordable house for a mother and her three children. The group performed a variety of exterior work, from installing windows, to hammering, to landscaping, as well as interior work such as installing insulation, installing beams, and calking. The trip marked the seventh straight year that the college has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Horry County.

Once the group arrived, Miller noted, the students were ready to “dive head first into construction.”

“I was impressed with how the students were so dedicated to helping,” she said. “The students were eager to get their hands dirty and make an impact on the community. As students who are familiar with hands-on learning, they jumped right into the tasks they were assigned on day one.”

On a separate trip, student leaders RJ Sturtz, a construction management major from Marion, and Esthefany Gordillo, a financial planning major from Woodhaven, led a team of four who partnered with All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response. The group engaged in disaster recovery efforts in Panama City Beach, FL, an area affected by Hurricane Michael. In addition to Sturtz and Gordillo, the group included Grace Jacobs, radiologic technology, Conesus; and Melissa Rene, nursing, Monsey. This was the 24th time that Alfred State has partnered with All Hands and Hearts since 2005.

According to Sturtz, there were three types of crews on site: muck and gut, chainsaw work, and the sanitation crew. Mucking and gutting involved removing materials affected by the flood and hurricane winds, while the chainsaw work entailed trimming hazardous tree limbs and removing trees. The sanitation crew, Sturtz said, came in after the muck and gut crew to remove the mold created by flooding.

Sturtz noted that the group met people from all over the country and the world who were there to make a difference. Many recipients of the aid, he said, were in lower-income brackets and couldn’t help themselves. Once the job was complete, some homeowners occasionally said blessings over the crew or began to cry in joyous relief.

“The greatest impact that I felt I made was giving these individuals hope for a new beginning and a better tomorrow,” he said.

several students standing wearing blue shirts
Team of Pioneers who volunteered in Myrtle Beach, SC during spring break. From left to right are Matthew Murphy, Rachel Von Hagn, Elisabeth Rebmann, Amy Miller, Colin Blatz, Spencer DiSalvo, Felicia Fiacco, Dalton Fries, Alex Serrano, Nicole Grandall, and Rachel Marsh.
four students wearing purple shirts
Students who recently volunteered in Panama City Beach, FL on their spring break. From left to right are Melissa Rene, Grace Jacobs, Esthefany Gordillo, and RJ Sturtz.

Drama Club to perform ‘Hairspray the Musical’ April 11-13

Posted Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 14:15

The Alfred State Drama Club will dazzle and delight audiences from April 11-13 with its upcoming performance of “Hairspray the Musical” at the Orvis Activities Center.

Hairspray shares the story of Tracy, a young girl from Baltimore, whose goal is to make it onto the Corny Collins Show to display her talents and integrate the white and black communities on national television in a 1960s segregated Baltimore. Alfred State's production of Hairspray stars Katie Brooks, a digital media and animation major from Walton, as Tracy Turnblad.

The show times are as follows:

  • Thursday, April 11 – 7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 12 – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13 – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $2 for students and $7 for general admission. To purchase tickets, please stop by the first floor of the Central Dining Hall on the Alfred campus on weekdays from now through April 12 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. daily.

Gaming enthusiasts gather at Alfred State for Esports event

Posted Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 15:00

Alfred State College and its newly launched Esports team recently welcomed 23 students from five area high schools for a fun and informative event that focused on the growing world of competitive gaming.

Schools that attended the first Alfred State Esports Invitational included Dundee, Wellsville, BOCES Wildwood, Alfred-Almond, and Spencer-Van Etten. Participants began their day by touring the new Esports Suite in the Student Leadership Center and by playing several different games under the guidance of the college’s Esports team.

students sitting down in front of computers
Local high school students play a game during the inaugural Esports Invitational. 

Next, the students toured the new game and interactive design spaces in the Engineering Technology Building. Afterward, they were 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.

A 2007 graduate of the computer engineering technology program, Doty is currently the head of product at Mobcrush, and has also worked in the Xbox division at Microsoft. Doty, who flew in from California to speak with the students, was an integral part of the Alfred State community when he was a student, according to Alfred State Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Spencer Peavey, who noted that Doty served as a residence assistant and orientation leader.

“Having him back on campus was amazing, as he was widely missed,” Peavey said. “A moment of pride for me was seeing who he has become as a leader in the industry and in his community. Seeing him interact with our current student leaders and the way they admired him was the best part of the visit for me.”

After learning from Doty, the students concluded their day by attending a Q&A session and a lunch. Peavey said the feedback he received from the students and the high school representatives was overwhelmingly positive.

Some schools, Peavey noted, even remarked that they greatly appreciated the event because they are also looking to create their own Esports space, but were unsure of how to build or support one.

“We were very happy with the turnout,” Peavey said. “We were asked by the schools attending to offer this annually, so we may look to increase it in size next year.”

Looking to continue impacting the future of competitive gaming, Alfred State’s Esports team, as well as many other student clubs and organizations, Peavey said, have identified high school Esports startups as the focus of their civic engagement initiatives.

“They will be working with local high schools to mentor students and support new programs and team development,” Peavey said.

Alfred State is thankful to its Esports team, Doty, and all of the participating students and high schools for making the college’s first Esports Invitational such a success.

Learn more about Esports at Alfred State.

Spencer in front of an audience of students
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Spencer Peavey speaks to high school students and representatives while footage of the college’s Esports team appears on TV screens.


Dr. Tezak honored for military service

Posted Date: Friday, April 5, 2019 - 08:30

Dr. Edward Tezak, a SUNY distinguished service professor emeritus of Alfred State College, was recently recognized by the Allegany County Board of Legislators for his 30-year career in the military.

Tezak, who served in the Army from 1963 to 1993, was honored before the board’s recent regular monthly meeting, and he also led those present in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Prior to his retirement in 2016, Tezak held a number of positions during his career at Alfred State, including dean of the School of Engineering Technology, associate professor of mechanical engineering technology, and chair of the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Department.

Check out the full story by The Spectator here.

Dr. Edward Tezak
Dr. Edward Tezak


Hands-on learning key in Alfred State’s ‘green’ efforts

Posted Date: Friday, April 5, 2019 - 13:15

Whether it’s building a zero-energy home for the Solar Decathlon or installing a solar array at the US National Arboretum, Alfred State College (ASC) students are learning about the importance of “going green” through many different applied learning experiences.

Dr. Craig Clark, vice president of Economic Development at Alfred State, noted that the benefits of educating students about the importance of sustainability are many.

“We’re going to have a lot of folks that are educated in the technology side, not just insulation, but design purposes,” Clark said. “You’re also going to find that the general public is much more informed because of all of these graduates.”

Check out this video for more information on Alfred State’s commitment to sustainability through hands-on education. Earth Day may be April 22, but at ASC helping the environment is important throughout the year.

Here are some additional fast facts about how the Blue and Gold are going green:

  • The Mega Sale redirects over 1,000 cubic feet of unwanted, usable items from the landfill annually.
  • A “green” roof was designed for the third-floor level of the Student Leadership Center outside of the park space.
  • A solar thermal system was implemented in the Student Leadership Center to reduce fossil fuel use when heating the domestic hot water there.

Financial Wellness Task Force aims to increase financial literacy on campus

Posted Date: Monday, April 8, 2019 - 14:15

April is Financial Literacy Month, which coincides with one of the busiest times of the academic year. As students and professors prepare for final projects, exams, and graduation, finances are often the last thing on people’s minds.

However, finances are one of those things that everyone has to take care of no matter your station in life. That is why Alfred State College’s Financial Wellness Task Force (FWTF) was formed, to bring finances to the forefront of minds of the Alfred State community.

One of the ways in which the task force is doing this is through hosting a number of on-campus events each Tuesday and Thursday in April. In March, the FWTF launched “The Game of Life,” in which students played carnival-like games where they lost or earned money based on where their “chips landed” and the corresponding scenario cards.

The group reached about 60 students, but realized they needed to have a broader influence, and planned nine events for the month of April. Topic titles range from “Navigating the Waters of College Loans” and “Investing is Like Baking” to “The Psychology of Money” and “Debt Stress.”

The events are led by Alfred State’s financial experts – faculty, students, and staff – as well as ASC graduates. Students are encouraged to come prepare for their financial futures and support the FWTF’s speakers every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5 p.m. in EJ Brown Hall, room 119.

student tossing rings onto colorful cones
After hosting a carnival-style game in March to bring
finances to the forefront of the minds of those within the
Alfred State community, the college’s Financial Wellness
Task Force is hosting a number of other events to coincide
with Financial Literacy Month in April. The events will take
place from 4-5 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday in
EJ Brown, room 119, and will help students learn how to
prepare for their financial futures.

The FWTF was formed as part of the mission for Americorps VISTA member Dr. Fileve Palmer to make ASC students financially literate. As a trained anthropologist, Palmer, spent her months getting to know key figures that could be helpful resources for the giant, amorphous task. One by one, she contacted individuals to brainstorm ideas to help financial awareness.

When meeting with Dr. Hollie Hall and Jeanine Rose from Health and Wellness Services, Hall brainstormed a task force consisting of faculty, students, and staff who would assess student financial needs and develop programming around those needs. Hall suggested membership include a representative from ACES, a faculty member, and employees from Residential Life, Financial Aid, and Student Success.

Palmer contacted Business Professor Scott DuMond during his office hours to pitch the idea. DuMond, being a business professor, loved it and vowed to help. With that validation, Palmer set up meetings with leaders in each of the referenced organizations and recruited someone from each. Once organized, the group met in November to lay a foundation. Palmer then worked with Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Gregory Sammons to hammer out a clear mission statement and goals to present to President Dr. Skip Sullivan to make the group official.

The Financial Wellness Task Force received official recognition from Sullivan on Dec. 17, 2018. An official letter of acknowledgement was sent to provide “formal charge, membership, and direction to the Financial Wellness Task Force.”

The mission of the task force is to guide students to achieve financial stability to thrive on and off campus by providing baseline financial literacy through shared language, engaging programming, and innovative education. Members will empower students to create networks that give them tools and resources that will live up to Alfred State College's motto to “Hit the ground running!”

Alfred State to celebrate Earth Week

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 13:45

Beginning Monday, April 15, Alfred State College will be hosting a series of events and activities in celebration of Earth Week 2019.

Led by students, the events will focus on sustainability and increasing awareness about this topic across campus. All events are free and open to the public.

The schedule for Alfred State’s Earth Week events is as follows:

  • Monday, April 15

“Pots and Plants” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Leadership Center Park Space. Participants will be able to paint pots and plant seeds.

“Seed Bombs” from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Small Events Space in SLC. Seed bombs will be made from scratch. Materials will be provided.

  • Tuesday, April 16

“Pots and Plants” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the SLC Park Space.

“Build a Birdfeeder” from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the SLC Park Space. Participants will coat pine cones with peanut butter to adhere the birdseed to the outside. A biodegradable string will be provided.

  • Wednesday, April 17

“Pots and Plants” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the SLC Park Space.

“Sustainable Question Wheel” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the SLC Park Space.

Come answer some sustainability trivia and get the chance to win a special sustainability-related prize!

“Climate Choices: Deliberative Dialogue” from 3-5 p.m. in the MacKenzie Complex Commons. Join Sustainability Ambassador Sam Lieber for a conversation on how everyone can help solve climate change! Don’t know much about climate change? All information will be provided!

  • Thursday, April 18

The Sustainability Club will be hosting a water taste test from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside of the Central Dining Hall.

Litter will be cleaned up around campus from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Participants will gather in SLC room 304.

An educational movie “Triple Divide” will be shown from 8-10 p.m. in the Robinson/Champlin Hall’s Main Lounge.

  • Friday, April 19

“Community Rocks” from noon to 2 p.m. in the SLC. Come paint rocks with sustainability-related messages that will be placed around campus.

  • Monday April 22

Trees will be planted from noon to 2 p.m. at the Alfred Montessori School.

  • Thursday, April 25

Litter will be cleaned up around campus from 3-4:30 p.m. Participants will gather in the Engineering Technology Building, room 114.

Alfred State and Alfred University students ‘Spring Into Action’ for annual day of service

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 14:15

About 175 Alfred State College and 50 Alfred University students volunteered recently to make a difference in their surrounding communities during the annual Spring Into Action Day of Service.

Altogether, 23 projects were planned for the event, stretching from Cuba to Corning, as noted in The Spectator. These included rehabilitating Alfred’s community garden, the cleanup of local cemeteries, and assisting with spring preparations at area state parks.

Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Alfred State, was quoted in The Spectator’s article on the event as saying, “Civic engagement is part of the mission at Alfred State, so we try to show students pathways to community involvement, get them off campus, and connect with people. Then, they’ll come back and do it again on their own.”

Check out the full story by The Spectator here.

Dr. Lounsberry receives Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 08:45

Dr. Gary Lounsberry, a professor emeritus of Alfred State College, was recently presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles.

Lounsberry, who has more than 45 years of professional experience, was a professor in Alfred State’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Department from 2005 to 2014.

The Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have achieved greatness in their industry, according to the award’s website. These individuals have excelled in their field for at least 20 years.

Check out the full story here.

Dr. Gary Lounsberry
Dr. Gary Lounsberry