May 2019

Psi Beta honor society welcomes new members

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 15:00

Five students were recently inducted into the Psi Beta honor society, an organization that promotes interest in the study of psychology at two-year colleges.

Students must have earned a 3.25 (out of a possible 4.0) grade point average, including 3.0 in at least one psychology course. The ceremony was conducted by the honor society’s faculty advisers, Assistant Professor Dr. Amanda Silva and Professor Dr. Choichiro Yatani, both from the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department.

five students wearing yellow ribbons
L-r are Shaheim Green, Alexis Geiger, Alexis Wight, Danielle Kanuck, and Amanda Gardner. 

The 2019 Psi Beta inductees included:

  • Amanda Gardner, interdisciplinary studies, Hornell
  • Alexis Geiger, human services, Almond
  • Shaheim Green, criminal justice, Brooklyn
  • Danielle Kanuck, graphic and media design, Schenectady
  • Alexis Wight, liberal arts and sciences - adolescent education, Wellsville

Spring concert set for May 4

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 15:30

The Performing Arts Department would like to invite you, your family, and friends to its free, annual Instrumental/Vocal Music Spring Concert on Saturday, May 4, beginning at noon at the Orvis Activities Center Cappadonia Auditorium.

A varied program will be performed that includes:

  • The jazz quartet presenting standard jazz numbers and pop numbers.
  • Alfred’s rock ensembles, under the leadership of graduating senior Patrick McFadden, network administration, Clifton Springs, and newly elected student director Carmine Ferri, computer engineering technology, Hamburg.
  • Alfred State’s vocal group, under the direction of newly appointed director/adviser Sarabeth Matteson, will “sing” their way into spring.
  • The concert band, under the direction of Gerald Ives, will perform selections from selected motion picture sound tracks

“In addition to making great music, Alfred State’s Performing Arts organizations are also committed to supporting community organizations through our civic engagement projects,” Ives said. “Our continued support, through the collection of donations at the concert, will benefit young individuals with disabilities attending the Mary Cariola Children’s Center. Please come, watch, and enjoy as Alfred State’s talented musicians perform their final concert of the year, and congratulate our graduating seniors!”

Fun and smiles shine through on Hot Dog Day

Posted Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 08:45

While the weather may have been a bit too cool and damp for a festival, attendees of the 48th annual Hot Dog Day nevertheless had an excellent time celebrating, making memories, and enjoying a hot dog or two.

The event is organized each year by Alfred State College and Alfred University, with the two colleges alternating hosting the Hot Dog Day Carnival, which features hot dog stands and other food vendors, plus arts and crafts tents and games. Alfred University hosted the event this year. Additional Hot Dog Day activities included a wiener dog race, a community parade, and a steel drum band performance.

Each year, funds raised during the annual celebration benefit a number of local organizations. This year was no exception, as the 2019 Hot Dog Day raised a total of $7,000 for charity.

Troy Morehouse, director of Student Engagement at Alfred State, said, “Although the weather was a bit uncooperative, it was a great day full of smiles, families, students, community members, and of course hot dogs. Thanks to the support of the entire Alfred community, Hot Dog Day 2019 was another great event!”

John Lewis, director of Student Activities at Alfred University, said, “While Mother Nature may have been throwing us curveballs, a wonderful group of volunteers, vendors, students and community showed up to support local charities and enjoy what they could of our spring festival, Hot Dog Day. We are already looking forward to next year’s event on Alfred State’s campus, and are crossing our fingers for beautiful weather!”

For more on Hot Dog Day 2019, check out this article by The Spectator or a video of the event.

Hot Dog Day 2019
Many hot dogs were consumed, and plenty of fun was had during Hot Dog Day 2019.


TAG Day honors donors

Posted Date: Friday, May 3, 2019 - 10:15

From scholarships, to programs, to athletics, and more, so much is made possible at Alfred State College thanks to donations.

several students holding a banner that says thank you, donorsAs a way to recognize its numerous donors and shed some light on the many things that have resulted from their generosity, Alfred State recently held TAG (Thank A Giver) Day on campus.

According to Kaitlyn Carhart, associate director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, a number of tags were placed at various locations throughout campus to show passersby the different ways in which donors’ dollars have been used, from a memorial bench, to the Bethesda Foundation Imaging Suite, to the Thomas M. Blackwell Forensics Lab.

“We also had a student, Jordon Comrie, of the Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow Club take over our social media accounts and talk about the tags that were in place to show the large presence of donor dollars,” Carhart said.

Additionally, Carhart noted, the Office of Institutional Advancement set up a table in the Student Leadership Center to educate students and employees about TAG Day, and to encourage them to sign a banner to “show our donors how much we appreciate them.” Also, scholarship recipients were contacted prior to TAG Day and asked to wear a tag on their backpacks showing that they too have been impacted by donor dollars.

“Overall, the day was a giant success,” Carhart said. “Having the visual representation on campus of how many physical locations and pieces of equipment are here thanks to donors was such a great educational piece for our students and faculty and staff. Hearing students stop by the table in the SLC and mention that they saw this on social media and wanted to stop was fantastic! I feel as though we truly got the message across.”

bench outside with a thank a donor tag on it

Alfred State College holds 35th annual Honors Convocation

Posted Date: Friday, May 3, 2019 - 10:45

Alfred State College celebrated the achievements of hundreds of students recently during the 35th annual Honors Convocation, with Dr. Kristin Poppo, provost, presiding over the event, and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of English and Humanities Dr. Aniko Constantine serving as grand marshal.

Following the academic processional to open the ceremony was the singing of the national anthem by the Alfred State Men’s Quartet. Cyan Corwine, coordinator of International Student Services, gave the invocation.

Following the welcome by President Dr. Skip Sullivan and the provost’s remarks, Deans Awards for Academic Excellence were presented by the deans of the three schools, Jeffrey Stevens (School of Applied Technology), Dr. John Williams (School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology) and Dr. Daniel Katz (School of Arts and Sciences). The recipients of the awards were Karl Platt IV, heavy equipment operations, Albany; Robert Sturtz, construction management, Marion; and Linzy Nocchi, nursing, Waverly.

Receiving the Provost’s Award for Academic Excellence was Claire Wragg, electrical construction and maintenance electrician, Corning. Dr. Gregory Sammons, vice president for Student Affairs, recognized Peter York, construction management, Akron; and Carolyn Wright, agricultural business, Franklinville, as the Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence recipients.

Patricia K. Fogarty, chair of the College Council, presented the Leadership through Civic Engagement Award to Steve Lock, mechanical engineering technology, Silver Creek; and Cassandra Robbers, business administration, Almond. Receiving the Newman Civic Fellows Award from Fogarty was Riko Hayano, interdisciplinary studies, Osaka, Japan.

President Sullivan presented the Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Young Alumni awards to 1963 graduate J. Gregory Ferry (agronomy) and 2010 graduate Justin Recktenwald (agricultural technology).

Dr. Katz gave the benediction just prior to the academic recessional by the Alfred State Concert Band to close out the ceremony.

Provost Dr. Kristin Poppo and Claire Wragg
Claire Wragg, an electrical construction and maintenance electrician major from Corning, right, received the Provost’s Award for Academic Excellence from Provost Dr. Kristin Poppo, left.


Green Grand Prix AP story covered by 100+ media outlets

Posted Date: Friday, May 3, 2019 - 14:45

An Associated Press (AP) story about the Green Grand Prix in Watkins Glen was featured in more than 100 publications and websites this week, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, ESPN, NBC Sports, and more.

The story mentions that Alfred State regularly competes in the event, and that the college finished first and tied for third in the autocross competition after the rally. The Toyota Green Grand Prix is a showcase of motoring technology that aims for a cleaner environment.

View the full story here.

Dr. Kellogg authors ‘Barry Baskerville and the Buried Treasure’

Posted Date: Monday, May 6, 2019 - 10:30

cover of “Barry Baskerville and the Buried Treasure” bookDr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State College, is the author of a new book titled “Barry Baskerville and the Buried Treasure.”

This book is the sixth entry in a series of mysteries for children, and is available on the Amazon website. It contains beautiful color illustrations by noted Hawaiian artist Gary Kato.

As in previous adventures, young Barry dreams of becoming a famous detective like his hero, Sherlock Holmes. Accordingly, he both amazes and irritates his friends and teachers with his baffling riddles and logic problems.

In this mystery, Barry's family inherits a farm from Uncle Henry Baskerville. A valuable treasure is hidden somewhere on the property. Barry must utilize all his powers of observation and deduction to solve the case and locate the treasure.

“Barry Baskerville and the Buried Treasure” introduces young readers to the legendary Sherlock Holmes while enhancing their problem-solving skills. The story welcomes them into the world of enchantment occupied by the great detective and his loyal companion, Dr. John Watson.

Devon Clark inducted into Alfred State chapter of Sigma Lambda Chi honor society

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 15:45

Devon Clark, a construction management student from Perrysburg, was recently inducted into the Zeta V Chapter of the Sigma Lambda Chi (SLC) International Construction Management Honor Society at Alfred State.

Civil Engineering Technology Professor Timothy Piotrowski serves as the adviser to student members, all of whom are construction management majors. In addition to Piotrowski, several other faculty members and students participated in the installation ceremony, including Professor and Department Chair Erin Vitale; Assistant Professor Dr. Reza Yadollahi; Nick Wilder, Eden; Doug Horbachewski, Hamburg; Ashton Roberts, Holland Patent; Jon Weaver, Palmyra; Joe Johnson, North Chili; Luke Podyma, Eden; Robert Sturtz, Marion.

Sigma Lambda Chi is an international honor society within the construction industry. Chapters may be established at a school, college, or university that has a major discipline of education in construction.

To be installed by a chapter, a student must be at least a junior and have a GPA in the upper 20 percent of qualified students in the program. They must also have participated in one or more extracurricular activities; demonstrated excellent leadership, character, and personality traits; and worked in some phase of construction for at least one summer or winter break.

Membership in this society is certainly an important milestone in a student’s college career and indicates a significant accomplishment for the inductee, as well as to potential employers. Members are permitted to wear the memorabilia associated with the society at graduation for further recognition.

several people standing on the stairs smiling
Pictured at Alfred State’s 2019 Sigma Lambda Chi honor society induction ceremony are, front row, from left to right, Joe Johnson and new inductee Devon Clark; second row, from left, Ashton Roberts, Luke Podyma, Professor and Department Chair Erin Vitale, and Robert Sturtz; third row, from left, Professor Timothy Piotrowski, Jon Weaver, and Assistant Professor Dr. Reza Yadollahi; back row, from left, Nick Wilder and Doug Horbachewski.


Construction management students excel in Associate Constructor Exam

Posted Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 13:30

Alfred State senior construction management students fared extremely well when putting their skills and knowledge to the test recently during the eight-hour Associate Constructor (AC) Exam.

The exam is the first level of certification in the Constructor Certification Program. This level of certification is ideal for recent graduates of four-year construction management programs or those transitioning into construction management from other industries. Associate constructors are individuals who have a high level of skill and knowledge in managing the process of construction.

The professional exam covered all four years of coursework in the construction management curriculum. Students are tested in 20 areas, ranging from creation of a construction project safety plan; to analyzing methods, materials, and equipment; to applying construction management skills as a team member.

Collectively, the 28 Alfred State students scored five points higher than the national average and accounted for a pass rate that was 9 percent higher than the nationwide rate. Altogether, more than 1,300 students from around the country participated in the exam.

Erin Vitale, professor and chair of Alfred State’s Civil Engineering Technology Department, said, “We are so proud of our Bachelor of Science construction management seniors for scoring above the national average year after year.”

Student excellence recognized during Pioneer Expo

Posted Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 15:15

From showcasing amazing student projects to handing out numerous awards, Alfred State College recently recognized the incredible talents and contributions of its students during the first Pioneer Expo.

Altogether, the talents of 25 student clubs and organizations were highlighted in the Pioneer Expo’s showcase portion. With the aid of models, posters, prototypes, and more, the students took Expo attendees step-by-step through their own learning and achievement process when explaining their projects.

As for the awards ceremony, which recognized student contributions to Alfred State over the past year, a total of 27 awards were presented for initiatives surrounding civic engagement, culturally inclusive programs, performing arts, Greek life, student engagement, and more. Prior to the awards presentation, amazing performances were given by the Alfred State Rock Band and Alfred State Voices.

Coordinator of Student Activities Brittany Richards said of the Pioneer Expo, “With this being the first year, there were some hurdles to climb, but I think the event was a success. In fact, I have heard a lot of positive feedback. We definitely have notes to improve for next year, and are always looking for people who might be interested with the planning in the future.”

student holding a certificate in front of a poster board on a table
Alfred State College displayed amazing student projects and distributed awards during the 2019 Pioneer Expo.