The Department of Architecture and Design at Alfred State has announced the winners of this year’s Bob Pahl Award, given annually to two students who kept the top sketch journals while studying abroad in Sorrento, Italy, as part of their urban sketching course.
The honor began in 2012 and is named for Bob Pahl, a Boston-area architect, who graduated from Alfred State in 1981 with a degree in architectural engineering technology. Pahl donated the first- and second-place prizes, which were presented this year to Taquon Middleton, of Brooklyn, who received $800, and Kara Anderson, of Ontario, who received $200.
Nicholas Cultrara, of Buffalo, was the recipient of a $100 third-place prize, which was donated by Professor Joy Carlson. All three students are architectural technology majors.
“We are extremely grateful to Bob for his generous donation each year,” said Jeffrey Johnston, assistant professor in the Architecture and Design Department and coordinator of the study abroad program in Sorrento. “The Bob Pahl Award provides a valuable incentive for Sorrento architecture students to carefully document, through drawings, their travel experiences and observations.”
Pahl said as a freshman, new to college but with a love of architecture, walking into Johnston’s introduction to architecture course was a dream come true.
“He inspired me, through his talk of travels and his incredible talent in sketching, to make architecture my passion and my life,” said Pahl. “I sketch daily in my profession, and love to give back to the place that had such an impression in my life. I also want to keep the ‘art alive in architecture,’ supporting hand sketching any way I can.”
Pictured, from left, are Jeffrey Johnston, assistant professor in the Architecture and Design Department; Dr. Kristin Poppo, vice president of academic affairs; architectural technology majors Taquon Middleton, of Brooklyn, Kara Anderson, of Ontario, and Nicholas Cultrara; and Dr. Cristiana Panicco, president of Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy.
Alfred State will host a holiday buffet from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the Culinary Arts Building on the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville.
The cost, which includes beverages, is $20 per person and $10 for children under 10 years of age. The menu will feature classic French cuisine, such as crown roast of pork, coq au van, crème brulee, French onion soup, cream puffs, cassoulet with duck, broccoli mornay, and much, much more.
Proceeds will benefit the Culinary Honors Program. This event is open to the public; no reservations will be accepted. Questions may be directed to 607-587-3170.
Alfred State students in the Architecture and Design department are helping to improve the quality of the built environment in Allegany County and the surrounding region through a number of Southern Tier Architectural Resource (STAR) Center civic engagement projects.
The STAR Center is a collaboration of two organizations in the department: the Architecture Club and the Interior Design Club, which, through the promotion of sound design and planning principles, seek to enhance the local built environment.
Last semester, architectural technology majors Jeremy Dearing, of Allentown, PA, and Andrew Scott, of Arverne, NY, proposed designs for a project at Pioneer Park in Dansville. The project involved creating a place for a monument marking the park as Dansville’s first cemetery - where many are still interred - as well as landscaping and lighting work.
“What the clients were proposing was fairly low impact and it was really meant to just formalize the park and create a place for a new monument that they had already made,” said Bill Dean, chair of the department of Architecture and Design. “Most of the time you would create the plan first and then place the monument. They had the monument first and it was like, ‘All right, where do we put it?’
“Jeremy and Andrew worked on that and talked about two different possible locations for the monument and did renderings of what that might look like, just to kind of give them some guidance.”
Dearing said, “I’m very glad that I was able to get some real hands-on experience with actual clients.”
In the fall of 2013, Dean said, two students through the STAR Center also presented designs for a project that involved placing a welcome sign in downtown Bath. The clients ultimately chose architectural technology major and Syracuse, NY, native Katie Dussing’s plan.
“We’ve done a lot of these conceptualizations but we’re starting to see more activity with actually implementing them,” Dean said, “which is nice because it’s great to have the ideas on paper but you want to see them built at some point.”
Since 2013, according to Dean, the STAR Center students have undertaken eight typically infrastructure-related civic engagement projects, mainly in the Southern Tier. Potential upcoming projects include conceptual planning for a pocket park in Scio, documenting existing conditions for a veterans’ center in Rushford and for a building in downtown Buffalo, and a master plan for Lions Camp Badger in Spencer, NY.
Another project involves two students working with the Alfred State Sustainability Committee on converting an L-shaped area near the Central Dining Hall into a community garden.
“It’s not a huge space, it’s not a big project, but any place we can help, we’re happy to give the students that type of experience,” Dean said. “We don’t know if the garden is going to be edibles or perennials. That hasn’t been decided yet.”
Libby Dussault, an architecture and interior design student, from Horseheads, NY, said the STAR Center provides an awesome opportunity for students.
“It’s a good way to meet and work with other people and form relationships and learn how to work on a project with someone else because we do a couple of partner projects in the studio but nothing that has follow-through and you don’t see the end result and I think working with clients, that’s a good opportunity, too,” she said.
Dean noted, “These students are actually getting that experience of talking to people about their problems and helping them develop solutions to the extent that they can do that through an academic exercise, so I think it really provides a tremendous experience for the students that they’re not going to get in every architecture program.”
Pictured in photo above are, from top, counter-clockwise, Alfred State architectural technology majors Jeremy Dearing and Andrew Scott, and members of the Pioneer Park Committee Patricia Kreiley, Paul Hoffman, and Jane Schryver. The students worked with the committee members on a civic engagement project at Pioneer Park in Dansville last semester through the college’s Southern Tier Architectural Resource (STAR) Center.
The Sant’Anna Institute of Sorrento, Italy bestowed Leadership Awards to a pair of Alfred State students enrolled in the college’s 2015 spring semester study abroad program last week at the Student Leadership Center.
Jake Kohler, a technology management major from Babylon, and Elizabeth Parker, an architecture major from Campbell, received the awards from Dr. Cristiana Panicco, president of Sant’Anna, and Alfred State Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Kristin Poppo. The awards, which will be given on an annual basis, are intended to encourage participation in studying abroad.
“We’re very happy to give students the chance to study abroad and fulfill their dreams,” Panicco said.
Awards are each in the amount of $1,000, which will be applied to the students’ account at Sant’Anna Institute, in Sorrento, Italy, the location of the study abroad program. Award winners are expected to exercise leadership among their peers during the semester abroad and to assist the on-site faculty in organizing events and traveling.
All business and architecture students are eligible to apply for the Leadership Award and recipients are selected by their respective department faculty. Applicants are evaluated on academic achievement, proven leadership skills, a written essay, and upon letters of recommendation.
Poppo said, “Alfred State is proud of the opportunity to partner with Sorrento over the last seven years to provide an exceptional opportunity for our architecture and business students to get a global perspective in their fields.”
Pictured, from left, are Alfred State Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Kristin Poppo; Jake Kohler, a technology management major from Babylon; Elizabeth Parker, an architecture major from Campbell; and Dr. Cristiana Panicco, president of Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy.
Architecture students in Design Studio 1 at Alfred State were able to actualize their plans for a housing-design project and gain hands-on experience thanks to A-Verdi Storage Containers, which let the students borrow a shipping container to use in their endeavor.
Architecture and Design Department Assistant Professor Terry Palmiter and Professor Richard Carlo tasked the students last month with designing a temporary living environment for a single family unit within the confines of a standard 20-foot shipping container. They were divided into 15 groups of three, with one student serving as the programmer, another as the client, and the third student as the designer.
The programmer interviewed the client, who created a hypothetical scenario based on what his or her future family would be like and what sort of housing that family would require if affected by a natural disaster. The programs were shuffled and handed out to a group member who would design a “house” based on the program he or she received.
Students then created real-scale household items out of cardboard, including a toilet, a tub, a refrigerator, and more. This, according to Carlo, allowed students to study human dimensions and the relationship to critical or essential residential living activities.
“The idea of making the cardboard items was so that they could just start to see the limits of what one container was like and maybe get a feel for the interaction of scale of standard objects based on human performance within a limited space like the container,” said Carlo.
The class was able to secure usage of the container because an uncle of one of Palmiter’s students, Robert Apgar, an architectural engineering technology major, from Waterloo, owns Savannah-based A-Verdi Storage Containers, the premier provider of storage and office solutions throughout New York State. After Apgar approached his uncle, Joe Verdi, about the possibility of letting the students borrow a container, Verdi complied.
The container gave students a chance to apply their plans to an actual, limited-space area.
“Normally, it’s just lines on a drawing,” said Alexandra DiMaria, a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) major from Orchard Park. “You can imagine it and picture it but it’s nice to be actually in a space with life-sized objects to kind of see how you can change your design and move things around and how things would work out better, what constraints you have. It makes the assignment more real.”
Adrienne Drumm, a BArch major from Tully, said the project allowed the students to think about space a lot differently.
“In most of our projects, we have an unlimited amount of space, we just have to come up with a good idea, so you just kind of make these giant rooms and do whatever, but once you actually are forced to fit within a 10-by-20 container, you really have to think about how you’re going to fit everything you need in there without having to climb over a desk, basically,” Drumm said.
Carlo said, “I think part of the reason that we do this project with a container is, if you say, ‘Design a house,’ people tend to fix on the mental model of the house they grew up in and they mimic that. But when we say, ‘Design a living facility for this imaginary program that we’ve made and, by the way, it has to be in containers,’ they have to rethink the entire idea of what a house is.”
Pictured above are several Alfred State sophomore Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) students inside the container they utilized for a recent housing-design project. The students borrowed the container from A-Verdi Storage Containers out of Savannah.
Alfred State has received approval from the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department to deliver two, four-year baccalaureate degree programs over an accelerated three-year time frame.
Qualifying students will now have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in human services management or a Bachelor in Business Administration degree in three years.
“These accelerated programs target quality students who are seeking to shorten their time spent earning a degree and to capitalize on the financial savings that truncating a full year of study can provide,” says Charles Neal, associate vice president for Academic Affairs. “The BS in human services management and the BBA in business administration are two of the college’s most preferred four-year programs. The availability of three-year tracks will undoubtedly further increase student interest in them.”
Through online summer and winter session course work, accepted students will be able to complete degree requirements by following a carefully designed accelerated track, while avoiding undue academic loads during the typical fall and spring semesters. These fast-track options have been promoted by SUNY in recent years as it looks to provide avenues to shorten time to graduation.
Interested students can contact the Alfred State Admissions Office at 607-587-4215, the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at 607-587-4282, or the Business Department at 607-587-3413.
In an effort to provide meaningful help through volunteer service and build relationships with community members, around 500 student volunteers from Alfred State, Alfred University, and Houghton College pitched in Saturday for the third annual Celebrate Service Celebrate Allegany.
The event coincides with the national Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. CSCA began in October 2012 as a Leadership Allegany project with a vision to develop a countywide day of service involving students from all three Allegany County-based colleges.
Volunteers undertook dozens of mainly-outdoor oriented activities across the county Saturday at such places at schools, playgrounds, churches, food pantries, and libraries. Their tasks varied from painting and inventorying disaster kits to raking leaves and cleaning.
Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Alfred State, said more than 200 Alfred State students participated this year, which is the highest total number of volunteers the college has had at the event so far.
“I think it’s great to see different organizations making CSCA a part of what they do,” Hilsher said. “For example, the baseball team volunteered at two Wellsville sites on Saturday. Coach Jason Cronin and the team often make it a point to include community service into their busy schedule, something I’m seeing more and more of in other organizations throughout campus.”
Unlike the first two times Celebrate Service Celebrate Allegany took place, the weather cooperated this year.
“It was great that the weather was so nice, especially with so many outside projects,” Hilsher said. “That hasn’t been the case the last two years with the weather typically being either drizzly or windy, and maybe 20 degrees cooler than it was on Saturday.”
Derek Perry, an Alfred State technology management major from Angola, said he volunteered at the Yorks Corners Mennonite Church in Wellsville, redirecting water that was draining into the building. He said Celebrate Service Celebrate Allegany is a great way for students to give back to the community.
“We had a much larger turnout this year than we did last year, which is very promising to see,” Perry said. “I felt this year went very well, the weather was absolutely beautiful, registration went quickly for how many people attended, and there were no problems with transporting people to locations.”
According to Hilsher, an important aspect of the event is that students are able to cultivate relationships with local businesses and non-profit organizations.
“There was a lot of meaningful volunteer help provided Saturday. But, I also feel that this day is a great platform for relationship building. It enables students to get off campus and meet community members and community members to meet college students,” Hilsher said. “I think that’s one of the best things about an event like this.”
In photo above: Alfred State students, from left to right, Collin Kratzer, a financial services major from Canisteo; Felix Paulino, a computer information systems major from Bronx; and Stephen Eaton, an architectural technology major from Rochester, prep and clean storm windows Saturday during the third annual Celebrate Service Celebrate Allegany.
Danielle Green, a court reporting and captioning instructor in the Alfred State Business Department and a freelance court reporter, contributed to the National Court Reporters Association’s (NCRA) recently released book “Court Reporter Survival Guide: School Success Stories.”
The 106-page, softcover book is a collection of essays and tips written by freelancers, officials, CART captioners, and current students about making it through court reporting school. It contains eight chapters, including those titled “Superheroes in Training,” “The Road Less Taken,” and “Testing Our Limits.”
The content is described as “often humorous and always thoughtful,” consisting of insight and advice, as well as testaments sharing the many benefits, rewards, and opportunities that court reporting has to offer. Green said she contributed a short story about her own journey through court reporting school and how she became successful.
“Contributing to this book allowed me to share my trials and tribulations with current and prospective students,” Green said. “My participation in the book was motivated by the intrinsic rewards that I received.”
Green said she has a passion for students, and loves to see them succeed.
“Any way that I can contribute to their journey of success is gratifying,” she said. “And it never hurts to put our great college, Alfred State, in the spotlight as an added benefit.”
To purchase a copy of the book or to learn more about the NCRA, visit NCRA.org.
The Hinkle Memorial Library at Alfred State is hosting an art exhibit by Barbara Fox, of Little Valley, titled “Joie De Vivre” from now through Dec. 12.
The exhibit contains about 20 paintings, nearly all of them watercolor, that Fox has completed within the last three years. Its title is French for “exuberant enjoyment of life.”
Fox’s paintings have received numerous awards and have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the International Guild of Realism, among others, and is a master designer for the United States Mint.
Fox says she always paints realistically, focusing on the light and color of objects.
“A room full of colorful, light-struck flowers is always a joy in the gray days of winter,” Fox said. “And with my new still life paintings, I create something I crave in my life: peace, order, and beauty. I hope viewers will find a sense of that in my paintings, and enjoy the light, the colors, and the joie de vivre that art can provide.”
The “Joie De Vivre” exhibit will be open for viewing during normal library hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email email@example.com or call 607-587-4313.
The Women In Non-traditional Studies (WINS) Club hosted the 22nd annual Women in the Field Dinner Oct. 29 in the Allegany Room of the Alfred State Central Dining Hall, with 38 attendees.
WINS Adviser Professor Joy Carlson invited four women to speak to interested students at the dinner, including new hires Dr. Danielle Bond, assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology, and Dr. Tabitha Sprau Colter, assistant professor of civil engineering technology, who talked about their academic and work experiences before coming to Alfred State. Alumna Carley Youngman, of Fairfax, VA, who graduated in 2014 with bachelor’s degrees in architectural technology and construction management engineering technology, and Elizabeth Kirchhoff, of Rochester, who graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in architectural technology, spoke about their work experiences and continuing education plans.
Pictured at the 2014 WINS Women in the Field Dinner, from left to right, are Katie Dussing, treasurer, Syracuse, senior - architectural technology; Youngman, of Balfour-Beatty plc; Allana Havernick, co-president, Arcade, senior - environmental technology; Sprau Colter; Stacy Duink, co-president, Hamburg, junior - architectural technology; Bond; Mironda Piphus, vice president, Rochester, senior - construction management engineering technology; Kirchhoff, of LaBella Associates; and Elizabeth Dussault, secretary, Breesport, junior - architectural technology. Photo supplied by club photographer, MikeQuaisa Brown, Mountainville, senior - interior design.