A number of Alfred State and Alfred University faculty, staff, students, and community members were recognized for their service to others Jan. 28 during the sixth annual Celebration of Service Ceremony at the Alfred Village Hall.
Each year, the ceremony presents several honorees with a Spirit of Service Award, which recognizes and celebrates those in the Greater Alfred Community who demonstrate a strong commitment to serving others. The award is intended to honor people who are actively living out the principles Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for, including equality, social justice, community, and service.
The recipient of the 2016 Alfred Community Spirit of Service Award was Melissa Jusianiec, wife of Alfred State men’s head basketball coach Jerry Jusianiec. As a parent of three children, she served on the Alfred Montessori School Board for three years, helping to organize and run many fundraisers. Jusianiec is now on the Student Improvement Team Committee at Alfred-Almond Central School, and is an active member of the Union University Church, chairing the Board of Christian Education, volunteering in the benevolence programs, and organizing the annual Christmas boxes for families in need.
Matt Ryan, Alfred State senior director of Residential Life, was presented with the 2016 Alfred State Faculty/Staff Spirit of Service Award. Ryan is an active member of the Wellsville Lions Club, and is involved in the organization’s community work, including the annual Breakfast with Santa event. Committed to the local community for more than a decade, Ryan is dedicated to ensuring that Alfred State students learn about equality and social justice, and is constantly seeking ways to improve the student residential experience.
Receiving the 2015 Student Group Spirit of Service Award were 11 students from Alfred State and Alfred University who have all joined the A.E. Crandall Hook and Ladder Company volunteer fire and ambulance service in the past two years. Alfred State students included Nick Dukette (building trades: building construction, Tupper Lake), Joe Ferreri (architectural technology, Marion), Mike LoPreto (technology management, Sayville), Brian O’Connor (automotive service technician, West Babylon), Larry Pratt (autobody repair, Fairport), Coral Smith (forensic science technology, Kings Park), and Aaron Aumick (building trades: building construction, Port Jervis). Alfred University students included Nick Fletcher (mechanical engineering, Big Flats) Daniel Forsman (art and design, Buffalo Grove, IL), Richelle Jenkins, (general science, Camillus) and Andrew King (materials science and engineering, Canisteo).
Since 2014, these students combined have gone on more than 200 ambulance and fire calls in the village and town of Alfred. They have also completed weekly training in the department, and a number of them have taken courses through the county, such as Fire Fighter I and Advanced EMT. Furthermore, the students, have volunteered to assist with projects integral to running the department, including painting and cleaning, electric work, and apparatus maintenance.
David Snyder, access services coordinator at Alfred University’s Herrick Library, was presented with the 2016 Alfred University Faculty/Staff Spirit of Service Award. The owner and publisher of the Alfred Sun newspaper, Snyder also continues to recruit members to the Alfred University Pep Band, and has served as adviser for the AU Habitat for Humanity group for more than 15 years, been involved with the Alfred Community Theater, and is a very active member of the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship.
Robert Graves, an art and design major from Alfred Station, was presented with the 2016 Alfred University Student Spirit of Service Award. Having grown up in the Alfred area, Graves has long been involved in community service projects in Alfred, including working on the baseball fields and the Foster Lake trail system. He has also worked to combat classism, increase disabilities awareness, and has insisted that the village be more fully included in the university’s strategic plan.
In photo from left to right are Joe Ferreri (Alfred State, architectural technology, Marion), Larry Pratt (Alfred State, autobody repair, Fairport), Richelle Jenkins (Alfred University, general science, Camillus), Mike LoPreto (Alfred State, technology management, Sayville), community member Melissa Jusianiec, Access Services Coordinator at Alfred University’s Herrick Library David Snyder, Alfred State Senior Director of Residential Life Matt Ryan, Robert Graves (Alfred University, art and design, Alfred Station), Coral Smith (Alfred State, forensic science technology, Kings Park), Nick Dukette (Alfred State, building trades: building construction, Tupper Lake), Brian O’Connor (Alfred State, automotive service technician, West Babylon), and Nick Fletcher (Alfred University, mechanical engineering, Big Flats). Not pictured are Aaron Aumick (Alfred State, building trades: building construction, Port Jervis), Daniel Forsman (Alfred University, art and design, Buffalo Grove, IL), and Andrew King (Alfred University, materials science and engineering, Canisteo).
Eight senior architecture students presented at the annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) conference at the end of the fall semester in Washington, DC.
The presentation centered on a project the students undertook last semester as part of Design Studio 5: Urban Design, in which they worked closely with residents and community leaders in the Chemung County town of Southport. The students produced a community visualization study to create a vision for the sustainability and growth of Southport, which was well received by residents and village officials and may be considered for future implementation.
In addition to the final presentation, the nine-week project also included the completion of a Neighborhood Development Analysis to familiarize students with the town, a meeting with town officials midway through the project, and a public display of the student work at the Community Design Center gallery in Downtown Rochester.
Led by the Consortium of Appalachian Centers and Institutes, the ATP offers students a unique opportunity to conduct active community-based research on their campuses.
Pictured in photo from left to right are Professor William Dean, Department of Architecture and Design (ATP Teaching Fellow); Eric Lipes, of Cicero; Andrew Scott, of Queens; Serif Hajdarevic, of East Syracuse; Shane Joyce, of Irondequoit; Elizabeth Deuell, of South Wales; Stacy Duink, of Hamburg; Clayton Lounsbery, of Liverpool; Dr. Craig Clark, Alfred State vice president of Economic Development (ATP Teaching Fellow); ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl; and Kodie Tompkins, of Savannah. Duink is a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) major, and Lipes, Scott, Hajdarevic, Joyce, Deuell, Lounsbery, and Tompkins are all architectural technology majors.
Western Region President of Empire State Development Sam Hoyt delivered a presentation on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s annual State of the State Address and Executive Budget Thursday, Jan. 21 in the Alfred State Student Leadership Center.
More than 200 faculty, staff, students, and community members and leaders attended the presentation. Hoyt served for nearly 20 years in the New York State Assembly, representing the 144th Assembly District, before his appointment to senior vice president for Regional Economic Development at the Empire State Development Corporation in 2011.
In his presentation, Hoyt said the governor’s budget invests $6.9 billion in SUNY and CUNY. It also proposes a five-year extension for the 2011 legislation that established the NYSUNY 2020 and NYCUNY 2020 program to keep tuition increases low and predictable, while providing $470 million in additional resources to the state’s public colleges and universities.
According to Hoyt, the program will continue to provide $110 million in new capital matching grant funding through Empire State Development for the NYSUNY 2020 and NYCUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program. This will be coupled with an additional projected increase of $400 million in state funding over the next five years.
Hoyt said the governor is also committed to keeping state spending under 2 percent, noting that for a sixth time, the budget again limits the annual growth in State Operating Funds spending to 1.7 percent. He also said Cuomo is proposing to cut taxes for both small businesses who pay via the corporate tax and those who pay through personal income taxes.
Other topics included allocating $300 million to the Environmental Protection Fund, providing enhanced training and equipment to state troopers, investing $20 billion over five years in a $10 billion plan for affordable housing and a $10 billion Homelessness Action Plan, and raising the minimum wage for all workers to $15 an hour.
Photo by Jason Jordan/The Evening Tribune
The National Research Center for College and University Admissions’ (NRCCUA) 2015 Enrollment Power Index Report has awarded Alfred State an “A-minus” overall grade on its newly implemented responsive design website, www.alfredstate.edu, which launched in November 2014.
The college website’s Small Public Four-Year Institution rank was first out of 327 colleges, and its Northeast rank was second out of 581. On a national scale, the website ranked fifth out of 2,929 higher education institutions. Alfred State’s total score of 80.72 was higher than the national (44.26), Northeast (54.33), and Small Public Four-Year Institution (54.86) averages.
The Enrollment Power Index is a comprehensive evaluation of nearly 3,000 college websites in the country, scoring each one for the presence or absence of vital components necessary to take a prospective student through the admissions and enrollment process. College websites were rated on 37 different criteria, including page design and navigation, website interaction, online admissions tools, contact information availability, and much more.
Jeff Wilcox, an officer with the New York State University Police at Alfred State, was among numerous SUNY police instructors of all ranks across the state to receive training on the new “Fair & Impartial Policing Perspective” model Jan. 12-14 in Syracuse.
SUNY and its University Police Departments strive for excellence, thus it is appropriate to adopt this state-of-the-art training that addresses issues of bias. Numerous police agencies across the country are rapidly adopting this model. The plan is for a core group of instructors to take this training to all of the SUNY police offices statewide.
The “Fair & Impartial Policing Perspective” reflects a new way of thinking about the issue of biased policing. The course was led by Lt. Col. JoAnn D. Johnson from the Illinois State Police Division of Internal Investigation, and Anna Laszlo, managing partner/COO of Fair and Impartial Policing LLC. This is the latest effort to build trust and strengthen the relationship between the University Police and the campus communities they serve.
According to the model’s website, www.fairimpartialpolicing.com, the training is “based on the science of bias, which tells us that biased policing is not, as some contend, due to widespread racism in policing. In fact, the science tells that even well-intentioned humans (and thus, officers) manifest biases that can impact their perceptions and behavior. These biases can manifest below consciousness” and this training addresses this.
The website also mentions that, “The implication of the science is that even the best law enforcement officers may manifest bias because they are human, and even the best agencies, because they hire humans, must be proactive in producing fair and impartial policing … This program addresses biased policing and the overwhelming number of well-intentioned police in this country who aspire to fair and impartial policing, but who are human like the rest of us.”
Elements of this comprehensive program encompass (a) recruitment/hiring; (b) agency policy; (c) training; (d) leadership supervision and accountability; (e) assessing institutional practices and policies; (f) outreach to diverse communities; and (g) measurement. This type of training has been recommended by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
There are approximately 600 State University of New York (SUNY) police officers at 29 campuses across New York State. All of the campuses have full-service police departments, some of which are accredited by New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (NYSDCJS) and/or the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Authorities (CALEA). SUNY police officers serve the largest Public University System in the country.