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A dozen Alfred State majors are top 10 in nation

Posted Date: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 09:00

Money Magazine’s report on the Best Colleges for Your Money 2017 awarded Alfred State stellar ratings, with a dozen of the college’s degree programs listed as among the top 10 in the nation.

After evaluating more than 2,400 colleges and universities around the country, Money Magazine ranked Alfred State number 200 overall. That places the college in the top 10 percent of all schools and a top performer in many categories.

When calculating the value of individual majors from different schools, these Alfred State programs were highly ranked, including one first-place award:

US Rank Description of Major
No. 1 Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster
No. 2 Computer and Information System Security
No. 2 Computer Programming, Specific Applications
No. 2 System, Networking and LAN/WAN Management
No. 3 Architectural Engineering Technology
No. 3 Computer Engineering Technology
No. 3 Surveying Technology
No. 5 Animation, Interactive Technology
No. 7 Mechanical Engineering Technology
No. 8 Financial Planning
No. 8 Forensic Science and Technology
No. 9 Electrical, Electronic Engineering Technology

“By calling this list the ‘best for your money,’ you know that affordability is one factor being considered,” said Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “These rankings also take into account how our faculty provide a high-quality education through hands-on learning, how well prepared our students are to start their careers, and how our alumni are high achievers in the working world. I’m so proud of our faculty, students, and alumni. They deserve all the credit for these tremendous accolades.”

When announcing the list, Money Magazine noted, “Like any generalized list, Money’s college rankings serve only as a starting point. We’ve created a free Web tool that allows you to build your own rankings.” In this way, students and parents can add the aspects of a college that are most important to them. 

By narrowing search results to include only public institutions and schools with fewer than 5,000 students, Alfred State quickly rockets up the list to the number seven position for best colleges in the US.

About Alfred State, the magazine points out that, “Graduates report average salaries to Payscale that are about 10 percent higher than graduates of similar institutions.” The magazine’s description of the college includes praise for alumni success and focuses on the use of applied learning throughout the curriculum to prepare students for their careers.

To compile the list, Money Magazine used data from the US Department of Education, Peterson’s, Payscale.com, and College Measures. The evaluation covered 27 factors in three categories: quality of education, cost, and alumni success. Out of the 2,400 schools evaluated, 711 met the magazine’s standards to be named one of the Best Colleges for Your Money.

Money Magazine’s database tool to build your own rankings is available at: www.time.com/money/best-colleges/.

three male students at Commencement taking a selfie
Recent Alfred State graduates celebrate. A new report concludes that they
are better prepared than most to see success in their careers.


Bethesda Foundation continues strong support of Alfred State nursing

Posted Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 15:45

For over 30 years, the Bethesda Foundation has been a major supporter of Alfred State’s nursing and health-related programs, having generously donated funds for grants, scholarships, and major projects.

And today, that relationship is still going strong, as the Foundation continues to support nursing education locally by funding scholarships for students from Steuben, Allegany, and Livingston counties who are enrolled in nursing at Alfred State.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, the Foundation’s scholarship support totaled $15,000, an amount the organization typically donates on an annual basis to ensure that Alfred State nursing students can afford an education. This year, recipients of Bethesda Foundation-supported nursing scholarships included:

Based in North Hornell, the Bethesda Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization devoted to the funding and support of health-related projects and scholarships in the Hornell area. The Foundation’s first grant to Alfred State was in 1987, and to date, the organization has awarded to the college approximately $354,178, which includes grants and scholarship support.

One of the Foundation’s most recent noteworthy contributions to Alfred State health-related education came in the form of a $50,000 donation used for the purchase of new imaging equipment for the college’s radiologic technology program. Afterward, in recognition of the Foundation’s support, Alfred State officially dedicated the Bethesda Foundation Imaging Suite in the Agriculture Science Building.

Linda Panter, chair of the Nursing Department, said, “The Alfred nursing program has greatly appreciated all the financial support given to students over many years. The nursing program is also grateful for their support in other program initiatives. Years ago, it was the Bethesda Foundation that supported the funds to create a special skill lab for students to learn their intravenous skills. The Bethesda Foundation scholarships have assisted hundreds of students.”

Phil Loree, president of the Bethesda Foundation, said, "The strong and long lasting bond that exists between our organization and Alfred State nursing is a reflection, in part, of the Bethesda Foundation's belief that education is the most effective investment we can make in seeking to support community health needs."

Andrea Koston earns silver medal in SkillsUSA Nationals

Posted Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 15:45

Andrea KostonFinishing in the top 10 in a national competition category is nothing new for Alfred State’s Andrea Koston. 

Last year, the 2017 culinary arts: baking, production and management graduate from Rochester earned a fifth-place spot in the commercial baking category in the 52nd annual National SkillsUSA Championship. This year, Koston fared even better against the competition, taking home a silver medal in commercial baking in the 53rd annual event, which took place in Louisville, KY. 

Alfred State Culinary Arts Instructor Brian Decker, who served as an adviser to the students during the trip to Kentucky, along with Automotive Trades Instructor Bradley Smith, said, "Andrea mentioned to me several times that her current employer, where Andrea has baking responsibilities, was very willing to let her practice prior to the competition while on the job. She indicated that they were very supportive and encouraging, which truly speaks to Andrea's strengths and character. I am very proud of Andrea for her silver medal win, as well as all of our students who competed in this year's SkillsUSA Nationals." 

More than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas at the SkillsUSA championships, according to the SkillsUSA website. The site further adds that these competitions establish industry standards for entry-level workers in many fields. 

Having recently earned her two-year degree, Koston will continue her education at Alfred State in the fall in the college’s four-year technology management program. Also representing Alfred State at the national championship were Jacob Knapp, autobody repair, Dansville; Nicholas Most, building trades: building construction, Endicott; Brenton Yager, masonry, Falconer; Mike Burdick, automotive service technician, Webster; and Cole Smith, electrical construction and maintenance electrician, Collins.

Alfred State Great Race team overcomes obstacles, crosses finish line

Posted Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 15:30

Despite ending up with a “DNF” (did not finish) in the 2017 Great Race because of some bad luck on the last lap, the Alfred State team still managed to run a “great race” and get its vehicle across the finish line.

This year, the annual controlled-speed endurance rally began June 24 in Jacksonville, FL, and continued for 2,300 miles through several other states before ending July 2 in downtown Traverse City, MI. The event tests teams’ abilities to follow precise course instructions and their vehicle’s ability to endure on a cross-country trip.

Facing 120 other teams, the Alfred State squad competed in the event for the third straight year in its 1953 Dodge Power Wagon tow truck. Nick Shelp, motorsports technology, Endicott, served as the driver of the vehicle this year, while Nick Guarino, automotive service technician, Alexander, and Liam Dechick, motorsports technology, Syracuse, were the navigators.

Automotive Trades Professor Mike Ronan, the team’s faculty adviser, noted that Sam Holevinski, heavy equipment, truck and diesel technician, Canisteo, was loaned to the El Camino College team from Los Angeles after that school became in need of a navigator.

students and truck at the finish line of the 2017 Great Race, along with the college’s president, Dr. Skip Sullivan
At the finish line of the 2017 Great Race is the Alfred State team and its 1953 Dodge Power
Wagon, along with the college president, Dr. Skip Sullivan.

According to Ronan, the Alfred State team’s troubles began during the “Trophy Run” which is essentially a warmup rally about 200 miles long held the Friday before the race starts. During this event, the Power Wagon broke a rear axle, and the team had to contact a specialty parts supplier in Iowa to send the new one overnight.

The team then used a trailer to haul the truck from northern Florida back to Jacksonville for repairs. The cause of their problem? A retaining pin that came out of position after being in the same location since the truck was made in 1953.

After fixing this issue, the team made it to the start of the race just in time.

“We headed for our start position three miles away with minutes to go,” Ronan said.

Having overcome this hurdle, “everything went great” for the team, Ronan said, until the last day.

“The truck started running very poorly about 96 miles from the finish line,” he said. “Although it still drove, it was not going to make the finish line in the allotted time. We put it on the trailer, then unloaded it near the finish line so it could make a ceremonial finish (done at the request of the organizers). Turns out, it broke a valve spring.”

Despite having experienced difficulties before and at the end of the race, the team ran quite well along the way, even earning three “aces” (perfect times) on individual legs of the rally. All in all, Ronan is proud of the way the students performed.

“Alfred State was fortunate to have four wonderful ambassadors representing the college over the 2,300-mile event,” Ronan said. “The students were helping other teams with mechanical problems virtually every night, and the truck was able to make the start due to their sheer determination.”

Golf tournament raises more than $29,000

Posted Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 10:30

For the third straight year, Alfred State Pioneers and supporters came together in an annual tournament to play a round of golf, enjoy one another’s company, and raise funds for the college.

And once again, the event was a big success, as 32 teams vied for the coveted Alfred State “blue jacket.” Also, following expenses, proceeds of more than $29,000 were raised that will benefit the Alfred State College Development Fund Inc., to provide for student scholarships, athletics, and other needs of the college.

Presented by Mach Architecture, PC, the third annual Pioneers Drive for the Development Fund was held on Friday, June 16 at the Twin Hickory Golf Club in Hornell. Team captain Fran Argentieri led his foursome of Bob Forness, Dan McDonall, and Alex Fitzpatrick to a score of 19 under to capture the title.

Brent Rohrbacker tees off
Brent Rohrbacker tees off

The second-place team, which scored 16 under, included Troy Morehouse, Steve Wintersteen, Matt Horvoth, and Jeremy Lite, while the Otis Eastern team of Tom Hirsch, Chuck Neal, Brent Rohrbacker, and Mike Obuhanich placed third.

The top three teams took home $500, $300, and $200 respectively. In addition, a Weber gas grill was awarded for the closest shot to pin on the fourth hole, and other contest prizes included a putter, printer, and numerous gift certificates, cash, a 50/50 drawing, lottery board, silent auction items, and more than 75 door prizes. A dinner was held immediately following the tournament at The Main Place.

Event sponsors included Auxiliary Campus Enterprises Services, Inc.; Labella Associates, PC; and Pathfinder Engineers and Architects. Eagle sponsors included Alesco Advisors, LLC; Laborer’s Local #621; Otis Eastern; U&S Services, Inc., and West Herr Automotive. There were more than 33 contest and hole sponsors.

Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Danielle White stated that, “Our success is only due to the tremendous support from many businesses in our community and region, as well as our amazing, generous, and kind alumni and friends. The tournament continues to grow each year both in support and fun, and we look forward to increasing both in the future. It gives us great pleasure to be able to help meet the needs of the college and our students.”

Dragone joins University Police at Alfred State

Posted Date: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 11:15

University Police recently added Officer Mario J. Dragone as the newest member of the police department.

Officer Mario Dragone
Officer Mario Dragone

University Police Chief Matt Heller said, “We’re pleased to welcome Mario to our ranks. Along with being an accomplished police officer, he served in the military from 1999 to 2005 as a member of the Marine Corps Reserve. During his service, he was a radio operator and last held the rank of sergeant. He was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, and was a responder after the World Trade Center attacks in New York City in 2001.”

Dragone is not new to the SUNY system or to University Police (UP). In 2012, he started his service with UP at the University at Buffalo (UB) as a campus public safety officer (CPSO), a position he held for nearly two years. As a CPSO, his main duties were the effective handling of all calls received at the dispatch center and dispatching police, fire, and EMS resources. In 2014, Dragone completed his basic course for police at the Erie County Law Enforcement Academy and was promoted to University Police officer 1. Dragone then worked at UB as a police officer for two more years.

During his tenure at UB, he received hours of mandatory in-service training and completed New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services courses in RADAR/LIDAR, Crisis Intervention, Naloxone, and Law Enforcement Bicycle Patrol. In 2016, Dragone transferred to the Amherst Police Department, where he became Taser certified.

After completing high school in Rochester, Dragone enrolled at the University at Buffalo and majored in history.

As part of his duties at Alfred State, Dragone is looking forward to providing educational programming in the residence halls, speaking to groups, and assisting in the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program.