Members of the US Army ROTC program at Alfred State took part in the opening ceremony of the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday, Aug. 9.
Serving as the color guard were Alfred State students and Cadets James Haveron (mechanical engineering technology, Falconer) and Jesse Cole (forensic science technology, Selden), along with Cadet Casey Kelly from Alfred University, and Spc. Cody Wells of the 222nd Military Police Company out of Hornell. The ceremony also included a patriotic American flag skydive and American Idol winner David Cook singing the national anthem. Driver Joey Logano won the race on a thrilling finish.
Derek Fuerch, an Alfred State forensic science technology major from Barker, said local National Guard recruiter and freshman ROTC Instructor Sgt. 1st Class William Ernest tasked him with reaching out to students about serving as color guard members at the Watkins Glen race. Fuerch would also have participated in the opening ceremony, but was at summer training in Fort Knox, KY, at the time.
“I was thrilled to hear we had the opportunity to be the color guard at the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen,” Fuerch said. “This was such an honor and a great way for people to hear about our program. The cadets did a great job and truly enjoyed themselves there.”
Haveron said, “We worked together, completed the task and presented our nation’s colors. A breathtaking moment was when the C-130 military transport aircraft took flight above us mid-anthem. After the anthem was done, we were greeted with amazing hospitality from the Jack Daniels company, which allowed us to watch the race from their tower. Overall, this was an experience unlike any other and honestly only the Army could have given us this.”
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “I am proud of our students who participated as color guard at the Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen earlier this month. We are honored to have an active and growing ROTC unit at Alfred State, and to have them as a vibrant part of our college community.”
For many years, Alfred State has had an agreement in place with the US Army, whereby students can take courses and training in military science during their college years, and upon graduation with a BS, BTech, or BBA degree in whichever major they choose, be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. Following Commencement, graduates have the unique opportunity to serve America as a commissioned officer in the Active, Guard, or Reserve forces, progressing through the ranks of first lieutenant and captain during that time.
The US Army ROTC program at Alfred State is an affiliate of the Seneca Battalion program headquartered at nearby St. Bonaventure University. Anyone interested in finding out more about the program should contact Jared Kausner by email at email@example.com or by phone at 716-375-2568.
Channon Burroughs, an Alfred State admissions counselor, was selected to serve as a mentor for the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC) Camp College program, held Aug. 7-9 at the State University of New York at Delhi.
NYSACAC's Camp College is a three-day-weekend, pre-college experience, in which high school students from different parts of the Hudson Valley and New York City areas live on campus, attend mock classes taught by college professors, participate in workshops on admissions and financial aid, learn college interview and essay-writing techniques, and gain leadership and teamwork experience in a small collaborative group with mentor facilitators.
As a program mentor, Burroughs said her main role was to work with a small group of 11 high school students, facilitating discussion and activities relating to their interests, goals, and plans for the future, and providing college admissions advisement.
“My other roles as mentor were making sure the students went to each workshop, and ensuring they were engaged in all activities on campus while remaining on schedule,” she said.
Burroughs said her experience at the program was “eye-opening” and joked that she didn’t know she had that much energy in her.
“From the time these 11 teens set foot on campus, to the time they boarded their bus on Sunday, they were with me and three other mentors,” Burroughs said. “In those couple of days, I saw this group go from barely saying a word to one another on Friday to looking like they’ve known each other for years on Sunday.
“There was a young lady who is going to be a first-generation college student, who said if it wasn’t for this trip, she wouldn’t have known where to begin in the college-seeking and application process, especially when it came to financial aid.”
Burroughs continued, “Each of these students had a story that changed for the better dramatically. So when I think of my experience as a mentor, as someone who helped these kids in a great way, it all just feels rewarding and makes me love my job even more.”
In photo above: Alfred State Admissions Counselor Channon Burroughs, second row, first on the left, is pictured along with the 11 students she mentored.
Alfred State students enrolled in several applied technology programs will be working this fall on building house 54 for the Wellsville community.
The one-story, 2,972-square-foot, French country-style house will feature three bedrooms, a dining area, a spacious kitchen, an entertainment alcove, a laundry room, a small home office, two bathrooms, a covered rear porch with a fireplace, and a full basement. The house does not yet have an assigned address.
According to Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology, the basement excavation for the house has begun, but the “real” work will start in the fall. Students in the following majors will be working on house 54 as a hands-on learning experience: heavy equipment operations, building trades: building construction, masonry, electrical construction and maintenance electrician, and air conditioning and heating technology.
The houses Alfred State students regularly build for the community, valued at more than $200,000, take two years to complete and are then subsequently sold on the open market and occupied.
Students build and detail the houses in a subdivision owned by the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., a private foundation dedicated to improving the Alfred State community through the support of educational programs. The Educational Foundation funds the construction of the houses.
Under the supervision of their instructors, tomorrow's craftspeople prove themselves by building for discerning homeowners. For students, it's an unmatched opportunity to put their learning into practice and gain real-world experience.
“These hands-on projects - building homes and selling them - prepare students for their careers and are one of the main reasons our students are hired,” Clark said. “The live work sets Alfred State apart from other colleges and makes our graduates more valuable for employers.”
Alfred State is now offering a new associate-level criminal justice program.
The AS in criminal justice will focus on the development, structure, and function of the US criminal justice system, as well as ethical law enforcement practices and community relations. The program will prepare graduates to enter the job market or a police academy, to seamlessly transfer into criminal justice programs at the baccalaureate level, or to enter Alfred State’s existing technology management BBA program.
In addition, professional course work with a management component will be required to begin to prepare graduates for administrative and leadership positions within the field. Job opportunities exist in law enforcement at the local, county, state and federal levels, and in correctional institutions, parole and probation departments, private security companies, and police science organizations, among others.
The major was developed in response to inquiries about the availability of such a program at Alfred State, the popularity and success of similar programs at regional community colleges and peer colleges of technology, and opportunities for graduates to continue their education or to find employment across a broad job market. The demand and employment opportunities for graduates in criminal justice should remain steady well into the future.
Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “The public interest in criminal justice is significant, as are the opportunities this field presents graduates. Alfred State is pleased to be able to add another high-demand major to its academic offerings. I thank the faculty who worked to make this program possible.”
Dr. Kristin Poppo, vice president for Academic Affairs, said, “The criminal justice program is a wonderful addition to the Alfred State curriculum and complements our strong forensic science technology major. We look forward to continuing to build vibrant programs that best serve New York State.”
To fulfill degree requirements, each student must complete 60 total semester credit hours, including a minimum of 39 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences from seven of the 10 State University of New York general education categories, and earn a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a grade of “C” or better in the core criminal justice courses (CJUS prefixes).
The Alfred State Print and Mail Services Department was awarded for two of its printed pieces in the Association of College and University Printers’ 2015 print competition.
Catherine Chambers, director of Print and Mail Services, said the Alfred State personalized viewbook won a first-place award for quality and uniqueness, and the Alfred University MostArts Festival brochure received an honorable mention under the “Best Digitally Printed” category.
“We feel especially honored to win these awards, notably the one for a recruitment piece,” Chambers said, referring to the viewbook, “as the recruitment and retention of students is one of the most important functions on campus.”
Print and Mail Services provides document and distribution solutions to the campus community, including the production and management of all printed materials related to student recruitment, admission decisions, scholarship awards, academic warnings, etc. The award-winning, state-of-the-art Print and Mail Services facility at Alfred State is a key component of SUNY’s shared services initiative.
The Association of College and University Printers is a non-profit organization that was established to promote communication, training, and educational opportunities within the higher education in-plant printing and mailing industry, according to its website, http://www.acup-edu.org/.
Chambers is an elected board member of the organization and a regular presenter at its annual conference. At the 2015 conference, held April 12-16 Portsmouth, VA, the title of her presentation was “Variable Data: The Good, the Bad, the Possible.”
The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded Alfred State a grant in the amount of $143,457, which will be used to bring renewable energy to the Advanced Manufacturing Center on the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville.
The grant funds will allow for a project that involves training and educating electrical, welding, and machine tool students in the monitoring and management of renewable energy aspects of sustainable advanced manufacturing through installation of a commercial-grade photovoltaic system and energy monitoring of all energy systems in the center. Students, who will install the photovoltaic system, will gain an understanding of energy costs related to the sustainable operations of a commercial facility by implementing an energy-management system.
“The project will also allow us to work toward making the new Advanced Manufacturing Center a zero-energy facility,” said Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “Our students will benefit from this project by gaining hands-on experience and developing skills and knowledge related to renewable energy components of sustainable advance manufacturing. We are grateful to the Appalachian Regional Commission for providing us this grant.”
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), according to its website, www.arc.gov, is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. ARC provides funding each year for several hundred projects in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation.
In June, Alfred State broke ground on the center, which will be used to train and educate welding technology and machine tool technology students in state-of-the-art sustainable practices in advanced manufacturing through efficient processes. Other uses for the facility include prototyping and assisting manufacturers in the development of new products and systems.
The building will house freshman and senior welding students and senior machine tool technology students, and includes classrooms, a computer lab, a welding fabrication shop, material handling and preparation space, a CNC machine shop, and metrology and inspection space. It is expected to be in use by the fall 2016 semester.