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Students, faculty, and staff honored during Celebration of Service Ceremony

Posted Date: Friday, January 30, 2015 - 15:00

Several members of the Alfred State family were honored for their service to others Thursday at the Alfred Village Hall during the fifth annual Celebration of Service Ceremony.

Each year, two honorees, one student and one faculty or staff member, receives 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 Martin Luther King Jr. stood for, including equality, social justice, community, and service.

Ashley Ebel, a business administration major from Freeville, proudly displays her Alfred State College Student Spirit of Service Award.Ashley Ebel, a business administration major from Freeville, was named this year’s Alfred State College Student Spirit of Service Award winner. Ebel works as a student advocate for the Center for Civic Engagement, works at the rock climbing wall, is a leader in the Outdoor Recreation Club, and is president of Little Angels of Honduras, a new organization on campus devoted to fundraising and awareness regarding the lack of adequate medical supplies and care for Honduran infants and children.

In 2013, Ebel was named “Mentee of the Year” for the Emerging Pioneers Leadership Program, in part due to her hard work with Hope for Honduras. She has also worked with a small group through this leadership program to raise awareness about youth suicide by hosting a poetry slam. This event highlighted many of the reasons for young adult suicide and discussed resources available to depressed and suicidal youth.

This year’s winner of the Alfred State Faculty/Staff Spirit of Service Award is Michael Murray, assistant director of dining at Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc. (ACES). ACES is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the mission of Alfred State by providing dining services, campus bookstores, cable TV, vending, and transportation services to student customers.

Murray has been a member of the Alfred State Family for decades as a tireless employee of ACES, is an active member of the Alumni Board, is co-adviser to the Greek Advisory Board, and is an adviser to one of Alfred State’s Greek houses, Gamma Theta Gamma. Every year under Murray's direction, the brothers of Gamma Theta Gamma host a Halloween Haunted House for the community, with proceeds typically going to Relay for Life.

In 2014, half of the proceeds from this event went to benefit the Golisano Children's Hospital, and under Murray’s direction, the fraternity is working to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. Murray is also an active fundraiser for the ALS Foundation, participating in the annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser and continuing to raise money and awareness for the cause throughout the year.

Also recognized were the following nominees, who each received a certificate for their efforts:

  • Andrew Scott, an architectural technology major from Arverne, who has devoted significant time outside of his architectural studies to volunteer at the Southern Tier Architectural Resource (STAR) Center.
  • Chad Martin, a construction management engineering technology major from Breesport, who,as president of the Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club, takes leadership in managing a large and active club involved in lumberjacking competitions throughout the region.
  • Dr. Robert Curry, dean ofthe School of Arts and Sciences, who is a language partner for international students, has served on many Alfred State committees, serves on various New York State curricular committees, and always makes time for staff and students.
  • Debra Mayes, computer specialist with technology services, whois highly engaged in numerous civic engagement projects and has traveled to Catskills, North Dakota, Long Island, and Detroit to assist with flood cleanup and other disaster relief efforts.
  • Barbara Pierce,student activities secretary,who is an incredible advocate for the Alfred Community Garden and has mentored a group of students who are participants of the Emerging Pioneers Leadership Program at Alfred State.

Michael Murray, assistant director of dining at Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc. (ACES), center, along with members of Gamma Theta Gamma

Pictured here is this year’s Alfred State Faculty/Staff Spirit of Service Award winner Michael Murray, assistant director of dining at Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc. (ACES), center, along with members of Gamma Theta Gamma.

In photo above is Ashley Ebel, a business administration major from Freeville, proudly displays her Alfred State College Student Spirit of Service Award.


Alfred State earns spot on Top Online Associate Degrees for 2015 list

Posted Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 09:00

Affordable Colleges Foundation logoThe Affordable Colleges Foundation has announced that Alfred State ranks 23rd on its list of Top Online Associate Degrees for 2015.

ACF, a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information, analyzed data collected from hundreds of colleges across the U.S. with online degrees at the associate level. The purpose was to see which schools offer the most impressive two-year programs for a community-oriented student base.

The organization utilized a proprietary scoring system to determine its list, taking into consideration a number of various cost and quality criteria and metrics. These include number of online associate degrees available, online tuition cost, job placement for graduates, student-faculty ratio, and more.

On its website, www.affordablecollegesonline.org, the organization says, “SUNY College’s Alfred State Technology campus offers two online associate degree programs: health information technology and court and real-time reporting. Alfred State’s online programs constantly evolve to meet current employer and industry demands, ensuring that students graduate with the necessary skills to succeed.”

Learn more about Alfred State’s online programs and courses.


WINS members raise funds, buy presents for family in need during holidays

Posted Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 14:15

Fourteen members of the Women In Non-traditional Studies (WINS) Club assisted Santa in December by raising $193 through pop can and bottle returns and monetary contributions for an area family in need.

The students also shopped for presents and wrapped them for delivery to Steuben County Rural Ministry a week before Christmas. The students’ efforts were part of an annual project undertaken by members of the WINS Club.

“I am always surprised and heartened that WINS members can take the time at the end of the semester to make this project successful,” said Joy Carlson, professor of architecture and design and WINS Club adviser.

The WINS Club’s two main goals are to further the knowledge of women in male-dominated fields and to sponsor civic engagement/fundraising projects both locally and globally. WINS is open to all members of the Alfred State community, regardless of gender.

students in WINS club with holiday presents that they wrapped

Shown here are some of the Women In Non-traditional Studies Club members who raised money and purchased presents for an area family in need last month. From left to right are Beth Parker, of Campbell; Allana Havernick, of Arcade, club co-president; Stacy Duink, of Hamburg, club co-president; Adrienne Drumm, of Tully, club vice president; and Elizabeth Dussault, of Breesport, club secretary. Parker, Duink, Drumm, and Dussault are all architecture majors, and Havernick is an environmental technology major. (Photo provided by WINS Club Adviser Professor Joy Carlson)


Area law enforcement agencies receive training on life-saving Naloxone medication

Posted Date: Friday, January 9, 2015 - 11:45

New York State University Police at Alfred State Thursday provided training to 24 area police officers on the use of Naloxone, a medication that temporarily reverses the effects of opioids and can save lives in the event of an overdose or medical emergency.

In addition to educating area officers on the use of Naloxone, the training provided an overview of the New York State Good Samaritan Law. This legislation is intended to encourage individuals to seek medical attention for someone who is experiencing a drug or alcohol overdose or other life-threatening injury, who otherwise may have refused to do so for fear of criminal prosecution. The training also detailed signs and symptoms of opioid overdose, provided officers with sample policies for their agencies dealing with the use and storage of Naloxone, and included a discussion with officers who have used Naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, someone dies every 19 minutes from a drug overdose. Naloxone works by temporarily reversing the effects of the opioid - whether illicit or prescription - allowing the individual to regain consciousness and resume normal breathing, reversing the overdose, and potentially saving the lives of those involved. Naloxone is not the kind of medication that can be abused.

Officer Jeff Wilcox of the New York State University Police provided the training to members of the following agencies: Cuba Police Department, Friendship Police Department, Willing Police Department, Angelica Police Department, Independence Police Department, Canisteo Police Department, Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, and the Allegany County Probation Office.

Officers from the Alfred Police Department and the New York State University Police at Alfred State had previously completed the training.


Students to work over winter break at Olean, NY airport

Posted Date: Monday, January 5, 2015 - 09:15

When the lights come on at the Cattaraugus County-Olean Municipal Airport’s new T-hangar building for the first time, people will have two Alfred State students to thank.

Since Nov. 17, electrical construction and maintenance electrician majors Alex Ortiz, of Richburg, and Kevin Morsman, of Bolivar, have been working at the facility, located at 5420 Hatch Hill Road in Ischua. David Kahm, city electrician for Olean, said the students’ efforts have included installing conduit, wires, and light fixtures in each T-hangar bay, and installing receptacles for the overhead doors.

“Both Alex and Kevin have done a great job on this project,” Kahm said. “I am pleased with their work ethic, attention to detail, and willingness to learn the electrical trade.”

The purpose of the building is to create more storage for airplanes, according to Kahm, who said the total cost of the new T-hangar is $700,000 and the electrical cost is around $90,000. A T-hangar is “basically a garage for airplanes,” he said.

“It’s called a T-hangar because the shape of each bay looks like a ‘T’ in order to properly fit an airplane inside,” he said.

Morsman and Ortiz will continue to contribute their time and talents to the project until Jan. 23, just three days before classes start for the beginning of the spring 2015 semester.

Related article in Olean Times Herald


Sprau-Coulter Article Published

Posted Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 12:15

Laboratory Design recently published Assistant Professor Tabitha L. Sprau-Coulter's article: Modifying energy auditors’ behavior to align with facility owner’s needs.


Dr. Richard Kellogg authors article on playwright Percival Wilde

Posted Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 09:45

Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of an article appearing in the most recent issue of “Paperback Parade,” a quarterly journal for readers and book collectors. The article is titled “Percival Wilde: Master of Mystery.”

Percival Wilde (1887-1953) is best remembered today as a popular playwright and the author of textbooks dealing with the theater arts. However, Wilde also wrote several mystery novels worthy of recognition. His titles in that genre include “Mystery Weekend” (1938), “Inquest” (1940), and “Design for Murder” (1941).

The author concludes that Percival Wilde was a marvelous storyteller and that his mysteries are funny, whimsical, and always entertaining. Wilde's novels are representative of what many critics consider to be the Golden Age of detective fiction.

Dr. Kellogg is the author of four books about legendary investigator Sherlock Holmes, as well as a series of illustrated books for children featuring boy detective Barry Baskerville.


Top 10 Achievements in 2014

Posted Date: Monday, December 29, 2014 - 10:45

10. The college has been named a military-friendly school for five straight years.

9. Alfred State ranks 22nd among top regional colleges in the North for 2015 and seventh among top public schools, according to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges list.

8. We are partnering with Burgard High School in Buffalo to create an advanced manufacturing early college program. Burgard teachers, together with Alfred State instructors, will train students in skills such as automotive technology, welding, and machine tool technology (CNC machining).

7. For registered nurses seeking a bachelor’s degree, the BS-N program is offered in an online format. This provides flexibility and learning style choices for the adult student and working professional.

6. Kayla Franchina, of Gerry, a 2014 graduate, won a national award for civic engagement for her role in launching Project Prom Dress, which collects donated prom dresses, accessories, and cash donations for underprivileged teenage women.

5. The Alfred State Solar Decathlon team is working with Alfred University to prepare for the 2015 Solar Decathlon in California.

4. The 2014 New York State STEM collaborative took place at the Alfred campus this summer, with more than 200 attendees. The college will host the collaborative again in 2015.

3. The college has joined the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.

2. High school students applying for the associate-degree program in nursing who meet all established entrance requirements will be offered acceptance through a new 1+2+1 format. This allows students to earn the associate degree at the end of the third year, take the registered nurse licensing exam (NCLEX), then earn their Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in their fourth year.

1. The Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) program has moved one step closer toward accreditation after the National Architectural Accrediting Board granted the program initial candidacy status in August.

Campus-wide Achievements

  • The college has been named one of nearly 100 colleges and universities in the nation as a Lead Institution by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession.
  • Students contributed nearly 60,000 hours of service, civic leadership, and workforce-ready knowledge to communities in need last year.
  • For the fifth straight year, Victory Media named the college to its Military Friendly ® Schools list.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Alfred State 22nd among top regional colleges in the North for 2015 and seventh among top public regional schools in the North. This marks the eighth consecutive year the college has made the prestigious Best Colleges list.
  • The 2014 SkillsUSA New York State Leadership and Skills Conference Postsecondary Championship held on Alfred State’s Wellsville campus pitted 60 students from three schools against each other in one of the nation’s most prestigious showcases of career and technical aptitude. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. Alfred State students nearly swept this statewide competition with 25 wins in each of the 10 categories.

Athletic Achievements

  • The college has joined the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.
  • The women’s volleyball team advanced to the 2014 USCAA Championships.
  • Women’s soccer earned a bid to the USCAA Nationals in Charleston, WV.

Construction Achievements

  • Alfred State is actively involved in meeting the growing demand for expertise in sustainable and efficient manufacturing through its Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center (SAMC), which will be located at the School of Applied Technology on the Wellsville campus.

Basic funding for the $5 million, 16,000-square-foot SAMC is through a NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program and the Western New York Regional Council. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of Applied Technology at Alfred State, said the building will house the first- and second-year welding and second-year machine tool technology programs.

The center will be used to train electrical construction and maintenance electrician, welding technology, and machine tool technology students in state-of-the-art renewable energy aspects of sustainable energy advanced manufacturing through installation of a photovoltaic system and energy monitoring of all energy systems in the center, including advanced lighting, HVAC, and process improvements through waste reduction and LEAN Six Sigma processes.

  • The multimillion-dollar Workforce Development Center in Wellsville will soon be completed. The purpose of this facility will be to provide education and training that leads to job opportunities for local rural and urban youth.

Academic Achievements

  • The Bachelor of Architecture program has moved one step closer toward accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) after the board formally granted the program initial candidacy status in August.
  • High school students applying for the associate-degree program in nursing who meet all established entrance requirements will be offered acceptance through a new 1+2+1 format. This allows students to earn the associate degree at the end of the third year, take the registered nurse licensing exam (NCLEX), then earn their Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in their fourth year.
  • We now offer 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.
  • Alfred State participated for the first time this past spring in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja competition, held from April 24-27 at the University of Texas at El Paso. The competition tasks engineering students with designing and building an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain.
  • We are partnering with Burgard High School in Buffalo to create an advanced manufacturing early college program. Burgard teachers, together with Alfred State instructors, will train students in skills such as automotive technology, welding, and machine tool technology (CNC machining).
  • The college provided a sponsor and tech team for this year’s Fireball Run, the annual life-sized trivia game that seeks to aid in the recovery of America’s missing children. This year’s Fireball Run began Sept. 26 in Frisco, Texas, and ended Oct. 4 in Independence, MO, covering 14 cities and 2,000 miles.
  • The American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) renewed the accreditation of the construction management program.
  • Dr. Kathleen Ebert, chair of the Mathematics and Physics Department,and Dr. Earl Packard,professor in the Alfred State Mathematics and Physics Department, served as College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program readers in Kansas City, MO for seven days in June.
  • 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, including those at Pioneer Park in Dansville and downtown Bath.
  • Alfred State celebrated its new Veterinary Technology Center Friday, Sept. 26, with an Open House.
  • 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. The students had to design a temporary living environment for a single family unit within the confines of a standard 20-foot shipping container.

Sustainability Achievements

The Alfred State Solar Decathlon team is working with Alfred University to prepare for the 2015 Solar Decathlon in California. The design is in final phase, with students beginning construction during the fall 2014 semester.

The Sustainability Club acts as an information hub for sustainability ideals for the Alfred State populace and local communities. It is a resource for sustainability education and aid. The club also will lobby and carry out projects that deal with sustainability issues.

New LED lights have been installed at Lot 13 on the Alfred campus and a plan is being developed to install LED in all exterior lighting to include parking lots and buildings.

Our approach to sustainability is outlined in our sustainability and carbon neutrality plan, Pioneering Sustainability. The plan, which was developed as part of our commitment as a proud signatory of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, includes a pledge to eliminate or neutralize our direct carbon emissions by 2040.

Achievements to Look for in 2015 and Beyond

  • Students will compete in the 2015 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja competition, to be held May 7-10 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
  • Alfred State will be hosting the NYS STEM collaborative again in July 2015 because of the great success of last year’s event, which was hosted at the Alfred campus. In 2015, the college will highlight laboratories on both campuses, including the Zero Energy Home.
  • The Automotive Trades Department is working on a vehicle for a return trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats in August 2015. They plan to use the same car from the 2013 trip, with a different drivetrain, for another attempt at a land speed record.
  • The Architecture and Design Department is organizing students to take on four new projects - the retreat house in Rushford for Walking on Water, Inc., a pocket park at the Public Library in Scio, the future "Alfred State Opportunity Center" in Buffalo, and a master plan for Lion's Camp Badger in Spencer.

Hinkle Memorial Library hosts Therapy Dog Event for students during finals week

Posted Date: Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:00

male student with a therapy dogHalf a dozen canines brought a little relief to some Alfred State students studying for final exams on Monday, Dec. 8, during the Hinkle Memorial Library’s Therapy Dog Event.

From 6-9 p.m., six dogs and their handlers came to the library to visit with students and to help them relax and de-stress during finals week. The dogs are registered through Therapy Dogs International, an organization that trains, regulates, and certifies therapy dogs and their handlers for service in community settings, such as libraries, schools, and nursing homes.

Amie Acton, instructional support assistant at the library, said the library staff provided refreshments, the dogs brought smiles and laughter, and the handlers chatted with the students.

“It was a welcoming event that let the students unwind and relax amidst the stressful preparations of final exams, papers, and presentations,” Acton said.

In photo: A student de-stresses with the help of a dog named “Kilroy” during the Hinkle Memorial Library’s Dec. 8 Therapy Dog Event.


Students construct, paint giant Santa Claus decoration for Wellsville community

Posted Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 14:00

building construction students with Santa that they builtA 16-foot-tall Santa Claus decoration is making spirits bright on Wellsville’s Main Street this holiday season, thanks to some Alfred State students.

The decoration, made of exterior plywood, is currently in front of the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce building, 114 N. Main St. in Wellsville. Students in the college’s building construction program built the Santa Claus and students in the digital media and animation program painted it.

Joe Richardson, chair of the Building Trades Department, said the idea for the decoration came about through Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan and Wellsville Mayor Judy Lynch discussing how the college could help out the village community.

“The mayor brought up the idea of recreating the Santa that was displayed in the late ‘50s, early ‘60s on Main Street,” Richardson said. “I have no idea what happened to the original, but we used an old newspaper photo to come up with the design.”

Richardson said the building construction students created a grid, laid out the outline for the decoration, and also painted some of the base color for the suit. His department then called on Digital Media and Animation Department Assistant Professor Constance Pennisi to see if she had any talented students who could add artistic details to the display.

“These students traveled from Alfred and over a four-day period provided the artistry to bring this to life,” Richardson said. “The students who worked on this were highly motivated to help out the community with this exciting project. I personally feel that the group did an amazing job, having started with almost no information other than the old photo.”

The project took about three-and-a-half weeks to complete, according to Richardson. Digital media and animation students involved in the project included Skyler Reisner, of Olean; Taylor Stevenson, of West Seneca; Alexis Parker, of Honeoye Falls; and Deanna Barber, of Rochester.

Building construction students involved in the endeavor were Brennan Zenoski, of Belmont; Robert Smith, of Bronx; Jacob Vannorman, of Mount Morris; John Sexton, of Sunnyside; Robert Walsh, of Wellsville; Brandon Whittle, of Tioga, PA; Sean Ryan, of Batavia; Courtney Yauchzee, of Le Roy; Ryan Williams, of New Baltimore; Chandler Winling, of Pavilion; Glenn Proctor, of Belfast; Autumn Wells, of Madrid; and Kevin Rogers, of Frewsburg.

Pictured are building construction students, along with Louis Zver, lecturer in the Building Trades Department (far right). From left to right are Brennan Zenoski, of Belmont; Robert Smith, of Bronx; Jacob Vannorman, of Mount Morris; John Sexton, of Sunnyside; Robert Walsh, of Wellsville; Brandon Whittle, of Tioga, PA; Sean Ryan, of Batavia; Courtney Yauchzee, of Le Roy; Ryan Williams, of New Baltimore; Chandler Winling, of Pavilion; Glenn Proctor, of Belfast; Autumn Wells, of Madrid; Kevin Rogers, of Frewsburg; and Zver.


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