More than 25 Alfred State and Alfred University students headed to California Saturday, Sept. 26, to compete in the 2015 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.
Held this year from Sept. 28 to Oct. 18 in Irvine, CA, the Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. Seventeen teams are competing in the 2015 event.
Team Alfred’s entry is a nearly 900-square-foot zero-energy home for middle-class families in rural western New York. Alfred State and Alfred University also collaborated on a submission for the 2013 Solar Decathlon, held in Datong, China.
The 2015 house was shipped in modules to the site of the Solar Decathlon on Sept. 21. Once the students arrive, they will have nine days to reassemble the house.
Michael May, a building trades: building construction major from Moravia, said, “This is the first house that we actually got to build from the floor up and we’re getting to go to California for 12 days, so that’s pretty cool, plus the construction industry is going green, so it’s good to go into green building.”
Ryan Williams, a building trades: building construction major from New Baltimore, said of Alfred State’s participation in the Solar Decathlon, “It’ll be cool to show what a smaller school can do against bigger schools.”
Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology, said design of the home was led by Alfred State architecture students, along with students from both campuses who are learning about mechanical, electrical, and renewable energy, and more.
“Our home is unique regarding students being involved from design through construction phases, with little assistance from professionals except faculty,” Clark said.
The opportunity to have Alfred State students be involved in this national competition is great for students, faculty, and the college, said Clark.
“We are extremely proud of the work to this stage, which includes design, construction of the modular home, and packing up the home to ship to California,” he said.
Accompanying the students on the trip will be Joe Richardson, chair of the Alfred State Building Trades Department. Alfred State students who are participating are listed below, by major:
Building trades: building construction
Air conditioning and heating technology
Electrical construction and maintenance electrician
Alfred University students who are participating are:
Saeed Azad, a mechanical engineering graduate student from Iran; Tchabelino T. Azimyt from New York City, Patrick R. Byrne, of Hamburg, Nolan Jessop, of Churchville, and Dylan A. Tucker, of De Ruyter, all senior mechanical engineering majors; Bernard Dolecki, AU Class of 2014, School of Art & Design; Taylor A. Kelley, a junior mechanical engineering major from Wellsville; Avery O. Sandler, a senior, dual major in mechanical engineering and renewable energy engineering from Israel; and Jessica Scoones, of Deansboro, a senior renewable energy engineering major.
AU faculty advisers are Dr. Wallace B. Leigh and Dr. Xingwu Wang, both professors of engineering in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering.
Team Alfred would like to thank its sponsors, including LeChase Construction; Upstate Roofing and Painting; NanaWall; Pella; Lutron Electronics, Inc.; Kohler; Carlisle; Big Ass Solutions; Way To Grow; LaBella Associates; Resource Furniture; The Western New York Floor Company; O’Connell Electric Company; Thermal Foams, Inc.; CLEI; Echo Global Logistics; Pearl’s Premium; Corning, Inc.; SWBR Architects; Apricus Solar Hot Water; Tinkertown Supply; Do it Best; HEP Sales; North Main Lumber; Madison Wood; Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Local 276; and Southern Tier Builders Association.
Three teams headed from the Alfred State School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville to Connecticut Thursday for the annual Fireball Run event.
A life-sized trivia game that seeks to aid in the recovery of America’s missing children, Fireball Run begins Sept. 25 this year and ends Oct. 3, covering eight cities and 2,000 miles. This season will feature four astronauts from four nations, four celebrity teams, and 40 rally teams, who will start in Hartford, CT, then head to Queen Anne’s, MD; Williamsburg, VA; Topsail Island, NC; Florence, SC; Liberty County, GA; Sanford, FL; and finish in Cocoa Beach, FL.
The three groups that left from Wellsville are Team Alfred State, Team Allegany (Gretchen Hanchett, executive director of the Allegany County Chamber and Office of Tourism, and Deb Root, Allegany County Legislator and former Alfred State director of Marketing and Communications) and Team Visit Salamanca (John Sheehan, executive director of the Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce, and Ward “Skip” Wilday, senior vice president at Morgan Stanley).
The college’s team will be driving the same vehicle as last year, a 1987 Mercedes 300 SDL, donated by Mark Crounse, who graduated from Alfred State in 1975 with a degree in automotive service technician. The team consists of automotive service technician majors Sebastian Bruno, of Penn Yan, and Jake Landuyt, of Clifton Springs; and Kent Johnson, associate professor and chair of the Automotive Department. The college is a sponsor of the event again this year.
“We again are thrilled to be part of Fireball Run, in which students get to be part of an adventure across the East Coast of the US with celebrities,” said Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology. “Two years ago, one of the Alfred State student competitors landed his dream job at Local Motors in Phoenix, AZ, connecting with the Rally Fighter team at the event.”
Among the speakers at Thursday’s send-off was State Sen. Catharine Young, R, C, I-Olean. She noted the importance of Fireball Run, in that, through this effort, a number of missing children have been recovered.
“I want to say to everyone who is going, you’re going to have a blast, but at the same time, you’re going to learn, you’re going to share your talents, you’re going to have a cool adventure, and you’re going to do something that will make a difference,” she said. “I want to wish you safe travels, go to it, and have a really, really great time. Congratulations to everyone who made this happen.”
Being the tech team, Johnson said, the Alfred State group will be expected to diagnose and advise owners of vehicles with mechanical issues and in some cases repair the vehicles if possible.
“Since a good percentage of the vehicles involved are typically unique or vintage vehicles, this year’s Fireball Run should be as exciting and challenging as last year’s,” Johnson said.
When asked how he felt about going on this year’s Fireball Run, Bruno said, “It’s honestly an absolute honor. I decided to come to Alfred State for something I loved doing and to get an opportunity like this is awesome, to say the least.”
Landuyt said, “I’m excited about going. I remember seeing the send-off for it last year and I thought, ‘Wow, this is pretty neat.’ Never did I think I’d be able to do something like this. It’s pretty cool.”
For a full schedule, updates, and to watch the action live, visit www.fireballrun.com.
Shown in photo above are the members of the 2015 Alfred State Fireball Run team, along with the 1987 Mercedes 300 SDL they will be driving in the event. From left to right are automotive service technician students Sebastian Bruno, of Penn Yan, and Jake Landuyt, of Clifton Springs; and Kent Johnson, associate professor and chair of the Automotive Department.
Dr. Nadine Hoover met with members of the Honors Program at Alfred State Sept. 10 to discuss her 35 years of working for peace in war-torn countries around the world.
Hoover, a longtime Alfred resident, coordinates Friends Peace Teams in Asia West Pacific; maintains a massage therapy practice in Alfred; and directs the Conscience Studio, a publishing company and online art and book store; to support training in how to live as individuals and communities of conscience.
According to Hoover, “Wherever there is war, there are children, and the trauma of war stays with people for generations. We believe peace is not only possible, but absolutely essential if this world is to survive.”
Pictured is Dr. Nadine Hoover, along with three members of the Alfred State Honors Program. From left to right are Hoover; Natalia Sytch, a veterinary technology major from Rochester; Ivory Humutowo, a business administration major from Jakarta, Indonesia; and Ashley Marino, a culinary arts: baking, production and management major from Victor.
Hundreds of first- and second-grade students from area schools toured Alfred State’s 800-acre farm Thursday, Sept. 17, during Kiddie Ag Day.
Dr. Philip Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, said the students learned where milk comes from, and how animals are raised and what they eat. They also learned about a number of animals, such as horses, alpacas, rabbits, and ducks.
Participating schools included Alfred-Almond, Andover, Bath, Bolivar-Richburg, Cuba-Rushford, Fillmore, Genesee Valley, and Scio.
“I am very proud of our students,” said Schroeder. “They worked very hard to make sure that the approximately 700 first- and second-graders who attended Kiddie Ag Day had fun and learned about agriculture.”
State Sen. Catharine Young, R, C, I-Olean, announced Thursday that she has secured $1 million in state aid to help establish the Bio-refinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC) on Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville.
The proposed BDCC will be used to further advance research of the Hot Water Extraction (HWE) process, which extracts useful chemicals from natural products, and take the current successful HWE process, developed in the laboratory at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), to a commercial level. The chemicals can be used for a number of industrial products and the remaining cellulose material can be used for pellets and products used in structures. HWE is the process through which an industrial-based concept known as New Forest Economy (NFE) uses natural resources.
Making her announcement on the Wellsville campus, Young said the best economic strategy is to capitalize on your strengths, as in what makes your area special.
“You only have to look around and see the awesome abundance of natural resources in the Southern Tier. When you look around, what do you see? You see trees and rolling farmlands,” she said. “For centuries, the people in this region have gotten economic opportunities and sustenance from the forests and the fields that we have here. Now it’s time to take these resources to a much higher level.”
Young said the BDCC has the potential to exponentially increase the $8.8 billion the forest products industry annually pumps into New York State’s economy, as well as the $40 billion annual impact agriculture has on the state.
“We are hoping to start a wave of transformation across rural New York to renew the upstate economy, especially in forested areas that are struggling economically,” she said.
Alfred State students and faculty will be involved in the development and building of the BDCC, including students majoring in welding, machine tool technology, drafting/CAD, mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, and electrical trades. Learning opportunities will include development of the HWE process, process control, pressure vessels, and many other components. Alfred State will work with SUNY ESF on other programs, including bioprocessing engineering.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “We are grateful for the support of Senator Young and the State of New York in helping us to establish the Bio-refinery Development and Commercialization Center on our School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville. This facility will complement our new Advanced Manufacturing Center, and will also prepare our students for careers in the newly developed New Forest Economy and various other industrial facilities.”
Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology, said, “This funding for the BDCC will assure that the college can develop this great economic development project, showcasing the workforce development and the learning-by-doing technology focus of Alfred State. The ability to have students intimately involved in this manufacturing facility on campus, on a daily basis, will greatly enhance the education of our students.”
Other speakers Thursday included Dr. Thomas Amidon, Bio-refinery Research Institute director, and Preston Gilbert, SUNY Presidential Fellow for the New Forest Economy and assistant director for Community Development, who both developed the HWE process on cellulose material in a laboratory at SUNY ESF. Also offering remarks were Patrick McGlew, executive director of Seneca Trail Resource and Conservation Development Council, Inc., who introduced the New Forest Economy in western New York after learning of it from Amidon; Curt Crandall, chairman of the Allegany County Board of Legislators; and Crystal Abers, director of Development, Planning and Tourism for Cattaraugus County.
The next step, Young said, is to gain even greater state support.
“There is a pending application to the Regional Economic Development Council for more funding,” she said, “and I will be pushing hard for the support of Gov. (Andrew) Cuomo and Empire State Development. Here’s a real, live opportunity to revitalize struggling areas of the state.”
In photo above, from left to right are Patrick McGlew, executive director of Seneca Trail Resource and Conservation Development Council, Inc.; Curt Crandall, chairman of the Allegany County Board of Legislators; Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the Alfred State School of Applied Technology; Dr. Thomas Amidon, Bio-refinery Research Institute director; Preston Gilbert, SUNY Presidential Fellow for the New Forest Economy and assistant director for Community Development; State Sen. Catharine Young, R, C, I-Olean; Crystal Abers, director of Development, Planning and Tourism for Cattaraugus County; and Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State.
A new business connected with Alfred State has been formed as part of START-UP NY, the innovative program that establishes tax-free areas associated with colleges and universities across the state.
Sponsored by Alfred State, TDG Wood Products, LTD will manufacture a new line of micro/micron cooking wood chips under the brand name SmokinLicious® Gourmet Wood Products. The cooking wood chips will be new products and trademarked as Minuto and Piccolo Chips, respectively.
These chips will be various sizes designed and manufactured for use primarily in commercial wood cooking and/or smoking appliances used in a wide variety of culinary settings worldwide. TDG Wood Products will locate to the Sanzo building in Cuba, NY, create seven new jobs, and invest $249,350.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “Alfred State is excited about the formation of TDG Wood and is proud to be participating in such a terrific program as START-UP NY.”
Dr. Craig Clark, dean and executive director of Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology, said, “Alfred State looks forward to working with TDG Wood on their SmokinLicious® products in our culinary program and manufacturing-related programs. It is important to grow companies in Allegany County both for careers and for connections with the colleges in the county.”
Terry and Donna Grant, the husband and wife ownership team of TDG Wood Products, LTD, said, “We are so thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to partner with Alfred State, specifically with their culinary arts program. We commend President Sullivan and Dean Clark for their commitment and persistence in completing this process and congratulate them on becoming the first STARTUP-NY partner in Allegany County. We look forward to a long and superb association with Alfred State that will certainly benefit our business and the region’s economic vitality.”
TDG Wood is one of 15 businesses that Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced will expand in or locate to New York State as a result of START-UP NY. These businesses, according to the governor’s office, have committed to create at least 220 new jobs and invest approximately $4.3 million during the next five years in the Western New York, Southern Tier, Central New York, Capital District, Mid-Hudson, and Long Island regions.
START-UP NY, according to www.startup.ny.gov/, offers new and expanding businesses the opportunity to operate tax-free for 10 years on or near eligible university or college campuses in New York State. Partnering with these schools, the website continues, gives businesses direct access to advanced research laboratories, development resources, and experts in key industries.