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25-year Employees Honored

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 10:00

Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their years of service at the college.

Those employees honored for 25 years included Dr. Craig Clark, Alfred, dean of the School of Applied Technology; Rebecca Comer, Almond, information technology assistant, Admissions; Gordon Cook, Wellsville, instructional support assistant, School of Applied Technology; Linda Grillo, Hammondsport, secretary 1, Business; Jeffrey Johnston, Alfred Station, assistant professor, Architecture and Design; Sandra Kinnerney, Almond, secretary 1, Athletics; William Laubert, North Hornell, associate professor, English and Humanities; Kathryn Markel, Arkport, senior associate director, Admissions; and Karl Perkins, Andover, maintenance assistant (mechanic), Facilities Services.

Honorees received a college chair and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.

Sandra Kinnerney, Linda Grillo, and Rebecca Comer. Standing, from left, are William Laubert, Kathryn Markel, and Craig Clark

Pictured, sitting, from left to right, are Sandra Kinnerney, Linda Grillo, and Rebecca Comer. Standing, from left, are William Laubert, Kathryn Markel, and Craig Clark.


20-year Employees Honored

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 09:45

Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their years of service at the college.

Those employees honored for 20 years included Edward Abbott, Hornell, maintenance assistant, Facilities Services; John Garippa, Wayland, associate professor, Automotive Trades; Kenneth Geer, Andover, associate professor, Building Trades; Diane Winans (21 years), Wellsville, payroll examiner, Business Affairs; and JoAnne White, Wellsville, secretary 1, Residential Life.

Honorees received a college clock and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.

John Garippa, JoAnne White, and Edward Abbott

Pictured, from left to right, are John Garippa, JoAnne White, and Edward Abbott.


Alfred State alumni possess ‘most valuable skills’, according to report

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 08:15

The Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC, has listed Alfred State in a recent report as the top two-year or lower college whose alumni possess the most valuable skills.

The report, “Beyond College Rankings: A Value-Added Approach to Assessing Two- and Four-Year Schools,” determined that the value of Alfred State alumni skills is $69,219, which is more than $9,500 greater than the average value of alumni skills at all two-year or lower colleges, $59,664.

Dr. Jonathan Rothwell, a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, said the institution obtained a list of the 25 most commonly listed skills on LinkedIn resumes for roughly 2,500 colleges, then evaluated those skills by matching them to those advertised on millions of online job vacancies posts, in which the vacancy had included both a skill and a salary.

“High-value alumni skills, like those listed by Alfred State alumni, are those associated with high average salaries,” Rothwell said.

The significance of Alfred State’s top ranking, according to Rothwell, is that it implies that the content of what is taught at the college either directly provides skills highly valued in the labor market or prepares students to acquire those skills after leaving Alfred State.

“The fact that Alfred State ranks at the top suggests that its teachers instill the most valuable skills in the country, relative to all other two-year colleges,” he said.

The value of alumni skills, Rothwell said, was one of the most important predictors of strong performance on the three alumni economic outcomes that Brookings measured: mid-career salaries, loan repayment rates, and occupational earnings power.

“Notably, alumni skills not only predict better outcomes for alumni, they predict higher value-added performance,” Rothwell said. “That is to say, that even after controlling for student characteristics — like test scores and family income — higher value skills predict greater success. Alfred State scored in the top 2 percent and top 9 percent of all colleges on value-added contribution to occupational earnings power and loan repayment.”

Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “I am extremely pleased about Alfred State’s top ranking in the Brookings Institution’s report. This ranking is a testament to the high-quality education our students receive here and I could not be more proud of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff.”


Retired Associate Professor Dr. Steven Jakobi publishes collection of non-fiction short stories

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 11:45

book cover for Giorgio the 'Possum and Other Stories from Nature'Retired Associate Professor of Biology and Alfred Station resident Dr. Steven Jakobi recently published a collection of non-fiction short stories, titled "Giorgio the 'Possum and Other Stories from Nature." 

The 28 essays cover the spectrum of life forms, from bacteria and fungi, to plants and animals. Each story is presented in a nontechnical fashion and prior knowledge of biology is not required to understand and enjoy the topics. 

There are also autobiographical sketches to illustrate how biology and love of nature have shaped the author's life and attitudes. More information about the essays and the author can be found at www.stevenjakobi.com. The book is available at Amazon and on Kindle reader. 

Jakobi is a native of Hungary who immigrated to the US in 1967. He has attended colleges in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and his dissertation work on the control of chestnut blight was conducted at West Virginia University. Jakobi has taught biology and environmental science courses at colleges in West Virginia, Massachusetts, and at Alfred State over a nearly three-decades-long career, prior to retiring from full-time teaching in 2013.


Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. funds students through work-grant program

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 09:30

The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., annually funds up to eight Alfred State students through its work-grant program, allowing students who are ineligible for work-study funds to find employment on campus. The grant is renewable on an annual basis.           

Additionally, departments within Alfred State can request student workers with specific skills and the work-grant coordinator attempts to meet those needs with appropriate student help.           

Students funded through the Ed Foundation to work in specific areas on campus are considered “regular” employees of the college and are expected to maintain the level of professionalism required of their colleagues. 

For award year 2014-2015, seven students from Engineering, Math/English, Public Relations/Sports, Athletics, Student Engagement, and International Affairs earned a total of $9382.25 from the work-grant program. 

The program is administered through the Student Records and Financial Services Office.           

The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., is a private foundation representing faculty, staff, and friends of Alfred State dedicated to improving the college community through the support of educational programs. The activities pursued by the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., are governed by a board of directors made up of representatives from each of the following groups: alumni, College Council, faculty and staff, and friends of the college.           

The foundation provides monetary support to enhance learning opportunities for students through scholarships, work grants, and community service projects. The Ed Foundation also funds the Building Trades programs’ hands-on home construction projects.           

Additionally, the foundation owns and maintains the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville. The 22-acre parcel consists of more than 20 buildings with some 800 students enrolled in 19 programs. The programs, which stress “learning by doing,” incorporate traditional classroom experience with comprehensive “on-the-job” laboratory experiences. 

Since 1996, the foundation has invested more than $2.3 million in improvements on the campus.


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