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, 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:
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.
The 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.”
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.
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)
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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 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.
Half 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.
A 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.