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Bethesda Foundation tours Alfred State Nursing department simulation lab

Bethesda Foundation tour of nursing“Alfred State appreciates the Bethesda Foundation and its ongoing scholarship support to nursing students in these three counties,” said Dr. Lisa Harmon, chair of the Nursing department.

Nine members of the Bethesda Foundation visited Alfred State Thursday to get a first-hand look at one of the Nursing department’s high-fidelity simulation labs in the Physical and Health Sciences building.

The group watched as senior nursing students Chelsea Goodwill, of Falconer, N.Y., and Jessica Matava, of Ontario, N.Y., administered care to a SimMan 3G ® manikin, which simulates an actual hospital patient.

Phil Loree, president of the Bethesda Foundation, said of the simulation, “I think it’s great. The ability to use a manikin like that is fantastic.”

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Alfred State Farm hosts Kiddie Ag Day

local students with horse at Kiddie Ag Day 2014“Between the beautiful weather, the enthusiasm of our students’ tour leaders, the donation of more than 500 cartons of milk and string cheese by Organic Valley, and the attendance of more than 600 kids,” Schroeder said, “I think the day was a great success.”

local students with horse at Kiddie Ag Day 2014Hundreds of first- and second-grade students from area schools visited the Alfred State Farm Tuesday for Kiddie Ag Day.

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Alfred State support team among Fireball Run squads that departed for Frisco, Texas, Tuesday

students with 2014 Fireball Run carThis year’s Fireball Run begins Sept. 26 in Frisco, Texas, and ends Oct. 4 in Independence, Mo., covering 14 cities and 2,000 miles. For a full schedule, updates, and to watch the action live, visit

Three teams headed from the Alfred State School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville to Frisco, Texas, Tuesday morning for Fireball Run, the annual life-sized trivia game that seeks to aid in the recovery of America’s missing children.

Two of the squads, Team Allegany and Team Salamanca, are competing in Fireball Run, while Alfred State is providing a support team and sponsoring the event.

“We’re really excited to be sending off another team to the Fireball Run,” said Craig Clark, executive director and dean of Applied Technology.

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Alumni invited to attend free Oct. 3 event at David A. Howe Public Library in Wellsville

Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served during the event. Those interested in attending should contact Cindy Croston by Sept. 30 at 607-587-3931 or at

Alfred State will host a free alumni event from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the David A. Howe Public Library, 155 N. Main St., Wellsville.

The event provides an opportunity for the 700 alumni residing in Wellsville and the surrounding areas to meet and greet College President Dr. Skip Sullivan and one another.

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Alfred State Partners in New Grant to Continue Building a More Highly Educated Nursing Workforce

The Alfred State Associate of Science in nursing and the Alfred State Bachelor of Science in nursing programs, partners in the first APIN grant received by the Foundation of New York State Nurses in 2012, will continue as partners in the new grant. Lisa Harmon, PhD, RN, CNE, chair of the ASN and BSN nursing programs at Alfred State will lead the nursing programs’ participation in the new grant project.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced that New York has been chosen to receive a $300,000, two-year grant in Phase II of its Academic Progression in Nursing program (APIN). The grant, awarded to the Foundation of New York State Nurses, will support the NYS Future of Nursing Action Coalition’s efforts to implement the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that 80 percent of practicing registered nurses hold the baccalaureate degree by 2020.

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Alfred State ranked 22nd among top regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report

“We’re delighted that Alfred State continues to perform well on the national scene and we’re delighted with our faculty and staff for keeping us in incredible areas of ranking both state and nationally,” said Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan.

Alfred State has once again made the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings, tying for 22nd among the top regional colleges in the North for 2015. The college has also earned a seventh-place ranking among top public regional schools in the North.

This marks the eighth consecutive year Alfred State has made the prestigious list, tying this year with Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology of Flushing, N.Y. According to U.S. News & World Report, Alfred State’s average freshman retention rate is 82 percent, up from 74 percent a year ago.

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Alfred State Named a Lead Institution in Civic Engagement by National Association

As a participating institution in NASPA’s initiative, Alfred State will continue to encourage students’ civic development through thoughtful community partnerships, engaging leadership opportunities, and democratic participation.

Alfred State has been selected to participate in a national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement. 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.

As a participating institution in NASPA’s initiative, Alfred State will continue to encourage students’ civic development through thoughtful community partnerships, engaging leadership opportunities, and democratic participation.

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Dresser-Rand pledges $100,000 to fund endowed scholarship at Alfred State

Dresser-Rand donates check to Development FundThe scholarship was created to provide financial assistance to current and/or new students in the region who attend Alfred State. The scholarship money may only be applied toward tuition or costs associated with attending the college. The first disbursement of scholarship funds will be in the fall of the 2016—2017 academic year.

As a result of a longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship between Alfred State and Dresser-Rand, the company has pledged to pay the Alfred State Development Fund, Inc. $20,000 a year for the next five years to fund the Dresser-Rand Endowed Scholarship.

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Hinkle Library to feature month-long ‘Endpapers’ photography exhibit

work by photographer Ann Parker“I was inspired by these endpapers and began taking photos of them,” Parker said. “I gradually added three-dimensional objects that mimicked the colors and patterns, or in some cases added opposite elements to the patterns and photographed the endpapers with these additions.”

Photographer Ann Parker, of Machias, will display a collection titled “Endpapers” from Sept. 3 through Oct. 4 at Alfred State’s Hinkle Memorial Library.

According to Parker’s exhibition statement, bookmakers in the 1800s employed artists to create patterned pages for the front and back of books, which were called “endpapers.” These pages then became works of art themselves, Parker’s statement continues, as swirling multi-colored patterns and hand-drawn designs evolved from various techniques used by artists.

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Alfred State Welcomes 40 New Employees

Alfred State proudly welcomed 40 new faculty and staff members recently.

Alfred State proudly welcomed 40 new faculty and staff members recently.

Kristin Poppo is the new vice president for academic affairs. Originally from Belmont, Mass., she holds several degrees, including a doctorate in philosophy from the University of North Carolina, a master’s degree in divinity from Harvard Divinity School, a master’s degree in teaching/environmental communications from Antioch – New England Graduate School, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion from Colgate University, where she graduated cum laude.

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