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Navy SEAL veteran and transgender woman Kristin Beck to speak March 25

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 10:30

Kristin BeckThe Office of Equity, Inclusion and Title IX, The Kaleidoscope Coalition at Alfred State, and the Institute for Cultural Unity at Alfred University are proud to host Kristin Beck, former US Navy SEAL and star of the CNN documentary “Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story.”

Screening of the documentary will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 23, at the Terra Cotta coffee house, 34 N. Main St., Alfred. Beck will be speaking at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at the Cappadonia Auditorium in Orvis on Alfred State’s main campus (location change).

“Ms. Beck offers a brave and unique view of what it is like to be a member of the LGBTQ community as well as a veteran,” said Nikkie Hockenberry, coordinator of Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX at Alfred State. “She attended Alfred State and Alfred University in the late ‘80s, and we could not more honored that she is returning to the village to share her story with us.”

Both events are open to the public and free of charge. Born June 21, 1966, as Christopher Beck, the documentary "Lady Valor" chronicles the journey that 20-year Navy SEAL veteran Christopher Beck underwent in becoming Kristin Beck, a transgender woman.

"I fought for 20 years for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” Beck said. “I want some happiness."

Academic Success Coach Cynthia Thorp presents at 34th annual Conference on The First-Year Experience in Dallas

Posted Date: Monday, March 16, 2015 - 12:00

Cynthia ThorpAcademic Success Coach for the Student Success Center at Alfred State Cynthia Thorp was selected to present at the 34th annual Conference on The First-Year Experience, held Feb. 7-10 in Dallas.

The conference provides an ongoing forum in which higher-education professionals may share experiences, concerns, and accomplishments related to supporting student learning, development, and success in the first college year, according to bestevents.us.

Titled “Digging Deeper into Student Engagement and Learning with Case Studies,” Thorp’s presentation demonstrated how case studies and scenarios contribute to deeper-level thinking skills. Thorp also discussed attitudes, behaviors, and habits linked to academic success in the first year.

Area students compete in 26th annual SkillsUSA Regional Conference at Alfred State

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 09:45

faculty, staff, and students served as competition judgesApproximately 1,000 students from Region I Board of Cooperative Education and Services (BOCES) districts, encompassing Western New York and the Southern Tier, competed in the 26th annual SkillsUSA Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics March 3 at Alfred State.

The winners of this regional competition will advance to the next level at the Oncenter in Syracuse, where all six regions in New York State will meet to attempt to qualify for the national competition in Kansas City, MO, in June. A postsecondary SkillsUSA state competition will also take place on the Wellsville campus on Saturday, March 28.

Skills tests ranged from advertising design to welding to restaurant services. Alfred State faculty, staff, and students were heavily involved in the design, implementation, and judging of many of the contests. Many of the high school students were exposed to a college campus for the first time. Contestants from the following schools attended:

Genesee Valley (Batavia); Career and Technical Education Center at Belmont; Lake Shore/ Carrier Educational Center (Angola); Charles G May Career-Tech Center (Mt. Morris); Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post); Edison Tech (Rochester); Eastern Monroe Career Center (EMCC) (Fairport); Ellicottville CTE Center; GST BOCES Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira); Harkness Career and Technical Center (Cheektowaga); Hewes Educational Center (Ashville); Kenton Career and Technical Education Center (Tonawanda); LoGuidice Center (Fredonia); Niagara (Sanborn); Olean CTE Center; Orleans Career and Technical Education Center (Medina); WD Ormsby Educational Center (East Aurora); Potter Career and Technical Center (West Seneca); Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Newark); WEMOCO Career and Technical Education Center (Spencerport); and GST BOCES, Wildwood Campus (Hornell).

An awards ceremony honored the following winners:

Action Skills

Advertising Design

Animal Careers

Auto Body Helper

Auto Service Basic

Auto Technology

AutomatedManufacturing Technology

Carpenter's Assistant


Collision Repair

Commercial Baking

Computer Maintenance

Cosmetology Jr.

Cosmetology Sr.

CPR/First Aid

Criminal Justice

Crime Scene Investigation (Three-Person Teams)

Culinary Arts

Custom Painting & Graphics

Diesel Mechanics

Early Childhood

Electrical Construction & Wiring

Electronics Technology

Employment Application

Extemporaneous Speech

Food Prep Assistant

Health Knowledge Bowl (Four-Person Teams)

Job Demo A

Job Demo Open

Job Interview


Nail Technician


Power Equipment

Precision Heavy Equipment

Precision Machining

Prepared Speech

Quiz Bowl (Five-Person Teams)

Related Technical Math

Restaurant Services

Small Engines

Technical Drafting

T-Shirt Design

TV/Video Production


Drama Club to present ‘Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon’ April 15-18 at Lake Lodge

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 09:15

Experience the magic and wonder of the Alfred State Drama Club’s production of the “Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” this spring at the Lake Lodge, 6107 Terbury Road, Alfred.

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc., the show will bring an enormous ensemble of fairy tale favorites to life in a jam-packed comedy experience. The show dates are April 15-18.

According to a description of the show on www.playscripts.com, “The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are turned on their heads in this fast-paced, rollicking ride as two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 stories ranging from classics like ‘Snow White,’ ‘Cinderella,’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’ to more bizarre, obscure stories like ‘The Devil's Grandmother’ and‘The Girl Without Hands.’ A wild, free-form comedy with lots of audience participation and madcap fun.”

The show is not appropriate for young children.

Tickets are $2 for students and $5 for general admission to the April 15 show, which starts at 7 p.m. Bus transportation from campus is available.

The April 16-18 dinner theater shows will include a cash bar and begin at 6 p.m. The cost is $20, or two meal swipes for students. Please purchase your dinner theater tickets by April 3.

All ticket sales are made through the Alfred State Book Store, which can be reached at 607-587-4020. Tickets for the April 15 performance will also be available at the door.

Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted. Alfred State students can also use their campus spending account or dining dollars.

University of Cincinnati professor lecture at Alfred State draws large crowd

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 12:00

University of Cincinnati Professor Anton Harfmann giving a presentationThe Architecture and Design Department at Alfred State launched its second installment of the spring 2015 lecture series with a presentation by University of Cincinnati Professor Anton Harfmann on Monday, March 2.

The event drew a large crowd of students and faculty who came to see Harfmann discuss his recent work in a lecture titled "Forays in Building Information Modeling." Harfmann spoke about some of his recent student projects and the renovation of a building on the University of Cincinnati campus by noted architect Peter Eisenman. Both topics highlighted the use of building information modeling (BIM), a new process in architecture that involves digitally modeling a building with all of its components and utilizing that data to construct or renovate a structure.

Harfmann is a licensed architect and builder who teaches BIM, construction and structures, and graduate studio courses in the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati. He was the lead faculty member for the university’s participation in the 2007 Solar Decathlon competition and has taught net-zero design studios on several occasions since.

His research interests include net-zero architectural design, as well as BIM at the component level, and he has published many papers on this approach since the early 1990s. Harfmann is an early adopter of computing in practice and education that was recognized by Apple, which inducted him into the Apple Distinguished Educator program in 2004.

His commitment to teaching has also been recognized by the American Institute of Architects, which named him one of the top ten educators in architecture in 2009, as well as receiving an honorable mention award from the AIA’s Technology in Practice group in 2013 for his introductory class on teaching the logic of construction and structures through BIM.

Caption: University of Cincinnati Professor Anton Harfmann gave a presentation Monday, March 2, at Alfred State as part of the Architecture and Design Department’s spring 2015 lecture series.

Leadership suites initiative recognized with NASPA 2015 Excellence Award

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 11:45

NASPA, the leading voice for the student affairs profession, has recognized Alfred State’s leadership suites initiative as a 2015 Excellence Award recipient within the Civic Learning, Democratic Engagement, Service-Learning, Community Service category. 

Each year through Excellence Awards, the association recognizes contributions of its members who are “transforming higher education through exceptional programs, innovative services, and effective administration.” Alfred State joined California State University and Trinity University for top honors in the category they were awarded within. 

According to NASPA, Excellence Award winners were selected by meeting criteria such as having a positive impact on student learning, demonstrating success in addressing student needs and/or critical campus issues, collaboration with academic affairs and other departments, originality and creativity, effective use of technology and other resources, and more. 

The purpose of Alfred State’s 13 leadership suites, located in the Student Leadership Center, is to inspire students to discover their passion and make a difference. Suites are awarded to student organizations actively involved in exciting and meaningful civic engagement projects locally, regionally, and globally. 

“Leadership suites are occupied by some of the most engaged student organizations committed to civic engagement through fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy, and education,” said Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement. “These students, alongside advisers and community partners, are using their passion, energy, and skills to solve problems, build relationships, and address community challenges.”