Following a “Name the Nestlings” social media campaign in which more than 36,000 people voted on five different name pairings, the two baby bald eagles at the US National Arboretum were officially named “Freedom” and “Liberty.”
Following voting on the National Arboretum Facebook page, which took place from April 19-24, eagle experts and several private groups and government agencies made the announcement Tuesday, April 26 in Washington, DC. Other name pairings included Stars and Stripes, Freedom and Liberty, Anacostia and Potomac, Honor and Glory, and Cherry and Blossom.
Attending the announcement from Alfred State were Jeff Stevens, chair of the Electrical Trades Department; Dr. Craig Clark, vice president of Economic Development; and electrical construction and maintenance electrician students Mike Lee, of Brooklyn; Thomas Wzientek, of Buffalo; and Ethan Yanda, of Wayland.
These students, along with fellow electrical construction and maintenance electrician majors Justin King, of Uniondale, and Oliver Jackson, of Williamsville, installed a unique solar-powered trailer at the Arboretum in October to supply the energy for the public to view the nesting and hatching of the bald eagle family online. The hatching of the eaglets took place in mid-March.
The Alfred State Instrumental Music organization will be performing the annual spring concert, “Senior Showcase,” at 7:30 p.m. May 6 in the Anthony C. Cappadonia Auditorium in Orvis Activities Center on the Alfred campus.
Groups performing will include the Concert Band, and the Jazz and Rock ensembles. The Concert Band will perform a variety of works from Edward Elgar to Calvin Custer, a selection that depicts the mysterious volcanos of Hawaii, and one from another galaxy. The Rock Ensemble will present songs that represent the different genres of rock ‘n’ roll. Finally the Jazz Ensemble will perform works from the musical stage, to the Big Band Era and jazz rock.
The concert will highlight the college’s graduating seniors. These individuals will solo and conduct works throughout the show.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Students across multiple fields and disciplines will publicly display work they’ve done this past school year on Tuesday, May 3, from 5-6:30 PM in the Student Leadership Center on the Alfred campus.
Named the “Student Showcase,” the event is open to families, neighbors and colleagues, alumni and community partners from regional businesses, civic organizations, and local schools who’d like to drop by and see some truly amazing projects. Alfred State students are proud of their accomplishments and are excited to share their innovative research and compelling design work.
With the aid of models, posters, prototypes, multimedia exhibits, and sometimes even their advisers, the students will take attendees step-by-step through their own learning and achievement process. The range of their work is stunning: air-powered engines, fuel cell performance studies, taxpayer-subsidized stadiums for national sports teams, gene annotation of psychrophilic bacteria, innovative waste management protocols, electrical grid configurations for local municipalities, and more.
An awards presentation will conclude the event at 6:45 p.m.
Dr. Kristin Poppo, provost, said Alfred State students create exceptional projects as part of their curricular and co-curricular projects.
“The Student Showcase provides an opportunity for students to share their work with the college and community,” she said.“I am so impressed with our student work, and I am sure those who attend will see why our students can ‘hit the ground running’ in their future work.”
Kevin Cassell, assistant professor of English and Humanities, describes the Student Showcase as “bringing together students, faculty, staff, and the local community in a single space to celebrate the great work our students are doing here.”
“It’s a fun, high-energy event that nicely displays how academic research is applied to hands-on projects and real-world issues,” he said. “While competing for special recognition adds some excitement to the event, it’s mostly about building and strengthening our college community and connecting that, ultimately, with the greater communities that surround us.”
In photo: Daniel Andrews, a construction management engineering technology major from Penfield, displays the automatic fire sprinkler system he worked on at a past Student Showcase.
Alfred State is pleased to announce that Danielle Green, an instructor and chair of the Business Department, has been named an Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassador.
Green was nominated by Alfred State as an exemplary online educator, who is both enthusiastic and effective in online teaching, and who can be a positive and strong advocate for online teaching in the SUNY community.
“I congratulate Danielle on her achievement and thank her for all of her hard work in being an online teaching advocate for our college,” said Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan.
Green teaches both lower- and upper-level court reporting classes, including theory, speed building, and procedures for reporters and captioners. Court and realtime reporting (AAS) and court reporting and captioning (certificate) are two of Alfred State’s various online academic offerings.
Speaking about its benefits, Green noted that online learning provides flexibility to adult learners, career-changers, those returning to school after a long absence, and all other populations not sufficiently served by the traditional college environment.
Additionally, she said, it provides those not comfortable in the traditional classroom an avenue to exchange thoughts and ideas with others in a safe environment and to showcase their talents which they may have been hesitant or anxious about doing in an on-ground program.
“Our primary goal for online education is to reach a wider cross section of learners and to service those who would not have normally considered Alfred State for their education,” Green said. “Distance learning is paramount to place-bound students who need to hone their current skills to gain promotions in their career or be overall marketable in the workforce. Online teaching can only occur when the learning materials are delivered in an accessible, consistent, and meaningful manner.”
Green added that online instructors must be passionate in their field and the educational delivery mode, and consistently seek out new knowledge in relation to online learning to continuously improve how education is delivered around the globe.
Over the past year, leaders from Allegany County government, higher education, business, and industry in the area have been meeting, researching, and debating a solution for one question that will have an enormous impact on the future of the region, namely: How to retain, expand, and attract employers? The answer comes in the form of a new blueprint for advancing Allegany County economic development.
On April 25, Allegany County Board of Legislators voted to approve a new economic development mission and vision document (pdf) that is supported by Allegany County’s Planning and Economic Development Committee, Economic Development staff, and the Economic Development Steering Committee that was formed to guide this process. Alfred State is responsible for implementing the new program that has a detailed outline including three strategies and nine objectives.
“With our colleagues from Houghton College and across the street at Alfred University, heads of business, chiefs of industry, elected leaders, and every resident of Allegany County, we are all in this together for the common good,” stated Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Dr. Craig Clark has been spearheading the economic development efforts for us and is deeply invested in bringing these plans to fruition. All of us know how important this is for our future growth.”
The vision statement is intended to be a source for inspiration and motivation for the future: “To be a sound economic competitor that consistently attracts, retains, and expands local businesses and industries through ongoing local, state, national, and foreign direct investments in Allegany County.” To achieve this vision, there are eight guiding principles for both public and private commitments to enhance economic development.
“Today’s legislative adoption of this new economic development mission and vision document moves Allegany County from a planning phase to implementation phase,” stated Board of Legislators Chair Curt Crandall. “Our economic development team which includes business, industry, education, and government will move in the same direction with clearly defined goals.”
The mission statement defines the purpose and direction for economic development efforts: “To provide the highest level of economic development services to retain, expand, and attract investment in businesses, industries, and supportive infrastructure.” In today’s globally connected world, business leaders know how competitive communities can be when trying to attract new companies.
“The competition to land a new or expanding employer is fierce, with communities not just competing against neighbors, but also competing against locations all around the world,” stated General Manager of GE’s Lufkin‐ RMT John Mulryan. “We are a global operation that manufactures locally in a new facility that we built in Wellsville just three years ago. To invest millions of dollars, we had to believe in this community and the quality of the workforce available.”
“A major resource we have here in this County is the three world‐class colleges and universities: Houghton College in the north, and Alfred State and Alfred University in the southern part of the County,” stated Jack Wood, Chairman/CEO Allegany County IDA. “Their presence is a tremendous asset, and it is crucial to establish a partnership of leaders from government, business, and the higher education community that lend their expertise and experience in the development of the County’s Economic Development Plan,” stated Wood who facilitated the steering committee and is now handing off the vision and mission for implementation to Dr. Clark, Economic Developer for Allegany County.
Alfred State is pleased to announce it has expanded its academic offerings to now include a Bachelor of Science major in health sciences.
Prospective students may enroll now for the fall 2016 semester in the new four-year BS program, designed to satisfy requirements for students entering health care professions or graduate-level biomedical research. Students in the program will be exposed to a rich offering of liberal arts courses and will advance from basic general biology and chemistry courses to upper-level courses in microbiology, genetics, bio-techniques, molecular and cell biology, genomics, biochemistry, research methods, the culture of health care, and ethical issues in health care.
The program further provides opportunities to select from a wide range of health-related technical electives to enhance the student’s expertise. These will prepare graduates for working with future colleagues from the health care profession and the diverse population that will require their services. In addition, this major will prepare graduates to seek transfer options to graduate or professional programs.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health care occupations is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.3 million new jobs.
Dr. Kathryn Link, program coordinator and assistant professor of Physical and Life Sciences, said the health sciences program allows for seamless transfer from the biological sciences Associate in Applied Science major, thereby providing students the ability to continue to work toward their career goals while remaining at Alfred State.
“We are now able to serve the students who have strong interests in the fields of sciences and health,” Link said. “Instead of choosing between a biology degree or a chemistry degree, students can combine interests in the sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) while diversifying knowledge on health-related topics.”
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “We are pleased to add health sciences to our expanding list of majors, and are excited about the projected job growth in this field in the near future. I thank all of the faculty who helped make this program possible.”
Dr. Kristin Poppo, provost, said, “Our new health sciences degree prepares students for a broad range of careers through rigorous preparation in the sciences. With a very positive employment outlook in this field, this degree provides a great opportunity for students.”
The program, Link noted, provides many science and health-related technical electives that students can select based on their interest, which provide plenty of hands-on, applied learning in the students’ area of interest. A research project or internship will also help broaden the students’ expertise.
“With the health care sector accounting for more occupations nationally than any other industry,” Link said, “we can lead the students into a career that directly applies their science and health interests.”
Joining with volunteers throughout the US and beyond in celebration of National Volunteer Week and Global Youth Service Day, 220 Alfred State students and students from Alfred University took part in Spring Into Action Day of Service on Saturday, April 16.
The students participated in 25 projects at various locations such as churches, libraries, and service organizations in several communities including Alfred, Alfred Station, Almond, and Wellsville. Examples of service included clearing hiking trails at Phillips Creek State Forest, preparing Little League fields for the season, painting light posts and fire hydrants in the village of Alfred, and preparing and serving food at Wellsville Community Kitchen.
Barbara Pierce, a student activities secretary, who helped found the Alfred Community Garden and who volunteered and coordinated various service projects, said, “It’s always a pleasure to have students participate in the days of service with their energy and enthusiasm. The rewarding feeling for the Alfred Community Garden volunteers and the students cannot be measured. Some of the Mu Theta fraternity brothers and members of the Caribbean Student Association request volunteering there every year.”
National Volunteer Week, which ran from April 10-16 this year, is “about inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities, according to www.pointsoflight.org. Global Youth Service Day, as stated on its website, http://gysd.org/, is “the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year.”
In photo: Alfred State students Juliana Krajewski, technology management, Buffalo, left, and Abraham Kalamadeen, motorsports technology, Brooklyn, paint a Victorian street light pole on Main Street in Alfred.