Once again, Alfred State will host the New York State STEM Education Collaborative Summer Institute, taking place July 12-14 this year.
The theme is “Building Futures from Pre-K to Careers.” The institute is designed for engaging kindergarten-through-grade-12 and college-level teachers and administrators. State Sen. Catharine Young (R-Olean) recently signed a proclamation honoring this year’s summer institute.
“Alfred State, as a college of technology, is excited about hosting the STEM Summer Institute and we look forward to another successful event connecting K-12 and college faculty on best practices,” said Dr. Craig Clark, dean of Applied Technology and Summer Institute co-chair.
The STEM Institute provides attendees with 12 professional development hours spread out over eight sessions via a wide array of presentations and keynote addresses. College professors and teacher experts will demonstrate how the four STEM areas can be logically and effectively integrated into each subject area. Keynote and banquet speakers include Dr. Frederic Bertley, senior vice president of Science and Education at The Franklin Institute; Dr. Yvonne M. Spicer, vice president for Advocacy and Educational Partnerships at the National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston; and Dr. Michael Hacker, co-director of the Center for STEM Research (CSR) at Hofstra University.
Last year’s summer institute, also held at Alfred State, was a great success, with more than 200 attendees. New this year is the presentation of the annual Margaret Ashida STEM Leadership Award, which honors the memory of Margaret Ashida, who created a wave of change by her tireless efforts to create connections between business/industry and STEM educational leaders, not only in New York State, but across America.
For more information, visit http://www.nysstemeducation.org/. If you have any questions on registering for the event or would like to be a vendor, contact Clark at 607-587-3101 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any high school graduates who haven’t finalized their plans for the fall or any adults looking to complete their education are invited to attend Alfred State’s Instant Decision Days this summer.
Offered on Thursdays beginning June 25, Instant Decision Days will run until Aug. 13 for students who are interested in attending the fall 2015 semester. Prospective students can have their application reviewed, tour the campus, and meet with an admissions counselor to learn of the admissions decision all in the same day.
Interested students must complete the SUNY application online at suny.edu and bring a high school transcript, personal essay, and college transcript(s) if applicable.
Registration is required and can be done online. For more information, please call Admissions at 1-800-4-ALFRED.
Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan recently presented five members of the college faculty and staff with the college’s Pioneer Award.
Recognized at the college’s employee recognition banquet were: Beth Weber, Andover; Rachel Smith, Arkport; William Wesche, Wellsville; Mike Ronan, Rushford; and Troy Morehouse, Wattsburg, PA. Each received a certificate and a monetary gift.
The Pioneer Award acknowledges those who have demonstrated commitment and dedication to the college mission and goals, have made contributions that have had meaning and measurable positive impact on college operations, are seen as positive role models and show creativity and initiative, and have shown a consistent level of exceptional performance throughout their employment.
Weber consistently demonstrates outstanding commitment to the college and regularly provides exceptional service to all those she comes in contact with. As the application processing secretary in the Admissions Office, she has a high level of responsibility and manages a multitude of items related to the processing of applications in an accurate and efficient manner despite a very heavy workload. Weber’s outstanding work ethic, consistent high level of performance, her initiative, and her significant contributions to the college and the Admissions Office make her an extremely valuable member of Alfred State.
Smith has been employed by the college since June 2004, first as a student employee and then as an instructional support assistant at the College Farm. A graduate of the agriculture program at Alfred State, she spends time with the students and teaches them about having a passion for farming and how to really love and treasure the animals. She strives to be a good role model to our students, faculty, and staff, and has demonstrated a consistent level of exceptional performance. Agriculture students who are at the farm speak very highly of Smith and the work she does.
Wesche has served the campus Facilities Services Department with great dedication for more than four years. Prior to his role as a campus electrician, he worked as an academic lab assistant on the Wellsville campus in the electrical construction and maintenance electrician program. In his current position, Wesche continuously serves the campus with a level of support that goes over and above the call of duty. Much of this work is in behind-the- scenes roles of reviewing construction design documents, raising questions regarding NEC code requirements, or engaging with utility providers and contractors in making sure the college’s electrical systems are functioning at the highest level.
Ronan is and has been consistently enthusiastic about his work, be it teaching students, being an active Middle States Committee member, organizing and pulling off the annual New York State High School SkillsUSA competition for 20-plus years, or spearheading the annual Sigma Tau Epsilon-driven/supported Veterans’ Park cleanup. His energy and upbeat mood seem never to wane. This positive attitude is contagious for his students and co-workers. In 1985, Ronan “hit the ground running” and has never slowed. His work ethic inside and outside the classroom has made him one of Alfred State’s finest and most respected faculty members.
Morehouse has consistently and continuously demonstrated commitment to the college and his professional field. He is a role model for other professionals and students, and continues to be a high-performing member in the Division of Student Affairs. While Morehouse has consistently excelled in his role as both residence hall director and area coordinator, building strong relationships with students, staff, and faculty, and meeting and exceeding the expectations of his positions, it is the work beyond this scope that bests demonstrates his commitment to and impact on the college. He has continually given both his time and creative energy to help develop an enriching co-curricular culture.
Recipients are nominated by their peers and selected by the Reward and Recognition Committee.
Two Alfred State faculty members were honored recently with a Leadership through Civic Engagement Award.
The award is presented annually by the College Council to acknowledge students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have led or initiated exemplary academic and/or co-curricular initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to engaging in the community— locally, nationally, or globally — through service, volunteerism, activism, politics, and much more. This year’s recipients were Brent Kelley, Belfast, assistant professor in the Culinary Arts Department and Terry Palmiter, Alfred Station, assistant professor in the Architecture and Design Department.
Kelley has demonstrated leadership in civic engagement in a number of ways. He plays an integral role in planning the BP-sponsored Holiday Community Dinner. This year marked the fourth year of this event, which functions as a partnership with the Salvation Army, the Allegany County United Way, BP, and Alfred State Culinary Arts. Alfred State provides a festive, fine dining experience for families that have requested assistance through the Salvation Army.
The most recent event on Dec. 9 involved five faculty, six alumni, and 22 students serving 120 community members. Kelley also supports the coordination of a community outreach effort with the Warming House in Olean. Culinary arts students have prepared meals and shared food with this soup kitchen - an outreach that provides one meal a day to disadvantaged community members. Kelley shares his knowledge and skills to not only prepare students for a career in the culinary arts, but enables students to apply these skills for community benefit.
Palmiter has been on the leading edge of incorporating civic engagement projects in the classroom. During the spring 2014 semester, Palmiter directed studio projects focusing on Temple Beth-El in Hornell to offer National Register listing assistance, and the Finger Lakes Boating Museum in Hammondsport to offer assistance in designing signage, a lakeside facility, entrance, and display areas.
More locally, he has collaborated with the Alfred State Architecture Club and Alfred University to design the current bus stop in Alfred. And he was instrumental in leading documentation, condition assessment, and stabilization for the Rail and Titsworth Canal Warehouse in Belfast. An earlier community service project involved the design and construction of Alfred’s Kenyon Children's Park. Over the years, Palmiter has shown a high level of ongoing involvement within the community, enabling his students to apply their architecture skills to generate positive civic impact in the community. Palmiter has demonstrated a continuing commitment to leadership in civic engagement.
Pictured are Brent Kelley, left, and Terry Palmiter.
Five Alfred State students this month will compete in a cross-country rally that pits teams against the clock and one another for the chance to win a $50,000 grand prize.
Held June 20-28 this year, The Great Race will stretch nearly 2,000 miles of the legendary Route 66 from Kirkwood, MO, to Santa Monica, CA. The race is an annual vintage car event designed to commemorate the original around-the-world “Great Race” that took place in 1908, which was won by a driver and car from Buffalo.
According to www.greatrace.com, the race’s route changes each year and has covered all but one of the lower 48 states. Entrants participate in a timed, controlled speed and endurance competition over scenic public highways and roads.
Each team’s score is the result of its ability to follow all designated course instructions precisely. The 2015 “Grand Champion” will win $50,000, with the total purse being $150,000.
Alfred State is one of about 120 competitors in this year’s race, and one of four student teams in the X-Cup division. In this division, drivers must be at least 21 years old and younger than 25 at the start of the race. Navigators must be younger than 22 at the start.
Representing Alfred State in the race will be Andrew Carpino, automotive service technician, Caledonia; Nick Reale, autobody repair, Jamestown; Tom Rifenburgh, automotive service technician, Worcester; Ryan Valle, motorsports technology, New Windsor; and Ryan Madison, automotive service technician, Rochester. The Pioneers will drive a 1953 Dodge Power Wagon that approximately 10 students in several majors worked on regularly throughout the spring semester. Work included rebuilding the engine and all drivetrain components, and installing new brakes, wiring, lights and gauges.
The team was recently awarded a $1,000 grant from the Antique Auto Club of America (AACA) and has been raising funds for the trip through its GoFundMe page, www.gofundme.com/alfredpowerwagon. Accompanying the members on their journey will be Automotive Trades Professor Mike Ronan, who helped form a new AACA student chapter on campus. He said the students learned to work as a team, “as we refurbished the Power Wagon many nights” after classes.
“The event will provide an once-in-a-lifetime experience for those participants who go on the trip to California and back,” Ronan said.
Pictured are Alfred State students along with the 1953 Dodge Power Wagon they will use to compete in this year’s Great Race. From left to right are Ryan Madison, Tom Rifenburgh, Nick Reale, Andrew Carpino (crouching in the back of the truck) and Ryan Valle.