The process of constructing a $5 million, 16,000-square-foot Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center on the Alfred State School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville took a big step forward recently.
The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. on Feb. 20 signed a contract that leases land on campus designated for the center to the State University of New York (SUNY) for 30 years. This move was required to allow the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program funds to be used to construct the building, according to Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology.
“We are also working with Empire State Development on the additional $500,000 for equipment in the building that was funded by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council process,” said Clark.
Julie Hart, president of the Educational Foundation, said of the lease-signing, “The Educational Foundation is pleased to be able to provide the land lease to facilitate the new Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center. This facility, on the Wellsville campus, will be integral to developing the skills needed in our region to support the growth and expansion of manufacturing, a major driver of our local economy.”
The center will be used to train welding technology and machine tool technology students in state-of-the-art sustainable practices in advanced manufacturing through efficient processes, including energy systems in the center. Other uses for the center include prototyping and assisting manufacturers in the development of new products and systems.
Clark noted the date for full occupation is currently planned for August 2016, with the move-in to begin in May 2016 after the spring semester has ended. Faculty members at the Wellsville campus are excited about the possibilities the new building will bring.
“There continues to be a great need for advanced manufacturing graduates, especially in welding and machine tool,” Clark said, “so the timing of this facility is great for students and the industries we serve.”
From now through April 16, students in the freshman digital media and animation class at Alfred State are currently exhibiting and auctioning their marionettes featured in “The Puppet Show” at The Llewellyn Gallery, room 312 in the Engineering Technology Building on the Alfred campus.
The puppets are hand-made from carved wood and mixed media, according to the students’ instructor, Sandra Berry Hover, adjunct professor in the Digital Media and Animation Department. Many different types of characters are displayed, she said, including dancing men, scary goblins, animals, a scarecrow, a spider, a merman holding a magic staff, and more.
A silent auction of all the marionettes is held daily in the gallery from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will go toward purchasing equipment for digital media and animation students.
Berry Hover said when making the puppets, her students use line and form combined with texture and color to create characters that move in real space.
“The traditional use of puppets is play, and that is exactly what we have done – create the perfect toy,” she said. “At the completion of the project, as my students strung up their puppets for the first time, they were dancing and play-acting as they discovered the different movements of their marionettes.”
Berry Hover said she partnered her students, so that two of them worked on a single puppet.
“It was hard to decide who would get the puppet to keep,” she said. “I came up with the idea of a silent auction benefiting the department, which is very new and always in need of equipment. My students are really enjoying learning about putting on a gallery show and the excitement of the auction.”
Bids on the puppets are being placed every day, she said, rising slowly by small dollars and cents.
“Come and try to buy a puppet for your own enjoyment or to give as a unique gift,” she said.
A closing party and final bidding will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the gallery. For more information, contact Berry Hover at email@example.com.
Nearly one hundred employers from across New York State and the country were on-hand for a March 25 spring career fair at Alfred State to meet and connect with students.
According to Elaine Morsman, director of Career Development at Alfred State, this year’s number of registered employers, 96, broke the college’s previous record total, 73, set last year. Employers came from as far away as California and Texas, with several also coming from Rochester and Buffalo.
Careers for students on both Alfred State campuses were represented and several companies were recruiting for all majors, Morsman said. A strong focus was on the following fields: civil engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, architecture, architectural technology, information technology, computer engineering technology, business, financial planning, environmental technology, nursing, automotive technology, autobody technology, diesel technology, heavy equipment operation, welding, air conditioning and heating tech, drafting/CAD, electrical and construction maintenance electrician, machine tool technology, building trades, masonry, culinary, animal science, and agriculture.
Perhaps just as impressive as the amount of employers at the career fair was the number of students present: 690.
“After working with hundreds of students throughout the semester in résumé and interview preparation,” Morsman said, “it is truly satisfying seeing students dressed-to-impress with their resumes’ in-hand, networking with some of the biggest companies in the area and in the country.”
Morsman said the future looks very bright for upcoming graduates in middle-skills fields, which require more than a high school education, but less than a bachelor’s degree.
“I receive calls from employers daily asking how they can connect with our students,” she said. “Often these employers state that they have hired one of our graduates in the past and want to hire more just like them.”
She noted, “We see continual growth in our job-posting system and employer database, JobLink. The number of employer registrations has grown to 3,649 in less than five years, with 459 new employers registering last year alone.”
Paul Cody, project manager with LeChase Construction, said his company loves coming to Alfred State to interact with students.
“The students we have to choose from here seem to be a really good fit for our organization,” Cody said. “We usually end up with a pretty good caliber of students that we recruit.”
Tim Haefele, senior manager of technical support at Cisco Meraki, said he traveled from California to recruit Alfred State students.
“We’ve had great success in the past with some intern and full-time candidates who come in,” he said. “We really love the hands-on experience they get at Alfred State, from a networking perspective. They get their hands on switches, routers, do the lab work, and really get a lot of great experience. That allows us to not have to do much to train them. They come in and hit the ground running.”
Larry Benson, safety trainer for Dalrymple Gravel and Contracting/Chemung Contracting, said his company likes to hire Alfred State graduates because of the hands-on training they receive at the college. Dalrymple has been attending the college’s career fairs since they began more than 10 years ago.
“We’ve found out the students have got really good work ethics from going to school at Alfred State,” he said, “and they turn out to be all-around very good employees for us.”
In photo above: A representative from Lamb & Webster Inc., a farm equipment dealership, shakes hands with an Alfred State student during the college’s March 25 spring career fair.
With April marking the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the Alfred State Hinkle Memorial Library is currently exhibiting first-edition paintings and collectors’ items representing various battles and soldier possessions.
The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs until May 1. It is in collaboration with Joseph Damrath, associate professor in the Business Department, and Dr. Spencer P. Annabel, who portrays 86th New York Medical doctor Maj. John Stearns Jamison during re-enactments throughout New York State and Pennsylvania.
According to Michelle Margeson, secretary to the library director, Damrath has supplied the items on display, such as era clothing, camp gear, and a musket complete with a bayonet and ammunition. Annabel contributed his artwork to the exhibit.
“The artwork is exceptional and the authenticity of the items on display is astounding,” said Margeson. “We’ve also provided observers with scholarly trivia and publications regarding Lincoln’s assassination and the Surrender at Appomattox. We’re very proud to have the opportunity to showcase such an important historical occasion. Thanks to the contributions of Prof. Damrath and Dr. Annabel, the exhibit will be a success.”
Competing against nine other colleges, the Alfred State Cyber Defense Team recently placed third at the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NECCDC), hosted by Syracuse University from March 20-22.
The 10 teams competing at the NECCDC this year were from Alfred State, Champlain College, Northeastern University, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse University, SUNY Buffalo, University of Maine, University of Massachusetts’ Boston campus, and University of New Hampshire. Alfred State finished behind only RIT and Northeastern University.
“Alfred State has been competing at the NECCDC since 2010 and was the only team that did not have graduate students, so a third-place finish is a remarkable accomplishment and further proves that Alfred State offers a top-tier cybersecurity and information technology education program,” said Coach Jim Boardman, assistant professor and chair of the Computer and Information Technology Department.
The Northeast region is one of 10 nationwide that hosts a collegiate cyber defense competition. According to the NECCDC competitors’ handbook, the event focused on the more operational task of assuming administrative and protective duties for an existing “enterprise” network. Teams were scored based on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services such as mail servers and web servers, respond to business requests such as the addition or removal of additional services, and balance security needs against business needs.
This year’s NECCDC winning team advanced to the national competition in April in San Antonio, TX. Regardless of how each team finishes, Boardman said, this is an outstanding and unique opportunity for students to hone their cybersecurity skills.
“It is truly a privilege just to be invited to compete,” he said. “In order to participate at the NECCDC, teams had to qualify at a pre-qualifier competition on Jan. 30. Fourteen teams competed at the pre-qualifier and only 10 were invited to compete at Syracuse University.”
Alfred State’s cyber defense squad consisted of Jeff Andolora, of Caledonia; Christopher Bishop, of North Tonawanda; Anthony Dahmane, of Bath; Matthew Gandron, of Saratoga Springs; Graig Gratton, of Buffalo; Conor Mitchell, of Binghamton; Dion Pezzimenti Jr., of Andover; Edward Swackhamer, of Brewerton; and Joseph Tomapat, of Middletown. All of the students are network administration majors, except for Andolora and Bishop, who are both majoring in applications software development.
Mitchell said the Alfred State team is proud to have competed.
“The NECCDC is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain relevant experience and learn to perform under pressure,” he said.
In addition to providing students with a fantastic opportunity to improve their cybersecurity skills, the NECCDC also allows prospective employers an opportunity to evaluate and interview student job candidates. Sponsors for this year’s competition included Amazon, Cisco, Akamai, Department of Homeland Security, Raytheon, Ford, Northwestern Mutual, Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance, SIG, EMC Corporation, Palantir, Goldman Sachs, Space and Naval War Systems Command, Veracode, Hewlett-Packard, and 780th Military Intelligence Brigade.
In photo above: First row, from left to right are Christopher Bishop and Matthew Gandron. Second row, from left, are Craig Gratton, Joseph Tomapat, Edward Swackhamer, and Dion Pezzimenti Jr. Third row, from left, are Conor Mitchell, Anthony Dahmane, Assistant professor and Computer and Information Technology Department Chair Jim Boardman, and Jeff Andolora.
The 2015 SkillsUSA New York State Leadership and Skills Conference Postsecondary Championship, held mainly on Alfred State’s Wellsville campus, pitted 66 students from three schools against each other in one of the nation’s most prestigious showcases of career and technical aptitude Saturday, March 28.
Schools competing this year included Alfred State, the State University of New York (SUNY) at Delhi, and the Culinary Institute of America. All competitions took place on the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville, except for Precision Machining, which was held on the Alfred campus.
Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. The SkillsUSA state winners are eligible to compete in the 51st National SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, KY on Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25. More than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas.
Winners from the March 28 championship, by competition, are as follows:
AUTOMOTIVE REFINISHING –
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Brennan Bastedo, Clyde (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Camryn Berle, Deerfield (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Ian Steltmann, Fairport (Alfred State)
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Skylar Maricle, Morris (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Bradley Mitchell, Lawtons (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Nolan Wangelin, Holland (Alfred State)
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Zachary Wood, Rome (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Alexander Miller, Shinglehouse, PA (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Kevin Kiefer, Greenville (SUNY Delhi)
COMMERCIAL BAKING –
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Juliana Krajewski, Buffalo (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Kaitlin Johnson, Stockton (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Mikaela Shaw, Attica (Alfred State)
CULINARY ARTS –
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Tabitha Walden, Buffalo (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Mikala Highsmith, Buffalo (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Brittany Hedgepeth, Buffalo (Alfred State)
DIESEL TECHNOLOGY –
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Scott Erdman, Jeffersonville (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Nicholas Nelson, Machias (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Michael Woods, Attica (Alfred State)
ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION WIRING –
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Adam Hoy, Alden (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: John Romani, Buffalo (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Anthony Cangialosi, Rochester (Alfred State)
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: James Haviland, Patterson (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Logan Pondolfino, Oneonta (SUNY Delhi)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Dylan Robinson, Taberg (SUNY Delhi)
PRECISION MACHINING –
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Adam Myers, Rome (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Garrett Kunselman, Olean (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Nicholas McIntyre, Jamestown (Alfred State)
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Kerick O’Brien, Holland (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Kody Wolfer, Wellsville (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Andrew Sisak, Dansville (Alfred State)
Pictured in photo above: Two females (left to right): Mikaela Shaw (commercial baking) and Brittany Hedgepeth (culinary)
Males (left to right): Nicholas McIntyre (precision machining), Andrew Sisak (welding), Kevin Kiefer (carpentry), Dylan Robinson (masonry), Anthony Canagaliosa (electrical construction wiring), Nolan Wangelin (automotive service), and Ian Steltmann (automotive refinishing).