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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.”

Melissa Holland graduates from NAFSA Academy for International Education

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 11:00

Melissa Holland, senior international admissions counselor at Alfred State, recently graduated from the 2014 NAFSA Academy for International Education.

NAFSA, according to www.nafsa.org, is “the largest association of professionals committed exclusively to advancing international higher education. The association provides leadership to its diverse constituencies through establishing principles of good practice and providing professional development opportunities. NAFSA encourages networking among professionals, convenes conferences and collaborative dialogues, and promotes research and knowledge creation to strengthen and serve the field.”

The Academy for International Education is an intensive yearlong training program with extensive networking opportunities, according to www.nafsa.org. The program accelerates the learning process of participants, prepares them for leadership, and is an investment in international education.

In the academy, the website states, participants gain knowledge and skills to serve as an international education resource at their institution; boost their proficiency as an international educator through an individualized learning plan, training, and networking; and build a network of international education colleagues, both in their region and nationally.

Project Prom Dress Extravaganza set for April 11

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

Olivia Ciesla with 2 red prom dressesTeenage girls from Allegany County and the surrounding areas won’t have to pay a cent to look like a million bucks this prom season, thanks to Alfred State’s Project Prom Dress Extravaganza.

Held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Pioneer Center on the Alfred campus, the event allows attendees to select from hundreds of new or lightly used prom dresses and take one home without any cost. People may also make donations that day, including dresses, shoes, and gear.

Founded by Kayla Franchina, of Gerry, who graduated in 2014 with a degree in human services management, Project Prom Dress focuses on collecting donated prom dresses, accessories, and cash donations for underprivileged teenage women.

Alfred State wishes to thank its amazing donors for this year’s event: Elegance Bridals and Formals, of Canisteo; Belle Ruche Bridal Boutique, of Olean; Jessica Dugo, of Geneseo; JBK Bridal and Prom, of Horseheads; Bonjulies Main Street Bride, of Horseheads; Bella You, of Rochester; and One Enchanted Evening, of Fairport.

For more information, contact Alyshia Zurlick, assistant director of the Office of Student Engagement, at ZurlickAM@alfredstate.edu.

Caption: Pictured is Olivia Ciesla, president of Delta Chi Omega, which runs the Project Prom Dress Extravaganza every year, along with the Emerging Pioneer Leadership Program Gold Group.

High school students flock to Alfred State for National Engineers Week event

Posted Date: Monday, March 2, 2015 - 15:45

Alex Surdyk, an electrical engineering technology major from Hamburg, right, judges one of the entries in the design challenge that was part of Friday’s National Engineers Week event.Nearly 150 high school students from five area school districts visited Alfred State Friday to discover the exciting worlds of engineering and technology as part of National Engineers Week.

Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, the week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers, according to www.nspe.org. Throughout last week, 34 Alfred State students in the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology showcased the many great projects and activities they engage in at the college through various clubs and organizations.

Participating Alfred State groups included the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Architecture Club, the Associated General Contractors of America, the Robotics Club, the Alfred State Information Security Team, Women In Non-traditional Studies, and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping Glickman Chapter.

High schools that attended Friday’s event were from Hornell, Arkport, Elmira, Scio, and the Greater Southern Tier BOCES Wildwood campus. In addition to learning from Alfred State students, high school students also took part in a fun design challenge, in which their teams were tasked with designing and building a table out of a newspaper that was at least 8 inches tall and could hold, at minimum, a 200-page textbook.

Alex Surdyk, an electrical engineering technology major from Hamburg, said the event was Alfred State’s chance to show high school students that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are “not just math and numbers, but instead something that you can see, feel, and be a part of.”

“It is crucial to the continuing development of society and the human race as a whole to continue to make advancements in STEM,” he said. “We need young minds to lead us into the future.”

For Josh Weaver, a junior from the Elmira City School District, and Jasmine Mosko, a freshman from Arkport Central School, the day was about fun and learning.

“It was fun and people were nice about everything while they were trying to teach everyone what was going on and trying to get other people interested in what they were doing,” Weaver said. “I learned about how certain architectural things are made.”

Mosko said, “It was fun because we got to do hands-on activities and learn different things.”

Dr. John Williams, dean of the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology, said he received many positive comments from the visitors and that the vast majority of high school students were engaged in the event. He also noted that he is very proud of his school’s students.

“Watching them represent their fields and seeing the passion they have for what they are studying, it was a great day,” Williams said.

In photo above: Alex Surdyk, an electrical engineering technology major from Hamburg, right, judges one of the entries in the design challenge that was part of Friday’s National Engineers Week event.

New Phi Kappa Phi honor society chapter formed at Alfred State

Posted Date: Monday, February 23, 2015 - 14:00

The new Alfred State chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society was installed in a ceremony Thursday evening in the Allegany Room of the Central Dining Hall. 

Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Associate Professor Christopher Tomasi, left, is installed as president of the Alfred State chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society Thursday by Dr. Rick Shale, professor of English at Youngstown State University.Charter members include Chair of the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Department Edward Tezak, Dean of the School of Applied Technology Craig Clark, Senior Director of Health and Wellness Services Hollie Hall, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Associate Professor Christopher Tomasi, Computer and Information Technology Assistant Professor Evan Enke, Librarian Barbara Greil, Bursar of Student Records and Financial Services Martha McGee, Social and Behavioral Sciences Professor Regina Pollard, and Digital Media and Animation Assistant Professor Jeremy Schwartz. 

Pollard and Schwartz are new initiates, along with Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan, Vice President of Academic Affairs Kristin Poppo, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Bob Curry, and Dean of the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology John Williams. Charter members who are not new initiates had their Phi Kappa Phi affiliation at another institution changed to the Alfred State chapter Thursday. 

Officers are Tomasi (president), Enke (vice president), Greil (secretary), McGee (treasurer), Pollard (scholarship and awards officer), and Schwartz (public relations officer). 

Tomasi, who was installed as honor society president by Dr. Rick Shale, professor of English at Youngstown State University, said, “Today we celebrate excellence. We gather to initiate worthy individuals into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. These persons have been chosen on a basis of their superior scholarship and we are pleased and proud that each has chosen to become part of a century-old community of scholars and professionals that includes individuals who have distinguished themselves in positions of leadership and whose careers have been characterized by achievement.”

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, according to www.phikappaphi.org, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. It has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Each year, around 30,000 members are initiated, and only the top 10 percent of a graduating class and the top 7.5 percent of juniors are invited to join.

Alfred State, according to Tezak, will initiate eligible students into the honor society for the first time in a ceremony that will take place in April at a date to be determined. Tezak said he has worked on forming a Phi Kappa Phi chapter at the college for the last two years.

“Since the honor society is interdisciplinary, it is ideally suited to Alfred State,” he said. “Membership is an academic recognition that will follow our students throughout their lifetime. It is an honor well-earned.” 

In addition to Phi Kappa Phi, other honor societies at Alfred State include Chi Alpha Epsilon, Phi Theta Kappa, Psi-Beta, Sigma Tau Epsilon, and Tau Alpha Pi.

In photo above: Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Associate Professor Christopher Tomasi, left, is installed as president of the Alfred State chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society Thursday by Dr. Rick Shale, professor of English at Youngstown State University.

Alfred State taking part in SUNY Financial Aid Day

Posted Date: Friday, February 20, 2015 - 09:00

The Alfred State Office of Student Records and Financial Services will participate in the annual SUNY Financial Aid Day, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 in room 414 in the EJ Brown Business Building on the Alfred campus.

Office staff will assist students and their guests in completing and submitting the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically. The FAFSA is required for all financial aid, including New York State assistance. Staff will also be available to answer any questions regarding the financial aid process.

Students or parents can register by going to www.suny.edu/studentevents or by calling 1-800-342-3811. This workshop is open to all prospective college students and their families, including those who do not plan to attend Alfred State. Registrants will receive an email listing necessary information, including what materials students or parents will need to bring with them, building location details, and parking directions.

Prior to SUNY Financial Aid Day, participants are encouraged to obtain: a Federal PIN number at www.pin.ed.gov (allow one to three business days for receipt); a driver's license; an alien registration card (non-U.S. citizens); bank statements and investment information; FAFSA PIN number; Social Security numbers; 2014 Federal Income Tax return (or estimated); W-2 forms or other records of income earned for 2014; and 2014 untaxed income information.

SUNY's statewide Student Financial Aid Days are offered as a service to all prospective college students and their families. The programs are designed to answer questions and provide assistance regarding the financial aid application, types of aid available, and the award process.

Forty-six programs will be offered across New York State. Students and parents should feel free to attend the program closest to where they live.

Dr. Richard Kellogg publishes article on science fiction writing pioneer Doc Smith

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 09:30

Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of an article appearing in the most recent issue of “Paperback Parade,” a quarterly journal for readers and book collectors. The article is titled “The Galactic Adventures of Doc Smith.”

Edward Elmer Smith (1890-1965), also known as Doc Smith, was a pioneer in the early days of science fiction writing. He penned the popular “Lensman” and “Skylark” series of books. The space operas created by Smith typically involve sophisticated technology and thrilling adventures that take place in outer space.

The author notes that Smith earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from George Washington University in 1919 and worked as a food chemist for several corporations. He also conducted research studies for the United States Army from 1941 to 1945.

Smith was a writer of great creativity and his themes involve stranded spaceships, killer robots, time travel, and mental telepathy. His tales of science fiction inspired generations of youngsters to learn more about chemistry, physics, and astronomy. Smith's belief that scientific knowledge would lead to a better world is incorporated into all of his writing.

Dr. Kellogg frequently writes about the literary genres of mystery fiction and science fiction. He is the author of a series of illustrated books for children featuring boy detective Barry Baskerville.