Alfred State is looking to increase students’ democratic participation and civic engagement efforts by partnering with Democracy Works to bring TurboVote technology to campus.
Democracy Works, a non-profit, non-partisan tech startup, created TurboVote, an online platform that helps college students to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and sign up for text or email reminders with relevant election information such as dates and deadlines for local, state, and national elections.
And it’s all free to students, according to Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center of Civic Engagement at Alfred State.
“Ultimately, the goal is to promote civic learning and advance civic action as a life-long practice, producing graduates committed to being informed, active citizens in their communities,” Hilsher said.
Students can now register for TurboVote, Hilsher said, and in time for Election Day on Nov. 4.
“The voter registration deadline is Oct. 10 and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is Oct. 28,” he said. “However, other features such as text and email reminders on voting days have no due date.”
To sign up for TurboVote, visit Alfred State’s co-branded site at alfredstate.turbovote.org.
“TurboVote is a great tool to make the voting process less intimidating and enable greater civic engagement among students,” Hilsher said.
Dr. Irby “Skip” Sullivan was inaugurated as the 12th president in the 106-year history of Alfred State Friday afternoon.
Hundreds of faculty, staff, students, special guests, and elected officials packed into the Orvis Activities Center, where the Inauguration ceremony took place. The Alfred State ROTC presented the school colors and Chaplain Steven D. Brown, a decorated, retired U.S. Navy captain, gave the invocation and benediction.
Speakers included State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor and Business Department Co-Chair Jim Grillo, who presided; Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of SUNY; New York State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, who brought greetings from elected officials; Alfred State College Council Chair Patricia K. Fogarty, who brought greetings on behalf of the College Council; Alfred University President Dr. Charles M. Edmondson, who brought greetings on behalf of the New York academic community; Dr. Donald. F. Arnold Sr., an Alfred State alumnus who held numerous teaching positions at several colleges and brought greetings on behalf of alumni; Alfred State Development Fund Board Chair Dale Stell, who brought greetings on behalf of the Alumni Association, the Development Fund Board, the Education Foundation, and the ACES Board; Donald Cameron, who spent 30 years in Admissions at Alfred State and brought greetings on behalf of the local businesses and community; Dr. Earl Packard, a professor in the Alfred State Mathematics and Physics Department, who brought greetings on behalf of the unions; Student Senate President and senior in the applications software development program Anthony Whiteman, who brought greetings on behalf of the students; and Dennis Dueno, a senior in the digital media and animation program.
The president set the tone for his student-centered address by defining the words “pioneer” and “passion” and explaining how they pertain to Alfred State students.
“Just as the pioneers did not know what they would face when they took their families west, they knew that opportunities awaited them,” Sullivan said. “Many of our students face that same uncertainty but know that passion is the vehicle that will drive their success and education is the GPS that will guide those passions.”
Sullivan noted that many pioneers of the Old West “didn’t seek land, gold, and opportunity alone,” but rather had a network of friends and relatives that “had their back.”
“So, too, here are our students, beginning their journey. Ironically, many have moved west to Alfred, NY, facing many of the same uncertainties of our pioneering forefathers and pioneering families,” Sullivan said. “We at Alfred State and many who have gone before you recognize this. We recall being there ourselves and are here to ensure our students reach their destination.”
The president urged students not to lose their pioneering spirit and to try something different and outside of their comfort zone every day.
“Also, while passion may fade from time to time, find and invest in those things for which you have passion,” Sullivan said. “Do the things that you love.”
He continued, “As president of Alfred State, I view it as my responsibility to help you grow. It is my responsibility to create an environment that is safe and that fosters both the pioneer and the passion inside of you. Today, I want to pay tribute to our students – our past, present, and future students. You are the reason I am here today.
“I am passionate about being student-centered. I am passionate about being a pioneer, and I am passionate about Alfred State.”
The Culinary Arts Department and the Culinary Honors Club will be hosting an Oktoberfest Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Culinary Arts dining area on the Alfred State Wellsville campus at 2530 River Road. The cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children under 10.
No reservations will be accepted. Proceeds benefit Culinary Honors Club. If you have any questions, you may call 607-587-3170.
Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of an article that appears in the most recent issue of “Paperback Parade,” a quarterly journal for readers and book collectors published by Gryphon Publications. The article is titled "Philip Wylie's ‘The Disappearance.’"
The author, in reviewing Wylie's novel “The Disappearance,” notes that Wylie (1902-1971) was often labeled a misogynist for his biting critique of wives and mothers in his earlier “Generation of Vipers” (1942). He suggests that Wylie wrote “The Disappearance” to atone for his earlier attacks on women.
“The Disappearance” takes place in Miami on Valentine's Day in 1950. In the blink of an eye, all the women suddenly disappear from the world of men. At the same instant, all the men vanish from the world of women, leaving two parallel universes: one occupied by men and the other by women. The novel reveals the sequence of events that occur over the next four years in the male and female domains.
Wylie depicts a one-sexed world as one filled with loneliness and despair. He captures the sadness and the anger that develops when men and women are separated from each other. Wylie asserts that the combination of male and female energies is necessary to create a healthy and productive society.
Kellogg concludes that Wylie understood the interdependency of the two sexes and that “The Disappearance” refutes the allegation that he hated women. In fact, literary critics now consider this novel to be among Wylie's finest achievements in the genre of science fiction.
Alfred State celebrated its new Veterinary Technology Center Friday with an Open House attended by past and present students, President Skip Sullivan, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Dr. Robert Curry, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members.
Dr. Philip Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, said the Center is used to teach almost all of the vet tech classes that involve live animals. It includes animal housing, teaching labs, a radiography suite, and a surgical suite.
“The Vet Tech Center is a top-quality teaching facility that rivals any in the region,” Schroeder said, “and helps the program continue to be one of the best in the country.”
Before opening during the spring 2013 semester as the Vet Tech Center, the facility was used for the horticulture and landscape design program since the 1950s. Renovations to the roughly 7,500-square-foot building began in the spring of 2012 and ended this summer, costing $1.2 million.
The Center also maintains relationships with the Wellsville SPCA and the Hornell Area Humane Society.
“Both of these entities send us dogs and cats to use in teaching and in turn, we spay or neuter and socialize these animals,” Schroeder said.
Kellie Donovan, of Bergen, N.Y., who graduated from Alfred State in 2006 with a degree in veterinary technology, attended Friday’s Open House and took a tour of the new facility. She came away impressed.
“I think it’s great,” said Donovan, who is now a licensed veterinary technician at Genesee Valley Equine in Scottsville, N.Y. “It looks amazing.”
Hannah Leffler, a veterinary technology major from Averill Park, N.Y., was also present at the Open House. She noted that the Vet Tech Center helped prepare her for a summer internship at Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital in East Greenbush, N.Y.
“We have so many awesome machines here to work with that are just like the ones we work with at our internships and eventually our jobs, so the Center is really helpful,” Leffler said.
In photo above: Kathy Bliss, Alfred State instructor in the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, holds up “Jose,” a bearded dragon, Friday during the Vet Tech Center Open House.
With sunny skies, several new events, and plenty of fun activities for everyone, it’s no wonder Alfred State’s Homecoming/Family Weekend was so well attended this year.
In fact, according to Spencer Peavey, senior director of student engagement at Alfred State, some alumni, students, and families were calling this the “best Homecoming ever.”
“The student responses were amazing,” Peavey said. “The attendance rates, from the dodgeball games to the comedian and magician, were higher than ever.”
Peavey said the nice weather “absolutely” impacted attendance for Homecoming/Family Weekend, which took place from Thursday through Sunday. He said while he has no way of estimating the total number of visitors because the majority of people at the events were students, he saw more alumni around this past weekend than he has in years.
“Alfred’s Got Talent, which continues to be the biggest event outside of the football game, reached a record high for attendance at 500 students, family members, and alumni,” Peavey said.
New to this year’s Homecoming/Family Weekend were a Greek chili contest, Game Day Live interviews, a classic car contest, a student car show, and a family zone with inflatables and carnival games. The weekend also included several fundraisers, such as the fourth annual Race for a Cure 5K run/walk, which 41 people attended, and raffle baskets during the tailgating event, which raised more than $2,500 toward charities and student initiatives.
In photo above: Alfred State College Council Chair Patricia K. Fogarty and a student proudly display their school spirit during the college’s 2014 Homecoming/Family Weekend.
Nine members of the Bethesda Foundation visited Alfred State Thursday to get a first-hand look at one of the Nursing department’s high-fidelity simulation labs in the Physical and Health Sciences building.
The group watched as senior nursing students Chelsea Goodwill, of Falconer, N.Y., and Jessica Matava, of Ontario, N.Y., administered care to a SimMan 3G ® manikin, which simulates an actual hospital patient.
Phil Loree, president of the Bethesda Foundation, said of the simulation, “I think it’s great. The ability to use a manikin like that is fantastic.”
Barbara Arnault, a member of the foundation, echoed Loree’s statements, saying, “It’s wonderful. We are so glad we’re able to make contributions that help out with these very expensive projects.”
The Bethesda Foundation, according to its website, is a non-profit charitable organization devoted to the funding and support of health-related projects and scholarships in the Hornell area. The foundation provides roughly $15,000 a year for numerous scholarships at Alfred State, typically for nursing students from Allegany, Steuben, or Livingston counties.
“Alfred State appreciates the Bethesda Foundation and its ongoing scholarship support to nursing students in these three counties,” said Dr. Lisa Harmon, chair of the Nursing department.
Timberly Shepard, Alfred State lecturer in nursing, speaks to members of the Bethesda Foundation Thursday in one of the Nursing department’s high-fidelity simulation labs.
Hundreds of first- and second-grade students from area schools visited the Alfred State Farm Tuesday for Kiddie Ag Day.
Dr. Philip Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology department, said the students toured the 800-acre farm, learning about agriculture and where their food comes from. Participating schools included Andover, Alfred-Almond, Cuba-Rushford, Fillmore, Whitesville, Bolivar-Richburg, Genesee Valley, and Scio.
Alfred State, Schroeder said, has hosted Kiddie Ag Day “for as long as anyone can remember,” although the college did not hold it for the past few years because of construction on the farm. The return of Kiddie Ag Day this year, according to Schroeder, was a big hit.
“Between the beautiful weather, the enthusiasm of our students’ tour leaders, the donation of more than 500 cartons of milk and string cheese by Organic Valley, and the attendance of more than 600 kids,” Schroeder said, “I think the day was a great success.”
Three teams headed from the Alfred State School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville to Frisco, Texas, Tuesday morning for Fireball Run, the annual life-sized trivia game that seeks to aid in the recovery of America’s missing children.
Two of the squads, Team Allegany and Team Salamanca, are competing in Fireball Run, while Alfred State is providing a support team and sponsoring the event.
“We’re really excited to be sending off another team to the Fireball Run,” said Craig Clark, executive director and dean of Applied Technology.
The college’s support team will perform duties such as tire pressure and car checks, according to Kent Johnson, chair of the Automotive Trades department.
“When the cars break down, we’re going to lend a hand,” Johnson said of the Alfred State team, which will drive a 1987 Mercedes Turbo Diesel donated by 1975 Alfred State graduate Mark Crounse.
Along with Clark and Johnson, the Alfred State support team includes automotive service technician students and brothers Josh and Jordan Ricotta, both from Falconer, N.Y. The students said they were honored to be a part of this year’s Fireball Run.
“We’re honored to go and represent the college that we wanted to take up automotive at,” said Josh Ricotta. “Our hard work paid off and they honored us with being able to go.”
“It sounds like a great opportunity and seems like we’ll have some fun,” Jordan Ricotta said. “It’s a great experience to learn from.”
This year’s Fireball Run begins Sept. 26 in Frisco, Texas, and ends Oct. 4 in Independence, Mo., covering 14 cities and 2,000 miles. For a full schedule, updates, and to watch the action live, visit www.fireballrun.com.
Pictured are the Alfred State Fireball Run support team members along with 1975 Alfred State graduate Mark Crounse, who donated the 1987 Mercedes Turbo Diesel vehicle shown here. From left are Kent Johnson, chair of the Automotive Trades department; Jordan Ricotta, automotive service technician student; Craig Clark, executive director and dean of Applied Technology; Crounse; and Josh Ricotta, automotive service technician student.
Alfred State will host a free alumni event from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the David A. Howe Public Library, 155 N. Main St., Wellsville.
The event provides an opportunity for the 700 alumni residing in Wellsville and the surrounding areas to meet and greet College President Dr. Skip Sullivan and one another.
Alumni will also have the chance to learn about Alfred State’s 19 baccalaureate and 50 associate-level programs, its 800-acre working farm, its move to NCAA Division III athletics, and the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program, which will help fund a Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center (SAMC) at the School of Applied Technology.
Students at the SAMC will be trained in state-of-the-art techniques of sustainable manufacturing, including advanced lighting, HVAC, and process improvements through waste reduction and LEAN Six Sigma processes. The SAMC will be designed and constructed to minimize the energy typically used in manufacturing and will also serve as a prototype to assist manufacturers in developing new products and systems in a sustainable environment.
Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served during the event. Those interested in attending should contact Cindy Croston by Sept. 30 at 607-587-3931 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.