The 2016 SkillsUSA New York State Leadership and Skills Conference Postsecondary Championship, held mainly on Alfred State’s Wellsville campus, pitted 60 students from two schools against each other in one of the nation’s most prestigious showcases of career and technical aptitude on Saturday, March 26.
Schools competing this year included Alfred State and the State University of New York (SUNY) at Delhi. 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 52nd National SkillsUSA Championship, held in Louisville, KY, June 20-24. More than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas.
Winners from the March 26 championship, by competition, are as follows:
Approximately 300 competitors from 40 teams and 16 schools will be taking part in the 70th Annual Northeast Woodsmen’s Conclave April 22-23 at Alfred State.
This major timber sports competition will feature a number of singles, doubles, and triples events in Men’s, Women’s, and Jack & Jill divisions, plus the STIHL Northeast Collegiate Qualifier, the winner of which will compete in the Collegiate Championship in Illinois in July. Singles events include axe throw, birling, underhand chop, single buck, super suede, and stock saw; doubles events are standing block chop, fire build, and crosscut to death; and triples include underhand chop and quarter split.
Events, which are open to spectators free of charge, will take place at either the athletics events field on the Alfred campus or at the Lake Lodge, 3107 Terbury Road, Alfred.
Participating schools in addition to Alfred State include Unity College, Colby College, University of Maine, University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont, Paul Smith’s College, University of Connecticut, the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cobleskill, Finger Lakes Community College, SUNY Morrisville, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), SUNY ESF Ranger School and Wanakena, West Virginia University, Penn State, and University of Dartmouth.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “Our college is honored and excited to be hosting the Northeast Woodsmen’s Conclave, as well as the best collegiate timber sports competitors from the Northeast. We welcome all of the participating schools and wish everyone a safe and competitive event.”
Scott Bingham, University Police officer and coach of the Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club, said, “It is a very large undertaking, but it is also a great opportunity for the school and the members of our club to put on an event of this magnitude.”
The schedule of events is as follows:
Friday, April 22
Saturday, April 23 (all competitive events to be held on the athletics events field)
In photo: Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club member Gavin Maloney, a masonry major from Rome, NY, performs an underhand chop, which is one of the events that will take place during the 70th Annual Northeast Woodsmen’s Conclave April 22-23.
More than 20 Alfred State students opted to spend their spring breaks in mid-March helping others in need.
From March 13-19, a group of 13 students worked alongside Horry County Habitat for Humanity in Myrtle Beach, SC, assisting in the ReStore thrift store and helping a family to build a new home.
Technology Services Help Desk Coordinator Krystal Perlman, who volunteered in South Carolina along with the students, said some of the thrift store projects on the first day included pricing items to be set up on the sales floor, organizing storage rooms, and painting the staff lounge.
The remaining days, the volunteers worked on site building the house from the foundation up with the construction manager and the home owner, Shaniqua Evans. The college’s baseball team, who was playing in a tournament in Myrtle Beach that week, also spent a few hours to help at the ReStore location.
Students who volunteered in Myrtle Beach include Alex Cohen, building trades: building construction, Rochester; Ashley Kennedy, human services management, Troupsburg; Robert Mahany, construction management engineering technology, Orchard Park; Brittany Richards, forensic science technology, Piffard; Bryan Guild, business administration, Cameron Mills; Christopher McCormick, cyber security, Henderson, NV; Elizabeth Hart, technology management, Wellsville; Joshua Pincoski, autobody repair, Holland; Katie Monica, forensic science technology, Syracuse; Lacee Hill, forensic science technology, Friendship; Larissia Hall, liberal arts and sciences: adolescent education-teacher education transfer, Keuka Park; Mary Rose Ricotta, forensic science technology, Derby; and Michaela Olin, nursing, Perry.
This is the fourth year of an ongoing partnership between the college and Habitat for Humanity. Perlman said the recent project was a wonderful opportunity for Alfred State students because of it being so multifaceted.
“The students who participated were able to learn real-world skills while helping to create affordable housing for residents of Horry County, SC,” she said. “The students spent time working side by side with Shaniqua, and they all got a chance to hear her story and how much this opportunity means to her. I firmly believe that it is these types of experiences that cannot not be replicated in a classroom and are what help create a well-rounded Alfred State education.”
Volunteering in New Orleans from March 14-18 was a team of eight students, who worked alongside Anna’s Place/St. Anna’s Episcopal Church to provide support to an after-school children’s arts program and to help with other ongoing initiatives. The group worked at both the church and the Dodwell House, which Alfred State Semester in the South students have been renovating into a community center.
Students who assisted in New Orleans were Heather Cromwell, technology management, Lockport; Lauren Vasco, veterinary technology, Knoxville, PA; Kaitlin Johnson, technology management, Stockton; Allison Dinwoodie, forensic science technology, Hornell; Makenzie Riley, interior design, Schenectady; Cassandra Ryan, mechanical engineering technology, Gloversville; Eric Hulbert, network administration, Mexico, NY; and Annaliese Corrao, nursing, Grand Island.
Sean McCarthy, residence hall director of MacKenzie East, who accompanied the students, said the group helped the after-school children build their own wetlands to plant and grow food, work on a community garden, and they also explained the importance of eating a balanced diet. The Alfred State students also taught the children about the various programs they are taking, such as forensic science technology and veterinary technology.
McCarthy said everyone had a great experience overall and noted that the community was appreciative of the students’ efforts.
“When people passed by, they asked about the work and thanked us for our service,” he said. “We were even able to get a member of a group that had just arrived in town for a bachelor party to put his plans on hold and help out for a bit. I feel like the best thing we did for the younger students was just being there for them, listening to what they had to say, and helping them in any way we could.”
Pictured are the Alfred State volunteers who worked with the Horry County Habitat for Humanity to build a house for a resident in Myrtle Beach, SC.
In photo above: Alfred State volunteers work on creating a wetland exhibit area on a recent civic engagement project trip to New Orleans.
Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of a story appearing in a new book for sports fans titled “All American Sports Stories” (Airship 27, 2016).
Available on the Amazon website, the fiction anthology contains exciting stories by five different authors, which deal with the sports of auto racing, boxing, football, baseball, and hunting. All of the nostalgic tales in the collection are set in the United States during the 1930s and reflect the large role that sports have played in the history of our country.
Kellogg's contribution to the volume is a poignant vignette about deer hunting titled “Uncle Bob's Browning.” The story is a bittersweet memoir of a youth who learns valuable lessons about life when he becomes lost in the deep woods on a hunting expedition with his favorite uncle.
Kellogg is the author of four books about the legendary Sherlock Holmes, and the creator of a popular series of books featuring boy detective Barry Baskerville. The most recent entry in this series for children, also available at the Amazon website, is titled “Barry Baskerville Traps a Thief.”
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and longtime member of Alfred State’s Business Department Jim Grillo met March 24 with members of the college’s Honors Program to share some of his experiences in the Vietnam War.
Grillo, a sergeant in the US Marine Corps, served in Vietnam 1967-68 as a Recon Marine. Originally a machine gunner, he became team leader when the previous leader was killed.
Wounded three times, Grillo eventually returned to the United States and spent nine months recovering in a hospital. Asked by a student what it was that kept him going in his time in battle, a visibly moved Grillo replied, “You do it for your buddies. Your life is in their hands, and their lives are in your hands. Without 100 percent trust, you’re all in big trouble.”
When a recent survey of Vietnam War vets revealed that nearly 75 percent of them would enlist and “do it all again in a heartbeat,” Grillo was quick to include himself in that number. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of US involvement in the Vietnam War. Every state plans ceremonies commemorating that event and honoring the 2.7 million men and women who served and remembering the more than 57,000 men and women who gave their lives in that war.
From left to right are Kristen Williams, liberal arts and sciences: humanities, Hornell; Brian Kelly, information technology: network administration, Allegany; SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor James Grillo; and Matthew Porterfield, electrical engineering technology, Hamburg.
Prospective students may begin applying now for fall 2016 admission into Alfred State’s new two-year diagnostic medical sonography program.
This Associate in Applied Science major will prepare qualified students to become health care professionals who use high-frequency sound waves to produce anatomical images for diagnostic purposes. The program coordinates on-campus didactic and laboratory classes and clinical experiences at area hospitals, to which students are responsible for their own transportation.
Clinical education is assigned to provide experiences consistent with each student's level of achievement in different hospital and outpatient environments. Through clinical assignments, students have opportunities to work with the most modern and specialized equipment available, and knowledgeable staff with a wealth of experience in imaging.
Bridgett Mayorga, program director and assistant professor of Physical and Life Sciences, said, “Diagnostic medical sonography, or as it’s better known ‘ultrasound,’ is an ever-expanding career field that includes abdominal, obstetric, vascular, and cardiac imaging. We are very excited to be able to offer this opportunity at Alfred State.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, is projected to grow 24 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Occupational opportunities include hospital sonography department staff technologist, sonography department management, and private physician offices.
Students within the program must be able to demonstrate technical standards and pass clinical competencies as described by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS), and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), recognized by the United States Department of Education as the national accreditation agency of programs for sonography.
Upon graduation, students are prepared to take the ARDMS SPI and Content Specialty Exams.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “We are excited to add diagnostic medical sonography to our health-care related academic offerings, particularly given the projected job growth of this field in the coming years. I thank the faculty and staff who worked to bring this program to fruition.”
Dr. Kristin Poppo, provost, said Alfred State recognizes that careers in health care provide excellent opportunities locally, regionally and nationally.
“Diagnostic sonography, a SUNY-designated high-need area, further expands opportunities at Alfred State in the health professions,” Poppo said. “This program option will be of huge benefit to our students.”
All police officers and campus public safety officers from Alfred State’s University Police Department recently attended an eight-hour class on fair and impartial policing in Geneseo.
The “Fair & Impartial Policing Perspective” training session reflects a new way of thinking about the issue of biased policing. The training was a result of an initiative set forth by the SUNY Police Commissioner’s Office and the SUNY Chiefs Association.
SUNY and its University Police Departments strive for excellence, thus it is appropriate to adopt this state-of-the-art training that addresses issues of bias. Numerous police agencies across the country are rapidly adopting this model.
The “Train the Trainer” course was led by Lt. Col. JoAnn D. Johnson from the Illinois State Police Division of Internal Investigation, and Anna Laszlo, managing partner/COO of Fair and Impartial Policing LLC. This is the latest effort to build trust and strengthen the relationship between the State University Police and the campus communities they serve.
In January of this year, a number of SUNY police officers attended the “Train the Trainer” session in Syracuse, including Officer Carla Fintak from SUNY Brockport, Lt. Scott Ewanow from SUNY Geneseo, and Officer Jeff Wilcox from Alfred State. These three officers brought the training back to their respective campuses and collaboratively trained the remaining staff at all three SUNY Police Departments.
According to the model’s website, www.fairimpartialpolicing.com, the training is “based on the science of bias, which tells us that biased policing is not, as some contend, due to widespread racism in policing. In fact, the science tells that even well-intentioned humans (and thus, officers) manifest biases that can impact their perceptions and behavior. These biases can manifest below consciousness” and the training addresses this.