Nearly 250 participants from 19 teams helped raise almost $24,000 for the fight against cancer April 8-9 during Alfred State’s sixth annual Relay for Life.
The theme of this year’s Relay was “Toon Out Cancer,” in which each registered team selected a cartoon theme for their campsite. Events were held throughout the evening that gave teams a chance to show their dedication to their theme.
Krystal Perlman, college Help Desk coordinator and adviser to the student-run Alfred State Relay for Life Planning Committee, said this year’s Relay was one of the most well-attended so far. She said the event even had a surprise visit from retired faculty member Michelle Green, who doubled the fundraising efforts of the Gamma Theta Gamma Fraternity team.
“Michelle is a wonderful supporter of our event and is always brainstorming ways we can try to get more faculty, retired faculty, and community members involved in our event,” Perlman said.
Brittany Richards, event chair and a forensic science technology major from Geneseo, said this year’s Relay was “beyond successful” from the organizing committee’s point of view.
“We had nearly 20 clubs and organizations participate in the event and bring such a positive attitude,” she said. “The interactions and donations from everyone involved – teams, donors, committee members – made this Relay one of our highest fundraising efforts ever on campus and I am so proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization and event.”
Mackenzie Howe, Relay for Life community manager, said the Alfred State students were “a blast to work with,” and added that the participation from the student body was a remarkable thing to experience.
“Many people tend to think cancer only effects older individuals, but it was very moving to see this group of young adults celebrate life, remember their loved ones lost, and fight back against this awful disease,” Howe said. “The American Cancer Society appreciates every dollar raised by the Alfred State students and we look forward to future events.”
Thanks to the continued generosity of the Bethesda Foundation, Alfred State was able to recently provide its radiologic technology students with an imaging suite in the Agriculture Science Building.
To honor and recognize the Foundation, the college held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, April 28, dedicating and unveiling the new “Bethesda Foundation Imaging Suite.”
Alfred State also recognized St. James Mercy Health System for partnering with the college, a collaboration that led to the establishment of the radiologic technology program, and Bethesda Foundation Executive Director Fred Marks, whose leadership helped to foster a strong and productive relationship between the Foundation and the college.
Composed of two imaging rooms totaling 450 square feet, the suite includes both a non-energized X-ray unit and a fully functional digital energized unit. This facility was made possible because of a $50,000 donation from the Foundation to be used toward purchasing new imaging equipment.
Based in North Hornell, the Bethesda Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization devoted to the funding and support of health-related projects and scholarships in the Hornell area. It provides roughly $15,000 a year for scholarships at Alfred State for nursing students.
Attending Thursday’s ceremony were members of the Foundation, faculty, staff, students, friends of the college, and community members. Speaking at the event, Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan thanked the Foundation for its role in creating the imaging suite, and for its ongoing support of the college, particularly its nursing students.
“We have a large number of successful graduates who would not have been able to go to school and be successful had it not been for the Bethesda Foundation,” Sullivan said. “From the bottom of my heart, I thank the Bethesda Foundation.”
Following Sullivan’s remarks, Physical and Life Sciences Assistant Professor Bridgett Mayorga gave a history of the radiologic technology program.
Mayorga, the director of the program, noted that the suite is state-of-the-art and rivals imaging technology found at the surrounding hospitals’ facilities. It allows the students, she said, to practice and experiment with the digital technology prior to their hands-on experience in their clinical settings.
“This opportunity is paramount to their clinical success,” Mayorga said. “Without the Bethesda Foundation, the purchase of this imaging suite would not have been possible.”
Near the end of the ceremony, Foundation President Phil Loree offered a few comments, saying, “We are delighted to be a part of this effort with Alfred State and we will continue to follow it and continue to be supportive.”
Five students were recently inducted into the Psi Beta honor society, an organization that promotes interest in the study of psychology at two-year colleges.
To qualify for induction, students must have earned a 3.25 (out of a possible 4.0) grade point average, including 3.0 in at least one psychology course. The ceremony was conducted by Assistant Professor BJ Douglass, Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, and faculty adviser to the Alfred State chapter.
Following a “Name the Nestlings” social media campaign in which more than 36,000 people voted on five different name pairings, the two baby bald eagles at the US National Arboretum were officially named “Freedom” and “Liberty.”
Following voting on the National Arboretum Facebook page, which took place from April 19-24, eagle experts and several private groups and government agencies made the announcement Tuesday, April 26 in Washington, DC. Other name pairings included Stars and Stripes, Freedom and Liberty, Anacostia and Potomac, Honor and Glory, and Cherry and Blossom.
Attending the announcement from Alfred State were Jeff Stevens, chair of the Electrical Trades Department; Dr. Craig Clark, vice president of Economic Development; and electrical construction and maintenance electrician students Mike Lee, of Brooklyn; Thomas Wzientek, of Buffalo; and Ethan Yanda, of Wayland.
These students, along with fellow electrical construction and maintenance electrician majors Justin King, of Uniondale, and Oliver Jackson, of Williamsville, installed a unique solar-powered trailer at the Arboretum in October to supply the energy for the public to view the nesting and hatching of the bald eagle family online. The hatching of the eaglets took place in mid-March.
The Alfred State Instrumental Music organization will be performing the annual spring concert, “Senior Showcase,” at 7:30 p.m. May 6 in the Anthony C. Cappadonia Auditorium in Orvis Activities Center on the Alfred campus.
Groups performing will include the Concert Band, and the Jazz and Rock ensembles. The Concert Band will perform a variety of works from Edward Elgar to Calvin Custer, a selection that depicts the mysterious volcanos of Hawaii, and one from another galaxy. The Rock Ensemble will present songs that represent the different genres of rock ‘n’ roll. Finally the Jazz Ensemble will perform works from the musical stage, to the Big Band Era and jazz rock.
The concert will highlight the college’s graduating seniors. These individuals will solo and conduct works throughout the show.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Students across multiple fields and disciplines will publicly display work they’ve done this past school year on Tuesday, May 3, from 5-6:30 PM in the Student Leadership Center on the Alfred campus.
Named the “Student Showcase,” the event is open to families, neighbors and colleagues, alumni and community partners from regional businesses, civic organizations, and local schools who’d like to drop by and see some truly amazing projects. Alfred State students are proud of their accomplishments and are excited to share their innovative research and compelling design work.
With the aid of models, posters, prototypes, multimedia exhibits, and sometimes even their advisers, the students will take attendees step-by-step through their own learning and achievement process. The range of their work is stunning: air-powered engines, fuel cell performance studies, taxpayer-subsidized stadiums for national sports teams, gene annotation of psychrophilic bacteria, innovative waste management protocols, electrical grid configurations for local municipalities, and more.
An awards presentation will conclude the event at 6:45 p.m.
Dr. Kristin Poppo, provost, said Alfred State students create exceptional projects as part of their curricular and co-curricular projects.
“The Student Showcase provides an opportunity for students to share their work with the college and community,” she said.“I am so impressed with our student work, and I am sure those who attend will see why our students can ‘hit the ground running’ in their future work.”
Kevin Cassell, assistant professor of English and Humanities, describes the Student Showcase as “bringing together students, faculty, staff, and the local community in a single space to celebrate the great work our students are doing here.”
“It’s a fun, high-energy event that nicely displays how academic research is applied to hands-on projects and real-world issues,” he said. “While competing for special recognition adds some excitement to the event, it’s mostly about building and strengthening our college community and connecting that, ultimately, with the greater communities that surround us.”
In photo: Daniel Andrews, a construction management engineering technology major from Penfield, displays the automatic fire sprinkler system he worked on at a past Student Showcase.