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Professor Schwartz to Give TEDx Talk in Buffalo Today

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 10:45

Jeremy Speed Schwartz, assistant professor of Digital Media & Animation, will be delivering a talk as part of TEDxBuffalo, an independently organized TED event, on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 11:24 a.m. at Canisius College’s Montante Cultural Center. Professor Speed Schwartz will be discussing experiments and collaborations in science and art. Alfred State will also be broadcasting the event live on its own campus in the Student Leadership Center’s small event space.

Speed Schwartz’s talk, titled "Imaginary Science: Experiments and Collaborations in Science/Art," is a presentation of some of his work with the League of Imaginary Scientists, an interdisciplinary art group focused on collaboration with scientists in various fields. Their work combines video, interactive media, animation, sculpture, and performance. “In the past, we've worked with biologists at MIT, NASA geophysicists, and most recently scientists at the Memphis Ground Water Institute,” Speed Schwartz says. “The focus of the talk is the benefits we as artists gain from working with people who have radically different methodologies. This includes how we might use their research as a jumping-off point to explore new ideas and how we might incorporate their strategies into our conceptualization and production. I will also be discussing what these scientists gain from working with us.”

In the spirit of the original TED talks, TEDx is a series of local, self-organized events intended to bring various people together to share in a TED-like experience. TEDxBuffalo has taken place each October since 2011. The event is free thanks to numerous donations and is organized and hosted by volunteers. The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4:06 p.m. and includes an after-party.


Department of Architecture and Design Brings Award-Winning Architect Tod Williams to Campus

Posted Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 14:30

Architecture is a noun poster image, Entrance to the new Barnes Foundation Museum in Philadelphia designed by Tod Williams The ArtWalk Tile in Rochester, New York, a gallery style store with an inventory of luxury tile and hardwood displayed as fine works of art.


The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., Welcomes New Board Member

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 13:30

The The Dolomite Group based in Hornell, manages operations at the former A.L. Blades & Sons, Inc. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana, and his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University at Buffalo.

He is an active community member in the Wellsville area, a member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church, and maintains membership in a number of professional organizations and societies, including the Associated General Contractors (AGC), the Association of Pennsylvania Contractors (APC), and the Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD). He is a member and has been a president of the local chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Barry is also a former Allegany County legislator and is the director of Stannards Water, Inc.

A native of Scio, Barry has two children—Shannon Alban and Christopher Barry—and currently lives with his wife Michele in Wellsville.


Alfred State Expands its Renewable Energy Portfolio with New Wind Turbine

Posted Date: Friday, September 13, 2013 - 16:00

New Wind TurbineThe newest member of Alfred State’s growing renewable energy family is currently catching the breeze above campus—a 100 kilowatt grid-tied wind turbine that will offset some of the college’s electricity usage. The turbine came online just a few weeks ago and is already producing clean, green energy.

“This community wind project is another example of sustainability at the college and highlights the progress of our Student Leadership Center. And a second zero energy demonstration home—dubbed Pioneer Landing—is also in the works, with students getting involved in the design and building of the project.

In a world with rising energy costs, climate change, and dwindling resources, Alfred State is taking a proactive approach to the future of energy. “This wind turbine is an important step towards achieving Alfred State’s emissions reduction goals,” says Julian Dautremont-Smith, chief sustainability officer at Alfred State. The project will complement the college’s growing emphasis on sustainability and strengthen the region’s access to training and employment in green industries.

“Alfred State has been a leader in educating technical students since at least the 1940s and students in trades for more than 45 years. It’s what we’re known for,” Clark says. “There is a real lack of this type of skilled workforce in the region, and a lack of models to sell community wind. This project will allow Alfred State to continue training the highly skilled workers the industry requires and help meet national, state, and regional needs.”


Designing for Hope

Posted Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 13:45

Kyle (Christian) PerrySenior Read more about Kyle.


New Alfred State Bachelor of Architecture Degree is a SUNY First

Posted Date: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 14:45

Alfred State is proud to announce the kickoff of a new admissions@alfredstate.edu.


Alfred State Named Lead Institution in Civic Engagement by National Association

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 14:45

This month,Alfred Statewas selected to participate in a national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement. The college has been named one of 70 colleges and universities in the nation as a Lead Institution by NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession.

“Alfred State is pleased to be selected to participate in NASPA’s network of institutions dedicated to developing students’ sense of civic identity, as civic engagement is a core value of higher education,” says Director of Civic Engagement Jonathan Hilsher. “Being recognized as a national leader in this field reflects our institutional commitment to civic leadership, the quality of our current efforts, and our ongoing commitment to inspiring students to develop innovative solutions to community challenges and opportunities.”

Alfred State’s commitment to civic engagement is deeply embedded in the college’s unique approach to education through project-based learning experiences. By coupling real-world learning situations with a focus on meaningful civic engagement opportunities, Alfred State students are able to make significant contributions to communities around the world and are frequently among the first to lend their skills and knowledge to those in need, including communities devastated by Super Storm Sandy and Haitian communities recovering from the 2010 earthquake. Last year, more than 2,000 Alfred State students contributed more than 46,000 hours of service, civic leadership, and workforce-ready knowledge to communities in need.

As a participating institution in NASPA’s initiative, Alfred State will continue to encourage students’ civic development through thoughtful community partnerships, engaging leadership opportunities, and democratic participation.

To learn more about NASPA’s Lead Initiative and view a complete listing of participating institutions, visit the NASPA website.


Alfred State Treks to China for the 2013 Solar Decathlon

Posted Date: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 14:00

Students from Alfred State designed, built, and operated a solar-powered home for the 2013 Solar Decathlon in China.

From July 15 - Aug. 18, 2013, students from, Alfred State, Alfred University, and Guilin University of Technology in China (dubbed Team Alfred), came together in Datong, China, to build a home of the future—one that showcases some of the biggest innovations in renewable energy and sustainable design.

“It has been a life changing experience, full of challenges,” says Jacob Grisewood, of Belmont, NY. A 2013 graduate of Alfred State’s Team Alfred’s Facebook page.


Alfred State's Honda Insight featured on TRANSLOGIC

Posted Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 10:15

Automotive Trades Associate Professor and Chair Kent Johnson takes a ride in the Honda Insight with Bradley Hasemeyer of TRANSLOGIC to talk about the Green Grand Prix.


"Pay it Forward" seven years strong at Alfred State

Posted Date: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 14:15

The Alfred State Nursing Department continued its “Pay It Forward” philosophy through the awarding of its seventh annual round of “Pay It Forward” scholarships to Gary Crouse, Hammondsport, NY; John Kozlyuk, Rochester, NY; and Maura Tuffey, Albany, NY. Each recipient received $150 and good wishes from the class of 2005 who first established the scholarship. Each scholarship recipient needs to demonstrate an understanding of caring as evidenced by implementing a unique caring project and to reveal insight and sensitivity in the written assignment.

The premise of “Paying it Forward” comes from a movie by the same name where a school child, as the result of a homework assignment to change the world, begins the practice of helping others expecting that each of those beneficiaries will go on to help three more people. The caring aspect of that concept prompted Linda Panter, professor in Alfred State’s nursing program, to incorporate it into the program. All senior nursing students submit proposals detailing the activities they could conduct to demonstrate the caring nature of the profession. One of those ideas was the “Pay It Forward” scholarships which are awarded to senior nursing students at the beginning of their last semester. Funding is primarily supported by the graduates of the Alfred State nursing program.

“Pay It Forward’ is a concept relating to social change beginning with the individual,” says Panter of the project. “Application of the process results in exponential development of moral health and caring, as well as transformation of the individual into a contributing member of the global society,” she adds.

Since the inception of “Pay It Forward”, several caring projects relating to this concept have been developed by the students within the nursing program. As an example, the annual “Pay It Forward” bulletin board is a message sharing project that elicits positive messages to one another each year. The senior class has the opportunity to develop their own theme under the umbrella of this inspiring model. This year’s theme is “A single leaf provides no shade.” Prior to each exam, students are encouraged to take a moment to reach out to a class member, offering a good luck handshake or a touch of the shoulder. Each day, someone somewhere is implementing the “Pay It Forward” concept. Other heartwarming class projects this semester included a signed sympathy card by the seniors addressed to the Sandy Hook Elementary School, donations of food to the Alfred Area Food Pantry, and a special contribution to the Jillian Andolina benefit held earlier this year.

The graduating class usually leaves a small pot of money to allow for a pizza party for the next senior class. This event ignites the “Pay It Forward” concept at the beginning of the academic year with the current seniors and starts the rippling effect of the “Pay It Forward” concept in the Alfred State nursing program. The Alfred State nursing class is changing the world with the “Pay It Forward” movement.

Nursing Pay It Forward

Back row, l to r: Gary Crouse, Hammondsport; Maura Tuffey, Albany; John Kozlyuk; Rochester

Front row, l to r: Annette Burdett, administrative assistant, Nursing Department; Linda Panter, professor, Nursing Department


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