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Business Department chair recognized by SUNY for online teaching advocacy

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 14:00

Danielle GreenAlfred State is pleased to announce that Danielle Green, an instructor and chair of the Business Department, has been named an Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassador.

Green was nominated by Alfred State as an exemplary online educator, who is both enthusiastic and effective in online teaching, and who can be a positive and strong advocate for online teaching in the SUNY community.

“I congratulate Danielle on her achievement and thank her for all of her hard work in being an online teaching advocate for our college,” said Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan.

Green teaches both lower- and upper-level court reporting classes, including theory, speed building, and procedures for reporters and captioners. Court and realtime reporting (AAS) and court reporting and captioning (certificate) are two of Alfred State’s various online academic offerings.

Speaking about its benefits, Green noted that online learning provides flexibility to adult learners, career-changers, those returning to school after a long absence, and all other populations not sufficiently served by the traditional college environment.

Additionally, she said, it provides those not comfortable in the traditional classroom an avenue to exchange thoughts and ideas with others in a safe environment and to showcase their talents which they may have been hesitant or anxious about doing in an on-ground program.

“Our primary goal for online education is to reach a wider cross section of learners and to service those who would not have normally considered Alfred State for their education,” Green said. “Distance learning is paramount to place-bound students who need to hone their current skills to gain promotions in their career or be overall marketable in the workforce. Online teaching can only occur when the learning materials are delivered in an accessible, consistent, and meaningful manner.”

Green added that online instructors must be passionate in their field and the educational delivery mode, and consistently seek out new knowledge in relation to online learning to continuously improve how education is delivered around the globe.

Partnering for Allegany County Economic Development

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 08:45

Over the past year, leaders from Allegany County government, higher education, business, and industry in the area have been meeting, researching, and debating a solution for one question that will have an enormous impact on the future of the region, namely: How to retain, expand, and attract employers? The answer comes in the form of a new blueprint for advancing Allegany County economic development.

On April 25, Allegany County Board of Legislators voted to approve a new economic development mission and vision document (pdf) that is supported by Allegany County’s Planning and Economic Development Committee, Economic Development staff, and the Economic Development Steering Committee that was formed to guide this process. Alfred State is responsible for implementing the new program that has a detailed outline including three strategies and nine objectives.

“With our colleagues from Houghton College and across the street at Alfred University, heads of business, chiefs of industry, elected leaders, and every resident of Allegany County, we are all in this together for the common good,” stated Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Dr. Craig Clark has been spearheading the economic development efforts for us and is deeply invested in bringing these plans to fruition. All of us know how important this is for our future growth.”

The vision statement is intended to be a source for inspiration and motivation for the future: “To be a sound economic competitor that consistently attracts, retains, and expands local businesses and industries through ongoing local, state, national, and foreign direct investments in Allegany County.” To achieve this vision, there are eight guiding principles for both public and private commitments to enhance economic development.

“Today’s legislative adoption of this new economic development mission and vision document moves Allegany County from a planning phase to implementation phase,” stated Board of Legislators Chair Curt Crandall. “Our economic development team which includes business, industry, education, and government will move in the same direction with clearly defined goals.”

The mission statement defines the purpose and direction for economic development efforts: “To provide the highest level of economic development services to retain, expand, and attract investment in businesses, industries, and supportive infrastructure.” In today’s globally connected world, business leaders know how competitive communities can be when trying to attract new companies.

“The competition to land a new or expanding employer is fierce, with communities not just competing against neighbors, but also competing against locations all around the world,” stated General Manager of GE’s Lufkin‐ RMT John Mulryan. “We are a global operation that manufactures locally in a new facility that we built in Wellsville just three years ago. To invest millions of dollars, we had to believe in this community and the quality of the workforce available.”

“A major resource we have here in this County is the three world‐class colleges and universities: Houghton College in the north, and Alfred State and Alfred University in the southern part of the County,” stated Jack Wood, Chairman/CEO Allegany County IDA. “Their presence is a tremendous asset, and it is crucial to establish a partnership of leaders from government, business, and the higher education community that lend their expertise and experience in the development of the County’s Economic Development Plan,” stated Wood who facilitated the steering committee and is now handing off the vision and mission for implementation to Dr. Clark, Economic Developer for Allegany County.

Four-year health sciences major now offered

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 15:30

Alfred State is pleased to announce it has expanded its academic offerings to now include a Bachelor of Science major in health sciences.

Prospective students may enroll now for the fall 2016 semester in the new four-year BS program, designed to satisfy requirements for students entering health care professions or graduate-level biomedical research. Students in the program will be exposed to a rich offering of liberal arts courses and will advance from basic general biology and chemistry courses to upper-level courses in microbiology, genetics, bio-techniques, molecular and cell biology, genomics, biochemistry, research methods, the culture of health care, and ethical issues in health care.

The program further provides opportunities to select from a wide range of health-related technical electives to enhance the student’s expertise. These will prepare graduates for working with future colleagues from the health care profession and the diverse population that will require their services. In addition, this major will prepare graduates to seek transfer options to graduate or professional programs.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health care occupations is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.3 million new jobs.

Dr. Kathryn Link, program coordinator and assistant professor of Physical and Life Sciences, said the health sciences program allows for seamless transfer from the biological sciences Associate in Applied Science major, thereby providing students the ability to continue to work toward their career goals while remaining at Alfred State.

“We are now able to serve the students who have strong interests in the fields of sciences and health,” Link said. “Instead of choosing between a biology degree or a chemistry degree, students can combine interests in the sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) while diversifying knowledge on health-related topics.”

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “We are pleased to add health sciences to our expanding list of majors, and are excited about the projected job growth in this field in the near future. I thank all of the faculty who helped make this program possible.”

Dr. Kristin Poppo, provost, said, “Our new health sciences degree prepares students for a broad range of careers through rigorous preparation in the sciences. With a very positive employment outlook in this field, this degree provides a great opportunity for students.”

The program, Link noted, provides many science and health-related technical electives that students can select based on their interest, which provide plenty of hands-on, applied learning in the students’ area of interest. A research project or internship will also help broaden the students’ expertise.

“With the health care sector accounting for more occupations nationally than any other industry,” Link said, “we can lead the students into a career that directly applies their science and health interests.”

More than 200 students ‘Spring Into Action’ for day of service

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 12:00

Juliana Krajewski and Abraham Kalamadeen paint a Victorian street light pole on Main Street Joining with volunteers throughout the US and beyond in celebration of National Volunteer Week and Global Youth Service Day, 220 Alfred State students and students from Alfred University took part in Spring Into Action Day of Service on Saturday, April 16. 

The students participated in 25 projects at various locations such as churches, libraries, and service organizations in several communities including Alfred, Alfred Station, Almond, and Wellsville. Examples of service included clearing hiking trails at Phillips Creek State Forest, preparing Little League fields for the season, painting light posts and fire hydrants in the village of Alfred, and preparing and serving food at Wellsville Community Kitchen. 

Barbara Pierce, a student activities secretary, who helped found the Alfred Community Garden and who volunteered and coordinated various service projects, said, “It’s always a pleasure to have students participate in the days of service with their energy and enthusiasm. The rewarding feeling for the Alfred Community Garden volunteers and the students cannot be measured. Some of the Mu Theta fraternity brothers and members of the Caribbean Student Association request volunteering there every year.” 

National Volunteer Week, which ran from April 10-16 this year, is “about inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities, according to www.pointsoflight.org. Global Youth Service Day, as stated on its website, http://gysd.org/, is “the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year.”

In photo: Alfred State students Juliana Krajewski, technology management, Buffalo, left, and Abraham Kalamadeen, motorsports technology, Brooklyn, paint a Victorian street light pole on Main Street in Alfred.

Former Yahoo CSO Tim Sanders to speak at 105th Commencement

Posted Date: Friday, April 22, 2016 - 14:30

Tim SandersTim Sanders, the former chief solutions officer at Yahoo and a current sales and leadership keynote speaker, will deliver the keynote address for the 105th Commencement on May 15.

Sanders spent most of his career on the cutting edge of innovation and change. He was on the ground floor of the quality movement, the launch of the mobile phone industry, and most notably the birth of the World Wide Web. Today, he’s gravitated to disruptive change for more than 30 years.

Sanders was an early-stage member of Mark Cuban’s and Todd Wagner’s broadcast.com, which had the largest opening day IPO in history. After Yahoo acquired the company, Sanders was tapped to lead their ValueLab, which enabled sales teams to close hundreds of millions of dollars of new business through rapid collaboration.

By 2001, he rose to the position of chief solutions officer and later, the company’s leadership coach. In 2005, he founded Deeper Media, which provides consulting and training services for leading companies, trade associations, and government agencies.

Sanders is the author of five books, including the New York Times bestseller “Love Is the Killer App: How To Win Business & Influence Friends.” It’s been translated into more than a dozen languages and has been featured in Fast Company, USA Today, the New York Times, The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor and on CNN. His other books include “Today We Are Rich,” “The Likeability Factor,” “Saving the World at Work,” and “Dealstorming.”

Additionally, he is one of the top-rated speakers on the lecture circuit, offering keynotes on leadership development, sales strategy, and human performance. His talks help organizations deal with change, become more agile, and dramatically increase their effectiveness. Time Magazine referred to him as a “public consultant” because of his extensive pre-conference research, leading to a one-of-a-kind keynote with on-point recommendations for attendees. He’s known for blending stories, statistics, and actionable advice in a way that moves his audiences to action.

Sanders grew up in Clovis, NM, the home of the Fighting Wildcats. He attended Odessa College and Loyola Marymount University, where he was a top-ranked debater and national champion extemporaneous speaker. He conducted his graduate work at the University of Arizona. Today, he lives in Las Vegas.

Students to pilot Power Wagon, 1928 Model A Speedster in Great Race

Posted Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 16:00

Last year, a team of five Alfred State students and one professor covered more than 2,300 miles in nine days in a 1953 Dodge Power Wagon tow truck for the 2015 Great Race.

This year, while the college is planning to enter the Power Wagon again, it has also partnered with a family from Illinois to enter an historic vehicle in the race - a 1928 Model A Speedster. Automotive Trades Professor Mike Ronan will again be the faculty adviser for the student team.

The annual Great Race will take place from June 18-26, running from San Rafael, CA, to Moline, IL. About 120 classic cars from around the country and the world will compete for a top prize of $50,000 in the timed event.

Alfred State students test driving the 1928 Speedster in March found a lot of interest from passers-by, pictured here in front of the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville.One of those cars, the Speedster, competed from 1998 to 2003. What makes this vehicle different, according to Ronan, is that it has always been an “X-Cup” car, meaning it was entered by student teams. The vehicle was loaned this year to the Alfred State X-Cup team, and preparations have already begun to breathe new life to a car that is widely known in classic car circles.

Ronan said the Speedster was originally restored by Ken Lumberry of DeLong, IL, whose family had approached the organizers of the Great Race to help find a school team that would enter the car in the 2016 event. The Great Race ends within miles of DeLong, the current home of the Speedster.

Race organizers then approached the Alfred State team that had participated in the 2015 Great Race, and the team agreed to enter the Speedster in addition to bringing the Power Wagon back.

“This car has tremendous significance to those involved in the antique auto hobby,” noted Ronan. “Mr. Lumberry was a pioneer in the effort to help young enthusiasts participate in a project that they would remember for the rest of their life.”

Ronan explained that although the Alfred State automotive students are more comfortable with computer diagnostics than with carburetors, they are excited about anything to do with cars. Alfred State has its own chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), and chapter members will make up the team that will pilot the Speedster across the country on the historic Lincoln Highway.

The Power Wagon team include Nick Reale, autobody repair, Jamestown; Ryan Valle, motorsports technology, New Windsor; and James Leach, heavy equipment: truck and diesel technician, Dansville. Those driving and navigating the Speedster will be Stephen Krolak, heavy equipment: truck and diesel technician, Palmyra; Nick Shelp, automotive service technician, Endicott; and Kyle Hayes, automotive service technician, Buffalo.

The AACA students are raising their own funds for the trip. #Give2AlfredState

Recently, the AACA announced its 2016 X-Cup Grant Awards and the Power Wagon Team was awarded a $1,000 debit card, while the Speedster team received the 2016 Reliable Carriers complimentary transportation of their vehicle to the starting point in San Rafael, CA, and return to campus from Moline, IL.

The car will return to DeLong at the conclusion of The Great Race, hopefully to be entered again by another X-Cup team in 2017.

In photo: Alfred State students test driving the 1928 Speedster in March found a lot of interest from passers-by, pictured here in front of the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville.