Faculty and staff from public and private institutions alike gathered at Alfred State Jan. 13 for an Accessibility Conference on the Alfred campus.
Emphasizing the importance of accessibility in education, the conference drew 71 total attendees, with participants representing Alfred State, Alfred University, the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Buffalo, SUNY Brockport, Monroe Community College, the University of Rochester Medical Center, SUNY Geneseo, Open SUNY, Temple University, St. John Fisher College, and Northeastern Illinois University.
The agenda consisted of keynotes and sessions that addressed accessibility issues facing institutions today. Topics included making course content accessible through Microsoft Word (or PowerPoint), audio, and video; an overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and its application to the college setting; and improving the accessibility of online courses through the Open SUNY Course Quality Review Rubric.
Keynote speakers were Andrew Lessman, associate director for State Authorization: Office of Digital Education at Temple University; and Dr. Whitney Rapp, associate professor of Inclusive Education in the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. School of Education at St. John Fisher College.
Other speakers included Meghan Pereira from Buffalo State, Danyelle Moore from Alfred State, Dan Feinberg from Open SUNY, Angela Atwell from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide, Ginger Bidell from Buffalo State, and Thomas Tobin from Northeastern Illinois University.
“Overall, I think the conference went very well,” said Ellen Sidey, interim director of Online Learning at Alfred State. “The keynote speakers and session instructors were engaging, and I was pleased with the number of attendees.”
In photo above: Dr. Whitney Rapp, associate professor of Inclusive Education in the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. School of Education at St. John Fisher College, delivers a keynote presentation at the Accessibility Conference.
The Hinkle Memorial Library will display a series of photographs by Matthew Burroughs, of Painted Post, from Feb. 1-29.
Altogether, the exhibit will feature seven photographs - two of Alaska, and one each of Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, fall foliage in the Painted Post area, a Bengal tiger, and a floral photo.
Burroughs said his pictures are mostly of nature, wildlife, and travel destinations around the world. He noted he likes to showcase bright colors in his work.
“I enjoy photography because it is a wonderful creative outlet and forces me to take the time to look at the world from different points of view,” he said.
A graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, Burroughs has been published in the Disney Institute’s magazine, local calendars and postcards, and the Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce’s annual travel guide. He has won prizes from the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center, the Community Arts of Elmira Inc., and Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum, and was the 2013 winner of the annual B & C Photo, Inc. Creative Photography Contest.
In 2014, Burroughs was selected to exhibit at the West End Gallery in Corning for the 40-year celebration of the city’s architecture. His photos can be found at numerous local venues, such as the Corning Chamber of Commerce, the Painted Post Village Hall, and the Corning Visitor Center, which is selling his photo books of area scenery.
To view a collection of Burroughs’ photos, visit http://mattburroughs.fototime.com/.
The exhibit will be open for viewing during normal library hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email email@example.com or call 607-587-4313.
Alfred State is pleased to announce that Ana McClanahan, of Newport, NC, is the new dean of the School of Applied Technology.
She takes over for Dr. Craig Clark, who held the position since 1996 before becoming Alfred State vice president of Economic Development on Jan. 1.
McClanahan served as dean of the NC BioNetwork Capstone Center in Raleigh, NC, from 2011 to 2015; as lead instructor at Beaufort County Community College in Washington, NC, from 2007 to 2011; and as biology and biotechnology adjunct instructor at Pitt Community College in Greenville, NC, from 2006 to 2007. At East Carolina University in Greenville, she worked as challenge course facilitator from 2001 to 2009, research assistant from 2003 to 2005, and anatomy and physiology lab instructor from 2002 to 2006.
She earned a BA in mass media in 1998 from the University of North Carolina, and a BS in biology in 2002 from East Carolina University, where she also received an MS in biology, with an emphasis on applied science in 2006. McClanahan is currently working toward her PhD from North Carolina State University (NCSU).
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “Ana has an extensive and impressive background in higher education and we are excited that she is now a part of the Alfred State family.”
Dr. Kristin Poppo, provost, said, “Ana brings significant experience in workforce development, strong leadership skills, and a belief in the transformative power of education to our Wellsville campus. We are pleased that she has chosen to join Alfred State as dean.”
Throughout her career, McClanahan has received numerous awards and fellowships, including NCSU Equal Opportunity Institute Graduate with Honors and Scholar, BioNetwork Scholarship, and North Carolina Community College Faculty of the Year state finalist. She is also a member of several professional organizations, including the Adult and Community College Educators Association, the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers, the North Carolina Academy of Science, and Graduate Women in Science.
McClanahan is married to JD Schaefer. The couple has three children, Ariana Brown, Dave Schaefer, and Aaron Nelson; and one grandchild, Leland Brown.
Welcoming all employees to the start of the spring 2016 semester, Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan in his Opening Remarks speech Monday encouraged all faculty and staff to “get around to” completing tasks on their “to-do” lists.
Speaking about “bucket” lists, Sullivan urged employees to accomplish all of the things they would like to do before they pass away, whether it’s starting a business, picking up a hobby, or traveling. He also mentioned making a list of professional goals that would benefit not only themselves, but students, programs, and the college as a whole.
Each faculty and staff member was also given a “round TUIT,” a small, circular wooden disk with the word “TUIT” stamped on one side and the Alfred State logo on the other.
“Carry this gift with you to remind you to get around to it,” the president said. “Get around to something that has to do with change.”
Sullivan finished his remarks by reminding everyone that they are Pioneers, not settlers.
“I’m blessed to be your president,” he said. “I pray that even today, you’ll get around to it. Make a difference. Go Pioneers.”
The president also gave an update of Alfred State, mentioning new programs and those in progress; facilities being upgraded or under construction, such as the Advanced Manufacturing Center on the Wellsville campus; updating the college’s Strategic Plan; accomplishments; goals, or “scary stuff”; and equipment requests that have been approved.
Alfred State is pleased to announce that Patricia Haggerty, of Wellsville, has been appointed as the college’s new director of Annual Giving.
Haggerty had been the director of Marketing and Admissions at Wellsville Manor Care Center since September 2010. Prior to that, she was vice president of Team Sales at Simpson Race Products, and NASCAR sales account manager at Team Simpson Racing.
As director of Annual Giving, Haggerty will report to the executive director of Institutional Advancement and will work closely with the director of Alumni Relations in leading the advancement initiative for the college. The functions of the director of Annual Giving include the Annual Fund drive solicitations such as phonathon, athletic sponsorships, President’s Society, stewardship, and special events.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “We are delighted to welcome Patricia Haggerty to our college staff and we are thrilled that she will be working to further the advancement initiative of Alfred State.”
Haggerty will oversee an advancement program that cultivates and engages alumni, business and industry, and friends that want to invest in the future of the college. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and organizational communications, with a minor in business marketing and management from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Her husband, Sean Haggerty, is an assistant professor in the Automotive Trades Department, and they have two children, Gavin and Brielle.
Danielle White, executive director of Institutional Advancement, said, “I am excited to have Trish join us in Institutional Advancement. I believe that her outgoing personality and experience will be a true asset to the college.”
The proposed Bio-refinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC) on Alfred State’s Wellsville campus received some significant financial support recently, in the form of a $1.5 million grant from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC).
The grant was part of the $83.9 million awarded for 125 projects in various locations within the state under the latest round of funding from the WNYREDC. This is in addition to the $1 million in state aid secured in September by State Sen. Catharine Young, R, C,I-Olean.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “We are grateful for all the support we continue to receive for the establishment of the BDCC and are excited about the impact we expect that facility to have on our students and the New York State economy.”
Dr. Craig Clark, dean and executive director of the School of Applied Technology, noted, “We will continue to work with other funding streams that will assure the BDCC starts construction in the near future.”
Sen. Young said, “We are now well on our way toward transforming the economy across rural New York. The best economic strategy is to capitalize on your strengths – what makes your area special – and the BDCC project at Alfred State will do that, creating jobs and economic opportunities for our region by becoming a groundbreaking international research and development center. The project now has $3.0 million committed in state funding and we can use those dollars to leverage additional resources and garner greater support.”
The intention of the BDCC is to further advance research of the Hot Water Extraction (HWE) process, which extracts useful chemicals from natural products, and take the current successful HWE process, developed in the laboratory at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), to a commercial level. The chemicals can be used for a number of industrial products and the remaining cellulose material can be used for pellets and products used in structures. HWE is the process through which an industrial-based concept known as New Forest Economy (NFE) uses natural resources.
Alfred State students and faculty will be involved in the development and building of the BDCC, including students majoring in welding, machine tool technology, drafting/CAD, mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, and electrical trades. Learning opportunities will include development of the HWE process, process control, pressure vessels, and many other components. Alfred State will work with SUNY ESF on other programs, including bioprocessing engineering.