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Students plan for both sun and studies this summer

Posted Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 10:00

With nearly a hundred courses available online, Alfred State’s summer session offers everything from the history of western civilization to a class for leaders of the future. Online classes begin on May 22, June 12, or June 26 and some include concentrated studies for completion as fast as three weeks.

“Some of our new courses this summer include healthcare ethics and organizational behavior,” said Wendy Dresser-Recktenwald, senior director of Human Resources and the Center for Continuing Education and Training at Alfred State. “Not only do we have a wide variety of courses, but we also serve a diverse audience including college students wanting to knockout a course early to gain extra credits during the break, and those who want to concentrate on a certain class over the summer to boost their GPA.”

James Reese and Kelly Harrison at a computer and desk
James Reese and Kelly Harrison with Alfred State’s Center for Continuing Education
and Training register students for summer session classes beginning May 22.

The same experienced faculty who teach during fall and spring semesters also facilitate Alfred State’s summer courses. Online students choose from classes that take three, five, 10, or 12 weeks to complete. The flexibility of online classes also makes it possible to balance course work with a summer job, internship, or family vacation.

“Students attending other colleges and universities often enroll in our summer classes as non-matriculated students,” said Dresser-Recktenwald. “It’s a good idea to check with an academic adviser at your home campus about the applicability of the classes you select for your degree program. It’s a popular option since our summer tuition is a fraction of the cost of private universities.”

Courses include general education subjects and program-specific classes. A full list of courses and registration information for summer session is available at www.AlfredState.edu/online

Valerie Nixon wins statewide award for student advocacy

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 15:15

Executive Vice President Val NixonWhile Val Nixon oversees administration, advancement, enrollment, and finances for Alfred State’s two campuses, she remains committed to helping students figure out their own finances for college, and recently won a statewide award for her dedication. The State University of New York Financial Aid Professionals (SUNYFAP) honored Nixon with the 2017 Daniel Sistarenik Advocacy Award.

“Over the course of nearly 30 years of service to Alfred State, Val has advanced in increasing roles of authority, and she remains devoted to providing a student-centered campus,” said Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State. “Through her supervision, she directs her staff to provide comprehensive service to our students. We’re proud of Val for winning this award and for being an outstanding advocate on behalf of students”.

Dan Sistarenik, retired SUNY New Paltz director of financial aid, was honored by SUNYFAP when the group established this award in his name in 2015. The student advocacy award is only bestowed when nominating committee members believe that there is a deserving individual who has given a significant long-term commitment to the profession. Sistarenik and Dan Hunter, director emeritus of Financial Aid for Buffalo State, nominated Nixon for the 2017 honor.

Nixon started her career at Alfred State as director of financial aid in 1988. More recently, she was promoted to executive vice president in 2012 and led the college as interim president during the presidential search in 2013. Prior to that, Nixon served as vice president for administration and enrollment and vice president for enrollment management, having been named vice president in 2005. She has also been director of student financial services and director of financial aid. Before joining the college, she held positions at Alfred University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and The College at Brockport.

The recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 1994, Nixon has received numerous professional awards, including the New York State Financial Aid Administrator's Association (NYSFAAA) Founder's Award, and the NYSFAAA region 2 Service Award, which she received twice. She is the recipient of the State University of New York Financial Aid Professionals (SUNYFAP) Daniel Sistarenik Advocacy Award, and the Bill Troy Service Award, the highest honor that organization bestows.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from SUNY Fredonia and a Master of Professional Studies degree in community services administration from Alfred University. Nixon is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, and serves on a number of professional boards and committees, including the executive boards of the State University Business Officers Association (SUBOA), Upstate New York College Collaboration (UNYCC) and the Alfred Technology Resources, Inc. She is past president of CCSG, Inc., a charitable organization that provides support for local needy families.

Alfred State’s Dr. Jakobi publishes book on animals, plants, and other life forms

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 14:00

Retired Alfred State Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Steven Jakobi has published a new book on Amazon's CreateSpace platform. Titled “Birds, Bats, Bugs, Beavers, Bacteria: Lessons from Nature,” this collection of 37 essays spans the spectrum of life from viruses and bacteria to plants and animals.

“The stories not only touch on the lives and habits of the organisms themselves, but also delve into folklore, myth, and the history of discovery by people who advanced scientific knowledge,” Jakobi said. “The stories also highlight how life has solved many of the technical and engineering problems that people are currently working on, and the lessons we can learn from even the simplest of creatures.”

Each essay is presented in a short (three to 10 pages), nontechnical fashion, and includes autobiographical sketches of how biology has shaped the author's life and attitudes. An earlier version of this book was published in 2015 as “Giorgio the 'Possum and Other Stories from Nature,” but this new volume has up-to-date information, seven additional stories and pen-and-ink drawings made by the author. “Birds, Bats, Bugs, Beavers, Bacteria: Lessons from Nature” is available from Amazon, on Kindle, or can be ordered from retail outlets.

Steven Jakobi, PhD, has taught biology and environmental science for 30 years. His love of biology and nature began at a young age in his native Hungary. Although retired from full-time teaching, he continues to serve as adjunct instructor at Alfred State.

Time capsule dedicated, lots of fun had at Hog Wild Day

Posted Date: Monday, May 1, 2017 - 14:45

Wellsville students lower the time capsule into its spot

From a mechanical bull, to a competitive tug of war contest, to a time capsule dedication, this year’s Hog Wild Day celebration on Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology campus was definitely one to remember.

Featuring a carnival theme, the annual end-of-the-school-year celebration included a number of activities, such as jousting, mechanical bull-riding, and carnival games. Various prizes and raffle tickets were awarded, and a number of contests also took place, including tug of war, “Loudest Exhaust,” and “Loudest Stereo.”

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wellsville campus, the college held a time capsule dedication at the Pioneer Student Union (PSU). The capsule is located just outside the PSU and is not to be opened for another 25 years.

Inside the capsule are a number of items, including copies of historical papers from the opening of the campus in October 1966, a list of original faculty members, a Wellsville campus faculty and staff directory, a school calendar from the 1966-1967 academic year, curriculum lists, and a map of the campus.  Also included in the capsule are copies of current year’s 50th anniversary celebration memorabilia, a current faculty and staff directory list, school calendar, curriculum catalog, and a map of the campus.

Speaking at the time capsule dedication was Jeff Stevens, interim dean of the Wellsville campus, who played the No. 1 songs from 50 years and 25 years ago over a speaker during his speech. He encouraged everyone to return to campus 25 years from now for the opening of the time capsule, and also to remember how “we took time out to have fun today, eat some snow cones, play some tug of war, and enjoy each other’s company.”

“It’s important in life to slow down sometimes and just remember what was important,” he said. “We might remember the songs, we might remember the moments, but we’ll certainly have some great memories of the friendship and the camaraderie that came along with it.”

Since Alfred State classes first began in Wellsville in 1966, the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. has owned and maintained the campus, having made more than $8 million in improvements over the years. The group is a private foundation representing faculty, staff, and friends of Alfred State dedicated to improving the college community through the support of educational programs.

Three Alfred State adult students receive RACCE awards

Posted Date: Monday, May 1, 2017 - 11:00
Two of the winners pose with Dr. Robert Curry
Pictured are Alfred State students and 2017 RACCE Outstanding Adult Student
winners Robert Orton, left, James Dombert, center, and Dean of the School of
Arts and Sciences Dr. Robert Curry. Not pictured is award winner Kyle Brown.

More than 30 of the brightest and most highly motivated adult students within the Rochester area were honored recently with Outstanding Adult Student Awards, including three from Alfred State.

Presenting the awards was the Rochester Area Colleges Continuing Education (RACCE), a consortium of area colleges that promotes and advocates for continuing education to adult and other non-traditional students in the greater Rochester area. RACCE’s extensive network of college administrators provide information about educational programs to students and fosters collaboration and professional development opportunities among its membership.

The Outstanding Adult Student Award recognizes adult students who have excelled academically while successfully combining their college education with other commitments to family, job, career, and service to the community. Receiving awards from Alfred State were Kyle Brown, nursing, Randolph; James Dombert, automotive technology, Hornell; and Robert Orton, entrepreneurship, Wellsville.

Brown, who maintains a 3.88 GPA, has had model performance in his classes in preparation for a bachelor’s in nursing. His participation, attitude, assistance to other students, and scholarly work are always exemplary.

Brown has received multiple awards and honors for his scholarly abilities and for his participation in civic engagement and community work. He also contributes his time and knowledge as a supplemental instructor to the nursing students at Alfred State, and has experience as a registered nurse at a summer camp as a lead RN.

Dombert, who has earned a 3.0 GPA, is a very dedicated student. His effort and performance on labs, homework, as well as midterm and final exams were outstanding. In addition to his academic work, Dombert works part time at Lowes in Hornell, and is a father to two boys.

Dombert’s patience with other students in the class is always impressive. One particular student he worked with throughout an entire course did not have tools or a vehicle to work on. Dombert was kind and compassionate with this student, allowing him use his tools and project vehicle. 
Orton, who maintains a 3.73 GPA, has been on the dean's list since the fall of 2015.  He is married and has two young children. In addition to family and school, Orton is a teacher's aide in the Cattaraugus-Allegheny School District and works with special needs students.  He is a member of the Cross Town Alliance Church and is a lead usher, groundskeeper, and leader of two groups, the Teenage Group and Couples' Group. 

Orton is a veteran of the United States Air Force and spends time working with other veterans on campus. Outside of school, Orton is very busy with family, work, and volunteering.  His ability to balance each of these aspects of his life is remarkable.

Local schools compete in Science and Technology Fair at Alfred State

Posted Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 09:15
Winners gather for picture
Pictured are the students who were awarded for their projects at Alfred State’s
18th annual Regional Science and Technology Fair. In the front row from left to
right are Elizabeth Przybyla, Gretchen Fitzsimmons, Gabriella Wilson, Jennie
Bensley, Zoe Tarun, Nicholas Gray, and Pasquale Picco. In the back row from left
to right are Christine Pagett, James Daley, Ronald Lott III, and Silas B. Cochran.

A number of amazing scientific projects were recently featured in Alfred State’s 18th annual Science and Technology Fair, as 107 students from 11 local schools competed for cash prizes.

Participating districts included Addison, Alfred-Almond, Arkport, Friendship, Hinsdale, home-school, Hornell, Pavilion, Portville, Prattsburgh, and St. Ann’s Academy.

Students were divided into three divisions, senior (grades 10-12), junior (grades seven through nine), and novice (grades four through six). Students presented their projects to the judges for a chance at the $1,590 in prize money.

Winners in the Senior Division included first-place winner ($250) Gabriella Wilson from Portville with “Affordable Filtrations: A True Life Saver,” second-place winner ($150) Christine Pagett from Portville with “Heating a Pool Using an Exothermic Reaction,” and third-place winner ($100)James Daley from Portville with “An Energy Source Out of This World.”

Winners in the Junior Division included first-place winner ($250) Elizabeth Przybyla from Hinsdale with “Heart Rate: Males vs. Females,” second-place winner ($150) Zoe Tarun from Alfred-Almond with “Do Drugs That Inhibit Wound Healing Also Inhibit Regeneration of Planaria?”and third-place winner ($100) Silas B. Cochran, a home-schooled student, with “Dragons are Real.”

Winners in the Novice Division included first-place winner ($50) McKenzie Calderwood from Prattsburgh with “Hydroponics at Home,” second-place winner ($25) Nicholas Gray from St. Ann’s Academy with “How Old Are Your Ears?” and third-place winner ($15) Jennie Bensley from Alfred-Almond with “Bread Mold Growth.”

The grand prize ($500) went to Ronald Lott III from Portville with “Genetic Engineering of Arabidopsis to Produce Serotonin.”

The Best Junior Division School winner was Hinsdale and the Best Senior Division School winner was Portville. St. Ann’s Academy was the Best Novice Division School winner. All winners received a graphing calculator, and the Senior and Junior winners were also each presented with a silver tray.

Each participant received a certificate of participation, and individual ribbons were presented to first-, second-, and third-place prize winners in all divisions. The Science and Technology Fair was sponsored by Otis Eastern Service, Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services (ACES), Perkin Elmer, Fisher Scientific, Wards, Alfred State’s Science Society Club, and the Physical and Life Sciences Department.