With the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) launching its new Take Note campaign to promote court reporting education, professors such as Melissa Blake are hoping to see more interest and enrollment in court reporting programs in colleges nationwide.
“It is definitely the hope of Alfred State and the National Court Reporters Association that the new Take Note campaign will result in increased interest in court reporting careers and, in turn, increased enrollment in our programs, not just at Alfred State, but at all court reporting schools around the country,” said Blake, Alfred State’s court reporting and captioning program curriculum coordinator. “I think that just about all schools have seen decreased enrollment in court reporting programs in the last five to seven years; the hope is to get more students into these programs so that we’ll have enough court reporters to meet the demand in the coming years.”
The campaign’s website, http://www.crtakenote.com, contains links with information on court reporting careers, finding a school, and requesting information. The NCRA filters requests and forwards them to colleges that are appropriate to what the person is asking for, whether it’s schools in a geographic area, online or on-campus programs, judicial or captioning programs, etc.
In the last couple of weeks alone, 39 requests for information have been forwarded to Blake. Each request receives an email response with general information about Alfred State and an attached brochure with specific information on the college’s court reporting and captioning certificate program and its court and realtime associate degree program.
“We have no way of knowing if any of those requests will result in students applying to our programs, but we are very hopeful that they will,” Blake said. “I will send information to all of those who request it in hopes that we can get some court reporters or captioners trained to fill the need now and in the future when today’s reporters retire.”
Those interested in learning more about court reporting and captioning careers can email Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the CRTakeNote website for more information.
Three Alfred State professors in the Architecture and Design Department recently took some of their students on an educational one-day field trip to New York City, where they toured a number of sites such as the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.
The group consisted of Professor Rex Simpson and his 16 fourth-year architectural technology students in the Urban Design Studio, Associate Professor Alex Bitterman and his 15 interior design students, and Professor Richard Carlo and his 15 sophomore Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) students in Design Studio 1. They departed for Manhattan on Sept. 15 and returned to Alfred in the early-morning hours of Sept. 16.
Simpson organized the trip because his students are participating in the Vision 42 Design Competition, which encourages architects, planners, and urban designers from around the world to develop creative proposals for remaking New York City’s traffic-clogged 42nd Street into a world-class pedestrian environment and public space.
“My students spent four hours photographing, measuring, and studying 42nd Street,” Simpson said. “They took 1,000 photos and then we went down to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, had dinner downtown, and then worked our way back up to 42nd Street.”
According to Simpson, his students have been working on their project for the last four weeks and a group submission is due Oct. 1. Simpson said the majority of his students are from small towns in western New York and do not have a perspective on true urban life and the issues associated with it.
“The trip exposed the students to one of the most densely populated cities in the world and engaged the students in the competition,” Simpson said.
Simpson had sought others to accompany him and his students on the trip, so Carlo and Bitterman elected to go along with their pupils. Carlo said he and his students visited the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Times Square, and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, which included Memorial Park, the Freedom Tower, and the World Trade Center transportation hub.
One of Carlo’s students, Shirleejae Illsley, a BArch major, from Whitney Point, NY, said prior to going to New York City, she had done a research project on Daniel Libeskind, who won the competition to be the master architect of the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site.
“I thought I got the maximum education through researching all of his work, knowing his style and his career and the purpose of his master plan to redevelop the World Trade Center Memorial and then being able to visit the site and see the work first-hand,” she said.
Bitterman said he and his students also visited the MoMA, the High Line, Grand Central Terminal, the New York Public Library, and Times Square, covering six miles in 12 hours.
Carlo said the trip to New York City is part of a department initiative to “get the students out” of Alfred to places such as Philadelphia, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Rochester, where they can view impressive and noteworthy work by masterful designers and architects. The trips, Bitterman summarized, promote active and engaged learning.
“Our students, from ocean to lake in New York State, are out exploring the work of the masters that is in our backyard and at our back door,” Bitterman said. “Rather than just sitting in a classroom and learning about something, they’re actually standing in it and experiencing it.”
Alfred State hosted around 350 Future Farmers of America students from 14 western New York high schools Oct. 9 for the 28th annual Agriculture Skills Contest.
The contest included a variety of events designed to test students’ knowledge and skills in agriculture and veterinary technology, such as tractor driving, small animal handling and medicine, dairy judging, agronomy, and others. Ribbons were awarded in every competition, as well as for overall individual and team placing.
“For the past 28 years, we have offered area high school the opportunity to test their skills and knowledge, meet students from other schools, and see the College Farm and campus,” said Dr. Philip Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department. “I believe the students learn a lot and expand their vision of what the future may hold for them.”
The Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club recently excelled in a pair of timber sports competitions.
The club took second place in the men’s division and first place in the mixed Jack and Jill division at the third annual FLCC Logging Sports Competition held Oct. 4 at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua. At a match at Syracuse University on Oct. 11, the club finished first in the men’s division and first in the Jack and Jill division.
“The club did extremely well at the competitions,” said Coach Scott Bingham.
The Alfred State team competed against several other schools at both locations, including Syracuse University, Paul Smith’s College, Finger Lakes Community College, the State University of New York at Cobleskill, and the SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry Ranger School, with the University of Connecticut also participating in the competition in Syracuse. The squads competed in a number of team, individual, and double events, including bowsaw, log roll, axe throw, and underhand chop.
The Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club studies the ideas, tools, and techniques of the competitive lumberjack community, practices four times a week, and participates in several intercollegiate timber sports competitions throughout the school year. The club’s next match will be Nov. 1 at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
In photo above: Alfred State Woodsmen’s Club men’s division members Sutton Carhart, left, a construction management engineering technology major from Stafford, NY, and Dan Ognibene, a construction management engineering technology major, from Alexander, NY, compete in the team crosscut event at a timber sports match held Oct. 11 in Syracuse.
Alfred State is looking to increase students’ democratic participation and civic engagement efforts by partnering with Democracy Works to bring TurboVote technology to campus.
Democracy Works, a non-profit, non-partisan tech startup, created TurboVote, an online platform that helps college students to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and sign up for text or email reminders with relevant election information such as dates and deadlines for local, state, and national elections.
And it’s all free to students, according to Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center of Civic Engagement at Alfred State.
“Ultimately, the goal is to promote civic learning and advance civic action as a life-long practice, producing graduates committed to being informed, active citizens in their communities,” Hilsher said.
Students can now register for TurboVote, Hilsher said, and in time for Election Day on Nov. 4.
“The voter registration deadline is Oct. 10 and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is Oct. 28,” he said. “However, other features such as text and email reminders on voting days have no due date.”
To sign up for TurboVote, visit Alfred State’s co-branded site at alfredstate.turbovote.org.
“TurboVote is a great tool to make the voting process less intimidating and enable greater civic engagement among students,” Hilsher said.
Dr. Irby “Skip” Sullivan was inaugurated as the 12th president in the 106-year history of Alfred State Friday afternoon.
Hundreds of faculty, staff, students, special guests, and elected officials packed into the Orvis Activities Center, where the Inauguration ceremony took place. The Alfred State ROTC presented the school colors and Chaplain Steven D. Brown, a decorated, retired U.S. Navy captain, gave the invocation and benediction.
Speakers included State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor and Business Department Co-Chair Jim Grillo, who presided; Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of SUNY; New York State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, who brought greetings from elected officials; Alfred State College Council Chair Patricia K. Fogarty, who brought greetings on behalf of the College Council; Alfred University President Dr. Charles M. Edmondson, who brought greetings on behalf of the New York academic community; Dr. Donald. F. Arnold Sr., an Alfred State alumnus who held numerous teaching positions at several colleges and brought greetings on behalf of alumni; Alfred State Development Fund Board Chair Dale Stell, who brought greetings on behalf of the Alumni Association, the Development Fund Board, the Education Foundation, and the ACES Board; Donald Cameron, who spent 30 years in Admissions at Alfred State and brought greetings on behalf of the local businesses and community; Dr. Earl Packard, a professor in the Alfred State Mathematics and Physics Department, who brought greetings on behalf of the unions; Student Senate President and senior in the applications software development program Anthony Whiteman, who brought greetings on behalf of the students; and Dennis Dueno, a senior in the digital media and animation program.
The president set the tone for his student-centered address by defining the words “pioneer” and “passion” and explaining how they pertain to Alfred State students.
“Just as the pioneers did not know what they would face when they took their families west, they knew that opportunities awaited them,” Sullivan said. “Many of our students face that same uncertainty but know that passion is the vehicle that will drive their success and education is the GPS that will guide those passions.”
Sullivan noted that many pioneers of the Old West “didn’t seek land, gold, and opportunity alone,” but rather had a network of friends and relatives that “had their back.”
“So, too, here are our students, beginning their journey. Ironically, many have moved west to Alfred, NY, facing many of the same uncertainties of our pioneering forefathers and pioneering families,” Sullivan said. “We at Alfred State and many who have gone before you recognize this. We recall being there ourselves and are here to ensure our students reach their destination.”
The president urged students not to lose their pioneering spirit and to try something different and outside of their comfort zone every day.
“Also, while passion may fade from time to time, find and invest in those things for which you have passion,” Sullivan said. “Do the things that you love.”
He continued, “As president of Alfred State, I view it as my responsibility to help you grow. It is my responsibility to create an environment that is safe and that fosters both the pioneer and the passion inside of you. Today, I want to pay tribute to our students – our past, present, and future students. You are the reason I am here today.
“I am passionate about being student-centered. I am passionate about being a pioneer, and I am passionate about Alfred State.”
The Culinary Arts Department and the Culinary Honors Club will be hosting an Oktoberfest Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Culinary Arts dining area on the Alfred State Wellsville campus at 2530 River Road. The cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children under 10.
No reservations will be accepted. Proceeds benefit Culinary Honors Club. If you have any questions, you may call 607-587-3170.
Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of an article that appears in the most recent issue of “Paperback Parade,” a quarterly journal for readers and book collectors published by Gryphon Publications. The article is titled "Philip Wylie's ‘The Disappearance.’"
The author, in reviewing Wylie's novel “The Disappearance,” notes that Wylie (1902-1971) was often labeled a misogynist for his biting critique of wives and mothers in his earlier “Generation of Vipers” (1942). He suggests that Wylie wrote “The Disappearance” to atone for his earlier attacks on women.
“The Disappearance” takes place in Miami on Valentine's Day in 1950. In the blink of an eye, all the women suddenly disappear from the world of men. At the same instant, all the men vanish from the world of women, leaving two parallel universes: one occupied by men and the other by women. The novel reveals the sequence of events that occur over the next four years in the male and female domains.
Wylie depicts a one-sexed world as one filled with loneliness and despair. He captures the sadness and the anger that develops when men and women are separated from each other. Wylie asserts that the combination of male and female energies is necessary to create a healthy and productive society.
Kellogg concludes that Wylie understood the interdependency of the two sexes and that “The Disappearance” refutes the allegation that he hated women. In fact, literary critics now consider this novel to be among Wylie's finest achievements in the genre of science fiction.
Alfred State celebrated its new Veterinary Technology Center Friday with an Open House attended by past and present students, President Skip Sullivan, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Dr. Robert Curry, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members.
Dr. Philip Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, said the Center is used to teach almost all of the vet tech classes that involve live animals. It includes animal housing, teaching labs, a radiography suite, and a surgical suite.
“The Vet Tech Center is a top-quality teaching facility that rivals any in the region,” Schroeder said, “and helps the program continue to be one of the best in the country.”
Before opening during the spring 2013 semester as the Vet Tech Center, the facility was used for the horticulture and landscape design program since the 1950s. Renovations to the roughly 7,500-square-foot building began in the spring of 2012 and ended this summer, costing $1.2 million.
The Center also maintains relationships with the Wellsville SPCA and the Hornell Area Humane Society.
“Both of these entities send us dogs and cats to use in teaching and in turn, we spay or neuter and socialize these animals,” Schroeder said.
Kellie Donovan, of Bergen, N.Y., who graduated from Alfred State in 2006 with a degree in veterinary technology, attended Friday’s Open House and took a tour of the new facility. She came away impressed.
“I think it’s great,” said Donovan, who is now a licensed veterinary technician at Genesee Valley Equine in Scottsville, N.Y. “It looks amazing.”
Hannah Leffler, a veterinary technology major from Averill Park, N.Y., was also present at the Open House. She noted that the Vet Tech Center helped prepare her for a summer internship at Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital in East Greenbush, N.Y.
“We have so many awesome machines here to work with that are just like the ones we work with at our internships and eventually our jobs, so the Center is really helpful,” Leffler said.
In photo above: Kathy Bliss, Alfred State instructor in the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, holds up “Jose,” a bearded dragon, Friday during the Vet Tech Center Open House.
With sunny skies, several new events, and plenty of fun activities for everyone, it’s no wonder Alfred State’s Homecoming/Family Weekend was so well attended this year.
In fact, according to Spencer Peavey, senior director of student engagement at Alfred State, some alumni, students, and families were calling this the “best Homecoming ever.”
“The student responses were amazing,” Peavey said. “The attendance rates, from the dodgeball games to the comedian and magician, were higher than ever.”
Peavey said the nice weather “absolutely” impacted attendance for Homecoming/Family Weekend, which took place from Thursday through Sunday. He said while he has no way of estimating the total number of visitors because the majority of people at the events were students, he saw more alumni around this past weekend than he has in years.
“Alfred’s Got Talent, which continues to be the biggest event outside of the football game, reached a record high for attendance at 500 students, family members, and alumni,” Peavey said.
New to this year’s Homecoming/Family Weekend were a Greek chili contest, Game Day Live interviews, a classic car contest, a student car show, and a family zone with inflatables and carnival games. The weekend also included several fundraisers, such as the fourth annual Race for a Cure 5K run/walk, which 41 people attended, and raffle baskets during the tailgating event, which raised more than $2,500 toward charities and student initiatives.
In photo above: Alfred State College Council Chair Patricia K. Fogarty and a student proudly display their school spirit during the college’s 2014 Homecoming/Family Weekend.