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University of Cincinnati professor lecture at Alfred State draws large crowd

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 12:00

University of Cincinnati Professor Anton Harfmann giving a presentationThe Architecture and Design Department at Alfred State launched its second installment of the spring 2015 lecture series with a presentation by University of Cincinnati Professor Anton Harfmann on Monday, March 2.

The event drew a large crowd of students and faculty who came to see Harfmann discuss his recent work in a lecture titled "Forays in Building Information Modeling." Harfmann spoke about some of his recent student projects and the renovation of a building on the University of Cincinnati campus by noted architect Peter Eisenman. Both topics highlighted the use of building information modeling (BIM), a new process in architecture that involves digitally modeling a building with all of its components and utilizing that data to construct or renovate a structure.

Harfmann is a licensed architect and builder who teaches BIM, construction and structures, and graduate studio courses in the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati. He was the lead faculty member for the university’s participation in the 2007 Solar Decathlon competition and has taught net-zero design studios on several occasions since.

His research interests include net-zero architectural design, as well as BIM at the component level, and he has published many papers on this approach since the early 1990s. Harfmann is an early adopter of computing in practice and education that was recognized by Apple, which inducted him into the Apple Distinguished Educator program in 2004.

His commitment to teaching has also been recognized by the American Institute of Architects, which named him one of the top ten educators in architecture in 2009, as well as receiving an honorable mention award from the AIA’s Technology in Practice group in 2013 for his introductory class on teaching the logic of construction and structures through BIM.

Caption: University of Cincinnati Professor Anton Harfmann gave a presentation Monday, March 2, at Alfred State as part of the Architecture and Design Department’s spring 2015 lecture series.

Leadership suites initiative recognized with NASPA 2015 Excellence Award

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 11:45

NASPA, the leading voice for the student affairs profession, has recognized Alfred State’s leadership suites initiative as a 2015 Excellence Award recipient within the Civic Learning, Democratic Engagement, Service-Learning, Community Service category. 

Each year through Excellence Awards, the association recognizes contributions of its members who are “transforming higher education through exceptional programs, innovative services, and effective administration.” Alfred State joined California State University and Trinity University for top honors in the category they were awarded within. 

According to NASPA, Excellence Award winners were selected by meeting criteria such as having a positive impact on student learning, demonstrating success in addressing student needs and/or critical campus issues, collaboration with academic affairs and other departments, originality and creativity, effective use of technology and other resources, and more. 

The purpose of Alfred State’s 13 leadership suites, located in the Student Leadership Center, is to inspire students to discover their passion and make a difference. Suites are awarded to student organizations actively involved in exciting and meaningful civic engagement projects locally, regionally, and globally. 

“Leadership suites are occupied by some of the most engaged student organizations committed to civic engagement through fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy, and education,” said Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement. “These students, alongside advisers and community partners, are using their passion, energy, and skills to solve problems, build relationships, and address community challenges.”

Melissa Holland graduates from NAFSA Academy for International Education

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 11:00

Melissa Holland, senior international admissions counselor at Alfred State, recently graduated from the 2014 NAFSA Academy for International Education.

NAFSA, according to www.nafsa.org, is “the largest association of professionals committed exclusively to advancing international higher education. The association provides leadership to its diverse constituencies through establishing principles of good practice and providing professional development opportunities. NAFSA encourages networking among professionals, convenes conferences and collaborative dialogues, and promotes research and knowledge creation to strengthen and serve the field.”

The Academy for International Education is an intensive yearlong training program with extensive networking opportunities, according to www.nafsa.org. The program accelerates the learning process of participants, prepares them for leadership, and is an investment in international education.

In the academy, the website states, participants gain knowledge and skills to serve as an international education resource at their institution; boost their proficiency as an international educator through an individualized learning plan, training, and networking; and build a network of international education colleagues, both in their region and nationally.

Project Prom Dress Extravaganza set for April 11

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 10:45

Olivia Ciesla with 2 red prom dressesTeenage girls from Allegany County and the surrounding areas won’t have to pay a cent to look like a million bucks this prom season, thanks to Alfred State’s Project Prom Dress Extravaganza.

Held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Pioneer Center on the Alfred campus, the event allows attendees to select from hundreds of new or lightly used prom dresses and take one home without any cost. People may also make donations that day, including dresses, shoes, and gear.

Founded by Kayla Franchina, of Gerry, who graduated in 2014 with a degree in human services management, Project Prom Dress focuses on collecting donated prom dresses, accessories, and cash donations for underprivileged teenage women.

Alfred State wishes to thank its amazing donors for this year’s event: Elegance Bridals and Formals, of Canisteo; Belle Ruche Bridal Boutique, of Olean; Jessica Dugo, of Geneseo; JBK Bridal and Prom, of Horseheads; Bonjulies Main Street Bride, of Horseheads; Bella You, of Rochester; and One Enchanted Evening, of Fairport.

For more information, contact Alyshia Zurlick, assistant director of the Office of Student Engagement, at ZurlickAM@alfredstate.edu.

Caption: Pictured is Olivia Ciesla, president of Delta Chi Omega, which runs the Project Prom Dress Extravaganza every year, along with the Emerging Pioneer Leadership Program Gold Group.

High school students flock to Alfred State for National Engineers Week event

Posted Date: Monday, March 2, 2015 - 15:45

Alex Surdyk, an electrical engineering technology major from Hamburg, right, judges one of the entries in the design challenge that was part of Friday’s National Engineers Week event.Nearly 150 high school students from five area school districts visited Alfred State Friday to discover the exciting worlds of engineering and technology as part of National Engineers Week.

Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, the week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers, according to www.nspe.org. Throughout last week, 34 Alfred State students in the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology showcased the many great projects and activities they engage in at the college through various clubs and organizations.

Participating Alfred State groups included the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Architecture Club, the Associated General Contractors of America, the Robotics Club, the Alfred State Information Security Team, Women In Non-traditional Studies, and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping Glickman Chapter.

High schools that attended Friday’s event were from Hornell, Arkport, Elmira, Scio, and the Greater Southern Tier BOCES Wildwood campus. In addition to learning from Alfred State students, high school students also took part in a fun design challenge, in which their teams were tasked with designing and building a table out of a newspaper that was at least 8 inches tall and could hold, at minimum, a 200-page textbook.

Alex Surdyk, an electrical engineering technology major from Hamburg, said the event was Alfred State’s chance to show high school students that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are “not just math and numbers, but instead something that you can see, feel, and be a part of.”

“It is crucial to the continuing development of society and the human race as a whole to continue to make advancements in STEM,” he said. “We need young minds to lead us into the future.”

For Josh Weaver, a junior from the Elmira City School District, and Jasmine Mosko, a freshman from Arkport Central School, the day was about fun and learning.

“It was fun and people were nice about everything while they were trying to teach everyone what was going on and trying to get other people interested in what they were doing,” Weaver said. “I learned about how certain architectural things are made.”

Mosko said, “It was fun because we got to do hands-on activities and learn different things.”

Dr. John Williams, dean of the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology, said he received many positive comments from the visitors and that the vast majority of high school students were engaged in the event. He also noted that he is very proud of his school’s students.

“Watching them represent their fields and seeing the passion they have for what they are studying, it was a great day,” Williams said.

In photo above: Alex Surdyk, an electrical engineering technology major from Hamburg, right, judges one of the entries in the design challenge that was part of Friday’s National Engineers Week event.

New Phi Kappa Phi honor society chapter formed at Alfred State

Posted Date: Monday, February 23, 2015 - 14:00

The new Alfred State chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society was installed in a ceremony Thursday evening in the Allegany Room of the Central Dining Hall. 

Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Associate Professor Christopher Tomasi, left, is installed as president of the Alfred State chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society Thursday by Dr. Rick Shale, professor of English at Youngstown State University.Charter members include Chair of the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Department Edward Tezak, Dean of the School of Applied Technology Craig Clark, Senior Director of Health and Wellness Services Hollie Hall, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Associate Professor Christopher Tomasi, Computer and Information Technology Assistant Professor Evan Enke, Librarian Barbara Greil, Bursar of Student Records and Financial Services Martha McGee, Social and Behavioral Sciences Professor Regina Pollard, and Digital Media and Animation Assistant Professor Jeremy Schwartz. 

Pollard and Schwartz are new initiates, along with Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan, Vice President of Academic Affairs Kristin Poppo, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Bob Curry, and Dean of the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology John Williams. Charter members who are not new initiates had their Phi Kappa Phi affiliation at another institution changed to the Alfred State chapter Thursday. 

Officers are Tomasi (president), Enke (vice president), Greil (secretary), McGee (treasurer), Pollard (scholarship and awards officer), and Schwartz (public relations officer). 

Tomasi, who was installed as honor society president by Dr. Rick Shale, professor of English at Youngstown State University, said, “Today we celebrate excellence. We gather to initiate worthy individuals into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. These persons have been chosen on a basis of their superior scholarship and we are pleased and proud that each has chosen to become part of a century-old community of scholars and professionals that includes individuals who have distinguished themselves in positions of leadership and whose careers have been characterized by achievement.”

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, according to www.phikappaphi.org, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. It has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Each year, around 30,000 members are initiated, and only the top 10 percent of a graduating class and the top 7.5 percent of juniors are invited to join.

Alfred State, according to Tezak, will initiate eligible students into the honor society for the first time in a ceremony that will take place in April at a date to be determined. Tezak said he has worked on forming a Phi Kappa Phi chapter at the college for the last two years.

“Since the honor society is interdisciplinary, it is ideally suited to Alfred State,” he said. “Membership is an academic recognition that will follow our students throughout their lifetime. It is an honor well-earned.” 

In addition to Phi Kappa Phi, other honor societies at Alfred State include Chi Alpha Epsilon, Phi Theta Kappa, Psi-Beta, Sigma Tau Epsilon, and Tau Alpha Pi.

In photo above: Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Associate Professor Christopher Tomasi, left, is installed as president of the Alfred State chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society Thursday by Dr. Rick Shale, professor of English at Youngstown State University.