Two Alfred State faculty members were honored recently with a Leadership through Civic Engagement Award.
The award is presented annually by the College Council to acknowledge students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have led or initiated exemplary academic and/or co-curricular initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to engaging in the community— locally, nationally, or globally — through service, volunteerism, activism, politics, and much more. This year’s recipients were Brent Kelley, Belfast, assistant professor in the Culinary Arts Department and Terry Palmiter, Alfred Station, assistant professor in the Architecture and Design Department.
Kelley has demonstrated leadership in civic engagement in a number of ways. He plays an integral role in planning the BP-sponsored Holiday Community Dinner. This year marked the fourth year of this event, which functions as a partnership with the Salvation Army, the Allegany County United Way, BP, and Alfred State Culinary Arts. Alfred State provides a festive, fine dining experience for families that have requested assistance through the Salvation Army.
The most recent event on Dec. 9 involved five faculty, six alumni, and 22 students serving 120 community members. Kelley also supports the coordination of a community outreach effort with the Warming House in Olean. Culinary arts students have prepared meals and shared food with this soup kitchen - an outreach that provides one meal a day to disadvantaged community members. Kelley shares his knowledge and skills to not only prepare students for a career in the culinary arts, but enables students to apply these skills for community benefit.
Palmiter has been on the leading edge of incorporating civic engagement projects in the classroom. During the spring 2014 semester, Palmiter directed studio projects focusing on Temple Beth-El in Hornell to offer National Register listing assistance, and the Finger Lakes Boating Museum in Hammondsport to offer assistance in designing signage, a lakeside facility, entrance, and display areas.
More locally, he has collaborated with the Alfred State Architecture Club and Alfred University to design the current bus stop in Alfred. And he was instrumental in leading documentation, condition assessment, and stabilization for the Rail and Titsworth Canal Warehouse in Belfast. An earlier community service project involved the design and construction of Alfred’s Kenyon Children's Park. Over the years, Palmiter has shown a high level of ongoing involvement within the community, enabling his students to apply their architecture skills to generate positive civic impact in the community. Palmiter has demonstrated a continuing commitment to leadership in civic engagement.
Pictured are Brent Kelley, left, and Terry Palmiter.
Five Alfred State students this month will compete in a cross-country rally that pits teams against the clock and one another for the chance to win a $50,000 grand prize.
Held June 20-28 this year, The Great Race will stretch nearly 2,000 miles of the legendary Route 66 from Kirkwood, MO, to Santa Monica, CA. The race is an annual vintage car event designed to commemorate the original around-the-world “Great Race” that took place in 1908, which was won by a driver and car from Buffalo.
According to www.greatrace.com, the race’s route changes each year and has covered all but one of the lower 48 states. Entrants participate in a timed, controlled speed and endurance competition over scenic public highways and roads.
Each team’s score is the result of its ability to follow all designated course instructions precisely. The 2015 “Grand Champion” will win $50,000, with the total purse being $150,000.
Alfred State is one of about 120 competitors in this year’s race, and one of four student teams in the X-Cup division. In this division, drivers must be at least 21 years old and younger than 25 at the start of the race. Navigators must be younger than 22 at the start.
Representing Alfred State in the race will be Andrew Carpino, automotive service technician, Caledonia; Nick Reale, autobody repair, Jamestown; Tom Rifenburgh, automotive service technician, Worcester; Ryan Valle, motorsports technology, New Windsor; and Ryan Madison, automotive service technician, Rochester. The Pioneers will drive a 1953 Dodge Power Wagon that approximately 10 students in several majors worked on regularly throughout the spring semester. Work included rebuilding the engine and all drivetrain components, and installing new brakes, wiring, lights and gauges.
The team was recently awarded a $1,000 grant from the Antique Auto Club of America (AACA) and has been raising funds for the trip through its GoFundMe page, www.gofundme.com/alfredpowerwagon. Accompanying the members on their journey will be Automotive Trades Professor Mike Ronan, who helped form a new AACA student chapter on campus. He said the students learned to work as a team, “as we refurbished the Power Wagon many nights” after classes.
“The event will provide an once-in-a-lifetime experience for those participants who go on the trip to California and back,” Ronan said.
Pictured are Alfred State students along with the 1953 Dodge Power Wagon they will use to compete in this year’s Great Race. From left to right are Ryan Madison, Tom Rifenburgh, Nick Reale, Andrew Carpino (crouching in the back of the truck) and Ryan Valle.
Alfred State recently announced promotions for faculty and staff.
Included among those receiving promotions in the Division of Academic Affairs, with their new titles, are Thomas Barber, Belfast, staff associate, Technology Services; Lisa Boyle, Hornell, instructional support associate, Physical and Life Sciences; Daniel Davison, Bolivar, instructional support associate, Automotive Trades; Charles (Dave) Holmes, Belmont, senior staff assistant, Technology Services; Matthew Lawrence, Alfred Station, professor, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology; Matthew Pettis, Andover, assistant professor, Electrical Trades; Douglas Pierson, Alfred, associate professor, Agriculture and Veterinary Technology; Allen Raish, Hornell, assistant professor, Mathematics and Physics; Christopher Tomasi, Friendship, professor, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology; and Karen Young, Olean, professor, Computerized Design and Manufacturing.
Receiving promotions in Administration and Enrollment, with their new titles, are Marlene Bartoo, Scio, janitor, Facilities Services; Rachel Brandow, Cohocton, keyboard specialist 2, Facilities Services; Jeffrey Brewster, Andover, senior grounds worker, Facilities Services; Jacalyn Clemons, Wellsville, janitor, Facilities Services; Lois Curran, Almond, secretary 2, Admissions; Cameron Densmore, Wellsville, senior grounds worker, Facilities Services; Nancy Driscoll, Wellsville, associate director of Admissions, Admissions; Kandi Geibel, Hornell, senior associate director of Admissions, Admissions; Heather Jackson, Almond, senior mail and supply clerk, Print and Mail Services; Laura Kernan, Almond, agency program aide, Student Records and Financial Services; Kathy Markel, Arkport, senior associate director of Admissions, Admissions; and Cassaundra Young, Angelica, SUNY campus worker, College Farm.
Receiving promotions in Student Affairs, with their new titles, are LouAnn Griffin, Arkport, secretary 1, Residential Services; and Edward Kenney, university police officer 2, University Police.
Pictured, sitting, from left to right, are Daniel Davison, Lisa Boyle, and Karen Young. Standing, from left, are Douglas Pierson, Charles Holmes, Matthew Lawrence, and Matthew Pettis.
Shown here, sitting, from left to right, are Laura Kernan, Heather Jackson, and Rachel Brandow. Standing, from left, are Kathy Markel, Nancy Driscoll, and Kandi Geibel.
Pictured is LouAnn Griffin.
Retirees of Alfred State were honored recently at the college's annual recognition luncheon.
Faculty and staff members who retired this year include Gary Brown, Andover; James (Mick) Caba, Almond; Marlee Cannon, Wellsville; Steve Dickerson, Alma; Gertrude Dorsey, Belfast; Monica Flaitz, Hornell; Laura Giglio, Hornell; Teresa Jaycox, Almond; James Jerla, Alma; Linda Jessup, Alfred Station; April Lawrence, Arkport; Mary Lou Massara, Alfred Station; Julie Mullen, Canisteo; Kathy Nesbit, Almond; Ben Palmer, Almond; Nancy Shearer, Hornell; Elizabeth Turner, Hornell; and JoAnne White, Wellsville.
Pictured, from left, are JoAnne White, Elizabeth Turner, April Lawrence, and Teresa Jaycox.
Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their years of service at the college.
Those employees honored for 10 years included Melissa Blake, Cuba, assistant professor, Business; Patricia Bliven, Wellsville, cleaner, Facilities Services; Timothy Bocchi, Alfred, assistant professor, Mathematics and Physics; Maria Bordeaux, Almond, administrative aide, Human Resources; Victoria Bryant, Wellsville, accountant for the Alfred State Development Fund and sponsored programs, Business Affairs; Glen Cline, Scio, director, Procurement and Payment Services; Keelan Croston, Andover, grounds worker, Facilities Services; Craig Heller, campus public safety officer, University Police; Charles Holmes, Belmont, laptop technician, Technology Services; Debra Kerr, Hornell, client services manager, Technology Services; Kathleen Sive, Wellsville, secretary, Building Trades; Jane Vavala, Hornell, associate librarian, Library Services; Roger Wilcox, Hornell, instructional support assistant, Electrical Trades; Eric Wilmot, Portageville, associate professor, Automotive Trades; and Patrick Woodworth, staff assistant, Technology Services.
Honorees received a certificate and a college umbrella.
Pictured, sitting, from left to right, are Patricia Bliven, Glen Cline, Eric Wilmot, and Timothy Bocchi. Standing, from left, are Kathleen Sive, Jane Vavala, Roger Wilcox, Charles Holmes, Victoria Bryant, and Melissa Blake.
An Alfred State professor and two staff members were recently honored with Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Professional Service, and Classified Service.
Kathleen Bliss, Freedom, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; Nancy Driscoll, Wellsville, was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service; and Kathy Bayus, Alfred Station, was presented with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. Each received a certificate and a medallion.
Bliss has a teaching philosophy that places great emphasis on her responsibility as a teacher in order to foster successful students. She is an inspiration in a field that demands performance at an extremely high level to meet the ethical standards set by the profession she serves and the students she leads. Her focused philosophy in each course makes her a highly prized member of the academic faculty at Alfred State.
Bliss is known for her passion in teaching and for her dedication to the students in the veterinary technology program. She is also known for her dedication to the ethical and humane treatment of animals. Students clearly respect her for the wealth of information and support that she offers them. Her very high level of standards and innovative approaches impress on her students the importance of ethical behavior and responsiveness in veterinary technology. She offers them real-world models, and they respond to her with the greatest attention and respect because they are motivated by her dedication to their success and the welfare of animals.
Driscoll has made significant contributions to Alfred State over the past 14 years, in successively more responsible and demanding positions within the Admissions area. She coordinates marketing activities for the Admissions Office; provides admissions information and participates in recruitment activities both on and off campus; is responsible for Niagara, Erie, and Cattaraugus counties; reviews applications for admission; and coordinates the mini high school and junior visit programs, and the conditional acceptance process. She has been a tireless and innovative advocate for the college, an active college citizen, and an enthusiastic participant in professional activities.
Driscoll is the consummate Admissions professional. She has multiple promotions under her belt, and has created a continuing legacy of innovative and effective admissions marketing campaigns. One measure of her excellence is the fact that her Admissions area in western New York has experienced an increase in enrollment. She is an active campus and university citizen, and participates regularly in professional groups associated with Admissions, where she has mentored those new to the field.
Bayus has spent more than 30 years wearing multiple hats and exceling in each role she takes on. From managing the day-to-day activities of an entire office — keeping schedules, sending emails, organizing information, compiling and formatting documents, filing, and setting up crucial meetings — to acting as a proofreader, fact-checker, writer, and sounding board for all the college’s marketing and communications efforts; she does it all.
Bayus is often the first person to interact with the Marketing and Communications team’s customers and never fails to take the time — regardless of her workload — to answer questions, transfer calls, respond to emails, and compile information in order to get their jobs done. She is a prime example of a dedicated, passionate, and creative Alfred State employee. Whether you are a new employee, a retired faculty member visiting campus, or a freshman attending your first Outdoor Recreation Club meeting, Bayus will go out of her way to make sure your questions are answered and — most importantly — that you feel welcomed as part of the Alfred State family.