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Seven students inducted into Psi Beta honor society

Posted Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 11:00

Seven students at Alfred State were inducted April 20 into the Psi Beta honor society, an organization that promotes interest in the study of psychology.

Students must have earned a 3.25 (out of a possible 4.0) GPA, including a “B” or higher in at least one psychology course. Those inducted were Alyssa Falcone, a human services management major from Fillmore; Jessica Dixon, a human services management major from Wellsville; Jessica Holden, a liberal arts and sciences: social science major from Ithaca; Charles Lohnes, a liberal arts and sciences: social science major from Belmont; Stephanie Pembleton, a human services management major from Buffalo; Chelsey Pierce, a human services management major from Andover; and Dorothy Billings, a human services major from Wellsville.

The ceremony was conducted by Dr. BJ Douglass, assistant professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department and faculty adviser to the club.

students inducted into Psi Beta honor society 2015

Pictured in photo, from left to right, are Alyssa Falcone, a human services management major from Fillmore; Jessica Dixon, a human services management from Wellsville; Jessica Holden, a liberal arts and sciences: social science major from Ithaca; Charles Lohnes, a liberal arts and sciences: social science major from Belmont; Stephanie Pembleton, Buffalo, human services management major from Buffalo, and Dr. BJ Douglass, faculty adviser. Not pictured are Chelsey Pierce, a human services management major from Andover, and Dorothy Billings, a human services major from Wellsville.

Digital Media and Animation Showcase slated for May 9

Posted Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 09:30

Come take a journey through the world of imagination and witness some amazing student projects Saturday, May 9, when Alfred State hosts the free Digital Media and Animation Showcase.

Beginning at 5 p.m. in the Bret Llewellyn Gallery, located in room 312 of the Engineering Technology Building, will be a visual and interactive extravaganza. This, according to Dennis Dueno, a digital media and animation major from Brooklyn, is a gallery installation that will have two games that the audience can interact with, and will also feature a display of graphic design pieces.

Afterward at 7 p.m. in the Orvis Activities Center will be a showcase of selected works, including 2-D/3-D animation, film, motion graphics, and mixed media, said Kathryn Worth, a digital media and animation major from Corfu. Refreshments will be served at the gallery exhibition and a reception will follow the showcase in Orvis. Formal attire is requested.

All of the work shown is created by digital media and animation students. Worth said the event gives people the chance to learn about the processes students undertake when making their projects.

“Most students I have interacted with don’t know what we do and what is involved in creating a film, animation, or even a graphic on a computer,” she said.

Dueno noted, “Guests will be able to see the kind of work that is produced in the classroom that may be in theaters one day.”

Annual Alfred State Voices spring concert ‘Music Blooms’ to take place April 30

Posted Date: Monday, April 27, 2015 - 16:00

"Music Blooms," the annual spring concert for Alfred State Voices, the college’s own concert choir, will occur at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30 in the Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center.

The show will feature a great variety of music, including a Katy Perry tune, Eric Whitacre's "Lux Aurumque," a Jamaican-style spiritual, "Shut De Do," along with several others. A very special piece about Upper Mongolia called "Beautiful Grassland, My Home," will be sung in Chinese. Special guest Daisy Wu from the Confucious Institute at Alfred University will play the guzheng, a Chinese plucked zither.

“This will be a very fine program and we invite all to come and enjoy the music,” said Linda Staiger, Alfred State’s choral director.

Penn State Chaired Professor of Molecular Biology Dr. James Gregory Ferry to speak at Alfred State’s 104th Commencement

Posted Date: Friday, April 24, 2015 - 14:15

Dr. James Gregory Ferry

Dr. James Gregory Ferry, chaired professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State, will serve as the speaker for Alfred State’s 104th Commencement on May 17. 

Ferry is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and past editor of the Journal of Bacteriology. He has served on numerous national committees and currently is co-chair of the Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science that advises the federal government on matters of space exploration. 

A former member of Alfred State’s undefeated wrestling team, Ferry received his AAS degree in agronomy from Alfred State in 1963, followed by BS and MS degrees from the University of Georgia. He continued his education at the University of Illinois, where he earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1974.  

Ferry was appointed assistant professor of microbiology at Virginia Tech in 1976 and rose to the rank of professor. In 1995, he moved to Penn State to accept an endowed chair in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He has authored more than 200 scientific publications.

The one thing that hasn't changed viscerally at Alfred State, said Ferry, is the culture; faculty are here because they want to teach students and foster their full potentials. Ferry recently created the James G. and Marilyn A. Ferry Endowed Scholarship to assist students with a strong desire to learn and who have the need for financial assistance.

He and Mrs. Ferry are high school sweethearts who have been married 49 years. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Area students’ work featured in Alfred State’s 16th annual Regional Science and Technology Fair

Posted Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 11:30

Student displays from nine local school districts were judged at Alfred State’s 16th annual Regional Science and Technology Fair on April 17.

Participating were Alfred-Almond, Andover, Hammondsport, Hinsdale, Portville, Prattsburgh, St. Ann’s Academy, Tuscarora, and home-schooled students.

A total of 59 science and technology projects were on display for judging and public viewing. Participants were divided into three divisions: senior (grades 10-12), junior (grades seven through nine), and novice (grades four through six).

Sixty-five students presented their projects to the judges for a chance at the $1,590 in prize money.

16th annual Regional Science and Technology Fair winnersWinners in the senior division included first-place winner ($250) Ronald Lott from Portville, with “Blue Blood,” second-place winner ($150) Ryan Kent from Portville, with “Redox Raft,” and third-place winner ($100) Darienne Slocum from Portville, with “Polymers and Drug Delivery.”

Winners in the junior division included first-place winner ($250) Kyleigh Nolder from Hinsdale, with “An Environmentally Friendly Way to Clean up an Oil Spill with Algae,” second-place winner ($150) Ashley Chapman from Hinsdale, with “What Brings Earthworms to the Surface,” and third-place winner ($100) Carly Keenan from Hinsdale, with “Mummified Marvels.”

Winners in the novice division included first-place winner ($50) Bryce Schuck from Prattsburgh, with “Surface Area Splash,” second-place winner ($25) Alek Barter from Prattsburgh, with “Does the Ability of Tea to Stain Teeth Live Up to its Reputation?”and third-place winner ($15) Nolan Randall from Prattsburgh, with “Metal Magic.”

The grand prize ($500) went to Zach Carlson from Portville, with “The Material That Built America.”

The best junior division school winner was Hinsdale and the best senior division school winner was Portville. Both schools were awarded 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 Alstom Transportation, ACES, Alfred State Student Senate, Alfred State Physical and Life Sciences Department, Wards Scientific, Fisher Scientific, and Bio-Rad laboratories.

Pictured are front row from left, are Nolan Randall (Prattsburgh), Darienne Slocum (Portville), Bryce Schuck (Prattsburgh), Carly Keenan (Hinsdale), Kyleigh Nolder (Hinsdale), and Ashley Chapman (Hinsdale). Back row from left, Alek Barter (Prattsburgh), Ryan Kent (Portville), Zach Carlson (Portville), and Ronald Lott (Portville).

New Horizons Forum to feature speakers and film on ALS

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 12:15

The Alfred State New Horizons Forum scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, will feature the documentary, “Hope On The Horizon” and special guest speakers, Donna York, president of HARK, and Alfred State alum Debra (McQueen) Quinn, who will present on Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

The forum will be held at 6 p.m. in the Cappadonia Auditorium of the Orvis Activities Center and is open to the public. Admission is free; however, donations will be gladly accepted at the door.

Created by HARK, a Hillsborough, NJ, charity that gives financial aid, medical equipment, and other support to families struggling with ALS, “Hope on the Horizon” is an inspiring 27-minute film documenting the incredible journey of four hikers trying to do what nobody has done before: scale 48 mountains in 24 days. They attempted to cover 250 miles of dangerous terrain in perhaps the bleakest wilderness of North America.

Four hikers started the journey and only two completed it, but not before taking Martin Wallem, an ALS patient, athlete and outdoorsman, to the top of the 46th peak. The odyssey through severe terrain is a metaphor for the hardships faced by ALS patients and their loved ones in dealing with this devastating disease. Anyone with a life-threatening illness will be inspired by “Hope on the Horizon.”

“This film is about hope in facing life’s challenges and courage in the face of one’s worst fears,” said York. “Patients with ALS and their families say the diagnosis is like embarking on a journey through a dark tunnel. The people of HARK, who have been down that tunnel, want to help others through the ordeal. Our mission is to change the way the world views ALS.”

Quinn, who holds a business management degree from Alfred State, began her fight with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) in October 2009. Upon researching her genealogy, she traced the disease through 13 generations of her grandmother’s family to the early 1600s, discovering more than 20 additional family members who suffered from ALS.

Quinn has brought awareness into her community, working tirelessly with the Hearts for ALS NY organization and speaking at local and national platforms.

The New Horizons Forum, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences, showcases current scholarly, creative, and public service work by faculty, students, alumni, professional staff, and invited guests. It is guided by a campus-wide team of advisers whose goal is to enrich the intellectual life of the institution.

For more information, contact Forum Advisory Board member Erica Matteson at MattesES@alfredstate.edu.