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Bethesda Foundation donates $50,000 to radiologic technology program

Posted Date: Monday, December 7, 2015 - 14:30

Continuing to support Alfred State and its health care-related academic offerings, the Bethesda Foundation recently contributed $50,000 to the college’s new radiologic technology program.

The Foundation’s donation will help defray the costs associated with purchasing equipment, particularly an ionizing machine, needed for the success of the new two-year AAS in radiologic technology. The program, which launched in the fall 2015 semester, prepares qualified students to become health care professionals who administer X-rays to produce photographic and digital anatomical images for diagnostic, therapeutic, and research applications.

Phil Loree, back row, second from left, President Dr. Skip Sullivan, Fred Marks, sitting; Danielle White, back row, first from left; and Bridgett MayorgaPhil Loree, president of the Bethesda Foundation, said, “We’ve been long supporters of Alfred State and when this opportunity to donate to the program arose, we were more than happy to be a part of it and we will continue to support it.”

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “We are extremely grateful to the Bethesda Foundation for its generous donation and for its continued support of our college. The number of students who go through this program will be significant and impactful, certainly in western New York and I think in all of New York State and beyond. Our health care programs stay full and the Bethesda Foundation has helped to accomplish that.”

Based in North Hornell, the Bethesda Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization devoted to the funding and support of health-related projects and scholarships in the Hornell area. It provides roughly $15,000 a year for scholarships at Alfred State for nursing students.

Alfred State faculty and staff who were involved in the creation of the radiologic technology program and in preparing the information for its proposal include Dr. Kristin Poppo, vice president for Academic Affairs; Dr. Robert Curry, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences; Mark Amman, professor and chair of the Physical and Life Sciences Department; Dr. Scott Waldeis, lecturer, Physical and Life Sciences; and Bridgett Mayorga, assistant professor, Physical and Life Sciences, and director of the radiologic technology program.

Mayorga said the Foundation’s generous donation will allow radiologic technology students the opportunity to develop the skills they are acquiring in the classroom by using state-of-the-art digital imaging technology.

“The digital lab is a wonderful learning tool that will enhance student learning and support the mission and goals of the radiologic technology program and Alfred State,” she said. “The donation from the Bethesda Foundation has helped make the digital imaging lab a reality. As the program director, I am excited by the possibilities the new lab will provide our students.”

In photo above, Bethesda Foundation President Phil Loree, back row, second from left, presents Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan with a check for $50,000 to benefit the college’s new radiologic technology program. Also pictured are Bethesda Foundation Executive Director Fred Marks, sitting; Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Danielle White, back row, first from left; and Physical and Life Sciences Assistant Professor Bridgett Mayorga.

Dr. Poppo named provost

Posted Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 11:00

Dr. Kristin PoppoAlfred State is pleased to announced that Dr. Kristin Poppo has been promoted to provost, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Poppo has served as the college’s vice president for Academic Affairs since July 2014. She will continue to provide academic leadership for Alfred State in her new position.

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president, said, “Dr. Poppo has served Alfred State well during her time here, having helped to move the college through the accreditation process and multiple new program designs. She is well-deserving of this new role.”

Poppo said the provost position is critical to affirming that Alfred State’s purpose and mission are providing exceptional academic programs in the context of a robust college experience.

“I am honored to serve in this role,” she said, “as I believe that the Alfred State community is one where we care deeply for each other and for students, resulting in great outcomes for all.”

Prior to joining Alfred State, Poppo was the associate provost and executive director of regional centers and the National Institute of Teaching Excellence at Cambridge College. She has also held teaching positions at colleges in Vermont, North Carolina, and Washington. Poppo was head of graduate and professional studies at IslandWood/University of Washington from 2001 to 2008 and director of extended learning at Olympic College, a Washington State community college, from 2008 to 2011.

Her extensive background includes both education and community service. Poppo has been a minister at Madura Congregational Church in Wakefield, KS, and an associate minister at Second Congregational Church in Beverly, MA. She also served in the Solomon Islands as a community development worker/medical discharge with the US Peace Corps and has held chaplaincy internships at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and Goddard Chapel at Tufts University.

Poppo received her PhD in the social and philosophical foundations of education from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro; her master’s in divinity from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA.; her master’s in teaching/environmental communications from Antioch University – New England in Keene, NH; and her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion, with a minor in women’s studies from Colgate University in Hamilton.

Alfred State among Best Online Colleges in New York

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 15:45

AffordableCollegesOnline.org (AC Online) logoAffordableCollegesOnline.org (AC Online), a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information, has listed Alfred State third overall in its rankings for the 2015-2016 Best Online Colleges in New York.

AC Online used a number of scoring metrics to determine its rankings, including count of online bachelor’s degrees available, percentage of students receiving financial aid, availability of job placement for graduates, and acceptance rate. In order to be ranked, schools must offer a bachelor’s degree or higher, must be a public or private, not-for-profit institution, and must offer at least one fully online bachelor’s degree program.

Alfred State’s online programs include coding and reimbursement specialist (certificate), court and realtime reporting (AAS degree), court reporting and captioning (certificate), health information technology (AAS), nursing (BS), and technology management (BBA).

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “Our college is pleased to offer a number of rewarding online programs and is delighted to have been named to the list of Best Online Colleges in New York.”

According to a recent study by the Babson Survey Research Group, the online student population in the country is now over 7 million. More than 175,000 students in New York State are enrolled in at least one online undergraduate course.

“We wanted to highlight the schools in each state that are driving innovative learning and meeting demands of students,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder of AC Online. “These schools are not only offering great programs, but they have expanded their program excellence to the much-desired online environment.”

To view a complete listing of the rankings, visit: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/new-york/.

Alfred State named a Lead Advisory Institution by NASPA

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 13:45

Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession, has named Alfred State as a Lead Advisory Institution in its national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement.

Having participated in the initiative since 2012, the college has now taken a leadership role among a group of 74 institutions dedicated to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education. As a Lead Advisory Institution, Alfred State’s responsibilities include mentoring other Lead Institutions and helping NASPA staff create and execute strategy, publications, and online learning content for the initiative moving forward.

Greg Sammons, Alfred State vice president for Student Affairs, said the invitation to become a Lead Advisory Institution emphasizes Alfred State’s growing reputation as a leader in civic engagement best practices within higher education.

“We’re excited to participate to not only help NASPA’s impactful initiative and peer institutions,” Sammons said, “but to also have new opportunities to learn from peers on how we can make our strong programmatic commitment even stronger."

By combining real-world learning situations with civic engagement opportunities, Alfred State students make significant contributions to communities around the world and are frequently among the first to lend their skills and knowledge to those in need. Last year, Alfred State students contributed 80,000 hours of service, civic leadership, and workforce-ready knowledge to communities in need.

To learn more about NASPA’s Lead Initiative and view a complete listing of participating institutions, please visit the NASPA website at https://www.naspa.org/rpi/lead-initiative.

Hinkle Memorial Library displaying art collection on cancer-fighting plants

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 08:15

“Power Within” art exhibit The Hinkle Memorial Library is currently featuring an award-winning art exhibit by Smethport, PA, artist and art instructor Julie Mader, titled “Power Within.”

On display through Jan. 4, the exhibit is a collection of block prints, acrylic paintings, and mixed media pieces that center on plants containing alkaloids able to battle cancer cells, such as English Yew, Madagascar Periwinkle, and Mayapple. “Power Within” was selected by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts as one of four projects chosen from more than 600 to be recognized as a “2014 Best of the Best Project.”

“The collection was created to honor and recognize the strength required of cancer patients and survivors, the medical team, and those who love and support both sides,” Mader said in her artist statement on the exhibit.

During visits to host sites, Mader, the Pennsylvania Wilds 2015 Artisan of the Year Award-winner, felt blessed to witness first-hand the impact that art can have, when on several occasions a stranger would share that viewing the paintings simply made them feel good. For Mader, this confirmed that her intent to offer comfort truly came through in the exhibit.

For more information on Mader and “Power Within,” visit http://www.juliemader.com/ and http://powerwithinexhibit.weebly.com/.

The exhibit will be open for viewing during normal library hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email library@alfredstate.edu or call 607-587-4313.

Dr. Constantine receives Alfred State President’s Medallion

Posted Date: Monday, November 16, 2015 - 15:15

Danielle White, executive director of Institutional Advancement, President Dr. Skip Sullivan, and Dr. Aniko ConstantineSUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Dr. Aniko Constantine was presented with the Alfred State President’s Medallion Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Alfred State Lake Lodge, where she celebrated with friends, family, and fellow Alfred State colleagues.

The college’s President’s Medallion was instituted in 2008 and is awarded to those who have made outstanding contributions to Alfred State. The college recognizes and commemorates the efforts of supporters and advocates dedicated to the mission of Alfred State.

Constantine joined Alfred State as an assistant professor of English in 1974 and six years later was named a SUNY Chancellor’s Award winner for excellence in teaching. She has received a number of other awards and honors in her career, including the Jaime Escalante Award for Teaching in 1989, being named a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1997, and earning with the Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award in 2010.

Other honors include the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh to study theories of writing, an appointment to the SUNY Scholars Panel for Writing Assessment, and being treasurer and executive board member of the SUNY Writing Council for 25 years.

Over the years, Constantine has taught a number of courses at Alfred State, including introduction to composition, introduction to literature, short story, gender and identity in literature, and images of women in fiction, which she created. Through an outreach program, Constantine even once taught Vietnam veterans.

In the last 20 years, Constantine has endowed a number small scholarships at Alfred State, as well as a memorial scholarship for her son Paul Edward Constantine Jr., and a scholarship for Educational Opportunities Program students. Her largest donation is an unrestricted $100,000 annuity legacy gift.

Constantine earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Hartwick College in 1965, and her master’s and PhD, both in English, from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus in 1966 and 1972, respectively.

In photo above, Alfred State SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and 2015 President’s Medallion recipient Dr. Aniko Constantine, right, is pictured, along with President Dr. Skip Sullivan and Danielle White, executive director of Institutional Advancement.