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Site review on nursing program to be held March 2

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 11:15

Alfred State announces that it will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its associate degree nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The public is invited to meet the site visit team and share their comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled for 3:30 p.m. March 2 at the Physical and Health Sciences Building, Room 102. Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:

Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Or email: mstoll@acenursing.org

All written comments should be received by the ACEN by Feb. 24.

Project Prom Dress Extravaganza to take place April 10

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 11:00

Christine Dodd holding up a prom dressOnce again, Alfred State’s Project Prom Dress Extravaganza is helping teenage girls from Allegany County and the surrounding areas find that special outfit for the prom without having to spend a dime.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at the Pioneer Center on the Alfred campus, the student-run event will allow 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, a 2014 human services management graduate from Gerry, 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; One Enchanted Evening, of Fairport; and The Purple Iris, of Horseheads.

For more information, contact Alyshia Zurlick, assistant director of Student Engagement, at zurlicam@alfredstate.edu, or Sandra Burdick, events concierge, at burdicsl@alfredstate.edu.

Pictured is Christine Dodd, a forensic science technology major from Montrose, PA, with a number of prom dresses that had been for sale at a past Alfred State Project Prom Dress Extravaganza.

Classes have been cancelled today, Feb. 16, due to weather.

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 07:30

Classes have been cancelled today, Feb. 16, due to weather.

Nursing students aid Haiti residents during winter break

Posted Date: Monday, February 15, 2016 - 15:00

A group that included several nursing students traveled to Haiti last month to provide medical assistance to some of the country’s citizens.

Those from Alfred State who attended the trip included nursing students Samantha Smith, Eldred, PA; Reno Cheshire, Port Jervis; Annaliese Corrao, Grand Island; Cierra Dean, Andover; Taylor Voigt, Fairport; Whitney Farrand, Franklinville; and Anna Wood, RN, Canandaigua; as well as Daniel Woolston, assistant director of medical services, Health and Wellness Services Department; and Jessica Lippa, assistant professor in the Nursing Department.

Also making the trip were Tim and Cindy Peterson, both RNs at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville; Arlene Lalonde, an RN at the Cuba Urgent Care Center; and Cassedy Meade, a nursing student at Corning Community College. The group departed for Haiti on Jan. 9, stayed near the village of Chambrun, and returned Jan. 16.

Taylor Voigt holds a child at one of the mobile medical clinics set up in Onaville, HaitiAccording to Woolston, the students were active participants in mobile medical clinics provided by Nehemia Vision Ministries.

“They rotated through triage, the assessment and treatment stations, as well as helped out in our pharmacy,” Woolston said. “They were able to take medical histories with help from a Haitian translator, conduct basic physical examinations, and give health advice/medications, all under the guidance of an experienced RN or nurse practitioner.”

Corrao said, “Although our efforts in Haiti helped only a small portion of the country’s population, I think this experience helped fulfill both our needs - as in the desire to help people, to observe another culture, and to learn to appreciate what we have - and their medical needs. This has been one of the best experiences/trips I have ever been on; I learned so much and met an amazing group of people.”

After being in Haiti, Lippa said she realized “to be truly happy is to love the people around us.”

“Haiti may not have the material goods that we do, but the citizens have an overabundance of gratitude, joy, and spirit,” she said. “The hope for the future is to continue to change their lives, as well as those of the Alfred State nursing students by making the trip an annual occurrence. With the love and support of the community, we can change lives.”

Through contacts created in the past, Woolston said, the group was able to fly to Haiti on a private jet provided by the Dean Foundation.

“We are also grateful for the donations and financial support provided by many private individuals, the Alfred State Center for Civic Engagement, and the members of the Genesis Bible Church,” he said. “A total of $2,500 was raised to pay for the medications we used in the mobile clinics, and another $3,800 was raised to purchase Pedialyte, which we gave to Nehemia Vision Ministries for the treatment of dehydration.”

Overall, Woolston said, the trip was very successful.

“We were able to see life from a different perspective for the week we were in Haiti,” he said. “The nursing students grew not only in their medical knowledge and skills, I believe they also grew in their world view. Furthermore, I feel these young people better understand the meaning of commitment and the blessing of having faith and perseverance.”

Pictured in photo: Taylor Voigt, a nursing student from Fairport, holds a child at one of the mobile medical clinics set up in Onaville, Haiti, a large, post-earthquake settlement north of Port-au-Prince.

Alfred State taking part in SUNY Financial Aid Days

Posted Date: Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:15

The Alfred State Office of Student Records and Financial Services will participate in the annual SUNY Financial Aid Days, Saturday, Feb. 20, beginning at 9 a.m. in EJ Brown Business Hall, Room 212, on the Alfred campus.

The office’s staff will assist students and their guests in completing and submitting the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically. The FAFSA is required for all financial aid, including New York State assistance. Staff will also be available to answer any questions regarding the financial aid process.

Students/parents can register by going to www.suny.edu/studentevents or by calling 1-800-342-3811. This workshop is open to all prospective college students and their families, including those who do not plan to attend Alfred State. Registrants will receive an email listing necessary information, including what materials students/parents will need to bring with them, building location details, and parking directions.

Prior to SUNY Financial Aid Day, participants are encouraged to obtain: a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) at https://fsaid.ed.gov (allow one to three business days for the Social Security Administration to verify information); a driver's license; an alien registration card (non-US citizens); bank statements and investment information; Social Security Numbers; a 2015 Federal Income Tax return (or estimated); W-2 forms or other records of income earned for 2015; and 2015 untaxed income information.

SUNY's statewide Student Financial Aid Days are offered as a service to all prospective college students and their families. The programs are designed to answer questions and provide assistance regarding the financial aid application, types of aid available, and the award process.

Forty-four programs will be offered across New York State. Students and parents should feel free to attend the program closest to where they live.

New two-year graphic and media design program available

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 11:15

Prospective students may now enroll for the fall 2016 semester in Alfred State’s new Associate in Science (AS) graphic and media design program.

This major will provide graduates with foundational knowledge in graphic design for screen-based and print media. It will focus on developing the contemporary problem-solving skills needed to apply the elements and principles of design, drawing, and visual communication. An awareness of design history is combined with the latest topics in graphic and media design to provide an informed student aimed at innovation in the field.

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “The new two-year graphic and media design program is laddered with our college’s newly established Bachelor of Science (BS) in graphic and media design because the course structure of the AS parallels the first two years of the BS curriculum. We are pleased to expand our academic offerings to now include this program, and I thank all of the faculty who worked to make this major possible.”

Since foundational courses in the AS in graphic and media design also serve as coursework required in Alfred State’s AAS and BS programs in digital media and animation, AS graphic and media design graduates will have the option of selecting either career path for the third and fourth year of baccalaureate study, with minimal academic impact.

According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the arts and design occupations is projected to grow by 7 percent from 2012 to 2022, resulting in more than 17,000 new jobs. Nearly half of this growth is expected to occur among graphic designers.

Graduates of the graphic and media design (AS) program will be able to enter into a variety of skill-specific job fields. These include graphic design, motion graphics, interactive design, Web design, illustration, and/or other areas of creative problem-solving.

Deb Goodrich, associate vice president for Enrollment Management, said, “Given that graphic and media design is a growing field, Alfred State is excited for the possibilities this new program gives to graduates, whether they choose to enter the workforce or continue their education at the baccalaureate level in either graphic and media design or digital media and animation.”