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Electrical Trades students install solar power system at USNA to monitor bald eagles

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 12:15

Through an eight-year cooperative agreement, students in the Alfred State Electrical Trades Department have been able to work on some amazing projects at the US National Arboretum (USNA) in Washington, DC, and their most recent endeavor is no exception.

In October, five students traveled to the nation’s capital to install a solar power system to support video monitoring for a mated pair of bald eagles. The eagles have returned for a second year to a nesting site at the Arboretum, and a video camera has been installed to monitor a live feed of their progress in raising a family. To supply the energy for the public to view the nesting and hatching, the Alfred State students constructed a unique solar-powered trailer at the site.

The students, all electrical construction and maintenance electrician majors, who are involved in the project are Ethan Yanda, Wayland; Thomas Wzientek, West Seneca; Justin King, Uniondale; Oliver Jackson, Williamsville; and Mike Lee, Brooklyn.

Previously, our students have installed four solar photovoltaic systems at the Arboretum, as well as upgraded the lighting in the Bonsai Museum, which is housed on the USNA grounds.

Learn more about the bald eagle project.


Livonia resident receives scholarship

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 12:00

Brandon Holley, center, at awards ceremonyBrandon Holley, of Livonia, was awarded the 2015 Thomas Wurzer Memorial Scholarship at the January meeting of the Rochester chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) at the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester.

Holley is a third-year architecture student enrolled in the Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) program at Alfred State, and a member of the school’s soccer team, which he led in scoring last year.

The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize a deserving student in an architectural, engineering, or constructional technology program, based on merit and by intent to aspire to a career in the design or construction profession.

From left to right are Kenneth Christiano, CSI, CDT, of SWBR Architects and president of CSI Rochester; Brandon Holley, Bachelor of Architecture, Livonia; and Jessica Kruse, CSI, CDT, LEED GA, LaBella Associates and education chair of CSI Rochester.


Affordable Schools gives good marks to two bachelor’s degrees

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 11:30

Two bachelor’s degree programs were recognized recently by AffordableSchools.net on two separates lists of the 15 Most Affordable Bachelor’s Degrees.

The college’s Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in information technology: network administration was ranked 10th on the list of “15 of the Most Affordable Bachelor’s Degrees in Networking and Network Administration.” Its BTech in information technology: web development came in at No. 12 on the list of “15 of the Most Affordable Bachelor’s Degrees in Web Design and Development.”

The lists are “affordability” rankings, based on the yearly average net price of the undergraduate-degree programs, as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The yearly average net price is defined as the sum of tuition, fees, books, room and board (where applicable) minus the average financial aid given to students at each college listed.

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “We are delighted at the top rankings Affordable Schools has given to two of our bachelor’s degree programs. Our college prides itself on providing students with a high-quality, affordable education in each one of its majors.”


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.


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