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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.

Students present Community Visualization Study for town of Southport

Posted Date: Monday, November 16, 2015 - 15:00

architecture students who presented to town of SouthportThe town of Southport received some assistance with envisioning its recently approved comprehensive plan after Alfred State architecture students presented their designs that looked five, 10, and 15 years into the future development of the municipality. The presentation took place Nov. 11 at the Southport Fire Hall.

Town officials and more than 25 residents listened as 12 students in Professor William Dean’s Urban Design Studio shared their Community Visualization Study for five sections of Southport. The study included two areas in Center Southport along Broadway Street, Southtown Plaza on Cedar Street, and residential areas in the Lower Mt. Zoar and Universal Village districts.

Individual proposals from the students involved placing a new pedestrian bridge over Route 14 that would connect the bulkhead to a walking trail along Seeley Creek, a new community center in Center Southport, infill housing to serve people in a range of income levels and age groups, and general improvements that would make Southport safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Dean, a professor of Architecture and Design, said the goal was to illustrate the great work done by the town in developing its comprehensive plan, and show how Southport could be transformed over the next 15 years from a thoroughfare that people pass through on their way to and from Elmira, to a true destination that builds on its location as a gateway to the Southern Tier.

“We tried to remain as faithful to that document as possible,” he said. “Students were encouraged to bring their own design experience to the project, but I kept driving home the point that we wanted our work to be an extension of the comprehensive plan.”

The students spent nine weeks on the project, which began in August with a tour of the town led by Supervisor David Sheen, and included the completion of a Neighborhood Development Analysis to study the existing conditions, and an interim critique by a panel composed of Sheen; Deputy Supervisor Kathy Szerszen; and Nicolette Barber, a planner from HUNT Engineers, Architects and Surveyors out of Horseheads. The students took those comments to heart and continued to develop their designs for the final presentation.

According to Dean, the students’ designs were given a lot of positive feedback throughout the process and were well-received during the presentation.

In photo above, from left to right are Alfred State students Chiharu Kamioka, of Tochigi, Japan; Eric Lipes, of Cicero; Clayton Lounsbery of Liverpool; Beth Parker of Campbell; Shane Joyce of Irondequoit; Liz Deuell of South Wales; Kodie Tompkins of Savannah; Andrew Scott of Arverne; Serif Hajdarevic of East Syracuse; Brady Morrison of Kennedy; Jayson Perrine of Syracuse; and Stacy Duink of Hamburg. All are architectural technology majors except Duink and Parker, who are Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) majors.

Retired US Army Brig. Gen. Austin to Alfred State community: ‘Be part of the solution’

Posted Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:15

Dozens of Alfred State faculty, staff, students, and community members packed into the Student Activities Center on the Wellsville campus on Veterans Day to show their support for veterans and to listen to retired US Army Brig. Gen. Arthur Austin Jr. give a speech.

After acknowledging soldiers and their families and encouraging veterans to share their stories, Austin delivered a simple, yet powerful message: “Be a part of the solution for a better world.”

“I was well-known for challenging my young officers and enlisted personnel and figuring out if they were part of the problem or part of the solution, and believe me, I had no problem in identifying which side they fell on,” he said.

President Dr. Skip Sullivan, US Army Sgt. 1st Class Darrin Cowher, retired US Brig. Gen. Arthur Austin Jr., Culinary Arts Associate Professor Debra Burch, and Executive Director and Dean of the School of Applied Technology Dr. Craig ClarkThe retired brigadier general then acknowledged Alfred State students, saying, “They are our future. They are part of the solution for a better tomorrow.”

Austin spent more than 37 years in the military before retiring as the deputy commanding general of the 46th Police Command in Lansing, MI on Oct. 31, 2014. Originally from Detroit, he now resides in Cuba, NY, with his wife, Karen.

The retired brigadier general, who commanded and oversaw dining facility operations in both state-side and overseas operations while in the military, also talked about opportunities in culinary arts from a military perspective.

He concluded by saying, “Do your best. If you do your best, you never have to wonder or worry if you’re part of the problem or part of the solution.”

After Austin’s remarks, Evelyn Turner, the 2013 Alfred State President’s Medallion recipient and founder of the Evelyn Turner Culinary Arts Annual Scholarship, presented a check for $5,000 to the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve for disabled veterans. A bake sale was also held throughout the day at the same location to raise money for LEEK, located in Potter County, PA.

Pictured from left to right are Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan, US Army Sgt. 1st Class Darrin Cowher, retired US Brig. Gen. Arthur Austin Jr., Culinary Arts Associate Professor Debra Burch, and Executive Director and Dean of the School of Applied Technology Dr. Craig Clark.

Sinclair, Mosher added to Alfred State College Council

Posted Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 09:45

The New York State Governor’s Office recently appointed Frederick Sinclair, of Alfred, and Alan Mosher, of Wellsville, to the Alfred State College Council.

Council members serve without salary as an advisory group to the president of the college. Authority of the Council is in such areas as regulations governing student conduct, regulations concerning care and management of campus facilities, review of academic programs, approval of candidates for college degrees, and selection of the college president.

Frederick SinclairSinclair, who studied liberal arts at Alfred University, has 35 years of experience in natural resource protection serving as manager of the Soil and Water Conservation District for Allegany County. He has also served three terms as town supervisor of the Town of Ward, and one term as an Allegany County legislator and chairman of the county’s Planning and Economic Development Committee.

In addition, Sinclair has held a number of other community roles, including member of the Southern Tier West Regional Planning Board, the Literacy West Board, the SPCA Serving Allegany County Board, the County Comprehensive Plan Implementation Group, and the former president of both the Seneca Trail Resource Conservation and Development Council and the ACCORD Corp. Sinclair currently is serving as chairman of the Concerned Citizens of Allegany County Inc.

His awards include the Southern Tier West 2012 Marvin B. Cobb Award for outstanding service and support in attainment of regional goals, the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Resource Conservation and Development Association Award, the ACCORD Corporation President’s Award,

and the 1997 Pathfinder Award for exceptional contributions to achieving the goals and objectives of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Alan MosherMosher is an Alfred State alumnus, having graduated in 1973 with a degree in business: public administration. Since 1979, he has served on the advisory board to the college’s Automotive Trades Department, and in 2008 received the Alfred State President’s Medallion.

After earning his degree, Mosher worked at Jones Memorial Hospital as an emergency room technician from 1970 to 1973, then at Fred Roberts Distributing Company in Angelica from 1973 to 1977, providing outside sales and customer development. In 1977, he established Fred Roberts Auto Parts Inc. in Wellsville, serving as president and CEO until 1998, when he sold the business to Middle Atlantic Warehouse Distributors Inc. and became a divisional manager. Mosher has since been named the director of PBE Sales and Development for Auto Plus Auto Parts in Wellsville.

His community service includes serving as the president of the Wellsville High School Board of Education, as a 30-year member and past president of the Wellsville Lions Club, and as a past president of both the Wellsville Girls Softball Association and the Allegany County United Way. Mosher’s awards include the 1990 and 1994 Wellsville Lion of the Year, the 1995 Wellsville Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award, the 2000 Melvin Jones Fellows Award, and the 2014 Robert J. Uplinger Community Service Award.

The appointments of Sinclair and Mosher signify that all Alfred State College Council seats have now been filled.

Four-year interdisciplinary studies program now offered

Posted Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 09:15

Prospective students can now enroll for the spring 2016 semester in Alfred State’s new Bachelor of Technology (BTech) interdisciplinary studies program.

This program enables students to pursue precise career interests that cannot be accommodated within typical majors. It is designed to provide a four-year curriculum in which students are able to personalize, within specified core and concentration areas, their technology-based program of study.

Founded on academic flexibility, the program provides two sets of broad-based academic options. Students select one core set of courses for years one and two of the program, and then choose two concentration areas for years three and four.

The core areas include science/technology/engineering/mathematics (STEM), management, design, health/agriculture/science (HAS), humanities/social science, and technical communication. The concentration areas are STEM, management, technical communication/design, humanities/social sciences, and health/science.

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “As one of seven colleges of technology within the State University of New York system, Alfred State is well-positioned to deliver a technology-based interdisciplinary studies program that allows students to explore cross-disciplined, personalized academic career tracks. I thank all of the faculty who made this program possible.”

Dr. Kristin Poppo, vice president for Academic Affairs, said, “As our world becomes more complex, the skills and knowledge needed for the workplace often cross many disciplines. Our new interdisciplinary studies degree allows students to build a degree integrating interests in STEM fields, business, human services, health, and communications. We are confident that this degree will help students prepare for jobs of the future.”

Graduates of the this program will be well-prepared to enter and succeed in a wide range of technology-based careers, including technical writer, sales engineer, health and safety engineer, cost estimator, computer systems analyst, occupational health and safety specialist, and more.

Student, mother discuss foreign volunteer work with Honors Program members

Posted Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 09:00

Alfred State student Natalia Sytch and her mother, Vera Sytch, met with members of Alfred State’s Honors Program and their guests Thursday, Nov. 5 for a presentation on their lengthy travels this past summer in Cambodia, China, and India.

Natalia, a Rochester native with a double major in agricultural technology and veterinary technology, and Vera, a photographer, spent their time working with people in extreme poverty, teaching and ministering, including work in Calcutta Mercy Hospital. According to Vera, “Americans Mark and Huldah Buntain founded the hospital in 1977, and have devoted their lives to this service.”

Vera’s involvement with the hospital changed suddenly when she contracted a virus in Calcutta and spent 10 days as a patient there. Their trip, which was to include similar volunteer work in Liberia, was cut short when Vera’s illness forced their early return to Rochester. Natalia said when she graduates in May, her goal is “to use the knowledge gained in my studies at Alfred State to improve the lives of some of the hard-working, but impoverished people I met this summer.”

Farhan Alshammari, Emily Lestrange, Jacob Marcy, Natalia Sytch, Vera Sytch, Hannah Vuozzo, Shannon Fay, Kristen Williams, and Cassandra Ryan

Pictured from left to right are Farhan Alshammari, mechanical engineering technology, Big Rapids, MI; Emily Lestrange, veterinary technology, Gansevoort; Jacob Marcy, liberal arts and sciences: math and science, Clay; Natalia Sytch; Vera Sytch; Hannah Vuozzo, architecture, Salt Point; Shannon Fay, architecture, Schuylerville; Kristen Williams, liberal arts and sciences: humanities, Hornell; Cassandra Ryan, mechanical engineering technology, Gloversville.

‘Seussical’ musical to take place Nov. 19-22

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 11:00

The Alfred State Drama Club will soon present “Seussical,” a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty that brings together characters and places from more than 15 well-known Dr. Seuss books into an imaginative, fun, colorful show for children of all ages.

Performances, which will take place in the Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center, are Nov. 19-21 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $2 for students and children, and $7 for general admission. They can be purchased through the Alfred State Campus Store at 607-587-4020 or at the door.

Credit cards and campus accounts, as well as cash and check, are accepted at the Campus Store. Payment at the door is by cash or check only.

In conjunction with the show, the Alfred Box of Books, 1 W. University St., Alfred, is hosting Seuss Month for the month of November. Members of the cast and crew will be reading Dr. Seuss books at the Nov. 18 story-time event at 11 a.m.

Seussical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

For more information, contact dramaclub@alfredstate.edu or 607-587-4233.