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Earth Week events scheduled for this month

Posted Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 14:15

In recognition of Earth Week 2016 and Alfred State’s strong commitment to sustainability, the college planned a number of related events from April 14-26.

The Sustainability Club kicked off Litter Clean Up Day Thursday, April 14, fanning out over the Alfred campus to dispose of any litter they encountered. In room 117 of the Engineering Technology Building, the club will screen a short animated documentary film about the lifecycle of material goods called “The Story of Stuff,” from 2-2:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, and from 2:30-3 p.m. Thursday, April 21. All are welcome to attend the screening.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 at the footbridge to town on campus, the Outdoor Recreation Club will host a creek cleanup. Participants are encouraged to wear boots and clothes that can get wet. Also on that day, the Sustainability Club will show the film “The Lorax” for students at 7 p.m. in room 215 of the Engineering Technology Building.

From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 21 in the Student Gathering Space in the Central Dining Hall will be a water taste test, in which participants compare bottled water and tap water. Events are scheduled for Earth Day (April 22) in the Student Leadership Center, including “Pot a Plant,” hosted by the Caribbean Student Association, and a presentation on composting by Robert Mahany, a construction management engineering technology major from Orchard Park.

Rounding out the events will be a screening of a documentary titled “North of the Sun” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 in room 310 of the Student Leadership Center. Presented by the Alfred State Ski and Snowboard Club and Residential Life housing assistants, the film is about a pair of surfers who spend a winter above the Arctic Circle and survive by building a cabin from drift wood and washed-up materials and by eating free, expired food from the grocery store. The screening is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

For questions about Sustainability Club Events, contact David Kendall, assistant professor of Mathematics and Physics, at kendalda@alfredstate.edu.

Country music concert is a hot ticket for April 23

Posted Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 14:00

Jon PardiAdvance tickets have sold out for three country music stars performing this year at the annual spring concert, but tickets may be available at the gate to satisfy the high demand.

Jon Pardi, Josh Thompson, and Frank Foster will take the stage April 23. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show is scheduled to run from 7 – 11 p.m.

“We had to limit the number of advance tickets sold, so that we could accommodate the crowd inside if there is inclement weather, and those tickets went fast,” stated Spencer Peavey, senior director of student engagement. “With a little cooperation from the weather, we will be filling the stadium where we can accommodate an even larger crowd of country music fans. Pioneer Stadium is a great venue and the environment is so enjoyable that I expect fans will be lingering and singing their favorite songs perhaps as late as midnight.”

If the concert is held outdoors, all remaining tickets will be sold at the gate for a cost of $15. No alcohol or tobacco products, nor any bags (purses, backpacks, etc.) will be permitted. The spring concert is sponsored by the Alfred Programming Board, the Pioneer Woodsmen’s Team, and Alfred State Late Night Events.

Pardi released his debut album, “Write You a Song,” in 2014, which hit No. 14 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and No. 3 on the Top Country Albums chart. Thompson’s 2014 album, “Turn It Up,” debuted in the Top 10 among country albums according to Billboard. Foster’s fourth and fifth albums, “Rhythm and Whiskey,” and “Boots on the Ground,” released in 2014 and 2016 respectively, each debuted in Billboard’s top 10 for country music.

Regional Science and Technology Fair showcases dozens of student projects

Posted Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 13:45

A total of 85 science and technology projects completed by students from 14 local school districts were on display for judging and viewing April 8 at Alfred State’s 17th annual Regional Science and Technology Fair.

Participating were Alfred-Almond, Addison, Andover, Arkport, Canaseraga, Franklinville, Friendship, Genesee Valley, Hinsdale, Hornell, Portville, Prattsburgh, Wellsville, and home-schooled students.

Participants were divided into three divisions, senior (grades 10-12), junior (grades seven through nine), and novice (grades four through six). A total of 100 students presented their projects to the judges for a chance at the $1,590 in prize money.

Winners in the senior division included first-place winner ($250) Lydia Lukomski from Portville with “Portable MRI,” second-place winner ($150) Taylor North from Portville with “RoboDoc,” and third-place winner ($100) Courtney Rowley from Portville with “Deciphering Deception.”

Winners in the junior division included first-place winner ($250) Elizabeth Przybyla from Hinsdale with “Your Heart Rate & Exercise,” second-place winner ($150) and home-schooled student Silas Cochran with “Fire Generated Electricity,” and third-place winner ($100) Mackenzi Adams from Hinsdale with “The Effect of Blade Factors on Voltage Output.”

Winners in the novice division included first-place winner ($50) Gabrielle Chandler from Prattsburgh with “Turn That Music Down,” second-place winner ($25) Eric Butts from Andover with “Electromagnet Generator,” and third-place winner ($15) Grace Darrin from Genesee Valley with “Electric Paint.”

The grand prize ($500) went to Mariah Bloise from Portville with “Pricey to Priceless Gel Electrophoresis.”

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 Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services (ACES), Student Senate, the Physical and Life Sciences Department, Wards Scientific, and Fisher Scientific.

students who were awarded for their science and technology projects April 8, 2016

Pictured are the students who were awarded for their science and technology projects April 8 at Alfred State’s 17th annual Regional Science and Technology Fair. In the front row from left are Eric Butts (Andover), Elizabeth Przybyla (Hinsdale), Mackenzi Adams (Hinsdale), and Grace Darrin (Genesee Valley). In the back row are Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Dr. Robert Curry, Mariah Bloise (Portville), Lydia Lukomski (Portville), Taylor North (Portville), Courtney Rowley (Portville), Silas Cochran (home-schooled), and Mathew Waugh (Portville). Not pictured is Gabrielle Chandler (Prattsburgh).

Police officer Wilcox promoted to lieutenant

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 15:30

Jeffrey WilcoxAlfred State and the State University Police Department are pleased to announce that Jeffrey Wilcox has been promoted to the position of lieutenant within the University Police Department, effective April 7.

Wilcox graduated from the Rural Police Training Institute police academy in Batavia in 2000, and soon after, began his law enforcement career at SUNY Binghamton. After some time at Binghamton, Wilcox transferred to Alfred State. He then left for SUNY Geneseo, but returned to Alfred State after a couple of years.

In addition to his full-time position at the college, Wilcox currently serves as the chief of police for the Town of Nunda Police Department, a position he has held since 2006. As chief, Wilcox is a member of the Livingston County Law Enforcement Council and a board member of the Livingston County Drug Task Force.

During Wilcox’s time at Alfred State, he has performed the duties of a police officer on all three shifts and become a familiar face not only on the Alfred campus, but also on the Wellsville campus. Wilcox is engaged with the students, faculty, and staff in a number of different ways, and as such, has a strong network across the campus.

Most recently, Wilcox has been instrumental in working with other departments on campus to develop, coordinate, and implement a number of community policing and civic engagement projects. Some of these include Naloxone training for law enforcement and civilians, Child Passenger Seat Safety Program, Coffee with a Cop, Green Dot Bystander Intervention, and Fair and Impartial Policing.

“Lt. Wilcox has the ability to think outside of the box and try different ideas to engage with our students, faculty, and staff,” said Matthew Heller, chief of police at Alfred State, “and will be a great addition to the University Police Command staff.”

Wilcox has an extensive training history. Some of these trainings include police general topics instructor, police field training officer, a course in police supervision, New York State law enforcement accreditation manager, Glock Armorer, and numerous FEMA incident command classes. He has taught at the Rural Police Training Institute in Batavia and is one of the department’s firearms instructors.

In addition to his service as a police officer, Wilcox served in the United States Navy from 1987 to 1993, holding the position of fireman on the USS Kitty Hawk.

After his military time, Wilcox earned his AAS degree from Corning Community College and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice at SUNY Brockport.

Initial members of new Sigma Lambda Chi honor society installed

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 15:15

More than a dozen students were recently installed in a new chapter of the Sigma Lambda Chi (SLC) honor society that was chartered April 4 at Alfred State.

Civil Engineering Technology Associate Professor Timothy Piotrowski will act as the adviser to the 14 newly installed student members, all of whom are construction management engineering technology majors, which include Steven Andrzejewski, of Arcade; Ryan Caslin, of Corning; Derrick Clark, of Alfred; Fred Dumond, of Liberty; Tyler Elliott, of Perry; Ryan Etue, of East Nassau; Dakota Fraser, of Lima; Henry Gifford, of Berne; Michael Goddard, of Honeoye; Austin Leri, of Endicott; Kassandra Militello, of Akron; Andrew Pionteck, of Endicott; Carina Scalise, of Baldwinsville; and Brian Williamson, of Canastota.

Also inducted were faculty members Associate Professor and Department Chair Erin Vitale, Associate Professor Jeff Marshall, and Assistant Professor Tabitha Sprau-Coulter. Retired Professor Ron Nichols was inducted as an honorary member.

Sigma Lambda Chi is an international honor society within the construction industry. Chapters may be established at a school, college, or university that has a major discipline of education in construction.

To be installed by a chapter, a student must be at least a junior and have a GPA in the upper 20 percent of qualified students in the program. They must also have participated in one or more extracurricular activities; demonstrated excellent leadership, character, and personality traits; and worked in some phase of construction for at least one summer or winter break.

Membership in this society is certainly an important milestone in a student’s college career and indicates a significant accomplishment for the inductee, as well as to potential employers. Members are permitted to wear the memorabilia associated with the society at graduation for further recognition.

According to SLC International President Christine Piper, there are approximately 75 chapters and more than 19,000 current members in the United States, Australia, and Ireland.

members of the newly installed Alfred State chapter of the Sigma Lambda Chi honor society

Pictured are the members of the newly installed Alfred State chapter of the Sigma Lambda Chi honor society. All students are construction management engineering technology students. In the front row, from left to right, are Steven Andrzejewski, of Arcade; Associate Professor and Civil Engineering Technology Department Chair Erin Vitale; Associate Professor Jeff Marshall; Retired Professor Ron Nichols; and Associate Professor Timothy Piotrowski. In the second row, from left, are Kassandra Militello, of Akron; Brian Williamson, of Canastota; Carina Scalise, of Baldwinsville; Henry Gifford, of Berne; Dakota Fraser, of Lima; Fred Dumond, of Liberty; Andrew Pionteck, of Endicott; Ryan Caslin, of Corning; Austin Leri, of Endicott; Derrick Clark, of Alfred; and Michael Goddard, of Honeoye. Not pictured are Tyler Elliott, of Perry; Ryan Etue, of East Nassau; and Assistant Professor Tabitha Sprau-Coulter.