The Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club has made great strides since being formed five years ago, upgrading to more competitive equipment and becoming a top-ranked collegiate timber sports team.
And thanks to the recent renovation of a building behind the college’s Veterinary Technology Center on Route 244, the club now has a facility it can call its own.
Alfred State marked the opening of the Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club Barn Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan, Vice President for Student Affairs Greg Sammons, club members, and faculty and staff. According to Alfred State Police Lt. Scott Bingham, club adviser, the 850-square-foot building was renovated this summer for $10,000, and was completed in September. It now serves as the location for the club’s saw mill, and is being utilized for practicing certain timber sports disciplines.
“We purchased the new saw mill two years ago and have been bouncing it all over campus trying to keep it protected from the elements. Also, the club competes year-round and with New York’s weather, it’s not feasible to train outdoors in the winter months or even in the warmer weather with rain,” Bingham said as to the purpose of renovating the barn.
Sullivan, who gave the opening remarks, thanked the Facilities Services employees who worked on the renovations and he also thanked the club members for being active and engaged students.
“Our clubs and organizations are very important to Alfred State and this one is as well,” Sullivan said. “It’s one of our fastest-growing clubs thanks to its leadership, and we expect it to continue to grow.”
Chad Martin, club president and a construction management engineering technology major from Breesport, provided a student perspective on the new Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club Barn.
“Over the past few years, we’ve had to mill wood outside during rain, during snow, and to be inside away from all of that is huge,” Martin said. “The Woodsmen’s Club is a family to us. We’re a small-knit group. Everybody’s got everybody’s back. It’s a little different than a sports team, but we compete as a sports team. I’m just saying, for everybody else, that this is our home away from home.”
When the club was formed five years ago, Bingham said, the group was practicing on the top of a nearby water tower hill with equipment he had left over from his days of professional competitions.
“I stored the equipment in the police department and in personnel vehicles. The club bounced around for a couple years, but with the college’s support, we are now one of the top-ranked collegiate timber sports teams in the Northeast and Canada, we have our own heated garage, and now an enclosed barn large enough to run a saw mill in,” Bingham said. “We have some very competitive equipment and are doing better every day. Our club still has some room for improvements and advancements, but we are making great strides.”
Bingham said the barn is a great addition to the club.
“We utilized a partially erected structure that was going to just deteriorate if it wasn’t utilized,” Bingham said. “So, we saved some materials and got a barn to put our saw mill in at a very affordable price. This barn has rooted us behind the Veterinary Technology Center as the Woodsmen’s Club’s home, whereas previously we were nomadic, afraid to set our roots and develop an area for our specific needs. Now we can.”
In photo above: Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan uses a chainsaw Wednesday to cut the wooden “ribbon” at a ceremony to celebrate the new Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club Barn. (photo by Lucas Bayus)
A grouping of oil and watercolor paintings will be on display this month at Alfred State’s Hinkle Memorial Library for an art exhibit titled “Inspired by Nature: Paintings by Bridget Bossart van Otterloo.”
The exhibit, which runs from Feb. 2 until Feb. 27, features the work of Bridget Bossart van Otterloo, who paints and teaches art in Corning. Van Otterloo, who holds a degree in studio art from Houghton College, works from her naturally lit studio, where she paints a variety of subjects, including still life, flowers, plants, and landscapes in both oils and watercolors.
In her artist statement on her website, www.bridgetbossartvanotterloo.com, van Otterloo says her work has been influenced by Italian and Spanish still life painters and that her paintings are about the beauty in nature.
“I believe that the beauty found in nature enriches our existence,” she says on her website. “Natural forms, elegant lines, bold colors, and the intrinsic details found in nature are the themes in my work. My most recent paintings explore the interaction between humans and the natural world. Nature is incredibly resilient as it continues to persevere in the face of man-made threats.”
An active participant in the Corning art community, van Otterloo has taught art classes at area youth centers, museums, and Corning Community College, and currently teaches watercolor and oil painting classes at 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning.
The exhibit will be open for viewing during normal library hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email email@example.com or call 607-587-4313.
Classes have been canceled for today Feb. 2, 2015. Only essential personnel need to report to work.
Several members of the Alfred State family were honored for their service to others Thursday at the Alfred Village Hall during the fifth annual Celebration of Service Ceremony.
Each year, two honorees, one student and one faculty or staff member, receives a Spirit of Service Award, which recognizes and celebrates those in the Greater Alfred community who demonstrate a strong commitment to serving others. The award is intended to honor people who are actively living out the principles Martin Luther King Jr. stood for, including equality, social justice, community, and service.
Ashley Ebel, a business administration major from Freeville, was named this year’s Alfred State College Student Spirit of Service Award winner. Ebel works as a student advocate for the Center for Civic Engagement, works at the rock climbing wall, is a leader in the Outdoor Recreation Club, and is president of Little Angels of Honduras, a new organization on campus devoted to fundraising and awareness regarding the lack of adequate medical supplies and care for Honduran infants and children.
In 2013, Ebel was named “Mentee of the Year” for the Emerging Pioneers Leadership Program, in part due to her hard work with Hope for Honduras. She has also worked with a small group through this leadership program to raise awareness about youth suicide by hosting a poetry slam. This event highlighted many of the reasons for young adult suicide and discussed resources available to depressed and suicidal youth.
This year’s winner of the Alfred State Faculty/Staff Spirit of Service Award is Michael Murray, assistant director of dining at Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc. (ACES). ACES is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the mission of Alfred State by providing dining services, campus bookstores, cable TV, vending, and transportation services to student customers.
Murray has been a member of the Alfred State Family for decades as a tireless employee of ACES, is an active member of the Alumni Board, is co-adviser to the Greek Advisory Board, and is an adviser to one of Alfred State’s Greek houses, Gamma Theta Gamma. Every year under Murray's direction, the brothers of Gamma Theta Gamma host a Halloween Haunted House for the community, with proceeds typically going to Relay for Life.
In 2014, half of the proceeds from this event went to benefit the Golisano Children's Hospital, and under Murray’s direction, the fraternity is working to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. Murray is also an active fundraiser for the ALS Foundation, participating in the annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser and continuing to raise money and awareness for the cause throughout the year.
Also recognized were the following nominees, who each received a certificate for their efforts:
Pictured here is this year’s Alfred State Faculty/Staff Spirit of Service Award winner Michael Murray, assistant director of dining at Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc. (ACES), center, along with members of Gamma Theta Gamma.
In photo above is Ashley Ebel, a business administration major from Freeville, proudly displays her Alfred State College Student Spirit of Service Award.
The Affordable Colleges Foundation has announced that Alfred State ranks 23rd on its list of Top Online Associate Degrees for 2015.
ACF, a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information, analyzed data collected from hundreds of colleges across the U.S. with online degrees at the associate level. The purpose was to see which schools offer the most impressive two-year programs for a community-oriented student base.
The organization utilized a proprietary scoring system to determine its list, taking into consideration a number of various cost and quality criteria and metrics. These include number of online associate degrees available, online tuition cost, job placement for graduates, student-faculty ratio, and more.
On its website, www.affordablecollegesonline.org, the organization says, “SUNY College’s Alfred State Technology campus offers two online associate degree programs: health information technology and court and real-time reporting. Alfred State’s online programs constantly evolve to meet current employer and industry demands, ensuring that students graduate with the necessary skills to succeed.”
Fourteen members of the Women In Non-traditional Studies (WINS) Club assisted Santa in December by raising $193 through pop can and bottle returns and monetary contributions for an area family in need.
The students also shopped for presents and wrapped them for delivery to Steuben County Rural Ministry a week before Christmas. The students’ efforts were part of an annual project undertaken by members of the WINS Club.
“I am always surprised and heartened that WINS members can take the time at the end of the semester to make this project successful,” said Joy Carlson, professor of architecture and design and WINS Club adviser.
The WINS Club’s two main goals are to further the knowledge of women in male-dominated fields and to sponsor civic engagement/fundraising projects both locally and globally. WINS is open to all members of the Alfred State community, regardless of gender.
Shown here are some of the Women In Non-traditional Studies Club members who raised money and purchased presents for an area family in need last month. From left to right are Beth Parker, of Campbell; Allana Havernick, of Arcade, club co-president; Stacy Duink, of Hamburg, club co-president; Adrienne Drumm, of Tully, club vice president; and Elizabeth Dussault, of Breesport, club secretary. Parker, Duink, Drumm, and Dussault are all architecture majors, and Havernick is an environmental technology major. (Photo provided by WINS Club Adviser Professor Joy Carlson)
New York State University Police at Alfred State Thursday provided training to 24 area police officers on the use of Naloxone, a medication that temporarily reverses the effects of opioids and can save lives in the event of an overdose or medical emergency.
In addition to educating area officers on the use of Naloxone, the training provided an overview of the New York State Good Samaritan Law. This legislation is intended to encourage individuals to seek medical attention for someone who is experiencing a drug or alcohol overdose or other life-threatening injury, who otherwise may have refused to do so for fear of criminal prosecution. The training also detailed signs and symptoms of opioid overdose, provided officers with sample policies for their agencies dealing with the use and storage of Naloxone, and included a discussion with officers who have used Naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, someone dies every 19 minutes from a drug overdose. Naloxone works by temporarily reversing the effects of the opioid - whether illicit or prescription - allowing the individual to regain consciousness and resume normal breathing, reversing the overdose, and potentially saving the lives of those involved. Naloxone is not the kind of medication that can be abused.
Officer Jeff Wilcox of the New York State University Police provided the training to members of the following agencies: Cuba Police Department, Friendship Police Department, Willing Police Department, Angelica Police Department, Independence Police Department, Canisteo Police Department, Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, and the Allegany County Probation Office.
Officers from the Alfred Police Department and the New York State University Police at Alfred State had previously completed the training.
When the lights come on at the Cattaraugus County-Olean Municipal Airport’s new T-hangar building for the first time, people will have two Alfred State students to thank.
Since Nov. 17, electrical construction and maintenance electrician majors Alex Ortiz, of Richburg, and Kevin Morsman, of Bolivar, have been working at the facility, located at 5420 Hatch Hill Road in Ischua. David Kahm, city electrician for Olean, said the students’ efforts have included installing conduit, wires, and light fixtures in each T-hangar bay, and installing receptacles for the overhead doors.
“Both Alex and Kevin have done a great job on this project,” Kahm said. “I am pleased with their work ethic, attention to detail, and willingness to learn the electrical trade.”
The purpose of the building is to create more storage for airplanes, according to Kahm, who said the total cost of the new T-hangar is $700,000 and the electrical cost is around $90,000. A T-hangar is “basically a garage for airplanes,” he said.
“It’s called a T-hangar because the shape of each bay looks like a ‘T’ in order to properly fit an airplane inside,” he said.
Morsman and Ortiz will continue to contribute their time and talents to the project until Jan. 23, just three days before classes start for the beginning of the spring 2015 semester.
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Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of an article appearing in the most recent issue of “Paperback Parade,” a quarterly journal for readers and book collectors. The article is titled “Percival Wilde: Master of Mystery.”
Percival Wilde (1887-1953) is best remembered today as a popular playwright and the author of textbooks dealing with the theater arts. However, Wilde also wrote several mystery novels worthy of recognition. His titles in that genre include “Mystery Weekend” (1938), “Inquest” (1940), and “Design for Murder” (1941).
The author concludes that Percival Wilde was a marvelous storyteller and that his mysteries are funny, whimsical, and always entertaining. Wilde's novels are representative of what many critics consider to be the Golden Age of detective fiction.
Dr. Kellogg is the author of four books about legendary investigator Sherlock Holmes, as well as a series of illustrated books for children featuring boy detective Barry Baskerville.