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Alfred State employees receive Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 12:15

An Alfred State professor and two staff members were recently honored with Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Professional Service, and Classified Service. 

Kathleen BlissKathleen Bliss, Freedom, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; Nancy Driscoll, Wellsville, was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service; and Kathy Bayus, Alfred Station, was presented with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. Each received a certificate and a medallion. 

Bliss has a teaching philosophy that places great emphasis on her responsibility as a teacher in order to foster successful students. She is an inspiration in a field that demands performance at an extremely high level to meet the ethical standards set by the profession she serves and the students she leads. Her focused philosophy in each course makes her a highly prized member of the academic faculty at Alfred State. 

Bliss is known for her passion in teaching and for her dedication to the students in the veterinary technology program. She is also known for her dedication to the ethical and humane treatment of animals. Students clearly respect her for the wealth of information and support that she offers them. Her very high level of standards and innovative approaches impress on her students the importance of ethical behavior and responsiveness in veterinary technology. She offers them real-world models, and they respond to her with the greatest attention and respect because they are motivated by her dedication to their success and the welfare of animals. 

Nancy DriscollDriscoll has made significant contributions to Alfred State over the past 14 years, in successively more responsible and demanding positions within the Admissions area. She coordinates marketing activities for the Admissions Office; provides admissions information and participates in recruitment activities both on and off campus; is responsible for Niagara, Erie, and Cattaraugus counties; reviews applications for admission; and coordinates the mini high school and junior visit programs, and the conditional acceptance process. She has been a tireless and innovative advocate for the college, an active college citizen, and an enthusiastic participant in professional activities.

Driscoll is the consummate Admissions professional. She has multiple promotions under her belt, and has created a continuing legacy of innovative and effective admissions marketing campaigns. One measure of her excellence is the fact that her Admissions area in western New York has experienced an increase in enrollment. She is an active campus and university citizen, and participates regularly in professional groups associated with Admissions, where she has mentored those new to the field. 

Kathy BayusBayus has spent more than 30 years wearing multiple hats and exceling in each role she takes on. From managing the day-to-day activities of an entire office — keeping schedules, sending emails, organizing information, compiling and formatting documents, filing, and setting up crucial meetings — to acting as a proofreader, fact-checker, writer, and sounding board for all the college’s marketing and communications efforts; she does it all.  

Bayus is often the first person to interact with the Marketing and Communications team’s customers and never fails to take the time — regardless of her workload — to answer questions, transfer calls, respond to emails, and compile information in order to get their jobs done. She is a prime example of a dedicated, passionate, and creative Alfred State employee. Whether you are a new employee, a retired faculty member visiting campus, or a freshman attending your first Outdoor Recreation Club meeting, Bayus will go out of her way to make sure your questions are answered and — most importantly — that you feel welcomed as part of the Alfred State family.


35-year Employees Honored

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 11:15

Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their years of service at the college.

Those employees honored for 35 years included Richard Carlo, Alfred Station, professor, Architecture and Design; Barbara Davis, Wellsville, secretary to the dean, School of Applied Technology; and George Richardson, Alfred Station, chair, Building Trades.

Honorees received a college weather station and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.

George Richardson, Barbara Davis, and Richard Carlo

Pictured, from left, are George Richardson, Barbara Davis, and Richard Carlo.


30-year Employees Honored

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 11:00

Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their years of service at the college.

Those employees honored for 30 years included Gary Brown, Andover, maintenance assistant, Facilities Services; Donald Catino, Wellsville, professor, Automotive Trades; Janet Gelser, Angelica, cleaner, Facilities Services; Michelle Green, Clay, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Physical and Life Sciences; Richard Mitchell, Wellsville, professor, English and Humanities; Paula Nichols, Hornell, information technology assistant, Technology Services; Michael Ronan, Rushford, professor, Automotive Trades; and Christine Young, Friendship, instructional support associate, Mathematics and Physics.

Honorees received a college watch and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.

Christine Young and Richard Mitchell

Pictured are Christine Young and Richard Mitchell.


25-year Employees Honored

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 10:00

Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their years of service at the college.

Those employees honored for 25 years included Dr. Craig Clark, Alfred, dean of the School of Applied Technology; Rebecca Comer, Almond, information technology assistant, Admissions; Gordon Cook, Wellsville, instructional support assistant, School of Applied Technology; Linda Grillo, Hammondsport, secretary 1, Business; Jeffrey Johnston, Alfred Station, assistant professor, Architecture and Design; Sandra Kinnerney, Almond, secretary 1, Athletics; William Laubert, North Hornell, associate professor, English and Humanities; Kathryn Markel, Arkport, senior associate director, Admissions; and Karl Perkins, Andover, maintenance assistant (mechanic), Facilities Services.

Honorees received a college chair and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.

Sandra Kinnerney, Linda Grillo, and Rebecca Comer. Standing, from left, are William Laubert, Kathryn Markel, and Craig Clark

Pictured, sitting, from left to right, are Sandra Kinnerney, Linda Grillo, and Rebecca Comer. Standing, from left, are William Laubert, Kathryn Markel, and Craig Clark.


20-year Employees Honored

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 09:45

Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their years of service at the college.

Those employees honored for 20 years included Edward Abbott, Hornell, maintenance assistant, Facilities Services; John Garippa, Wayland, associate professor, Automotive Trades; Kenneth Geer, Andover, associate professor, Building Trades; Diane Winans (21 years), Wellsville, payroll examiner, Business Affairs; and JoAnne White, Wellsville, secretary 1, Residential Life.

Honorees received a college clock and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.

John Garippa, JoAnne White, and Edward Abbott

Pictured, from left to right, are John Garippa, JoAnne White, and Edward Abbott.


Alfred State alumni possess ‘most valuable skills’, according to report

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 08:15

The Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC, has listed Alfred State in a recent report as the top two-year or lower college whose alumni possess the most valuable skills.

The report, “Beyond College Rankings: A Value-Added Approach to Assessing Two- and Four-Year Schools,” determined that the value of Alfred State alumni skills is $69,219, which is more than $9,500 greater than the average value of alumni skills at all two-year or lower colleges, $59,664.

Dr. Jonathan Rothwell, a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, said the institution obtained a list of the 25 most commonly listed skills on LinkedIn resumes for roughly 2,500 colleges, then evaluated those skills by matching them to those advertised on millions of online job vacancies posts, in which the vacancy had included both a skill and a salary.

“High-value alumni skills, like those listed by Alfred State alumni, are those associated with high average salaries,” Rothwell said.

The significance of Alfred State’s top ranking, according to Rothwell, is that it implies that the content of what is taught at the college either directly provides skills highly valued in the labor market or prepares students to acquire those skills after leaving Alfred State.

“The fact that Alfred State ranks at the top suggests that its teachers instill the most valuable skills in the country, relative to all other two-year colleges,” he said.

The value of alumni skills, Rothwell said, was one of the most important predictors of strong performance on the three alumni economic outcomes that Brookings measured: mid-career salaries, loan repayment rates, and occupational earnings power.

“Notably, alumni skills not only predict better outcomes for alumni, they predict higher value-added performance,” Rothwell said. “That is to say, that even after controlling for student characteristics — like test scores and family income — higher value skills predict greater success. Alfred State scored in the top 2 percent and top 9 percent of all colleges on value-added contribution to occupational earnings power and loan repayment.”

Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “I am extremely pleased about Alfred State’s top ranking in the Brookings Institution’s report. This ranking is a testament to the high-quality education our students receive here and I could not be more proud of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff.”


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