Growing up, childhood friends Anna Campbell and Kasandra Wohlschlegel loved the game of polo.
After Campbell elected to transfer to Alfred State and Wohlschlegel opted to enter the college as a freshman for the fall 2014 semester, the two girls also decided they needed a way to continue competing in the sport that’s near and dear to their hearts.
Beginning in May 2014, before they even started taking classes in Alfred, the girls worked hard for months on forming a team and received approval from both the college in November and the United States Polo Association (USPA) in January. The girls also secured two coaches, Terry Mehlenbacher and Rob Donnan, and received a $2,000 grant from the USPA to cover equipment costs.
Thus, Alfred State Polo was born.
“It’s kind of like a dream come true,” said Campbell, a business technology management major from Geneseo. “Outside of a high school program, polo just doesn’t really exist in this area. Just the fact that I can play, I’m so grateful.”
After Campbell and Wohlschlegel, a surveying and geomatics engineering technology major from Honeoye, held tryouts, Sarah Burgoon, a veterinary technology student from Westfield, joined the team. Burgoon, who has ridden horses since she was 4 years old, had never played polo before, but she caught on fast and the results were very positive.
“I met two of my best friends through polo, so I’m pretty ecstatic about that,” Burgoon said. “And it is really nice competing. It’s fun.”
The polo team’s biggest test so far came during the Northeast Intercollegiate Women Preliminary Tournament, held Feb. 27 to March 1 at Yale. Other competing schools included the University of Massachusetts, the University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Yale, and Harvard.
Despite being a brand-new team and having to face larger schools, the girls prevailed and Alfred State Polo took first-place overall in the competition.
“It was unheard of,” Campbell said. “Some programs have been around for years that weren’t even at the level to compete yet. We had just been approved for under two months and we went into this competition and did really well.”
Wohlschlegel added, “We also get to meet a lot of really amazing people through being on the polo team, like when we were at Yale, we met professional polo players who were there. We’ve also gotten a lot of opportunities to go to big polo games. The door is just open with this sport and it’s really quite amazing, the little community that polo has.”
Students interested in joining Alfred State Polo are in luck. The team will hold tryouts at the beginning of the fall 2015 semester.
“Our hope is to get a varsity and a junior varsity team so that we help the program grow,” Wohlschlegel said. “We’re only going to be here for so long and we want the program to continue after we graduate.”
Riding high on the success of their tournament win and looking ahead to next year, the team has big expectations. Though the process of bringing the sport of polo to Alfred State wasn’t easy, it definitely paid off.
“The whole experience, the ups and downs, the hard work, it was all worth it at the end of the day because we’ve been able to play and bring a sport like this to a SUNY school, which people aren’t going to forget about,” Campbell said, “especially with the season that we’ve had.”
In photo above: Anna Campbell, a business technology management major from Geneseo, swings her mallet at a polo ball during the Northeast Intercollegiate Women Preliminary Tournament, held Feb. 27 to March 1 at Yale.
Alfred State will present its 64th annual Alumni Choral Spring Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26 in the Anthony C. Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center on the Alfred campus.
Groups performing will include “Voices,” the college’s student choral group directed by Linda Staiger; the Alumni Jazz Singers; and the Alumni Choir. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Alfred State Concert Choir Alumni organization was founded in 1957 and consists of alumni who performed as students under the direction of Anthony C. Cappadonia, who was the instrumental and choral director at Alfred State for 56 years. On April 29, 2012, the Anthony C. Cappadonia Auditoriumwas officially dedicated.
The auditorium will forever be a testament to the musical inspiration Cappadonia provided to all of his students during his many years of teaching and directing both instrumental and choral groups, as well as his continued relationship with alumni. Cappadonia passed away in February 2014, and the alumni continue to perform annual concerts in his honor.
The Department of Architecture and Design is pleased to welcome a traveling exhibit of 2014 American Institute of Architects Rochester Design Awards submissions.
The exhibit features the work of 12 architects and firms from the greater Rochester area and includes submissions by two Alfred State alumni, Erik Reynolds (BS in architectural technology, ’12) and Emily McCaffery (BS in architectural technology, ’05). Reynolds, an intern at SWBR Architects, won Honorable Mention for his submission in the Rochester Designers Unleashed Ideas Competition, and McCaffery, an architectural technician at Labella Associates, was part of a team that took the other Honorable Mention in that same category.
“The works include two-dimensional drawings, three-dimensional drawings, renderings, diagrams, and sometimes explanatory text,” said William Dean, professor and chair of the Department of Architecture and Design. “They’re nicely done and very visual.”
The work is on display in the Hall Gallery on the fourth floor of the Engineering Technology Building through May 29.
“Securing this traveling exhibit is part of the department’s effort to enhance our learning culture by exposing students to recent high-caliber works of regional architecture,” Dean said, “and was arranged through our close collaboration with the American Institute of Architects Rochester Chapter.”
The process of constructing a $5 million, 16,000-square-foot Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center on the Alfred State School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville took a big step forward recently.
The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. on Feb. 20 signed a contract that leases land on campus designated for the center to the State University of New York (SUNY) for 30 years. This move was required to allow the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program funds to be used to construct the building, according to Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology.
“We are also working with Empire State Development on the additional $500,000 for equipment in the building that was funded by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council process,” said Clark.
Julie Hart, president of the Educational Foundation, said of the lease-signing, “The Educational Foundation is pleased to be able to provide the land lease to facilitate the new Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center. This facility, on the Wellsville campus, will be integral to developing the skills needed in our region to support the growth and expansion of manufacturing, a major driver of our local economy.”
The center will be used to train welding technology and machine tool technology students in state-of-the-art sustainable practices in advanced manufacturing through efficient processes, including energy systems in the center. Other uses for the center include prototyping and assisting manufacturers in the development of new products and systems.
Clark noted the date for full occupation is currently planned for August 2016, with the move-in to begin in May 2016 after the spring semester has ended. Faculty members at the Wellsville campus are excited about the possibilities the new building will bring.
“There continues to be a great need for advanced manufacturing graduates, especially in welding and machine tool,” Clark said, “so the timing of this facility is great for students and the industries we serve.”
From now through April 16, students in the freshman digital media and animation class at Alfred State are currently exhibiting and auctioning their marionettes featured in “The Puppet Show” at The Llewellyn Gallery, room 312 in the Engineering Technology Building on the Alfred campus.
The puppets are hand-made from carved wood and mixed media, according to the students’ instructor, Sandra Berry Hover, adjunct professor in the Digital Media and Animation Department. Many different types of characters are displayed, she said, including dancing men, scary goblins, animals, a scarecrow, a spider, a merman holding a magic staff, and more.
A silent auction of all the marionettes is held daily in the gallery from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will go toward purchasing equipment for digital media and animation students.
Berry Hover said when making the puppets, her students use line and form combined with texture and color to create characters that move in real space.
“The traditional use of puppets is play, and that is exactly what we have done – create the perfect toy,” she said. “At the completion of the project, as my students strung up their puppets for the first time, they were dancing and play-acting as they discovered the different movements of their marionettes.”
Berry Hover said she partnered her students, so that two of them worked on a single puppet.
“It was hard to decide who would get the puppet to keep,” she said. “I came up with the idea of a silent auction benefiting the department, which is very new and always in need of equipment. My students are really enjoying learning about putting on a gallery show and the excitement of the auction.”
Bids on the puppets are being placed every day, she said, rising slowly by small dollars and cents.
“Come and try to buy a puppet for your own enjoyment or to give as a unique gift,” she said.
A closing party and final bidding will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the gallery. For more information, contact Berry Hover at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nearly one hundred employers from across New York State and the country were on-hand for a March 25 spring career fair at Alfred State to meet and connect with students.
According to Elaine Morsman, director of Career Development at Alfred State, this year’s number of registered employers, 96, broke the college’s previous record total, 73, set last year. Employers came from as far away as California and Texas, with several also coming from Rochester and Buffalo.
Careers for students on both Alfred State campuses were represented and several companies were recruiting for all majors, Morsman said. A strong focus was on the following fields: civil engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, architecture, architectural technology, information technology, computer engineering technology, business, financial planning, environmental technology, nursing, automotive technology, autobody technology, diesel technology, heavy equipment operation, welding, air conditioning and heating tech, drafting/CAD, electrical and construction maintenance electrician, machine tool technology, building trades, masonry, culinary, animal science, and agriculture.
Perhaps just as impressive as the amount of employers at the career fair was the number of students present: 690.
“After working with hundreds of students throughout the semester in résumé and interview preparation,” Morsman said, “it is truly satisfying seeing students dressed-to-impress with their resumes’ in-hand, networking with some of the biggest companies in the area and in the country.”
Morsman said the future looks very bright for upcoming graduates in middle-skills fields, which require more than a high school education, but less than a bachelor’s degree.
“I receive calls from employers daily asking how they can connect with our students,” she said. “Often these employers state that they have hired one of our graduates in the past and want to hire more just like them.”
She noted, “We see continual growth in our job-posting system and employer database, JobLink. The number of employer registrations has grown to 3,649 in less than five years, with 459 new employers registering last year alone.”
Paul Cody, project manager with LeChase Construction, said his company loves coming to Alfred State to interact with students.
“The students we have to choose from here seem to be a really good fit for our organization,” Cody said. “We usually end up with a pretty good caliber of students that we recruit.”
Tim Haefele, senior manager of technical support at Cisco Meraki, said he traveled from California to recruit Alfred State students.
“We’ve had great success in the past with some intern and full-time candidates who come in,” he said. “We really love the hands-on experience they get at Alfred State, from a networking perspective. They get their hands on switches, routers, do the lab work, and really get a lot of great experience. That allows us to not have to do much to train them. They come in and hit the ground running.”
Larry Benson, safety trainer for Dalrymple Gravel and Contracting/Chemung Contracting, said his company likes to hire Alfred State graduates because of the hands-on training they receive at the college. Dalrymple has been attending the college’s career fairs since they began more than 10 years ago.
“We’ve found out the students have got really good work ethics from going to school at Alfred State,” he said, “and they turn out to be all-around very good employees for us.”
In photo above: A representative from Lamb & Webster Inc., a farm equipment dealership, shakes hands with an Alfred State student during the college’s March 25 spring career fair.