For the third straight year, Alfred State Pioneers and supporters came together in an annual tournament to play a round of golf, enjoy one another’s company, and raise funds for the college.
And once again, the event was a big success, as 32 teams vied for the coveted Alfred State “blue jacket.” Also, following expenses, proceeds of more than $29,000 were raised that will benefit the Alfred State College Development Fund Inc., to provide for student scholarships, athletics, and other needs of the college.
Presented by Mach Architecture, PC, the third annual Pioneers Drive for the Development Fund was held on Friday, June 16 at the Twin Hickory Golf Club in Hornell. Team captain Fran Argentieri led his foursome of Bob Forness, Dan McDonall, and Alex Fitzpatrick to a score of 19 under to capture the title.
The second-place team, which scored 16 under, included Troy Morehouse, Steve Wintersteen, Matt Horvoth, and Jeremy Lite, while the Otis Eastern team of Tom Hirsch, Chuck Neal, Brent Rohrbacker, and Mike Obuhanich placed third.
The top three teams took home $500, $300, and $200 respectively. In addition, a Weber gas grill was awarded for the closest shot to pin on the fourth hole, and other contest prizes included a putter, printer, and numerous gift certificates, cash, a 50/50 drawing, lottery board, silent auction items, and more than 75 door prizes. A dinner was held immediately following the tournament at The Main Place.
Event sponsors included Auxiliary Campus Enterprises Services, Inc.; Labella Associates, PC; and Pathfinder Engineers and Architects. Eagle sponsors included Alesco Advisors, LLC; Laborer’s Local #621; Otis Eastern; U&S Services, Inc., and West Herr Automotive. There were more than 33 contest and hole sponsors.
Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Danielle White stated that, “Our success is only due to the tremendous support from many businesses in our community and region, as well as our amazing, generous, and kind alumni and friends. The tournament continues to grow each year both in support and fun, and we look forward to increasing both in the future. It gives us great pleasure to be able to help meet the needs of the college and our students.”
University Police recently added Officer Mario J. Dragone as the newest member of the police department.
University Police Chief Matt Heller said, “We’re pleased to welcome Mario to our ranks. Along with being an accomplished police officer, he served in the military from 1999 to 2005 as a member of the Marine Corps Reserve. During his service, he was a radio operator and last held the rank of sergeant. He was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, and was a responder after the World Trade Center attacks in New York City in 2001.”
Dragone is not new to the SUNY system or to University Police (UP). In 2012, he started his service with UP at the University at Buffalo (UB) as a campus public safety officer (CPSO), a position he held for nearly two years. As a CPSO, his main duties were the effective handling of all calls received at the dispatch center and dispatching police, fire, and EMS resources. In 2014, Dragone completed his basic course for police at the Erie County Law Enforcement Academy and was promoted to University Police officer 1. Dragone then worked at UB as a police officer for two more years.
During his tenure at UB, he received hours of mandatory in-service training and completed New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services courses in RADAR/LIDAR, Crisis Intervention, Naloxone, and Law Enforcement Bicycle Patrol. In 2016, Dragone transferred to the Amherst Police Department, where he became Taser certified.
After completing high school in Rochester, Dragone enrolled at the University at Buffalo and majored in history.
As part of his duties at Alfred State, Dragone is looking forward to providing educational programming in the residence halls, speaking to groups, and assisting in the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program.
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) recently awarded $1.5 million to Alfred State for the Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC). The prototype facility will help private and public partners leverage wood resources to create sustainable businesses using advanced manufacturing processes. The new grant increases the total funding raised to date for the research facility to $4.5 million.
“This is great news for Alfred State and the entire Southern Tier. This federal investment will help bring 15 new businesses and 125 good paying pay jobs to the Southern Tier and push this region’s economy into the future,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “The work done at BDCC will help create a ‘New Forest Economy’ by working with local partners and using the region’s abundant natural resources to spur long-term economic development. I will fight tooth and nail to make sure Alfred State continues to have the resources it needs to leverage the region’s workforce and grow private enterprise.”
“This award is a blueprint for new jobs, fresh opportunities, and a robust economic future for New York’s Southern Tier,” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Earl F. Gohl. “It is part of a strategy to bring added capital into the region, and help the region prepare to globally compete in manufacturing, technology, construction, and a variety of other industry sectors.”
“Alfred State knows the ARC funding for the BDCC project will have a high impact by supporting equipment, training, and developing a network across the ARC region. Developing the proven Hot Water Extraction process in the BDCC will allow Alfred State to lead in biorefinery development and training in the region through the partners in the network,” said Craig R. Clark, vice president for economic development at Alfred State and executive director of the Allegany County Industrial Development Agency.
The BDCC is a prototype that will develop and commercialize the Hot Water Extraction (HWE) process that produces valuable chemical assets from wood, energy crops, and agricultural residuals. Through this technology, approximately 25 percent of the biomass is converted into value-added products such as advanced fuels and bio-based chemicals for plastics. The remaining 75 percent produces modified wood chips that have improved qualities for paper products, fuel pellets, and particleboard used in furnishings and construction.
Alfred State’s 18,000-square-foot biorefinery center is intended to spur additional investment, including business start-ups and full-scale biorefineries. Alfred State, the State University of New York (SUNY), universities from other ARC states, and private-sector bioenergy and biochemical companies will benefit from the research facility.
“This project has been in the works for about five years, but recent advances in funding have spurred our progress,” stated Clark. “We are conducting engineering studies right now regarding process and project costs related to implementation of the center.”
Through the BDCC, Alfred State will also provide training and technical services to both start-up companies and companies impacted by economic changes as they seek to enter new markets, diversify their manufacturing base, and adapt their workforce. The research facility is a collaboration between Alfred State and Syracuse-based Applied Biorefinery Sciences.
According to Clark, “The BDCC prototype facility is the first step to launch full-sized commercial plants that can cost about $200 million to build. The effect on a local economy like ours will be tremendous.”
The award to Alfred State was made through ARC’s POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. This congressionally funded multi-agency strategy brings federal resources directly to help communities and regions affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production.
Alfred State Provost Dr. Kristin Poppo has announced the dean’s list of academically impressive students for spring 2017. To be listed, students must have completed at least 12 credit hours for the semester and earned a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) out of a possible 4.0. For the most recent semester, the dean’s list includes 737 students. In addition, 172 of these students achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA.
“I hope students on our dean’s list are enjoying their summer break because they’ve earned it,” stated Poppo. “Our professors are so proud when they witness a student mastering their course work and excelling in applied learning. These students have earned recognition for academic excellence which will pay off with knowledge and skills to launch them in their careers.”
The dean for the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology (SAMET) confirms 354 students received the honor. The dean’s list for the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) includes 202 students. At the School of Applied Technology (SAT), another 181 students made the dean’s list.
Five graduating students also earned the Orvis Award for Excellence in scholarship, service, leadership, and character. This award honors Paul B. Orvis, a former president of Alfred State and State University of New York dean for two-year colleges.
List of 2017 Orvis Award winners and their achievements:
The college congratulates all of the students who earned dean’s list and Orvis Award honors. The students’ hometown newspapers receive information regarding honorees, including details for each student earning a perfect 4.0 GPA. The complete dean’s list is available online at www.alfredstate.edu/deans-list.
In its inaugural year, the Archers of Alfred earned a grant from USA Archery to assist with long-term program development. Alfred State is one of only 26 clubs in the country to receive a collegiate archery program grant.
“The skills of Alfred State’s archers are growing at an incredible pace and the greatest challenge is to provide the tools needed in what is an equipment-dependent sport,” stated Greg Sammons, vice president for Student Affairs and club coach. “The Easton Foundations and USA Archery are to be commended for helping to develop young archers. The generosity of the grant immediately increased our access to Olympic recurve and outdoor target equipment.”
In the award announcement to Alfred State, USA Archery stated: “The collegiate archery program continues to grow, and we were thrilled to see hundreds of archers from over 50 colleges and universities across the nation compete at our National Outdoor Collegiate Championships last month.”
Collegiate archery programs in good standing can request grant funds for items such as athlete and coach travel, target butts, stands, archery equipment, general supplies, and coaching certifications to support club, athlete and coach development. Generous contributions from the Easton Foundations fund the USA Archery grants.
USA Archery is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of archery in the United States. USA Archery selects and trains Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship, and World Cup teams, as well as developing archery at the grassroots level across the United States. More information is available at www.teamusa.org/usa-archery.
Executive Vice President Valerie Nixon received the Robert J. Wagner Business Officer of the Year Award at the annual conference of the State University of New York Business Officers Association (SUBOA). While Nixon serves as president of SUBOA, association members kept it a secret to surprise Nixon with their highest award.
“I was surprised and delighted to receive the Robert J. Wagner Business Officer of the Year Award,” stated Nixon. “Bob Wagner is a strong advocate and mentor for many SUNY business officers and to be honored by my colleagues with this award in his name is truly an honor.”
“This is the most prestigious award given by the SUBOA organization,” said Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State. “Val was recognized for her outstanding performance, high professional standards, and her significant contribution to SUNY and SUBOA. Chief business officers from across the state are the ones selecting the recipient, which shows the tremendous respect colleagues have for Val’s dedication and excellence. We at Alfred State could not be more proud.”
The Business Officer of the Year Award is named for the former vice president for administration at the University at Buffalo, Robert J. Wagner. It is bestowed annually since its inception in 2005.
Chief business officers with the State University of New York (SUNY) comprise SUBOA, including the System-wide Administration and the Research Foundation of SUNY. The charge of this group is to serve in an advisory capacity as consultants to the System-wide Administration and to give organized and effective direction in the development of improved principles and practices of educational business administration, in order that the members may serve more efficiently the educational objectives of their institutions and SUNY.
Previously Nixon received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 1994, She has earned numerous professional awards, including the New York State Financial Aid Administrator's Association (NYSFAAA) Founder's Award, and the NYSFAAA region 2 Service Award, which she received twice. She is the recipient of the State University of New York Financial Aid Professionals (SUNYFAP) Daniel Sistarenik Advocacy Award, and the Bill Troy Service Award, the highest honor that organization bestows. The SUBOA Business Officer of the Year Award is her latest accomplishment.
Nixon started her career at Alfred State as director of financial aid in 1988. More recently, she advanced to executive vice president in 2012 and led the college as interim president during the presidential search in 2013. She serves on a number of professional boards and committees, including the executive boards of SUBOA, Upstate New York College Collaboration (UNYCC) and Alfred Technology Resources, Inc. She is past president of Canisteo Community Support Group (CCSG), a charitable organization that provides support for local needy families.