Alfred State has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse.
Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.
Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly® School title by completing a survey of more than 100 questions covering 10 categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent advisory board of higher education and recruiting professionals. A full list of board members can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com/advisory-board.
The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “We are proud to be named a Military Friendly® School for the sixth consecutive year, and are extremely grateful for the courage and sacrifice of our country’s servicemen and women. Veterans will always be welcomed into the Alfred State family.”
“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”
Alfred State will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on MilitaryFriendly.com.
Applications are currently being accepted for the new four-year Bachelor of Science graphic and media design program.
This program will focus on developing the contemporary problem-solving and design skills needed to enter the workforce and to apply the elements and principles of design, drawing, and visual communication. An awareness of design history is combined with the latest topics in graphic and media design to provide an informed student aimed at innovation in the field.
The graphic and media curriculum was developed in response to a high volume of requests from prospective students, as well as to fill the current demand for designers who can work in a multitude of different media and platforms.
According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the arts and design occupations is projected to grow by 7 percent from 2012 to 2022, resulting in more than 17,000 new jobs. Nearly half of this growth is expected to occur among graphic designers.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “This new program will allow us to graduate skilled, versatile graphic designers who will be on the cutting edge of new trends in the field of design. I thank the faculty who worked to make this program possible.”
Dr. Kristin Poppo, vice president for Academic Affairs, said, “Alfred State is pleased to expand its Digital Media and Animation Department with this new degree in graphic media and design. Our programs provide incredibly creative students with excellent career options in growing fields.”
Graduates will possess the skills necessary to be well-rounded in both design and production across a wide variety of print and digital media. They will also be well-prepared for entry-level positions at design firms and in-house design and/or production departments within larger companies.
Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to listen to retired US Army Brig. Gen. Arthur G. Austin Jr. speak at 8:30 a.m. Veterans’ Day (Nov. 11) in the Alfred State Student Activities Center gymnasium on the Wellsville campus.
Austin, who is a graduate of the Detroit Chadsey High School commercial foods program, will give a speech about opportunities in culinary arts from a military perspective, focusing on personal vignettes, examples of leadership, and making a difference in one’s given field. He has commanded and overseen dining facility operations in both state-side and overseas operations. He also has personal experience in food service emergency response operations and with commercial food vendors during military operations.
The now-retired brigadier general entered into military service Jan. 8, 1977, as an enlisted member in the 177 Military Police (MP) Group, Michigan Army National Guard 210th Military Police Battalion. He attended basic training at Fort Knox, KY, before taking the MP Advanced Individual Training course at Fort McClellan, AL.
Austin entered the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Michigan State University in 1980, and was commissioned in March 1982. He has held various positions of command and responsibility over his 37 years of service, retiring as the deputy commanding general of the 46th Military Police Command in Lansing, MI on Oct. 31, 2014.
While serving in the military, Austin mobilized during the 1980 Cuban Refugee Crisis, in December 1990 for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, in 2003 to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for Operation Enduring Freedom, in 2005 for Operation Katrina/Rita, and in 2008 for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Among his awards are the Federal Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and various campaign and personnel service awards. He is the 901st Bronze-level recipient of the Military Police Regiment Order of the Marechaussee and the 14th inductee of the Michigan State Spartan Battalion Hall of Fame.
Originally from Detroit, Austin lived in Southfield, MI, for more than 25 years before moving to Cuba, NY, where he and his wife, Karen, now call home.
A bake sale will also be held at the same location as Austin’s speech that day, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve for disabled veterans.
Student Abigail Campbell was featured in the New York Times in the article, As Polo Sheds Its Elitist Image, Teams Crop Up on Campus, by David Walter.
Alfred State has been designated a 2016 STEM JobsSM Approved College by Victory Media, the leader in connecting young professionals with education and career opportunities, and creator of STEM JobsSMmedia and resources for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math.
The 2016 STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges survey rates universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their ability and responsiveness to connecting programs and students with high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations. Alfred State was recognized in four key areas that demonstrate the extent to which the programs 1) Provide opportunities for students to explore STEM subjects; 2) Promote partnerships that foster STEM literacy and connect classrooms to careers; 3) Ensure course work and activities have a focus on careers; and 4) Promote STEM programs that actively attract and engage under-represented student populations. Alfred State will be featured in STEM JobsSM magazine and online as part of the entire 2016 list ofSTEM JobsSM Approved Colleges.
“As a college of technology, STEM fields are an important part of our academic focus, having hosted the New York State STEM Education Collaborative Summer Institute for the second straight year this past July,” said Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State. “We are appreciative of the recognition as a 2016 STEM JobsSM Approved College.”
“With our STEM JobsSM Approved awards, we’re able to help educators evaluate whether they’re meeting the needs of students by employing the kinds of programs that our research shows are most effective in getting students involved in STEM,” said Glen Zollman, vice president of STEM Jobs. “We’re pleased to showcase schools like Alfred State as an institution leading the way in this area.”
After taking first place in two divisions at two straight competitions earlier this month, the Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club finished its strong season on a high note Saturday, Oct. 24.
That day the club took first place in the men’s division and second place in the Jack and Jill division at a timber sports competition at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse. Coach Scott Bingham said he is very pleased with his club’s performance.
“For the first time, the men’s team went undefeated for the season and the Jack and Jill team won two out of three shows, and didn’t lose by much on this one,” he said. “We also entered men’s and Jack and Jills teams that are equivalent to JV teams, so I am glad to see we have some up-and-coming talent.”
Team, individual, and double events at the Oct. 24 competition included bowsaw, log roll, axe throw, cookie stack, fire build, climbing, underhand chopping, and more. Other schools that competed included Finger Lakes Community College, Paul Smith’s College, SUNY ESF, the SUNY-ESF Ranger School, Morrisville State, SUNY Cobleskill, University of Vermont, and the University of Connecticut.
Looking back on this semester, Bingham said, “It was a fast-paced season, but the team’s desire and dedication prevailed.”
Looking ahead, Bingham noted Alfred State will host the 70th Northeast Collegiate Woodsmen Conclave championships April 22-23. He said while training for that event will be a “very encumbering task,” he has total confidence in his group.
“We have also been getting great support from the college, Student Senate, Stihl, and our alumni, which helps immensely,” he said.
Team Alfred, consisting of Alfred State and Alfred University students, came away with third-place awards in the “Affordability” and “Comfort Zone” contests in the 2015 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.
Held this year from Sept. 28 to Oct. 18 in Irvine, CA, the Solar Decathlon challenged collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. Fourteen teams competed in the 2015 event.
Team Alfred’s entry was a nearly 900-square-foot zero-energy home for middle-class families in rural western New York. Alfred State and Alfred University also collaborated on a submission for the 2013 Solar Decathlon, held in Datong, China.
In the Affordability contest, teams received up to 100 points for achieving a target construction cost of $250,000 or less. Team Alfred earned 98.14 points for its house.
The team, which finished 11th overall in the competition, also racked up a third-place award in the Comfort Zone contest, in which competitors were given up to 100 points for maintaining narrow temperature and relative humidity ranges during specified periods of time. Team Alfred received 89.205 in this contest.
Dr. Craig Clark, dean and executive director of the Alfred State School of Applied Technology, said Team Alfred received positive feedback on the quality of work of the house, inside and outside finishes, livability, open space, and on the home in general.
“We are proud of the student work and student participation in this national event,” Clark said.
Sean Ryan, an Alfred State building trades: building construction major from Batavia, said the competition provided a great real-world experience.
“You’re boosting your resume and getting to meet people from all over,” he said. “Plus, you get the actual feel for what you’ll eventually be doing in your career.”
Aaron Aumick, an Alfred State building trades: building construction major from Port Jervis, noted that the construction industry is heading toward green building, and that having experience with that is pretty unique.
“Not a lot of people get to build a house like we did,” he said. “Even union carpenters are just doing commercial jobs or stick-framing, and we’re getting the experience of seeing what the future can bring.”
Also making the trip to California was Joe Richardson, chair of the Alfred State Building Trades Department. He said he is proud of all of the students who had a hand in bringing the Team Alfred Solar Decathlon house to fruition.
“This was an excellent opportunity for Alfred State and Alfred University students to display their talents and abilities on a national scale,” Richardson said. “They were also able to receive a valuable hands-on learning experience unlike any other, which will undoubtedly benefit them in their careers once they graduate.”
Alfred State students who made the trip to California are listed below, by major:
Building trades: building construction
Air conditioning and heating technology
Electrical construction and maintenance electrician
Four Alfred State alumni also went to California. Their names, along with their degree names, towns, and graduation years, are Brandon Young (construction management: engineering technology, Cheektowaga, 2010) and Jeffrey Pasnik (building trades: building construction, Medina, 2004), both of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters; Kristin Szkolnik (architectural technology, Liverpool, 2014); and Kathryn Dussing (architectural technology, Syracuse, 2015).
Alfred University students who participated are:
Saeed Azad, a mechanical engineering graduate student from Iran; Tchabelino T. Azimyt from New York City, Patrick R. Byrne, of Hamburg, Nolan Jessop, of Churchville, and Dylan A. Tucker, of De Ruyter, all senior mechanical engineering majors; Bernard Dolecki, AU Class of 2014, School of Art & Design; Taylor A. Kelley, a junior mechanical engineering major from Wellsville; Avery O. Sandler, a senior, dual major in mechanical engineering and renewable energy engineering from Israel; and Jessica Scoones, of Deansboro, a senior renewable energy engineering major.
AU faculty advisers are Dr. Wallace B. Leigh and Dr. Xingwu Wang, both professors of engineering in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering.
Team Alfred is grateful for all of its sponsors, and would like to thank LeChase Construction; Upstate Roofing and Painting; NanaWall; Pella; Lutron Electronics, Inc.; Kohler; Carlisle; Big Ass Solutions; Way To Grow; LaBella Associates; Resource Furniture; The Western New York Floor Company; O’Connell Electric Company; Thermal Foams, Inc.; CLEI; Echo Global Logistics; Pearl’s Premium; Corning, Inc.; SWBR Architects; Apricus Solar Hot Water; Tinkertown Supply; Do it Best; HEP Sales; North Main Lumber; Madison Wood; Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Local 276; and Southern Tier Builders Association.
In photo above: Ryan Kozlowski, an Alfred State electrical construction and maintenance electrician major from Buffalo, is surrounded by solar panels on the top of Team Alfred’s entry in the 2015 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.