Six faculty and staff members were recognized Saturday, Sept. 12 as the honorary inductees of the new Alfred State chapter of the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society.
Headquartered out of Colorado State University, the honor society was funded by an ACE/Wal-Mart Foundation Success for Veterans Grant. SALUTE is the first national honor society established for student veterans and military in two-year and four-year institutions of higher education.
Honorary inductees each received a certificate and a red, white, and blue cord at halftime of the Homecoming/Family Weekend football game against Husson University. They included:
Piotrowski, who is also a co-adviser of the chapter, said of being an honorary inductee, “I was certainly grateful for the recognition and happy to share the experience with my fellow Alfred State employees.”
Students will be inducted as the first class of the Alfred State chapter of SALUTE in the spring 2016 semester. To qualify, undergraduates must meet the following criteria:
ROTC cadets may also submit their undergraduate transcripts for consideration, but will not be inducted until after accepting a commission, however.
Nikkie Hockenberry, coordinator of Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX at Alfred State, said it is exciting to see Alfred State veterans receive recognition for their academic success.
“The experience they bring to our campus and our classrooms should be honored,” she said, “and we are happy to be able to make that recognition official with SALUTE.”
Melanie Ryan, student disability services coordinator and co-adviser of the Alfred State chapter of SALUTE, said, “We are very proud of our veterans and are honored to be able to celebrate their academic achievements. SALUTE offers Alfred State an opportunity to publicly celebrate our veterans’ academic successes, and I am delighted to be an adviser for Alfred State’s branch of the SALUTE honor society.”
For more information on SALUTE, visit http://salute.colostate.edu/. To find out more about the Alfred State chapter, contact Piotrowski at 607-587-4654 or Ryan at 607-587-4506.
For the ninth consecutive year, Alfred State has made the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings, tying for 19th among the top regional colleges in the North for 2016, up from 22nd a year ago.
The college has also tied for sixth place among top public regional schools in the North, moving up from seventh place last year. Furthermore, Alfred State tied for 14th on the list of best colleges for veterans among regional colleges in the North, and tied for seventh on the freshman retention rate list for regional colleges in the North.
“We’re delighted that Alfred State continues to perform well on the national scene and we’re pleased with our faculty and staff for keeping us in incredible areas of ranking both statewide and nationally,” said Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Rankings matter to students and parents when selecting a college. We are pleased that these rankings are validation of the return on investment at Alfred State.”
U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges list is one of the most sought-after rankings among colleges and universities across the nation. The rankings include data on nearly 1,800 colleges and focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked on up to 16 measures of academic quality.
“The State University of New York has historically offered students an affordable, accessible higher education that is second to none,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “As we work to bring the benefits of a SUNY education to even more students through our Completion Agenda, we are proud to see so many of our colleges and universities recognized by U.S. News & World Report again this year."
Alfred State recently welcomed more than 30 new faculty and staff members.
The Division of Academic Affairs has 16 new hires, including Mark Bloxsom, Leslie Buckley, Dr. Trisha Cowen, Daniel Drake, Joseph Fisher, Dr. Adrienne Foos, Daniel Jardine, Jessica Lippa, John Phillip Lisec, Joseph Mariotti, Heather Mark, Bridgett Mayorga, Dr. Mark Montgomery, Timothy Rohrer, Dr. Scott Simpson, and Dr. Jason Stupp.
Bloxsom, of Belfast, is now an assistant professor in theBusiness Department. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer studies from the University of Maryland University College, a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a master’s degree in economics from the University of California, Irvine.
Buckley, of Wellsville, joins the college as a disabilities and tutoring coordinator. Buckley earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Houghton College and a master’s degree in school counseling from Alfred University.
Cowen, of Alfred, is a new assistant professor in the English and Humanities Department. She has a bachelor’s degree in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College and a master’s degree from Binghamton University, where she also earned a doctorate in English literature and general rhetoric.
Drake, of Canisteo, was hired as an instructor in the Building Trades Department. He attended Biola University in La Mirada, CA, and has been a self-employed carpenter for nearly 25 years.
Fisher, of Scio, is now an instructor in the Building Trades Department. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1993 to 2008 and has been a heavy equipment operator at Jopo Farms since 2010.
Foos, of Alfred, is now in the position of assistant professor in the Business Department. Foos has a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo, an MBA degree from RIT, and a doctorate degree from the University of Manchester.
Jardine, of Owego, was hired as an institutional research analyst in the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness. Jardine earned a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in GIS/planning from Binghamton University.
Lippa, of Alfred Station, is now an assistant professor in the Nursing Department. She earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health science at SUNY Brockport, received her Bachelor’s of Nursing at The University of Rochester, and her master’s in family nurse practitioning at St. John Fisher College.
Lisec, of Alfred, is a new assistant professor in the Business Department. Lisec earned a bachelor’s degree in business, marketing and a bachelor’s degree in health and sports studies from Miami University, where he also received a master’s in sports studies. He is working toward his doctorate in kinesiology, with an emphasis in sport sociology from the University of Minnesota.
Mariotti, of Wellsville, is now in the position of instructor in the Building Trades Department. He served in the US Army from 1989 to 1996 and has 17 years of experience working at Wayne Paving and Gravel as a foreman and equipment operator.
Mark, of Dansville, joins the college as a secretary 1 in the Student Success Center. She has an associate degree in human services from Genesee Community College.
Mayorga, of Canisteo, was hired as an assistant professor in the Physical and Life Sciences Department. Mayorga has an associate degree from Alfred State, a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport, and a master’s degree from Capella University.
Montgomery, of Clayville, is the new coordinator of Academic Success Initiatives in the Student Development Department. He earned an associate in human services from Mohawk Valley Community College, a bachelor’s in psychology from SUNY Utica-Rome, a master’s in education from the University of New England, and a doctorate in education from Walden University.
Rohrer was hired as an instructor in the Building Trades Department.
Simpson, of Allegany, joins the college as an assistant professor in the Physical and Life Sciences Department. Simpson earned his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Fredonia and his doctorate degree from the University at Buffalo.
Stupp, of Friendship, is now in the position of assistant professor in the English and Humanities Department. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication and a master’s degree in English, both from St. Bonaventure University, and his doctorate in English from West Virginia University.
The Division of Administration, Advancement and Enrollment has hired nine new employees, including Danielle Bossard, Kalem Chambliss, Brenda Clancy, Christine Cleveland, Tamara Donovan, Chad Hafer, Stewart Sanford, Nicole Schroeder, and Brett Talbot.
Bossard is a new cleaner on the B shift at the farm and the Veterinary Technology Building.
Chambliss, of Belmont, is now in the position of office assistant 1 in the Print and Mail Services Department.
Clancy is a new agency program aide in Facilities Services.
Cleveland was hired as a cleaner on the C shift in the Hinkle Memorial Library.
Donovan, of Hornell, is now a cleaner on the B shift in the Huntington Administration Building.
Hafer joins the college as a plumber.
Sanford was hired as a cleaner on the C shift in the Orvis Activities Center.
Schroeder, of Hornell, is a new office assistant 2 keyboarding in Student Records and Financial Services. She graduated from Alfred State with an associate degree in liberal arts and sciences: social science.
Talbot, of North Hornell, is now the assistant director for Human Resources and CCET. He earned his associate degree in liberal arts and sciences: social science from Alfred State, his BSE degree from Mansfield University, and his master’s in school counseling from Alfred University.
The Division of Residential Services has nine new hires, including Audrey Cloum, Jarod Dodson, Mary Duex, Cody Herman, Jonathan Hoover, Sean McCarthy, Amy Miller, Andrew Strobel, and Charlotte Whitney.
Cloum, of Alfred, is now in the position of assistant director for Residential Life. Cloum has a bachelor’s degree in behavior development from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in student affairs and higher education from Indiana State University.
Dodson, of Alfred, joins the college as the new head football coach. He earned both his bachelor’s degree in recreation and his master’s degree in health and physical education from the University of South Dakota.
Duex, of Alfred, was hired as the residence hall director for MacKenzie North. She has a bachelor’s degree in forensic science technology from Alfred State and is working toward her master’s in higher education and student affairs administration from Buffalo State.
Herman, of Alfred, is the new residence hall director for MacKenzie West. Herman earned his bachelor’s degree in human services management from Alfred State.
Hoover, of Hornell, is now in the position of head men’s soccer/lacrosse coach. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Wheeling Jesuit University.
McCarthy, of Alfred, is the new residence hall director for MacKenzie East. McCarthy earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from SUNY Oswego.
Miller, of Alfred, was hired as the new residence hall director for Main Gate A. She received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport.
Strobel, of Alfred, is now in the position of assistant football coach/equipment manager. Strobel earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University and a master’s degree from Concordia University Irvine.
Whitney, of Cazenovia, joins the college as the residence hall director for Burdick Hall. She has a bachelor’s degree from Cazenovia College and a master’s degree from Stony Brook University.
A group of eight Alfred State senior building trades: building construction students will be spending the fall 2015 semester performing service work for communities in need as part of the college’s Semester in the South program.
Accompanied by Building Trades Associate Professor Norm Ellis, the students departed from Alfred Friday for Biloxi, MS, where they will spend six weeks working with Habitat for Humanity on building a new home. The following six weeks will be spent in New Orleans, working for St. Anna’s Episcopal Church on repurposing a mansion built in 1846 into a school and arts center for the Treme neighborhood.
Taking part in the Semester in the South this year are Brock Delgato, of Clarence; Kyle Parish, of Buffalo; James Friedeborn, of Ithaca; Jake Baran, of Clarence; Brian Mitchell, of Derby; Kevin Rogers, of Frewsburg; Kayla Miller, of Bronx; and Cody Marvin, of Bath.
This is the sixth year Alfred State students have journeyed to the southern states to apply their knowledge, gain valuable hands-on learning, experience a new culture, and make a difference in struggling communities. The students are expected to return to Alfred Nov. 21.
According to Ellis, the students will be performing mainly carpentry-related tasks while in Biloxi, though in New Orleans, they will be looking to do masonry, roofing, electrical, and plumbing work.
“The program has been a phenomenal success,” he said. “It’s the perfect place to teach. When you’re in the classroom, sometimes you don’t get the chance to reinforce and do the things we’re talking about, so if we’re going out there and building a whole house, we’re pretty much covering everything we’re learning, and also helping out communities in need in the process.”
Rogers said he decided to participate in the Semester in the South program because, “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it also looks great on a resume.”
Miller said, “I wanted to get out of Alfred and do something to help out a community in need.”
Alfred State officially welcomed more than 1,300 freshmen to campus Thursday morning during a New Student Convocation led by President Dr. Skip Sullivan at the Orvis Activities Center.
This year’s incoming class consists of 1,350 students from 60 of New York’s 62 counties and 18 additional states, plus 30 international students from seven countries. Of these new students, 102 have been identified as Alfred State Distinguished Scholars and 194 additional students have been offered other scholarships in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements, exceptional vocational skills, and extraordinary talents outside of the classroom. A number of students also bring with them previous work experience and successful college course work.
Speaking first to students, Sullivan encouraged them to get involved on campus through clubs, organizations, and civic engagement and leadership opportunities. He also shared some of the exciting upcoming events taking place at Alfred State during the fall semester.
“Get ready to work hard in your classes, but have some fun,” Sullivan said, “and best to you for the most memorable experience of your life.”
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and Faculty Senate Chair Jim Grillo provided some advice to help students succeed at Alfred State. He told them to seek help when they need it, not to cut corners or procrastinate, to take responsibility for their own actions, be confident, step outside their comfort zone, and balance academic and social opportunities.
“The good news is you aren’t going on your journey alone,” Grillo said. “We will be there helping and encouraging you at every stage. You will have some of the best faculty in the State University of New York helping you to succeed. These professors, as well as an outstanding professional staff, are here for you, to teach you the concepts that will serve you well in your future career.”
Pat Fogarty, College Council chair, told students, “There is more that you can do here than I could ever think of mentioning, but please, please get involved. My message is very simple: Join. Be doers. Go outside of yourself. Push the envelope. And then, you will be what Alfred State is all about: Pioneers.”
Greg Sammons, vice president for Student Affairs, then introduced students to Alfred State’s “Principles of Community” and Student Senate President Katherine Holmok, a business administration major from Prattsville, led students, faculty, and staff in reciting the college oath.
After Sullivan’s concluding remarks, students, faculty, and staff headed to Pioneer Stadium to create a human Alfred State logo for a photo session, which was followed by food, music, and activities outdoors nearby the stadium. Watch the time-lapse video.
The Hinkle Memorial Library at Alfred State will celebrate its 50th anniversary this September.
From 9-11 a.m. Sept. 12, as part of Homecoming/Family Weekend, the library will host an informal reception, during which time staff will be present to answer questions about the Hinkle Memorial Library Historical Exhibit in the gallery and to reminisce about the library and campus over the past 50 years. A complimentary continental breakfast will also be provided during this time.
The exhibit, which will run from Sept. 1 to Oct. 2, will include paintings of past Alfred State presidents, and historical photos of the college campus, the original library located on the Alfred University campus, the village of Alfred, and the Hinkle Library.
“We’re hoping that alumni who are back on campus for the Homecoming activities will stop in and see us,” said Alfred State Director of Libraries David Haggstrom. “It will be really cool if there are some who took part in the book brigade 50 years ago.”
With the growth of the State University of New York system in the late 1960s and 1970s, the Alfred State campus and library grew, as well. On Nov. 15, 1965, as part of the “book brigade,” students lined up at 8 a.m. in the old library, took an armful of books, carried them half a mile across the village of Alfred to the basement of the new library, stacked them in perfect shelf order, then went back for another load of books. With the students’ help, instead of taking weeks, transporting the library’s entire 22,000-volume collection to its current location took only four hours.
In 1970, the library was dedicated in memory of Walter C. Hinkle, college president from 1961-1964. Hinkle was instrumental in increasing the library appropriations and helping to build the library’s collections.
Since its dedication, the library has renovated the main floor and made several additions, including areas for small group or quiet study, the largest open computer lab on campus, an electronic classroom for library instruction and other college trainings, and a new main entrance to the building. The ground-floor renovation to house Technology Services was also completed, and the Marketing and Communications Department has since relocated to the library.
The tagline for the Hinkle Library’s 50th anniversary is “50—50—50: 50 Years—50 Donors—50 Dollars.” Funds raised through this effort will be used to update the display equipment and furniture in the gallery exhibit space. For information on how you can donate to the library, please visit www.alfredstate.edu/make-a-gift or call 607-587-4313.