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Week of Action held in support of victims of sexual violence

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 11:45

The Office of Equity, Inclusion and Title IX at Alfred State hosted a Week of Action Monday, Oct. 12 through Friday, Oct. 16 to bring awareness and resources to those in the community who are affected by sexual violence. All of the events were held in the Student Leadership Center (SLC) Park Space between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for students, faculty, and staff.

A clothing drive was also held from Oct. 9-16 for local hospitals to help victims and survivors of sexual assault. Hospitals will ask for the clothing worn by victims and take it as evidence for investigations. The issue that hospitals face now is that they are low on clothes to give to these victims when they leave.

Alfred State further participated in #PolishedMan, which gives men and women the initiative to stand up to violence against children and women. Painting one nail purple for 50 cents symbolizes the one in five children and women who will be victims of sexual violence in their lifetime. All of the proceeds went toward purchasing new clothing for the drive.

As for the Week of Action events, Mondaykicked off with Alfred State’s Clothesline Project. This program addressed the issue of violence against women by providing a vehicle for men and women to express their emotions about domestic/sexual violence through decorating and displaying a shirt. The shirts were hung up around SLC as a testimony to the problem.

Tyler Ribble, business administration, Elmira, left, and Adam Johnson, architecture, Williamson, pose with an “It’s On Us” cut-out signOn Tuesday, students and faculty could take their picture in an “It’s On Us” cut-out and sign a pledge to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. On Wednesday, participants had the opportunity to create posters, signs, and items to wear for the “Take Back the Night” event on Thursday.

The biggest event of the week, Take Back the Night began with an educational talk led by Sarah Blagg of the Sexual Assault Resource Center. The talk focused on sexual assault, Title IX, and survivor experiences.

Afterward, 130 members of the Alfred State community marched through campus, on Main Street, and back to the SLC, where a reception was held in the Small Event Space. Members from the Counseling Services staff on campus were present if anyone wished to talk about sexual assault, experiences, and discuss resources available.

Prior to the talk, Crime Victims Coordinator Shannon Ozzella from the Allegany County District Attorney’s Office addressed the crowd, commending them for the donations collected.

Tara Goldsbury, a technology management major from Brooklyn, who also interns in the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Title IX and helped plan many of the events, said, “It was rewarding to bring awareness to issues such as sexual harassment and sexual violence to Alfred State students, and to see how the community came together to make donations and get involved.”

The week came to a successful end on Friday, the last day to sign the pledge, donate clothes, paint a nail, and decorate a shirt. Coordinator of Equity, Inclusion and Title IX Nikkie Hockenberry was overwhelmed with the support from the students and community.

“It was really encouraging to see so much support from students, in particular the Greek houses,” she said. “As the adviser to the fraternity Pi Rho Zeta, it’s important that we are celebrating the positive things these students bring to the community, especially around this topic. It was really powerful to see how our students are embracing the It’s On Us campaign and our newest bystander awareness campaign ‘Empower Alfred.’ They truly look out for one another.”

The guest speaker, Blagg, agreed, saying, "Sexual assault survivors - especially those on college campuses - often face a lot of hurdles when it comes to reporting what happened to them and getting the support they need. It was inspiring to see how many people support survivors on the Alfred State campus; they really have embraced bystander intervention and sexual assault prevention with gusto. I wish more colleges would take their lead."

In photo above, Alfred State students Tyler Ribble, business administration, Elmira, left, and Adam Johnson, architecture, Williamson, pose with an “It’s On Us” cut-out sign during the Week of Action event at the college.

Three Upstate NY Colleges Come Together To Serve The Local Communities

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 09:45

Houghton College, Alfred State, and Alfred University join together to serve local communities during the 2015 Make a Difference Day.

5 student volunteers at Make a Difference Day: Celebrate Service, Celebrate AlleganyMake a Difference Day: Celebrate Service, Celebrate Allegany kicked off its fourth year this past Saturday and proved to be a huge success as approximately 500 local college students and volunteers from Alfred University, Alfred State, and Houghton College came together to perform a day of community service projects throughout Allegany County.

Students from all three institutions gathered at their respective colleges at 8 a.m. and were transported to pre-arranged service locations throughout the county, returning home about 4 p.m.

Locations spread from the north side of Allegany County to the far south side in which the students performed service projects ranging from outdoor activities, such as painting and grounds work, to indoor projects, such as assisting food pantries with cleanup and organization and assembling aid packages.

“While it is true that the students are serving the local communities, this day is really much more than that,” commented Marshall Green, public relations specialist for Houghton College. “The students not only give but also get something in return…. They get to engage with their adoptive communities, meet with neighbors, business owners and other community volunteers. Most importantly, they get to see how, even in the small things, we have opportunities to make big impacts and create lasting relationships. My hope is that this will stick with them far past their college careers.”

In year one, a total of 450 college students impacted the local communities of Allegany County with more than 2,500 hours of service. Over the combined four years, more than 1,700 students have participated, totaling more than 10,200 hours of service that have been provided to the local communities during just this annual day of service.

The impact of the day of service can go far beyond the single day. For the students, it is a way to illustrate and develop a culture and lifestyle of community service that they will hopefully carry with them throughout their tenure as students and into their lives post-education. For the local communities, it enables important tasks, projects, and events to get a jump-start, make significant progress or come to fruition.

The day of service also brings together students and the local community in a way that is beyond the traditional consumer context. New relationships and synergies have also been cultivated between the colleges and local businesses/non-profits that have developed new projects and outreach beyond Make a Difference Day.

“We demonstrate, through this day of action, the importance of active citizenship through direct service and developing relationships with neighbors,” commented Alfred State College’s director of civic engagement, Jonathan Hilsher. “The impact of this day is measured not only in concrete ways, but through the connections and longer-term partnerships that develop.”

The three institutions rely on donations to help pay for the needed supplies, T-shirts and transportation for the day of service. This year, financial support was provided in part by Otis Eastern Service, Leadership Allegany, The Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce, Allegany County Area Foundation, Swain Ski Resort and Alfred Sports Center.

Four years ago, Leadership Allegany organized the inaugural local service day, which facilitated the original partnership between the three colleges.

Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of community service, has been impacting lives for more than 20 years. Millions of people around the world unite to volunteer their time and energy for those around them. USA Weekend magazine and Points of Light, sponsors of Make a Difference Day, say, “regardless of age, location, or resources, we can accomplish amazing things when we take on the problems we see in our community.”

Corey Fecteau, Alfred University’s service learning coordinator, summed up the day: “Hearing the stories that students tell about their service experiences is very rewarding. During this day of service, all the student participants learn more about Allegany County communities and the vital services that volunteer organizations provide within those communities. An unexpected benefit, however, is that the students also learn about themselves and the roles they can play in serving their neighbors.”

For more information about Make a Difference Day: Celebrate Service, Celebrate Allegany, please visit http://www.celebrateallegany.com.

Fogarty reappointed, Benedict appointed to Alfred State College Council

Posted Date: Friday, October 23, 2015 - 15:30

The New York State Governor’s Office recently reappointed Patricia K. Fogarty, of Belmont, and appointed Eva Benedict, of Wellsville, to the Alfred State College Council.

Council members serve without salary as an advisory group to the president of the college. Authority of the Council is in such areas as regulations governing student conduct, regulations concerning care and management of campus facilities, review of academic programs, approval of candidates for college degrees, and selection of the college president.

Patricia K. FogartyFogarty’s dedication to Alfred State began in 1984 when former Gov. Mario Cuomo appointed her to the Alfred State College Council, which she served on until 2001, and was the chair of from 1993 to 2000. She was reappointed to the Council in 2008, and later that year assumed the position of chair, which she has held ever since. She also has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., and on the Board of Directors of the Alfred State Development Fund.

In 1974, Fogarty received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Juris Doctor degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1975. A first assistant public defender at the Allegany County Public Defender’s Office, Fogarty has also served as an assistant public defender, as president of Serra & Fogarty P.C., and as the Allegany County district attorney.

Fogarty has a long history of civic activity and currently serves on the boards of the Allegany County United Way, Southern Tier Traveling Teachers, Catholic Charities of Buffalo, and on the Bishop’s Council of the Laity for the Diocese of Buffalo. She has earned numerous honors, including the Alfred State College President’s Medallion and the Alfred State Outstanding Service Award.

Eva BenedictBenedict has served as president and CEO of Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville since 2007. She previously held several other positions at the hospital, including vice president of Patient Care Services, director of Critical Care and Patient Management Services, nurse manager of Critical Care, and Critical Care staff nurse.

Benedict holds a Master of Science with a concentration in nursing administration from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the State University of New York at Albany, and a nursing diploma from the St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Elmira. She has served in a number of community roles, including as a member of the Community Care of Western New York, Home Care and Hospice Corporate Board and Quality Assurance Committee; the Wellsville YMCA Board; the Wellsville Rotary Club; and as a volunteer at the Immaculate Conception Church and for the RidgeWalk & Run.

Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club rolls to back-to-back wins in two divisions

Posted Date: Friday, October 23, 2015 - 10:30

For the second time this month, the Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club sawed, rolled, chopped, and climbed its way to the top in two divisions at a timber sports competition.

Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club members 2015

The club earned a first-place finish in both the men’s and the Jack and Jill divisions, respectively, Saturday, Oct. 17 at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks, marking the first time the club has captured back-to-back wins in both areas. Two weeks prior, the club took first in the same divisions at the Finger Lakes Logging Sports Competition at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua.

Team, individual, and double events at the Oct. 17 competition included bowsaw, log roll, tree-climbing, barrel-splitting, pulp toss, birling, underhand chopping, and more. The boom run event, in which competitors must run across the top of 11 logs that are tied together end-to-end and floating on a pond, posed a challenge to the Pioneers because they did not have a set-up that allowed them to train for the event. In the end, however, they prevailed.

“Our team was still able to get very respectable points in the boom run, which helped to put us over the top,” said coach Scott Bingham.

Alfred State competed against several other schools Oct. 17, including Finger Lakes Community College, Paul Smith’s, the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), the SUNY-ESF Ranger School, Morrisville State, SUNY Cobleskill, and the University of Vermont. Bingham said “axes, saws, and skills, are being honed,” as the club prepares for its final competition Saturday, Oct. 24 at SUNY ESF in Syracuse.

Pictured in photo: Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club members, along with their majors and hometowns, are, front row, from left to right: Kara Stone, surveying and geomatics engineering technology, Lake View; Dan Ognibene, construction management engineering technology, Alexander; Max Laramie, mechanical engineering technology, Boonville; Kevin Koerner Jr., technology management, Lancaster; and Kristina Kriger, agricultural business, Friendship. 

Second row, from left to right, are: Marissa Saunders, electromechanical engineering technology, Lindley; Zachary Herrington, mechanical engineering technology, Horseheads; Francesca Mastrobattisto, building trades: building construction, Baldwinsville; Mike Oyer, assistant coach; Gavin Maloney, masonry, Rome; Sutton Carhart, construction management engineering technology, Stafford; Dan Christoffersen, construction management engineering technology, Port Crane; and Scott Bingham, coach. 

Third row, from left to right, are: Josh Cook, construction management engineering technology, East Syracuse; Frank Kowalski, mechanical engineering technology, Elba; and Benjermin Wood, construction management engineering technology, Hector.

Lt. Gov. Hochul on need for state support of NFE and BDCC: ‘Message received’

Posted Date: Friday, October 23, 2015 - 08:30

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and State Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean, met with leaders of Alfred State, local representatives, and other distinguished guests Thursday afternoon at the Wellsville campus to discuss state funding for the New Forest Economy and the Bio-refinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC).

The proposed BDCC will be used to further advance research of the Hot Water Extraction (HWE) process, which extracts useful chemicals from natural products, and take the current successful HWE process, developed in the laboratory at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), to a commercial level. The chemicals can be used for a number of industrial products and the remaining cellulose material can be used for pellets and products used in structures. HWE is the process through which an industrial-based concept known as New Forest Economy (NFE) uses natural resources.

Young announced in September that she had secured $1 million in state aid to help establish the BDCC on the Wellsville campus, noting its potential to help revitalize struggling areas of the state. On Thursday, she was one of several who spoke to Hochul about the need for state support of the BDCC and the NFE, as well as the significance of New York State purchasing the Wellsville campus, which is currently owned by the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc.

Hochul acknowledged her and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desire to help the Southern Tier economy, saying, “Message received.”