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Dr. Richard Kellogg publishes article in ‘Paperback Parade’

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 10:00

Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of an article that appears in the most recent issue of “Paperback Parade,” a quarterly journal for readers and book collectors published by Gryphon Publications. The article is titled "Philip Wylie's ‘The Disappearance.’"

The author, in reviewing Wylie's novel “The Disappearance,” notes that Wylie (1902-1971) was often labeled a misogynist for his biting critique of wives and mothers in his earlier “Generation of Vipers” (1942). He suggests that Wylie wrote “The Disappearance” to atone for his earlier attacks on women.

“The Disappearance” takes place in Miami on Valentine's Day in 1950. In the blink of an eye, all the women suddenly disappear from the world of men. At the same instant, all the men vanish from the world of women, leaving two parallel universes: one occupied by men and the other by women. The novel reveals the sequence of events that occur over the next four years in the male and female domains.

Wylie depicts a one-sexed world as one filled with loneliness and despair. He captures the sadness and the anger that develops when men and women are separated from each other. Wylie asserts that the combination of male and female energies is necessary to create a healthy and productive society.

Kellogg concludes that Wylie understood the interdependency of the two sexes and that “The Disappearance” refutes the allegation that he hated women. In fact, literary critics now consider this novel to be among Wylie's finest achievements in the genre of science fiction.

Open House held for Vet Tech Center

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 08:45

Alfred State celebrated its new Veterinary Technology Center Friday with an Open House attended by past and present students, President Skip Sullivan, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Dr. Robert Curry, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members.

Dr. Philip Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, said the Center is used to teach almost all of the vet tech classes that involve live animals. It includes animal housing, teaching labs, a radiography suite, and a surgical suite.

Kathy Bliss holding animal at new vet Center“The Vet Tech Center is a top-quality teaching facility that rivals any in the region,” Schroeder said, “and helps the program continue to be one of the best in the country.”

Before opening during the spring 2013 semester as the Vet Tech Center, the facility was used for the horticulture and landscape design program since the 1950s. Renovations to the roughly 7,500-square-foot building began in the spring of 2012 and ended this summer, costing $1.2 million.

The Center also maintains relationships with the Wellsville SPCA and the Hornell Area Humane Society.

“Both of these entities send us dogs and cats to use in teaching and in turn, we spay or neuter and socialize these animals,” Schroeder said.

Kellie Donovan, of Bergen, N.Y., who graduated from Alfred State in 2006 with a degree in veterinary technology, attended Friday’s Open House and took a tour of the new facility. She came away impressed.

“I think it’s great,” said Donovan, who is now a licensed veterinary technician at Genesee Valley Equine in Scottsville, N.Y. “It looks amazing.”

Hannah Leffler, a veterinary technology major from Averill Park, N.Y., was also present at the Open House. She noted that the Vet Tech Center helped prepare her for a summer internship at Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital in East Greenbush, N.Y.

“We have so many awesome machines here to work with that are just like the ones we work with at our internships and eventually our jobs, so the Center is really helpful,” Leffler said.

In photo above: Kathy Bliss, Alfred State instructor in the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, holds up “Jose,” a bearded dragon, Friday during the Vet Tech Center Open House.

2014 Homecoming/Family Weekend a huge hit

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 08:30

Patricia K. Fogarty with a student at homecoming With sunny skies, several new events, and plenty of fun activities for everyone, it’s no wonder Alfred State’s Homecoming/Family Weekend was so well attended this year.

In fact, according to Spencer Peavey, senior director of student engagement at Alfred State, some alumni, students, and families were calling this the “best Homecoming ever.”

“The student responses were amazing,” Peavey said. “The attendance rates, from the dodgeball games to the comedian and magician, were higher than ever.”

Peavey said the nice weather “absolutely” impacted attendance for Homecoming/Family Weekend, which took place from Thursday through Sunday. He said while he has no way of estimating the total number of visitors because the majority of people at the events were students, he saw more alumni around this past weekend than he has in years.

“Alfred’s Got Talent, which continues to be the biggest event outside of the football game, reached a record high for attendance at 500 students, family members, and alumni,” Peavey said.

New to this year’s Homecoming/Family Weekend were a Greek chili contest, Game Day Live interviews, a classic car contest, a student car show, and a family zone with inflatables and carnival games. The weekend also included several fundraisers, such as the fourth annual Race for a Cure 5K run/walk, which 41 people attended, and raffle baskets during the tailgating event, which raised more than $2,500 toward charities and student initiatives.

In photo above: Alfred State College Council Chair Patricia K. Fogarty and a student proudly display their school spirit during the college’s 2014 Homecoming/Family Weekend.

Bethesda Foundation tours Alfred State Nursing department simulation lab

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 15:45

Nine members of the Bethesda Foundation visited Alfred State Thursday to get a first-hand look at one of the Nursing department’s high-fidelity simulation labs in the Physical and Health Sciences building.

The group watched as senior nursing students Chelsea Goodwill, of Falconer, N.Y., and Jessica Matava, of Ontario, N.Y., administered care to a SimMan 3G ® manikin, which simulates an actual hospital patient.

Phil Loree, president of the Bethesda Foundation, said of the simulation, “I think it’s great. The ability to use a manikin like that is fantastic.”

Barbara Arnault, a member of the foundation, echoed Loree’s statements, saying, “It’s wonderful. We are so glad we’re able to make contributions that help out with these very expensive projects.”

The Bethesda Foundation, according to its website, is a non-profit charitable organization devoted to the funding and support of health-related projects and scholarships in the Hornell area. The foundation provides roughly $15,000 a year for numerous scholarships at Alfred State, typically for nursing students from Allegany, Steuben, or Livingston counties.

“Alfred State appreciates the Bethesda Foundation and its ongoing scholarship support to nursing students in these three counties,” said Dr. Lisa Harmon, chair of the Nursing department.

Bethesda Foundation tour of nursing

Timberly Shepard, Alfred State lecturer in nursing, speaks to members of the Bethesda Foundation Thursday in one of the Nursing department’s high-fidelity simulation labs.

Alfred State Farm hosts Kiddie Ag Day

Posted Date: 
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:00

local students with horse at Kiddie Ag Day 2014Hundreds of first- and second-grade students from area schools visited the Alfred State Farm Tuesday for Kiddie Ag Day.

Dr. Philip Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology department, said the students toured the 800-acre farm, learning about agriculture and where their food comes from. Participating schools included Andover, Alfred-Almond, Cuba-Rushford, Fillmore, Whitesville, Bolivar-Richburg, Genesee Valley, and Scio.

Alfred State, Schroeder said, has hosted Kiddie Ag Day “for as long as anyone can remember,” although the college did not hold it for the past few years because of construction on the farm. The return of Kiddie Ag Day this year, according to Schroeder, was a big hit.

“Between the beautiful weather, the enthusiasm of our students’ tour leaders, the donation of more than 500 cartons of milk and string cheese by Organic Valley, and the attendance of more than 600 kids,” Schroeder said, “I think the day was a great success.”

Alfred State support team among Fireball Run squads that departed for Frisco, Texas, Tuesday

Posted Date: 
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:30

Three teams headed from the Alfred State School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville to Frisco, Texas, Tuesday morning for Fireball Run, the annual life-sized trivia game that seeks to aid in the recovery of America’s missing children.

Two of the squads, Team Allegany and Team Salamanca, are competing in Fireball Run, while Alfred State is providing a support team and sponsoring the event.

“We’re really excited to be sending off another team to the Fireball Run,” said Craig Clark, executive director and dean of Applied Technology.

The college’s support team will perform duties such as tire pressure and car checks, according to Kent Johnson, chair of the Automotive Trades department.

“When the cars break down, we’re going to lend a hand,” Johnson said of the Alfred State team, which will drive a 1987 Mercedes Turbo Diesel donated by 1975 Alfred State graduate Mark Crounse.

Along with Clark and Johnson, the Alfred State support team includes automotive service technician students and brothers Josh and Jordan Ricotta, both from Falconer, N.Y. The students said they were honored to be a part of this year’s Fireball Run.

“We’re honored to go and represent the college that we wanted to take up automotive at,” said Josh Ricotta. “Our hard work paid off and they honored us with being able to go.”

“It sounds like a great opportunity and seems like we’ll have some fun,” Jordan Ricotta said. “It’s a great experience to learn from.”

This year’s Fireball Run begins Sept. 26 in Frisco, Texas, and ends Oct. 4 in Independence, Mo., covering 14 cities and 2,000 miles. For a full schedule, updates, and to watch the action live, visit www.fireballrun.com.

students with 2014 Fireball Run car

Pictured are the Alfred State Fireball Run support team members along with 1975 Alfred State graduate Mark Crounse, who donated the 1987 Mercedes Turbo Diesel vehicle shown here. From left are Kent Johnson, chair of the Automotive Trades department; Jordan Ricotta, automotive service technician student; Craig Clark, executive director and dean of Applied Technology; Crounse; and Josh Ricotta, automotive service technician student.

Alumni invited to attend free Oct. 3 event at David A. Howe Public Library in Wellsville

Posted Date: 
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:15

Alfred State will host a free alumni event from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the David A. Howe Public Library, 155 N. Main St., Wellsville.

The event provides an opportunity for the 700 alumni residing in Wellsville and the surrounding areas to meet and greet College President Dr. Skip Sullivan and one another.

Alumni will also have the chance to learn about Alfred State’s 19 baccalaureate and 50 associate-level programs, its 800-acre working farm, its move to NCAA Division III athletics, and the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program, which will help fund a Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center (SAMC) at the School of Applied Technology.

Students at the SAMC will be trained in state-of-the-art techniques of sustainable manufacturing, including advanced lighting, HVAC, and process improvements through waste reduction and LEAN Six Sigma processes. The SAMC will be designed and constructed to minimize the energy typically used in manufacturing and will also serve as a prototype to assist manufacturers in developing new products and systems in a sustainable environment.

Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served during the event. Those interested in attending should contact Cindy Croston by Sept. 30 at 607-587-3931 or at alumni@alfredstate.edu.

Alfred State Partners in New Grant to Continue Building a More Highly Educated Nursing Workforce

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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 14:30

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced that New York has been chosen to receive a $300,000, two-year grant in Phase II of its Academic Progression in Nursing program (APIN). The grant, awarded to the Foundation of New York State Nurses, will support the NYS Future of Nursing Action Coalition’s efforts to implement the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that 80 percent of practicing registered nurses hold the baccalaureate degree by 2020.

The Alfred State Associate of Science in nursing and the Alfred State Bachelor of Science in nursing programs, partners in the first APIN grant received by the Foundation of New York State Nurses in 2012, will continue as partners in the new grant. Lisa Harmon, PhD, RN, CNE, chair of the ASN and BSN nursing programs at Alfred State will lead the nursing programs’ participation in the new grant project. The New York project provides for simultaneous admission to a baccalaureate nursing program and an associate degree nursing program. Students in these programs, known as the 1+2+1 model, are eligible for licensure as an RN at the end of the third year upon completion of the associate degree program.

“The 1+2+1 AD-BS model has set a national standard of excellence for advancing the education of nurses. Through the dedicated work of the leadership and collaborative partners in APIN Phase I, admissions have increased by 23 percent in one year’s time. In addition, more employers are offering not only tuition reimbursement for RNs continuing their education, but other incentives such as flexible hours, pay differential and on-site classes,” stated Deborah Elliott, RN, MBA, executive director of the Foundation of New York State Nurses and project director of the grant project.

“We are delighted to be able to offer this progressive model of nursing education at Alfred State. During the first year in the nursing program, students take general education courses as well as anatomy and physiology I and II. In years two and three, they concentrate on core nursing course work, earn the associate degree, and take their licensing NCLEX exam. Upon passing, they can work as an RN while they finish their BS degree in the fourth and final year, which is all online, either at home or on campus. This is a student-centered model that equips the student for success in both the collegiate as well as employment venues,” states Harmon.

Eight other states - California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington - will also receive Phase II APIN grants. The grants will allow these states to continue working with academic institutions and employers to expand their work to help nurses to obtain higher degrees. This is essential to enable nurses to provide evidence-based care, perform research and assume higher practice, education and administrative leadership roles, thus promoting health and ensuring quality care.

The Center for Nursing at the Foundation of New York State Nurses, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to preserving quality nursing and health care now and in the future.

Alfred State ranked 22nd among top regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report

Posted Date: 
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 08:45

Alfred State has once again made the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings, tying for 22nd among the top regional colleges in the North for 2015. The college has also earned a seventh-place ranking among top public regional schools in the North.

This marks the eighth consecutive year Alfred State has made the prestigious list, tying this year with Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology of Flushing, N.Y. According to U.S. News & World Report, Alfred State’s average freshman retention rate is 82 percent, up from 74 percent a year ago.

“We’re delighted that Alfred State continues to perform well on the national scene and we’re delighted with our faculty and staff for keeping us in incredible areas of ranking both state and nationally,” said Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan.

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges list is one of the most sought-after rankings among colleges and universities across the nation. Criteria this year included graduation rates, faculty resources rank, and student SAT and ACT scores.

“Again this year, we are proud to see so many of our SUNY campuses recognized as being among the best nationally by U.S. News and World Report,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “In every community across New York State, SUNY colleges and universities like Alfred State offer students top quality degree programs and applied learning opportunities that prepare them for success in today’s 21st-century global economy. Congratulations to each of the SUNY campuses making the list for 2015.”

Alfred State Named a Lead Institution in Civic Engagement by National Association

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 13:30

Alfred State has been selected to participate in a national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement. The college has been named one of nearly 100 colleges and universities in the nation as a Lead Institution by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession.

As a participating institution in NASPA’s initiative, Alfred State will continue to encourage students’ civic development through thoughtful community partnerships, engaging leadership opportunities, and democratic participation.

“Alfred State is pleased to be selected to participate in NASPA’s network of institutions dedicated to developing students’ sense of civic identity as a core value of higher education,” said Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Alfred State. “Being recognized as a national leader in this field is a reflection of the quality of our current efforts and our collective commitment to inspiring students to demonstrate leadership through civic engagement.”

By combining real-world learning situations with civic engagement opportunities, Alfred State students make significant contributions to communities around the world and are frequently among the first to lend their skills and knowledge to those in need, including communities devastated by Super Storm Sandy and Haitian communities recovering from the 2010 earthquake. Last year, Alfred State students contributed nearly 60,000 hours of service, civic leadership, and workforce-ready knowledge to communities in need.

To learn more about NASPA’s Lead Initiative and view a complete listing of participating institutions, please visit the NASPA website at: http://www.naspa.org/rpi/lead-initiative.

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