A pair of Alfred State cybersecurity teams battled against several universities from across the country Oct. 20-21 at the University of Connecticut (UConn) during the CyberSEED: Cybersecurity, Education, and Diversity Challenge Week competition.
Sponsored by UConn and Comcast, the event was intended to hone cybersecurity skills sets of students “who will eventually be employed to protect our nation’s infrastructure,” said Jim Boardman, assistant professor and chair of the Computer and Information Technology Department. Boardman coached the Alfred State teams, who participated in the Capture the Flag (CTF) challenge both days, finishing second and fourth overall the first day and fifth and sixth overall on day two.
“The teams did absolutely fantastic, especially considering most teams had graduate student members, whereas Alfred State teams were composed of all undergraduate students,” said Boardman, who noted that each member of the second-place team received a free Apple TV on day one. “The results demonstrate that our students are receiving an outstanding education due to the dedication of our faculty and our outstanding lab facilities that emphasize hands-on learning in all areas of information technology, with special emphasis on cybersecurity.”
During the CTF competition, students were placed in a scenario where they took on the role of a cyberware unit, racing to breach the systems of a large oil company for documents about a rumored oil find and its development. The competition allowed participants to understand the technology and thought process of hackers, while also sharpening their security skills and learning new techniques.
Anthony Dahmane, a network administration major from Bath, said CyberSEED was an invaluable experience that showed him not only how to apply the skills he’s acquired in study, but how much there is to learn in the field of information security.
“Over the two days of the competition, I learned a tremendous amount of skills to further prepare me for future competitions and my career,” Dahmane said.
Michael Fiore, a network administration major from Poughkeepsie, said, “Being able to take skills learned from class and implement them in real-world environments truly is a great experience, and competitions such as CyberSEED are no exception.”
Boardman said 20 teams competed in the CTF challenge, including those from schools such as Brown, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Florida State, Penn State, Syracuse University, Delaware Technical Community College, and more.
“Our students are proving they can compete well with the best students from across the United States,” Boardman said.
Pictured, from left, are members of Alfred State’s cybersecurity teams that recently participated in the CyberSEED: Cybersecurity, Education, and Diversity Challenge Week competition: Jeff Andolora, of Caledonia; Chris Bishop, of North Tonawanda; Craig Gratton, of Buffalo; Anthony Dahmane, of Bath; Tom Hakes, of Waverly; Assistant Professor and Chair of the Computer and Information Technology Department Jim Boardman; Conor Mitchell, of Binghamton; Joe Tomapat, of Goshen; and Michael Fiore, of Poughkeepsie. Andolora and Bishop are applications software development majors; Gratton, Dahmane, Mitchell, Tomapat, and Fiore are network administration students; and Hakes is majoring in information security and assurance.
The Alfred State Marketing and Communications Office recently won a Gold MarCom Award for its Orientation Progression 2014 meme postcards and emails.
MarCom Awards is an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals. This year, more than 6,500 entries were submitted from throughout the United States, Canada, and 15 other countries.
The Gold Award is presented to those entries judged to exceed the high standards of the industry norm. Alfred State’s entry included postcards and emails sent to accepted students about Orientation.
These mailings featured humorous memes of Alfred State’s mascot, Orvis the Pioneer, and Spencer Peavey, senior director of student engagement, urging students to register for orientation. They also included helpful information about campus life, staying informed on potential emergencies, and financial aid.
Female middle school students will learn to cultivate confidence, self-respect, and assertiveness during a two-day Girls Empowerment Workshop in February at Alfred State.
The workshop will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 17-18 at the Student Leadership Center on the Alfred campus. The registration fee is $30, which also covers the cost of lunch and snacks.
A number of experts will be on-hand for this event, including Alyshia Zurlick, assistant director of student engagement and Emerging Pioneer Leadership Program (EPLP) mentor; Dr. Scott Waldeis, lecturer in the Physical and Life Sciences Department; Nikkie Hockenberry, interim coordinator of equity, inclusion, and Title IX; Magan Straight, mental health counselor and EPLP mentor; and Teresa O’Connor of Cattaraugus Community Action.
Topics will include “The Art of Self-Compassion,” “Nutrition for Healthy Living,” “What Do You Value? Clarifying Values,” “Self-Esteem, Self-Acceptance, and Authentic Leadership,” “Healthy Relationships,” and “Everything I Need to Know About Leadership I Learned in Kindergarten.”
Greater Southern Tier BOCES cosmetology students will also be performing demonstrations on manicures and hair-styling.
For more information or to learn how to register, call the Center for Community Education and Training at 607-587-4015 or email email@example.com.
The Department of Architecture and Design at Alfred State has announced the winners of this year’s Bob Pahl Award, given annually to two students who kept the top sketch journals while studying abroad in Sorrento, Italy, as part of their urban sketching course.
The honor began in 2012 and is named for Bob Pahl, a Boston-area architect, who graduated from Alfred State in 1981 with a degree in architectural engineering technology. Pahl donated the first- and second-place prizes, which were presented this year to Taquon Middleton, of Brooklyn, who received $800, and Kara Anderson, of Ontario, who received $200.
Nicholas Cultrara, of Buffalo, was the recipient of a $100 third-place prize, which was donated by Professor Joy Carlson. All three students are architectural technology majors.
“We are extremely grateful to Bob for his generous donation each year,” said Jeffrey Johnston, assistant professor in the Architecture and Design Department and coordinator of the study abroad program in Sorrento. “The Bob Pahl Award provides a valuable incentive for Sorrento architecture students to carefully document, through drawings, their travel experiences and observations.”
Pahl said as a freshman, new to college but with a love of architecture, walking into Johnston’s introduction to architecture course was a dream come true.
“He inspired me, through his talk of travels and his incredible talent in sketching, to make architecture my passion and my life,” said Pahl. “I sketch daily in my profession, and love to give back to the place that had such an impression in my life. I also want to keep the ‘art alive in architecture,’ supporting hand sketching any way I can.”
Pictured, from left, are Jeffrey Johnston, assistant professor in the Architecture and Design Department; Dr. Kristin Poppo, vice president of academic affairs; architectural technology majors Taquon Middleton, of Brooklyn, Kara Anderson, of Ontario, and Nicholas Cultrara; and Dr. Cristiana Panicco, president of Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy.
Alfred State will host a holiday buffet from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the Culinary Arts Building on the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville.
The cost, which includes beverages, is $20 per person and $10 for children under 10 years of age. The menu will feature classic French cuisine, such as crown roast of pork, coq au van, crème brulee, French onion soup, cream puffs, cassoulet with duck, broccoli mornay, and much, much more.
Proceeds will benefit the Culinary Honors Program. This event is open to the public; no reservations will be accepted. Questions may be directed to 607-587-3170.
Alfred State students in the Architecture and Design department are helping to improve the quality of the built environment in Allegany County and the surrounding region through a number of Southern Tier Architectural Resource (STAR) Center civic engagement projects.
The STAR Center is a collaboration of two organizations in the department: the Architecture Club and the Interior Design Club, which, through the promotion of sound design and planning principles, seek to enhance the local built environment.
Last semester, architectural technology majors Jeremy Dearing, of Allentown, PA, and Andrew Scott, of Arverne, NY, proposed designs for a project at Pioneer Park in Dansville. The project involved creating a place for a monument marking the park as Dansville’s first cemetery - where many are still interred - as well as landscaping and lighting work.
“What the clients were proposing was fairly low impact and it was really meant to just formalize the park and create a place for a new monument that they had already made,” said Bill Dean, chair of the department of Architecture and Design. “Most of the time you would create the plan first and then place the monument. They had the monument first and it was like, ‘All right, where do we put it?’
“Jeremy and Andrew worked on that and talked about two different possible locations for the monument and did renderings of what that might look like, just to kind of give them some guidance.”
Dearing said, “I’m very glad that I was able to get some real hands-on experience with actual clients.”
In the fall of 2013, Dean said, two students through the STAR Center also presented designs for a project that involved placing a welcome sign in downtown Bath. The clients ultimately chose architectural technology major and Syracuse, NY, native Katie Dussing’s plan.
“We’ve done a lot of these conceptualizations but we’re starting to see more activity with actually implementing them,” Dean said, “which is nice because it’s great to have the ideas on paper but you want to see them built at some point.”
Since 2013, according to Dean, the STAR Center students have undertaken eight typically infrastructure-related civic engagement projects, mainly in the Southern Tier. Potential upcoming projects include conceptual planning for a pocket park in Scio, documenting existing conditions for a veterans’ center in Rushford and for a building in downtown Buffalo, and a master plan for Lions Camp Badger in Spencer, NY.
Another project involves two students working with the Alfred State Sustainability Committee on converting an L-shaped area near the Central Dining Hall into a community garden.
“It’s not a huge space, it’s not a big project, but any place we can help, we’re happy to give the students that type of experience,” Dean said. “We don’t know if the garden is going to be edibles or perennials. That hasn’t been decided yet.”
Libby Dussault, an architecture and interior design student, from Horseheads, NY, said the STAR Center provides an awesome opportunity for students.
“It’s a good way to meet and work with other people and form relationships and learn how to work on a project with someone else because we do a couple of partner projects in the studio but nothing that has follow-through and you don’t see the end result and I think working with clients, that’s a good opportunity, too,” she said.
Dean noted, “These students are actually getting that experience of talking to people about their problems and helping them develop solutions to the extent that they can do that through an academic exercise, so I think it really provides a tremendous experience for the students that they’re not going to get in every architecture program.”
Pictured in photo above are, from top, counter-clockwise, Alfred State architectural technology majors Jeremy Dearing and Andrew Scott, and members of the Pioneer Park Committee Patricia Kreiley, Paul Hoffman, and Jane Schryver. The students worked with the committee members on a civic engagement project at Pioneer Park in Dansville last semester through the college’s Southern Tier Architectural Resource (STAR) Center.
The Sant’Anna Institute of Sorrento, Italy bestowed Leadership Awards to a pair of Alfred State students enrolled in the college’s 2015 spring semester study abroad program last week at the Student Leadership Center.
Jake Kohler, a technology management major from Babylon, and Elizabeth Parker, an architecture major from Campbell, received the awards from Dr. Cristiana Panicco, president of Sant’Anna, and Alfred State Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Kristin Poppo. The awards, which will be given on an annual basis, are intended to encourage participation in studying abroad.
“We’re very happy to give students the chance to study abroad and fulfill their dreams,” Panicco said.
Awards are each in the amount of $1,000, which will be applied to the students’ account at Sant’Anna Institute, in Sorrento, Italy, the location of the study abroad program. Award winners are expected to exercise leadership among their peers during the semester abroad and to assist the on-site faculty in organizing events and traveling.
All business and architecture students are eligible to apply for the Leadership Award and recipients are selected by their respective department faculty. Applicants are evaluated on academic achievement, proven leadership skills, a written essay, and upon letters of recommendation.
Poppo said, “Alfred State is proud of the opportunity to partner with Sorrento over the last seven years to provide an exceptional opportunity for our architecture and business students to get a global perspective in their fields.”
Pictured, from left, are Alfred State Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Kristin Poppo; Jake Kohler, a technology management major from Babylon; Elizabeth Parker, an architecture major from Campbell; and Dr. Cristiana Panicco, president of Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy.
Danielle Green, a court reporting and captioning instructor in the Alfred State Business Department and a freelance court reporter, contributed to the National Court Reporters Association’s (NCRA) recently released book “Court Reporter Survival Guide: School Success Stories.”
The 106-page, softcover book is a collection of essays and tips written by freelancers, officials, CART captioners, and current students about making it through court reporting school. It contains eight chapters, including those titled “Superheroes in Training,” “The Road Less Taken,” and “Testing Our Limits.”
The content is described as “often humorous and always thoughtful,” consisting of insight and advice, as well as testaments sharing the many benefits, rewards, and opportunities that court reporting has to offer. Green said she contributed a short story about her own journey through court reporting school and how she became successful.
“Contributing to this book allowed me to share my trials and tribulations with current and prospective students,” Green said. “My participation in the book was motivated by the intrinsic rewards that I received.”
Green said she has a passion for students, and loves to see them succeed.
“Any way that I can contribute to their journey of success is gratifying,” she said. “And it never hurts to put our great college, Alfred State, in the spotlight as an added benefit.”
To purchase a copy of the book or to learn more about the NCRA, visit NCRA.org.
The Hinkle Memorial Library at Alfred State is hosting an art exhibit by Barbara Fox, of Little Valley, titled “Joie De Vivre” from now through Dec. 12.
The exhibit contains about 20 paintings, nearly all of them watercolor, that Fox has completed within the last three years. Its title is French for “exuberant enjoyment of life.”
Fox’s paintings have received numerous awards and have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the International Guild of Realism, among others, and is a master designer for the United States Mint.
Fox says she always paints realistically, focusing on the light and color of objects.
“A room full of colorful, light-struck flowers is always a joy in the gray days of winter,” Fox said. “And with my new still life paintings, I create something I crave in my life: peace, order, and beauty. I hope viewers will find a sense of that in my paintings, and enjoy the light, the colors, and the joie de vivre that art can provide.”
The “Joie De Vivre” exhibit will be open for viewing during normal library hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-587-4313.