The 2017 SkillsUSA New York State Leadership and Skills Conference Postsecondary Championship, held on Alfred State’s Wellsville campus, pitted 50 students from three schools against each other in one of the nation’s most prestigious showcases of career and technical aptitude on Saturday, March 25.
Schools competing this year included State University of New York (SUNY) at Alfred State, the State University of New York (SUNY) at Delhi, and the Culinary Institute of America. All competitions took place on the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville.
Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. The SkillsUSA state winners are eligible to compete in the 53rd National SkillsUSA Championship, held in Louisville, KY, June 19-23. More than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas.
Winners from the March 25 championship, by competition, are as follows:
AUTOMOTIVE REFINISHING –
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Matt Caraher, Cicero (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Anthony Black, Alfred (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Jacob Knapp, Dansville (Alfred State)
AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE –
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Joe Millspaw, Findley Lake (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Christopher Dean, Manchester (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Michael Burdick, Webster (Alfred State)
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Chris Stevenson, Binghamton (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Dakota Matthie, Madrid (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Nicholas Most, Endicott (Alfred State)
COMMERCIAL BAKING –
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Megan Farr, Bath (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Alicia Sailer-Dolan, Geneseo (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Andrea Koston, Rochester (Alfred State)
CULINARY ARTS –
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Yveline Vergin, Brooklyn (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Jonathan Korn, Poughkeepsie (Culinary Institute)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Jocelyn Carns, Perrysburg, OH (Culinary Institute)
DIESEL TECHNOLOGY –
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Maxwell Morrell, Sanborn (Alfred State)
ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION WIRING –
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Ryan Dunkle, Orchard Park (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Ethan Yanda, Wayland (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Cole Smith, Collins (Alfred State)
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Brenton Yager, Falconer (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Mitchell Carr, Campbell (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Brandon Cline, Belmont (Alfred State)
TECHNICAL DRAFTING –
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Richard Baer, Olean (Alfred State)
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: James Fyock, Bliss (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Jake Ingalls, Cuba (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Lindsey Hall, Wellsville (Alfred State)
WELDING SCULPTURE –
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Bradley Layton, Oneonta (Delhi)
In celebration of the rich history and legacy of performing arts at Alfred State, the college’s Department of Performing Arts will be hosting a weeklong series of events from April 23-29.
Performing Arts Week will kick off with the Annual Alumni Choral Concert at 2 p.m. April 23 in the Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center. The next four days will have rehearsals that will be open to all alumni who wish to participate. The week concludes with the combined vocal/instrumental spring concert on April 29, followed by the annual Performing Arts banquet.
Director of Instrumental Music and Coordinator of Performing Arts Gerald Ives said, “We are encouraging all alumni who have participated in these groups to join us for these events, and also perform in our spring concert, followed by their attendance at the banquet. This is the first-ever event in which we are inviting alumni of instrumental, vocal, and dramatic organizations to interact with students. We feel that it is beneficial for our program and students to understand the history of performing arts at Alfred State.”
Ives noted that in the past, Anthony Cappadonia, Joseph Canale, and John and Barbara Larson have created a rich legacy of performing arts programs, and that “we are committed to continuing the trend.”
“Alfred State has a number of talented students who have the desire to keep this legacy moving forward,” he said.
The schedule of events for Performing Arts Week is as follows:
For more information, contact the Office of Performing Arts at 607-587-4229, or Ives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alfred State’s William Dean, professor in the Department of Architecture and Design, and Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement, recently presented their jointly authored paper titled “Generating Discipline-Based Community Impact through Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration” as part of the 105th ACSA Annual Meeting in Detroit. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Brooklyn Says, ‘Move to Detroit.’”
This was the first time that Alfred State has been invited to participate at this national conference, which is sponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).
Dean’s and Hilsher’s presentation featured a discussion of the sustained regional community engagement of the Department of Architecture and Design. It also elaborated on the enhanced impact realized through collaboration with a student affairs civic leadership initiative through the Center for Civic Engagement.
A series of Southern Tier Architectural Resource (STAR) Center case study examples were used to illustrate best practices and a pathway to collaboration on course design, creative cooperation, and intentional partnership designed to maximize student learning and community impact.
While nanotechnology involves the study and application of very small things, Alfred State’s new Micro-Nano Fabrication Laboratory is one very big addition to the college’s Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Department.
Located on the fourth floor of the Engineering Technology Building, the facility houses a clean room for advanced device, microstructure, and circuit development. Within the lab are state-of-the-art instruments for designing, fabricating, characterizing, and testing complex micro-scale structures and devices in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and microelectronics.
The clean room is equipped to support education and research activities in various science and engineering fields, allowing advances in areas as diverse as biomedical engineering, energy harvesting, electronics, cell biology, and high-performance materials. The facility allows students to design, build, and test their own simple devices, while gaining experience in microelectronic and MEMS fabrication techniques.
The main purpose of the clean room is to provide a valuable hands-on experience for students who are looking to work in microelectronics, MEMS, and microfabrication industries after graduation. Very few schools offer such a hands-on learning opportunity to undergraduate students.
While the facility was upgraded at one time in 2003, it was recently expanded through a $1 million grant from the State University of New York (SUNY). The expansion included building renovation and equipment purchases, allowing a host of microelectronic and MEMS devices with features the size of one micron or larger to be fabricated in the same clean room.
Alfred State recently celebrated this new facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by faculty, staff, students, friends of the college, Allegany County Legislator Dwight Fanton, and representatives from the offices of US Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, and State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean. Providing welcoming remarks was Dr. John Williams, dean of Alfred State’s School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology.
“This is an exciting day,” he said. “This is many years in the making. We were kind of, up until this point, the best-kept secret. People would hear about what (Associate Professor) Dave Hunt was doing and the systems and the processes that were in place here, and they were impressed. So, this facility actually takes it to the next level, and I think will make us a school of choice.”
Dr. Kristin Poppo, Alfred State provost, said the lab provides an amazing opportunity for Alfred State and its students.
“We are the college of technology for western New York and we have to be at the front end of all these endeavors,” she said. “I think what we do in engineering technology at Alfred State meets the huge demand from the industry because our curricula are not just academic and theoretical. They’re hands on, and our students leave knowing what they’re doing.”
The final speaker for the ceremony was Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, who said ensuring that the college offers state-of-the-art facilities that prepare students for the workforce is a top priority.
“We need this kind of equipment to train our students so when they cross the stage and get their diploma, and even before, they’re ready to go to work,” he said. “This facility is certainly evident of the industry standard that has been set, and we’re delighted to make it available to our students.”
Watch a student video of the new micro-nano lab ribbon cutting.
Come join hundreds of Alfred State students next month as they raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society during the college’s annual Relay for Life event.
Held in the Orvis Activities Center gymnasium, the event will take place from noon until midnight April 8. The public is invited to join a team or put their own team together by visiting relay.acsevents.org.
The theme of this year’s Relay is “Decades.” Participants are encouraged to dress up in clothing worn during different decades from the 1920s until present, with outfits changing on an hourly basis.
“Anyone who attends is encouraged to dress up, but may wear casual clothes or whatever is comfortable,” said Relay for Life Committee public relations rep Jacob Allen, a construction management major from Palmyra. “There will be mini-games every hour to keep everyone involved and active.”
Allen noted that in the past, the Alfred State Relay has been able to raise more than $20,000 in just one year for the American Cancer Society, and that the committee is attempting to set a new record this year, in terms of fundraising and participation.
“Every penny will help,” he said, “so please come down to see what Alfred State is really about, and what we can accomplish together as a community in the fight against cancer.”
More than 950 high school students from Region I Board of Cooperative Education and Services (BOCES) districts, encompassing Western New York and the Southern Tier, competed in the 28th annual SkillsUSA Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics March 7 at Alfred State.
The winners of this regional competition will advance to the next level in Syracuse in April, where all six regions in New York State will meet to attempt to qualify for the national competition in Louisville, KY, in June. A postsecondary SkillsUSA state competition will also take place on the Wellsville campus on Saturday, March 25.
Skills tests ranged from criminal justice to TV/video production to public speaking. Alfred State faculty, staff, and students were heavily involved in the design, implementation, and judging of many of the contests. Many of the high school students were exposed to a college campus for the first time.
Contestants from the following schools attended:
Genesee Valley (Batavia); Career and Technical Education Center at Belmont; Lake Shore/ Carrier Educational Center (Angola); Charles G May Career-Tech Center (Mt. Morris); Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post); Edison Tech and Occupational High School (Rochester); Eastern Monroe Career Center (EMCC) (Fairport); Ellicottville CTE Center; Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center (Stanley); GST BOCES Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira); Harkness Career and Technical Center (Cheektowaga); Hewes Educational Center (Ashville); Kenton Career and Technical Education Center (Tonawanda); LoGuidice Center (Fredonia); Niagara (Sanborn); Olean CTE Center; Orleans Career and Technical Education Center (Medina); WD Ormsby Educational Center (East Aurora); Potter Career and Technical Center (West Seneca); Wayne Technical and Career Center (Williamson); WEMOCO Career and Technical Education Center (Spencerport); and GST BOCES, Wildwood Campus (Hornell).
An awards ceremony honored the following winners:
Auto Body Helper
Crime Scene Investigation (Three-Person Teams)
Electrical Construction & Wiring
Food Prep Assistant
Health Knowledge Bowl (Four-Person Teams)
Job Demo A
Job Demo Open
Precision Heavy Equipment
Quiz Bowl (Five-Person Teams)
Related Technical Math
Beginning this fall, some 40 students entering high school in Orchard Park will also be making a big step on their path toward a career. A partnership between Alfred State and Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES will allow these students to earn both a regents diploma from high school, along with an associate degree from college, to better prepare them to enter the workforce.
P-Tech (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) infuses the critical elements of high school, college, and industry together in a customized educational program. Students will complete high school, earn a college degree in only one additional year, and be ready to begin a career. The length of the program is tailored to the learning needs and educational goals of each student.
“P-Tech will follow many of our best practices at Alfred State. Students will work with specialized educators and industry leaders using project-based and personalized learning,” stated Dr. Craig Clark, vice president for Economic Development at Alfred State. “There are high-wage, high-tech, high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, and graduates with a related associate degree will be first in line for these employment opportunities.”
This initiative launches with a two-week summer program prior to the start of the first day of fall classes. Students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) are encouraged to join the program. The academy will incorporate a high-rigor STEM curriculum, and students participate in internships and job-shadowing experiences.
P-Tech empowers students to begin their college and professional lives more quickly by offering a supportive, small, customized learning environment to earn their Regents Diploma from their school district and an Associate of Occupational Science Degree in electrical construction and maintenance electrician or welding technology from Alfred State. As part of a structured program, students receive mentoring and internship opportunities to prepare them for available jobs in the region.
“Employers are looking for qualified workers who are fluid in technology, adaptable to change, and able to think on their feet,” Clark said. “This program will create what can be called ‘high-tech manufacturing athletes of the future’ to help companies continue to grow and innovate, while engaging students in a program that leads to great careers and builds a better workforce for the regional economy.”