After traveling more than 2,300 miles in nine days in a 1953 Dodge Power Wagon tow truck, a group of five Alfred State students and one professor arrived in Santa Monica, CA June 28, officially finishing The Great Race.
Automotive Trades Professor Mike Ronan, who served as faculty adviser on the trip, said although desert temperatures in New Mexico, Arizona, and California reached 115 degrees Fahrenheit, the Power Wagon’s coolant never rose above 190 degrees Fahrenheit and that the vehicle “ran like a champ the whole way.”
One challenge the group faced, according to team member Ryan Madison, an automotive service technician major from Rochester, was that some elevations along the route went from 200 feet above sea level to 7,200 feet above sea level. This meant that the team had to adjust the old carburetor often to keep the truck running smoothly.
“Other than that, all the competitors were amazed the truck performed so well,” Madison said.
Representing Alfred State in the race, in addition to Madison and Ronan, were Andrew Carpino, automotive service technician, Caledonia; Nick Reale, autobody repair, Jamestown; Tom Rifenburgh, automotive service technician, Worcester; and Ryan Valle, motorsports technology, New Windsor. Approximately 10 students in several majors worked regularly on the team’s vehicle throughout the spring semester, including rebuilding the engine and all drivetrain components, and installing new brakes, wiring, lights, and gauges.
Held June 20-28 this year, The Great Race stretched along the legendary Route 66 from Kirkwood, MO, through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and, finally, to Santa Monica. The race is an annual vintage car event designed to commemorate the original around-the-world “Great Race” that took place in 1908, which was won by a driver and car from Buffalo.
According to www.greatrace.com, entrants participate in a timed, controlled speed and endurance competition over scenic public highways and roads. Each team’s score is the result of its ability to follow all designated course instructions precisely.
Finishing 71st overall, Alfred State was one of 117 competitors in this year’s race, and one of four student teams in the X-Cup division. In this division, drivers must be at least 21 years old and younger than 25 at the start of the race. The Alfred State group had been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Antique Auto Club of America (AACA) and also raised funds for the trip through its GoFundMe page.
While participating in the race, the team, according to Ronan, spent many evenings helping to repair other competitors’ cars and made a lot of friends along the way. Valle noted that many other teams also gave advice to the rookie Alfred State squad, and Carpino said everybody involved in The Great Race “is like one big family.”
“We all help each other out, even if we are competing against one another,” Carpino said.
Ronan added, “The motto of The Great Race is ‘To finish is to win,” and all five students agreed that they felt like winners in Santa Monica.”
Alfred State is proud to announce that the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has reaffirmed accreditation of the college and commended the institution for the quality of its self-study process and report.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said the incredible work by faculty and staff on a regular basis is certainly the driving factor behind the action of Middle States to find the college in compliance with all 14 standards set forth by the commission.
“This reaffirmation is a tribute to the quality and excellence of our college,” he said. “With our students at the forefront of our success, we couldn’t be happier with the results.”
Dr. Kristin Poppo, vice president of Academic Affairs, said, “The continued recognition from Middle States of our excellence provides us the opportunity to move forward by continuing to improve the Alfred State experience, creating new programs that meet industry needs, and better serving the State of New York.”
MSCHE, according to www.msche.org, is recognized by the US secretary of education to conduct accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidacy status) activities for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, including distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions.
The commission, the website further states, is also recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit degree-granting institutions that offer one or more post-secondary educational programs of at least one academic year in length in those same geographic areas, and in other areas in which the commission conducts accrediting activities.
Speaking about the process of reaffirming accreditation, Dr. Jayne Swanson, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, said the college conducts a self-study every 10 years, and five years after each self-study is the Periodic Review Report. The self-study takes three-plus years to write, a timeline established by MSCHE.
As part of the MSCHE evaluation, the college has to show it is in compliance with the 14 MSCHE standards, all requirements of affiliation, and all accreditation-relevant federal regulations. Without accreditation, Alfred State students could not receive federally backed student loans, Alfred State credits would not transfer to accredited colleges and universities, its degrees would not be recognized by employers who require degrees from accredited institutions, and its standing for federal grants and donations from foundations and donors could be hindered.
Swanson noted that receiving a commendation for one area of a self-study is quite an accomplishment, let alone receiving one for the quality of two areas: the process and the report.
Alfred State broke ground on its new Advanced Manufacturing Center on the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville Wednesday afternoon.
The center will be used to educate welding technology and machine tool technology students in state-of-the-art sustainable practices in advanced manufacturing through efficient processes. Other uses for the facility include prototyping and assisting manufacturers in the development of new products and systems. Machine tool technology, welding, and drafting/CAD are the three areas of study within the Computerized Design and Manufacturing Department.
Attending the groundbreaking were representatives of elected officials, faculty and staff, students, and local government and community leaders. Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan, the first speaker of the event, said the facility will keep the Wellsville campus, and the college in general, at the cutting edge of technology, with a focus on sustainability.
“Great things are ahead for Alfred State and many things have been changing on this campus lately,” he said, “but let me assure you, without reservation, that as far as Alfred State is concerned, the best is yet to come.”
The building will house freshman and senior welding students and senior machine tool technology students, and includes classrooms, a computer lab, a welding fabrication shop, material handling and preparation space, a CNC machine shop, and metrology and inspection space. It is expected to be in use by the fall 2016 semester, Sullivan said.
Speaking on behalf of elected officials were Julie Schmidt, district coordinator for State Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean, and Lori Cornell, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s regional representative for Southwestern New York.
“Today’s groundbreaking serves as a reminder of how important manufacturing is, not only to our immediate area, but to New York State as a whole,” Schmidt said on Young’s behalf. “Together, we will continue to develop new and innovative technology and manufacturing systems that will help stimulate and grow our economy and pave the way for our future generations.”
Reading aloud the governor’s message, Cornell said, “This welcome addition to your dynamic campus will continue to inspire future generations to realize their unique potential and to attain their lifelong goals.”
The $5 million, 16,500-square-foot center is part of the $15 million “Retooling the Southern Tier” SUNY 2020 project. Empire State Development also awarded Alfred State a $500,000 grant for equipment for the center in 2013 through the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) process.
Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony comes four months after the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. signed a contract that leases land on the School of Applied Technology campus designated for the center to the State University of New York (SUNY) for 30 years. This move was required to allow the SUNY 2020 funds to be used to construct the building, according to Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology. The college currently rents the Wellsville campus from the Educational Foundation and the center is the first state-funded building on that campus since it opened in 1966.
Since the 1990s, Dresser-Rand in Wellsville has provided space for senior welding and senior machine tool programs. While the company has been a great host, the college’s goal has always been to move these programs onto the Wellsville campus, and the SUNY 2020 grant made that possible, according to Clark.
The fourth speaker at the ceremony was Steven D. Fernaays, architect and senior associate for SWBR Architects, whose team designed an efficient building envelope that will minimize energy usage.
“Overall, we feel, and we hope you do also, that this building will greatly enhance the student experience,” he said. “It will assist the faculty in preparing the students for the real world and will be something for all to be proud of for many years to come, as it will help students successfully transition from academia to industry.”
The final speaker was Fred Thompson, vice president of LeChase Construction, the general contractor of the project. He mentioned that LeChase has worked on dozens of projects on both Alfred State campuses for decades and has employed more than 60 of the college’s graduates over a six-decade span, including himself and Bill Goodrich, the company’s president and CEO.
“I would like to thank the State University Construction Fund and Alfred State for once again entrusting LeChase Construction with one of your esteemed projects,” he said. “I look forward to standing here with all of you in the near future upon its successful completion.”
Pictured here at the groundbreaking of Alfred State’s new Advanced Manufacturing Center, from left to right, are Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. President Julie Hart; Allegany County Board of Legislators Chairman Curt Crandall; Allegany County Legislator Dwight Fanton, R-Wellsville; Allegany County Legislator David Decker, R-Cuba; Vice President of LeChase Construction Fred Thompson; Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steven Havey; Allegany County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism Executive Director Gretchen Hanchett; Julie Schmidt, district coordinator for State Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean; Wendy Brand, representative for Assemblyman Joe Giglio, R-Gowanda; Architect and Senior Associate of SWBR Architects Steven D. Fernaays; Lori Cornell, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s regional representative for Southwestern New York; and Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan.
Featuring 35 teams and raising approximately $17,000, the Alfred State Inaugural Golf Tournament was a big hit.
The tournament, which took place Friday, June 19 at the Wellsville Country Club, began with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The format was Captain and Crew Modified Scramble.
Pro shop gift certificates were presented to the top three teams in the amounts of $400, $250, and $100, respectfully. A number of other skill prizes were also awarded in categories such as closest to the pin on Hole 3 and straightest drive on Hole 7. Offered on Hole 18 was a hole-in-one prize, which was a 2015 Chrysler 200, courtesy of Maple City Dodge.
The names of the members of the top three teams are as follows:
First place: Matt Heller, Jeff Wilcox, Walt Heller, and Craig Heller.
Second place: Joe Karpinski, Mike Kurtz, Ed Karpinski, and Matt Kurtz.
Third place: Troy Morehouse, Andrew Heslink, Steve Wintersteen, and Rick Prindle.
All proceeds from the tournament benefited the Alfred State Development Fund, Inc., which raises funds for the college, primarily for student scholarships. Numerous organizations, businesses, and individuals supported the event, either through volunteering, sponsorship, or donating prizes.
Danielle White, the newly appointed executive director of Institutional Advancement at Alfred State, said, “We are thrilled with the success of Alfred State’s Inaugural Golf Tournament and want to thank all of our players, the Athletics Department, volunteers, and our sponsors, including our two event sponsors, Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc., and Pathfinder Engineers & Architects LLP. We are so grateful for their support of our students and are excited for next year.”
Pictured are the winners of the Alfred State Inaugural Golf Tournament, along with Charles Wiser, who donated the blue jacket that was given to the captain of the team. In the front row is Alfred State University Police Campus Public Safety Officer Craig Heller. In the back row, from left to right, are Alfred State University Police Lt. Matt Heller, Jeff Wilcox, Walt Heller, and Wiser.
In top photo above, Bron Norasethaporn, senior catering manager for Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc., hits a shot Friday during the Alfred State Inaugural Golf Tournament.
Danielle White, of Hornell, has been appointed the new executive director of Institutional Advancement at Alfred State, effective July 2.
White has served in the position on an interim basis since Dec. 1. Prior to that, she had been the director of Annual Giving in the Office of Institutional Advancement since December 2009, overseeing the college’s annual fundraising campaigns.
As executive director of Institutional Advancement, White will report to the executive vice president and will work closely with the President’s Office in leading the advancement initiative for the college. The functions of the Institutional Advancement Department include annual giving, planned giving, major gifts, capital campaigns, alumni relations, grants, and corporate relations.
Alfred State Executive Vice President Valerie Nixon said White served as an exceptional interim director.
“I look forward to working with her as she continues her exemplary work,” Nixon said.
White will oversee an advancement program that engages alumni, business and industry, and friends of the college. As a member of the college’s leadership team, she will provide input regarding major decisions affecting the operations of Alfred State and its planning for the future.
White will also serve as the executive director of the Alfred State College Development Fund, Inc., which raises funds for the college. Dale Stell, chair of the Alfred State Development Fund Board, said he is delighted that White has been appointed to her new role.
“Danielle was named to the interim position late last fall when the position opened up and she has done an outstanding job in that role,” he said. “I have every confidence Danielle will lead Institutional Advancement with great success.”
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “With Danielle being named the new executive director of Institutional Advancement, great days are ahead for the Alfred State Development Fund Board, and also for our students, who will ultimately benefit from her appointment.”
Before joining Alfred State, White served as the executive director of fundraising and director of marketing at St. James Mercy Health System, marketing product manager at World Kitchen, and marketing category manager at Pezrow. She holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a BS in marketing from Canisius College.
The Canisteo Central School graduate is the daughter of Deborah Hollowell, of Hornell, and Kim Kneale, of Hornell. She and her husband, Brett, are the parents of Jackson, Ava, and Ella, all at home.
Once again, Alfred State will host the New York State STEM Education Collaborative Summer Institute, taking place July 12-14 this year.
The theme is “Building Futures from Pre-K to Careers.” The institute is designed for engaging kindergarten-through-grade-12 and college-level teachers and administrators. State Sen. Catharine Young (R-Olean) recently signed a proclamation honoring this year’s summer institute.
“Alfred State, as a college of technology, is excited about hosting the STEM Summer Institute and we look forward to another successful event connecting K-12 and college faculty on best practices,” said Dr. Craig Clark, dean of Applied Technology and Summer Institute co-chair.
The STEM Institute provides attendees with 12 professional development hours spread out over eight sessions via a wide array of presentations and keynote addresses. College professors and teacher experts will demonstrate how the four STEM areas can be logically and effectively integrated into each subject area. Keynote and banquet speakers include Dr. Frederic Bertley, senior vice president of Science and Education at The Franklin Institute; Dr. Yvonne M. Spicer, vice president for Advocacy and Educational Partnerships at the National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston; and Dr. Michael Hacker, co-director of the Center for STEM Research (CSR) at Hofstra University.
Last year’s summer institute, also held at Alfred State, was a great success, with more than 200 attendees. New this year is the presentation of the annual Margaret Ashida STEM Leadership Award, which honors the memory of Margaret Ashida, who created a wave of change by her tireless efforts to create connections between business/industry and STEM educational leaders, not only in New York State, but across America.
For more information, visit http://www.nysstemeducation.org/. If you have any questions on registering for the event or would like to be a vendor, contact Clark at 607-587-3101 or at email@example.com.