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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.


Dresser-Rand pledges $100,000 to fund endowed scholarship at Alfred State

Posted Date: Monday, September 8, 2014 - 15:00

As a result of a longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship between Alfred State and Dresser-Rand, the company has pledged to pay the Alfred State Development Fund, Inc. $20,000 a year for the next five years to fund the Dresser-Rand Endowed Scholarship.

The scholarship was created to provide financial assistance to current and/or new students in the region who attend Alfred State. The scholarship money may only be applied toward tuition or costs associated with attending the college. The first disbursement of scholarship funds will be in the fall of the 2016—2017 academic year.

Dr. Derek Wesley, vice president for institutional advancement at Alfred State, said, “Alfred State is beyond delighted at the tremendous generosity bestowed by Dresser-Rand in providing this $100,000 scholarship. It signifies the continuation of what has been a wonderful partnership. More than 200 Alfred State alumni are currently employed at Dresser-Rand, which is a key element in retaining strong talent in the Southern Tier region.”

David Scarr, human resources manager at Dresser-Rand’s Wellsville operations, said the scholarship endowment is consistent with the company’s charitable initiatives, which focus on education, civic, and social programs.

“Through our partnerships and funding initiatives, we engage and educate students, from middle school to college, about the opportunities available in science-based learning,” Scarr said. “This endowment is reflective of the significant value we place on the relationship between Dresser-Rand and Alfred State and our continued commitment to this association for years to come.”

To be eligible for consideration for the endowed scholarship, a student must be:

Funds may be used:

Colleen Argentieri, Alfred State director of alumni relations, said the college is very grateful to Dresser-Rand for funding an endowed scholarship. She said she hopes the company has set a precedent for support of the community and the college’s excellent graduates.

“We are elated with the dedication and support Dresser-Rand has provided over the years, and we are extremely excited with the additional investment in the future of Alfred State and our students,” Argentieri said. “It’s a win-win situation for all involved.”


Hinkle Library to feature month-long ‘Endpapers’ photography exhibit

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 09:45

Photographer Ann Parker, of Machias, will display a collection titled “Endpapers” from Sept. 3 through Oct. 4 at Alfred State’s Hinkle Memorial Library.

According to Parker’s exhibition statement, bookmakers in the 1800s employed artists to create patterned pages for the front and back of books, which were called “endpapers.” These pages then became works of art themselves, Parker’s statement continues, as swirling multi-colored patterns and hand-drawn designs evolved from various techniques used by artists.

“I was inspired by these endpapers and began taking photos of them,” Parker said. “I gradually added three-dimensional objects that mimicked the colors and patterns, or in some cases added opposite elements to the patterns and photographed the endpapers with these additions.”

Parker said she employed photo-editing techniques and software effects to create unique designs in her endpaper displays.

“The endpapers metamorphosized into patterns that contain blocks of colors with leaves, feathers and stones; others are bursts of kaleidoscopes with such varied objects as a clock face, prism, flowers, and wood shavings,” Parker said. “Other endpapers, with their added elements, are shaped into circles, hexagons, and waves. The endpapers generate compositional energy to keep the viewer’s eye moving, while the repetition creates harmony and balance, which in turn adds structure and order.”

For exhibition purposes, the endpapers are displayed on pieces of reclaimed wood from farm implements and household items such as wagons, jelly cupboards, barn boards, and dressers. Parker said she also framed the endpapers in “floating frames” – sandwiched between two pieces of glass - so “when illuminated from the back, they glow with subdued color and light.” Some endpapers are mounted on gatorboard and imprinted on a metal plate.

The “Endpapers” exhibit will be open for viewing during normal library hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email library@alfredstate.edu or call 607-587-4313.


Alfred State Welcomes 40 New Employees

Posted Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 14:30

Alfred State proudly welcomed 40 new faculty and staff members recently.

Kristin Poppo is the new vice president for academic affairs. Originally from Belmont, Mass., she holds several degrees, including a doctorate in philosophy from the University of North Carolina, a master’s degree in divinity from Harvard Divinity School, a master’s degree in teaching/environmental communications from Antioch – New England Graduate School, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion from Colgate University, where she graduated cum laude.

Michelle Margeson, of Hornell, joins the Division of Academic Affairs as a keyboard specialist. She graduated from Alfred State with an associate degree in business administration.

The School of Arts and Sciences has five new hires – Kevin Cassell, Barbara Jean Douglass, Sarah Haskins, Bryan Monesson-Olson, and Mary Theresa Gleason.

Kevin Cassell, of Wellsville, joins the college as an assistant professor of English and humanities. He earned his doctorate from Michigan Technological University and his master’s degree in English from Northeastern University.

Barbara Jean Douglass, of Dundee, is now an assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences. She holds a doctorate in education from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree in social work from San Francisco State University.

Sarah Haskins, of Caneadea, is now in the position of assistant professor of mathematics and physics. She earned her master’s degree in mathematics from the State University of New York at Cortland.

Bryan Monesson-Olson, of Alfred, is a new assistant professor of physical and life sciences. He earned his doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Massachusetts.

Mary Theresa Gleason is as an assistant professor of nursing. She has a master’s degree in nursing from Roberts Wesleyan College.

The School of Applied Technology has five new employees – Sean Kelley, Timothy Dickerson, Jeremy Joseph, Vincent LaVerdi, and Darrell Stone.

Sean Kelley, of Almond, is now in the position of instructor of electrical trades. He earned his associate degree in electrical construction and maintenance electrician from Alfred State.

Timothy Dickerson, of Alma, is a new instructor of machine tool. He holds an associate degree in machine tool technology from Alfred State.

Jeremy Joseph, of Cuba, joins the college as an instructor of welding. He has an associate degree in welding technology from Alfred State.

Vincent LaVerdi is now in the position of instructor of automotive technology. He earned his associate degree in automotive technology from Alfred State and his teacher certification through Buffalo State.

Darrell Stone, of Silver Springs, is a new instructor of heavy equipment – truck and diesel. He holds an associate degree in heavy equipment: truck and diesel technician from Alfred State.

The School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology also has five new hires – John Ball, Albert Bitterman, Tabitha Sprau-Coulter, Danielle Bond, and Lenwood Fields.

John Ball, of Alfred, joins the college as an assistant professor of architecture and design. He graduated from Arizona State University with a doctorate in design, environment, and art.

Albert Bitterman, of Buffalo, is now in the position of associate professor of architecture and design. He earned his doctorate in American studies from the University of Buffalo.

Tabitha Sprau-Coulter is a new assistant professor of civil engineering. She has a Ph.D. in architectural engineering from Penn State College.

Danielle Bond, of Alfred Station, is now an assistant professor of mechanical and electrical engineering. She earned her doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Lenwood Fields is as an assistant professor of mechanical and electrical engineering. He holds a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from Florida State University College of Engineering.

The Division of Administration and Enrollment has welcomed three new employees – Jessica Parks, Jan Baldwin, and Anna Shutt.

Jessica Parks, of Hornell, is a new keyboard specialist.

Jan Baldwin, of Bolivar, is now in the position of keyboard specialist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business/distributive education from the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome.

Anna Shutt, of Wellsville, is as a keyboard specialist. She graduated from Alfred State with an associate degree in human services.

In the Marketing and Communications Department, Jeff Cole, of Belfast, is the new public relations writer. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and his associate degree in liberal arts and sciences -humanities from Alfred State.

Facilities Services has hired nine new employees – Daniel Foster, Rachel Flint, George Grossman, Raymond Mullen, Monroe Bates, Lynda Jones, Brian Magee, Matthew Coulter, and Douglas Butters.

Daniel Foster is a new janitor on the B and C shift.

Rachel Flint is a keyboard specialist.

George Grossman, of Friendship, is now a cleaner in the Student Leadership Center.

Raymond Mullen is a new cleaner in the Engineering Building.

Monroe Bates II, of Wellsville, joins the college as a cleaner in the Engineering Building.

Lynda Jones, of Friendship, is now a cleaner in the Engineering Building.

Brian Magee, of Dansville, is a new cleaner in the Townhouse Commons, Farm, Vet Tech, and Motorsports buildings.

Matthew Coulter is a cleaner in EJ Brown.

Douglas Butters, of Arkport, is now a cleaner in EJ Brown.

In Student Records and Financial Services, Ryan Maloney, of Holland, is now in the position of keyboard specialist.

At the College Farm, Derrick Barney, of Fillmore, is a new assistant dairy herdsman.

The Office of Health and Wellness Services welcomes three new employees – Daniel Woolston, Erika Alger, and Magan Straight.

Daniel Woolston, of Belmont, is now an assistant director of medical services. He received an associate degree in nursing from Alfred State and a family nurse practitioner certificate through the Community General Nurse Practitioner Program at Community General Hospital in Syracuse.

Erika Alger is a new counselor. She earned her master’s degree in education/certificate of advanced studies from Alfred University.

Magan Straight is a new counselor. She earned her master’s degree in education/certificate of advanced studies from Alfred University.

The Intercollegiate Athletics/Intramurals and Recreation Department has hired Kelly Higgins as the new director of athletics. He earned his doctorate in sports administration from Temple University.

The Office of Residential Life has hired four new employees – Tyler Pundt, Katie Orr, Vincent Gravanda, and Zachary Barbis.

Tyler Pundt, of Syracuse, is a new residence hall director. He graduated from Keuka College with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing.

Katie Orr, of Amherst, is now a residence hall director. She earned her master’s degree in education/certificate of advanced study from Niagara University.

Vincent Gravanda, of Alfred, joins the college as a residence hall director. He earned his master’s degree in education from Alfred University.

Zachary Barbis, of Alfred, is now in the position of residence hall director. He has a master’s degree in educational administration and policy studies from the University at Albany.


Visit SUNY at the New York State Fair

Posted Date: Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:00

Visit SUNY at The Great New York State Fair in the Science and Industry Building now through Sept. 1 to learn about new online academic opportunities, financial aid support, alumni networking, and more.

Orvis met with Chairman of the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees ‌H. Carl McCall.

Orvis with Carl McCall


Alfred State welcomes new students for 2014-15 academic year

Posted Date: Friday, August 22, 2014 - 08:45

Alfred State officially welcomed more than 1,300 freshmen to campus Thursday during a New Student Convocation led by President Dr. Skip Sullivan.

This year’s incoming class is comprised of 1,340 students from 60 of New York’s 62 counties and 11 additional states, plus 30 international students from 10 countries. Of these new students, 145 have been identified as Alfred State Distinguished Scholars and 186 additional students have been offered other scholarships in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements, exceptional vocational skills and extraordinary talents outside of the classroom. A number of students also bring with them previous work experience and successful college course work.

Sullivan told the students inside a packed Orvis Activities Center that he firmly believes they will leave Alfred State with the passion to make a difference in this world.

“Now, from the time you stepped foot on this campus, you have resources available to you,” Sullivan said. “You have everything you need to transform the world and to transform yourself. Take advantages of these resources. Look for them. Seek them out.”

Kristin Poppo, newly appointed vice president for academic affairs, followed the college president’s remarks by reflecting on some words by American educational philosopher John Dewey, who said, “Education is a social process; education is growth; education is not a preparation for life but it is life itself.”

Poppo then encouraged students to take advantage of all Alfred State has to offer.

“Engage in our cutting-edge sustainability and civic engagement initiatives. Go to all classes. Get to know your faculty,” Poppo said. “Put your all into the projects that faculty create for you. Join clubs and organizations. Recognize the opportunity you have each day to grow.”

After Poppo spoke, College Council Chair Pat Fogarty offered some welcoming remarks.

“This college exists for all of you,” Fogarty told the students. “We are here for you. You have a wonderful, wonderful faculty. Go to them with your problems. Go to them for direction. They will help you. And don’t ever doubt that any of us are here to help you.”

Greg Sammons, vice president for student affairs, then introduced students to Alfred State’s “Principles of Community” and Executive Vice President of Student Senate Kory Shick led students in reciting the college oath.

After Sullivan’s concluding remarks, students, faculty, and staff headed to Pioneer Stadium to create a human Alfred State logo for a photo session, which was followed by food, music and activities outdoors nearby the stadium.


Alfred State to host Citizen Preparedness Training Program

Posted Date: Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:15

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan, Alfred Village Mayor Justin Grigg, Allegany County Board of Legislators Chairman Curt Crandall and others are inviting the public to attend an upcoming Citizen Preparedness Training Program.

The free program will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Student Leadership Center at Alfred State, 10 Upper College Drive, Alfred. All participants must register in advance at www.prepare.ny.gov.

The program seeks to provide citizens with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. Each family that attends the program will receive a New York State Disaster Preparedness Kit that contains key items to assist individuals in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

“We are excited to offer the Citizen Preparedness Training Program,” said Sullivan. “The expertise of our employees is extraordinary, and the more citizens that are trained and educated, the better our communities will be as a result.”

Grigg said, “Since becoming the mayor of Alfred, one of the lessons I've learned is the importance of an engaged, active citizenry. In a rural community like Alfred, we depend on each other to volunteer for everything from assisting with one-time special events to staffing our fire and ambulance services year after year.

“I view the Citizen Preparedness Training Program as an opportunity to further strengthen the existing fabric of citizen readiness and for this reason encourage everyone to attend.”


Bachelor of Architecture program formally granted initial candidacy from NAAB

Posted Date: Monday, August 18, 2014 - 11:00

Alfred State’s Bachelor of Architecture program has moved one step closer toward accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) after the board formally granted the program initial candidacy status earlier this month.

Dr. John C. Williams, dean of the School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology, said NAAB granted the status after approving the Architecture and Design Department’s accreditation plan and conducting an initial candidacy visit.

“That is the hurdle we have cleared, so now we are an official, formal candidate for accreditation,” Williams said. “In 2016, there will be a continuation of candidacy visit. Two-year intervals are required to check your progress as you move forward.”

Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “The programs at Alfred State are ever working to improve. This milestone of initial candidacy reflects not only a lot of hard work by faculty and staff, but is also a testament to the quality of our programs.”

Alfred State’s Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) degree is the only BArch in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. It is also one of only seven BArch degrees offered in New York State.

Williams said the Architecture and Design Department hopes the BArch program will be accredited by 2018.

“That’s the goal. That’s our hope,” Williams said. “It’s most beneficial for our graduates. They would be part of our first graduating class to have completed the program in its entirety and then they would have the status of an accredited program. We’re really pushing for that.”

According to its website, www.naab.org, the NAAB is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture.

“Most of the state registration boards require a NAAB-accredited degree to license somebody to be a professional architect, so that’s the impetus of having an accredited degree,” Williams said.

The Architecture and Design Department, Williams said, is very excited about the BArch program receiving initial candidacy status.

“It just shows the hard work, the quality of the program and the quality of the faculty,” Williams said. “They’ve done the lion’s share of the work, put in a lot of effort and a lot of work and continue to do so. It’s been a dream of the department’s. This was the first step. We’re making our way to accreditation. It’s within our grasps.”


The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., Funds Students Through Work-Grant Program

Posted Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 08:45

The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., annually funds up to eight Alfred State students through its work-grant program, allowing students who are ineligible for work-study funds to find employment on campus. The grant is renewable on an annual basis.

Additionally, departments within Alfred State can request student workers with specific skills and the work-grant coordinator attempts to meet those needs with appropriate student help.

Students funded through the Ed Foundation to work in specific areas on campus are considered “regular” employees of the college and are expected to maintain the level of professionalism required of their colleagues.

For award year 2013-14, 10 students from Engineering, Physical and Life Sciences, Public Relations/Sports, Student Engagement, International Student Services, Business Department, and Student Records and Financial Services earned a total of $9,013.28 from the Work Grant Program.

The program is administered through the Student Records and Financial Services Office.

The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., is a private foundation representing faculty, staff, and friends of Alfred State dedicated to improving the AS community through the support of educational programs. The activities pursued by the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., are governed by a board of directors made up of representatives from each of the following groups: alumni, College Council, faculty and staff, and friends of the college.

The Foundation provides monetary support to enhance learning opportunities for students through scholarships, work grants, and community service projects. The Ed Foundation also funds the Building Trades programs’ hands-on home construction projects.

Additionally, the Foundation owns and maintains the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville. The 22-acre parcel consists of more than 20 buildings with some 800 students enrolled in 19 programs. The programs, which stress “learning by doing,” incorporate traditional classroom experience with comprehensive “on-the-job” laboratory experiences. Since 1996, the Foundation has invested more than $2.3 million in improvements on the campus.


Alfred State to Partner with Buffalo’s Burgard High School on Advanced Manufacturing Early College Program

Posted Date: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 08:45

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the approval by the Buffalo Board of Education to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the state and community partners to create an advanced manufacturing early college program at PS 301 Burgard High School. Burgard teachers, together with Alfred State instructors, will train students in skills such as automotive technology, welding, and machine tool technology (CNC machining). This initiative grew out of the Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan which, in an effort to bridge the gap in workforce needs, stresses aligning Buffalo’s training system with the career paths, certificates, and degrees required for growth in core industries, such as manufacturing. Being a comprehensive college of technology with four- and two-year programs across the spectrum in advanced manufacturing, Alfred State is a critical academic partner in this initiative and will enhance the curriculum at Burgard while providing associate degrees to students who complete a 13th year.

“Alfred State is pleased to be asked to play a key role in developing the new Advanced Manufacturing Early College. This initiative will prepare Burgard students to be qualified for advanced manufacturing careers, which are in high demand in the region,” said Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan.” It will change lives.”

It is estimated there will be more than 17,000 vacancies in local advanced manufacturing jobs in Western New York between now and 2020. Through this innovative MOU, Burgard High School will serve as a pipeline of well-educated and well-trained workers for advanced manufacturing careers, as well as increase the diversity of workers in the advanced manufacturing industry.

The school will also become a middle/early college school where students attend college courses taught by Burgard teachers in collaboration with Alfred State and obtain an associate’s degree after completion of the 13th year. Say Yes Buffalo, a national non-profit committed to dramatically increasing high school and college graduation rates for the nation’s inner-city youth are providing scholarships, and Dream It/Do It, a program created to educate the next generation workforce about careers in advanced manufacturing, will provide tours and connections to manufacturers for Burgard students and faculty. The New York State Department of Labor (DOL) and Mayor’s Office of Youth will also provide summer internship and job assistance for some students who choose to work after graduation from high school.

The program will start July 1 with a freshman academy for incoming students that will assist with reading and math remediation. A Success Keys program will emphasize self-empowerment for both students and teachers with the goal of teaching them how to own their futures.

Burgard currently has career and technical education (CTE) programs in welding and fabrication, automotive repair technology and computer aided drafting/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), but has struggled with graduation rates in general education. The state expects that this program will increase the high school graduation rate, as well as the number of students obtaining associates degrees. The program has no negative impact on Buffalo Public School teacher jobs.

“Not only will this initiative help us expand the reach of our applied technology programs into communities and industries that will truly benefit from these high-paying jobs, but it will also offer our current and future students further opportunities for success through these new connections,” said Alfred State Executive Vice President Valerie Nixon.


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