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Annual Alfred State Voices spring concert ‘Music Blooms’ to take place April 30

Posted Date: Monday, April 27, 2015 - 16:00

"Music Blooms," the annual spring concert for Alfred State Voices, the college’s own concert choir, will occur at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30 in the Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center.

The show will feature a great variety of music, including a Katy Perry tune, Eric Whitacre's "Lux Aurumque," a Jamaican-style spiritual, "Shut De Do," along with several others. A very special piece about Upper Mongolia called "Beautiful Grassland, My Home," will be sung in Chinese. Special guest Daisy Wu from the Confucious Institute at Alfred University will play the guzheng, a Chinese plucked zither.

“This will be a very fine program and we invite all to come and enjoy the music,” said Linda Staiger, Alfred State’s choral director.

Penn State Chaired Professor of Molecular Biology Dr. James Gregory Ferry to speak at Alfred State’s 104th Commencement

Posted Date: Friday, April 24, 2015 - 14:15

Dr. James Gregory Ferry

Dr. James Gregory Ferry, chaired professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State, will serve as the speaker for Alfred State’s 104th Commencement on May 17. 

Ferry is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and past editor of the Journal of Bacteriology. He has served on numerous national committees and currently is co-chair of the Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science that advises the federal government on matters of space exploration. 

A former member of Alfred State’s undefeated wrestling team, Ferry received his AAS degree in agronomy from Alfred State in 1963, followed by BS and MS degrees from the University of Georgia. He continued his education at the University of Illinois, where he earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1974.  

Ferry was appointed assistant professor of microbiology at Virginia Tech in 1976 and rose to the rank of professor. In 1995, he moved to Penn State to accept an endowed chair in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He has authored more than 200 scientific publications.

The one thing that hasn't changed viscerally at Alfred State, said Ferry, is the culture; faculty are here because they want to teach students and foster their full potentials. Ferry recently created the James G. and Marilyn A. Ferry Endowed Scholarship to assist students with a strong desire to learn and who have the need for financial assistance.

He and Mrs. Ferry are high school sweethearts who have been married 49 years. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Area students’ work featured in Alfred State’s 16th annual Regional Science and Technology Fair

Posted Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 11:30

Student displays from nine local school districts were judged at Alfred State’s 16th annual Regional Science and Technology Fair on April 17.

Participating were Alfred-Almond, Andover, Hammondsport, Hinsdale, Portville, Prattsburgh, St. Ann’s Academy, Tuscarora, and home-schooled students.

A total of 59 science and technology projects were on display for judging and public viewing. Participants were divided into three divisions: senior (grades 10-12), junior (grades seven through nine), and novice (grades four through six).

Sixty-five students presented their projects to the judges for a chance at the $1,590 in prize money.

16th annual Regional Science and Technology Fair winnersWinners in the senior division included first-place winner ($250) Ronald Lott from Portville, with “Blue Blood,” second-place winner ($150) Ryan Kent from Portville, with “Redox Raft,” and third-place winner ($100) Darienne Slocum from Portville, with “Polymers and Drug Delivery.”

Winners in the junior division included first-place winner ($250) Kyleigh Nolder from Hinsdale, with “An Environmentally Friendly Way to Clean up an Oil Spill with Algae,” second-place winner ($150) Ashley Chapman from Hinsdale, with “What Brings Earthworms to the Surface,” and third-place winner ($100) Carly Keenan from Hinsdale, with “Mummified Marvels.”

Winners in the novice division included first-place winner ($50) Bryce Schuck from Prattsburgh, with “Surface Area Splash,” second-place winner ($25) Alek Barter from Prattsburgh, with “Does the Ability of Tea to Stain Teeth Live Up to its Reputation?”and third-place winner ($15) Nolan Randall from Prattsburgh, with “Metal Magic.”

The grand prize ($500) went to Zach Carlson from Portville, with “The Material That Built America.”

The best junior division school winner was Hinsdale and the best senior division school winner was Portville. Both schools were awarded a silver tray.

Each participant received a certificate of participation, and individual ribbons were presented to first-, second-, and third-place prize winners in all divisions. The Science and Technology Fair was sponsored by Alstom Transportation, ACES, Alfred State Student Senate, Alfred State Physical and Life Sciences Department, Wards Scientific, Fisher Scientific, and Bio-Rad laboratories.

Pictured are front row from left, are Nolan Randall (Prattsburgh), Darienne Slocum (Portville), Bryce Schuck (Prattsburgh), Carly Keenan (Hinsdale), Kyleigh Nolder (Hinsdale), and Ashley Chapman (Hinsdale). Back row from left, Alek Barter (Prattsburgh), Ryan Kent (Portville), Zach Carlson (Portville), and Ronald Lott (Portville).

New Horizons Forum to feature speakers and film on ALS

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 12:15

The Alfred State New Horizons Forum scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, will feature the documentary, “Hope On The Horizon” and special guest speakers, Donna York, president of HARK, and Alfred State alum Debra (McQueen) Quinn, who will present on Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

The forum will be held at 6 p.m. in the Cappadonia Auditorium of the Orvis Activities Center and is open to the public. Admission is free; however, donations will be gladly accepted at the door.

Created by HARK, a Hillsborough, NJ, charity that gives financial aid, medical equipment, and other support to families struggling with ALS, “Hope on the Horizon” is an inspiring 27-minute film documenting the incredible journey of four hikers trying to do what nobody has done before: scale 48 mountains in 24 days. They attempted to cover 250 miles of dangerous terrain in perhaps the bleakest wilderness of North America.

Four hikers started the journey and only two completed it, but not before taking Martin Wallem, an ALS patient, athlete and outdoorsman, to the top of the 46th peak. The odyssey through severe terrain is a metaphor for the hardships faced by ALS patients and their loved ones in dealing with this devastating disease. Anyone with a life-threatening illness will be inspired by “Hope on the Horizon.”

“This film is about hope in facing life’s challenges and courage in the face of one’s worst fears,” said York. “Patients with ALS and their families say the diagnosis is like embarking on a journey through a dark tunnel. The people of HARK, who have been down that tunnel, want to help others through the ordeal. Our mission is to change the way the world views ALS.”

Quinn, who holds a business management degree from Alfred State, began her fight with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) in October 2009. Upon researching her genealogy, she traced the disease through 13 generations of her grandmother’s family to the early 1600s, discovering more than 20 additional family members who suffered from ALS.

Quinn has brought awareness into her community, working tirelessly with the Hearts for ALS NY organization and speaking at local and national platforms.

The New Horizons Forum, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences, showcases current scholarly, creative, and public service work by faculty, students, alumni, professional staff, and invited guests. It is guided by a campus-wide team of advisers whose goal is to enrich the intellectual life of the institution.

For more information, contact Forum Advisory Board member Erica Matteson at MattesES@alfredstate.edu.

New polo team thriving

Posted Date: Friday, April 17, 2015 - 14:00

Growing up, childhood friends Anna Campbell and Kasandra Wohlschlegel loved the game of polo.

After Campbell elected to transfer to Alfred State and Wohlschlegel opted to enter the college as a freshman for the fall 2014 semester, the two girls also decided they needed a way to continue competing in the sport that’s near and dear to their hearts.

Beginning in May 2014, before they even started taking classes in Alfred, the girls worked hard for months on forming a team and received approval from both the college in November and the United States Polo Association (USPA) in January. The girls also secured two coaches, Terry Mehlenbacher and Rob Donnan, and received a $2,000 grant from the USPA to cover equipment costs.

Thus, Alfred State Polo was born.

Anna Campbell on a horse at a polo tournament“It’s kind of like a dream come true,” said Campbell, a business technology management major from Geneseo. “Outside of a high school program, polo just doesn’t really exist in this area. Just the fact that I can play, I’m so grateful.”

After Campbell and Wohlschlegel, a surveying and geomatics engineering technology major from Honeoye, held tryouts, Sarah Burgoon, a veterinary technology student from Westfield, joined the team. Burgoon, who has ridden horses since she was 4 years old, had never played polo before, but she caught on fast and the results were very positive.

“I met two of my best friends through polo, so I’m pretty ecstatic about that,” Burgoon said. “And it is really nice competing. It’s fun.”

The polo team’s biggest test so far came during the Northeast Intercollegiate Women Preliminary Tournament, held Feb. 27 to March 1 at Yale. Other competing schools included the University of Massachusetts, the University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Yale, and Harvard.

Despite being a brand-new team and having to face larger schools, the girls prevailed and Alfred State Polo took first-place overall in the competition.

“It was unheard of,” Campbell said. “Some programs have been around for years that weren’t even at the level to compete yet. We had just been approved for under two months and we went into this competition and did really well.”

Wohlschlegel added, “We also get to meet a lot of really amazing people through being on the polo team, like when we were at Yale, we met professional polo players who were there. We’ve also gotten a lot of opportunities to go to big polo games. The door is just open with this sport and it’s really quite amazing, the little community that polo has.”

Students interested in joining Alfred State Polo are in luck. The team will hold tryouts at the beginning of the fall 2015 semester.

“Our hope is to get a varsity and a junior varsity team so that we help the program grow,” Wohlschlegel said. “We’re only going to be here for so long and we want the program to continue after we graduate.”

Riding high on the success of their tournament win and looking ahead to next year, the team has big expectations. Though the process of bringing the sport of polo to Alfred State wasn’t easy, it definitely paid off.

“The whole experience, the ups and downs, the hard work, it was all worth it at the end of the day because we’ve been able to play and bring a sport like this to a SUNY school, which people aren’t going to forget about,” Campbell said, “especially with the season that we’ve had.”

In photo above: Anna Campbell, a business technology management major from Geneseo, swings her mallet at a polo ball during the Northeast Intercollegiate Women Preliminary Tournament, held Feb. 27 to March 1 at Yale.

64th annual Alumni Choral Concert Sunday, April 26

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 11:30

Alfred State will present its 64th annual Alumni Choral Spring Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26 in the Anthony C. Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center on the Alfred campus.

Groups performing will include “Voices,” the college’s student choral group directed by Linda Staiger; the Alumni Jazz Singers; and the Alumni Choir. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Alfred State Concert Choir Alumni organization was founded in 1957 and consists of alumni who performed as students under the direction of Anthony C. Cappadonia, who was the instrumental and choral director at Alfred State for 56 years. On April 29, 2012, the Anthony C. Cappadonia Auditoriumwas officially dedicated.

The auditorium will forever be a testament to the musical inspiration Cappadonia provided to all of his students during his many years of teaching and directing both instrumental and choral groups, as well as his continued relationship with alumni. Cappadonia passed away in February 2014, and the alumni continue to perform annual concerts in his honor.