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‘Seussical’ musical to take place Nov. 19-22

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 11:00

The Alfred State Drama Club will soon present “Seussical,” a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty that brings together characters and places from more than 15 well-known Dr. Seuss books into an imaginative, fun, colorful show for children of all ages.

Performances, which will take place in the Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center, are Nov. 19-21 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $2 for students and children, and $7 for general admission. They can be purchased through the Alfred State Campus Store at 607-587-4020 or at the door.

Credit cards and campus accounts, as well as cash and check, are accepted at the Campus Store. Payment at the door is by cash or check only.

In conjunction with the show, the Alfred Box of Books, 1 W. University St., Alfred, is hosting Seuss Month for the month of November. Members of the cast and crew will be reading Dr. Seuss books at the Nov. 18 story-time event at 11 a.m.

Seussical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

For more information, contact dramaclub@alfredstate.edu or 607-587-4233.

Leadership Suite initiative earns Certificate of Honorable Mention

Posted Date: Monday, November 9, 2015 - 15:30

The Leadership Suite initiative at Alfred State recently received a Certificate of Honorable Mention for the 2015 SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Awards in the Careers, Academic Advising and Support, Service-Learning, Community Service category.

The State University of New York Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers (CCSAO) and the Office of University Life offer these awards annually to outstanding student affairs programs that have demonstrated a positive impact on students and their development. Each category has one award and one honorable mention.

The criteria for the category in which Alfred State was honored included the clarity of the program objectives, design creativity, effectiveness, scope and level of participation, cost-effectiveness, level of campus-wide collaboration, and the impact of the program as based on the findings of outcomes assessment efforts.

The purpose of Alfred State’s 13 leadership suites, located in the Student Leadership Center, is to inspire students to discover their passion and make a difference. Suites are awarded to student organizations actively involved in exciting and meaningful civic engagement projects locally, regionally, and globally.

“The Leadership Suite initiative highlights the amazing work students are undertaking in the campus and larger community as they apply experience, knowledge, and passion to tackle community challenges and create opportunity,” said Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement. “This award helps demonstrate the value of an initiative dedicated to empowering students to make a meaningful impact.”

Alfred State Named to Victory Media’s 2016 Military Friendly® Schools List

Posted Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 13:30

military friendly '16 logoAlfred State has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. 

Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. 

Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly® School title by completing a survey of more than 100 questions covering 10 categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent advisory board of higher education and recruiting professionals. A full list of board members can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com/advisory-board.   

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country. 

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “We are proud to be named a Military Friendly® School for the sixth consecutive year, and are extremely grateful for the courage and sacrifice of our country’s servicemen and women. Veterans will always be welcomed into the Alfred State family.”

“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.” 

See more about Alfred State’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students

Alfred State will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on MilitaryFriendly.com.

New four-year graphic and media design program available

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 12:00

Applications are currently being accepted for the new four-year Bachelor of Science graphic and media design program.

This program will focus on developing the contemporary problem-solving and design skills needed to enter the workforce and to apply the elements and principles of design, drawing, and visual communication. An awareness of design history is combined with the latest topics in graphic and media design to provide an informed student aimed at innovation in the field.

The graphic and media curriculum was developed in response to a high volume of requests from prospective students, as well as to fill the current demand for designers who can work in a multitude of different media and platforms.

According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the arts and design occupations is projected to grow by 7 percent from 2012 to 2022, resulting in more than 17,000 new jobs. Nearly half of this growth is expected to occur among graphic designers.

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “This new program will allow us to graduate skilled, versatile graphic designers who will be on the cutting edge of new trends in the field of design. I thank the faculty who worked to make this program possible.”

Dr. Kristin Poppo, vice president for Academic Affairs, said, “Alfred State is pleased to expand its Digital Media and Animation Department with this new degree in graphic media and design. Our programs provide incredibly creative students with excellent career options in growing fields.”

Graduates will possess the skills necessary to be well-rounded in both design and production across a wide variety of print and digital media. They will also be well-prepared for entry-level positions at design firms and in-house design and/or production departments within larger companies.

Learn more about this major.

Retired brigadier general to speak at Alfred State School of Applied Technology campus on Veterans’ Day

Posted Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 09:45

retired US Army Brig. Gen. Arthur G. Austin Jr. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to listen to retired US Army Brig. Gen. Arthur G. Austin Jr. speak at 8:30 a.m. Veterans’ Day (Nov. 11) in the Alfred State Student Activities Center gymnasium on the Wellsville campus.

Austin, who is a graduate of the Detroit Chadsey High School commercial foods program, will give a speech about opportunities in culinary arts from a military perspective, focusing on personal vignettes, examples of leadership, and making a difference in one’s given field. He has commanded and overseen dining facility operations in both state-side and overseas operations. He also has personal experience in food service emergency response operations and with commercial food vendors during military operations.

The now-retired brigadier general entered into military service Jan. 8, 1977, as an enlisted member in the 177 Military Police (MP) Group, Michigan Army National Guard 210th Military Police Battalion. He attended basic training at Fort Knox, KY, before taking the MP Advanced Individual Training course at Fort McClellan, AL.

Austin entered the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Michigan State University in 1980, and was commissioned in March 1982. He has held various positions of command and responsibility over his 37 years of service, retiring as the deputy commanding general of the 46th Military Police Command in Lansing, MI on Oct. 31, 2014.

While serving in the military, Austin mobilized during the 1980 Cuban Refugee Crisis, in December 1990 for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, in 2003 to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for Operation Enduring Freedom, in 2005 for Operation Katrina/Rita, and in 2008 for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Among his awards are the Federal Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and various campaign and personnel service awards. He is the 901st Bronze-level recipient of the Military Police Regiment Order of the Marechaussee and the 14th inductee of the Michigan State Spartan Battalion Hall of Fame.

Originally from Detroit, Austin lived in Southfield, MI, for more than 25 years before moving to Cuba, NY, where he and his wife, Karen, now call home.

A bake sale will also be held at the same location as Austin’s speech that day, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve for disabled veterans.

As Polo Sheds Its Elitist Image, Teams Crop Up on Campus

Posted Date: Monday, November 2, 2015 - 09:00

Student Abigail Campbell was featured in the New York Times in the article, As Polo Sheds Its Elitist Image, Teams Crop Up on Campus, by David Walter.

Alfred State Named as a 2016 STEM Jobs Approved College

Posted Date: Friday, October 30, 2015 - 15:15

STEM Jobs logoAlfred State has been designated a 2016 STEM JobsSM Approved College by Victory Media, the leader in connecting young professionals with education and career opportunities, and creator of STEM JobsSMmedia and resources for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The 2016 STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges survey rates universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their ability and responsiveness to connecting programs and students with high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations. Alfred State was recognized in four key areas that demonstrate the extent to which the programs 1) Provide opportunities for students to explore STEM subjects; 2) Promote partnerships that foster STEM literacy and connect classrooms to careers; 3) Ensure course work and activities have a focus on careers; and 4) Promote STEM programs that actively attract and engage under-represented student populations. Alfred State will be featured in STEM JobsSM magazine and online as part of the entire 2016 list ofSTEM JobsSM Approved Colleges.

“As a college of technology, STEM fields are an important part of our academic focus, having hosted the New York State STEM Education Collaborative Summer Institute for the second straight year this past July,” said Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State. “We are appreciative of the recognition as a 2016 STEM JobsSM Approved College.”

“With our STEM JobsSM Approved awards, we’re able to help educators evaluate whether they’re meeting the needs of students by employing the kinds of programs that our research shows are most effective in getting students involved in STEM,” said Glen Zollman, vice president of STEM Jobs. “We’re pleased to showcase schools like Alfred State as an institution leading the way in this area.”