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Alfred State Expands its Renewable Energy Portfolio with New Wind Turbine

Posted Date: 
Friday, September 13, 2013 - 16:00

New Wind TurbineThe newest member of Alfred State’s growing renewable energy family is currently catching the breeze above campus—a 100 kilowatt grid-tied wind turbine that will offset some of the college’s electricity usage. The turbine came online just a few weeks ago and is already producing clean, green energy.

“This community wind project is another example of sustainability at the college and highlights the progress of our Center for Renewable Energy,” says Craig Clark, interim vice president for academic affairs at Alfred State.

The wind project has been 14 months in the making—an initiative made possible through grants from both the Appalachian Regional Commission and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which together provided more than 50 percent of the funding.

“The project will not only produce energy for the campus but also expose students to another wind turbine on campus,” Clark says. In fact, one of the project’s main goals is to establish a small wind laboratory for students within already existing programs, offering them even more hands-on experience with green technologies. “This knowledge will increase industry demand for these graduates,” he says.

Alfred State already has several other smaller wind turbines on the Wellsville campus, as well as a zero energy demonstration home, active and passive solar technology, geothermal, and a host of other green technologies already in place in facilities like the new $33 million Student Leadership Center. And a second zero energy demonstration home—dubbed Pioneer Landing—is also in the works, with students getting involved in the design and building of the project.

In a world with rising energy costs, climate change, and dwindling resources, Alfred State is taking a proactive approach to the future of energy. “This wind turbine is an important step towards achieving Alfred State’s emissions reduction goals,” says Julian Dautremont-Smith, chief sustainability officer at Alfred State. The project will complement the college’s growing emphasis on sustainability and strengthen the region’s access to training and employment in green industries.

“Alfred State has been a leader in educating technical students since at least the 1940s and students in trades for more than 45 years. It’s what we’re known for,” Clark says. “There is a real lack of this type of skilled workforce in the region, and a lack of models to sell community wind. This project will allow Alfred State to continue training the highly skilled workers the industry requires and help meet national, state, and regional needs.”

Designing for Hope

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 13:45

Kyle (Christian) PerrySenior architectural technology student Kyle (Christian) Perry is already making a name for himself in the highly competitive design field. His work was featured at the 2013 National Convention of the American Institute of Architects in Denver, Colorado; he just recently returned from a semester-long study abroad experience in Sorrento, Italy, at the Sant’Anna Institute; and he has been working hard on his senior thesis—the design of a new infant care hospital in Honduras.

“The past four years here have given me the knowledge, experience, and training necessary to feel confident and able to succeed in my profession,” Kyle (Christian) says. “Not only does Alfred State offer personal one-on-one student/professor relationships, but it offers entry-level access to skills and software that prepare students for the real world. And we get hands-on experience and knowledge, which gives us a better understanding of the design process.”

Kyle (Christian) believes these experiences will give him an edge as he prepares for a career in the profession of architecture. When he meets first-year students, he advises them to “dream with no boundaries…We are the future of architecture. We have the opportunity to control how buildings will look, how cities will feel, and how lives will be lived.”

Read more about Kyle.

New Alfred State Bachelor of Architecture Degree is a SUNY First

Posted Date: 
Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 14:45

Alfred State is proud to announce the kickoff of a new Bachelor of Architecture program by its Department of Architecture and Design this fall. One of only eight BArch programs in the State of New York, it is the only degree of its kind in the SUNY system and the only one offered by a public university.

On April 30, 2013, the program was awarded ‘Eligibility for Candidacy’ by the National Architectural Accrediting Board and will seek to achieve full accreditation for the incoming cohort of freshmen in the shortest possible time—in 2018.

Alfred State’s BArch degree will build on the established strengths in architectural technology and civic engagement of its AAS and BS in architectural technology programs. But it will also strive to achieve a unique identity by integrating an active immersion in the liberal arts/humanities with three additional foci:

  1. Vigorous training in design and the poetics of construction – aimed at buildings and environments that inspire and uplift their occupants, users, and the contexts they are part of, while manifesting the latent beauty of structural systems and building materials and an integration with nature;
  2. Solid knowledge of sustainability, construction technology, and integrated project delivery – aimed at buildings that are well constructed and technically sound that marshal material resources economically and sustainably, and are healthy to occupy; and
  3. Civic engagement and active involvement in urban renewal/social innovation projects – aimed at exploration and advocacy through dedicated urban design, historic preservation/adaptive reuse, and housing studios.

The program will also offer students the possibility of concentrations in things like business, interior design, construction management, or digital media and animation.

Alfred State’s 5-year BArch graduates will be well prepared for successful careers in architecture or related subfields such as sustainable architecture, urban design, interior architecture, adaptive reuse and historic preservation, building construction management, hospitality design, lighting and acoustical design, religious building design, and others, or to go on to graduate programs in architecture or related fields.

Visit the department’s website periodically as it will be redesigned and expanded during the coming months. For admissions questions and to apply, please contact Alfred State Admissions at 1-800-4-ALFRED or email admissions@alfredstate.edu.

Alfred State Named Lead Institution in Civic Engagement by National Association

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 14:45

This month,Alfred Statewas selected to participate in a national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement. The college has been named one of 70 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.

“Alfred State is pleased to be selected to participate in NASPA’s network of institutions dedicated to developing students’ sense of civic identity, as civic engagement is a core value of higher education,” says Director of Civic Engagement Jonathan Hilsher. “Being recognized as a national leader in this field reflects our institutional commitment to civic leadership, the quality of our current efforts, and our ongoing commitment to inspiring students to develop innovative solutions to community challenges and opportunities.”

Alfred State’s commitment to civic engagement is deeply embedded in the college’s unique approach to education through project-based learning experiences. By coupling real-world learning situations with a focus on meaningful civic engagement opportunities, Alfred State students are able to 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, more than 2,000 Alfred State students contributed more than 46,000 hours of service, civic leadership, and workforce-ready knowledge to communities in need.

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.

To learn more about NASPA’s Lead Initiative and view a complete listing of participating institutions, visit the NASPA website.

Alfred State Treks to China for the 2013 Solar Decathlon

Posted Date: 
Monday, August 12, 2013 - 14:00

Students from Alfred State designed, built, and operated a solar-powered home for the 2013 Solar Decathlon in China.

From July 15 - Aug. 18, 2013, students from, Alfred State, Alfred University, and Guilin University of Technology in China (dubbed Team Alfred), came together in Datong, China, to build a home of the future—one that showcases some of the biggest innovations in renewable energy and sustainable design.

“It has been a life changing experience, full of challenges,” says Jacob Grisewood, of Belmont, NY. A 2013 graduate of Alfred State’s building construction program currently pursuing a technology management degree, he and two other Alfred State students made the trip to China to compete in the 2013 Solar Decathlon China not only for the experience of building the home, but of being immersed in collaborative working environment with other cultures. “It has given me the opportunity to learn on an international level,” Jacob says.

Team Alfred designed their home to go beyond what previous decathlon homes had done, combining cutting-edge engineering with traditional Chinese architecture, and they succeeded, walking away with a first-place award in energy balance and an incredible hands-on work experience. “This project was a big step in the right direction,” Jacob says. “I hope that it will inspire people to integrate renewable energy sources into their everyday lives.”

solar-powered home for the 2013 Solar Decathlon in China

More than 20 other teams representing colleges and universities in 13 countries gathered for the competition in Datong, striving to create the most energy-efficient, aesthetic, affordable solar-powered homes imaginable. The competition, co-hosted by the China National Energy Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy, was designed to create tangible, fully functioning demonstration homes in an effort to show the world the power of solar-driven energy efficiency. Students had to design, construct, and oversee operation of a concept solar-powered home utilizing current technologies, and they had to do it all while working as a team. “I’m very thankful for this amazing opportunity that Alfred State has given me,” Jacob says. “They have invested in me as a person and I feel honored having been a part of it.”

Join the discussion on solar energy and design at Team Alfred’s Facebook page.

Alfred State's Honda Insight featured on TRANSLOGIC

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 10:15

Automotive Trades Associate Professor and Chair Kent Johnson takes a ride in the Honda Insight with Bradley Hasemeyer of TRANSLOGIC to talk about the Green Grand Prix.

"Pay it Forward" seven years strong at Alfred State

Posted Date: 
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 14:15

The Alfred State Nursing Department continued its “Pay It Forward” philosophy through the awarding of its seventh annual round of “Pay It Forward” scholarships to Gary Crouse, Hammondsport, NY; John Kozlyuk, Rochester, NY; and Maura Tuffey, Albany, NY. Each recipient received $150 and good wishes from the class of 2005 who first established the scholarship. Each scholarship recipient needs to demonstrate an understanding of caring as evidenced by implementing a unique caring project and to reveal insight and sensitivity in the written assignment.

The premise of “Paying it Forward” comes from a movie by the same name where a school child, as the result of a homework assignment to change the world, begins the practice of helping others expecting that each of those beneficiaries will go on to help three more people. The caring aspect of that concept prompted Linda Panter, professor in Alfred State’s nursing program, to incorporate it into the program. All senior nursing students submit proposals detailing the activities they could conduct to demonstrate the caring nature of the profession. One of those ideas was the “Pay It Forward” scholarships which are awarded to senior nursing students at the beginning of their last semester. Funding is primarily supported by the graduates of the Alfred State nursing program.

“Pay It Forward’ is a concept relating to social change beginning with the individual,” says Panter of the project. “Application of the process results in exponential development of moral health and caring, as well as transformation of the individual into a contributing member of the global society,” she adds.

Since the inception of “Pay It Forward”, several caring projects relating to this concept have been developed by the students within the nursing program. As an example, the annual “Pay It Forward” bulletin board is a message sharing project that elicits positive messages to one another each year. The senior class has the opportunity to develop their own theme under the umbrella of this inspiring model. This year’s theme is “A single leaf provides no shade.” Prior to each exam, students are encouraged to take a moment to reach out to a class member, offering a good luck handshake or a touch of the shoulder. Each day, someone somewhere is implementing the “Pay It Forward” concept. Other heartwarming class projects this semester included a signed sympathy card by the seniors addressed to the Sandy Hook Elementary School, donations of food to the Alfred Area Food Pantry, and a special contribution to the Jillian Andolina benefit held earlier this year.

The graduating class usually leaves a small pot of money to allow for a pizza party for the next senior class. This event ignites the “Pay It Forward” concept at the beginning of the academic year with the current seniors and starts the rippling effect of the “Pay It Forward” concept in the Alfred State nursing program. The Alfred State nursing class is changing the world with the “Pay It Forward” movement.

Nursing Pay It Forward

Back row, l to r: Gary Crouse, Hammondsport; Maura Tuffey, Albany; John Kozlyuk; Rochester

Front row, l to r: Annette Burdett, administrative assistant, Nursing Department; Linda Panter, professor, Nursing Department

Alfred State Restores Rolls Royce for FIREBALL RUN Series Producer

Posted Date: 
Monday, May 13, 2013 - 11:30

Allegany County Chamber logoFireball Run logoAlfred State logo

Alfred State students at the School of Applied Technology on the Wellsville campus recently had the opportunity to restore a 1978 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith II for JJ Sanchez, executive producer of the online series FIREBALL RUN (see photos). Sanchez is set to visit and address the students on May 17, 2013.

The opportunity to work on the prized Rolls Royce presented itself during a conversation between Sanchez and Craig Clark, dean of the School of Applied Technology, when the FIREBALL RUN rolled onto the Wellsville campus in September 2012 as part of the show’s “Northern Exposure” series segment. The connection between the production and the college is the result of the promptings of Gretchen Hanchett, executive director of The Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce.

Fireball Run car with studentsFrom matching the quality of a Rolls Royce factory paint and body finishing, to returning the vehicle to ‘long distance’ mechanical reliability through renovations, Professors Jim Fleischman and James Gerbec helped guide the Alfred State automotive students, demonstrating the professionalism and extensive knowledge of both students and mentors. It was enough to impress Sanchez, who noted that: “These professionals [Gerbec and Fleischman] could work at any Rolls Royce dealership; however [they] instead chose to educate and pass their trade expertise onto the next generation of automotive professionals." Dan Woods, star of Speed Channel’s “Chop, Cut and Rebuild,” visited the Alfred State campus in March to check on the progress for Sanchez, and spent time talking with the students and learning about the automotive programs. So pleased is Sanchez with the vehicle that he has recruited friend Ray McClelland, co-host of “Car Warriors” on Speed Channel, to visit the students in the near future and possibly bring another project.

"Our students now have the experience to work on very high-caliber automobiles,” said Clark. “This is an unprecedented résumé win for the students. It is my goal to leverage this moment to place other high-visibility and valuable opportunities in the hands of our students.”

The connection between FIREBALL RUN and Alfred State is the result of Allegany Chamber Director, Gretchen Hanchett. "I couldn't be more excited! What began as our county having a minor feature in the [2012] FIREBALL RUN has resulted in much more exposure for our region," said Hanchett. Allegany County was featured as an "Interactive Destination" in the 2012 FIREBALL RUN, and as a result of this success, Allegany County has been selected as one of only eight destinations for full feature inclusion in 2016 FIREBALL RUN.

Looking ahead to the 2013 FIREBALL RUN: All Stars & Movie Cars begins Sept. 20 in Longmont, CO, and finishes eight days and 2,500 miles later in Riverside, CA. Other featured destinations include Alamosa, CO; Bloomfield, NM; Page, AZ; Mesa, AZ.; and El Centro, CA.. There will be three cars participating from the Western New York region; Greater Allegany Chamber & Office of Tourism, Alfred State, and the Seneca-Salamanca Chamber. The Alfred State team is entered based on the success of the Rolls Royce project and will be a student-led team with the assistance of JJ Sanchez. This will be a great opportunity for the college and the students.

The FIREBALL RUN is a unique, cross-country driving adventure production that takes teams on missions across the country, allowing them to see different parts of the United States while also engaging with the local communities. The eight-day experience is filmed as a motion picture and spans 2,500 miles. FIREBALL RUN events and FIREBALL RUN Adventurally focus media dollars elicited by the events to The Race to Recover America’s Missing Children, an effort started by FIREBALL RUN participants to raise awareness of and recover missing children in the United States. For more information on the FIREBALL RUN and The Race to recover, visit www.fireballrun.com.

Architectural technology students present designs

Posted Date: 
Monday, May 13, 2013 - 10:15

architecture and design student presentationOn May 9, Professor William Dean, Architecture and Design, accompanied two second-year architectural technology students to the First Presbyterian Church of Bath, NY for a public presentation of conceptual designs that included new signage and a veterans’ memorial that will welcome visitors to the village’s historic downtown. Katherine Dussing, Syracuse, and Taylor Woolf, Watertown, explained their proposals to the group of 25 residents representing different community groups around the village. The event, sponsored by CIVIC (Community Involvement and Volunteering Initiative Committee), provided the opportunity for residents to identify existing assets in the community and share ideas for future development. Alfred State’s participation is an extension of ongoing civic engagement efforts in the Department of Architecture and Design.

Student displays judged at Science and Technology Fair

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 16:15

Student displays from six local school districts (Prattsburgh, Hinsdale, Addison, Andover, Canaseraga, Homeschool) were judged at Alfred State’s 14th Annual Regional Science and Technology Fair. Fifty-six science and technology projects were on display for judging and public viewing. Participants were divided into senior (grades 10-12), junior (grades 7-9), and novice grade categories. A total of 69 students presented their projects to the judges for a chance at the $1,590 in prize money.

Winners in the senior division included first place ($250) Zachary Wilber with “power of suggestion” (Hinsdale); second place ($150) Ashlee Putt with “now you see it, now you don’t” (Hinsdale); and third place ($100) Matthew Davis with “don’t flinch” (Hinsdale).

Winners in the junior division included first place ($250) Michael Chapman “the energy wheel” (Hinsdale); second place ($150) Kyleigh Nolder with “oil spills kill, soaps can rescue” (Hinsdale); and third place ($100) Seth Sklar “your ticket to the sky” (Hinsdale).

Winners in the novice division included first place ($50) Leah Simon with “sensory overload” (Andover); second place ($25)Brendon Everdyke with “snow show” (Prattsburgh); and third place ($15) Emma Byington “speedy, speedy, what car emissions make my plant needy” (Prattsburgh).

Best junior division school winner: (Silver Tray) - Hinsdale

Best senior division school winner: (Silver Tray) - Hinsdale

The grand prize ($500) was Jordan Woodhouse and Makayla Mitchell “love is color blind” (Addison).

Each participant received a certificate of participation, and individual ribbons were presented to first-, second-, and third-place prize winners in all divisions. The prizes were sponsored by Alstom Transportation, Alfred State Student Senate, Alfred State Physical and Health Sciences Department, Wards Scientific, Fisher Scientific, Bio-Rad Laboratories, and Forestry Suppliers.

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