Giving back to the community and helping others are strongly focused on at Alfred State, and as a result, the college has a number of events planned for National Volunteer Week April 10-16.
Most notably, the college’s Office of Health and Wellness Services will sponsor a Foodlink mobile food pantry to combat hunger and food insecurity from 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 15 at St. Jude Chapel on campus adjacent to the University Police Department. Foodlink will be providing free access to essential food items to anyone in need from the surrounding area. Food will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis during this one-day-only event, and no income or residency restrictions will be enforced.
All are welcome to help in creating comfort bags in the Student Leadership Center now through April 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. These comfort bags are for victims and survivors who come to local shelters and rape crisis centers seeking support because of sexual or interpersonal violence. Alfred State has pledged to fill 75 bags in this SUNY-wide effort, titled “SUNY’s Got Your Back,” with donations provided through the New York State Police and JM Murray. The college is accepting donated sweatpants, sweatshirts, T-shirts, or money to purchase these items.
A virtual US Peace Corps information session will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. This is an opportunity to learn more about this two-year international volunteer opportunity and how your skills can make a difference. Utilize the contact information below to get the Web link to join the session from any location.
A Volunteer Management Workshop will take place at the Student Leadership Center from 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 13 for area professionals and students. The agenda will feature networking, information sharing, and speakers sharing content relevant to enhancing an organization’s volunteer capacity and resources. Carol Wood, director of 2-1-1 HELPLINE of the Institute for Human Services, will be a featured speaker of this ongoing professional development series. Pre-registration is required.
The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences will host a Human Services Career Fair from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 in the Allegany Room in the Central Dining Hall. This is a valuable chance to explore internship, career, and community service opportunities with local and regional non-profit and human service organizations.
Lastly, the second annual Spring into Action Day of Service will take place from 9 a.m. to mid-afternoon Saturday, April 16. Service projects will occur in Alfred, Hornell, Wellsville, and in other nearby communities. The purpose is to serve alongside partners in Steuben and Allegany counties in community service and relationship building activities. Examples of past projects include trail cleanup in area state parks, renovation of town parks, and preparation of Little League fields.
For more information about National Volunteer Week and how students and the public can get involved, contact email@example.com.
President Dr. Skip Sullivan has appointed Matt Heller chief of the State University Police at Alfred State effective April 7. Heller first came to the campus as a patrol officer in 1996, was promoted to lieutenant, then interim assistant chief of police, and most recently served as interim chief of police.
“Keeping all of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors safe is a top priority on campus, and throughout his 20 years of service, Matt has excelled in both his operational knowledge and leadership skills,” stated Sullivan. “For our police force to be effective we need a leader who can handle the many challenges he may face, from effectively managing emergency calls to adeptly interacting with everyone from students to fellow police organizations. In Matt we have a dedicated and service-oriented professional who has earned our trust.”
Heller also has 15 years of municipal policing experience with the Angelica and Andover Police Departments. His involvement with local police surrounding Alfred State aids in the coordination and collaboration between agencies. His awards and honors include recognition as past recipient of the Allegany County Top Cop award, New York State DCJS Accreditation Council, SUNY Police Meritorious Service Award, and the Alfred State Pioneer Award for his commitment, role modeling, high level of performance, and positive impact on the college.
After earning an associate degree in criminal justice at Finger Lakes Community College, Heller achieved a bachelor of science in management at Houghton College, and is a graduate of the police academies in Albany and Batavia. Heller holds dozens of certificates related to law enforcement including specialized areas of expertise such as fair and impartial policing, communicable diseases, weapons of mass destruction, and cyber bullying.
“We are very proud of the officers who work so diligently to protect and serve Alfred State, and I’m certain that in his new role as chief, Matt will work tirelessly to keep his team alert, responsive, and ready to show the community how dedicated they are to maintain a safe and secure environment,” added Greg Sammons, former chief of police and vice president of Student Affairs.
State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher honored 248 SUNY students from across the state in Albany Tuesday, April 5, with the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, including two students from Alfred State.
“This award is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to stand-out SUNY students whose achievements reflect their own impressive hard work as well as the support of their families and friends, and SUNY’s world-class faculty and staff,” said Zimpher. “The 248 students we honor with this year’s award have excelled academically, become role models on campus, and established themselves as leaders in the community. Congratulations to all of the students receiving the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.”
Joining the chancellor to recognize the students for their achievements via a video message was NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly. In his video, Kelly mentioned the ways in which his time at SUNY Maritime College prepared him for the challenges he faced during his year in space, as well as a successful 29-year career in government.
The two Alfred State students who received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence were Katelynn Andera, a forensic science technology major from Ellicottville; and Anna Campbell, a technology management student from Geneseo.
Growing up, Andera spent most of her time playing sports, working on her family farm, and enjoying time with her extended family. As a student, Andera has been active in research conferences and events on campus and state-wide. She has received honors and awards in academic excellence, leadership, athletics, and community service. Her future plans are to become a high school teacher using her degree in forensic science technology to teach biology, chemistry, and forensics.
One of 10 children, Campbell enjoys spending time with her family, playing guitar, and writing music. She has been involved in equestrian polo from a young age, and is currently interning with the United States Polo Association. Campbell was the founder and captain of the Alfred State’s women’s polo club, and has received national awards for collegiate and athletic excellence. She has served on campus student engagement committees, was a recipient of the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship, and is passionate about helping those around her.
The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.
Each year, SUNY campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews the accomplishments of exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office for a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at Commencement.
With more than 65 in-demand majors and a hands-on approach to learning, Alfred State is experiencing a strong increase in the number of students wanting to enroll for the fall 2016 semester. The number of applications is up 17 percent over the same time last year.
As April begins, Alfred State has received 5,865 applications and the 17 percent hike over 2015 is the second highest percentage increase among all 26 state-operated SUNY campuses. Only once in the past 23 years has a recruitment effort at Alfred State resulted in more applications. The number of accepted students has also spiked. Acceptance letters are still being processed, but already this year’s number has only been surpassed once in the past 18 years.
“We are extremely pleased to see this growing interest and heightened enthusiasm for our college from prospective students,” said Deborah Goodrich, associate vice president for Enrollment Management. “While the standards for admission have increased over the years, so too have the number of applicants. The interest from high school seniors this year has broken all Alfred State records with more than 46,000 inquiries.”
Alfred State is also an affordable option for students, having enhanced the number of scholarships offered by more than 14 percent since last year, up to 524 in 2016 from 458 in 2015.
Helping students prepare for future careers is a focus at Alfred State, and the college also makes sure that incoming students can acclimate to life on campus. On Saturday, April 2, Alfred State welcomed approximately 200 future Pioneers and their families for Accepted Student Day.
During the event, attendees were able to participate in a variety of programs designed to provide in-depth information related to their major and to learn about student life. Representatives from Admissions, Athletics, Financial Aid, Residential Life, the Student Success Center, and some of the 100 student clubs were available to answer questions one-on-one. Campus tours gave families a sense of what it’s like to live, eat, study, and play at Alfred State while visiting classrooms, labs, dining facilities, fitness centers, and residence halls.
Additionally, the college is gearing up to welcome even more visitors during an Open House on April 17 for prospective students and their families, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Orvis Activities Center on the Alfred campus. Attendees are invited to participate in a variety of programs, both formal and informal, designed to provide flexibility in visiting any area of interest to the student.
Similar to Accepted Student Day, a wide variety of representatives will also be available for the Open House, as will campus tours, academic department tours and presentations on financial aid and campus life. For additional information, contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-4-ALFRED or 607-587-4215.
“We encourage all students interested in our college to attend an Open House or to arrange a tour and see for themselves all of the wonderful things that Alfred State has to offer,” said Goodrich.
In photo above: Student ambassadors lead future Pioneers and their families on a campus tour.
The 2016 SkillsUSA New York State Leadership and Skills Conference Postsecondary Championship, held mainly on Alfred State’s Wellsville campus, pitted 60 students from two schools against each other in one of the nation’s most prestigious showcases of career and technical aptitude on Saturday, March 26.
Schools competing this year included Alfred State and the State University of New York (SUNY) at Delhi. All competitions took place on the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville, except for Precision Machining, which was held on the Alfred campus.
Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. The SkillsUSA state winners are eligible to compete in the 52nd National SkillsUSA Championship, held in Louisville, KY, June 20-24. More than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas.
Winners from the March 26 championship, by competition, are as follows:
Approximately 300 competitors from 40 teams and 16 schools will be taking part in the 70th Annual Northeast Woodsmen’s Conclave April 22-23 at Alfred State.
This major timber sports competition will feature a number of singles, doubles, and triples events in Men’s, Women’s, and Jack & Jill divisions, plus the STIHL Northeast Collegiate Qualifier, the winner of which will compete in the Collegiate Championship in Illinois in July. Singles events include axe throw, birling, underhand chop, single buck, super suede, and stock saw; doubles events are standing block chop, fire build, and crosscut to death; and triples include underhand chop and quarter split.
Events, which are open to spectators free of charge, will take place at either the athletics events field on the Alfred campus or at the Lake Lodge, 3107 Terbury Road, Alfred.
Participating schools in addition to Alfred State include Unity College, Colby College, University of Maine, University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont, Paul Smith’s College, University of Connecticut, the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cobleskill, Finger Lakes Community College, SUNY Morrisville, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), SUNY ESF Ranger School and Wanakena, West Virginia University, Penn State, and University of Dartmouth.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “Our college is honored and excited to be hosting the Northeast Woodsmen’s Conclave, as well as the best collegiate timber sports competitors from the Northeast. We welcome all of the participating schools and wish everyone a safe and competitive event.”
Scott Bingham, University Police officer and coach of the Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club, said, “It is a very large undertaking, but it is also a great opportunity for the school and the members of our club to put on an event of this magnitude.”
The schedule of events is as follows:
Friday, April 22
Saturday, April 23 (all competitive events to be held on the athletics events field)
In photo: Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club member Gavin Maloney, a masonry major from Rome, NY, performs an underhand chop, which is one of the events that will take place during the 70th Annual Northeast Woodsmen’s Conclave April 22-23.
More than 20 Alfred State students opted to spend their spring breaks in mid-March helping others in need.
From March 13-19, a group of 13 students worked alongside Horry County Habitat for Humanity in Myrtle Beach, SC, assisting in the ReStore thrift store and helping a family to build a new home.
Technology Services Help Desk Coordinator Krystal Perlman, who volunteered in South Carolina along with the students, said some of the thrift store projects on the first day included pricing items to be set up on the sales floor, organizing storage rooms, and painting the staff lounge.
The remaining days, the volunteers worked on site building the house from the foundation up with the construction manager and the home owner, Shaniqua Evans. The college’s baseball team, who was playing in a tournament in Myrtle Beach that week, also spent a few hours to help at the ReStore location.
Students who volunteered in Myrtle Beach include Alex Cohen, building trades: building construction, Rochester; Ashley Kennedy, human services management, Troupsburg; Robert Mahany, construction management engineering technology, Orchard Park; Brittany Richards, forensic science technology, Piffard; Bryan Guild, business administration, Cameron Mills; Christopher McCormick, cyber security, Henderson, NV; Elizabeth Hart, technology management, Wellsville; Joshua Pincoski, autobody repair, Holland; Katie Monica, forensic science technology, Syracuse; Lacee Hill, forensic science technology, Friendship; Larissia Hall, liberal arts and sciences: adolescent education-teacher education transfer, Keuka Park; Mary Rose Ricotta, forensic science technology, Derby; and Michaela Olin, nursing, Perry.
This is the fourth year of an ongoing partnership between the college and Habitat for Humanity. Perlman said the recent project was a wonderful opportunity for Alfred State students because of it being so multifaceted.
“The students who participated were able to learn real-world skills while helping to create affordable housing for residents of Horry County, SC,” she said. “The students spent time working side by side with Shaniqua, and they all got a chance to hear her story and how much this opportunity means to her. I firmly believe that it is these types of experiences that cannot not be replicated in a classroom and are what help create a well-rounded Alfred State education.”
Volunteering in New Orleans from March 14-18 was a team of eight students, who worked alongside Anna’s Place/St. Anna’s Episcopal Church to provide support to an after-school children’s arts program and to help with other ongoing initiatives. The group worked at both the church and the Dodwell House, which Alfred State Semester in the South students have been renovating into a community center.
Students who assisted in New Orleans were Heather Cromwell, technology management, Lockport; Lauren Vasco, veterinary technology, Knoxville, PA; Kaitlin Johnson, technology management, Stockton; Allison Dinwoodie, forensic science technology, Hornell; Makenzie Riley, interior design, Schenectady; Cassandra Ryan, mechanical engineering technology, Gloversville; Eric Hulbert, network administration, Mexico, NY; and Annaliese Corrao, nursing, Grand Island.
Sean McCarthy, residence hall director of MacKenzie East, who accompanied the students, said the group helped the after-school children build their own wetlands to plant and grow food, work on a community garden, and they also explained the importance of eating a balanced diet. The Alfred State students also taught the children about the various programs they are taking, such as forensic science technology and veterinary technology.
McCarthy said everyone had a great experience overall and noted that the community was appreciative of the students’ efforts.
“When people passed by, they asked about the work and thanked us for our service,” he said. “We were even able to get a member of a group that had just arrived in town for a bachelor party to put his plans on hold and help out for a bit. I feel like the best thing we did for the younger students was just being there for them, listening to what they had to say, and helping them in any way we could.”
Pictured are the Alfred State volunteers who worked with the Horry County Habitat for Humanity to build a house for a resident in Myrtle Beach, SC.
In photo above: Alfred State volunteers work on creating a wetland exhibit area on a recent civic engagement project trip to New Orleans.