With sunny skies, several new events, and plenty of fun activities for everyone, it’s no wonder Alfred State’s Homecoming/Family Weekend was so well attended this year.
In fact, according to Spencer Peavey, senior director of student engagement at Alfred State, some alumni, students, and families were calling this the “best Homecoming ever.”
“The student responses were amazing,” Peavey said. “The attendance rates, from the dodgeball games to the comedian and magician, were higher than ever.”
Peavey said the nice weather “absolutely” impacted attendance for Homecoming/Family Weekend, which took place from Thursday through Sunday. He said while he has no way of estimating the total number of visitors because the majority of people at the events were students, he saw more alumni around this past weekend than he has in years.
“Alfred’s Got Talent, which continues to be the biggest event outside of the football game, reached a record high for attendance at 500 students, family members, and alumni,” Peavey said.
New to this year’s Homecoming/Family Weekend were a Greek chili contest, Game Day Live interviews, a classic car contest, a student car show, and a family zone with inflatables and carnival games. The weekend also included several fundraisers, such as the fourth annual Race for a Cure 5K run/walk, which 41 people attended, and raffle baskets during the tailgating event, which raised more than $2,500 toward charities and student initiatives.
In photo above: Alfred State College Council Chair Patricia K. Fogarty and a student proudly display their school spirit during the college’s 2014 Homecoming/Family Weekend.
Nine members of the Bethesda Foundation visited Alfred State Thursday to get a first-hand look at one of the Nursing department’s high-fidelity simulation labs in the Physical and Health Sciences building.
The group watched as senior nursing students Chelsea Goodwill, of Falconer, N.Y., and Jessica Matava, of Ontario, N.Y., administered care to a SimMan 3G ® manikin, which simulates an actual hospital patient.
Phil Loree, president of the Bethesda Foundation, said of the simulation, “I think it’s great. The ability to use a manikin like that is fantastic.”
Barbara Arnault, a member of the foundation, echoed Loree’s statements, saying, “It’s wonderful. We are so glad we’re able to make contributions that help out with these very expensive projects.”
The Bethesda Foundation, according to its website, is a non-profit charitable organization devoted to the funding and support of health-related projects and scholarships in the Hornell area. The foundation provides roughly $15,000 a year for numerous scholarships at Alfred State, typically for nursing students from Allegany, Steuben, or Livingston counties.
“Alfred State appreciates the Bethesda Foundation and its ongoing scholarship support to nursing students in these three counties,” said Dr. Lisa Harmon, chair of the Nursing department.
Timberly Shepard, Alfred State lecturer in nursing, speaks to members of the Bethesda Foundation Thursday in one of the Nursing department’s high-fidelity simulation labs.
Hundreds of first- and second-grade students from area schools visited the Alfred State Farm Tuesday for Kiddie Ag Day.
Dr. Philip Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology department, said the students toured the 800-acre farm, learning about agriculture and where their food comes from. Participating schools included Andover, Alfred-Almond, Cuba-Rushford, Fillmore, Whitesville, Bolivar-Richburg, Genesee Valley, and Scio.
Alfred State, Schroeder said, has hosted Kiddie Ag Day “for as long as anyone can remember,” although the college did not hold it for the past few years because of construction on the farm. The return of Kiddie Ag Day this year, according to Schroeder, was a big hit.
“Between the beautiful weather, the enthusiasm of our students’ tour leaders, the donation of more than 500 cartons of milk and string cheese by Organic Valley, and the attendance of more than 600 kids,” Schroeder said, “I think the day was a great success.”
Three teams headed from the Alfred State School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville to Frisco, Texas, Tuesday morning for Fireball Run, the annual life-sized trivia game that seeks to aid in the recovery of America’s missing children.
Two of the squads, Team Allegany and Team Salamanca, are competing in Fireball Run, while Alfred State is providing a support team and sponsoring the event.
“We’re really excited to be sending off another team to the Fireball Run,” said Craig Clark, executive director and dean of Applied Technology.
The college’s support team will perform duties such as tire pressure and car checks, according to Kent Johnson, chair of the Automotive Trades department.
“When the cars break down, we’re going to lend a hand,” Johnson said of the Alfred State team, which will drive a 1987 Mercedes Turbo Diesel donated by 1975 Alfred State graduate Mark Crounse.
Along with Clark and Johnson, the Alfred State support team includes automotive service technician students and brothers Josh and Jordan Ricotta, both from Falconer, N.Y. The students said they were honored to be a part of this year’s Fireball Run.
“We’re honored to go and represent the college that we wanted to take up automotive at,” said Josh Ricotta. “Our hard work paid off and they honored us with being able to go.”
“It sounds like a great opportunity and seems like we’ll have some fun,” Jordan Ricotta said. “It’s a great experience to learn from.”
This year’s Fireball Run begins Sept. 26 in Frisco, Texas, and ends Oct. 4 in Independence, Mo., covering 14 cities and 2,000 miles. For a full schedule, updates, and to watch the action live, visit www.fireballrun.com.
Pictured are the Alfred State Fireball Run support team members along with 1975 Alfred State graduate Mark Crounse, who donated the 1987 Mercedes Turbo Diesel vehicle shown here. From left are Kent Johnson, chair of the Automotive Trades department; Jordan Ricotta, automotive service technician student; Craig Clark, executive director and dean of Applied Technology; Crounse; and Josh Ricotta, automotive service technician student.
Alfred State will host a free alumni event from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the David A. Howe Public Library, 155 N. Main St., Wellsville.
The event provides an opportunity for the 700 alumni residing in Wellsville and the surrounding areas to meet and greet College President Dr. Skip Sullivan and one another.
Alumni will also have the chance to learn about Alfred State’s 19 baccalaureate and 50 associate-level programs, its 800-acre working farm, its move to NCAA Division III athletics, and the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program, which will help fund a Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center (SAMC) at the School of Applied Technology.
Students at the SAMC will be trained in state-of-the-art techniques of sustainable manufacturing, including advanced lighting, HVAC, and process improvements through waste reduction and LEAN Six Sigma processes. The SAMC will be designed and constructed to minimize the energy typically used in manufacturing and will also serve as a prototype to assist manufacturers in developing new products and systems in a sustainable environment.
Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served during the event. Those interested in attending should contact Cindy Croston by Sept. 30 at 607-587-3931 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced that New York has been chosen to receive a $300,000, two-year grant in Phase II of its Academic Progression in Nursing program (APIN). The grant, awarded to the Foundation of New York State Nurses, will support the NYS Future of Nursing Action Coalition’s efforts to implement the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that 80 percent of practicing registered nurses hold the baccalaureate degree by 2020.
The Alfred State Associate of Science in nursing and the Alfred State Bachelor of Science in nursing programs, partners in the first APIN grant received by the Foundation of New York State Nurses in 2012, will continue as partners in the new grant. Lisa Harmon, PhD, RN, CNE, chair of the ASN and BSN nursing programs at Alfred State will lead the nursing programs’ participation in the new grant project. The New York project provides for simultaneous admission to a baccalaureate nursing program and an associate degree nursing program. Students in these programs, known as the 1+2+1 model, are eligible for licensure as an RN at the end of the third year upon completion of the associate degree program.
“The 1+2+1 AD-BS model has set a national standard of excellence for advancing the education of nurses. Through the dedicated work of the leadership and collaborative partners in APIN Phase I, admissions have increased by 23 percent in one year’s time. In addition, more employers are offering not only tuition reimbursement for RNs continuing their education, but other incentives such as flexible hours, pay differential and on-site classes,” stated Deborah Elliott, RN, MBA, executive director of the Foundation of New York State Nurses and project director of the grant project.
“We are delighted to be able to offer this progressive model of nursing education at Alfred State. During the first year in the nursing program, students take general education courses as well as anatomy and physiology I and II. In years two and three, they concentrate on core nursing course work, earn the associate degree, and take their licensing NCLEX exam. Upon passing, they can work as an RN while they finish their BS degree in the fourth and final year, which is all online, either at home or on campus. This is a student-centered model that equips the student for success in both the collegiate as well as employment venues,” states Harmon.
Eight other states - California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington - will also receive Phase II APIN grants. The grants will allow these states to continue working with academic institutions and employers to expand their work to help nurses to obtain higher degrees. This is essential to enable nurses to provide evidence-based care, perform research and assume higher practice, education and administrative leadership roles, thus promoting health and ensuring quality care.
The Center for Nursing at the Foundation of New York State Nurses, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to preserving quality nursing and health care now and in the future.
Alfred State has once again made the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings, tying for 22nd among the top regional colleges in the North for 2015. The college has also earned a seventh-place ranking among top public regional schools in the North.
This marks the eighth consecutive year Alfred State has made the prestigious list, tying this year with Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology of Flushing, N.Y. According to U.S. News & World Report, Alfred State’s average freshman retention rate is 82 percent, up from 74 percent a year ago.
“We’re delighted that Alfred State continues to perform well on the national scene and we’re delighted with our faculty and staff for keeping us in incredible areas of ranking both state and nationally,” said Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan.
U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges list is one of the most sought-after rankings among colleges and universities across the nation. Criteria this year included graduation rates, faculty resources rank, and student SAT and ACT scores.
“Again this year, we are proud to see so many of our SUNY campuses recognized as being among the best nationally by U.S. News and World Report,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “In every community across New York State, SUNY colleges and universities like Alfred State offer students top quality degree programs and applied learning opportunities that prepare them for success in today’s 21st-century global economy. Congratulations to each of the SUNY campuses making the list for 2015.”
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.
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.”
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 email@example.com or call 607-587-4313.