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$1.5 million to Alfred State for biorefinery prototype

Posted Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 11:30

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) recently awarded $1.5 million to Alfred State for the Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC). The prototype facility will help private and public partners leverage wood resources to create sustainable businesses using advanced manufacturing processes. The new grant increases the total funding raised to date for the research facility to $4.5 million. 

“This is great news for Alfred State and the entire Southern Tier. This federal investment will help bring 15 new businesses and 125 good paying pay jobs to the Southern Tier and push this region’s economy into the future,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “The work done at BDCC will help create a ‘New Forest Economy’ by working with local partners and using the region’s abundant natural resources to spur long-term economic development. I will fight tooth and nail to make sure Alfred State continues to have the resources it needs to leverage the region’s workforce and grow private enterprise.” 

sky, clouds, weeds, trees
Lumber from the Southern Tier will help fuel Alfred State’s Biorefinery Development
and Commercialization Center.

“This award is a blueprint for new jobs, fresh opportunities, and a robust economic future for New York’s Southern Tier,” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Earl F. Gohl.  “It is part of a strategy to bring added capital into the region, and help the region prepare to globally compete in manufacturing, technology, construction, and a variety of other industry sectors.” 

“Alfred State knows the ARC funding for the BDCC project will have a high impact by supporting equipment, training, and developing a network across the ARC region. Developing the proven Hot Water Extraction process in the BDCC will allow Alfred State to lead in biorefinery development and training in the region through the partners in the network,” said Craig R. Clark, vice president for economic development at Alfred State and executive director of the Allegany County Industrial Development Agency. 

The BDCC is a prototype that will develop and commercialize the Hot Water Extraction (HWE) process that produces valuable chemical assets from wood, energy crops, and agricultural residuals. Through this technology, approximately 25 percent of the biomass is converted into value-added products such as advanced fuels and bio-based chemicals for plastics. The remaining 75 percent produces modified wood chips that have improved qualities for paper products, fuel pellets, and particleboard used in furnishings and construction. 

Alfred State’s 18,000-square-foot biorefinery center is intended to spur additional investment, including business start-ups and full-scale biorefineries. Alfred State, the State University of New York (SUNY), universities from other ARC states, and private-sector bioenergy and biochemical companies will benefit from the research facility. 

“This project has been in the works for about five years, but recent advances in funding have spurred our progress,” stated Clark. “We are conducting engineering studies right now regarding process and project costs related to implementation of the center.” 

Through the BDCC, Alfred State will also provide training and technical services to both start-up companies and companies impacted by economic changes as they seek to enter new markets, diversify their manufacturing base, and adapt their workforce. The research facility is a collaboration between Alfred State and Syracuse-based Applied Biorefinery Sciences. 

According to Clark, “The BDCC prototype facility is the first step to launch full-sized commercial plants that can cost about $200 million to build. The effect on a local economy like ours will be tremendous.” 

The award to Alfred State was made through ARC’s POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. This congressionally funded multi-agency strategy brings federal resources directly to help communities and regions affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production.


Orvis Award winners and dean’s list honors

Posted Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 14:30
Orvis Award for Excellence Winners with President Sullivan and Pat Fogarty
Orvis Award for Excellence Winners: (l to r) Jacob Fassett, Heather Fumia,
Dr. Skip Sullivan, Elisabeth Wolff, Gordon Trahan, and College Council Chair Pat Fogarty.
Not pictured: Michael Shoemaker.

Alfred State Provost Dr. Kristin Poppo has announced the dean’s list of academically impressive students for spring 2017. To be listed, students must have completed at least 12 credit hours for the semester and earned a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) out of a possible 4.0. For the most recent semester, the dean’s list includes 737 students. In addition, 172 of these students achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA.

“I hope students on our dean’s list are enjoying their summer break because they’ve earned it,” stated Poppo. “Our professors are so proud when they witness a student mastering their course work and excelling in applied learning. These students have earned recognition for academic excellence which will pay off with knowledge and skills to launch them in their careers.”

The dean for the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology (SAMET) confirms 354 students received the honor. The dean’s list for the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) includes 202 students. At the School of Applied Technology (SAT), another 181 students made the dean’s list.

Five graduating students also earned the Orvis Award for Excellence in scholarship, service, leadership, and character. This award honors Paul B. Orvis, a former president of Alfred State and State University of New York dean for two-year colleges.

List of 2017 Orvis Award winners and their achievements:

The college congratulates all of the students who earned dean’s list and Orvis Award honors. The students’ hometown newspapers receive information regarding honorees, including details for each student earning a perfect 4.0 GPA. The complete dean’s list is available online at www.alfredstate.edu/deans-list.


New archery club wins national grant

Posted Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:15
Ethan Frederick takes aim with his bow
Ethan Frederick, a mechanical engineering
technology major from Baldwinsville, takes
aim with his bow. Frederick is the treasurer
for the Archers of Alfred Club.

In its inaugural year, the Archers of Alfred earned a grant from USA Archery to assist with long-term program development. Alfred State is one of only 26 clubs in the country to receive a collegiate archery program grant.

“The skills of Alfred State’s archers are growing at an incredible pace and the greatest challenge is to provide the tools needed in what is an equipment-dependent sport,” stated Greg Sammons, vice president for Student Affairs and club coach. “The Easton Foundations and USA Archery are to be commended for helping to develop young archers. The generosity of the grant immediately increased our access to Olympic recurve and outdoor target equipment.”

In the award announcement to Alfred State, USA Archery stated: “The collegiate archery program continues to grow, and we were thrilled to see hundreds of archers from over 50 colleges and universities across the nation compete at our National Outdoor Collegiate Championships last month.”

Collegiate archery programs in good standing can request grant funds for items such as athlete and coach travel, target butts, stands, archery equipment, general supplies, and coaching certifications to support club, athlete and coach development. Generous contributions from the Easton Foundations fund the USA Archery grants.

USA Archery is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of archery in the United States. USA Archery selects and trains Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship, and World Cup teams, as well as developing archery at the grassroots level across the United States. More information is available at www.teamusa.org/usa-archery.


Best in business award to Valerie Nixon

Posted Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 12:00

Executive Vice President Valerie Nixon received the Robert J. Wagner Business Officer of the Year Award at the annual conference of the State University of New York Business Officers Association (SUBOA). While Nixon serves as president of SUBOA, association members kept it a secret to surprise Nixon with their highest award.

“I was surprised and delighted to receive the Robert J. Wagner Business Officer of the Year Award,” stated Nixon. “Bob Wagner is a strong advocate and mentor for many SUNY business officers and to be honored by my colleagues with this award in his name is truly an honor.”

Val Nixon receives the Wagner Business Officer of the Year Award from Michael Levine
Executive Vice President Val Nixon receives the Wagner Business
Officer of the Year Award from Michael Levine, vice president for
finance and management at Buffalo State.

“This is the most prestigious award given by the SUBOA organization,” said Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State. “Val was recognized for her outstanding performance, high professional standards, and her significant contribution to SUNY and SUBOA. Chief business officers from across the state are the ones selecting the recipient, which shows the tremendous respect colleagues have for Val’s dedication and excellence. We at Alfred State could not be more proud.”

The Business Officer of the Year Award is named for the former vice president for administration at the University at Buffalo, Robert J. Wagner. It is bestowed annually since its inception in 2005.

Chief business officers with the State University of New York (SUNY) comprise SUBOA, including the System-wide Administration and the Research Foundation of SUNY. The charge of this group is to serve in an advisory capacity as consultants to the System-wide Administration and to give organized and effective direction in the development of improved principles and practices of educational business administration, in order that the members may serve more efficiently the educational objectives of their institutions and SUNY.

Previously Nixon received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 1994, She has earned numerous professional awards, including the New York State Financial Aid Administrator's Association (NYSFAAA) Founder's Award, and the NYSFAAA region 2 Service Award, which she received twice. She is the recipient of the State University of New York Financial Aid Professionals (SUNYFAP) Daniel Sistarenik Advocacy Award, and the Bill Troy Service Award, the highest honor that organization bestows. The SUBOA Business Officer of the Year Award is her latest accomplishment.

Nixon started her career at Alfred State as director of financial aid in 1988. More recently, she advanced to executive vice president in 2012 and led the college as interim president during the presidential search in 2013. She serves on a number of professional boards and committees, including the executive boards of SUBOA, Upstate New York College Collaboration (UNYCC) and Alfred Technology Resources, Inc. She is past president of Canisteo Community Support Group (CCSG), a charitable organization that provides support for local needy families.


Promotions announced

Posted Date: Monday, June 19, 2017 - 09:45

Alfred State recently announced promotions for faculty and staff.

Included among those receiving promotions in Administration, Advancement, and Enrollment, with their new titles, are Jennifer Potter, office assistant 2, Business Affairs; Kenneth Baker, janitor, Facilities Services; Monroe Bates, SUNY campus worker 1; Rachel Brandow, agency program aide, Facilities Services; Glenn Brubaker, senior director of facilities, Facilities Services; Douglas Butters, SUNY campus worker 1, Facilities Services; Keelan Croston, carpenter, Facilities Services; Douglas Foster, SUNY campus worker 1, Facilities Services; Mark Jackson, maintenance assistant painter, Facilities Services; Jessica Parks, office assistant 2 (keyboarding), Facilities Services; Gary Porter, maintenance assistant 1, Facilities Services; Laurie Spike, supervising janitor, Facilities Services; Debra Steitzer, janitor, Facilities Services; and Niki Erickson, office assistant 2 (calculations), Student Records and Financial Services.

Those promoted in the Division of Academic Affairs, with their new titles, are Melissa Blake, associate professor, Business; Casey Cowburn, staff associate, Student Success Center; Danielle Green, assistant professor, Business; Jack Jones, associate professor, Building Trades; Kathryn Link, associate professor, Physical and Life Sciences; Erica Matteson, assistant professor, Physical and Life Sciences; Kevin McGuire, assistant professor, Automotive Trades; Danyelle Moore, senior staff associate, Academic Affairs; Jon Owejan, associate professor, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology; Joseph Petrick, director of libraries, Academic Affairs; Michael Smith, staff associate, Technology Services; Jeremy Speed-Schwartz, associate professor, Digital Media and Animation; and Lisa Yates, professor, Nursing.

Receiving promotions in Student Affairs, with their new titles, are Alexe Pask, senior staff assistant/head athletic trainer, Athletics; Troy Morehouse, director of Student Engagement, Student Affairs; and Mallory Morehouse, staff assistant, Student Engagement.

Several Administration, Advancement, and Enrollment employees sitting and standing
Front row from l-r, are Glenn Brubaker, Niki Erickson, Jennifer Potter, Jessica Parks, and
Rachel Brandow. Back row, from l-r, are Douglas Foster, Kenneth Baker, Gary Porter,
Douglas Butters, and Monroe Bates.
Several Academic Affairs employees sitting and standing
Front row from l-r, are Danielle Green, Melissa Blake, Danyelle Moore, Lisa Yates, and
Kathryn Link. Back row from l-r are Jack Jones, Michael Smith, Jon Owejan, Casey Cowburn,
and Jeremy Speed-Schwartz.
Alexe Pask, left, and Mallory Morehouse
Alexe Pask, left, and Mallory Morehouse

Leadership Allegany Welcomes Alfred State as New Program Partner

Posted Date: Monday, June 19, 2017 - 09:15

Reprinted with permission. By Shelly Hillman / Houghton College

Leadership Allegany is pleased to announce the addition of Alfred State as the program’s third partner, joining Houghton College and the Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce.

Alfred State has long been faithful in sending participants and having employee representatives serve on the steering committee of the leadership program. This partnership will add Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Alfred State, as a co-chair with Phyllis Gaerte, alumni and engagement director at Houghton College.

“Alfred State’s participation complements our strategic emphasis in building leadership skills and civic engagement within the student experience,” notes Hilsher. “We are excited to scale up our involvement in this way investing in the success and development of our county’s leaders.”

Gaerte is equally enthusiastic about the partnership. “It has been a pleasure to collaborate with staff and administrators from Alfred State over the years. It seemed only natural and the right thing to do to honor their faithfulness and to bring together our strengths to better serve Allegany County professionals,” she remarks.

Founded in 2010, Leadership Allegany is currently in its eighth year, with a full 16-member cohort representing a variety of private and nonprofit sector businesses. The program provides networking, leadership, and development opportunities for professionals living in the county. These individuals interact with representatives from multiple sectors of the county – such as government, the justice system, recreation, agriculture, education, human services, and health care – in order to gain a deeper understanding of these areas and the challenges they face.

Participants also engage in curriculum sessions that enhance their understanding of their roles as leaders, as well as plan one of the program’s industry visit days, and take part in a service project that supports a worthy cause through action and/or education. Upon graduation, they are charged to act as catalysts for positive change and take up further leadership roles.

Founding sponsors of Leadership Allegany include ACCORD Corporation, Alfred Higher Education Group, Allegany Business Center, Allegany County Area Foundation, Allegany County Department of Social Services, Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, Houghton College, Literacy West Inc., and the United Way of Allegany County.


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