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New Horizons Forum to feature speakers and film on ALS

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 12:15

The Alfred State New Horizons Forum scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, will feature the documentary, “Hope On The Horizon” and special guest speakers, Donna York, president of HARK, and Alfred State alum Debra (McQueen) Quinn, who will present on Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

The forum will be held at 6 p.m. in the Cappadonia Auditorium of the Orvis Activities Center and is open to the public. Admission is free; however, donations will be gladly accepted at the door.

Created by HARK, a Hillsborough, NJ, charity that gives financial aid, medical equipment, and other support to families struggling with ALS, “Hope on the Horizon” is an inspiring 27-minute film documenting the incredible journey of four hikers trying to do what nobody has done before: scale 48 mountains in 24 days. They attempted to cover 250 miles of dangerous terrain in perhaps the bleakest wilderness of North America.

Four hikers started the journey and only two completed it, but not before taking Martin Wallem, an ALS patient, athlete and outdoorsman, to the top of the 46th peak. The odyssey through severe terrain is a metaphor for the hardships faced by ALS patients and their loved ones in dealing with this devastating disease. Anyone with a life-threatening illness will be inspired by “Hope on the Horizon.”

“This film is about hope in facing life’s challenges and courage in the face of one’s worst fears,” said York. “Patients with ALS and their families say the diagnosis is like embarking on a journey through a dark tunnel. The people of HARK, who have been down that tunnel, want to help others through the ordeal. Our mission is to change the way the world views ALS.”

Quinn, who holds a business management degree from Alfred State, began her fight with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) in October 2009. Upon researching her genealogy, she traced the disease through 13 generations of her grandmother’s family to the early 1600s, discovering more than 20 additional family members who suffered from ALS.

Quinn has brought awareness into her community, working tirelessly with the Hearts for ALS NY organization and speaking at local and national platforms.

The New Horizons Forum, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences, showcases current scholarly, creative, and public service work by faculty, students, alumni, professional staff, and invited guests. It is guided by a campus-wide team of advisers whose goal is to enrich the intellectual life of the institution.

For more information, contact Forum Advisory Board member Erica Matteson at MattesES@alfredstate.edu.


New polo team thriving

Posted Date: Friday, April 17, 2015 - 14:00

Growing up, childhood friends Anna Campbell and Kasandra Wohlschlegel loved the game of polo.

After Campbell elected to transfer to Alfred State and Wohlschlegel opted to enter the college as a freshman for the fall 2014 semester, the two girls also decided they needed a way to continue competing in the sport that’s near and dear to their hearts.

Beginning in May 2014, before they even started taking classes in Alfred, the girls worked hard for months on forming a team and received approval from both the college in November and the United States Polo Association (USPA) in January. The girls also secured two coaches, Terry Mehlenbacher and Rob Donnan, and received a $2,000 grant from the USPA to cover equipment costs.

Thus, Alfred State Polo was born.

Anna Campbell on a horse at a polo tournament“It’s kind of like a dream come true,” said Campbell, a business technology management major from Geneseo. “Outside of a high school program, polo just doesn’t really exist in this area. Just the fact that I can play, I’m so grateful.”

After Campbell and Wohlschlegel, a surveying and geomatics engineering technology major from Honeoye, held tryouts, Sarah Burgoon, a veterinary technology student from Westfield, joined the team. Burgoon, who has ridden horses since she was 4 years old, had never played polo before, but she caught on fast and the results were very positive.

“I met two of my best friends through polo, so I’m pretty ecstatic about that,” Burgoon said. “And it is really nice competing. It’s fun.”

The polo team’s biggest test so far came during the Northeast Intercollegiate Women Preliminary Tournament, held Feb. 27 to March 1 at Yale. Other competing schools included the University of Massachusetts, the University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Yale, and Harvard.

Despite being a brand-new team and having to face larger schools, the girls prevailed and Alfred State Polo took first-place overall in the competition.

“It was unheard of,” Campbell said. “Some programs have been around for years that weren’t even at the level to compete yet. We had just been approved for under two months and we went into this competition and did really well.”

Wohlschlegel added, “We also get to meet a lot of really amazing people through being on the polo team, like when we were at Yale, we met professional polo players who were there. We’ve also gotten a lot of opportunities to go to big polo games. The door is just open with this sport and it’s really quite amazing, the little community that polo has.”

Students interested in joining Alfred State Polo are in luck. The team will hold tryouts at the beginning of the fall 2015 semester.

“Our hope is to get a varsity and a junior varsity team so that we help the program grow,” Wohlschlegel said. “We’re only going to be here for so long and we want the program to continue after we graduate.”

Riding high on the success of their tournament win and looking ahead to next year, the team has big expectations. Though the process of bringing the sport of polo to Alfred State wasn’t easy, it definitely paid off.

“The whole experience, the ups and downs, the hard work, it was all worth it at the end of the day because we’ve been able to play and bring a sport like this to a SUNY school, which people aren’t going to forget about,” Campbell said, “especially with the season that we’ve had.”

In photo above: Anna Campbell, a business technology management major from Geneseo, swings her mallet at a polo ball during the Northeast Intercollegiate Women Preliminary Tournament, held Feb. 27 to March 1 at Yale.


64th annual Alumni Choral Concert Sunday, April 26

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 11:30

Alfred State will present its 64th annual Alumni Choral Spring Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26 in the Anthony C. Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center on the Alfred campus.

Groups performing will include “Voices,” the college’s student choral group directed by Linda Staiger; the Alumni Jazz Singers; and the Alumni Choir. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Alfred State Concert Choir Alumni organization was founded in 1957 and consists of alumni who performed as students under the direction of Anthony C. Cappadonia, who was the instrumental and choral director at Alfred State for 56 years. On April 29, 2012, the Anthony C. Cappadonia Auditoriumwas officially dedicated.

The auditorium will forever be a testament to the musical inspiration Cappadonia provided to all of his students during his many years of teaching and directing both instrumental and choral groups, as well as his continued relationship with alumni. Cappadonia passed away in February 2014, and the alumni continue to perform annual concerts in his honor.


AIA Rochester Design Awards traveling exhibit on display at Alfred State through May 29

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 11:15

students in hall viewing AIA Rochester Design Awards traveling exhibitThe Department of Architecture and Design is pleased to welcome a traveling exhibit of 2014 American Institute of Architects Rochester Design Awards submissions.

The exhibit features the work of 12 architects and firms from the greater Rochester area and includes submissions by two Alfred State alumni, Erik Reynolds (BS in architectural technology, ’12) and Emily McCaffery (BS in architectural technology, ’05). Reynolds, an intern at SWBR Architects, won Honorable Mention for his submission in the Rochester Designers Unleashed Ideas Competition, and McCaffery, an architectural technician at Labella Associates, was part of a team that took the other Honorable Mention in that same category.

“The works include two-dimensional drawings, three-dimensional drawings, renderings, diagrams, and sometimes explanatory text,” said William Dean, professor and chair of the Department of Architecture and Design. “They’re nicely done and very visual.”

The work is on display in the Hall Gallery on the fourth floor of the Engineering Technology Building through May 29.

“Securing this traveling exhibit is part of the department’s effort to enhance our learning culture by exposing students to recent high-caliber works of regional architecture,” Dean said, “and was arranged through our close collaboration with the American Institute of Architects Rochester Chapter.”


Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. leases land for Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center to SUNY

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 14:30

Julie Hart, President Dr. Skip Sullivan, and Dr. Craig ClarkThe process of constructing a $5 million, 16,000-square-foot Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center on the Alfred State School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville took a big step forward recently.

The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. on Feb. 20 signed a contract that leases land on campus designated for the center to the State University of New York (SUNY) for 30 years. This move was required to allow the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program funds to be used to construct the building, according to Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology.

“We are also working with Empire State Development on the additional $500,000 for equipment in the building that was funded by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council process,” said Clark.

Julie Hart, president of the Educational Foundation, said of the lease-signing, “The Educational Foundation is pleased to be able to provide the land lease to facilitate the new Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center. This facility, on the Wellsville campus, will be integral to developing the skills needed in our region to support the growth and expansion of manufacturing, a major driver of our local economy.”

The center will be used to train welding technology and machine tool technology students in state-of-the-art sustainable practices in advanced manufacturing through efficient processes, including energy systems in the center. Other uses for the center include prototyping and assisting manufacturers in the development of new products and systems.

Clark noted the date for full occupation is currently planned for August 2016, with the move-in to begin in May 2016 after the spring semester has ended. Faculty members at the Wellsville campus are excited about the possibilities the new building will bring.

“There continues to be a great need for advanced manufacturing graduates, especially in welding and machine tool,” Clark said, “so the timing of this facility is great for students and the industries we serve.”


Student-crafted marionettes on display, up for auction

Posted Date: Friday, April 10, 2015 - 11:45

Nicole Barber, a digital media and animation major from Rochester, dances with one of the marionettesFrom now through April 16, students in the freshman digital media and animation class at Alfred State are currently exhibiting and auctioning their marionettes featured in “The Puppet Show” at The Llewellyn Gallery, room 312 in the Engineering Technology Building on the Alfred campus. 

The puppets are hand-made from carved wood and mixed media, according to the students’ instructor, Sandra Berry Hover, adjunct professor in the Digital Media and Animation Department. Many different types of characters are displayed, she said, including dancing men, scary goblins, animals, a scarecrow, a spider, a merman holding a magic staff, and more. 

A silent auction of all the marionettes is held daily in the gallery from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will go toward purchasing equipment for digital media and animation students. 

Berry Hover said when making the puppets, her students use line and form combined with texture and color to create characters that move in real space. 

“The traditional use of puppets is play, and that is exactly what we have done – create the perfect toy,” she said. “At the completion of the project, as my students strung up their puppets for the first time, they were dancing and play-acting as they discovered the different movements of their marionettes.” 

Berry Hover said she partnered her students, so that two of them worked on a single puppet. 

“It was hard to decide who would get the puppet to keep,” she said. “I came up with the idea of a silent auction benefiting the department, which is very new and always in need of equipment. My students are really enjoying learning about putting on a gallery show and the excitement of the auction.” 

Bids on the puppets are being placed every day, she said, rising slowly by small dollars and cents. 

“Come and try to buy a puppet for your own enjoyment or to give as a unique gift,” she said. 

A closing party and final bidding will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the gallery. For more information, contact Berry Hover at berryss@alfredstate.edu.


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