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Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club rolls to back-to-back wins in two divisions

Posted Date: Friday, October 23, 2015 - 10:30

For the second time this month, the Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club sawed, rolled, chopped, and climbed its way to the top in two divisions at a timber sports competition.

Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club members 2015

The club earned a first-place finish in both the men’s and the Jack and Jill divisions, respectively, Saturday, Oct. 17 at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks, marking the first time the club has captured back-to-back wins in both areas. Two weeks prior, the club took first in the same divisions at the Finger Lakes Logging Sports Competition at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua.

Team, individual, and double events at the Oct. 17 competition included bowsaw, log roll, tree-climbing, barrel-splitting, pulp toss, birling, underhand chopping, and more. The boom run event, in which competitors must run across the top of 11 logs that are tied together end-to-end and floating on a pond, posed a challenge to the Pioneers because they did not have a set-up that allowed them to train for the event. In the end, however, they prevailed.

“Our team was still able to get very respectable points in the boom run, which helped to put us over the top,” said coach Scott Bingham.

Alfred State competed against several other schools Oct. 17, including Finger Lakes Community College, Paul Smith’s, the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), the SUNY-ESF Ranger School, Morrisville State, SUNY Cobleskill, and the University of Vermont. Bingham said “axes, saws, and skills, are being honed,” as the club prepares for its final competition Saturday, Oct. 24 at SUNY ESF in Syracuse.

Pictured in photo: Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club members, along with their majors and hometowns, are, front row, from left to right: Kara Stone, surveying and geomatics engineering technology, Lake View; Dan Ognibene, construction management engineering technology, Alexander; Max Laramie, mechanical engineering technology, Boonville; Kevin Koerner Jr., technology management, Lancaster; and Kristina Kriger, agricultural business, Friendship. 

Second row, from left to right, are: Marissa Saunders, electromechanical engineering technology, Lindley; Zachary Herrington, mechanical engineering technology, Horseheads; Francesca Mastrobattisto, building trades: building construction, Baldwinsville; Mike Oyer, assistant coach; Gavin Maloney, masonry, Rome; Sutton Carhart, construction management engineering technology, Stafford; Dan Christoffersen, construction management engineering technology, Port Crane; and Scott Bingham, coach. 

Third row, from left to right, are: Josh Cook, construction management engineering technology, East Syracuse; Frank Kowalski, mechanical engineering technology, Elba; and Benjermin Wood, construction management engineering technology, Hector.

Lt. Gov. Hochul on need for state support of NFE and BDCC: ‘Message received’

Posted Date: Friday, October 23, 2015 - 08:30

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and State Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean, met with leaders of Alfred State, local representatives, and other distinguished guests Thursday afternoon at the Wellsville campus to discuss state funding for the New Forest Economy and the Bio-refinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC).

The proposed BDCC will be used to further advance research of the Hot Water Extraction (HWE) process, which extracts useful chemicals from natural products, and take the current successful HWE process, developed in the laboratory at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), to a commercial level. The chemicals can be used for a number of industrial products and the remaining cellulose material can be used for pellets and products used in structures. HWE is the process through which an industrial-based concept known as New Forest Economy (NFE) uses natural resources.

Young announced in September that she had secured $1 million in state aid to help establish the BDCC on the Wellsville campus, noting its potential to help revitalize struggling areas of the state. On Thursday, she was one of several who spoke to Hochul about the need for state support of the BDCC and the NFE, as well as the significance of New York State purchasing the Wellsville campus, which is currently owned by the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc.

Hochul acknowledged her and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desire to help the Southern Tier economy, saying, “Message received.”

Dr. Kellogg authors article appearing in Paperback Parade

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 09:00

Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of an article appearing in the most recent issue of Paperback Parade, a quarterly journal for paperback readers and collectors. Titled “Dagmar in the World of Espionage,” the article reviews two spy novels written by Dagmar and released by Lancer Books in 1967.

Dagmar (1921-2001) was one of the first female stars in the early days of television. She appeared on the NBC program “Broadway Open House” from 1950 to 1952, and later hosted her own television show titled “Dagmar's Canteen.” Dagmar was a gifted comedienne and her photograph graced the front cover of Life magazine for June 16, 1951.

It is not generally known that Dagmar, who was born Virginia Ruth Egnor, had a talent for writing spy novels that were exciting and humorous. The first book to appear is titled “The Spy With the Blue Kazoo,” and the sequel is titled “The Spy Who Came in From the Copa.”

The author points out that Dagmar's novels offer insights into the events and the popular culture of the Cold War era. There are references to the closing of the Suez Canal, the Trujillo assassination, the Cuban missile crisis, the nuclear arms race, and the war in Vietnam. Her spy stories provide the contemporary reader with a tantalizing glimpse into the fads and fashions of American life during the decade frequently referred to as “The Swinging ‘60s.”

Dr. Kellogg writes frequently about the literary legacy of author Philip Wylie and the Sherlock Holmes adventures penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He is the author of the popular series of children's books featuring boy detective Barry Baskerville. The most recent book in the series is titled “Barry Baskerville Traps a Thief,” and this mystery is illustrated by noted graphic artist Gary Kato.

Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club wins two divisions at timber sports competition

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 15:00

Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club member Gavin Maloney, a masonry major from Rome, NY, takes part in the chainsaw eventThe Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club on Oct. 3 won two divisions of the Finger Lakes Logging Sports Competition held at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua.

The timber sports match consisted of a number of team, individual, and double events, such as crosscut, log roll, chainsaw, climbing, axe throw, fire build, underhand chopping, and more. The Alfred State club, composed of 24 students, took first place in the men’s division, as well as the Jack and Jill division, in which teams included three males and three females.

Coach Scott Bingham said taking first in both divisions his team entered is a great way to start off the season.

“We had to move some people around and change some events at the last minute, but it appears to have paid off,” he said. “We have some seasoned, but also new members on the Jack and Jill team, so it was a great pleasure to see such progress in such a short period of time.”

Alfred State competed against several other schools Oct. 3, including Finger Lakes Community College, Paul Smith’s College, the State University of New York (SUNY) Environmental Science and Forestry Ranger School, Morrisville State, SUNY Cobleskill, and the University of Vermont. The Pioneers won’t have much time to celebrate their success, however, as they will soon prepare for their next competition, taking place Oct. 17 at Paul Smith’s College.

In photo, Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club member Gavin Maloney, a masonry major from Rome, NY, takes part in the chainsaw event.

Hinkle Memorial Library hosting 3-D sculpture exhibit through Oct. 30

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 14:45

3-D printed sculpture by Alfred State alumnus Jason BurnsThe Hinkle Memorial Library at Alfred State is featuring the work of alumnus and 3-D artist and sculptor Jason Thomas Burns now through Friday, Oct. 30.

Burns, of Alfred, earned his bachelor’s degree in digital media and animation from Alfred State in 2012. He is the son of Lawrence “Ed” Burns, Alfred State SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Mathematics and Physics Department.

On display are two clay sculptures, three 3-D printed sculptures, and nine digital renderings. Burns’ work typically focuses on science-fiction and fantasy characters and creatures.

Burns said he hopes those who view his work carry away with them an appreciation for the intrinsic beauty and creativity of the digital art form.

“The pieces of artwork shown in the exhibit may not have some deep philosophical message embedded in them, but the artwork itself is the end product of a very creative process that allows the artist to take a piece of concept art, fashion it into a three-dimensional model, and then bring it to life in a three-dimensional printer,” he said. “The process itself is its own reward, and it unlocks the brain’s potential for creative reasoning, which is a skill that serves us well in all areas of our daily lives.”

The exhibit will be open for viewing during normal library hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email library@alfredstate.edu or call 607-587-4313.

CCET to host ‘Community Overdose Training’ Nov. 16

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 14:30

The Center for Community Education and Training at Alfred State will host a “Community Overdose Training” event from 8:30-10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16 at the Lake Lodge, 6107 Terbury Road, Alfred Station.

Administered by University Police Officer Jeff Wilcox, this free training will discuss the impact of opioid overdoses in New York State, and teach participants how to recognize one. Attendees will further learn the steps they should take if they encounter someone with an overdose, and also learn how to use a mucosal atomizer in an attempt to save the life of the person who overdosed. Free responder kits will be given out to human services agencies, as well.

Wendy Dresser-Recktenwald, senior director for the Office of Human Resources and the Center for Community Education and Training FOIL/records access officer, said the growing use of heroin and heroin-related deaths is a growing problem in Western New York.

“Heroin isn’t new, but what is on the streets is deadlier than ever. Synthetic fentanyl is 30 to 50 times stronger than heroin and deadly,” she said. “As a community, we need to provide as much education and prevention as we can. As an educational institution, if we can help to save just one life, we should do it. We need to educate our community that heroin is not a recreational drug people can experiment with. When people use heroin or are addicted to opiates, it could be the last time they use because the drug is so deadly,”

People must pre-register for the training by contacting ccet@alfredstate.edu or calling 607-587-4015 by Nov. 9.

The mission of the Center for Community Education and Training at Alfred State is to advance economic development in the Southern Tier through the integration of vocational/occupational training, personal and career development, and organizational development.