Competing against nine other colleges, the Alfred State Cyber Defense Team recently placed third at the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NECCDC), hosted by Syracuse University from March 20-22.
The 10 teams competing at the NECCDC this year were from Alfred State, Champlain College, Northeastern University, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse University, SUNY Buffalo, University of Maine, University of Massachusetts’ Boston campus, and University of New Hampshire. Alfred State finished behind only RIT and Northeastern University.
“Alfred State has been competing at the NECCDC since 2010 and was the only team that did not have graduate students, so a third-place finish is a remarkable accomplishment and further proves that Alfred State offers a top-tier cybersecurity and information technology education program,” said Coach Jim Boardman, assistant professor and chair of the Computer and Information Technology Department.
The Northeast region is one of 10 nationwide that hosts a collegiate cyber defense competition. According to the NECCDC competitors’ handbook, the event focused on the more operational task of assuming administrative and protective duties for an existing “enterprise” network. Teams were scored based on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services such as mail servers and web servers, respond to business requests such as the addition or removal of additional services, and balance security needs against business needs.
This year’s NECCDC winning team advanced to the national competition in April in San Antonio, TX. Regardless of how each team finishes, Boardman said, this is an outstanding and unique opportunity for students to hone their cybersecurity skills.
“It is truly a privilege just to be invited to compete,” he said. “In order to participate at the NECCDC, teams had to qualify at a pre-qualifier competition on Jan. 30. Fourteen teams competed at the pre-qualifier and only 10 were invited to compete at Syracuse University.”
Alfred State’s cyber defense squad consisted of Jeff Andolora, of Caledonia; Christopher Bishop, of North Tonawanda; Anthony Dahmane, of Bath; Matthew Gandron, of Saratoga Springs; Graig Gratton, of Buffalo; Conor Mitchell, of Binghamton; Dion Pezzimenti Jr., of Andover; Edward Swackhamer, of Brewerton; and Joseph Tomapat, of Middletown. All of the students are network administration majors, except for Andolora and Bishop, who are both majoring in applications software development.
Mitchell said the Alfred State team is proud to have competed.
“The NECCDC is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain relevant experience and learn to perform under pressure,” he said.
In addition to providing students with a fantastic opportunity to improve their cybersecurity skills, the NECCDC also allows prospective employers an opportunity to evaluate and interview student job candidates. Sponsors for this year’s competition included Amazon, Cisco, Akamai, Department of Homeland Security, Raytheon, Ford, Northwestern Mutual, Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance, SIG, EMC Corporation, Palantir, Goldman Sachs, Space and Naval War Systems Command, Veracode, Hewlett-Packard, and 780th Military Intelligence Brigade.
In photo above: First row, from left to right are Christopher Bishop and Matthew Gandron. Second row, from left, are Craig Gratton, Joseph Tomapat, Edward Swackhamer, and Dion Pezzimenti Jr. Third row, from left, are Conor Mitchell, Anthony Dahmane, Assistant professor and Computer and Information Technology Department Chair Jim Boardman, and Jeff Andolora.
The 2015 SkillsUSA New York State Leadership and Skills Conference Postsecondary Championship, held mainly on Alfred State’s Wellsville campus, pitted 66 students from three schools against each other in one of the nation’s most prestigious showcases of career and technical aptitude Saturday, March 28.
Schools competing this year included Alfred State, the State University of New York (SUNY) at Delhi, and the Culinary Institute of America. 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 51st National SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, KY on Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25. More than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas.
Winners from the March 28 championship, by competition, are as follows:
AUTOMOTIVE REFINISHING –
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Brennan Bastedo, Clyde (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Camryn Berle, Deerfield (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Ian Steltmann, Fairport (Alfred State)
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Skylar Maricle, Morris (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Bradley Mitchell, Lawtons (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Nolan Wangelin, Holland (Alfred State)
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Zachary Wood, Rome (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Alexander Miller, Shinglehouse, PA (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Kevin Kiefer, Greenville (SUNY Delhi)
COMMERCIAL BAKING –
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Juliana Krajewski, Buffalo (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Kaitlin Johnson, Stockton (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Mikaela Shaw, Attica (Alfred State)
CULINARY ARTS –
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Tabitha Walden, Buffalo (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Mikala Highsmith, Buffalo (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Brittany Hedgepeth, Buffalo (Alfred State)
DIESEL TECHNOLOGY –
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Scott Erdman, Jeffersonville (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Nicholas Nelson, Machias (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Michael Woods, Attica (Alfred State)
ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION WIRING –
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Adam Hoy, Alden (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: John Romani, Buffalo (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Anthony Cangialosi, Rochester (Alfred State)
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: James Haviland, Patterson (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Logan Pondolfino, Oneonta (SUNY Delhi)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Dylan Robinson, Taberg (SUNY Delhi)
PRECISION MACHINING –
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Adam Myers, Rome (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Garrett Kunselman, Olean (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Nicholas McIntyre, Jamestown (Alfred State)
THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Kerick O’Brien, Holland (Alfred State)
SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Kody Wolfer, Wellsville (Alfred State)
FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Andrew Sisak, Dansville (Alfred State)
Pictured in photo above: Two females (left to right): Mikaela Shaw (commercial baking) and Brittany Hedgepeth (culinary)
Males (left to right): Nicholas McIntyre (precision machining), Andrew Sisak (welding), Kevin Kiefer (carpentry), Dylan Robinson (masonry), Anthony Canagaliosa (electrical construction wiring), Nolan Wangelin (automotive service), and Ian Steltmann (automotive refinishing).
Alfred State announces that it is participating in the "It's On Us" campaign.
The college began partnering with the White House and The Generation Project last semester for the campaign, which “promotes being an empowered bystander and sends the message that it is truly on all of us to help eradicate sexual violence on college campuses,” according to Nikkie Hockenberry, coordinator of Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX at Alfred State.
The college will screen the film "It Happened Here" April 13 at 6 p.m. in the Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center on the Alfred campus.
“We are incredibly pleased to be following up the screening with a question-and-answer session with producer Marjorie Schwartz Nielsen and one of the subjects of the documentary, Sarah O'Brien,” Hockenberry said.
Nielsen began her professional career at the Nickelodeon network, producing non-fiction television for teenagers, and has been working with and writing for young audiences ever since. After associate producing documentaries for WNET and KCET, she spent the next 20 years writing feature films and original made-for-cable movies, and was a nominee for a Humanitas Prize.
She has worked with at-risk youth, starting with School on Wheels in Los Angeles missions and shelters, and created programs for Hollygrove Family Services, a non-residential facility for foster youth, and Art Division, a non-profit art school providing free classes, literacy programs, and resources for underserved youth in the Rampart district of Los Angeles.
O’Brien, a Vanderbilt University student athlete who was a victim of rape, has mobilized other survivors and activists and staged events, such as Take Back the Night and The Clothesline Project, where she presented a list of demands to Vanderbilt deans that have led to a revision of Vanderbilt’s policies.
“This is a unique opportunity to discuss the film and a topic that is on the country's radar with two individuals directly responsible for the film,” Hockenberry said.
The event is free and open to the public.
Students in the soils class at Alfred State will hold a pH clinic for the community from 3-6 p.m. Friday, April 17, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in room 103 of the Agriculture Science Building on the Alfred campus.
Community members are encouraged to bring up to four soil samples (sandwich bag-sized) for pH measurement and texture determination (approximate amount of sand, silt, and clay). Student and faculty advisers will be on-hand to assist community members in interpreting their results for specific garden or landscaping needs.
“Testing soil pH is important because pH values outside a plant’s preferred range can limit growth and productivity,” said Jessica Hutchison, lecturer in the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department. “Bringing a sample to the soil pH clinic is a fun, free way to get information about your soil and interact with students who are excited about putting their knowledge to the test.”
If unable to attend the event, community members are encouraged to drop off or mail samples to Jessica Hutchison, 123B Agriculture Building, Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, 10 Upper College Drive, Alfred, NY 14802. If mailing or dropping off samples, please ensure that samples arrive prior to the end of the event.
Contact Hutchison at HutchiJM@alfredstate.edu or 607-587-3616 regarding any questions.
Murray Deutsch, a first-generation child of Holocaust survivors, will speak at Alfred State at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the small-gathering space in the Student Leadership Center.
Deutsch will talk about his family history, including pre-war, the Holocaust, and post-war lives of the Berkovics and Deutsch families. Many members of both his families perished in Auschwitz. His parents immigrated to the United States after spending two years in a displaced persons camp in Torino, Italy.
Deutsch resides in Dansville and is in private practice as a licensed clinical social worker. He is married to Karen Acomb Deutsch, the director of the Gunlocke Library in Wayland.
The talk falls on Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. According to the U.S. Holocaust Museum’s website, www.ushmm.org, the internationally recognized date for Holocaust Remembrance Day corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar and marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Refreshments will be served after the talk, which is jointly sponsored by Alfred State and Hillel at Alfred, the Jewish students’ organization at Alfred State and Alfred University.
The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Alfred State will host its Human Services Awareness Day Thursday, April 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Allegany Room of the Central Dining Hall on the Alfred campus.
This event affords human services students at the college, as well as human services alumni and community services graduates, an opportunity to meet with representatives from local and regional human services agencies to gain information about the field and about opportunities therein.
Each agency will have a display table. Agency representatives scheduled to attend this year’s event include: Accord Corporation, AIM Independent Living Center, Alfred Montessori, Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Allegany County ARC, Allegany Department of Health, Allegany County Office of the Aging, Allegany County Probation Department, Allegany County Youth Bureau, ARC of Steuben, Cattaraugus Community Action, Chances and Changes, Faith in Action Steuben County, Fidelis Care, Finger Lakes DDSO, Hornell Concern for Youth, Hornell Partners for Growth, Institute for Human Services, Kinship Family and Youth Services, Literacy West, Pralid, and ProAction of Steuben and Yates.
The format for this event will be similar to a job fair, but the organizations are recruiting interns and community service volunteers as well as employees. The organizations are looking for people currently in human service/social service programs or holding degrees in those fields.