Automotive Trades Associate Professor and Chair Kent Johnson takes a ride in the Honda Insight with Bradley Hasemeyer of TRANSLOGIC to talk about the Green Grand Prix.
The Alfred State Nursing Department continued its “Pay It Forward” philosophy through the awarding of its seventh annual round of “Pay It Forward” scholarships to Gary Crouse, Hammondsport, NY; John Kozlyuk, Rochester, NY; and Maura Tuffey, Albany, NY. Each recipient received $150 and good wishes from the class of 2005 who first established the scholarship. Each scholarship recipient needs to demonstrate an understanding of caring as evidenced by implementing a unique caring project and to reveal insight and sensitivity in the written assignment.
The premise of “Paying it Forward” comes from a movie by the same name where a school child, as the result of a homework assignment to change the world, begins the practice of helping others expecting that each of those beneficiaries will go on to help three more people. The caring aspect of that concept prompted Linda Panter, professor in Alfred State’s nursing program, to incorporate it into the program. All senior nursing students submit proposals detailing the activities they could conduct to demonstrate the caring nature of the profession. One of those ideas was the “Pay It Forward” scholarships which are awarded to senior nursing students at the beginning of their last semester. Funding is primarily supported by the graduates of the Alfred State nursing program.
“Pay It Forward’ is a concept relating to social change beginning with the individual,” says Panter of the project. “Application of the process results in exponential development of moral health and caring, as well as transformation of the individual into a contributing member of the global society,” she adds.
Since the inception of “Pay It Forward”, several caring projects relating to this concept have been developed by the students within the nursing program. As an example, the annual “Pay It Forward” bulletin board is a message sharing project that elicits positive messages to one another each year. The senior class has the opportunity to develop their own theme under the umbrella of this inspiring model. This year’s theme is “A single leaf provides no shade.” Prior to each exam, students are encouraged to take a moment to reach out to a class member, offering a good luck handshake or a touch of the shoulder. Each day, someone somewhere is implementing the “Pay It Forward” concept. Other heartwarming class projects this semester included a signed sympathy card by the seniors addressed to the Sandy Hook Elementary School, donations of food to the Alfred Area Food Pantry, and a special contribution to the Jillian Andolina benefit held earlier this year.
The graduating class usually leaves a small pot of money to allow for a pizza party for the next senior class. This event ignites the “Pay It Forward” concept at the beginning of the academic year with the current seniors and starts the rippling effect of the “Pay It Forward” concept in the Alfred State nursing program. The Alfred State nursing class is changing the world with the “Pay It Forward” movement.
Back row, l to r: Gary Crouse, Hammondsport; Maura Tuffey, Albany; John Kozlyuk; Rochester
Front row, l to r: Annette Burdett, administrative assistant, Nursing Department; Linda Panter, professor, Nursing Department
Alfred State students at the School of Applied Technology on the Wellsville campus recently had the opportunity to restore a 1978 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith II for JJ Sanchez, executive producer of the online series FIREBALL RUN (see photos). Sanchez is set to visit and address the students on May 17, 2013.
The opportunity to work on the prized Rolls Royce presented itself during a conversation between Sanchez and Craig Clark, dean of the School of Applied Technology, when the FIREBALL RUN rolled onto the Wellsville campus in September 2012 as part of the show’s “Northern Exposure” series segment. The connection between the production and the college is the result of the promptings of Gretchen Hanchett, executive director of The Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce.
From matching the quality of a Rolls Royce factory paint and body finishing, to returning the vehicle to ‘long distance’ mechanical reliability through renovations, Professors Jim Fleischman and James Gerbec helped guide the Alfred State automotive students, demonstrating the professionalism and extensive knowledge of both students and mentors. It was enough to impress Sanchez, who noted that: “These professionals [Gerbec and Fleischman] could work at any Rolls Royce dealership; however [they] instead chose to educate and pass their trade expertise onto the next generation of automotive professionals." Dan Woods, star of Speed Channel’s “Chop, Cut and Rebuild,” visited the Alfred State campus in March to check on the progress for Sanchez, and spent time talking with the students and learning about the automotive programs. So pleased is Sanchez with the vehicle that he has recruited friend Ray McClelland, co-host of “Car Warriors” on Speed Channel, to visit the students in the near future and possibly bring another project.
"Our students now have the experience to work on very high-caliber automobiles,” said Clark. “This is an unprecedented résumé win for the students. It is my goal to leverage this moment to place other high-visibility and valuable opportunities in the hands of our students.”
The connection between FIREBALL RUN and Alfred State is the result of Allegany Chamber Director, Gretchen Hanchett. "I couldn't be more excited! What began as our county having a minor feature in the  FIREBALL RUN has resulted in much more exposure for our region," said Hanchett. Allegany County was featured as an "Interactive Destination" in the 2012 FIREBALL RUN, and as a result of this success, Allegany County has been selected as one of only eight destinations for full feature inclusion in 2016 FIREBALL RUN.
Looking ahead to the 2013 FIREBALL RUN: All Stars & Movie Cars begins Sept. 20 in Longmont, CO, and finishes eight days and 2,500 miles later in Riverside, CA. Other featured destinations include Alamosa, CO; Bloomfield, NM; Page, AZ; Mesa, AZ.; and El Centro, CA.. There will be three cars participating from the Western New York region; Greater Allegany Chamber & Office of Tourism, Alfred State, and the Seneca-Salamanca Chamber. The Alfred State team is entered based on the success of the Rolls Royce project and will be a student-led team with the assistance of JJ Sanchez. This will be a great opportunity for the college and the students.
The FIREBALL RUN is a unique, cross-country driving adventure production that takes teams on missions across the country, allowing them to see different parts of the United States while also engaging with the local communities. The eight-day experience is filmed as a motion picture and spans 2,500 miles. FIREBALL RUN events and FIREBALL RUN Adventurally focus media dollars elicited by the events to The Race to Recover America’s Missing Children, an effort started by FIREBALL RUN participants to raise awareness of and recover missing children in the United States. For more information on the FIREBALL RUN and The Race to recover, visit www.fireballrun.com.
On May 9, Professor William Dean, Architecture and Design, accompanied two second-year architectural technology students to the First Presbyterian Church of Bath, NY for a public presentation of conceptual designs that included new signage and a veterans’ memorial that will welcome visitors to the village’s historic downtown. Katherine Dussing, Syracuse, and Taylor Woolf, Watertown, explained their proposals to the group of 25 residents representing different community groups around the village. The event, sponsored by CIVIC (Community Involvement and Volunteering Initiative Committee), provided the opportunity for residents to identify existing assets in the community and share ideas for future development. Alfred State’s participation is an extension of ongoing civic engagement efforts in the Department of Architecture and Design.
Student displays from six local school districts (Prattsburgh, Hinsdale, Addison, Andover, Canaseraga, Homeschool) were judged at Alfred State’s 14th Annual Regional Science and Technology Fair. Fifty-six science and technology projects were on display for judging and public viewing. Participants were divided into senior (grades 10-12), junior (grades 7-9), and novice grade categories. A total of 69 students presented their projects to the judges for a chance at the $1,590 in prize money.
Winners in the senior division included first place ($250) Zachary Wilber with “power of suggestion” (Hinsdale); second place ($150) Ashlee Putt with “now you see it, now you don’t” (Hinsdale); and third place ($100) Matthew Davis with “don’t flinch” (Hinsdale).
Winners in the junior division included first place ($250) Michael Chapman “the energy wheel” (Hinsdale); second place ($150) Kyleigh Nolder with “oil spills kill, soaps can rescue” (Hinsdale); and third place ($100) Seth Sklar “your ticket to the sky” (Hinsdale).
Winners in the novice division included first place ($50) Leah Simon with “sensory overload” (Andover); second place ($25)Brendon Everdyke with “snow show” (Prattsburgh); and third place ($15) Emma Byington “speedy, speedy, what car emissions make my plant needy” (Prattsburgh).
Best junior division school winner: (Silver Tray) - Hinsdale
Best senior division school winner: (Silver Tray) - Hinsdale
The grand prize ($500) was Jordan Woodhouse and Makayla Mitchell “love is color blind” (Addison).
Each participant received a certificate of participation, and individual ribbons were presented to first-, second-, and third-place prize winners in all divisions. The prizes were sponsored by Alstom Transportation, Alfred State Student Senate, Alfred State Physical and Health Sciences Department, Wards Scientific, Fisher Scientific, Bio-Rad Laboratories, and Forestry Suppliers.
Alfred State is hosting Human Services Awareness Day on Thursday, April 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Allegany Room of Central Dining Hall on the Alfred campus. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Lot No. 8 on the Alfred State campus.
Presented by the college’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, this career fair-style event is open to students, alumni, and people in the community who are interested in learning more about human services-related fields. Twenty area agencies are participating and many are currently hiring or recruiting for interns. Anyone interested in learning more about the human services field and the career opportunities that exist within it are encouraged to attend.
Participating area agencies include: the Accord Corporation, Alfred Montessori, Allegany County ARC, Allegany County on Alcoholism, Allegany County Probation Department, Allegany County Youth Bureau, Allegany Office of the Aging, American Red Cross, Arbor Housing and Development, Cattaraugus Community Action, Fidelis Care, Finger Lakes DDSO, Hornell Area Concern for Youth, Institute for Human Services, Kinship Youth & Family Services, Ontario ARC, Snell Farm Children’s Center, Steuben ARC, St. James Mercy Hospital, and Turning Point.
A team of four Alfred State sport management students has been selected by the College Sport Research Institution (CSRI) to compete in the 2013 Undergraduate Student Case Study Competition in Chapel Hill, NC, on April 17. The event is hosted annually by CSRI and involves only 10 college teams from across the country. The competition is designed to give students a meaningful opportunity to research relevant issues in college sports. This year’s topic relates to conference alignment in college athletics and is presented to students in the form of an actual situation involving a college that made the decision to reject an offer to join an expanding conference. Each team must develop a solution paper containing a critical analysis of this situation and make a recommendation that they present to CSRI judges in Chapel Hill. Dr. Rhema Fuller, assistant professor, sport management, is the faculty advisor for the team. Students on the Alfred State team are, front from left, Michael Durkin of Jeffersonville and Shelby Gadsden of Olean; back row, Josh Simons of Campbell and Steve Snaider of New York City.
Alfred State has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, one of the highest honors a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The distinction was announced March 4 at the American Council on Education’s 95th Annual Meeting Leading Change in Washington, DC.
“Congratulations to Alfred State, its faculty and students, for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”
The CNCS has administered the honor to exemplary colleges and universities since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact. CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund, and other programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty, and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
“We believe in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever changing world,” said Alfred State’s Jonathan Hilsher, director of civic engagement. “We’re honored to receive this prestigious award – and owe much of it to the students themselves. They’re the energy driving our commitment and they’re the ones who make it all happen.”
Alfred State’s commitment to civic engagement is deeply embedded in the college’s unique approach to education through project-based learning experiences. By coupling real-world learning situations with a focus on meaningful civic engagement opportunities, Alfred State students are able to 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, more than 2,000 Alfred State students contributed over 46,000 hours of service, civic leadership, and workforce-ready knowledge to communities in need.
A piece of American history was captured at Alfred State last week when court reporting instructor Danielle Green transcribed an oral account of World War II given by area veteran Paul Gerling, 87, of Wayland, NY.
Green transcribed Gerling’s oral account using the state-of-the art tools of court reporting professionals. The account was simultaneously transcribed and videotaped while Gerling was interviewed by his daughter, Professor Sandra Gerling-Yelle (Alfred State Business Department). The finished transcription will be donated to the Library of Congress where it will be preserved as part of American history.
“When something is important enough, it is transcribed,” said Green, noting “…video deteriorates over time, but when you really need a record of something important like this, transcription is the best way to preserve it.”
The transcription project took place during National Court Reporting Week (Feb. 18-23), an annual event coordinated by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) to bring awareness to the profession of court reporting professionals.
Gerling, a native of Dansville, enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 19 and was recruited to serve as a tail gunner for the 100th Bomb Group flying in a B-17 called E-Z Goin’. His plane carried a nine-member crew through flak and air battles 24 times until April 6, 1945 when it was hit by a German ME 109. Miraculously, the plane held together for five hours after the collision and made it back to its home base at Thorpe-Abbots, England, without radio communications.
Alfred State’s online court reporting and captioning programs are the only NCRA-approved programs in Western New York. The transcription will be posted to the Library of Congress website when it is ready and will be viewable at www.loc.gov. To learn more about this project or the court reporting program at Alfred State, contact Danielle Green at email@example.com.
WWII veteran Paul Gerling of Wayland with daughter, Professor Sandra Gerling-Yelle (far right) and court reporting instructor Danielle Green (middle), both of Alfred State.
Ten freshmen Building Trades students and instructor Jack Jones returned from a week of service in Long Island Feb. 8 where they spent five days helping home owners there prepare to rebuild homes destroyed by Super Storm Sandy last fall.
“This was a rich and rewarding learning experience on many levels,” said Jones. Students worked on four homes which were identified by the New York Annual Conference (NYAC), a mission and relief organization through the United Methodist Church that coordinates volunteers to assist with recovery efforts.
“We were thrilled to have Alfred State students here to help us rebuild,” said NYAC Disaster Response Coordinator Warren Ferry. “Having volunteers who are diligent, open to taking on tough challenges, and who have the skills to use the right safety procedures is a tremendous help. We hope they come back soon!”
The students worked on homes that were between the demolition and reconstruction phase of construction. “This phase of construction is a particularly stressful time for home owners under the best of circumstances,” said Jones, “but the people we were helping had just lost everything. They were very grateful for the work we provided.”
Jones said students were able to see real-world instances of exemplary building work and how certain construction techniques and workmanship helped some structures withstand damage while other methods may have contributed to making structures vulnerable to storm damage.
“Being able to see real examples like this while also experiencing how important safety and quality to the people who live in these buildings was a meaningful experience,” added Jones.
The project was part of the Building Trades lab component and was coordinated by through Alfred State’s Center for Civic Engagement.