Emily Erdmann, an Alfred State senior drafting/CAD major from Whitesville, has recently been named a 2015-2016 Vanguard Student Recognition Award winner.
The award recognizes outstanding students who are enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) programs that prepare them for careers that are not traditional for their gender. Erdmann was one of four post-secondary education winners who were selected from a pool of nominees.
The winners will be recognized with a Vanguard Award Dinner in their honor on Thursday, April 7; a Vanguard Award Ceremony at the Association of Career & Technical Education Administrators (ACTEA) Conference Breakfast on Friday, April 8; and a videotaped interview with each of the awardees, which will be posted at www.netprogram.org. All festivities will be held in Albany at the Desmond Hotel.
Outside of the classroom, Erdmann is also a student ambassador and tutor. Karen Young, chair of the Computerized Design and Manufacturing Department, said Erdmann is “an instructor’s dream,” noting her excellent work ethic and attention to detail.
“Emily absorbs information extremely well, and applies everything she has learned along the way,” Young said. “She is a very positive influence in the classroom and I am so very proud of her accomplishments. She will have an excellent career in drafting/CAD because she has all the characteristics of a great detailer.”
The Vanguard Award is administered by the New York State Nontraditional Employment & Training (NET) Program, which is committed to the promotion of gender neutral educational strategies and practices. A program of the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society, it is funded through a grant from the New York State Education Department.
Alfred State is pleased to announce that Russ Nunley has joined the college staff as the director of Marketing Communications, effective Feb. 25.
Nunley brings more than 20 years of experience in strategic communications, media relations, targeted marketing, and brand positioning to Alfred State. Most recently, he served as vice president of Marketing and Communications at America’s largest movie theater exhibitor.
During his tenure at Regal Cinemas, the company grew threefold and Nunley held several positions with increasing responsibilities. Some of his most important initiatives included targeted marketing, brand awareness, national media placement, social media engagement, multimedia production, data analysis, multi-cultural marketing, crisis communications, and philanthropy. He also collaborated with stakeholders by coordinating the marketing and communications needs for all departments across the corporate campus.
Prior to joining Regal, Nunley was an anchor, reporter, and producer for WATE-TV-6, the ABC affiliate in Knoxville, TN. He attained top-rated newscasts when anchoring weekday mornings and in the evenings on weekends. Nunley focused his reporting on business and political issues, interviewing corporate and government leaders.
Nunley earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and management from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, graduating with honors.
In addition to his professional duties, Nunley served as a member of the Dogwood Arts Festival Board of Directors, a narrative feature film judge for the Knoxville Film Festival, a member of the Allocations Committee for the United Way of Greater Knoxville, and a loaned executive for the United Way.
Deborah Goodrich, associate vice president for Enrollment Management, said, “Alfred State is excited that Russ will be joining the Enrollment Management team. His expertise will be instrumental in communicating the excellence of Alfred State to all audiences.”
Artist-teacher and Alfred University alumna Ashley Smith will exhibit some of her multi-media artwork at the Alfred State Hinkle Memorial Library Feb. 29 through April 1.
Titled “Seeing in the Dark,” the exhibit will include three series of works comprising 27 8-by-10 pieces, three large mandalas, and eight still life pieces of assorted size. Each series includes paintings on paper made using acrylic and oil paint. Smith also plans to show jewelry, primarily cuffs made of leather and cotton, which include intricate embroidery beading.
Smith practices teaching based on her artist process at Elmwood Village Charter School in Buffalo. Her art and teaching practice has most recently been influenced by mythology and Jungian archetypal psychology. She creates paintings, sculptures, and installations that blend a variety of concepts and media.
Although most of her art is abstract, Smith hopes “people will be inspired by the work to see into their own imagination or any place that has been dark, and allow whatever is there to become illuminated.”
“The title of the exhibit is based on the work of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, who writes about how people can use myth and story to see all things in life ‘not only through the eyes of the ego, but also through the intuitive eyes we have, the eyes of the soul,’” Smith said. “We all have moments as humans when we struggle to see through dark times and to get a sense of ourselves, and so Seeing in the Dark is about using intuition to see the treasures we all have within ourselves. That is what making art does for me.”
Smith graduated in 2005 from Alfred University’s School of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and earned her master’s degree in art education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo in 2014. She has received numerous awards and has held exhibitions at various locations throughout New York State.
The Seeing in the Dark exhibit will be open for viewing during normal viewing hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email email@example.com or call 607-587-4313.
Pictured is a “chaotic mandala.”
Fifteen students within the Digital Media and Animation Department last month received a unique, hands-on learning experience through a short-term study abroad program in Japan.
In Studio Tokyo, which ran from Jan. 9-24, the students were able to explore Japanese art, cinema, animation, and digital animation. They also created animation and digital animation projects in collaboration with local artists, and expanded upon their research of Japanese media through screenings and site visits.
Jeremy Speed Schwartz, assistant professor in the Digital Media and Animation Department, who accompanied the students to Japan, said some of the site visits that were part of the program included the Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) in Odaiba, the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, and the NHK Television Studio in Shibuya. He noted that students worked on a variety of production and independent research projects, culminating in the production of a five-minute animated music video in collaboration with the Japanese band named “Castro House.”
“I was quite impressed with the quality of the design and animation our students were able to achieve in such a short time with the music video,” he said, “especially considering how many other activities they were engaged with during the trip.”
Students who participated included digital media and animation majors Ashley Adams, of Schenectady; Nicole Barber, of Rochester; Ben Ceci, of Penfield; Brian Chu, of Woodhaven; Alex Ciolek, of Orchard Park; Amelia Fantasia, of Jordan; Eric Gonzalez, of Cortlandt Manor; Tim Morgan, of Huguenot; Alexis Parker, of Honeoye Falls; Amelia Phillips, of Rochester; Nia Seward, of Newark Valley; Jordan Williams, of Huntington; and Kevon Wyllie, of Brooklyn; and graphic and media design majors Alex Jermyn, of Oswego; and Danielle Roberts, of Lockport.
For Fantasia, the program was “a fun and eye-opening cultural and artistic experience.”
Overall, Speed Schwartz said, the trip went quite well.
“The students represented the school in an extremely professional manner, and were eager to explore new places,” he said. “One group of students even took a day to go hiking at Mt. Takao, the tallest mountain in the greater Tokyo area.”
Students pictured by the Gundam Statue in Odaiba, Japan, are, front row from left to right, Amelia Phillips, Jordan Williams, Nia Seward, Nicole Barber, and Ashley Adams; and back row from left to right, Amelia Fantasia, Tim Morgan, Alex Ciolek, Ben Ceci, Alex Jermyn, Brian Chu, Danielle Roberts, Kevon Wyllie, Alexis Parker, and Eric Gonzalez. Jermyn and Roberts are graphic and media design majors, while the rest of the students are majoring in digital media and animation.
Through an eight-year cooperative agreement, students in the Alfred State Electrical Trades Department have been able to work on some amazing projects at the US National Arboretum (USNA) in Washington, DC, and their most recent endeavor is no exception.
In October, five students traveled to the nation’s capital to install a solar power system to support video monitoring for a mated pair of bald eagles. The eagles have returned for a second year to a nesting site at the Arboretum, and a video camera has been installed to monitor a live feed of their progress in raising a family. To supply the energy for the public to view the nesting and hatching, the Alfred State students constructed a unique solar-powered trailer at the site.
The students, all electrical construction and maintenance electrician majors, who are involved in the project are Ethan Yanda, Wayland; Thomas Wzientek, West Seneca; Justin King, Uniondale; Oliver Jackson, Williamsville; and Mike Lee, Brooklyn.
Previously, our students have installed four solar photovoltaic systems at the Arboretum, as well as upgraded the lighting in the Bonsai Museum, which is housed on the USNA grounds.
Brandon Holley, of Livonia, was awarded the 2015 Thomas Wurzer Memorial Scholarship at the January meeting of the Rochester chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) at the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester.
Holley is a third-year architecture student enrolled in the Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) program at Alfred State, and a member of the school’s soccer team, which he led in scoring last year.
The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize a deserving student in an architectural, engineering, or constructional technology program, based on merit and by intent to aspire to a career in the design or construction profession.
From left to right are Kenneth Christiano, CSI, CDT, of SWBR Architects and president of CSI Rochester; Brandon Holley, Bachelor of Architecture, Livonia; and Jessica Kruse, CSI, CDT, LEED GA, LaBella Associates and education chair of CSI Rochester.