Interview with WGRZ, WNY Students' Innovation Powers Eagle Cam.
Bald eagle fans around the world are watching for baby eagles to hatch live via the Internet, thanks to a solar power system for video monitoring designed and installed by students from Alfred State’s Electrical Trades Department.
On March 18, the first of two eggs hatched in a nest on the grounds of the US National Arboretum in Washington, DC. In October, five students installed the solar power system to support a video camera monitoring system for a pair of eagles named “Mr. President” and “The First Lady.”
“I’m thrilled that our students at Alfred State have helped people around the world monitor the birds and to witness as a new eaglet emerges,” stated Jeff Stevens, assistant professor of Electrical Trades. “We’ve installed multiple photovoltaic systems at the Arboretum but all of the media attention to this webcam is unusual. It’s a tremendous asset to promote the American Eagle Foundation and for making people aware of Alfred State.”
Media organizations around the world have publicized the webcam at www.DCeaglecam.org and explained how Alfred State students installed a unique solar-powered trailer at the site to supply the energy for the public to view the nesting and hatching. Network television newscasts have also broadcast the webcam live to monitor progress inside the eagles’ nest.
The innovative solar power installation was handled by Alfred State electrical construction and maintenance electrician majors: Ethan Yanda, Wayland; Thomas Wzientek, West Seneca; Justin King, Uniondale; Oliver Jackson, Williamsville; and Mike Lee, Brooklyn.
The Health and Wellness Services Department has recently been named a recipient of a Rochester Business Journal Health Care Achievement Award in the Innovation Category.
The journal created the awards in an effort to recognize excellence, promote innovation, and honor the efforts of organizations and individuals making a significant impact on the quality of health care in the area. Awards categories include: Behavioral Health, Health Care Staff, Innovation, Management, Nurse, Physician, Senior Care, and Volunteer.
Honorees will receive their awards during a luncheon and ceremony that will take place March 22 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. They will also be profiled in a special Rochester Business Journal supplement, which will be published this month.
Specifically, the Health and Wellness Services Department was recognized for an exciting new space in the Student Leadership Center, known as “The Oasis.” This area includes an inviting lounge where weekly events are held, and a MindSpa equipped with massage chairs, aromatherapy, an extensive audio library, an oxygen bar, and more. All services offered at The Oasis are free for students.
“We at Health and Wellness Services are very excited to see that our hard work paid off,” Counselor Erica Alger said of the department receiving the award. “This recognition just motivates us to continue to explore innovative resources to offer our students as they manage college and life stressors. We created The Oasis for students to utilize to combat stress, and it has taken off. We have plans to expand these services by the fall of 2016.”
Alfred State is excited to announce that three country music artists will be performing this year at the college’s annual spring concert, sponsored by the Alfred Programming Board, the Pioneer Woodsmen’s Team, and Alfred State Late Night Events.
Jon Pardi, Josh Thompson, and Frank Foster will each take the stage April 23 at Pioneer Stadium. Gates open at 5 p.m., with the show to begin at 7 p.m.
Presale tickets cost $10 for students and $15 for faculty/staff and community members, and can be purchased at the Alfred State Campus Store, or on its website at http://www.alfredstatebookstore.com/home.aspx. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for a cost of $15.
Hailing from Dixon, CA, Pardi released his debut album, “Write You a Song,” in 2014, which peaked at No. 14 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and No. 3 on the Top Country Albums chart. Signed to Capitol Records Nashville, he has opened for several artists who have influenced him, including Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, and Luke Bryan.
Thompson’s debut album “Way Out Here,” released in 2010, offered two Top 20 singles, “Beer On The Table,” and “Way Out Here.” The Cedarburg, WI native’s 2014 album, “Turn It Up,” debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. “Change: The Lost Record, Volume One (out Oct. 9) and Volume Two (to be released this year)” contain some of his most personal songs to date, according to his website.
Foster’s musical journey began in 2011, with the release of his first album, “Rowdy Reputation.” The Cypress Bottom, LA-born artist’s 2013 album, “Southern Soul,” debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Country Charts. His fourth and fifth albums, “Rhythm and Whiskey,” and “Boots on the Ground,” released in 2014 and 2016 respectively, each debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard Country Charts.
No alcohol or tobacco products, nor any bags (purses, backpacks, etc.) will be permitted inside the stadium for the concert. In the event of inclement weather, the show will take place in the Orvis Activities Center Gymnasium.
The Center for Community Education and Training at Alfred State will once again host a free “Community Overdose Training” event Wednesday, May 11 in the Pioneer Lounge at the Pioneer Center on the Alfred campus.
The event will include a training session for law enforcement from 8:30-10 a.m., and another session for community and human service organizations from 1-2:30 p.m. Attendees must preregister by April 15 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 607-587-4015.
Administered by University Police Officer Jeff Wilcox, 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.
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.
A total of 22 sport management students were able to meet with more than 20 sports teams and organizations earlier this month at the Binghamton Senators Sports Marketing Career Fair.
Held March 4 at the Floyd L. Maines Arena in downtown Binghamton, the event featured representatives and hiring personnel from professional, minor league, and collegiate sports, as well as sports media. Organizations included Watkins Glen International, the American Hockey League, Minor League Baseball, iHeart Radio, Galaxy Communications, the State University of New York Athletic Conference, and more.
Alfred State was one of 15 schools that attended the career fair. Sport management students who participated were Matt McCarty (Schenectady), Takim Grant (Brooklyn), Joshua Ashley (Brooklyn), Kai Bowden (Freeport), David Briggs (Waverly), Nathan Coble (Angelica), Romario Demosthene (Brooklyn), Michael Fanton (Bolivar), Jason Gordon (South Hempstead), Janae Hamilton (Great Valley), January Harriet (New York City), Tatyana King (Queens Village), Ryan MacDonald (Johnson City), Osawaru Omorogbe-Akpata (Brooklyn), Carlisle Philip (Brooklyn), William Robinson (Jamaica, NY), Brandon Serkleski (Shinglehouse, PA), Zach Sodoma (Brockport), Allison Vargeson (Addison), Jake Vattimo (Geneseo), Samuel Volmy (Lockport), and Justin Wallace (Mount Vernon).
“The career fair provided a very unique opportunity for students to network and interview with many of the top sport industry professionals throughout upstate New York,” said John Lisec, assistant professor in the Business Department.
Serkleski said the career fair was a great starting point for students who are looking to make connections with employers.
“It was great to meet with professionals in our field and to be able to discuss potential opportunities for internships,” he said.
In photo: Sport management students Samuel Volmy, of Lockport, left, and Justin Wallace, of Mount Vernon, speak with a representative from iHeart Radio.
The Alfred State Automotive Trades Department was able to get some terrific exposure recently at the 38th annual Motorama, held Feb. 20-21 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.
Described as the nation’s largest all-indoor motorsports event, Motorama featured hundreds of authentic drag cars, late models, sprint cars, and more. The Alfred State display consisted of two automobiles worked on by students - a 2003 Honda Insight and a 2001 Volkswagen GTI – as well as information boards about vehicles the college used in competitions such as the Watkins Glen Green Grand Prix and the Great Race.
Working to make the display possible were motorsports technology students Alec Bray, Phoenix; Stephen Hansen, Franklinville; and Ryan Valle, New Windsor; as well as Sean Haggerty, instructor in the Automotive Trades Department; and Kent Johnson, chair of the Automotive Trades Department.
According to Haggerty, roughly 80,000 people attended Motorama, with about 60,000 of them being around the traditional college age range of 18 to 22 years old. Haggerty said attendees “loved” the Alfred State display.
“It was a great recruiting tool and our students loved being a part of it,” he said.
The Alfred State Automotive Trades Department’s mission is to provide instruction and practical, hands-on experience to students interested in a variety of automotive trades, including automotive service, autobody repair, truck and diesel service, and motorsports.