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Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. welcomes new board member

Posted Date: Friday, October 2, 2015 - 14:45

Jim KnappThe Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., a private foundation representing faculty, staff, and friends of Alfred State, has welcomed a new board member, Jim Knapp, of Wellsville.

Knapp, senior vice president and assistant branch administrator at Steuben Trust Company in Wellsville, was a member of the Wellsville Lions Club for 20 years. He is currently the exalted ruler at the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Wellsville Lodge #1495; former president of the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce; founder of the Wellsville Main Street Music Festival; executive vice president of the Greater Wellsville Balloon Rally Committee; and a charter member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Allegany County chapter.

Knapp and his wife, Laura, are the parents of three children, Jacob, Julia, and Jaelyn.

Hinkle Memorial Library hosting fundraising campaign to renovate gallery space

Posted Date: Friday, October 2, 2015 - 14:00

Hinkle Memorial Library galleryIn conjunction with its 50th anniversary celebration, the Alfred State Hinkle Memorial Library is currently holding a campaign called 50 Years-50 Donors-50 Dollars to raise funds to refurbish its gallery exhibit space.

Specifically, funds raised through the 50-50-50 campaign will be used for new wall coverings in the exhibit space, additional display furniture, and a new gallery hanging system. The campaign’s goal is $2,500.

During the academic year, the gallery is host to displays of work by students, faculty and staff, community members and regional artists, and an occasional traveling show. The September exhibit featured photographic highlights of the Hinkle Library’s first 50 years. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the library hosted an informal reception and provided a complimentary breakfast on Sept. 12 during Homecoming/Family Weekend.

Coming in October is the sculptural work of Jason Burns of Alfred, who graduated from Alfred State in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in digital media and animation. In November, the gallery will feature the paintings of Judie Mader, of Smethport, PA.

To see this academic year’s full gallery schedule, visit the library Web page and click on the gallery tab. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email library@alfredstate.edu, or call 607- 587-4313.

To donate to the 50-50-50 campaign, contact Institutional Advancement at ia@alfredstate.edu or 607-587-3930.

Team Alfred departs for Solar Decathlon competition in California

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 08:30

More than 25 Alfred State and Alfred University students headed to California Saturday, Sept. 26, to compete in the 2015 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

Held this year from Sept. 28 to Oct. 18 in Irvine, CA, the Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. Seventeen teams are competing in the 2015 event.

Team Alfred’s entry is a nearly 900-square-foot zero-energy home for middle-class families in rural western New York. Alfred State and Alfred University also collaborated on a submission for the 2013 Solar Decathlon, held in Datong, China.

The 2015 house was shipped in modules to the site of the Solar Decathlon on Sept. 21. Once the students arrive, they will have nine days to reassemble the house.

Michael May, a building trades: building construction major from Moravia, said, “This is the first house that we actually got to build from the floor up and we’re getting to go to California for 12 days, so that’s pretty cool, plus the construction industry is going green, so it’s good to go into green building.”

Ryan Williams, a building trades: building construction major from New Baltimore, said of Alfred State’s participation in the Solar Decathlon, “It’ll be cool to show what a smaller school can do against bigger schools.”

Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology, said design of the home was led by Alfred State architecture students, along with students from both campuses who are learning about mechanical, electrical, and renewable energy, and more.

“Our home is unique regarding students being involved from design through construction phases, with little assistance from professionals except faculty,” Clark said.

The opportunity to have Alfred State students be involved in this national competition is great for students, faculty, and the college, said Clark.

“We are extremely proud of the work to this stage, which includes design, construction of the modular home, and packing up the home to ship to California,” he said.

Accompanying the students on the trip will be Joe Richardson, chair of the Alfred State Building Trades Department. Alfred State students who are participating are listed below, by major:

Building trades: building construction

Air conditioning and heating technology

Technology management

Electrical construction and maintenance electrician

Alfred University students who are participating are:

Saeed Azad, a mechanical engineering graduate student from Iran; Tchabelino T. Azimyt from New York City, Patrick R. Byrne, of Hamburg, Nolan Jessop, of Churchville, and Dylan A. Tucker, of De Ruyter, all senior mechanical engineering majors; Bernard Dolecki, AU Class of 2014, School of Art & Design; Taylor A. Kelley, a junior mechanical engineering major from Wellsville; Avery O. Sandler, a senior, dual major in mechanical engineering and renewable energy engineering from Israel; and Jessica Scoones, of Deansboro, a senior renewable energy engineering major.

AU faculty advisers are Dr. Wallace B. Leigh and Dr. Xingwu Wang, both professors of engineering in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering.

Team Alfred would like to thank its sponsors, including LeChase Construction; Upstate Roofing and Painting; NanaWall; Pella; Lutron Electronics, Inc.; Kohler; Carlisle; Big Ass Solutions; Way To Grow; LaBella Associates; Resource Furniture; The Western New York Floor Company; O’Connell Electric Company; Thermal Foams, Inc.; CLEI; Echo Global Logistics; Pearl’s Premium; Corning, Inc.; SWBR Architects; Apricus Solar Hot Water; Tinkertown Supply; Do it Best; HEP Sales; North Main Lumber; Madison Wood; Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Local 276; and Southern Tier Builders Association.

Fireball Run teams depart from Alfred State’s Wellsville campus

Posted Date: Monday, September 28, 2015 - 12:30

members of the 2015 Alfred State Fireball Run team, along with the 1987 Mercedes 300 SDL they will be driving in the eventThree teams headed from the Alfred State School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville to Connecticut Thursday for the annual Fireball Run event.

A life-sized trivia game that seeks to aid in the recovery of America’s missing children, Fireball Run begins Sept. 25 this year and ends Oct. 3, covering eight cities and 2,000 miles. This season will feature four astronauts from four nations, four celebrity teams, and 40 rally teams, who will start in Hartford, CT, then head to Queen Anne’s, MD; Williamsburg, VA; Topsail Island, NC; Florence, SC; Liberty County, GA; Sanford, FL; and finish in Cocoa Beach, FL.

The three groups that left from Wellsville are Team Alfred State, Team Allegany (Gretchen Hanchett, executive director of the Allegany County Chamber and Office of Tourism, and Deb Root, Allegany County Legislator and former Alfred State director of Marketing and Communications) and Team Visit Salamanca (John Sheehan, executive director of the Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce, and Ward “Skip” Wilday, senior vice president at Morgan Stanley).

The college’s team will be driving the same vehicle as last year, a 1987 Mercedes 300 SDL, donated by Mark Crounse, who graduated from Alfred State in 1975 with a degree in automotive service technician. The team consists of automotive service technician majors Sebastian Bruno, of Penn Yan, and Jake Landuyt, of Clifton Springs; and Kent Johnson, associate professor and chair of the Automotive Department. The college is a sponsor of the event again this year.

“We again are thrilled to be part of Fireball Run, in which students get to be part of an adventure across the East Coast of the US with celebrities,” said Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology. “Two years ago, one of the Alfred State student competitors landed his dream job at Local Motors in Phoenix, AZ, connecting with the Rally Fighter team at the event.”

Among the speakers at Thursday’s send-off was State Sen. Catharine Young, R, C, I-Olean. She noted the importance of Fireball Run, in that, through this effort, a number of missing children have been recovered.

“I want to say to everyone who is going, you’re going to have a blast, but at the same time, you’re going to learn, you’re going to share your talents, you’re going to have a cool adventure, and you’re going to do something that will make a difference,” she said. “I want to wish you safe travels, go to it, and have a really, really great time. Congratulations to everyone who made this happen.”

Being the tech team, Johnson said, the Alfred State group will be expected to diagnose and advise owners of vehicles with mechanical issues and in some cases repair the vehicles if possible.

“Since a good percentage of the vehicles involved are typically unique or vintage vehicles, this year’s Fireball Run should be as exciting and challenging as last year’s,” Johnson said.

When asked how he felt about going on this year’s Fireball Run, Bruno said, “It’s honestly an absolute honor. I decided to come to Alfred State for something I loved doing and to get an opportunity like this is awesome, to say the least.”

Landuyt said, “I’m excited about going. I remember seeing the send-off for it last year and I thought, ‘Wow, this is pretty neat.’ Never did I think I’d be able to do something like this. It’s pretty cool.”

For a full schedule, updates, and to watch the action live, visit www.fireballrun.com.

Shown in photo above are the members of the 2015 Alfred State Fireball Run team, along with the 1987 Mercedes 300 SDL they will be driving in the event. From left to right are automotive service technician students Sebastian Bruno, of Penn Yan, and Jake Landuyt, of Clifton Springs; and Kent Johnson, associate professor and chair of the Automotive Department.

Peace advocate Dr. Nadine Hoover meets with Honors Program members

Posted Date: Monday, September 28, 2015 - 12:15

Dr. Nadine Hoover, along with three members of the Alfred State Honors ProgramDr. Nadine Hoover met with members of the Honors Program at Alfred State Sept. 10 to discuss her 35 years of working for peace in war-torn countries around the world.

Hoover, a longtime Alfred resident, coordinates Friends Peace Teams in Asia West Pacific; maintains a massage therapy practice in Alfred; and directs the Conscience Studio, a publishing company and online art and book store; to support training in how to live as individuals and communities of conscience.

According to Hoover, “Wherever there is war, there are children, and the trauma of war stays with people for generations. We believe peace is not only possible, but absolutely essential if this world is to survive.”

Pictured is Dr. Nadine Hoover, along with three members of the Alfred State Honors Program. From left to right are Hoover; Natalia Sytch, a veterinary technology major from Rochester; Ivory Humutowo, a business administration major from Jakarta, Indonesia; and Ashley Marino, a culinary arts: baking, production and management major from Victor.

First- and second-graders visit Alfred State Farm for Kiddie Ag Day

Posted Date: Monday, September 28, 2015 - 11:45

Area first- and second-graders tour the Alfred State Farm’s calf barn Sept. 17 during Kiddie Ag DayHundreds of first- and second-grade students from area schools toured Alfred State’s 800-acre farm Thursday, Sept. 17, during Kiddie Ag Day.

Dr. Philip Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, said the students learned where milk comes from, and how animals are raised and what they eat. They also learned about a number of animals, such as horses, alpacas, rabbits, and ducks.

Participating schools included Alfred-Almond, Andover, Bath, Bolivar-Richburg, Cuba-Rushford, Fillmore, Genesee Valley, and Scio.

“I am very proud of our students,” said Schroeder. “They worked very hard to make sure that the approximately 700 first- and second-graders who attended Kiddie Ag Day had fun and learned about agriculture.”