The village of Savona recently received some help with envisioning its comprehensive plan after Alfred State architecture students presented their designs for the future layout of the municipality Oct. 28 at the Campbell-Savona Elementary School.
Village officials and roughly 25 residents listened as 10 students in Professor William Dean’s Urban Design Studio class shared their visions for five sections of Savona. These included a residential area, the Cohocton River Trail, the western side of town, a mixed use commercial area, which would feature a senior living community, and the Four Corners area, which would include a boutique hotel and a Dollar General that matches the look of the surrounding buildings.
“The goal was to create a vision from the work that the community had already done as far as further developing what they wanted in the comprehensive plan,” said Dean, chair of the Department of Architecture and Design. “We tried to remain as faithful to that document as possible. That’s not to say that the students didn’t bring their own design experience into it, but I kept driving home the point throughout the project that we wanted our work to be an extension of the comprehensive plan.”
The students spent eight weeks on the project, which began in August with a tour of the village led by Mayor Gregge Harrian, and included an interim critique by a panel composed of Harrian; Nicolette Barber, a planner from HUNT Engineers, Architects and Surveyors out of Horseheads; and members of the village’s Comprehensive Plan Committee.
“After meeting with the mayor and the committee, the students took their comments to heart and continued to develop their designs for the final presentation,” Dean said.
According to Dean, the students’ designs received a lot of positive feedback throughout the process and were well-received during the presentation.
Brittany Varengo, an architectural technology major from Syracuse, said, “We were able to connect to the people on a personal level and know that our hard work was appreciated.”
Don’t forget that Tuesday, Nov. 4 is Election Day! Students should visit https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/votersearch.aspx to double-check that they can vote locally. If registered to vote in the village of Alfred, students can cast their ballots between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. at A.E. Crandall Hook & Ladder Company at 6 Main St., Alfred.
Students who are registered voters can sign up for TurboVote at alfredstate.turbovote.org to receive important Election Day 2014 information, including polling place information and a preview of their ballot. TurboVote also includes other features that will be helpful for future elections, such as requesting absentee ballots and registering to vote. So far, roughly 30 Alfred State students have signed up for TurboVote, according to Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement.
Also, the Judicial Campaign Ethics Center of the New York State Unified Court System has launched the annual non-partisan Judicial Voter Guide at www.nycourts.gov/vote. The guide contains information about judicial candidates on the ballot in each county based on information provided by the state and county election boards and is designed to help people make a more informed decision on Election Day.
“Election Day is an opportunity to exercise your civic right and responsibility to make your voice heard,” said Hilsher. “I’d encourage everyone to invest the time to vote on Tuesday.”
The Alfred State New Horizons Forum continues its 2014 season with two November events. “A Conversation with Alfred State Student Veterans” will be offered on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at 5 p.m. in the Student Leadership Center, room 310 (Small Events Space). “The Solar Link Project: An Adventure in Interdisciplinary” will be offered on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the School of Engineering Technology, room 215. Both events will start with light refreshments at 5 p.m. and are open, free of charge, to the Alfred State community, Alfred University, and the area public.
The conversation with Alfred State student veterans will honor Alfred University Professor Emeritus and local businessman Wally Higgins. Professor Higgins is a World War II veteran and member of the fabled Tuskegee Airmen.
The session will open with brief five minute reflections by students, faculty, and administration veterans and supporters. The forum will then turn to an open mike session and discussion targeting the college’s efforts to serve veterans. Participants will be invited to comment on issues confronting student veterans and how well the college is meeting the challenges faced by this highly valued student population.
Those who have agreed to speak include U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Business Department, James Grillo; U.S. Army Iraq veteran and Alfred State Controller, Joseph Greenthal; and Distinguished Teaching Professor of English, Dr. Aniko Constantine.
The “Conversation” will be moderated by Forum Director Army Security Agency veteran and SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of English, Emeritus Joseph Flynn, who notes the event format should produce a highly interactive discussion with the audience participants.
The following Tuesday New Horizons Forum will celebrate “The Solar Link Project”, a highly innovative academic collaboration which brings together Alfred State students and faculty representing a variety of campus departments and programs. This remarkable effort, whose potential uses solar energy to produce safe drinking water for indigent populations worldwide, represents the expanding implementation of Alfred State’s vision of technology and people in service to humanity. Speaking on behalf of this ongoing effort, information technology major and Buffalo native, Sarah Jastrzab, and computer engineering technology major and Hornell native, Lawrence Fink, have noted that participants come from across the Alfred campus and are drawn from the academic Schools of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology, Arts and Sciences, and Applied Technology. The Solar Link Project also extends to area corporations and professionals.
In his initial invitation to students and faculty members of the Solar Link Team forum, Flynn noted, “Your collaborative undertaking contains the essential ingredients of the way local multidisciplinary approaches can be used to address contemporary global problems, a central theme and showcasing goal of the New Horizons Forum.”
The New Horizons Forum, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences, showcases current scholarly, creative, and public service work by faculty, students, professional staff, and invited guests. It is guided by a campus-wide team of advisers whose goal is to enrich the intellectual life of the institution.
The New Horizons Forum - Real People. Face to Face. Working for Real Results.