New Academic Hires

Several new faculty members have joined the Alfred State College community.

Among the new hires announced in the Academic Affairs Division were Wayne Beckemeyer, Dawn Bennett, Wayne Bensley, Mary Boyer, Marlee Cannon, Gerald Ives, Terry Jackson, Steven Jacobi, Stephen Kielar, Christina King, Matthew Lawrence, Mark Payne, and Jacob Yoder.

Beckemeyer, Wellsville, has been hired as an adjunct professor at ASC's School of Applied Technology. Beckemeyer holds a bachelor of arts degree from Park University (Parkville, MO) and an associate in occupational studies.

Bennett, Fillmore, has re-joined the veterinary technology faculty where she teaches radiology, anesthesia, and surgical nursing as well as small animal pathophysiology of disease.  Bennett has owned and operated Daisy Hill Veterinary Service since 1985 and has served as an instructor for pet first aid courses for Alfred State College and the Red Cross.  Bennett holds a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Tufts University (MA) and a bachelor of science degree in biology from Wells College (Aurora). She is the founder and past president (1987-92) of the Town Theatre of Short Tract and has served as chair of the board of trustees of Short Tract Methodist Church (1998-2001).  The Fillmore Central School graduate is the daughter of Jay and Sophia Stevens of Hunt.  She and her husband Thomas are the parents of Adam and Daniel, both at home.

Bensley, Alfred Station, has been hired as an assistant professor in the Physical and Life Sciences Department where he teaches chemistry.   Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Bensley served as a forensic scientist at the Marion County Forensic Services Agency, Indianapolis and as an analytical chemist, Stillbrook Environmental Testing Laboratory. He holds a master of science degree in forensic science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a bachelor of arts degree from Syracuse University. He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists.

The Sherburne-Earlville High School graduate is the son of David and Diane Bensley, Earlville; he is married to the former Julia Stevens.  They are the parents of Jennifer, at home.

Boyer, Rochester, has been hired as an assistant professor in the Computer Imaging and Architectural Engineering Technology Department where she teaches animation.  Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Boyer taught at Mercer County Community College, Trenton, NJ; and at Rochester Institute of Technology.  She holds a master of fine arts degree from RIT and a bachelor of science from Towson University (MD).

The Hammonton (NJ) High School graduate is the daughter of Phillip and Barbara Zinno, Hammonton, NJ; she is married to Jason Boyer.

Cannon, Wellsville, has been appointed the student disability services counselor and peer tutor coordinator for the School of Applied Technology campus.  Prior to joining the ASC community, Cannon was a special education teacher at Whitesville Central School and an elementary teacher at Wellsville Central School. 

Cannon holds a master of science degree in reading and a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education, both from Alfred University.

The Whitesville Central School graduate is the daughter of Leo and Marion Johnson, Wellsville.  She is married to Brian Cannon; they are the parents of two grown sons.

Ives, Wellsville, has been hired as an assistant professor in the Automotive Trades Department at the School of Applied Technology, where he teaches courses in the recently instituted automotive parts technology program.  Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Ives served as the lead trainer and store manager at Carquest Auto Supply and as an adjunct professor at Onondaga Community College.  He holds master and bachelor degrees in music from Syracuse University.

The Onondaga Central School graduate is the son of the late Helen and Allan Ives.  He is married to the former Joan DeGroat; they are the parents of four children.

Jackson, Alfred Station, has been hired as the instructional support assistant in the Culinary Arts Department of the School of Applied Technology where he helps to oversee and instruct students in the cafeteria, and orders supplies for the Culinary Arts dining facilities.  Prior to joining the ASC community, Jackson served as head chef at Club 57, Hornell, and as production manager at Alfred University.  He holds an associate of occupational studies degree in culinary arts from Alfred State College.

This Alfred-Almond Central School graduate is the son of Sharon Jackson, Alfred; he is the father of 10-year old Natasha.

Jacobi, Williamsville, has been hired as an instructor in the Automotive Trades Department on the School of Applied Technology campus where he teaches diesel fuel injection and diesel engine rebuilding.  Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Jacobi managed the fuel injection department and diesel machine shop at Fleet Maintenance Inc., West Seneca, for 22 years.

The North Tonawanda Senior High School graduate is the son of Jack and Barb Jacobi, North Tonawanda.  He is married to the former Josephine Arnone; they are the parents of two adult daughters, Maria and Amanda.

Kielar, Olean, has been hired as an assistant professor in the Electrical/Electronic Service Department at the School of Applied Technology campus where he teaches freshman electrical and construction courses.  He holds an AOS degree in electrical/electronic service-construction and maintenance electrician from Alfred State College.

The Hinsdale Central School graduate is the son of Carol Kielar and the late Joseph Kielar.  He is married to the former Danielle McFadden; they are the parents of three young children.

King, Alfred, has been hired as the peer tutor coordinator for the Learning Center, where she will recruit, hire, train and supervise peer tutors and notetakers.  She holds a master of science degree in counselor education from Syracuse University and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Alfred University.

The Alfred-Almond Central School graduate is the daughter of Charles and Ellen Shultz, Almond.  She is married to Wesley King; they are the parents of two young children.

Lawrence, Angelica, has been hired as an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department where he teaches courses in manufacturing processes and machine design.  Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Lawrence served as a graduate assistant at Penn State University; an engineer for Cisco Systems, Herndon, VA; and a territory manager for Parker Hannifin, Clovis, CA.

Lawrence holds a PhD and an MS in agricultural and biological engineering from Penn State University and a BS in agricultural engineering, also from Penn State University.

The Tunkhannock Area (PA) High School graduate is the son of Gifford and Jane Lawrence, Tunkhannock, PA.  He is married to the former Renee Rouse; they are the parents of one young son.

Payne, Canisteo, has been hired as an instructor in the Building Trades Department where he will teach courses in heavy equipment operations.  Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Payne worked for the NYS Department of Transportation and the Greater Southern Tier BOCES. The Canisteo Junior-Senior High School graduate is the son of Barry and Cindy Payne, Canisteo.  He is married to the former Sarah Martin; they are the parents of two children, still at home.

Yoder, Bath, has been hired as an assistant professor in the Civil Engineering Technology Department.  Yoder also serves as the principal engineer for Yoder Engineering, a structural consulting firm.  Prior to joining the ASC faculty, he also served as a math teacher at Hillside Children's Center, Snell Farm Campus; and as a structural design engineer at Hunt Engineers, Architects, and Surveyors.

Yoder holds master and bachelor degrees in civil engineering from Brigham Young University.

The Haverling (Bath) High School graduate is the son of Charles and Nancy Yoder, Bath.  He is married to the former Tiffany Bailey; they are the parents of five young children.

Other new fall 2007 academic hires include Janet Curley, assistant professor, Nursing; Lawrence Pogorzala, instructor, Culinary Arts; David Carli, lecturer, CIAET; Gloria Schubert, lecturer, Social and Behavioral Sciences Department.

Additionally, several faculty members have assumed administrative responsibilities in addition to, or in lieu of, their teaching duties.  Included among these, are

Craig R. Clark, Alfred, executive director of the Wellsville campus and dean of the School of Applied Technology, has been serving in the role of interim vice president for academic affairs.

James R. Jerla, Alma, associate professor and chair, Electrical/Electronic Service Department, has added the responsibilities of interim dean of the School of Applied Technology to his duties.

John Buckwalter, Alfred Station, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and chair, Physical and Life Sciences Department, has assumed the role of interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, while Michael Putnam, professor, Physical and Life Sciences Department, has assumed the responsibilities as interim chair. Additionally, Michael Case, Scio, and Francine Staba, Wellsville, have been named the chairs of their departments, Electrical Engineering Technology, Business Technology, respectively.  Deborah Goodrich, Alfred Station, has been named the associate vice president for enrollment management; Neil Benedict, Wellsville, has been named the associate vice president for student affairs; Dr. James Bryan has been named an associate vice president; and Dr. Dan Barwick, Dansville, has been named interim director of Institutional Advancement & Sponsored Programs.