Alfred State College Officer in Charge Dr. Ronald R. Rosati kicked off the new academic year at the college by noting the accomplishments of the previous term and summer.
Among the many positives listed, Rosati included the opening of the new townhouse residential complex for students; the opening of the student gathering spot connecting the Allied Health and Central Dining Hall buildings; the refurbishment of the MacKenzie West kitchen to prepare campus food until the dining hall is fully restored; the infrastructure updates on campus, including landscaping, paving, repaired stairways, etc. and updates such as windows to several of the residence halls; construction of a Verizon cell tower; new classroom furniture for the Applied Technology campus as well as eight media-rich classrooms on the Alfred campus.
Additionally, Rosati introduced new faculty and staff to the assembled ASC community. He also said that several new academic programs are being considered and prepared for submission for SUNY (State University of New York) approval. The OIC also noted that the college is enjoying an upward trend in new student enrollment as well as in the number of transfer students.
Finally, Rosati honored three faculty members who had distinguished themselves over the summer: Robert Rees and Jim Grillo, both professors in the School of Management and Engineering Technology, were named SUNY Distinguished Service and Distinguished Teaching professors, respectively.
The Distinguished Service Professorship honors and recognizes extraordinary service. Candidates must have demonstrated substantial distinguished service not only at the campus and the State University levels, but also at the community, regional, and state levels. Appointment to the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor is conferred upon individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within a chosen field. This distinction is attained through significant contributions to the research literature or through artistic performance or achievement in the arts. Appointment to these ranks, which is a full step above professor, can be conferred solely by the SUNY Board of Trustees.
Additionally, Dr. Edward Tezak, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of mechanical engineering technology, also of the School of Management and Engineering Technology, was awarded the Frederick J. Berger Award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The award recognizes both an individual and a school or department for demonstrating outstanding leadership in curriculum, techniques, or administration in engineering technology education.