Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson recently welcomed returning and new faculty and staff back to campus for the spring semester. Among the topics he addressed were his trip to China as part of a SUNY delegation invited by the Chinese government as a thank you for hosting the 150 Chinese students whose studies were interrupted by an earthquake in Sichuan province in 2008, the accomplishments of the College over the past year, and the outlook for the upcoming semester and beyond. Additionally, Anderson introduced a new presidential award, “The Innovation Award,” and presented it to its inaugural recipient Jeff Stevens , assistant professor, Electrician, Computer and Robotics Technician Department . Stevens was cited for working with his students, designing and installing a photovoltaic system at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC . A member of the Alfred State College faculty since 2002, Stevens lectures on electrical theory and national electrical code understanding and interpretation, as well as photovoltaic design and installation. Stevens, a licensed master electrician and contractor, maintains a small electrical contracting business. Additionally, Stevens has obtained his pre-certification as a certified photovoltaic installer, continues studies with associated National Electrical Codes and Photovoltaic installations, and is currently working with other faculty to build a green home  laboratory addition to the facility at Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology campus to accommodate the demand for training and showcase the craftsmanship of the students and the renewable technologies currently being taught throughout the programs. He has great interest in closing the gap between the electrical trade industry and the PV industry. Stevens holds two associate of occupational studies degrees from Alfred State College: construction and maintenance electrician and plumbing, heating, and air conditioning, ’91 and ’93, respectively.