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ASC Hosts Annual “FutureBound” Career Day

ASC Hosts Annual “FutureBound” Career Day

Alfred
State College's Office of Career Development will host a "WINS" (Women in
Non-traditional Studies) FutureBound Career Day, Friday, March 27, from 8:30
a.m.-2:15 p.m., at the Orvis Activities Center on the Alfred campus.

This annual career exploration day is held for 10th grade girls
interested in learning more about non-traditional occupations and careers
(non-traditional occupations are defined as those with fewer than 25 percent
female workers).

Scores of girls and their guidance counselors from area high schools, including
Alfred-Almond, Andover, Arkport, Belfast, Bolivar-Richburg, Canisteo-Greenwood,
Cuba-Rushford, Fillmore, Friendship, Genesee Valley, Hornell,
Jasper-Troupsburg, Scio, Wellsville, and Whitesville are expected to attend and
participate in a variety of workshop sessions in technology, math, and science
conducted primarily by Alfred State College professors. 

Some of this year's offerings include Design with Unigraphics (Steve
Martinelli, ASC professor, Computerized Design and Manufacturing Department,
and Praxair Inc. representative) where participants will learn about the latest
technology in Drafting/CAD: UG (Unigraphics).  Meet an industry rep and
ASC alum from an international company: Praxair Inc. Bridge Building
(Cari Durbin, Department of Transportation), where students will be introduced
to the world of construction!  They will take a simple set of plans and
use them to put the bridge parts together-with no parts left over. Concrete
Ingredients & Properties
(Erin Vitale, ASC assistant professor, Civil
Engineering Technology Department), where participants will learn about the key
ingredients in concrete and make their own "sundae" with cement, water, and
aggregates!  Fingerprinting Techniques (Melinda Rounds, ASC
university police officer): Fingerprinting plays an important role in the field
of criminal justice.  Students will learn the proper techniques of
fingerprinting.  Name that Animal (Victoria Bolton, SUNY
Distinguished Teaching Professor and chair, Agriculture and Horticulture
Department) will lead participants in meeting and identifying a wide variety of
live animals, reptiles, etc. Digital Media & Animation (Tammy Renee
Brackett, assistant professor, Computer Imaging and Architectural Engineering
Technology Department), where students will work with Adobe Flash to create a
simple animation. Information Technology (Dr. Dana
Kruser,
assistant professor and internship coordinator, Computer Information Technology
Department): The Human Factor: Information Technology is NOT just
computers!  Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is the discipline concerned
with the design, evaluation, and implementation of computing systems for safe
and effective human use.  This session will provide a brief explanation of
how and why this field developed -- and why it is an interesting and
challenging field to enter. Toothpick Architecture (Joy Carlson,
professor, Computer Imaging and Architectural Engineering Technology
Department), where students will build a structure with toothpicks and a glue
gun.  Electrical Jeopardy, Touchscreen Xylophone, and
Tic-Tac-Toe
(Glenn Brubaker, ASC assistant professor, Electrician, Computer
and Robotics Technician Department), where participants will have fun playing
music and games with the touchscreen display.

Participants will be
able to visit various career "stations" to get an insider's view of this
technologically exciting array of careers. Lunch will be provided on-campus for
participants at 12:25 p.m.

This year students will
be treated to keynote speaker NYS Sen. Catharine M. Young (R-Olean).

Sen. Catharine
"Cathy" Young has an established record of civic, professional, and
volunteer achievements.

Elected to the Senate
in 2005, she immediately took on a leadership post as chair of the Senate
Agriculture Committee, working to strengthen New York State's top
industry.  Sen. Young, who grew up on a third-generation dairy and crops
farm, has been recognized by the NYS Farm Bureau for a perfect voting record in
support of agricultural issues.

The mother of three
grown children, Sen. Young understands the need for an excellent education
system, and has been an advocate for fair and equitable school aid funding for
upstate schools and serves on the Higher Education Committee.  Her
standing committee assignments for 2009 include Environmental Conservation,
Health, Housing, Insurance, and Transportation. She also serves on the
Construction and Community Development and Mental Health and Developmental
Disabilities committees. She co-chairs the Administrative Regulations Review
Commission to reduce regulations and red tape that
impede
job growth.

Sen. Young served in
the Assembly from 1999 until her election to the Senate. In the Assembly, she
was named to several top leadership positions, including Assistant Minority
Leader Pro Tempore.   Prior to her NYS service, Sen. Young served on
the Cattaraugus County Legislature, achieving a leadership post as Majority
Whip within her 18 months of service.

Sen. Young has also
taken on numerous assignments, including the Task Force on the State of New
York Agriculture, the Sex Crimes and Women and Children Task Force, the Task
Force on Educational Standards, the Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, the NYS
Armed Forces Legislative Caucus, and the Nursing Shortage Task Force. Sen.
Young has become a recognized voice on tax relief, economic growth, job
creation, and government reform. Additionally, she has authored numerous laws
to protect families. 

For her
accomplishments, she was recognized in 1997 through Business First's 40 Under
40 Awards, an honor given to outstanding leaders under age 40 in Western New
York. The Senator has also received the J. Henry Smith Distinguished Public
Service Award from Alfred University, the Fredonia College Foundation
Distinguished Service Award, United University Professions' 2008 Friend of SUNY
Award, the Friend of the Green Industry Award from the NYS Turfgrass
Association, and special recognitions from the New York Beef Producers'
Association, the New York Apple Industry, and New York Farm Bureau, among
others.

Sen. Young studied at
SUNY Fredonia and was graduated magna cum laude from St. Bonaventure
University, earning a bachelor's degree in mass communication. Sen. Young
serves as a Major in the Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary that
performs vital missions for the federal government. Additionally, she is a
member of the Hinsdale American Legion Auxiliary.

Pre-registration with
students' "home" teacher or counselor is necessary.  If you're interested
in learning more about encouraging young women to pursue non-traditional
careers or if you would like to know more about WINS FutureBound, please
contact Maureen Sibble at (607) 587-4377 (sibblem@alfredstate.edu).

WINS FutureBound is an annual event coordinated by the Office of Career
Development at Alfred State College.  The goal of this event is to promote
interest in math/science/technology careers-career paths that are typically
underrepresented by females. Support for the development/production of this
event is provided by a gender equity grant under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational
and Applied Technology Education Act Amendments of 1990 administered by the NYS
Education Department.