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Opening Remarks 2007

Opening Remarks 2007

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.

distinguished-professors-2007Finally, 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.

Berger-Award-2007Additionally, 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.