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Pioneer Profiles

Tatyana KingTatyana King

For Tatyana, there are so many things she enjoyed about studying at Alfred State, from helpful professors with real-world experience, to the friendliness of the college, to being in a program that provides so many options to students.

Kate JonasseKate Jonasse

Kate is living proof that if you have the drive, talent, and proper guidance to pursue your dreams, you can achieve them.

Sarah TraversSarah Travers

Her professors have also been very helpful, whether it’s with scholarships, applications to internships, projects, and even reviewing her portfolio. She loves the small, close-knit feel of the campus community, too.

Dr. Mel ChamblissDr. Mel Chambliss

Dr. Chambliss has touched the lives of countless people and animals, both on campus and in the community. The impact of his skills, knowledge, and expertise in his field has been felt by students, pet owners, and animal care organizations alike.

Nahillah HighNahillah High

Nahillah said she likes that the faculty “know you personally, rather than just as a number,” and that the classes are thought-provoking. She said what she enjoyed most about her major was learning how to apply certain skills to everyday life, such as talking to people.

Robert MahanyRobert Mahany

Robert is able to enhance his education through his involvement on campus as captain of the men’s soccer team, a resident assistant, an Emerging Pioneers Leadership Program graduate, a leadership assistant, and a member of the Alfred Programming Board.

Olufunmilola Olojede​Olufunmilola Olojede

Once she graduates, Olufunmilola plans on seeking a position at a hospital in Rochester, and then working toward her master’s degree. Though she admits nursing requires a lot of hard work, she acknowledges that it pays off in the end.

Elizabeth GlickElizabeth Glick

“My major has definitely given me the real-world experience that I need. Sitting in a classroom can only teach you so much. You definitely have to be out there doing the things you are learning about. I feel like I’m going to be more successful in life as a result of the hands-on aspect of my major.”

Charles RichardsCharles Richards

Speaking about the value of his education, Charles said, “You can have a hands-on experience here and there at other schools, but Alfred State is one of those places where they show you everything. There is nothing you cannot learn how to do or how to master.”

Thomas RichardsThomas Richards

From making lifelong friendships, to gaining leadership skills, to becoming well-prepared for the workforce, the ways in which Thomas Richards benefited from his Alfred State experience are many.

“Challenging coursework and enthusiastic professors helped prepared me for my current career,” says Richards.

Aaron AumickAaron Aumick

Through real-world experiences and receiving live, hands-on training every day, he is very confident about his future after graduation.

“I’m definitely glad I made the choice to come to Alfred State. I know I’m pretty much guaranteed to have a job once I come out of this program.”

Dr. Aniko ConstantineDr. Aniko Constantine

In her 40-plus years of teaching English at Alfred State, Dr. Aniko Constantine has won awards, become a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, and donated money for scholarships and a legacy gift in the form of a $100,000 annuity. Yet Constantine’s true legacy isn’t measured in achievements or dollars and cents, but rather by the impact she has had on her students.

Dr. James FerryDr. James Ferry

Dr. Ferry received his AAS degree in agronomy from Alfred State in 1963 followed by BS and MS degrees from the University of Georgia. He continued his education with a PhD degree in biochemistry from the University of Illinois in 1974. He was appointed assistant professor of microbiology at Virginia Tech in 1976, where he rose to the rank of professor.

Al StyrculaAl Styrcula

By 1972, Al Styrcula had worked his way up to the top of Foodcraft, becoming CEO and chairman of the board, positions he held until 1988, when Uni-Marts Inc. acquired the company. During that time, the company’s sales increased from $2 million to $50 million under Styrcula’s leadership.

Taylor BattagliaTaylor Battaglia

Taylor is now an application engineer at SmartEdge, a full-service installation and service contractor that offers building automation systems, integrated security systems, process control systems, energy conservation systems, and electrical and mechanical system service.

Lisa Reynolds

“To be honest, I sort of fell into nursing as a major. I looked at a lot of schools, thought about pre-med, law enforcement, everything. In high school I considered psychology as well,” Lisa says. Today she’s a 2013 graduate of the nursing bachelor’s degree program at Alfred State, and she’s working in the dynamic field of psychiatric nursing at one of the largest hospitals in Binghamton, N.Y. She might not have known it when she cracked open her first college textbook, but the healthcare field would soon become her calling. “Nursing, especially working in psychiatric nursing, gave me a chance to pursue nearly all my interests. And Alfred State helped me find my passion.”

Chad DispenzaChad Dispenza

Dispenza became less shy through getting involved with many clubs and organizations on campus. He is now vice president of content and creative at Red Blue Media, a premium online publishing company in Los Angeles, and a standup comedian.

“All of the experiences (I’ve had), in terms of leadership opportunities, in terms of involvement, in terms of getting out of my shell, trying new things, all of the things that have really become my strengths, were from opportunities I had at Alfred State,” he said, “and that’s just from stepping up and getting involved.”

Courtney CardinalCourtney Cardinal

In her programs, biological science and forensic science technology, Courtney was able to obtain all of the prerequisites required for the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree she is currently pursuing at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is also now a pharmacy intern with the CVS Caremark Corporation.

My years at Alfred State provided me the opportunity to grow as a person and as a student, creating the work ethic I needed to prepare me for the tedious and hard work that was expected of me at college, and now even more so in the doctorate program I am currently in.”

Christy DoddChristy Dodd

Christy Dodd is a force to be reckoned with. She’s been entertainment chair for the Alfred Programing Board, communications chair for Civic Engagement Advocates, a student ambassador, a gold level in the Emerging Pioneer Leadership Program, a member of the honors program, and she’s on the swim team. As if that isn’t enough to fill four years, this Windsor native is also majoring in forensic science technology—one of the few science fields currently seeing an influx of women.

Travis HarveyTravis Harvey

Travis was attracted to the building construction major at Alfred State because of the incredible hands-on learning opportunities it offers. “I heard about how good the major here was, and it was really one of the few schools that offered it with both hands-on training and the green building aspect.”

Patty PadillaPatty Padilla

Patty, a Manhattan resident, came to Alfred State undecided until she met a student in the Digital Media and Animation Department.

Emily SlaytonEmily Slayton

“I’m a girl working in what people think of as a man’s field, but I’ve never let that define me,” says the Avoca resident. “I found a lot of respect and support at Alfred State.”

Zach DiangeloZach Diangelo

In his automotive service technician major at Alfred State, hands-on learning is key. “You’re working on live customer vehicles and troubleshooting real problems. You’re out there figuring out what you need to do just like you would on the job. Hands-on learning and knowing the vehicles from the ground up makes a big difference.”

Roger O’TooleRoger O’Toole

“The college has the only four-year ABET accredited program, and it has affordable tuition and the highest quality instruction. I was really pleased with the product, and at the end of the day, if you’ve got something good and you’re offering it at a good price, it’s good for you and for everyone.”

Ryan DontohRyan Dontoh

The Dryden native is now employed as a senior build technician at Local Motors, Inc. out of Phoenix, AZ, a company he established a relationship with while taking part in the Fireball Run competition as an Alfred State student. Also, joining the Psi Delta Omega Fraternity and the Emerging Pioneers Leadership Program (EPLP), he says, helped make him into a leader.

Jordon WilliamsJordon Williams

After completing his service in the Marine Corps, Jordon Williams began researching colleges to attend. His search ultimately brought him to Alfred State.

Bill BucknerBill Buckner

When former Army Master Sgt. Bill Buckner decided to attend college to learn building trades, he wanted some hands-on work, rather than sitting in a classroom all day, so he chose to earn his degree at Alfred State.

Mary HuntingtonMary Huntington

Mary Huntington has had a strong presence at Alfred State and the nearby community since 1964, when she became first lady of the college after her husband, David, took over as the school’s seventh president. David Huntington, for whom the Huntington Administration Building on the Alfred campus is named, served as head of the college until 1986.

Lee BrastedLee Brasted

In his 30-plus years of working for Shell Offshore, a subsidiary of Shell Oil, Lee Brasted carved out an impressive and prosperous career as a world-class engineer. The success he enjoyed in this field was largely founded on the solid education he received at Alfred State. 

Tim & Debbie MooreTim & Debbie Moore

In 2014, the Moores made a donation to the college and a scholarship was created in their name. The Deborah and Timothy Moore Endowed Scholarship is presented to New York State residents who are 20 years or older, enrolled in the nursing program, and are in good academic standing with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

James KollerJames Koller

For more than 20 years, Koller voluntarily invested his time and efforts in the future of Alfred State, both as a College Council member and later as an original member and second chair of the Board of Directors for the Development Fund, the fundraising entity for the college.

Barbara BeckerBarbara Becker

Barbara's legacy at Alfred State can be found in numerous forms. She has purchased an alumni brick, as well as a bench and a perpetual garden in memory of her parents, Leo and Frances Becker, near St. Jude's Church, located on the Alfred campus.