Two Alfred State College students were recently named the recipients of a $300 scholarship from the New York State Engineering Technology Association Scholarship (NYSETA). Andrea Paul, Breesport, junior, architectural technology, and Adam Moss, Whitney Point, senior, mechanical engineering technology received the award based on their academic achievement and involvement in student activities, particularly those which promote technology.
Since the scholarship was instituted about 10 years ago, NYSETA has been very generous in recognizing ASC students and their accomplishments both in their technology curriculums and in participation in activities fostering technology. Of the nine scholarships given statewide this year, ASC is the only school to have two recipients. This has been the pattern for the last four out of five years.
On Thursday, April 26, 2007, 106 tons of gravel were brought to the Alfred State College campus to create a labyrinth, a unicursal (one continuous movement) path that provides a walker with a quiet, contemplative space where thinking can subside so that imagination and spirit can arise. A labyrinth's path circles slowly to the center and then flows back again to its beginning.
The Alfred State labyrinth is located in a quiet grassy space opposite TA Parish Hall and the MacKenzie residential complex. Once completed, it will be available for the use of anyone in the Alfred community.
Students, community members, and faculty/staff participated in moving and raking gravel to create the pathways. Additionally, many Alfred State students had already been involved in the early phases of its planning and construction. A surveying technology curriculum student first checked the property lines; an architecture class worked together to create the labyrinth design; and the surveyor translated it to the grassy surface. A landscaping class removed sod from the pathways in preparation for the gravel.
Funds for this project were provided by a college donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The labyrinth is intended to grow in beauty as contributions for small gardens, benches, pathways, and flowering plants arrive in the years to come.
Labyrinths are located in cultures around the world. In his book, Labyrinths: Ancient Myths & Modern Uses, (2001) Sig Lonegren states: "Labyrinths are amazing tools. They can work real magic--moments that bring worlds together. Invented in the mists of prehistory by a culture that functioned on quite different levels of consciousness than we do today, these magical single-path mazes can enhance the possibility of bringing together our analytical or rational mode of consciousness with our intuitive or spiritual levels of consciousness." (p. 9)
Students enrolled in the ornamental horticulture-landscape development program at Alfred State College recently participated in two major garden shows in the region. The first, GardenScape, is the annual garden show of the Greater Rochester Region, held in Henrietta earlier this semester. This show is produced by the GardenScape Professionals Association, a not-for-profit organization whose proceeds from GardenScape help benefit the association's many educational and public service efforts. Visitors to GardenScape are able to see the latest trends in landscaping and gardening. They are presented with an indoor garden paradise, its numerous ideas, and professionals on hand to help consumers get the greatest enjoyment and value from their outdoor environments. Pictured here, the "gardenscape" designed by the ASC students seen by the more-than 25,000 visitors to this year's show. Additionally, the landscape development students also participated in Plantasia, held in the Agri-Center of the Hamburg Fair Grounds. Plantasia exploded on to the scene several years ago as the showcase of the local green industry. Produced by the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association, Inc., Plantasia is considered to be one of the highest attended industry and consumer shows in Western New York. This year's theme was Plantasia Comes Home. ASC's talented landscape students, including Matt Buranich, Orchard Park; Matt Benson, Falconer; Phil Zanghi, Westfield; Mike Proctor, Jamestown; Merle Robbins, Arcade; Lisa Wellington, Arkport; Brendan McCay, East Hampton; Brigid Ludwig, Arkport; Scott Ray, Hornell; Joshua Pfeiffer, Holland; and Cassandra Schrauger, Alexander, again created a spectacular show with plants, flowers, rocks, pavers, and water. Plantasia is produced by the Western New York State Nursery and Landscape Association, Inc.
Alfred State College placed fourth in statewide competition during the New York State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges (NYSMATYC) Math Contest. Additionally, individual achievers included Colin Coon who placed eighth of 651 spring participants statewide, and Kyler Star placed 12th for combined spring/fall participants! He was awarded a software package at the Regional NYSMATYC Conference held in April.
The spring portion of the annual NYSMATYC Math Contest was held in March. A total of 651 students from 20 NYS two-year colleges entered the competition with 49 Alfred students participating.
The contest consists of 20 questions (puzzles) to challenge the mathematical creative thinking skills at the pre-calculus level of mathematics. Participants are permitted the use of calculators but creators of the contest make every effort to create contest questions that test conceptual knowledge rather than calculator dexterity.
Each participating two-year school submitted the names and original answer sheets of students having the five highest scores for team competition. This spring the ASC team members were Colin Coon, Trumansburg; Kyler Star, Prattsburg; Paul Congdon, Bath; Dustin Falkner, Gainsville; Angela Corby, Horseheads; Sung-Ji Kim, Korea; and Tim Riehlman, Homer. All Alfred State team members placed in the top seven percent of the 651 college participants. Hudson Valley Community College was team champion for the spring event.
Rounding out the top 10 scores for Alfred State were William Hull, Anthony Wronka, and Daniel Brown.
The contest will take place again during the fall semester in early October 2007 and again during the spring semester in early March 2008.
Local contest coordinator, Elaine Nye, associate professor, and other faculty of the Mathematics/Physics Department thank all those who participated and congratulate those whose efforts aided Alfred in attaining the rank of fourth in the state.
Why would a bright, city kid (that is, the city to end all cities-NYC) want to attend Alfred State College when the world was open to him?
The answer is-well, honestly, he wouldn't.
Four years ago, Justin Shea, Brooklyn, a graduating senior in Alfred State College's baccalaureate-level architectural technology program, reluctantly accepted an All-American scholarship to attend school in Happy Valley. It wasn't his first choice, but after attending an Open House program and having a lengthy one-on-one conversation with Terry Palmiter, assistant professor, Computer Imaging and Architectural Engineering Department, Justin decided to give ASC a chance.
Orientation activities further added to Justin's budding love of the college and its small-town setting.
Little did he realize in those first few weeks that Alfred State would dramatically impact his life and his career.
Justin says that during his first year at ASC, he wasn't as involved as he was later to become. Once he started joining his classmates and peers, he became an ardent supporter of the school and its programs. Throughout his four years at Alfred State, Justin has become a student ambassador, giving tours of campus to prospective students; joined the International Club and the Architecture Club; and worked as a resident assistant for four semesters. He also enjoyed community service while at the college, most especially, helping out Hurricane Katrina victims in Biloxi, MS, as part of the College's relief efforts.
Locally, Justin was a grand success-well-rounded both academically and socially.
But, Justin wanted more. And even though ASC is not known as a school with an abundance of study abroad opportunities, Justin was determined that he would spend a semester abroad. An avid computer user, Justin located Denmark's International Study Program at the University of Copenhagen, where the courses he registered for would be compatible with the ASC program and would count toward his degree.
But Justin learned more than architecture while he was in Denmark. Prior to his spring semester 2006 departure, Justin went online and found a free computer course (15 chapters) where he studied, and learned, Danish to prepare himself for his European adventure. Once he got there, he and his bi-lingual Danish roommate, by mutual agreement, spoke only Danish "at home" so Justin could perfect his accent and inflections and increase his vocabulary.
Justin was also assigned a Danish "family" with whom he visited for meals and acculturation. That family became so important to Justin, in fact, that he visited with them during his semester break last December.
Not only did Justin manage to visit interesting sites in Denmark, but he also managed a visit to Rome where his twin sister was studying! Additionally, Justin traveled to Russia where he attended a conference at Moscow State University to discuss world political issues with a panel of international students and even ran into a student he'd met while he was in Biloxi! Justin managed to sightsee there as well as in Finland, Sweden, and France.
The courses were challenging, but Justin enjoyed his Danish experience and returned to Alfred State College ready to complete his senior year and begin his career.
Then Justin learned that Denmark's International Study Program offers teaching assistantships to a select few applicants. Justin threw his hat in that ring, meeting the eligibility requirements (must be an alumnus of the program, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and possess a bachelor's degree) and writing a winning essay! The catch: there was only one position available. And Justin got it!
So, for the next 15 months, Justin will serve as an architecture and design program and teaching assistant in a studio-based architecture program at the University of Copenhagen's International Study Program.
Ultimately, Justin would like to settle in his home of New York City, but before that day comes, he intends to earn a master's degree, travel, and continue doing those things he enjoys.
These days, Justin has only glowing comments about his ASC alma mater. "The faculty are genuinely interested in the progress and success of their students," he says. "The level of caring" of the faculty and staff is "beyond what I expected," Justin adds.
Justin also credits his family (Mr. and Mrs. John T. Shea, Brooklyn, and sister Diane) for their unstinting support and encouragement along the way. This Bishop Ford High School (Brooklyn) graduate is taking the world (literally!) by storm.
Alfred State College employees brought their children to the workplace during the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day, April 26. Employees were invited to bring not only daughters and sons, but also grandchildren, nieces, and nephews between the ages of nine and 15. Participants took part in interactive learning activities, including career exploration; community service; job shadowing with the parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle; a campus tour; and some fun and games. A complimentary lunch was provided for the children by ACES, the colleges dining and vending corporation. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day is designed to expand opportunities for girls and boys, expose them to what adults in their lives do during the work day, show them the value of their education, and give them an opportunity to share how they envision their future. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day program was founded by the Ms. Foundation for Women to create an opportunity for girls and boys to share and communicate their expectations for the future. Pictured here,
Kathy Bayus, administrative assistant, Office of Communications, and son Levi, learn about wellness from Lisa Yates, assistant professor, Nursing Department.
Alfred State College employees brought their children to the workplace during the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day, April 26. Employees were invited to bring not only daughters and sons, but also grandchildren, nieces, and nephews between the ages of nine and 15. Participants took part in interactive learning activities, including career exploration; community service; job shadowing with the parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle; a campus tour; and some fun and games. A complimentary lunch was provided for the children by ACES, the colleges dining and vending corporation. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day is designed to expand opportunities for girls and boys, expose them to what adults in their lives do during the work day, show them the value of their education, and give them an opportunity to share how they envision their future. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day program was founded by the Ms. Foundation for Women to create an opportunity for girls and boys to share and communicate their expectations for the future. Pictured here, children are enthralled by Jeff Stevens, assistant professor, Electrical/Electronic Service Department, while he demonstrates the properties of electricity.
Alfred State College honored more than 250 students for their academic success and honored distinguished faculty members for excellence and commitment at its annual Honors Convocation. Chosen this year for the Freshman Advocate of the Year Award, presented at the ceremony, and sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, was Sarah Spencer, instructional support assistant, The Learning Center, herself a "freshman" at the college.
The award is presented to the employee at Alfred State College who had a most positive influence on a student's freshman year at the College. Spencer was cited by her nominator Jennifer Lorow, Angelica, liberal arts and sciences/humanities, as a "wonderful listener, mentor, supervisor, and friend who lights up a room with her smile and her energy." Announcement of the award was made by Dr. Steven J. Tyrell, vice president for student affairs. Pictured here, Spencer, receives her award from Tyrell while ASC Interim President Dr. John B. Clark and Janette Thomas, director, the Learning Center, look on.
Alfred State College student academic achievement was celebrated April 28 during the 23rd annual Honors Convocation. ASC Interim President Dr. John B. Clark welcomed the gathered students, families, faculty, and friends and congratulated them on their achievements.
Keynote speaker Michael Ronan, associate professor, Automotive Trades Department, addressed the students, describing to the audience "the face of a scholar." Using three or four specific examples of students who were being honored on Saturday, Ronan illustrated that no matter what students study, how they look, or where they come from, everyone has an opportunity to succeed, not only at Alfred State College, but throughout our wonderful nation.
Ronan, who joined the Alfred State faculty in 1985, has served the campus community through his involvement in Faculty Senate where he has served as Senate chair and vice chair; he served as UCT (University Colleges of Technology) governance chair on the statewide University Senate; he was the faculty representative on the Alfred State College Council; he is the regional conference college coordinator for Skills/USA, and he is the faculty adviser for Sigma Tau Epsilon, the School of Applied Technology honor society.
Prior to joining the ASC faculty where he specializes in instruction in the drive train area, Ronan owned and operated Tri-County Transmissions, Yorkshire; he also worked at Four Car Garage and Olde English Garage, Burlingame, CA, as a Rolls-Royce mechanic.
His professional affiliations include the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association, WNY State testing proctor; the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence Certification exam test-writing team.
Ronan has been the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, the ASC Pioneer Award, a two-time winner of the Alumni Teacher of the Year Award, and the president's Advisory Council on Excellence Award.
Ronan holds a bachelor's degree from SUNY Fredonia; he attended Georgetown University School of Law. Ronan also attended Skyline Community College, taking courses in the auto trades.
Another facet of the ceremony was the presentation of the State University of New York (SUNY) 2007 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence to winners Wendy Simpson, Binghamton, and Adam Wilczak, Lancaster. The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized, for the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, or career achievement. Announcement of the award was made by Dr. Steven J. Tyrell, vice president for student affairs.
Simpson, an architectural technology major, is a Dean's List student and active member of the Alfred State Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa, Tau Alpha Pi, and is a Presidential Scholar. Wendy is also actively involved with Student Senate as vice president and finance chair; president and past vice president of the Women in Non-Traditional Studies (WINS) Club; and treasurer of the Architecture Club. Wendy is a tutor and proctor in the math lab.
Wilczak, an interior design major, serves as a resident assistant, Student Senate representative, and contributing photographer of the student newspaper and yearbook. Adam is the co-vice president of WINS and is involved in community service and outreach including volunteer work with Adopt-a-Family. Adam is a Dean's List student and recipient of several scholarships.
Additionally Tyrell presented the Freshman Advocate Award, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, which is given to the employee at Alfred State who had a most positive influence on a student's freshman year at the College. This year's winner, Sarah Spencer, instructional support assistant, The Learning Center, was cited by Jennifer Lorow, Angelica, a liberal arts and sciences/humanities major, as a "wonderful listener, mentor, supervisor, and friend who lights up a room with her smile and her energy."
Pictured here, Alfred State College Interim President Dr. John B. Clark, center, is flanked by other members of the stage party, l-r: Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, vice president for Academic Affairs; Ronan; Lawrence ("Ed") Burns, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, and longest-tenured faculty member who served as grand marshal; and Rev. Daniel P. Callahan, S.A., vice president, Mission Services, St. James Mercy Health System, who gave the invocation and benediction at the ceremony.
Two Alfred State College graduating seniors were named State University of New York (SUNY) 2007 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence winners. Wendy Simpson, Binghamton, and Adam Wilczak, Lancaster, were honored at a reception in Albany in April where they each received a commemorative certificate and a medallion suitable to be worn at commencement and other special events.
Wendy Simpson, an architectural technology major, is a Dean's List student and active member of the Alfred State Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa, Tau Alpha Pi, and is a Presidential Scholar. In addition, Wendy is actively involved with Student Senate as Vice President and Finance Chair; president and past vice president of the Women in Non-Traditional Studies (WINS) Club; and treasurer of the Architecture Club. Wendy is also a tutor and proctor in the math lab.
Adam Wilczak, an interior design major, serves as a resident assistant, Student Senate representative, and contributing photographer of the student newspaper and yearbook. Adam is the co-vice president of WINS and is involved in community service and outreach including volunteer work with Adopt-a-Family. Adam is a Dean's List student and recipient of several scholarships including the Ralph B. Harmon Memorial Scholarship for Academic Distinction.
"The recipients of this year's awards have excelled academically, and, in many cases, far exceeded even their own expectations in their pursuit of higher education and community involvement," said SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan at the ceremony. "The Chancellor's Award for Excellence is given to the best and the brightest students across the SUNY System. I am pleased to see so many recipients this year from nearly all of our campuses. I commend the campus presidents and their faculty and staff for discovering and enhancing student excellence throughout the year."
The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized, for the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, or career achievement.
The awards are given out annually to students who earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.78 or higher (out of a possible 4.0) and who record a significant contribution to their campus or local community. Two hundred eighty-three college students from SUNY campuses were presented with the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence in 2007.
Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary members of their college communities who are graduating. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor's Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.