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January 2014

Top 10 of 2013

Posted Date: Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 09:30

Top 10 of 2013Alfred State has made quite a few lists and earned some prestigious awards this year—from Cosmopolitan’s best colleges for meeting men to being named a best lifetime return on investment in the state. Here are just a few to ring in the New Year.

10. Alfred State’s agriculture and veterinary technology programs earned a spot on the 10 Top Large Animal Vet Tech Schools & Farm Animal Programs list from Catch up on all your Alfred State news here.


Local Colleges to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by Serving in the Community

Posted Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 09:15

Alfred State and Alfred University are partnering on a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

students paintingOn Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, Alfred State and Alfred University will be working together to host a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. This event will round out a week of programming in commemoration and celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. “We see this as an important way to keep Dr. King's legacy of service alive and make community involvement a part of our everyday lives,” said Jonathan Hilsher, director of the center for civic engagement at Alfred State. “We have already secured volunteer sites in about eight locations, with more projects anticipated. Students will be volunteering with libraries, non-profits, and faith-based organizations.”

Alfred State and Alfred University were also recipients of a New York Campus Compact 2014 MLK Collegiate Challenge Grant. Only a dozen schools in the state received the honor. Both institutions will use the funds to honor the life of Dr. King by reminding all Americans of their civic duty to serve and by helping members of the community to work together to solve common problems.

Contact Jonathan Hilsher at hilshejc@alfredstate.edu for more information and ways to get involved.


Alfred State Welcomes New Employees

Posted Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 14:15

Alfred State rings in the New Year with 15 new hires

As the new semester officially opens, Alfred State proudly welcomes 15 new employees.

New hires include, in Admissions, Chris Bouknight and Melissa Holland.

Chris Bouknight is a new admissions counselor. She has earned a master’s degree in higher education from Columbia College.

Melissa Holland is now in the position of international admissions counselor. She holds a master’s degree from Buffalo State College.

In the Document Center, Darcy Hill joins the college as a print systems technician. She was formerly employed at the University of Alaska Anchorage as lead document services technician.

Facilities Services has three new hires—Kathy Brown, Erica Brundage, and Jami D’Arcy.

Kathy Brown, of Canisteo, joins the college as a cleaner in the new Student Leadership Center.

Erica Brundage, of Wellsville, is a cleaner in the Physical & Health Sciences building.

Jami D’Arcy, of Scio, is now the assistant to the director of facilities operations/environmental health officer. She has a bachelor’s degree in general studies with a specialty in biology and chemistry from Alfred University.

The Farm Laboratory has hired two new employees—Virginia Chamberlain and Rachel Smith.

Virginia Chamberlain is the new farm manager. She holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine and a minor in dairy management from the University of New Hampshire.

Rachel Smith is now the assistant dairy herdsman. She earned her associate degree in animal science from Alfred State.

Tracy Tierney is the new director of the Learning Center. She holds a master’s degree in human services from the State University of New York at Oswego.

Student Records & Financial Services welcomes Laura Karns as a financial aid assistant. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in financial planning and an associate degree in business, banking/finance from Alfred State.

In Technology Services, Joseph Armstrong joins the college as client services manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Medaille College in computer information systems and an associate degree from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute in microcomputer systems management.

The School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology welcomes Kevin Tucker, the new instructional support associate for Architecture & Design and Civil Engineering Technology. He holds a post-baccalaureate teacher certification in technology education and a bachelor’s degree in environmental design with a minor in architecture from the University at Buffalo.

The School of Arts and Sciences welcomes Jean Gonska, Timberly Shepard, and Tracy Tierney.

Jean Gonska is now an assistant professor of nursing. Jean holds a master’s degree in nursing education from Excelsior College.

Timberly Shepard joins the college as a lecturer in nursing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Roberts Wesleyan College and a diploma in nursing from St. James School of Nursing.

The School of Applied Technology has hired Mark Levine, of Cuba, as the new instructional support assistant in Computerized Design and Manufacturing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in media art and animation from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and an associate degree in humanities/psychology from Jamestown Community College.


Two Western New York Colleges Put Civic Engagement into Action

Posted Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 14:15

Alfred State and Alfred University partnered on a day of community service last weekend in remembrance of a great civic leader

MLK Jr. Dream Week Day of ServiceOn Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, Alfred State and Alfred University students braved the cold for a good cause—heading out into the community in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy of social justice and civic engagement for their annual MLK Jr. Dream Week Day of Service.

“Students served in Alfred, Almond, Belmont, Wellsville, and Hornell,” said Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Alfred State. “Approximately 140 students, faculty, and staff participated in this event, including the Alfred State baseball team, Alfred University tennis team, and Greek organizations. President and Mrs. Sullivan also took time to lend a hand in the effort.”

College students, faculty, and staff worked on 16 separate projects, which included the Alfred Lions Club, food pantries, Wellsville Community Kitchen, Almond 20th Century Library, Allegany ARC, and buildings on both campuses. Volunteers painted rooms, made treats, visited with the elderly and disabled, cleaned and organized, and connected with local nonprofits.

“It was sincerely appreciated. Our school is now shining and sparkling,” said Carman Banzaca, executive director of the Alfred Montessori School. “The children and staff will be so thrilled.” This event rounded out a week of programming on both campuses in commemoration of the holiday and its namesake.

“Two of the most important outcomes of this event are the relationship building and fostering greater awareness of the challenges and opportunities in our larger community. I definitely see this day as a launching point for further civic involvement by our students,” Jonathan said.

Alfred State and Alfred University were recently awarded a New York Campus Compact 2014 MLK Collegiate Challenge Grant. Only a dozen schools in the state received the honor. Both institutions will collaboratively use the funds to honor the life of Dr. King by inspiring students to serve and helping members of the community to work together to address community challenges.


College Library Presents the Work of Artist Betsy Kent

Posted Date: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 15:00

The Hinkle Library at Alfred State will display watercolor and painted silk artwork by Betsy Kent during the month of February

silk painting by Betsy KentThe http://betsykent.weebly.com/.

The Hinkle Library Gallery is open during regular library hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fridays, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 1-7 p.m.; and Sundays, 1- 11 p.m.