March 2014

16th Annual SkillsUSA New York Post-Secondary Competition

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 09:00

Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology, Wellsville, will host the 16th Annual New York State Postsecondary (college level) SkillsUSA competition on Sat., March 29, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Competitions take place in automotive refinishing, automotive service, carpentry, commercial baking, culinary, electrical construction wiring, masonry, precision machining,technical drafting, and welding. Winners will compete in the National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo., in June.

SkillsUSA is a national organization with over 250,000 members from all 50 states and three U.S. territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands). The mission of SkillsUSA is to help its members become world-class workers and responsible citizens.

Alfred State to Hold 15th Annual Regional Science and Technology Fair

Posted Date: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 16:00

The 15th Annual Alfred State Regional Science and Technology Fair will be held Friday, April 4, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Orvis Activities Center gymnasium on the Alfred campus. The fair is open to students attending classes in grades four through 12 at private and public schools (or homeschools) located anywhere within Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Science and Technology Fair entries from regional students will be judged in the following categories: agriculture, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, computers, earth sciences, engineering, environmental science, forensic science, health, and medicine. Entries will be divided into junior (grades 7-9), senior (10-12), and novice (4-6) categories.

Each participant will receive a certificate of participation, and individual ribbons will be presented to first, second, and third prize winners in the novice, junior, and senior divisions as well as to the grand prize winner. School trophies will be awarded to those schools which, in the opinion of the judges, have made the best overall contribution(s) to the fair in the junior and senior divisions and to the school having the grand prize exhibit in the fair. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in both upper divisions; a grand prize will also be awarded.

Alstom Transportation, of Hornell, is sponsoring this year’s Regional Science and Technology Fair at Alfred State. Additional funding is provided by ACES (Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services—the campus dining, vending, and transportation provider), the Alfred State Student Senate, and the Physical and Life Sciences Department.

Interested students may email Amy Werner at, or visit Alfred State’s event calendar for more information.

Training for a Clean Energy Future

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 14:30

Alfred State is using part of its NYSERDA SUNYgreensNY $2.9 million clean energy training grant to prepare future renewable energy professionals. The college has earned three Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) recognitions for courses and instructors, including training provider accreditation for a photovoltaic (PV) and professional wind installation course and accreditation in its Electrical Construction and Maintenance Electrician program. Alfred State now boasts two certified master trainers, one IREC Certified Master Trainer in PV and one IREC Certified Master Trainer in small wind, and is the only IREC Accredited Training Provider in small wind installation offering college credit in the Eastern Region.

Students Request Building Materials for Alfred Community Garden

Posted Date: Friday, March 14, 2014 - 14:00

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Community Garden volunteersThe Alfred Community Garden and students from Alfred State’s Emerging Pioneer Leadership Program are asking the community to donate building materials for their garden toolshed project.

Alfred State Students Express Their Gratitude to Alumni Serving Overseas in the Military

Posted Date: Friday, March 14, 2014 - 16:00

As part of last month’s National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, students in Alfred State’s court reporting curriculum put a personal twist on the typical military care package, taking the time to prepare items exclusively for Alfred State alumni serving overseas.

Court Reporting care package“We were originally going to send our packages to the larger Operation Gratitude non-profit group; however, Sgt. 1st Class William Ernest, who works as a recruiter with the Army National Guard on campus and as a military science instructor for the ROTC, came up with this idea of sending our gifts straight to our own alumni,” said group advisor and court reporting instructor Danielle Green, an Alfred State alumna who hails from Wellsville. “We knew the men and women serving overseas would really appreciate that personal touch.”

“We have so many alumni who stay connected to the campus, so when Danielle brought the idea to us, it sounded like a great way to show our support and build our resumes,” said Emily Sallome, a senior court reporting student from Batavia.

Danielle and seven of her students worked long hours on this this Operation Gratitude-inspired project, which included soliciting funds for non-perishable food items, toiletries, warm clothes, and personalized thank-you cards. They were able to secure more than $160 worth of donated items from the community, the Alfred State Campus Store, and the Civic Engagement Office in time for National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, which ran Feb. 16 to 22, 2014.

Students were even able to purchase parachute paracord material with the funds and make their own version of the popular survival paracord bracelets to include in the packages. “Our students worked very hard on this project and they did a great job with the bracelets. It’s a complicated method. They tried to teach me how to do it, but I don’t quite have the hang of it yet,” Danielle said.

The students also gave out paracord bracelets and thank-you cards to former military and veterans on campus, including SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor James Grillo, a Marine combat veteran of Vietnam, the chairman of the Veteran’s Task Force at Alfred State, and an Alfred resident. Danielle says he was touched by the gift and wears his bracelet every day.

“It’s important for our overseas military to know people are thinking of them and care about the work they are doing,” Emily said. “These gifts are just a small ‘thank you’ for all they do for us.”

Admissions Staff Shoots for the Gold, Wins National Photo Contest

Posted Date: Friday, March 28, 2014 - 08:45

The Alfred State Admissions Office showed their pioneer spirit last month, entering into College Fair Registry’s national 2014 Admissions Staff Photo Contest and walking away with a first place win. “This contest was a good opportunity for the office staff to be creative and to engage the campus community in supporting Alfred State in a fun way,” said Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Deborah Goodrich. “It was an honor to receive recognition for the college on the national ‘stage.’ In addition, as the admissions office seeks to explore new recruitment territories, access to the College Fair Registry will be a valuable tool we can employ.”

Admissions Office contest photoCollege Fair Registry is an online, integrative scheduling community for college admissions departments looking to take their recruitment efforts to the next level by facilitating communication between admissions counselors and high school counselors as they plan and schedule upcoming school visits and college fairs across the nation. “Our service allows colleges to expand their recruitment schedule when traveling around the country,” said Membership & Fair Registry Coordinator Jenna Schebell, of College Fair Registry.

College Fair Registry’s annual Admission Staff Photo Contest is one more way colleges can increase their exposure and spark engagement with high school counselors, potential students, and the public—primarily through social media. “This is a week-long contest where the photo with the most votes wins,” Jenna said. The prize, other than bragging rights, was a free subscription to College Fair Registry’s service. At the end of the voting period, Alfred State took home the gold with 111 votes. This winning photo was taken by Alfred State digital media and animation student Elliot Maddox, of Islip.

“Votes were tabulated on Facebook with each person allowed one vote per day. This year we had eight colleges enter the contest to vie for a free membership. After five days of voting, in a last minute dash to the finish line, Alfred State prevailed as the winner of the 2014 Best Admission Staff Photo Contest. Their 2014 Sochi Olympics theme, ‘Alfred State Shoots for the Gold,’ was perfect timing for the contest and demonstrated the unique creativity of the staff.”