April 2015

Second annual soil pH clinic set for April 17-18

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 09:30

student Tyler Ross measures pH on a soil sample Students in the soils class at Alfred State will hold a pH clinic for the community from 3-6 p.m. Friday, April 17, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in room 103 of the Agriculture Science Building on the Alfred campus.

Community members are encouraged to bring up to four soil samples (sandwich bag-sized) for pH measurement and texture determination (approximate amount of sand, silt, and clay). Student and faculty advisers will be on-hand to assist community members in interpreting their results for specific garden or landscaping needs.

“Testing soil pH is important because pH values outside a plant’s preferred range can limit growth and productivity,” said Jessica Hutchison, lecturer in the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department. “Bringing a sample to the soil pH clinic is a fun, free way to get information about your soil and interact with students who are excited about putting their knowledge to the test.”

If unable to attend the event, community members are encouraged to drop off or mail samples to Jessica Hutchison, 123B Agriculture Building, Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, 10 Upper College Drive, Alfred, NY 14802. If mailing or dropping off samples, please ensure that samples arrive prior to the end of the event.

Contact Hutchison at HutchiJM@alfredstate.edu or 607-587-3616 regarding any questions.

Alfred State taking part in ‘It’s On Us’ campaign

Posted Date: Monday, April 6, 2015 - 10:30

Alfred State announces that it is participating in the "It's On Us" campaign.

The college began partnering with the White House and The Generation Project last semester for the campaign, which “promotes being an empowered bystander and sends the message that it is truly on all of us to help eradicate sexual violence on college campuses,” according to Nikkie Hockenberry, coordinator of Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX at Alfred State.

The college will screen the film "It Happened Here" April 13 at 6 p.m. in the Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center on the Alfred campus.

“We are incredibly pleased to be following up the screening with a question-and-answer session with producer Marjorie Schwartz Nielsen and one of the subjects of the documentary, Sarah O'Brien,” Hockenberry said.

Marjorie Schwartz NielsenNielsen began her professional career at the Nickelodeon network, producing non-fiction television for teenagers, and has been working with and writing for young audiences ever since. After associate producing documentaries for WNET and KCET, she spent the next 20 years writing feature films and original made-for-cable movies, and was a nominee for a Humanitas Prize.

She has worked with at-risk youth, starting with School on Wheels in Los Angeles missions and shelters, and created programs for Hollygrove Family Services, a non-residential facility for foster youth, and Art Division, a non-profit art school providing free classes, literacy programs, and resources for underserved youth in the Rampart district of Los Angeles.

Sarah O'BrienO’Brien, a Vanderbilt University student athlete who was a victim of rape, has mobilized other survivors and activists and staged events, such as Take Back the Night and The Clothesline Project, where she presented a list of demands to Vanderbilt deans that have led to a revision of Vanderbilt’s policies.

“This is a unique opportunity to discuss the film and a topic that is on the country's radar with two individuals directly responsible for the film,” Hockenberry said.

The event is free and open to the public.

Schools compete at Alfred State for 2015 SkillsUSA Postsecondary Championship

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 14:45

The 2015 SkillsUSA New York State Leadership and Skills Conference Postsecondary Championship, held mainly on Alfred State’s Wellsville campus, pitted 66 students from three schools against each other in one of the nation’s most prestigious showcases of career and technical aptitude Saturday, March 28. 

Schools competing this year included Alfred State, the State University of New York (SUNY) at Delhi, and the Culinary Institute of America. All competitions took place on the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville, except for Precision Machining, which was held on the Alfred campus. 

Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. The SkillsUSA state winners are eligible to compete in the 51st National SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, KY on Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25. More than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas. 

2015 SkillsUSA New York State Leadership and Skills Conference Postsecondary Championship winners

Winners from the March 28 championship, by competition, are as follows: 


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL:  Brennan Bastedo, Clyde (Alfred State)

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Camryn Berle, Deerfield (Alfred State)

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Ian Steltmann, Fairport (Alfred State) 


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Skylar Maricle, Morris (Alfred State)

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Bradley Mitchell, Lawtons (Alfred State)

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Nolan Wangelin, Holland (Alfred State) 


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Zachary Wood, Rome (Alfred State)

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Alexander Miller, Shinglehouse, PA (Alfred State)

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Kevin Kiefer, Greenville (SUNY Delhi) 


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Juliana Krajewski, Buffalo (Alfred State)

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Kaitlin Johnson, Stockton (Alfred State)

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Mikaela Shaw, Attica (Alfred State) 


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL:  Tabitha Walden, Buffalo (Alfred State)

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Mikala Highsmith, Buffalo (Alfred State)

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Brittany Hedgepeth, Buffalo (Alfred State) 


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Scott Erdman, Jeffersonville (Alfred State)

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Nicholas Nelson, Machias (Alfred State)

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Michael Woods, Attica (Alfred State) 


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Adam Hoy, Alden (Alfred State)

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: John Romani, Buffalo (Alfred State)

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Anthony Cangialosi, Rochester (Alfred State) 


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: James Haviland, Patterson (Alfred State) 

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Logan Pondolfino, Oneonta (SUNY Delhi)

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Dylan Robinson, Taberg (SUNY Delhi) 


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Adam Myers, Rome (Alfred State)

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Garrett Kunselman, Olean (Alfred State)

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Nicholas McIntyre, Jamestown (Alfred State) 


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Kerick O’Brien, Holland (Alfred State)

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Kody Wolfer, Wellsville (Alfred State)

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Andrew Sisak, Dansville (Alfred State)

Pictured in photo above: Two females (left to right): Mikaela Shaw (commercial baking) and Brittany Hedgepeth (culinary)
Males (left to right): Nicholas McIntyre (precision machining), Andrew Sisak (welding), Kevin Kiefer (carpentry), Dylan Robinson (masonry), Anthony Canagaliosa (electrical construction wiring), Nolan Wangelin (automotive service), and Ian Steltmann (automotive refinishing).

Cyber Defense Team finishes in third at NECCDC competition

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 10:30

2015 Alfred State Cyber Defense TeamCompeting against nine other colleges, the Alfred State Cyber Defense Team recently placed third at the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NECCDC), hosted by Syracuse University from March 20-22.

The 10 teams competing at the NECCDC this year were from Alfred State, Champlain College, Northeastern University, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse University, SUNY Buffalo, University of Maine, University of Massachusetts’ Boston campus, and University of New Hampshire. Alfred State finished behind only RIT and Northeastern University.

“Alfred State has been competing at the NECCDC since 2010 and was the only team that did not have graduate students, so a third-place finish is a remarkable accomplishment and further proves that Alfred State offers a top-tier cybersecurity and information technology education program,” said Coach Jim Boardman, assistant professor and chair of the Computer and Information Technology Department.

The Northeast region is one of 10 nationwide that hosts a collegiate cyber defense competition. According to the NECCDC competitors’ handbook, the event focused on the more operational task of assuming administrative and protective duties for an existing “enterprise” network. Teams were scored based on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services such as mail servers and web servers, respond to business requests such as the addition or removal of additional services, and balance security needs against business needs.

This year’s NECCDC winning team advanced to the national competition in April in San Antonio, TX. Regardless of how each team finishes, Boardman said, this is an outstanding and unique opportunity for students to hone their cybersecurity skills.

“It is truly a privilege just to be invited to compete,” he said. “In order to participate at the NECCDC, teams had to qualify at a pre-qualifier competition on Jan. 30. Fourteen teams competed at the pre-qualifier and only 10 were invited to compete at Syracuse University.”

Alfred State’s cyber defense squad consisted of Jeff Andolora, of Caledonia; Christopher Bishop, of North Tonawanda; Anthony Dahmane, of Bath; Matthew Gandron, of Saratoga Springs; Graig Gratton, of Buffalo; Conor Mitchell, of Binghamton; Dion Pezzimenti Jr., of Andover; Edward Swackhamer, of Brewerton; and Joseph Tomapat, of Middletown. All of the students are network administration majors, except for Andolora and Bishop, who are both majoring in applications software development.

Mitchell said the Alfred State team is proud to have competed.

“The NECCDC is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain relevant experience and learn to perform under pressure,” he said.

In addition to providing students with a fantastic opportunity to improve their cybersecurity skills, the NECCDC also allows prospective employers an opportunity to evaluate and interview student job candidates. Sponsors for this year’s competition included Amazon, Cisco, Akamai, Department of Homeland Security, Raytheon, Ford, Northwestern Mutual, Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance, SIG, EMC Corporation, Palantir, Goldman Sachs, Space and Naval War Systems Command, Veracode, Hewlett-Packard, and 780th Military Intelligence Brigade.

National information can be found at http://www.nationalccdc.org/ and regional information can be found at http://neccdc.net/wordpress/.

In photo above: First row, from left to right are Christopher Bishop and Matthew Gandron. Second row, from left, are Craig Gratton, Joseph Tomapat, Edward Swackhamer, and Dion Pezzimenti Jr. Third row, from left, are Conor Mitchell, Anthony Dahmane, Assistant professor and Computer and Information Technology Department Chair Jim Boardman, and Jeff Andolora.

Civil War exhibit on display at Hinkle Memorial Library

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 15:00

With April marking the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the Alfred State Hinkle Memorial Library is currently exhibiting first-edition paintings and collectors’ items representing various battles and soldier possessions.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs until May 1. It is in collaboration with Joseph Damrath, associate professor in the Business Department, and Dr. Spencer P. Annabel, who portrays 86th New York Medical doctor Maj. John Stearns Jamison during re-enactments throughout New York State and Pennsylvania.

According to Michelle Margeson, secretary to the library director, Damrath has supplied the items on display, such as era clothing, camp gear, and a musket complete with a bayonet and ammunition. Annabel contributed his artwork to the exhibit.

“The artwork is exceptional and the authenticity of the items on display is astounding,” said Margeson. “We’ve also provided observers with scholarly trivia and publications regarding Lincoln’s assassination and the Surrender at Appomattox. We’re very proud to have the opportunity to showcase such an important historical occasion. Thanks to the contributions of Prof. Damrath and Dr. Annabel, the exhibit will be a success.”

Ninety-six employers, 690 students turn out for spring career fair

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 15:45

Nearly one hundred employers from across New York State and the country were on-hand for a March 25 spring career fair at Alfred State to meet and connect with students.

According to Elaine Morsman, director of Career Development at Alfred State, this year’s number of registered employers, 96, broke the college’s previous record total, 73, set last year. Employers came from as far away as California and Texas, with several also coming from Rochester and Buffalo.

Careers for students on both Alfred State campuses were represented and several companies were recruiting for all majors, Morsman said. A strong focus was on the following fields: civil engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, architecture, architectural technology, information technology, computer engineering technology, business, financial planning, environmental technology, nursing, automotive technology, autobody technology, diesel technology, heavy equipment operation, welding, air conditioning and heating tech, drafting/CAD, electrical and construction maintenance electrician, machine tool technology, building trades, masonry, culinary, animal science, and agriculture.

representative from Lamb & Webster Inc. shakes hands with a studentPerhaps just as impressive as the amount of employers at the career fair was the number of students present: 690.

“After working with hundreds of students throughout the semester in résumé and interview preparation,” Morsman said, “it is truly satisfying seeing students dressed-to-impress with their resumes’ in-hand, networking with some of the biggest companies in the area and in the country.”

Morsman said the future looks very bright for upcoming graduates in middle-skills fields, which require more than a high school education, but less than a bachelor’s degree.

“I receive calls from employers daily asking how they can connect with our students,” she said. “Often these employers state that they have hired one of our graduates in the past and want to hire more just like them.”

She noted, “We see continual growth in our job-posting system and employer database, JobLink. The number of employer registrations has grown to 3,649 in less than five years, with 459 new employers registering last year alone.”

Paul Cody, project manager with LeChase Construction, said his company loves coming to Alfred State to interact with students.

“The students we have to choose from here seem to be a really good fit for our organization,” Cody said. “We usually end up with a pretty good caliber of students that we recruit.”

Tim Haefele, senior manager of technical support at Cisco Meraki, said he traveled from California to recruit Alfred State students.

“We’ve had great success in the past with some intern and full-time candidates who come in,” he said. “We really love the hands-on experience they get at Alfred State, from a networking perspective. They get their hands on switches, routers, do the lab work, and really get a lot of great experience. That allows us to not have to do much to train them. They come in and hit the ground running.”

Larry Benson, safety trainer for Dalrymple Gravel and Contracting/Chemung Contracting, said his company likes to hire Alfred State graduates because of the hands-on training they receive at the college. Dalrymple has been attending the college’s career fairs since they began more than 10 years ago.

“We’ve found out the students have got really good work ethics from going to school at Alfred State,” he said, “and they turn out to be all-around very good employees for us.”

In photo above: A representative from Lamb & Webster Inc., a farm equipment dealership, shakes hands with an Alfred State student during the college’s March 25 spring career fair.

Student-crafted marionettes on display, up for auction

Posted Date: Friday, April 10, 2015 - 11:45

Nicole Barber, a digital media and animation major from Rochester, dances with one of the marionettesFrom now through April 16, students in the freshman digital media and animation class at Alfred State are currently exhibiting and auctioning their marionettes featured in “The Puppet Show” at The Llewellyn Gallery, room 312 in the Engineering Technology Building on the Alfred campus. 

The puppets are hand-made from carved wood and mixed media, according to the students’ instructor, Sandra Berry Hover, adjunct professor in the Digital Media and Animation Department. Many different types of characters are displayed, she said, including dancing men, scary goblins, animals, a scarecrow, a spider, a merman holding a magic staff, and more. 

A silent auction of all the marionettes is held daily in the gallery from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will go toward purchasing equipment for digital media and animation students. 

Berry Hover said when making the puppets, her students use line and form combined with texture and color to create characters that move in real space. 

“The traditional use of puppets is play, and that is exactly what we have done – create the perfect toy,” she said. “At the completion of the project, as my students strung up their puppets for the first time, they were dancing and play-acting as they discovered the different movements of their marionettes.” 

Berry Hover said she partnered her students, so that two of them worked on a single puppet. 

“It was hard to decide who would get the puppet to keep,” she said. “I came up with the idea of a silent auction benefiting the department, which is very new and always in need of equipment. My students are really enjoying learning about putting on a gallery show and the excitement of the auction.” 

Bids on the puppets are being placed every day, she said, rising slowly by small dollars and cents. 

“Come and try to buy a puppet for your own enjoyment or to give as a unique gift,” she said. 

A closing party and final bidding will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the gallery. For more information, contact Berry Hover at berryss@alfredstate.edu.

Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. leases land for Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center to SUNY

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 14:30

Julie Hart, President Dr. Skip Sullivan, and Dr. Craig ClarkThe process of constructing a $5 million, 16,000-square-foot Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center on the Alfred State School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville took a big step forward recently.

The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. on Feb. 20 signed a contract that leases land on campus designated for the center to the State University of New York (SUNY) for 30 years. This move was required to allow the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program funds to be used to construct the building, according to Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology.

“We are also working with Empire State Development on the additional $500,000 for equipment in the building that was funded by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council process,” said Clark.

Julie Hart, president of the Educational Foundation, said of the lease-signing, “The Educational Foundation is pleased to be able to provide the land lease to facilitate the new Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center. This facility, on the Wellsville campus, will be integral to developing the skills needed in our region to support the growth and expansion of manufacturing, a major driver of our local economy.”

The center will be used to train welding technology and machine tool technology students in state-of-the-art sustainable practices in advanced manufacturing through efficient processes, including energy systems in the center. Other uses for the center include prototyping and assisting manufacturers in the development of new products and systems.

Clark noted the date for full occupation is currently planned for August 2016, with the move-in to begin in May 2016 after the spring semester has ended. Faculty members at the Wellsville campus are excited about the possibilities the new building will bring.

“There continues to be a great need for advanced manufacturing graduates, especially in welding and machine tool,” Clark said, “so the timing of this facility is great for students and the industries we serve.”

AIA Rochester Design Awards traveling exhibit on display at Alfred State through May 29

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 11:15

students in hall viewing AIA Rochester Design Awards traveling exhibitThe Department of Architecture and Design is pleased to welcome a traveling exhibit of 2014 American Institute of Architects Rochester Design Awards submissions.

The exhibit features the work of 12 architects and firms from the greater Rochester area and includes submissions by two Alfred State alumni, Erik Reynolds (BS in architectural technology, ’12) and Emily McCaffery (BS in architectural technology, ’05). Reynolds, an intern at SWBR Architects, won Honorable Mention for his submission in the Rochester Designers Unleashed Ideas Competition, and McCaffery, an architectural technician at Labella Associates, was part of a team that took the other Honorable Mention in that same category.

“The works include two-dimensional drawings, three-dimensional drawings, renderings, diagrams, and sometimes explanatory text,” said William Dean, professor and chair of the Department of Architecture and Design. “They’re nicely done and very visual.”

The work is on display in the Hall Gallery on the fourth floor of the Engineering Technology Building through May 29.

“Securing this traveling exhibit is part of the department’s effort to enhance our learning culture by exposing students to recent high-caliber works of regional architecture,” Dean said, “and was arranged through our close collaboration with the American Institute of Architects Rochester Chapter.”

64th annual Alumni Choral Concert Sunday, April 26

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 11:30

Alfred State will present its 64th annual Alumni Choral Spring Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26 in the Anthony C. Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center on the Alfred campus.

Groups performing will include “Voices,” the college’s student choral group directed by Linda Staiger; the Alumni Jazz Singers; and the Alumni Choir. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Alfred State Concert Choir Alumni organization was founded in 1957 and consists of alumni who performed as students under the direction of Anthony C. Cappadonia, who was the instrumental and choral director at Alfred State for 56 years. On April 29, 2012, the Anthony C. Cappadonia Auditoriumwas officially dedicated.

The auditorium will forever be a testament to the musical inspiration Cappadonia provided to all of his students during his many years of teaching and directing both instrumental and choral groups, as well as his continued relationship with alumni. Cappadonia passed away in February 2014, and the alumni continue to perform annual concerts in his honor.