Three faculty and two staff members at Alfred State were recently honored with Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Professional Service, Classified Service, and Faculty Service.
David Hunt received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Matthew Ryan was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, Scott Bingham was presented with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service, and George “Joe” Richardson and John Santora were both named recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Each received a certificate and a medallion.
Hunt, an associate professor in the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Department, is known for his passion in teaching and for his dedication to students, who respect him for the wealth of information and support that he offers them. He makes the world their learning ground, as he provides practical and professional knowledge to them that they will need to be competitive in their field of study and work. His student strive to meet the challenges he presents them, and they do so willingly because of their regard for his abilities and intelligence.
As faculty adviser of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Club, Hunt attends all major club events, giving freely of his time on weekends and after class. He is also the faculty adviser to the Robotics Club, and has travelled with the club to regional and national competitions.
Ryan, the senior director of Residential Services, worked with the vice presidents of Academic and Student Affairs to pilot and chair the college’s first Academic Intervention Team. He also led the redesign of the room selection process in order to provide both group housing options and affinity living areas for upper-class students.
Furthermore, Ryan has enthusiastically embraced the campus’ emphasis on civic engagement. Examples of his involvement, both on and off campus, include supervising Alfred State students’ relief work at the Lion’s Camp Badger in Spencer; leading a relief trip to Binghamton to assist in the cleanup after Hurricane Sandy; co-organizing a donation drive for Johnson City flood victims, and serving as an active member of the Scio Lions Club.
Bingham, a lieutenant in the University Police Department, is a consummate professional and a highly skilled and dedicated police officer. As a lieutenant in a small organization, he is asked to perform every function of the department from clerical duties to executive/administrative duties. At times, Scott has prioritized his time – even when personally inconvenient - for the needs of the department, whether it be staying late to complete an investigation or switching to a completely different shift and days off for an extended period of time.
In addition to his role as a law enforcement officer, Bingham worked with a student to begin the Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club in 2009. Since then, he has built the team into one that consistently competes for first place in multiple divisions at the competitions they attend. This past April, he helped coordinate a large spring woodsmen’s meet called the “Northeast Woodsmen’s Conclave” that brought regional exposure to Alfred State.
Professor Richardson, the chair of the Building Trades Department, has served the college, SUNY, and the local community at a national and international level through numerous student and faculty projects. He has generously given his time and creativity to many in numerous ways, including as faculty adviser to the Solar Decathlon teams of 2013 in China and 2015 in California, and as interim dean of the School of Applied Technology for two separate time periods.
He also was instrumental in moving a Buffalo Billions initiative forward, worked extensively to help make green energy technology training available in the region, had extensive involvement in continued efforts to fund construction of the School of Applied Technology Workforce Development Center, and coordinated the construction of the Alfred State Zero Energy House to be certified as· an Energy Star Home and green building.
As a professor and chair of the Culinary Arts Department, Santora seeks to inspire students to perform at levels that are higher than what is required to meet current standards. Drawing on his personal expertise in the culinary arts, he has consistently involved his students in a variety of community projects that bring their class lessons to life.
Santora’s efforts have been recognized with awards in community service and in multiple articles in trade publications and in the regional press. His excellence in areas of specialization have led to television appearances that in tum provide inspiration to his students. He was recognized for his many accomplishments with a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2005.
Two Alfred State faculty and staff members were honored recently with a Leadership through Civic Engagement Award.
The award is presented annually by the College Council to acknowledge students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have led or initiated exemplary academic and/or co-curricular initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to engaging in the community— locally, nationally, or globally — through service, volunteerism, activism, politics, and much more. This year’s recipients were Debra Burch, associate professor in the Culinary Arts Department, and Jason Cronin, senior staff assistant and head baseball coach in the Athletics Department.
Burch has demonstrated leadership by inspiring students, colleagues, and community members to support local disabled veterans. During the fall 2015 semester, Burch arranged for retired US Army Brig. Gen. Arthur Austin Jr. to speak at a Veteran’s Day ceremony. His visit launched a fundraising campaign for the LEEK Hunting and Mountain preserve - an organization that offers programs to wounded and disabled veterans.
Burch mobilized the efforts of 17 baking program students over several days to prepare bread, rolls, doughnuts, and other baked goods for the college sponsored bake sale. Furthermore, she arranged the visit for the Culinary Arts staff and student participants to the LEEK Preserve on Dec. 4 and presented the nearly $3,600 donation received through the bake sale. This campaign raised awareness and funds and exemplifies how college community members utilize their skills and gifts to support a larger cause.
Cronin has developed a culture of civic engagement among the approximately 30 members of his team through example and action. He directs and inspires his team to take part in many local and regional community projects, setting an ambitious goal of 300 community service hours. The team regularly participates in the Celebrate Service Celebrate Allegany day of service each fall and has partnered with New York Special Olympics, the Alfred Box of Books Library, the American Red Cross, and the Bath Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
The squad assisted Chemung County Habitat for Humanity with construction of the Elmira Habitat home in November 2015. They even took time out of a busy tournament schedule during the 2016 spring break to support the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan recently presented four members of the college faculty and staff with the college’s Pioneer Award.
Recognized at the college’s employee recognition banquet were: Steven Scott, Andover; Mark Amman, Andover; Travis Armison, Fillmore; and Alyshia Zurlick, Alfred Station. Each received a certificate and a monetary gift.
The Pioneer Award acknowledges those who have demonstrated commitment and dedication to the college mission and goals, have made contributions that have had meaning and measurable positive impact on college operations, are seen as positive role models and show creativity and initiative, and have shown a consistent level of exceptional performance throughout their employment.
Scott is indeed a true asset to the Alfred State family and Facilities Services. While on the grounds crew, he would be seen plowing, shoveling, or mowing from the early morning till the end of each day. Now that Scott is a maintenance assistant in the Building Maintenance group, he stays busy on work orders or on special project teams. Most recently, he has been a very important member of the team who built the new Residential Life offices in the Townhouse Commons Building.
Amman has long demonstrated a strong commitment to his colleagues, his department, and the college in a variety of roles, and his energetic program development over the past two years has set a new standard for high performance at Alfred State. In addition to completing his regular administrative work as chair of the Physical and Life Sciences Department, Amman has managed the development and approval of three new academic programs: health sciences, radiologic technology, and diagnostic medical sonography. Though these new programs were the creation of many hands, Amman has provided exceptional initiative and leadership in coordinating and directing work, keeping various teams on task, and ensuring each step is completed within the necessary time frame.
Armison has been an amazing addition to the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department. As an instructional support assistant, he is not only knowledgeable about a variety of animal species, both large and small, he is a willing teacher, dedicating many hours during and after class to assure both agriculture and veterinary technology students understand management, husbandry, handling, and breeding techniques for multiple species. Armison has also instituted a Collegiate Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter at Alfred State that has brought FFA members from almost every curriculum on campus back to their FFA roots. When Armison is not helping with a lab or prepping for another lab, he also manages all the student work blocks at the farm.
Zurlick has shown her commitment to the college in many ways, including implementing the Emerging Pioneer Leadership Program, which has led to a leadership academic minor within the Business Department, enabling leadership development to supplement the skills and knowledge being developed across the curriculum. In addition to being the assistant director of the Office of Student Engagement, she has taken on the role of adviser to Delta Chi Omega sorority and has been a great role model to the young women. Zurlick has guided them in leading Project Prom Dress, which collects prom dresses, accessories, and cash donations for area teenage females in need. She has also voluntarily mentored many students through her various roles.
Recipients are nominated by their peers and selected by the Reward and Recognition Committee.
The Print and Mail Services Department at Alfred State recently received an honorable mention in the Cross Media category in the Association of College and University Printers 2016 print competition, held April 2-6 in Cincinnati, OH.
Specifically, the department was honored for the use of variable data in the college’s Orientation program.
“This award is special because it shows how nimble, creative, and effective we must be to produce materials with the highest standards competing against very large institutions,” said Catherine Chambers, director of Print and Mail Services. “Alfred State is fortunate to have highly-skilled creative and technical staff who made this award possible.”
The achievement marks the second straight year Print and Mail Services has been awarded in the print competition. Last year, the department won a first-place award for quality and uniqueness for the Alfred State personalized viewbook, and an honorable mention under the “Best Digitally Printed” category for the Alfred University MostArts Festival brochure.
The Association of College and University Printers is a non-profit organization that was established to promote communication, training, and educational opportunities within the higher education in-plant printing and mailing industry, according to its website, http://www.acup-edu.org/.
Print and Mail Services provides document and distribution solutions to the campus community, including the production and management of all printed materials related to student recruitment, admission decisions, scholarship awards, academic warnings, etc. The award-winning, state-of-the-art Print and Mail Services facility at Alfred State is a key component of SUNY’s shared services initiative.
The Community Design Center of Rochester, the region’s only non-profit, citizen-driven organization dedicated to promoting healthy, sustainable communities, recently appointed two new members to its Board of Directors, including Alfred State Professor of Architecture William Dean, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP.
Dean, a registered architect, has been a faculty member at Alfred State since 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree and Master of Architecture from the University at Buffalo.
At Alfred State, Dean founded the fourth-year Urban Design Studio, which promotes student civic engagement as a means of helping communities in the Rochester area and New York's Southern Tier visualize potential solutions for revitalizing their neighborhoods and business districts.
Speaking about his appointment to the board, Dean said, “Alfred State’s Department of Architecture and Design has enjoyed a great working relationship with the CDC Rochester for over 12 years. I am honored to serve on the board, and give back to an organization that has provided so many service learning opportunities for me and my students over the years.”
Prior to joining the college, Dean practiced with several firms in the Rochester area that specialized in residential, commercial, and health care design. He also maintains a consulting practice focused on helping clients plan for creative and sustainable improvements to their living and working environments.
Dean's applied research interests include issues related to new paradigms of professional practice, and community design and development through the work of the Urban Design Studio and the Southern Tier Architectural Resource Center.
His community and professional services span numerous activities in the region, and he has participated in many CDC Rochester projects. Dean has been designated as an Appalachian Teaching Fellow by the Appalachian Regional Commission and received the Alfred State College Council's Award for Leadership through Civic Engagement in 2013.
In addition to Dean, the CDC Rochester also appointed Monica C. McCullough, Esq. to its Board of Directors. McCullough is the president of MM Development Advisors, Inc., which specializes in providing comprehensive real estate development, community development, and general administrative advising to not-for-profit organizations and mission-focused, community-oriented private companies.
Alfred State recently announced promotions for faculty and staff.
Included among those receiving promotions for the college and Office of the President, with their new titles, are Dr. Craig Clark, Alfred, vice president of Economic Development; Heather Mark, Bath, secretary 1, Office of the President; and Dr. Kristin Poppo, Alfred, provost.
Those promoted in the Division of Academic Affairs, with their new titles, are Travis Armison, Fillmore, instructional support associate, Agriculture and Veterinary Technology; Dr. Alex Bitterman, Buffalo, professor, Architecture and Design; Tammy Brackett, Andover, professor, Digital Media and Animation; Pamela Brandes, Wellsville, secretary 2, School of Applied Technology; Valerie Calderon, Cuba, secretary 1, Mathematics and Physics and English and Humanities; Benjamin Cawley, Bolivar, lead programmer-analyst, Technology Services; Gordon Cook, Wellsville, instructional support associate, School of Applied Technology; Casey Cowburn, Andover, academic adviser, Student Success Center; Lucinda Croston, Andover, secretary 1, Business; Kathleen Ebert, associate vice president, Academic Affairs; Marsha Goodwin, Troupsburg, secretary 1, Digital Media and Animation, Architecture and Design, and Computer and Information Technology; Kera Mariotti, Wellsville, associate professor, Civil Engineering Technology; Krystal Perlman, Hornell, senior staff assistant, Technology Services; Jacob Perry, Springville, assistant professor, Culinary Arts; Ricky Richards, Wellsville, instructional support technician, Technology Services; Nicole Schroeder, Hornell, secretary 1, Student Success Center; and Deena Smith, Almond, secretary 1, Civil Engineering Technology, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology, and Computer and Information Technology.
Pictured, sitting, from left to right, are Benjamin Cawley, Pamela Brandes, Nicole Schroeder, Valerie Calderon, Marsha Goodwin, and Krystal Perlman. Second row, from left to right, are Kathleen Ebert, Jacob Perry, Kera Mariotti, Deena Smith, Tammy Brackett, Travis Armison, and Alex Bitterman. Back row, from left to right, are Ricky Richards and Casey Cowburn.
Receiving promotions in Administration, Advancement and Enrollment, with their new titles, are Darlene Fox, Whitesville, janitor, Facilities Services; William Greene, Andover, maintenance assistant mechanic, Facilities Services; Ryan Maloney, Holland, office assistant 2 (keyboarding), Student Records and Financial Services; Raymond Mullen, Bolivar, SUNY campus worker, Facilities Services; Karl Perkins, Andover, motor equipment mechanic, Facilities Services; David Shultz, Hornell, plant utilities engineer 1, Facilities Services; Anna Shutt, Wellsville, office assistant 2 (keyboarding), Admissions; and Danielle White, Hornell, executive director, Institutional Advancement.
Receiving promotions in Student Affairs, with their new titles, are Erica Alger, Hornell, senior counselor, Health and Wellness Services; Matthew Heller, Hornell, chief of police, University Police; Nikkie Hockenberry, Hornell, chief diversity officer, Student Affairs; Anne Holmok, Alfred, senior staff assistant, Athletics; Spencer Peavey, Wellsville, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, Student Affairs; Patrick Smith, North Tonawanda, senior staff assistant, Residential Services; and Jeffrey Wilcox, Nunda, lieutenant, University Police.
Pictured, sitting, from left to right are Anne Holmok and Jason Cronin. Back row, from left to right, are Jeffrey Wilcox, Patrick Smith, and Matthew Heller.
Food truck mania will sweep over Alfred State this fall, ushered in by the arrival of “The Feast Beast,” the college’s first mobile dining venue.
Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan drove the Beast through the inaugural blue ribbon, Monday, June 13, signaling the arrival of the 24-foot truck. The Beast, which will serve exclusively on the Alfred State campuses and property, will offer signature sandwiches and hand-crafted burgers and salads. The food truck is owned and operated by Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc. (ACES), the not-for-profit corporation that provides dining services on campus.
“The multi-year renovation of the MacKenzie Complex has forced us to close one of the most popular eateries on campus,” explained ACES Executive Director David Sengstock. “We had to come up with a flexible solution that would fill the needs of students who will be looking for convenient dining choices. Our new food truck provides us the ability to be anywhere on campus and with the equipment onboard, we can serve a tremendous variety of menu items.”
The truck, designed by Custom Mobile Food Equipment, with graphics created by Lonowood Art Company, was available for tours at its debut. Students, faculty, and staff are already lining up for the opportunity to see and taste what “The Feast Beast” has to offer.
“My friends and I are so excited to jump into food truck cuisine,” said Kaitlin Johnson, a culinary arts major from Fredonia. “Even though it’s only June, I’m ready for August already. I loved the chance to see the inside of the truck before ACES started using it.“
“The Beast will really up the ‘fun factor’ for student dining,” said Denise Brownell, director of Dining Services. “We designed the truck for maximum flexibility because we want to be able to respond to student feedback and change menu items easily. ACES is confident that students are going to be excited when they see the food truck on campus.”
Students will be able to use their meal plan to dine from the food truck by purchasing a value meal option, or by using Dining Dollars or Campus Spending Account cash. Cashiers onboard will also accept cash and credit cards.
Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their years of service at the college.
Those employees honored for 35 years included Kathleen Bayus, Alfred Station, secretary 1, Marketing Communications; and Lawrence Perkins, Andover, grounds supervisor, Facilities Services.
Honorees received a college weather station and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.
Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their years of service at the college.
Those employees honored for 30 years included Andrew Bayus, Alfred Station, director of College Housing, Residential Services; Larry Drumm, Almond, motor equipment mechanic, Facilities Services; Roger Elias, Wellsville, general mechanic, Facilities Services; Patricia Lewis-Brownell, Wellsville, secretary, School of Applied Technology; and Deborah Neu, Hornell, secretary, Student Records and Financial Services.
Honorees received a college watch and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.
Pictured, sitting, from left to right, are Andrew Bayus and Patricia Lewis-Brownell. Back row, from left to right, are Deborah Neu and Roger Elias.
Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their years of service at the college.
Those employees honored for 25 years included Regina Boyd, Hornell, women’s basketball coach, physical education instructor, Athletics; Robert Bretzin, Portville, assistant professor, Computerized Design and Manufacturing; Steven Martinelli, Andover, professor, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology; Vanessa Stachowski, Belmont, nurse, Health and Wellness Services; Robin Torpey, Cuba, associate professor, Computer and Information Technology; and Choichiro Yatani, Alfred Station, professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Honorees received a college chair and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.
Pictured, sitting, from left to right, are Regina Boyd, Robert Bretzin, and Steven Martinelli. Back row, from left to right, are Choichiro Yatani, Robin Torpey, and Vanessa Stachowski.