April 2017

Former president Anderson honored with portrait in SLC

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 15:00

Dr. John Anderson doesn’t typically get surprised, but on his recent return to campus, the former Alfred State president couldn’t help but be pleasantly caught off-guard as he walked into the Student Leadership Center.

There, dozens of his former colleagues stood and applauded as he and his wife, Vivien, entered the room for what Anderson believed was an event to honor State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean. In reality, the assemblage of faculty, staff, students, community members, and friends of the college had all gathered to honor Anderson through the unveiling of a portrait of him that will permanently hang in the SLC.

Anderson was instrumental in the creation of the $33.5 million facility, and as current Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan noted, “We felt there was no better way to honor John Anderson than to have John Anderson forever in this building. We are grateful and honored to have you here today, John, and this portrait will be hanging in this building as a tribute to you.”

Also speaking at the ceremony was William Heaney, community liaison for Young’s office. Because Young, who provided support to the SLC project, was unable to attend the event, Heaney read aloud a letter from the state senator commending Anderson on his time as president of the college.

“John M. Anderson truly was a visionary for Alfred State,” Young said in her letter. “Together, we worked in partnership to accomplish many key initiatives, including the Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, the Physical and Health Sciences Building, and the Student Leadership Center. It was always a pleasure because he brought great tenacity and skill to the projects at hand.”

College Council Chair Patricia K. Fogarty said whether it was buildings, renovations, or new programs, Anderson was “always ahead of everyone else.”

“John Anderson was and remains a visionary,” she said. “And John, the walls of this building resonate with your energy and your vision. Thank you for being a part of us, thank you for all you have done for us, and welcome home, my dear friend.”

Anderson, who was president of Alfred State from March 2008 to March 2013, had also served in administrative roles at the college from 1991 to 2003, and as a professor of chemistry and physics for more than 11 years beginning in 1981. He stepped down as Alfred State president in 2013 to pursue the presidency of Millersville University of Pennsylvania, a post he intends to retire from on March 1, 2018.

Speaking during the portrait unveiling ceremony, Anderson said he was “very much surprised” to be honored, and thanked those in attendance.

“It’s great to see my friends and colleagues here,” he said. “There are a lot of people to thank, there are a lot of stories, a lot of ideas, and this (the SLC) was one of them. I can’t take all the credit for it. There are a lot of people in this room who worked to create this vision.”

During his remarks, Anderson shared some insight into the process behind the realization of the SLC, which includes leadership suites, a café, radio station, campus store, and space for student clubs and organizations to meet and strategize. He commended Sullivan, saying “Alfred State is in good hands,” and recognized a number of his former colleagues who were present.

“There are so many others I see in the room and I hope I get to say hi to you personally,” he said. “This is very humbling. I couldn’t have done anything in any of my roles without the support of Vivien, my partner, my lovely wife. Thank you, and thank all of you.”

President Anderson portrait unveiling.
Pictured at the unveiling of the new portrait of former Alfred State president Dr. John Anderson are, from left to right, College Council Chair Patricia K. Fogarty, Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan, Dr. Anderson, and former Alfred State first lady Vivien Anderson.


Students present community visualization project at statewide conference

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 15:00

Having devised a plan that outlines their vision for the future of Wellsville, four fourth-year Alfred State architecture students recently presented their work as part of a poster session at the 2017 New York Statewide Preservation Conference in Rochester.

The students who presented included Steven Carpenter, architectural technology, Tioga, PA; Kelsey Ayers, architectural technology, Leicester; Alexis Blair, architectural technology, Clifton Springs; and Amber Barnhart, architecture, Bovina Center.

The work focused on a project the students undertook last semester as part of Design Studio 5: Urban Design, in which they worked closely with residents and community leaders in the Allegany County village of Wellsville. The students produced a community visualization study to create a vision for the sustainability and growth of Wellsville, which was included in the village’s new comprehensive plan. Part of the study focused on the preservation and adaptive reuse of several buildings along Wellsville’s Main Street.

In addition to the final presentation, the nine-week project also included the completion of a Neighborhood Development Analysis to familiarize students with the village, a meeting with village officials midway through the project, and a public display of the student work at the Community Design Center gallery in downtown Rochester.

This conference is the only event of its kind in the New York State — a multi-day gathering for anyone involved in preservation and community revitalization.  It’s an opportunity to learn, network, and become inspired.

Students present work at statewide conference.
Pictured at the 2017 New York Statewide Preservation Conference in Rochester, from left to right, are Alfred State students Steven Carpenter, Kelsey Ayers, Alexis Blair, and Amber Barnhart.


Alfred State adds four-year criminal justice major

Posted Date: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 14:45

Students pursuing careers in law enforcement and public safety now have both two- and four-year degree options at Alfred State, with the recent addition of a Bachelor of Science (BS) in criminal justice. Classes for this new major begin in the fall 2017 semester.

The program provides graduates a solid foundation in the field of criminal justice, both its essential components and emerging areas, with a focus on leadership and applied learning. With strong preparation in conceptual knowledge, students gain practical experience in criminal justice, including the opportunity to complete either an internship or a lab-based criminal investigation course in their final semester.

The BS in criminal justice also provides basic knowledge in such contemporary areas of concern as terrorism, cyber security and private security administration, and community policing. Furthermore, the program has the flexibility to allow students to include a minor in such areas as information security, leadership, and psychology.

Graduates will be well-prepared to enter the criminal justice job market or pursue advanced education. Employment opportunities exist in law enforcement at the local, county, state and federal levels, and within correctional institutions, parole and probation departments, private security companies, homeland security, military policing and corrections, and police science organizations, among others. 

In order to prepare graduates for a wide variety of careers, the program emphasizes several areas within criminal justice, including:

·         ethical law enforcement practices

·         decision-making

·         community relations

·         working with diverse populations

·         public safety

·         criminal justice leadership and administration

Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “Alfred State is excited to now offer a four-year degree in criminal justice. This program allows for a natural transition from our two-year Associate in Science criminal justice major, and will well-prepare our students for careers in law enforcement and public safety. I thank everyone involved in the creation of this program.”

Dr. Kristin Poppo, provost, said, “Career opportunities have expanded in criminal justice. Alfred State’s programs provide students the ability to pursue traditional positions in law enforcement, as well as emerging fields such as cyber and homeland security. Alfred State is pleased to offer this new degree program at the associate and bachelor’s level.”

Dr. Robert Curry, dean of the school of Arts and Sciences, said, “We’ve seen a strong demand from students for a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, so we are very pleased the new BS program is starting this fall. Given the many career pathways for criminal justice graduates and the number of jobs nationally, we think this will be a strong, successful program.”

Dr. Mark Whitman, program coordinator, said, “The new criminal justice program provides a well-rounded practitioner for private security, public safety, and potentially federal agencies. This program is a blend of new technologies and meeting court standards.”

Alfred State is currently seeking approval to offer the New York State-certified “Basic Course for Police” beginning in the summer of 2018. Graduates of this course, operated as a police academy, earn official certification to begin working as a police officer in New York State. 

Students enrolled in the criminal justice Bachelor of Science major can work with their academic adviser to apply up to 12 credits toward required course work and potentially complete the baccalaureate degree in three-and-a-half years after successfully completing the Basic Course.

Forklift donation a boost to Alfred State program

Posted Date: Monday, April 24, 2017 - 08:15

Thanks to the support of partners such as SwiftLift, Alfred State is able to offer its students some very valuable educational learning opportunities, the latest of which comes through the donation of a Toyota electric forklift.

SwiftLift, a leading supplier of material handling solutions based out of Victor, donated the forklift to the college’s School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville to be used primarily in the two-year heavy equipment, truck & diesel technician program. The company had previously donated a Toyota propane forklift to Alfred State.

Steven Jacobi, assistant professor in the Alfred State Automotive Trades Department, said this sort of equipment opens up more job opportunities for students. He also noted how thankful the college is for its ongoing partnership with SwiftLift.

“With this electric forklift, we will be able to implement an electric curriculum for heavy-duty equipment, and introduce new job-based tasks,” Jacobi said. “We are excited to have and continue the partnership with SwiftLift for the additional educational opportunities they help us provide through their donations. Our students have an opportunity to gain more skills, which they will need in their career paths.”

Tom Edwards, owner of SwiftLift, noted that after attending two career fairs at Alfred State, he was very impressed with the quality of the college’s students.

“SwiftLift currently has two Alfred State graduates who have been excellent technicians,” he said. “We look forward to continuing to work with Alfred State students and faculty.”

The college program includes 1,800 hours of practical experience and classroom training designed to prepare students to enter the dynamic field of heavy equipment maintenance and repair. Students receive a strong foundation on all types of vehicles during their freshman year, followed by a year of concentration on trucks, bulldozers, earthmovers, farm tractors, and other diesel-powered equipment during their senior year.

Alfred State's new forklift.
A new SwiftLift forklift arrives on the Alfred State School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville. The tool will be used primarily in the two-year heavy equipment, truck & diesel technician program.


Auto Trades Dept. to host new driver awareness seminar, child safety seat inspection April 29

Posted Date: Monday, April 24, 2017 - 16:00

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebration of Alfred State’s Wellsville campus, the college’s Automotive Trades Department will be hosting a new driver awareness seminar and child safety seat inspection at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29 in the Senior Automotive Building.

Delivering the seminar will be Department Chair Kent Johnson and Associate Professor Eric Wilmot, who will speak about vehicle maintenance needs, such as how to check fluids and how to change a tire. During this time, the child safety seat inspection will be taking place in the same building.

“We’re excited to participate in the 50th anniversary celebration of the School of Applied Technology campus, and to also be able to provide these great opportunities to the public,” Johnson said. “It is essential that each new driver be aware of basic car maintenance, and that all child safety seats are properly functioning. We strongly encourage the public to attend.”

While the cost of the event is free, registration is required, and can be completed by emailing Johnson at johnsokw@alfredstate.edu.

Alfred State classes first began in Wellsville on Oct. 19, 1966. Since that time, the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. has owned and maintained the campus, having made more than $8 million in improvements over the years. The group is a private foundation representing faculty, staff, and friends of Alfred State dedicated to improving the college community through the support of educational programs.

New SUNY Chancellor is a proven educator and innovator

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 13:30
Dr. Kristina M. Johnson poses for professional photo
Dr. Kristina M. Johnson is appointed 13th chancellor of SUNY.

The State University of New York Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Kristina M. Johnson as the 13th chancellor of SUNY on April 24. Her distinguished career includes leadership roles in government, education, and innovation.

Johnson is a former Johns Hopkins University provost, and dean of Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. As US undersecretary of energy, she supervised advanced energy research. Her credentials as an innovator include contributions to create the technology behind 3-D glasses, membership in the National Academy of Engineers, and induction in the Inventors Hall of Fame.

“At Alfred State, we are excited to welcome Dr. Johnson as the new chancellor of SUNY, and look forward to assisting her initiatives,” said Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State. “We believe our pioneering work in development of bio-refinery technology is just one example of programs at our college that match Dr. Johnson’s interests in environmental sustainability, alternative energy, and innovation.”

“Throughout her distinguished career, Kristina Johnson has not only been a faculty member, administrator, and visionary in higher education but also a dedicated public servant, national energy czar, successful entrepreneur, and an acclaimed inventor,” said SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall.

“Dr. Johnson is a proven leader and innovator whose cross-sector experience and strong belief in the power of education will be a great benefit to The State University of New York,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “In academia, she has brought stakeholder groups together to create and implement strategic vision crafted at the hands of many. On the national forefront, she successfully managed and uplifted our country’s most advanced energy research. And as a former faculty member turned entrepreneur, time and again she has bridged the gap between higher education and business to create programs that prepare students for in-demand careers. The future of SUNY is indeed bright under the leadership of Dr. Johnson.”

“The State University of New York is a complex, captivating system like no other in higher education, and the opportunity to serve as its chancellor is the highest honor of my career,” said Johnson. “I look forward to building on the excellent foundation for SUNY that Gov. Cuomo, Chancellor Zimpher, and the Board of Trustees have developed in partnership with SUNY presidents, faculty, staff, and students as well as the communities they serve in every region.”

Johnson is the current founder and chief executive officer of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC, which develops hydroelectric generation facilities that provide clean energy to communities and businesses throughout the country. She was appointed by President Barack Obama as US undersecretary of energy and served as Johns Hopkins University provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Throughout her career, Johnson has been an advocate for women in leadership, advanced STEM and STEAM education, pioneered the creation of jobs through higher education-industry partnerships, established intensive research opportunities for students and faculty, and positioned leading institutions of higher education for greater success through the development of innovative strategic plans.

Johnson is an inventor and entrepreneur who holds 118 US and international patents. She became a member of the National Academy of Inventors and the National Academy of Engineering in 2016 and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, together with Gary Sharp, in 2015, for the development of polarization-control technologies that enabled high-quality 3-D movies and TV.

Zimpher will step down from the position in June 2017 after an eight-year term, during which she has positioned the university system as a national model through an unprecedented partnership with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Johnson’s appointment as chancellor is effective Sept. 5, 2017, at an annual state salary of $560,000. Interim leadership for the period between June and September will be appointed by the SUNY Board of Trustees at its June 21, 2017, meeting.

About the Bio-refinery Development and Commercialization Center:

As leaders in advanced manufacturing technology and bioprocessing science, Alfred State, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Applied Bio-refinery Sciences are developing the $14.2 million SUNY Bio-refinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC). This facility will be a research, commercialization, and product development resource for businesses and research institutions statewide and nationally. It will apply Hot Water Extraction bio-refinery technology to manufacture forest resource-based bio-products, including commercial fiber packaging, green compostable/biodegradable plastic, cellulosic nano materials, platform bio-chemicals, food additives, advanced technology biomaterials, high-tech wood products, and biofuels.

Online healthcare management program now offered

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 11:45

Earning a bachelor’s degree as a working adult can sometimes be a challenge, especially for those employed in a health-related field.

That’s why Alfred State’s new healthcare management program allows a student to build on their associate degree to complete a bachelor’s degree 100 percent online. This new degree completion program is designed for professionals who want to enhance their skills for promotions or additional employment opportunities.

Mark Amman, program coordinator and chair of the Physical and Life Sciences Department, explained that the Bachelor of Technology in healthcare management is a flexible, online, upper-division program designed to allow a student or working professional who has earned an associate degree (AAS, AA, or AS) in a health-related area (or at least 60 credits toward such a degree) to complete a bachelor’s degree.

“Interested individuals are those who may currently be working in a laboratory, radiology, records, occupational therapy, surgical technology, paramedic, or ultrasound setting and are seeking advancement into management or administrative positions,” he said. “The program emphasizes the development of managerial skills through a set of core courses and a wide array of electives delivered in 7.5-week sessions.”

Electives include options in nursing, business administration, accounting, technology management, biology, marketing, health sciences, human services, and psychology. This degree will also provide an opportunity for students to continue their education toward an MBA to become a chief nursing officer (CNO), chief executive officer (CEO), or chief operating officer (COO).

Occupational opportunities for graduates of the program include health-related managerial positions in medical and health services departments, public relations and fundraising, administrative services, and training and development.

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “Our college continues to find ways to allow people the opportunity to advance their education and achieve their career goals. We are therefore delighted to now offer this flexible, online healthcare management major, and I thank everyone involved in its creation.”

Dr. Kristin Poppo, provost, said in hospitals across the country, successful employees are promoted into leadership positions with strong performance in their technical areas, but little experience in supervision, budgets, and the broader healthcare industry.

“In consultation with healthcare providers, Alfred State designed the healthcare management program to provide the skills and knowledge for technicians to be successful managers,” she said. “We are pleased to provide this program serving working adults to our region and state.”

Dr. Robert Curry, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, noted that the new Bachelor of Technology in healthcare management was developed with working healthcare professionals specifically in mind.

“The program is designed for maximum flexibility, with year-round short-term courses and multiple entry points,” he said, “and it will provide an excellent opportunity for those with a two-year healthcare-related degree to earn a four-year degree online.”

Local schools compete in Science and Technology Fair at Alfred State

Posted Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 09:15
Winners gather for picture
Pictured are the students who were awarded for their projects at Alfred State’s
18th annual Regional Science and Technology Fair. In the front row from left to
right are Elizabeth Przybyla, Gretchen Fitzsimmons, Gabriella Wilson, Jennie
Bensley, Zoe Tarun, Nicholas Gray, and Pasquale Picco. In the back row from left
to right are Christine Pagett, James Daley, Ronald Lott III, and Silas B. Cochran.

A number of amazing scientific projects were recently featured in Alfred State’s 18th annual Science and Technology Fair, as 107 students from 11 local schools competed for cash prizes.

Participating districts included Addison, Alfred-Almond, Arkport, Friendship, Hinsdale, home-school, Hornell, Pavilion, Portville, Prattsburgh, and St. Ann’s Academy.

Students were divided into three divisions, senior (grades 10-12), junior (grades seven through nine), and novice (grades four through six). Students presented their projects to the judges for a chance at the $1,590 in prize money.

Winners in the Senior Division included first-place winner ($250) Gabriella Wilson from Portville with “Affordable Filtrations: A True Life Saver,” second-place winner ($150) Christine Pagett from Portville with “Heating a Pool Using an Exothermic Reaction,” and third-place winner ($100)James Daley from Portville with “An Energy Source Out of This World.”

Winners in the Junior Division included first-place winner ($250) Elizabeth Przybyla from Hinsdale with “Heart Rate: Males vs. Females,” second-place winner ($150) Zoe Tarun from Alfred-Almond with “Do Drugs That Inhibit Wound Healing Also Inhibit Regeneration of Planaria?”and third-place winner ($100) Silas B. Cochran, a home-schooled student, with “Dragons are Real.”

Winners in the Novice Division included first-place winner ($50) McKenzie Calderwood from Prattsburgh with “Hydroponics at Home,” second-place winner ($25) Nicholas Gray from St. Ann’s Academy with “How Old Are Your Ears?” and third-place winner ($15) Jennie Bensley from Alfred-Almond with “Bread Mold Growth.”

The grand prize ($500) went to Ronald Lott III from Portville with “Genetic Engineering of Arabidopsis to Produce Serotonin.”

The Best Junior Division School winner was Hinsdale and the Best Senior Division School winner was Portville. St. Ann’s Academy was the Best Novice Division School winner. All winners received a graphing calculator, and the Senior and Junior winners were also each presented with a silver tray.

Each participant received a certificate of participation, and individual ribbons were presented to first-, second-, and third-place prize winners in all divisions. The Science and Technology Fair was sponsored by Otis Eastern Service, Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services (ACES), Perkin Elmer, Fisher Scientific, Wards, Alfred State’s Science Society Club, and the Physical and Life Sciences Department.