April 2017

Dean, Hilsher present at 105th ACSA meeting in Detroit

Posted Date: Monday, April 3, 2017 - 10:45

The men pose for professional pictureAlfred State’s William Dean, professor in the Department of Architecture and Design, and Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement, recently presented their jointly authored paper titled “Generating Discipline-Based Community Impact through Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration” as part of the 105th ACSA Annual Meeting in Detroit. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Brooklyn Says, ‘Move to Detroit.’”

This was the first time that Alfred State has been invited to participate at this national conference, which is sponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

Dean’s and Hilsher’s presentation featured a discussion of the sustained regional community engagement of the Department of Architecture and Design. It also elaborated on the enhanced impact realized through collaboration with a student affairs civic leadership initiative through the Center for Civic Engagement. 

A series of Southern Tier Architectural Resource (STAR) Center case study examples were used to illustrate best practices and a pathway to collaboration on course design, creative cooperation, and intentional partnership designed to maximize student learning and community impact. 

Alfred State to host Performing Arts Week April 23-29

Posted Date: Monday, April 3, 2017 - 14:15

In celebration of the rich history and legacy of performing arts at Alfred State, the college’s Department of Performing Arts will be hosting a weeklong series of events from April 23-29.

Performing Arts Week will kick off with the Annual Alumni Choral Concert at 2 p.m. April 23 in the Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center. The next four days will have rehearsals that will be open to all alumni who wish to participate. The week concludes with the combined vocal/instrumental spring concert on April 29, followed by the annual Performing Arts banquet.

Director of Instrumental Music and Coordinator of Performing Arts Gerald Ives said, “We are encouraging all alumni who have participated in these groups to join us for these events, and also perform in our spring concert, followed by their attendance at the banquet. This is the first-ever event in which we are inviting alumni of instrumental, vocal, and dramatic organizations to interact with students. We feel that it is beneficial for our program and students to understand the history of performing arts at Alfred State.”

Ives noted that in the past, Anthony Cappadonia, Joseph Canale, and John and Barbara Larson have created a rich legacy of performing arts programs, and that “we are committed to continuing the trend.”

“Alfred State has a number of talented students who have the desire to keep this legacy moving forward,” he said.

The schedule of events for Performing Arts Week is as follows:

  • April 23: Alumni Choral Concert, Cappadonia Auditorium, 2 p.m.
  • April 24-27: Open rehearsal for drama, vocal, and instrumental groups, Cappadonia Auditorium. Drama rehearsals will be at 7 p.m. Monday, April 24, while vocal rehearsals will take place from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 25. Instrumental music rehearsals will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, and Thursday, April 27.
  • April 25: Vocal concert, titled "A Night of Broadway," Cappadonia Auditorium, 7 p.m.
  • April 28: Rock Ensemble performance, second floor, Student Leadership Center, 7 p.m.
  • April 29: Spring Concert (combined – includes all groups except the Rock Ensemble). An open rehearsal with alumni begins at 10 a.m., and the concert will be held at 2 p.m., both of which will be in the Cappadonia Auditorium. An awards banquet will take place at 5 p.m. in the small events space in the Student Leadership Center.

For more information, contact the Office of Performing Arts at 607-587-4229, or Ives at ivesga@alfredstate.edu.

Schools compete at Alfred State for 2017 SkillsUSA Postsecondary Championship

Posted Date: Monday, April 3, 2017 - 15:15
The gold medalists pose for picture
Pictured are the gold medal winners from the 2017 SkillsUSA New York State
Leadership and Skills Conference Postsecondary Championship, which was held
on Alfred State’s Wellsville campus. From left to right are Bradley Layton (SUNY
Delhi), Maxwell Morrell (Alfred State), Andrea Koston (Alfred State), Brandon Cline
(Alfred State), Jocelyn Carns (Culinary Institute of America), Nicholas Most (Alfred
State), Lindsey Hall (Alfred State), Michael Burdick (Alfred State), and Jacob Knapp
(Alfred State). Cole Smith (Alfred State) and Richard Baer (Alfred State) not present.

The 2017 SkillsUSA New York State Leadership and Skills Conference Postsecondary Championship, held on Alfred State’s Wellsville campus, pitted 50 students from three schools against each other in one of the nation’s most prestigious showcases of career and technical aptitude on Saturday, March 25. 

Schools competing this year included State University of New York (SUNY) at 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. 

Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. The SkillsUSA state winners are eligible to compete in the 53rd National SkillsUSA Championship, held in Louisville, KY, June 19-23. More than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas. 

Winners from the March 25 championship, by competition, are as follows: 


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL:  Matt Caraher, Cicero (Alfred State)

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Anthony Black, Alfred (Alfred State)

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Jacob Knapp, Dansville (Alfred State) 


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Joe Millspaw, Findley Lake (Alfred State)

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Christopher Dean, Manchester (Alfred State)

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Michael Burdick, Webster (Alfred State) 


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Chris Stevenson, Binghamton (Alfred State)

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Dakota Matthie, Madrid (Alfred State)

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Nicholas Most, Endicott (Alfred State) 


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Megan Farr, Bath (Alfred State)

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Alicia Sailer-Dolan, Geneseo (Alfred State)

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Andrea Koston, Rochester (Alfred State) 


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL:  Yveline Vergin, Brooklyn (Alfred State)

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Jonathan Korn, Poughkeepsie (Culinary Institute)

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Jocelyn Carns, Perrysburg, OH (Culinary Institute) 


FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Maxwell Morrell, Sanborn (Alfred State) 


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Ryan Dunkle, Orchard Park (Alfred State)

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Ethan Yanda, Wayland (Alfred State)

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Cole Smith, Collins (Alfred State) 


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: Brenton Yager, Falconer (Alfred State) 

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Mitchell Carr, Campbell (Alfred State)

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Brandon Cline, Belmont (Alfred State) 


FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL:  Richard Baer, Olean (Alfred State)


THIRD PLACE winning the BRONZE MEDAL: James Fyock, Bliss (Alfred State) 

SECOND PLACE winning the SILVER MEDAL: Jake Ingalls, Cuba (Alfred State)

FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Lindsey Hall, Wellsville (Alfred State) 


FIRST PLACE winning the GOLD MEDAL: Bradley Layton, Oneonta (Delhi) 

Free soil pH clinic at Alfred State set for April 28

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 15:15
Two students work in soil class
Alfred State students will host a free pH clinic for the
community April 28.

Students in the soils class at Alfred State will hold a free pH clinic for the community from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, April 28 in room 103 of the Agriculture Science Building on the Alfred campus.

Community members are encouraged to bring up to four sandwich-bag-sized soil samples for pH measurement, as well as 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.

If unable to attend the event, community members are encouraged to drop off or mail samples to Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department Lecturer 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.

Professors, Alfred State Honors Program students discuss Trump presidency

Posted Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:15
Honors students gather with their professors
Pictured are Alfred State Honors Program students, along with Alfred State Assistant Professor Dr. Rex Olson, first from the left,
and Alfred University Emeritus Professor Dr. Robert Heineman, farthest right.

The Alfred State Honors Program partnered with the college’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences recently to host “President Donald Trump: The First 60 Days,” a conversation with Dr. Robert Heineman, emeritus professor at Alfred University, and Dr. Rex Olson, assistant professor at Alfred State.

Last fall, these same professors presented a discussion on candidates Trump and Hillary Clinton one week before the election, when many predicted a win for Clinton. The recent seminar focused on Trump’s surprise victory and his use of executive orders, including the controversial immigration orders.

An energized audience of students kept both Heineman and Olson busy commenting on the president’s actions thus far and hypothesizing on his future actions.

Alfred State students honored with SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 16:30
top picture: man poses while looking at blue prints. Bottom picture: Mary poses with SUNY Chancellor and Alfred State Vice President
Robert Mahany caption: Robert Mahany, a construction
management major from Orchard Park, was named a
recipient of the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Student
Mary Rose Ricotta caption: Pictured, along with 
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, left, and Alfred
State Vice President for Student Affairs Gregory
Sammons, is 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Student
Excellence winner Mary Rose Ricotta, a forensic
science technology student from Derby.

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher honored 256 SUNY students from across the state in Albany recently with the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, including two recipients from Alfred State.

"It is my honor to celebrate the achievements of students who have surpassed SUNY’s highest standards of academic excellence and leadership both on and off campus," said SUNY Chancellor Zimpher. "Every student we recognize today has demonstrated a strong commitment to their degree program, home campus, greater community, and much more. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award.”

Steve Levy, an ESPN SportsCenter anchor and SUNY Oswego class of 1987 graduate, joined Zimpher through a video message in congratulating the students on their success in college, and providing encouragement for the future. Through hard work and dedication to his craft, along with the opportunities presented at SUNY Oswego, Levy credits his college experience as setting him on a path to what is now a 25-year career at ESPN.

The two Alfred State students who received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence were Robert Mahany, a construction management major from Orchard Park; and Mary Rose Ricotta, a forensic science technology student from Derby.

Mahany was offered and accepted a full-time project engineer position upon graduation from the company for which he interned, Balfour Beatty Construction of Washington, DC. He has also received several men’s soccer awards for his performance while on the college’s team. In addition, Mahany held many student leadership positions during his time at Alfred State, including co-captain of men’s soccer, civic engagement advocate, leadership assistant, and Alfred Programming Board member. Mahany was unable to attend the ceremony because he has been participating in Alfred State’s study abroad program in Sorrento, Italy, throughout the spring 2017 semester.

Ricotta has been very involved at Alfred State, organizing an on-campus assembly featuring David King, founder of the iMatter Foundation, speaking to students about the importance of mental health awareness. In addition, she volunteered with Habitat for Humanity during spring break 2016 in Myrtle Beach, SC, and returned as a student leader during spring break 2017. Ricotta also serves as president of Alpha Sigma Sorority and liaison for a new student group seeking recognition as a Greek organization.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.

Each year, SUNY campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews the accomplishments of exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office for a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award.

Earth Week recognized at Alfred State April 17-26

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 13:45

In conjunction with Earth Week 2017, Alfred State has planned a number of related events from April 17-26.

Monday, April 17

●       3:30-4:30 p.m. - Local food taste testing in the Student Leadership Center park space. Come sample delicious local food made from produce grown right here in Allegany County.

●       6-8 p.m. - Screening of the documentary film "Home" in room 215 of the Engineering Technology Building. The film uses striking aerial photography to illustrate humanity’s effect on the planet, as well as the incredible diversity of life on Earth. Snacks will be provided.

Tuesday, April 18

●       10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Water taste test outside of The Terrace in the Central Dining Hall. The Sustainability Club will be asking students to taste the difference between bottled water and municipal water, and explain the various regulations within both processing systems.

●       3:30-4:30 p.m. - Used/dead technology drive in the Student Leadership Center park space. The Center for Civic Engagement will be accepting any dead or broken technology that students cannot use in an effort to promote the “dead technology box” that is available in the first floor of the SLC, and to raise awareness of proper technology disposal protocol.

●       7-9 p.m. - Screening of the documentary "Dirt!" in room 215 of the Engineering Technology Building. The film provides a glimpse into the complex interactions between humans and the soil. Snacks will be provided.

Wednesday, April 19

●       Noon to 1 p.m. – Final project presentation by a group of engineering seniors in the Student Leadership Center park space. Learn about the cool projects in sustainability that Alfred State students are working on. Umang Dharamshi (mechanical engineering technology, Wappingers Falls), Clayton Ferry (mechanical engineering technology, Akron), and Adam Skorupski (mechanical engineering technology, Akron) have built a solar-powered device that converts film and non-recyclable plastics into energy to heat homes.

●       3:30-4:30 p.m. - Water bottle giveaway in the Student Leadership Center park space. The Sustainability Club will give away 65 metal water bottles to promote the club and its mission, as well as provide students with another means to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

●       4-5 p.m. - Creek clean up beginning at the foot bridge near the townhouses. Get outside and volunteer with the Outdoor Recreation Club to help clean up your local community and keep Alfred’s creeks clean.

Thursday, April 20

●       Noon to 1 p.m. – A guided tour of the Pioneer Trail beginning at the entrance to the trail, located at the parking area behind and above the Orvis Activities Center (parking lot 24). Take a walk with botanist, forester, and longtime faculty member Dr. Steven Jakobi, who will take participants on a tour of the newly opened Pioneer Trail and discuss local and indigenous trees, mushrooms, and birds, and lead a discussion on the long history of forestry in western New York. Trail-friendly snacks will be available.

●       3:30-4:30 p.m. – Ribbon-cutting of the Bottle/Can Redemption Center in the first floor of the Student Leadership Center. Be the first to witness the opening of the new reverse vending machine that will be available to students and community members who wish to redeem their bottle and can deposits in the village of Alfred. Bring bottles and cans. Snacks will be provided.

●        7-9 p.m. - Screening of the documentary "Chasing Ice" in room 310 of the Student Leadership Center. The Ski Club is hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary “Chasing Ice” that captures a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. Snacks will be provided.

Friday, April 21

●       3:30-4:30 p.m. - Make seed bombs in the Student Leadership Center park space. The Center for Civic Engagement will be providing the materials to make seed bombs - small pellets of seeds that can be thrown or dropped anywhere that needs some beautification. Walk away with morsels of change - wild flower seeds, clay, soil, and recycled paper pulp will come together to make seed bombs.

Monday April 24, and Wednesday, April 26

●       2-4 p.m. - Screening of the film “My Name is Allegany County” in the Orvis Activities Center Auditorium. Learn about Allegany County’s past in its efforts to keep a nuclear waste dump site away from residents’ homes. The film explores the historic, successful nonviolent protest movement that occurred. Snacks will be provided.

Alfred State’s Katherine Holmok named 2017 Newman Civic Fellow

Posted Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:30
Katherine poses between Jonathan Hilsher and President Dr. Skip Sullivan
Pictured from left to right are Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic
Engagement; Katherine Holmok, a business administration major from Prattsville;
and Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State.

Katherine Holmok not only leads the Alfred State campus as president of the Student Senate, but thanks to her activism and ability to inspire other students, she has been nationally recognized for her leadership. Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced that Holmok is among 273 students who will make up the organization’s 2017 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

Holmok, a business administration major from Prattsville, is a leader active in political engagement, seeking to inspire greater involvement by the student body in the local community. She actively advocates for shared governance and community engagement.

For the last two years, Holmok has provided leadership to voter registration and education efforts, resulting in enhanced voter participation. Her efforts culminated last fall with programming and new partnerships designed to maximize student involvement in the general election. This renewed interest in political activity among students led to Alfred State’s recent designation as a Voter-Friendly School

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, noted that Holmok also played a key role in developing a new collaborative structure with the local village board of trustees. Specifically, the structure has enabled a student government representative to participate and sit alongside elected village leaders.

“This has enabled a more consistent student presence within village governance, and created more timely and meaningful communication between students and residents,” Sullivan said. “Her contributions have enhanced the ability of students to make a meaningful difference in their community.”

Holmok said that an immense capacity exists for creating impactful and sustainable progress due to global interconnectedness and availability of information. However, she noted, it begins with political engagement in local communities.

“Every day, therefore, I strive to empower others to realize their potential to influence and create change through democratic participation and civic engagement,” she said.

As a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, Holmok will be a part of the first cohort to benefit from a completely re-designed fellowship. The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth.

Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

“The cultivation of community-committed leaders has never been more crucial,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “We rebuilt the Newman Civic Fellowship experience because our country needs more people who know how to bring communities together for positive change. We are thrilled to welcome this group of 273 exemplary students as the first cohort to participate in this new model.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.

Construction supervision program now available at Alfred State

Posted Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:00

Looking to prepare the construction workforce leaders of tomorrow, Alfred State is pleased to announce that it is now offering an upper-division program in construction supervision. Classes for this major will begin in the fall 2017 semester.

This Bachelor of Technology (BTech) major will add valuable construction business skills to a technical background.  Students with carpentry, heavy equipment, electrical, mechanical, and architecture skills, to name a few, will be able to see how their skills are utilized to build the environment in which they live. 

Graduates of this major will have earned a working knowledge of construction estimating, scheduling, and contract law. These skills, along with their technical competency, will make graduates a prized asset to companies that are involved in the construction industry.

The program, which includes a full-semester internship, is set up as a completion degree, meaning students entering must have an associate degree or 60 credits in a related curriculum. Interested students may contact the Alfred State Admissions Office for more information at 607-587-4215 or 1-800-4-ALFRED.

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “We are delighted to add the construction supervision BTech degree to our academic offerings, and look forward to helping meet the need for quality supervisors for the trades in western New York and beyond. Thank you to all who made this new program possible.”

Dr. Kristin Poppo, Alfred State provost, said, “Alfred State is pleased to provide leadership in the building trades through our new construction supervision degree. By blending the expertise of building trades, civil engineering and business faculty, students will graduate prepared to manage people and projects.”

Dr. John Williams, dean of the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology at Alfred State, said, “This major is a great addition and allows our graduates of two-year construction-related programs or those with some college credit and construction experience to enter a pathway to a bachelor’s degree. Graduates of the new program will have many opportunities to enter the workforce in a technical management capacity.”

Erin Vitale, chair of the Civil Engineering Technology Department, said, "This program is a great way for students to see how the business of construction is impacted by the work of the skilled trades."

66th annual Alumni Choral Concert set for April 23

Posted Date: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 08:30

The Alfred State Choir Alumni organization will present its 66th annual spring concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23 in the Anthony C. Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center on the Alfred campus.

Groups performing will include the Alumni Jazz Singers, AAA (Anthony’s Acappella Alliance), and the Alumni Choir. The alumni will be joined by the Alfred State’s own vocal music program, “Voices.” The concert is free and open to the public.

The Choir Alumni organization was founded in 1957 and consists of alumni who performed under the direction of Anthony C. Cappadonia during his 56-year tenure as both instrumental and choral director at Alfred State. On April 29, 2012, the Anthony C. Cappadonia Auditorium was officially dedicated. It will forever be a testament to the musical inspiration Cappadonia provided to his students.

He continued to direct the alumni groups until his passing in February 2014. Alumni from all over the country return to campus to perform this annual concert in his honor.