A new review of the best veterinary technology programs ranks Alfred State as the third best in the United States. The analysis is based on the likelihood of success for students who want to put their love of animals to work.
“We are extremely proud to be included in this listing of the best veterinary technology programs in the country,” said Dr. Phil Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department at Alfred State. “The fact that we share the top three positions in this list with institutions such as Purdue University and the University of New Hampshire, is a testament to the quality of our program, as are our amazing alumni.”
TheBestColleges.org explained that they “looked at the most important factors for prospective students, mainly common predictors of future success” to determine the best colleges for becoming a veterinary technician. These factors included admissions rate, default rate, retention rate, and graduation rate. Students agree that the Alfred State program prepares them for a fulfilling career.
“The vet tech program was really comprehensive, and prepared me well for working in the field,” said 2015 graduate Megan George. “It was as challenging as it was rewarding, and it provided me with networking and support to start my career.”
Alfred State's veterinary technology program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Licensed veterinary technicians are indispensable members of the veterinary medical team, capable of providing everything from life support and surgical assistance to physical therapy and nutritional management. The program is designed to provide students with extensive training in the theory and principles, reinforced with the hands-on technical, animal, and laboratory experience needed.
TheBestColleges.org also has advice about potential careers with a vet tech degree and predicted job growth from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: “Veterinary technicians conduct clinical procedures on animals under the supervision of a veterinarian in private clinics, laboratories, animal hospitals, zoos, and other facilities. The demand for vet techs is expanding; the number of vet techs is projected to grow 19 percent between 2014 and 2024.”
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul called upon educators to “create that spark” that will ignite interest in STEM careers in her keynote address for the 2017 New York State STEM Summer Institute, hosted at Alfred State.
Hochul was among the numerous distinguished speakers and educators of kindergarten through higher education who gathered at the college recently to discuss and share best practices for increasing interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers among young men and women. The three-day conference featured presentations and workshops that focused on sparking interest in STEM through classroom projects, afterschool activities, and more.
In her remarks, Hochul noted the importance of getting young women interested in STEM careers, which, in New York State, she said pay about $30,000 more per year than the average salary. She told the educators present that it was “up to all of you in your various capacities to create that spark” of excitement about STEM careers.
“You are teaching and inspiring people to go into fields where I have employers begging for people to have these skills,” she said. “I chair the governor’s Regional Economic Development Councils. That puts me in contact with employers all over the entire State of New York every single day. They don’t complain about the taxes in New York, they don’t complain about the regulations, they don’t complain about Albany. What they complain about is not having workers with the skills they need to step into the jobs.”
Hochul also complimented the advanced manufacturing early college program that resulted from a partnership between Alfred State and Buffalo’s Burgard High School. The program trains students in skills such as automotive technology, welding, and machine tool technology. She concluded by reminding the educators that they are changing young people’s lives.
“The governor and myself want to thank you for that commitment,” she said. “Your legacy will endure in these kids because of something you did or the people you work with or the organization you’re with. You’ll inspire them to go into the field and have a better future than they would have if they had not been touched by someone in this room.”
Dr. Craig Clark, vice president for Economic Development at Alfred State, said, “The 2017 STEM Institute at Alfred State was the perfect place to hear Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and her passion for STEM education. This is the No. 1 topic across the United States and with economic developers in New York State.”
During the conference, Clark received the 2017 Margaret Ashida Outstanding STEM Leadership Award for being an avid and engaged supporter of STEM education and STEM learning in a multitude of ways.
Also receiving Margaret Ashida awards were Dr. Candice Foley, professor of chemistry at Suffolk County Community College (Higher Education STEM Leadership Award), Marc Chiffert, managing member of CHIFFERT Engineering PC (STEM Workforce Leadership Award), and Dr. Mark Vaughn, manager of technical talent pipelining for Corning Inc. and lead for the Technology Community Office of STEM (PK-20 STEM Leadership Award).
The State University Police Department at Alfred State is pleased to announce that it has hired Joseph R. Histed as its newest member.
Officer Histed is familiar with the Southern Tier, having grown up in Belfast and graduated from Belfast Central School in 2006. He attended Alfred State before moving on to SUNY Brockport, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in history in 2010.
Histed continued his education at SUNY Brockport and received his master’s degree in recreational management two years later. Upon completion of his education, Histed accepted a full-time position at SUNY Brockport within the Athletics Department. When asked what he liked most about working at SUNY Brockport, he said, “I enjoyed working in the academic setting where I was able to interact with young adults.”
Histed began his law enforcement career with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in 2016, where he was employed as a road patrol deputy. After completing his academy at the Monroe County Public Safety Training Center, Histed successfully completed his field training program and was assigned to the Henrietta area where he worked until coming to University Police.
During his time with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Histed received training in topics such as autism, child abuse, school violence prevention, patrol rifle, active shooter response, and RADAR-LIDAR.
Matt Heller, the chief of Police at the University Police Department, said, “Joe Histed is a great addition to the University Police and to Alfred State. He brings a unique combination of education, experience working in higher education, and law enforcement to Alfred. Those are traits that we very seldom see together in a new officer.”
In his short time at Alfred State, Histed has already demonstrated his ability to interact positively with students. When asked what he is looking forward to in his new position, Histed said, “I am looking forward to returning to the higher education setting where I will be able to develop strong relationships within the community I serve.”
The Allegany County Industrial Development Agency (ACIDA) has executed a contract to build Crossroads Development, a multi-million-dollar project that will serve Allegany County colleges, businesses, and visitors along Interstate 86 at the Belmont exit.
Rochester-based Hemisphere Management LLC and Novat Corp. LLC signed a contract for development, construction, and operation of a nationally branded upscale hotel and conference center, full-service restaurant, and modern fueling station. The site consists of approximately 32 acres and is the location of a previously operated truck stop at the intersection of State Route 19 and County Route 20.
“Crossroads Development will add construction and permanent jobs along with substantial sales taxes and bed taxes as the project opens,” stated Board of Legislators Chair Curt Crandall.
The developer anticipates that construction will begin in 2018, at a cost of approximately $15 million, and will provide 50 permanent full-time and part-time jobs. Early designs call for a 90 room hotel, with 5,000 square feet in conference space, and a 3,500-square-foot restaurant. This summer, the ACIDA and developers will hold meetings for the community to discuss details during the design phase of the Crossroads Development.
“On behalf of my partner Tarpan Patel, President of Hemisphere Management LLC, he and I are looking forward to working with the Allegany County community in bringing the long-time dream into reality,” stated Novat Corp. LLC President Pepsy M. Kettavong.
“This project has been high on a wish list to advance economic development in Allegany County for several years and now is becoming a reality,” stated ACIDA President Mike Johnsen.
Three world‐class colleges and universities are a major resource for Allegany County, with Houghton College in the north, Alfred State and Alfred University in the south. ACIDA Executive Director Craig Clark said, “The Crossroads Development is important to all three colleges and businesses throughout the county to be competitive and assure economic growth.”
“The three colleges in the county, local businesses, and tourism are all in need of more facilities like this for accommodating visitors,” stated Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan.
Alfred University President Mark Zupan said, “This is a great step forward for Allegany County. We have been pleased to partner with the ACIDA, Alfred State, Houghton College, and other organizations in our county in support of the endeavor.”
Houghton College President Shirley Mullen stated, “We are grateful to Craig Clark and his team for their hopeful, persistent, and patient pursuit of the most appropriate partner for developing the crossroads property. This is a great benefit to all the educational institutions of Allegany County. We look forward to the many ways this project will leverage further economic development in our county.”
"Local, state, and federal leaders have worked tirelessly to develop this site, and now those efforts are bearing fruit. New jobs, an increased tax base to help take pressure off local property taxpayers, and more opportunity and prosperity will result. It will provide accommodations to grow tourism so that visitors can experience our region's rugged, scenic beauty, outstanding small businesses, and rich history. It was a challenge to secure funds for the waterline, but it was an economic priority for me and I'm thrilled that we invested $400,000 in state grants to help make it happen. Sincere congratulations to the IDA, Allegany County legislators, and everyone who worked together, believed, and never gave up," said state Sen. Cathy Young.
The Crossroads Development project includes a new waterline under development by Allegany County supplied by water from the Town of Friendship. The waterline project is in the final design phase now, anticipated to be ready for construction bids in 2017, and installed in 2018. The waterline will make additional sites for development possible, since access to water is often needed to attract investment.
“The Allegany County IDA is extremely excited about the project and its impact on the county and the community for jobs and economic development,” stated Clark.
Thanks to a $3.2 million grant received in 2014 from the Buffalo Billion initiative, and an expansion project led by Alfred State, students at Burgard High School are getting an even greater head start on college and a leg up toward landing a successful career.
Through an advanced manufacturing early college program that started in 2014, Alfred State and Buffalo’s Burgard High School are preparing students for rewarding careers in high-demand fields. This fall, as a result of the expansion project, which was funded by the Buffalo Billion initiative, students will be utilizing newly renovated machine tool and auto labs at Burgard, along with a state-of-the-art welding lab to facilitate even more students.
Craig Clark, PE, PhD, vice president for Economic Development at Alfred State, said, “The college is proud to lead the project, and the results are starting to show how we are really changing lives. The faculty at Burgard and Alfred State are truly making a real difference in students’ lives and supplying a qualified workforce for companies in the region.”
Through this partnership, Burgard teachers and Alfred State instructors train students in skills such as automotive technology, welding, and machine tool technology. The initiative grew out of Empire State Development’s Buffalo Billion Investment to bridge the gap in workforce needs by aligning Buffalo’s training system with the career paths, certificates, and degrees required for growth in core industries, such as manufacturing.
Being a comprehensive college of technology with four- and two-year programs across the spectrum in advanced manufacturing, Alfred State is a critical academic partner in this initiative and has enhanced the curriculum at Burgard while providing associate degrees to students who complete a 13th year.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul toured Burgard High School in celebration of the grant, and later complimented the program while visiting Alfred State. She emphasized the importance of preparing students for employers who are seeking manufacturing and STEM-related skills.
“A lot of (students) become inspired to know the great possibility they have to change the world through using the skills they can learn with a STEM degree,” Hochul told a room full of educators assembled at the college for the 2017 New York State STEM Summer Institute. “That’s why I get so fired up about this.”
For the fifth straight year, TD Ameritrade Institutional awarded NextGen RIA Scholarships of $5,000 each to students around the country who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in financial planning. Among the dozen recipients this year was Alfred State’s own Adam Wilkins, a financial planning major from Rochester.
As one of the scholarship winners, Wilkins traveled to New York City, where he participated in a tour of the Financial District given by TD Ameritrade. Wilkins and his fellow winners were able to visit the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square and help ring the closing bell on July 18.
“I felt honored to have been chosen as one of the recipients of the TD Ameritrade NextGen Scholarship,” Wilkins said. “Going to New York City and ringing the Nasdaq closing bell was an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience that I am grateful and blessed to have been a part of. It is both exciting and encouraging to see TD Ameritrade's commitment to the next generation of financial advisors, and I look forward to giving back so freely in the same spirit in which they have done.”
In addition to the scholarships, TD Ameritrade Institutional awarded grants to two universities as part of its effort to encourage more schools to develop or enhance their financial planning degree programs, and help increase the ranks of graduates joining the RIA (registered investment advisors) industry.
Kate Healy, managing director of Generation Next for TD Ameritrade Institutional, spoke to the scholarship winners about the great demand for young financial planners and offered ways they can enhance their job prospects.
“There will be more retirement parties than graduation parties in the RIA industry over the next few years,” Healy said. “We encourage aspiring financial planners to stay engaged with their schools and their program directors, because that’s where most independent advisors go when they’re looking for young talent.”
TD Ameritrade is an industry leader in developing programs designed to raise awareness of the outstanding career prospects in financial planning and in encouraging more universities to expand their degree programs. Over a 10-year period, TD Ameritrade has committed to investing more than $4.5 million through scholarships, grants, and other education programs.
A combination of personal attention, experiential learning, quality teaching, and in-demand programs has led to Open SUNY+ designation for Alfred State’s online programs. To qualify for this recognition, the State University of New York (SUNY) has established robust standards of quality.
“Open SUNY gives students the flexibility to take a few courses or complete a comprehensive degree program online with the opportunity to serve more students who are balancing work, family, and varying academic objectives,” said SUNY Executive Director of Open SUNY Kim A. Scalzo. “The Open SUNY+ designation recognizes the joint commitment of both Open SUNY and Alfred State to the high quality programs and support services for online students. We are happy to welcome Alfred State as a new Open SUNY+ campus."
Online students in a degree program powered by Open SUNY+ have access to high levels of support including a personal concierge, help desk, and online tutoring. Faculty must also employ innovative, yet proven online teaching methods. Open SUNY+ degrees target areas of high employer demand and students participate in applied learning to better prepare for the working world.
“When a student chooses a degree that we offer 100 percent online, we still promise to provide personal attention and experiential learning. These are traits for which our college is well known,” stated Alfred State Provost Dr. Kristin Poppo. “We’re proud that this Open SUNY+ designation further proves the quality of our online programs. By expanding online degree options, Alfred State can expand access to working adults who need a more flexible format for their education.”
Some of the online degrees now endorsed as Open SUNY+ include bachelor’s degrees in technology management and nursing. Working adults and other nontraditional students are attracted to online classes as a way of completing their degrees while continuing to meet the demands of their job and family.
Through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Alfred State is also able to offer online classes to students outside of New York State. As the college’s online programs reach an ever-increasing audience, achieving Open SUNY+ designation assures prospective students of these specific benefits:
The full list of programs from Alfred State Online include:
While students may be working hard at internships, summer jobs, or just having fun during the summer, workers at Alfred State are busy making a number of upgrades and additions to campus before the start of the fall semester. A streak of cool and wet days in the Southern Tier has not stopped the progress, either.
“It’s not uncommon at this time of the year to walk or drive around campus and see construction vehicles and equipment, road cones, new pavement, or cement drying – all signs that progress is being made over the summer so that when our students return for the fall, they will find the campus even better than the last time they were here,” said Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan.
Constructing new facilities is just one example of the efforts that campus workers are putting in this summer. Opening for the first time this fall will be the new Motorcycle and Power Sports Technology building, located along Route 244 in Alfred, as well as the new locker rooms at Pioneer Stadium. Another Athletic Department renovation that is currently underway involves work on the press box for the softball and baseball fields.
Also undergoing renovations is the MacKenzie Complex, the largest residence hall on campus. By January, students are expected to be able to move into the all-new East Tower and enjoy the Central Quad area. Just up the hill from MacKenzie, the addition of workout stations gives hikers another reason to enjoy Pioneer Trails this fall.
Further additions to campus include buses that will serve both the Athletic Department, as well as Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services (ACES). The college has also added a non-denominational prayer space in the Student Leadership Center.
When students return to campus, they will also notice a number of other improvements, including a new outdoor seating area outside the Central Dining Hall, as well as newly paved parking lots.
“Our campus workers have been very hard at work this summer, and we have no doubt that many of our students have been, as well,” Sullivan said. “This is always an exciting time of the year, and we can’t wait to have the students back on campus in a few weeks for the start of the new academic year.”
As Hannah Weaver sat gazing at her computer screen in the early-morning hours, the minutes seemed to feel like hours, the hours seemed to feel like days.
Every few moments, she would “refresh” the Web page, hoping to finally find out what she had been waiting up all night to see: the scores of her latest SAT exam. Weaver, a Spencerport resident, had taken the test three times, the latest of which took place just 17 days earlier on her father’s birthday.
For her, getting a good score meant the difference between receiving and not receiving the Excellence in Education Scholarship at Alfred State, which required at the time, among other things, a 1250 combined critical reading/writing and math SAT score. The scholarship itself meant that Weaver would not have to rely on her parents to help pay for college.
Finally, at around 5 a.m. the results were posted, and Weaver, only a couple of hours away from having to go to class, looked at her score through bleary, heavy-lidded eyes: a 1270.
She had done it.
“I didn’t know that neither of my parents had slept that night either, so I went downstairs to see if anyone was awake,” she said. “I found my father asleep on the couch; he had stayed up all night, knowing how nervous I was. I shook him awake, and when I saw his eyes open, I said, ‘I did it, dad!’ He was not even fully awake, but tears formed in his eyes as he responded, ‘Really?’ We both started crying tears of absolute joy.”
Seconds later, Weaver heard her mom come down the stairs.
“She had heard me run downstairs from my room and had an inkling of what was going on,” she said. “As soon as I told her, she embraced me in the greatest hug I have received to this day. My parents had never been so proud of me. It was the greatest day of my life.”
Weaver and her parents had fallen in love with Alfred State just one month prior during an Open House visit to the college. After that, she knew Alfred State was the right place for her.
Not wanting to place a financial burden on her parents, however, Weaver had set her sights on the Excellence in Education Scholarship, which allows for free tuition, room, and board.
Having met the scholarship’s other criteria, all that was left was to receive a 1250 SAT score. With only three weeks to prepare for the exam, Weaver took an online SAT preparatory course, putting in 60 hours of work during that time.
In the three weeks between taking the test and receiving her score, Weaver’s parents were encouraging, ensuring her that they would find a way to help her pay for college if she didn’t receive the scholarship.
“I would have had to rely on my parents to go to college, and I didn’t want that,” she said, noting that her mom is still paying off her own graduate school loans. “My parents are the most selfless, hard-working individuals I have ever encountered in my life.”
To say, then, that receiving the scholarship was a joyous moment and a relief for Weaver would be an understatement.
“It was an incredible weight off my shoulders,” said Weaver, who is now majoring in business administration and minoring in leadership. “To be able to do exactly what I want to do and not have to worry about money is great. Most people my age, it’s all they worry about.”
Since becoming an Alfred State student last fall, Weaver has described her experience as “wonderful,” noting she has made many new friends, taken a number of interesting classes, and has had “so many incredible professors that genuinely care about each and every student.”
Feeling appreciative, Weaver recently penned what started as a thank-you note and became a four-page letter to Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan, thanking him and the college for helping her achieve her goals.
In the closing of her letter, she expressed just how thankful she is for the Excellence in Education Scholarship and Alfred State: “I am so beyond grateful for this amazing opportunity you have presented me with. Thank you so much for giving me so much to be thankful for, and for helping me achieve my wildest dreams.”
With the big move-in day on campus next week, the number of discussions online among young people about college life, anticipation, and expectations are dominating their online social channels. Those student discussions and opinions are so highly valued, that two national polls rely on student input to rank schools across the country.
Both Niche.com and Princeton Review report that Alfred State received high praise from current students. The two rankings make those candid comments available online for prospective students and their parents to read and to find out what it’s really like to attend.
Princeton Review named Alfred State among the Best Northeastern Colleges for 2018, placing the school on a coveted list of the 229 highest ranking colleges in the 11-state region. Students, who weighed in on academics, the student body, and campus life said that Alfred State:
According to Niche.com poll results, Alfred State had several majors ranked No. 1 overall among New York public colleges, including building trades, culinary arts, mechanics, and veterinary studies.
Niche.com also ranked Alfred State No. 5 among New York public colleges on “Best College Food” poll. When asked to describe Alfred State:
In addition to polling students, the Princeton Review surveys administrators of each school to obtain data, and to gather administrator opinions on other colleges. Niche bases its rankings on a combination of data analysis along with reviews and survey responses from parents and students.