September 2017

CCET to host course on handling aggressive dogs

Posted Date: Friday, September 1, 2017 - 10:45

For law enforcement officers, animal shelter employees, veterinary office workers, and others, learning how to handle aggressive dogs can be a challenge.

That’s why the Center for Community Education and Training (CCET) at Alfred State is hosting a course titled “Aggressive Dogs in the Line of Duty” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Lake Lodge in Alfred. The cost to attend is $50, which includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Presenting the program will be Lisa Skavienski, CTC, CSAT trainer and behavior consultant at Dog Educated, LLC; Amy Voltin, CTC, master animal services officer with the Broomfield Colorado Police; and Timothy Kohlmeier, deputy public safety director and emergency manager for Monroe County. The course has several objectives, including:

  • Providing factual information on aggressive behavior in domestic dogs to first responders, service workers, and others in the community who regularly encounter dogs, especially in high-stress or emergency situations.
  • Increasing fluency in signs and signals via body language of dogs.
  • Providing practical solutions to avoid escalation to dangerous confrontation for both dogs and people.
  • Providing an introduction to the tools and methods used to safely and effectively manage high-stress or emergency situations.

Wendy Dresser-Recktenwald, senior director of Human Resources and CCET, said Alfred State is looking forward to bringing in experts on aggressive dogs once again.

“The news is frequently peppered with stories about dog bites and aggressive dogs, and our first responders are frequently exposed to dangerous situations that don’t have to be dangerous if they are adequately trained,” she said. “There is such a need to appropriately train first responders on how to handle difficult situations with aggressive dogs to ensure everyone’s safety. The team of experts we have lined up come to us with incredible resumes, and we are confident the training is going to be excellent and beneficial to our community.”

To register for the course, please contact CCET at 607-587-4015 or at

All aboard: Hinkle Library featuring exhibit on Erie Railroad

Posted Date: Friday, September 1, 2017 - 14:15

Through the generosity of Collette Cornish and the Hornell Erie Depot Museum, Alfred State’s Hinkle Memorial Library gallery is currently featuring an exhibit highlighting the history and contributions of the Erie Railroad and its employees to the region.

Titled "Riding the Erie Rails – From NYC to Chicago ... and Beyond," the exhibit will be on display until Sept. 27.

A wide variety of photographs, pictures, books, and objects are on loan from the museum, including railroad memorabilia such as lanterns, timetables, tickets, uniforms, postcards, and maps. The Hornell Erie Depot Museum, located at 111 Loder St. in Hornell, was established in 2005 by the city of Hornell to honor the men and women of the Erie Railroad.

"We hope this exhibit will not only appeal to the railroad buffs in our area, but to new students, faculty, and community members as well, who will learn about the historical, cultural, and economic importance of the Erie to Alfred, Hornell, and the Southern Tier," said Barbara Greil, reference librarian at Hinkle Library.

Collette Cornish, Hornell Erie Depot Museum director and City of Hornell Historian, said, “The Hornell Erie Depot Museum would like to thank Barbara Greil and Alfred State for this opportunity to share these historical items that have been generously donated by family and friends to honor the men and women of the railroad, and it is our duty at the museum to share the history and preserve them for future generations."

In addition to the museum pieces, model train collector and Alfred resident Louis Greiff has loaned several "O" gauge replicas of Erie locomotives and passenger cars.

The exhibit will be open for viewing during normal library hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email or call 607-587-4313.

image depicting Erie Station in Alfred
An image depicting Erie Station in Alfred is one of the many items currently on display at
Hinkle Memorial Library until Sept. 27 as part of an exhibit highlighting the Erie Railroad.


New Locker Room Facility at Pioneer Stadium

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 11:45

Opened in 2008, Pioneer Stadium has been the home of Alfred State football, soccer, lacrosse, and track and field for nearly a decade. The college celebrated the opening of the newest addition to facility on Friday with a ribbon cutting.

Pioneer Stadium Ribbon Cutting Photo Gallery

The process to build a locker room facility started in 2014 when the college received state funding from State Senator Catharine Young. Design of the project started in July of 2015 and construction started just under a year ago. Gretchen Persbacker was the state university construction fund project coordinator and Le Chase Construction was the general contractor.

"This new facility enhances the culture of the campus and adds to the value of our athletic department", commented Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan during the ribbon cutting.

The facility features three locker room spaces. The largest space has over 100 lockers, showers, restrooms, and a laundry room while on the other side of the building there are a pair of identical locker rooms with 30 lockers, showers, and restrooms. The space also has a athletic training room facility situated in between the locker rooms.

"Like so many of the ambitious capital projects we've announced and celebrated at Alfred State College in recent years, the new Pioneer Stadium locker room facilities are another step forward for a college that is firmly focused on the future," said State Senator Catharine Young (R-C-I, 57th District). "I am pleased that I have been able to support many of Alfred State's efforts to expand and enhance its facilities and programming - including its athletics programs - all towards the goal of offering greater opportunities to students."

Director of Athletics Jason Doviak knows the importance of the new locker rooms. "The addition of this facility exemplifies our commitment to our NCAA Division III pursuit along with our dedication to provide our student-athletes with an outstanding athletic experience."

Owen Davis, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee President and a junior linebacker on the football team, is excited for the opening of the new facility. "This locker room complex will give a home to my team and the other teams that use Pioneer Stadium. The locker rooms will give us a better space to get ready for practices and games and will also help our team bond. We already have started to enjoy the space and look forward to reaping the benefits of this new building."

Pioneer Stadium opened in the Spring 2008. The field turf facility features lights, seating for 2,000 fans, and a fully functioning press box. In the summer of 2009, the facility was named Pioneer Stadium and permanent restrooms, concessions, and storage areas were built.

students with athletic director, President Sullivan, and Senator Catharine Young outside cutting the blue ribbon

New students lend a helping hand to local community

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 12:15
two girls painting the side of a white building
New Alfred State students apply a fresh coat of paint
to the outside of the Hornell Salvation Army as part of
Community Action Day.

While getting acclimated to new people, surroundings, and class schedules can take some time, getting involved in the nearby community is instantaneous each year for dozens of new Alfred State students.

This year, a total of 100 incoming Pioneers took part in Community Action Day, the annual day of service that takes place during the college’s Week of Welcome, in which new students engage in a number of local community service projects.

A total of 16 projects took place in five areas this year – Alfred, Almond, Belmont, Hornell, and Wellsville. The projects ranged from exterior and interior painting at Hornell Area Concern for Youth, to moving and organizing book collections at the David A. Howe Public Library, to screen printing with the Alfred Farmers Market, and more.

“Community Action Day is a great way for incoming first year students to make new friends, get to know their community, and make a difference locally,” said Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Alfred State.

Civic engagement is a key focus at Alfred State, with students, faculty, and staff taking part in days of service such as Celebrate Service Celebrate Allegany and Spring Into Action, and volunteering out-of-state and around the globe.

The number of service hours contributed by Alfred State’s students has seen significant increases in recent years. Through internships, clinical treatments, and volunteering, the number of service hours has surpassed 80,000 per school year.

Homecoming and Family Weekend taking place Oct. 12-14

Posted Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 13:45

Alfred State is once again ramping up for its annual Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities, set to take place from Oct. 12-14 this year.

The first night, Thursday, will feature the annual Blue and Gold dinner from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Terrace Dining Hall, featuring music, giveaways, and prizes, followed by a dodgeball game between students and faculty/staff members at 8 p.m. in the Orvis Activities Center Gymnasium.

Plenty of excitement is planned for “Fun Friday,” including the seventh annual Carly’s Club Race for a Cure 5K Run/Walk, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Pioneer Stadium. The $15 fee goes to Roswell Park Cancer Institute for pediatric cancer research, and the first 75 participants get a free T-shirt.

football player with helmet on pointing finger at camera
Alfred State wants to see you at Homecoming and Family
Weekend Oct. 12-14.

Also on Friday will be the spirit rally and bonfire at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Stadium parking lot, followed by the fireworks display near the Orvis Activities Center at 8:30 p.m. The popular Alfred’s Got Talent show will round out the night at 9:30 p.m. at the Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center, as students, faculty, staff, and alumni put their talents on display.

On Saturday, the Alfred State community is invited to come out and support the Pioneers as they take on the Gallaudet Bison at 1 p.m. at Pioneer Stadium. Preceding the big game will be a chicken barbeque and tailgate as well as a Greek chili cook-off and a car show beginning at 11 a.m. Alumni, friends, and family members age 21 and older can enjoy a cocktail while watching the game from the End Zone Party inside the “alumni tent” located inside the stadium.

A family-friendly event will cap off Saturday’s festivities, as the “Magician for Non-Believers,” Peter Boie, will perform at 8 p.m. in the Cappadonia Auditorium, Orvis Activities Center. Boie’s hilarious show is sure to leave audiences laughing and astonished. Magic may not be real, but he’ll have you believing in it.

Colleen Argentieri, director of Alumni Relations and co-chair of the Homecoming/Family Weekend Committee, said, “We are again looking forward to welcoming back our amazing alumni, as well as many of the students’ families. The variety of events scheduled will provide lots of fun and excitement, and will add to the memories and good times at Alfred State.

Alfred State welcomes new employees

Posted Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 11:15

Alfred State recently welcomed 37 new faculty and staff members.

The Division of Academic Affairs has 18 new hires, including Nicole Agosta, Sue Akiyama, Dr. Murat Al, Alexander Feenaughty, Tara Histed, Dr. Kyung Yon Jhi, Dr. Ingrid Johnston, Jason Kellogg, Dr. Maryam Nasri, Calvin O’Dell, Kevin Scott, William Tilley, Betty Torrell, Greg Traugh, Christopher Tremper, Jennifer Warren, Jaime White, and HC Willard.

Agosta, of Hornell, was hired as an assistant professor in the Physical and Life Sciences Department. She received an Associate of Science degree in biological sciences from Alfred State, a Bachelor of Science degree in forensic science technology from Alfred State, and a Master of Science degree in biomedical forensic science from Syracuse University.

Akiyama, of Alfred, is an assistant professor in the Architecture and Design Department. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Miami University and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California.

Al, of Alfred, is now in the position of assistant professor in the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Department. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Middle East Technical University, a Master of Science degree from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and a doctorate from Lehigh University.

Feenaughty, of Almond, was hired as an instructor in the Building Trades Department. He previously served in the US Air Force.

Histed, of Brockport, is now an assistant professor in the Nursing Department. She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from SUNY Brockport and her Master of Science in nursing from St. John Fisher College.

Jhi, of Kearney, NE, joins the college as an assistant professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Korean National Police University, a master’s from Michigan State University, and a doctorate from Sam Houston State University.

Johnston, of Alfred, has joined the college as the interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Quinnipiac College, a Master of Arts from Connecticut College, and a doctorate from the University of Rhode Island.

Kellogg, of Elmira, is a new instructor in the Automotive Department. He earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from Monroe Community College.

Nasri, of Alfred, is now in the position of assistant professor in the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Department. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Kerman University, a Master of Software Systems degree from the University of British Columbia, and a doctorate from Simon Fraser University.

O’Dell, of Greenwood, is now an instructor in the Electrical Trades Department. He earned his Associate of Occupational Studies degree at Alfred State.

Scott, of Belmont, was hired as an instructor in the Culinary Arts Department. He received an associate degree from Alfred State.

Tilley, of Naples, is a new computer technician in the Technology Services Department. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering technology from Alfred State and previously served in the US Navy.

Torrell, of Sylva, NC, is now in the position of assistant professor in the Architecture and Design Department. She earned Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts degrees from the University of Washington.

Traugh, of Higganum, CT, joins the college as an instructor in the Automotive Trades Department. He earned his Associate of Occupational Studies degree from Alfred State.

Tremper, of Cohocton, was hired as an instructor in the Automotive Trades Department. He received his associate degree in autobody repair from Alfred State.

Warren, of Almond, is a new office assistant 1 (keyboarding) in the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department. She holds a degree in court and realtime reporting from Alfred State.

White, of Wellsville, joins the college as a clinical coordinator in the Physical and Life Sciences Department. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Niagara University, an Associate of Applied Science degree from Alfred State, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alfred University.

Willard, of Alfred, was hired as an instructor in the Electrical Trades Department. He earned his electrical apprenticeship certification from Dixie Applied Technical College.

The Division of Administration, Advancement and Enrollment has 10 new hires, including Samantha Brockway, David Brownell, Julie Harnish, Stephen Mercier, Jesse Peck, Katherine Price, Anthony Rudolph, Peter Van Tyne, Erika Winans, and Mandy York.

Brockway, of Dansville, joins the college as an office assistant 1 (keyboarding) in the Student Records and Financial Services Office.

Brownell, of Canisteo, was hired as a cleaner.

Harnish, of Dansville, is now in the position of office assistant 1 (keyboarding) in the Student Records and Financial Services Office.

Mercier, of Hornell, is a new cleaner.

Peck, of Dalton, joins the college as a herdsman at the College Farm.

Price, of Alfred Station, was hired as an office assistant (keyboarding) in the Admissions Department. She earned her Associate in Applied Science degree from Alfred State.

Rudolph, of Delevan, is now an admissions counselor. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communication from Medaille College.

Van Tyne, of Wellsville, is now in the position of print systems technician in the Print and Mail Services Department. He graduated with honors from Alfred University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Winans, of Andover, was hired as an office assistant 1 (keyboarding) in the Procurement and Payment Services Department. She holds a Certificate of Massage Therapy from the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage.

York, of Wellsville, joins the college as an office assistant 1 (keyboarding) in the Business Affairs Department. She received a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Kentucky.

The Division of Student Affairs has nine new hires, including Michael Armstrong, Kylie Bierman, Jason Doviak, Mario Dragone, Andrew Heslink, Joseph Histed, Sally Murphy, Ashley Schweitzer, and Rebecca Straub.

Armstrong, of Hornell, was hired as the head baseball coach. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Massachusetts.

Bierman, of Cuba, is now an assistant athletic trainer. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Alfred University.

Doviak, of Salem, MA, was hired as the director of athletics. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Cortland, and a Master of Business Administration degree from The College of Saint Rose.

Dragone, of Williamsville, is now in the position of university police officer 1. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University at Buffalo and served in the US Marine Corps.

Heslink, of Clymer, joins the college as the coordinator of campus recreation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from SUNY Brockport, a Bachelor of Science in health education from SUNY Brockport, and a Master of Science in athletic coaching education from West Virginia University.

Histed, of Brockport, was hired as a university police officer 1. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY Brockport.

Murphy, of Alfred, is now a residence hall director. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Houghton College.

Schweitzer, of Belmont, joins the college as a counselor in the Health and Wellness Services Department. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nazareth College, and a master’s degree from Alfred University.

Straub, of Allegany, is a new assistant athletic trainer. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Gannon University.

Business Department granted candidacy for accreditation

Posted Date: Friday, September 8, 2017 - 11:00

Having recently been granted candidacy status, the Business Department is one step closer to being accredited by an internationally recognized accreditation body.

Granting the candidacy was the Board of Commissioners of the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions throughout the world. The IACBE has hundreds of member institutions and campuses worldwide, and has accredited more than 1,500 business and business-related programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and South America.

In its decision to grant candidacy status to Alfred State’s Business Department, the Board determined that the department “has developed an appropriate quality management system; has satisfied candidacy requirements relating to its business programs, resources, and operational processes; and is eligible to undergo an accreditation review.”

Programs within the department that are eligible for accreditation include the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), financial planning (BBA), sport management (BBA), technology management (BBA), the Associate of Science (AS) in business administration sport management (AS), the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in accounting and marketing (AAS).

Assistant Professor and Department Chair Danielle Green said, “Achieving candidacy status demonstrates that our programs are well-designed and effective. External accreditation lends legitimacy to the programs and competency of the faculty within our department. Achieving this candidacy status places our business programs on the path to a valuable and unique accreditation that offers internationally recognized significance.”

Green added that she worked closely with Assistant Professor Mark Bloxsom for many hours to achieve candidacy status, noting that he was invaluable to the process. Dr. John Williams, dean of the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology, credited both Green and Bloxsom for the achievement, and elaborated on its importance.

“The significance of this candidacy for accreditation reflects the academic excellence and commitment of the business faculty to our students,” Williams said. “IACBE accreditation will be an additional distinction further defining the quality and value of an Alfred State degree. I am most grateful to Professors Green and Bloxsom for their commitment and determination as we moved through the process.”

Over the next 18 months, Green said, the department will be collecting data and reflecting on academic and operational practices as part of its comprehensive self-study.

“Following the self-study,” Green said, “the programs will be reviewed by the Board of Commissioners, and we have complete confidence that we will be awarded full accreditation status.”

Another No. 1 ranking for Alfred State

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 11:45

For the 11th straight year, Alfred State is highly ranked on the latest US News & World Report Best Colleges list.

Alfred State is No. 1 among all SUNY schools in the Northern Regional Colleges category. For schools with out-of-state tuition and fees below $12,000, once again Alfred State earned a No. 1 ranking in the north.

When looking at all public colleges in the 11-state northern region, the report ranked Alfred State an impressive No. 6 overall, No. 3 on the Best Value list for public colleges, and No. 3 on the Best Colleges for Veterans list of northern public schools.

students working on motorcycles in the lab
Alfred State continues to add new in-demand majors like the new motorcycle and power sports
technology program. The college again ranks high on the 2018 US News & World Report Best
Colleges list.

“We recognize that many students compare a long list of colleges and the 2018 US News & World Report Best Colleges rankings are instrumental to both students and parents researching their options,” said Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We’re very grateful that this prestigious list recognizes our faculty excellence, hands-on career preparation, and the superior student experience found at Alfred State. We’ve placed highly in a number of national rankings lately and it’s a tremendous honor.”

Recently Money Magazine’s Best Colleges for Your Money recognized Alfred State as top ranked in the nation compared to all schools listed with web development programs. Students searching for colleges with cyber security, applications software development, and network administration will see Alfred State ranked No. 2. In all, ASC is in the top ten list by Money when searching for eight different majors. ranks the college No. 3 in the country for schools with veterinary technology. Praise from student reviews also gained high marks for Alfred State from Princeton Review and

“Each of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities help our students find their purpose and their passion. Whether it’s in research, education, outreach, or engagement, our colleges and universities strive to achieve excellence in everything they do,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “We are thrilled that so many of our SUNY campuses have again received favorable rankings by US News & World Report. While we appreciate that rankings are one indication of quality, it does help demonstrate that SUNY is one of the best national education systems. Congratulations to each of the SUNY campuses recognized by the 2018 US News and World Report rankings.”

Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. welcomes Ashworth as new board member

Posted Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 10:15

Ruthanne AshworthThe Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., a private foundation representing faculty, staff, and friends of Alfred State, has welcomed a new board member, Ruthanne Ashworth, of Hornell.

An assistant professor in the Nursing Department, Ashworth joined the college in January 2017. She received an associate degree in nursing from Alfred State, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SUNY Brockport, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Binghamton University.

In addition to her teaching and advising duties at the college, Ashworth continues to work per diem as a nurse practitioner for Regional Gastroenterology Inc. in Lancaster, PA, where she has been employed for the last 15 years. She is also a member of Alfred State’s Senate Assessment and General Education Committee, and its Budget and Planning Committee.

Outside of the college, Ashworth is a member of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the National League for Nurses, a prior member of the St. Leo the Great School Board of Education, and a past member of St. Philip Apostle Church, where she served as a religious educator and Eucharistic minister prior to relocating to New York in January 2017.

She is the parent of one daughter, Mary.

Dr. Kellogg authors ‘Barry Baskerville’s Marvelous Memory’

Posted Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 10:00

cover of “Barry Baskerville’s Marvelous Memory,” the fifth book in the series about a boy detective Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of a new book titled, “Barry Baskerville's Marvelous Memory” (Airship 27, 2017).

This book is the fifth entry in a popular series of mysteries for children, and is available on the Amazon website. The book contains beautiful color illustrations by Gary Kato, a prominent Hawaiian artist.

“Barry Baskerville's Marvelous Memory” shows children how accurate observations, adequate repetition, and mnemonic techniques can enhance their memorization skills. The hero of the adventure is a precocious youngster named Barry Baskerville who has dreams of becoming a famous detective just like Sherlock Holmes.

Upon acquiring a new telescope, Barry teaches his classmates how to memorize the colors of the rainbow, the planets in our solar system, and other facts related to the field of astronomy. Barry even uses his remarkable memory to prevent his parents from being swindled by dishonest salespeople.

Dr. Kellogg is the author of four previous books dealing with Sherlock Holmes. He enjoys introducing readers to a world of enchantment that is inhabited by the great detective and his loyal colleague, Dr. John Watson.