October 2017

Alfred State taking part in SUNY Financial Aid Day

Posted Date: Monday, October 2, 2017 - 11:45

The Office of Student Records and Financial Services will participate in the annual SUNY Financial Aid Day, Saturday, Oct. 14, beginning at 9 a.m. in EJ Brown Hall, room 212, on the Alfred campus.

The Student Records and Financial Services Office staff will assist students and their guests in completing and submitting the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically. The FAFSA is required for all financial aid, including New York State assistance. Staff will also be available to answer any questions regarding the financial aid process.

Students/parents can register by going to www.suny.edu/studentevents or by calling 1-800-342-3811. This workshop is open to all prospective college students and their families, including those who do not plan to attend Alfred State. Registrants will receive an email listing necessary information, including what materials students/parents will need to bring with them, building location details, and parking directions.

Prior to SUNY Financial Aid Day, participants are encouraged to obtain: a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) at https://fsaid.ed.gov (allow one to three business days for the Social Security Administration to verify information); driver's licenses; alien registration card (non-U.S. citizens); bank statements and investment information; FAFSA PIN number; Social Security numbers; 2016 Federal Income Tax return (or estimated); W-2 forms or other records of income earned for 2016; and 2016 untaxed income information.

SUNY's statewide Student Financial Aid Days are offered as a service to all prospective college students and their families. The programs are designed to answer questions and provide assistance regarding the financial aid application, types of aid available, and the award process.

Forty-seven programs will be offered across New York State. Students and parents should feel free to attend the program closest to where they live.

‘Reflections’ exhibit explores several genres, themes

Posted Date: Monday, October 2, 2017 - 15:00

A number of astounding paintings by artist Kenneth P. Cobb are being presented in an exhibit titled “Reflections” at the Hinkle Memorial Library Gallery at Alfred State from now to Oct. 27.

Cobb is a studio artist specializing in oil, charcoal, and pastel. In his artist statement, he said he has “always been attracted to the investigative practice of painting.”

painting of a girl on a couch reading her iPad
“Lapse,” an oil-on-canvas painting, is one of the works of
art by Kenneth P. Cobb that are on display now until Oct. 27.

“It’s almost like an experimental process,” he said. “From the idea to the technical application of the paint, I have found each problem-solving step can be very rewarding as an experience in itself.”

The “Reflections” exhibit highlights investigations the artist has conducted over the past several years and includes a showcase of the figurative, still life, and landscape genres.

In “Reflections,” Cobb has explored and included several themes, from the industrial landscape, to the portrait narrative, to color explorations/explorations in technique, and technology and culture. He noted that each series has had its unique challenges in regards to research and execution.

An instructor of art at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Cobb teaches courses in drawing, painting, graphic design, and gallery management.

Born in 1975 in Canandaigua, Cobb received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and computer art from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and his Master of Fine Arts in studio art from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

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

Students apply skills to restoring cabins at Allegany State Park

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 11:15

A number of cabins along the Ryan Trail at Allegany State Park got a much-needed facelift recently thanks to a project involving Alfred State Building Trades students.

For two weeks, 14 students worked on upgrading the cabins, which included foundation stabilization, structural repair, reroofing, siding repair, and painting. Altogether, nine cabins were included in the renovation project, which was a joint collaboration among Alfred State; HistoriCorps; and the New York State (NYS) Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

student wearing hard hat digging a hole underneath the house
Joe Geegba, a building trades: building construction major from Buffalo,
works on renovating one of the cabins along the Ryan Trail at Allegany
State Park.

According to Building Trades Chair and Associate Professor Jack Jones, the students ate and slept in the same cabins they were working on. The cabins were originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s.

Jones added that HistoriCorps, a nonprofit organization that engages volunteers to save historic places across the United States, arranged the meals and provided on-site leadership and logistics for the project. Students all pitched in to help cook and clean up, Jones said, and four of them even assisted a local resident with some work that he needed completed.

“I think this immersive educational experience has been a great opportunity for our students,” Jones said. “Staying on site has given them a break from the classic campus-based educational environment. These guys were able to get to know one another better and make memories that will stick with them for a lifetime, all while helping to preserve history, and developing their skills and education. There are a couple of things we can do better next time, but overall, this pilot was a big success.”

Jay Bailey, regional director for the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s Allegany Region, said, “We here at Allegany State Park are very pleased to be the host and a partner to this unique collaboration among NYS Parks, HistoriCorps, and Alfred State. This partnership, with one of our key local educational institutions, has provided real-world experience for their students while helping us preserve and renovate these CCC-era cabins.

Bailey added, “Allegany State Park’s guests are known to come back year after year to enjoy these special cabins, and Alfred State and HistoriCorps have made it possible for families to keep this tradition alive for generations to come. We would like to thank each and every student, alumni, and staff member for their contribution to the Ryan Trail Cabin Project.”

The students all agreed that working on the project was a valuable experience.

“Working with Historicorps was awesome and a truly unique experience,” said Isiah Richardson, a building trades: building construction student from Geneva. “With the amount of fun everyone had, it’s hard to consider a better way to contribute to the community.”

Jonathan Barber, a building trades: building construction major from Batavia, said, “It was an experience I will never forget. Because of this trip, I feel like I was able to work on skills that helped me become a better carpenter and a better person. These are skills that will help me in the long run.”

CJ Blanchard, a building trades: building construction student from Hornell, noted, “Working with HistoriCorps was such an honor. They really have a passion for historic preservation and the environment that they passed on to my fellow students and me."

Students tour Incubator Works

Posted Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:00

A group of  technology management students recently toured Incubator Works in Alfred, where they learned about the importance of incubators to start-up businesses and to the development and launching of new technology products. 

The main tours and presentations were provided by Dr. Alan Rae, co–executive director of Incubator Works. A special product presentation was given by Dr. Arun Varshneya, president of Saxon Glass Technologies, who showed students how the incubator provided the necessary resources to develop a glass-strengthening process. This process is used for the tubules that hold epinephrine inside Epi-Pens and helps to provide less breakage for this very important lifesaving device. 

Susan Gorman, a lecturer in the Business Department, who teaches the students who attended the trip in a class called “Managing Technology Innovation,” said, “The Incubator Works tour was a beneficial learning opportunity for students in the technology management program. The tours took classroom lectures on incubators into reality by meeting with real-world entrepreneurs involved in business development and new technological breakthroughs.”

several students around a conference table at Incubator Works
Technology management students recently visited Incubator Works in Alfred on an educational field trip.


Wellsville campus restaurant’s new name honors the past

Posted Date: Friday, October 13, 2017 - 15:45

Paying tribute to the early history of the Wellsville campus while also looking ahead to the future, Alfred State has come up with a fitting new name for its restaurant at the School of Applied Technology: “The Refinery Restaurant.”

Located in the Culinary Arts Building, The Refinery Restaurant is open for lunch fine dining from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, as well as one night per month for unique themed events, including both buffet and fine dining options. Reservations are recommended, with the exception of Thursday buffet, and can be made by calling 607-587-3170.

The next evening event will be a Festa Italiana fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 9, with proceeds benefitting the Allegany County Vietnam Veterans Organization and Camp.

Speaking to the name choice of the restaurant, Deb Burch, chair of the Culinary Arts Department, said, “We wanted something that symbolizes both the history of the Wellsville campus, as well as the high quality of the dining experience that Alfred State offers, and so we feel that ‘The Refinery Restaurant’ is a perfect fit.”

The Wellsville campus was originally developed as an oil refinery, and was once one of the largest in the Pennsylvania oil fields. Opening in 1901, it was rebuilt by Sinclair after a major fire in 1938, and played a significant role during World War II.

As regional oil supplies dwindled, the refinery struggled, closing in 1958 after a second significant fire. Many of the refinery’s buildings still stand today and are used by Alfred State for job training to feed high-need industries such as advanced manufacturing.

Classes began in Wellsville on Oct. 19, 1966, for 110 students enrolled in five programs taught by 10 faculty members. These five initial programs were automotive service, building construction, drafting, electrical service, and food service.

The announcement of the new name that honors the past comes soon after the college announced changes to the culinary arts program and public dining options.

The changes, which took effect at the beginning of the fall semester, will better prepare students for the current food services industry, as well as improve the experience for patrons. These include a wider variety of menu options for dietary needs and healthier choices, farm-to-table options, seasonal presentations, themed menus, and customer point-of-sale devices.

Alfred State celebrates new Motorcycle and Power Sports Technology Building

Posted Date: Monday, October 16, 2017 - 08:45
President Sullivan on top of an electric motorcycle  with large scissors, ribbon, several people standing behind him
President Dr. Skip Sullivan, center, cuts a ribbon to celebrate the college’s new Motorcycle
and Power Sports Technology Building along Route 244 in Alfred.

Alfred State is all revved up about its newest facility that enables students to learn about motorcycle and power sports diagnosis and repair.

The college recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new Motorcycle and Power Sports Technology Building, which houses a new program of the same name. The program is the first of its kind in the entire Northeast.

The brand-new building includes hands-on laboratories, where students work on all kinds of full-size functioning vehicles, from motorcycles to jet skis. The new facility is located in Alfred between the college farm and motorsports technology labs along Route 244.

Speaking first at the ceremony was Jeffrey Stevens, interim dean of the School of Applied Technology, who said he could think of no better location in which to teach this skilled trade.

“If you think about it, when you look at the commercials and you look at the fliers, you really don’t see a motorcycle riding down New York City with the skyscrapers, and you don’t see the snowmobiles coming across downtown Buffalo in the park. This is the ideal environment.”

Dr. Craig Clark, vice president for Economic Development, thanked Southern Tier West and the Appalachian Regional Commission for their support of the new program and facility. He also noted that the new program follows the same “Wellsville model” as the others that are within the Automotive Trades Department, in which students spend numerous hours each day performing hands-on work with vehicles.

“We have not only a great facility, but we’ve taken that Wellsville model and transplanted it up here (in Alfred) and we’re going to turn out some of the best technicians you’ll ever see,” he said.

The final speaker was Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan, who thanked everyone who was involved in the project, including Alfred State Controller Joe Greenthal, project manager Hady ElSayed, LaBella Associates, and faculty and staff.

“We’re excited that this building is here and that it represents a new program that has a great future,” he said.

Just prior to cutting the ribbon, Sullivan rode up to it on an Alta Redshift MX electric motorcycle that was provided by Motovate Performance.

The Associate in Occupational Studies degree in motorcycle and power sports technology trains graduates for careers such as a motorcycle technician, marine vehicle technician, small engine/lawn and garden equipment technician, service manager, and repair shop supervisor. Some graduates may also choose to be their own boss and own a maintenance and repair shop.

Training includes all aspects of motorcycle and small vehicle repair, working with gasoline and diesel engines, transmissions, electrical/electronic systems, brake systems, steering systems, and suspension systems.

Giving back to local veterans

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:00

students driving bulldozers (2) and lots of dirtStudents in the heavy equipment operations program have been working on a project that gives back to those who have given so much for their country.

Specifically, the students have been clearing land and excavating a pond for the Allegany County Vietnam Veterans Organization in Alma. According to Building Trades Department Chair Jack Jones, the three-week project has allowed students to serve local military veterans, while fulfilling their operating time requirements on the bulldozer and excavator for their curriculum.

“The Alfred State Building Trades Department is honored to give back to an organization made up of members who have served our nation with such honor and valor and whose mission is to advocate for the rights and respect of America’s veterans,” Jones said.

The veterans organization maintains 110 acres of woodland as a retreat and recreation sanctuary for military veterans. It has also partnered with the Bath Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center to offer their services to VA patients.

Furthermore, the organization is also participating in the Homeless Collaboration Project, working with homeless service providers in a seven-county area to provide opportunities and activities for those who have served in combat.

Alfred State gets great marks for graduation, freshman retention rates

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 15:00

A national resource for students has declared, “Alfred State is one of the best in the country” for freshman retention, and has also praised the college for graduation rates of students at risk of not completing their degree.

Based on the profile of first-time/full-time students entering Alfred State, CollegeFactual.com determined that fewer than half of these students would normally graduate in a reasonable time at most colleges. However, by choosing Alfred State, these students graduate 68.7 percent of the time, a rate that is 22.5 percent higher than the average.

“Therefore, Alfred State is among the highest-performing schools nationwide in graduating students when their anticipated academic achievement is factored in,” concluded College Factual, which defines a reasonable graduation time period as three to six years, depending on the type of degree.

On the topic of retention, College Factual found that, “With 88 percent of students staying on for a second year, Alfred State is one of the best in the country when it comes to freshman retention rates.”

“We are extremely pleased that our graduation and freshman retention rates are recognized as among the very best,” said Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Our students show tremendous drive and a great interest to succeed. This achievement is a testament to the quality of education at Alfred State and the tremendous student experience that we offer. It’s the result of countless hours of hard work and dedication by our students, faculty, and staff.”

College Factual’s trend chart on retention showed that in 2011, 66 percent of Alfred State first-year students remained for a second year, and that the share increased to 88 percent in 2016. US News & World Report agrees that the number of first-year students staying for their sophomore year is a powerful measure of success for a college, ranking Alfred State No. 4 among public schools on its Best Retention Rate list in the 11-state Northern Regional Colleges category.

Associate Professor of Business Steven Reynolds provides assistance to a student on a computer in a lab.
Associate Professor of Business Steven Reynolds provides assistance to a student. The helpfulness of
faculty is just one of the many reasons the college has such impressive graduation and freshman retention rates.


Alfred State continues to corral fun events for Homecoming

Posted Date: Friday, October 20, 2017 - 09:45

Alfred State Pioneers and their families saddled up this year for yet another fun and successful Homecoming and Family Weekend celebration, which featured, among other highlights, the college’s first bulls and barrels rodeo.

Horse and rider at rodeo.
A horse and rider maneuver around a barrel during the rodeo

Taking place Saturday, Oct. 14, the rodeo was coordinated by Broken B Rodeo, of Dalton. To the delight of audience members, professional bull riders used their skills and mastery of form to score points for each second they stayed on an animal weighing more than 1,000 pounds.

Audiences also marveled as barrel races tested horses’ athleticism and mental conditioning, along with riders’ horsemanship skills as they maneuvered through a cloverleaf pattern at top speed.

The rodeo was one of many highlights of Homecoming and Family Weekend, which took place Oct. 12-14. The first night, Thursday, featured the annual Blue and Gold dinner, followed by a dodgeball game between students and faculty/staff members. Friday’s events included the seventh annual Carly’s Club Race for a Cure 5K Run/Walk, a spirit rally and bonfire, fireworks, and the always-popular Alfred’s Got Talent show.

In addition to the rodeo, Saturday saw fans of Pioneer athletics come out in full force to support the Blue and Gold as they took on the Gallaudet Bison at Pioneer Stadium. A Greek chili cook-off and car show preceded the big game.

Capping off Saturday’s festivities was Peter Boie, known as the “Magician for Non-Believers,” who left audiences both laughing and astonished.

Colleen Argentieri, director of Alumni Relations and co-chair of the Homecoming and Family Weekend Committee, said she is very pleased with how the weekend went.

“Once again, we simply could not have ordered two more perfect days with the weather,” she said. “The weekend consisted of a lot of Pioneer spirit with several athletic events, great food, festivity, and even a rodeo. We received wonderful remarks from both alumni and parents who attended. We have an amazing committee and group of people at the college who work hard to pull this event together, and once again, it was a great success.”

Fellow committee member Mallory Morehouse, associate director of Orientation and Family Programs, said, “We were excited to add a new event to the weekend schedule. The rodeo did not disappoint. As always, Alfred’s Got Talent was a highlight and I am continually impressed with the talent of our students.”

Workforce forum addresses skills gap

Posted Date: Monday, October 23, 2017 - 13:15

Baby boomers are retiring. Many blue collar jobs are now technology-based and are re-branded as “new collar” opportunities. Younger workers are still leaving the area to launch their careers in other regions. Who will fill the current and future jobs in our regional work force?

These important questions and others will be explored in The Future Workforce Forum: Closing the Middle Skills STEM Gap, a regional conversation about Western New York’s economic future, Friday, Oct. 27, 1-4 p.m., at Alfred State SUNY College of Technology’s Student Leadership Center.

The event is organized by WNY STEM Hub in collaboration with Alfred State SUNY College of Technology, WNY STEM Satellite Center at St. Bonaventure University, and the Greater Southern Tier STEM Hub.  It is part of a series of regional forums across New York State funded by a national STEMx Challenge Grant administered through the State University of New York on behalf of the Empire State STEM Learning Network.

Michelle Kavanaugh, president of WNY STEM Hub says, “While some portions of our region are rebounding, there is an urgent need to address those areas where growth is lagging and, most importantly, the greater region’s future workforce needs in order to sustain growth.  A prepared STEM workforce supported by an aligned education/training pipeline is critical to a vibrant future for our region.”

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State College adds, “By aligning our STEM-related programs with high-paying careers that are in demand, Alfred State is proud to be recognized as a STEM Jobs Approved College with a 97 percent Opportunity Score for providing internships and hands-on training. Our college partners with business, education, and economic development leaders to help train the workforce of tomorrow and to fill many jobs that otherwise would go vacant.”

Chris Suozzi, vice president of Business and Workforce Development at the Genesee County Economic Development Center said that building a pipeline of workers is critical to the Science Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) in Genesee County.  “Economic development is hyper competitive and if we are going to land advanced manufacturing companies at STAMP these companies want to know that we have a highly trained and productive workforce to handle the skills required for these technologically driven jobs.”

During the forum, subject matter experts will address the state of our regional workforce, followed by a participatory World Café-format discussion during which the attendees and experts will interact to answer key questions. Participants include:

Amber Mooney, manager of Government Affairs, The Business Council of New York State;

Jill Lansing, assistant vice chancellor and director of Education Pipeline Initiatives, SUNY Vice Chancellor’s Office;

John Slenker, market analyst, New York State Department of Labor;

Holly Hutchinson, project director, American Apprenticeship Initiative;

Evelyn Sabina, program coordinator, Dream It. Do It. WNY;

Mark Vaughn, technical talent pipeline manager, Corning;

Stephen Tucker, president & CEO, WNY Workforce Training Center

Dr. Craig Clark, vice president for Economic Development, SUNY Alfred State; and

Todd Oldham, vice president, Economic Development and Innovative Services, Monroe Community College.

Data from the WNY Middle Skills Gap Report, published in October of 2016, compiled by SUNY Monroe Community College Economic Development and WNY STEM under a SUNY TEAM grant, will form the basis of discussion. 

The forum is open to the public and the cost is $22 per person. Registration is required at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-workforce-middle-skills-stem-gap-tickets....