October 2017

Dr. Kellogg authors article on joys of hunting

Posted Date: Monday, October 23, 2017 - 15:00

Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of an article appearing in the most recent issue of New York State Conservationist, a bi-monthly journal published by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Kellogg's contribution is a personal memoir titled “Mossberg Memories,” in which he describes the joy of hunting experiences shared with his brother for more than half a century. He notes that Allegany County is a sporting paradise for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, boating, hunting, and fishing.

The author concludes that hunting is much more than the stalking and taking of wild animals. He notes that the sport is also about the meaning of family, of relationships, and love.

Kellogg frequently writes about the genre of mystery fiction. He is the creator of a popular series of children's books featuring boy detective Barry Baskerville. His most recent book, “Barry Baskerville's Marvelous Memory,” is available on the Amazon website.

No. 1 US college for court reporting

Posted Date: Friday, October 27, 2017 - 08:30

When considering colleges, many students are searching not only for the right school but also for the right career path. Alfred State College (ASC) is ranked near the top of the class when students search for several degrees in architecture, design, and business.

Alfred State ranks No. 1 for court reporting according to US News and World Report's 2018 Best Colleges list. ASC is also the only ranked school offering the major. In all, Alfred State placed on national top 10 lists nine times for the selected majors.

“Alfred State has many strong programs and career-ready options for students with technical, financial, or artistic interests,” said Dr. John Williams, dean of the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology. “With the great search tools available from objective sources like US News, nowadays it’s even easier for students to find quality programs in their area of interest. Our graduates are successful and in demand and this is yet another indicator of the quality faculty and programs in the school. We are very proud to hold so many spots at the top of the list.”

When students and parents search for certain majors, US News and other objective sources show ASC ranked very highly in many categories:

US College Rank Alfred State Program Source Description of Major
No. 1 Court and Realtime Reporting - Also 100% Online US News & World Rpt. Court Reporting
No. 1 Court and Realtime Reporting - Also 100% Online StartClass.com Rank Court Reporting
No. 3 Architectural Technology Money Mag. Architectural Technology
No. 5 Digital Media and Animation Money Mag. Animation, Interactive Technology
No. 6 Architectural Technology StartClass.com Rank Architectural Technology
No. 8 Financial Planning Money Mag. Financial Planning and Services
Top 9 Accounting US News & World Rpt. Accounting Technology
Top 9 Architectural Technology US News & World Rpt. Architectural Technology
No. 10 Digital Media and Animation AffordableSchools.net Most Affordable Bachelor's in Animation
No. 15 Accounting StartClass.com Rank Accounting Technology
No. 16 Financial Planning StartClass.com Rank Financial Planning and Services
No. 21 Digital Media and Animation ClassStart.com Rank Animation, Interactive Technology
Top 22 Digital Media and Animation US News & World Rpt. Animation, Interactive Technology
No. 23 Marketing StartClass.com Rank Sales, Distribution, and Marketing
Top 24 Marketing US News & World Rpt. Sales, Distribution, and Marketing
No. 24 Architecture Money Mag. Architecture
Top 25 Financial Planning US News & World Rpt. Financial Planning and Services

The court and realtime reporting program is in high demand both for legal proceedings and for video captioning. The Court Reporters Association cites 5,500 job vacancies due to a lack of qualified applicants and an aging workforce. Alfred State offers classes in court reporting 100 percent online or on campus for earning either a certificate or associate degree. Recently a Rochester television station focused on the high demand for court reporters and estimated that the position may provide a $100,000 paycheck.

ASC offers students many tools to help discover which major is a good fit. One approach is to narrow down possibilities by evaluating the likelihood of landing a job in the chosen field. Dozens of the college’s degrees traditionally have more employers ready to hire than there are graduates. Students can see the list of majors with more jobs than graduates at www.AlfredState.edu/more-jobs.

A full list of recent Alfred State accolades is available at www.AlfredState.edu/rankings.

Court reporting student
Alfred State is preparing court and realtime reporting students for an in-demand, high-paying job. The college is the only school on US News and World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges list to offer such a major.

Festa Italiana meal to benefit veterans group

Posted Date: Monday, October 30, 2017 - 15:30

In support of the Allegany County Vietnam Veterans Organization and Camp, Alfred State will be hosting a Festa Italiana dinner from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Culinary Arts Building on the Wellsville campus.

The cost of the meal is $17 for adults and $8 for children 10 and under. The menu will include:

  • Made-to-order pasta stations
  • Brick oven wood-fired pizzas
  • Chicken parmesan
  • Lasagna roll-ups
  • Stuffed Italiana pork loin
  • Cheese-stuffed meatballs
  • Eggplant ragout
  • Pasta fagioli soup
  • Spinach tortellini soups
  • Fabulous Italian desserts and much more.

All proceeds will benefit the Allegany County Vietnam Veterans Organization and Camp. For more information, call 607-587-3170.

Educators, industry pros discuss STEM, skills gap, workforce economy

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 10:45

More than 60 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educators and industry professionals gathered for a forum at Alfred State recently to explore the economic future of western New York, closing the skills gap, and increasing interest in STEM fields.

Titled, “The Future Workforce Forum: Closing the Middle Skills Gap, the forum was organized by WNY STEM Hub in collaboration with Alfred State, WNY STEM Satellite Center at St. Bonaventure University, and the Greater Southern Tier STEM Hub. It was 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.

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, provided the welcoming remarks for the forum, and noted that the college places great emphasis on preparing students for STEM careers.

“We think there is a great value for us, for our country, for our state, and for our region to promote careers in STEM fields,” he said.

Dr. Michelle Kavanaugh, president of WNY STEM Hub, served as the facilitator of the forum, which included speaker remarks, followed by a panel discussion, and finally a participatory World Café-format discussion.

“Today, we are going to put our minds together and envision our local workforce for the future, and how we might shape that together,” Kavanaugh told attendees.

Many speakers agreed that filling STEM job openings with qualified, high-skilled workers is key to maintaining a strong economy in western New York. When asked to identify which STEM jobs are in highest demand, John Slenker, market analyst, for the New York State Department of Labor, responded, “All of them.”

“Literally all STEM occupations make your life better,” he pointed out, “whether it is entertainment, transportation, medicine, etc.”

Stephen Tucker, president and CEO of the WNY Workforce Training Center, offered a four-pillared approach to closing the middle skills STEM gap, which included awareness, education and preparation, access and support, and mentoring.

“We have to prepare (students) to be problem-solvers and critical thinkers so that they can bring those (valuable STEM) skills to their employers,” he said.

Dr. Craig Clark, vice president for Economic Development at Alfred State, noted the college’s success in connecting students to both STEM-related and non-STEM-related jobs, as evident by its 99 percent employment and continuing education rate. He also mentioned Alfred State students receive plenty of valuable real-world, hands-on learning experiences that provide them with the skills and knowledge they need on the job.

“Our programs are geared toward getting your hands dirty on lab equipment for applied projects the first semester,” he said.

Clark added that real-world experience, exposing high school students to a college campus environment, holding career days and career fairs, and making connections within the industries are some other ways in which interest in STEM will increase and the economy of western New York will benefit as a result.

John Slenker, market analyst for the New York State Department of Labor, speaks at the podium
John Slenker, market analyst for the New York State Department of Labor, speaks at “The Future Workforce Forum: Closing the Middle Skills Gap” event.


Celebrate Service, Celebrate Allegany connects students to local communities

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 13:15

Reprinted with permission. By Corey Fecteau/Alfred University

The sixth annual Celebrate Service, Celebrate Allegany day of service event, held on Saturday, Oct. 28, was a success, as 250 student volunteers from Alfred University, Alfred State College, and Houghton College engaged in community service projects throughout Allegany County.

Students from all three institutions gathered at their respective colleges and were transported to pre-arranged service locations throughout much of the county. Students worked on outdoor projects, such as fall clean-up, and indoor projects, such as preparing meals, assembling aid packages, and painting. Overall, 250 volunteers worked on 30 projects in 14 different communities.

Six years ago, a group from Leadership Allegany organized the inaugural Celebrate Service, Celebrate Allegany service day. The vision of this event – building relationships between students and community members, enhancing student exposure to the county beyond the confines of the campuses, and delivering meaningful help to public and non-profit organizations – continues annually.

Over the past five years, more than 2,000 students have participated in Celebrate Service, Celebrate Allegany, investing more than 12,000 hours of service to Allegany County communities during the annual day of service alone. Celebrate Service, Celebrate Allegany is scheduled each year on Make a Difference Day, the largest single national day of community service.

“Serving Allegany County allows students to better understand the culture and needs of their adopted communities,” said Corey Fecteau, service learning coordinator for Alfred University. As a result of this event, “students identify more with the local community. Hearing about the connections they make between their home communities and Allegany County is always a highlight of the event.”

“Alfred State students are eager to give back to their community,” said Amy Miller, Alfred State College coordinator of civic engagement. “Each organization explains their outreach and mission so students understand how their service contributes to the bigger picture. Additionally, students develop an understanding of the ongoing needs and opportunities of the organization so they can continue to serve throughout their college career.”

“What excites me the most when I drive around to check in on students at the different community project sites is the great conversation and relationship-building that happens between students who are serving a common purpose, and with the community partner that they are working alongside,” noted Phyllis Gaerte, Houghton College alumni and community engagement director. “There is no better way to get to know your neighbors.”

The impact of Celebrate Service, Celebrate Allegany goes far beyond a single day. For students, it is a way to illustrate and develop a culture and lifestyle of community service, which they will hopefully carry with them throughout their tenure as students and into their lives post-education. For local communities, it enables important tasks, projects, and events to get a jump-start, make significant progress, or come to fruition.

The three institutions rely on donations to help pay for necessary supplies, t-shirts, and transportation for the day of service. This year, financial and in-kind support was graciously provided by Otis Eastern Services, Leadership Allegany, The Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce, Allegany County Area Foundation, Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services (ACES), Allegany County United Way, Alfred Sports Center, and Steuben Trust Company.

For more information about the Celebrate Service, Celebrate Allegany day of service, please visit www.celebrateallegany.com.

Students volunteering for Celebrate Service Celebrate Allegany
Alfred State students help clean up the Pioneer Trail system during the sixth annual Celebrate Service Celebrate Allegany event. Pictured, from left to right, are Morgan Jeffery (technology management, Palmyra), Zachary Spekczynski (motorsports technology, Canastota), Adam West (construction management, Macedon), and Francis Tabisola (sport management, Westbury).