November 2017

‘Camouflage’ exhibit addresses social norms, non-conformity

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 14:30
female face with blue mask
Pictured is “Fake It,” one of the watercolor paintings by
artist Tracy Hetzel that will be on display.

Having taken an in-depth look at the motives behind wishing to fit in and be “popular,” artist Tracy Hetzel will be presenting the resultant watercolor exhibition titled “Camouflage” at the Hinkle Memorial Library Gallery from Nov. 3-29.

In her artist statement, Hetzel explained the idea for “Camouflage” came from her questioning of “personal adornment in relation to social acceptance.”

“Why do we dress the way we do? Why do we apply makeup? Change the color of our hair? Wear trendy items?” she said. “Perhaps it camouflages who we really are by ‘painting’ on who we wish we could be. To be prettier, more popular, achieve a certain social status. Any way you look at it, there is a pressure to fit in, and in doing so, we tend to conform to popular societal standards.”

However, Hetzel noted, there are “the few out there, the non-conformists, who dress for themselves and dance as if no one is watching.” She said these individuals, in most cases, are “shunned by the popular norm” and called weird, odd, scowled at, and criticized for being different.

“But honestly, to me, these few are my heroes,” she said. “With my paintings, I want to portray my interpretation of camouflage, using it to integrate, to disguise, to escape, to hide, and ultimately portray both those who desire to be like the cool kids and those who shed their camo, embracing their true colors.”

Hetzel, a 1987 graduate of Wellsville High School, received her bachelor’s degree in art history from the University at Buffalo. Her illustrations have been featured in monthly publications, the New York Coffee Festival, Paris Fashion Week, the United Nations, Times Square, and for Colin and Alma Powell’s foundation, America’s Promise.

Additionally, Hetzel has written and illustrated a children’s book about her hometown call “W (Ella’s) ville,” and is the creative director at Graphic Essentials, a marketing and design firm in Baltimore, where she currently resides with her husband and their two children.

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.

ASC top 10 in US for selected arts and sciences degrees

Posted Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:30

From health technologies to veterinary care and forensic science, Alfred State College (ASC) is ranked top 10 in the nation among schools with selected majors. The 2018 Best Colleges list from US News and World Report and other ranking sites have awarded the college high national honors when comparing schools offering programs in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Serving the healthcare needs of patients – both human and animal – is the focus for several of the programs, while the school’s agricultural, environmental, human services, interdisciplinary, and nursing majors also are among the selected majors.

“While there are many schools offering programs in the arts and sciences, it’s great to see an objective source recognizing us as one of the top-ranked in the nation,” said Interim Dean Dr. Ingrid Johnston for the School of Arts and Sciences at Alfred State. “When students and parents compare schools in medicine, science, technology, and so many other fields, this could place Alfred State at the top of their lists.”

The 2018 Best Colleges list from US News and World Report, Money Magazine and other objective sources allow students to search for schools offering a specific major, and ranks Alfred State highly in several categories:

US College Rank Alfred State Program Source Major Description

No. 3

Health Information Technology - Also 100% Online

Health Information Technology
No. 3 Veterinary Technology Veterinary /Animal Health Tech.

Top 6

Health Information Technology - Also 100% Online

US News & World Rpt.

Health Information Technology

No. 8 Forensic Science Technology Money Mag. Forensic Science and Technology
No. 9 Veterinary Technology Rank Veterinary /Animal Health Tech.
No. 10 Health Information Technology - Also 100% Online Rank Health Information Technology
No. 11 Nursing RN to BSN - Also 100% Online Rank Affordable Online Ranking for Nursing
No. 12 Environmental Technology Rank Environmental Control Technologies
Top 13 Veterinary Technology US News & World Rpt. Veterinary /Animal Health Tech.
Top 15 Diagnostic Medical Sonography US News & World Rpt. Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Top 21 Environmental Technology US News & World Rpt. Environmental Control Technologies
No. 23 Individual Studies Money Mag. General Studies
No. 23 Interdisciplinary Studies Money Mag. General Studies
No. 26 Human Services Management Money Mag. Human Resources Management /Personnel
No. 28 Agricultural Business Rank Agribusiness /Agricultural Business
Top 31 Radiologic Technology US News & World Rpt. Radiologic Technology Radiographer
No. 37 Nursing RN to BSN - Also 100% Online Affordable Online Ranking for Nursing
Top 38 Health Sciences US News & World Rpt. Allied Health and Medical Assisting
Top 40 Agricultural Business US News & World Rpt. Agribusiness /Agricultural Business

To respond to the high demand for graduates and interest among students, some of the college’s healthcare degrees are available both on campus and 100 percent online. Health information technology (HIT), healthcare management, and nursing programs attract interest from many current healthcare workers. Online learning is a convenient way to earn a degree and advance the career of a working adult. A full list of majors available for online students is at

A full list of recent Alfred State accolades is available at

female student standing in front of medical equipment
Radiologic technology students such as Chloe Cox (Tuscon, AZ) are getting a high-quality education at Alfred State. Students searching for their selected major often find ASC highly ranked in the nation.


Duell finishes 2nd at USA Archery Collegiate 3D National Championships

Posted Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 15:15

Trystan Duell (mechanical engineering technology, Warsaw, '18) led the Alfred State archery team at the USA Archery Collegiate 3D National Championships held in Foley, AL. Duell shot his way to an impressive second-place individual finish in the men's compound/open class.

Duell led the compound team that had a strong showing in the competition on Saturday in the highly completive class. Senior Nick Mest (welding technology, Lakewood, '18) narrowly missed the podium with a fourth-place finish, and senior Austin Zauner (construction management, Darien Center, '18) finished 15th. The strong individual scores by the trio of archers earned the Pioneers the second seed in the compound team bracket and subsequent elimination rounds on Sunday. The blue and gold won their head-to-head elimination match against Penn College, but eventually fell in a bronze match against Hocking College.

Duell was understandably proud of the second-place finish at the national championship, adding, "It was an exciting opportunity to compete at a national championship with my teammates and against the other collegiate archers. With the 3D season now over, I'm really looking forward to our team's indoor season and think we have more good things to come."  

Greg Sammons, Alfred State's archery coach, was obviously proud of the team's efforts. 

"The archers who represented Alfred State in this national championship are all seniors and have all put countless hours into improving their skill in the discipline – and 3D archery in particular," Sammons said. "To witness one earn a place on the podium and have two top-five finishers in the most competitive division, speaks to their ability and speaks to the growing program at Alfred State."    

Thirteen colleges and university archery teams made the trek to Foley, AL for the three-day event, including archers from Georgia Tech, West Virginia University, Michigan State, Southeastern Illinois College, Hocking College, Emmanuel College, Penn College, Mississippi College, Lamar University, James Madison University, Augusta University, and Appalachian State. 

The Alfred State Archery team is a member of USA Archery's Collegiate Archery Program.

Alfred State Archery Club member Trystan Duell
Alfred State's Trystan Duell, left, came in second in the men's compound/open class in the USA Archery Collegiate 3D National Championships held in Foley, AL


Building a career in two years

Posted Date: Friday, November 3, 2017 - 12:15

A crowd of nearly 1,000 students and educators filled the Monroe County Fleet Center recently for a hands-on look at careers in construction and other trades. From masonry to electrical, Alfred State College (ASC) hosted displays and interactive exhibits to capture the attention of high school students beginning to consider their future job opportunities.

The need for more skilled workers makes this annual construction career day critical for many employers who are eager to hire. The promise of landing such a career after two years in an associate degree program can be very attractive to students.

“The Rochester career day is to give students the opportunity to explore construction-related skilled trades through hands-on activities,” stated Dr. Craig Clark, vice president of Economic Development at Alfred State. “The students know these careers are well paying and available in the region.”

At the 19th Annual Rochester Construction Career Day, students in grades 9-12 learned about rewarding careers in the construction industry including skilled trades, engineering, and management. Exhibitors from the construction industry, colleges, and employers talked with students about career paths and educational programs in fields including building trades, construction, electrical service, heavy equipment, HVAC, and masonry. All are available for students to study through two-year associate degree programs from ASC’s School of Applied Technology.

Dignitaries in attendance included: Monroe County Executive Chery Dinolfo, New York State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, New York State Sen. Joe Robach, City of Rochester Councilman Michael Patterson, Monroe 1 BOCES Superintendent Dan White, and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Superintendent Jo Anne Antonacci.

Alfred State, The Pike Company, LeChase Construction, LECESSE Construction, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Local Union 276, and other companies and unions sponsored the construction career day.

several students wearing yellow hard hats
Students wear hard hats supplied by the Pike Company and safety glasses from LeChase Construction at the Rochester Construction Career Day sponsored in part by Alfred State College.


Civic, student engagement pros share leadership expertise at conferences

Posted Date: Monday, November 6, 2017 - 11:00

Members of the Alfred State Office of Student Engagement and the Center for Civic Engagement recently presented at multiple conferences, sharing their expertise on leadership and explaining some great things happening on campus.

Zac Barbis, residence director and coordinator of Student Leadership, and Brittany Richards, coordinator of Student Activities, presented at the Mid-Atlantic Region Conference for the National Association of Campus Activities in Buffalo, and the College Student Personnel Association of New York State Annual Conference in Corning.

At these conferences, the two presented, “The Five Essential Elements: Infusing Clubs and Organizations with Leadership Development,” which focused on the leadership development of Alfred State students by incorporating Gallup’s “Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements as a basis for involvement.

Barbis stated, “Our presentation focused on caring for the wellbeing of involved student leaders, while also promoting the growth and development of new student leaders within clubs and organizations. The presentation stimulated productive discussion among those present and provided new ideas for everyone at the presentation.”

Next, Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement, and Troy Morehouse, director of Student Engagement, presented at the SUNY Applied Learning Conference in Niagara Falls. Their presentation, titled, “Applied Learning: The Alfred State Leadership Minor,” demonstrated to colleagues across SUNY how the Alfred State leadership minor came to be.

Along with this, the two discussed how applied learning principles were infused into the minor’s courses, thus allowing students to take the skills they are learning and apply them to real-world leadership and civic engagement challenges.

Morehouse said, “It is rewarding to see how innovative this program is. Other schools are working to create similar programs, and to know they may be modeling them off what we have already created further demonstrates Alfred State is a leader in this area.”

Alfred State Day of Giving set for Nov. 28

Posted Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 10:15

Whose story will you help write?

Thanks to the amazing generosity and response from Pioneers everywhere last year, Alfred State’s inaugural Day of Giving was a tremendous success. 

This year, however, the college is looking to go even bigger and have a greater impact by raising $120,000 from more than 500 donors during its Day of Giving, set for Nov. 28. 

Trish Haggerty, director of Annual Giving, said, “Every day, our donors help write a new story for one of our students, whether it’s providing a much-needed scholarship, helping send one of our nursing majors to Haiti to care for underprivileged children, or ensuring that our students work with the latest technology. We’re excited to raise the bar higher this year in an effort to have a greater impact and help write even more great stories for our students.” 

In helping to reach its goals, Alfred State is making it as easy as possible for people to give and be a part of this great event. Any gift made to Alfred State between now and Nov. 28 will be counted toward the Day of Giving. 

Donations can be made: 

  • Online at
  • Over the phone when speaking to one of the college’s volunteer callers that day
  • By mailing in a gift to Alfred State Institutional Advancement, 10 Upper College Drive, Alfred, NY 14802. 

Those looking to be a part of the action that day are encouraged to visit, like, follow, and share the Day of Giving toolkit content. The toolkit, found on, will enable supporters to download social media cover images, as well as a profile badge showing they gave. 

Additionally, will feature real-time updates and allow visitors to track what groups are having the biggest impact. Visitors to the site will also be able to be a part of unlocking challenges, matching gifts being awarded, and will see live videos that day. 

Furthermore, Alfred State will be hosting a number of exciting on-campus events on Nov. 28 for Day of Giving to engage and educate students about the importance of giving back. 

For more information on Alfred State’s Day of Giving, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 607-587-3930 or at

Jim Grillo receives Alfred State President’s Medallion

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:30
Jim Grillo
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Jim Grillo
recently received the Alfred State President’s Medallion.

SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Jim Grillo was honored with the Alfred State President’s Medallion Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Alfred State Lake Lodge.

The President’s Medallion was instituted in 2008 and is awarded to those who have made outstanding contributions to Alfred State. The college recognizes and commemorates the efforts of supporters and advocates dedicated to the mission of Alfred State.

From 1967 to 1968, Grillo fought in Vietnam as part of a Marine Recon unit, having been wounded three times and earning three Purple Hearts, with duties ranging from infantry machine gunner to platoon sergeant. He returned to the US in 1968, having been forced to retire from the military because of the wounds he received in combat.

Following his service in the Marines, Grillo returned to college, receiving two degrees from Alfred University: a Bachelor of Science in business administration in 1971 and a Master of Science in counseling and guidance in 1972. The latter year, he also took his first job at Alfred State as a residence hall director of Robinson/Champlin Hall.

In 1973, Grillo became a counselor in the Admissions Office. He quickly rose through the ranks, becoming the assistant director of Admissions three years later, and then the dean of Admissions, Records, and Financial Aid in 1978, a position he would hold until 1989.

That year, Grillo joined the Business Department as an associate professor, becoming department chair in 1993, a position he held until 1999. He then served as the dean of the School of Management and Engineering Technology for less than a year until he was named the dean of Marketing and Enrollment Management in November of 1999.

A year and a half later, Grillo became the vice president for Marketing and Enrollment Management, and then vice president for Administration and Enrollment Management. He rejoined the Business Department faculty in 2005, where he has remained ever since. He also served a total of eight years as Faculty Senate chair.

Throughout his career at Alfred State, Grillo has received a number of significant honors and awards, including the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 1980, the Business Teacher of the Year Alumni Award in 1992 and 1993, being recognized among the Who’s Who In Teaching in 1996, and being named a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2007.

At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, Grillo is retiring after 46 years of working at Alfred State. Looking back on his outstanding career, Grillo noted he wouldn’t change a thing and that he has loved every minute he has worked at the college.

ASC ranked top five in US for “new collar jobs"

Posted Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 15:15

For all 14 of the degree programs now offered to new students at the School of Applied Technology, Alfred State College (ASC) ranks among the top five schools in the nation. Graduates are able to launch their careers in the automotive, construction, manufacturing, and restaurant industries after two years of study.

With a skills gap that threatens to leave millions of American jobs unfilled and waiting for qualified workers, many students are choosing a path to land these “new collar jobs.” That term is used to describe jobs requiring skills beyond high school, but not necessarily a four-year degree.

Among the honors, objective sources rank Alfred State No. 1 in the US out of all schools offering six degrees related to construction, manufacturing, and automotive. For a new motorcycle and power sports major, ASC is a true pioneer by being the top and only ranked school offering such a degree.

“When you sign up for an associate degree here in Wellsville or Alfred, you know you are getting the knowledge and skills you need for the career you want,” said Jeff Stevens, interim dean for the School of Applied Technology. “These majors are geared to deliver graduates to employers who are eagerly looking for qualified applicants. I judge success by watching my students go directly from graduation day to a payday at their new job.”

Students searching for these in-demand majors will find ASC ranked highly on several college databases either at No. 1 or very near the top of the national rankings.

#1 Electrical Construction and Maintenance - AOS

#1 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning - AOS

#1 Machine Tool Technology - AOS

#1 Masonry - AOS

#1 Motorcycle and Power Sports Technology - AOS

#1 Motorsports Technology - AOS

#2 Autobody Repair - AOS

#2 Building Trades: Building Construction - AOS

#2 Heavy Equipment, Truck & Diesel Technician - AOS

#2 Heavy Equipment Operations - AOS

#3 Automotive Service Technician - AOS

#4 Welding Technology - AOS

#5 Culinary Arts - AOS

#5 Culinary Arts: Baking, Production & Management - AOS

There are a number of databases available where students can filter all US colleges and universities to list only those offering selected programs. Some of those sources ranking ASC highly include US News and World Report,, and Money Magazine’s Best Colleges for your Money. See details regarding the college’s rankings.

Students choose from a total of 75 different four-year and two-year degree options at Alfred State. Recent graduates report 99 percent either are employed or continuing their education within six months of earning a diploma.

For students still undecided about the best career path, Alfred State offers tools to help discover the degrees that employers are seeking. The college also has more information about the great need for skilled workers and advice on the subject from Mike Rowe, known for his work on television including “Dirty Jobs.” Undecided students can access these resources at

student wearing a hard helmet next to a solar panel
Electrical construction and maintenance electrician students are excited to be in a program where ASC is ranked among the top in the nation.

State officials gather ideas for Farm Bill during stop at Alfred State

Posted Date: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 11:45

Looking to cultivate the 2018 Farm Bill, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball and several other officials visited Alfred State recently to speak with and gather feedback from constituents about the critical legislation.

The event was one of several stops along the Farm Bill Listening Tour, which provides an opportunity for the officials to engage with industry professionals and community members and develop the 2018 bill’s priorities. The tour is hosted jointly by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).

Feedback gathered during the listening tour, according to, will be provided to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to help develop New York’s Farm Bill priorities for critical funding and policy changes in the areas of agriculture, nutrition, the environment.

The Farm Bill, the website states, is an omnibus, multi-year law that governs an array of agricultural and food programs. The most recent Farm Bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014, is set to expire at the end of 2018.

Interacting with constituents were Ball; Paul McKeown, Department of Environmental Conservation natural resources supervisor for western New York; Dick Kimball, New York Farm Bureau District 1 director; and Sam Roberts, commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Dr. Skip Sullivan provided the welcoming remarks for the event, which was attended by numerous elected officials, special guests, students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Speaking to all those gathered, Ball said, “There’s an awful lot at stake in the Farm Bill for New York and we appreciate you folks taking the time to be here and weigh in.”

For about an hour and a half, the officials listened to constituents speak about a number of important topics, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) program, which offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. Other topics included conservation and agricultural programs, the problem of the emerald ash borer, and supporting the next generation of agriculture professionals.

President Sullivan at podium with state representatives seated to the left in front of a crowd in the SLC
Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan speaks during the Farm Bill Listening Tour event hosted by the college. Also pictured, seated from left to right, are Dick Kimball, District 1 director of the New York Farm Bureau; Paul McKeown, Department of Environmental Conservation natural resources supervisor for western New York; Richard Ball, commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets; and Sam Roberts, commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Wellsville community benefiting through Alfred State, YMCA partnership

Posted Date: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 14:00

Making a positive impact on the nearby community is a chief priority at Alfred State. One way in which the college is achieving this outcome is through its partnership with the Wellsville YMCA for the use of the Pioneer Student Union (PSU).

Located on the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville, the PSU includes numerous recreation offerings, from ping pong and foosball tables to basketball and racquetball courts, as well as a Health and Wellness Center where students can receive medical treatment or be connected with counseling services.

But the facility isn’t just for students, as Alfred State’s PSU has been hosting Wellsville YMCA programming since 2015. Among the activities and functions that have taken place there are youth and adult basketball leagues, a winter racquetball league, indoor soccer, cheer clinics, Zumba-thons, pickle ball, and more.

Justin Cornelius, coordinator of Student Affairs at the Wellsville campus, noted that as a result of the partnership, the YMCA is able to provide expanded programming due to the availability of space and the increased opportunities that come from having access to a full gymnasium.

“I am happy that Alfred State, through the use of the Pioneer Student Union, is able to help play a positive role for the community in which I reside,” Cornelius said. “We are trying to help meet a need of the community through the relationship and it is exciting to be part of something that helps toward the development of our youth. We strive to set our graduates on a great path for the rest of their lives, but this is a wonderful example of how our efforts can and do reach an even broader population.”

Traci Johnson Keppel, director of the Wellsville YMCA, said, “I think the partnership between Alfred State and the Wellsville YMCA is great. We have opportunities using the Alfred State facility we wouldn’t otherwise have. Building a YMCA is a long process of fundraising and having community support. Our partnership with Alfred State has given us gym space that is really needed in Wellsville. In the past, we have used the Wellsville Central School’s gym, but they have their own programs so it was hard to get in. This partnership has given us the opportunity to offer more programs in our area.”

Cornelius also noted that the YMCA provides a free one-month membership to any Wellsville-based Alfred State students.

“Most importantly, though, the community members benefit from the relationship as a result of having a space for healthy activities throughout the year,” he said. “Area youth are able to develop themselves athletically even during our long winters when options for fun and healthy activities can be a little bit more limited.”

Renamed the “Pioneer Student Union” in 2016, the facility was previously known as the “Student Activities Center.” Its origin dates back to the late 1960s, when the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. initially hired a company to construct a student activities building on the Wellsville campus.

Since then, the Foundation has continued to make improvements on the building, including more recently new painting, trim, doors, ceiling tiles, the creation of a computer lab with new stations, a MindSpa, and a revamped gymnasium. The private foundation provides monetary support to enhance learning opportunities for students through scholarships, work grants, and academic club activities.

students playing dodgeball in the Pioneer Student Union
Students play dodgeball in the Pioneer Student Union on the Wellsville campus. Students aren’t the only ones who get to enjoy the facility, however, as the college has been partnering with the Wellsville YMCA to offer community programs within the building since 2015.