The Performing Arts Department would like to invite you, your family, and friends to its free, annual Instrumental Music Winter Concert, “A Night of Broadway,” on Saturday, Dec. 9, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Orvis Activities Center Cappadonia Auditorium.
The concert band, under the direction of Gerald Ives, will perform selections from the Broadway musicals West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Music Man, and A Portrait of Andrew Lloyd Webber works.
The rock ensemble, under the leadership of student Anthony Halagian (computer information systems, Buffalo), will perform classic rock numbers. The concert will close with the jazz ensemble performing music of Chicago, James Brown, Duke Ellington, and others.
Please come, watch, and enjoy as Alfred State’s talented musicians ring in the holiday season.
Attendees are also encouraged to bring in their unused instruments and donate them to help an aspiring young musician – who cannot afford an instrument – enjoy and create the sounds of music.
The end of the harvest season for 2017 has kicked off the next period of planning between the Alfred Food Pantry and the Alfred Community Garden.
In the spring of 2017, the two food-focused groups established a collaborative partnership designed to attack food insecurity. As a team, both organizations implemented their experiment, which delivered important victories.
“For the first time, Alfred Food Pantry volunteers cultivated two raised bed plots in the Community Garden, and their yield provided fresh, high-quality produce to pantry clients throughout the growing season,” explained Cassandra Bull, AmeriCorps VISTA member for the garden.
Alfred Food Pantry volunteers Hope Zaccagni, Barry Clark, and Linda Lewandowski were the champions that tended to the garden plots. The Community Garden provided the free seeds (courtesy of a core group of seed vendors such as High Mowing and Seed Saver’s Exchange) and Alfred State College generously provides access to both the land for the garden and the greenhouse space that allowed the gardeners to get a head start on the growing season.
“It has been our intention to provide fresh food to underserved families for quite some time, and the response from our clientele couldn’t have been better. For the 2018 growing season, we’re hoping to both expand our growing capacity within the garden and experiment with educational objectives” explained Zaccagni. “Having the confidence to know that you can feed your own family with fresh, organically grown produce is empowering.”
Inspired by the successes in the 2017 season, the Alfred Food Pantry and Alfred Community Garden are planning a “Garden-Buddy” Program. Home-gardening is a great way to obtain access to low-cost fresh fruits and vegetables, but like any project, can be daunting at first. This program will provide current food pantry clients and other low-income individuals the resources to learn basic gardening techniques.
The Alfred Community Garden believes in the healing power of dirt, and aspires to help support public health and self-sustainability in their area. Its gardeners have been working for seven years to improve the food and nutrition literacy of the neighborhood, and cultivate an appreciation and demand for a local food culture in rural Allegany County. Guidance for the garden is provided by Alfred State’s Center for Civic Engagement.
Interested in becoming a community gardener? Each gardener receives access to their own free plot, seeds, and greenhouse space. Whatever is grown on the plot is yours to donate or enjoy at home. The Alfred Community Garden is always looking for dedicated gardeners to benefit from this opportunity, and no experience is required. For more about the garden, contact Sandy Dennison at DennisSJ@alfredstate.edu or call 607-587-4069. Like the Community Garden on Facebook.
The Alfred Community Garden would like to give a special thanks to the Food Pantry and acknowledge David DuBois, food pantry volunteer and liaison to the garden, for his innovative spirit and tireless efforts that bring the food pantry and the garden together. His efforts were critical to the project’s success.
When it comes to getting real-world experience in the sport management field, Alfred State’s related programs are a slam dunk.
One student who can certainly attest to that is Kiana Sleight, a sport management major from Canaseraga. As a result of the skills and knowledge she has gained in her program and a connection she made on LinkedIn, Sleight was able to assist one of the most storied college basketball schools of all-time with its 2017 Countdown to Craziness night: Duke University.
Countdown to Craziness featured a night of entertainment, games, engaging videos, and on-court contests, all leading up to the introduction of the 2017-18 Blue Devils, the unveiling of this season’s team poster, and the annual Blue-White scrimmage, according to www.goduke.com.
During the week she was in Durham, NC, Sleight took part in a significant hands-on learning experience within the college sports industry, assisting in the preparation, production, and execution of in-game contests such as the Tobacco Road Contest, the Delta Airlines Contest, and McDonald’s Contest presented by IMG.
Sleight worked with Debbie Krzyzewski Savarino, assistant director of Athletics for Special Events and director of the Legacy Fun, and Nicole Jones, director of Sports Marketing and Promotions, gaining significant management experience through promotional events, preparation of Duke basketball players for the events, assisting in the men’s basketball dunk contest, and running the women’s basketball autograph event following the Blue-White scrimmage.
“Going to Duke was a great experience and an excellent way for me to take my classroom knowledge that Alfred State provided me with and apply it to real-life sporting events,” Sleight said. “This was also a big jump out of my comfort zone, as I went to work with an elite athletic program in a completely new place. I also had the great opportunity to work with highly known individuals, so this was a great way for me to separate being a fan versus being an employee.”
Sleight added, “I am so grateful for the encouragement of my professors at Alfred State to use LinkedIn, which ultimately led to this experience. I cannot thank the Duke Athletic staff and Sport Marketing and Promotions staff enough for having me and providing me with a great experience.”
John Lisec, an assistant professor in the Business Department, said, “Kiana's involvement with Duke University's men's and women's basketball programs provides significant insight into the scope and range of the Alfred State sport management program. She is a wonderful example of how our students truly embrace hands-on learning opportunities, and are truly invested in gaining the necessary skills from sport industry executives, leaders, and innovators.”
Visitors to Buffalo’s Guaranty Building may witness the talented work of Alfred State architecture students when viewing an impressive replica model now permanently on display in the first floor.
The 4-foot-tall architectural model of the historic structure is one of several exhibits featured at the Guaranty Interpretive Center inside the building, which is located at the corner of Church and Pearl Streets. Housing the law firm of Hodgson Russ, LLP, the center officially opened earlier this year, coinciding with the firm’s 200th anniversary celebration.
The Guaranty was designed by the Chicago firm of Adler and Sullivan and was completed in 1896. According to David Carli, Alfred State associate professor in the Architecture and Design Department, the building represents what is one of the first, and perhaps the finest examples of a modern skyscraper (at 13 stories tall) and was on the leading edge of construction technology and design over 100 years ago.
In 2002, Hodgson-Russ purchased the historic building. Since then, the firm has spent millions of dollars restoring and renovating the Guaranty to its current condition.
Carli noted he was approached by his colleagues at Flynn Battaglia Architects (FBA) in the summer of 2015 about constructing a large-scale, museum-quality architectural model of the building. FBA, for whom Carli has worked as a project architect and designer for many years, was contracted by Hodgson Russ, LLP to convert the first-floor conference rooms into an Interpretive Center that would highlight the history of the building for visitors from around the world.
One of the primary reasons that FBA commissioned the architectural model, Carli said, was to illustrate the way the building was originally constructed so that visitors could see a representation of the Guaranty as it was designed.
“The preserved Guaranty Building and the new Interpretive Center, with the model of the building prominently displayed in the first-floor windows of the original, is a must-see destination for the thousands of visitors that flock to Buffalo each year to experience the city’s incredibly rich architectural legacy,” Carli said.
Alfred State Department of Architecture and Design students were involved in many aspects of the execution of the impressive exhibit, including the survey and documentation of the building’s existing conditions and the cataloguing of the full range of the intricate terra cotta panels, which clad most of the building’s visible exterior facades.
Over a period of several months, the 15 students involved and Carli devoted countless hours to producing an 1896 version of the Guaranty Building, utilizing historic photographs, 3-D printers, a computer modeling software package, and laser-cutting technology to piece together thousands of individual components made out of wood, acrylic, museum board, and artists’ paper.
Finally, after all of the hard work had been completed, the model was crated up and delivered to the new Interpretive Center and placed in a specially constructed display case with glass vitrine in the center of the exhibit hall, where it currently sits for all to see and enjoy.
Christopher Platt, an architecture major from Camden, said the whole project was an incredible, hands-on, one-of-a-kind educational experience. He noted that it was “100 percent worth all the time and effort that we put into it.”
“I worked day after day right across the table from a professional model builder and licensed architect – not something that many people can say – and he taught me more than I ever could have imagined and I am extremely fortunate to have been able to work on such a unique project with a person as unique as Dave (Carli),” Platt said. “The opportunity to share the experience of the model and interpretive center, in the original building, with others brings a smile to my face every time I think about it and the experience is something that I will remember fondly for the rest of my life.”
Alfred State’s Center for Community Education and Training (CCET) will be hosting a workshop on assessing and managing suicidal behaviors and non-suicidal self-injury in children and adolescents from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at the Lake Lodge in Alfred.
This workshop will include practical suggestions for assessing suicidal ideation, intent, plans, and related behaviors among children and adolescents. Non-suicidal self-injury, such as cutting, scratching, and burning, will also be discussed in detail.
Risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors will be reviewed. Suggestions for how to manage risk in the outpatient will be detailed, including how to engage in safety planning for children, adolescents, and their parents. Although this workshop will include didactic material, there will be an emphasis on hands-on learning (i.e., role-plays and demonstrations).
The presenter for the workshop will be Dr. Scott R. Anderson, who received his PhD in psychology (clinical track), with a focus on anxiety disorders, behavior problems, and PTSD. Anderson completed his predoctoral internship with the United States Air Force in San Antonio, TX. For three years, he worked with military children and families stationed in the United Kingdom, before completing a postdoctoral fellowship in integrated pediatric primary care at Geisinger Health System.
Anderson has had extensive training in and experience with evidence-based behavioral interventions, parent management strategies, crisis management/consultation, and consultation with schools and medical providers. He recently joined the Behavioral Pediatrics Program at Rochester Regional Health, where he works exclusively with children and adolescents.
Wendy Dresser-Recktenwald, senior director of Human Resources and CCET, said, “We are excited to bring Dr. Anderson here to Alfred State to present on this very important topic. Dr. Anderson is an exceptional trainer and has provided training to Alfred State in the past, and I can’t think of a better professional to train our local community of mental health professionals on this topic.”
Registration costs $30 and is required to attend. To register, please email email@example.com or call 607-587-4015.
For college students, getting to network with and learn from professionals within their chosen field can be a very valuable experience.
Such was the case for some Alfred State sport management students, who were recently able to connect with key, senior-level sports industry executives during a Brooklyn Nets Networking Event.
This unique event featured a variety of business professionals, such as vice presidents, directors, and managers, from the Brooklyn Nets, New York Jets, New York Islanders, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Staten Island Yankees, Legends, and WISE (Women in Sports and Events).
While in New York City, the students also took a tour of the New York Mets’ Citi Field in Queens. While there, Inside Sales Representative Nick Suriani and Premium Services Manager Kyle Ingram spoke with the students about working in the sports industry and pursuing sales of luxury seating as a career within Major League Baseball.
John Lisec, an assistant professor in the Business Department, said the networking event and tour of Citi Field proved to be another extremely valuable networking opportunity for Alfred State sport management students.
“While developing connections with a variety of premier professional sports organizations, our Alfred State sport management students truly stood out and have embraced a variety of unique employment opportunities within the sports industry,” Lisec said. “They are developing a reputation of having strong skill sets and hands-on learning experiences that truly set them apart from students at other peer institutions.”
Leigh Swartzfager, of Nunda, said the networking event was beneficial to the students, noting that they were able to “meet people who play a big role in the sports world,” and even take in an NBA game between the Nets and the Boston Celtics.
“Also, touring Citi Field where the Mets play was very exciting,” she said. “Seeing game day operations for both organizations and touring both stadiums was an amazing experience that I will take with me as I continue my education.”
Cassidy McCourt, of Buffalo, said, “The tour at Citi Field was an amazing opportunity. It got us out of the classroom to see firsthand just how our industry works. It was a great way to build connections for our program and learn about the various internship opportunities offered through the Mets.”
In addition to Swartzfager and McCourt, the other Alfred State students who attended included Kenny Bello (Brooklyn), Antoinette Gress (Lyndonville), Ryan Mills (Massapequa), Ben Reynolds (Cuba), and Trevor Stiles (Hornell).
The village of Canaseraga recently received some help with envisioning its comprehensive plan after Alfred State architecture students presented their designs for the future layout of the municipality recently at the Canaseraga High School.
Village officials and roughly 30 residents listened as 12 students in Professor William Dean’s Urban Design Studio class shared their visions for four areas of Canaseraga. This included revitalizing the historic district, improving the streetscape, proposing new businesses, and creating civic spaces to give the village a clear identity more closely tied to the surrounding recreational areas.
“The goal was to create a vision from the work that the community had already done to further develop the ideas identified in the comprehensive plan,” said Dean, a professor in the Department of Architecture and Design. “We tried to remain as faithful to that plan as possible. That’s not to say that the students didn’t bring their own design experience into it, but we wanted our work to be an extension of the comprehensive plan.”
The students spent eight weeks on the project, which began in August with a tour of the village led by Town of Burns Supervisor Lauren Oliver, and included a series of interim reviews with invited guests including Dan Bower, CEO of Hunt Architects and Engineers; Nicolette Wagoner, director of Planning for Chemung County; and Michelle M. Denhoff, planning and development specialist for the Allegany County Department of Planning. Oliver and H. Kier Dirlam, Allegany County planner, were also instrumental in supporting the students in their work.
“After meeting with the supervisor and members of the village board, as well as a wide range of design professionals, the students took their comments to heart and continued to develop their designs for the final presentation,” Dean said.
According to Dean, the students’ designs received a lot of positive feedback throughout the process and were well-received during the presentation.
Christofer Hydos, an architectural technology major from Cornwall, said, “We were pleased to be able to take our education and apply it to helping the communities of Burns and Canaseraga.”
Once again, Alfred State alumni, faculty, staff, students, and supporters came together to show their Pioneer Pride for Alfred State’s Day of Giving.
As of the time this article was written, 954 donors had contributed a total of $152,788 in cash and pledges, with donations still coming in online and through the mail. The funds that were not restricted to a certain area will be used to support the greatest needs of the college, primarily scholarships, new programming, updated technology, and athletic programs.
Trish Haggerty, director of Annual Giving, said Day of Giving was again a wonderful success thanks to alumni, faculty, staff, friends of the college, and students.
“Our student clubs and organizations had an exciting day reaching out to their fellow alumni, family, and friends to raise money for their individual groups,” she said, “and the overall participation on campus was once again a reminder of what we as Pioneers can do when we come together for a common goal.”
Throughout the day, Alfred State held some fun events to coincide with the Day of Giving, including raffles, Christmas tree decorating, ornament making, Christmas cookie decorating, and different student clubs giving away cotton candy and snow cones. Additionally, student volunteers helped spread the word about the big day, and a number of Greek organizations challenged the men’s baseball and soccer teams to a basketball tournament following the women’s basketball game against Buffalo State.
Some of the major gifts that were unlocked once certain challenges were met included:
Also worth noting is that the farthest-away donation came from Dubai. The Delta Chi Omega sorority even managed to secure a donation from Afghanistan.
“The Alfred State Family stepped up in a big way once again for our annual Day of Giving, and we are very proud of and thankful for the generosity shown by each of our donors,” Haggerty said. “Thank you to all who supported this campaign and helped make a difference in the lives of our students.”
On a typical weekday morning, Anthony Harvey hops into the driver’s seat of his vehicle to take his son, Austin, and daughter, Kylie, to class.
The family heads from the tiny Steuben County town of Cameron to the also-small Allegany County village of Alfred. The drive normally takes about 40 minutes.
But instead of dropping Austin and Kylie off and driving away, Anthony, too, grabs his backpack and heads off for a day of learning at Alfred State – taking classes and working toward a bright tomorrow.
Since the fall of 2014, Anthony, 49, has been enrolled as a full-time student at the college after losing his job as a mechanic due to a factory closing. He initially began in the air conditioning and heating technology program on the Wellsville campus and quickly excelled, becoming an Honors Program student and graduating in 2016 with a 4.0 GPA.
Austin began his Alfred State career the same semester that his father did, enrolling in the computer information systems program, which he graduated from in May 2017. Both Austin and Anthony have since re-enrolled in the technology management Bachelor of Business Administration major at Alfred State.
Joining her father and her brother in the fall of 2016 was Kylie who, like her sibling, also became a computer information systems major.
And every weekday throughout the school year (sometimes even on the weekend if the Internet at their house is acting up), the Harveys make the trip together from Cameron to Alfred State and back again.
“Austin and I share the driving duties,” Anthony said. “You get used to it. It’s a 40-minute drive. Usually, in the evening, we talk about what happened during the day, and then in the morning, we talk about classes that are going to occur. It’s college 24/7 at our house just with all of us going to school.”
Austin said it’s “pretty interesting” having his father and sister going to the same college as him.
“It’s made things a little bit easier because we all share a ride to and from the college and we help each other with homework,” he said.
Kylie added that she has taken some of the same classes at Alfred State as her father, and that being able to look back at his old notes helps her with her studies. Plus, she admitted, it can actually be nice to have a parent on campus.
“It’s kind of easier dealing with school stuff because he’s here,” she said. “When you’re in a residence hall, you can’t always talk to your parents about things, but I can go home and swap stories with him and he can relate because he’s going to school right now.”
From homework to financial aid to registering for classes, Anthony helps his son and daughter in whatever way he can. And every so often, he will also treat them to a meal at one of the local restaurants in Alfred, particularly their favorite –Sicily’s.
Still, Anthony definitely recognizes when to give Austin and Kylie some space.
“I’m a cool enough dad that I don’t hover over them,” he said. “If we see each other in passing, I’ll say hi, but I don’t want to embarrass them if they’re talking to their friends or something. If I get the look, I’ll back away. But it’s great and it’s fun to be going to college with my son and daughter. I never thought I’d be doing this.”
Anthony said he is extremely proud of Austin and Kylie, and that he is also proud to be attending the same college as them. Likewise, the siblings – as well as their mother and Anthony’s wife, Laurie – are also very proud of him for going back to school.
“You so rarely hear about that kind of thing,” Austin said.
“I think it’s incredible that he went back to school and that he’s doing so well at it,” Kylie added. “He could have gone to another factory job and it wouldn’t have been good for his health, so that would have been more stress for him. But now, he’s here and getting good grades and I know he’s going to go do stuff that he wants to do in life, so I’m happy for him.”
And so, with Kylie in only her second year and Austin and Anthony still enrolled in the technology management program, the Harveys continue to work toward their degrees together and make the 40-minute trip to Alfred State each weekday, a journey whose ultimate destination is a bright tomorrow for them all.
A brand-new program at Alfred State is aiming to help shape the leaders of tomorrow.
The Presidential Aspiring Leaders (PAL) Program was created recently for students who possess a strong work ethic, display commitment and dedication to their studies, are engaged in the community and the college, and are looking to strengthen their leadership skills. Students within the program are expected to become familiar with and abide by Alfred State’s core values of respect, integrity, service, and dedication.
Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “Alfred State has some extraordinarily talented students. We are excited to be part of their educational experience, get to know them better, and share their success with our community.”
In order to qualify for the program, a student must be a senior, have a 2.5 GPA or higher and have two faculty or staff recommendations that are supported by the dean of their school and approved by their division’s vice president. The president will make final selection of the nominees.
As a PAL member, students will participate in quarterly dialogues on leadership topics with the president, provide feedback on campus issues, and attend a minimum of six assigned events with Sullivan, other faculty or staff, or alone on behalf of the President’s Office. These events include Accepted Student Days, Homecoming and Family Weekend, local/state/federal legislative meetings, state and county fairs, SUNY special events, various ribbon-cutting ceremonies, and more.
The initial group of PAL students includes:
Students hold the distinction for the academic year beginning in the fall semester and ending when the spring semester concludes. Upon completion of the program, PAL students will receive a letter of recommendation from Sullivan and will be recognized at the college’s Honors Convocation and Commencement ceremony.