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January 2018

Over 100 ASC students inducted into National Society of Leadership and Success

Posted Date: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 10:30

The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) gained more than 100 new members recently after the Alfred State College chapter held its inaugural induction ceremony in December in the Orvis Activities Center Auditorium.

During the ceremony, the auditorium roared with the clapping and cheering of supportive friends and family as the inductees crossed the stage to receive their certificates. In addition to the students, two advisers were inducted, as well.

The National Society of Leadership and Success is the nation’s largest leadership society, with chapters at 598 colleges. It was founded in 2001 by Gary Tuerack with the sole purpose of creating lasting positive change.

Community service and personal growth are encouraged of members as they build their leadership skills. To qualify for induction, a student must maintain a minimum GPA, attend a series of leadership broadcasts and participate in teambuilding and goal setting groups.

Newly inducted members from Alfred State for fall 2017 are:


Troy Morehouse, director of Student Engagement; and Zac Barbis, residence hall director.


Dale Adams; A'Chaz Augustin; Jake Baran; Amber Barnhart; Matthew Baroody; Anthony Black; Dakota Black; Kali Blew; Logan Bradley; Broderick Brown; Jaclyn Brunner; Samantha Caldwell; Alexis Carrington; Bradley Carte; James Cartwright II; Abigail Chapman; Elizabeth Chase; Devon Clark; Elizabeth Cole; Mathew Digennaro; Alexandra DiMaria; Jermaine Dyer; Michael Edwards; Felicia Fiacco; Noah Gaboriault; Nathan Goff Jr; Krysta Golombek; Esthefany Gordillo; Collin Harrigan; Nathaniel Hilker; Lacee Hill; Marcus Hofer; Douglas Horbachewski; Eric Hulbert; Haley Interlicchia; Coryn Jepson; Becky Johnson; Mikalyn Kommer; Alex Kostek; Leanna Krisher; Ashley Lange; Jonathan Lubarsky; Nolan Lubberts; Frank Malone; Lauren Marzolf; Alan McNamara; David Mccormick; Jacob Minkel; Alexis Mitchell; Brian Mitchell; Emily Moore; Jessica Morton; Spencer Mosier; Stephanie Nieves; Devin Parmenter; Jacob Patanella; Kayla Peting; Shauna Perkins; Jeffery Putney; Fernando Ramos Jr; Emma Retzlaff; Andrew Richards; Cassandra Robbers; Alexander Roberts; Amanda Rogalski; Andrew Ruebenstahl; Ryan Rundell; Cassandra Ryan; Katherine Saff; Aga Jean Sarno; Jeffrey Schley Jr.; Noah Schmitt; Kyle Schwertfager; Reilly Shannon; Amber Sirline; Chris Smerina; Mikala Smith; Thomas Stiller; Nicholas Summerville; Richard Sutton; Ethan Swanson; Brianna Swartz; Alisha Taylor; Louis Tomassi; Travis Thompson; Charleah Towns; Sarah Travers; Roselyn Valencia; Samuel Vanvalkenburg; Andrew Vaughan; Leah Villagomez; Bryan Voorhees; Rachel Vonhagn; Delaney Ward; Hannah Weaver; Owen Wegman; Clarke Wiltsie; Bailey Winslow; Florence Wolf; Elisabeth Wolff; and Jessica Woughter.

new members of Alfred State’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success holding their certificates
Front row are Amber Sirline, left, and Aga Jean Sarno. In the back row, l-r are Troy Morehouse,
Cassandra Robbers, Brianna Swartz, Leah Villagomez, Fernando Ramos Jr., and Zac Barbis.

Project Prom Dress Extravaganza to be held April 15

Posted Date: Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 14:00
Kaitlyn Cook wearing a prom dress and holding a sign that says 'i said yes to the dress'
Pictured at the 2017 Project Prom Dress Extravaganza
event is Kaitlyn Cook, a current senior at Alfred-Almond
Central School and daughter of Rose Cook, who is
employed by ACES (Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and
Services) at Alfred State.

Alfred State is excited to announce that Project Prom Dress Extravaganza 2018 will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15 in the Pioneer Center on the Alfred campus.

A student-driven initiative, Project Prom Dress has grown tremendously over the past four years, thanks to the passion of the sisters of Delta Chi Omega. All year long, the girls work hard collecting new or gently used prom gowns, shoes, and accessories from local bridal shops or individuals.

Then in April, their hard work comes to life, as they invite teenage girls from Allegany County and surrounding areas to come to their Extravaganza event at Alfred State, where they can choose a gown free of charge.

“We typically have more than 100 local high school-aged girls attend this annual event,” said Alfred State Event Concierge Sandra Burdick. “Thanks to the hard work of our Delta Chi Omega sisters and the generosity of our donors, we are able to provide these girls with beautiful gowns, shoes, and more free of charge in order to hopefully make their prom day even more special.”

Also on April 15, the Delta Chi Omega sisters will be collecting donations of gowns, shoes, and accessories.

Alfred State wishes to thank its amazing donors for this year’s event, including PromGirl, of Middletown, DE; Belle Ruche Bridal Boutique, of Olean; JBK Bridal and Prom, of Montour Falls; Bonjulies, of Horseheads; Bella You, of Rochester; Stella’s Bridal Boutique, of LeRoy; and the Purple Iris, of Horseheads; as well as several individual donors.

For more information, please contact Burdick at burdicsl@alfredstate.edu or at 607-587-4098.

President Sullivan to Alfred State employees: 'We Are Family'

Posted Date: Monday, January 8, 2018 - 15:00

Borrowing the message from Sister Sledge’s hit song of 1979, Alfred State College President Dr. Skip Sullivan reminded faculty and staff Monday during his Opening Remarks speech that “We Are Family.”

During his presentation, Sullivan identified the four core values of the college – respect, integrity, service, and dedication – as the roots of the Alfred State Family.

“What would make Alfred State’s family stronger? Certainly, if we embrace the core values that we just spoke of, that will enhance the Alfred State Family,” he said.

The president also noted that Alfred State employees build support and create a family bond just by working together.

“I contend that as a college, we are stronger together than we are as individuals,” he said.

And while conflicts may arise between employees as they do between siblings, Sullivan said, those employees still have one another’s backs because that is how families behave.

“Yes we may have our disagreements, like brothers and sisters do,” he said, “but we stick up for Alfred State and we stick up for one another at the end of the day.”

Sullivan concluded by urging all employees to be “Alfred State Strong.”

“I want to thank you for your attention today, your service to our college and our students, and I want you to leave with one thought: We’re part of the Alfred State Family, and we need to take care of Alfred State,” he said, just prior to dismissing the crowd as the Sister Sledge song “We Are Family” played in the background.

Additionally, the president also spoke about the college’s 2018 legislative agenda, new initiatives, programs in development, construction and facilities, the college’s budget, achievements, athletics, civic engagement, and more.

Alfred State grad wins top award at SUNYWide Film Festival

Posted Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 09:15

Competing against more than three dozen other entries from across the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Alfred State’s own Torin Murphy came away with the top prize in the eighth annual SUNYWide Film Festival held at Buffalo State.

Murphy, an East Branch native who earned his digital media and animation bachelor’s degree from Alfred State in May 2017, received the Grand Jury Award for his animated film, “Other Real.”

The film was one of 39 overall from 10 SUNY campuses that were accepted into the festival, out of more than 150 that were submitted from 23 SUNY schools. “Other Real” tells the story of a man who, against his will, is pulled through a screen into a strange world beyond reality, populated by equally unreal creatures.

The Grand Jury winner has the highest-scoring film out of all of the submissions, as determined by the festival’s five-person grand jury. Aaron Daniel Annas, director of the SUNYWide Film Festival and an assistant professor of media production at Buffalo State, said, to his knowledge, this is the first time an animated film has won the top prize.

“Congratulations to Torin on his landmark win at the SUNYWide Film Festival,” Annas said. “It was exciting to see his passion, skill, and dedication to his art bring the spotlight to the category of animation at this year’s festival.”

two males holding a certificate and a poster
Alfred State graduate Torin Murphy, right, won the Grand Jury Award in the eighth annual
SUNYWide Film Festival held at Buffalo State. Also pictured is Aaron Daniel Annas,
director of the SUNYWide Film Festival and an assistant professor of media production at
Buffalo State.

Being named the winner, Annas said, came as a bit of a shock to Murphy.

“We did not announce before the awards ceremony that the Grand Jury Award winner is not eligible to win the category prizes,” he said. “By the time we reached our Grand Jury Award announcement, we had given out the winners in the animation category. Most likely, Torin believed that he had not won any awards for his film. When we announced him as the top winner at the festival, he appeared to be flabbergasted. It was a neat moment.”

Speaking to the crowd after receiving his award, Murphy said, “I honestly didn’t expect to win this. I want to thank my girlfriend for not submitting (her film) because she would have beat me.”

Held for the first time in Buffalo in 2017, the SUNYWide Film Festival is intended to highlight the film and video work of students and faculty in the SUNY system. The festival’s 2017 keynote speaker was Kyle Bradstreet, award-winning executive producer for “Mr. Robot” on USA Network and a Buffalo State alum.

Launched in 2009 by Phil Hastings, associate professor of film and video arts at SUNY Fredonia, the event has since grown into one of the top student festivals in the Northeast. Selected films and videos from previous SUNYWide Film Festivals have gone on to earn awards at other national and regional film festivals. To date, more than 800 students have submitted films and videos to compete in the SUNY event.

Torin Murphy’s public portfolio including “Other Real.”

Honoring Dr. King’s legacy through Spirit of Service Awards

Posted Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 12:00

Service to others is one of the many values that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. cherished and encouraged throughout his lifetime. Embodying the legacy that Dr. King left behind, Alfred State students, faculty, and staff all devote their time and efforts to make their community and the world a better place.

One way in which Alfred State pays tribute to Dr. King is by honoring those who represent his spirit of service. This year, the college will host its eighth annual Spirit of Service Award Ceremony at 5 p.m. Jan. 30 in the community room at the Union University Church, 29 N. Main St., Alfred.

This ceremony continues to be a collaborative program between Alfred State and Alfred University. It is open to the public and all are invited to attend.

Each year during the ceremony, the college presents a student, a faculty or staff member, and a community member with a Spirit of Service Award, which recognizes and celebrates those in the Greater Alfred community who demonstrate a strong commitment to serving others. The award is intended to honor people who are actively living out the principles Martin Luther King Jr. stood for, including equality, social justice, community, and service.

Last year’s recipients were Guifang Lui (Master Fang), a local Tai Chi instructor; Kelly Harrison, secretary for Human Resources at Alfred State; and Larissia Hall, a technology management major from Keuka Park. Hagar Professor of Natural Science and Professor of Geology Dr. Michele Hluchy was presented with the 2017 Alfred University Faculty/Staff Spirit of Service Award. Alfred University student Mawia Elawad was presented with the 2017 Alfred University Student Spirit of Service Award.

The college also recognizes students, faculty, and staff who demonstrate leadership through civic engagement by presenting the College Council Leadership through Civic Engagement Award and the Newman Civic Fellows Award.

Examples of some of the civic engagement opportunities that Alfred State is a part of include Celebrate Service Celebrate Allegany and Community Action Day, both of which are days of community service projects that take place throughout the local community. During the 2016-2017 academic year, students performed approximately 80,000 hours of community service through class-based applied learning and co-curricular programs.

Governor supports $6.6 million for Alfred State project

Posted Date: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 14:30

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has included $6.6 million in his proposed budget for an initiative to attract more investment and prosperity for the state’s Southern Tier. Alfred State College (ASC) is leading the effort for this new Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC) for a sustainable solution to build a new forest economy.

“The rising energy and collaboration surrounding the initiative is further confirmation of what I recognized immediately: that this is a project with the potential to transform the economic landscape of Allegany County and the Southern Tier,” stated State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean. “I am enthusiastic about these developments and look forward to continuing to work with all those involved to see our vision realized.”

BDCC utilizes a sustainable process to produce greater value from wood products. While the trunks of trees have long been the most valuable part of logging, BDCC transforms the woody fibers of branches into traditional products such as fuel pellets and particleboard, along with value-added products for advanced fuels and bio-based chemicals.

The commercialization center will show how a revolutionary hot water extraction process patented by Applied Bio-refinery Sciences (ABS) is much more than an interesting science experiment. The BDCC will be an education and research center for commercialization of the earth-friendly process and a resource for product development for businesses and research institutions statewide and nationally.

“The ABS team is looking forward to continuing its collaboration with Alfred State College on the BDCC project to further develop the Hot Water Extraction process at prototype scale based on what has been developed in the laboratory,” stated Thomas Amidon, PhD, CEO, and co-founder of ABS. “The BDCC will allow commercialization of this clean process and have economic impacts throughout New York State and the Appalachian Region by building a new and sustainable industry.”

“The BDCC will make Alfred State and New York State a leader in the bio-products industry and lead the nation in commercial development of this innovative, sustainable process,” said Dr. Craig Clark, ASC vice president of Economic Development. “The center will include applied research and the opportunity to be involved in an operational learning factory to enhance student programs at the college”

Students at Alfred State’s Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center and students across the state at SUNY campuses interested in the implementation of sustainable practices will provide ongoing product and process research using the BDCC to support commercial biorefineries of the future.

“We greatly appreciate the governor’s support for a project that can spark investment in green businesses in the region, more employment in our communities, and new opportunities for our students,” said ASC President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “The BDCC is all about taking a theory and ramping it up for business applications. Seeing our students take what they learn and applying it to hands-on actions in the real world is at the heart of what Alfred State does.”

The governor’s commitment to include BDCC funding in the state budget completes the full $12.2 million required for the construction and initial operation of Alfred State’s BDCC.

“I applaud the exciting announcement made during the governor’s State of the State address that New York State will be committing up to $6.6 million to the Biorefinery Development and Commercialization at SUNY Alfred,” added Young. “I have championed this project since 2014 when it was in its infancy and was proud to secure $1 million in state funding the following year, so it is tremendously gratifying to see this effort approaching the goal line with this newest infusion of state funding.”

Young and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio, R-Gowanda, were instrumental in securing the initial state funding, and US Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, and Congressman Tom Reed, R-Corning, contributed to key federal funding of the project. This year’s state funding is also supported by Richard A. Ball, commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Dr. Waddy authors textbook on Western civilization

Posted Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 09:00

Dr. Nicholas WaddyDr. Nicholas Waddy, associate professor in Alfred State’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, is the author of a newly published textbook titled, “The Essential Guide to Western Civilization.”

Published by Routledge, the 412-page textbook “offers a concise overview of European history developed to suit the undergraduate Western civilization curriculum,” according to a description on the publisher’s website, routledge.com.

The description adds, “Author Nicholas L. Waddy provides an accessible account of major developments in European history in a flexible format. The book will serve as a core text for instructors wishing to build a syllabus including primary sources, articles, and visual materials of their own choosing. Discussion questions and a list of key terms at the end of each chapter will help to guide conversation and assist students in navigating the Western civilization survey.”

Providing his thoughts on the book, Waddy said, “As someone who has taught Western civilization classes for 15 years, I perceived the need for a textbook that was affordable, accessible to the modern student, and most of all brief enough that students could realistically assimilate what it had to say. Years ago a publisher suggested that I write such a book myself, so I thought, ‘Why not?’ It was a massive project in the end, so it's extremely gratifying to see it come to fruition, and I have very high hopes for the book.”

Alumna Jackie Dresser hired as viticulture extension specialist at CCE

Posted Date: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 08:45

Reprinted with permission from the Jamestown Post-Journal.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Lake Erie Regional Grape Program has announced the addition of Alfred State alumna Jackie Dresser as the viticulture extension specialist. Dresser is the newest member of a four-person extension team, which assists area grape growers with the implementation of research-based information.

Dresser started on the research side of LERGP and brings her experience with spatial data analytics, GIS mapping and coordination of viticultural trials involving proximal sensing and variable rate management from her time spent as a research technician on the “Efficient Vineyard” project headed up by Dr. Terry Bates.

Dresser was born and raised in the Finger Lakes region and apprenticed with a Land Surveying firm in Ithaca from 2006-12. She passed the first phase of state Professional Land Surveying Licensure exams after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in surveying engineering technology from Alfred State College in 2012.

Working on surveying projects with Finger Lakes vineyard owners led to an opportunity to join the Finger Lakes wine industry, where she was involved in production and sales (both retail and wholesale). She also developed a vineyard-mapping program using proximal sensing to integrate Precision Viticulture technology into vineyard management.

Dresser is delighted to be joining the LERGP extension team, and is looking forward to learning all she can about the Lake Erie juice and wine grape industry. She sees crop estimation, at the vineyard level for growers and belt wide for processors, as a critical industry need that can provide the information necessary to make critical management decisions during the growing season.

The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program is a cooperative effort between Cornell and Penn State Universities; the participating Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations of Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Cattaraugus counties in New York and Erie County in Pennsylvania.

Alumna Jackie Dresser
Jackie Dresser


Alfred State assists with Hurricane Harvey relief

Posted Date: Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:00
group of students and volunteers
Pictured is the group of volunteers that traveled to Houston in December to assist
with Hurricane Harvey disaster relief. In the front row, from left to right, are Carla
Badio, Sarah Farnum, Liam Hunt, Tracey Ziewers, Esthefany Gordillo, and John
Buckwalter (retired Alfred State faculty member). In the second row, from left to
right, are Jessica Lippa (assistant professor of Nursing at Alfred State), Steven
Jakobi (retired Alfred State faculty member), Lydia Barber, and Tiffany Carpio.
In the third row, from left to right, are Rachel Marsh, Cade Casey, Reno Cheshire,
Geoffrey Lippa (visiting professor in biology at Alfred University), Steven Lock,
and Joseph Raziano. All of the students are from Alfred State.

With Houston continuing to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Alfred State recently fielded a team of volunteers to help provide the city with some much-needed disaster relief.

Altogether, 12 Alfred State students, two retired faculty members, one current faculty member, and a community volunteer made the trip to Texas last month to partner with disaster relief organization All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response in making a difference in the community.

For five days, the group focused on debris removal, mucking and gutting, and sanitation work inside buildings, specifically the removal of mud and other semi-solid material from homes, removal of construction materials and protruding nails, eradicating abnormal mold and mildew growth, and a final and thorough cleaning of any remaining dried or wet remnants from the structure.

According to Jonathan Hilsher, director of Alfred State’s Center for Civic Engagement, this was the 20th team that the college has fielded with All Hands and Hearts in supporting disaster relief efforts throughout the nation since the two formed a partnership in 2005.

The team, Hilsher said, included a diverse group of hard-working, community-minded students and a strong leadership team, including retired Alfred State faculty Steven Jakobi and John Buckwalter; Jessica Lippa, an assistant professor in the Alfred State Nursing Department; and Jessica’s husband, Geoffrey Lippa, who is a visiting professor in biology at Alfred University.

Students who attended the trip include Carla Badio (nursing, Snellville, GA), Lydia Barber (forensic science technology, Ionia), Tiffany Carpio (interdisciplinary studies, Astoria), Cade Casey (heavy equipment operations, Plattsburgh), Reno Cheshire (nursing, Port Jervis), Sarah Farnum (nursing, North Chili), Esthefany Gordillo (financial planning, Woodhaven), Liam Hunt (architectural technology, Fairport), Steven Lock (mechanical engineering technology, Silver Creek), Rachel Marsh (business administration, De Ruyter), Joseph Raziano (heavy equipment operations, Oakfield), and Tracey Ziewers (nursing, Le Roy).

“This group exemplified the spirit of the season by generously investing their time, effort, and resources to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” Hilsher said. “They are just the latest example of the strong Alfred State tradition of pitching in to help in times of disaster and need.”

Jessica Lippa described the journey as “incredible.”

“There was overwhelming love and hope within the people who had lost their homes,” she said. “The volunteers truly cared for each other and were a tenacious army of courage. In a season of giving, it was incredible to feel the love for one another, and at the core of human nature, that is all that is necessary.”

She added, “In the end, we completed small projects, but All Hands and Hearts as a whole is working toward bringing hope to those who were devastated by the hurricane. In fact one homeowner was overcome with gratitude and stated that the volunteers are ‘angels without wings.’”

Alfred State student Joseph Raziano, right, assists the
team leader during a recent disaster relief trip to Houston.


Scholars return to Alfred State for start of new semester

Posted Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 13:45

With winter break coming to a close, Alfred State welcomed its students back to campus this week for the start of a brand-new spring semester.

Among those returning were hundreds of scholars who made the dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester. To be listed, students must have completed at least 12 credit hours for the semester and earned a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) out of a possible 4.0. 

For the most recent semester, the dean’s list includes 758 students. In addition, 205 of these students achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Dr. Kristin Poppo, provost at Alfred State, said, “We are proud to have so many academically gifted students here at Alfred State. It is through their dedication and hard work that they have been able to achieve the dean’s list. When combining these traits with our hands-on, applied learning approach, these students will be well-prepared for the careers they are seeking.”

The dean for the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology (SAMET) confirms 370 students received the honor. The dean’s list for the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) includes 157 students. At the School of Applied Technology (SAT), another 224 students made the dean’s list. A total of seven continuing education students were named to the dean’s list, as well.

The college congratulates all of the students who earned dean’s list honors. The students’ hometown newspapers receive information regarding honorees, including details for each student earning a perfect 4.0 GPA. The complete dean’s list is available online at www.alfredstate.edu/deans-list.

Group of students with mascot holding certificate.
Alfred State is proud of its many academic achievers. Pictured with Orvis the
mascot at last month’s National Society of Leadership and Success induction,
from left to right, are inductees Cassandra Robbers (business administration,
Almond), Amber Sirline (interior design, Angelica), and Brianna Swartz
(architecture, Fort Plain).