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June 2018

Gearing up for Great Race

Posted Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 10:15

Once again, Alfred State College (ASC) is revving up for the thrilling annual classic car competition known as “The Great Race.”

This year’s race will be even “greater” than in the past for the school, however, as Alfred State will not only compete, but it will also see one Pioneer alum follow in some very important and historic tracks laid out by his great-grandfather.

The 2018 route will begin in Buffalo on June 23, continuing up through the Northeast, and ultimately ending in Halifax, Nova Scotia July 1. The event is an antique, vintage, and collector car competitive controlled-speed endurance rally that tests teams’ abilities to follow precise course instructions and their vehicle’s ability to endure on a 2,000-plus-mile trip.

As it has in the past, Alfred State will once again be entering its 1953 Dodge Power Wagon tow truck in the X-Cup Division, which is designed for high school and college teams. The ASC team will consist of Liam DeChick, motorsports technology, Syracuse; Jacob Derk, heavy equipment, truck and diesel technician, Cattaraugus; Jordan Dunning, heavy equipment, truck and diesel technician, Cicero; and Donald Piatek III, motorsports technology, Springville.

To help with the costs associated with participating in the race, the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) awarded several schools competing in the X-Cup division with grant awards in the amount of $1,000. Alfred State was among the recipients.

Alfred State alumni and friends are encouraged to come out and cheer on their fellow Pioneers as they make their way along the route, and even beforehand during stops in Niagara Falls June 21, at Chef’s Restaurant in Buffalo for dinner June 22, and at the send-off from the Buffalo Pierce Arrow Museum June 23. Learn more details on Great Race events presented the Office of Alumni Relations.

While the Great Race competitors will be making their way north from Buffalo, another group will be heading west, with the ultimate goal of finishing at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Starting at the home of FDR in Hyde Park, NY on June 20 prior to traveling to Buffalo, this group, featuring Alfred State alum Jeff Mahl, will be retracing the route of the 1908 Great Race, a 13,000-plus-mile adventure covering three continents. The US leg will finish in San Francisco on July 5, with the Asia-European legs set for 2019.

The original 1908 Great Race from New York City to Paris featured teams from Italy, France, Germany, and the United States, the latter of which was represented by none other than George Schuster, Mahl’s great-grandfather. The race, which began Feb. 12 of that year, drew international interest and was extensively covered by the New York Times.

After a grueling 169 days of facing unpaved and unplowed roads, unreliable maps, and little food, and even crossing the Pacific Ocean by ship, Schuster and his Thomas Flyer arrived in Paris on July 30, 1908 to win the New York to Paris Great Race for the United States. Fast forward to the 2018 event, when Mahl will be following in the footsteps (or tracks, rather) of his great-grandfather. For more information, visit http://www.2018nytoparis.com/.

ASC Automotive Trades Professor Mike Ronan, who will serve as the adviser to the Alfred State team heading for Nova Scotia, said, “Alfred State is excited to once again be competing in The Great Race, and the added bonus of seeing Jeff Mahl retrace the route his great-grandfather took 110 years ago is something that is truly amazing and adds an extra special component for our school this year.”

President Sullivan with students next to truck
L-r at Frankenmuth, MI during the 2017 Great Race are 2017 motorsports technology grad Nick Shelp, of Endicott ; DeChick; President Dr. Skip Sullivan; and 2017 automotive service technician grad Nicholas Guarino, of Alexander.

Employees receive Leadership through Civic Engagement Award

Posted Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 09:00

Alfred State College recently honored Daniel Woolston, assistant director of Health and Wellness Services, and Jessica Lippa, assistant professor of Nursing, with the Leadership through Civic Engagement Award.

The award is presented annually by the College Council to acknowledge students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have led or initiated exemplary academic and/or co-curricular initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to engaging in the community – locally, nationally, or globally – through service, volunteerism, activism, politics, and much more.

Jessica Lippa and Daniel Woolston​Woolston has made a lifetime commitment to his community and the welfare of others.

Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, he has traveled to the country several times to provide medical care to residents. He has also worked closely with Lippa over the last three years to create an opportunity for Alfred State nursing students to travel to Haiti and provide medical care to specified communities north of Port au Prince.

In addition to coordinating all of the activities prior to each trip, Woolston also serves as the nurse practitioner who helps to organize the nurses and students once the group arrives at the medical locations in Haiti. He then performs advanced procedures and educates people on how to treat their medical illnesses. Woolston also supports the other nurses and students to ensure the team is providing the correct medical care.

Additionally, Woolston helps lead the Hope for Health Club, which provides community service locally, nationally, and globally. He is also an active member of his church, and works as a nurse practitioner in Dansville a few times a month.

Lippa truly is a giver, in that she uses her skills and dedication as a nurse to serve those who need her. She has provided civic engagement trips to Haiti and Houston for nursing students to help serve communities that have been affected by natural disasters. She also leads the Nursing LLC, is actively engaged in diversity and inclusion work on campus, and is working toward her doctorate.

Lippa’s commitment to service and teamwork is evident in the work that she does for the civic engagement trips. She volunteers her time and organizes these trips because she is committed to all human beings receiving equal treatment and medical care. She is a role model for not only her students, but for the professionals that work alongside her.

Lippa is dedicated to serving her community, underserved communities, and still works per diem in local hospitals. She is truly focused on serving others and doing what she can to assist a project, initiative, or individual. She also participates weekly at St. Jude's in the choir/band there to build community at her place of worship.

Alfred State College recently announced promotions for faculty and staff

Posted Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 11:15

Alfred State College recently announced promotions for faculty and staff.

Included among those receiving promotions in Administration, Advancement, and Enrollment, with their new titles, are Katherine Price, office assistant 2, Admissions; Mandy York, office assistant 2, Business Affairs; William Brown, janitor, Facilities Services; David Brownell, janitor, Facilities Services; Christine Cleveland, janitor, Facilities Services; Lenny France, plant utilities engineer 1, Facilities Services; Mara Glover, SUNY campus worker 1, Facilities Services; Shane O’Brien, SUNY campus worker 1, Facilities Services; Travis Smith, plant utilities assistant, Facilities Services; Brenda Clancy, secretary 2, Institutional Advancement; Niki Young, program aide, Student Records and Financial Services; and Erika Winans, office assistant 2, Student Records and Financial Services.

Those promoted in the Division of Academic Affairs, with their new titles, are Jennifer Warren, secretary 1, Agriculture and Veterinary Technology; Bradley Smith, assistant professor, Automotive Trades; Timothy Piotrowski, professor, Civil Engineering Technology; Erin Vitale, professor, Civil Engineering Technology; Timothy Dickerson, assistant professor, Computerized Design and Manufacturing; Keith Glover, assistant professor, Culinary Arts; William Laubert, professor, English and Humanities; Daniel Jardine, senior staff associate, Institutional Research; Dr. Joseph Petrick, associate director of libraries, Library Services; Dr. James Buell, professor, Mathematics and Physics; Jennifer Guthrie, instructional support associate, Nursing; Lisa Boyle, instructor, Physical and Health Sciences; Erica Matteson, assistant professor, Physical and Health Sciences; Dr. Jill Amati, associate professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Adrian Cogswell, lead programmer/analyst, Technology Services; Charles Cutler, senior staff assistant, Technology Services; Stephen Dudley, senior programmer/analyst, Technology Services; and Timothy Hauber, senior staff assistant, Technology Services.

Receiving promotions in Student Affairs, with their new titles, are Anne Holmok, head coach, Athletics; Dr. Hollie Hall, director of counseling, Health and Wellness Services; Cody Herman, assistant director of residential services, Residential Services; and Lori King, assistant director of residential services, Residential Services.

members of the Administration, Advancement, and Enrollment  team
Front row, from l-r, are Mara Glover, Erika Winans, Niki Young, Brenda Clancy, and Lenny France. In the second row, from left to right, are William Brown, Travis Smith, Mandy York, Shane O’Brien, and David Brownell.
members of Academic Affairs team
Front row, from l-r, are Dr. Jill Amati, Erin Vitale, Jennifer Guthrie, Jennifer Warren, Dr. Joseph Petrick, and Timothy Piotrowski. In the second row, from left to right, are Keith Glover, Bradley Smith, Timothy Dickerson, William Laubert, and Dr. James Buell.
members of Student Affairs team
Pictured in the front row are Lori King, left, and Anne Holmok. In the second row are Dr. Hollie Hall and Cody Herman.

Alfred State College honors 40-year employee

Posted Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 09:30

Dawn LinkeDawn Linke, instructional support specialist, Technology Services, was honored recently for her 40 years of service to Alfred State College.

She received a gift of her choice and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.

Alfred State College honors 35-year employees

Posted Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 13:45

Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were recently honored for their 35 years of service to the college.

Those honored included Mark Amman, professor, Physical and Life Sciences; Jeffrey Goodrich, senior programmer/analyst, Technology Services; and Takao Takeuchi, professor, Mathematics and Physics.

To commemorate the occasion, honorees each received a certificate, as well as a recognition gift of their choice.

left to right, are Takao Takeuchi, Mark Amman, and Jeffrey Goodrich
l-r are Takao Takeuchi, Mark Amman, and Jeffrey Goodrich

Alfred State College honors 30-year employees

Posted Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 08:30

Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their 30 years of service to the college.

Those honored included Colleen Argentieri, director of Alumni Relations; Joy Carlson, professor, Architecture and Design; Diane Kilbury, library clerk, Library Services; Willard Mlott, general mechanic, Facilities Services; Valerie Nixon, executive vice president; Mary Scholla, secretary, School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology; and Thomas Stolberg, associate professor, Business.

To commemorate the occasion, honorees each received a certificate, as well as a recognition gift of their choice.

Mary Scholla, Valerie Nixon, Diane Kilbury, Joy Carlson, and Colleen Argentieri
L-r are Mary Scholla, Valerie Nixon, Diane Kilbury, Joy Carlson, and Colleen Argentieri

Crouch joins University Police

Posted Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 10:30

Stephen H. CrouchThe State University Police Department at Alfred State College has added a new officer to its ranks: Stephen H. Crouch.

Officer Crouch, who began his field training in May, is familiar with the Southern Tier. He grew up in Painted Post and graduated from Corning-Painted Post High School in 2015. While in high school, Crouch was a captain on his football team and played lacrosse in the spring. Following his graduation from Corning-Painted Post, Crouch attended Corning Community College, where he graduated in 2017 with an associate degree with honors in criminal justice.

Crouch began his law enforcement career with the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office in 2017, where he was employed as a corrections officer. In January 2018, Crouch entered the police academy as a phase 1 non-sworn recruit at the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy in Corning.

As a phase 1 recruit, Crouch was paying his own way and was not yet hired by a police department. During the spring, University Police hired Crouch off the statewide civil service list. After completing the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy, he joined the University Police at Alfred State.

Matthew Heller, chief of police at Alfred State said, “During the hiring process, the committee members came away saying Crouch had potential to become a very good police officer. The department is unique and we need people who can relate to individuals 18-22 years of age, and I think Officer Crouch can do that.”

After completing his supervised field training, Crouch will join his classmates in the fall for his academy class graduation ceremony.

Alfred State applauds Orvis Award winners and dean’s list students

Posted Date: Monday, June 18, 2018 - 11:00

Alfred State College Provost Dr. Kristin Poppo has announced the dean’s list of academically impressive students for spring 2018.

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 753 students. In addition, 191 of these students achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA.

“Alfred State has many academically talented students, and we congratulate all of those who have earned dean’s list honors for the spring 2018 semester,” Poppo said. “We would also like to congratulate our Orvis Award winners and all of our recent graduates, and wish them the very best in the next step of their life’s journey.”

Five graduating students earned the Orvis Award for Excellence in scholarship, service, leadership, and character. This award honors Paul B. Orvis, a former president of Alfred State and State University of New York dean for two-year colleges.

The following is a list of 2018 Orvis Award winners and their achievements:

  • Cory Farley, Cold Brook – electrical construction and maintenance electrician (AOS)

Achievements include being a Presidential Aspiring Leaders program member, and serving as a peer tutor and student ambassador.

  • Carina Scalise, Baldwinsville – construction management (BS)

Achievements include induction into Tau Alpha Pi, Sigma Lamda Chi, and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies; serving as president of the Alfred State chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, secretary of the WE are Pioneers club, and Pioneering Paths mentor; and receiving an Outstanding Student Award.

  • Amber Sirline, Angelica – interior design (AAS)

Achievements include being a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and the Women in Non-Traditional Studies (WINS) club; and working in the Office of Student Engagement.

  • Kylie Buchek, Windsor – health sciences (BS)

Achievements include earning the Health Sciences Student of the Year award, and being a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the Psi Sigma Psi sorority.

  • Bailey Winslow, Warren, PA – agricultural business (AAS)

Achievements include being a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, the Collegiate Agricultural Leaders club, and the Alfred State Show Club; and receiving the Most Outstanding Student Award.

The college congratulates all of the students who earned dean’s list and Orvis Award 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.

Orvis Award for Excellence winners along with Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan and College Council Chair Patricia Fogarty
Pictured are the 2018 Orvis Award for Excellence winners along with President Dr. Skip Sullivan and College Council Chair Patricia Fogarty. From l-r are Fogarty, Carina Scalise, Cory Farley, Sullivan, Kylie Buchek, and Bailey Winslow. Not pictured is Orvis Award winner Amber Sirline.

Alfred State College honors 25-year employees

Posted Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 12:00

Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their 25 years of service to the college.

Those honored included Kurt Boxhorn, plant utilities engineer, Heating Plant; Kathleen Casey, associate vice president, Academic Services; Gerald Fong, professor, Physical and Life Sciences; Garth Grantier, academic advisor, Student Success Center; Kent Johnson, associate professor, Automotive Trades; Steven Quagliato, associate professor, Mathematics and Physics; and Karen Young, professor, Computerized Design and Manufacturing.

Honorees received a college chair and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.

Karen Young, Garth Grantier, Kathleen Casey, and Kurt Boxhorn
l-r are Karen Young, Garth Grantier, Kathleen Casey, and Kurt Boxhorn