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Area high school students flock to Alfred State for Agriculture Skills Contest

students around a green tractor at 28th annual Agriculture Skills ContestThe contest included a variety of events designed to test students’ knowledge and skills in agriculture and veterinary technology, such as tractor driving, small animal handling and medicine, dairy judging, agronomy, and others.

Alfred State hosted around 350 Future Farmers of America students from 14 western New York high schools Oct. 9 for the 28th annual Agriculture Skills Contest.

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Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club a cut above the rest at timber sports matches

Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club at competitionThe Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club studies the ideas, tools, and techniques of the competitive lumberjack community, practices four times a week, and participates in several intercollegiate timber sports competitions throughout the school year.

The Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club recently excelled in a pair of timber sports competitions.

The club took second place in the men’s division and first place in the mixed Jack and Jill division at the third annual FLCC Logging Sports Competition held Oct. 4 at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua. At a match at Syracuse University on Oct. 11, the club finished first in the men’s division and first in the Jack and Jill division.

“The club did extremely well at the competitions,” said Coach Scott Bingham.

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Dr. Irby ‘Skip’ Sullivan installed as 12th president of Alfred State

“As president of Alfred State, I view it as my responsibility to help you grow. It is my responsibility to create an environment that is safe and that fosters both the pioneer and the passion inside of you. Today, I want to pay tribute to our students – our past, present, and future students. You are the reason I am here today,” Sullivan said.

Dr. Irby “Skip” Sullivan was inaugurated as the 12th president in the 106-year history of Alfred State Friday afternoon.

Hundreds of faculty, staff, students, special guests, and elected officials packed into the Orvis Activities Center, where the Inauguration ceremony took place. The Alfred State ROTC presented the school colors and Chaplain Steven D. Brown, a decorated, retired U.S. Navy captain, gave the invocation and benediction.

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Alfred State to enhance student political involvement, civic engagement through TurboVote

“Ultimately, the goal is to promote civic learning and advance civic action as a life-long practice, producing graduates committed to being informed, active citizens in their communities,” said Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center of Civic Engagement at Alfred State.

Alfred State is looking to increase students’ democratic participation and civic engagement efforts by partnering with Democracy Works to bring TurboVote technology to campus.

Democracy Works, a non-profit, non-partisan tech startup, created TurboVote, an online platform that helps college students to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and sign up for text or email reminders with relevant election information such as dates and deadlines for local, state, and national elections.

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Students enhancing local built environment through STAR Center projects

students at STAR center with clientsThe STAR Center is a collaboration of two organizations in the department: the Architecture Club and the Interior Design Club, which, through the promotion of sound design and planning principles, seek to enhance the local built environment.

Alfred State students in the Architecture and Design department are helping to improve the quality of the built environment in Allegany County and the surrounding region through a number of Southern Tier Architectural Resource (STAR) Center civic engagement projects.

The STAR Center is a collaboration of two organizations in the department: the Architecture Club and the Interior Design Club, which, through the promotion of sound design and planning principles, seek to enhance the local built environment.

Oktoberfest dinner Oct. 9 from 5-7:30 p.m.

The Culinary Arts Department and the Culinary Honors Club will be hosting an Oktoberfest Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Culinary Arts dining area on the Alfred State Wellsville campus at 2530 River Road. The cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children under 10.

The Culinary Arts Department and the Culinary Honors Club will be hosting an Oktoberfest Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Culinary Arts dining area on the Alfred State Wellsville campus at 2530 River Road. The cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children under 10.

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Dr. Richard Kellogg publishes article in ‘Paperback Parade’

Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of an article that appears in the most recent issue of “Paperback Parade,” a quarterly journal for readers and book collectors published by Gryphon Publications. The article is titled "Philip Wylie's ‘The Disappearance.’"

Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of an article that appears in the most recent issue of “Paperback Parade,” a quarterly journal for readers and book collectors published by Gryphon Publications. The article is titled "Philip Wylie's ‘The Disappearance.’"

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Alfred State named a ‘military-friendly’ school

“We are most grateful to the veterans who have served our country,” said Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We are honored to be designated a ‘military-friendly’ college. Veterans will always be welcomed as part of the Alfred State family.”

Alfred State announces that Victory Media has named the college to its Military Friendly ® Schools list for 2015.

Victory Media, originator of the Military Friendly ® group of education and career resources for veterans, announced the list on its website, MilitaryFriendly.com, this week. The list includes institutions that exhibit leading practices to support military students.

This is the fifth consecutive year Alfred State has been designated a military-friendly school.

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Open House held for Vet Tech Center

Kathy Bliss holding animal at new vet Center“The Vet Tech Center is a top-quality teaching facility that rivals any in the region,” Schroeder said, “and helps the program continue to be one of the best in the country.”

Alfred State celebrated its new Veterinary Technology Center Friday with an Open House attended by past and present students, President Skip Sullivan, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Dr. Robert Curry, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members.

Dr. Philip Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, said the Center is used to teach almost all of the vet tech classes that involve live animals. It includes animal housing, teaching labs, a radiography suite, and a surgical suite.

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2014 Homecoming/Family Weekend a huge hit

Patricia K. Fogarty with a student at homecoming“The student responses were amazing,” Peavey said. “The attendance rates, from the dodgeball games to the comedian and magician, were higher than ever.”

Patricia K. Fogarty with a student at homecoming With sunny skies, several new events, and plenty of fun activities for everyone, it’s no wonder Alfred State’s Homecoming/Family Weekend was so well attended this year.

In fact, according to Spencer Peavey, senior director of student engagement at Alfred State, some alumni, students, and families were calling this the “best Homecoming ever.”

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