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Alfred State ranked No. 1 regional college in the North in two categories

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 15:30

Making the US News & World Report Best Colleges rankings for the 10th straight year, Alfred State performed better than ever before.

The prestigious publication recognized a tremendous value at Alfred State for the price. For schools with out-of-state tuition below $18,000, Alfred State is the number one regional college in the North.

Another gold medal achievement recognizes that many students are looking for just the right-sized school. US News & World Report notes an 18:1 faculty to student ratio for personalized attention at Alfred State, while also operating a campus large enough to offer students a wide variety of activities and choices for majors. For schools with an undergraduate population of 3,000 students or more, again Alfred State is ranked in first place among northern regional colleges.

When considering all factors in the Best Colleges rankings, Alfred State advanced seven spots, coming in at 12th place overall for regional colleges in the North, up from last year’s 19th ranking.

“It’s extremely gratifying for US News & World Report Best Colleges to recognize the fine reputation of our faculty, the excellence of our staff, and the superior experience that we offer students,” said Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We work hard to provide the very best education at a reasonable price and to deliver personalized attention to a good-sized student population. On those two measures of low cost and right sized, US News & World Report ranks us number one among northern regional colleges. We couldn’t be more proud.”

The college also earned a sixth-place ranking among all public regional colleges in the North. In the rankings for Best Regional Colleges for Veterans in the North, Alfred State moved up eight spots, coming in at sixth, and also ranked third among public regional colleges for veterans in the North.

US News & World Report’s Best Colleges list is one of the most sought-after rankings among colleges and universities across the nation. The rankings include data from 1,620 colleges and focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked on seven measures of academic quality.

“The US News & World Report rankings are a testament to the excellent programs and services provided by faculty and staff across SUNY, and a reminder to our current and future students that SUNY is dedicated to providing them with a highly valuable degree that will serve them well long after graduation,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to Alfred State on this much-deserved recognition.”

Alfred State cheerleaders
Alfred State has two No. 1 rankings to cheer about in the latest US News & World Report Best Colleges list.

Discover the story of Alfred State during Allegany County History Awareness Week

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 08:15

Visitors to the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville from Wednesday, Sept. 21 to Friday, Sept. 23 will have a chance to learn more about the history of Alfred State as part of Allegany County History Awareness Week, which runs from Sept. 19-25.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. those days, the college will have a table set up at the library displaying a number of pictures, historical items, old yearbooks, a DVD highlighting Alfred State’s 100th anniversary, and books produced to commemorate the college’s 60th and 100th years.

“Alfred State is proud to be a part of the first-ever Allegany County History Awareness Week,” said Michael Colomaio, assistant professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department. “We look forward to educating those who visit our display on the rich history of our college, as well as the exciting progress it has made since being founded in 1908.”

History buffs who visit the Wellsville library during the week will also have the chance to view famous American artifacts in the exhibition room, as well as historical presentations in the library auditorium in the evenings. Allegany County museums will be opening their doors at varying times and days during the week, and the Palmer Opera House in Cuba will host an event on Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. featuring re-enactors who will share the life stories from various notable historical personalities representing different towns in Allegany County.


New psychology minor available

Posted Date: Friday, September 9, 2016 - 10:45

With the new minor in psychology, Alfred State students now have the opportunity to explore various psychological processes and their impact on human behavior. 

The minor, which was added in time for the start of the fall 2016 semester, is open to students in any of the college’s baccalaureate programs. However, it may particularly interest students in programs such as forensic science technology, business administration, human services management, and more. 

Dr. Jill Amati, chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, which houses the minor, said, “The psychology minor is a great addition for our students.  It complements Alfred State’s baccalaureate programs and offers students the opportunity to specialize their degree plan in a way that relates to their major.” 

The psychology minor requires a minimum of 15 credit hours in psychology and includes an introductory course, two upper-level psychology courses, and two psychology electives. At least three credits must not count toward the student’s major, and at least three credits must be completed at Alfred State.


Dr. Owejan nominated for Upstate Venture Ecosystem Award

Posted Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 09:30
Dr. Jon Owejan
Dr. Jon Owejan

For his role in developing a new environmentally friendly cooling system, Dr. Jon Owejan, an assistant professor in Alfred State’s Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Department, has recently been nominated as a Campus Connector for the 2016 Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards.

The organizers of the awards, Upstate Venture Connect (UVC), received more than 100 submissions celebrating entrepreneurial leaders throughout Upstate New York who are transforming the region’s economy.

“This is a clear sign of how our ecosystem has become more connected and inclusive with so many entrepreneurial leaders emerging to transform their communities, and the region as a whole,” said UVC Founder and Venture Catalyst Martin Babinec.

Winners, chosen by an independent panel of judges, will be announced at a special luncheon event held at Turning Stone Resort in Verona on Sept. 16, featuring keynote speaker Tim Keenan, co-founder of the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship.

Owejan’s nomination comes after he, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Department Chair Dr. Matthew Lawrence, and Nathan DeMario, a mechanical engineering technology student from South Wales, worked to develop a cooling and dehumidification system that does not use chemical refrigerants and compressors to carry heat out of buildings. The goal was to improve energy efficiency while eliminating the harmful impact that hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants have on global warming.

As part of the commercialization effort, a start-up company called Phase Innovations was formed with the intent to launch a product that will significantly reduce operational and maintained costs relative to conventional systems. For more information, visit phaseinnovations.com.

Owejan noted that technology transfer activities are an ideal catalyst for engaging engineering students in purpose-driven learning.

“The successes of these activities are highly dependent on the strong entrepreneurial network in upstate New York,” he said.

Speaking about Owejan’s award nomination, Lawrence said it represents an overdue recognition of one of Alfred State’s best young faculty.

“Jon has excelled in every possible way during his time here, and this nomination demonstrates his successes reach far beyond the classroom,” Lawrence said. “Dr. Owejan has, in addition to his regular duties as a professor, pursued this applied research not just in the classroom and lab, but he is actively leading a team through NEXUS-NY, a very competitive seed accelerator program based in Rochester.

He added, “Jon is as good as an engineering technology professor can be. His expertise in his field is world-class, his passion for his discipline is evident in his classroom instruction, and he involves students in his many cutting-edge research initiatives.”


Therapy dogs greet incoming students

Posted Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 14:45
Harper, a Newfoundland
Harper, a Newfoundland, was one of several therapy dogs brought in to greet students at Hinkle Memorial Library.

Faculty and staff weren’t the only ones welcoming new students to Alfred State last month during the college’s annual Week of Welcome.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, the Hinkle Memorial Library brought in a group of therapy dogs for students needing to catch their breath amidst all of the exciting events taking place on campus that week, which are intended to help students have fun, get involved, and feel at home. The canines were from the same Therapy Dogs International (TDI) Canisteo chapter that sends them and their handlers to the library during finals week for both the fall and spring semesters.

“Handlers are always thrilled to visit the library, saying they look forward to seeing our students and interacting with them,” said Library Instructional Support Assistant Amie Acton. “Ice cream sundaes were also served that day, much to the students’ delight. The event helped the library boost awareness of its presence, space, and services among incoming students, and is a part of the library’s continuing efforts to be more visible on campus.”

Students won’t have to wait long for the therapy dogs’ next visit, which will be in December during finals week.


Alfred State welcomes new employees

Posted Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 14:15

Alfred State recently welcomed 41 new faculty and staff members.

The Division of Academic Affairs has 21 new hires, including Danel Bowen, Aric Bryant, Yvonne Bustamante, Elizabeth Coats, Lisa Gardner, Vincent Grottanelli, Jennifer Guthrie, Karen Kelly, Dr. Alison Levitch, Donald Lokey, Linda Loria, Jason Miller, Dr. Reza Rashidi, Bruce Riley, Dr. Stephanie Rugg, Dr. Ashley Shaloo, Zachary Smith, Christopher Vavrek, Mariann Walsh, Simon Whitehouse, and Dr. Mark Whitman.

Bowen, of Bolivar, is now an instructional support assistant in the Electrical Trades Department. He earned his associate degree in electrical construction and maintenance electrician at Alfred State.

Bryant, of Corning, is a new assistant professor in the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Department. He holds associate and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering technology from Alfred State, and a master’s in mechanical engineering from Binghamton University.

Bustamante, of Hornell, was hired as an assistant professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department. She received her bachelor’s degree from Keuka College, her Master of Science at Nova Southeastern University, and is working toward her educational doctorate at Argosy University.

Coats, of Keeseville, has joined the college as an assistant professor in the Nursing Department. Coats earned an associate degree at Alfred State; a bachelor’s at The College at Brockport, State University of New York; and a master’s from Western Governors University.

Gardner, of Hornell, is the new assistant to the provost. She holds an associate degree in business administration from Empire State College.

Grottanelli, of Caneadea, has joined the college as a heavy equipment operations instructor in the Building Trades Department.

Guthrie, of Hornell, is a new instructional support assistant in the Nursing Department. She holds an associate degree from Jamestown Community College.

Kelly, of Almond, is now in the position of assistant professor in the Mathematics and Physics Department. She earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Engineering degree in civil engineering from Cornell University.

Levitch is a new assistant professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department.

Lokey, of Johnson City, TN, was hired as the coordinator of Assessment and Accreditation. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from East Tennessee State University, and a Master of Arts from Tusculum College.

Loria, of Rochester, joins the college as an assistant professor in the Nursing Department. She earned an Associate in Applied Science in nursing from Alfred State, a Bachelor of Science degree from Empire State, and a master’s degree in nursing from Excelsior College.

Miller, of Belmont, is now in the position of instructor in the Building Trades Department. Miller holds an associate degree in building trades: building construction from Alfred State.

Rashidi, of Charlotte, NC, is a new assistant professor in the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Department. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Sharif University of Technology, his Master of Science from the University of Tehran, and his doctorate from the University of British Columbia.

Riley, of Wellsville, was hired as an academic support assistant in the School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology. He received an Associate in Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cazenovia College, as well as a Master of Science from Misericordia University.

Rugg, of Lyons, joins the college as an assistant professor in the Physical and Life Sciences Department. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as a doctorate from the University of Rochester.

Shaloo, of Alfred Station, is a new assistant professor in the Physical and Life Sciences Department. She earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Georgian Court University and a doctorate in molecular and cell biology from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Smith, of Alma, is now a math support specialist in the Student Success Center. He received an associate degree from Alfred State and a bachelor’s degree from The College at Brockport.

Vavrek, of Almond, joins the college as a digital media and animation technician. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in intermedia from Arizona State University and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture/4-D from California State University.

Walsh, of Canaseraga, is a new academic advisor and student success specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Alfred University and a Master’s in Education from Nazareth College.

Whitehouse, of Alfred Station, was hired as an assistant professor in the Mathematics and Physics Department. He earned a Master of Arts degree in mathematics from Buffalo State.

Whitman, of York, PA, is now in the position of assistant professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department. He earned a Master of Professional Studies degree in community service administration from Alfred University and a doctorate in criminal justice from Capella University.

The Division of Administration, Advancement and Enrollment has hired 15 new employees, including Brian Bailor, Brad Billings, Kaitlyn Brown, Anthony Contello, Adam Copland, Connie D’Arcy, Keri Edsall, Jon Nickerson, Russell Nunley, Shane O’Brien, Donnasue Olin, Kristopher Ross, Craig Trescott, Karrie Waters, and Duane Williams.

Bailor, of Hornell, is a new cleaner in the Hinkle Memorial Library.

Billings, of Wellsville, joins the college as the director of Procurement and Payment Services. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alfred University.

Brown, of East Syracuse, was hired as the associate director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Alfred State.

Contello, of Bath, is now in the position of agency program aide in the Student Records and Financial Services Office.

Copland, of Wellsville, is a new cleaner. He holds two associate degrees from Alfred State.

D’Arcy, of Hornell, is now an office assistant 1 in the Admissions Office. She holds an Associate in Arts degree in liberal arts and sciences: social science from Alfred State; a Bachelor of Arts from Alfred University, where she was a dual major in sociology and criminal justice; and an Associate in Applied Science in accounting from Alfred State.

Edsall, of Painted Post, joins the college as a loan officer in the Student Records and Financial Services Department. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.

Nickerson, of Scio, was hired as a project manager/architectural engineering designer. He received an Associate in Applied Science degree in architectural technology and Bachelor of Science degree in architectural technology, both from Alfred State.

Nunley, of Knoxville, TN, joins the college as director of Marketing Communications. He earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and management from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

O’Brien, of Almond, is a new cleaner.

Olin, of Hornell, is now a cleaner in the Student Leadership Center.

Ross, of Belmont, joins the college as a cleaner.

Trescott, of Conesus, was hired as a cleaner.

Waters, of Troupsburg, is now a cleaner in the Student Leadership Center. She earned an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

Williams, of Rexville, joins the college as a cleaner on the School of Applied Technology campus.

The Division of Student Affairs has five new hires, including Kent Baker, Thomas Daniels, Joshua Engelbrecht, Anthony Spencer, and Byron Thomas.

Baker, of Lantana, FL, is the new cross country and track and field coach. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Michigan.

Daniels, of Hornell, was hired as coordinator of Intercultural Student Support. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in human services management from Alfred State.

Engelbrecht, of Syracuse, is a new assistant athletic trainer. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University, a Master of Science from Logan University, and a Master of Science from Plymouth State University.

Spencer, of Las Vegas, joins the college as an assistant football coach. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Carroll College and a Master of Arts in health, physical education, and recreation from the University of South Dakota.

Thomas, of Los Angeles, is now an assistant football coach. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Dakota and a master’s from St. Cloud State.


Students to assist communities in Semester in the South program

Posted Date: Monday, August 29, 2016 - 11:30

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For the seventh year in a row, some Alfred State senior building trades: building construction students are heading south to put their skills to work helping those in need.

Accompanied by retired Building Trades Associate Professor Norm Ellis, the 14 Semester in the South students departed from Alfred Friday for Scottsboro, AL, where they’ll spend six weeks working with the National Park Service at Russell Cave National Monument to convert ranger housing into classrooms to offer more educational opportunities. The next six weeks will be spent in New Orleans, where the Alfred State group will once again partner with St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, working on renovating houses and small businesses, and repurposing a mansion built in 1846 into a school and arts center for the Treme neighborhood.

Participating students this year include Cullen Ball, of Lewiston; Vito Diorio, of Staten Island; Tom Guinta, of Livonia; John Kimmel, of Wayland; Francesca Mastrobattisto, of Baldwinsville; Dakota Matthie, of Madrid; Joe Miraglia, of Byron; Nathan Piegdon, of Elmira; Kyle Rosenzweig, of Webster; James Venticinque, of Rochester; Brian Williams, of Oswego; Robert Zaccaria, of White Plains; Ryan Reynolds, of Linwood; and David Stalker, of Walworth. The group is expected to return to Alfred Nov. 19.

Education, Ellis said, is best when it can be described as an adventure, which is what the college is providing with Semester in the South in terms of new cultures, climates, people, work experiences, food, and traditions.

“I still get excited about that adventure and I know these students are going to look back to Semester in the South as one of the best adventures they ever had,” he said.

Diorio noted that he is looking forward to gaining real-life experience and assisting those in need.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to go down there and help out,” he said.

For Mastrobattisto, the opportunity to participate in Semester in the South is one she has been eagerly anticipating since she first came to Alfred State for her college visit.

“I’m very excited,” she said. “I’m most looking forward to making connections, learning a lot, getting a sense of the different cultures, and just going down there to help because that’s the main reason we’re going.”

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Pictured is the group participating this year in Alfred State’s Semester in the South program. From left to right are John Kimmel, Dakota Matthie, Vito Diorio, Robert Zaccaria, Joe Miraglia, Nathan Piegdon, Brian Williams, Kyle Rosenzweig, David Stalker, Cullen Ball, Ryan Reynolds, Norm Ellis, Francesca Mastrobattisto, James Venticinque, and Tom Guinta.

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