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Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club wins two divisions at timber sports competition

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 15:00

Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club member Gavin Maloney, a masonry major from Rome, NY, takes part in the chainsaw eventThe Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club on Oct. 3 won two divisions of the Finger Lakes Logging Sports Competition held at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua.

The timber sports match consisted of a number of team, individual, and double events, such as crosscut, log roll, chainsaw, climbing, axe throw, fire build, underhand chopping, and more. The Alfred State club, composed of 24 students, took first place in the men’s division, as well as the Jack and Jill division, in which teams included three males and three females.

Coach Scott Bingham said taking first in both divisions his team entered is a great way to start off the season.

“We had to move some people around and change some events at the last minute, but it appears to have paid off,” he said. “We have some seasoned, but also new members on the Jack and Jill team, so it was a great pleasure to see such progress in such a short period of time.”

Alfred State competed against several other schools Oct. 3, including Finger Lakes Community College, Paul Smith’s College, the State University of New York (SUNY) Environmental Science and Forestry Ranger School, Morrisville State, SUNY Cobleskill, and the University of Vermont. The Pioneers won’t have much time to celebrate their success, however, as they will soon prepare for their next competition, taking place Oct. 17 at Paul Smith’s College.

In photo, Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club member Gavin Maloney, a masonry major from Rome, NY, takes part in the chainsaw event.

Hinkle Memorial Library hosting 3-D sculpture exhibit through Oct. 30

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 14:45

3-D printed sculpture by Alfred State alumnus Jason BurnsThe Hinkle Memorial Library at Alfred State is featuring the work of alumnus and 3-D artist and sculptor Jason Thomas Burns now through Friday, Oct. 30.

Burns, of Alfred, earned his bachelor’s degree in digital media and animation from Alfred State in 2012. He is the son of Lawrence “Ed” Burns, Alfred State SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Mathematics and Physics Department.

On display are two clay sculptures, three 3-D printed sculptures, and nine digital renderings. Burns’ work typically focuses on science-fiction and fantasy characters and creatures.

Burns said he hopes those who view his work carry away with them an appreciation for the intrinsic beauty and creativity of the digital art form.

“The pieces of artwork shown in the exhibit may not have some deep philosophical message embedded in them, but the artwork itself is the end product of a very creative process that allows the artist to take a piece of concept art, fashion it into a three-dimensional model, and then bring it to life in a three-dimensional printer,” he said. “The process itself is its own reward, and it unlocks the brain’s potential for creative reasoning, which is a skill that serves us well in all areas of our daily lives.”

The exhibit will be open for viewing during normal library hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email library@alfredstate.edu or call 607-587-4313.

CCET to host ‘Community Overdose Training’ Nov. 16

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 14:30

The Center for Community Education and Training at Alfred State will host a “Community Overdose Training” event from 8:30-10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16 at the Lake Lodge, 6107 Terbury Road, Alfred Station.

Administered by University Police Officer Jeff Wilcox, this free training will discuss the impact of opioid overdoses in New York State, and teach participants how to recognize one. Attendees will further learn the steps they should take if they encounter someone with an overdose, and also learn how to use a mucosal atomizer in an attempt to save the life of the person who overdosed. Free responder kits will be given out to human services agencies, as well.

Wendy Dresser-Recktenwald, senior director for the Office of Human Resources and the Center for Community Education and Training FOIL/records access officer, said the growing use of heroin and heroin-related deaths is a growing problem in Western New York.

“Heroin isn’t new, but what is on the streets is deadlier than ever. Synthetic fentanyl is 30 to 50 times stronger than heroin and deadly,” she said. “As a community, we need to provide as much education and prevention as we can. As an educational institution, if we can help to save just one life, we should do it. We need to educate our community that heroin is not a recreational drug people can experiment with. When people use heroin or are addicted to opiates, it could be the last time they use because the drug is so deadly,”

People must pre-register for the training by contacting ccet@alfredstate.edu or calling 607-587-4015 by Nov. 9.

The mission of the Center for Community Education and Training at Alfred State is to advance economic development in the Southern Tier through the integration of vocational/occupational training, personal and career development, and organizational development.

Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. welcomes new board member

Posted Date: Friday, October 2, 2015 - 14:45

Jim KnappThe Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., a private foundation representing faculty, staff, and friends of Alfred State, has welcomed a new board member, Jim Knapp, of Wellsville.

Knapp, senior vice president and assistant branch administrator at Steuben Trust Company in Wellsville, was a member of the Wellsville Lions Club for 20 years. He is currently the exalted ruler at the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Wellsville Lodge #1495; former president of the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce; founder of the Wellsville Main Street Music Festival; executive vice president of the Greater Wellsville Balloon Rally Committee; and a charter member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Allegany County chapter.

Knapp and his wife, Laura, are the parents of three children, Jacob, Julia, and Jaelyn.

Hinkle Memorial Library hosting fundraising campaign to renovate gallery space

Posted Date: Friday, October 2, 2015 - 14:00

Hinkle Memorial Library galleryIn conjunction with its 50th anniversary celebration, the Alfred State Hinkle Memorial Library is currently holding a campaign called 50 Years-50 Donors-50 Dollars to raise funds to refurbish its gallery exhibit space.

Specifically, funds raised through the 50-50-50 campaign will be used for new wall coverings in the exhibit space, additional display furniture, and a new gallery hanging system. The campaign’s goal is $2,500.

During the academic year, the gallery is host to displays of work by students, faculty and staff, community members and regional artists, and an occasional traveling show. The September exhibit featured photographic highlights of the Hinkle Library’s first 50 years. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the library hosted an informal reception and provided a complimentary breakfast on Sept. 12 during Homecoming/Family Weekend.

Coming in October is the sculptural work of Jason Burns of Alfred, who graduated from Alfred State in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in digital media and animation. In November, the gallery will feature the paintings of Judie Mader, of Smethport, PA.

To see this academic year’s full gallery schedule, visit the library Web page and click on the gallery tab. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email library@alfredstate.edu, or call 607- 587-4313.

To donate to the 50-50-50 campaign, contact Institutional Advancement at ia@alfredstate.edu or 607-587-3930.

Team Alfred departs for Solar Decathlon competition in California

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 08:30

More than 25 Alfred State and Alfred University students headed to California Saturday, Sept. 26, to compete in the 2015 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

Held this year from Sept. 28 to Oct. 18 in Irvine, CA, the Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. Seventeen teams are competing in the 2015 event.

Team Alfred’s entry is a nearly 900-square-foot zero-energy home for middle-class families in rural western New York. Alfred State and Alfred University also collaborated on a submission for the 2013 Solar Decathlon, held in Datong, China.

The 2015 house was shipped in modules to the site of the Solar Decathlon on Sept. 21. Once the students arrive, they will have nine days to reassemble the house.

Michael May, a building trades: building construction major from Moravia, said, “This is the first house that we actually got to build from the floor up and we’re getting to go to California for 12 days, so that’s pretty cool, plus the construction industry is going green, so it’s good to go into green building.”

Ryan Williams, a building trades: building construction major from New Baltimore, said of Alfred State’s participation in the Solar Decathlon, “It’ll be cool to show what a smaller school can do against bigger schools.”

Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology, said design of the home was led by Alfred State architecture students, along with students from both campuses who are learning about mechanical, electrical, and renewable energy, and more.

“Our home is unique regarding students being involved from design through construction phases, with little assistance from professionals except faculty,” Clark said.

The opportunity to have Alfred State students be involved in this national competition is great for students, faculty, and the college, said Clark.

“We are extremely proud of the work to this stage, which includes design, construction of the modular home, and packing up the home to ship to California,” he said.

Accompanying the students on the trip will be Joe Richardson, chair of the Alfred State Building Trades Department. Alfred State students who are participating are listed below, by major:

Building trades: building construction

Air conditioning and heating technology

Technology management

Electrical construction and maintenance electrician

Alfred University students who are participating are:

Saeed Azad, a mechanical engineering graduate student from Iran; Tchabelino T. Azimyt from New York City, Patrick R. Byrne, of Hamburg, Nolan Jessop, of Churchville, and Dylan A. Tucker, of De Ruyter, all senior mechanical engineering majors; Bernard Dolecki, AU Class of 2014, School of Art & Design; Taylor A. Kelley, a junior mechanical engineering major from Wellsville; Avery O. Sandler, a senior, dual major in mechanical engineering and renewable energy engineering from Israel; and Jessica Scoones, of Deansboro, a senior renewable energy engineering major.

AU faculty advisers are Dr. Wallace B. Leigh and Dr. Xingwu Wang, both professors of engineering in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering.

Team Alfred would like to thank its sponsors, including LeChase Construction; Upstate Roofing and Painting; NanaWall; Pella; Lutron Electronics, Inc.; Kohler; Carlisle; Big Ass Solutions; Way To Grow; LaBella Associates; Resource Furniture; The Western New York Floor Company; O’Connell Electric Company; Thermal Foams, Inc.; CLEI; Echo Global Logistics; Pearl’s Premium; Corning, Inc.; SWBR Architects; Apricus Solar Hot Water; Tinkertown Supply; Do it Best; HEP Sales; North Main Lumber; Madison Wood; Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Local 276; and Southern Tier Builders Association.