Alfred State is all revved up about its newest facility that enables students to learn about motorcycle and power sports diagnosis and repair.
The college recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new Motorcycle and Power Sports Technology Building, which houses a new program of the same name. The program is the first of its kind in the entire Northeast.
The brand-new building includes hands-on laboratories, where students work on all kinds of full-size functioning vehicles, from motorcycles to jet skis. The new facility is located in Alfred between the college farm and motorsports technology labs along Route 244.
Speaking first at the ceremony was Jeffrey Stevens, interim dean of the School of Applied Technology, who said he could think of no better location in which to teach this skilled trade.
“If you think about it, when you look at the commercials and you look at the fliers, you really don’t see a motorcycle riding down New York City with the skyscrapers, and you don’t see the snowmobiles coming across downtown Buffalo in the park. This is the ideal environment.”
Dr. Craig Clark, vice president for Economic Development, thanked Southern Tier West and the Appalachian Regional Commission for their support of the new program and facility. He also noted that the new program follows the same “Wellsville model” as the others that are within the Automotive Trades Department, in which students spend numerous hours each day performing hands-on work with vehicles.
“We have not only a great facility, but we’ve taken that Wellsville model and transplanted it up here (in Alfred) and we’re going to turn out some of the best technicians you’ll ever see,” he said.
The final speaker was Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan, who thanked everyone who was involved in the project, including Alfred State Controller Joe Greenthal, project manager Hady ElSayed, LaBella Associates, and faculty and staff.
“We’re excited that this building is here and that it represents a new program that has a great future,” he said.
Just prior to cutting the ribbon, Sullivan rode up to it on an Alta Redshift MX electric motorcycle that was provided by Motovate Performance.
The Associate in Occupational Studies degree in motorcycle and power sports technology trains graduates for careers such as a motorcycle technician, marine vehicle technician, small engine/lawn and garden equipment technician, service manager, and repair shop supervisor. Some graduates may also choose to be their own boss and own a maintenance and repair shop.
Training includes all aspects of motorcycle and small vehicle repair, working with gasoline and diesel engines, transmissions, electrical/electronic systems, brake systems, steering systems, and suspension systems.
A group of technology management students recently toured Incubator Works in Alfred, where they learned about the importance of incubators to start-up businesses and to the development and launching of new technology products.
The main tours and presentations were provided by Dr. Alan Rae, co–executive director of Incubator Works. A special product presentation was given by Dr. Arun Varshneya, president of Saxon Glass Technologies, who showed students how the incubator provided the necessary resources to develop a glass-strengthening process. This process is used for the tubules that hold epinephrine inside Epi-Pens and helps to provide less breakage for this very important lifesaving device.
Susan Gorman, a lecturer in the Business Department, who teaches the students who attended the trip in a class called “Managing Technology Innovation,” said, “The Incubator Works tour was a beneficial learning opportunity for students in the technology management program. The tours took classroom lectures on incubators into reality by meeting with real-world entrepreneurs involved in business development and new technological breakthroughs.”
A number of cabins along the Ryan Trail at Allegany State Park got a much-needed facelift recently thanks to a project involving Alfred State Building Trades students.
For two weeks, 14 students worked on upgrading the cabins, which included foundation stabilization, structural repair, reroofing, siding repair, and painting. Altogether, nine cabins were included in the renovation project, which was a joint collaboration among Alfred State; HistoriCorps; and the New York State (NYS) Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
According to Building Trades Chair and Associate Professor Jack Jones, the students ate and slept in the same cabins they were working on. The cabins were originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s.
Jones added that HistoriCorps, a nonprofit organization that engages volunteers to save historic places across the United States, arranged the meals and provided on-site leadership and logistics for the project. Students all pitched in to help cook and clean up, Jones said, and four of them even assisted a local resident with some work that he needed completed.
“I think this immersive educational experience has been a great opportunity for our students,” Jones said. “Staying on site has given them a break from the classic campus-based educational environment. These guys were able to get to know one another better and make memories that will stick with them for a lifetime, all while helping to preserve history, and developing their skills and education. There are a couple of things we can do better next time, but overall, this pilot was a big success.”
Jay Bailey, regional director for the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s Allegany Region, said, “We here at Allegany State Park are very pleased to be the host and a partner to this unique collaboration among NYS Parks, HistoriCorps, and Alfred State. This partnership, with one of our key local educational institutions, has provided real-world experience for their students while helping us preserve and renovate these CCC-era cabins.
Bailey added, “Allegany State Park’s guests are known to come back year after year to enjoy these special cabins, and Alfred State and HistoriCorps have made it possible for families to keep this tradition alive for generations to come. We would like to thank each and every student, alumni, and staff member for their contribution to the Ryan Trail Cabin Project.”
The students all agreed that working on the project was a valuable experience.
“Working with Historicorps was awesome and a truly unique experience,” said Isiah Richardson, a building trades: building construction student from Geneva. “With the amount of fun everyone had, it’s hard to consider a better way to contribute to the community.”
Jonathan Barber, a building trades: building construction major from Batavia, said, “It was an experience I will never forget. Because of this trip, I feel like I was able to work on skills that helped me become a better carpenter and a better person. These are skills that will help me in the long run.”
CJ Blanchard, a building trades: building construction student from Hornell, noted, “Working with HistoriCorps was such an honor. They really have a passion for historic preservation and the environment that they passed on to my fellow students and me."
A number of astounding paintings by artist Kenneth P. Cobb are being presented in an exhibit titled “Reflections” at the Hinkle Memorial Library Gallery at Alfred State from now to Oct. 27.
Cobb is a studio artist specializing in oil, charcoal, and pastel. In his artist statement, he said he has “always been attracted to the investigative practice of painting.”
“It’s almost like an experimental process,” he said. “From the idea to the technical application of the paint, I have found each problem-solving step can be very rewarding as an experience in itself.”
The “Reflections” exhibit highlights investigations the artist has conducted over the past several years and includes a showcase of the figurative, still life, and landscape genres.
In “Reflections,” Cobb has explored and included several themes, from the industrial landscape, to the portrait narrative, to color explorations/explorations in technique, and technology and culture. He noted that each series has had its unique challenges in regards to research and execution.
An instructor of art at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Cobb teaches courses in drawing, painting, graphic design, and gallery management.
Born in 1975 in Canandaigua, Cobb received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and computer art from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and his Master of Fine Arts in studio art from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
The exhibit is open for viewing during normal library hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email email@example.com or call 607-587-4313.
The Office of Student Records and Financial Services will participate in the annual SUNY Financial Aid Day, Saturday, Oct. 14, beginning at 9 a.m. in EJ Brown Hall, room 212, on the Alfred campus.
The Student Records and Financial Services Office staff will assist students and their guests in completing and submitting the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically. The FAFSA is required for all financial aid, including New York State assistance. Staff will also be available to answer any questions regarding the financial aid process.
Students/parents can register by going to www.suny.edu/studentevents or by calling 1-800-342-3811. This workshop is open to all prospective college students and their families, including those who do not plan to attend Alfred State. Registrants will receive an email listing necessary information, including what materials students/parents will need to bring with them, building location details, and parking directions.
Prior to SUNY Financial Aid Day, participants are encouraged to obtain: a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) at https://fsaid.ed.gov (allow one to three business days for the Social Security Administration to verify information); driver's licenses; alien registration card (non-U.S. citizens); bank statements and investment information; FAFSA PIN number; Social Security numbers; 2016 Federal Income Tax return (or estimated); W-2 forms or other records of income earned for 2016; and 2016 untaxed income information.
SUNY's statewide Student Financial Aid Days are offered as a service to all prospective college students and their families. The programs are designed to answer questions and provide assistance regarding the financial aid application, types of aid available, and the award process.
Forty-seven programs will be offered across New York State. Students and parents should feel free to attend the program closest to where they live.
Offering a wide selection of German cuisine and an atmosphere befitting the autumn season, Alfred State will be hosting an Oktoberfest dinner from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 in the Culinary Arts Building on the Wellsville campus.
The cost of the meal is $17 for adults and $8 for children 10 and under. No reservations are required.
The menu will include:
Proceeds from the meal will benefit culinary arts student scholarships. For more information, call 607-587-3170.