Nearly 150 high school students from five area school districts visited Alfred State Friday to discover the exciting worlds of engineering and technology as part of National Engineers Week.
Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, the week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers, according to www.nspe.org. Throughout last week, 34 Alfred State students in the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology showcased the many great projects and activities they engage in at the college through various clubs and organizations.
Participating Alfred State groups included the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Architecture Club, the Associated General Contractors of America, the Robotics Club, the Alfred State Information Security Team, Women In Non-traditional Studies, and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping Glickman Chapter.
High schools that attended Friday’s event were from Hornell, Arkport, Elmira, Scio, and the Greater Southern Tier BOCES Wildwood campus. In addition to learning from Alfred State students, high school students also took part in a fun design challenge, in which their teams were tasked with designing and building a table out of a newspaper that was at least 8 inches tall and could hold, at minimum, a 200-page textbook.
Alex Surdyk, an electrical engineering technology major from Hamburg, said the event was Alfred State’s chance to show high school students that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are “not just math and numbers, but instead something that you can see, feel, and be a part of.”
“It is crucial to the continuing development of society and the human race as a whole to continue to make advancements in STEM,” he said. “We need young minds to lead us into the future.”
For Josh Weaver, a junior from the Elmira City School District, and Jasmine Mosko, a freshman from Arkport Central School, the day was about fun and learning.
“It was fun and people were nice about everything while they were trying to teach everyone what was going on and trying to get other people interested in what they were doing,” Weaver said. “I learned about how certain architectural things are made.”
Mosko said, “It was fun because we got to do hands-on activities and learn different things.”
Dr. John Williams, dean of the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology, said he received many positive comments from the visitors and that the vast majority of high school students were engaged in the event. He also noted that he is very proud of his school’s students.
“Watching them represent their fields and seeing the passion they have for what they are studying, it was a great day,” Williams said.
In photo above: Alex Surdyk, an electrical engineering technology major from Hamburg, right, judges one of the entries in the design challenge that was part of Friday’s National Engineers Week event.
The new Alfred State chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society was installed in a ceremony Thursday evening in the Allegany Room of the Central Dining Hall.
Charter members include Chair of the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Department Edward Tezak, Dean of the School of Applied Technology Craig Clark, Senior Director of Health and Wellness Services Hollie Hall, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Associate Professor Christopher Tomasi, Computer and Information Technology Assistant Professor Evan Enke, Librarian Barbara Greil, Bursar of Student Records and Financial Services Martha McGee, Social and Behavioral Sciences Professor Regina Pollard, and Digital Media and Animation Assistant Professor Jeremy Schwartz.
Pollard and Schwartz are new initiates, along with Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan, Vice President of Academic Affairs Kristin Poppo, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Bob Curry, and Dean of the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology John Williams. Charter members who are not new initiates had their Phi Kappa Phi affiliation at another institution changed to the Alfred State chapter Thursday.
Officers are Tomasi (president), Enke (vice president), Greil (secretary), McGee (treasurer), Pollard (scholarship and awards officer), and Schwartz (public relations officer).
Tomasi, who was installed as honor society president by Dr. Rick Shale, professor of English at Youngstown State University, said, “Today we celebrate excellence. We gather to initiate worthy individuals into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. These persons have been chosen on a basis of their superior scholarship and we are pleased and proud that each has chosen to become part of a century-old community of scholars and professionals that includes individuals who have distinguished themselves in positions of leadership and whose careers have been characterized by achievement.”
Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, according to www.phikappaphi.org, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. It has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Each year, around 30,000 members are initiated, and only the top 10 percent of a graduating class and the top 7.5 percent of juniors are invited to join.
Alfred State, according to Tezak, will initiate eligible students into the honor society for the first time in a ceremony that will take place in April at a date to be determined. Tezak said he has worked on forming a Phi Kappa Phi chapter at the college for the last two years.
“Since the honor society is interdisciplinary, it is ideally suited to Alfred State,” he said. “Membership is an academic recognition that will follow our students throughout their lifetime. It is an honor well-earned.”
In addition to Phi Kappa Phi, other honor societies at Alfred State include Chi Alpha Epsilon, Phi Theta Kappa, Psi-Beta, Sigma Tau Epsilon, and Tau Alpha Pi.
In photo above: Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Associate Professor Christopher Tomasi, left, is installed as president of the Alfred State chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society Thursday by Dr. Rick Shale, professor of English at Youngstown State University.
The Alfred State Office of Student Records and Financial Services will participate in the annual SUNY Financial Aid Day, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 in room 414 in the EJ Brown Business Building on the Alfred campus.
Office staff will assist students and their guests in completing and submitting the 2015-2016 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 or 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 or 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 PIN number at www.pin.ed.gov (allow one to three business days for receipt); a driver's license; an alien registration card (non-U.S. citizens); bank statements and investment information; FAFSA PIN number; Social Security numbers; 2014 Federal Income Tax return (or estimated); W-2 forms or other records of income earned for 2014; and 2014 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-six programs will be offered across New York State. Students and parents should feel free to attend the program closest to where they live.
Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of an article appearing in the most recent issue of “Paperback Parade,” a quarterly journal for readers and book collectors. The article is titled “The Galactic Adventures of Doc Smith.”
Edward Elmer Smith (1890-1965), also known as Doc Smith, was a pioneer in the early days of science fiction writing. He penned the popular “Lensman” and “Skylark” series of books. The space operas created by Smith typically involve sophisticated technology and thrilling adventures that take place in outer space.
The author notes that Smith earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from George Washington University in 1919 and worked as a food chemist for several corporations. He also conducted research studies for the United States Army from 1941 to 1945.
Smith was a writer of great creativity and his themes involve stranded spaceships, killer robots, time travel, and mental telepathy. His tales of science fiction inspired generations of youngsters to learn more about chemistry, physics, and astronomy. Smith's belief that scientific knowledge would lead to a better world is incorporated into all of his writing.
Dr. Kellogg frequently writes about the literary genres of mystery fiction and science fiction. He is the author of a series of illustrated books for children featuring boy detective Barry Baskerville.
The Alfred State New Horizons Forum continues its 2014-2015 season with a special event on the upcoming Alfred village elections.
The “Meet the Candidates” forum will be offered to the entire Alfred community on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in room 215 of the School of Engineering Technologies Building. Campus signage and volunteers will direct the public to the nearest parking areas.
Forum Director SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus Joe Flynn has recently invited participation from Alfred village mayoral candidates Justin Grigg and Jason Rodd, and trustee candidates Peter McClain, Kory Schick, Thomas McDowell, and Nick Ferraro. The forum letter specifies that the program will consist of two information sessions followed by a reception.
Session I is for the four trustee candidates. Doors will close at the start of each session.
The format rules provide equal speaking time for each candidate. The session starts with opening statements, followed by brief candidate responses to written questions from the audience. The questions are to be directed to the office being sought, not an individual candidate.
Session I will close with two-minute closing statements, for a total running time of under 45 minutes. After a short intermission, Session II for the two mayoral candidates will be governed by similar format rules with opening statements of six minutes, responses to written questions, and closing statements of four minutes. Session II is timed to end in under 45 minutes.
With candidate concurrence, the entire event will be broadcast over WETD and recorded.
A community reception with the candidates will follow in the gallery area outside SET 215. An information table for signed campaign and voter education materials will be available.
The New Horizons Forum, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences, showcases current scholarly, creative, and public service work by faculty, students, professional staff, and invited guests. It is guided by a campus-wide team of advisers who represent lead faculty, administrators, professional staff of the three academic schools, student affairs, and student government.
Key goals of the forum include practical efforts to encourage active learning outside the classroom, community service, and to sponsor activities that will enrich the intellectual life of the institution.
This “Meet the Candidates” forum is a joint effort of New Horizons, the Office of Civic Engagement, Student Civic Engagement Advocates, the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and many individual volunteers.
Eight architecture students from Alfred State presented at the annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) conference at the end of the fall semester in Washington, DC.
The seniors presented on a project they did last semester as part of Design Studio 5: Urban Design, in which they worked closely with residents and community leaders in the nearby village of Savona. The students produced a community visualization study to create a vision for the sustainability and growth of Savona, which was well received by residents and village officials and may be considered for future implementation.
Led by the Consortium of Appalachian Centers and Institutes, the ATP offers students a unique opportunity to conduct active community-based research on their campuses.
From left, Nicholas Scalise, of Campbell Hall; Professor William Dean, chair of the Department of Architecture and Design (ATP Teaching Fellow); Nicholas Galatioto, of Garwood, NJ; Douglas Duzant of Levittown; Brittany Varengo of Baldwinsville; Nicholas Peraino of Geneseo; Kathryn Dussing of Syracuse; Ethan Smith of Marietta; ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl; Joshua Greenaker of Castile; and Craig Clark, executive director and dean of Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology (ATP Teaching Fellow). Scalise, Galatioto, Duzant, Peraino, and Greenaker are all Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) majors, and Varengo, Dussing, and Smith are architectural technology majors. Photo from http://www.etsu.edu/cass/projects/pictures/Alfred_group_photo.JPG
Enjoy some New Orleans-style cuisine this month at Alfred State’s Culinary Arts Building in Wellsville during a Mardi Gras buffet from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17.
The menu will include jambalaya, gumbo, shrimp etouffée, muffuletta and po’boy sandwiches, king cake, pecan pralines, beignets, and much, much more. The cost, including beverages, is $15 per person or $7 for children under 10 years old.
Proceeds will benefit the Culinary Honors Club student scholarships. This event is open to the public; no reservations will be accepted. Questions may be directed to 607-587-3170.
The Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club has made great strides since being formed five years ago, upgrading to more competitive equipment and becoming a top-ranked collegiate timber sports team.
And thanks to the recent renovation of a building behind the college’s Veterinary Technology Center on Route 244, the club now has a facility it can call its own.
Alfred State marked the opening of the Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club Barn Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan, Vice President for Student Affairs Greg Sammons, club members, and faculty and staff. According to Alfred State Police Lt. Scott Bingham, club adviser, the 850-square-foot building was renovated this summer for $10,000, and was completed in September. It now serves as the location for the club’s saw mill, and is being utilized for practicing certain timber sports disciplines.
“We purchased the new saw mill two years ago and have been bouncing it all over campus trying to keep it protected from the elements. Also, the club competes year-round and with New York’s weather, it’s not feasible to train outdoors in the winter months or even in the warmer weather with rain,” Bingham said as to the purpose of renovating the barn.
Sullivan, who gave the opening remarks, thanked the Facilities Services employees who worked on the renovations and he also thanked the club members for being active and engaged students.
“Our clubs and organizations are very important to Alfred State and this one is as well,” Sullivan said. “It’s one of our fastest-growing clubs thanks to its leadership, and we expect it to continue to grow.”
Chad Martin, club president and a construction management engineering technology major from Breesport, provided a student perspective on the new Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club Barn.
“Over the past few years, we’ve had to mill wood outside during rain, during snow, and to be inside away from all of that is huge,” Martin said. “The Woodsmen’s Club is a family to us. We’re a small-knit group. Everybody’s got everybody’s back. It’s a little different than a sports team, but we compete as a sports team. I’m just saying, for everybody else, that this is our home away from home.”
When the club was formed five years ago, Bingham said, the group was practicing on the top of a nearby water tower hill with equipment he had left over from his days of professional competitions.
“I stored the equipment in the police department and in personnel vehicles. The club bounced around for a couple years, but with the college’s support, we are now one of the top-ranked collegiate timber sports teams in the Northeast and Canada, we have our own heated garage, and now an enclosed barn large enough to run a saw mill in,” Bingham said. “We have some very competitive equipment and are doing better every day. Our club still has some room for improvements and advancements, but we are making great strides.”
Bingham said the barn is a great addition to the club.
“We utilized a partially erected structure that was going to just deteriorate if it wasn’t utilized,” Bingham said. “So, we saved some materials and got a barn to put our saw mill in at a very affordable price. This barn has rooted us behind the Veterinary Technology Center as the Woodsmen’s Club’s home, whereas previously we were nomadic, afraid to set our roots and develop an area for our specific needs. Now we can.”
In photo above: Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan uses a chainsaw Wednesday to cut the wooden “ribbon” at a ceremony to celebrate the new Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club Barn. (photo by Lucas Bayus)
A grouping of oil and watercolor paintings will be on display this month at Alfred State’s Hinkle Memorial Library for an art exhibit titled “Inspired by Nature: Paintings by Bridget Bossart van Otterloo.”
The exhibit, which runs from Feb. 2 until Feb. 27, features the work of Bridget Bossart van Otterloo, who paints and teaches art in Corning. Van Otterloo, who holds a degree in studio art from Houghton College, works from her naturally lit studio, where she paints a variety of subjects, including still life, flowers, plants, and landscapes in both oils and watercolors.
In her artist statement on her website, www.bridgetbossartvanotterloo.com, van Otterloo says her work has been influenced by Italian and Spanish still life painters and that her paintings are about the beauty in nature.
“I believe that the beauty found in nature enriches our existence,” she says on her website. “Natural forms, elegant lines, bold colors, and the intrinsic details found in nature are the themes in my work. My most recent paintings explore the interaction between humans and the natural world. Nature is incredibly resilient as it continues to persevere in the face of man-made threats.”
An active participant in the Corning art community, van Otterloo has taught art classes at area youth centers, museums, and Corning Community College, and currently teaches watercolor and oil painting classes at 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning.
The exhibit will be open for viewing during normal library hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-587-4313.
Classes have been canceled for today Feb. 2, 2015. Only essential personnel need to report to work.