Three Alfred State automotive students are leaving home to compete in The Fireball Run (2013). From left: Olivia Barszczewski, Nicholas Bigelow, and Ryan Dontoh.
Three Alfred State students set off for Colorado this September, where they embarked on an epic 2,500-mile cross-country trivia game called The Fireball Run. This contest saw participants traveling from the forest Northwest to the desert Southwest all in an effort to help raise awareness about missing children. Their trip started in Longmont, Colorado, and ended in Riverside, California.
“There’s not only a common interest in helping the community among the contestants but also a passion for racing and traveling,” says Canada native and 2013 Alfred State automotive graduate Ryan Dontoh. “This experience is going to open every door possible for me.”
A 100 kilowatt wind turbine now decorates the Alfred skyline.
The newest member of Alfred State’s growing renewable energy family is currently catching the breeze above campus — a 100 kilowatt grid-tied wind turbine that will offset some of the college’s electricity usage. The turbine came online just a few weeks ago and is already producing clean, green energy.
“This community wind project is another example of sustainability at the college and highlights the progress of our Center for Renewable Energy,” says Craig Clark, interim vice president for academic affairs at Alfred State.
The wind project has been 14 months in the making — an initiative made possible through grants from both the Appalachian Regional Commission and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which together provided more than 50 percent of the funding.
“The project will not only produce energy for the campus but also expose students to another wind turbine on campus,” Clark says. In fact, one of the project’s main goals is to establish a small wind laboratory for students within already existing programs, offering them even more hands-on experience with green technologies. “This knowledge will increase industry demand for these graduates,” he says.
Alfred State students are doers, not bystanders. In fact, last year alone, more than 2,000 of this college of technology’s students contributed more than 46,000 hours of service, civic leadership, and workforce-ready knowledge to communities in need. And this August, the college was selected to participate in a national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement for the second consecutive year.
Alfred State has been named one of just 70 colleges and universities in the nation designated Lead Institutions by NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession.
People used to say American manufacturing is dead. Those people are awfully quiet these days. In fact, according to Business Insider, for the first time in decades, the trend of relocating manufacturing offshore is starting to reverse, and SUNY schools have been paying attention.
In an effort to prepare for an influx of manufacturing jobs requiring highly-skilled workers, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo gave one initiative, (dubbed Retooling the Southern Tier) a green light this past June, in the form of a $15 million grant. The proposal was a collaborative effort between Alfred State, Broome Community College, Corning Community College, and Jamestown Community College to create expanded training programs in manufacturing in the Southern Tier.
“Alfred State has a history of supporting and working collaboratively with our sister colleges,” says John Williams, Alfred State’s Dean of the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering. “As we reviewed the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program, we saw a clear opportunity to capitalize on each institution’s strengths in manufacturing and create infrastructure that would support manufacturing. As a baccalaureate institution with our incredibly robust programs at the Wellsville campus, Alfred State was the natural leader for the grant.” Continue reading →
Students from Alfred State are helping build this solar-powered home for the 2013 Solar Decathlon in China.
From July 15, 2013, to August 18, 2013, students from, Alfred State, Alfred University, and Guilin University of Technology in China, have come together in Datong, China, to build a home of the future — one that will showcase some of the biggest innovations in renewable energy and sustainable design.
“It has been a life changing experience, full of challenges,” says Jacob Grisewood, of Belmont, NY. A 2013 graduate of Alfred State’s building construction program currently pursuing a technology management degree, he and two other Alfred State students made the trip to China to compete in the 2013 Solar Decathlon China not only for the experience of building the home, but of being immersed in collaborative working environment with other cultures. “It has given me the opportunity to learn on an international level,” Jacob says.