World-renowned architect Tod Williams of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York City visited the Department of Architecture and Design at Alfred State this October to deliver the lecture titled “Architecture is a noun.” Attracted by the new Bachelor of Architecture program’s unusual emphasis on the ‘Poetics of Construction,’ which is also the theme of the Department’s lecture series this year, Williams took the time to give invaluable feedback to students and discuss their ongoing projects before beginning his lecture. Department Chair Dr. Heinrich Hermann hopes this sort of interaction becomes commonplace in the program as the BArch degree ramps up. Now in its first year, the degree is one of only eight such programs in the entire State of New York and the only one of its kind in the SUNY system, Hermann says.
Only three new projects in the State of New York earned a coveted AmeriCorps VISTA grant for Nov. 2013 to Nov. 2014. And Alfred State, with its focus on nutritional literacy and community-based gardening in collaboration with Literacy West NY, Inc. and Alfred Community Garden, was one of the fortunate recipients.
“Over a quarter of Allegany County adults do not eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables per day” says Jonathan Hilsher, director of civic engagement at Alfred State. “This is just one example of local nutritional challenges, which are compounded by the food security issues that come with living in a county with one of the highest levels of poverty in New York.”
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.”
On April 20, 2009, the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL) signed an agreement with SUNY Cortland that brought the team’s summer training camp to the SUNY campus. In the first three weeks of August 2010, more than 41,000 spectators came to the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. Each year, the camp draws devoted fans from New York state as well as the rest of the country to see their favorite players and coaches up close. Although tickets are free, you must have them printed from the New York Jets camp website for admission into the public practices. The 2013 training camp schedule begins Friday, July 26 and concludes Wednesday, August 14.
The SUNY Works summit, a three-day professional development event taking place at Hudson Valley Community College, wrapped up on Wednesday. The summit was kicked off with opening remarks from SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and brought together members of private industry, professional organizations, SUNY faculty and staff, and other higher education leaders. The partners engaged in talks around advancing and expanding cooperative education and formal internships within the SUNY system.
An increasing number of students need to work while in school, and employers are reporting that work experience is the biggest factor in their evaluation of potential hires. Cooperative education and internships allow students to integrate classroom theory with real world experience in business/industry and non-profit organizations across the state. With these facts at hand, the SUNY Works initiative has the potential to give students a leg up in their drive for success and career achievement. For more information on co-op/internships, read our intro post on SUNY Works.