February 25, 2021
From Alfred State College:
ALFRED, NY – Alfred State College (ASC) is pleased to announce that it has received a $50,000 grant from the National Fuel Gas Company Foundation. This grant will benefit ASC’s heavy equipment operations program, as well as the college’s Doc Bruce Fundraising Campaign that aims to bolster the construction management program. The grant is divided into two years, with $25,000 being used in the first year to acquire through lease new models of an excavator and a backhoe that will provide heavy equipment operations students with tools they’ll use on the job. In the second year, the other half of the grant amount will be used to upgrade the Civil Materials Lab for the construction management program. The $25,000 that will be used toward improving this lab represents a platinum-level gift to the $500,000 lab renovation campaign that seeks to improve this facility and rename it in honor of the late Professor Emeritus William “Doc” Bruce, a beloved construction professor and mentor.
The grant, along with a wonderful relationship between Alfred State and the National Fuel Gas Company Foundation, have pushed the college’s Major Gifts Campaign to just over $4 million. Alfred State launched its Major Gifts Campaign in September to raise $8 million for athletics, new programs, scholarships, technology, and the greatest needs of the college. ASC is thankful for the generosity of its donors such as the National Fuel Gas Company Foundation, who are responding to the call for support. Alfred State Provost Dr. Kristin Poppo said, “Over the years, National Fuel Gas has benefitted by hiring Alfred State graduates. We are so thankful that their Foundation has chosen to give back and support our laboratories to further strengthen our hands-on curricula.”
Jeffrey Stevens, dean of the School of Applied Technology, stated, “We are truly appreciative of the support that the National Fuel Gas Company Foundation has provided our heavy equipment operations program. The ability to maintain a strong connection to our supporting partners is a critical component to providing the best of training for our students and the needs of the industry.” Dr. John Williams, dean of the School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology said, “We are proud to work with organizations such as National Fuel to support regional needs and prepare the workforce of tomorrow. This investment will support Alfred State’s commitment to producing job-ready graduates and create world-class facilities and training opportunities for students. I am truly grateful and look forward to supporting this partnership!”