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December Message

12/1/2012

Dear Morrisville State College Community,

With the fall semester winding down and the holidays fast approaching, it’s a busy time for all. I’d like to commend the many groups on campus that came together in an effort to raise money, clothing, non-perishable food, hygiene items and awareness for Hurricane Sandy victims. You truly define the word “community” and Thanksgiving spirit.

The last few weeks have certainly been exciting and productive for Morrisville State College. I’m pleased to announce that MSC’s Automotive Technology bachelor of technology and Ford ASSET programs have received the highest level of national certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), following an extensive review and analysis of instruction, facilities, and equipment. This certification gives Morrisville’s already-renowned program added credibility nationwide and assists graduates in their career pursuits anywhere in the nation.

Assistant professor Sheila Marshman and four students got a taste of urban farming during the New York Agri-Women annual conference, “Straddling the Urban and Rural Divide,” held recently in New York City. The conference gave them real-world insight into rooftop farming, community supported agriculture, and food marketing and distribution. Around the same time, assistant professor Steve Mooney and 21 students traveled to Maine where the students competed in the Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge, an innovative three-day event which promotes the future of the dairy industry. They joined more than 100 other students from nine northeast colleges and two Canadian universities and competed on mixed teams which were ranked as platinum, gold, or silver based on how well their evaluations matched judges’ evaluations.

In another effort to become a leader in sustainability and green initiatives, MAC is working with Community Power Corporation (CPC), of Colorado, and will be installing a bio-burner at Commons I. The system will gasify woodchips from Johnson Lumber in Cazenovia and convert energy to power both Commons buildings. Morrisville will be the site for the first CPC bio-burner on the east coast, slated to be up and running by early January. Prof. Ben Ballard will be using the bio-burner as a teaching tool, and his students will eventually conduct research on the equipment with the long-term goal of replacing wood chips with horse manure briquettes to fuel the burner.

My best to you and yours this holiday season,  

-Dr. Wolf Yeigh

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