Fall 2017

Wild Life

The following photo essay was captured through the lens of Paige Biviano ’17, an alumna of two Morrisville State College programs—journalism and communication for online media and wood products technology – finish carpentry.

Through a GoFundMe page, photograph sales, private Taekwondo lessons and cutting boards, Biviano fundraised her way to the Oceans Campus Wildlife and Travel Photography program, based in Mossel Bay, South Africa, from May 30 through July 2.

Keeping Up to Speed

“Fast and furious” doesn’t just describe a vehicle’s speed anymore … it is now just as easily the catch-phrase of the non-stop rush of automotive technology changes.

The work of the vehicle technician today means mastering technology that might have seemed only a fantasy just a few short years ago. Training tomorrow’s technicians is also now more of a challenge than ever, but it‘s one the automotive instructors at Morrisville State College are meeting at full speed.

Nature's Classroom: Professor inspires students with on-the-ground research experiences

Ask assistant biology professor Eric Diefenbacher what his special field of interest is and without hesitation he says “salamanders,’’ particularly spring salamanders. Why? Because “salamanders are a great bio-indicator of how healthy an environment might be overall, and that’s really important.’’

Apple-y Ever After: Family tradition, innovation is at core of Wafler Farms apple enterprise

As autumn sets in at Wafler Farms, a familiar, sweet scent fills the air. The skyline forms a scenic view as it greets uninterrupted rows of apple trees bursting with this year’s bounty.

The harvest of fresh fruit is the core of Wafler Farms, Inc., a family-run apple orchard in the Wayne County town of Wolcott, one of the largest fruit-producing counties in North America.

Raising Champions: Morrisville students and horses on fast track in racing industry

When Barn Sis was donated to the racing program at Morrisville State College, driver Cole Wimmer wasn’t sure that the three-year-old trotting filly would be fast enough to compete on the New York Sire Stakes harness racing circuit.

“She’s tiny,” said Wimmer, a 2006 graduate of the college’s Standardbred racing program who now works for the college as an instructional support assistant.

Stovetop to Storefront: Nelson Farms Helps Bring Product Ideas to Market

Approximately seven miles west of Morrisville State College in the town of Nelson, a small facility has been cooking up big dreams.

For more than a decade, Nelson Farms, a small-scale, FDA-inspected food processing incubator operated by the auxiliary corporation of Morrisville, has helped form some 1,000 businesses and developed more than 600 food products by providing entrepreneurial agribusiness opportunities for a variety of clients.