Posted: 05 Nov 2013 05:59 PM PST
Interim President Howard Cohen conducted a safety walk Wednesday to discuss the lighting on campus. Several staff members attended the event, including Peter Carey, chief of police, and Cheryl Byer, assistant director for campus services.
According to Byer, all lights on campus are checked routinely by campus service. There is a second and third shift seven days a week.
"The lights are checked routinely and fixed accordingly," Byer said.
Byer said that if there are any concerns about a specific area with a lack of lighting, campus services should be contacted so they can send their technicians out to assess the situation.
"If there are specific concerns about an area, they can certainly be reported to campus services," Byer said.
There are 43 blue lights on campus. To access a map with the location of the lights, students can check out UPD's website and download the PDF. Carey said that the lights should serve as a visible point of reference for students when in need of assistance.
Utilizing the blue lights are simple; all one must do is push the button and it will automatically dial University Police. Thelocation pops up and if a victim is unable to communicate, an officer is sent to check out the location.
"You should be in visual sight of a blue light virtually anywhere you are on campus," Cohen said.
According to Carey, when underground infrastructure is taking place, the lighting is assessed and more, newer lights are put in place.
"The lighting goes through the different phases of construction and rehabilitation for the campus," Carey said. "We may go through 10 or 20 years before there is underground infrastructure in that area."
The spine, which is the center of campus that connects all the buildings down the center of campus, is the most illuminatedarea on campus since it is a major walkway. More lights were installed in the area during a major renovation in an attempt to make the spine a main pathway.
All lights on campus are numbered. Cohen shared that if a light is out and students want to report it, they must relay the number to campus services. A technician will then come out and check the light.
Escort vans are freely available for student use. Carey said that the escort vans operate on a bus route that takes 10 to 15 minutes as all blue light emergency phones are considered stops.
If a student needs a walking escort, they must dial 878-6333. The escort, which is a UPD student assistant, meets the student at its current location and walks them to any other point on campus.
There is also the NFTA circulator bus that runs during the day and the MGC shuttle, which runs through Lots M and G and drops the riders off to Lot C. The vans run 20 hours day, and when vans are not available, a USPA zone officer takes over.
Carey attends freshman and transfer student orientations to inform incomers to contact UPD for any on-campus crime. He encourages students to program UPD's number into their phones. If a student calls the police, the call will be redirected to UPD and will take longer for the student to receive assistance.
There are two exterior cameras on campus. Carey said that there is a state university construction fund project that will include about 20-25 exterior cameras.
Byer said that maintenance can be reached at 878-6111, 24hours a day, seven days a week.
Posted: 29 Oct 2013 07:30 PM PDT
Three-dimensional printing was the topic of discussion Thursday inside the Technology Building during a seminar given by James Mayrose, chair of Buffalo State's engineering technology department.
Mayrose discussed how influential 3D printers are in today'ssociety and what engineers, doctors and other professions are doing to expand in the world of 3D printing.
"All sorts of things that you never even imagined could be done is actually being done right now," Mayrose said.
Mayrose shared that 3D printers are similar to ink jet printers. Instead of putting ink on a page, there are different types of materials such as plastic polymers, some metals, and glass, to name a few. Layer by layer, the printer builds whatever is being designed with that material.
Three-dimensional printers can print an array of objects — food,an artificial human kidney and heart, pens, and shoes are some of the things that have been printed upon.
"That's the beauty of it," Mayrose said "You're not only making static parts, you can make components that actually move and interact. It's easier to do than manufacture these objects by hands."
Two printers were shown to students at the seminar. Mayrosealso showed students four other printers in the technology building. Some of them are available for students to use.
The prices of these printers range from $1,000 to $250,000.
Mayrose believes that this new technology will open student's minds and allow them to create designs at a higher level.
Physics student A.C Williams said he was fascinated by the information he learned at the seminar.
"I'm very glad I attended this seminar," Williams said. "I heard of 3D printing, but I really didn't know the magnitude of it until now."
Mayrose gave an explanation on how to use 3D printers and a list of software programs needed to design a product.
"You need to be able to speak its language. You need to be able to know how to use the software packages to develop your parts," Mayrose said.
Mayrose said that 3D printers are known as a process of additive manufacturing. By putting one layer on top of another, literally adding materials layer by layer, intricate designs are created and less waste is being generated.
President of the Buffalo States Physics Club Daniel Geleckyjpromoted the event and printed out fliers. Geleckyi shared that the physics and chemistry department worked together to make this event possible.
"3D printing is a really, really big innovation," Geleckyj said. "Instead of starting with a block of material and cutting out everything you don't need, you start with nothing and add everything you do need."
Geleckyj believes this will have a profound effect on students.He shared that students don't have to be artists or skilled craftsmen to make things that pop up in their imagination now that we have 3D printers.
"I've heard of 3D printing but I didn't know too much about it. The seminar was informative," D'auria said.
Mayrose is hoping to get newer and better 3D printers that can work with more materials. The four available now are located on the first floor of the Technology Building.
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