August 2007

First Scholarship Recipient for Auto Parts Tech

Posted Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2007 - 06:06

The School of Applied Technology at Alfred State College is pleased to announce the first recipient of the automotive parts technology scholarship provided by UNI-SELECT, the leading network of independently owned auto parts dealer in Canada and a rapidly growing parts provider in the United States.

Andrew Schmitt, of Hornell, has been awarded $4,000 to begin his studies in the AAS degree program.

The agreement between ASC and UNI-SELECT allows freshman students accepted into the auto parts technology program to be awarded $1,000 per semester for up to four semesters if they remain in good academic standing (a 2.0 grade point average out of a possible 4.0).

The automotive parts technology program is a two-year AAS (associate in applied science) program-the first of its kind on the Wellsville campus which has traditionally conferred only AOS (associate in occupational studies) degrees. Up until now, there has been no college-level automotive parts technology curriculum in the state that fills that need, according to college officials.

Fall 2007 is the inaugural semester for this new program which complements the existing automotive trades curriculums: automotive service, auto body repair, heavy equipment/truck and diesel, and motorsports technology.

Because the existing automotive programs all require access to aftermarket parts, a local business runs an active auto parts store on the Wellsville Campus, where students are regularly exposed to its operation. This was made possible by ASC industry partner Fred Roberts Auto Parts. The partnership was developed with the vision of developing a two-year automotive parts technology program for the industry. This hands-on program and its courses have been developed based upon input from experts in the automotive parts store industry.

A task force of automotive parts store representatives has been working with ASC on development of this program since 2002. This has included developing the on-campus parts store.

James E. Buzzard, executive vice president, UNI-SELECT USA, notes that Alfred State College's "continued commitment to excellence in education and desire to expand the program offering and degree level" make this partnership possible. "This [program] will give our industry and company the future employees with the needed technical and business training."

Craig R. Clark, ASC interim vice president for academic affairs, concurs: "This new program is a great example of how industry and education can work together in a true partnership; in fact," he noted, "We are pleased to announce the first of many scholarship award winners for this great new program."

Because the goal of the program is to graduate students who are not only great technicians, but who will also be great managers, the curriculum includes general education and business courses to help students build communication and business skills.

The program has also been designed to allow its graduates to articulate easily with Alfred State's technology management (BBA) degree which allows students who earn an associate's degree in a technical or professional area to complete a bachelor's degree using a 2 + 2 format. While Alfred State has a strong reputation for graduating students with outstanding technical skills, these two-year students have lacked management and business training, which is crucial for future entrepreneurs. Technology management fills that need, college officials said.

Graduates of the program will find employment in automotive parts stores, automotive dealerships, and larger fleet operations at construction companies or municipalities as well as at larger institutions that have their own fleets and maintenance organizations.

Alfred State College's Automotive Trades programs boast one of the largest automotive-related college level enrollments in New York State. Currently, the automotive trades programs serve 260 students with 16 faculty and over 80,000 square feet of facilities to provide hands-on learning.

Townhouse Open House

Posted Date: Friday, August 10, 2007 - 05:44

Alfred State College has a lot to "crow" about this year-we are celebrating our centennial anniversary, we are seeing the completion of many of our building projects, and we are looking forward to the start of the new school year and renewed acquaintance with our Village neighbors.

The most visible new construction is the 150-bed townhouse-style residence halls which can be seen as soon as a visitor enters campus from the stop light on Main St.  These beautiful brick structures are comprised of six residential buildings housing five or six fully equipped apartments, including a full kitchen, a furnished living room, two-and-a-half baths, and six private furnished bedrooms as well as a (seventh) commons building which offers a centralized laundry area and meeting facilities. 

Parking lots have been paved and landscaping completed.

Doesn't sound like the typical dorm room, does it?  Well, it's not.  This complex offers private accommodations for primarily upper-level students who seek apartment-style living options instead of the more traditional suite and corridor-style living facilities. Curious?  Want to visit the Alfred State College campus and tour the townhouse complex?

The public is invited to attend an "open house" and reception at the townhouses on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Please start at the commons building; guided tours will be available and light refreshments will be served.

Parking is plentiful and in close proximity to the buildings.

Rees & Grillo Honored by SUNY

Posted Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 04:44

Alfred State College Professors Jim Grillo, Hammondsport, and Robert E. Rees, Alfred, both members of the School of Management and Engineering Technology, were among 28 SUNY-wide faculty members recognized by the State University of New York as Distinguished Teaching Professor and Distinguished Service Professor, respectively.  The designation constitutes a promotion above that of full professor.

Criteria for distinguished teaching professor include skill in teaching, scholarship, and professional growth; service to students; academic standards; requirements and evaluations of student performance; academic background, rank, and length of service; as well as letters of support from colleagues, students, and supervisors.

James GrilloGrillo's nomination read, in part:  [Professor Grillo] "... evidences superb performance in the classroom and is flexible in his instructional techniques.  He rewrites his lectures, adds new material, and revises his lesson plans on a regular basis.  Jim takes great effort to prepare class materials in a variety of formats.  He employs articles, visual aids, notes, charts, and handouts to present course materials.  He encourages critical analysis and real-world application of course concepts and issues." 

In the areas of scholarship and professional growth, it was noted that Grillo "makes it a point to keep abreast of and contribute to contemporary issues in his field.  He has obtained certification by the Entrepreneurial Education Foundation as a Premier Fast Trac instructor and administrator.  He has revised courses in business technology to include current thinking and best practice.  He has designed an entrepreneurship course to be delivered in a blended (synchronous and asynchronous) format.  He designed a business planning guide for the Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program, developed teaching modules in supervisory development for the Dresser-Rand Corp., and created teaching modules in management for Jones Memorial Hospital." 

Professor Grillo's students were loud and clear in their praise of his service to students, noting, Professor Grillo "is generous with his personal time, accessible to his students and has shown continuous concern for the growth of his students.  He makes it a priority to get to know his students by name.... He treats his students with respect, acknowledges their accomplishments, and is gentle when they fall short.  Professor Grillo is empathetic of the fact that students have personal and family issues to address while they pursue their degrees.  He has participated in the mini-visitation programs for high school seniors and in summer orientation for incoming students for many years. Grillo is the curriculum coordinator for entrepreneurship students and advises students in the business administration transfer program."

It was also noted that Professor Grillo "provides detailed instructions to students regarding his expectations of their assignments and examples of exemplary work from previous semesters.  His course syllabi emphasize that student papers must demonstrate consistently good grammar and be free of error in addition to being an appropriate and thorough examination of the topic presented in an organized fashion."

Grillo has been a member of the Alfred State College family for 35 years, serving in a variety of capacities throughout those years. He holds two degrees from Alfred University:  a bachelor of science in business administration and a master of science in counseling and guidance.  Additionally, he has completed an additional 24 graduate credit hours in educational administration through the University at Albany.

Grillo began service at Alfred State College as a residence hall coordinator in 1972.  The following year, he moved into a full-time position in the Office of Admissions.  Between 1978 and 1989, while the dean for Admissions, Records, and Financial Aid, Jim taught courses in the Business Technology Department as an adjunct instructor.  He was hired as an associate professor in 1989, and promoted to full professor in 1992.  He was recognized by SUNY in 1980 with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service, and by alumni in both 1992 and 1993 as the Business Teacher of the Year. 

Professor Grillo's nomination to the rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor is supported by a broad spectrum of the college community as evidenced by the numerous letters from former students, colleagues, and supervisors, and directors of community agencies for whom Jim has taught.   

Professor Grillo was strongly supported for appointment as a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor by his colleagues and supervisors.  Professor Grillo's department chair, Thomas Stolberg, believes that "Jim...[is] a true and caring leader....Jim Grillo's desire for constant updating and improvement of the program has been infectious [within] the department.  With regard to the leadership of students, Jim is unsurpassed in...sincere concern for the wellness and success of his students, whether or not they are one of his 60-plus advisees." 

Kathleen English, business development officer of The Enterprise Center of Rural Opportunities, Inc., has worked with Grillo for more than five years in the Microenterprise Assistance Program which is designed to provide training, technical assistance, and loans for eligible participants.  She wrote that "Jim's dynamic personality and engaging teaching style have contributed to making this program a success.  Jim developed [a] 12-week program to assist entrepreneurs in starting or expanding their business."  Louise Wadsworth of the Livingston and Wyoming Counties Alliance for Business Growth directs a 12-week program for small business owners.  Jim has taught many sessions of this program for an average of 25 adults with a wide range of business experience.  She wrote that student evaluations of Professor Grillo's instruction indicate that they were extremely satisfied with both the content and its presentation.  "They often cite his practical business experience and teaching techniques as the aspects they found most beneficial.... He has an exceptional gift for teaching that he combines with hands-on knowledge of the business world." 

Appointment to the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor is conferred upon individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within a chosen field.  This distinction is attained through significant contributions to the research literature or through artistic performance or achievement in the arts.  The candidates' work must be of such character that the individuals' presence will elevate the standards of scholarship of colleagues both within and beyond these persons' academic fields.  It must also be of such quality that students and scholars on other SUNY campuses could and would wish to benefit by lectures and seminars or other appropriate presentations the faculty members might bring to them. 

Criteria for distinguished service professor include substantial and distinguished service at the local and/or regional level and at the state, national, or international level; academic background, rank, and length of service; as well as letters of support from colleagues and supervisors.

Robert ReesProfessor Rees' nomination noted that he has "provided substantial and distinguished service to Alfred State College, his local community, public higher education at the state level, and his profession on the national level.  Prior to joining the Alfred State faculty, Rees had worked for 10 years as a Van de Graaff Accelerator technician at a nuclear physics laboratory and as a project engineer and electrical engineer in the steel industry.  After earning his master's degree, Rees taught electrical and electronics engineering technology at Vermont Technical College.

Rees has been involved in the community throughout the 21 years he has been a member of the Alfred State faculty.  He founded the a cappella madrigal vocal group, Kanadadea Chorale, in 1988 which presented concerts each year for more than 10 years and entertained area nursing home residents.  He has also been a trustee of the Union University Church. Rees is a competitive triathlete having attained age-group honorable mention all-American national ranking for the past two years (top 10%).

Rees served as chair of the Engineering Technology Taskforce during the era of the UCT (University Colleges of Technology) in the mid-1990s.  During this period, faculty of the colleges of technology visited each other's campuses and exchanged aspects of their respective strengths, particularly in the technical areas.  This alliance was an organized response to a prior proposal to close some technical colleges.  As chair of the UCT Strategic Alliance, Rees coordinated the formation of discipline-specific taskforces.  He provided national as well as state service during this time.  He served as a TAC/ABET (Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accreditation evaluator for electrical engineering technology visiting institutions in Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. 

Since 1999, Rees has been the ASC engineering science transfer program coordinator.  He advises all students intending to continue study toward a degree in engineering after completion of an associate's degree, takes sophomores to transfer institutions, and recommends them for acceptance to the program of their choice. 

For more than 15 years, Rees has served on committees of the United University Professions (UUP).  He has spent over 10 years focusing on issues pertinent to the Colleges of Technology sector.  Rees held several terms as the UUP Alfred Chapter vice president for academics and, for the past six years, has been the Alfred Chapter president.  He has been an ardent and successful advocate with legislators and (SUNY) System Administration.  His collaborative efforts over several years have resulted in additional funding for the colleges of technology.

Professor Rees' committee memberships have included the UUP Statewide Elections and Credentials Committee, the NYS/UUP Joint Labor Management Campus Grants Committee, and the 2002-04 and 2006-07 UUP Negotiations Teams.  Rees has served four years on the UUP Statewide Executive Board, has co-chaired the NYS/UUP Joint Labor Management Health and Safety Committee, and was recently appointed to the NYSUT Health & Safety Task Force.  As a member of the NYSUT Health & Safety Task Force, Rees has played a role in addressing concerns of more than 300,000 K-16 members statewide. 

Rees began his distinguished career with SUNY in 1986 as an assistant professor of electrical engineering technology.  He became an associate professor in 1990 and attained the rank of professor in 1996.  Rees served two terms (1993-99) as chair of the Electrical Engineering Technology Department including two years also chairing the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department, and six months (September 1996-February 1997) as interim dean of Information Technology.

In 1992, Rees received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Professor Rees earned both the bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Pennsylvania and Vermont.  He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) and of the SUNY Two-Year Engineering Science Association.  Rees' research area is human visual perception of form with particular interest in pattern analysis, recognition, and machine intelligence.

Professor Rees has the support of colleagues at Alfred State and at the statewide level in his nomination for promotion to the rank of Distinguished Service Professor.  UUP President William E. Scheuerman has worked with Rees for over a decade in many capacities at UUP. 

Scheuerman credits Rees with being "an influential member of the UUP Negotiations Team that brought in one of our best contracts in the state.  In fact, Bob played a jugular role in getting state negotiators to recognize the many tough issues facing SUNY's tech sector colleges." 

Scheuerman also reports that, in over 30 years at SUNY and more than 20 years as a UUP activist, he has never met a more deserving candidate for the honor of SUNY Distinguished Service Professor than Robert Rees.  He affirms that Rees has played a leading role at the state level.  "After serving effectively on the A-31 Committee, a joint NYS/UUP committee created during negotiations to identify institutional issues at these under-funded institutions, Bob accepted the position of chair of the Tech Sector Committee.  The committee was charged with resolving the issues identified by A-31, i.e., the need for higher salaries and more training opportunities for faculty.  Under Bob's pragmatic and effective leadership, UUP worked closely with campus presidents in developing a long-term solution to both issues."

Craig Clark, ASC interim vice president of academic affairs, also supports Rees' nomination, recommending him highly.  Clark has worked with Rees for more than 15 years and says, "He will always volunteer for the tough job if it benefits the [College]."  Clark credits Rees with the success of several TAC and ABET accreditation visits indicating that the preparations were always handled professionally and in a timely manner.  "Bob is truly a leader who is committed to making SUNY, Alfred State College, and all the students the best that they can be.  He is a great example of the SUNY Distinguished Service Professor...."

The Distinguished Service Professorship honors and recognizes extraordinary service.  Appointment can be conferred solely by the SUNY Board of Trustees.  Candidates must have demonstrated substantial distinguished service not only at the campus and the State University levels, but also at the community, regional, and state levels. To be considered appropriate, service must exceed the work generally considered to be a part of a candidate's basic professional work and should include service that exceeds that for which professors are normally compensated.  It must also extend over multiple years and must involve the application of intellectual skills drawing from the candidate's scholarly and research interests to issues of public concern. In addition to the selection criteria for the Distinguished Service Professorship, to be nominated, a faculty member must have held the rank of full professor for five years, have three years of full-time service at the nominating institution, and have completed at least 10 years of full-time service for SUNY.

Cross Country raises $1,000 for Cancer Society

Posted Date: Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 13:05
The Alfred State College cross country team started preseason practice in an unusual way to celebrate the college's Centennial.  The 17 members of the 2007 squad along with Head Coach Gary Moore and Assistant Coach Jeremiah Bailey participated in a 130 mile relay run that took them from Lockport to Alfred and raised $1,000 for the American Cancer Society.

The team started in Lockport on Monday morning and ran the Erie Canal Trail all the way to Rochester.  After a night's sleep the team took the Green Way Trail from Rochester to Sonyea.  The Pioneers stayed on main roads from Sonyea to Alfred and arrived back on campus early Tuesday evening.

Two members of the team ran at a time and each runner took a turn each day.  Team members each wore Centennial T-Shirts advertising Alfred State's year-long celebration of 100 years of higher education.

The Pioneers will continue preseason workouts until September 1st when they will compete in a scrimmage with Alfred University at Stony Brook Park in Dansville.

COSA Progressing on Many Fronts

Posted Date: Friday, August 24, 2007 - 05:06

Alfred State College's Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) has achieved several milestones thus far in building its capacity to help farmers in New York and beyond.

Faculty and staff from Alfred State College's Agriculture and Horticulture Department, including Dr. Matthew Harbur, program director for the Center; Larry Cornell, instructional support assistant; Lynn DuPuis, assistant professor, ornamental horticulture--landscape development program; farm manager Peter Chatain; and Alfred University botanist Cheryld Emmons, have launched an organically managed campus vegetable garden.

"Our vegetable garden is modest this year," noted Harbur, "but our plan is to start small and expand as we become more experienced with organic management strategies. Already this summer, we and our students have learned how to install a drip irrigation system and use row covers to protect mustards and other greens from flea beetles. We are also working with Johnny's Select Seeds, an organic supplier from Maine, to evaluate 30 varieties of carrots, greens, lettuces, and gourds in the challenging growing conditions on our farm."

Center faculty and staff are otherwise working to connect the Center to specific educational needs of the NYS agricultural industry. Dr. Dorthea Fitzsimmons, assistant professor, ASC Agriculture and Horticulture Department, is a member of the NY Dairy Task Force for the Center of Dairy Excellence. Fitzsimmons, who leads dairy science programming at the Center, is actively immersed in organic dairy education, participating in the Organic Dairy Transition Project advisory panel meeting in April and reviewing a chapter on herd health for the Northeast Organic Farming Association's Dairy Transition Self-Assessment book. She also apprenticed with Dr. Hubert Karreman and PSU Dairy Extension Agent Dr. Ken Griswald in Lancaster County, PA, to learn organic methods of bovine medical treatment. Harbur is working with scientists from the USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit in State College, PA, to evaluate multiple pasture grass-legume mixtures for productivity in the Southern Tier. He also attended the July meeting of the fledgling Sustainable Agriculture Education Association and joined its steering committee. DuPuis attended the Big Flats Plant Material Center's Perennial Biofeedstock Tour in August in support of her efforts to build a native plants initiative with implications for forage production, bioenergy, and ecosystem services.

"The highlight of our new Center, of course, will be state-of-the-art buildings, equipment, and energy technologies which will allow us to better inform our students and other public audiences. But the purpose of our Center is work with stakeholders to identify ways in which farmers and consumers can participate in an agriculture that is more profitable, supports human health, and builds environmental quality," says Harbur. 

Although followers of Alfred State's new Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture may be wondering where the new barn is, Harbur notes that, "It is a more complex process to build a state barn than a private barn. Multiple architects must be interviewed, bids considered, contracts negotiated and approved. The SUNY Construction fund, which is managing the $4.9 million dollar allocation from the NYS Senate, is helping us to think carefully about our infrastructure. We are close to securing our contract with an architect, and we hope to site the barn this fall and winter. Once the barn location is identified, we will begin installing fence and rotationally grazing our herd," explained Harbur.

"Though we have not started building a new barn, we have definitely broken ground."

Opening Remarks 2007

Posted Date: Friday, August 24, 2007 - 06:42

Alfred State College Officer in Charge Dr. Ronald R. Rosati kicked off the new academic year at the college by noting the accomplishments of the previous term and summer.

Among the many positives listed, Rosati included the opening of the new townhouse residential complex for students; the opening of the student gathering spot connecting the Allied Health and Central Dining Hall buildings; the refurbishment of the MacKenzie West kitchen to prepare campus food until the dining hall is fully restored; the infrastructure updates on campus, including landscaping, paving, repaired stairways, etc. and updates such as windows to several of the residence halls; construction of a Verizon cell tower; new classroom furniture for the Applied Technology campus as well as eight media-rich classrooms on the Alfred campus.

Additionally, Rosati introduced new faculty and staff to the assembled ASC community. He also said that several new academic programs are being considered and prepared for submission for SUNY (State University of New York) approval. The OIC also noted that the college is enjoying an upward trend in new student enrollment as well as in the number of transfer students.

distinguished-professors-2007Finally, Rosati honored three faculty members who had distinguished themselves over the summer: Robert Rees and Jim Grillo, both professors in the School of Management and Engineering Technology, were named SUNY Distinguished Service and Distinguished Teaching professors, respectively.

The Distinguished Service Professorship honors and recognizes extraordinary service. Candidates must have demonstrated substantial distinguished service not only at the campus and the State University levels, but also at the community, regional, and state levels. Appointment to the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor is conferred upon individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within a chosen field. This distinction is attained through significant contributions to the research literature or through artistic performance or achievement in the arts. Appointment to these ranks, which is a full step above professor, can be conferred solely by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Berger-Award-2007Additionally, Dr. Edward Tezak, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of mechanical engineering technology, also of the School of Management and Engineering Technology, was awarded the Frederick J. Berger Award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The award recognizes both an individual and a school or department for demonstrating outstanding leadership in curriculum, techniques, or administration in engineering technology education.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Alfred State College in top 45 best baccalaureate colleges in the North

Posted Date: Friday, August 24, 2007 - 08:23


Alfred State College is ranked in the Top 45 of Baccalaureate Colleges in the North in the 2008 edition of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, the nation's leading source of service journalism and news. Alfred State is new to America's Best Colleges rankings this year. The exclusive rankings - which this year feature some substantial changes in methodology -published in the magazine's August 27 issue, which hit newsstands Monday, Aug.20, and is available online at

"Alfred State College is pleased and proud to be recognized by U.S. New & World Report," notes Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, provost and officer in charge at Alfred State College. "The results of these measures are proof that Alfred State is one of the finest institutions of its kind in the nation. There's no more fitting way to celebrate our centennial year than with this proof of our one hundred years of excellence," he noted.

Rosati attributes this ranking to a number of positive initiatives taking place on campus, including the establishment of a Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, the development of specialized baccalaureate degree programs such as digital media and animation, financial planning, and information technology/network administration, as well as new townhouse-style residence halls, to name just a few.

The annual rankings - in which U.S. News groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching - provide an unmatched resource for parents and students contemplating one of life's most challenging financial decisions.

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Alfred State College, a member of the technology college sector within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, offers outstanding educational opportunities for students in its nearly 60 associate degree programs, 14 baccalaureate degree programs, and several certificate programs. ASC continues to expand its online education offerings to include more than 56 online courses as well as two complete curriculum options (health information technology and court and realtime reporting). Numerous vocational-technical offerings stressing hands-on learning are available at the School of Applied Technology Campus located in nearby Wellsville, NY. The College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and several programs are also accredited or approved by program-specific professional organizations. In recent years, the College has expanded its computing and networking choices to include a wireless option. While stressing technical education, the College continues to pride itself on maintaining close personal ties among students and faculty. Academic programs, residential facilities, and co-curricular activities are provided to meet the educational, cultural, social, and recreational needs of students. Alfred State's reputation for excellence attracts students and faculty from throughout New York, neighboring states, and several foreign countries. The College is located in Alfred, NY, a scenic village in Allegany County. It is 15 miles north of the Pennsylvania border, 70 miles south of Rochester, and 90 miles southeast of Buffalo.

Friendly 5K Helps Restock Local Food Pantry

Posted Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 07:55

The Alfred State College cross country team helped re-stock the Alfred-Almond food pantry by hosting the 3rd annual Friendly 5K on Tuesday morning.  Each of the nearly 100 runners brought a food item to be donated.

Runners from Hornell, Bath, Canisteo-Greenwood, Cuba Rushford, Addison, and Arkport participated in the scrimmage in preparation for their upcoming seasons.   Prizes were given randomly to the runners.


Pioneers and Panthers battle to a tie

Posted Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 14:47
Alfred State and Tompkins Cortland CC battled to a 1-1 tie at the Mullen Hill Field in Alfred in the season opener for both teams.

The Panthers got on the board first when Kyle Clapper got his knee on a crossing pass from Jean-Piere Rosas with 8:30 remaining in the first half.  TCCC held a 5 to 1 advantage on shots in the first half.

Jeremy Nantka (Lancaster) knotted the game up 14 minutes into the second half when he was able to connect on a pass from Dominic Bisone (Tonawanda).  TCCC once again out-shot ASC in the second, 7 to 4.

Tompkins Cortland had the better chances in the first overtime but couldn't connect on the game-winner while Alfred State had the better chances in the second overtime.

TCCC held a 16 to 9 advantage on shots.  Josh Kashuba (Marathon) made 11 saves for Alfred while Judd Arnold made three saves for the Panthers.

The Pioneers head to the SUNY Delhi Tournament this weekend.  They will take on SUNY Cobleskill at 3 p.m. on Saturday and SUNY Dehli on at Noon on Sunday.

Townhouse Open House

Posted Date: Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 06:03

Alfred State College hosted an open house for the local community at the new townhouse-style residence halls before students moved in to begin the new academic year.The townhouses, six buildings boasting six single bedrooms per unit, full kitchens, and two+ lavatories, as well as a commons building designed for socializing, meetings, and which houses the laundry facilities, were constructed over the past two years at a cost of $14 million.

Town House Open HousePictured here, Andy Bayus, center, director of college housing, gives a tour to Allegany County Legislator Brent Reynolds, left, an "anonymous" visitor, and Ellen and Herb Ehrig, far right, both ASC retirees.