September 2007

Pioneers fall in final seconds

Posted Date: Saturday, September 1, 2007 - 15:15
Stevens Tech running back Benaly Ortega scored on a rush around the left side in the final seconds as the Fighting Bulldogs came from behind to down Alfred State 22-21 in an emotional season opener for both teams.  Ortega scored with three seconds remaining and the Bulldogs were able to hold the Pioneers from scoring on the ensuing kick-off to hold on for the win.

Alfred looked to have the game under control with 4:22 remaining in the game when they broke a 14-14 tie when Grant Tamme (Danville, KY) dove in from two yards out.  Tamme's run capped an 83-yard, six play drive.

After falling behind 21-14, Stevens Tech drove down the field trying to tie the game up.  Their drive stalled at the three yard line when John Chisolm (Trenton, NJ) picked off his fourth pass of the game.

The Pioneers tried to run the clock out but were unable to get a first down and instead of punting the ball out of their own end zone they took the safety to make the score 21-16.

Stevens' game-winning drive started with 1:32 remaining and on their own 27 yard line.  The Bulldogs drove to the Pioneers 9 yard line and were faced with a 4th and 4 play with just over ten seconds remaining.  The pass attempt was broken up but pass interference was called and gave Stevens Tech the ball 1st and goal at the three yard line.  After two A-State timeouts, Ortega rushed in for the game-winner.

A-State took a 14-0 lead in the first half behind two solid drives.  Jason Brand (Springfield, VA) scored from two-yards out with 8:29 remaining in the 1st quarter and Tamme scored his first rushing touchdown of the game with 8:19 remaining in the 2nd quarter.

Stevens Tech was held to negative yardage in the 1st half until their final two drives when they marched 56-yards and 74-yards to tie the game heading into halftime.  Dan Beatty and Kaleb Klosky connected on pass plays of 24-yards and 15-yards to tie the game.

Beatty finished the day 13 for 33 for 231 yards and two touchdowns.  He threw four interceptions and was replaced by Kyle Bennett who was 7 for 13 for 99 yards in action in the final two drives of the game.  Klosky led all offensive players with 181 yards and two scores on eight catches.

Tamme finished the day 10 for 32 for 210 yards in his first collegiate start.  Mike Septh (Monroe Woodbury) caught five passes for 134 yards and Calvin Corbin (Winslow, NJ) caught three passes for 72 yards.  Brand led the rushing attack with 80 yards on 14 carries.

The Pioneers defense forced six turnovers (five interceptions and one fumble recovery) but the offense was only able to score points on two occasions after the turnovers.  Nick Monroe (Irondequoit) led the defense with nine tackles and two sacks.  Chisolm broke the school record for most interceptions in a game with four.  He also added seven tackles and eight pass break-ups.

The Pioneers had not lost a season opener since 2001 and had defeated the Bulldogs in each of the past six games they had faced.

The Blue and Gold will look to even up their record on September 10 when they travel to SUNY Brockport to take on the JV Eagles.  Opening kick-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Special Olympics Stadium.

Pioneers drop two at Delhi Tournament

Posted Date: Monday, September 3, 2007 - 05:32

The Alfred State College men's soccer team couldn't get the offense going as they fell in both games at the SUNY Delhi Tournament over the weekend.  The Blue and Gold, 0-2-1 on the year, fell 6-0 to SUNY Cobleskill on Saturday and 2-1 on Sunday versus SUNY Delhi.

Cobleskill scored three goals in each half as they displayed a high powered offense.  The Tigers out-shot the Pioneers 21 to 11 on the game.

After a scoreless first 45 minutes on Sunday, Delhi scored two goals in a span of seven minutes to take control of the contest.  William Vasquez scored with 24:01 remaining in the game and then Andrew O'Brian scored with 17:50 remaining to give the Broncos a 2-0 lead.

Josh Stanley (Prattsburgh) cut it to 2-1 with 13:36 remaining when he connected on a free kick pass from Dom Bisone (Tonawanda). 

Jamie Luckett (St. Charles, MO) made 11 saves in net for ASC.

The Pioneers will look to get on the winning track on Thursday when they play their first Western New York Athletic Conference game at Genesee CC.  Play is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

Chisolm named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 09:45
John ChisolmAlfred State College cornerback John Chisolm (Trenton, NJ) has been named the Northeast Football Conference defensive player of the week.  Chisolm intercepted four passes in the Pioneers season opening 22-21 loss at Stevens Tech.

Chisolm, in his first start on defense after playing wide receiver as a freshman, broke the ASC record with his four interceptions in a game.  He picked off a pass in the 1st quarter, the 3rd quarter, and intercepted two passes in the 4th.

Chisolm finished the day with seven tackles (4 solo & 3 assists) and eight break-ups.

Hudson Valley's Bobby Ransom was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week while John Rachuna (Erie CC) earned Special Teams honors.

The Pioneers travel to SUNY Brockport on September 10th to take on the JV Eagles at 4 p.m.

Work Continues on New Athletic Complex

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 10:06
New Athletic ComplexThe turf is down and the lights have been put in place as work continues on the new on-campus athletic complex at Alfred State College. 

Work will begin shortly on putting the eight-lane track together, the Alumni Scoreboard in place, and completing all the fences that surround the complex.

The Pioneer soccer teams are hoping to play the second half of their season in the new complex.

Back To School

Posted Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 11:02

Returning students and faculty as well as visitors arriving on the Alfred State College (ASC) campus noticed a change in the "landscape" this fall. Thanks to the college's recent "building boom," a townhouse-style residential facility greets visitors arriving from the main entrance looking for all the world like the upscale living complex it is. The complex boasts six residential buildings and a community center. Each brick residential unit offers four or five apartments, each equipped with a full kitchen, a furnished living room, two-and-a-half baths, and six private furnished bedrooms. The commons building for the complex offers a centralized laundry area and meeting facilities. Townspeople were invited to tour the facility on Aug. 21.

Another new opening this fall is the Gathering Place. This structure is a two-story addition that joins the Central Dining Hall and the Allied Health Building. The Gathering Place features a new food court on the first floor with Taco Bell, Freshens, and Friendly's Café. There is also an open area on the first floor where performances may be held. The second floor offers a spot that can be used for socializing or meeting in small groups to work on projects as well as a dining room.

In addition to the living and dining areas, the athletics area is undergoing major additions. A $3.3 million project is under way. This fall ASC will utilize the playing field and track, first of the athletic additions. The final games of the soccer season will be played on the new field. The athletic additions will provide Alfred State with a state-of-the-art outdoor playing area in addition to the wonderful indoor athletic facilities already on campus.

Other, smaller projects have also taken place during the summer including window replacement and restroom rehabilitation in Main Gate residence halls; air conditioning and updated commuter lounge in EJ Brown (class room building); and door replacement at Peet and Braddon residence halls. Other infrastructure upgrades in generators, heat exchangers, sprinkler installations, sidewalk and concrete stair replacement, and campus beautification have also been undertaken.

Faculty hit campus on Aug. 20 to gather for Officer in Charge Dr. Ronald R. Rosati's opening remarks. Rosati kicked off the academic year by updating new and returning faculty on the state of the college as well as spotlighting the College's Centennial celebration year.

Incoming freshmen arrived on Aug. 21, where those who had been unable to attend a summer orientation session "caught up" with their college indoctrination, finalized their class schedules, and participated in the 14th annual New Student Convocation where they were officially welcomed by college dignitaries and dedicated themselves to the principles of community endorsed by the college.

Incoming and returning students, who arrived on campus at the end of the week, also attended a full slate of activities including an Activities Fair which introduced students to the variety of organizations and activities available to them, which was followed by an Activities Carnival, where students played games of skill and chance-at booths staffed by faculty and other members of the college community-for play money which they turned in for prizes at the end of the evening.

Classes for academic year 2007-08 at Alfred State College begin Monday, Aug. 27.

Plans continue for the centennial anniversary celebration of Alfred State College, 2007-08. Activities for this event were previewed during Bake-at-the-Lake, Reunion 2007, and continue through homecoming 2008. Recent activities included participation in the Wellsville Balloon Rally parade in July and the Wellsville Sesquicentennial parade in August, a display and reception at Steuben Trust Bank in Hornell; and a display in the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce window. Additional planned events include the return of the Taste of Wellsville on the School of Applied Technology campus, Saturday, Oct. 6.

Other important dates include: two Admissions Open House programs this fall- one on Sunday, Oct.21, and the second one on Saturday, Nov. 10. The Alfred campus and the School of Applied Technology campus, located in Wellsville, will be open on these days. Representatives at both campuses will be available to provide tours and answer questions. Registration may be done online or when the student arrives on campus starting at 9 a.m. (more details can be found on ASC's newly re-designed ASC Web site:

Families will have an opportunity to visit campus during Family Weekend, Oct. 6-8, which will feature a full schedule of activities geared for students and their guests, including the Children's Festival to be held Saturday, Oct. 6; the School of Applied Technology campus will reprise a "Taste of Wellsville" where local eateries will showcase their signature dishes from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award will take place during the official Centennial kick-off on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Lake Lodge where current and former ASC faculty, staff, and alumni will honor Douglas J. Barber,'66, professor emeritus, Civil Engineering Technology, and officially kick-off the yearlong centennial celebration with a book signing by the various authors of the newly written history book which picks up where Elaine Hritz's The First 60 Years left off.

"Foodies" will want to mark their calendars as the Culinary Arts Department on the Wellsville Applied Technology campus announces its scheduled events: Tuesday, Sept. 11, Fine Dining Lab begins; Saturday, Oct. 6, culinary students will provide demonstrations and specialty food items and bakery students will host their annual bake sale fundraiser during the "Taste of Wellsville;" Thursday, Oct. 18, culinary students will host a spaghetti dinner; and on Wednesday, Oct. 31, they will host a Halloween Luncheon Buffet (please note the change!); Thursday, Nov. 29, will be the final evening of the Fine Dining Lab for the semester. On Wednesday, Dec. 5, culinary students will host their annual Holiday Buffet. Spring semester activities include: Tuesday, Jan. 22, Fine Dining Lab re-opens; Tuesday, Feb. 5, culinary students will host their annual Mardi Gras Dinner; Saturday, March 29, Post Secondary Skills competitions will be held throughout the Wellsville campus; and Saturday, April 26, the students enrolled in both culinary programs will compete in the annual Culinary Exposition.

Students will head off-campus for a break following their last class on Friday, Oct. 12, and return when classes resume on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Thanksgiving break is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Nov. 21; classes resume Monday, Nov. 26.

For updates on Alfred State College, check out our Web site regularly!



Q&A with John Chisolm

Posted Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 12:03

John ChisolmAlfred State College sophomore cornerback John Chisolm (Trenton, NJ) intercepted four passes in the team's season opening 22-21 loss at Stevens Tech.  Chisolm was playing his first game on the defensive side of the ball after playing offense as a freshman. 

Chisolm, a two-sport athlete at Alfred State, took time and answered questions from athletic department intern John Zappolo.

What attracted you to Alfred State College?  The athletic program and the college's academic establishment attracted me to Alfred State. ASC also offererd me a chance to earn my associate's degree while playing football and running track and field. Alfred State College gave me the best chance to achieve my goals.

What was your biggest moment in your record breaking game?  My record breaking game was kind of a bitter sweet feeling because I felt as though I really didn't do everything in my power to help the team secure a win. I was happy that I broke the ASC single game interception record but at the same time disgusted becuase we lost and I felt as though I could have contributed more.

How was the transition from offense to defense this year?  The transition from offense to defense this year is a diffuclt one but I'm learning and becoming better at cornerback everyday. It helps that I have tremendous coaches helping me see my ability and help me become a productive defensive back for our team. They are constantly helping me day in and out to be the best that i can. The transition so far is going smooth, but I'm not quite Champ Bailey yet.

What are your expectations on and off the field?  My expectations on and off the field are the same and that's to be the best at everything I put my mind to on the field and in the classroom.

Do you see yourself playing football at a higher level next year?  I see myself playing at a higher level next year, preferably at a well established divison one football school.

Quick Hits

Favorites- Football, Track and Field, and Television

Music- Rap and R&B

Athlete- Deion Sanders and Terrell Owens  

Artist- Jay-Z 

Movie- Friday Night Lights, The Program, 300, and Any Given Sunday

Professor- I like all of my professors

Professional Sports Team- Dallas Cowboys

Subject- Marketing and Advertising

What is your major at A.S.C.?  Business Marketing

What are your classes like?   Classes are good, my professors are all very intellectual and fair.

Chisolm Earns National Honor

Posted Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 12:55
A day after being named the Northeast Football Conference defensive player of the week, Alfred State College cornerback John Chisolm (Trenton, NJ) has been named the NJCAA defensive player of the week.  Chisolm is the first Pioneer football player to be honored by the NJCAA in Head Coach Mick Caba's tenure.

Chisolm, in his first start on defense after playing wide receiver as a freshman, broke the ASC record with his four interceptions in a game.  Chisolm finished the day with seven tackles (4 solo & 3 assists) and eight break-ups.

Isaac Odim of Rochester (MN) CTC was named the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Week while John Rachuna (Erie CC) earned Special Teams honors.

The Pioneers look to bounce back from their 22-21 opening game loss to Stevens Tech on September 10th when they take on SUNY Brockport's JV team at 4 p.m.

Lady Pioneers win opener

Posted Date: Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 14:18
The Alfred State College women's soccer team shut out Corning CC, 1-0, in their season opener.  The Lady Pioneers out-shot the Red Barons 19 to 6 in the victory.

The lone goal of the game came in the 20th minute of the game when Jody Ninos (Alfred Almond) bended a direct kick just out of the reach of CCC goalie Elise Craver.

Pioneer goalie Philicia Harris (Buffalo/Hutch Tech) made four saves in net to record her 1st career shutout.  Craver finished with 12 saves in net for Corning.

The win was new Head Coach Anne Holmok's first victory in her second stint in charge of the Lady Pioneers soccer program.

The Pioneers begin a busy weekend with a home contest versus SUNY Delhi on Saturday.  Opening kickoff is at 2:30.  The team then travels to Finger Lakes CC on Sunday for a 1 p.m. contest.

A-State falls to Genesee CC

Posted Date: Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 14:31
The Alfred State College men's soccer team fell behind 2-0 to Genesee CC on Thursday afternoon and couldn't rally back and fell 3-1.  The Cougars improve to 4-1 on the year while the Pioneers fall to 0-3-1.

Genesee led 1-0 at half and then added a goal before Joe Estes (Wheatland Chili) netted a penalty kick to cut the lead to 2-1.  The Cougars added an insurance goal to seal the game.

Joshua Kashuba (Marathon) made seven saves in net for ASC.  Genesee held a 15 to 6 shot advantage.

The Blue and Gold return home on Saturday to take on Broome CC at Noon.

Broome rallies past ASC

Posted Date: Saturday, September 8, 2007 - 14:53
The Broome CC men's soccer team scored two 2nd half goals to erase a 1-0 deficit and held on for a 2-1 Region III Division III victory over Alfred State on Saturday afternoon.  The win improves the Hornets to 2-1 and drops the Pioneers to 0-4-1.

Tyler Paulsen (Letchworth) scored the lone goal of the 1st half when he took advantage of a misplay by the Hornet goalie and found the back of the net.

ASC led 1-0 until the 60th minute when Josh Cobb scored.  Stefan Miller-Lafi scored the game-winner in the final minutes to give the Hornets the victory.

Joshua Kashuba (Marathon) made seven saves in net for ASC while Colin Harder made six saves for the Hornets.  BCC held a 15 to 11 shot advantage.

The Blue and Gold return to action on Thursday when they host Finger Lakes CC at 4 p.m.