October 2007

Student Gathering Place Grand Opening

Posted Date: Monday, October 1, 2007 - 04:41

Alfred State College has a lot to take pride in 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 a variety of exciting events on campus!

Community members are invited to attend the next such event-the grand opening of the new Student Gathering Place-a two-story addition that joins Central Dining Hall (CDH) with the Allied Health Building.  The Student Gathering Place grew out of a plan to upgrade the stair cases in CDH and the elevator shared by both buildings for handicap and freight use. Now there is complete handicap accessibility from the new north entrance right off of the campus loop road.

The Student Gathering Place features a new food court on the first floor with Taco Bell, Freshens, and Friendly's Café serving in that area. There is seating for 95 on the first floor and an area where small performances may be held.

The second floor features comfortable furniture where students, faculty, and staff will be tempted to gather often to work on class projects or just to socialize. There is seating for 110 people in this upstairs area. Additionally, a new small private dining room where lunches and dinners can be hosted for up to 15 people has been created. The second floor also includes a new entry into the dining area of CDH. Students can also access the Allied Health Building from this area without ever going outdoors. 

The public is invited to attend a "grand opening celebration" at the student gathering place on Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, at 9:30 a.m.  A brief ceremony will be followed by guided tours and a reception.

Baseball Earns #3 Seed

Posted Date: Monday, October 1, 2007 - 10:37

The Alfred State College baseball team will be the #3 seed in this week's Western New York Athletic Conference tournament.  The Pioneers finished the fall WNYAC regular season with a 8-4 record and an overall record of 9-5.

The Blue and Gold will open up tournament play on Tuesday when they host #6 Mercyhurst North East.  First pitch of the nine-inning contest is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The Pioneers swept a doubleheader from the Saints in the opening weekend of the fall.  ASC won the opener 10-5 and then won the nightcap 6-5 in eight innings.  Mercyhurst North East enters the tournament with a 3-9 WNYAC record.

Final WNYAC Baseball Standings:

1.  Monroe CC **


2. Genesee CC  9-1 
3.  Alfred State College  8-4 
4.   Erie CC  6-6 
5.  Niagara CCC  4-8 
6.   Mercyhurst North East  3-9 
7.  Jamestown CC  1-11 

 ** Monroe earns top seed and a bye in the first round based on a coin flip

The Alfred /Mercyhurst North East winner will advance to the Final Four in Batavia on Saturday and will meet the winner of the Jamestown CC/Genesee CC first round contest.  First pitch of that game to be at Genesee CC will be at 11 a.m.  The finals of the tournament will be played at 3 p.m. at Dwyer Field.

Economic & Workforce Dinner

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 04:48

Alfred State College recently hosted Dr. Olivia Golden, NYS director of operations, who joined local college officials and government representatives in a discussion on workforce and economic development in Allegany County.

Golden VisitPictured here, l-r, Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, ASC provost and officer in charge, welcomes Susan Goetschius, Alfred University director of communications; Golden, John Margeson, Allegany County administrator; Dr. William Hall, Allegany County legislator; John Foels, development director for Allegany County; and Tom Carpenter, Gov. Spitzer's regional representative to Western New York.

Golden was a senior fellow and center director at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. Her career has combined senior positions in government, the advocacy world, and academia. From 2001-04, she served as director of the Child and Family Services Agency of the District of Columbia. From 1993-01, she was appointed by President Clinton to positions within the US Department of Health and Human Services, first as commissioner for Children, Youth, and Families and then as assistant secretary for Children and Families. She has also served as director of Programs and Policy at the Children's Defense Fund from 1991-93, lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University from 1987-91, and budget director for the Executive Office of Human Services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1983-85. Golden received her BA, master's degree in public policy and PhD in public policy from Harvard University.

Organic Specialist & Sen. Young Sample Organic Tomatoes

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 04:53

Alfred State College hosted NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Organic Agriculture Specialist Sarah Johnston recently for a full day of conversation on the needs of organic farmers in New York State and what role Alfred State's new Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture can play, now and in the future, at a WNY Organic Agriculture Roundtable. Leaders in New York State's organic agriculture industry were given an opportunity to express their concerns and needs to Johnston and the organizers of the Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) initiative, and Johnston talked about organic agriculture programs and initiatives being developed within the NYS Department of Agriculture.

organic tomatoesFollowing an organic lunch featuring salad greens grown and harvested at COSA, Johnston addressed a class of ASC agriculture students and interested community members, speaking on contemporary issues in organic agricultural policy.

Pictured here, l-r, ASC computer information systems student Mike Septh, Monroe, dishes up a plate of organic tomatoes harvested from the ASC organic garden to NYS Sen. Catharine Young (R-Olean) and Johnston, who both congratulated Alfred State College on its efforts in this area.

Jerome Named Region Athlete of the Week

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 06:12

Jenni JeromeAlfred State College freshman outside hitter Jenni Jerome (Syracuse/Westhill) has been named the Region III Female Athlete of the Week.  Jerome helped the Lady Pioneers volleyball team to an 8-0 week including a 7-0 record at the Onondaga CC Tournament.

Jerome finished the week with 69 kills in 117 attempts (.462 hitting percentage).  She also chipped in 32 digs and 12 blocks.  At the OCC Tournament she registered 13 kills vs. Onondaga, 11 vs. Fulton Montgomery, and nine vs. Jamestown in the tournament Finals.  For her solid play, Jerome was named the MVP of the tournament.

For the year, Jerome has 111 kills (2.523 per game), 76 digs, and 16.5 blocks.

Jerome is the first Alfred State athlete to win this Region III honor during the 2007-08 school year.

Jerome and the Lady Pioneers, 17-2 ranked #9 in the latest NJCAA Division III poll, return to action on Thursday when they travel to #7 Corning CC for a 6:30 p.m. battle with the Lady Red Barons.

Jerome and Jablonski Named Athletes of the Week

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 06:21
Jenni JeromeShannon Jablonski -2Volleyball teammates Jenni Jerome (Syracuse/Westhill) and Shannon Jablonski (Cheektowaga) have been named the Alfred State College athletes of the week.

The Lady Pioneers volleyball team was 8-0 this week including 7-0 while winning the Onondaga CC Tournament.  They picked up a 3-1 win over Monroe CC on Tuesday and then downed every opponent 2-0 at the OCC Tournament (Mohawk Valley CC, Erie CC, Fulton Montgomery CC, Onondaga CC (twice), SUNY Delhi, and Jamestown CC).  A-State is currently ranked #9 in the NJCAA Division III poll and have a 17-2 overall record.

Jerome, who was also named the Region III Female Athlete of the Week, registered 69 kills (.462 hitting percentage) for the week.  She also contributed 32 digs and 12 blocks.  For her solid play in her return to her hometown, Jerome was named the MVP of the OCC Tournament.

Jablonski was also solid all week for the Lady Pioneers.  She recorded 59 kills, 48 digs, and 30 service aces during the week.  Her play at the OCC Tournament earned her a spot on the All-Tournament team.  In a pool play match vs. Fulton Montgomery CC, Jablonski recorded 10 service aces.

Previous Athletes of the Week:

Sept. 24                       Brittany Hannah (WS)               Dustin Falkner (MS)

Sept. 17                       Zak Williamson (XC)                Tyler Paulsen (MS)                  

Sept. 11                       Brianne McMahon (VB)            Grant Tamme (FB)

Late Goals lead Pioneers past Erie

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 14:19

Alfred State and Erie CC battled in a scoreless tie for the first 81 minutes but the Pioneers netted two goals in the final 8:20 to down the Kats 2-0.  With the win the Blue and Gold improve to 5-6-1 on the season and 5-4-1 in Region III Division III play.

Tyler Paulsen (Letchworth) drove to the net and finished to net his 6th goal of the season to give ASC the lead with 8:20 remaining.

Eric Nichols (Holland) made it 2-0 with 5:30 remaining when he connected on a goal in front of the net after a scramble of shots.  Dom Bisone (Tonawanda) was credited with the assist.

The Pioneers held a huge 31 to 5 advantage on shots.  Tommy Vitro (Margaretville) made four saves in net for A-State while Scott Augustine made 14 saves.

The Pioneers look to build on their current two-game winning streak on Thursday when they travel to JCC-Olean for a 4 p.m. contest.

Lady Pioneers shut out Olean

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 14:28

Jody Ninos (Alfred Almond) netted two goals and passed out an assist as the Alfred State College women's soccer team downed JCC-Olean 3-0 in a WNYAC contest.  A-State improves to 5-5-1 overall on the season and 4-5-1 in Region III Division III play.

Ninos scored the lone goal of the 1st half. 

Ashleigh Houghtaling (Northern Potter, PA) made it 2-0 when she opened up the scoring in the 2nd half after getting a pass from Ninos.  Ninos sealed the victory with her 2nd goal (sixth goal of the season) of the game.

Philicia Harris (Buffalo/Hutch Tech) made four saves to record her third shutout of the season.

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

Pioneers advance to Final Four

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 14:46

Alfred State used a four-run eighth inning to propel them to a 4-3 victory over Mercyhurst North East in a first round Western New York Athletic Conference contest. 

Neither team could put anything on the scoreboard for the first seven and half innings.  Pioneer pitcher Aarol Elliott (Whitesville) and Saints pitchers Michael Jackson and TJ Tavender traded shutout innings.

In the bottom of the 8th the Pioneers got the offense going versus the Saints reliever TJ Tavender.  With two outs Adalberto Vargas (Norman Thomas) singled.  Vargas moved to second on a single by Karl Kofmel (Ottawa, ONT.).  Jeff Paul (Horseheads) collected two RBI with a pinch hit double down the right field line.  After a walk to Rueben Angeles (George Washington) pinch runner Matt Lannon (Newark) came around to score on a RBI single by Bryan Lance (Chenango Forks).  Lance and Angeles executed a double steal to plate the Pioneers fourth run of the inning. 

In the 9th, the Saints put a rally together.  James Drolet collected an RBI single and Danny Sciuva doubled home two runs to cut the lead to 4-3 with two outs.  With Sciuva at 2nd and Josh Furry at 3rd, Elliott induced a fly out to centerfield to end the game.

Elliott tossed a complete game eight hitter, four hits coming in the 9th, to earn the victory.  He struck out six and walked just one.  Jackson went scoreless innings for Mercyhurst while Tavender took the loss after allowing four runs in 1.2 innings of work.

Lance and Kevin Underhill (Somers) were each 3 for 4 on the day for the Pioneers while Bruno Saraceno was 2 for 3.  Drolet was the lone Saint with multiple hits.

With the win the Pioneers advance to the Final Four and will take on the winner of the #2 Genesee CC/#7 Jamestown CC contest that was rained out on Tuesday.  A-State, 10-5, 9-4 WNYAC, will play at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning at Genesee CC.  The winners of the two semifinal match-ups will meet at 3 p.m. at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia.


Baseball to take on Genesee

Posted Date: Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 06:46

The Alfred State College baseball team will take on #2 Genesee CC in the semifinals of the Western New York Athletic Conference Championships.  First pitch of the contest will be at 11 a.m. at Genesee CC.

ASC downed #6 Mercyhurst North East 4-3 while GCC downed #7 Jamestown CC 11-4.

The Pioneers and the Cougars split a doubleheader on September 30.  GCC won the opener 9-1 and ASC won the nightcap 3-1.

The winner of the ASC/GCC match-up will take on the winner of the #1 Monroe CC/#4 Erie CC match-up.  ECC was a 9-1 winner over Niagara CCC in their first round match-up.  The championship game will be played at 3 p.m. at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia.