March 2008

Lady Pioneers fall in Semis

Posted Date: Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 14:51

The Alfred State College women's basketball team shot just 24.7% from the floor and fell 56-52 to Jamestown CC in the Region III Division II Tournament in Buffalo on Saturday.

JCC led 32-25 at half and held a ten-point lead in the 2nd half before the Lady Pioneers went on a run to close the gap.  Jamestown led by two in the final seconds and Alfred went to the line with a chance to tie the game but missed both foul shots.  Kari Barmore hit two foul shots to seal the victory.

Tiffany McLaughlin (Wellsville) led the way for A-State with 17 points while Anthia Smith (Elmira Free) recorded a double-double with 13 points and 17 rebounds.  Rechelle Brooks (Elmira Free) came off the bench and had 10 second half points including two, three-pointers.

Barmore led the Jayhawks with 14 points while Brianna Colburn chipped in 13 points.  Lacey Grove also chipped in eight points.  JCC hit six, three-pointers to pace the offense.

JCC finished the day shooting 38.8% from the field, 37.5% from three, and 57.1% from the foul line.  ASC shot 24.7% from the field, 16.7% from three, and 76.5% from the line.

ASC finishes the season with a 17-9 record while Jamestown advances to the Region III Division II Championship game versus Genesee CC tomorrow afternoon.

ASC Offers Out-of-State Academic Scholarship

Posted Date: Monday, March 3, 2008 - 03:55

In an effort to expand its outreach to prospective students outside the New York State borders, Alfred State College will begin offering a new scholarship for out-of-state students, the Out-of-State Academic Scholarship, beginning with the Fall 2008 semester. 

Scholarship recipients may receive $2,000 per year for up to four years (equivalent of a baccalaureate degree) if they maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

A merit-based award, the Out-of-State Academic Scholarship is open to prospective students with an 85 or better overall high school average. 

Students studying through the Internet are not eligible for this award. 

For additional information, call the Alfred State College Admissions Office at 1-800-4-ALFRED.

ASC Admissions Office Announces March 30th Open House

Posted Date: Monday, March 3, 2008 - 08:36

The Admissions Office at Alfred State College announces an Open House program, Sunday, March 30, beginning at 9 a.m.

Prospective students and their families are invited to participate in a variety of programs, both formal and informal, designed to provide flexibility in visiting any area of interest to the student. Information tables and representatives from ACES (Auxiliary Campus Enterprises & Services) the campus food service/vending provider, Admissions, Athletics, Residential Life, Student Activities, Center for Community Education and Training, Information Technology, Counseling Services, Career Development, Financial Aid, the Honors Program, and Learning Assistance will be available.

Campus tours of both the Alfred and Wellsville campuses will also be available.  Representatives from all academic areas will be present to provide tours and answer questions.    Reservations are not necessary.

For additional information, contact the Alfred State College Admissions Office at 1-800-4-ALFRED, or (607) 587-4215, or visit

Smith Named Player of the Year, McLaughlin & Carr named All-Region

Posted Date: Monday, March 3, 2008 - 08:55

Anthia SmithAlfred State College sophomore forward Anthia Smith (Elmira Free) has been named the Region III Division II Player of the Year.  Smith was joined by teammate Tiffany McLaughlin (Wellsville) on the All-Region first team while Dasaundra Carr (Boys & Girls) was a third team selection.

Smith finished the year averaging 17.5 points per game and 13.3 rebounds.  Her 454 points is 7th all-time in a season for a Lady Pioneers while her 346 rebounds is 2nd most in a season.  On the year she recorded 20 double-doubles including eight consecutive double-doubles in close out the season.

Smith had a season high 28 points in a victory over University of Rochester JV and grabbed a season high 26 rebounds twice versus CC of Rhode Island and Finger Lakes CC.  She had 11 games in which she scored more the 20 points and nine games where she grabbed more than 15 rebounds.

For her career she finishes with 762 points (6th best all time) and 496 rebounds.

McLaughlin led the Lady Pioneers in scoring with 19.3 points per game.  She also grabbed 128 rebounds, passed out 50 assists, and was credited with 30 steals.  Her 501 points is 3rd all-time in a season and her 896 career points is 2nd most all-time.

McLaughlin had a season high of 35 points versus Jamstown and had a season high 10 boards at Dean College.  In all but two games this year, she finished with double-figure points, in 12 games she scored more than 20, and in three games she had 30.

This is the second year in a row she was named All-Region 1st team.  McLaughlin was also named to the Region III Division II All-Tournament team for the second time after leading A-State with 17 points in their semifinal loss to Jamestown CC.

Smith and McLaughlin will now be forwarded for NJCAA All-American consideration.

Carr, a sophomore guard, was a defensive specialist for the Lady Pioneers this year.  She drew the assignment of guarding the opponents top offensive threat most games.  She finished the year with 112 points (4.3 per game), 71 rebounds (2.7 per game), 52 assists, and 54 steals. 

She had a season high 10 points in a win over Niagara CCC and a season high seven rebounds in the season opener versus Broome CC.

The Lady Pioneers finished the season with a 17-9 record while the graduating group of sophomores (Smith, McLaughlin, Carr, Sarah Flint -Westmoreland, and Kaila Smith - Alfred Almond) finish their careers with a 36-19 record.


Seven Swimmers Earn All-Region

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 06:54

Seven members of the Alfred State College swimming team have earned All-Region honors.  Five members of the Region III Runner-up men's team earned All-Region honors while two members of the women's 3rd place team were honored.

Alex NewellBrett KozlowskiDan LangworthyAlex Newell (Binghamton) led the way with All-Region honors in four events.  He earned 2nd team honors in the 500 free (5:04.20), the 200 back (2:05.10), and the 1650 free (17:56.79).  He also was part of the winning 400 medley relay team that earned 1st team honors with a time of 3:50.13.  In that relay he was joined by Brett Kozlowski (N. Tonawanda), Daniel Langworthy (Peekskill), and Phillip Valenta (Maine Endwell).

Kozlowski also earned 1st team honors in the 400 IM (4:38.30) and 2nd place honors in the 200 IM (2:08.61), Langworthy was 2nd team All-Region in the 50 free (23.42) and the 100 free (51.70), and Valenta was 1st team in the 200 breast (2:30.06) and 2nd team in the 400 IM (4:54.52).

Paul CongdonPhillip ValentaPaul Congdon (Bath) earned 2nd team All-Region honors with a time of 58.75 in the 100 fly.

Kaitlyn CorbettJessica Chan






On the women's side Kaitlyn Corbett (Clarence) earned 1st team honors in the 200 free (2:08.61) and 2nd team honors in the 100 back (1:06.28) while Jessica Chan (New Hyde Park) earned 2nd team honors in the 200 IM (2:33.00).

These seven athletes along with Becca Mastasio (Canandaigua), Brett Au (N. Tonawanda), Kevin Minderlein (Salesianum), and Sean Valvano (Newark) at the NJCAA National Championships this week in Fort Pierce, FL.  Action starts on Wednesday afternoon at Indian River CC.  To follow the action visit:


ASC Dining Services Anchors Local Sustainable Food Chain

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 07:45

Getting nutritious, tasty, fresh, and appealing meals on the table every day at the Alfred State College campus is a challenging affair. It means developing recipes, planning menus, locating and ordering large quantities of foodstuffs, preparing the food, and serving it to customers at the right temperature - all while maintaining the quality and safety of the food.

While balancing nutrition, taste, eye appeal, and cost, Karen Canne, director of Dining Services for Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc. (ACES), stands between 3,000 students and the nearest fast food restaurant. And she's winning the battle with the help of a small group of on-campus farmers.

ACES is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the mission of Alfred State College. Located on campus, ACES provides dining services, campus bookstores, transportation, vending, and laundry services to their student and faculty customers.

Most of the food served by Dining Services is grown on corporate farms, far away from the Alfred campus. Using chemical fertilizers, bioengineering, and a lot of natural resources and their by-products, students can eat fresh produce all winter. It's what all Americans have come to expect, but what if there were a better, less environmentally damaging, and tastier alternative? What if Canne could entice her student population to be conscious of their nutrition and ramp-up their intake of fresh, locally grown foods?

Enter Alfred State's newest agricultural initiative: The Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA).

The mission of COSA at Alfred State is to facilitate learning, conduct applied research, and engage communities in the practices of sustainable food and energy production, according to Matthew Harbur, PhD, COSA program director. Dr. Harbur is an associate professor in the School's Department of Agriculture and Horticulture.

Helping to fulfill some of the college's food supply requirements has become a major initiative and teaching tool for COSA. Working with Canne and the ACES team has become a study in developing a sustainable food plan right in the college's backyard.

Beginning in January 2007, as the mission for the new Center was being developed, Harbur approached Canne with the possibility of recruiting Dining Services as a customer for the Center.

"I believe strongly that our students need to see the entire business cycle to make their education truly worthwhile," Harbur said. "It makes no sense to teach them how to grow the produce without letting them work the entire market cycle. They need to know how to package, market, and sell what they have grown."

As a newcomer to Alfred, Harbur anticipated a long sales and negotiation cycle to get the ACES team involved. He was extremely surprised to find just the opposite. Canne and ACES Executive Director Thomas Massara were on-board immediately.

"I was prepared to spend a lot of time breaking down institutional barriers and explaining the benefit of our plan," Harbur said. "But Tom and Karen were very responsive and in some ways I had to catch up with them."

"We are always looking at ways we can support the campus and improve product for our students," Canne said. "Matt's idea was a perfect match for both of us."

With just a verbal agreement between the two organizations, Harbur's students began to plant; their efforts had to be timed to meet the food supply requirements of the fall semester. Using a grant from a campus committee co-chaired by Canne, the Center bought seeds and started planting.

"Because we are a small organization, we were able to cut through the red tape and the approval cycles and just make it happen," Canne said. "In the beginning, we didn't even have a price negotiated between Matt and ACES. We just agreed that we would work it out when we understood the volume, quantity, and quality of what the Center was providing us."

Through the summer and early fall 2007, Harbur and his team sweated the details. They felt they had set a high bar for themselves with ACES and this was the first time that this group

of students and researchers were working in production mode.

During the growing cycle, Canne and Harbur did a lot of nibbling on the greens to make sure that they passed the student palette taste test - a critical part of the need to make the Center's output marketable.

"Dr. Harbur and I would walk through the garden trying out each type of lettuce," Canne said. "We tasted probably 12-15 lettuces and I'm not a big fan of lettuce!"

This task was important to make sure that Dining Services didn't end up serving things that grew really well, but that would not be pleasing to their customers, Canne said.

Then, during fall Semester 2007, the Center began supplying organic greens, squash, tomatoes, and fresh herbs for Dining Services. Special events are also supplied with greens and other produce as they are available.

COSA students are responsible for harvesting, grading, trimming, packaging, and delivering the produce to Dining Services from the garden. Since everything is grown about a mile from the ACES kitchen, delivery must be planned and executed to coincide with other food deliveries. Weeks prior to the harvest, Canne and Harbur meet to determine the type and quantity of the produce that is supplied to Dining Services within a given timeframe.

Delicate herbs are also delivered in their growing pots to the kitchen facilities. Because herbs are so perishable and typically only used as garnish and accent, the cooks snip the plants as needed. When the potted plant is 2/3 used, the entire pot is returned to the Center and a new potted plant is delivered to the kitchen.

Having the ability to source year-round reliable supplies of fresh vegetables from the COSA program is expected to be a key element of the food sourcing plan for Canne and her team.

"We've always tried to support local farmers by requesting that our distributors source locally," Canne said. "What is unique about our relationship with COSA is that we will be able to literally skip the middle man and improve nutritional quality, reduce consumption of fuel for transporting the food to us, and support our ASC students."

And there is always that cost factor to contend with. According to Canne, organic

produce is generally priced between 20-30 percent more than non-organic products. After the

COSA vegetables became a regular part of the menu plan for Dining Services, Harbur and Canne agreed on a price that reflected the marketplace.

According to Canne, the benefits that they receive far outweigh the added costs.

"This is a way to help our ag students, boost the nutritional value of our dining hall output, bolster the Center, help our ecology, and support our local economy," she said.

Harbur and Canne agree that there are some challenges to the new arrangement between the organizations.

Despite careful planning, as with all businesses, things happened that required creativity and flexibility on the part of both supplier and customer. For instance, in October, Dining Services expected 30 pounds of greens to be delivered for an event. But, come harvest time, only 10 pounds were of acceptable quality. The students themselves identified the problems during the selection process and had to break the bad news to Canne.

Canne quickly ordered more lettuce from the produce vendor to make up for the shortfall and a salad-less meal was averted due to honest communication and quick response.

Then came the squash deluge - the same one that almost every home gardener faces: What do to with 120 pounds of squash?

Canne said that Dining Services worked hard to be able to use that lovely yellow stuff in creative ways.

"We used old standard recipes and researched creative recipes to try to use it up," Canne laughed. "Layered squash casserole was on the menu frequently. Then we found a wonderful bread recipe that helped use it up."

Canne also called on her counterpart at Alfred University and the department chair of the Culinary Arts Program at Alfred State's Wellsville Campus who also agreed to buy and use some of the bounty. These other organizations could well become customers of the program in the future, Harbur said.

This close-to-consumer production and consumption model is exactly what sustainable agriculture is all about.

Sustainable Food Chain

"Sustainable agriculture has many advantages," Harbur explained. "It saves on natural resources, it promotes a healthier lifestyle, and it encourages the consumption of high quality vegetables with few pesticides. It also encourages and supports local suppliers; long-term we hope to encourage the redevelopment of the family farm."

"Dining Services has the powerful ability to implement positive change in the COSA-Alfred local food system," Harbur said. "By working with the COSA team to create a market for our goods, they are promoting the health of their student customers by providing nutritious fresh foods, they are reducing the use of costly natural resources, and they are supporting our agriculture students and supporting our local organic growers. Their impact and influence has really been enormous."

Boyd Named Coach of the Year

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 10:35

Gina BoydAlfred State College women's basketball coach Gina Boyd has been named the Region III Division II Coach of the Year.  Boyd led the Lady Pioneers to a 17-9 record and the #2 seed in the regional tournament.

Boyd wins the award for the fifth time in her 18 years at the helm of the program.  She currently has a 277-185 (.600 winning percentage) record at Alfred State.

This season, Boyd coached three players that earned All-Region honors.  Anthia Smith (Elmira Free) was named 1st team and Player of the Year, Tiffany McLaughlin (Wellsville) was a 1st team selection, and Dasandra Carr (Boys and Girls) was a 3rd team selection.  During her tenure, she has coached one NJCAA All-American (Nichole Tyler - 2007) and over 35 All-Region athletes.

Boyd was selected for the honor by her fellow coaches.  She is the third Alfred State coach to earn region coach of the year honors (Gary Moore - men's track & field - and Robert Haley - men's swimming).

Prior to starting her coaching career, Boyd was a star athlete in basketball and softball at Waterloo High School, Cayuga Community College, and SUNY Cortland. Boyd was inducted to the Waterloo High School Hall of Fame in 1996. 

Four Hoopsters Earn Honors

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2008 - 05:22

Four members of the Alfred State College men's basketball teams have earned postseason honors.  Dusty Marshall (Newfield) was named All-Region 1st team and All-WNYAC 1st team while Travis Brannen (Elmira Free) was a 3rd team selection to both the All-Region and All-WNYAC teams.  Dan Foley (Irondequoit) and Pat White (Warren, OH) were both selected honorable mention All-WNYAC.

Dusty Marshall - 2Marshall, a sophomore guard, led the Pioneers with a 14.1 points per game average (395 total points).  He also grabbed 6.6 rebounds per game (186 total) and passed out 4.4 assists per game (122 total).  He shot 47.2% from the field and 36.8% (46 for 125) from three point land.  He also led the team in free throw percentage (80.7%) by hitting 67 of 83 attempts.

Marshall scored in double-figures in 23 of the 28 games he played in for the 19-11 Pioneers.  His season high of 25 points came at home in a contest with Erie CC.  He also finished the year with six double-doubles.

For his career, Marshall finishes with 626 points (11 ppg), 306 rebounds (5.4 rpg), and 256 assists (4.5 apg).  He also connected on 72 career three-pointers.  The All-WNYAC honor is the second for Marshall as he was a honorable mention selection following his freshmen campaign.

Travis Brannen -2Brannen had a solid rookie season with the Pioneers in which he averaged 11.2 points per game (337 total) and 6.8 rebounds (205 total).  He shot 54.4% (147 for 270) from the field to lead the team in shooting percentage. 

Brannen came of age in the 2008 portion of the season by scoring in double-figures in 13 of the teams 15 games.  He tied a career high 22 points and 16 rebounds in a home win over JCC-Olean.  He also scored 22 versus Cuyahoga CC and had 21 points versus Niagara CCC and Mercyhurst North East.

Foley started 16 of the 29 games he played in during his first season on the basketball team after winning NJCAA All-American honors last season in outdoor track & field.  Foley finished the year averaging 7.8 points per game (226 total), 5 rebounds per game (146 total), and 2.1 assists per game (60 total).  He scored in double figures ten games and had a season high 30 points in a two-point win at Mercyhurst North East.

White played in 13 games all in the 2008 portion of the season and averaged 8.8 points (114 total) and 6.5 rebounds (85 total).  He shot 45% (49 for 109) from the field and finished in double figures in five contests.  He had a season high 17 points at Genesee CC and recorded 16 points at Jamestown CC.

The Pioneers advanced to the Region III Division II Tournament for the seventh time in head coach Jerry Jusianiec's nine years at Alfred State.

Six Tracksters Earn All-Region

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2008 - 06:28

Six members of the Alfred State College indoor track and field team have earned All-Region honors by winning events at the Region III Championships.  Andy Omoregie (Gates Chili), Rob Riley (Rochester/Edison), Zak Williamson (Rocky Point), Broncho Rollins (Ithaca), and Tyrell Davis (Mt. Vernon) helped the men's team to the Regional Championship while Najia McGee (Rochester/Edison) helped the Lady Pioneers to a 4th place finish.

Andy OmoregieOmoregie was All-Region in four events.  He won the 55 m hurdles (7.7), the high jump (1.83 m), the long jump (6.05 m), and the pentathlon (3,176 points).

McGee was All-Region in two events by winning the 55 m dash (7.4) and the 200 m dash (26.77).  This is the second year in a row that she has won the 55 and 200 at the indoor regionals.

Riley won the 200 m dash (23.06), Williamson won the 5,000 m run (16:44.4), Rollins won the pole vault (4.27 m), and Davis won the shot put (12.44 m).

Omoregie and Rollins have qualified for the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championships which will be held March 7-8 at Eastern Illinois University.  They will be joined by teammates Cedric Crowder (Gates Chili) and Keith Dziak (Buffalo/Bishop Timon) at the competition. 

Four Pioneers heading to Indoor Nationals

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2008 - 10:06

Andy OmoregieCedric CrowderBroncho RollinsKeith Dziak








Andy Omoregie (Gates Chili), Cedric Crowder (Gates Chili), Broncho Rollins (Ithaca), and Keith Dziak (Buffalo/Bishop Timon) will represent Alfred State College at the 2008 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championship this weekend at Eastern Illinois University.

Omoregie will be the busiest Pioneers competing in three events.  He will competed in the pentathlon, the 60 m high hurdles, and the high jump.  He qualified for Nationals with 3,176 point performance in the pentathlon, a 8.37 sprint in the hurdles, and a leap of 2.00 m in the high jump. 

Crowder will join Omoregie in the pentathlon and the 60 m high hurdles.  He qualified with 2,988 points in the multi event and a sprint of 8.42.

Rollins will compete in the pole vault while Dziak will compete in the 600 m run.  Rollins' best vault of the year is 4.27 m while Dziak qualified in the 600 in the last competition of the season at Cornell by running the 500 m in 1:07.21.

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