About 150 professionals convened on the Alfred State College recently to attend the fourth annual Conference on Aging. Rose Marie Fagan, outreach coordinator, The Pioneer Network, who served as the morning's keynote speaker, discussed pioneering approaches to change the culture of aging from the traditional nursing facilities to a culture that is life affirming, satisfying, humane, and meaningful. In the afternoon, Dr. Bruce Baum, a professor in the Exceptional Education Department at Buffalo State College and internationally recognized speaker on humor, teamwork, and creative problem solving, presented "Laugh Harder, Live Longer: Coping with Stress through Humor."
Alfred State College's University Police Department was recently awarded a grant in response to an application through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP). The University Police Department was selected to receive two HazMaster G3 Decision Support Systems, ultra-rugged handheld devices that integrate 118,000+ agents and incorporate chemical, biological, radiological agents, trade names, explosives, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) with extensive threat identification capabilities to make it an easy-to-use-decision support system. The HazMaster G3 software is the only CBRNE (Chemical/Biological/Radiological/Nuclear)/IED decision support system to have earned United States Department of Homeland Security certification and designation as approved anti-terror technology. On March 20, 2008, the ASC University Police hosted a training session with participants from the University Police, AE Crandall Hook and Ladder Fire Department, and facilitated by Alluviam - makers of the HazMaster G3 system. Participating were University Police Chief Gregory Sammons, Lieutenant Matt Heller, AE Crandall Hook and Ladder President Dr. Robert Pipal, and AE Crandall Fire Chief Rich Hoffman. At the conclusion of the training, University Police presented the Fire Department with one of the HazMaster G3 Decision Support Systems for use by AE Crandall and the Village. The two handheld systems also allow for the respective Emergency Response Plans of the Village and the Alfred State College campus to be loaded into the devices for portable recall and use in the event of an incident. The training and resource sharing represents the positive relationship between the Village of Alfred and Alfred State College.
The Alfred State College lacrosse team opened up the new on-campus athletic field with an impressive 18-10 victory over Mercyhurst North East on Tuesday afternoon. The Pioneers outscored the Saints 7 to 2 in the 2nd quarter to take solid lead that they never relinquised. With the win, A-State improves to 2-1 (1-0 Region III) while Mercyhurst falls to 2-4 (1-2 Region III).
The first quarter featured offensive outburst by both team. Josh Mateo (Waterloo) scored as time expired in the first quarter to give ASC a 7-5 lead. The Pioneers took the momentum and scored seven out of the next eight goals to lead 14-6. Mercyhurst scored late in the second quarter to head into half trailing 14-7. Both teams struggled to regain their offensive touch in the second half but the Pioneers added to their lead by outscoring MNE 4 to 3.
Mateo led ASC with six points on three goals and three assists while Mitch Wensel (Corning East) added four goals and an assist and Bill Jolly (Waterloo) added three goals and an assist. Ben Rossignolo (Churchville) scored four goals while Brandon Moyer (Cazenovia) finished with two goals and an assist. Ryan Grogan (Churchville) and Cory Mee (Churchville) each finished with a goal and two assists. Grogan and Mateo led the Pioneers with 12 ground balls each while Moyer picked up seven.
Jeff Fabbri (West Warwick, RI) made four saves in the first half to earn the victory while Deljae Edwards (Syracuse/Nottingham) made three saves in the second half. Scott More (East Aurora), led the defensive troop with seven ground balls. Joe Fiacchi (Marcellus) and Trevor Wolf (East Aurora) each played well on defense.
The game marked the first athletic contest on the college's new multi-million dollar facility. Two previous lacrosse games and a track and field meet had been cancelled due to poor weather conditions. The new field-turf facility is the new home to lacrosse, football, track and field, and soccer.
The Pioneers hit the road on Thursday for a 4 p.m. contest at Genesee CC.
Alfred State College will celebrate the academic achievements of its students during the 24th annual Honors Convocation slated for Saturday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in the Orvis Gymnasium on the Alfred campus.
The convocation recognizes the outstanding work of students through acknowledgement of membership in a variety of honor societies as well as the conferment of scholarships and special recognitions. More than 300 students will be honored at this year's celebration, presided over by Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, ASC provost and vice president for academic affairs. The welcome and introduction of keynote speaker, Robert E. Rees, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Electrical Engineering Technology Department, will be given by Dr. John M. Anderson, college president.
In addition to honoring ASC students, this year's Honors Convocation will confer an honorary doctor of science degree on James Koller, former College Council and Development Fund Board member, as well as honor the recipients of the Freshman Advocate Award and the Alumni Award for Outstanding Faculty, who will be announced the day of the event.
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. In 2007, he was honored by SUNY with the Distinguished Service Professor designation. Rees served two terms as chair of the Electrical Engineering Technology Department including two years also chairing the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department, and six months as interim dean of Information Technology.
Prior to joining the Alfred State faculty, Rees 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 22 years he has been a member of the Alfred State faculty. In 1988 he founded the a cappella madrigal vocal group, Kanakadea Chorale, 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 few years (top 10%).
Since 1999, Rees has been the ASC engineering science transfer program coordinator, advising all students intending to continue study toward a degree in engineering after completion of an associate's degree, taking sophomores to transfer institutions, and recommending 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.
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.
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.
Dr. James E. Koller's (Rochester) involvement with Alfred State College began in 1981 when then-NYS Gov. Hugh Carey (D) chose him to fill a vacancy on the Alfred State College Council. Subsequently, Koller went on to serve on the Alfred State College Development Fund Board, Inc.; as vice president of the SUNY Association of Council Members and College Trustees (ACT) from 1983-91 (from which he received the organization's Distinguished Service Award in 1992); and on the Honorary Board of Directors of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
During his tenure at the helm of the Development Fund Board, Koller was responsible for overseeing the activities of the group whose primary objective is to raise, manage, and disburse funds to maintain Alfred State College's margin of excellence.
In 2000, the Jim Koller Volunteerism Award was established to honor Jim and to recognize the time, effort, and energy he has invested in the future of Alfred State College.
Koller, who retired from Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, as manager of film and paper manufacturing, Kodak Park Division, holds a PhD from the University of Nebraska, and an MS and BS from Creighton University, Omaha, NE. He is a graduate of Edgemont High School, Edgemont, SD.
A one-day workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Alfred State College. Open to the public, the workshop will be of interest to area woodlot owners, students of agriculture and/or natural resource management, and others interested in learning about forest farming enterprises suitable for this area. Experienced resource persons will guide hands-on learning activities and on-site discussions. Topics will include 1) tools and techniques for site assessment, 2) shitake mushroom culture, 3) production of ginseng and other medicinal plants, and 4) marketing forest farming products.
Workshop instructors/resource persons:
Louise Buck, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University
Peter Hobbs, Department of Crop and Soil Science, Cornell University
Ken Mudge, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University
This workshop is free to Alfred State students, staff, and faculty; cost for off-campus participants is $20 (lunch included). To reserve a spot for this workshop, please contact Dr. Matt Harbur, Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Alfred State College, (607) 587-4797or e-mail: HarburMM@alfredstate.edu.
The Alfred State College baseball team split a Region III doubleheader versus Corning CC on Thursday at Bolivar Richburg High School. The Red Barons took the opener 4-0 while the Pioneers won the nightcap 12-3.
Steve Hughes tossed a complete game six hitter to lead Corning to the game one victory. He sturck out three and walked none. Mike Dipierro led the Red Baron offensive attack with a 2 for 4, 2 RBI day while Dan Telehany was 2 for 4.
Bruno Saraceno (Binghamton) was the lone Pioneers with multiple hits finishing 2 for 3. ASC was held to just five singles and a double.
In the nightcap, the Pioneers got the offense going with a six-run 3rd inning and added three more runs in the 4th and 5th innings. Corey McEnroe (Millbrook) led the offense with a 2 for 2, 3 RBI performance while Jeff Paul (Horseheads) was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Kevin Underhill (Somers) chipped in two singles in four at bats.
Joel Green (Horseheads) got the win in relief after tossing 2.2 innings of relief. Craig Kosnikowski (N. Tonawanda) allowed just two hits in the first 3.1 innings but had to leave the game with an injury.
The Pioneers hit the road on Saturday when they head to Sewell, NJ to take on Gloucester CC for a 1 p.m. doubleheader. The Blue and Gold continue on the road on Sunday with a Noon doubleheader at Hagerstown CC.
The Alfred State College lacrosse team won their second straight and improved to 3-1 (2-0 Region III) with a 17-11 victory at Genesee CC on Thursday. ASC outscored GCC 7-1 in the 3rd quarter to take full control of the contest.
Bill Jolly (Waterloo) and Josh Mateo (Waterloo) led the offense with nine points each. Jolly scored five goals and passed out four assists while Mateo recorded a hat trick and passed out six assists.
Mitch Wensel (Corning East) led the team with six goals and added two assists while Ryan Grogan (Churchville) chipped in two goals and an assist. Ben Rossignolo (Churchville) picked up a goal and an assist while Brandon Moyer (Cazenovia) and Casey Chase (Salamanca) each were credited with an assist.
Deljae Edwards (Syracuse/Nottingham) earned his first win in net by making 13 saves.
The Blue and Gold return to action next Tuesday (4/8) when they travel to Corcoran High School in Syracuse for a 6 p.m. contest versus Cayuga CC.
The Alfred State College softball team opened up the Northern portion of their schedule with a doubleheader sweep of Elmira College JV on Thursday evening. The Blue and Gold won the opener 11-7 and the nightcap 12-0. ASC improves to 3-7 on the year.
ASC used a nine-run 5th inning to take control of the opener. Sarah Flint (Westmoreland) was 3 for 4 in the opener to pace the offense while Caitlin Neill (Alfred Almond), Kathy McCarthy (Orchard Park), Bridgett Bachert (Horseheads), Casey Downing (Cobleskill-Richmondville), Teresa Walker (Jamestown), and Becky Simpson (Campbell Savona) all collected two hits.
Simpson pitched a complete game to earn the win. She allowed one hit while striking out 11 batters.
Flint tossed a complete game shutout in game two to complete the sweep. She allowed just one hit while striking out eight batters. McCarthy was 3 for 4 to pace the offense while Holly Fitzpatrick (Hornell), Bachert, Walker, and Shelley Flint (Alfred Almond) collected two hits each.
ASC begins Region III play on Tuesday when they travel to Erie CC for a 3 p.m. doubleheader with the Lady Kats.
The Alfred State College baseball team defeated Hagerstown CC 5-0 in the nightcap to earn a split of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers are now 8-9-1 on the season.
Andrew Foster (Clarkson, ONT.) tossed a complete game two-hitter to lead the Pioneers to a victory in the nightcap. He walked just two and struck out 11 Hawk batters.
Bruno Saraceno (Binghamton) led the offense with a 3 for 3, 1 RBI day while Yordis Veras (Newtown) was 2 for 3 with two stolen bases and Derek Speaker (Starpoint) was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Kenny O'Brien (Norwalk, CT) was 2 for 3 while Kevin Underhill (Somers) drove home two runs.
In the opener, the Blue and Gold was held to just three hits and never could get anything going. Kelvin Espinosa (George Washington) collected two of the three hits and drove in the lone run.
ASC is scheduled to play on campus for the first time in 2008 on Tuesday when they host Tompkins Cortland CC at 2 p.m.
The Alfred State College outdoor track and field team finally got their 2008 season started in the sunshine at the University of Rochester on Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers put together some impressive performances in their season opener.
Andy Omoregie (Gates Chili) won the 110 hurdles (15.49), finished 2nd in the long jump (6.44 m), and 3rd in the high jump (1.86 m) to pace the men's team while Najia McGee (Rochester/Edison) finised 2nd in both the 100 (12.77) and the 200 (26.16) on the women's side.
Zak Williamson (Rocky Point) finished 2nd in the 5,000 (15:47.75) while Dan Fabiny (Wellsville) finished 3rd in the 100 (11.40) and 4th in the 200 (22.89).
The women's 4 x 100 relay team of McGee, Reaghan Bulckley (Avoca), Caitlin Peterson (Wayne), and Callie Ayers (Letchworth) finished 5th with a run of 51.35. Ayers also finished 12th in the 400 (64.78) and 11th in the 800 (2:31.08) while Peterson finished 20th in the 200 (28.32).
Jen Chan (Genesee Valley) finished 5th in the 10,000 (46:44.12) while teammate Rachel Shellman (Honeoye Falls Lima) finsished 6th (51:07.12). Kaleigh Ligoci (Cicero North Syracuse) finished 28th tin the 1,500 (5:38.03).
Alex Curran (Williamson) finished 6th in the pole vault (3.95 m) while Dan Reynolds (Wayland Cohocton) finished 8th (3.80 m.). Ryan Jenerson (Rochester/Edison) finished 8th in the triple jump (11.84) and Nathan Smith (Clymer) was 10th in the hammer throw (39.71 m).
The Pioneers had two prior meets (Hagerstown CC and a home quad meet with Alfred University, Finger Lakes CC, and Erie CC) cancelled due snowy and cold weather.
The Blue and Gold return to action on Thursday when they compete at the Houghton College Invitational beginning at 3 p.m.