May 2008

Alumni Faculty Award

Posted Date: Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 12:11

Anderson & DrummPaul R. Hinman, director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving at Alfred State College, presents the Alumni Faculty Award to Roger Drumm, ASC class of 1983, associate professor, Building Trades Department, during the College's annual Honors Convocation.  Each year, students from the recent graduating class have an opportunity to nominate a faculty member who influenced them and played a critical role in helping them reach their educational goal.  The winning citation noted that Drumm "is a great professor and he works well with students.  He is helpful to everyone even if you are not his student.  The recipient gives every student the attention they deserve.  If the hour-long class had expired, this professor uses his own time to make certain the students ‘get it.' His door was always open.  He went beyond the expectations of a professor.  He is a well-rounded person and a pleasure to be around." The honoree receives a gift and a monetary award.  Drumm, who joined the ASC faculty in 1984, holds an associate's degree in occupational studies from Alfred State College.


Corning downs A-State

Posted Date: Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 14:50

Corning CC got strong pitching performances as they held Alfred State to just one hit in a Region III softball doubleheader sweep, 11-0 & 9-0, on Thursday afternoon.  CCC improves to 21-8 overall and 19-5 in Region III Division III contests while the Lady Pioneers fall to 8-26.

In the opener Megan Myers tossed a five inning no-hitter.  She allowed just two walks while striking out ten Lady Pioneers.  She got all the offense she needed in the 1st when Corning scored six runs. 

Corning scored four in the 2nd and three in the 3rd to take control of game two.  Nikole Poppleton allowed a hit and a walk while striking out eight batters to earn the win.  Sarah Flint (Westmoreland) had the lone Pioneer hit with a double in the 5th inning.

ASC returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Herkimer CCC for a 1 p.m. doubleheader with the Lady Generals.


Freshman Advocate Award

Posted Date: Friday, May 2, 2008 - 05:12

Tomm & TyrellAlfred State College honored more than 250 students for their academic success and honored distinguished faculty members for excellence and commitment at its annual Honors Convocation.  Chosen this year for the Freshman Advocate of the Year Award, presented at the ceremony, and sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, was Debra Tomm, of Alfred Station, a keyboard specialist in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The award is presented to the employee at Alfred State College who had a most positive influence on a student's freshman year at the College.  Tomm was cited by her nominator Katy Mormino, Alfred, liberal arts and sciences: social science, as "a staff member whom students can turn to for assistance, whether it is in regard to an academic concern or a personal problem.

"Starting college was rough for me. First thing to happen was a problem with my schedule. Deb went out of her way to not only correct the problem, but also make sure I was comfortable and had the right courses.

"She also encouraged me to submit my poems to ERGO and now I am on my way to becoming the co-editor of this publication.

"Still to this day, she is always there with an open door to listen to me when I have problems or just to talk."

Announcement of the award was made by Dr. Steven J. Tyrell, vice president for student affairs. 


Honors Convocation Held at ASC

Posted Date: Friday, May 2, 2008 - 06:08

Alfred State College student academic achievement was celebrated April 26 during the 24th annual Honors Convocation.  ASC President Dr. John M. Anderson welcomed the gathered students, families, faculty, and friends and congratulated them on their achievements.

Keynote speaker Robert E. Rees, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Electrical Engineering Technology Department at the College, reminded the group "that honor and the future are what this convocation is all about.

"Receiving an honor such as the ones recognized today raises the expectations of society-society will not let you do great things if you are not honest or ethical," noted Rees in his remarks.  He then advised students to "work hard to improve what you do and always do your best."

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.

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.

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. 

Another facet of the ceremony was the presentation of the State University of New York (SUNY) 2008 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence to winners Justin Cross, Bloomfield, and Jennifer Lorow, Angelica. The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized, for the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, or career achievement. Announcement of the award was made by Dr. Steven J. Tyrell, vice president for student affairs. 

Cross, an architectural technology major, serves as the president of the Alfred State Architecture Club, and president of the Alfred State Chapter of the American Institute of Architectural Students (AIAS).  He is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Tau Alpha Pi national honor societies, the WINS Club, and the Alfred State College Honors Program.  Cross has also participated in soccer intramurals on both ASC and AU campuses.  The Honeoye Central School graduate is the son of Pamela and Lynden Cross, Bloomfield.

Lorow, a senior in the liberal arts-humanities associate degree curriculum, has served as a student ambassador and head tour guide for the ASC Admissions Office; as co-editor of Ergo, the student literary magazine; as contributing writer to the student newspaper Tor-Echo; and is a member of the International Club.  She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and a recipient of the Eleanor Graves Memorial Scholarship, which is given to an outstanding student in the School of Arts and Sciences, as exemplified by character, citizenship, involvement in college community activities, and scholarship.

The Genesee Valley Central School graduate (who also attended Marathon High School in the Florida Keys, and Titusville High School in Titusville, FL), is the daughter of Michael Lorow, Angelica, and Lou Ann Thurston, Titusville.  She is the granddaughter of Betty Whitehouse, Titusville.

Additionally, Tyrell presented the Freshman Advocate Award, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, which is given to the employee at Alfred State who had a most positive influence on a student's freshman year at the College. This year's winner, Debra Tomm, keyboard specialist, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, was cited by her nominator Katy Mormino, Alfred, liberal arts and sciences: social science, as "a staff member whom students can turn to for assistance, whether it is in regard to an academic concern or a personal problem."

The recipient of the first Dr. Khalid Ashraf Memorial Annual Award, established in memory of Dr. Khalid Ashraf, was presented to Meredith Perrin, Belfast, liberal arts and sciences: social science by Ashraf's widow Mary and their daughter Courtney.  Ashraf, a native of Pakistan who joined the Alfred State faculty in 1973 after completing his doctoral program at Cornell University, was killed in an accident in June 2007.  The award is based on factors such as financial need, good academic standing, and the completion of at least 24 hours in the program. 

President Anderson & KollerNew to the ceremony this year was the awarding of an honorary doctor of science degree to Dr. James Koller, Rochester, awarded in recognition of his service to and support of Alfred State College throughout the past 20+ years.

Koller's involvement with Alfred State College began in 1981 when then-NYS Gov. Hugh Carey 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. and 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).  He also served 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.

Anderson noted: "Mr. Koller, by virtue of the authority vested in me, the faculty of the State University of New York through its College of Technology at Alfred concurring, I confer upon you the degree, doctor of science, honoris causa, and invest you with all the rights and privileges pertaining thereunto.  In token, thereof, I hand you the diploma and direct that you be vested with the hood appropriate to your degree," whereupon Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, ASC provost and vice president for academic affairs, placed the doctoral hood over Koller's shoulders.

Koller then went on to remark that it was the dedication to the college that he witnessed over the years from the faculty, staff, students, and volunteers, that kept him involved with Alfred State.

"Anything I could do to help would be energy well spent," he noted.

Stage Party for HonorsPictured here, members of the stage party prepare for the ceremony:   Jeffrey Stevens, who gave the benediction; Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, provost and vice president for academic affairs, who presided over the ceremony; Dr. James Koller, honorary degree recipient; Dr. John M Anderson, Alfred State College president; Robert E. Rees, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Electrical Engineering Technology Department, who gave the keynote address; and Lawrence ("Ed") Burns, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, and longest-tenured faculty member who served as grand marshal.


WNY Counselor Tour Program

Posted Date: Friday, May 2, 2008 - 10:24

WNY CounselorsAlfred State College recently hosted 40 school counselors as part of the annual Western New York Counselor Tour Program, under the auspices of the WNY Consortium of Higher Education, where participants spend three days visiting various regional college campuses to become better acquainted with campus programs and facilities, as well as receive updates on the latest upgrades and curriculums.  Alfred State's program featured a tour of the Applied Technology Campus in Wellsville, as well as visits to the machine tool, digital media and animation, and veterinary technology program areas.  New this year was a 15-minute student panel during which counselors were able to question current ASC students about a variety of topics such as student life and activities as well as academic programs.  The counselors were treated to a breakfast reception where they were welcomed by ASC President Dr. John M. Anderson. 


Saints Rally to Down A-State

Posted Date: Friday, May 2, 2008 - 15:47

The Mercyhurst North East baseball team scored three runs in the top of the 9th inning to rally for a 4-3 victory over Alfred State in a Region III Division II Tournament contest.  The Pioneers fall to 23-14-1 on the year and will now face a must win contest versus #1 seed Monroe CC on Saturday afternoon beginning at Noon.

Alfred State got on the board in the 1st inning when Yordis Veras (Newtown) walked, stole second, advanced to third when the catcher's throw went to centerfield, and scored when the ball rolled passed the centerfielder.  Derek Speaker (Starpoint) made it 2-0 in the 4th inning when he singled home Bruno Saraceno (Binghamton) who had led the inning off with a single.  Adalberto Vargas (Norman Thomas) drove in Kevin Underhill (Somers) with a fielders choice to make it 3-0 in the 5th.

Mercyhurst began its rally in the 8th when Benji Jarabeck doubled home Styles Carver.  In the 9th, Brent Macko drove home Karl Swanson on a ground out to make it 3-2 before the Saints drew two, two-out bases loaded walks to take the lead for good.

Underhill finished 2 for 4 while Speaker was 2 for 5 with an RBI as the Pioneers collected seven hits on the day.  Carver led the Saints with a 4 for 5 day as Mercyhurst finished with 11 hits.

Robert Goeke got the win with two innings of shutout relief of Mike Jackson who allowed two earned runs in seven innings of work.  Craig Kosnikowski (N. Tonawanda) tossed 8.2 innings, scattering 11 hits while walking six and striking out six for the Blue & Gold.

In the other Region III Division II Tournament 1st round contest, Monroe CC downed Mercyhurst North East 10-2.  ASC will take on Monroe CC at Noon on Saturday.  If the Pioneers win they will take on Mercyhurst NE at 4 p.m. in an elimination game. 


Men in 1st, Women 4th after Day One at Regionals

Posted Date: Friday, May 2, 2008 - 15:58

The Alfred State College track and field team had three individual event winners in day one action at the Region III Championships.  The men's team is currently sitting in 1st place out of the seven teams while the women are in 4th.

Reaghan Bulkley (Avoca) won the long jump with a leap of 4.89 m, Nathan Smith (Clymer) won the hammer throw with a mark of 43.30 m, and Dan Fabiny (Wellsville) won the javelin with a toss of 44.47 m.

On the men's side top finishes included, Andy Omoregie (Gates Chili): 2nd in the long jump (6.84 m), Corey Smith (Wallkill): 2nd in the 10,000 m (38.06.3), and Broncho Rollins (Ithaca): 4th in the Javelin.

The men's 4 x 800 relay team of Brian Zintel (Letchworth), Zak Williamson (Rocky Point), Michael Kaplan (Tri-Valley), and Hector Cuero (Middletown) ran a 8:11.1 to earn 3rd place.

On the women's side top finishes included, Rachel Shellman (Honeoye Falls Lima): 3rd in the 10,000 m (47:43.1) and Emily Fields (Red Creek): 3rd in the hammer throw (27.75 m).

The men's team has 50 points after the first six events followed by SUNY Cobleskill (47), SUNY Delhi (43), Erie CC (20), Herkimer CCC (12), Mohawk Valley CC (8), and Finger Lakes CC (4).

On the women's side Herkimer CCC leads with 53 points followed by SUNY Cobleskill (40), Mohawk Valley CC (38), Alfred State (25), Erie CC (15), Finger Lakes CC (10), and SUNY Delhi (5).

Action continues tomorrow at Alfred State with field events beginning at 10 a.m. and track events starting at 11:30 a.m.


Lady Pioneers fall at Herkimer

Posted Date: Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 15:02

The Alfred State College softball team had its chances in game two of a doubleheader at Herkimer CCC but were unable to captiatlize and fell 4-2 after dropping the opener 11-4.  The Lady Pioneers are now 8-28 on the year heading into their season finale on Sunday afternoon.

Bridget Bachert (Horseheads) had a solid day finished 4 for 6 with 2 runs scored while Sarah Flint (Westmoreland) was 1 for 2 with 2 RBI in the nightcap.  In the nightcap, Becky Simpson (Campbell Savona) allowed two earned runs in six innings of work.

ASC finishes off their season on Sunday with a 3 p.m. doubleheader versus Alfred University JV.


Pioneers season comes to end after heartbreaking loss

Posted Date: Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 15:18

Monroe CC scored two runs in the bottom of the 9th to erase a one-run deficit and win 8-7 over Alfred State in a Region III Division II Tournament contest.  With the loss the Pioneers season comes to an end with a 23-15-1 record while the Tribunes are one win from the Regional title.

Alfred led 7-6 heading into the 9th when Matt McGovern singled to lead off.  He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and then scored on a throwing error.  With Jeff Osler on second, Pat Corrigan delivered a pinch hit game-winning single to end the game.

Alfred State jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the 2nd inning keyed by a three-run Derek Speaker (Starpoint) homer.  Monroe then bounced back and scored the next six runs on three-run 3rd and 5th innings. 

In the 6th, Kelvin Espinosa (George Washington) drove in Yordis Veras (Newtown) with a RBI ground out to cut the lead to 6-5.  ASC regained the lead in the 7th when Craig Kosnikowski (N. Tonawanda) and Bruno Saraceno (Binghamton) scored on an error.

Veras finished the day 3 for 3 with 2 runs scored while Speaker was 2 for 5 with 3 RBI including his first career homer.  In total, the Pioneers collected 10 hits.

McGovern led Monroe with a 4 for 4 day while Cory Brownstein was 2 for 5 with a two run homer.  Steve Muoio also collected two of the Tribunes 13 hits.

Josh Michalko got the win with 2.1 innings of one hit relief while Andrew Foster (Clarkson, ONT) took the loss.  Foster tossed 3.1 innings of relief and allowed just one earned run and three hits.

The Pioneers finish the 2007-08 season with a combined fall and spring record of 33-21-1 


Lady Pioneers finish 5th at Outdoor Regionals

Posted Date: Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 15:32

The Alfred State College women's outdoor track and field team finished 5th at the Region III Championships held at Alfred State College this weekend.  The Lady Pioneers scored 92 points during the two day event.

Najia McGee (Rochester/Edison) paced the women's team with two individual titles and helped bring home a relay title.  McGee won the 100 in 12.79 and the 200 in 26.20.  She was also part of the winning 4 x 100 relay team that won in 50.46.  Joining McGee in the relay was Reaghan Bulkley (Avoca), Caitlyn Peterson (Wayne), and Callie Ayers (Letchworth).

Ayers finished 2nd in the 800 (2:28.93), Heather Sears (Letchworth) finished 2nd in the pole vault (2.35 m), and Peterson finished 4th in the 100 (13.50) and 5th in the 200 (27.61).  Emily Fields (Red Creek) earned 3rd in the discus (27.06 m) and 6th in the shot put (8.32 m).

Herkimer CCC won the women's team title with 163.5 points.  They were followed by Mohawk Valley (115), Cobleskill (108), Finger Lakes CC (101), ASC (92), Erie CC (66), and Delhi (30.5).

The Lady Pioneers now shift their focus to the NJCAA Division III National Championships which begin on Thursday at SUNY Delhi.


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