Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson, (second from right), ASC Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Steven J. Tyrell, (right), and Dr. Shaojie Jiang, ASC director, International Education, (far left) welcomed Lin Zhongdong and Ma Xiaochuan (l-r) to the college as they begin their year-long stay as part of SUNY's (State University of New York) China 150 program, which has welcomed 150 Chinese students to 22 SUNY schools, allowing them to continue their studies which were interrupted by an earthquake in Sichuan province in May. The students, primarily sophomores and juniors, arrived in the United States earlier this month, and will study for two semesters as full-time students at SUNY state-operated and community college campuses. Each student has committed to return to China upon completion of the program in May/June 2009 and to a period of national service in Sichuan to help with the rebuilding effort. In the Pioneer spirit and tradition that is a part of Alfred State, campus employees assembled welcome baskets and gifts for these two brave young women to help them furnish their rooms, nourish their bodies and their spirits, and prepare them for our Western New York winters. Upon welcoming the new students, Anderson also remarked, "We are happy to have you here at Alfred State College. We want you to feel welcome here, and to become part of the Alfred State family." Following the President's remarks, Dr. Steven J. Tyrell, vice president for Student Affairs, gave the students a brief overview of life at ASC, and presented them with additional gifts. The young women each gave a summary of their experiences during and since the earthquake and expressed their gratitude at this chance to continue their studies. The State University of New York has been involved with educational exchange and research collaborations with China and anticipates that this initiative will increase the connections between New York State and the Sichuan Province, leading to economic, educational, and cultural benefits.
About 800 Alfred State students attended the annual activities carnival on the eve of the first day of classes. Students took a chance at Putt Luck, Pot-O-Luck, Spindrift, and Krazy Rail among other games of skill. Each earned pioneer bucks in order to bid on prizes valued at $2,000 auctioned off at the end of the evening. To help them stay cool in the packed gymnasium, faculty and staff served the participants soda and ice cream with all of the toppings.
Back by popular demand, Travelin Max kept the crowd moving with his acoustic performance, contests, and giveaways which included leis, sunglasses, and maracas. The Travelin Max Show, an audience participation act, helped break the ice as freshmen and returning students mingled on the dance floor and on stage.
The auction, emceed by Travelin Max, included items as small as a sponge, ASC pillow, soap, and hangers. Larger items auctioned off were iPods, office chairs, a surround sound computer system, camcorders, and digital cameras. Upon entry to the event, each student received a ticket for their chance to win the ultimate door prize - a 32-inch VIZIO flat screen television.
Games were manned by volunteers including faculty, staff, and members of: Gamma Theta Gamma, Mu Theta, Pi Rho Zeta, Alpha Beta Chi, Alpha Sigma, Kappa Sigma Epsilon, the intramural sports group, Karate Club, WETD radio station, and the International Club.
Coach Caba is excited about this team. "The returners have stepped up to the challenge of becoming leaders and the chemistry between them and a talented group of freshmen is happening quickly. We feel we have improved every aspect of our team. Most importantly we improved our size up front on both sides of the ball to help us match-up better with our opponents and increased our team speed on defense."
Geoff Hicks (Cheektowaga/Cleveland Hill) moves to quarterback after catching 30 passes for 414 yards and four scores as the team's #2 wide receiver last year. Hicks, 6'5, 215 lbs, will lead an offense that the coaching staff hopes to be more balanced.
Hicks' offensive threats include freshman running back DeAndre Johnson (Detroit, MI/Maidson). Johnson, the Michigan Player of the Year in 2007, is just the third person in Michigan history to rush for 7,000 yards in a career.
Returning slot backs, Jason Brand (Springfield, VA/West Springfield) and Robbie Fagan (Coconut Creek, FL/South Broward) are expected to be key offensive contributors. In 2007, Brand accumulated 547 yards of offense while Fagan had 333 yards.
Josh Griffin (Englewood, NJ/Dwight Morrow) a 6'3, 180 lb. wide receiver has stepped up during camp and has impressed the coaching staff. Nick Perez (Monroe/Monroe-Woodbury) is vying to play on the opposite side.
Returners Ethan Brooks (Dundee/Dundee), Jeff Gamble (Delavan/Pioneer), and Nate Smith (Clymer/Clymer) bring size -Brooks (6-3, 325), Gamble (6-3, 270), and Smith (6-5, 290)- and experience to the offensive line.
On the defensive side, Willie Burnett (Buffalo/McKinley), Dennis Thomas (Bowie, MD/Bowie), Malcolm Solomon (Rochester/Wilson Magnet), and Ike Iloegbu (Brentwood/Ramapo) will give the team great speed and athleticism at the cornerback position. Rod Streator (Burlington, NJ/Burlington Township) returns after missing all last season with an injury and will play safety.
Nate Williams (Cincinnati, OH/Colerain) - 6-3, 245 - and Brendan Walker (Bridgeport, CT/Bridgeport) - 6-0, 240 - give the Pioneers added size at linebacker. Returners, Clifton Krotz (Cattaraugus/Cattaraugus Little Valley) 43 tackles and two sacks, Andy Eichas (Hilton/Hilton) 46 tackles and three fumble recoveries, and Matt Perry (Belle Vernon, PA/Belle Vernon) 20 tackles and one sack also will be key contributors. Freshman Reggie Spence (Dania, FL/Charles W. Flanagan) will also be in the mix.
Bill Drake (Hornell/Hornell) moves to the nose tackle and will team with Arthur Wilson (Detroit, MI/Madison) to plug up the middle. Jerome Williams (W. Palm Beach, FL/John I Leonard) will give us a speed rush on the outside.
The Pioneers schedule features nine games (five at home) with home NFC contests versus Erie CC, Hudson Valley CC, and Nassau CC. The Blue and Gold travel to Dean College and Lackawanna College in conference play. The non-conference schedule features the home opener versus Stevens Tech, road contests with Williamson Trade and Hartwick College JV, and a home contest versus the Niagara X-Men from Ontario, Canada.
A-State opens up the season on September 6th when they host Stevens Tech in what is scheduled to be the first football game played on the college's new field turf facility.
"Playing on the new field on campus is tremendous not only for our program but for the whole college community. We are looking forward to getting out there and showing people an exciting brand of football."
Geoff Hicks (Cheektowaga/Cleveland Hill) moves from wide receiver to quarterback this season for the Alfred State College football team. He recently took time to answer a few questions about the upcoming season for the Pioneers.
What are your personal and team expectations for the upcoming season? My personal expectations for this upcoming season are to be an All-American and transfer to a Division I school. My team expectation is to win the NJCAA championship.
Describe Preseason Camp? Preseason camp was good because it was just the football team on campus for the first week, and we were able to bond as a team, and get to know each other.
How do you feel about being the first football team to play home games on campus? I feel great about it. Somebody on our team is going to be the first to score a touchdown on it and the atmosphere is going to be totally different from having to travel to Hornell for home games.
What is on your iPod? I really only listen to rap, artists such as Styles P, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy. Etc.
If you could have superpowers, what would they be? I would want to be able to fly because I hate to walk, and the ability to be invisible.
Name 3 people, past or present, that you would like to meet? Chad Johnson, Sanah Lathen and Micheal Jordan
List something that people would be surprised to learn about you. I like to have fun and laugh a lot.
What is your dream vacation? To go to Brazil
Favorite toppings on pizza? Cheese and Pepparoni
Favorite food: Any type of BBQ
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite cartoon: Tom and Jerry
Favorite movie: Juice and Above the Rim
Favorite restaurant: Casino Buffet
Favorite off day activity: Pick up Basketball
Jason Durst (Gates Chili) scored the game-winner as the Alfred State College men's soccer team downed SUNY Delhi 2-1 in their season opener. Durst's scored on a header after a corner kick by Justin Handley (Iroquois) during the first overtime session.
After a scoreless first half, SUNY Dehli got on the board first but the Pioneers tied the game and sent the game into overtime on a penalty kick goal by Kevin Arilotta (Churchville Chili).
In net, sophomore Josh Kashuba (Marathon) made seven saves for the Blue and Gold to pick up the victory.
A-State returns to action in day two of the East-West Showdown at Jamestown CC on Sunday when they take on Hudson Valley CC at 11 a.m.
The Alfred State College men's soccer team could not get out of an early hole and fell 3-1 to Hudson Valley CC in day two of the East-West Showdown at Jamestown CC. The Pioneers are now 1-1 on the young season.
Hudson Valley scored two goals in the first half but Alfred rallied with a free kick goal by Caleb Drake (Jasper Troupsburg). ASC had a chance to tie the game but a penalty shot was stopped by the Viking goalie. HVCC added an insurance goal to seal the victory.
Alfred State plays their first home game on Thursday when they host Genesee CC at 4 p.m. The game will mark the first soccer game played on the college's new athletic complex.
The Alfred State College baseball team rallied three times in game two of a non-conference doubleheader to salvage a season opening split with Pennsylvania College of Technology. Penn Tech won the opener 7-1 while A-State won the nightcap 9-8 in eight innings.
Brian Ervay (Elmira Southside) hit a sacrifice fly that scored Derek Speaker (Starpoint) in the bottom of the 8th inning to lift the Pioneers to a game two victory. Paulo Colmenares (San Cristobal, Venezuela) had sent the game into extra innings with a two-out RBI single in the 7th inning. Alfred trailed 5-0 after half an inning, 7-5 heading the bottom of the 6th, and 8-6 heading into the bottom of the 7th.
Karl Kofmel (Ottawa, ONT.) was 2 for 3 while Steve Smith (Hornell) was 2 for 4 with two runs. Speaker was 1 for 3 with four runs scored, Berto Vargas (Norman Thomas) was 1 for 1 with 2 RBI, and Kenny O'Brien (Norwalk, CT) drove home two runs.
Brent Johnson (Penn Yan) allowed one run in two innings of work to pick up the victory.
In the opener, Penn Tech scored two in the 1st and 2nd to jump out to a 4-0 lead. They added an insurance run in the 5th and two more insurance runs in the 7th before the Pioneers got on the board in the 7th on a RBI groundout by O'Brien.
Devin Vasquez (New Paltz) was the lone hitter for A-State with multiple hits finishing 2 for 3. ASC was held to just five singles in the contest.
The Pioneers now shift their focust to Western New York Athletic Conference play next Saturday when they travel to Mercyhurst North East for a 1 p.m. doubleheader with the Saints.