The Alfred State College athletic department has announced a few changes to the 2009 portion of the basketball schedules.
1/17 vs. JCC-Olean has been moved to a 1 p.m. start
2/1 vs. Medaille College JV will be played at 12:30 p.m.
2/2 vs. Ithaca College JV will be played at 7 p.m.
2/12 @ JCC-Olean has been moved to a 7 p.m. start
1/17 vs. JCC-Olean has been cancelled
2/12 vs. JCC-Olean has been cancelled
Recently, Alfred State College National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) adviser Allison Keddie and a group of five ASC students attended the NEACURH (National Affiliation of College and University Residence Halls) Regional Conference at Western New England College. While at the conference, the Alfred State NRHH chapter was awarded a NEACURH Scholarship of $250. This scholarship, which is given to only a few schools per year, was quite an honor for ASC as it has been a member of NRHH for just under a year.
"Obviously, Allison and NRHH chapter president Tom Lubitz (Walden, architectural technology) have made great strides this year in making our NRHH chapter an exemplary model of what a brand new organization should strive to accomplish," notes Paul Posener, director, Residential Life at ASC.
In order to qualify for the scholarship, ASC's NRHH chapter needed to apply, explaining how the funding might be used by the local chapter. "Without additional funding, the ASC chapter of NRHH is finding it difficult to sponsor events and broaden our membership," wrote Lubitz in the application.
"Most of our current budget has been used [sic] to send some of our members to the upcoming [sic] NEACURH Conference at Western New England College."
Additionally, Lubitz wrote, "We have been successful with the programs that we have been able to provide to our campus even with a very limited budget. On Oct. 31, 2008, we hosted a Halloween party for some of the elementary students at the local school, as they don't have a very large town to trick or treat in. We organized games, created large coloring pages for kids, and had fun just hanging out and getting to know the students. Another event we sponsored last semester was "Recognize a Friend with a Letter Day," during which we provided supplies to students to enable them to write letters to other students and faculty members to let them know how much they were appreciated-an appropriate activity on Valentine's Day! All together about 200 letters were written within a three-hour period to create an opportunity for everyone to have fun and use their creativity in writing that letter.
"This scholarship would be very helpful to our organization because we would use it to help fund our conference trips. We are a newly affiliated college within NEACURH and would like to grow within our community as well as yours but with the limited budget that we have, it is a struggle for us to start this up and grow."
"Because our affiliation with NRHH began midway through the academic year, we had no way to be included in the budget planning process. When we attended our first NRHH conference at SUNY Geneseo, we sent four delegates who each paid $20 themselves to attend the conference. The ASC vice president of student affairs paid the remaining costs as a one-time show of support for the group. We would like to involve ourselves in the Monthly Moose Calling so we can begin communication with other local campuses. We would also like to become a more active part of the NEACURH community and to grow larger and more prominent within our region."
According to its Web site, the National Residence Hall Honorary "is the only nationwide organization that exclusively recognizes leaders in the residence halls; it is also considered the recognition branch of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), Inc. The opportunity to have a chapter is a service of NACURH, Inc. designed to give local, regional, and national recognition to students making outstanding contributions to their campus and residence halls. NACURH firmly believes in the value of student involvement in residence hall life through community service, community building, advocacy, and educational programming.
"Realizing the value of participation, leaders have contributed vast amounts of their personal time in an effort to make their own college experiences more meaningful to them. This effort not only benefits them, it benefits their campus and entire residence hall system at their school as well. NRHH exists to honor these leaders. That is the fundamental purpose of an NRHH Chapter.
"Even though the main purpose of having an NRHH chapter on campus is to honor outstanding leaders, some chapters choose to take the process one step further. Many chapters sponsor on-campus leadership workshops and/or speakers, co-sponsor programs with the Residence Hall Association, serve on housing committees, and establish residence hall leadership awards or scholarships. Chapters can be as active as their members deem appropriate.
"Membership in chapters is limited to one percent of the school's residence hall population, or 20 members, whichever is greater. NRHH is a very select group of leaders thus being selected into the membership is an honor in which one can take a great amount of pride in."
The Civic Engagement and Activism Headquarters at Alfred State College conducted a food drive prior to Christmas during which the members collected four large boxes of food from the students of Alfred State College. The food was donated to Turning Point Food Pantry on Dec. 23. The Civic Engagement and Activism Headquarters, also known as CEAH, is in its first year of existence at Alfred State College. Its mission is to provide opportunities for Alfred State students to actively engage with the community of Alfred. CEAH is responsible for providing community service projects and activism opportunities for the students and community members of the Village of Alfred. CEAH is operated through the Student Activities office and coordinated by a student leader. Elizabeth Elliot, the student coordinator, is a graduating senior in the Building Trades Department of the College's Wellsville campus.
Despite a grim fiscal outlook, not only for Alfred State College, but for all of New York State, Dr. John M. Anderson, president, ASC, was cautiously optimistic as he welcomed faculty and staff back to campus just prior to the start of the spring 2009 academic semester. "Despite the cuts SUNY (State University of New York) has been subject to in the Governor's efforts to close the budget gap, Alfred State finds itself in a stable position for the upcoming semester," Anderson reported. However, he also noted that, "in spite of the unprecedented move of the SUNY Board of Trustees raising tuition for the spring 2009 semester by $310 and for the following year by $610," it would not help balance the school's budget. "Unfortunately," he said, "the Governor has decided to keep 90 percent of this semester's tuition hike for the state, allowing SUNY schools to keep only 10 percent of the increase. "This," he said, "will make it more difficult for the college to meet operating expenses next year. Whereas, if we are able to keep the entire tuition raise, we would have recovered from the $1.2M in cuts we have already sustained," and perhaps, weather more easily any cuts yet to come. But, he said, there are actions the college community could take to help minimize the impact of any additional cuts. "First and foremost, we must adhere to our strategic plan which will guide us in determining where our resources will be most useful and keep us in the forefront of technological colleges." Secondly, Anderson said he wants to avoid, if at all possible, any reduction in work force at the college. Third, all new programs/hires will be carefully scrutinized to determine if they promote any of the strategic plan's four R's: recruitment, reputation, revenue, and retention. Additionally, vice presidents have been asked to decrease their budgets (other than personnel) by five percent and find ways to increase efficiencies in their respective areas. Most of all, Anderson exhorted the campus community to become advocates for the college by writing, e-mailing, or calling their legislators to encourage them to convince the Governor to allow SUNY to keep 100 percent of the tuition increase. "We have many challenges and opportunities before us," Anderson noted, and "I am confident we can succeed if we remain focused on the long-term goals and remain committed to our mission of providing our students with the world-class education they have come to expect."
The Alfred State College women's basketball team opened up the 2009 portion of their season with a 64-42 victory over Elmira JV on Wednesday evening. The Lady Pioneers improve to 5-7 on the year.
Brittney Brooks (Elmira Free) led ASC with 18 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. Shawna McNeil (Hornell) added a career high 14 poitns and nine boards while Megan Coates (Nazareth) chipped in 10 points. Gina Moss (Buffalo/Hutch Tech) finished with nine points.
Alison Shultes recorded a double double with 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead Elmira while Jenna Lamb finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.
ASC shot 39.4% (24 for 66) on the game while Elmira shot just 24.3% (17 for 70).
The Lady Pioneers return to WNYAC play on Tuesday when they host Niagara CCC. Opening tip is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (This Saturday's scheduled contest vs. JCC-Olean has been cancelled - the men's contest will now be played at 1 p.m.)
The Alfred State College men's basketball team shot 50.9% (28 for 55) from the field as the opened up 2009 with a 71-44 victory over JCC-Olean on Saturday. ASC evens up their record at 7-7 (1-1 WNYAC).
Neil Wilson (Fort Worth, TX) was 10 for 12 from the field (4 for 6 from three) and led the Pioneers with 26 points. Travis Brannen (Elmira Free) also had a big game finishing with 20 points, 16 rebounds, and seven blocks. Idris Alaka (Brooklyn/Park West) chipped in nine points while Chris Lorenzo (Syracuse/Corcoran) scored seven points, passed out seven assists, and was credited with 10 steals.
Olean was led by Derek Leeblanc's 14 points off the bench while Andy Evans finished with seven points and eight boards.
The Pioneers return to action on Tuesday when they host Niagara CCC at 7:30 p.m. in another WNYAC contest.
The Alfred State College wrestling team finished 16th out of 18 teams at the annual New York State Championships this weekend at SUNY Oswego. The Pioneers scored five points in the event that features wrestlers from every New York school that sponsors a wrestling program (NJCAA, NCAA Division I and NCAA Division III).
Dan Steiger (Miller Place) and Dan Dwyer (Lafayette) each earned victories in the tournament.
The Pioneers have 10 days off before returning to the mats on January 28 when they travel to Jamestown CC for a 7 p.m. WNYAC match-up with the Jayhawks.
Dan Reynolds (Wayland Cohocton) won the pole vault as the Alfred State College indoor track & field team opened up the 2009 season at the RIT Invitational.
Reynolds qualified for the NJCAA National Championships (March 6-7 @ Texas Tech) while winning the pole vault with a leap of 4.40 m. Teammate Alex Curran (Williamson) finished 4th in the event with a vault of 4.10.
Athletes qualifiying for the Region III Championships included:
The Pioneers return to action next Saturday when they travel to SUNY Fredonia to compete in the annual Mary Phillips Invitational. Events are set to begin at 11 a.m.
The Alfred State College men's swim team won the team title as they opened up 2009 at the Erie CC Invitational. The women's team finished 4th.
Aaron Mychack (Lansing) and Brett Kozlowski (N. Tonawanda) won three individuals events each. Mycack won the 50 free (23.47), the 100 free (52.09), and the 200 butterfly (2:21.13) while Kozlowski won the the 400 IM (4:46.98), the 200 backstroke (2:22.75), and the 200 breaststroke (2:29.08).
Kevin Minderlein (Mullica Hill, NJ) was a double-winner. He won the 1650 free (20:40.49) and the 500 free (5:57.26) while Phillip Valenta (Maine Endwell) won the 200 free (2:05.47) and was 2nd in the 200 backstroke (2:27.55)
The 800 free relay team of Austin Ingerick (Canandaigua), Josiah Halbohm (Bemus Point), Cory Roberts, and Minderlein won in a time of 9:06.29 while the 400 medley relay team of Valenta, Nathan Forrest (Royalton Hartland), Mychack, and Kozlowski won with a time of 4:05.51.
On the women's side, Jessica Chan (New Hyde Park) was 2nd in the 100 free (1:02.48) and 3rd in the 400 IM (5:41.74) while Heather Sears (Letchworth) was 5th in the 100 free (1:06.67) and 8th in the 50 free (30.21).
The men scored 437 points on the day, 158 points ahead of 2nd place Herkime CCC. The women scored 58 points.
The Pioneers are back in action next Saturday when they travel to the SUNY Delhi Invitational. Action is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Alfred State women's basketball team raced out to a 43-20 halftime lead and held on for a 70-58 victory over Niagara CCC. The Lady Pioneers improve to 6-7 on the year and 1-1 in WNYAC play.
Brittney Brooks (Elmira Free) led four Lady Pioneers in double-figures. Brooks finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists. Kristin Abbott (Webster Thomas) had a double-double with 15 points and 13 boards, Sherelle Brooks (Elmira Free) chipped in 12 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists, and Gina Moss (Buffalo/Hutch Tech) finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Margo Pagano led the Trailblazers with 19 points and 12 rebounds while Jeanette Dumais chipped in 15 points and 11 boards. Arlene Andrade finished in double figures with 10 points while Kari Seabert led all players with 14 boards.
Alfred State shot 33.3% (30 for 90) from the field 40% (4 for 10) from three but just 27.3% (6 for 22) from the foul line while NCCC shot 29.7% (22 for 74) and 50% (14 for 28) from the foul line. The Pioneers grabbed 68 rebounds (32 offensive) while the Blazers had 60 (22 offensive).
ASC returns to action on Thursday when they travel to Jamestown CC for a 5:30 p.m. contest with the Jayhawks.