March 2009

Four Swimmers Earn All-Region

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 05:11

Four members of the Alfred State College men's swimming team earned All-Region honors based on their performance at the Region III/Northeast Districts.  Aaron Mychack (Lansing), Brett Kozlowski (N. Tonawanda), Phillip Valenta (Maine Endwell), and Cory Roberts (Marcus Whitman) were honored.

Mychack earned All-Region in three events.  He earned 1st team in the 100 fly by winning the event in 55.14.  He was named 2nd team after finishing 2nd in the 50 free (23.12) and the 100 free (49.77).

Kozlowski earned 2nd team All-Region honors in three events.  He swam the 400 IM in 4:29.42, the 200 breast in 2:23.02, and the 1650 free in 17:51.48.

Valenta was a 2nd team honoree in two events for finishing the 100 back in 1:01.05 and the 200 back in 2:12.19.  Roberts was 2nd in the 200 fly finishing in 2:18.42 to earn 2nd team honors.

Mychack, Kozlowski, Valenta, and Roberts helped lead the Pioneers to a runner-up finish at Regional/Districts.  The group will also lead the Pioners into competition this week at the NJCAA National Championships at Erie CC's City Campus.  Action is scheduled to begin on Wednesday evening and run until Saturday evening.  The Pioneer men are the defending non-scholarship champions.

Follow the action at Nationals at:

Bake at the Lake

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 06:24

Homecoming/Family Weekend 2008 was such a success with the addition of the new Alfred State College athletic complex, the Alumni Association Board has decided to join the festivities and incorporate activities from Bake at the Lake during Homecoming/Family Weekend 2009.  In lieu of hosting Bake at the Lake 2009, resources, time, and energy will be spent planning an alumni program during Homecoming/Family Weekend scheduled for Friday - Sunday, Sept. 25 - 27. We are currently in the planning stages and are looking forward to a very exciting weekend. Mark your calendar now and please watch for your invitation to Homecoming/Family Weekend 2009. Information will also be posted on the events page as it becomes available.

Six Indoor Tracksters Earn All-Region Honors

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 06:37

Six members of the Alfred State College indoor track and field team have earned All-Region honors based on winning their events at the Region III Championships.  The men's team won the program's third straight indoor championship while the women finished third.

Wenley Louis (West Irondequoit) and David Gross (Brockport) were named All-Region in two events.  Louis won the triple jump with a leap of 13.72 m and the long jump with a mark of 6.92 m.  Gross won the shot put with a toss of 15.21 m and the weight throw with a mark of 15.24.

Schuyler Duross (Johnstown) won the heptathlon with 4,132 points, Dan Reynolds (Wayland Cohocton) won the pole vault with a leap of 4.27 m, and Brian Zintel (Letchworth) won the 800 m in 2:06.24.

On the women's side Reaghan Bulkley (Avoca) earned All-Region by winning the long jump with a leap of 4.38 m.

Louis, Gross, Duross, and Reynolds will represent Alfred State in this weekend's NJCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.  Follow the action at:

ASC’s Green Named Among the Top 10 in HIM

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 04:43

Michelle GreenMichelle Green, MPS, RHIA, FAHIMA (NY), CMA (AAMA), CPC,  PCS, SUNY (State University of New York) Distinguished Teaching Professor, Physical and Life Sciences Department, Alfred State College, was named among the Top 10 in HIM (health information management), as published in the Advance for Health Information Professionals newsmagazine.

Green's attraction to the field began when she was 16 and sent away for a book called 200 Careers in the Health Field. The only one that did not require patient contact was medical record science, and Green's mind was made up--she'd head to Alfred State College (it had dorms, and she wanted to live away from home) to study HIM.

After graduation, Green worked as HIM director in a couple of hospitals, then, in 1984, Alfred State inquired to see if she would be interested in teaching at her alma mater. She accepted, and now Green is part of a successful HIT program. In five of the last eight years, the program has had a 100 percent pass rate for the registered health information technician (RHIT) exam.

A few years ago, the program went from traditional to online, and Green easily made the transition, with one caveat. She admitted that she missed being in front of her students. "I have to admit that I am a bit of an actor, I guess," Green said. "I'm kind of a ham."

Other than that, though, online teaching was a natural switch. Green, who has written several books for Delmar Cengage Learning, knew she could not bring her far-flung students on campus for a formal RHIT review course. Instead, she brought the review to them, designing RHIT ExamPrep, a program that her students could access online.

"Every time they click on a practice exam in one of the domains, they get a new set of questions," Green explained.

To view an abbreviated version of an interview with Professor Green, and listen to an auditory vignette about her teaching philosophy, go to

Green, a member of the Alfred State College faculty since 1984, teaches courses online in health information technology and coding and reimbursement specialist and serves as academic adviser.

She attained the ranks of assistant, associate, and full professor in 1988, 1993, and 1999, respectively.  In 2004, she was honored with the SUNY Distinguished Professor designation.

In 2008, Green received the 2008 FORE Triumph Educator Award from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), which honors those who demonstrate excellence in preparing the next generation of professionals for their HIM (health information management) careers. 

In 2000, Green was honored with the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, receiving a cast bronze medallion, suitable to be worn at academic ceremonies, and an inscribed certificate.

Green is the co-author of Understanding Health Insurance: A Guide to Billing and Reimbursement with JoAnn C. Rowell, Essentials of Health Information Management with Mary Jo Bowie, and author of 3-2-1 Code It!

Green was selected as an Outstanding Young Woman of America for 1997; she was also named to Who's Who among America's Teachers, 1994 and 2000.

Green holds a master of professional studies degree from Alfred University, a bachelor of science degree from Daemen College, Buffalo, and an associate's degree in applied science from Alfred State College.  She serves on the Commission of Certification for the American York Health Information Management Association.

A graduate of Elmira Free Academy, Green resides in Belmont with her husband Michael and son Eric.

Alfred State College, a member of the technology college sector within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, offers outstanding educational opportunities for students in its nearly 60 associate degree programs, 17 baccalaureate degree programs, and several certificate programs. ASC continues to expand its online education offerings to include more than 56 online courses as well as two complete curriculum options (health information technology and court and realtime reporting). Numerous vocational-technical offerings stressing hands-on learning are available at the School of Applied Technology Campus located in nearby Wellsville, NY. The College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and several programs are also accredited or approved by program-specific professional organizations. Academic programs, residential facilities, and co-curricular activities are provided to meet the educational, cultural, social, and recreational needs of students. The College is located in Alfred, NY, a scenic village in Allegany County. It is 15 miles north of the Pennsylvania border, 70 miles south of Rochester, and 90 miles southeast of Buffalo.

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Brooks Named Player of the Year

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 04:59

Brittney Brooks Uses PickAlfred State College sophomore Brittney Brooks (Elmira Free) has been named the Region III Division II Player of the Year.  Her teammate and cousin Sherelle Brooks (Elmira Free) was also honored with a honorable All-Region selection.  Brittney Brooks becomes the second straight Lady Pioneer to earn the player of the year honor (Anthia Smith - 2008).

Brittney Brooks, a transfer from Daemen College, led the region with a 19.0 point per game average.  Her 455 points ranks her 7th all-time in a single season in the Alfred State record book.  She also grabbed a team high 210 rebounds (8.8 per game), passed out 64 assists, and was credited with 51 steals and 25 blocks.

On the year, Brooks had nine double-doubles, three games in which she scored 30 or more points, 11 games in which she scored 20 or more points, and was held under ten points in just two of the Lady Pioneers 24 games.  Her season best outing came versus Erie CC when she netted 33 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and was credited with four assists and steals. 

Sherelle Brooks ran the point all season for the Lady Pioneers.  She finished the season with 130 assists (5.4 per game) which ranks her 6th all-time in in a single season at Alfred State.  Brooks also scored 206 points (8.6 per game), grabbed 133 rebounds (5.5 per game), and came up with 39 steals (1.6 per game).

For the year, Brooks recorded double-doubles in two games.  In eight games she scored in double figures, in four games she grabbed more than 10 rebounds, and in three games she reached double-digits in assists.  She scored a season high 27 points early in the season in a victory at Corning CC and ended the season with a season high 12 assists in the Region III Division II first round tournament game versus Erie CC.

Sherelle Brooks finishes her two-years at Alfred State with 316 points, 253 assists, 251 rebounds, and 73 steals in 48 games.

Foley, Brannen, and Wilson Named All-Region

Posted Date: Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 09:54

Dan Foley (Irondequoit), Travis Brannen (Elmira Free), and Neil Wilson (Ft. Worth, TX) were recently named to the All-Region III Division II team.  The trio helped the Pioneers to a 17-14 mark and a trip to the regional final four.

Foley was a first team selection after a solid all-around season.  He scored 401 points (13.8 per game), grabbed 307 rebounds (10.6 per game), passed out 151 assists (5.2 per game), was credited with 50 steals, and 34 blocks.  He finished the season with 13 double-doubles and two triple-doubles.

Foley scored a season high 23 points versus Finger Lakes, grabbed a season high 19 rebounds versus Medaille JV, and passed out a season high 12 assists versus Medaille.

Brannen, a second team selection, was a force down low for the Pioneers.  He scored a team high 458 points in 29 games (15.8 average).  He also grabbed 259 rebounds (8.9 per game) and registered 86 blocks (3 per game).  He was also credited with 51 assists and 24 steals.  Brannen recorded double-doubles in nine games and scored in double figures in 25 of the 29 games he played in, including 17 of the teams 18 games in 2009.

Brannen had a season high 42 points on 19 for 26 shooting and grabbed a season high 17 rebounds in a road victory at Mercyhurst North East.

Wilson earned an honorable mention selection after averaging 14.7 points per game (457 total), 3.5 rebounds (109 total), and 2.3 assists (71 total).  He led the team with 55 made three-pointers (shooting 40.4%).  He recorded double-digits in scoring in 22 games and scored 20 or more in nine games.

Wilson recorded a season high 30 points in the Pioneers Region III Division II tournament first round win at Jamestown CC.  In that game he was 8 for 10 from three.

Foley and Brannen will move on to NCAA competition next season while Wilson is expected to anchor the 2009-10 squad.

Pioneer Swimmers 7th at Nationals

Posted Date: Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 16:19

The Alfred State College men's swimming team sits in 7th place after the first two days of competition at the NJCAA National Championships.  The Pioneers picked up 72 points after the first two days.

The Pioneers have earned all 72 of their points in relay competition.  In the 800 free relay the Pioneers team of Brett Kozlowski (N. Tonawanda), Kevin Minderlein (Mullica Hill, NJ), Phillip Valenta (Maine Endwell), and Aaron Mychack (Lansing), placed 6th with a swim of 7:39.86.

The same four Pioneers combined to earn 7th place in the 400 medley relay (3:52.42).

In the 200 free relay ASC's team of Valenta, Brett Au (N. Tonawanda), Kozlowski, and Mychack finished 6th (1:32.58).

Indian River (FL) CC leads with 363 points.  ASC trails 5th place Iowa Central CC by 23 points and 6th place Ocean (NJ) CC by 13 points.                               

Action continues Friday at 10 a.m. and runs all the way till Saturday at the Flickenger Center in downtown Buffalo.

ASC Drama Club to Present Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Posted Date: Friday, March 6, 2009 - 10:18

Alfred State College's student drama club will present the play Picasso at the Lapin Agile, written by Steve Martin, Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m. (a dinner performance at the Lake Lodge), Saturday, April 4, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 5, at 2:30 p.m. at the Orvis Activities Center Auditorium.  Admission to the play is $3 for ASC and AU students and senior citizens; $5 for the general public.  Dinner theater admission will be $17 for ASC and AU students (or two ASC meal swipes + $3) and $19 for the general public.  Menu items that night will include choice of chicken French or salmon with dill sauce, pasta primavera, orange herb rice, mixed vegetables, and assorted desserts.

Tickets are on sale at the Orvis Activities Center and the Pioneer Center Bookstore on Alfred State College campus, and at Student Activities in the Powell Center at Alfred University.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a fantasy in which Picasso and Einstein and others meet in 1904 Paris at the Lapin Agile (Nimble Rabbit), a dive of a bar at a time when both men are on the verge of an amazing idea (Einstein is just about ready to submit his first paper on relativity for publication in 1905 and Picasso is ready to enter his Rose Period, painting Les Demoiselles d'Avignon in 1907). 

The two brilliant minds meet amidst regular patrons of the bar and have a lengthy debate about the value of genius and talent while interacting with a host of other characters.  Hilarity ensues, with Steve Martin's humor ranging from the subtle and sophisticated to the absurdly outrageous. 

This play may be considered PG-13 because of language.

Cast members include Freddy, the owner and bartender of the Lapin Agile, played by Jon Butts, Rochester, mechanical engineering technology; Gaston, an older man, played by Schnaider Polynice, NYC, liberal arts and sciences: humanities; Albert Einstein, age 25, played by Matt Brumagin, Angola, construction management engineering technology; Germaine, waitress and Freddy's girlfriend, played by Deirdre Keating, Rochester, digital media and animation; Suzanne/Countess, played by Autumn Kaiser, Grand Island, business administration; Sagot, Picasso's art dealer, played by Jeremy Mieczkowski, Durhamville, architectural technology; Pablo Picasso, age 23, played by Seth Kramer, South Lima, culinary arts; Charles Dabernow Schmendiman, a young man, played by Doug Draper, Millerton, PA, architectural engineering technology; a female admirer, played by Katy Mormino, Alfred, liberal arts and sciences: social science; and a visitor, played by Justin Stark, Fort Ann, liberal arts and sciences: humanities.

Production assistants include Mormino, costume and prop design; Ashley Knights, Dansville, court and realtime reporting, assistant to costume/prop designer; Derek Muscato, Angola, mechanical design engineering technology, stage manager; and Draper, assistant stage manager.

For more information, call ASC Student Activities at (607) 587-4075.

Hinkle Memorial Library Gallery to Host 12 Artists

Posted Date: Friday, March 6, 2009 - 10:46

Art by Amanda OglesbeeAlfred State College's Hinkle Memorial Library Gallery will host 12 local women artists, originally from Germany; Northfield, IL; Lower Merion, PA; Bala Cynwyd, PA; Arkport; Charlotte, NC; Tennessee, Ohio, and other areas of the United States, who have converged in the Southern Tier and call it home. Nine of the 12 have worked together, drawing and critiquing each other's work for many years.  Many studied under Katherine Nelson in her Hartsville home, gathering for art, support, and tea.

Pat Parry, Wanda Dean, Glenna Elder, Nora Zinner, Betsy Shults, Sandra Berry, Carlyn Yanda, Hanna Juekoff, Jackie Pancari, Hope Zaccagni, Amanda Oglesbee, and Barb Elsenheimer are converging at Alfred State College's Hinkle Memorial Library Gallery to exhibit their works through Friday, March 27.

The unseen energy and support present in this show is representative of the dynamic undercurrent of the quiet rural setting known as the Southern Tier.  It is a resource strong and continuous.  This show is a celebration of life, friendship, support, and the thread that sustains and unites us - art.

The exhibit will be available during regular library hours: Mondays - Thursdays 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 1 to 7 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 11 p.m.

Open House - Saturday, March 28

Posted Date: Friday, March 6, 2009 - 11:00

The Admissions Office at Alfred State College announces an Open House program, Saturday, March 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Orvis Activities Center on the Alfred campus.

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 and Services) the campus food service/vending provider, Admissions, Athletics, Residential Life, Student Activities, the Center for Community Education and Training, Information Technology, Counseling Services, Career Development, Financial Aid, the Honors Program, and the Learning Center 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 our Open House page.