The 10th annual Alfred State College Regional Science and Technology Fair will take place Friday, April 3, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Orvis Activities Center gymnasium on the Alfred campus. Entries from regional junior and senior high school students will be judged in the following categories: agriculture, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, computers, earth sciences, engineering, environmental science, forensic science, health, and medicine. Entries will be divided into junior (grades 7-9), senior (10-12), and novice (up to grade 6) categories.
Each participant will receive a certificate of participation, and individual ribbons will be presented to first, second, and third prize winners in both divisions. School trophies will be awarded to those schools which, in the opinion of the judges, have made the best overall contribution(s) to the Fair in the junior and senior divisions. Cash prizes of $250 (first place), $150 (second place), and $100 (third place) will be awarded in both upper divisions; a grand prize of $500 will also be awarded.
Interested students may e-mail Amy Werner at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the science fair Web page.
Alstom Transportation, Hornell, is sponsoring this year's Science Fair at Alfred State in the amount of $1,500. Additional funding provided by ACES (Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services-the campus dining, vending, and transportation provider), Alfred State Student Senate and Tech Prep.
Senior leadership at Alfred State College has unanimously agreed to forfeit their upcoming raises in order to offset current budget deficits and give back to the College in this difficult financial climate.
"I am pleased that the senior leadership here at the college is taking seriously the need for giving back to the institution," said Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson. "It sets a fine example at Alfred State, and I encourage other faculty and staff to follow their lead."
The funds that would have been used for the raises will be used instead to help offset the shortfall in the adjunct (part-time) faculty budget.
Alfred State College's School of Applied Technology, Wellsville, hosted the 11th annual New York State Postsecondary (college level) SkillsUSA competition in March. Competitions took place in automotive service, CNC milling, carpentry, collision repair technology, commercial baking, computer maintenance technology, cosmetology, culinary, diesel technology, job skills demonstration, masonry, precision machining, residential wiring, technical drafting, and welding.
Participants from Alfred State College, SUNY Delhi, Culinary Institute of America (CIA), and Wilson Technology participated this year. Winners will compete in the National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City June 21-26, 2009. Last year nine participants from Alfred State College, one from Delhi, and two from the Culinary Institute of America competed at Nationals. Six students placed in the top 10 in the nation! Alfred State College had two students taking 5th place in the nation and the two students from the Culinary Institute of America each took home a silver medal. More than 4,500 students from around the country competed in over 87 vocational and leadership skill areas. The competitions are set up and judged by industry representatives.
"The success of our students at this national event is an indication of how strong our programs are and shows off the talents of New York State students," noted Craig R. Clark, NYS Postsecondary SkillsUSA Director.
2009 SkillsUSA Postsecondary Championship Results (top three in order of finish):
In addition to medallions and certificates, winners also received prizes donated by: Abrasive Tool; ACES Campus Store; Anilam Acu-Rite; Canisteo Valley Transportation; The Carriage House Family Salon; Community Bank, NA; Cutco; Culinary Institute of America; Denney Electric; DeWalt; Duggan & Duggan Contractors; Fishers Pharmacy; Flowers, Etc.; Genesee Hardware and Building Supply; The Gleason Works; IBEW Local 910 & NJATC; IBEW Local 241 & Southern Tier NECA; KOS; LaForge Disposal Service, Inc.; LaGra Salon and Day Spa; Alfred State College Institutional Advancement Office; Miller Electric Manufacturing; MSC Industrial Supply; NAPA Auto Parts; North Main Lumber; Northern Lights Candles; Richardson and Stout; Salon Visage; Scio Lions Club; Seneca Data; Tinkertown Hardware; and Walker Business and Staffing Services.
SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves trade, industrial, technical, and health occupations and students in public high schools, vocational centers, and colleges. They serve over 284,000 students and instructors nationwide.
Alfred State was the first college in New York State to establish a student organization for postsecondary SkillsUSA and continues to lead in this process.
Pictured here are the gold-medal winners l-r: diesel: Dave Drosendahl, Jr., Alfred State College, East Aurora; collision repair: Jonathan Sawicki, Alfred State College, Syracuse; commercial baking: Matt Plaza, Culinary Institute of America, Wallington, NJ; job skills: Lola Selby Martin, Western Suffolk BOCES/Wilson Tech, Bayswater; Technical drafting: Geoffrey Ball, Alfred State College, Lockport; culinary: Mark Magiotta, Culinary Institute of America, LaGrangeville; residential wiring: Thomas Lenz, Delhi, Hudson; computer maintenance technology: Josh Feltz, Alfred State College, Schroon Lake; carpentry: Alex Kuehne, Alfred State College, Penn Yan; automotive: Brandon Chaffee, Alfred State College, Ithaca; cosmetology: Avagaye Wright, Western Suffolk BOCES/Wilson Tech, Hempstead; precision machining: Ryan Sisson, Alfred State College, Belmont; and welding: John Shafer, Alfred State College, Gasport. Missing from photo: Shawn Bevington, Alfred State College, Akron; gold medal winner in masonry.
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Approximately 1,100 students from Region I BOCES (Board of Cooperative Education and Services) districts encompassing Western New York and the Southern Tier, competed in the 20th annual SkillsUSA-Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics, (formerly VICA--Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) held earlier this month at Alfred State College. Competition areas ranged from extemporaneous speaking and graphic communications to heating and air conditioning to law enforcement and ground maintenance to auto service, collision repair, and brick masonry, to cake decorating and small animal care (vet assistant). New this year was a competition in crime scene investigation (CSI). Alfred State College faculty, staff, and students judged the competitions.
An awards ceremony honored (top three in order of finish):
The winners of this regional competition will advance to the next level of competition at the On-Center in Syracuse, where all six regions in New York State will meet to attempt to qualify for the national competition in Kansas City in June.
This weekend's scheduled track and field meet at the University of Rochester has been cancelled. Alfred State was scheduled to compete on Saturday but the meet was moved to Sunday and cancelled this morning.
The Pioneers will look to return to action on Tuesday when they compete at Houghton College.
The Alfred State College lacrosse team opened up the home portion of their season with a convincing 20-2 victory over Genesee CC. The Pioneers improve to 3-1 on the season while the Cougars even up their record at 2-2.
Ryan Speciale (Corning West) netted five goals and passed out an assist while Ryan Grogan (Churchville Chili) scored twice and passed out seven assists. Josh Mateo (Waterloo) finished with two goals and three assists, Chase Bailey (Corning West) added four goals, and James Moss (Hilton) chipped in two goals and an assist.
Tyler Baird (Corning West) scored a goal and passed out two assists, Ben Rossignolo (Churchville Chili) scored twice, and Cory Mee (Churchville Chili) picked up a goal and an assist. Anthony Amoroso (Jamestown) scored once and Tony Micelotta (Irondequoit) was credited with an assist.
In net Marshall Merritt (Marcellus) made nine saves.
The Pioneers jumped out to a 7-1 lead after the first quarter and led 11-2 at halftime. In the second half, ASC outscored GCC 9-0.
Alfred State returns to action on Saturday when they host SUNY Delhi at 2 p.m. at Pioneer Stadium.
The Alfred State College baseball team got back on the winning track with a doubleheader sweep of Corning CC on Thursday. ASC won the opener 8-1 and the nightcap 6-2.
Kyle Binder (Hornell) tossed six solid innings allowing just one earned run to pick up the win in game one. He allowed four hits, four walks, and struck out five. Jake Dale (Keshequa) was the lone Pioneer with multiple hits finishing 2 for 3 with an RBI. Berto Vargas (Norman Thomas) finished 1 for 3 with 2 RBI. ASC took advantage of six walks.
Kenny O'Brien (Norwalk, CT) was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI including his first collegiate homerun to pace the Pioneers 10-hit attack in game two. Brian Ervay (Elmira Southside) also collected multiple hits finishing 2 for 2 with an RBI. Mark Ciccotti (Horseheads) allowed just four hits and one earned run in a complete game victory. He walked five and struck out four.
With the sweep the Pioneers improve to 6-9 on the season and will make a weekend trip south to play doubleheaders at Lehigh Carbon CC (Schnecksville, PA) and Northampton (Bethlehem, PA) beginning on Saturday.
The Alfred State College lacrosse team outscored SUNY Delhi 7-2 in both the first and third quarter en route to a 20-11 victory. The win propels the Pioneers to 4-1 and drops the Broncos to 5-1.
Five different Pioneers recorded hat tricks. Ryan Grogan (Churchville Chili) and Ryan Speciale (Corning West) each scored four goals and passed out an assist to lead the way. Tony Micelotta (Irondequoit) and William Ardolino (William Floyd) each scored three goals and passed out an assist while Ben Rossignolo (Churchville Chili) had three goals.
Josh Mateo (Waterloo) had a big day in the middle of the field picking up a game-high 16 ground balls and chipping in two assists while Cory Mee (Churchville Chili) finished with a goal and an assist.
In net Marshall Merritt (Marcellus) made 22 saves.
Stefan Dabkowski led Delhi with five goals while Dan Hamlin chipped in four.
The Pioneers conclude their three game homestand at Pioneer Stadium on Tuesday with a 4 p.m. start versus Cayuga CC.
The Alfred State College baseball inched closer to .500 with a doubleheader sweep of Lehigh Carbon CC on Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers battled high winds all day as the won the opener 12-2 and the nightcap 5-2 in eight innings. ASC is now 8-9 on the season.
Ray Sova (West Genesee) connected on a pinch hit double in the 7th inning to send the nightcap into extra innings tied at 1-1. In the 8th, Brian Zimmerman (Frontier) tripled and scored on a Kenny O'Brien (Norwalk, CT) double to give ASC their first lead. O'Brien and Berto Vargas (Norman Thomas) scored added some needed insurance runs when they crossed the plate on a two-run triple by Jake Dale (Keshequa). Dale later would score to give the Pioneers a 5-1 lead. LCCC plated a run in the bottom of the 8th and had two runners on base but Sova came out of the pen and got the final two outs to end the game.
Dale was the lone Pioneer with multiple hits finishing 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Andy Grayson (Mechanicville) tossed 5.1 innings to earn the win. He allowed seven hits, two earned runs, and struck out three. He also picked off five runners. Joe Wallace (Avoca) tossed two scoreless innings to start the game prior to Grayson taking the hill.
In the first game, Vargas and O'Brien led the offensive attack with multiple hit games. Vargas was 3 for 4 with 4 RBI while O'Brien was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. Wallace allowed six hits and two earned runs in five innings of work to earn the win. He ended the contest with six strikeouts.