May 2009

Outdoor Track & Field Athletes Garner Numerous Awards

Posted Date: Monday, May 18, 2009 - 06:40

Numerous members of the Alfred State College outdoor track & field teams have garnered post season accolades based on their performances at the Region III Championships and the NJCAA Division III Championships.  The men finished 2nd at Regionals and 4th at Nationals while the women finished 4th at Regionals and 7th at Nationals.

Wenley Louis (Irondequoit) earned 1st team All-American honors by winning the long jump (7.10 m) and 2nd team All-American honors in the triple jump (14.68 m).  At regionals, he earned 1st team All-Region honors in both the long jump (7.10 m) and the triple jump (14.12 m).

Shawna McNeil (Hornell) earned 1st team All-American honors by winning the heptathlon with 3,549 points.  She was 2nd team All-American with a leap of 1.55 m in the high jump.  At regionals, she was 1st team all region by winning the high jump with a leap of 1.51 m.

Schuyler DuRoss (Johnstown) earned 1st team All-American honors and 1st team All-Region honors by sweeping the decathlon.  He scored 5,476 points at nationals to win the title and 5,232 to win regionals.

Rod Streater (Burlington, NJ) earned 1st team All-American honors and 1st team All-Region honors by winning the high jump at both nationals and regionals.  Streater recorded a leap of 1.95 m at nationals and a jump of 1.80 mm at regionals.

Alex Curran (Williamson) earned 1st team All-American honors while teammate Dan Reynolds (Wayland Cohocton) earned 2nd team All-American honors and 1st team All-Region honors in the pole vault.  Curran won the pole vault at nationals with a jump of 4.32 m.  Reynolds won the regional competition with a leap of 4.61 m and vaulted 4.32 m at nationals for a second place finish.

Bridget McMahon (Avoca) and John Sweeney (Barker) each earned 2nd team All-American honors in distance races.  McMahon finished 2nd in the 1,500 m (5:20.20) while Sweeney finished 2nd in the 10,000 m (34:27.89).

David Gross (Brockport) earned 1st team All-Region honors by winning the shot put with a toss of 14.56 m.

In total eight Pioneers earned All-American honors in ten events while six Pioneers earned All-Region honors.


Nurses' Pinning Ceremony

Posted Date: Monday, May 18, 2009 - 11:50

nurses' pinning ceremonyAlfred State College nursing students celebrated their accomplishments the Friday before commencement by attending the annual nurses' pinning ceremony. During the ceremony, the Florence Nightingale Candle is lighted, honoring the founder of modern nursing. The pinning ceremony is the culmination of the years of study and hard work graduating nursing students have invested in preparation for their chosen career.


"Snippets" Exhibit at Wellsville Creative Arts Center

Posted Date: Monday, May 18, 2009 - 12:03

Constance E. PennisiConstance E. Pennisi, instructor in the digital media and animation program of Alfred State College, has an exhibit in the Wellsville Creative Arts Center through June 4.  The exhibit, "Snippets," is comprised of traditional and digital images from three different bodies of work interrelated by process.  Pennisi states: "Art is a means to explore my visual surroundings in order to gain understanding of form, space, and, most importantly, the interaction of forces.  Systematic deconstruction of objects and the space they occupy provides raw material for new configurations.  My foray into the digital realm allows diverse imagery and disparate ideas to merge into new forms.  Recent work begins with fragments or snippets of traditionally made imagery which are isolated and reconfigured into new images left open without secure means of identification.  They become images that require navigation by inquiry." 

Pennisi earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from SUNY College of Ceramics and a master of science in education degree at Alfred University.  Additionally, she studied under the artist C. Katherine Nelson of Alfred. She possesses expertise in areas of large format digital imaging, electronic imaging, and artist multiples through the Institute of Electronic Arts of the School of Art and Design, Alfred.  Pennisi began service at Alfred State as an adjunct instructor in fall 1994.  In fall 2001, she began her fulltime teaching career as an instructor in the Department of Computer Imaging and Architectural Engineering Technology. She was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2007.


Orvis Award Recipient - Berg

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 05:56

Dr. Ronald R. Rosati presented the Paul B. Orvis Award for Excellence to Sara Berg.Nearly 900 two- and four-year graduates, their families, professors, and friends were on hand Sunday, May 17, as Alfred State College honored its 98th graduating class.  Dr. John M. Anderson, college president, presided over the ceremony.   One of the highlights of the ceremony is the presentation of the Paul B. Orvis Award for Excellence, presented to the outstanding two-year graduates in each of the college's schools of study, as well as to a baccalaureate graduate. The award, which honors Paul B. Orvis, a former president of Alfred State and State University of New York dean for two-year colleges, is a glass bowl.  Recipients must meet four criteria:  service, leadership, character, and scholarship.  Faculty, staff, and fellow students appraise the first three.  Scholarship is determined by an analysis of the student's academic standing in comparison to other students in the academic area.  Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the Award. Sara Berg, Candor, who received her bachelor of science degree in architectural technology at the ceremony, was selected for the award as the School of Management and Engineering Technology baccalaureate-level recipient.  During her time at Alfred State College, Berg captured first place in the "Treasure from Alfred's Trash Heap" competition, creating a lamp from soda cans; earned honorable mention in the national TCA/PCA Storm Housing 2007 Design competition; was an Alice Bidlack Scholarship recipient; was on Dean's List; and earned an honorable mention in the International Architectural Design Contest for Susquehanna Gateway Project where she designed a public building and park to provide access and view of the river. Additionally, Berg participated in the ASC Sorrento, Italy, study abroad program; is a member of Tau Alpha Pi national engineering tech honor society; served as a staff member on Ergo, the campus literary magazine; and was a member of WINS (Women in Non-traditional Studies).  She is the daughter of Robert and Cher Berg, Candor. 

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Orvis Award Recipient - Sajin

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 06:07

Commencement 2009Nearly 900 two- and four-year graduates, their families, professors, and friends were on hand Sunday, May 17, as Alfred State College honored its 98th graduating class.  Dr. John M. Anderson, college president, presided over the ceremony.   One of the highlights of the ceremony is the presentation of the Paul B. Orvis Award for Excellence, presented to the outstanding two-year graduates in each of the college's schools of study, as well as to a baccalaureate graduate. The award, which honors Paul B. Orvis, a former president of Alfred State and State University of New York dean for two-year colleges, is a glass bowl.  Recipients must meet four criteria:  service, leadership, character, and scholarship.  Faculty, staff, and fellow students appraise the first three.  Scholarship is determined by an analysis of the student's academic standing in comparison to other students in the academic area.  Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the Award. Stanislav Sajin, Republic of Moldova, who received his business administration degree at the ceremony, was selected as the recipient from the School of Management and Engineering Technology, associate degree level.  While at Alfred State College, Sajin captured one of the top five scores in the NYSMAT math contest; received an International Excellence Scholarship, the Robert Woods Freshman Writing Comp Scholarship, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, was on the Dean's List, served as an Tor Echo (school newspaper) staff writer, a resident assistant at the MacKenzie South residence hall, and served as a tutor and proctor in the Math and Writing labs.  

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Orvis Award Winner - Parks

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 06:24

Dr. Ronald R. Rosati presented the Paul B. Orvis Award for Excellence to Tracey Parks.Nearly 900 two- and four-year graduates, their families, professors, and friends were on hand Sunday, May 17, as Alfred State College honored its 98th graduating class.  Dr. John M. Anderson, college president, presided over the ceremony.   One of the highlights of the ceremony is the presentation of the Paul B. Orvis Award for Excellence, presented to the outstanding two-year graduates in each of the college's schools of study, as well as to a baccalaureate graduate. The award, which honors Paul B. Orvis, a former president of Alfred State and State University of New York dean for two-year colleges, is a glass bowl.  Recipients must meet four criteria:  service, leadership, character, and scholarship.  Faculty, staff, and fellow students appraise the first three.  Scholarship is determined by an analysis of the student's academic standing in comparison to other students in the academic area.  Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the Award. Tracey Parks, Fillmore, who received her associate in applied science degree in nursing at the ceremony, was selected for the award as the School of Arts and Sciences recipient.  Parks is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, a recipient of the Robert J. Love Award, the Hunter Family Scholarship, and a Salvation Army Scholarship.  She has maintained a 4.0 grade point average (out of a possible 4.0).  This non-traditional student (she holds a BA from Houghton College in psychology and art, holds certifications in dispute resolution and heavy equipment operation, and a NYS hairdressing license) worked as a paralegal and serves as a literacy volunteer.  She is the daughter of Hudson and Mary Jane Parks, Caneadea. 

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Orvis Award Recipient - Ruf

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 06:33

Dr. Ronald R. Rosati presented the Paul B. Orvis Award for Excellence to Brian Ruf.Nearly 900 two- and four-year graduates, their families, professors, and friends were on hand Sunday, May 17, as Alfred State College honored its 98th graduating class.  Dr. John M. Anderson, college president, presided over the ceremony.   One of the highlights of the ceremony is the presentation of the Paul B. Orvis Award for Excellence, presented to the outstanding two-year graduates in each of the college's schools of study, as well as to a baccalaureate graduate. The award, which honors Paul B. Orvis, a former president of Alfred State and State University of New York dean for two-year colleges, is a glass bowl.  Recipients must meet four criteria:  service, leadership, character, and scholarship.  Faculty, staff, and fellow students appraise the first three.  Scholarship is determined by an analysis of the student's academic standing in comparison to other students in the academic area.  Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the Award. Brian Ruf, Spencerport, who received his electrical construction and maintenance electrician degree at the ceremony, was selected for the award as the School of Applied Technology recipient.  While at Alfred State College, Ruf was a member of SkillsUSA for the 07-08 Year, served as a Peer Tutor for four semesters and as a Note taker for four semesters; maintained a 4.0 GPA for four semesters; is a Member of Sigma Tau Epsilon honor society for 07-08 and 08-09 years; is a member of Braddock Bay Raptor Research 06 - present, was a member of the Academic Integrity Committee; and participated in rebuilding the play ground for Wellsville middle school.  He is the son of Eileen Ruf, Spencerport. 

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Commencement 2009

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 05:24

Nearly 900 two-and four-year graduates, their families, professors, and friends were on hand Sunday, May 17, at noon, as Alfred State College honors its 98th graduating class.

Presiding over the ceremony was Dr. John M. Anderson, college president.

The ceremony was held at McLane Center on the neighboring Alfred University campus.

Giving the welcome from students was Adam Nash, a senior in the surveying engineering technology program.  Nash, of Barneveld, is a graduate of Holland Patent High School.  He has been a member of the club hockey team at ASC.  He has also held the position of the president of the Surveying Club, president of Braddon Hall Council, Student Senate Student Activities chair, and APB honorary board member. For the past year, he has served as the commencement photos. 


Dr. Richard Kellogg Author of Article

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 06:03

Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor of psychology at Alfred State College, is the author of an article appearing in the most recent issue of Paperback Parade, a quarterly magazine published by Gryphon Books of Brooklyn.  Titled "Philip Wylie's Final Dream," the article notes that author Philip Wylie (1902-1971) was writing about global warming, contamination of our air and water, and the grave risks of nuclear power long before these issues reached public consciousness.

Wylie's major theme in several of his books is that attempts to manipulate nature through modern technology may actually result in a series of unexpected disasters and the destruction of our natural environment.  He often wrote about mutated microbes, a poisoned water supply, and the risk of nuclear plants getting out of control.  Kellogg notes that Wylie deserves much credit for helping to lead the environmental movement in this country.

Dr. Kellogg joined the Alfred State faculty in 1970 after completing doctoral studies at the University of Rochester.  He is the author of three books on Sherlock Holmes and is a frequent contributor to popular magazines and professional journals.


Student Wins Scholarship from American Council of Engineering Companies of New York

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 06:17

Now more than ever, given rising tuition costs and a tight economy, academic scholarships to high-achieving students entering the engineering field play an important support role for the recipients.  This year, 16 students in New York State colleges and universities received American Council of Engineering Companies of New York scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.

Nicholas French, Rochester, was named the Western Region Scholarship recipient and received a $2,500 scholarship. French's cumulative average of 3.91 (out of a possible 4.0) puts him at the head of his bachelor's program in surveying engineering technology.  He is on the Alfred State Student Senate Executive Board and treasurer of the Surveying Club.  He has worked for Parrone Engineering in East Rochester and for two landscape contractors in Webster.  His volunteer activities include coaching the Penfield Youth Lacrosse Clinic and peer tutoring of calculus, physics, and surveying at Alfred State.  Because he loves the outdoors and New York State is his home, French wants to be a part of future efforts to keep New York State as beautiful as it has always been.

The scholarships are awarded based on the student's cumulative grade point average, college activities, work experience, and an essay on consulting engineering.  Eight of the students attending metropolitan area colleges were honored at an ACEC New York membership luncheon on May 19 at the Union League Club in New York City.  The remaining eight students attending upstate colleges will be recognized at the council's winter conference in Albany in January.  All will receive their scholarship checks in May.

Since 2001, ACEC New York has awarded 97 scholarships for a total of $265,500.

Founded in 1921, American Council of Engineering Companies of New York is one of the oldest organizations of professional consulting engineering firms in the United States.  A statewide association, its members represent all major engineering disciplines and range from highly specialized solo practitioners to multidiscipline firms employing thousands with branch offices worldwide. 


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