May 2009

Students Compete for Showmanship Titles

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 07:53

Alfred State College Showmanship Day 2009 judges and division winnersThe Alfred State SUNY College of Technology recently held its annual Showmanship Day on campus.  A total of 69 animals from five different species were exhibited. The judges overseeing the showmanship contest this year were livestock judge, Jeff Wilson of Dansville, who placed the classes of sheep, goats, horses, and alpacas. Dairy judge Stacy Andersen of Lebanon, PA, placed the cow and heifer classes. 

Preparing for this contest provided many of the students their first opportunity to work with a farm animal, as the majority of these students do not have production animal backgrounds.  Dr. Dorothea Fitzsimmons, assistant professor for animal science, Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, says, "The complete metamorphosis that both animals and students undergo during the month prior to this big day never fails to amaze me!  I am very proud of these students for stepping up to the plate."

Alfred State students sign up to show a chosen species and are randomly assigned an animal from the Alfred State College Farm.  The sheep are provided from a local herd. The students then have one month to prepare.  They must show and fit their own animal. However, novices are paired with a more experienced student for guidance. 

On show day, students competed for showmanship titles against others in their species class.  The six champions of each species division then show three random species and are scored and placed to compete for the title of overall master showman.  This year the champions were required to properly show a dairy heifer, pig, and sheep in order to achieve the title of Overall Master Showman.

With the highest showmanship score for all three species divisions, Nicole Santangelo, Cuba, was awarded the 2009 Alfred State College Master Showman award.  Reserve went to Sean Schubmehl, Wayland. 

Other winners included

Livestock Show Winners

  • Alpaca Classes
    • Champion:  Andrea Gunst, Schenectady
    • Reserve:  Brandi Kurzowski, Holley
  • Equine Classes
    • Champion:  Brandi Sprout, Portville
    • Reserve:  Stacy Lord, Livonia
  • Sheep Classes
    • Champion:  Sean Schubmehl, Wayland
    • Reserve:  Hilary Kaufman, Delancey
    • Honorable Mention:  Jamie Meyer, Portageville
  • Swine Classes
    • Champion: Sean Schubmehl, Wayland
    • Reserve: Lori Trapp, Fulton

Dairy Show Winners

  • Dairy Heifer Classes
    • Champion:  Julie Graves, Fort Ann
    • Reserve:  Nicole Terwilliger, Jeffersonville
    • Honorable Mention:  Elizabeth Sechrist, Arcade
    • Honorable Mention: Kaitlyn Howard, Endicott
  • Dairy Cow Classes
    • Champion: Nicole Santangelo, Cuba
    • Reserve:  Austin Koperczak, Savona
    • Honorable Mention: Joseph Estes, Caledonia

ASC Takes Second Place in National BUV Competition

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 08:13

BUV TeamThe Alfred State College BUV Team overcame enormous adversity and achieved a second-place finish in the Ninth Annual National Basic Utility Vehicle Competition.  

A BUV is, according to the Institute for Affordable Transportation (IAT) which sponsors the competition, a vehicle for change.  Its purpose is to help meet peoples' everyday needs at the ends of the earth, promote trade, and reduce poverty at a grassroots level. 

The second-place finish was remarkable in light of the fact that the team suffered two potentially catastrophic failures.  The team blew a universal joint at the start of the endurance test which was the only event of the first day of the competition.  The vehicle that towed the BUV back to the pit area pulled the vehicle at such a severe angle that the front wheel and its hydraulic drive motor were torn from the BUV.  Despite this adversity the team worked until 10:15 that night to repair and realign the u-joint and rebuild the front end without the hydraulic drive.  Even without the front wheel drive, the BUV was able to complete every event in the competition and was the only BUV to negotiate the last event of the competition, the formidable Mud Pit.

John Brown University scored 72.25 to take first place honors in the MAIN Division.  ASC finished second with 71.82 points ahead of third place University of Missouri at 70.58.  JBU was fourth last year to the ASC Team that won with a record 94.05 points.  The specifications for the MAIN Division are changed every year.

Members of the ASC Basic Utility Vehicle (BUV) Team included:  Rob Roth, Castleton; Corey Kane, Jamestown; Matt Lemmon, Waverly; Greg Geens, Canisteo; and Aaron Neyman, Cattaraugus; seniors in the mechanical engineering technology bachelor of science degree program.  Dr. Edward G. Tezak, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Ray Gleason, instructional support technician, School of Engineering Technology, escorted the BUV Team to Indianapolis in April. 

The ASC Team finished second in the MAIN Division of the competition as well as third overall including those in the OPEN division.  A total of 15 teams were entered in the annual event. 

Turf Torq Corp., supplier of the transaxles, and YANMAR, the parent company and supplier of the diesel engines, both international companies, were title sponsors of this year's competition.  They donated their wares to IAT which were available to the colleges and universities for the cost of the freight. 

The Institute for Affordable Transportation (IAT), a not-for-profit public charity, sponsors the annual intercollegiate Basic Utility Vehicle (BUV) Competition in Indianapolis to help facilitate the low-cost development of simple, appropriate vehicles for rural economies.  Each year the specifications are changed to meet a requirement from a different developing country.

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 52 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. The College is located in Alfred, NY, a scenic village in Allegany County, 15 miles north of the Pennsylvania border, 70 miles south of Rochester, and 90 miles southeast of Buffalo.

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Loder Named All-WNYAC

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 11:00

Christina Loder Awaits a PitchAlfred State College outfielder Christina Loder (Brantford, ONT) has been named to the All-WNYAC 2nd team.  Loder started in left field in all 36 games for the 13-23 Lady Pioneers.

Loder led ASC with a .322 batting average (37 for 115).  She collected three doubles, a triple, and drove in nine from her leadoff spot in the lineup.  She was 15 for 16 on the bases and registered six outfield assists.

Loder finished the campaign with a .365 slugging percentage and a .383 on-base percentage.  She also scored a team high 32 runs.

Mercyhurst North East and Monroe CC were named 2009 WNYAC co-champions while MNE's Brian Dewey was named WNYAC coach of the year.


Six Pioneers Earn Lax All-WNYAC

Posted Date: Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 06:35

Six members of the Alfred State College lacrosse team have been named All-WNYAC.  Ryan Grogan (Churchville), Josh Mateo (Waterloo), and Mitch Mertel (Churchville) were 1st team selections while William Ardolino (William Floyd), Tony Micelotta (Irondequoit) and Ryan Speciale (Corning West) were named 2nd team.

Grogan led the blue and gold with 72 points.  He netted 37 goals and passed out a team high 35 assists from his attack position. 

Mateo controlled the midfield, especially the face-off area, for Alfred State.  He finished the year with 43 points on 25 goals and 18 assists. 

Mertel led the defensive end of the field.  He scored three goals and passed out an assist while being assigned to the opponents top offensive threat.

Ardolino netted 24 goals and passed out nine assists during his sophomore season at Alfred State, Micelotta recoreded 21 goals and passed out 20 assists from his attack position, and Speciale was tied for the team lead with 37 goals and passed out 15 assists.

The Pioneers finished the season with a 10-4 mark, were ranked #9 in the last NJCAA poll, and advanced to the Region III tournament for the third time in Coach Todd Weil's four years at the helm of the progam.

Goodbye to China 150 Students

Posted Date: Friday, May 22, 2009 - 08:07

farewell receptionSmiles and tears mingled Wednesday evening as Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson hosted a reception to bid farewell to the two Chinese students hosted by the College and SUNY (State University of New York) as part of the SUNY China 150 initiative. The program was created to allow 150 Chinese students to continue their studies in SUNY schools after an earthquake devastated Sichuan province last May. Alfred State College was among 22 SUNY schools participating in the program. Pictured here, holding one of the mementos they will bring back with them are (l-r) Ma Xiaochuan and Lin Zhongdong. They are flanked by John M. Anderson, president of Alfred State College (left), and Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Alfred State College.

Blake is Co-author

Posted Date: Friday, May 22, 2009 - 08:15

Melissa Blake, instructor, Business Department at Alfred State College, is a co-author on a revision of The Complete Court Reporter's Handbook and Guide for Realtime Writers.

She and retired Alfred State College professor Robert W. McCormick collaborated on this fifth edition of the textbook originally written by Mary H. Knapp, which updates the information on technology, expands the captioning section, adds information re: CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation), adds sections on alternative careers and entrepreneurship, and expands the information on judicial law as well as what to expect in the courtroom.

Blake, of Cuba, teaches senior court reporting students in addition to online courses in the court reporting program.  Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Blake served as secretary to the Cuba First Baptist church, as a head cashier and cashier trainer at the Cuba Giant Food Mart, and as a data entry operator and computer operator at Acme Electric in Cuba.

Blake holds an associate in applied science degree in court and realtime reporting and a bachelor's degree in technology management, both from Alfred State College.

The Cuba Central School graduate is the daughter of Richard and Alice Stolberg, Cuba, and mother of Emily, Amanda, and Olivia.

Gustafson Named SUNY Chancellor Award Winner

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 07:24

Alfred State College sophomore wrestler Mike Gustafson (Warren, PA) has been named a recipient of the 2009 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Athletes.  Gustafson is the honoree out of all two-year wrestlers nominated.

Gustafson qualified for the NJCAA National Championship following a 13-11 season.  He earned 2nd team All-Region and All-WNYAC honors with 2nd place finish at the Regional on February 15.  Gustafson's season highlight came at the NCCC Open where he was 5-1 and wrestled to a 3rd place finish in a highly competitive 133 lb. field.

In the classroom, Gustafson carries a 3.89 GPA in Mechanical Design Engineering Technology.

2009 is the third consecutive year and fourth overall that an Alfred State College wrestler has been honored with the SUNY Chancellor's Award.



Public Invited to View Home

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 10:52

House number 49 built in 2009 by Alfred State College studentsAlfred State College and the Electrician, Computer, & Robotics Technicians Department programs in the College's School of Applied Technology.

These homes, underwritten by the Ed Foundation, provide students with a hands-on learning experience.

This latest home, located on Foundation Drive, Meservey Heights, Wellsville, offers a private setting on its 12.24 wooded acres. This new 2,078 sq. ft., vinyl-sided, two-story home, with stone accent on the front, features four bedrooms with a tray ceiling in the master bedroom and a vaulted ceiling in bedroom #2; two-and-one-half baths, the master bath has a separate whirlpool tub and shower and a walk-in closet; a gathering room with a wood-burning fireplace and views of the back yard; a parlor with a vaulted ceiling; a formal dining room; downstairs laundry room; kitchen with custom oak cabinets and a breakfast room with sliding glass doors leading to the large private back deck; a heating system consisting of a combination of hot water baseboard and radiant floor heat; an attached two-car garage; and a walk-out basement with a stamped concrete patio.  The basement offers plenty of room for storage.

House #49 is a true product of the 21st century.  The construction and maintenance electrician students joined forces with the computer and network technician students to add a professional quality phone, data, and communication networking system, as well as a centralized cabling and termination center for video.

This house, which is appraised at more than $200,000, can be viewed on Saturday, May 30, 2009, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

SUNY Chancellor Award Winners

Posted Date: Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 11:46

L-r: Joanne White, Gary Moore, Christopher Tomasi, Cyril (Skip) Merrick, and President Dr. John M. AndersonFour members of Alfred State College's staff were honored with the SUNY (State University of New York) Chancellor's Award for Excellence this spring.  Those so honored were Athletics, Excellence in Professional Service; , Belmont, associate professor and chair, Automotive Trades Department, Excellence in Faculty Service; Christopher Tomasi, Cuba, associate professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department, Excellence in Teaching; and new this year, the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service, Joanne White, Wellsville,secretary, Student Life.

Recipients were honored at the college's annual recognition luncheon held at the end of the spring semester.

The four are among more than 100 classroom teachers, librarians, professional and classified service employees in the SUNY system cited for excellence in the performance of their duties.

Announcement of the winners was made by SUNY officials who noted that the selection of recipients follows the recommendation by the SUNY Advisory Committee on Awards.  The committee reviews nominations from the faculty, students, and colleagues of the recipients throughout the 64-campus system.

Each winner receives a cast bronze medallion, suitable to be worn at academic ceremonies, and an inscribed certificate.

The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service recognizes a member of the professional staff who has provided outstanding service to Alfred State College and demonstrates excellence in professional activities beyond the job description.

Among Moore's accomplishments, he was especially cited for being a "dedicated athlete, employee, coach, and college and community citizen.  He has left his mark on countless student athletes and is one of the College's (and SUNY's) best ambassadors.  He has become a role model for others in his profession and has built a nationally recognized and respected track and field program at Alfred State College." Moore was also cited for "his pursuit of excellence, his exceptionally high standards, and his consistently superior professional achievement."

The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service recognizes an academic faculty member who has provided outstanding and sustained service to the Alfred State College campus, the University, the community, disciplinary and professional organizations or within faculty governance.  The award also requires that the faculty member has distinguished him or herself through outstanding service at the state, national, or international level. 

Merrick, who joined the faculty in 1980, was cited for quickly becoming "known for his commitment, ingenuity, and energy in developing service opportunities that benefited the college, the students, and the community. Skip's service to the campus is as varied and extensive as that he provides to his community."

The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching has as its primary criterion mastery of teaching techniques and superb skill in teaching.  Candidates must evidence flexible and adaptive instruction that takes student needs and interests into consideration in order to maximize student learning.  Scholarship, professional growth, and service are also components of the award.

Tomasi was cited for performing "superbly in the classroom at the undergraduate level, consistent with SUNY's commitment to providing the highest quality of education to students.  He consistently demonstrates the highest level of teaching expertise in the highly technical mechanical engineering technology program.  His teaching philosophy places extreme importance on the responsibilities and influences of teaching faculty. He endeavors to inspire the students to perform at levels much higher than required to meet current standards. His ability to remain current and to exceed industry standards in course delivery demonstrates his passion for teaching."

The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service was established to give SUNY-wide recognition for superior performance and extraordinary achievement by employees in the Classified Service. These awards demonstrate SUNY's commitment to individuals who provide superior service to its students and the community at large.

White was cited for her "outgoing, generous, and hardworking nature.  She helps new employees [of the Student Life Office] become assimilated to their surroundings by making introductions to other members of the community, preparing their work space, and answering questions.  She is a fountain of knowledge and continues to be an effective guide" as the new employees become more comfortable in their roles. "It is obvious JoAnne loves what she does.  She serves as a role model for every member of the Alfred State community."

Retirees Honored

Posted Date: Friday, May 29, 2009 - 07:00

2009 ASC retireesRetirees of Alfred State College were honored recently at the school's annual recognition luncheon.  Faculty and staff members who retired this year include, Duane Chaffee, Merry Coburn, Mary Fagan, Wendy Fleming, Mary Jo France, Kimball Klein, Heather Meacham, Carol Melnyk, Alice Myers, Kevin Neudeck, Thelma Patrick, Sylvia Prestine, Catherine Richmond, Rita Scott, Bonnie Tucker, Gerald Vance, and Carol Young.  All retirees received a certificate; those retiring with fewer than 25 years' service received a college plate; those retiring with 25 years or more of service received a college chair and a college plate to commemorate their time at the college.