June 2009

Faculty and Staff Promotions

Posted Date: Friday, June 5, 2009 - 08:06

Faculty and Staff Promotions

Alfred State College recently announced promotions for faculty and staff.  Included among those receiving promotions in the area of Academic Affairs were Marjorie Morgan, from keyboard specialist to secretary 1; and Sue Ann Kring, from keyboard specialist to program agency aide, Registrar's Office; Athletics; and in the area of Administration and Enrollment: Steven Scott and Jeffrey Brewster, from cleaner to SUNY campus worker 1, Facilities Services; Rachel Russo and Mike Houghtaling, from cleaner to janitor, Facilities Services; and Mary Monroe, from calculations clerk 2 to accountant aide, Business Affairs. Staffers were honored at a luncheon at the end of the semester. 

Packard Selected To Participate In Advanced Placement Program Reading

Posted Date: Monday, June 8, 2009 - 11:00

Mathematics and Physics Department at Alfred State College, was selected, for the third consecutive year, to participate in the annual reading and scoring of the College Board's AP Examinations this June in calculus.

Each year the AP Program, sponsored by the College Board, gives more than one million capable high school students an opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses and examinations and, based on their exam performance, to receive credit and/or advanced placement when they enter college.

More than 2.7 million examinations from 37 AP courses were evaluated by over 10,000 AP readers from universities and high schools. Representing many of the finest academic institutions in the world, these men and women are some of the best high school and college educators in the United States, Canada, and abroad, according to officials at the College Board.

The AP reading is a unique forum in which academic dialogue between secondary school and college educators is fostered and strongly encouraged.

"The reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer," said Trevor Packer, vice president of the Advanced Placement Program at the College Board. "It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Earl Packard."

Packard, who joined the ASC faculty in 2003, holds a PhD in mathematics from Tulane University, a bachelor of science of education (BSE) in mathematics from Mansfield University, and a bachelor of science degree in music education from Mansfield State College.  Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Packard taught at Kutztown University (PA) and the University of Arkansas, Monticello. 

“Fight the Yawn Up ‘til Dawn” Program

Posted Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - 07:00

During the 2009 spring semester, members of Civic Engagement and Activism Headquarters (CEAH) at Alfred State College hosted the first "Fight the Yawn Up ‘til Dawn" program in support of St. Jude Children's Cancer Research Hospital. CEAH members were excited and happy to work with a national campaign supporting cancer research. St. Jude Children's Hospital offers free services to children with cancer and other terminal illnesses. The hospital functions fiscally through sponsorships and donations. CEAH also sponsored a letter-writing campaign to help gain sponsorships and donations for the hospital.

At the start of the semester, CEAH placed an ad in the student announce, an internal communication system for ASC students, to attract motivated students on campus to be a part of the executive board. The executive board is comprised of five student leaders: Keri Walp, Owego, and Ralph Stoothoff Jr., Montour Falls, co-executive directors; Amanda Laurini Churchville, assistant director; Trina Rodebaugh, Burt, and Francis Spagna, Buffalo, entertainment chairs.

The theme for the Up ‘til Dawn finale was "Heroes!" The CEAH Board wanted participants to think of themselves as heroes for the great work they were doing for cancer research. Awareness week activities scheduled one event a day to raise awareness for cancer research. Programs were educational and informational for all participants.

During the final event held on the Alfred State College campus, more than 250 participants wrote over 3,000 letters to possible contributors to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The letters requested monetary support to assist with advancing cancer research.

Three weeks after the event, CEAH members were excited to announce they raised $5,179.46 so far! The group is looking forward to a bigger event next year.

Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. Work Grant Program

Posted Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - 07:26

The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., annually funds up to eight Alfred State College students through its work-grant program, allowing students who are ineligible for work-study funds to find employment on campus.  The grant is renewable on an annual basis.

Additionally, departments within Alfred State can request student workers with specific skills and the work-grant coordinator attempts to meet those needs with appropriate student help.

Students funded through Ed Foundation to work in specific areas on campus are considered "regular" employees of the college and are expected to maintain the level of professionalism required of their colleagues.

For award year 2008-09, five students from engineering, athletics, and student development earned a total of $7,281.46 from the Work Grant Program.

The program is administered through the Student Financial Services Office.

The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., is a private foundation representing faculty, staff, and friends of Alfred State College dedicated to improving the ASC community through the support of educational programs.  The activities pursued by the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., are governed by a board of directors made up of representatives from each of the following groups:  alumni, College Council, faculty and staff, and friends of the college.

The Foundation provides monetary support to enhance learning opportunities for students through scholarships, work grants, and community service projects.  The Ed Foundation also funds the Building Trades programs' hands-on home construction projects.

Additionally, the Foundation owns and maintains the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville.  The 22-acre parcel consists of more than 20 buildings with some 800 students enrolled in 19 programs.  The programs, which stress "learning by doing," incorporate traditional classroom experience with comprehensive "on-the-job" laboratory experiences. Since 1996, the Foundation has invested over $2.3 million in improvements on the campus.

New Bachelor Degree in Human Services Management

Posted Date: Monday, June 15, 2009 - 10:58

The human services management (BS) program.

"This new program [in human services management] is the second baccalaureate degree offering in the School of Arts and Sciences.  We look forward to preparing students to serve as managers in regional human services agencies," said John Buckwalter, interim dean, School of Arts and Sciences.

According to Dr. Gary Lounsberry, professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, who helped develop the new program, "The BS in human services management establishes a clear career ladder for those currently holding an associate's degree in human services and desiring to advance their careers."

The baccalaureate degree (BS) program in human services management prepares workers who, as generalists, can work with clients in a wide range of human services agencies and also can employ sound management practices.  This interdisciplinary program produces students able to offer direct service to clients but who also know the basics of program management and supervision.  The program requires students to take lower- and upper-level courses in the human services, and additional courses in management, accounting, and leadership.  An upper-level internship of 400 or more hours in a public or private human services agency is required. 

Michael Cobb, chair of the department, notes that the new program, "Will be a resource for local and regional human services agencies interested in workforce development, for recent graduates of two-year community college programs, and for new students interested in human services who wish to prepare themselves for mid-level positions requiring skills in both direct service to clients and in management."  

Graduates of the human services management program will be prepared to enter baccalaureate-level positions in a wide range of human services, social services, health care, non-profit, government, and other public agencies.  Examples of qualified mid-level positions include program manager, residential facility manager, unit manager, community outreach manager, case manager, quality assurance manager, grants manager, program planner and developer, and fundraising and organizational development manager.  It is likely that graduates of the program will find opportunities to advance to upper-level management positions with further experience in the field.  Projections are for a high demand for managers in the non-profit, public sector over the next several decades as the population ages and current managers retire faster than new personnel are entering the field.  Positions in the non-profit sector have historically provided better-than-average employment security and benefits, in addition to a high degree of job satisfaction and the opportunity to provide community service.

Graduates who may wish to pursue further education at any point will be prepared for advanced study in human services administration, social work, health care administration, public administration, business administration, and a wide range of other fields that value preparation in non-profit management and the social and behavioral sciences.   

For more information, contact Michael Cobb, chair, Social & Behavioral Sciences Department, Alfred State College, (607) 587-4189, cobbmj@alfredstate.edu or the Admissions Office,1-800-4-ALFRED or (607) 587-4215; admissions@alfredstate.edu.

New Certificate in Court Reporting and Captioning

Posted Date: Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 05:53

Students wishing to acquire a certificate in court reporting and captioning need look no further than Alfred State College.  The State University of New York (SUNY) and the State Education Department have approved a certificate in court reporting and captioning (CERT) to begin admitting students in fall 2009.

The certificate in court reporting and captioning will provide graduates with the skills necessary for careers as court, freelance, and realtime reporters.  In the first year, students learn machine shorthand theory.  Development of skills in recording and transcribing specialized court reporting material starts in the summer term and continues through the second year.  Computer-aided transcription and realtime reporting are an integral part of the training.  During the last semester, students are introduced not only to the skill of courtroom reporting, but to the art of reporting.

The purpose of the certificate is to allow individuals who have a degree already or are interested in solely meeting the speed requirements to gain the skills necessary for employment in this lucrative career.  Students admitted to Alfred State College can now choose between this certificate or an AAS degree program, depending on their individual educational needs.

In order to fulfill degree requirements for the certificate in court reporting and captioning, students must complete 42 credit hours of study.  Students may complete these courses on campus or online.  These hours include all the major courses required by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).  

For additional information about this exciting new certificate program, contact the Alfred State College Admissions Office at 1-800-4-ALFRED or (607) 587-4215.

ASC to Serve as Lead College of SUNYGREENSNY

Posted Date: Friday, June 19, 2009 - 04:36

Alfred State College (ASC), seven partners including six NYS community colleges, and the Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC) - Empire State Chapter - have formed SUNYGREENSNY. This initiative grew out of the efforts and recommendations of NYS Gov. David Paterson's Renewable Energy Task Force. As a result, SUNYGREENSNY has been awarded a $2M grant from NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) to develop clean energy technology training across the state. The grant will focus on workforce education in the area of emerging clean energy technologies, including photovoltaic (PV), wind (both wholesale and customer-sited), solar thermal, and geothermal. The consortium goals will focus on enhancing building capacity in the state by developing laboratories and faculty expertise to conduct training in these clean energy technologies.

"Not only are we pleased to partner with fellow SUNY colleges and the Association of Builders and Contractors on this exciting project, but the SUNYGREENSNY initiative serves Alfred State College's Strategic Plan by supporting sustainability as well as providing a well-trained workforce," said Dr. John M. Anderson, president, Alfred State College.

The community colleges, all part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system--Sullivan County Community College, Dutchess Community College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Mohawk Valley Community College, Westchester Community College, and Broome Community College--have the expertise and necessary related curriculums of architecture technology, construction technology, building construction (carpentry), masonry, electrician, electrical technology, engineering science, mechanical technology, and HVAC technician. The grant will enhance all of these programs by integrating clean energy technology using current faculty expertise in such areas as design, construction, installation, instrumentation, and maintenance.

Although Alfred State College will serve as the lead college of SUNYGREENSNY, all colleges and the ABC are considered full partners. Forming SUNYGREENSNY was supported by Denise Bukovan, assistant vice chancellor, SUNY, and Dennis Golladay, vice chancellor for community colleges, SUNY, who says, "This project represents an enormous opportunity for our colleges to better serve the growing needs for worker skills in energy-related fields.  We are pleased with the work of this consortium."

The programs and delivery developed under this grant will have consistent learning outcomes throughout the consortium. SUNYGREENSNY includes Master Trainer Roy Butler (Four Winds), serving as the lead technical expert on certification and working with the NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners).  He will work with the other technical instructors to obtain their certification with the long-term goal being a number of master trainers available in the state.  

SUNYGREENSNY partners will develop modules for credit courses in existing programs, develop a plan for curriculum modules that meet NYSERDA program requirements, and stay aligned with applicable national standards. The modules will include the learning outcomes as defined by the appropriate certification body such as NABCEP, ISP (Institute for Sustainable Power) and IREC (Interstate Renewable Energy Council). The Consortium will develop modules that can be integrated into existing programs at all the colleges and the ABC apprenticeship program. These same modules will be the foundation for stand-alone courses for professional development and certification programming as continuing education.

Primary administrator for the project is Craig R. Clark, PE, Dean of the School of Applied Technology, Alfred State College, who will manage the overall strategies and guide the direction of the work; Tom Murphy, ASC, project director, who will oversee the day-to-day activities of the project, provide technical guidance, and develop strategy to finish tasks, including monitoring both timeline and budget for progress; and Butler, who will be responsible for overall technical programming overview and assistance in certification process for individuals and programs. Site coordinators at each institution are responsible for technical compliance at his/her institution, including monitoring budget and timeline:  Michael Fisher, Sullivan County Community College; Daniel Barbuto, Dutchess Community College; Martha Hubbard, Tompkins Cortland Community College; Ricardo Rosero, Mohawk Valley Community College; Richard VanInwegen, Westchester Community College; Virginia Stoeffel, Broome Community College; Jeffrey Stevens, Alfred State College; and Penelope Hazer, Associated Builders and Contractors.

Weil Resigns Post at Alfred State

Posted Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 11:25

Alfred State College men’s soccer and lacrosse coach Todd Weil has resigned from his position in the athletic department.  Weil has spent the past four seasons at the helm of the lacrosse program and the last three seasons guiding the men’s soccer team.


On the lacrosse field, the Pioneers had a 29-24 mark in his tenure.  He led the team to three Region III Tournaments and had his team ranked in the NJCAA top ten during his time at Alfred State.


On the soccer field, the blue and gold accumulated a 31-15-4 record in his three years.  The team made the Region III Division III tournament in all three years and advanced to the finals twice.  The 2008 team reach as high as #5 in the NJCAA Division III poll.  The Pioneers also won two WNYAC Division III Championships.


On top of his coaching duties, Weil also taught classes in the physical education department.


A search to fill the vacated position will begin soon.  Those who might have any questions regarding either the men’s soccer or lacrosse programs should contact the athletic department at 587-4361.

Alfred State releases Fall Schedules

Posted Date: Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 08:50

The Alfred State College athletic department has published the 2009 fall athletic schedules.  Athletes will begin reporting to campus in the middle of August with games beginning the last weekend of August. 

The Pioneers will look to continue the success of the 2008-09 season in which the department finished with 151 victories and a .594 winning winning percentage.  In total, the department had 15 athletes earn NJCAA All-American honors, 12 named NJCAA Academic All-Americans, 49 named All-Region, and 42 named All-Conference.  The volleyball team and the men's indoor track and field team won Regional Championships while 12 total teams finished in the top four in Region III.

Follow the following links to see the 2009 Fall Schedules:

  • Baseball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Men's Soccer
  • Women's Soccer
  • Volleyball

Jerome Named WNYAC Co-Senior Athlete of the Year

Posted Date: Monday, June 29, 2009 - 05:53

Jerome and Coach Doorley on Signing DayAlfred State College standout volleyball player Jenni Jerome (Syracuse/Westhill) has been named the Western New York Athletic Conference co-senior female athlete of the year.  She shares the honor with Lindsay Grace (Monroe CC) and Kari Barmore (Jamestown CC).

Jerome had a well decorated two-year career at Alfred State.  She helped the Lady Pioneers to a 74-10 record, back-to-back Region III Championships, and back-to-back trips to the NJCAA Division III National Championships.

Her honors this season include being named honorable mention All-American, 1st team All-Region, 1st team All-WNYAC, and preseason All-American.  Jerome was also recently named the ASC senior athlete of the year after receiving the freshman athlete of the year in 2008. 

This season the Lady Pioneers finished 38-4 and 4th in the nation, both program records.  Jerome finished with 378 kills (3.4 per game) and a .249 hitting percentage.  She chipped in 364 digs, 46 service aces and 21 blocks.  She recorded more than 10 kills in a match 14 times and more than 10 digs in a match 15 times.  In seven matches she finished with a double-double.

For her career (2007 & 2008), Jerome finishes with 686 kills, 690 digs, 82 service aces, and 79 blocks.

Jerome was named the WNYAC female co-freshman of the year last summer.  She will continue her athletic and academic career at Glenville State (WV) next year.