July 2009

Pioneers Earn Academic Honors

Posted Date: Monday, July 6, 2009 - 10:36

Twenty Alfred State College student athletes have been honored with academic awards.  Eleven Pioneers were named NJCAA Academic All-American, 13 were named Academic All-Region, and 20 were named Academic All Conference.

Women's basketball player Jacqueline Dresser (South Seneca) earned a 4.00 GPA to earn distinguished NJCAA Academic All-American.  She was also an All-Region and All-WNYAC academic honoree.

Other NJCAA distinguished Academic All-Americans include:

  • Dan Young (Cicero-North Syracuse/Football) earned a 3.96 GPA in 136 credits
  • Hiroshi Ozaki (Tokyo, Japan/Soccer) earned a 3.95 GPA in 66 credits
  • Matthew Owlett (Alfred Almond/Soccer & Outdoor Track & Field) earned a 3.91 GPA in 50 credits
  • Masanari Yamamoto (Tokyo, Japan/Soccer) earned a 3.90 GPA in 83 credits
  • Michael Gustafson (Warren, PA/Wrestling) earned a 3.87 GPA in 70 credits

Each of the athletes were also named Academic All-Region and Academic All-Conference.

Miki Inoue (Kumamoto, Japan/Volleyball), Jeffrey Hansen (Watkins Glen/Cross Country), Lee Smith (Waverly/Soccer), Andrew Grayson (Mechanicville/Baseball), and Derek Speaker (Starpoint/Baseball) all earned NJCAA Academic All-Americans.  They were also named Academic All-Region and Academic All-Conference.

  • Inoue earned 3.73 GPA in 61 credits
  • Hansen had a 3.64 GPA in 133 credits
  • Smith earned a 3.63 GPA in 47 credits
  • Grayson had a 3.60 GPA in 56 credits
  • Speaker earned a 3.60 GPA in 68 credits

Soccer goaltender Dan Fabiny (Wellsville) and lacrosse player Steven Burdzy (West Seneca West) each earned Academic All-Region and Academic All-Conference.  Fabiny had a 3.51 GPA and Burdzy a 3.50.

Ryan Grogan (Churchville Chili/Lacrosse - 3.49 GPA), Danielle Hanchett (Genesee Valley/Basketball - 3.49 GPA), Cory Mee (Churchville Chili/Lacrosse - 3.38 GPA), Melissa Gifford (Jamestown/Basketball - 3.34 GPA), and Kim Winquist (Wilson/Basketball - 3.31 GPA), and Preston Washburn (Dundee/Football - 3.30 GPA) all were named Academic All-Conference.

In total athletes at Alfred State had a 2.53 GPA for the 2008-09 school year.


Student Laundry Goes Green

Posted Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 - 07:11

Laundry, the bane of college existence, will be become more environmentally-friendly, if not more enjoyable, at Alfred State College this fall. The largest laundry room on campus in the MacKenzie Complex has been completely updated and the results will fit in nicely with the college’s green initiative.

The update includes the replacement of 30 traditional top-load washers and dryers which were replaced by front-loading models. The new equipment will reduce the amount of water required for each load from 30 gallons to seven gallons. The new machines are more energy-efficient than the previous models, so the college will gain an immediate savings on electrical costs. Because the machines use less water per load, the college should see savings in waste water charges, too.  The front-loaders require less detergent per load, so students will also realize a savings in detergent costs. The new machines need less than one quarter cup of detergent per load. The previous models required one cup of detergent per load.

“We’ve been replacing old washing machines and dryers as needed around campus, but the MacKenzie Complex gave us a great opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to the environment on a large scale,” explained Tom Massara, ACES Executive Director. “The college will gain real savings and students will have reliable, new equipment to help them get through that dreaded laundry task.”

Students in MacKenzie will continue to be able to monitor their laundry tasks using the online monitoring system http://www.laundryview.com.

About ACES

Auxiliary Campus Enterprises & Services (ACES) is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the mission of Alfred State College.  ACES is located on campus and provides dining services, campus bookstore, transportation, vending, and laundry services to our customers.


Drummond Facilitated Diversity Awareness Training

Posted Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 11:36

Jerri DrummondDr. Jerri Drummond, Alfred State College associate vice president for student affairs and director of multicultural affairs, recently facilitated a Diversity Awareness Training for 75 Head Start teachers and assistant teachers for the ACCORD Corporation at Our Lady of Angels Church in Cuba.

Drummond, who joined the ASC professional staff in 2008, holds a PhD in student affairs administration and research from the University of Iowa, an MA in guidance and counseling from Southeast Missouri State University, and a BS from Frostburg State University.

As associate vice president for student affairs, Drummond supervises the director of Counseling Services and the director of Health Services.  Drummond will also work closely with campus constituents in regard to multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusion.   As director of multicultural affairs, Drummond develops educational programs and workshops that build multicultural awareness among students. 

Prior to joining the ASC staff, Drummond served as program coordinator for diversity, University of Maryland, College Park; she held several positions at the University of Iowa, including manager of the Afro-American Cultural Center and academic coordinator.  She also served as assistant director of intercultural programs, Loras College.


2009 SkillsUSA Postsecondary Nationals

Posted Date: Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 06:14

Twelve NYS SkillsUSA winners (who competed at Alfred State College in the spring) competed at the 2009 SkillsUSA Postsecondary Nationals in Kansas City, MO, June 22-27, 2009.  Of the 12, nine were Alfred State College (ASC) students, two were SUNY Delhi students, and one was a Culinary Institute of America (CIA) student.

Those students who captured medals included:

  • David Drosendhal, Jr., East Aurora (ASC), who won a bronze medal in the Diesel Equipment Technology competition;
  • Ryan Machus, Java Center (ASC), who won a bronze medal in the CNC Milling Technology competition;
  • Josh Feltz, Schroon Lake (ASC), who won a silver medal in the Computer Maintenance Technology competition; and
  • Mateusz Plaza, Wallington, NY (CIA), who captured the gold medal in the Commercial Baking competition.

Other competitors included:

  • Shawn Bevington, Akron (ASC), Masonry competition;
  • Ryan Sisson, Belmont (ASC), Precision Machining Technology competition;
  • Geoffrey Ball, Lockport (ASC), Technical Drafting competition;
  • Brandon Chaffee, Ithaca (ASC), Automotive Service Technology competition;
  • Alex Kuehne, Penn Yan (ASC), Carpentry competition;
  • John Shafer, Gasport (ASC), Welding competition;
  • Mark Magiotta, LaGrangeville (CIA), Culinary Arts competition; and
  • Thomas Lenz, Hudson (Delhi) – Residential Wiring competition.

SkillsUSA 2009 participantsThe NYS delegation included nine students and five faculty/administrators from Alfred State College. All of the participating students had previously won the NYS competition held at Alfred State in March. 

This year, approximately 5,000 students from around the country competed in 87 different trade, technical, and leadership fields.  

Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting, and culinary arts. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry.  Leadership contestants demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

The students compete to national standards with other students from all 50 states. The competitions are set up and judged by industry representatives. Over $20 million dollars is donated in time and equipment to the weeklong event.

SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves trade, industrial, technical, and health occupations, and students in public high schools, vocational centers, and colleges.  The organization serves over 290,000 students nationwide, as well as three US territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia. 

Alfred State College faculty and staff who accompanied the students to Kansas City included Jim Fleischman, assistant professor, Automotive Trades Department.  Burch and Santora served as judges for the baking and culinary competitions, respectively.     

Those interested in forming chapters at other NYS colleges should contact Clark at (607) 587-3101. Program information regarding technical areas of education should be directed to 1-800-4-ALFRED.           


Diners Nosh at 3 of Top 10 Restaurant Chains in the Country

Posted Date: Friday, July 17, 2009 - 07:23

College students from earlier times may recall a one-size fits all college dining experience that included little flavor and long cafeteria lines. Alfred State College students can’t relate.  That’s because ASC student meal plans include dining options at three of the top 10 restaurant chains in the country, based on a recent survey of the top 400 chain establishments published by Restaurants and Institutions magazine in the July 2009 issue.

The three restaurants, Taco Bell (8) all have outlets on the Alfred campus. They are operated by Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services (ACES) Dining Services.

“We were one of the first campuses in the SUNY system to pursue relationships with brand-name restaurants,” Karen Canne, Director of Dining Services, explained.  “We’re completely focused on giving our student customers choice and flexibility in dining. Our meal plans allow students to use their meal plans in any of these top restaurants, as well as any of the four other cafés on campus.”

The Exit West Café.

When the fall 2009 semester begins in August, students will have a new choice for all-you-care-to-eat dining.  Central Dining Hall will now include The Terrace, a food-court style offering that will provide even more customization and flexibility for student diners.

About ACES

Auxiliary Campus Enterprises & Services (ACES) is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the mission of Alfred State College.  ACES is located on campus and provides dining services, campus bookstore, telecommunications, transportation, vending, and laundry services to our customers.


Alfred State Raises Over $7M, Surpasses Fundraising Goal by Wide Margin

Posted Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 11:54

One of the largest capital campaigns ever at a SUNY College of Technology, Alfred State College has announced that it has exceeded its $3.4M Centennial Campaign goal by over 100%. At campaign’s end, the College had raised cash and pledges of over $7.5M. The three-year campaign, timed to coincide with the College’s hundredth birthday in 2008, concluded on June 30, 2009, with a preliminary total of $7,564,472 raised.

“The support of our alumni and friends was overwhelming,” said President John Anderson, the 11th president of the College. “Although I returned to the College just over a year ago, I had previously worked here for 22 years, and I knew the depth and breadth of the support for the College. Our graduates know that the education we offer is simply the best for the tuition anywhere.  I’d like to thank all of our supporters for this generous and humbling show of support.”

Primarily, the money and pledges raised were to fund the new Construction Workforce Development Center at the Wellsville Campus of Applied Technology, and to expand the capabilities of the agriculture programs on the Alfred campus.

Perhaps most surprising is the makeup of the donor pool. “The most remarkable thing about this success story is that we didn’t just do it with one or two large private gifts, as so often happens in campaigns,” said Dan Barwick, director of development at Alfred State. “In a time of economic downturn, our supporters rose to the challenge, dollar by dollar, donor by donor.”

“You have to give a lot of credit to our employees and especially to our Institutional Advancement office,” said Anderson. “They designed the campaign around our centennial and implemented it.” Barwick adds, “A plan is just a plan; what we have here at Alfred State is a group of people who did the work of implementation, and an overwhelming group of donors who know the value of Alfred State and want to see that value expand. We began this campaign with a modest $3.4M goal and no permanent president. But we couldn’t let our centennial pass without giving supporters a chance to give back to the college that gave so much to them, and I knew that when a permanent president arrived, this campaign would give that leader a running start. President Anderson came in and did more than run – he and other campus leaders absolutely committed themselves, and we made tremendous progress.”

The College is seeing unprecedented fundraising success in general – the 2008-2009 fiscal year saw the largest single year total of private support for the College. Said Anderson, “New York State faces unprecedented economic challenges, and Alfred State College is in a position to play a major role in the revitalization of the economy of the state and the region. The types of graduates Alfred State produces are exactly the kind of people the state needs to hit the ground running in “shovel-ready” construction and infrastructure projects, manufacturing and green technologies, agribusiness, and healthcare. Additionally, Alfred State primarily produces graduates who remain in the state, with 99% of job-seeking graduates employed immediately upon graduation, buying homes, paying property taxes, and supporting their local economies. As we rise to meet the current economic challenge, Alfred State College will emerge as the engine of our recovery.”