August 2009

Gildner Named Men's Soccer Coach

Posted Date: Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 05:56

Jason Gildner has been named the new men's soccer coach at Alfred State College.  Gildner, a former assistant coach at ASC and a 2005 graduate, takes over a team that was 14-4 in 2008 and advanced all the way to the Region III Division III finals.

As a Pioneer assistant coach between 2005 and 2007, Gildner helped set up daily practices, provided technical information and hands on skills training, and helped coach the 2006 team that advanced all the way to the Region III Division III Final Four.

Currently, Gildner works at Alfred State as a multi-media technician and as the college photographer.

Gildner graduated from Portville Central School in 2001 and attained a associate degree in liberal arts and humanities from Alfred State in 2005.

Preseason practices begin next week for the 2009 season as the blue and gold will look to make a return trip to the Region III Division III final four.

Gildner resides in Wellsville with his wife and his three children.

Campus Store Unveils Loyalty Program

Posted Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 09:42

Buying local and getting rewarded for it is the driving force behind the Campus Store Rewards Program at Alfred State College. Students who purchase their books and most other college-related items at either the Wellsville or Alfred Campus Store will receive points toward future purchases from the store. The program is available to students right now and will soon be available to alumni.

“The Campus Store Rewards Program is a way for us to reward our most loyal customers,” explained Sean McDonough, the store manager. “We know that the cost of textbooks can be high because of academic and publisher requirements, so we came up with a plan to help students receive a little kick-back for purchases to lighten the financial burden just a little bit.”

“The loyalty program should be just the kind of incentive that students need to buy their books locally instead of over the Internet. We think the Campus Store is the right place to purchase books because of our convenience, our return policy, and our quality guarantee. Now students will get points to spend in the store on future purchases too,” McDonough added.

Students must sign-up for the program on the Campus Store’s Web site. Once they are signed up, they’ll earn points for purchases, although some items like electronics and snack purchases are excluded from the program. For students who are enrolled in the program, points will be tracked via a new account which will be added to the Campus ID card that all SUNY students carry.

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, telecommunications, vending, and laundry services to our student customers.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher to Visit Aug. 18

Posted Date: Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 08:23

State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher will continue her summer “get-acquainted” tour of SUNY campuses when she visits Alfred State College on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

“We are delighted to host Dr. Zimpher and pleased that her schedule will permit her to visit both of our campuses,” noted Dr. John M. Anderson, Alfred State College president.  “And we are certain Alfred State will make a positive lasting impression!”

Zimpher will begin her visit with a breakfast where she will meet campus administrators; Patricia K. Fogarty, Alfred State College Council chair; students; and alumni representatives.

Following the “meet-and-greet,” Dr. Zimpher will tour the Alfred campus, viewing select areas for closer inspection, have a quick view of the college farm, and visit the Wellsville campus where one of the stops will be the new Workforce Development Center.

The Chancellor will wind up the day at the Lake Lodge for lunch where she will have additional interaction with students and answer questions from local media.

Tyrell Selected to Serve on National Task Force on Professional Standards

Posted Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 11:06

Dr. TyrellDr. Steven Tyrell, vice president for student affairs, has been selected to serve on a national task force that will look at developing a unified set of professional standards and knowledge competencies for student affairs professionals. The joint task force will look to unify professional standards that exist in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the American College Personnel Association – International (ACPA). The two associations represent over 9,000 student affairs professionals and graduate program faculty. Tyrell previously served in 2005-07 on ACPA’s Task Force on Professional Competencies where 10 major areas were identified as core competencies for professionals and the progression of competencies and skill sets a professional should acquire at the entry level, mid-level, and senior professional level. In 2005, Tyrell led a research team that surveyed the ACPA membership on what skill sets and knowledge competencies are essential for different levels of the profession. He is currently finishing a manuscript that presents the results of that research, how shifts in perspectives have changed the profession over the past two decades, and how these shifts may impact the future of the profession and students in years to follow. Tyrell has co-authored this manuscript with Dr. Charlie Fey, vice president for student affairs at the University of Akron.

Tyrell, vice president for student affairs at Alfred State College since 2004, holds a PhD in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Technological University, a master of arts degree in educational administration and supervision, and a bachelor of arts degree in speech communication, both from SUNY New Paltz.

Prior to joining the ASC community, Tyrell served in a variety of student affairs positions, including associate dean for student discipline at MIT, Cambridge; associate dean of student affairs/director of student life at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI; director of college activities, Greek life, and Student Union building operation, SUNY (State University of New York) College at New Paltz; assistant director of college activities and student union operation, New Paltz; complex director for program development and residence hall director, New Paltz; and assistant to the dean for Student Development, McKendree College, Lebanon, IL.

Tyrell is a member of the American College Personnel Association, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and the Association of Student Judicial Affairs.

Tyrell is the co-author of “How Interaction Patterns Among Resident Assistants and Residents Promotes Diversity and Connectedness at a Midwestern University,” in NASPA’s Diversity on Campus: Reports from the Field, with J. Crowl, 1999; and “Wondering About Critical Management Studies,” Management Communication Quarterly, with P. Sotirin, 1998.

A sought-after speaker, Tyrell has given presentations on “Exploring a Typology of Educational Outcomes When Meaningful Educational Assignments Are Required in Cases of Academic Dishonesty;” “The Black Widow Meets the Talented Mr. Ripley:  Devolving Residence Hall Community;” “Challenge Ropes Course: Trust and Team Building Inside and Outside the 21st Century Classroom;” “Reducing Incidents of Academic Dishonesty in Graduate Work: When Best Intentions Cross the Line into Cheating, Plagiarism, and Unauthorized Collaboration;” “Interdepartmental Interventions: Working Cooperatively to Reduce Campus Alcohol and Substance Abuse;” and “RA Communication, Community Development, and Retention of Under-Represented Groups,” to name a few.

SUNY Chancellor Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher Continues Whirlwind Summer Tour at ASC

Posted Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 13:15

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher listens to presentations in the Engineering Technology Building.State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher continued her whirlwind summer tour of SUNY’s 64 campuses with a 55th stop at Alfred State College in Allegany County on Tuesday.

During her visit to the college, Zimpher met with college administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and local business and government representatives, absorbing their views on how SUNY can help Alfred State do what it does so well—educating students—even better. 

“I’d like SUNY to be a building block—a scaffold—for its campuses,” noted Zimpher, to allow them to make even greater contributions to the future of New York State.

Thus, dual reasons for the tour—to become acquainted with the system she leads and to enable her and a group of select SUNY personnel to define emerging themes to help create a strategic plan to lead SUNY for the next five-10 years.

Additionally, the chancellor noted the need for more partnerships with public and private entities, allowing for mutually beneficial relationships—economic recovery for the state and increased opportunities for students throughout the SUNY system.

"We have to promote the SUNY brand,” noted Zimpher, which will lead to additional investment by private and governmental sources.

When asked what struck her most about her visit to Alfred State College, Zimpher was quick to point out that for a small college, ASC has big dreams, including its investigation into building a wind farm to generate the equivalent of the energy used on both its campuses; the depth of its educational programs; and its commitment to the environment through its sustainable energy programs.

“There are big ideas all across SUNY,” Zimpher said.  “But the energy and focus of Alfred State College [to turn those ideas into reality] is very impressive.”

Before accepting her current position on June 1, Zimpher was president of the University of Cincinnati.

View additional photos of the Chancellor's visit.

Moving In Day

Posted Date: Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 10:48

Moving In Day 2009

Moving-in day at Alfred State College saw hundreds of families hauling their students’ belongings to campus to begin the new academic year. Instead of the traditional linens and clothing packed in a tidy footlocker, students these days need trucks and trailers to transport today’s college necessities, including computers, refrigerators, and the myriad electronic gadgets that make life “bearable.” Pictured here, a student and her “muscle” take a break on a hot day before bringing the next load of furnishings to her room.

Going Green and Loving It

Posted Date: Friday, August 21, 2009 - 05:15

solar panelsInterstate Renewable Energy Council recently published an article titled Alfred State College/SUNY College of Technology: Going Green and Loving It.

Newly Renamed Theta Gamma House

Posted Date: Friday, August 21, 2009 - 10:16

TG dedicationAlfred State College honored history and tradition recently as it re-christened the Victorian House to better reflect the college’s history and to honor Theta Gamma, a fraternal organization whose members used the building as their lodging for decades. The newly renamed Theta Gamma House is the only structure on campus that pre-dates the College, and has been, and continues to be an integral part of the campus culture by virtue of its central location, its unique architectural style, and its illustrious history. College President Dr. John M. Anderson and College Council Chair Patricia K. Fogarty presided over the dedication which took place during the summer and drew scores of TG brothers from around the nation to the ceremony. Pictured here, l-r, TG brothers Cory Kane, ’09, Jamestown; Luke Obuhanich, ’09, Alfred; Wayne Wagner, ’66, Penn Yan; Robert Roth, ’09, Albany; James Clark, ’10, Syracuse; and Matt Speed, ’09, Alfred.

Volleyball team ranked #5 in NJCAA Preseason Poll

Posted Date: Friday, August 21, 2009 - 11:21

The Alfred State College volleyball team is ranked #5 in the preseason NJCAA Division III poll released this week.  The Lady Pioneers are coming off a 2008 season in which they finished 4th in the nation with a program best 38-4 record.

Defending national champion Brookhaven (TX) College is ranked #1 followed by Hibbing (MN) CC, Ridgewater (MN) College, and Harper (IL) College.  Region III opponents Monroe CC and Jamestown CC are ranked 9th and 10th respectively.

The Pioneers return four players, Emily Linn (Portville), Chrissy Nolan (Niagara Wheatfield), Heather Gerace (Avon), and Jessica Suojanen (Saranac Lake), from last year's squad.  Linn was a honorable mention All-WNYAC selection after recording 300 kills, 204 digs, and 53 blocks.  Nolan saw action in 106 games and registered 219 digs, 24 service aces, and 23 kills.  Gerace appeared in 13 games while Suojanen played in six.

Head Coach Gene Doorley will have to replace NJCAA All-Americans Yurika Toyodome and Jenni Jerome.  Toyodome is now playing at Davenport (MI) University and Jerome is a member of the volleyball team at Glenville (WV) State.

The Alfred State volleyball team has made back-to-back trips to the NJCAA Division III National Champships after winning the Region III Division III title the past two years.  During the past three season the team has a 106-13 record.

The Lady Pioneers kick off their season on September 5th when they host Monroe CC, SUNY Delhi, and Nassau CC (preseason ranked #8) in a quad-match.  Action is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the Orvis Activities Center.

Men's Soccer Ranked 6th in Preseason Poll

Posted Date: Monday, August 24, 2009 - 05:16

New head coach Jason Gildner and the Alfred State College men's soccer team will enter the 2009 season in the NJCAA Division III National Poll.  The Pioneers, who finished 2008 with a 14-4 mark, are ranked 6th in the preseason poll.

Gildner, an Alfred State soccer alum and former assistant coach who replaces Todd Weil, inherits a team that advanced to the Region III Division III championship match.  Eleven players from that team return in 2009. 

Jason Durst (Gates Chili), Lucas Wales (Bath), and Caleb Drake (Jasper Troupsburg) highlight the returners.  Durst was a 1st team All-Region and 2nd team All-Conference selection after netting eight goals, Wales was 2nd team All-Conference after registering a team high 17 points (8 goals and one assist), and Drake added five goals and three assists on his way to 2nd team All-Region and 1st team All-Conference honors. 

Kevin Arilotta (Churchville), Masanari Yamamoto (Tokyo, Japan), Koya Takadama (Soma, Japan), Justin Clark (Alfred Almond), Justin Handley (Iroquois), Matthew Kooy (Caledonia Mumford) , Erik Reynolds (East Rochester), and Keenan Thayer (Middletown, RI) also return.

Alfred State is joined in the preseason poll by Region III foes, Herkimer CCC (#1), Mohawk Valley CC (#8), and SUNY Delhi (#11).

The Pioneers kick off their season on Septermber 5th when they take on SUNY Delhi in the first day of the East/West Showdown at Hudson Valley CC.  The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.