September 2009

Homecoming/Family Weekend Sept. 24-27

Posted Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 10:37

Alfred State College will host its annual Homecoming/Family weekend Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 24-27, on the Alfred campus.

Hundreds of visitors are expected to converge on campus to reconnect with old friends or visit with their students, perhaps for the first time since dropping them off for the fall semester in August.

Activities begin Thursday, Sept. 24 with a men's soccer game vs. Broome Community College at 4 p.m. at Pioneer Stadium.  At 8 p.m., an extreme dodge ball tournament will be played under the lights at Pioneer Stadium. Winners will receive special team tee-shirts. Prizes will be awarded for the best team uniform, the biggest fan club, and best team spirit!

On Friday, Sept. 25, walking tours of campus will be conducted, beginning at the Orvis Activities Center from 5-8 p.m.; at 7 p.m., the annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Banquet will be held in the Allegany Room of Central Dining Hall ($, pre-registration required).

From 6 - 8 p.m., alumni are invited to attend the Annual Southern Tier Alumni Reception at Lake Lodge where they can meet President John M. Anderson, reconnect with friends and classmates, make new local contacts, and find out what’s new at the College (pre-registration required).

At 8 p.m. comedian Ron G will perform in the Orvis Auditorium. Ron G is an upcoming sensation in the LA area; he believes his comedy to be “high energy and clever with an urban flair.”  Ron G has won first place in the 2005 Sierra Mist Late Night Laff Off; he was a finalist on the TV show “Who’s Got Jokes;” and he was also a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” This event is family-friendly.

10 p.m. will see the start of this year's Madden Tournament (video game contest) in the Pioneer Lounge; sign-ups will begin at 9:30 p.m. Participants will be challenged to show off their gaming skills. Games will be played on an Xbox 360 as well as a Play station 3; the winners of each gaming system will win prize packages from the ASC campus store.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, the day begins at 10 a.m. with a historical walking tour of the Village of Alfred and continental breakfast (first 40 participants). A native Alfredian and a local businessman (Mr. and Mrs. Bob Volk) will meet the tour group at Main Attraction and will guide participants on a leisurely walk on nearly level paths. About an hour in length, the tour will take visitors from prehistoric times to the present in the beautiful valley Alfred State calls home. Visitors are invited to join the group, ask questions, stroll through local history, and enjoy a cup of coffee along the way in the souvenir travel mug supplied to participants.

From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. family fun abounds at the Gold Rush Gathering in the Orvis Gymnasium; this year, casino-themed games will offer players a chance for more than $1,500 in prizes. There will be amusements for all ages (alum, student, or family member), including miniature golf, giant inflatables, snow cones, cotton candy, and photo booths, to name just a few.

From noon-2 p.m. alumni are invited to attend “Luncheon at the Lake” at the bucolic Lake Lodge. ASC alumni and President Anderson will recognize the classes of ‘59, ‘84, and ‘99 ($, pre-registration required).

Alfred Squares - Homecoming/Family Weekend 2008Sporting events Saturday afternoon include a noon women’s soccer game vs. Niagara County Community College (NCCC) at Pioneer Stadium; a 1 p.m. baseball game vs. Jamestown Community College (DH) on the baseball field; and a 2:30 p.m. men’s soccer game vs. Niagara CCC at Pioneer Stadium.

At 3 p.m., be entertained by Alfred State’s version of the "Hollywood Squares," appropriately enough called "Alfred Squares" in the Orvis Auditorium. Faculty, staff, and Greeks compete against each other, testing their knowledge of ASC trivia. This event is family-friendly.

The prelude to the big event occurs from 4-7 p.m.--a tailgate party with President Anderson which will be held in a tent near Orvis ($). Music will be provided by Alfred State's own WETD radio station with special guest DJs from the class of ’77, including Mike Smith, Don Seames, and Jay Wilder. The menu will feature local traditional favorites, including Stearn’s BBQ chicken, BBQ pork, all the expected side dishes, and more.

The Office of Institutional Advancement will hold a basket raffle during the tailgate party; tickets may be purchased during the tailgate festivities. Winners will be announced at 6 p.m. and must be present to win.  Proceeds from the sale of the baskets will be donated to the Centennial Endowed Scholarship and will directly benefit students at Alfred State.

Football game coin toss - Homecoming/Family Weekend 2008From 7-10 p.m. Alfred State's Football Pioneers meet Globe Tech in the Pioneer Stadium ($).

There will be a Halftime Centennial Campaign check presentation with honorary co-chairs ASC alumnus and Wellsville native Erland “Erkie” Kailbourne, ’61 and ASC President Emeritus Dr. William D. Rezak.

Still energized?  Join the Pioneer Pride Party from 11 p.m.-3 a.m. at the Student Gathering Place where partygoers will enjoy free food and fun door prizes.

Activities wind down on Sunday, Sept. 27; guests can enjoy brunch at Central Dining Hall from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., ($) before cheering our Pioneers baseball team on at its game vs. Genesee Community College at 1 p.m. on the baseball field or before hitting the road.

Events are subject to change; for the most up-to-date information visit the events page.

Late Goal lifts FLCC past Pioneers

Posted Date: Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 15:01

Finger Lakes CC's Ryan Phillips capitalized a great corner kick with 6:19 left in regulation to lift the Lakers to a 1-0 victory over Alfred State at Pioneer Stadium on Thursday afternoon.  FLCC improves to 3-2-2 on the season while ASC falls to 0-3.

Alfred State had a few chances early on but Shane Conley made excellent saves to keep the game scoreless.  He finished the shutout victory with 10 saves.

Daniel Krajcir (Gloversville) made five saves in goal for the Pioneers.

The blue & gold will look to get on track on Saturday when they travel to Jefferson CC for a 3 p.m. contest with the Cannoneers.

Lady Pioneers Blank Delhi

Posted Date: Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 16:44

Therese Hubbel (Bishop Kearney) recorded her second straight game-winning goal as the Alfred State College women's soccer team blanked SUNY Delhi 1-0 to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

Hubbel got a header from Hailey Post (Jasper Troupsburg) just outside the box and was able to dribble in  and slide it past the Bronco goalkeeper.

Mo Parks (Avoca) made the lead stick by recording the shutout in net.  She made seven saves.

ASC held a 12-9 shot advantage in the game.

The Lady Pioneers hit the road for the first time in 2009 on Saturday when they travel to Jefferson CC for a 1 p.m. contest with the Lady Cannoneers.

Dr. Choichiro Yatani Pursued Academic Activities

Posted Date: Friday, September 11, 2009 - 11:59

YataniSocial and Behavioral Sciences Department at Alfred State College, pursued several academic activities recently:

Yatani has had a paper titled “With Us or Against Us: American Images of the Enemy” (presented at the 20th Oxford Round Table in March 2008) published in Terrorism and Global Insecurity: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (Ch. 7, 137-148, 2009) by Alexander Klint (Ed.), Linton Atlantic Books, Ltd.

He also presented two papers: “Humanizing Science and Technology or Alienating the Learners: The Paradox of Sociology 5213 – Science, Technology & Society,” at the 16th International Conference on Learning, The University of Barcelona, Spain, July 2009; and “No Racism, No Sexism, and No Enemy in the 2008 American Presidential Race: Psychology in a Social Context,” at the 4th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, The University of Athens, Greece, July 2009.

Yatani also participated in a panel discussion and presented a paper titled “With Us or Against Us: American Images of the Enemy in a Global Community” at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association Denver, May 2009. 

A member of Alfred State’s faculty since 1991, Yatani holds three psychology degrees:  a doctorate from SUNY (State University of New York) at Stony Brook, a master’s degree from Oregon State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University.

Dr. Richard Kellogg Participated in an Open House

Posted Date: Friday, September 11, 2009 - 12:12

Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor of psychology, Alfred State College, participated in an Open House at the historic Higgins-Ballard-Wylie home in Rushford, Sept. 6, 2009.  The current owner of the home, Ronald Beverly, played the role of NYS Gov. Frank Higgins, who was born in the home and spent his early years in Rushford.  The role of Dr. Ballard, the village physician who occupied the home for many years, was played by a member of the Ballard family.  Kellogg impersonated author Philip Wylie, who spent summers in Rushford from 1938, the year in which he married Dr. Ballard’s daughter, until his death in 1971. 

Kellogg, who has written several articles on the literary legacy of Philip Wylie, notes that Wylie was one of the most prolific and popular writers in America for nearly 40 years.  Wylie was propelled into the national spotlight following publication of his explosive best-seller Generation of Vipers in 1942.  In this book, Wylie blasted many cherished American institutions such as big business, government bureaucracies, religious organizations, and the military.  Philip Wylie became known as an iconoclastic social critic and an outspoken crusader for social and political reforms in our culture.  In his later years, Wylie wrote often about ecological issues and was deeply concerned with the conservation of our natural environment.

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.

Pioneers fall in defensive battle with Erie

Posted Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 14:56

In a defensive battle, Erie CC was able to down Alfred State College 10-6 in the Northeast Football Conference opener for both teams.  ECC improves to 1-1 (1-0 NFC) while ASC falls to 1-1 (0-1 NFC).

Erie got on the board on their first possession on a Mike Lawandus 37 yard field goal.  They made it 10-0 just minutes later capitalizing on the first of six Pioneer turnovers when Keenan Wilburn dove in for a score.

Alfred State got on the board late in the first quarter (3:22 remaining) to cut it to 10-6 when Reggie Corley (Elmira Free) connected with Quintin McKenzie (Euclid, OH) on a 31-yard scoring strike.

From that time on both teams had opportunities to put more on the scoreboard but couldn’t capitalize.  Penalties, negative yard plays, and turnovers killed scoring chances.

Alfred State outgained Erie CC 249 (175 by the air and 74 rushing) to 178 (143 passing and 35 rushing) on the day.  Erie came up with three interceptions and three fumble recoveries and held a +4 turnover margin.

Kyle Ricks (Alexandria, VA) led the defense with 10 tackles (4 solo) and an interception while Ricky DeJesus (Englewood, NJ) added nine stops.  Robert Edmonds (Washington, DC) and Sir Aaron Taylor (Westchester) were also key components to the defense finishing with eight tackles each.

Corley finished 12 for 29 for 155 yards and one score.  Rod Streater (Burlington, NJ) and Pat White (Warren, OH) each finished with 57 yards receiving while McKenzie had 45 yards on four catches.  Xavier Makell (Baltimore, MD) led the rushing attack with 46 yards on 10 carries.

Anthony Spinola was 10 for 24 for 116 yards with Lawarence Coleman cathcing four passes for 83 yards.  Trent Alls led the defense with eight tackles.

The Pioneers open up the home portion of their season on Monday, September 21 when they host Buffalo State JV at 7 p.m.  

Pioneers drop a pair of 1-0 decisions

Posted Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 15:05

The Alfred State College baseball team dropped a pair of 1-0 decisions at Niagara CCC this afternoon. NCCC scored the winning run in the 6th in the opener and in the 7th in the nightcap.

In the opener, Joe Wallace (Avoca) tossed a six inning two-hitter but the Blazers scored the lone run of the game in the bottom of the 6th on a wild pitch.  Wallace finished with six strike outs and four walks but took the hard luck loss.  Brian Ervay (Elmira Southside) and Brian Zimmermann (Frontier) each collected two hits for ASC.

NCCC loaded the bases in the 7th inning in the nightcap and scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly to complete the sweep.  Mark Ciccotti (Horseheads) allowed five hits and the one run in 6.2 innings of work.  He walked one and struck out seven.  Zimmerman was the lone Pioneer with multiple hits finishing with two.

The Pioneers (3-3) return to WNYAC action next Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Monroe CC.

Women's Soccer Ties Jefferson

Posted Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 15:10

Alfred State College and Jefferson CC battled 110 minutes with neither team able to find the back of the net.  The Lady Pioneers are now 2-0-1 on the season and have yet to allow a goal.

Mo Parks (Avoca) made 12 saves in net for the Lady Pioneers.

ASC returns to action on Tuesday when they host WNYAC opponent Bryant & Stratton at 4 p.m. at Pioneer Stadium.

Volleyball finishes 1-2 at MVCC Tournament

Posted Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 15:17

The Alfred State College volleyball team finished 1-2 at the Mohawk Valley CC Tournament on Saturday.  The Lady Pioneers defeated Herkimer CCC 2-0 (25-16, 25-20), fell 2-0 to Niagara CCC (16-25, 21-25), and lost a heartbreaker to SUNY Delhi 2-1 (22-25, 25-19, 13-15).

Bobbi Hopkins (Southwestern) recorded seven kills and seven digs versus Herkimer while Brittany Haines (Salamanca) added 22 assists, five digs, and four aces.  Emily Linn (Portville) chipped in six kills and four digs.

Linn had eight digs and three kills while Hopkins added six digs and three kills versus Niagara.

Haines had 22 assists, six digs, and two aces in the tough match versus Delhi that kept the Pioneers from advancing to the semifinals.  Linn recorded seven kills and five digs, Shelby Gadsen (Olean) had six kills and five digs, and Kelly McDermott (Webster Thomas) added eight digs.

The Lady Pioneers, 3-4 (2-3 Region III Division III) return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Monroe CC for a 6 p.m. start.

Men's Soccer Downs Jefferson for First Victory

Posted Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 15:22

The Alfred State College men's soccer was able to get the offense going and downed Jefferson CC 2-0 to register their first victory of the 2009 season.  ASC is now 1-3 on the season.

The Pioneers got goals from Jason Durst (Gates Chili) and Koya Takadama (Fukushima, Japan) while Daniel Krajcir (Gloversville) made two saves for the shutout.  Kevin Arilotta (Churchville Chili) and Caleb Drake (Jasper Troupsburg) were credited with assists.

ASC hosts Bryant & Stratton on Tuesday at Pioneer Stadium.  Opening kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. following the women's contest.