September 2009

Cross Country Wins ASC Invitational

Posted Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 16:00

Both the men's and women's cross country teams at Alfred State College were victorious at the annual ASC Invitational.  The women scored a 10 and the men a 29.

Bridget McMahon (Avoca) won the women's 5K race with a run of 24:05.6.  Abby Benton (Frewsburg) finished 2nd (24:51.2), Maria Wilson (Addison) finished 3rd (25:41.5), and Allynne O'Hearn (Pelham, NH) was 4th (25:53.4).

ASC's women scored a 10 followed by Finger Lakes CC's 26.

In the men's 8K race, Erie CC's Cory Pepero won the race in 30:48.4.  ASC's Joe Seitz (Williamsville) crossed the finish line in 2nd (31:13.2) while teammate Logan Drummer (Pioneer) was 3rd (31:38.0).  Alex Farrell (North Tonawanda) was 5th (31:51.9), Peter Francia (Greece Olympia) was 9th (33:26.6), and Brandon Lewis (Red Creek) was 11th (34:45.4).

ASC's men scored a 29 just ahead of Erie CC's 32.  Finger Lakes was 3rd with 67.

Runners from Bryant & Stratton and Lackawanna (PA) College also participated in the race.

The Pioneers return to action next Saturday when they compete at the FLCC Invitational.  The race will be a preview of the National Championship course that will be run in early November.


The Terrace at Central Dining Hall

Posted Date: Monday, September 14, 2009 - 07:44

Alfred State College students of years past may remember long cafeteria lines where white-clad women ladled portions of sometimes unidentifiable food onto their plates as they passed chafing dishes holding pre-cooked breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. 

But fall semester 2009 ushers in a whole new era of fresh, customizable, and delicious all-you-care-to eat dining at The Terrace at Central Dining Hall. Following a major rehab—in structure, equipment, and decor—students may now select from among six unique specialty serving areas (or they may sample them all!).

Asian Flare—serves a range of stir-fry lunch and dinner specials daily, featuring dishes from Thailand, Japan, and China. Chopsticks available!

Grille Works—offers hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken breasts, Italian sausage, and French fries; if this is your staple fare, then this is the place for you. On Saturday and Sunday Grille Works offers made-to-order omelets, pancakes, and waffles!

Traditions—supplies good ol’ home-style comfort foods like baked chicken, roast beef, turkey with all the trimmings, pork chops, mashed potatoes, and vegetables, to name just a few options.

Carve and Create—is a sandwich bar where students can build their own sandwiches (available on a variety of breads), create their own “wraps,” or design Panini or submarine sandwiches—all built to order!

Primo Italiano—offers several pastas served with the diner’s choice of protein and fresh sauces as well as a wide variety of pizzas baked in an authentic high-temp pizza oven able to produce 12 16-inch pizzas in eight minutes!  And don’t forget the garlic bread!

Last, but certainly not least, Just Desserts—tempts diners with a variety of sweets at every meal, and hopes to include offerings from the culinary arts: baking, production and management students in Wellsville in the near future. Favorites such as soft ice cream, yogurt, and ice cream novelties are also available. Those with a taste for fresh fruit can also find seasonal favorites.

The 24-item salad bar remains in the dining room of the Terrace, offering two soups daily for lunch, fresh produce and greens obtained from the college farm and greenhouse and the Angelica farmers’ market when available.

The Terrace at Central Dining Hall“Students have been flocking to the Terrace for their meals,” says Karen Canne, director of dining services for ACES (Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, the college food service, vending, and transportation supplier). Preliminary figures confirm anecdotal evidence that the Terrace is a hit: “In the first week of operation in 2008,” notes Canne, “we served 8,495 meals; in the first week of operation this year, we served 11,776 meals!

“In fact,” Canne continued, “we have more than doubled our weekly Stearn’s chicken order—as well as our meat order from Sysco Foods….

“The entire staff is gratified that our students are enjoying this food court dining experience,” she continued. Additionally, she says, students and ACES staff are forging new relationships because “the staff is right there out in front—not behind the scenes like before.  And the staff enjoys it because they get instant (overwhelmingly favorable) feedback from diners.”

In order to make this new format work, many ACES employees who had been used to cooking behind the scenes are now in the “front of the house” using new methods to cook and needed some re-training. One 35-year ACES employee (Mary Wheeler) left her cooking comfort zone and is now using industrial-sized woks to serve up tasty Asian dishes.

“Besides the ‘back of the house’ upgrades, such as combi-ovens, new coolers, and reconfigured work space, visitors to the dining room will notice new colors, new tables and reupholstered chairs [done entirely by Chris Loper (ACES assistant director of dining for cash operations)—all 172 of them!], relocation of the salad bar, new ceiling and floor, and access to the dish room for more efficient clean up of used dishes and utensils. And, there are two new exits to help traffic flow.

“We have hired two more full-time employees – a cook and a general food service worker – to help us manage the increase,” says Canne, as well as “25-30 additional student workers—our own little contribution to the local economy.

“We are very pleased with the results of this rehab,” says Canne. “Though there is still some work to be done, we feel confident that our students and other patrons will have a positive dining experience in the Terrace.”

Karen M. Young Elected Chair of Faculty Senate

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 05:24

Karen YoungKaren M. Young, associate professor and chair of the Computerized Design and Manufacturing Department of Alfred State College, has been elected chair of that body’s Faculty Senate. The chair is elected for a two-year term and may serve two consecutive terms.

As chair, Young’s responsibilities include presiding at all meetings of the Faculty Senate, all meetings of the Executive Committee, and all general Faculty meetings not called by the President of the College. She will also prepare and circulate to the faculty all agendas for meetings, represent the faculty at appropriate on-campus and off-campus College functions, and serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member of all other Senate Standing Committees.

The Faculty Senate is the representative body through which ASC faculty participate in college affairs and shared governance, and serves as a forum for discussion of issues that are vital to the mission of Alfred State. Through committees and a democratically elected legislative body, the Senate endeavors to provide the faculty and professional staff with a voice in the governance of the college, and to represent the needs and interests of our college community to the administration.

The Senate considers, advises, and recommends policies and procedures in matters which concern the general welfare of the college community, including criteria for faculty promotion and tenure, academic regulations, curriculum development and review, student life, and budget and planning.

Young, a 1982 alumna of Alfred State College’s drafting program, returned to ASC as an instructor in 1993. She became chair of the department in 2005.

Young resides in Olean with her two children.

Student Raises Money for Austism Speaks

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 07:55

When someone you love needs help, you don’t think about the cost of helping…you jump in with both feet to see what you can do.

This is exactly what Alfred State College student Jenny Brongo, Rochester, Construction Management Engineering Technology major, and her family do every year to raise money for Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Brongo’s brother Chucky was diagnosed with the disorder when he was two years old.  Now 18, he attends Easter Seals NH Autism Clinic, which provides multidisciplinary assessments for children of all ages who are suspected of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Services are packaged and tailored to meet the unique needs of each client, including Screening and Comprehensive evaluation.

Why so far from home? His home school district was unprepared to educate a young person with his symptoms.

“He’s been gone for more than two years;” notes Brongo; “he left for school the same year I left for Alfred State College (2007). Because we are only 18 months apart in age, I was devastated when he left.

“Because he’s my best friend, I want to help in any way I can.  This year, I brought my cause to Alfred State,” said Brongo, who planned a car wash Sept. 9, which raised $300, with the help of sorority Delta Chi Omega and fraternity Kappa Sigma Epsilon, the sponsoring organizations.

“Many people donated $5 for the wash and extra for vacuuming. Many generous donations came from people just walking by! People gave me 20 dollar bills, saying ‘Keep the Change’!”

Brongo asked her RA (resident assistant) Mary Johnson, who is also her roommate, to help her go door-to-door on campus asking faculty and students for donations. Requesting, "Give me YOUR 2 cents on Autism," Brongo found Alfred State College faculty and staff to be very generous and even could relate to her, having known, at one time or other, a person with autism.

This year’s donations all benefited Autism Speaks at Rochester's Walk Now for Autism 2009 at Monroe Community College on Sept. 12.

“Every year ‘Chucky’s Team’ sets a goal of $500; this year we think we might have raised over $1,000!”

“I am so grateful for the donations, the help and support in addition to the kind words of encouragement,” says Brongo.

If you would like to know more or if you would like to donate to Chucky’s Team, go to:

Pioneer Cross Country Debuts in Top Ten

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 10:35

The Alfred State College cross country teams are both in the NJCAA Division III top ten.  The men are rankd 3rd while the women are tied for 7th.

The Pioneers men are coming off a 1st place finish at the ASC Invitational this past weekend.  They sit in 3rd place in the national poll with 240 points.  Ahead of them in the poll are Region III rivals SUNY Delhi (300 points) and Mohawk Valley CC (270 points).  Region III schools Broome CC (5th) and Finger Lakes CC (10th) are also in the poll.

The Lady Pioneers won the ASC invitational this past weekend and earned 100 points to tie Harper (IL) College in the 7th spot.  Ocean CC sits in first place with 290 followed by Region III's Mohawk Valley CC, Broome CC, SUNY Delhi, and Erie CC.

Both the men and the women will compete at Finger Lakes CC on Saturday.  The race will be a preview of the NJCAA Division III Championship course.  Action is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. in Canandaigua.

Glomb Named Special Teams POTW

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 10:40

Alfred State College punter Jeff Glomb (Buffalo/St. Francis) has been named the Northeast Football Conference special teams player of the week.  Glomb is the second straight Pioneer to be honored by the NFC.

Glomb punted six times in the Pioneers 10-6 loss to Erie CC for 224 yards.  Four of his punts landed inside the 20 yard line and his long on the day registered 54 yards.  For the season, Glomb has punted 12 times for an avergae of 34.5 yards per punt.

Last week, Sir Aaron Taylor (Westchester) was named the defensive player of the week after leading the Pioneers with eight tackles in ASC's 40-14 victory over Stevens Tech.  He also picked off a pass and broke up two other pass plays.

Alfred State opens up the home portion of their season on Monday, September 21 when they take on Buffalo State College JV at 7 p.m. at Pioneer Stadium.

Parks and Seitz Named ASC Athletes of the Week

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 10:48

The Alfred State College athletic department has chosen women's soccer goalie Mo Parks (Avoca) and men's cross country runner Joe Seitz (Williamsville) as the athletes of the week.

Parks played 283.5 minutes in net this past week for the Lady Pioneers without allowing a goal.  She made 29 stops en route to ASC starting the year with a 2-0-1 record.  ASC defeated Tompkins Cortland CC 2-0, SUNY Delhi 1-0, and tied Jefferson CC 0-0.

Seitz was the top Pioneer finisher at the ASC Invitational on Saturday.  He finished the five mile race in 31:13.2 to cross the finishline in second place.  Seitz and his teammates went on to win the ASC Invtiational by three points over Erie CC.


Lady Pioneers battle to Draw with Bryant & Stratton

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 15:21

For the second straight contest, the Alfred State College women's soccer team battled to a tie.  Tuesday, ASC and Bryant & Stratton played to a 1-1 tie.

Bryant & Stratton's Shanelle Warrick got the Lady Bobcats on the board with 20:29 remaining in the first half when she drilled a long kick into the top of the net.

With 37:09 remaining in the second half, Shelby Winchester (Maple Grove) when her direct kick rattled off the goal post and into the back of the net.

Both teams had chances in the rest of regulation and in both of the overtimes but neither team could net the game-winner.  Mo Parks (Avoca) made five saves in net for ASC while Estefany Molina made 10 stops for B&S.  ASC held a 15 to 10 shot advantage.

The Lady Pioneers (2-0-2) begin a four game homestand on Thursday when they travel to Jamestown CC for a 4 p.m. start.

Men's Soccer Falls to Bryant & Stratton

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 16:34

The Alfred State College men's soccer team played tough versus NJCAA Division I Bryant & Stratton but could not find the back of the net in a 2-0 loss on Tuesday evening at Pioneer Stadium.  The loss drops the Pioneers to 1-4 on the year.

Oleg Yatsishin and Sergey Molchanovich found the back of the net in the first half to account for the Bobcat scoring.

Dan Krajcir (Gloversville) and Louis Balbuena each made five saves in their respective nets.

The blue & gold head to Corning CC on Thursday for a 4 p.m. contest with the Red Barons.

Spikers Rally to Down Monroe

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 16:40

The Alfred State College volleyball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Monroe CC 3-2 in a WNYAC match-up in Rochester on Tuesday evening.  ASC won the first game 25-21 but fell 17-25 and 16-25 to fall in a hole before battling back for 25-22 and 15-12 wins.

Emily Linn (Portville) led Alfred State with 13 kills and nine digs while Brittany Haines (Salamanca) passed out 36 assists and was credited with 14 digs and four kills.  Bobbi Hopkins (Southwestern) added nine kills, nine digs, and four service aces, Kelly McDermott (Webster Thomas) finished with 13 digs and three aces, Shelby Gadsen (Olean) recorded six kills and four digs, and Michelle Marinich (Chenango Forks) had six kills and three digs.

Alfred State improves to 4-4 (3-3 Region III Division III) while Monroe falls to 4-5.  This is the second time in the young season that the Lady Pioneers have downed the Lady Tribunes.

The blue & gold have over a week off before returning to action on Wednesday, September 23rd when they entertain Niagara CCC.  Action is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Orvis Activities Center.