September 2009

SkillsUSA National Baking and Culinary Competition

Posted Date: Monday, September 28, 2009 - 08:29

Alfred State College faculty members Debra Burch, (ASC 1979) associate professor, Culinary Arts Department, and Alfred State College SkillsUSA adviser recently traveled to Kansas City, MO, to judge the SkillsUSA national baking and culinary competitions, respectively.

A 1975 graduate of Alfred State College, Santora attended Buffalo State College where he took courses in vocational education.  He joined the ASC faculty in 1979; he was named chair of the department in 2006. Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Santora worked as a sous chef at the Parkway-Ramada Hotel, and later at the Hilton Hotel, both in Niagara Falls.  He taught cooking courses through a CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) program at Niagara County Community College. Santora was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Creative Activities in 2005.

Burch, who earned an AOS degree from Alfred State College in culinary arts: baking, production and management, joined the faculty in 2000. Immediately prior to that she served as bakery assistant for the department. Before joining the ASC community, Burch worked at Moonwink’s Restaurant, Cuba; the Cuba-Rushford School; and the Hut Restaurant, Hinsdale.

This year, more than 5,000 students from around the country competed in 91 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.

Check Presentation During Homecoming/Family Weeked 2009

Posted Date: Monday, September 28, 2009 - 11:01

Homecoming/Family Weekend 2009Homecoming/Family Weekend at Alfred State College may have weathered a little rain, but that didn’t dampen the spirits during half-time (of a successful football game where the Construction Workforce Development Center at the Wellsville Campus of Applied Technology, and to expand the capabilities of the agriculture programs on the Alfred campus. 

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Lady Spikers finish 2nd at OCC Tournament

Posted Date: Monday, September 28, 2009 - 12:08

The Alfred State College volleyball team went 5-2 and finished 2nd at the annual Cara Bryant Memorial Invitational at Onondaga CC.  The Pioneers are now 9-7 on the season (8-6 Region III Division III).

ASC fell to Fulton Montgomery CC 2-0 in their opening round of pool play (20-25, 21-25) before rebounding to defeat Mohawk Valley CC 2-0 (25-10, 25-21), SUNY Delhi 2-0 (25-19, 25-15), and Onondaga CC 2-1 (25-23, 24-26, 15-11) to advance to the quarterfinals.  The Lady Pioneers downed OCC in a rematch 2-0 (25-19, 25-16) and then defeated Monroe CC 2-0 (25-23, 25-19) in the semifinals.  In the finals, ASC and Jamestown CC battled to three games but the Jayhawks came through with the victory (25-22, 17-25, 13-15).

Emily Linn (Portville) and Bobbi Hopkins (Southwestern) were named to the All-Tournament team.  Linn recorded 61 kills, 40 digs, 12 blocks, and eight service aces on the weekend while Hopkins had 37 kills, 33 digs, blocks, and four aces.

Brittany Haines (Salamanca) passed out 141 assists on the weekend and was credited with 34 digs, and five aces.

The Lady Pioneers will travel to Jamestown CC on Tuesday for a re-match with the Jayhawks.  Action at the JCC Physical Education Building begins at 6 p.m.

New Faculty Members Have Joined ASC Community

Posted Date: Monday, September 28, 2009 - 12:21

Several new faculty members have joined the Alfred State College community.

Among the new hires are Muriel Brown, Dr. Deborah Carr-Warner, Cindy Coleman, Brian Decker, Laurie Dunn, George Merry, Jr., James Murphy, Dr. Douglas Pierson, John Potter, Mary Stoke, and Edward Waddell.

Muriel BrownBrown, of Hammondsport, has been hired as an assistant professor of nursing, instructing first-year nursing students in lecture and clinical.  Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Brown worked as staff development coordinator for Steuben County Health Care and as an emergency department RN at Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital, Dansville.

Brown holds a master of science degree in gerontological nursing and a bachelor of science in nursing from Nazareth College (Rochester) and a diploma of nursing from St. James Mercy Hospital School of Nursing.  She is a certified gerontological nurse practitioner.

The Olean Senior High School graduate is the daughter of Alma Boser, Portville, and the late Harry Boser.  She and her husband Kevin are the parents of Andrew and Aaron.

Dr. Deborah Carr-WarnerCarr-Warner, hired as an associate professor of nursing, is responsible for lecture and lab instruction; in addition she will work on developing the BSN program for Alfred State College.

Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Carr-Warner served in similar capacities at Norwich University; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and Geneva General Hospital.

Carr-Warner holds a PhD in educational psychology from the University of Nevada; a master of science degree in nursing from Syracuse University; a BSN from St. John Fisher, Rochester; and an AAS in nursing from Finger Lakes Community College.

The Lyons Junior-Senior High School graduate is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Carr, Lyons. She and her husband Richard are the parents of adult daughters Melanie and Patience.

Cindy ColemanColeman, of Almond, has been hired as an assistant professor of nursing.  She is responsible for lecture and lab instruction.  Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Coleman served as a nurse practitioner at St. James Mercy Health at Alfred University’s Crandall Health Center.

Coleman holds a master of science degree from the University @ Buffalo, a bachelor of science degree in nursing from SUNY Brockport, an associate’s degree in nursing from Alfred State College (1982).  She is a certified family nurse practitioner.

The Alfred-Almond Central School graduate is the daughter of E. Ward Phillips, Belmont, and the late Viola Phillips.  She and her husband Paul J. Coleman, Jr., are the parents of four adult children:  Paul J., III, Amanda, Matthew, and Caitlin.

Brian DeckerDecker, of Wellsville, has been hired as a baking instructor in the Culinary Arts Department where he teaches courses and lab work.  Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Decker served as a research technician for Rich Products, Corp., Buffalo.

Decker holds degrees in culinary arts: baking, production, and management from Alfred State College.

The Wellsville High School graduate is the son of Paul and Kathleen Decker, Wellsville.

Laurie DunnDunn, of Portville, has been hired as an assistant professor in the nursing program where she serves as a team instructor for freshman and senior levels to include lecture, clinical for senior students, and curriculum development.

Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Dunn was a clinical lab instructor at the Cattaraugus County campus of Jamestown Community College; an administrative coordinator at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville; and held various positions at Olean General Hospital.  

Dunn holds MS and BS degrees in nursing from Daemen College (Buffalo) and an AAS in nursing from Alfred State College (1992).

The Olean High School graduate is the daughter of the late Edward “Joe” and Janet Fuller.

She is married to Patrick Dunn; they are the parents of Kyle, Connor, and Chloe, all at home.

George Merry, Jr.Merry, of Rexville, has been hired as a welding instructor.  Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Merry worked as a welding crew leader at Alstom, Hornell.

The Haverling High School (Bath) graduate is married to the former Cynthia Butler; they are the parents of Taylor, Alex, Morgan, and Jolynn, all at home.

Murphy, of Rochester, has been hired as an assistant professor of nursing. He is responsible for lecture and lab instruction.

Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Murphy served as an LPN instructor at the Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES, as a nurse educator at Rochester General, as an instructor at the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital and at SUNY Brockport.

James MurphyMurphy holds an MS in women’s health from the University of Rochester, a BS in nursing from Nazareth College, an AAS in nursing and an AS in science from Monroe Community College.

The Cardinal Mooney High School graduate is the son of the late Jack and Maryrose Murphy.  He is married to the former Rita Bonning; they are the parents of adult children Meghan, Timothy, Erin, and Sean.

Pierson, of Alfred, has joined the ASC faculty as an assistant professor in the veterinary technology program.  He is responsible for lecture and lab instruction.

Dr. Douglas PiersonPrior to becoming a member of the college community, Pierson served as the resident veterinarian at Hanover (PA) Shoe Standardbred Farms; veterinary field worker, Haiti, as part of Christian Veterinary Mission, Seattle; owner, Clearview Animal Hospital, Hanover; associate veterinarian, Marley Veterinary Clinic, Titusville, PA.

Pierson also served as a captain in the US Army from 1982-85.

The Spring-Ford High School (Royersford, PA) graduate is the son of James, Phoenixville, PA, and the late Dolores Pierson.

He is married to the former Deborah Niederman; they are the parents of three adult children:  Sarah, Ben, and Emily.

John PotterPotter, of Alma, has been hired as a welding instructor. Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Potter worked as a welder/welding engineer for Friendship Dairies.

The Bolivar Central School graduate is the son of Ed and Elaine Adams, Bolivar.  He is married to the former Jody Mattison; they are the parents of Terence and Cordell, both at home.

Stoke, of Almond, has been hired as an assistant professor in the English and Humanities Department where she teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to international students.  Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Stoke served as ESL coordinator, University of Northern Virginia; ESL instructor at Inner Mongolia Teachers University, Poly; Languages, Guiyang Teacher’s College, and Yangzha University.

Mary StokeStoke holds an MA in intercultural studies and teaching to speakers of other languages (TESL) from Wheaton College and a BS in psychology from Missouri State University.

The Parkview High School (Springfield, MO) graduate is the daughter of Phillip Stoke, Springfield, MO, and Kathryn Stoke, Springfield, MO.

Waddell, of Olean, has been hired as an instructor in the culinary arts program where he is responsible for lecture and lab instruction.

Edward WaddellWaddell is the owner/operator and executive chef of the Ho-Sta-Geh Restaurant, Olean.  Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Waddell served as executive chef at the Metropolitan Restaurant, Buffalo; Jeremy Jacobs Private Estates, New York and Florida; Art of Eating Catering Company, Long Island; and The Great House, St. Croix.  In addition, Waddell has appeared on AM Buffalo; has been featured on Plain and Fancy, television cooking program; and was featured in Virgin Islands Restaurant Guide and Recipe Book, 1994.

He holds a degree from the Culinary Institute of America.

The West Seneca East High School graduate is the son of Ed and Sue Waddell, West Seneca. He is married to the former Michelle Zampagna; they are the parents of Natalie and Rachel, both at home.

Baseball Earns 4th seed in WNYAC Tournament

Posted Date: Monday, September 28, 2009 - 12:56

The Alfred State College baseball team will head into the WNYAC fall tournament as the #4 seed and will take on #5 Niagara CCC in the first round.  Due to the poor recent weather and forecast the game will be played on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Bolivar Richburg High School's turf field.

The Pioneers enter the contest with a 7-5 overall fall record and a 5-5 mark in WNYAC play.  The blue & gold met the Trailblazers earlier in the season with NCCC winning a pair of 1-0 pitching duels.  NCCC will enter the tournament with a 4-6 WNYAC mark.

Stevie Smith (Hornell) leads the Pioneers with a .300 batting average this fall while JP Frey (Erie, PA) is hitting .276.  Jake Dale (Keshequa) has driven in 7 while Kyle Barkley (Penn Yan) has six RBI.

On the mound, Joe Wallace (Avoca) and Mark Ciccotti (Horsheads) have been the team leaders.  Wallace is 2-2 with a 1.30 ERA in 27.2 innings of work.  He has walked nine and struck out 31.  Ciccotti is 2-1 with a 0.70 ERA in 25.2 innings.  He has walked just two and struck out 21.

The winner of this first round contest will match-up with #1 seeded Monroe CC in the WNYAC Final Four on Saturday.  The WNYAC Final Four will be played at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia.

#1 Monroe CC receives a bye in the first round while #2 Genesee CC takes on #7 Mercyhurst North East, and #3 Erie CC takes on #6 Jamestown CC.

Pennisi to Launch Solo Exhibit Entitled "Snippets II"

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 07:16

Constance E. Pennisi Alfred State College instructor Constance Pennisi, digital media and animation, will mount a solo exhibit of digital artwork entitled “Snippets II.” The exhibition is sponsored by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, and will be on display from Oct. 1-26, 2009, at the Spotlight Gallery at The ARTS, 32 West Market Street, Corning. A reception will take place Friday, Oct.2, 5-7 p.m.; it is free and open to the public.

"‘Snippets II’" recalls "the childhood game of visual riddles," says Pennisi. “…the process of fragmentation, isolation, and reconfiguration parallels the process of memory.

"The foundation of my visual experience has its origins in the landscapes of New York, Pennisi says. “The division of space, broken landscapes with outcropping of boulders, the staccato of trees creating a rhythm of di-vision, and the stillness of misty mornings revealing layered planes of mountains provided a rich source of visual input. My work evolved from this into an investigation of how the relationships of form, color, and light define space."

Additionally, Pennisi says, "Viewers' response to the ambiguous structure of my images has led to a current interest in shifting perspectives.  How do we locate ourselves?  My new work will be an investigation into my personal history and the collective history of my upbringing. What are the outcroppings of acquired knowledge that divide space? How do I flow around these, collect them into reflective pools, and let them color my understanding?  How, with a shift of a line, can space open up, alter my world?"

Pennisi earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from SUNY College of Ceramics and a master of science in education degree at Alfred University.  Additionally, she studied under the artist C. Katherine Nelson of Alfred. She possesses expertise in areas of large format digital imaging, electronic imaging, and artist multiples through the Institute of Electronic Arts of the School of Art and Design, Alfred. Pennisi began service at Alfred State as an adjunct instructor in fall 1994.  In fall 2001, she began her fulltime teaching career as an instructor in the Department of Computer Imaging and Architectural Engineering Technology. She was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2007.

The Spotlight Gallery @ The ARTS is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  For more information about the exhibit, please contact The ARTS by phone (607) 962-5871 x223 or via e-mail: Visit The ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes at

Crooker and Sweeney honored by NJCAA, Men 3rd and Women 5th in latest poll

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 07:33

Carey Crooker (Addison) have been named the NJCAA Division III runners of the week.  In the newly released national poll the men's team sits in 3rd and the women in 5th.

Sweeney finished 14th at the Highlader Invitational this weekend.  He ran the five mile course in 26:57 to register the first sub 27 minute time of the season in Division III of the NJCAA.

The Pioneer men received 320 points in the national poll and trail just SUNY Delhi (400) and Mohawk Valley CC (360).  Other Region III opponents in the national poll include Broome (5th) and Erie (8th).

Crooker ran the 5K course at Houghton in 20:19 to earn 23rd place overall and the top spot for all junior college runners. 

The Pioneer women received 210 points in the poll.  Broome CC is ranked #1, Ocean CC #2, Mohawk Valley CC #3, and SUNY Delhi #4.

Both the men and women have this weekend off but will return to action on October 10th when they compete at the Nazarth Invitational.

Q&A with Audrey Rath, Chelsea Lafayette, and Jackie Matteson

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 07:54

Recently three members of the Alfred State College women's soccer team answered some questions from the Sports Information Department to give an inside look at Lady Pioneer soccer.  Sophomore defenders Jackie Matteson (Greece Arcadia) have been a big reason ASC has allowed just three goals in the first nine games.

Describe your thoughts on the start of the season?

ALL- We started off rocky and couldn’t find our rhythm, but as games progressed we found our capability through all or our talent

What are some of your personal and team goals for this season?

ALL- Working together, keeping positive thoughts, and going all the way

What was your main focus in the off-season to help you for the 09’ season?

ALL- Getting in shape

What is the best part of being a student/athlete at Alfred State?

ALL- Getting to have a family away from home, and obviously the paid meals after the game

What song/ type of song gets you pumped up before a game?

ALL- go hard, can’t be touched, it’s my time

If you could play Soccer with one famous athlete who would it be?

ALL- Mia Hamm

What is your college major? Why?

AR- Interior design because I’m artistic

CL- Liberal Arts, I didn’t know what I wanted to be until the end of last year, a childrens teacher

JM- Liberal Arts, I didn’t know I wanted to be a trainer until last year

Where do you see yourself in five years?

AR- Hopefully making money down south

CL- Just getting out of school, getting a teaching job down south

JM- Getting out of school, getting a teaching job in Rochester

Quick Hits:

Favorite pre-game meal: ALL- Bagels

Favorite color: AR- Pink, CL- Green, JM- Purple

Favorite cartoon: ALL- Doug Funny

Favorite movie:  ALL- Transformers

Favorite restaurant: ALL- Any place with chicken fingers

Favorite off day activity:  ALL- Hanging out with friends

Favorite Sports Team: ALL- Soccer ( Chelsea) Hockey (Sabres) Football (Patriots)

Chocolate or Vanilla: ALL- Vanilla Baby!

Lady Pioneers Fall in Three

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 16:12

The Alfred State College volleyball team fell 21-25, 19-25, 23-25 to Jamestown CC in a WNYAC dual match on Tuesday evening.  The Lady Pioneers are now 9-8 (8-7 Region III Division III) on the season.

Emily Linn (Portville) led ASC with 12 kills, five digs, and a block.  Brittany Haines (Salamanca) finished with 27 assists, nine digs, and three kills, Bobbi Hopkins (Southwestern) had 10 digs, seven kills, and a block, and Chrissy Nolan (Niagara Wheatfield) chipped in six digs and two aces.

The Lady Pioneers have another road test on Thursday when they travel to Corning CC to battle the Lady Red Barons at 6 p.m.

Women's Soccer records 7th shutout

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 16:43

The Alfred State College women's soccer team recorded its seventh shutout of the season, 2-0 over JCC-Olean on Tuesday evening.  The win for the 10th ranked NJCAA Division III squad improves their record to 7-1-2 overall and 6-1-1 in Region III Division III play.

Jessie Smith (Fredonia) netted a penalty kick with 6:30 remaining in the first half.  She found the back of the again three and half minutes into the second half after getting a pass from Hailey Post (Jasper Troupsburg).  Smith becomes the first Lady Pioneer to score multiple goals on the season.

In net, Mo Parks (Avoca) continued her solid play by making six saves for another shutout.  She has been in net for all seven shutouts and has allowed just three goals all season.

JCC-Olean falls to 7-2-1 on the season and 4-1-1 in Region III Division III play.

Alfred State hosts Erie CC at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in another WNYAC Region III Division III contest.