December 2009

Lady Pioneers Rally Falls Short

Posted Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 18:22

Finger Lakes CC built a 10-point halftime lead, 41-31, and withstood an Alfred State College rally in a 77-71 victory.  The Lady Pioneers fall to 6-4 on the season.

All five blue & gold starters finished in double figures led by Amanda Blake (Cuba Rushford).  She connected on three 3-pointers and finished with a team high 16.  Megan Coates (Nazareth) added 15 points and nine boards, Brittney Brooks (Elmira Free) had 11 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists, Ayana Rhodes (Clermont, FL) finished with 11 points and six helpers, and Danielle Conway (Bainbridge Guilford) chipped in 11.

Alfred State shot 36.7% for the game from the field but slowed down by 18 turnovers.

Shakista Woolfolk led the Lady Lakers with 18 points, 17 rebounds, seven steals, and six assists.  Christina Sawyer and Genna Tripoli each finished with 13.

The Lady Pioneers continue their four-game road trip on Thursday with a 6 p.m. contest versus Houghton JV.

Pioneers Win Third Straight

Posted Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 18:28

The Alfred State College men's basketball team defeated Finger Lakes CC 57-53 to win their third straight contest.  The victory also helps the Pioneers climb over .500 for the second time in the season with a 6-5 mark.

Neil Wilson (Ft. Worth, TX) led the blue & gold with 14 points and seven rebounds while Younatan Gobezai (Bethesda, MD) came off the bench and chipped in 14 points.  Rasean Parris (Benajamin Banneker) also finished in double figures with 10 points.

ASC shot just 36.2% from the field but connected on ten 3-pointers (10 for 25).  The Pioneers struggled at the line 5 for 15.

Derrious Thomas led FLCC with 15 points while Andrew Womack finished with 14.

The Pioneers have a few days off before traveling to the Lakeland (OH) CC Tournament on Saturday.  ASC will take on Glen Oaks (MI) CC in a first round match-up at 2 p.m.

Hunter Meets with Honors Program Members

Posted Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 09:53

Dr. John O. Hunter and Octavia Alston-WilsonDr. John O. Hunter, president emeritus of Alfred State College (1986-93), met with members of the Alfred State College Honors Program recently to address “the power of poetry.” Dr. Hunter spent the summer in Scotland studying and absorbing both the poetry and the spirit of Scotland’s favorite, Robert Burns. In addition to reciting several of Burns’ poems, Hunter recited poems by Irish poet William Butler Yeats and by Robert Frost. Hunter also read poems by students at the Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota. The college’s Honors Program hosts a series of seminars for program members each semester.

Students Give Up a Meal for AE Crandall Hook & Ladder Co.

Posted Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 10:24

Check presentation to AE Hook and Ladder Company

Alfred State College’s ACES (Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services), allows students to donate a “meal punch” in exchange for a $2 cash contribution to a benevolent organization. This year’s program, coordinated by MacKenzie East Hall Council, raised money for the AE Crandall Hook and Ladder Company. The event, in which 492 students participated, raised $984. Pictured here at the check presentation, are, l-r: Robert Pipal, president; Tammy Burdick, EMS assistant chief; Scott Bishop, MacKenzie East, Warsaw; Wendall Peters, chief; A.J. La Mere, ASC Student Senate president, Rochester; John Colburn, assistant chief; and Nancy Furlong, assistant chief.

Habitat for Humanity Builds Wheelchair Ramp

Posted Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 10:40

Building Trades studentsStudents enrolled in Alfred State College’s Norm Ellis, Habitat Chapter adviser and ASC assistant professor, Building Trades. Pictured here, l-r: Garrett Glass, Belmont; Ryan Duff, Islip; Dylan Heaney, Pompei; Bennett Gallow, Cortland; Marty Huber, Buffalo; Emily Connors, Spencerport; Andrew Catlin, Webster; Jermaine Helire, Auburn; Taylor Nelson, Somers; and Mike Gear, Fairport.

From Sheep to Sweater-an Odyssey

Posted Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 06:36

Now that the cold weather has begun to set in, we typically reach for warm and cozy garb to defend ourselves from the chill of wintry days and nights. Some of the warmest clothing we select is made of wool—knitted (or crocheted), carded, spun, shorn from those most docile of animals, the sheep. But how does that curly fiber shorn from those sheep become the warm sweater we pull from our shelf?

Students enrolled in the agriculture programs at Alfred State College have embarked on that journey of discovery, learning the process, not only of field to fork (for crops), but also from sheep to sweater.

Laura Gaede and Andrea FitchleeIn spring 2009, Alfred State hosted a summit sponsored by the Animal Welfare Institute which investigated creating a supply chain from western New York to New York City. Many stakeholders including farmers, grocers, restaurant owners, and processors were able to communicate what each needed from the other. Alfred State wanted to build on that dialogue and teach its students all the links in the supply chain, from pasture to plate or to wool socks.

Vicki Bolton, SUNY distinguished teaching professor and chair, Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department at Alfred State, started at the very beginning, having her students begin learning about sheep animal husbandry. Classes covered forages and grazing, sheep and alpaca terminology, diseases and parasites, feed requirements, breeding cycles, and more. Classes met at the ASC Pioneer Barn, which houses the alternative livestock and demonstrates humane treatment of livestock, to work with Border Leicester sheep. Students trimmed hooves and sheared the sheep. Students were also able to visit Wendy Dailey’s alpaca farm, East Valley Alpacas, where they were able to observe shearing, breeding, and dental care of alpacas.

Adam KelloggThe next stop was The Fiber Factory, also owned and operated by Wendy Dailey. There students witnessed fiber being processed, from washing raw fiber through making yarn and felt. The different types of fiber, genetics, animal nutrition, and cleanliness of both the sheep or alpacas and the sheering process all contribute to the value of the fleece and how it is able to be processed. Dirty wool produces dirty yarn, unless a lot of extra time and money is spent cleaning it. Students were able to see how the method of pasturing or housing sheep had a direct effect on their cleanliness, and hence, the processing.

Eventually, students worked with the fiber, to get a real hands-on understanding. Some students brought spinning wheels so everyone could try hand spinning, and students also were able to hand felt using fiber from the College’s sheep and alpacas. The fiber was dyed, making the samplers as bright and unique as the students who made them.

Now when ASC students go out into the world, whether they are veterinary technicians, feed dealers, grain growers, or sheep farmers, they will have a much broader understanding of how their part fits into the big picture, including market, fair price, and profit margin, as well as how farm management practices and breeding affect the end product.

Brooks leads ASC past Houghton JV

Posted Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 18:57

Brittney Brook (Elmira Free) scored 28 points as the Alfred State College women's basketball team downed Houghton JV 66-37 to improve to 7-4 on the year.

Shawna McNeil (Hornell) added eight points while Megan Coates (Rochester/Nazareth) finished with six.

The blue & gold travel to Kirtland, OH to play in the Lakeland CC Tournament.  The Lady Pioneers take on Glen Oaks (MI) CC in a first round game on Saturday at Noon.  The host school takes on Notre Dame (OH) JV at 4 p.m. in the other opening day contest.

Pioneers Fall in Lakeland Opener

Posted Date: Saturday, December 5, 2009 - 11:20

The Alfred State College men's basketball team fell behind early and never could climb out of the whole in their first round contest of the Lakeland (OH) CC Tournament versus Glen Oaks (MI) CC.  The Pioneers fall to 6-6 on the year following the 85-71 loss.

Younatan Gobezai (Bethesda, MD) led the blue & gold with 17 points while Sir Aaron Taylor (Lincoln Hall) recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards.  Neil Wilson (Ft. Worth, TX) added 11 for ASC.

Alfred State was just 4 for 21 from three-point land and will take on the loser of the Lakeland CC - CC of Beaver County at 1 p.m. in the consolation game of the tournament.  Opening tip-off is slated for 1 p.m.

Lady Pioneers down Glen Oaks

Posted Date: Saturday, December 5, 2009 - 11:25

Four Lady Pioneers finished in double figures as the Alfred State College women's basketball team advanced to the Lakeland (OH) CC Tournament final with a 74-42 victory over Glen Oaks (MI) CC.  The victory improves ASC to 8-4 on the year.

Shadeeka Campbell (Brooklyn/William Grady) recorded a double-double with 14 poins and 15 rebounds to lead the blue & gold.  Amanda Blake (Cuba Rushford) finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, Ayanna Rhodes (Clermont, FL) finished with 11 points, and Brittney Brooks (Elmira Free) added 10 points.

The Lady Pioneers will take the floor on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the championship game versus the winner of the Lakeland - Notre Dame (OH) JV contest.

Pioneers can't solve Beaver County

Posted Date: Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 14:32

The Alfred State College men's basketball team fell 75-61 to CC of Beaver County in the consolation game of the Lakeland (OH) CC Tournament.  ASC falls to 6-7 on the year.

Younatan Gobezai (Bethesda, MD) led the Pioneers with 14 points while Neil Wilson (Ft. Worth, TX) added 13.  Chris Dalton (Elmira Southside) scored 11 and Sir Aaron Taylor (Lincoln Hall) finished with 15 rebounds and six points.

The Pioneers fell behind 39-22 at half and never could mount a full comeback.

Alfred State closes out the 2009 portion of their season next Sunday (12/13) when they host Lakeland (OH) CC at 2 p.m.