January 2010

Kellogg Publishes on Historical Web Site

Posted Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 10:37

www.alleganycountynylocalhistory.com). The article is titled “The Allegany County Roots of Clifford Goldsmith.”

The author notes that Goldsmith (1899-1971), playwright and script writer, created and wrote the radio comedy program titled The Aldrich Family. This program, which was also adapted for 11 successful films, ran on radio from 1939 until 1953. Later in his career, Goldsmith wrote scripts for television shows such as The Flying Nun, Leave it to Beaver, The Donna Reed Show, The Patty Duke Show, and Dennis the Menace.

In the article, Kellogg discusses how Goldsmith, a native of East Aurora, was orphaned at age 10 and subsequently spent his teenage years living in Rushford with an aunt and uncle. He presents evidence that the character Henry Aldrich is the alter-ego of his creator and that many episodes of The Aldrich Family are based upon Goldsmith’s own experiences as a youth growing up in Allegany County. Goldsmith specialized in writing about the problems and crises frequently associated with the adolescent stage of human development.

Kellogg joined the Alfred State faculty in 1970 after completing graduate studies at Alfred University and the University of Rochester. He is the author of three books about legendary detective Sherlock Holmes and a frequent contributor to professional journals in education and psychology.

Pioneers open 2010 on Wednesday

Posted Date: Monday, January 11, 2010 - 06:20

The Alfred State College women's basketball team will open up the 2010 athletic year on Wednesday as they host Elmira College JV at 6 p.m.

The Lady Pioneers - Lady Eagles contest is the first athletic action on the new year.  Alfred State will enter the contest with a 8-6 overall mark led by Brittney Brooks (Elmira Free).  Brooks, a returning NJCAA Division II All-American, has scored 334 points on the season (23.9 ppg average) and is closing in on two impressive ASC records.  She is 128 career points away from becoming the program's all-time leading scorer (Nichole Tyler 916 points - 2005-2007) and she is 211 points from 1,000 for her ASC career.

The contest on Wednesday is the team's final non-conference game before heading into Western New York Athletic Conference play on Saturday versus Niagara CCC.

The men's basketball team and the indoor track & field team open up 2010 on Saturday while the wrestling and swim teams return to action next week.

Athletic Department Launches New Facebook Page

Posted Date: Monday, January 11, 2010 - 06:26

The Alfred State College athletic department has launched a new facebook page with hopes of creating a more interactive experience for current, future, and past Pioneer athletes and fans to interact.

The new page features pictures, home event schedules, and is fully interactive.  Visitors are encouraged to post their own comments, pictures, and thoughts about Pioneers athletics.


Lady Pioneers Roll in 2010 Opener

Posted Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 14:41

The Alfred State College women's basketball team shot 58.7% from the floor as the raced to a 101-32 victory over Elmira College JV in their 2010 opener.  The Lady Pioneers are now 9-6 on the season heading into WNYAC play.

Brittney Brooks (Elmira Free) led the way with a career high 40 points on 18 for 26 shooting.  She added 13 rebounds, six assists, and six blocks.  Amanda Blake (Cuba Rushford) finished with 18 points, Shawna McNeil (Hornell) was 8 for 8 and finished with 17, and Jackie Dresser (South Seneca) came off the bench and finished with 10.  Katelynn Bailey (West Valley) passed out ten assists.

Jenna Lamb led the Lady Soaring Eagles with 10 points.  Elmira shot just 19.4% from the field and turned the ball over 28 times.

ASC shot 57.5% from the field in the 1st half to race to a 51-20 lead and then shot 60% in the 2nd half.

Alfred State returns to action on Saturday when they open up WNYAC play with a 1 p.m. tip-off with Niagara County CC.

SUNY Financial Aid Day - Feb. 27

Posted Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 09:49

The Alfred State College Office of Student Financial Services (Financial Aid/Student Accounts) will participate in SUNY Financial Aid Day, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, beginning at 9 a.m., in the EJ Brown Business Building – Room 414, on the Alfred campus. There will be a brief overview of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and of the financial aid process. Following this session, financial aid staff will accompany students and their guests to computer labs in the same building to assist them in completing and submitting the 2010-11 FAFSA electronically. The FAFSA is required for all financial aid, including New York State assistance.

Students/parents can register by going to www.suny.edu/studentevents or by calling 1-800-342-3811. This workshop is open to all prospective college students and their families, including those who do not plan to attend Alfred State College. Registrants will receive a letter listing necessary information, including what materials students will need to bring with them, building location details, and parking directions.

Prior to SUNY Financial Aid Day, participants are encouraged to obtain: a Federal PIN number at www.pin.ed.gov (allow 1-3 business days for receipt); driver's licenses; alien registration card (non-U.S. citizens); bank statements and investment information; FAFSA PIN number; Social Security numbers; 2009 Federal Income Tax return (or estimated); W-2 forms or other records of income earned for 2009; and 2009 untaxed income information.

SUNY's Statewide Student Financial Aid Days are offered as a service to all prospective college students and their families. The programs are designed to answer questions and provide assistance regarding the financial aid application, types of aid available, and the award process.

Thirty-three programs will be offered across New York State.

17 Video Artists in 17 Days at DMA Gallery

Posted Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 10:32

The video series, 17 Days, Vol. 2, will be screened at the DMA (Digital Media & Animation) gallery Jan. 18 through Feb. 9. The series, curated by Adriane Little, pairs 17 days with 17 video artists - showing one artist's work per day throughout the run of the show. The DMA Gallery is located in the Engineering Technology Building, room 312, on the Alfred campus. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Rick Silva, video still from A Rough MixThe curator, Adriane Little, earned an MFA from the University at Buffalo. She is assistant professor of photography and intermedia in the Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University. The 17 Days series began in the spring 2008 semester and continues with two new volumes per year.

"We are very pleased to have another 17 Days," said Tammy Renée Brackett, assistant professor, Computer Imaging and Architectural Technology Department and DMA gallery director. "The first volume of the series was extremely popular last year." The DMA gallery focuses on providing students and the larger Alfred community with access to the work of emerging and established digital media artists.

Artists in the second volume include Barbara Agreste (UK/Italy); Krista Hoefle (USA); Adam Cruces (USA); Blake Carrington (USA); Rick Silva (Canada); Andréa De Felice (USA); Igor Krenz (Poland); Karen Bondarchuk (USA); Zohar Kfir (Canada); Dmitry Borisov (USA); A. Jacob Galle (USA); Peter HappelChristian (USA); Carola Dreidemie & Monica Dreidemie (USA/ Argentina); Michael Day (UK); Felecia Chizuko Carlisle (USA); Joanna Raczynska (USA); and Toni Meštrovic (Croatia).

More information on the 17 Days series, including a complete list of works and artist biographies, can be found online at http://17days.wordpress.com.

NYS Concrete Masonry Association Donates Green Building Materials to Masonry Program

Posted Date: Friday, January 15, 2010 - 04:59

Green building materials deliveredAlfred State College student masons and instructor Stephen Richard were busy late last semester, unloading and unpacking two truckloads of paver brick, fire brick, fireplace and pizza oven parts, refractory mortars, block, brick and cavity wall flashing components. All of these masonry materials will be used as students build mock ups of masonry wall systems, fireplaces, and working pizza ovens. On Nov.11, Superior Clay Corp., Uhrichville, OH, and CMS Industries, Inc., Orchard Park, conducted a seminar for building Rumford fireplaces and chimneys, following International Residential code guidelines.

All of the donated masonry products are green and recyclable. When used in building projects, they add to the LEED (Leadership in Energy Design) credits which many builders and owners strive to achieve for more efficient energy use and low maintenance over the building’s life. A higher LEED rating also can result in tax credits. Using masonry in construction adds thermal mass heat storage; safe fireproof walls; encapsulation of insulating products; reduction of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) in interior spaces; resistance to rot, mold, and insect damage; high impact resistance for low maintenance; and paving systems that reduce heat island effect and allow for surface water mitigation.

The all-masonry fireplace designs taught at Alfred State are Rumford-style fireplaces. When correctly built, they burn efficiently, meeting EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) air quality standards.

“We are grateful for the following companies which donated materials: Southern Tier Concrete Products of Alfred; CMS Industries, Superior Clay Corp., Whitacre Greer, Brick Corp., (Alliance, OH); Glen Gery Brick, (Reading, PA); Sandell, Inc., (Schenectady); and Hohman Barnard, Inc., (Hauppauge),” said Richard of the support offered by these companies.

The value of these donations is over $6,000. As many as 90 building trade students will be able to use these donated materials for their hands-on training.

Rebuilding Haiti One Brick at a Time – ASC’s Response to the Haiti Disaster

Posted Date: Friday, January 15, 2010 - 13:14

The Alfred State College community, saddened by the horrible tragedy in Haiti as a result of the devastating earthquake, met recently to begin plans to do our part to help the people of Haiti. We have learned that international relief organizations are in dire need of supplies, food, water, and rescue and medical staff to help with the relief efforts.

Because one of the international relief agencies has connections right here in Allegany County, the campus group organizing the relief effort has decided to support Haiti Outreach (online giving form. All donations are tax deductible, and 100% of the donation will be used to support Haitian relief efforts.

Gov. Paterson Proposes Public Higher Education Reforms Which Would Provide Flexibility to SUNY

Posted Date: Friday, January 15, 2010 - 13:43

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that his 2010-11 Executive Budget will include the most significant reforms to the State’s system of public higher education in a generation. The Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act will provide the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY) the flexibility needed to become centers of job creation. The proposed reforms would enable New York’s public higher education system to become the new model of excellence that better prepares students for the jobs of the future, while also developing the jobs of today. In addition, the measures would foster the type of innovative public-private research and development partnerships that will drive New York’s future prosperity.

“Currently, Albany micromanages everything from the chalk campuses purchase to the cost of tuition that students pay. This burdensome overregulation threatens the ability of our public higher education systems to promote economic development and successfully adapt to changing educational and fiscal circumstances,” Governor Paterson said. “We must provide our institutions of public higher education with the freedom and flexibility they need to drive development both on campus and off, preparing our students for the New Economy jobs that will propel New York forward.”

Governor Paterson’s proposal would take politics out of tuition setting and institute a rational policy that makes the cost of public higher education more equitable and predictable for students and families. The reforms would also provide SUNY and CUNY with greater operational independence consistent with their mission so that they can adapt and thrive in an ever-changing innovation economy. The measures would eliminate numerous overregulations on contracting, procurement, land use, and other areas, while still maintaining appropriate accountability and State oversight.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said: “I commend Governor Paterson for his leadership in bringing forward the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act. This legislation harnesses high-impact, zero-cost solutions that will create jobs, build the foundation for tomorrow’s economy, and strengthen public higher education – while saving millions of taxpayer dollars.

“With the unprecedented cooperation and energetic partnership of SUNY and CUNY, we have taken a major step in unleashing the public university sector to achieve the promise of economic growth through top quality education, from community college to research center. This will positively impact every community in the state with the creation of tens of thousands of new jobs and through billions of dollars in local investment.”

Locally, Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson echoed the Chancellor’s comments, saying, “I appreciate Gov. Paterson for taking the initiative in the introduction of this historic legislation that will have a significant and positive impact on higher education in New York State. If passed, this legislation will give the SUNY Board of Trustees control over tuition and assist the SUNY strategic planning process. The elimination of many regulatory constraints such as pre-audit reviews will increase efficiency and effectiveness for all campuses. I support this legislation and encourage our local legislators to do the same.”

Rational Tuition Policy – Ending Tuition Roulette
Currently, SUNY and CUNY tuition rates are determined by the State budget process. This has created a system in which tuition increases occur almost exclusively to close State budget gaps and offset General Fund support during periods of economic distress – a time when students and their families are least able to afford additional costs.

Moreover, these long periods between tuition rate increases result in some students completing their degree programs without experiencing a tuition increase, while those attending college during fiscal downturns experience significant tuition hikes. This is an unfair system that many independent experts have derided as “tuition roulette” and makes the cost of education unpredictable for students and families.

Governor Paterson’s Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act addresses these issues by instituting a rational tuition policy that:

  • Moves tuition outside the State budget process, allowing SUNY and CUNY to receive and disburse revenues from tuition and self-supporting program activities without an appropriation.
  • Authorizes the boards of trustees for SUNY and CUNY to implement a fair, equitable, and responsible tuition policy that would provide the universities with the discretion to raise tuition incrementally up to an annual cap of two-and-one- half times the five-year rolling average of the Higher Education Price Index (HEPI), making it easier for students and families to anticipate and plan for the true cost of attendance over the course of a degree program.
  • Authorizes the SUNY and CUNY trustees to implement differential tuition rates for programs and campuses within their systems to enhance academic quality, based on the recommendation of the college president and in accordance with specific guidelines promulgated by the trustees.

Ending Overregulation, Ensuring Accountability
Under the current system, overregulation stifles both SUNY and CUNY’s ability to innovate and compete with peer institutions in other states. Governor Paterson’s proposed reforms would provide SUNY and CUNY with greater operational flexibility regarding the procurement of goods and contractual services, the procurement and financing of construction services, and the lease of campus property. The Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act would also:

  • Authorize the lease of real property under the jurisdiction of SUNY to other entities in support of its educational purpose, and the participation in public/private partnerships that would benefit SUNY’s mission, and diversify its revenue streams, subject to approval of a newly created State University Asset Maximization Review Board. This will help encourage greater business opportunities and innovative research partnerships, since many potential private companies are unwilling or unable to wait the months or years it takes for a project to wind its way through the legislative and political process.
  • Remove provisions of law subjecting SUNY and CUNY to pre-approval of contracts by the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) in order to streamline the procurement of goods and services, while maintaining provisions requiring the post-audit of such contracts by OSC.
  • Allow post-audit in lieu of pre-audit requirements for Attorney General approval of leases between SUNY and its alumni associations in support of dormitory projects.
  • Prescribe specific semi-annual reporting requirements on revenues and expenditures at a campus-specific level to ensure continued transparency and accountability.

“These are significant measures, but if we are to make New York the center for job creation, research, and development in the New Economy, it is critical that we strengthen our public education system,” Governor Paterson added.

Tracksters Open up Season at RIT

Posted Date: Saturday, January 16, 2010 - 12:50

The Alfred State College indoor track and field team opened up their 2010 season at the non-scoring RIT Invitational.  The Pioneers had numerous athletes qualify for the Region III Championships on the day.

Edward Sparks (Horseheads) was the lone Pioneer to place on the day.  He finished 6th in the pole vault with a leap of 12'11.5".  Steven Hickey (Aquinas) qualified for regionals in the same event with a vault of 11'6".

Four other male athletes qualified for regionals in their respective events.  John Sweeney (Barker) in the 5,000 (16:58.47), Andrew Jones (Milford) in the weight throw (12.18 m), Logan Drummer (Pioneer) in the 1,000 (2:43.0), and Brandon Lewis (Red Creek) in the 1 mile (4:53).

The 4x400 relay team of Hickey, Drummer, Jeffrey Harris (Saunders Trade & Tech), and Kris Heidrick (Allegany Limestone) also qualified for regionals with a time of 3:52.72.

On the women's side Pamela Breedlove (Rochester/East) and Stephanie Spencer (Perry) qualified for regionals in two events.  Breedlove ran the 55 m dash in 7.95 and recorded a leap of 9.27 m in the triple jump while Spencer tossed the weight 8.21 m and the shot put 7.67 m.

Carey Crooker (Addison) finished the 800 in 2:32.12 to also qualify for regionals.

Twelve teams, ten four-year schools, competed at the all-day event.  The blue & gold return to action next Saturday when they travel to SUNY Fredonia.