February 2010

Pioneers Wrap up Regular Season at Genesee

Posted Date: Monday, February 1, 2010 - 04:48

The Alfred State College swimming team finished up their regular season on Saturday at the Genesee CC Winter Classic.  The unscored meet gave the team one last chance to improve on their times heading into the District Championship February 12-14.

Cory Roberts (Marcus Whitman) won the 200 butterfly (2:23.66) and was 2nd in the 100 butterfly (1:01.67), Ethan Wright (Clyde Savannah) won the 50 free (23.88) and was 2nd in the 100 free (52.50), Josiah Halbohm (Bemus Point) won the 200 back (2:30.76), and Wade Harrington (Campbell-Savona) was 2nd in the 500 free (6:16.16)

Roberts, Wright, Halbohm, and Harrington also combined to win the 400 free relay with a time of 3:47.58.

On the women's side Sabrina Dunning (Cuba Rushford) won the 1650 free (23:12.21) while Ashley Andrus (Cuba Rushford) was 2nd in the 100 back (1:11.11) and 3rd in the 100 free (1:02.39).

The District/Regional Championship begins on Friday, February 12th at Monroe CC and will take place all weekend. 

Dill and Nelson Finish 3rd at Jamestown Open

Posted Date: Monday, February 1, 2010 - 06:46

Cody Dill (Unatego) and Taylor Nelson (Somers) earned 3rd place finishes as the Alfred State College wrestling team competed at the Jamestown CC Open on Saturday.

Dill opened up the 125 lb. competition with a 16-5 victory over Andrew Spicer (Penn State Dubois) and then pinned Paul O'Rourke (Niagara CCC) in 1:18 to advance to the semifinals.  He fell in the semis to Keith Klink (Lindsey Wilson) but rebounded with a 13-9 victory over Peter Mosher (Gannon) and a pin of Victor Guarriello (Jamestown CC) in 27 seconds to earn 3rd place honors.

Nelson rebounded for a opening round loss to eventual champion Martino Sottile (Cortland) with two victories in the consolation round to earn 3rd place at 197 lbs.  Nelson downed Bill Semones (Lindsey Wilson) 3-1 and then pinned Connor Holmes (Ithaca) in 5:37.

Eric Giles (Vestal) did not place in the 174 lb. weight class but ended the competition with a 3-2 mark.  He pinned Joe Beach (Ithaca) in his first match and after a loss in the quarterfinals he rebounded with a pin of Stephen Terwilliger (Penn State Dubois) in 3:25 and a 4-3 victory over Dennis Bencosme (Ithaca) to advance to the consolation semifinals.  In the consolation semifinals he fell to Tony Lisek (Jamestown.

The blue & gold will compete in two WNYAC dual meets in their final week of the regular season.  They host Mercyhurst North East at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and then travel to Niagara CCC on Sunday for a 2 p.m. start.

SkillsUSA-Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics - March 9

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 07:31

Alfred State College will host the upcoming 21st annual SkillsUSA-Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics, (formerly VICA-- Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) Tuesday, March 9, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Nearly 1,000 BOCES students, their advisers, observers, parents, and guests from Western New York counties, including Allegany, Steuben, Monroe, Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Cattaraugus, and Ontario, will converge on the Alfred State College (456 student competitors) campus and the ASC School of Applied Technology (287 student competitors) campus, Wellsville, where they will compete in their areas of study. Competition areas range from extemporaneous speaking and graphic communications to heating and air conditioning to law enforcement and ground maintenance to auto service, collision repair, and brick masonry, to cake decorating and small animal care (vet assistant).  New competitions this year include crime scene investigation (CSI), photography, and small engine repair. Alfred State College faculty, staff, and students will assist in judging the competitions.

SkillsUSA participants will have an opportunity during the day to view dorm life and eat lunch in the campus dining hall.

An awards ceremony completes the day.

The winners of this regional competition will advance to the next level of competition at the On-Center in Syracuse, where all six regions in New York State will meet to attempt to qualify for the national competition in Kansas City in June.

Mardi Gras Celebration - Feb. 16

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 08:50

Students enrolled in the culinary arts programs at Alfred State College will prepare a Mardi Gras celebration, featuring a New Orleans-style menu, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 5-7 p.m., in the student cafeteria of the Culinary Arts Building on the Wellsville campus.

Masked wait staff will serve patrons at tables decked out in bright colors designed to evoke a Mardi Gras atmosphere; musical jazz selections will provide additional ambience. Guests will receive complimentary Mardi Gras beads in the traditional colors of green, gold, and purple.

Cost of the event is $15 for adults; $7 for children 10 and under. Proceeds from the event, which is sponsored by the Top Hat Club (the culinary honor society), will benefit the Club’s Activity Fund.

Culinary seniors Kristylee Hill, Moravia, is the general manager, and Jessica Griffiths, Martville, is the host of the event.

The event is open to the public; no reservations will be accepted.

For additional information, please call the Culinary Arts Department at (585) 593-6270, ext. 3170, or (607) 587-3170.

Nursing Program Continues Its “Pay It Forward” Philosophy

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 09:31

The Alfred State College Linda Panter, ASC professor in the nursing program, to incorporate it into the program, where it has grown, and culminated, thus far, into the scholarship. Each eligible nursing student submits proposals detailing the activities they could conduct to demonstrate the caring nature of the profession. The proposals need to demonstrate an understanding of caring as identified in the nursing caring project and evidenced by implementing a unique caring project and revealing insight and sensitivity in the written assignment.

Panter notes, “The selection of the recipients is based on whether the project demonstrates an understanding of caring as evidenced by implementing a unique caring project and revealing insight and sensitivity in the written assignment.”

The projects included returning a lost wallet intact, despite personal financial difficulties (Kauffman); taking time out of a busy schedule to help a disabled man with his grocery shopping (Barnes); and planting flowers as a memorial to a young life lost (Cleary).

“’Pay It Forward’ is a concept relating to social change beginning with the individual. Application of the process results in exponential development of moral health and caring, as well as transformation of the individual into a contributing member of the global society,” notes Panter of the project.

The Pay It Forward concept developed into a Pay It Forward Scholarship, initiated by the nursing graduating Class of 2005. The scholarships are awarded to senior nursing students at the beginning of their last semester. Funding is provided by private donors as well as fundraisers by the nursing students themselves.

Pay It Forward scholarship recipients, nursing alumnae, and PanterPictured here, Panter, far right, welcomes recent nursing graduates and congratulates the scholarship winners: Pictured from left to right Barnes, Dee Spina (nursing, class of 2008), Kauffman, Peg Eisenhardt (nursing, class of 2007), and Cleary. Because alumnae Spina and Eisenhardt are particularly supportive of this project, they were invited by Panter to assist in the presentation of the caring projects. Every graduate receives a letter annually re: the Caring Project, which helps keep the graduates connected to ASC Nursing.

Pioneers Rally to Down MNE on the Mats

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 15:05

The Alfred State College Wrestling team rallied from a 24-13 deficit with victories in the final three matches to earn a 28-24 win over Mercyhurst North East.  The Pioneers improve to 2-3-1 overall and 2-2-1 in WNYAC action.

Eric Giles (Vestal) pinned Brandon Ward in the 184 lb. match to make it 24-19.  TJ Nelson (Somers) received a forfeit victory at 197 to give the Pioneers the lead 25-24 heading into the final match of the evening.  Ben Hoffman (Gouveneur) earned a 5-1 decision at heavyweight over Julio Trujullo to seal the victory.

The evening started with each team trading forfeits at 125 and 133.  Eric Shedden (Canton, PA) earned a 7-2 victory at 141 followed by a 12-0 victory by Darren Whittall (Starpoint) at 149 to give the Pioneers a 13-6 lead.  ASC forfeited the next two matches (157 & 165) and Tony Mack recorded a pin at 174 to build the Saints lead to 24-13 before the blue & gold rallied.

Alfred State closes out the 2009-10 regular season on Sunday when they take on Niagara CCC in Sanborn, NY.  Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. 

The 2010 Northeast District I/Region III Championship tournament will be held on Feb. 14 at the Orvis Activities Center beginning at 10 a.m. 

President Dr. John M. Anderson Goes to China

Posted Date: Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 06:39

In a grand gesture of gratitude, the Chinese government hosted a group of 24 SUNY (State University of New York) officials—including Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson (one of only two SUNY presidents to make the trip)—and 200 SUNY students as well as another 200 students from colleges and universities throughout the United States in late December.

The impetus of this largesse was last year’s SUNY “China 150” initiative which hosted 150 Chinese college students who had been displaced by the massive earthquake in Sichuan Province in 2008; 150 students were hosted by various of SUNY’s 64 campuses for the 2008-09 academic year. Watch video of President Anderson who was a guest on WHAM-TV’s News This Morning on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010.

Streater Signs Letter of Intent with Temple

Posted Date: Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 12:21

Rod Streater (Burlington, NJ) has been enrolled at Temple University since January but made it official that he was a member of the Owl football team on Wednesday during the national signing day.  Streater is one of 27 players to sign a national letter of intent with Temple.

Streater (6-4/185 lbs.) was a two-sport athlete (football & track & field) during his time at Alfred State.  He caught 24 passes for 539 yards and six touchdowns during the 2009 season after moving from the safety position.  In 2008, he recorded 20 tackles and picked off two passes. 

Competing in outdoor track & field, Streater earned All-Region III 1st team honors and 1st team NJCAA All-American honors in the high jump.

Temple is coming off the program's best season since 1979.  The Owls, coached by Al Golden, finished 2009 with a 9-4 record and played in their first bowl game, the EagleBank Bowl, in the last 30 years.

Streater selected Temple over Rutgers and Syracuse.

Three Pointers Lead Pioneers Past JCC-Olean

Posted Date: Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 15:52

The Alfred State College men's basketball team connected on 11 three-pointers as they snapped a four game losing streak with a 86-65 victory over JCC Olean.  The Pioneers hit 11 out of 22 three pointers (7 for 12 in the first half) on the game.

Neil Wilson (Ft. Worth, TX) led the blue & gold with 20 points and eight rebounds while Rasean Parris (Brroklyn/Benjamin Banneker) recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.  Reggie Corley (Elmira Free) netted 14 points in his first start of the season while Jose Stable (Brooklyn/EBC Bushwick) finished with 13 points and 14 boards.

The Pioneers scored 19 points off their bench, Brendan Letteer (Odessa Montour) had eight and Ryan Caron (Prattsburgh) had six).  ASC also held a 52 to 27 advantage on the boards.

Travis Wright led the Jaguars with 18 poins while Rameek Boyd added 14.  DeParris Banks and Isiah Woods each chipped in nine.  Olean shot just 39.3% from the field, 30.8% from three, and 44.8% from the foul line.

The Pioneers are now 10-13 overall on the season and 4-4 in WNYAC play.  They travel to Mercyhurst North East on Saturday for a 3 p.m. tip-off with the Saints.  The Pioneers defeated MNE 71-55 at the Orvis Activities Center earlier this season.

Drama Club to Present the Play, Extremities, Feb.19 & 20

Posted Date: Friday, February 5, 2010 - 06:17

The Alfred State College Drama Club will present the play Extremities, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20, at 7 p.m. in the Orvis Auditorium on the Alfred campus. The play is open to the public free of charge; no tickets are necessary. The play is rated “R” for strong sexual situations, language, and violence, and is not be suitable for children under 17.

Written by William Mastrosimone, Extremities examines what happens when somebody tries to take back control of his/her own life in one of the most harrowing situations imaginable.

A young woman, Marjorie, is attacked in her home by a would-be rapist, Raul, and manages to turn the tables on him, tying him up in her fireplace. Her roommates come home to discover the attacker bound with cords, belts and other household items.

Terry and Patricia, the roommates, express different points of view about rape in society. Terry, a rape victim herself as a teenager, believes that Raul will not be convicted since a rape did not actually occur and there is no proof. Patricia believes in the judicial system and insists on calling the police.

The three friends also turn on each other at various points in the play, due to knowledge Raul has gained of each of them by having stalked them previously. For instance, near the play's opening, Raul reveals to Terry that Marjorie had been dating Terry's boyfriend.

This show examines a crucial social justice issue that our society refuses to confront every day, purposely blindfolding itself to the reality that rape is an epidemic in this country that will only be stopped by awareness, not willful ignorance. Starring (in order of appearance) Kelly Beachner, Webster, court and realtime reporting.