March 2010

Communications Office Captures Bronze in National Competition

Posted Date: Monday, March 1, 2010 - 09:32

Alfred State College’s Communications Office has captured a bronze medal in the Higher Education Marketing (formerly Admissions Marketing Report) Report’s 25th annual national competition for its total recruitment package, which includes the ASC Viewbook, Applied Technology Viewbook, Road Piece, Campus Life, Financial Aid, and Athletics pieces.

The Higher Educational Advertising Awards is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. This year, over 2,000 entries were received from more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

Twenty-five years ago, this national competition began its efforts to recognize the field of admissions marketing and advertising. Today, the industry has matured into a sophisticated and competitive field, meeting the needs of knowledgeable prospects who are making their own educational decisions.

Sixteen schools were recognized by the judges as “Best of Show” winners. Gold awards were granted to 218 schools and silver awards were awarded to 190 schools. Additionally, 170 schools were recognized with a bronze award.

Judges for the Educational Advertising Awards consisted of a national panel of higher education marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals, and the editorial board of Higher Education Marketing Report, the nation’s leading marketing publication for higher education professionals for the past 25 years. The monthly publication, now in its 26th year, is read each month by thousands of marketers at colleges and universities throughout the country.

Alfred State, a college of technology within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, offers outstanding educational opportunities in more than 70 dynamic majors and more than 56 online courses. Students can enroll in one of 17 bachelor degree programs, or they can choose an associate degree program from 53 other options. One significant trait that sets Alfred State apart from other colleges is its learning-by-doing philosophy and hands-on education. Classes are taught from the perspective of what employers expect on the job. Many of ASC’s faculty members have real-world experience, having worked in their respective industries. An ASC education isn’t only about theory; it’s about what works in your chosen field and what will work for you. Of course, the College’s technology-rich programs also teach students the critical thinking skills that will help them succeed, not only in their careers, but also in their lives. The faculty’s unique approach has set it apart, resulting in 24 SUNY Chancellor Award winners and 9 SUNY Distinguished Professors.

Alfred State is located in the beautiful Southern Tier of New York State, surrounded by lakes, ponds, wetlands, and state parks. It is 15 miles north of the Pennsylvania border, 70 miles south of Rochester, and 90 miles southeast of Buffalo.

Professor Amman Meets With Members of Honors Program

Posted Date: Monday, March 1, 2010 - 09:58

baccalaureate-level digital media and animation program.

Damrath Named Distinguished Jurist by Center for Dispute Settlement

Posted Date: Monday, March 1, 2010 - 10:08

Joseph Damrath, attorney, Hornell City judge, and associate professor at Alfred State College, has been named a Distinguished Jurist by the Center for Dispute Settlement. He was honored at a luncheon in February.

Damrath, who was among 10 candidates nominated for the award, selected by a panel of judges from the Seventh Judicial District (which includes Steuben County), was cited for using peaceful conflict resolution in his courtroom for the past 15 years, which helps in alleviating court-case backlogs.

Damrath, a member of the Alfred State faculty since 2003, holds a JD from The University of Toledo College of Law; an MA in philosophy from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh; and a BA in philosophy from LeMoyne College, Syracuse. He was admitted to the NYS Bar in 1981 and admitted to practice before the United States District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts.

In addition to his faculty obligations, Damrath has served as Hornell City Court Judge (since 1989); assistant district attorney for Steuben County, 1982-88; and conducts a general law practice, concentrating in business law, contracts, corporations, partnerships, leases, collections, wills, estates, real estate, education law, health law, criminal law and litigation.

Damrath is a member of several professional associations, including Academy of Legal Studies in Business; Society for Business Ethics; American Catholic Philosophical Association; New York State Bar Association; Steuben County Bar Association (Past President); New York State City Judges Association; Attorney Grievance Committee (7th Judicial District); New York Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals; and National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He is also a member of the Hornell Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow, Past President, 1990-1991, 1998-1999).

The Center for Dispute Settlement, Inc. uses and promotes peaceful dispute resolution process throughout its communities to help create a non-violent, conflict resolving community; whereby, disputes are peacefully resolved at the earliest possible stage to avoid escalation and the potential of violence by creating the capacity and resource within individuals and the community to effectively resolve their disputes quickly, informally and peacefully.

ASC Receives National Recognition for Community Service, Named to President’s Honor Roll

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 05:27

President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll logoAlfred State College has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms. Business students served as consultants to budget-strapped nonprofits and businesses, law students volunteered at legal clinics, and dozens of others organized anti-hunger campaigns.

“Congratulations to Alfred State and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.”

The Honor Roll includes six colleges and universities that are recognized as Presidential Awardees, with an additional 115 named to the Distinction List and 621 schools named as Honor Roll members. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

“We are pleased and proud to have been named to the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service,” said Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson.  “This recognition lets our students know that their contributions matter.

“Our students are continually partnering with local villages, community organizations, and non-profit groups, to help implement the college’s community service strategy.  The

Andrus and Roberts Named All-Region

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 06:33

Sophomore swimmers Ashley Andrus (Cuba Rushford) and Cory Roberts (Marcus Whitman) have been named All-Region based on strong performances at the Northeast Districts.

Andrus earned 2nd team All-Region honors in the 100 yard backstroke.  She finished 2nd at districts in the event with a swim of 1:10.69.  Andrus led the blue & gold to a 8th place team finish.

Roberts earned 2nd team All-Region honors in the 200 yard butterfly.  He swam a 2:21.56 to earn 2nd place at the Districts.  Roberts and his teammates earned a 6th place finish at Districts.

Andrus and Roberts along with teammates Sabrina Dunning (Cuba Rushford), Tim Guarino (Cornwall), Josiah Halbohm (Bemus Point), and Ethan Wright (Clyde Savannah) will compete at the NJCAA National Championships this week in Fort Pierce, FL.  The national championships begin on Wednesday and run until Saturday at Indian River CC.

Follow the action of the 2010 NJCAA National Championships at:

Five Tracksters Earn All-Region

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 06:54

Five members of the Alfred State College indoor track & field team have earned All-Region honors based on their performances at the Region III Championships.  Pam Breedlove (Rochester/East), Bridget McMahon (Avoca), Pete Francia (Greece Olympia), John Sweeney (Barker), and Eddie Sparks (Horseheads) earned the honor.

Breedlove was a two-time All-Region selection.  She won the 55 m dash in 7.71 and then won the long jump with a leap of 4.58 m.

McMahon was the champion in the 1 mile run finishing in 5:34.95.

On the men's side, Francia won the 3,000 m in 9:19.18, Sweeney won the 5,000 m in 16:29.25, and Sparks won the pole vault with a leap of 4.45 m.

Sparks was the lone Pioneer to qualify and will represent Alfred State College at the 2010 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships held at Eastern Illinois University.  Follow the action of the championships at:

Open House Program, Saturday, March 27

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

The Open House program, Saturday, March 27, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Orvis Activities Center on the Alfred campus.

Prospective students and their families are invited to participate in a variety of programs, both formal and informal, designed to provide flexibility in visiting any area of interest to the student. Information tables and representatives from Learning Center will be available.

Campus tours of both the Alfred and Wellsville campuses will also be available. Representatives from all academic areas will be present to provide tours and answer questions. Reservations are not necessary.

For additional information, contact the Alfred State College Admissions Office at 1-800-4-ALFRED or (607) 587-4215.

Brooks and McNeil Named All-Region

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 05:27

Alfred State College sophomores Brittney Brooks (Elmira Free) and Shawna McNeil (Hornell) have been named to the Region III Division II All-Region team.  Brooks was a 1st team selection while McNeil was a 2nd team selection.

Brooks led the Pioneers with 591 points and 242 rebounds on the season.  Her 591 points in a single season is second best in school history.  She scored in double figures in all but three games and had 17 games with more than 20 points and 4 games with more than 30 points.  Versus Elmira JV on 1/13 she had a career high 40 points to go along with 13 rebounds.  On the season she averaged 21.9 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.2 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game.

Brooks finishes her two year career at Alfred State as the program's scoring leading scorer.  She became ASC's first 1,000 point scorer and finished with 1,046 points breaking the previous top mark by 130 points.

This is the second year in a row that Brooks was named 1st team All-Region.  Last year she was named Player of the Year and went on to be named NJCAA Division II All-American.

McNeil used a strong second half of the season to earn All-Region honors.  McNeil finished the season the 235 points (8.7 per game) and 140 rebounds (5.2 per game).  In the second half of the season she scored in double figures in seven of the thirteen games and had a career high 23 points vs. Genesee.  She also averaged 1.0 assists per game, 0.9 steals, and 0.4 points.  She ended the year shooting 42.6% (84 for 197) from the field.

Brooks and McNeil helped the Lady Pioneers to a 11-16 record and the #5 seed in the Region III Division II Tournament.

Health Information Technology NYHIMA Awards

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 05:42

An Alfred State College health information technology graduate is being honored with achievement awards in 2010.

Cheryl Wilkins, Wilson, has been awarded the New York Health Information Management Association (NYHIMA) Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Wilkins, who graduated from Alfred State in December 2009, maintained a 3.26 grade point average (out of a possible 4.0). Wilkins is a medical transcriptionist at Eastern Niagara Hospital, Newfane. She will sit for the national Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam this summer.

Donna Barnard, RHIA, director of health information management, Strong Memorial Hospital, is the 2010 recipient of the New York Health Information Management Clinical Preceptor Award. Barnard actively supports Alfred State’s health information technology program by hosting HIT students in their professional practice experience to provide them with an excellent on-the-job training experience at Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals, Rochester.

Both will be honored at the NYHIMA banquet in June, which is held as part of the Annual Conference of the New York Health Information Management Association, Inc.

Wilson Named All-Region

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 05:53

Alfred State College sophomore guard Neil Wilson (Ft. Worth, TX) has been named 1st team All-Region.  Wilson led the Pioneers to a 12-18 mark and the #4 seed in the Region III Division II Tournament.  Rasean Parris (Brooklyn/Benjamin Banneker) joined Wilson on the All-WNYAC team.

Wilson led the Pioneers with a 16.7 point per game average.  He shot 45.6% from the field and made 41.6% of his three-point attempts.  Wilson finished the season with 82 3-pointers.  He also finished the season with 4.2 rebounds per game, 3.7 assists, and 1.4 steals.

Wilson scored in double figures in all but three of the blue & gold's 30 games.  He had more than 20 points in ten games (eight in the second half of the season) and finished the season with back-to-back 33 point games.

For his career Wilson finishes with 958 points (15.7 ppg), 236 rebounds (3.9 rpg), 183 assists (3 apg), and 95 steals (1.6 spg).

Wilson was also named 1st team All-WNYAC and was joined on the team by Parris who was selected to the honorable mention team.  Parris averaged 10.1 points per game and pulled down 166 rebounds from his guard position.  He also passed out 56 assists and was credited with 27 steals.  Parris had 15 games in which he scored in double figures and had a season high 23 points at Cayuga CC.