August 2010

Tracksters Place at Empire State Games

Posted Date: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 05:00

Two Alfred State College track & field athletes placed at the 2010 Empire State Games in Buffalo.  Pioneer alum Andy Omoregie (Gates Chili) won a gold medal while incoming freshman Byron Jones (Niagara Falls) won a silver.

Omoregie joined western region teammates Brian Smith, Johnathan Santana, and Reinhardt Wende to win the gold medal in the 4 x 100 relay.  They finished the race in 41.58.

Jones earned a 2nd place finish and the silver medal with a leap of 13.89 for the western region team.

In total nine athletes with Alfred State ties (alum or current athletes) competed in the summer Empire State games.

ASC Named to 2011 Military Friendly Schools List

Posted Date: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 11:10

Military Friendly Schools logoAlfred State College is pleased to announce that G.I. Jobs, which recently announced its 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools at, has included Alfred State among its ranks. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

Colleges have long welcomed veterans in the classroom. Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson says that veterans bring a multitude of positive qualities to the campus, including “maturity, experience, and leadership.” He also notes that younger students can benefit from being in classes with veterans.

The tens of billions of dollars in tuition money now available with the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill last year has intensified an already strong desire by colleges to court veterans into their classrooms.

“This list is especially important now because the Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. “Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified. So schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend.”

Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America and a member of the list’s Academic Advisory Board, agrees. “The Military Friendly Schools list is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility, and overall experience. It’s especially important now with so many schools competing for military students.”

Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service, military spouse programs, and more.

The list was compiled through exhaustive research starting last April during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria, and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Colorado State University, Dallas County Community College, Old Dominion University, Cleveland State University, Lincoln Technical Institute, and Embry Riddle; as well as Keith Wilson, VA’s director of education services; Michele Spires, American Council on Education’s assistant director of military programs; Janet Swandol, associate director for CLEP and Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America.

A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools and on a poster, both of which will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in late September. The newly redesigned Web site, found at, features interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans in choosing schools that best meet their personal educational needs. The site currently shows 2010 Military Friendly Schools but will switch to the 2011 list in late September.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations.

A Little Resume Help Can Go a Long Way

Posted Date: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 11:29

The information technology: web development) student is the successful ASC student who was chosen to participate in a paid rotational internship in the Explore RochesterIT program.

With only 18 available spots and 65 applicants from schools such as Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the University of Rochester (UofR), being selected was no mean feat. After attending the on-campus information session coordinated by ASC’s Career Development Center and learning about the opportunity, Kooy visited the Career Development Center to pump up his resume in order to be more competitive. His hard work paid off when he was chosen as one of the interns for the 2010 rotational program.

This program is a unique experience providing interns with a first-hand understanding of the business and the IT field that might be impossible to gain under other circumstances... and get paid for it too! Students spend three weeks at each of three different organizations that are the top IT employers in Rochester. For example, Iberdrola, USA (formerly Energy East) a Spanish company, maintains its corporate headquarters in Rochester.

“I was honored to attend the closing ceremony, and amazed by the experiences recounted by all 18 interns,” said Computer and Information Technology Department, have been instrumental in our partnering with the Explore RochesterIT program for the past several years. In fact, two years ago we transported students on two buses to an information program at RIT (ASC had the second highest student attendance, behind RIT). This past spring, the information session held on campus was attended by over 70 students. And this year it has been the ultimate reward having ASC represented by such a talented student.”

Matt shared with his fellow interns and the CIOs of UofR, Wegman’s, and Bausch & Lomb, to name a few that ”the internship was an unbelievable experience for me. While working with the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Paychex, I really got a sense of what it will be like when I graduate. Working on projects also allowed me to apply the knowledge I've gained in school to real-world material and not just a class assignment. It also helped me understand the purpose of taking certain classes in school, like Linux, which I thought was completely irrelevant to me; but I worked with Linux/Unix on a project at RIT. There is so much more to IT than I could have imagined. I'm really glad I got the opportunity to participate in this program because it has helped reconfirm that the IT field is for me. I also learned that communication skills are very important along with technical skills but technical skills can be learned on the job, so it is just as important to have a business background and good communication skills.”

“What was most rewarding to hear was that every student strongly believed that they would stay in the Rochester area to work after graduating,” stated Morsman. “This is the ultimate goal of the Explore RochesterIT program: to keep the best and brightest talent right here in upstate New York where there are many great jobs and careers.”

Kooy said it best: "Most students my age haven't gotten this experience before graduating and actually working. It really helped determine my degree choice and what skills I should work on before graduating."

US Sen. Charles Schumer Visits Wellsville Campus

Posted Date: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 08:22

US Senator Charles Schumer visitAlfred State College welcomed US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) earlier this week as he visited the College’s School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville which will establish a new clean energy program with the help of $500,000 in funding that Schumer has worked to include in the fiscal year 2011 budget. The new program will help ASC become a leader in clean energy technology and better prepare students for an increasingly competitive job market by giving them skills they need to compete in this emerging field.

ASC Students Spend Two Weeks in Haiti

Posted Date: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:37

The pictures on television following the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti were stunning. The news cycle for the next week was dominated by images of agony and destruction from this impoverished Caribbean nation. Students and faculty at Alfred State College were touched by this tragedy and joined in the worldwide outpouring of support for Haiti. Over the course of the spring 2010 semester, almost $10,000 was raised for humanitarian relief in Haiti. However, the response of Alfred State to the disaster went far beyond financial donations given from a distance. A group of 21 select Alfred State students spent their spring semester preparing to visit Haiti to offer their assistance in a very tangible “hands-on” fashion. This article tells their story.

Alfred State College prides itself on preparing students to “hit the ground running.” A wide variety of technical skills is taught at the college and students leave Alfred State with a strong foundation for employment in diverse industries. These same skills that are valuable to employers in upstate New York and beyond are also invaluable in places like Haiti. Even prior to the earthquake, Haiti suffered from deteriorating or absent infrastructure, a paucity of social services, and abysmal living conditions for most citizens. The earthquake added additional stress to the reality of life in Haiti.

In February 2010, just as spring semester courses were hitting their stride, a group of students and faculty coordinating the response to the disaster in Haiti decided that Alfred State was equipped to do more than just raise funds for Haiti. Christianville, a site near the epicenter of the earthquake, was identified as an area that would be ready for assistance in May 2010, the anticipated time period for a trip to Haiti. Christianville lost about 80% of its school and medical buildings and suffered extensive damage to its housing units as well. Christianville was in the midst of relief efforts -- providing food, shelter, and medical care to thousands of Haitians in the immediate area -- when initial contacts were established with them. Christianville anticipated that by May 2010 it would begin the rebuilding process and Alfred State would be the first to help them in that process.

A call for volunteers to travel to Haiti after the May 2010 Alfred State College graduation resulted in an overwhelming student response. Despite a desire to take all interested students, a difficult selection process resulted in formation of two teams comprised of a total of 21 students which would travel “back to back” to Haiti in May and June of 2010.

These teams would be involved primarily in construction, but would also help with some feeding programs and provide some veterinary care to Haitian livestock.

Three short months (March-May) would require an intense fund-raising effort to help offset the cost of travel and provide construction funds for the projects in Haiti. The volunteer students each invested $500 of their own funds and worked as a team to raise an additional $20,000 to support this effort. May 17 arrived and the first team boarded an Alfred State van to begin the journey to Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC, for the trip to Haiti.

As the plane descended into Port au Prince on the morning of May 18, the earthquake devastation and tent cities were obvious. The team worked its way through the crowds surrounding the airport and boarded trucks for the 13-mile trip to Christianville. A tour through Port au Prince on the way showed the damage to the National Palace, and numerous three- or four-story buildings tilted precariously on unstable foundations. Piles of rubble pushed their way onto the streets and tent cities sprang up everywhere, even on the median strips of some busy roads. We tried not to think about the fact that there were still bodies buried beneath some of that rubble.

Our first team arrived at Christianville and found accommodations that were better than what we had prepared for. Men slept in a plywood bunkhouse and used an improvised outdoor shower. Women lived in the guesthouse which survived the earthquake and provided comfortable accommodations with plumbing intact. Meals were provided by the Haitian kitchen crew. Weather in May in Haiti is hot and humid, but fans in the guesthouse helped a little bit. Earthquake aftershocks were continuing at the rate of about one aftershock per week. These aftershocks were magnitude 4.0-4.5 on the Richter scale, but it was a new sensation for our students to hear and feel the ground move beneath their feet.

Structural engineers from the United States had already assessed the damage at Christianville and a demolition crew with heavy equipment had removed the buildings that were unusable. Our team arrived to bare ground and a pile of rubble that was to be recycled as fill material for new construction. Christianville had hired a Canadian building contractor to oversee the project and a Haitian crew of about 12 men had been assembled to help with the continuity of the project. Volunteer work teams would provide the additional manpower needed for the construction.

ASC students in HaitiOur work day began at 7 a.m. and the heat and humidity were already uncomfortable by that time. After a day or two on the job, our students knew exactly what to do at the worksite. The Alfred State students from the agricultural technology; Kalem Chambliss, Alfred Station, digital media and animation; Jenna Sonne, E. Bethany, veterinary technology; Jill Elston, Elmira, veterinary technology; Shannon Slocum, Warsaw, veterinary technology; and Meghan Snyder, Alfred Station, veterinary technology, work on separating concrete rubble from rocks and dirt.

Pioneers Football Looks to Take Next Step

Posted Date: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 07:31

The 2010 Alfred State College football team will have feature new faces, a redesigned schedule, and a new look as they hope to climb above .500 for the first time since the 2006 season.

Head Coach Mick Caba (11th season, 45-54) begins his second decade at the helm of the program with high hopes even though he returns just ten players from last year’s team and has just 17 players with college playing experiences (two players from the 2008 team return and five transfers).

Coach Caba and his veteran coaching staff are excited about the prospect of the 2010 squad.  “We are approaching the season with a quiet but strong confidence.  We are excited as we have a tremendously talented core of returning players, a surprising number of talented transfers along with a great freshman class.  Our guys have shown a great work ethic from the day they have stepped on campus for preseason.”

Sir Aaron Taylor (West Chester/Lincoln Hall) did a little of everything last year for the blue & gold.  He recorded 52 tackles and picked off three passes, passed for 423 yards and four scores, rushed for 250 yards and three scores, and even averaged 32.2 yards in 14 punts.  This season Caba hopes to leave Taylor at the free safety position to anchor the Pioneer defense.

Joining Taylor on the defensive side of the ball will be playmakers, Kyle Ricks (Alexandria, VA/Mt. Vernon), Chadd Parker (Erie, PA/Fort Leboeuf), and Damion King Jr. (Detroit, MI/Madison Heights).  Ricks and Parker tied for 2nd on the team with 61 tackles last season from their linebacker position while King, a 2nd team All-NFC selection, recorded 53 tackles, three sacks, and two interceptions in 2008.  Nicholas DePofi (Endicott/Union Endicott) also returns after recording 41 tackles.

The coaching staff is looking for Dean College transfer Justin Smith (Richmond, VA/CD Hylton) and Lake Erie College Brett Harrington (Rochester/Edison) to be key contributors to the defense along with freshmen Issac Spike (Hornell/Hornell), TC Carroll (Bath/Bath Haverling), and Rory Spain (Tully/Tully Central).

Running back Xavier Makell (Baltimore, MD/Forest Park) returns from last year’s squad while wide receiver Josh Griffin (Englewood, NJ/Dwight Morrow) is back from the ’08 season.  Makell led the Pioneers with 569 yards rushing (4.6 yards per carry) and three scores.  Griffin caught 32 passes, 10 for scores, for 622 yards on his way to being named 2nd team All-NFC.

Twins Drew and Wade Hammond (Walton/Walton) return to anchor the offensive line in front of the transfer quarterback duo of Cody Scepaniak (Vestal/Vestal) and Gregory Hampton (Uniondale/Uniondale).  Scepaniak transferred to ASC last winter after spending last football season at Lackawanna while Hampton transfers in from NCAA Division II Cheyney University.

Dejon Young (Erie, PA/McDowell) and Caleb Meroski (Lake George/Lake George) will add size join Makell in the backfield while freshmen Sheldon Waller (Baltimore, MD/Baltimore City College) and Kurtis Breese (Duke Center, PA/Otto-Eldred) will compete for playing time with Griffin at the wide receiver position.

Kicker Josh Franchina (Gerry/Cassadaga Valley) also returns and is joined by newcomer Colter Johnson (Warren, PA/Warren Area).  Johnson will handle the punting duties.

The 2010 schedule features three new opponents on top of seven familiar opponents.  The Pioneers will take the field vs. the Apprentice School (Newport News, VA) on Sept. 4th to open the season, new Northeast Football Conference member ASA Institute (Brooklyn, NY) on Oct. 1, and take on probationary NFC member Louisburg College (Louisburg, NC) to wrap up the season on Nov. 13.  Also included in the schedule is non-conference games with Hartwick JV (Sept. 12) and Buffalo State (Sept. 27).  The NFC schedule includes home games vs. Erie CC (homecoming 2010 – Sept. 18), Hudson Valley CC (Oct. 16), and Nassau CC (Nov. 6) and road games at Lackawanna College (Oct. 23) and Dean College (Oct. 30).

Alfred State will also sport new look helmets when they take the field as the college has adopted an athletic mark.  The athletic mark will be dominant in the helmet and replace the Michigan style helmets of the past nine seasons.

“As the season progresses, if we can develop good team chemistry and avoid major injuries, we will surprise a lot of people.  This team has set some lofty goals for themselves.”

Caba and his team will look to start reaching towards their goals on September 4th when they take on the Apprentice School.  The season opener with be Caba’s 100th career game at Alfred State.

Schedule Set for Inaugural Pioneer Classic

Posted Date: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 09:43

The field and schedule has been set for the Inaugural Pioneer Volleyball Classic to be held Sept. 4 in the Orvis Activities Center.  Alfred State begins their 2010 with the new event.

In Pool A, ASC will be joined by Nassau CC, Finger Lakes CC, and Herkimer CCC while in Pool B, defending Region III champion Niagara CCC will be joined by SUNY Delhi, Monroe CC, and Onondaga CC.

Each team will play the other three teams in their pool in the preliminary round with the top two teams advancing to the semifinals.  (Full schedule below).

Estimated Times

Court 1



Alfred – Nassau

Delhi - Niagara


FLCC - Herkimer

Monroe - Onondaga


Alfred - FLCC

Delhi - Monroe


 Nassau - Herkimer

Niagara - Onondaga


Alfred - Herkimer

Delhi - Onondaga


Nassau - FLCC

Niagara - Monroe

                              PLAY-OFFS                      PLAY-OFFS


1st Pool A   vs   2nd Pool B

1st Pool B  vs  2nd Pool A


******* Championship  *******

The Alfred State volleyball team is coming off a 20-14 season in 2009.  Five of the seven Region III teams in the Pioneer Classic qualified for regionals in 2009 (Nassau was the XV Champions).

Homecoming/Family Weekend Schedule

Posted Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 05:33

Alfred State College will host its annual Homecoming/Family weekend Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 16-19, on the Alfred campus. Hundreds of visitors are expected to converge on campus to reconnect with old friends or visit with their students, perhaps for the first time since dropping them off for the fall semester in August.

Activities begin Thursday, Sept. 16 with a women’s soccer game vs. Jamestown Community College at Pioneer Stadium. Later the men’s soccer team also takes on JCC. If outdoor sports aren’t your thing, a women’s volleyball game vs. Monroe Community College will be played in the Orvis gym. A dodge ball tournament, played under the lights at Pioneer Stadium, caps the day. Winners will receive special team tee-shirts; prizes will be awarded for the best team uniform, the biggest fan club, and best team spirit!

On Friday, Sept. 17, the annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in the Orvis auditorium at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m., the Pioneer Lounge is the site of the “Alfred’s Got Talent” Contest which is open to students and alumni in vocal, instrumental, dance, and theater/drama categories. All contestants get a tee-shirt and winners are eligible for up to $2,000 in prizes. Following the contest, revelers may stay in the Pioneer Lounge to participate in the Madden Tournament (video game contest), beginning at 11 p.m. Participants will be challenged to show off their gaming skills. The winners of each gaming system will win prize packages from the ASC Campus Store. Sign-ups begin at 10:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday, Sept. 18, brings a full day of activities! Following a continental breakfast at the Main Attraction, College President Dr. John M. Anderson will act as tour guide, conducting a bus tour of the campus. Immediately following the campus tour, Alfredians Bob and Sherry Volk will conduct a walking tour of the Village of Alfred. This activity is open to the first 40 participants to register. There is no fee for this activity; registration is necessary for the “count.”

From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. family fun abounds at the Gold Rush Gathering in the Orvis gymnasium; this year, sports-themed games, inflatables, and photo booths, to name a few, will provide fun for kids of all ages! Additionally, select culinary arts: bakery, production and management students will compete in a cake-baking contest. There will be a Chinese Auction for over $1,500 in Alfred State gear from the Campus Store so you can show your ASC spirit.

From noon until 2 p.m., alumni will join President Anderson for lunch in the Allegany Room, where the classes of 1960, 1985, and 2000 will be recognized. Pre-registration is required ($).

Also at noon, the Lady Pioneers soccer team will take on Mercyhurst Northeast at Pioneer Stadium; at 1 p.m., the baseball team will face Monroe Community College at Pioneer Field.

At 2:30 p.m., in the Orvis auditorium, Alfred State’s own version of Hollywood Squares, Alfred Squares, will feature ASC’s most colorful faculty, staff, and Greeks competing against each other, testing their knowledge of ASC trivia. This activity is rated PG-13! Additionally, the men’s soccer team will take on Mercyhurst Northeast at Pioneer Stadium.

From 4-6:30 p.m., join the tailgate party in the tent near Orvis. A barbecue dinner, complete with all the fixin’s will be available ($).

President Anderson will welcome tailgaters, and the Office of Institutional Advancement and Homecoming/Family Weekend Committee will sponsor a basket raffle. Tickets for the raffle are 1/$1 or 10/$5. Winners will be announced at 5:45 p.m., and must be present to claim their prize or have made arrangements for someone to pick up the prize. Proceeds from the raffle ticket sales will be donated to the Centennial Endowed Scholarship to benefit ASC students.

Following the tailgate party: Pioneer Football! The ASC Pios will take on Erie Community College at Pioneer Stadium ($).

From 9 p.m.- midnight, “Bash from the Past Party at the Pub” in the Pioneer Lounge for the 21 and older set! The Kate Engler Band will perform. Munchies will be available throughout the night.

Beginning at 11 p.m., a Late Night student event—Clubstock—will take place in the Orvis gym. Clubstock is a large gathering of ASC Student Senate-funded clubs featuring carnival foods, novelties, photo booths, caricaturists, and other great attractions for alumni and family of all ages. This is a non-alcoholic event!

Things wind down on Sunday, Sept. 19, beginning with a leisurely brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Terrace in Central Dining Hall ($).

The afternoon concludes with alumni sporting events, all at 1 p.m.: baseball at the baseball field, softball at the softball field, and lacrosse at Pioneer Stadium.

Alumni and families of ASC students can register online or by phoning (607) 587-3931. Register BEFORE Tuesday, Sept. 7, and receive a gift! Your pre-paid tickets will be available at the Orvis Activities Center check-in table when you arrive.

Events are subject to change; for the most up-to-date information, including times, locations, and costs, visit the Homecoming/Family weekend Web page.

ASC Hosts Two Visitors From Italy

Posted Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 06:45

Archeology Professor Ilaria TartagliaAlfred State College recently hosted two visitors from Italy: Archeology Professor Ilaria Tartaglia and her colleague Maria Chiara Giovenco. Following a campus tour, Tartaglia gave a presentation regarding her work, both as an archeologist at Pompeii and as an adjunct professor at the Sorrento Lingue International Language Institute in Italy, to a packed house. Accompanying her talk on the history of the region was a slide show illustrating her work at the excavations of Pompeii. Additionally, she discussed the course she teaches to Alfred State’s Valerie Nixon, vice president for administration and enrollment.

Q & A with Drew Hammond

Posted Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 09:41

Drew HammondSophomore offensive linemen Drew Hammond (Walton/Walton) took time and answered some questions from the Sports Information Department as the Alfred State College football team prepares for their 2010 season opener on Saturday.  ASC takes on the Apprentice School (Newport News, VA) on 9/4 with opening kickoff at 11 a.m. at Pioneer Stadium.

Describe what football preseason is like and what have you learned about yourself through it?

Football preseason is the start of about a week and a half of training. It tests your endurance, effort, and overall mental toughness. It’s good to train, because practices are grueling, but it’s all to benefit you. Personally, camp to me is fun. You meet all your new teammates and gain a bond that most people don’t understand.

What are some of your personal goals for the 2010 season?  What are some of the team goals?

Well some personal goals this season are to develop into a better overall player, but most of all becoming a better overall teammate and leader. As for the team goals, we all seem to be on the same page and ready to put in the effort to take it one game at a time, and work hard towards our bigger goals.

Where is your favorite place at Alfred State College, and why?

Pioneer Stadium. It’s my favorite place in Alfred because it’s the most exciting place on campus during the weekends.

How do you balance the responsibilities of being a student and an athlete?

Being a student and being an athlete is no easy task. It takes a lot of effort to get the work done while being busy every day for athletics. Time management skills are a must, and being able to be balance it all is important. When you put the time in, the benefits of a great education and a successful season will be the prize.

Quick Hits:  

Three People (Living or Dead) you would like to have dinner with? Pete Carroll, Mike Holmgren, My grandfather

If you had a super power what would it be? Super Human Strength

If you owned a horse what would you name it? Sea biscuit

Favorite topping on pizza: Chicken wing

Favorite cartoon: Family Guy

Favorite actor:  Adam Sandler

Favorite band:  Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite late night snack: Cheese Crackers