September 2010

Baseball Splits with Erie

Posted Date: Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 16:29

The Alfred State College baseball team split a WNYAC doubleheader vs. Erie CC on Sunday afternoon.  The Kats won the opener 9-7 while the Pioneers won the nightcap 2-0.  ASC is now 3-3 on the season.

In the nightcap, John Whitehead (Amherst) tossed a complete game two-hitter.  He allowed just a single in the 2nd and a single in the 6th.  He finished with four walks and a strikeout in picking up his first win of the fall season.

The Pioneers scored in the 1st inning on a RBI single by Lukas Schuetz (Schwechat, Austria) and added an insurance run in the 3rd when JP Frey (Erie, PA/McDowell) scored on an error.

In the opener, ECC jumped out to a big lead and held off a Pioneer 7th inning rally.  Trailing 9-2, the Pioneers scored five runs and had the tying runs on base but couldn't plate the tying runs.  Frey led the offense with a 2 for 4 day while Rudy Galan (Bronx/Monroe) was 1 for 2 with 2 RBI. 

Alfred State returns to action on Saturday when they host Monroe CC in another WNYAC doubleheader.  First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

News Hires at Alfred State College

Posted Date: Monday, September 13, 2010 - 07:56

Several new faculty and staff members have joined the Alfred State College community.

Among the new hires are faculty members Betty Bedner, Sean Haggerty, Dr. Laura McDermott, Cynthia Paxhia, and Dr. Philip Schroeder, and staff members Brandy Avery, Mark Cragg, Joseph Kubinski, Patrick Lesswing, Erica Matteson, Stephen Schnorr, Deena Smith, LeAnne St. Gelais, and Myron Wilson.

Bedner, of Coopers Plains, has been hired as an assistant professor of nursing. Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Bedner worked as a visiting assistant professor of nursing at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Bedner holds a master of science degree in nursing from Regis University (Denver) and a BS in nursing from Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester. She is currently enrolled in a PhD program in nursing with the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies.

Bedner is a member of the National League for Nursing.

The Erie, PA, native is married to Ted Bedner; they are the parents of Keely and Logan.

Sean HaggertyHaggerty, of Wellsville, has joined the Residential Life area. She holds an AS in human services from Alfred State College.

St. Gelais, formerly of Liverpool (NY), has been hired as a residence director where she will have oversight of the operations and safety of MacKenzie North.

Prior to joining the ASC community, St. Gelais served as an academic counselor at Syracuse University; she also served as a research and assessment graduate assistant at Syracuse University. Additionally, St. Gelais was an orientation program coordinator at SUNY Oswego.

The Pulaski Junior/Senior High School graduate holds an MS in higher education from Syracuse University and a BA in psychology from SUNY Oswego.

Wilson, of Salamanca, has been hired as a janitor in Facilities Services. The Salamanca High School graduate is the son of Myron Sr. and Carolyn Wilson of Salamanca. He and his wife Julia are the parents of Jesse, Devan, Dakoda, Brooke, and Hayli.

New Baccalaureate-level Sport Management Program

Posted Date: Monday, September 13, 2010 - 11:42

Alfred State College will be accepting students in a new baccalaureate-level sport management program beginning fall 2011. Students may enter the program, which results in a bachelor of business administration (BBA) degree, as freshmen; students holding associate degrees in sport management may transfer into the program with full junior status.

The BBA in sport management was developed in response to the demand for higher education programs in this academic area throughout the State of New York. There are numerous employment opportunities nationwide. Although the specific job openings change monthly, TeamWork Consulting, Inc. (an executive search firm for the sports and live event industry) has reported posting 300 new jobs on its Web site monthly.

ASC’s sport management program is designed to prepare students to perform sport management roles in educational institutions, professional, not-for-profit, and recreational organizations, sport retail operations, and private firms involved in sport management. Examples of private firms are those involved in sport marketing, event management and promotion, facility management, representation of athletes, etc. The course work involves a core body of knowledge in sport management, general education, and a specialization that will position the graduate to be particularly attractive to sport management employers. Contemporary technology available to a professional in sport management will be included throughout the curriculum.

Additionally, each student will participate in field experiences during the second year, as well as a full semester internship in the senior year. There will be an emphasis placed on writing and speaking proficiently, as well as the development of job pursuit skills.

A two-year program in sports management already exists at Alfred State College. The addition of a four-year degree in the discipline will allow for a “laddering opportunity” for students, providing associate degree graduates an entry into a related four-year program. This program will provide such an avenue not only for students enrolled in the AS degree program, but also for those wishing to transfer from other colleges. In fact, four NYS community colleges with associate-level sport management programs have already expressed a desire to enter into an articulation agreement: Niagara County Community College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Finger Lakes Community College, and Genesee Community College. Further, the program’s graduates will be eligible to enroll in the sport management graduate programs throughout the United States, as well as the outstanding programs that exist in New York State.

To fulfill the degree requirements, each student must complete 124 credit hours of study, including all SUNY General Education requirements, a physical education course, a core of business requirements, a thorough course-of-study in sport management, a sport management specialty, an internship experience, and 12 credits of free electives.

The demand for and popularity of a business degree in sport management within New York State and the surrounding Northeast region by prospective undergraduate students continues to increase. This growth has been fueled, in part, by the recognition of this degree as the preferred entry degree within the sport industry and the establishment of sport management as a viable academic discipline. These two factors in conjunction with the overwhelming influence of sport in American and world cultures are attractive for students wanting a career combining their passion for sport and interests in business.

For additional information about this exciting new bachelor degree program, contact the Alfred State College Admissions Office at 1-800-4-ALFRED or (607) 587-4215.

August “Of The Month” Awards

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 06:44

Alfred State College and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), a non-academic honor society consisting of the top 1% of student leaders, announces the winners of August’s “Of The Month” (OTM) Awards.

Lisa Reynolds, Almond, a nursing major, was chosen Student Of The Month.

Reynolds’ nominator, Ashley Kehoe, director of civic engagement and student leadership programs, recognized that Lisa went “above and beyond this summer to make the new program ‘Meet Alfred’ a success. This program was designed for new students to move in a day early and get acquainted with the town of Alfred.”

Not only was this OTM a Campus Winner, but the members of NRHH voted to submit it for a chance to win at the Regional Level, North East Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (NEACURH).

“Of The Month” Awards are given to members of the Alfred State community for accomplishments and successes within a given month. All students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to submit a nomination for OTM every month. Nominations to recognize members of our community for their contributions to life at Alfred State may be made via

Campus OTMs also have an opportunity to be selected for submission to the Regional Level. The NRHH of Alfred State is a part of the NEACURH (North East Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls) Region.

NRHH is a national organization; Alfred State College is an affiliate college. For more information on NRHH or OTM’s, contact Patrick Bark, ASC NRHH president, at or Emily Hall-LochmannVanBennekom, ASC NRHH adviser, at

Four to be Inducted into Hall of Fame

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 06:53

Alfred State College will induct four new members into the athletic department Hall of Fame this Friday evening.  Jody Alvarez (women’s soccer), Kirt Zimniewicz (baseball), Alison Brotherton (softball), and Gaffel Hippolyte (track & field) will be inducted at 6 p.m. in the Orvis Activities Center auditorium.

Jody AlvarezAlvarez was an offensive leader for two seasons for the Alfred State College women’s soccer teams.  She became the first NJCAA soccer All-American after her sophomore season in 2003.  In her All-American sophomore season, Alvarez scored 40 goals and passed out nine assists.  During that season she recorded eight hat tricks and scored six goals in three different games.  Her 89 points on the season was tops in Division III of the NJCAA and led to her earning 1st team All-American honors and 1st team All-Region and All-WNYAC honors.  She was also named the ASC senior female athlete of the year in 2004.  This followed a freshman season in which she scored 18 goals and passed out eight assists on her way to being named All-Region and All-WNYAC.

Currently, Alvarez is still the only Lady Pioneer to earn NJCAA All-American honors.  She also is only the second Lady Pioneer in the athletic hall of fame who has played soccer. Following her career at Alfred State, Alvarez transferred to the University of Northern Colorado.

Kirt ZimniewiczZimniewicz is one of the top two-way baseball players to have ever worn the Alfred State blue & gold.  During his two years the Pioneers had an 86-43 record and he helped the team to the Region III Championship, the NY State Division I Championship, and the WNYAC Championship.

Zimniewicz carved his name all over the Alfred State baseball record book.  He is the all-time leader during the spring season in at bats (173), RBI (58), and home runs (10).  In the total year record book, he is the leader in games played (66), at bats (238), hits (91), RBIs (78), and total bases (155).  In the career record book he is tops in games played (129) and at bats (440) while he is second in hits (166), RBIs (130), and total bases (262).  His 16 career home runs rank him 3rd.  On the mound he was 6-2 for his career.  He was the winning pitcher in the 2001 Regional Championship game as he tossed a complete game victory over Monroe CC.

Zimniewicz was a two-time All-Region and two-time All-WNYAC selection.  He was named the ASC Most Valuable Position Player twice and was named the ASC Freshman Athlete of the Year in 2001.  After finishing at Alfred State College, he went on to SUNY Albany.  Zimniewicz also spent time playing professional baseball with the Chillicothe Paints and the Elmira Pioneers.

Alison BrothertonBrotherton was a two-year member of the Alfred State College softball team.  She was an All-American selection as she helped the Lady Pioneers to the NJCAA Division III World Series in 1997.  Brotherton was the sparkplug, clean-up hitter, and every day left fielder during her All-American season in 1997.  She finished the season hitting .552 with 18 RBIs.  She was named 1st team All-Region, 1st team All-WNYAC, and 1st team All-American.  She helped the Lady Pioneers to an 8th place finish at the World Series and a 19-3 overall record.

She became the first 1st team NJCAA All-American in Alfred State softball history.  That same year she was joined on the All-American selections by teammate Toni Darling, a 2nd team selection.  She is one of three Lady Pioneers to have earned All-American honors in the program history.

Gaffel HippolyteHippolyte was one of the top sprinters as the Alfred State College indoor and outdoor track and field teams won back-to-back Region III Championships in 1994 and 1995.  Hippolyte holds the Alfred State records in the 200 m (21.51) and the 400 m (47.81) during the outdoor season and holds the indoor record in the 400 m (48.65).  He was also part of the record- holding indoor distance medley relay team.  His time in the 200 m and the 400 m were also Region III records.  His 400 m time is still the best time in Region III history; the Region III record book goes back to 1962.  At the Indoor NJCAA National Championships he finished 6th in the nation.  He was also selected MVP of both the indoor and outdoor track teams.

Hippolyte went on to continue his collegiate career at Eastern Kentucky University.  While competing at EKU, he provisionally qualified for the NCAA National Championships.

The quartet joins the 52 current members of the Athletic Hall of Fame.  The quartet will be inducted in front of friends, families, and current Alfred State College athletes in the auditorium and then a dinner reception will follow for the inductees in the Allegany Room.

1959 Men’s Basketball Team to be honored at Hall of Fame Ceremonies

Posted Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 10:57

The Alfred State College athletic department will honor the 1959 Men’s Basketball team during the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony to be held Friday in the Orvis Activities Center Auditorium.  The 1959 squad won the first Region III Championship in Alfred State history and fourth ever in school history.

Members of the 1959 team included Gary Ashley, George Crane, Lynn Long, Jon Baker, Ben Ridley, Ralph Angelo, Frank Oppedisano, Fred Cohen, Gordon Valentine, Larry Chilson, Jerry Eaton, and Jerry Rogers.  The Statesmen were coached by ASC athletic hall of famer, Dick Giedlin, who was just in his second year coaching (Giedlin coached at Alfred State for 13 years and is still the leader in career victories with 198).

The Statesmen were 15-5 in the 1958-59 regular season and landed in the Eastern Regional Junior College Basketball Tournament at Broome Tech in Binghamton.  Alfred Tech entered the tournament with a 2-4 mark vs. tournament opponents. 

With the rallying cry of “Onward to Kansas”, Alfred Tech defeated Canton Tech 69-68 in the first round in a nail biter and then defeated Broome County Tech 64-58 to advance to the tournament finals.  In the finals, Alfred punched their ticket to Hutchinson, Kansas and the NJCAA National Championship with a 69-59 victory over Paul Smith’s College.

After the long train trip to Kansas, Alfred Tech fell to Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato, MN) and Independence Junior College (Independence, KS) to finish the season 18-7.

The Statesmen were led by Jerry Rogers who scored 288 points, shot 49% from the field, and grabbed over 268 rebounds.  George Crane shot 73% from the foul line to lead the team while Ben Ridley had a team high 27 points in a victory over Broome Tech.  Ridley was also named the MVP of the Eastern Junior College Tournament.

The 1959 regional championship was the only regional title Alfred State had won in basketball until the 1994 season when the Pioneers began a run of four straight regional championships.

The tradition of honoring a past Alfred State College athletic team began last year when the 1984 Cross Country team was honored.  Each year during the Hall of Fame ceremony a new team will be honored.

Lightning Postpones Men's Soccer

Posted Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 16:26

The Alfred State College men's soccer game versus Jamestown CC was postponed due to frequent flashes of lightning.  The teams had played less than 10 minutes.  The two teams will make-up the game later in the season but no date has been determined yet.

The Pioneers host Mercyhurst North East on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. during the Homecoming 2010 Celebration on campus.

Lady Pioneers Shutout Jamestown

Posted Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 16:30

Jenna Lynn (York) netted two goals as the Alfred State College women's soccer team shutout Jamestown CC 2-0 on Thursday.  The Lady Pioneers are now 2-1 on the season.

Lynn scored a goal in each half.  Her first came 13 minutes into the game after a scramble in front of the net.  Her second came after getting a pass from Holli Pierce (Livonia).

Mo Parks (Avoca) made five saves in net to record the shutout.  ASC held a 11 to 8 shot advantage.

The blue & gold return to action on Saturday when they open the 2010 Homecoming athletic events with a Noon match versus Mercyhurst North East.

Lady Spikers Down Monroe

Posted Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 16:45

The Alfred State College volleyball team won an exciting four game match, 17-25, 29-27, 30-28, and 25-11, over Monroe CC.  The victory improves the Lady Pioneers to 6-4 and drops the Lady Tribunes to 6-4.

Brittany Haines (Salamanca) led the way with 34 assists, 17 digs, and nine kills while Kelley Dumbleton (Warsaw) added 13 kills, 12 digs, and two blocks.  Meghan Kraus (Trumansburg) chipped in 13 digs and five digs, Mandy Bush (Altoona, PA) had 18 digs, and Kara Anderson (Wayne Central) finished with 10 digs.

Alfred State has now won five of their last six matches and will return to action next Tuesday at Niagara CCC.  The match is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Sanborn.

Lady Pioneers Win 3rd Straight

Posted Date: Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 13:29

The Alfred State College women’s soccer team registered their third straight victory, 4-1 over Mercyhurst North East, on Saturday afternoon as the college celebrated Homecoming 2010.  The blue & gold are now 3-1 on the year.

Ginette Cornett (Potsdam) got the Lady Pioneers on the board just under twenty minutes into the game after getting a pass from Tiffany Fox (Canisteo Greenwood).  Holli Pierce (Livonia) made it 2-0 nine minutes later after getting a freeing pass from Fox.  After a Mercyhurst North East goal, ASC regained their two goal advantage with 2:30 remaining when Jenna Lynn (York) scored after a corner kick by Makenzie Finnemore (Genesee Valley). 

Pierce added to the lead just under two minutes into the 2nd half when she netted her second goal of the day after getting a pass from Charise Nankivell (Hornell).

Mo Parks (Avoca) made ten saves in net for the Lady Pioneers.

The blue & gold return to action on Tuesday when they take on Genesee CC.  The match is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start at Pioneer Stadium.