November 2010

ASC Hosts Several Humphrey Fellows

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 05:22

Armstrong, Hobbs, and PascacioAlfred State College recently hosted several Humphrey Fellows during a meet-and-greet reception on campus.

Alfred State, in conjunction with Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has served as an associate campus for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program hosted by Cornell University since 2007. As a designated associate campus, Alfred State hosts individual and group visits by the current year’s Humphrey Fellows and, in partnership with the program staff at Cornell University, arranges professional, social, and volunteer activities on campus and in the rural Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania communities surrounding the campus. In addition, collaborative activity brings together faculty and staff resources from both institutions, as well as from several other partner institutions representing the public, private, and non-profit sectors, for exploratory discussions, action research, and capacity building related to rural development in the multi-county region of Western New York State and Northern Pennsylvania served by Alfred State.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Alfred State, as the first associate campus in the Humphrey Fellow Program, has participated in the endeavor which brings to the United States accomplished mid-level professionals from designated countries that have a wide range of development needs.

Founded in 1978 in honor of the late senator and vice president, the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Fellows are nominated by US Embassies or Fulbright Commissions, based on their potential for leadership and a demonstrated commitment to public service in either the public or private sector. The program fosters an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding, through which the United States joins in a significant partnership with developing countries. It is a very prestigious program -- only about 150 participants are selected each year from nearly 5,000 applicants worldwide. Cornell hosts Fellows in the fields of agriculture, environmental/natural resource management, and rural development; 14 other leading US universities host Fellows in other fields. The Humphrey Fellowship is a non-degree program.

AIDS Memorial Quilt to Be Displayed at Alfred State College

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 06:14

Sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt – the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 92,000 individuals lost to AIDS – will be on view at Alfred State College, from Monday, Nov. 29, 2010 through Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. in the Allied Health Building, Room 225. The display is open to the public free of charge.

This free Quilt display is being presented as part of World AIDS Day – Dec. 1, 2010, and will be hosted by Kaleidoscope Coalition and Rainbow Union. Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation – the international caretaker of The Quilt -- works to preserve, care for, and use The AIDS Memorial Quilt to foster healing, advance social justice, and inspire action. The Quilt began in San Francisco more than 20 years ago with a single three-by-six-foot panel; today this epic tapestry of hope and love includes more than 47,000 panels. These panels have come from every state in the nation and have been created by friends, lovers, and family members in an attempt to transform loss and heartbreak into hope and healing.

In a war against a disease that has no cure, The AIDS Memorial Quilt has evolved as our most potent tool in the effort to educate against the lethal threat of AIDS. By revealing the humanity behind the statistics, The Quilt helps teach compassion; triumphs over taboo, stigma and phobia; and inspires individuals to take direct responsibility for their own well being and that of their family, friends, and community.

Julie Rhoad, executive director of The NAMES Project Foundation explains, “We are eager to share The AIDS Memorial Quilt with your community for it is unlike any memorial ever created. With teddy bears and Boy Scout badges, love letters and photographs, this American treasure was created by the people for real people who were loved and lost to AIDS. We thank Kaleidoscope Coalition and Rainbow Union for their visionary efforts in hosting this event and invite you to see what wonderful healing art we have created together as a nation.”

Sections are continuously on display across the country in schools, places of worship, community centers, businesses, corporations, and a variety of other institutional settings all in the hope of making the realities of HIV and AIDS real, human, and immediate. To date, more than 19 million people have seen The AIDS Memorial Quilt at tens of thousands of displays throughout the world.

For more information on the upcoming display at Alfred State College, please call (607) 587-3602. For more information on The NAMES Project and The AIDS Memorial Quilt, please visit or call the national headquarters at (404) 688-5500.

The Sun Goes to Work at Arbor House

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 06:45

ARBOR FRIENDS, a publication of the Friends of the National Arboretum, fall 2010 issue, includes an article titled “The Sun Goes to Work at Arbor House,” written by Roberta Gutman. The article, on page three, references the solar panels our students installed on the roof of Arbor House.

Mail to the Chief

Posted Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 07:24

An article titled "Mail to the Chief" can be found in the November 2010 issue of University Business, Solutions for Higher Education Management. Written by Thomas W. Durso, the article notes how Alfred State College uses a predictive modeling package for admissions mailings.

Ten Pioneers Earn All-NFC Honors

Posted Date: Monday, November 29, 2010 - 10:54

Ten members of the Alfred State College football team have earned All-NFC honors.  Sir Aaron Taylor (West Cheter/Lincoln Hall), Colter Johnson (Warren, PA), and Josh Griffin (Englewood, NJ/Dwight Morrow) were named to the 1st team, Kyle Ricks (Alexandria, VA/Mt. Vernon) was named 2nd team, and Cody Scepanik (Vestal), Devin Simmons (Elmira Free), Wade Hammond (Walton), Nick DePofi (Union Endicott), Justin Smith (Richmond, VA/CD Hylton), and Damion King (Detroit, MI/Madison Heights) were all 3rd team selections.

Taylor led the Pioneers with 63 tackles from his free safety position.  36 of his tackles were solo, four were for a loss, and he picked off five passes (returned one for a touchdown).  He also returned 19 kicks (punts and kickoffs) for 379 yards and two scores.  Offensively he rushed for 140 yards and two scores on 33 carries.

Johnson had a solid year punting for the Pioneers.  He punted 51 times for 1,970 yards (38.6 yard average).  His long on the season was 77 yards and he placed 10 punts inside the opponents 20 yard line.  On the season he had just one punt blocked.

Griffin was the NFC 1st team selection as a return specialist.  He finished the year 24 kickoff returns for 611 yards (25.5 yard average).  He also returned three punts for 15 yards.  Offensively he caught a team high 38 passes for 614 yards and 10 scores.  His 20 touchdown receptions ties him for the ASC career high.

Ricks was second on the Pioneers defense with 62 tackles (26 solo).  He recorded 15 tackles for a loss of 51 yards and was credited with one sack.  He also picked off one pass and finished with three pass break-ups.

Scepaniak passed for 819 yards and six touchdowns this season for ASC.  He also rushed for a team high 244 yards and six scores on 109 attempts.  After moving to running back, he also caught nine passes for 100 yards.

Simmons caught 18 passes for 235 yards and a score as the Pioneers second wide receiver option. 

Hammond was the anchor of the Pioneer offensive line.  The team captain started all ten games at right guard.

DePofi recorded 32 tackles in his six games of action before suffering a season ending injury.  Seven of his tackles were for a loss of 19.

Smith anchored the defensive line and finished 3rd on the Pioneers with 53 tackles.  He recorded on sack on the season and seven tackles were for a loss of 25.

King finished the 2010 campaign with 52 tackles from his defensive back position.  17 of his tackles were solo and 10 were for a loss of 34 yards.  He also intercepted two passes, broke up three passes, and forced two fumbles.

The Pioneers finished the 2010 season with a 4-6 mark and a 1-5 record in Northeast Football Conference play.


Clark Presents at Appalachian Regional Commission Conference

Posted Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 09:10

Craig R. ClarkCraig R. Clark, dean, School of Applied Technology at Alfred State College, recently presented at an Appalachian Regional Commission conference in Rome, GA.

Clark’s presentation, Green Schools, Sustainable Communities, was part of the Green Colleges and Universities: Greening Your Campus Operations discussions at the conference. Clark’s presentation detailed the activities Alfred State College is conducting to become American College and University President’s Climate Commitment signed by Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson.

The college continues to develop technical expertise in various green areas, including solar thermal, photovoltaic systems, geothermal, weatherization, wind energy, and green construction. These technologies have been imbedded in existing programs to assure ASC graduates are prepared for the green careers of the future. The college’s continuing development of this technical expertise has been supported through various Appalachian Regional Commission grants obtained through Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board. The latest project includes construction of a green model home on the Wellsville campus incorporating these green technologies. In fact, Alfred State College was one of five highlighted colleges in an ARC publication, “Green Schools and Sustainability in Appalachia” distributed at the conference.

Using the expertise developed over the years in its programs, the college itself is going green through new projects designed using green technologies such as geothermal in the rehabilitation of the Allied Health building on designing to LEED standards in all new buildings. All phases of operation at the college, from energy use and transportation through recycling, are being reviewed and updated to assure that the college lowers its carbon footprint. Other presenters at the conference included Ohio University and University of Tennessee. Sharing of information among the 13 states represented in the Appalachian Regional Commission is vital to assure that this region continues to be a leader in protecting and advancing the environment.

Clark has been associated with Alfred State College since 1979 in various teaching and administrative capacities, including professor and department chair of Civil Engineering Technology and executive director of the Wellsville Campus. He is PI (principal investigator) on various grants, including a $2.1 million NYSERDA grant with six other community colleges dedicated to spreading clean energy training across New York State.

Clark holds a master of science degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University, a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, and an associate of science degree in engineering science from Jamestown Community College. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State.

Late Run Leads Lady Pioneer Past FLCC

Posted Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 15:23

The Alfred State College women's basketball team went on a 11-0 run late in the second half en route to a 62-57 victory over Finger Lakes CC.  FLCC led 54-50 with just under six minutes when ASC went on their run.

Shadeeka Campbell (Brooklyn/William Grady) led ASC with 13 points and 17 boards while Carriola Chambers (New York/Facing History) added 12 points and seven board.  Jenna Harrington (Gasport) finished with 11 points, six rebounds, and five assists while Khaylah Moss (Chenango Valley) chipped in four points and 10 rebounds.

LaDonya Rolle had a monster night for FLCC with 27 points and 12 rebounds.  Faith Turnbore finished with 11 points and 15 rebounds and Brandy Early chipped in nine.

ASC (8-3) shot 32.4% from the field and 56.5% from the line while FLCC shot 27.4% from the field.  The Lady Pioneers held a 61-51 advantage on the boards including 24 offensive boards.

The blue & gold return to action on Friday when they host Cuyahoga CC.  Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.

Slow Start Dooms Pioneers

Posted Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 16:24

Finger Lakes CC started the game on a 25-6 run as they downed Alfred State 77-62 on Tuesday evening.  The loss drops the Pioneers to 2-7 on the season.

Emanuel Reaves netted 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead five Lakers in double figures.  Donnell Jackson finished with 17 points and nine boards, Glenn Taggart had 13, Derrious Thomas had 12, and Jeremy Jackson came off the bench and chipped in 10.

Melvin Jenkins (Brooklyn/Susan McKinney) led ASC with 12 points off the bench while Sir Aaron Taylor (Westchester/Lincoln Hall) added 11 points and 11 rebounds.  Yanni Gobezai (Bethesda, MD) and Tommy Hutson (Brooklyn/Susan McKinney) each finished with 10.

The Pioneers shot just 28% from the field for the game while FLCC shot 53.8%. 

The Pioneers hit the road on Thursday for a 7 p.m. contest at Cuyahoga (OH) CC.