January 2011

ASC Students to Spend Spring Semester in Sorrento, Italy

Posted Date: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 05:53

2011 study abroad studentsStudents enrolled at Alfred State College will spend the spring semester in Sorrento, Italy, studying some of the most famous and magnificent structures known to man. Students will depart in mid-January and return in early May. During the semester, field trips are planned to Cairo, Capri, Paestum, Rome, Naples, Pompei and other Roman sites around Mt. Vesuvius. During Easter week the group will be visited by Frank Ching, renowned architect, author, and artist, for a three-day drawing workshop. Other visitors planned throughout the semester include liberal arts and sciences: social science.

Learn more about our study abroad program.

Dean Develops Project Involving Students, Colleagues, Appalachian Teaching Project, and Community of Cuba, NY

Posted Date: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 06:13

What began as a germ of an idea in the mind of an Alfred State architecture professor developed into a multi-faceted project involving his students, colleagues, the Appalachian Teaching Project, and the small community of Cuba, NY.

Craig R. Clark, dean, ASC School of Applied Technology, accompanied the eight students (two teams) responsible for those plans to Washington, DC, where they presented, along with 14 other colleges and universities, at the Appalachian Teaching Project Conference, dedicated to improving the quality of life of rural Appalachia (who also helped fund the trip).

Students who made the trip to DC included Joe McNinch, Conesus; Ryan Merry, North Syracuse; Eric Rosintoski, Black River; Eric Wood, Batavia; Austin Ingerick, East Rochester; Abraham Ruiz, Dunkirk; Kevin White, Duanesburg; and Jamie Wolbert, Corfu. Faculty advisers in addition to Dean and Clark included Simpson and Johnston, assistant professor.

The Urban Design Studio at Alfred State is in its 11th year of guiding students in the design of buildings in an urban setting. Through this course, students explore the principles of architectural design, planning, and technology and bridge the gap between architectural theory and practice. Previous classes have worked with residents and community leaders in the Village of Fairport and Town of Wellsville as well as the South Clinton Avenue and Susan B. Anthony neighborhoods in the City of Rochester to help them visualize proposed improvements to their communities. All research, analysis, design, and imaging is completed by students under the supervision of a team of architectural technology faculty.

The Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) gives college students the opportunity to engage in research projects that address endemic challenges facing Appalachian communities. Led by the Consortium of Appalachian Centers and Institutes, a coalition of 15 Appalachian-studies organizations, the program includes coursework and active research on issues related to building a sustainable future for Appalachian communities. Faculty and students at each participating institution design and carry out research projects tailored to the needs of targeted communities, many of which are in economically distressed counties. Project reports are presented at a forum held each December in Washington, D.C.

The ATP is administered by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University. Fifteen institutions from 11 Appalachian states participated in the 2010 Appalachian Teaching Project: Alfred State College (New York); Auburn University (Alabama); Appalachian State University (North Carolina); East Tennessee State University; Emory and Henry College (Virginia); Fairmont State University (West Virginia); Frostburg State University (Maryland); Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Morehead State University (Kentucky); North Georgia College and State University; Ohio University; Radford University (Virginia); Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College; The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (Pennsylvania); and the University of Tennessee.

*charrette refers to any collaborative session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem.

Hall Named Executive Assistant to the President

Posted Date: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 09:43

Hollie HallHollie Hall, Whitesville, has been named executive assistant to the president of Alfred State College. In this new position, Hall provides operational and programmatic support for the day-to-day activities of the President’s Office in addition to overseeing special projects. She engages in extensive interaction with all levels of internal and external campus constituencies, including College Council.

Hall joined Alfred State College as a member of the Counseling Services staff where she provided personal counseling to ASC students. Additionally, Hall has served as interim director of student services on the Wellsville campus.

Prior to joining the ASC staff, Hall worked as a clinical counselor at the Counseling Center in Wellsville and as a sociotherapist at Crestwood Children’s Center in Rochester.

Hall holds a master of science degree in education from Alfred University and a bachelor of science degree from SUNY Brockport.

The Whitesville Central School graduate is the daughter of Ronald and the late Arlene Hall, Whitesville. Hall is married to Todd Nelson; they are parents to Jake Nelson, 13.

She began her new duties Jan. 1, 2011.

Medaille JV Shoots Past Lady Pioneers

Posted Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 16:02

The Alfred State College women's basketball team fell 74-69 to a hot shooting Medaille JV squad in their 2011 opener.  The Lady Pioneers head into WNYAC play with a 10-5 mark.

Medaille connected on 11 out of 27 three-point attempts as they held on to hold off a late Lady Pioneers rally.  The Mavericks led 44-33 at half but saw the lead shrink to three in the final minutes.

Tara Caples led Medaille with 21 points and 12 reobunds while Brianna Johnson was 5 for 6 from three to chip in 15 points off the bench.  Taneda Travis recorded a double-double with 10 points and 14 boards.

Amie Brooks (Pavilion) led the Lady Pioneers with 19 points while Shadeeka Campbell (Brooklyn/William Grady) had a double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds.  Camille Romero (Queens Village/Mary Louis) came off the bench and finished with 14.

The blue & gold head to Jamestown CC on Saturday for a 1 p.m. showdown with the Lady Jayhawks to open up conference play.

Llewellyn Gallery Presents Zweygardt Over Time

Posted Date: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 10:04

Work of sculptor Glenn Zweygardt, Spanish Moss BluesThe Llewellyn Art Gallery on the Alfred State College campus will present the work of sculptor Glenn Zweygardt from Jan. 17 through Feb.25. Zweygardt creates complex media sculptures using diverse materials, such as cast bronze, glass, iron, marble, stainless steel, stone and granite. The Llewellyn Gallery is located in the Engineering Technology Building, room 312, on the Alfred State College campus. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The works of Glenn Zweygardt are simultaneously ancient and contemporary. Zweygardt possesses an uncanny ability to fuse dissimilar elements and concepts, naturally occurring and fabricated forms, into structures that command the attention of the observer. This interaction of artist, nature, and technology has a unifying effect on the observer's imagery and psyche. Duplication and relationship are recurring themes found throughout Zweygardt's work. A carefully chosen stone, cast and duplicated in bronze, aluminum, or steel becomes the basis of definite architectural themes that manifest in a range of sizes.

Zweygardt's mastery of the building process along with his ability to create enormous works of art from materials of tremendous mass has gained him international recognition and membership to the Berman Group, a cooperative of sculptors whose collective work spans virtually the entire spectrum of possibilities of "traditional" modernist sculpture.

Kansas born, Zweygardt earned the BFA degree from Wichita State in 1967. He received the MFA from the Maryland Institute of Art in 1969 and is an emeritus professor of sculpture at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Zweygardt works independently in his immense workshop in Alfred Station. Here his work continues to evolve--varied shapes and rich surfaces, transparent and dense forms, concept and technical relationships, personal and collective perceptions--into fine art of eminent legacy.

The Llewellyn Art gallery focuses on providing students and the larger Alfred community with access to the work of emerging and established artists.

More information on Glenn Zweygardt can be found on his Web site at www.glennzweygardt.com.

ASC Alumnus Supplies ACES Dining Services

Posted Date: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 10:39

Sometimes, the stars are misaligned and a farmer or a gardener is born into the wrong city. When it happens, those budding individuals must make their own way to a place where they can become rooted – a place where their passion for plants and agriculture can thrive. It happened this way for Tom Kacalski, Alfred State College ’06, ’09. And now Kacalski is providing specialized growing services for Alfred State’s Dining Services.

Kacalski was born and raised in the Buffalo area, and he knew very early on that he loved plants and the outdoors. He experimented with gardening in the family backyard, but really had no one to teach him how to make his small plot explode with produce.

“As a Boy Scout, I pursued the Gardening Merit badge,” Kacalski recalled. “But I was the only one in my troop who was interested.”

After high school graduation in 2004, Kacalski transplanted himself to Alfred State College in order to pursue a degree in landscape development. Finally, he had found the place where his passion could blossom. He received his AA degree 2006, and then went on to complete a BA in technology management in 2009.

In 2010, armed with his two degrees, Kacalski began his own small commercial gardening venture on a hilltop outside of the small village of Alfred. The plot is owned by a local resident Jude Freschette, who has a passion for gardening.

“I learned a lot about the business aspect of produce while I was in charge of the hydroponic lettuce production at Alfred State College my junior and senior years,” Kacalski explained. “We were growing lettuce in the green house for use by ACES.” Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services (ACES) provides dining services to Alfred State College.

“We loved that fresh lettuce from our fledgling Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA),” remembers Karen Canne, director of ACES Dining Services. “Since that first year (2008) COSA continues to deliver fresh produce for us, but we’re always looking for more local providers with unique offerings.”

After Tom graduated, he started to work for ACES part-time, just when he started his small commercial garden. Eventually he approached ACES about its catering needs.

“I worked for ACES catering when I was in college and over the summer and I knew that they sometimes used edible flowers for their dishes. I approached Bron Norasethaporn, the catering manager, to see if he would be willing to buy flowers from me,” Kacalski said.

ACES jumped at the opportunity.

“Edible flowers are one of the most elegant garnishes that we can use on our food. We like everything to be as fresh and as beautiful as we can make it, and Tom’s gardening business helped us to elevate our dishes,” explained Norasethaporn.

Kacalski provided nasturtiums and calendula (also known as pot marigold) to ACES. Nasturtium flowers and leaves are edible and provide a peppery touch to salads and pasta. Calendula provides brilliant yellow edible blooms that are an economical substitute for saffron.

In his first full-blown garden year, Kacalski worked to develop his crop and find markets for his produce. In addition to ACES, he sold produce to Kinfolk, Alfred’s local organic grocery store, and other customers through word of mouth.

“I wanted to make sure that my crop was established before I started talking to prospective customers. I planted things that I knew I could sell eventually: potatoes, tomatoes, onions, and pumpkins.” Kacalski said. “Securing ACES as a customer made the flowers an easy choice.”

As the last crop of the fall, Kacalski also sold decorative pumpkins to ACES.

Now with his BA in hand and some success in the local growing market, Kacalski has bigger plans for next year’s garden. He has also become a member of the college’s Green Team Garden/Greenhouse initiative. That team is working toward developing a community garden in the Village of Alfred that will be ready to plant come spring.

“Alfred State College has provided me with the opportunity to finally start my dream of growing and supplying local, healthy foods. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with ACES and Alfred State and expanding my business in 2011.”

About ACES

Auxiliary Campus Enterprises & Services (ACES) is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the mission of Alfred State College. ACES is located on campus and provides dining services, campus bookstores, telecommunications, transportation, vending, and laundry services to our customers.

Lady Pioneers Fall in WNYAC opener

Posted Date: Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 12:07

The Alfred State College women's basketball team could not rally all the way back and fell 64-51 to Jamestown CC in their Western New York Athletic Conference opener.  ASC is now 10-6 on the year while JCC, ranked #17 in Division II of the NJCAA, improves to 16-3.

Amie Brooks (Pavilion) led the way for the blue & gold with 19 points.  Camille Romero (Queens Village/Mary Louis) chipped in nine while Shadeeka Campbell (Brooklyn/William Grady) and Nuri Bey (Bronx/Evander Childs) each finished with six.

The Lady Pioneers continue their three-game conference road trip on Thursday when they travel to Mercyhurst North East for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.

ASC drops 2011 Opener

Posted Date: Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 13:16

The Alfred State College men's basketball team returned to action after over a month off and fell 66-50 in their 2011 and WNYAC opener.  ASC led 25-24 at half but was unable to hold the lead.  The Pioneers are now 3-10 on the season.

Younatan Gobezai (Bethesda, MD) led the blue & gold with 15 points while Milton Colquehoun (Silver Springs, MD) and Nick Tucker (Belmont/Genesee Valley) each chipped in eight.

The Pioneers return to action on Thursday when they travel to Mercyhurst North East for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off with the Saints.

Tracksters Open up Indoor Season

Posted Date: Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 15:04

The Alfred State College indoor track & field team opened up their season with an impressive showing at the RIT Invitational.  The Pioneers had three event winners on the day in competition versus mainly four-year schools.

On the men's side, Brett Harrington (Rochester/Edison) won the 55 m hurdles in 7.82.  He was also 4th in the long jump (6.36 m).  Tyree Constantine (Binghamton) won the high jump with a leap of 1.93 m.

The women's 4x200 relay team of Shatara Noble (Rochester/John Marshall), Briana Dorsey (Rochester/School of the Arts), Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson), and Jessica Stewart (Bronx/Herbert Lehman) crossed the finish line first in 1:52.64.

Dorsey was 3rd in both the 200 m (27.56) and the 55 m (7.74), Murphy finished 3rd in the 500 m (1:25.92), and Noble was 6th in the 55 m (7.82).

Other top finishers included; Rawle Crawford (Mt. Vernon) finished 3rd in the 200 (23.61), Byron Jones (Niagara Falls) was 4th in the triple jump (12.89 m), and Ken Boyer (Albion) was 7th in the 400 (53.10).

The Pioneers return to action next Sunday when they travel to Selinsgrove, PA to compete in the Susquehanna University Invitational.  Action is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Coach Herman Boone to Speak at Campus-wide Leadership Retreat

Posted Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 07:50

Coach Herman Boone, whose life and leadership inspired the film Remember the Titans, will be addressing student leaders at Alfred State College as part of the campus-wide Living Your Legacy Leadership Retreat on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 12:45 p.m. in the Orvis Auditorium. This speaking event is open to the community, but all other aspects of the retreat are closed and open only to registered retreat participants.

In 1971, Herman Boone faced the challenge of a lifetime, and his inspirational story was captured in the Disney film Remember the Titans starring Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington. In 1971, racial tensions ran high in Alexandria, VA, as three schools were newly integrated to form the T.C. Williams High School. It was from this union that the Titan football team was created. The former rivalries between the schools coupled with the strain between the black and white players resulted in a team that was far from united.

Tensions only escalated when Boone, assistant coach of the former T.C. Williams High School, was named head coach of the Titans, passing over Bill Yoast, the local favorite and successful head coach of the former white Hammond High. Yoast’s supporters were angered by Boone’s appointment, which was seen as a gesture of goodwill to the black community.

Remarkably, the two coaches were able to put aside their prejudices, and in doing so they unified their players to form a team whose common vision was to respect each other and win football games. At the same time, through the game of football, Boone and Yoast were able to help their small Virginian community put aside their intolerance and join together to support their children. The Titans became one of the best teams in Virginia, compiling a 13-0 record and went on to win the state championship.

Remember the Titans screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard said in a Washington Post interview, “Herman is Shakespearean. The beauty of Herman and what he did was that it was sort of unconscious. If you’d ask Herman when he took over T.C. Williams, ‘Were you trying to make a point with these kids?’ he would have said, ‘No, I just want to win football games.’ He had to get the players to get along to win football games. And it worked for just that reason—because it wasn’t self-conscious. He did something quite beyond what even he realized.”

Boone is now retired but continues to motivate and inspire audiences with presentations on respect, teamwork, community involvement and importance of character, among others. For more information, contact Ashley Kehoe, Director of Civil Engagement and Student Leadership Programs at Alfred State College, at (607) 587-4077.