February 2011

Taylor Signs With Youngstown State

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 06:51

Sir Aaron Taylor (West Chester/Lincoln Hall) will continue his academic and athletic collegiate career at Youngstown State.  Taylor a second team NJCAA All-American is the third Pioneer in the past ten years to sign with the Penguins.

Taylor wore many hats in his two years at Alfred State.  He made contributions to the offense, defense, and special teams.  He 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.

In addition to being named All-American, Taylor was named 1st team All-Northeast Football Conference.  He also was named NFC and NJCAA special teams player of the week after a solid performance in the Pioneers opening game victory over Apprentice School.

This follows a freshman campaign where Taylor recorded 52 tackles (32 solo), one sack, and picked off three passes (one returned for a score).  He also rushed for 250 yards and three scores and passed for 423 yards and four scores.

Taylor is one of 35 players, 10 from junior college programs, in the Penguins 2011 recruiting class.  YSU was 3-8 last season under first year coach Eric Wolford.  The Penguins, members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference of the Football Championship Subdivision, open up the 2011 season at Michigan State on September 3.

Taylor will join former Pioneer teammate Pat White when he starts at Youngstown State in the fall.  Former Pioneer All-American Cordera Jackson also continued his career at Youngstown State in 2005 and went on to two All-American seasons with the Penguins.

Taylor joins Cody Scepaniak (Vestal) as the first two Pioneers to sign national letter of intents in 2011.  Scepaniak signed and is currently enrolled at Northern Michigan University.

ACES is Celebrating 65 Years of Service

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 09:49

Good value and good customer service keep companies in business. Great value and great customer service keep you in business even longer. That’s the case for an Alfred company that’s celebrating its 65th year of service in 2011. Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc. (ACES), a not-for-profit company that supports the mission of Alfred State College, plans a year-long celebration of its big milestone.

“We’re excited that we have been of service to our student customers for all these years,” said Stephen Schnorr, ACES executive director. “We’ve been around so long that that we are looking for the grandchildren of some of our first customers to come to Alfred State.”

ACES provides Lake Lodge in Alfred Station.

As a partner of Alfred State, ACES provided over $650,000 in culinary program among others.

“We think like an entrepreneurial organization despite our longevity,” Schnorr said. “Our goal is to continue to innovate so that we can provide the best possible service and support to our customers.”

Some of ACES’ innovations include:

  • In 2010, ACES partnered with the College in renovating Central Dining Hall from a traditional cafeteria to a state-of-the-art display cooking dining facility called The Terrace.
  • ACES was the first dining services organization in the SUNY system to establish a Friendly’s Café on campus.
  • Three years ago ACES began an off-campus merchant program that allows students to use a college debit account with select local retailers.
  • New services provided by the Campus Store help students select the best priced option for their text book investment. Students can buy new or used, rent a book, or opt for a less expensive digital version from the store.
  • Last year, ACES produced a nationally recognized orientation video that helped incoming freshmen adjust to life at college.

While fulfilling its important mission to Alfred State, ACES has also bolstered the local economy for 65 years.

“Since our founding, ACES has employed over 92 full-time employees each year. Every semester during the school year, we also employ over 200 students,” explained David Sengstock, ACES human resources director. “Our employees are critical to our success and this anniversary milestone reflects the excellent service that they provide year after year.”

Anniversary celebration activities will include a current and former employee recognition event; student give-aways; an anniversary reception for faculty, staff, and students; and the kick-off of a scholarship fund for student employees.

Balanced Attack Leads Pioneers to Victory

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 16:03

The Alfred State College men's basketball team had seven players score at least nine points as they downed Medaille College JV 85-65 on Wednesday evening.  The Pioneers are now 4-20 on the season.

Patrick Parker (Jamaica/Hillcrest) led the way with 20 points, eight assists, and seven boards while Vince Antonioli (Wellsville) finished with a season high 18.  Ryan Caron (Prattsburgh) and Nick Tucker (Genesee Valley) both had 10 points while Younatan Gobezai (Bethesda, MD), Ryne Hunt (Hornell), and Joe Bowman (Frewsburg) each had nine.  Hunt added a game high 11 boards.

The Pioneers led 39-23 at halftime.  ASC finished the game shooting 44.8% from the field and 62.5% from the foul line.  They held a 51 to 45 advantage on the boards.

Mike Malicki led the Mavericks with 13 points while Pat Folland added 10. 

The Pioneers head in the final stretch of the season on Saturday with a 3 p.m. showdown with #6 Erie CC. 

Hornell Applebee’s and Surfside Tan Join Successful Campus-Town Partnership

Posted Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 06:23

Applebee’s and Surfside Tan in Hornell have joined the Alfred State College Campus Card debit account at area businesses who participate in the program.

The off-campus program, managed by Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services (ACES), is a partnership between the college and area businesses. This is the third year of the program and Applebee’s and Surfside Tan are the 11th and 12th vendors to join.

Other Campus Partners are The Terra Cotta Coffeehouse, Little Sicily’s Pizza & Restaurant, Fox’s Pizza, The Collegiate, Alfred Pharmacy, Pizza King, Short’s (2 locations), Hott Spot, Hot Diggity Dogs, and Uncle Alfred’s Sub Shop.

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 vending, and laundry services to its customers.

Renewable Energy and Conservation Methods Info Night, Feb. 17

Posted Date: Friday, February 11, 2011 - 09:37

Alfred State College is once again partnering with Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES to sponsor the second annual Renewable Energy and Conservation Methods Information night, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, 6:45-8:30 p.m., at the BOCES Center, 1825 Windfall Rd., Olean.

This session features a lineup of professionals within the renewable energy fields of PV (solar electric), wind energy, solar thermal, geothermal, and energy conservation and weatherization will speak on the basic terminology and considerations homeowners and business owners need to know. The speakers will also be available to field questions and to demonstrate components to the systems. Additionally, although this evening’s presentation serves as an overview, a subsequent series of classes will delve more deeply into each of the topics mentioned above.

This event is open to the public free of charge. Please call (716) 376-8278 or (716) 376-8384 for additional information or to confirm space availability; seating is limited.

Alfred State College faculty members electrical construction and maintenance electrician program and who are also members of the Renewable Energy Team to assist with the hands-on demonstrations.

A member of the Alfred State faculty since 2002, Stevens lectures on electrical theory and national electrical code understanding and interpretation, as well as photovoltaic design and installation. Stevens, a licensed master electrician and contractor, maintains a small electrical contracting business.

Additionally, Stevens has obtained his pre-certification as a certified photovoltaic installer, continues studies with associated National Electrical Codes and Photovoltaic installations, and is currently working with other faculty to build a green home laboratory addition to the facility at Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology campus to accommodate the demand for training and showcase the craftsmanship of the students and the renewable technologies currently being taught throughout the programs.

Stevens holds two associate of occupational studies degrees from Alfred State College: construction and maintenance electrician and plumbing, heating, and air conditioning, ’91 and ’93, respectively.

Brubaker, an assistant professor in the Electrician and Computer Technician Department where he teaches magnetic motor controls and programmable logic controllers to senior students, is currently serving as interim director of Facilities Services at the college.

Prior to joining the Alfred State College faculty, Brubaker served as senior electrical specialist at West Valley Nuclear Services, Co.

Brubaker holds a bachelor of professional studies degree—business degree—from Empire State College and an associate of occupational studies degree from Alfred State College. A licensed master electrician and contractor, Brubaker maintains a small electrical contracting business.

Lady Pioneers Race Past Kats

Posted Date: Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 10:18

Camille Romero (Queens Village/Mary Louis) and Amie Brooks (Pavilion) had big days as the Alfred State College women's basketball team downed Erie CC 73-52.  The win evens the Lady Pioners record at 12-12 (2-6 RIII DII) while the Kats fall to 9-14 (2-6 RIII DII).

Romero netted 29 points on 10 for 20 shooting to lead all scorers while Brooks chipped in 12 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.  Ardaisha Hudson (Brooklyn/Food and Finance) finished with nine points and 11 rebounds, Carriola Chambers (New York/Facing History) and Tiffany Walton (Brooklyn/William Grady) each had seven, and Shadeeka Campbell (Brooklyn/William Grady) added 11 boards.

The Lady Pioneers led 24-21 at half but shot 50% in the second half and tallied 49 points in the second half.  ASC finished shooting 36.5% from the field for the day.

Breanna Harris led the Kats with 20 pionts while Jasmine Ball finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.  ECC shot 30.5% from the field but was slowed down by 26 turnovers.

ASC returns to action on Thursday when they travel to Niagara CCC for a 5:30 p.m. contest with the Thunder Wolves.

Strong 2nd Half Leads Kats Past Pioneers

Posted Date: Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 12:34

Erie CC shot 60.7% and scored 46 second half points to break open a three-point halftime lead in a 85-67 victory over Alfred State on Saturday.  The #6 ranked Kats improve to 22-2 (11-1 WNYAC) while ASC falls to 4-21.

Tyshawn Edwards led all scorers with 27 points while God's Gift Achiuwa finished with 21 points and eight boards for ECC.  Sam Hattin chipped in nine.  ECC finished the day shooting 53.3% from the field and connected on seven three-pointers.

Younatan Gobezai (Bethesda, MD) led the Pioneers with 23 points and added seven rebounds.  Vince Antonioli (Wellsville) finished with 10, Patrick Parker (Jamaica/Hillcrest) finished with nine points and eight rebounds, and Milton Colquehoun (Silver Spring, MD) chipped in nine. 

ASC shot 37% from the field, 26.3% from three, and 47.1% from the foul line.

The blue & gold return to action on Tuesday when they host JCC-Olean at 7 p.m.

Harrington and Murphy Qualify for Nationals

Posted Date: Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 17:04

Brett Harrington (Rochester/Edison) and Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson) registered NJCAA Division I National Championships qualifying performances on Saturday at the Kane Invitational at Cornell University.

Harrington qualified for Nationals in the 60 m hurdles by finishing 2nd overall with a time of 8.31.  Murphy finished 7th in the 800 m to qualify (2:24.26) for her second event.

In other action, the women's 4x400 relay team of Murphy, Pam Breedlove (Rochester/East), Briana Dorsey (Rochester/School of the Arts), and Shatara Noble (Rochester/Marshall) finished 5th (4:17.07) while the men's team of Marcquis Johnson-Broughton (Rochester/Edison), Russel Yerger-Moe (Wales Center/Iroquois), Isiah Whiting (Hamden, CT), and Rony St. Simon (Farmingdale) finished 6th (3:31.57).

Rawl Crawford (Mt. Vernon) was 11th in the 400 (51.95) and Andy Jones (Milford Academy) finished 12th in the weight throw (13.73).

In the Region III heptathlon, Alex Hewlett (Wellsville) was 5th (3,288), Jordan Friedman (Clakstown South) was 6th (3,265), and Austin Ridley (Trumansburg) was 7th (3,258).

The Pioneers head to RIT on Friday evening to compete in the Region III Championships. 

Pioneer Men Finish 5th at Swim Districts, Women 9th

Posted Date: Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 15:05

The Alfred State College men's swimming team finished the 2011 Northeast District/Region III Championships in 5th place out of eight teams while the two Lady Pioneers that competed earned 9th place.

The Pioneer relay teams finished in 4th in four of the five relay competition.  The 200 free team finished in 1:41.29, the 400 medley team in 4:13.35, the 400 free team in 3:40.83, and the 800 free team in 8:30.20.

Ethan Wright (Clyde Savannah) led the way in individual events.  He was 3rd in the 100 fly (58.55), 3rd in the 200 fly (2:16.71), and 6th in the 200 IM (2:20.35).

Tim Guarino (Cornwall) was 4th in the 200 breast (2:39.38), 5th in the 100 breast (1:11.69), and 9th in the 200 IM (2:31.74)

Jake Giglio (Hornell) was 5th in the 100 free (53.62), 6th in the 50 free (23.40), and 6th in the 200 free (2:06.41).

Josh Stellrecht (Oakfield Alabama was 8th in the 100 back (1:09.41), Wade Harrington (Campbell Savona) was 10th in the 1650 free (21:25.15), and Atay Chokmorov (Bishkek, Kyrgyztan) was 11th in the 200 breast (3:06.19).

Erin Baum (Dryden) finished 5th in the 100 fly (1:18.21) and 6th in the 200 fly (3:02.18) to lead the women's duo.  Rebecca Haskins (Latham/Shaker) was 9th in the 100 free.

The men's team 200 points in the three-day competition and trailed 4th place Genesee CC by just four points.  The women earned 23 points for the weekend.

The Pioneers now shift their focus to the NJCAA National Championships which will be held at the Flickenger Center in Buffalo, NY March 2-5.

ASC Wrestlers Finish 3rd at Districts

Posted Date: Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 16:17

Five members of the Alfred State College wrestling team finished in the top three of their weight class as the Pioneers finished 3rd at the 2011 Northeast District Championships held at Springfield Tech (Springfield, MA).

Cody Dill (Unatego), Tyler Peet (Unadilla Valley), and Taylor Nelson (Somers) each advanced to the championship bout of their weight class before finishing as district runner-ups.  Dill wrestled at 133, Peet at 149, and Nelson at 197.

Dill defeated Lance Zernick (Jamestown CC) 3-2 but then fell 17-5 to Tim Hubbard (Mercyhurst North East.  Peet pinned David Lyons (Niagara CCC) and Donovan Williams (Jamestown CC) to reach the finals but fell 12-4 to Jake Kondrlik (Mercyhurst NE).  Nelson pinned Riley Sheldon (Jamestown  CC) in the semifinals but lost a 6-4 decision to Travis Taylor (Niagara CCC) in the finals.

At 125 lbs. Kyle Conrad (Bath) and at 141 lbs. James Barlow (Wayland Cohocton) earned 3rd place finishes.  Conrad defeated Springfield Bui (Springfield Tech) in the 3rd place match 6-3 while Barlow earned a 6-0 decision over Paul Cadek (Jamestown CC) in the first round and then defeated him again 6-4 in the 3rd place match after falling in the semifinals to the eventual champion.

The Pioneers scored 76.5 points on the day to earn 3rd place.  Mercyhurst North East won the title with 137.5 points followed by Niagara CCC's 136.5.  Springfield Tech was 4th with 74.5 points and Jamestown CC was 5th with 67.5.

ASC will next compete Feb. 25-26 at the NJCAA National Championships in Spokane, WA.