February 2011

Jamestown Rallies for Victory

Posted Date: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 04:19

The Alfred State College men’s basketball team led for the first 32 minutes of the game but Jamestown CC tied it and outscored the Pioneers 20-16 in the final eight minutes to earn a 69-65 victory. 

Branden Woods led the Jayhawks with 19 points and eight rebounds while Zieyik Estime added 17 points.  Markus Williams chipped in 13.  JCC was helped by a 28 for 41 performance at the foul line.  They also held a 43-31 advantage on the boards.

Nick Tucker (Genesee Valley) led the Pioneers with 17 points while Tommy Hutson (Brooklyn/Susan McKinney) came off the bench and added 15.  Younatan Gobezai  (Bethesda, MD) finished with 14.  The Pioneers took an early lead due to solid outside shooting.  ASC finished 10 for 30 from beyond the three point arc on the day.

The Pioneers travel to Monroe CC on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip-off with the Tribunes.

Wrestling Canceled vs. Niagara

Posted Date: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 04:21

Saturday afternoon's wrestling match at Niagara CCC has been canceled.  Alfred State has had the injury bug hit them and will rest up until the Northeast District/Region III Championships on February 13th at Springfield Tech.

ASC to Host SkillsUSA-Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics

Posted Date: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 05:57

Alfred State College will host the upcoming 22nd annual SkillsUSA-Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics, (formerly VICA-- Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) Tuesday, March 8, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Nearly 1,000 BOCES students, their advisers, observers, parents, and guests from Western New York counties, including Allegany, Steuben, Monroe, Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Cattaraugus, and Ontario, will converge on the Alfred State College (462 student competitors) campus and the ASC School of Applied Technology (271 student competitors) campus, Wellsville, where they will compete in their areas of study. Competition areas range from extemporaneous speaking and graphic communications to heating and air conditioning to law enforcement and ground maintenance to auto service, collision repair, and brick masonry, to cake decorating and small animal care (vet assistant). Alfred State College faculty, staff, and students will assist in judging the competitions.

SkillsUSA participants will have an opportunity during the day to view dorm life and eat lunch in the campus dining hall.

An awards ceremony completes the day.

The winners of this regional competition will advance to the next level of competition at the On-Center in Syracuse, where all six regions in New York State will meet to attempt to qualify for the national competition in Kansas City in June.

ASC Among Winners of International Student Design Competition

Posted Date: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 10:30

Alfred State College was well represented among the winners of the 2010 International Student Design Competition. The architectural design competition, held by the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA), is open to students of architecture currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program. This year’s project was to design a building to house a Classroom of the Future on a site in Tennessee utilizing tilt-up concrete construction. Emphasis was placed on the overall quality of the design and its strength as an environmentally sustainable building solution. Alfred State third-year students in the http://www.tilt-up.org/awards.

The TCA holds the competition each year to increase awareness and showcase the capabilities of tilt-up concrete construction techniques. This year’s competition included an extensive list of entrants, including students from architecture schools around the world. Among the 26 top colleges and universities registered: Alfred State College; Cairo University; Cornell University; University of Malaya; People’s Friendship University of Russia; University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana; Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow; and McGill University.

The Concrete Classroom competition, an international, open, single-stage ideas competition, was sponsored by the Tilt-Up Concrete Association and the Tennessee Concrete Association.

Tilt-Up has a number of distinct advantages in construction. Among them:

  • Panels can be formed into any shape or finish
  • Panels can be large, more than 30-ft wide and several stories tall, since it doesn’t require transportation by truck. Size is limited only by the availability and capacity of cranes.
  • Concrete has inherent durability
  • Concrete has inherent fire resistance capabilities exceeding most other standard building materials
  • Concrete has thermal mass properties, important with today’s concerns for sustainability
  • Insulated Tilt-Up sandwich panels are energy efficient

The competition: The Tennessee Concrete Association owns 1.88 acres of property (light industrial zoning) less than two miles from the heart of downtown Nashville. The Association currently occupies a building on the property that has been adapted for office use but desires to build a state-of-the-art training center for use by members and potentially to rent to other groups needing training space. The new building will need to respond appropriately to the site.

The primary purpose of the building will be as classroom and educational space, but will also serve as a meeting space. Easy conversion of the space from one function to another is essential, and the space should encourage collaborative exchange and learning. Views to the outside are encouraged, but control of light levels will be important to the functionality of the space while in ‘presentation’ mode.

The Association wants the Training Center to be a showcase of concrete and sustainable building practices, especially those utilizing Tilt-Up construction methods. Obtaining an LEED Platinum certification for the new center is the goal and LEED Gold is a minimum requirement for the project. Energy efficiency is a key goal and new building should be as close as possible to a ‘net-zero’ building in terms of both energy and water use in the operational phase. Innovative and unique solutions are encouraged, but must be balanced with ease of construction and affordability.

The Association would like the entire project to be a ‘learning lab’ that can help future projects better implement effective sustainable building practices. The space needs to serve as a living exhibit for the concrete construction techniques utilized in its construction and highlight the features that were incorporated into the structure to earn LEED credits. Visitors should be exposed to these features as part of occupying the space, and consideration should be given to making building features as interactive as possible with the goal of producing a self-guided learning tour of the building in the finished product.

You (the contestants) have been awarded the contract, and need to prepare for your first owner meeting with a proposed solution.

Among the required specs:

  • Freestanding (with interior connection to existing office)
  • Seating for a minimum of 30 students
  • Instructional area, space for speakers, including large screen, white board space, and webcasting
  • Two accessible restrooms
  • Serving kitchen/break area including counter space for displaying and serving food items; refrigerator; storage cabinets and coffee service: Min. 300-400 sq. ft.
  • Sufficient storage for all tables and chairs when not in use
  • Separate “main” entrance to the Training Center
  • Outdoor space for breaks and hands-on demonstrations: Min. 1,000 sq. ft.

Required sustainable systems specs:

  • Integration of affordable solar devices (both PV and hot water)
  • All renewable energy sources should be considered
  • Water use for potable, non-potable, and landscaping should be minimized
  • Thermal mass of concrete wall system combined with appropriate insulation
  • Campus has two rainwater harvesting cisterns on property to capture run-off from existing roofs. Eventual goal is to make the entire site a “zero-discharge” site for storm water. New building must work within this goal.

Entries were judged on the following criteria:

  • Creative/aesthetic use of Tilt-Up concrete in the design solution
  • Tilt-Up concrete design - contribution to sustainable solution
  • Quality of overall concept, design, layout
  • Overall sustainable solution

Students provided a one-page design narrative explaining both the process rationale and the design solution and a 30-in x 30-in board graphically embodying a design solution containing the following:

  • Conceptual site plan
  • Unit floor plan
  • Elevations/sections/details
  • Sketches or 3-d views
  • Diagrams or other information which explain the solution

Awards were sponsored by the Tilt-Up Concrete Association and Tennessee Concrete Association. Prize package included cash to students (student cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd equal $1,500, $1,000, and $500 respectively) and reference materials to sponsoring departments as well as up to five free registrations ($500 value) to the 2010 TCA Annual Winter meeting, free registration to the World of Concrete ($35 value each), and a $500 travel allowance.

Special Note: This year, the Student Design Competition will provide the opportunity for the designer of one selected entry to work with the project architect of the Tennessee Concrete Association’s development to modify the design as necessary for construction.

The mission of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association is to expand and improve the use of Tilt-Up as the preferred construction method by providing education and resources that enhance quality and performance. The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) is a non-profit international organization that serves to expand and improve the use of Tilt-Up as the preferred construction method.

Lady Pioneers Downed by Monroe

Posted Date: Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 13:10

The Alfred State College women's basketball team fell to NJCAA Division I Monroe CC 95-31 on Saturday afternoon. The loss evens the Lady Pioneers record to 11-11 while the Tribunes are now 14-6.

Tiffany Walton (Brooklyn/William Grady) was the lone Pioneer in double figures finishing with 10 points.  Amie Brooks (Pavilion) chipped in nine points and six rebounds.

Deven Green led MCC with 14 points while Sehmonyeh Allen had 13 as five Lady Tribunes finished in double figures.  MCC led 51-27 at half and held the Pioneers to just four points in the second.

ASC returns to action on Tuesday when they host Mercyhurst North East at 5:30 p.m.

Monroe Rides Hot Shooting

Posted Date: Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 13:15

Monroe CC connected on 16-three pointers and shot 51% for the game as they downed Alfred State 108-70 on Saturday.  MCC is now 15-7, (7-1 WNYAC) while ASC is 3-18 (0-9 WNYAC).

Younatan Gobezai (Bethesda, MD) led ASC with 18 points while Milton Colquehoun (Silver Springs, MD) continued his solid play as of late with 16.  Ryan Caron (Prattsburgh) chipped in nine.

Aaron Williams and Jacob Grant each had 19 points as the Tribunes finished with seven player in double figures.

The blue & gold start a four-game week on Monday with a 7 p.m. tip-off at Ithaca College JV.

Tracksters Compete at East Stroudsburg

Posted Date: Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 13:21

The Alfred State College indoor track & field team was one of over 30 teams that competed on Saturday at the 12th annual DeSchriver Invitational at East Stroudsburg University.  Byron Jones (Niagara Falls) and David Miller (Elmira Southside) both recorded 2nd place finishes to lead the way.

Jones was 2nd in the triple jump with a leap of 13.87 m while Miller leapt 14' in the pole vault.

Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson) was 7th in the 800 m (2:28.93), Briana Dorsey (Rochester/School of the Arts) was 10th in the 55 m dash (7.78)

Brett Harrington (Rochester/Edison) was 3rd in the 55 m hurdles (7.87) and 3rd in the long jump (6.28 m), Jordan Friedman (Clarkstown South) was 5th in the pole vault (13'), Isiah Whiting (Hamden, CT) was 7th in the 800 m (2:01.55), and Andy Jones (Milford Academy) was 9th in the weight throw (13.17 m).

The Pioneers have a busy weekend ahead as they will compete at the Region III Multi event on Friday evening at Cornell University and then compete at the Kane Invitational at Cornell on Saturday.

ASC Tangles with Ithaca

Posted Date: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 17:00

The Alfred State College men's basketball team could not hold on to a 2nd half lead as they fell 77-76 to Ithaca College JV on Monday night. 

The Pioneers trailed 36-30 at half but rallied to lead by as many as 10 in the 2nd half but struggled at the foul line (2 of 7) down the stretch and allowed the Bombers to rally for the victory.

Younatan Gobezai (Bethesda, MD) led ASC with 22 points while Patrick Parker (Jamaica/Hillcrest) finished with 15.  Nick Tucker (Genesee Valley) chipped in 13.

The blue & gold host Mercyhurst North East on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Cold Shooting Dooms Lady Pioneers

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 16:31

The Alfred State College women's basketball team shot just 16% in the 1st half and were never able to recover in a 59-49 loss to Mercyhurst North East.  The Lady Saints are now 11-8, 6-2 Region III Division II while ASC falls to 11-12, 1-6 RIII DII.

Kaveeda Myers came off the bench and led the Saints with 25 points.  Darnesha Tomllinson finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds while Cassie Esler finished with seven points and six rebounds.

Amie Brooks (Pavilion) led the Lady Pioneers with 11 points while Camille Romeron (Queens Village/Mary Louis) finished with 10.  Nuri Bey (Bronx/Evander Childs) had a game high 19 rebounds to go along with five points while Ardaisha Hudson (Brooklyn/Food&Finance) finished with six points and 15 boards.

ASC shot just 25.9% from the field for the game, 11.8% from three, and 29.4% from the foul line.  MNE shot 35.7%, 29.4% from three, and 56% from the line.

The Lady Pioneers have a few days off before hosting Erie CC on Saturday.  Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Orvis Activities Center.

Pioneers Drop Heartbreaker

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 16:39

Alfred State College led for nearly 38 minutes of their contest versus Mercyhurst North East but the Saints were able to rally late in the 2nd half for a 64-60 victory.  The Saints improve to 16-5 (7-3 WNYAC) while the Pioneers are now 3-20 (0-10 WNYAC).

Mercyhurst North East took a 1-0 lead early on but never had a lead until the final minute of the game.  ASC led by as many as 11 points in the first half and as many as eight points in the second half but the Saints chipped away and tied the game when Geovante Rose connected on a jumper with 1:05 left to tie the game at 60-60.  Jason Pitts capitalized on a Pioneer turnover with a lay-up to give the Saints the game-winning basket.  ASC had a three-point attempt fall short on their next possession and Rose hit two foul shots to seal the victory.

Younatan Gobezai (Bethesda, MD) led the Pioneers with 24 points and six rebounds.  Ryan Caron (Prattsburgh) finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, Nick Tucker (Genesee Valley) finished with nine, and Vince Antonioli (Wellsville) chipped in eight points and 10 rebounds.  Patrick Parker (Jamaica/Hillcrest) had six points and nine boards.  The Pioneers starting five played but one minute of the contest.

Rose led MNE with 18 points and 16 rebounds while Pitts finished with 17.  Nate Williams recorded a double-double with 13 points and 16 boards.  MNE held a 47 to 41 advantage on the boards.

The blue & gold continue a busy stretch of games on Wednesday when they host Medaille JV at the Orvis Activities Center at 7 p.m.