February 2011

Pioneer Wrestlers Ready for Nationals

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 10:21

Alfred State College wrestling coach George Porter and five Pioneer wrestlers will head to Spokane, WA to compete at the 2011 NJCAA National Championships this weekend.  Wrestling begins on Friday and runs until Saturday evening when the champions are crowned.

Joining Porter on the trip is 125 lb. Kyle Conrad (Bath), 133 lb. Cody Dill (Unatego), 141 lb. James Barlow (Wayland Cohocton), 149 lb. Tyler Peet (Unadilla Valley), and 197 lb. TJ Nelson (Somers). 

Conrad recently returned from an injury and was able to capture 3rd place at the district tournament to qualify for nationals.  He is 5-4 on the year and will take on #11 ranked Jesse Barber from Pratt (KS) CC in the first round of the tournament.

Dill returns to the national championships after claiming a spot with a 2nd place finish at the districts.  He is currently ranked #9 in his weight class with a 15-7 overall record (six pins).  He will take on Wismit Moinius from North Iowa Area CC in his first match.

Barlow put together an impressive showing at the districts to claim a spot in the nationals.  Barlow went 2-1 to earn 3rd place and will take on Kirk Sallis from North Iowa Area CC in the first round.

Peet, the #8 ranked wrestler at 149, has had a monster year for the Pioneeers.  He is 24-9 on the year with 16 pins.  He was 2-1 with two pins at the districts to earn 2nd place.  He will take on Mariano Portillo from Ridgewater (MN) CC in the first round.

Nelson returns to the national championships for the second year in a row after claiming 2nd place at the districts.  He is 14-12 on the season and ranked #12 in his weight class.  He takes on Brett Fredericksen from Clackamus (OR) CC in the first round.

The Pioneers fly out to Washington on Wednesday and hit the practice mats at the Spokane Convention Center on Thursday.  On Friday, first round action begins at 12:30 p.m. (EST).  Action continues all day Friday and continues Saturday until the All-American round at 9:45 p.m. (EST) that evening.

Follow the action of the Wrestling National Championships at: http://www.nic.edu/athletics/wrestlingnationals/ 

Lady Pioneers Advance

Posted Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 04:15

After a slow start, the Alfred State College women’s basketball team got it going and was able to defeat Niagara CCC 67-59 in a Region III Division II Tournament 1st Round contest.  The Pioneerswill take on the #1 seed Genesee CC on Saturday in the regional final four.

The Thunder Wolves jumped out to a 13-5 lead in the first seven minutes but the Lady Pioneers responded and took a one-point lead 33-32 at half.  Alfred State held the lead most of the second half and was able to stretch it out to as many as 12.

Amie Brooks (Pavilion) led all scorers with 23 points while Camille Romero (Queens Village/Mary Louis) added 18 points.  Nuri Bey (Bronx/Evander Childs) had a monster night on the boards with 20 rebounds and five points.  Ardaisha Hudson (Brooklyn/Food & Finance) and Shadeeka Campbell (Brooklyn/William Grady) each finished with seven.

Raylyn Brooks led NCCC with 13 points while Jasmine Shabazz added 10 points and 12 rebounds.  Kierra Jackson chipped in 10 points.

ASC shot 34.6% from the field while NCCC shot 31.3%.  The Pioneers held a 57-51 advantage on the boards and for Niagara into 21 turnovers.

The Lady Pioneers (14-13, 4-7) travel to Genesee CC for the Region III Division II Final Four on Saturday.  They take on #1 Genesee CC at 1 p.m.

Students Volunteer Saturdays at Comfort House of Allegany

Posted Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 08:51

Student David Babcock volunteering at Comfort House of Allegany (Hart House).Alfred State College students once again stepped up to the plate, volunteering the past four Saturdays (with more to come) to help others. More than 45 freshmen and seniors enrolled in the computer and network technician curriculum have also volunteered their time and talent to install the data, networking, and communication equipment in the house. Dave Porter, a member of the Hart House board of directors, who first approached Wesche, is thankful for the help. “The students have saved us time and money by volunteering their skills to our project, and we are very grateful.”

Judge to Speak at Alfred State

Posted Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 10:04

Janet JudgeJanet Judge,Esq, the president of Sports Law Associates LLC, will be presenting to the Alfred State College community on March 3 in the Orvis Activities Center auditorium.  Her program, Social Networking - What every student needs to know, is open to all and will begin at 7 p.m.

At Sports Law Associates, Judge? concentrates her practice on intercollegiate sports and employment law counseling.  She brings her diverse athletic experiences and expertise to the table when advising and representing colleges and universities on a wide variety of sports-related issues.

She has presented at over 200 colleges and universities educating student-athletes on the risks with irresponsible use of social networking, alcohol and behavior akin to hazing and staff on recent developments in sports law.

Dean Appointed IDP Education Coordinator for Architectural Programs

Posted Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 11:12

Professor William C. DeanAlfred State College has announced the appointment of Department of Computer Imaging and Architectural Engineering Technology.

The Intern Development Program, or IDP, is a nationally recognized architectural internship program administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). It is required for becoming an architect in New York State.

Educator coordinators are responsible for disseminating up-to-date information on IDP to students and faculty at their school. Like the IDP state coordinators, these volunteers are informed on IDP by the National Chapter of the AIA on a daily basis and also communicate with the AIA, NCARB, and each other regularly. These individuals are also considered trusted sources of information on IDP and are funded to attend the annual IDP Coordinators Conference.

Of his new position, Dean says, “I am thrilled to be serving in this role and to be assisting what I have already found to be an incredibly active, dynamic, and engaged group of students and faculty.”

Dean holds both a MArch and a BPS in architecture from the University at Buffalo and an AAS in architectural technology from Alfred State College. He is a registered architect and a long-standing member of the American Institute of Architects.

In addition, Dean is certified by NCARB and by the Construction Specifications Institute as a construction document technologist and is a Leadership in Energy Efficient Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP).

Dr. Steven Jakobi Publishes Articles

Posted Date: Friday, February 25, 2011 - 09:42

Physical and Health Sciences Department at Alfred State College, recently had two article published in refereed journals (scientific journals in which a committee of scientists review papers before they are published, checking for adequate experimental design and whether the experimental results support the conclusions reached): “Little Monkeys on the Grass…How People For and Against Evolution Fail to Understand the Theory of Evolution,” Journal of Evolution and Outreach, Vol 3, Number 3, 2010; and “An Inexpensive and Safe Experiment to Demonstrate Koch’s Postulates Using Citrus Fruit,” Journal of Biological Education, Vol 44, Number 4, 2010.

In the first, Jakobi details how he tested freshman students’ knowledge of evolution over a five-year time span. Much to his chagrin, most students harbored erroneous views, based, said Jakobi, only half-jokingly, “on Disney movies.”

Jakobi posits several possible reasons this may be true, among them, religious beliefs, misunderstanding of the theory itself, and/or failure of the educational system and/or parental teachings. Although, he also notes that because there is little (if any) academic freedom in public education (primary and secondary), it creates “obstacles to good science education, leaving students confused and left with some murky concepts of dinosaurs and ice ages that they acquired from watching Disney movies.”

Jakobi notes that after teaching evolution theory, his goal is only that students recognize and understand it; he does not expect them to change their beliefs—religious, cultural, or otherwise.

In the second article, Jakobi describes the inexpensive and safe lab procedures he uses with his classes to demonstrate Koch’s Postulates, a set of three steps to show that a particular microorganism may be the cause of a specific disease. Using moldy citrus fruits which can be easily and cheaply obtained as host, and the ubiquitous green mold, penicillium digitatum as the pathogen, Jakobi’s classes can demonstrate proof of pathgenicity in as little as four weeks.

Jakobi joined the ASC faculty in 1993, teaching courses in general biology and anatomy and physiology, conducting laboratories and lectures.

The Budapest, Hungary, native immigrated to the United States in 1967, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1973. Jakobi holds two degrees in biology: a bachelor of science from the University of Cincinnati, and a master of arts from West Chester (PA) University. He holds a doctorate from West Virginia University at Morgantown.

4 x 400 & Lewis Qualify for Nationals

Posted Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 04:46

The women's 4 x 400 relay team and Brandon Lewis (Red Creek) qualified for next week's NJCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championships with strong performances at the Collegiate Challenge at the NYC Armory.

The 4 x 400 relay team of Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson), Tara Noble (Rochester/Marshall), Briana Dorsey (Rochester/School of the Arts), and Pam Breedlove (Rochester/East) broke the ASC school record for the second straight week in qualifying.  They set a new standard with a run of 4:05.62.

Lewis qualified for nationals in the 500 m (1:08.28).  His time placed him 23rd in the highly competitive event.

Coach Gary Moore and ten members of his team will travel next Friday to Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX) to compete in the NJCAA Indoor Nationals.

Peet Reaches National Semifinals

Posted Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 04:59

Alfred State College freshman wrestler Tyler Peet (Unadilla Valley) has advanced to the NJCAA Wrestling National Championships semifinals in the 149 lb. weight class.  Peet and the Pioneers sit in 28th place after day one of competition in Spokane, WA.

Peet was 3-0 on the day to advance to the national semi's.  Peet defeated Mariano Portillo (Ridgewater (MN) College) 9-2 in the first round and followed that up with a 7-2 victory over Nick Bendon (Southwestern Oregon CC).  In the quarterfinals he earned a 12-5 decision over Kyle Windquist (Muskegon (MI) CC). 

In the semifinals he will take on Victor DeJesus (Iowa Lakes CC).  DeJesus is ranked the #1 wrestler in the latest NJCAA 149 lb. weight class poll.

Taylor Nelson (Somers) was the only other Pioneer to register a victory on the first day.  He defeated Brett Frederickson (Clackamas (OR) CC) 6-1 in the first round but fell 11-5 to Simas Norkus (Western Wyoming) in the second round.  He was eliminated in the consolation bracket in the next round by Jim Doyle (Iowa Lakes).

Kyle Conrad (Bath), Cody Dill (Unatego), and James Barlow (Wayland Cohocton) all competed at Nationals and were unable to pick up victories.  Conrad lost a tough 5-2 decision in his opener and never could recover while Dill fell 3-2 in his opener.

Peet is scheduled to wrestle at 1:30 p.m. (EST) in the 149 lb. semifinals.

Lady Pioneers Fall in Semifinals

Posted Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 14:30

The Alfred State College women's basketball teams 2010-11 season came to an end following a 78-65 loss to #1 seed Genesee CC in the semifinals of the Region III Division II Tournament.  The Pioneers, the #4 seed, conclude the season with a 14-14 mark while the Cougars will take on #3 Mercyhurst North East in the tournament finals on Sunday.

Camille Romero (Queens Village/Mary Louis) led the blue & gold with 16 points while Amie Brooks (Pavilion) chipped in 14 points and three assists.  Nuri Bey (Bronx/Evander Childs) recorded a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

ASC started off fast grabbing a 10-point early lead but GCC rallied in the second part of the half and led 36-29.  They never gave back the lead in reaching the tournament finals for the 5th straight year.

Peet Finishes 6th

Posted Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 17:38

Alfred State College freshman Tyler Peet (Unadilla Valley) earned a 6th place finish at the 2011 NJCAA Wrestling National Championships in Spokane, WA.

After a 3-0 day on Friday, Peet started the second day of competition in the 149 lb. semfinals.  In the semis, he fell 10-8 in a tight match with Iowa Lakes CC's Victor DeJesus.  In the consolation semifinals, Peet lost another tough decision 10-6 to Mark Marianovich (Lincoln CC).  In his final match of the tournament, the 5th place match, Peet continued to wrestle well but fell 10-6 to Michael Perez (Labette CC).

Peet helped the Pioneers to a 29th place overall finish out of 36 teams that competed.  ASC scored 10 points for the event.