March 2011

Woodsmen’s Club to Host Inaugural “Pioneer Games” on April 9

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 05:00

Lumberjack Competition

Woodsmen’s ClubAlfred State College’s Woodsmen’s Club will host the inaugural “Pioneer Games” on Saturday, April 9, 2011, on the Alfred State College campus.

In keeping with its mission to educate the College and the local community about the ideals, tools, and techniques of the competitive lumberjack community, the Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club invites the public to the first Annual Pioneer Games between the MacKenzie Complex and the Engineering Building on the Alfred campus. This central location affords competitors and guests proximity to parking and restrooms, and it boasts paved access from both Upper and Lower College Drive.

Woodsmen competitions have their roots in the contests that took place among loggers in logging camps. Because loggers were paid for piece work, the ability to perform a specific task more quickly, meant more money. A degree of showmanship became something to be admired. Today the tradition survives on college campuses across the United States and Canada, as well as on various competitive circuits worldwide.

Unlike many college sports which have some degree of seasonality, members of collegiate woodsmen’s teams compete throughout the academic year. Competitions typically take the form of a "meet," a series of events conducted throughout the day of competition. Events may be run as singles, doubles, triples, or teams at the discretion of the host school. Schools compete in teams of six with the option of sending multiple teams. There are three team divisions; Men’s, Women’s, and Jack and Jill (three men and three women).

The atmosphere at a woodsmen’s meet is a mix between serious competition and the friendly environment of a county fair. Meets are attended by friends and family, who mingle freely with the competitors. A sense of camaraderie exists between the competing teams. Booing is unheard of at woodsmen competitions: competitors cheer loudly for their own team members and for members of other teams. Those competitors who finish last are urged on until the event is completed. As competitors rarely have any experience in woodsmen’s skills before entering college competition, novice competitors are actively recruited from students with no previous wood chopping experience.

Events planned for the 2011 Pioneer Games include

Singles Contests:

  • Axe Throw - Throwing a double-headed axe at a target
  • Single Buck - One person on a two-man saw makes one cut through large round log.
  • Disk Stack - Cutting as many disks with a chainsaw as possible on a vertical log without letting them fall off the stack
  • Fly Cast - Casting with a fly rod to three distances for accuracy
  • Hard Hit - An individual horizontal chop where the fewest amount of hits wins
  • Super Swede - One person with a bow saw cutting a series of disks for time

Doubles Contests:

  • Cross-cut to Hell - Two people cut a number of disks with a two-man saw
  • Fire Build - Build a fire and boil water from a piece of cedar, an axe, and three matches
  • Vertical Chop - Log is set vertically, one person chops through half, the other person finishes the cut

Triples Contests:

  • Barrel Split – Relay: each person splits a log into pieces small enough to pass through a hole in a barrel
  • Horizontal Chop – Relay: each person chops a log in half between their legs

Team Contests:

  • Cross-cut - Run in a paired relay, each pair uses a two-man saw to make cuts
  • Bow saw - Run in a relay, each person makes a cut with a bow saw and then passes off
  • Pulp Toss - Run in a relay, team takes turns throwing logs between pits
  • Log Roll - Run in a paired relay, each pair rolls the log through a course

The day begins with a captains’ meeting at 7:30 a.m.; contests run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m.

The Club’s long term goal is to host the Annual Spring Meet Conclave, the largest collegiate competition in the Northeast, within the next six years. A two-day event, it is held at a different college campus each year. This year’s Spring Meet, the 66th Annual, will be held at SUNY Cobleskill. Typically, about 13 colleges from the Northeastern United States and Canada compete at this meet, the culmination of the year-long season. Spring Meet is sponsored by ESPN, Stihl, Carhartt, and Lumberjack Sports International.

The club, founded just one year ago, has increased its membership by 325% and has already participated and done well in the meets in which it has competed: Placed in Men’s, Women’s and Jack & Jill divisions, FLCC Meet, September 2010; team member Gabe Darling was seen on ESPNU representing ASC when he won third place at the Stihl Timbersports Collegiate Challenge in April 2010.

The First Annual Pioneer Games Committee is a joint effort between student leaders and members of the Woodsmen’s Club; this year’s co-chairs (student leaders who are not club members): Ray Robinson and Kristina Del Prince; committee members: Joe Francese; Paul Glover; Andy Bush; Jon Delano; Dylan Heaney; Joe Solometo; and George Dewald.

Team members include

  • Diana Burley, Warsaw
  • Andy Bush, Silver Springs
  • Thomas Cunningham, Grand Island
  • Gabriel Darling, Shortsville
  • Jon Delano, Kingston
  • George DeWald, (risk manager), Springville
  • Katrina Doxtader, Little Falls
  • Mike Driscoll, Skaneateles
  • Tiara Feinberg, Cohoes
  • Joseph Francese, (public relations), Franklin Square
  • Dan Giblin, Binghamton
  • Paul Glover, Portville
  • Wade Harrington, Campbell
  • Dylan Heaney, Jamesville
  • Amanda Hoiles, Shortsville
  • Eric Hurlburt, Buffalo
  • Dan Kehr, Lawtons
  • Katie Kennard, Prattsburgh
  • Gregory Kruppa, (vice president), North Collins
  • Kevin Kruppa, North Collins
  • Dan Kubiak, Lancaster
  • Christopher Locke, (officer in training), LeRoy
  • Ali Maher, Geneva
  • Jason McCadden, (equipment manager), Auburn
  • Nick Mootz, Cochecton
  • Erik Nelson, Dexter
  • Chris Savosh, New Paltz
  • Joe Solometo, Horseheads
  • Grant Soper, Arkport
  • Jaci Stanton, Locke
  • Natasha Talbot, (treasurer), Saint Johnsville
  • Ariane Tanski, (president), Alfred
  • Nick Wall, (secretary), Alexander
  • Michelle Wojciechowski, Roxbury

Pioneers Set to Dive into Nationals

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 10:21

Six members of the Alfred State College swimming team will compete this week at the 2011 NJCAA National Championships at the Flickenger Center on the campus of Erie CC.

The four-day event will feature athletes from the 21 two-year colleges across the country that have swim programs.  Diving events begin on Wednesday afternoon while the swim events start at 6 p.m.  On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday preliminaries will start at 10 a.m. and finals will start at 6 p.m. with diving sandwiched in between at 1 p.m.

Competing for the Pioneers are Erin Baum (Dryden), Jacob Giglio (Hornell), Tim Guarino (Cornwall), Wade Harrington (Campbell Savona), Josh Stellrecht (Oakfield Alabama), and Ethan Wright (Clyde Savannah).

Baum will compete in the 100 and 200 butterfly, Giglio in the 50, 100, and 200 free, Guarino in the 100 and 200 breast, Harrington in the 100 back and the 1650 free, Stellrecht in the 400 IM and the 100 and 200 back, and Wright in the 200 IM and the 100 and 200 fly.  The men's team will also field a team in all five relays.

Wright led the men's team at the Northeast District Championship by earning All-Region 2nd team honors in the 200 butterfly.

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Gobezai and Parker Named All-WNYAC

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 10:39

Alfred State College men's basketball players Younatan Gobezai (Bethesda, MD) and Patrick Parker (Jamaica/Hillcrest) have been named All-WNYAC honorable mention.

Gobezai led the Pioneers in WNYAC play with a 15.7 point average.  He finished the season averaging 13.3 points per game.  He also chipped in 122 rebounds, 89 assists, and 29 steals.  He shot a team best 80% (92 for 115) from the foul line.  Gobezai started 25 of the teams 28 games this season.

Parker led the team with a 13.8 point per game average.  He averaged 12.8 points in his twelve WNYAC contests.  He also grabbed a team high 163 rebounds, passed out 92 asssits, and was credited with 30 steals.  In his 26 appearances he shot 42.6% from the field and 61.3% from the foul line.

The blue & gold finished the 2010-11 season with a 5-23 overall record and 1-13 mark in WNYAC play.

Faculty Members Bake Bread in Solar Oven

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 07:17

Burch and Stevens inspect the baking bread.Whoever said you can’t cook outdoors in below-freezing weather using only the heat of the sun? Faculty members from two different departments at Alfred State College recently joined their respective expertise to bake bread in a solar oven! On a sunny but frigid day, Culinary Arts Department, teamed up to bake a loaf of bread without using electricity. Stevens, who teaches alternative energy courses at the college, constructed a solar oven from a kit to bake the bread. Although it’s not a fast process (it took about an hour for the oven chamber to reach required temperature for baking), the loaf managed to attain the proper 200-degree (F) internal temperature within about 90 minutes and boasted a nice brown crust to boot. Economical and safe, solar cookers use reflective surfaces that concentrate heat radiation in the central chamber, resulting in temperatures of 400 degrees or more. In fact, a solar oven uses the sun to fry, bake, or broil any food that could be prepared using a conventional oven. Solar cookers may be utilized in lieu of wood ovens which can often pollute the homes in which they are installed. In fact, scientists estimate that smoke from indoor wood cooking fires will cause more than 10 million premature deaths by 2030.

Conversely, an outdoor wood-fired oven can lessen the impact on human life; in the background of this photo stands an outdoor wood-fired oven which the Alfred State masonry curriculum built for use by students in Burch’s classes. Many of the programs at the School of Applied Technology are investigating and training students in alternative energy methods, each unique to the skill sets.

Romero, Brooks, and Campbell Earn Honors

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 09:30

A trio of Alfred State College women's basketball players have earned postseason honors.  Camille Romero (Queens Village/Mary Louis) was named 1st team All-Region & All-WNYAC, Amie Brooks (Pavilion) was named 3rd team All-Region & All-WNYAC, and Shadeeka Campbell (Brooklyn/William Grady) was named honorable mention All-WNYAC.

Romero really came on during the 2011 portion of the season.  She led the Lady Pioneers with a 17.5 point per game average in the teams 12 conference games.  For the whole season she averaged 11.6 points per game, 4.0 rebounds, and passed out 53 assists.  She was also credited with 45 steals.  Romero started in 13 games, all 12 conference games, and appeared in 23.

Brooks led the Lady Pioneers on the season with a 12.5 point per game average.  She connected on 44 three-pointers and shot 77.8% (70 for 90) from the foul line on the year.  Brooks also chipped in 91 rebounds, 69 assists, and 57 steals.  In conference play she averaged 13.6 points per game and 4.6 rebounds.  Brooks was the lone Lady Pioneer to start in all 28 games.

Campbell appeared in 23 games and made 17 starts in her sophomore season.  She averaged 8.9 points per game and 10.5 rebounds.  She was slowed down by an injury in the 2011 portion but still managed to grabb 10.3 rebounds and score 6.8 points per game during conference play.

Freshman Nuri Bey (Bronnx/Evander Childs) also earned honors this past weekend at the Region III Division II Tournament.  Bey was named to the All-Tournament team after scoring 13 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in ASC's semifinal contest vs. eventual champion Genesee CC.

The Lady Pioneers lose just two sophomores from this year's 14-14 squad and will look to make a run towards the regional title in 2012.

Ten Pioneers Ready for Indoor Nationals

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 10:34

Ten members of the Alfred State College indoor track & field team have traveled to Lubbock, TX and Texas Tech University for the 2011 NJCAA National Championships.  Competition begins on Friday and runs all day Saturday.

On the women's side Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson) will compete in the 800 m.  She will also team with Pam Breedlove (Rochester/East), Briana Dorsey (Rochester/School of the Arts), and Tara Noble (Rochester/John Marshall) in the 4 x 400 relay competition.

Marcquis Johnson-Broughton (Rochester/Edison) and Brandon Lewis (Red Creek) will both compete in the 600 m while Isiah Whiting (Hamden, CT) will run in the 800 m.  Brett Harrington (Rochester/Edison) will compete in the 55 m hurdles.  The Pioneers will also have an entry in the 4 x 400 relay.

In field events, Tyree Constantine (Binghamton) will compete in the high jump and David Miller (Elmira Southside) in the pole vault.

The ten athletes representing Alfred State at the indoor nationals is the most in the past ten years.

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Pioneers Sit in 10th after Day One of Swim Nationals

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 15:45

The Alfred State College men's swimming team opened up the 2011 NJCAA National Championships with strong performances in the opening night relays.  The blue & gold sit in 10th out of the 14 teams that have scored after day one.

The 400 medley relay team of Wade Harrington (Campbell Savona), Tim Guarino (Cornwall), Ethan Wright (Clyde Savannah), and Jake Giglio (Hornell) finished 10th with a swim of 4:12.16.  Wright, Harrington, Guarino, and Josh Stellrecht (Oakfield Alabama) combined for a 12th place finish in the 800 free relay (8:33.29).

The Pioneers have earned 24 points after the first two events.

Action continues on Thursday with preliminary action starting at 10 a.m. and the finals scheduled for 6 p.m.

Baseball and Softball announce Spring Training Schedules

Posted Date: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 05:54

The Alfred State College baseball and softball teams have announced the schedules for their upcoming spring trips.  The baseball team will be heading to Cocoa Expo in Cocoa, FL while the softball team will be at Snowbird Softball in Myrtle Beach, SC.

The baseball team will travel to Florida on March 10th and will begin their eight-game schedule the following day when they take on Dean (MA) College at 7 p.m.  The Pioneers will play a single game each day while at Cocoa Expo.  The team will take on ASA Institute and Rock Valley (IL) College twice, and Rochester College JV and Alice Lloyd College JV once.

The softball team is scheduled to play nine games while in Myrtle Beach, SC.  They open up on Sunday, March 13th vs. Cardinal Stritch (WI) University in a single game and then play doubleheaders Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  The Lady Pioneers will tkae on Mercer (NJ) CC, Sussex (NJ) CC, Genesee CC, Dutchess CC, Herkimer CC, Danville (IL) Area CC, Delaware Tech, and Rochester (MN) CTC.

ASC Announces New Faculty and Staff Members

Posted Date: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 11:34

Several new faculty and staff members have joined the Alfred State College community.

Among the new hires announced in the Academic Affairs Division were Jonathan Perkins. All joined the School of Applied Technology.

Benjamin GroverGrover, of Scio, has been hired to teach in the Electrician and Computer Technician Department, where he instructs freshmen in computer networking technology. He holds an associate’s degree from Alfred State College. Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Grover worked at Dresser-Rand and Union Drilling, Inc. The Scio Central School graduate is the son of Benjamin Grover, Scio, and Ang Schoenherr, of Allegany. He and his wife, the former Christie Tomm are the parents of three children, all at home.

Jonathan HodginsHodgins, of Canisteo, has been hired as a lecturer in the Culinary Arts Department where he teaches nutrition and purchasing and oversees the cafeteria laboratory. Hodgins holds a bachelor of professional studies in Culinary Art and Service Management from Paul Smith’s College. The Canisteo Central School graduate is the son of Kenneth and Barbara Hodgins, Frewsburg. He and his wife, the former Ara Antigua, are the parents of Kenneth, at home.

R. Jack JonesJones, of Genesee, PA, has been hired as an instructor in the Building Trades, where he teaches construction essentials to freshmen and seniors. Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Jones was an apprentice carpenter, a tradesman at Air Tech Systems, and an adjunct professor at ASC. He also operates a general contracting business. He served in the US Air Force from 1995-99. Jones holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Mansfield University.

The Northern Potter High School graduate is the son of Robert and Nancy Jones, Genesee, PA. He and his wife, the former Lindsay Reed, are the parents of three children, all at home.

Jason MillerMiller, of Belmont, has been hired to teach freshmen in the Building Trades Department. He holds an associate’s degree from Alfred State College. The Belfast Central School graduate is the son of Randy and Melanie Miller, Belfast, and the father of Garrett, 5.

Kelley, of Almond, has been hired as a lecturer in the Electrician and Computer Technician Department where he teaches the freshman residential wiring lab. He holds an associate’s degree from Alfred State College. The Genesee Valley Central School graduate is the son of Richard and Jennifer Kelley, and the father of Dylan and Meara, both at home.

Jonathan PerkinsPerkins, of Hornell, has been hired as a lecturer in the computer and network technician curriculum. Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Perkins worked at Alstom as IT manager, as Helpdesk manager at Alfred State, and as a civilian electronics instructor for the Department of Defense United States Army Intelligence School, Fort Devens, MA.

Perkins holds a BTEE from Buffalo State College and an AAS EE from Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA. He served in the US Army from 1979-83.

The Iroquois Central High School graduate is the son of Eleanor Perkins, Coudersport, PA; he is married to the former Kelly Boushey; they are the parents of three adult children.

Additionally, there have been several appointments made in the ranks of the professional staff. Included among these are Kathryn Boccia, Glenn Brubaker, Rhonda DiPronio, Nichole France, Joseph Greenthal, and Patrick Smith.

Boccia, of Canisteo, has been hired as a personnel assistant in the Human Resources Department where she will assist employees with benefits, coordinating enrollments and option changes. Prior to joining the ASC staff, Boccia served as a human resource generalist at Anchor Glass, a council representative at Empire State Carpenters, and the owner/president of Aloette Cosmetics of Rochester. She holds a bachelor’s and an associate’s degree, both from Empire State College.

The Canisteo Central School graduate is the mother of four grown children.

Brubaker, of Andover, has been hired to serve as interim director of Facilities Services at the College. Prior to his recent appointment, Brubaker served as an assistant professor in the Electrician and Computer Technician Department. He holds a bachelor of professional studies degree from Empire State College and an associate’s degree from Alfred State.

The Whitesville Central School graduate is the son of Glenn E. and Josie Brubaker, Whitesville. He is married to the former Donna Morgan; they are the parents of two children.

DiPronio, of Hornell, has been hired as a university police officer. Her duties include keeping the peace, protecting the college community, and enforcing the law. Prior to joining the ASC staff, DiPronio served as a security officer at the Seneca Niagara Casino and as a police officer for the Orchard Park Police Department. She holds an associate’s degree from Erie Community College.

The Orchard Park High School graduate is the daughter of Jean and Richard DiPronio, Colden.

France, of Canisteo, has been hired as the help desk technician in the Technology Services Department, where she supervises help desk student technicians. Prior to joining the ASC staff, France served as a quality analyst at St. James Mercy Hospital, Hornell. She holds an associate’s degree from Alfred State College.

The Canisteo Central School graduate is the daughter of Robert and Valerie Nixon, Canisteo; she and her husband Lenny are the parents of four children, all at home.

Joseph GreenthalGreenthal, of Hornell, has been hired as a payment services assistant in the Business Affairs Department, where he administers the campus procurement card, and certifies travel requests and vendor payments.

Prior to joining the ASC staff, Greenthal served as a financial planning analyst for Nixon Peabody/Seneca Financial Advisors, LLC, and served in the US Army, attaining the rank of sergeant.

He holds a BBA in financial planning and an AAS in business administration, both from Alfred State College.

The Hornell High School graduate is the son of Lisa Dye and Fred Greenthal; he is the father of four children, all at home.

Smith, of North Tonawanda, has been hired as a residence director at Main Gate B at the college, where he supervises his staff of resident assistants and oversees the daily operations of the building.

He holds dual bachelor degrees from Alfred State: architectural technology.

Among new classified hires in the Department of Facilities Services:

Gregory Cole, of Caneadea, who, prior to joining the ASC staff, worked at Letchworth State Park. The Belfast High School graduate is the son of Donna Cole. He is married to the former Melissa Morton; they are the parents of two daughters.

Michael Waters, of Hornell, a Greenwood Central School graduate, holds an associate’s degree from Finger Lakes Community College.

Additional hires include Anwar Abubakr, Joseph Burke, Peter Hendrickson, Brian Quinn, Michael Smith, and Jaime White.

Pioneers Still in 10th at Swim Nationals

Posted Date: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 16:15

The Alfred State College men's swimming team remained in 10th place after two days at the NJCAA National Championships.  The Pioneers have scored 46 points with two days remaining of competition.

The 200 free relay team of Ethan Wright (Clyde Savannah), Wade Harrington (Campbell Savona), Josh Stellrecht (Oakfield Alabama), and Jake Giglio (Hornell) earned an 8th place finish with a time of 1:37.02.

In individual events, Wright swam to a 19th place finish in the 200 IM (2:13.28).

Action continues on Friday at the Flickenger Center in Buffalo with 10 a.m. preliminaries and 6 p.m. finals.