April 2011

SkillsUSA-Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics

Posted Date: Monday, April 4, 2011 - 06:56

Students working in the kitchenMore than 900 students from Region I BOCES (Board of Cooperative Education and Services) districts encompassing Western New York and the Southern Tier, competed in the 21st annual SkillsUSA-Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics, (formerly VICA--Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) held in March at Alfred State College. Competition areas ranged 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 judged the competitions.

Competitors from the following schools attended: Genesee Valley (Batavia); Career and Technical Education Center at Belmont; Lakeshore/ Carrier Educational Center (Angola); CG May Vocational Center (Mt. Morris); Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post); EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center), Fairport; Edison Tech and Occupational High School (Rochester); Ellicottville CTE Center; GST BOCES Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira); Harkness Center (Cheektowaga); Hewes Educational Center (Ashville); Kenton Center (Olean); LoGuidice (Fredonia); Niagara (Sanborn); Olean CTE Center; Orleans (Medina); WD Ormsby Center (East Aurora); Potter Career and Technical Center (West Seneca); Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Newark); WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport); and GST BOCES, Wildwood Campus (Hornell).

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.

An awards ceremony honored (top three in order of finish):

Action Skills Chelsea Alvarez EMCC 1st
  Amanda Goyette EMCC 2nd
  Amber Matthews WE-MO-CO 3rd
Advertising Design Eric Weyand GST Wildwood 1st
  Kelsey Faulise KenTon 2nd
  Katy Siwirski Harkness 3rd
Auto Body Helper Cody Michalski Potter 1st
  Allen Presher Wildwood 1st
  Jesse Catermolo WE-MO-CO 2nd
Auto Service Paul Duthoy WE-MO-CO 1st
Auto Technology Josh Muir CG May 1st
  Tom Kalman KenTon 2nd
  Kreg Crooker Coopers 3rd
Tyler Moore Niagara 1st
  Cory Grenzy
  Mark Pasqualotto
  Nick Mott
  Anthony Rosati
  Paul Pontarelli
  Cody Middleton
Wayne Tech
  James Briggs
Wayne Tech
  Jordan Legro
Wayne Tech
Travis Harvey
GST Wildwood
Bryant Jones
Finger Lakes
  Clayton Wurl
  Jose Gordillo
Collision Repair
Brian Meyer
WD Ormsby
  Gary Koseba Coopers 1st
  Ryan Speidel Potter 2nd
Commercial Baking Emily Jackson WE-MO-CO 1st
  Amanda Reece KenTon 2nd
  Stephanie Woodcock Coopers 3rd
Cosmetology Jr. Alana Bianchi WE-MO-CO 1st
  Tessa McArdle
  Shanita Upshaw EMCC 3rd
Cosmetology Sr. Kristen Bona EMCC 1st
  Tiffany Gleason Belmont 2nd
  Stephanie Fiorella WE-MO-CO 3rd
CPR/First Aid Tori Muscato EMCC 1st
  Tyler Tornstrom EMCC 2nd
  Katie Cross Wildwood 3rd
Criminal Justice Zach Sireika WD Ormsby 1st
  Nicki Kellogg Ellicottville 2nd
  Michael Collins Coopers 3rd
CSI Steven Padgett GST Bush 1st
  Heaven Cornish GST Bush 1st
  Tyler Davenport GST Bush 1st
  Cody Johnson Olean 2nd
  Andrew Klice Olean 2nd
  Joshua Coulter Olean 2nd
  Sharleigh Lytle Belmont 3rd
  Rochelle Rinehart Belmont 3rd
  Zach Work Belmont 3rd
Culinary Arts Amanda Delles Wayne 1st
  Donald Mancuso WE-MO-CO 2nd
  Rory Keyes EMCC 3rd
Custom Painting
& Graphics
Jacob French Potter
  Tyler Wright Hewes 2nd
  Justin Wells Kenton 3rd
Diesel Mechanics Andy Mayerat WD Ormsby 1st
  Tim Vukovic Orleans 2nd
  Jeremy Hellman
WD Ormsby
Levi Boyer
    Genesee Valley
  Luke Becker Batavia 2nd
  Dustin Doucett WE-MO-CO 3rd
Jeff Hall
Adam Garvey
Megan Durham
  Ryan McKenrick
Food &
Beverage Service
Amanda Lucieer
  Joy Letson
CG May
Food Prep Assistant
Rashell Smedley
GST Bush
  Sandy Gascon
  Patricia Campbell
Health Knowledge
    Coopers 2nd
    Harkness 3rd
Internetworking Jacob Hartman GST Bush 1st
Job Demo A Katlyn Heitzhaus WD Ormsby 1st
  Christi Lawson EMCC 2nd
  Bret Dearborn Niagara 3rd
Job Demo Open
Emily Rudes
  Andrea Aldrich Harkness 2nd
  Justin Maggio CG May 3rd
Job Interview Maron Brauer Orleans 1st
  Kelly Edwards EMCC 2nd
  Salvatore Crino LoGuidice 3rd
Masonry Colby Smith Coopers 1st
  Collin Ross Wildwood 2nd
  Jeremy Kane Orleans 3rd
Nail Tech Lieren Minute EMCC 1st
  Kayla Rose Olean 2nd
  Stephanie Roeder WD Ormsby 3rd
Photography Lindsey Palmer EMCC 1st
  Courtney Patton Wildwood 2nd
  Sharalyn Ferrand Wildwood 3rd
Precision Heavy
Nate Besler
  John Wendel
  Jacob Fisher
Wayne Tech
Precision Machining Tyler Gantt Niagara 1st
  Jake Minkau WE-MO-CO 2nd
  John Keesey Coopers 3rd
Prepared Speech Karalyn Henderson Niagara 1st
  Charlene Wood KenTon 2nd
  Cameron Pezzice KenTon 3rd
PreSchool Teaching
Kaitlyn Wilkinson GST Bush 1st
  Taylor Burgio EMCC
  Stefani Colucci
Quiz Bowl
Chris Green
  Jacqueline Cofer
  Joshua White LoGuidice 1st
  Danielle Strickfader LoGuidice 1st
  Jake Atwell LoGuidice 1st
  Paul Brylinski KenTon 2nd
  Jenai Bolden KenTon 2nd
  Jennifer Renner KenTon 2nd
  Michael Sharon KenTon 2nd
  Nick May KenTon 2nd
  Ariel Cook GST Bush 3rd
  Briana Bordern GST Bush 3rd
  Jo Faulkner GST Bush 3rd
  Christina Hamilton
 GST Bush  3rd
Related Technical
Marco Notaro
  Jake Becker
  Samantha Smith
Residential Wiring
Nicholas Conkling
  Gustavo Trejo
Wayne Tech
  Zack Macks
Small Animal Olivia Newman WD Ormsby 1st
  Sarah Shepherd WD Ormsby 2nd
  Katelynn Bumbacher CG May 3rd
Small Engine Kenneth LeCrone Wildwood 1st
T-Shirt Design Jacob French Potter 1st
  Kristi Holmes Coopers 2nd
  Sara Golden Coopers 3rd
Technical Drafting Michael Reding Ellicottville 1st
TV/Video Production Christian Payment
  Mike Faller WE-MO-CO 1st
  Mitchell Cochran Niagara 2nd
  Serena Cassick Niagara 2nd
  Kyle Ortiz Wildwood 3rd
  Jamie Kennedy Wildwood 3rd
Welding Christopher Mulkin LoGuidice 1st
  Geoff Griess Batavia 2nd
  Beau Babcock Orleans 3rd

Local Universities Welcome Director Josh Fox and Oscar-nominated Documentary Gasland

Posted Date: Monday, April 4, 2011 - 07:35

Alfred State College and Alfred University will each screen the movie Gasland at their respective campuses in April.

On Tuesday, April 26, Alfred State will present the movie at 8 p.m. in the Orvis Activities Center auditorium, and Alfred University will present it, also at 8 p.m., in the Nevins Theater.

On Wednesday, April 27, Alfred State College will offer an encore presentation at 6 p.m. in the Orvis auditorium, followed by a discussion with the film’s Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox.

“We are delighted to host the film’s director at this event. We invite the public, not only to come view the movie, but to come with their questions and concerns, and talk to Josh Fox about this complex and potentially divisive issue,” said Spencer Peavey, Alfred State College director of student activities and orientation.

In the debate over energy resources, natural gas is often considered a "lesser evil." While it does release some greenhouse gases, natural gas burns cleaner than coal and oil, and is in plentiful supply. But a new boom in natural gas drilling, a technology of high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’), has unlocked a veritable ‘Saudi Arabia of natural gas’ just beneath us. But is fracking safe?

When filmmaker Josh Fox was asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarked on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies, and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called Gasland. Part vérité travelogue, part exposé, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown—that is GASLAND.

Filmmaker Josh Fox comes to Alfred State to talk about Gasland, his Sundance award-winning documentary on the surprising consequences of natural gas drilling. Fox's film—inspired when the gas company came to his hometown—alleges chronic illness, animal-killing toxic waste, disastrous explosions, and regulatory missteps.

He warns that the lessons learned in Dimock, PA, should not go ignored in New York.

"Energy companies [are] coming in where they can take their resources out, but it's up to the citizens to deal with the pollution later," Fox has said. “We will be continuing to do the work necessary to have the film seen as much as possible and to offer the Gasland team’s expertise as we move forward,” he added.

GASLAND will be broadcast on HBO through 2012.

Students Inducted Into Psi Beta Honor Society

Posted Date: Monday, April 4, 2011 - 08:30

Students inducted into Psi Beta honor societyThree students at Alfred State College were recently inducted into Psi Beta honor society, an organization which promotes interest in the study of psychology at two-year colleges. Students must have earned a 3.0 (out of a possible 4.0) grade point average, including 3.0 in at least three psychology courses. The ceremony was conducted by liberal arts and sciences: social science; and Deborah A. Howe, Whitesville, human services management.

ASC Open House, Sunday, April 10

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 07:57

The Admissions Office at Alfred State College announces an Open House program, Sunday, April 10, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Orvis Activities Center on the Alfred campus.

Prospective students and their families are invited to participate in a variety of programs, both formal and informal, designed to provide flexibility in visiting any area of interest to the student. Information tables and representatives from The Learning Center will be present.

Campus tours of both the Alfred and Wellsville campuses will also be available. Representatives from all academic areas will provide tours and answer questions. There will be scheduled presentations on financial aid and campus life issues. You may preregister for this visit; however, reservations are not necessary. For additional information, contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-4-ALFRED or (607) 587-4215.

Open House schedule:

  • 9-10 a.m.: Alfred State College Overview--Orvis Activities Center
  • 10 a.m. -2 p.m.: Alfred Campus Tours (departing from Orvis every 15 minutes)
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Academic Department Tours
  • 10-10:30 a.m.: Financing Your ASC Education--Orvis Activities Center
  • 10-10:30 a.m.: Life on Campus at ASC--Orvis Activities Center
  • 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Admissions Interviews—Huntington Administration Building
  • 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: Information Tables Available—Orvis Activities Center
  • 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Complimentary Lunch—Central Dining Hall
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Academic Department Tours-Wellsville Campus Programs

New Horizons Forum – “Celebrate April! Celebrate Poetry!”

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 08:13

Department of English and Humanities at Alfred State College invite the public to celebrate National Poetry Month with a program on the importance of poetry in our daily lives.

Starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, in Allegany Room of the Central Dining Hall, the event will spotlight Dr. John O. Hunter, Alfred State College president emeritus, speaking about his new book Reading Yeats and Striving to Be a College President.

Forum Co-chair, SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus Joe Flynn, says, “While ostensibly a chronicle of John’s five college presidencies, the book is suffused with deeper spiritual and intellectual currents. It is more a continuing lifetime odyssey of the heart and mind of an engaged leader driven by the warring demands of academe who is continuously inspired and renewed by poets and their lives.”

Flynn recommends a visit to Hunter’s Web site, the Love of Poetry, http://www.loveofpoetry.net/, to preview some of his work. There they will find “the always elegant Emily Dickinson whom Hunter regards as ‘… a genius alive in her poetry never to be forgotten’” and many of his “Value Notes” to students.

Presentations from Professor of Chemistry Dr. Jerry Fong, “Chemistry and Poetry: A Rage for Order;” and Flynn. “Occasions for Poetry,” will reflect on the transformational powers of poetry. The evening will include several dramatic readings of poems by Yeats and others.

SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of English Dr. Aniko Constantine will moderate the event. Constantine has served for many years as adviser to ERGO, the college’s literary arts magazine.

Copies of Dr. Hunter’s book will be available for purchase.

New Horizons Forum programs are sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences to enrich the intellectual, social, and cultural life of the college by showcasing the results of recent scholarly, creative, or public service works by faculty, professional staff, students, and invited guests.

Havlovic is Co-author of Article in Journal of Health Organization and Management

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 10:04

Dr. Stephen J. HavlovicDr. Stephen J. Havlovic, vice president for academic affairs at Alfred State College, has co-authored an article that has appeared in the Journal of Health Organization and Management.

"Key Organizational Commitment Antecedents for Nurses, Paramedical Professionals, and Non-Clinical Staff," co-written with Sinan Caykoylu, (Faculty of Business Administration, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada), Carolyn P. Egri, (Faculty of Business Administration, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada), Christine Bradley, (Retired, Vancouver, Canada), develops a causal model that explains the antecedents and mediating factors predicting the organizational commitment of healthcare employees in different work roles.

This study proposes that the relationship between job satisfaction and organizational commitment is best understood by focusing on the three interrelated facets of job satisfaction: satisfaction with career advancement, satisfaction with supervisor, and satisfaction with co-workers. However, the model also advances that these job satisfaction facets have different mediating effects for other antecedents of organizational commitment.

The Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) path analysis showed that the job satisfaction facets of career advancement and satisfaction with supervisor had a direct impact on organizational commitment. Employee empowerment, job-motivating potential, effective leadership, acceptance by coworkers, role ambiguity, and role conflict were also important determinants of organizational commitment. Interestingly, post hoc analyses showed that satisfaction with co-workers only had an indirect impact on organizational commitment.

While there has been extensive research on organizational commitment and its antecedents in healthcare organizations, most previous studies have been limited either to a single employee group or to a single time frame. This study proposes a practical causal model of antecedents of organizational commitment that tests relationships across time and across different healthcare employee groups.

Women Ranked #2, Men Ranked #3 in Track Poll

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 10:17

The Alfred State College outdoor track & field team continues to be near the top of the latest NJCAA Division III poll. The women climbed up one spot to #2 while the men continue to hold on to the #3 ranking.

Harper (IL) College is in the top spot for both the men's and women's poll.  Alfred follows in the women's poll ahead of SUNY Delhi and Kingborough CC.  SUNY Delhi is #2 in the men's poll followed by ASC and Gloucester (NJ) CC.

This past weekend the Pioneers were able to get back into action after two weeks off due to weather.  Three more Pioneers qualified for the NJCAA Division III National Championships which will be held at Alfred State, May 5-7.

The blue & gold are scheduled to return to action on Saturday as they compete at the University of Rochester Invitational.  Action is slated to begin at 9 a.m.

Tough 4th Quarter Costs Laxsters

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 17:20

The Alfred State College lacrosse team was held scoreless in the 4th quarter and saw their 5-4 lead evaporate in a 8-5 loss to Cayuga CC.  The Spartans are now 3-4 on the year while the Pioneers are 0-6.

Gabe Zsiros scored with 13:37 remaining to tie the game at 5-5 and then Matt Festa scored the next three goals to give Cayuga the victory.  Prior to the goals in the 4th, Jack Howard scored CCC's first four goals. 

Kevin Gardrvits (Glen Cove) netted three of the Pioneers five goals while Mike Hart (Ajax, ONT) had two goals.  Kyle Davis (Cortland/Homer) and Gary Parmelee (Geneva) each were credited with an assist.

Scott Blauvelt made 14 saves for the Spartans while Brad Stowell (Marcellus) also made 14 for ASC.

The game played in snow showers and heavy wind was tied at 2-2 after one, tied 3-3 at half, and ASC led 5-4 after three.

The Pioneers return to action on Saturday when they travel to Mercyhurst North East for a 1 p.m. face-off with the Saints.

ASC Students Attend Conference in Prague, Czech Republic

Posted Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 09:42

ASC students at conference in Prague, Czech RepublicAlfred State College liberal arts and sciences: social science.

Communications Office Captures Bronze in National Competition

Posted Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 10:15

Alfred State College’s Communications Office has captured a bronze medal in the Higher Education Marketing (formerly Admissions Marketing Report) Report’s 26th annual national competition for its total recruitment package, which includes the ASC Viewbook, Applied Technology Viewbook, Road Piece, Campus Life, Financial Aid, and Athletics pieces. Additionally, the college’s Web site received a merit award.

The Higher Educational Advertising Awards is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. This year, over 2,500 entries were received from more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

Twenty-six years ago, this national competition began its efforts to recognize the field of admissions marketing and advertising. Today, the industry has matured into a sophisticated and competitive field, meeting the needs of knowledgeable prospects who are making their own educational decisions.

Awards and certificates were given to those entrants whose programs and materials display exceptional quality, creativity, and message effectiveness. Higher Education Marketing Report has been the nation’s leading marketing publication for higher education professionals for 26 years. The monthly publication is read each month by thousands of marketers at colleges and universities throughout the country.

Judges for the Educational Advertising Awards consisted of a national panel of higher education marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals, and the editorial board of Higher Education Marketing Report.

Alfred State, a college of technology within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, offers outstanding educational opportunities in more than 70 dynamic majors and more than 56 online courses. Students can enroll in one of 19 bachelor degree programs, or they can choose an associate degree program from 52 other options. One significant trait that sets Alfred State apart from other colleges is its learning-by-doing philosophy and hands-on education. Classes are taught from the perspective of what employers expect on the job. Many of ASC’s faculty members have real-world experience, having worked in their respective industries. An ASC education isn’t only about theory; it’s about what works in your chosen field and what will work for you. Of course, the College’s technology-rich programs also teach students the critical thinking skills that will help them succeed, not only in their careers, but also in their lives. Alfred State is located in the beautiful Southern Tier of New York State, surrounded by lakes, ponds, wetlands, and state parks. It is 15 miles north of the Pennsylvania border, 70 miles south of Rochester, and 90 miles southeast of Buffalo.