April 2011

Student Leadership Through Civic Engagement Award Presented

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 10:36

Patricia K. Fogarty, Lord, Albrecht, Taguchi, John Richardson, and Dr. John M. AndersonThe Alfred State College Council this year established a new award for students to be presented at the college’s annual honors convocation. The Student Leadership through Civic Engagement Award, will be presented to those students who have (co)led exemplary academic and/or co-curricular initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to engaging in the community—locally, nationally, or globally—through service, volunteerism, or some other form of activism. This year’s award was presented to Bryonna Albrecht, Dryden, work in New Orleans and Bay St. Louis, MS, helping rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. Pictured here, l-r: Patricia K. Fogarty, chair, Alfred State College Council; Lord; Albrecht; Taguchi; John Richardson, College Council member; and Dr. John M. Anderson, president, Alfred State College.

Pioneers Net Ten in Loss to #1 Onodaga

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 14:23

The Alfred State College lacrosse team found the back of the net ten times in a 32-10 loss to #1 ranked Onondaga CC.  The ten goals scored against OCC (12-0) ties the most allowed by the Lazers in a game this season.

Mike Hart (Ajax, ONT) led the Pioneers with a seven point day, scoring five goals and passing out two assists.  Kevin Gardrvits (Glen Cove) registered two goals and an assist, while Kyle Davis (Cortland/Homer) and Chance Lowry (Waterloo) each had a goal and an assist.  Brad Zacher (Medina) scored a goal and Pat Umphries (Heuvelton) was credited with an assist.

Matt Crough led OCC with six goals while Caleb Wiles had five goals and three assists.  15 different Lazers scored.

Brad Stowell (Marcellus) made 15 saves for the blue & gold and faced 67 shots.

The Pioneers play their final home game of the 2011 season on Saturday when they host Jefferson CC at 1 p.m.

Niagara Holds off Alfred State

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 14:32

Niagara CCC scored three runs in the bottom of the 5th inning to regain their lead en route to a 7-5 victory over Alfred State on Tuesday.  The second game of the doubleheader was suspended in the second inning with ASC leading 2-1.

NCCC led 3-0 heading into the 5th inning but ASC exploded for five runs to hold their first lead of the game.  Travis Fenstermaker's (LeRoy) collected a 3-run triple to highlight the inning.  The Thunderwolves rallied right back in their half of inning collecting six hits and scoring three runs to take a 6-5 lead.  NCCC added an insurance run in the 6th and stranded the tying runner on base when they recorded the final out.

JP Frey (Erie, PA/McDowell) led the Pioneers with a 3 for 3 day while Fenstermaker was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI.  The Pioneers collected 12 walks on the day and stranded 12 runners on base.

Alfred State falls to 10-10 on the season and 6-7 in Region III Division III play while the #3 ranked Niagara is now 19-2 overall and 9-0 in RIII DIII play.

The Pioneers and Thunderwolves will continue their series on Thursday when they meet again at Bolivar Richburg for an 11 a.m. start.  The teams will pick up the game that was suspended in the 2nd inning and then play a 7-inning contest.

$10,000 Donation From Praxair, Inc. to be Used For Scholarships

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 08:30

Dr. Stephen Havlovic, James Gouck, Steven Martinelli, Craig R. Clark, Jerry Falkowski, and Dr. Daniel BarwickThe institutional advancement. Praxair is a global, Fortune 300 company that supplies atmospheric, process and specialty gases, high-performance coatings, and related services and technologies to a wide diversity of customers.

Students Inducted into Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society

Posted Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 05:40

Several Alfred State College students were recently inducted into Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE), a national honor society for full-time students who have entered college through any developmental or opportunity program.

The Alfred State College Delta Chi chapter of XAE was chartered in 2007, making this the fifth induction ceremony at the college. Any student who maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (out of a possible 4.0) or higher for two consecutive semesters is eligible for induction. This honor society was founded at West Chester University in West Chester, PA, in 1989. There are now over 150 chapters across the United States.

Chi Alpha Epsilon was formed to recognize the academic achievements of students admitted to colleges and universities through non-traditional criteria. Its purposes are to promote continued high academic standards, to foster increased communication among its members, and to honor academic excellence achieved by those students admitted to college via developmental programs. Programs sponsored by the society encourage other students toward this accomplishment. Membership in Chi Alpha Epsilon is offered through local campus chapters to eligible students.

Cynthia Amponsah, Robert Galambos, Bernardo Deschamps, and Hollie HallEach inductee receives a pin at the ceremony. If an inductee achieves a semester GPA over 3.5 any time after his/her induction, a new pin containing a jewel to indicate their success, is bestowed. Pictured here, enjoying their academic success, are, l-r inductees Cynthia Amponsah, Bronx, nursing; Robert Galambos, Elmira, Hollie Hall, the executive assistant to the president, for her support and guidance of some EOP students.

ASC's First-ever Relay For Life Deemed a Success

Posted Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 06:23

Alfred State College’s first-ever Relay For Life, an overnight fundraiser to support cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient services held annually in communities nationwide, was deemed a rousing success by Ashley Kehoe, ASC’s director of liberal arts and sciences: social science major, a sister of Pi Nu Epsilon sorority, and member of the Relay planning committee, shaved her head during the event as a demonstration of support for what cancer patients experience on a daily basis.

Kehoe noted: “Our success is an example of what happens when students come together around a common cause and fight for something they believe in. Everyone knows someone who is affected by cancer, and this was our students’ way of channeling their passion into action to fight a disease that affects us all on some level. I am extremely proud of our students for the leadership they demonstrated in organizing our inaugural event, and am looking forward to seeing what our community can do next year to top these efforts!”

ASC Car Wins Fuel Economy Challenge at Green Grand Prix

Posted Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 07:51

Senior students enrolled in Alfred State College’s automotive service technician curriculum took a well-deserved lap in the winner’s circle recently when they and the car they modified—a 2003 Honda Insight—for the Watkins Glen Green Grand Prix won a fuel economy challenge in their class in the seventh annual contest which promotes awareness of environmentally friendly vehicles and fuels.

Alfred State’s vehicle, driven by Automotive Trades Associate Professor and Chair Kent Johnson, competed in the “automotive manufacturer discontinued vehicle” class which included vehicles that are now out of production such as the Geo Metro and ASC’s Honda Insight. The students’ goal was to create a car that could attain a 100-mile-per-gallon ride.

The students modified the car, donated by alumnus Mark Crounse, automotive service class of 1975, improving its aerodynamics by lowering the vehicle six inches in the rear and four inches in the front, and optimizing all of the vehicle suspension angles; all unnecessary components such as (all of the luxuries) seats (except for the driver’s), carpet, etc. were removed to reduce as much weight as possible.

Johnson, a veteran of the Watkins Glen track more accustomed to speeds of 140 miles per hour racing Ford Mustangs, nevertheless took top honors in his class at 89.6 mpg. Jim Fleischman, assistant professor, ASC Automotive Trades Department, served as Johnson’s crew chief.

Fuel economy results were determined thusly: hybrid vehicles used onboard computer readings to determine mpgs; other vehicles were weighed immediately before and after the rally to determine fuel use.

Among a number of competitors (45 entries in multiple events), were Cornell University; Corning, Inc.; Rochester Institute of Technology; Auto Tech Club; and Clean Communities CNY.

The Categories of Competition (based on EPA combined highway/city ratings) included

  • Vehicles rated at 26 mpg and under
  • Vehicles rated at 27-32 mpg
  • Vehicles rated at 33- 38 mpg
  • Vehicles rated at 39-44 mpg
  • Vehicles rated at 45-50 mpg
  • Two-wheeled vehicles
  • Three-wheeled vehicles
  • Trucks
  • Vans
  • Diesel (four-wheeled)
  • Automotive manufacturer discontinued vehicle (“Other”)
  • Biodiesel
  • EV (electric vehicle)
  • LP (liquid propane)
  • CNG (compressed natural gas)

Eligible vehicles included all hybrid models, plug-in hybrids, hydrogen fuel cell cars, and vehicles running on biodiesel, diesel, flex-fuel, pure electric, as well as other alternate-fueled vehicles such as those powered by vegetable oil, LP, and compressed natural gas.

The Green Grand Prix, a celebration of sustainable transportation, has been billed as the only road rally for alternate-fuel vehicles and hybrids in the United States sponsored by the Sports Car Club of America. All Green Grand Prix activities are designed to bring awareness of alternative and renewable energy to businesses, environmental groups, students, and faculty members from elementary to university level, and the general public.

Green Grand Prix car with students and faculty

Pictured here, front row, l-r: Johnson, Craig R. Clark, executive director of the Wellsville Campus and dean of the School of Applied Technology; and Fleischman. Middle row, l-r: Vinny Albert, Buffalo; Jay Harms, Wellsville; Thomas Kio, Ulysses, PA; Mark Bartlett, Binghamton; Marlon Sosa, Bronx; Shawn Coveny, Castile; Rob Hamilton, Rochester; Joshua Newpher, James City, PA; and Andrew Von Hagn, Bath. Back row, l-r: Nicholas Wheaton, Cowlesville; Shakeel Worgs, Brooklyn; Brennan Hardy, Canisteo; Jacob Gradydeflaun, Ithaca; Stephen Ward, Darien Center; Sean Murphy, Sanborn; Micah Varno, Franklinville; Chad Bruning, Akron; Brian Smith, Skillman, NJ; Alan Shoen, Lockport; John Mazurek, Tonawanda; Matthew Kemp, Kanona; and Jeremy Siegman, Lido Beach.

Students Recognized by NYSETA

Posted Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 11:14

Two Alfred State College students have been recognized by the New York State Engineering Technology Association (NYSETA) for both their academic achievements and involvement in student activities that promote technology. David Knoop and Ethan Willard were recently named the recipients of $300 scholarships from NYSETA.

Knoop, of Fort Plain, a senior in the Honors Program and has been a tutor in math and English since 2008.

Willard, of Darien Center, is a senior in the associate-level mechanical engineering technology program. Willard has been the secretary of the student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and he has also been an active member of the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) at Alfred State. He has worked as a peer tutor for several semesters.

NYSETA is a professional organization representing the faculty and institutions in New York State who teach engineering technology and technology. It also serves to provide interested individuals with information on careers in technology, school information, and links to educational information for technology.

Joy Carlson, David Knoop, Dr. Edward Tezak, Ethan Willard, and Yogi JonchhePictured here, Knoop, second from left, and Willard, second from right, receive certificates and $300 checks from ASC faculty members: l-r: Mechanical Engineering Technology Department.

Thunderwolves Sweep Pioneers

Posted Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 12:40

Niagara CCC used big late innings to break open close games as they swept Alfred State 8-2 & 9-2 in a Region III Division III doubleheader played at Bolivar Richburg High School.  The blue & gold fall to 10-12 (6-9 RIII DIII) on the season while NCCC, ranked #3 in NJCAA Division III improve to 19-2 (11-0 RIII DIII).

The opener was the completion of a suspended game from Tuesday.  Action started with ASC leading 2-1 in the top of the 2nd.  NCCC took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning and then put the game out of reach with a five-run 6th inning.

Kevan Smith (Cicero North Syracuse) was 2 for 3 while Dennis Dueno (Brooklyn/Bishop Ford) was 2 for 4.  Anthony Espe (Union Endicott) drove in the lone run.

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning of the nightcap, ASC loaded the bases with one out but was unable to plate the tying run.  NCCC put the game out of reach in the 7th taking advantage of two Pioneer errors to score six runs.

ASC was held to just three hits with Espe collecting the lone RBI.  Tyler Mann (Holland Patent) allowed three earned runs in 6.1 innings of work.  He allowed eight hits while walking three and striking out three.

The Pioneers return to action on Saturday when they are scheduled to host Tompkins Cortland CC in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

Lady Pioneers Drop Pair

Posted Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 17:23

The Alfred State College softball team got back on the field for the first time in a week and fell twice to Jamestown-Olean on Thursday.  JCC-Olean won on a walk-off 3-2 in the opener and couldn't overcome a four-run 4th inning in the second game and fell 7-3.

Athena Scavo (Hornell) tied the opener with a RBI in the top of the 7th inning but the Jaguars answered right back and scored the game-winner in their half of the inning.  Amber Harding (Fillmore) led the offense with a 2 for 3 day.  She collected two doubles and a RBI.  Kate Bailey (West Valley) finished 2 for 3 as well.

JCC used a four-run 4th inning and held off all the Pioneers rally attempts.  Harding continued her hot hitting with another 2 for 3 day while Danielle Hill (Addison) was 3 for 3.

The Lady Pioneers are now 7-13 on the year and 4-8 in Region III Division III play.  They travel to Onondaga CC on Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader with the Lazers.