April 2011

Jefferson Uses Strong 2nd Half to defeat ASC

Posted Date: Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 11:21

Jefferson CC outscored Alfred State 7-3 in the 2nd half to earn a 9-5 victory in the Pioneers 2011 home finale. 

JCC (10-4) led 2-0 after one but ASC answered and tied it at 2-2 heading into half.  The Cannoneers scored the first six of the second half to take control of the contest.

Mike Hart (Ajax, ONT) led the blue & gold with three goals while Pat Umphries (Heuvelton) passed out two assists.  Chance Lowry (Waterloo) and Brad Zacher (Medina) both scored while Keith Maloney (Brewster) had an assist.

Brad Stowell (Marcellus) made 26 saves in net to establish a new Alfred State record for saves in a season.  Stowell who has played every minute in net this season now has 252 saves on the year.

The Pioneers (0-12) play their final two games of the season on the road beginning on Tuesday with a 4 p.m. contest with Broome CC.


Tracksters Wrap Up Regular Season at Geneseo

Posted Date: Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 20:03

The Alfred State College track and field team wrapped up the regular season with a strong performance at the SUNY Geneseo Invitational.

The Pioneer relays teams had big days.  The women’s 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams each were victorious.  The 4x100 team of Pam Breedlove (Rochester/East), Briana Dorsey (Rochester/School of the Arts), Shea McKee (Canisteo Greenwood), and Tara Noble (Rochester/Marshall) finished in 51.95 while McKee, Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson), Noble, and Breedlove finished in 4:07.8.  The men’s 4x100 relay team of Rawle Crawford (Mt. Vernon), Ken Boyer (Albion), Dre Johnson (Rochester/Edison), and Brett Harrington (Rochester/Edison) won in 43.00.  The 4x400 relay team of Rony St. Simon (Farmingdale), Russel Yerger-Moe (Wales Center/Iroqouis), Boyer, and David Miller (Elmira Southside) was 3rd in 3:27.01.

Harrington won the 110 m hurdles (14.73), Murphy won the 400 (58.95), Dorsey was 2nd in the 100 (12.60), and Crawford was 2nd in the 200 (22.17).  McKee qualified for nationals in the 100 (13.63) and Boyer qualified in the 200 (22.66).

The Pioneers head to SUNY Delhi on Friday to compete in the two-day Region III Championships


Pioneers Win Wild One to Earn Split

Posted Date: Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 20:27

After dropping the first game of their Region III Division III doubleheader with Tompkins Cortland CC, Alfred State won one of the wildest games in program history 22-21 scoring the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 7th.

The second game featured more twists and turns than any roller coaster.  Tompkins Cortland scored in every inning, Alfred State scored seven runs in the 4th and 5th innings and runs were scored in 13 of the 14 half innings played.  TC3 scored eight runs in the 5th inning, TC3 tied the game in the 7th inning with two outs, and ASC won the game on a bases loaded sacrifice fly by Andrew Alexander (LeRoy) who was the lone Pioneer without a hit.

In total, there was 43 runs scored on 32 hits, ten for extra bases (three inside the park homeruns and two grand slams).  Ten errors were committed, 16 walks were issued, four batters were hit, and four wild pitches were thrown.  The 22 runs scored by Alfred State was one short of the all-time high for a single 7-inning game.

Alfred State headed into the 7th with a 21-18 lead but TC3 rallied back and plated the tying run with two outs.  Dennis Dueno (Brooklyn/Bishop Ford) walked to lead off the bottom of the 7th.  He went to second on a sac bunt by Anthony Espe (Union Endicott).  Dueno went to third on a single by JP Frey (Erie, PA/McDowell).  After an intentional walk to Kevan Smith (Cicero North Syracuse), Alexander lifted a fly ball deep enough to score Dueno standing up to end the 3:16 contest.

Garrett Hoag (Dansville) had a monster game recording the progams first cycle since 2006.  He finished 4 for 5 with 8 RBI including an inside-the-park grand slam.  He fell just one RBI short of the program record of 9.

Travis Fenstermaker (LeRoy) was 4 for 5 with a RBI, Smith was 2 for 4 with 5 RBI including his team leading 4th homer.  Espe was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI while Frey (Erie, PA/McDowell) was 2 for 4 with a RBI.

Tim Smith led TC3's offense with a 3 for 4, 5 RBI day while Drew Seager was 2 for 5 with a grand slam.

Tyler Mann (Holland Patent) came out of the outfield and recorded the final two outs of the top of the 7th to earn the victory.  Mann was the sixth pitcher of the night for the blue & gold.

In the opener, TC3 jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning and never gave the lead up.  ASC cut it to 2-1 in the 2nd on a RBI single by John Whitehead (Amherst).  Both teams traded runs in the 4th and the Panthers took their biggest lead of the day by plating two in the 6th.  Fenstermaker singled home a run in the 6th but the Pioneers stranded the tying run on base as TC3 escaped any more damage.

Smith was 2 for 3 with two doubles while Mann was 2 for 3.

Alfred State is now 11-13 overall on the season and 7-10 in Region III Division III play while TC3 is 9-10 and 8-6 in RIII DIII.

The blue & gold return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Onondaga CC for a 2 p.m. doubleheader with the Lazers.


High Demand for Drafters

Posted Date: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 05:01

In a still-struggling economy, with joblessness remaining high, and with only small inroads being made toward recovery, Computerized Design and Manufacturing Department at Alfred State College, finds his students in the enviable position of being able to pick and choose among job offers even prior to graduation.

“It sounds almost unbelievable,” says Martinelli, “but the demand for drafters is currently far out-pacing the number of students we graduate from our program. This is a mixed blessing: on the one hand, it is a welcome sign of economic recovery, but on the other hand, we can’t meet the demand.”

Alfred State College, known for its hands-on approach to education, particularly on the School of Applied Technology campus, enjoys a stellar reputation for graduating a future work force that can “hit the ground running.” And among the many programs available at the college is a two-year AOS (associate in occupational studies) American Design and Drafting Association-certified program that prepares drafters for entry-level employment in a wide variety of occupations, such as

  • Cad drafter
  • Mechanical drafter
  • Checker
  • Purchaser
  • Salesperson
  • Cad operator
  • Designer
  • Mechanical designer
  • Commercial and industrial designers
  • Engineering technicians

Drafters prepare the technical drawings and plans which are used by production and construction workers to build everything from microchips to skyscrapers. Most drafters use Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) systems to prepare drawings. Consequently, some drafters may be referred to as CADD operators. CADD systems allow drafters to create and store drawings electronically so that they can be viewed, printed, or programmed directly into automated manufacturing systems. CADD systems also permit drafters to quickly prepare variations of a design. Although drafters use CADD extensively, they still need knowledge of traditional drafting techniques in order to fully understand and explain concepts.

During the first year of study at ASC, students gain a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of technical illustration.

CADD has increased the complexity of drafting applications while enhancing the productivity of drafters. It also has enhanced the nature of drafting by creating more possibilities for design and drafting. As technology continues to advance, employers will look for drafters with a strong background in fundamental drafting principles, a high level of technical sophistication, and the ability to apply their knowledge to a broader range of responsibilities.

Based on Bureau of Labor Statistics information the best opportunities for drafters are expected for those with at least two years of postsecondary training in a drafting program that provides strong technical skills and considerable experience with CADD systems. Although employers usually do not require drafters to be certified, certification demonstrates knowledge and an understanding of nationally recognized practices.

Drafters' earnings vary by specialty, location, and level of responsibility. In May 2008 (BoLS) median annual wages of mechanical drafters were $46,640; median annual wages for electrical and electronics drafters were $47,910.

In polling the current graduating CAD students, Martinelli discovered their reasons for choosing Alfred State: you can find employment after graduating from ASC; wanted to focus on our major (CAD), not liberal arts; ASC is affordable; and family members have attended Alfred State.

Martinelli discovered their reasons for choosing Alfred State “Based on all the evidence out there,” says Martinelli, “we project the need for qualified drafters and designers to increase as the outlook for the manufacturing sector continues to improve.”


ASC Hosts Its First Woodsmen’s Meet On Campus

Posted Date: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 05:27

Diana Burley on the left end of the saw, Amanda Hoiles on the right end of the saw, and Natasha Talbot sitting on the logAlfred State College recently hosted its first woodsmen’s meet—The Pioneer Games—on campus. Teams from Paul Smith’s College, SUNY Cobleskill, Finger Lakes Community College, SUNY ESF, and the Ranger School competed. Alfred State College, which entered four teams (three men’s and one women’s), finished fifth and eighth in overall rankings. Woodsmen competitions, which have their roots in the contests that took place among loggers in logging camps, test loggers’ ability to perform a specific task quickly. A degree of showmanship is also admired. Today the tradition survives on college campuses across the United States and Canada, as well as on various competitive circuits worldwide. Competitions typically take the form of a "meet," a series of events conducted throughout the competition. Events may be run as singles, doubles, triples, or teams. 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 ASC 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. Pictured here, Diana Burley, Warsaw, on the left end of the saw, Amanda Hoiles, Shortsville, on the right end of the saw, and Natasha Talbot, Saint Johnsville, sitting on the log. They are setting up for the Crosscut to Hell contest. They hold the saw upside down to set up so they can make sure their feet are placed correctly before they start sawing. Talbot sits on the wood to add a bit of weight to keep the log from moving while the contestants are sawing. Crosscut to Hell is a doubles event; each pair of sawyers cuts six “cookies” in a row as quickly as possible.

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Tuesday Baseball DH Moved to 5/4

Posted Date: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 11:50

The Alfred State College baseball doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday (4/26) versus Onondaga CC has been moved to Wednesday, May 4th due to the wet weather that has caused havoc to area teams. 

The Pioneers and Lazers are scheduled to play Thursday in Alfred.


Softball Game Postponed

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 06:30

Tuesday afternoon's home softball doubleheader vs. Broome CC has been postponed due to wet field conditions and threats of thunderstorms this afternoon.  The DH will be made up on Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m.

The Lady Pioneers are scheduled to next play on Thursday at Corning CC. First pitch is at 3 p.m.


Thursday Baseball Moved to Bolivar

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 06:45

Thursday's Alfred State College's baseball doubleheader versus Onondaga CC will be played at Bolivar Richburg High School.  First pitch is slated for 11 a.m.


Alfred State College to Honor Its 100th Graduating Class

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 08:06

Nearly 600 two- and four-year graduates, their families, professors, and friends will be on hand McLane Center on neighboring Alfred University campus. Graduates will need to use the tickets in their graduation packets for their families’ admission.

Presiding over the ceremony will be Dr. John M. Anderson, college president.

Keynote speaker for the ceremony will be State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees Chairman Carl T. Hayden.

Hayden was appointed chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees Oct. 22, 2007. As chairman, Hayden oversees SUNY’s governing body, comprised of 17 members, 15 of whom are appointed by the governor, by and with consent of the NYS Senate.

Some of the many responsibilities of the Board include appointing and approving University leadership including the Chancellor, senior system staff, and campus presidents; regulating the tuition and fees charged by our campuses; and granting the thousands of degrees, diplomas, certificates, and honorary degrees that SUNY issues each year.

Prior to being appointed to the SUNY Board of Trustees, Hayden served on the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York (USNY) having been elected in 1990, and elected chancellor by his colleagues in 1995; he was re-elected to that office in 1998, and again in 2001. He stepped down in April 2002, after 12 years of service; he was thereupon voted chancellor emeritus by his colleagues.

During Hayden’s tenure as chancellor, the Board of Regents raised standards for students, for schools, for entry into the teaching profession, and for teacher preparation programs. He left a reinvigorated and markedly more influential Board of Regents.

Hayden is a former president of the Elmira City School District Board of Education and a past chair or president of numerous community organizations. He was a founder, and for six years president, of the Mark Twain Arts Council. He is also a director of Panelogic, Inc., a private corporation.

Hayden graduated from Hamilton College where he was president of his fraternity. In 1970, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Cornell Law School where he was president of the Law Student Association.

Hayden served in the U.S. Navy, as a gunnery officer aboard USS Boston, a heavy cruiser, and a legal officer at the US Naval Station, Treasure Island, San Francisco.

Hayden has been awarded honorary degrees by his alma mater, Hamilton College (1996), Elmira College (1999), the City University of New York (2002), and Excelsior College (2003). He is an honorary member of the Seneca Nation of the Iroquois.

The 2011 student speaker will be Tara Yohe.

Yohe, who already holds an bachelor’s degree in construction management engineering technology.

A dean’s list student, Tara has spent time using her education working summers for the NYS Department of Transportation in Buffalo, and at Dresser, Inc., in Bradford. Additionally, Tara and her teammates placed second in an Associated Schools of Construction Region I competition, was named Outstanding Drafting Student, and earned a Pennsylvania Skills Certificate as a result of her score on a skills test measuring knowledge and performance skills in general drafting and design.

Giving the welcome from students will be AJ LaMere, ’10, ’12, Rochester, chair, Peet Hall, is a member of the Alfred Community Coalition, and the Beautification Initiative, and is an honorary member of Business Professionals of America. He is the son of Mechell and Alfred LaMere, Rochester.

In celebration of the college’s 100th commencement ceremony, Alfred State will welcome recording artists Red Molly, a female singing trio which began around a campsite at the 2004 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and is now drawing invitations from renowned historic national events like Merlefest, and is winning over audiences around the country. Members Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo) and Abbie Gardner (Dobro, guitar) and Molly Venter, create lush, distinctive three-part harmonies.

Additionally, the Gates Keystone Police Pipes and Drums, a ceremonial police pipe and drum band formed in 1996 by members of the Gates, NY, Police Department, whose purpose is to honor fallen members of the police, fire, EMS, and military communities, will also perform.


Hoag Named Athlete of the Week

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 11:30

Alfred State College freshman baseball Garrett Hoag (Dansville) has been named the Region III co-male athlete of the week.  Hoag is the second Pioneer baseball player to earn the award this spring.

Hoag hit .429 this past week.  He collected two doubles, a triple, a homer and 8 RBI for the week.  He hit for the cycle in a wild 22-21 game 2 victory over Tompkins Cortland CC.  He finished the game 4 for 5 with a grand slam and 8 RBI.

On the year, Hoag is hitting .239 with 18 RBI and has picked up three wins on the mound.

The Pioneers return to action on Thursday when they host Onondaga CC at 11 a.m. at Bolivar Richburg High School.


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