April 2011

Track Teams Ranked 4th

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 11:32

Both the Alfred State College men's and women's track & field teams are ranked #4 in this week's NJCAA Division III national poll.  The men's team remains 4th for the third straight week while the women fell two spots from last week's poll.

Delhi leads the men's poll followed by Harper (IL) College, Mohawk Valley CC, and Alfred State.

Harper leads the women's poll followed by Mohawk Valley, Kingsborough CC, and ASC.

The Pioneers head to SUNY Delhi on Friday to compete in the Region III Championships before hosting the NJCAA Division III National Championships May 5-7 at Pioneer Stadium.

Hornets Sting Pioneers

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 16:46

Broome CC defeated Alfred State 22-4 in a Region III Division III lacrosse contest in Binghamton.  The Hornets improve to 9-6 on the year.

Mike Hart (Ajax, ONT) recorded another hat trick to lead the Pioneer offense.  Dan Weimer (Derby/Lake Shore) scored the other goal while Justin Smith (Bloomingdale/Saranac Lake) and Chance Lowry (Waterloo) each recorded an assist.

Brad Stowell (Marcellus) made 22 saves in net.

The Pioneers wrap up their campaign on Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest at Tompkins Cortland CC.

Von Stackelberg to Present at Conference in Lucerne, Switzerland

Posted Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 12:25

Peter von StackelbergPeter von Stackelberg, lecturer, School of Management and Engineering Technology at Alfred State College, has been invited by the European Futurists Conference to present to and participate in a conference in Lucerne, Switzerland, in May. This invitation is a result of groundbreaking work that he’s done on forecasting abrupt technological, social, economic, and political changes, which is the focus of the conference. Von Stackelberg is one of only two people invited from the United States.

Von Stackelberg’s work on the use of timelines and other methods for predicting future trends and events has been recognized as leading edge by futurists and those involved in strategic issues management.

According to von Stackelberg, “The work that I do includes the identification and analysis of economic, social, political, and technological trends. That means looking anywhere from five to 50 years into the future.

“From a practical perspective, it means identifying how things are going to change and their impact on business. My work has included the development of a set of timelines and forecasts since 1994.

“For example, work that I am currently involved in is looking at how biotechnology and nanotechnology will evolve between now and 2030. Key questions I focus on include:

  • How rapidly will the technology change?
  • What are the things that will encourage or limit the commercialization of the technology?
  • How can a business take advantage of the opportunities presented by changing technology?
  • How does technological change threaten the economic viability of a business?
  • What are the social implications of the technology?”

“Von Stackelberg's development of the strategy of 'timelining'--the visual representation of the events of history by 'kind' in parallel and correlated tiers--represents a major, qualitative breakthrough in providing a more systematic understanding of the past, explanation of the present, and grounded forecasting of the future," says Reed D. Riner, professor of anthropology at Northern Arizona University.

The European Futurists Club Lucerne is developing an interdisciplinary tipping point model capable of recognizing upcoming tipping points (points when sudden technological, social, economic, or political changes occur) with a significant probability and position them on a time line. The model should contain various early recognition and/or early warning indicators that allow the monitoring of the proximity of a tipping point.

Specifically, the European Futurists Conference's goal will be to:

  • advance the quality of futures studies in Europe;
  • promote sharing of future-oriented knowledge among futurists, analysts and decision makers in Europe;
  • contribute to the understanding of various possible futures and their global impact on European business, politics and society;
  • encourage the public dialogue about possible futures;
  • support European businesses, politics and societies in creating their preferred future.

The European Futurists Club likens its goals to the path meteorologists have followed, getting better at making more accurate, geographically differentiated, and above all, more long-term weather forecasts.

But what of futures studies it asks. Futurists always emphasize that exact predictions are impossible. Instead they diagnose the present and try to find patterns that they call trends or megatrends. And they collect signals that may indicate a change or confirm trends. Trend forecasting will remain the group’s main business, but with a little practice in unconventional thinking, it hopes to describe developments and their consequences for many trends or megatrends. However, what would certainly be even more important to know for decision makers is whether and why a development is no longer a trend but will fundamentally change its direction and/or momentum. It’s just as important to know when something will turn up that is new, unexpected and that could lead to economic or social paradigm shifts. These developments are known as discontinuities or wild cards, and it is the most difficult and the most important task of those in charge to prepare for them. But to prepare one would have to know at least the outlines of those game-changers and wild cards. One should also be able to place them on a timeline - at least roughly. It is necessary for futures researchers to face this challenge head-on.

The conference will seek rational prediction models, theories, and approaches. The goal of the workshop will be to explore the possibilities of coming up with a theory of tipping points by combining various different approaches.

The group’s long-term goal is an international research institute for tipping points, using the European Futurists Conference Lucerne for the development of the tipping point model. This broad conference is a suitable forum to explore the idea of the research institute and discuss applicable areas for further exploration.

The European Futurists Conference Lucerne aims to be the foremost annual gathering of futurists, analysts, and decision makers with long-term perspectives working with scientific methods for futures studies in Europe. It is dedicated to the professional needs of futurists and long-term decision makers in Europe.

Von Stackelberg is a futurist, strategic thinker, and writer with almost two decades of experience in technology foresight and assessment, scenario development, and strategic management of technological innovation. His work focuses on the practical applications of foresight to business and organizational innovation and strategy development. He is a full-time lecturer at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Technology in Alfred, New York. The classes he teaches include strategic management, systems thinking, and management of technological innovation in the Business Department of the School of Management and Engineering Technology.

He has also worked as a business consultant for more than 30 years, focusing on technology foresight and strategic management of technological innovation for the past two decades. He has worked on a wide range of futures-related projects for clients that include Nokia, NASA, Lockheed-Martin, Honda R&D North America, Shell, Texaco, Nissan, and Hasbro.

Von Stackelberg has a master of science in studies of the future from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, with a major focus on methodologies for technology forecasting and assessment; analysis of how technological change impacts economic, social, political, and environmental systems; and facilitating technological change within organizations. He will complete a master of science in information design & technology from the State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNY IT) in August.

Lady Pioneers Swept by Corning

Posted Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 15:30

The Alfred State College softball team fell 12-3, 12-2 to #8 Corning CC (20-4) on Thursday afternoon.  ASC falls to 7-15 on the year and 4-10 in Region III Division III play.

Angie Depew (Wellsville) was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI in the opener while Kate Bailey (West Valley) was 2 for 3 with two doubles.

Bailey continued her hot hitting with a 2 for 3, 2 RBI day in game two.

The Lady Pioneers continue a busy stretch of contests on Friday with a 3 p.m. doubleheader with Mercyhurst North East.

Pioneers Split Again

Posted Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 15:32

For the sixth time since returning up north the Alfred State College baseball team split a Region III Division III doubleheader.   Onondaga CC scored four in the 7th for a 7-3 win in the opener while ASC won the nightcap 4-2.

Kevan Smith’s (Cicero North Syracuse) hit a sacrifice fly to score JP Frey (Erie, PA/McDowell) in the 5th inning to break a 2-2 to lead ASC to the victory in game two.  Frey had led off the inning with a double and had stolen third before the sac fly.  The Pioneers added an insurance run on a throwing error in the 6th.

Dan Sill (Lansing) led the offense with a 2 for 3 day while Garrett Hoag (Dansville) helped his own cause with a 2-RBI day.  On the mound, Hoag allowed two runs on three hits to earn the victory.  He walked two and struck out 10.

In the opener, Onondaga scored four 7th inning runs to break a 3-3 tie.  ASC got the first two runners on base in their half of the 7th but could not plate any runs.  Tyler Mann (Holland Patent) and Anthony Espe (Union Endicott) were 1 for 3 with a RBI for the Pioneers.  ASC scored all three of their runs in the 1st inning and were held to just five hits in the game.

The blue & gold (12-14, 8-11 Region III Division III) are scheduled to travel to Broome CC on Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader with the Hornets.

ASC Students Present Port Project to Mayor of Sorrento

Posted Date: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 06:21

As students enrolled in the Director of Sant'Anna Institute (formerly Sorrento Lingue Institute), contacted the mayor's press secretary and found that there was a great deal of interest in what the Alfred State groups were doing, and from there, plans were made to have the students present their projects to the mayor and the city council. The student designs will give the city a number of potentially beneficial improvements to consider.

Early on, we asked Fabio Fiorentino, a local architect, to speak to the students about the history of the development of Marina Piccola over the past 200 years. Fiorentino, along with his father Alessandro, has done some design work in the past related to the port, and both are deeply interested in the history of Sorrento and the upgrading of the existing port.

Most importantly, the project, and the presentation to the city, will open a design dialog between ASC students and the city of Sorrento.

ASC students and faculty with President Anderson and Mayor of Sorrento

Pictured here, standing, l-r: Adam Smisloff, Rochester, business management; Michael Fingar, Clifton Park, architectural technology (BS); Dianne Tuzzolino, ASC associate professor, Business Department; Trevor Roeske, Wellsville, architectural technology (BS); Anthony Principe, Stony Point, architectural technology (BS); Frank Carzo, Whitesboro, architectural technology (BS); Lee Smith, Waverly, architectural technology (BS); Giuseppe Cuomo, Mayor of Sorrento; Dr. Cristiana Panicco, director of Sant'Anna Institute (formerly Sorrento Lingue Institute) Dr. John M. Anderson, president, Alfred State College; Daniel Lamm, Tonawanda, architectural technology (BS); John Zappolo, Elmont, business administration (BBA); Ray Sova, Syracuse, architectural technology (BS); Tyler Canne, Canisteo, business administration (BBA); Cory Roberts, Stanley, architectural technology (BS); Jacob Mountain, Almond, architectural technology (BS); and Jeffrey Johnston, ASC assistant professor, Computer Imaging & Architectural Engineering Technology; Seated, l-r: Emily Konka, Bliss, architectural technology (BS); Kerri Cavanaugh, Holbrook, architectural technology (BS); Kathleen Ward, Phoenix, architectural technology (BS); Jessica Suojanen, Lake Placid, architectural technology (BS); Courtney Traver, Clifton Park, interior design; and Maura Condon, Hornell, liberal arts and sciences: social science.

Renowned Architect Mark Lakeman at Alfred State College

Posted Date: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 10:54

Mark LakemanAlfred State College recently welcomed renowned architect Mark Lakeman, founder and principal Communitecture, Inc., a cutting-edge design firm geared toward sustainable building and planning projects, who reviewed and advised senior students in the final stages of their architecture thesis, gave two presentations about the relationship of sustainability to architecture.

The first focused on Communitecture, Inc., which began in 1998 as a collaboration of designers and planners who wanted to create artful and sustainable projects in a dynamic and visionary atmosphere of professionalism and friendship. The collaboration quickly became a design firm undertaking numerous publicly driven and private commissions, including civic collaborations with the non-profit City Repair Project. The work incorporates sculptural themes, historic sensitivity, ecological design, participatory design, and an emphasis on creating community gathering places. Lakeman also discussed the challenges of adapting to the changing conditions of the profession of architecture and planning.

The evening presentation focused on the City Repair Project which began in Portland, OR, with the idea that localization—of culture, economy, decision making—is a necessary foundation of sustainability. Lakeman shared insights gathered from the story of the City Repair movement, including the struggles and journeys that brought it into being. An interactive community discussion on localizing the effort in Alfred followed.

The events, attended by students and faculty from both Alfred State and neighboring Alfred University, and local residents, resulted in a plan to begin coordinating a University, College, and Village effort to create public spaces in the village of Alfred.

Women 2nd, Men 3rd after Day One of Track Regionals

Posted Date: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 15:32

The Alfred State College women's outdoor track & field team is one point behind Herkimer CCC after day one of the Region III Championships.  The men's team sits in 3rd in the competition held at SUNY Delhi.

The Lady Pioneers have scored 53 points and trail Herkimer's 54.  Mohawk Valley CC is 3rd with 47 points and SUNY Delhi is 4th with 20 points.

Abbey Benton (Frewsburg) won the 10,000 with a run of 44:21 while Mo Parks (Avoca) was 1st in the hammer throw with a toss of 35.67 m.  Megan Votava (Alfred Almond) was 2nd in the javelin (25.92 m) while Shea McKee (Canisteo Greenwood) was 3rd in the long jump (4.83 m), Pam Breedlove (Rochester/East) was 4th (4.68 m), and Holli Pierce (Livonia) was 5th (4.54 m).

SUNY Delhi leads the men's standing with 58 points followed by Mohawk Valley CC's 51.  ASC has scored 37, Herkimer CCC is 4th with 28, and Finger Lakes CC is 5th with 9.

Alex Hewlett (Wellsville) won the javelin with a throw of 47.65 m.  In the hammer throw, Andy Jones (Milford) was 2nd (43.72 m), Chris Grey (Grahamsville/Tri-Valley) was 4th (41.27 m), and Will Houlihan (Rotterdam/Mohonasen) was 6th (36.03 m).  James Courte (Brewster) was 6th in the long jump (6.07 m).

Action continues tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. with the regional champions being crowned later in the afternoon.

Lady Pioneers Offense Struggles vs. MNE

Posted Date: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 15:49

The Alfred State College softball team couldn't get the offense going as they in both halves of a WNYAC doubleheader at Mercyhurst North East.  The Saints no-hit the Pioneers 5-0 in the opener and won 11-3 in the nightcap.

In the opener Bailey Patt tossed a seven inning no-hitter.  She walked just one and struck out six.

In the nightcap, ASC got on the board in the first inning but MNE scored the next seven runs to take control of the contest.  Angie Depew (Wellsville) was 3 for 3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases.  Tara Scholla (Genesee Valley) was 2 for 3 with a RBI while Natalie Sylvester (Perry) had a RBI single.

The Lady Pioneers return to action on Saturday when they host Broome CC at 2 p.m.

Baseball Cancelled at Broome

Posted Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 16:38

Saturday's Region III Division III baseball doubleheader between Alfred State and Broome CC has been cancelled.  The Pioneers and Hornets will play Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bolivar Richburg High School.