Alfred State College student academic achievement was celebrated recently during the 27th annual Honors Convocation.ASC President Dr. John M. Anderson welcomed the gathered students, families, faculty, and friends and congratulated them on their achievements. Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Stephen Havlovic presided.
Andy Glanzman, president and CEO of Northern Lights Candles, Wellsville, served as key note speaker at the event. Among his advice for these student achievers, Glanzman urged them to follow a “recipe” of four ingredients for success: “1) Set a goal and a (time) target for achieving it, for without a target, you can’t hit the bull’s eye; 2) find mentors and advisers; 3) work hard and work smart and ask a lot of questions, for those who ask the most questions find out the most answers; and 4) never, ever give up.”
Additionally, Glanzman urged them to have “courage, resolve, and tenacity as you work toward your goals, because once you throw in the towel, you have lost the game.”
Finally, he advised the student scholars to continue to replicate their success-generating actions, tweaking them along the way. “Strive to surpass earlier achievements and be worthy of your own approval.”
Glanzman, with his wife Tina, founded Northern Lights Candles in 1978 with a $500 bank loan collateralized by a 1950 John Deere tractor. By 1989 Inc. Magazine named Northern Lights Candles one of the 500 fastest-growing companies in America. Northern Lights, a home decorative design and manufacturing company, sells its diversified product line through multiple market channels throughout the United States and abroad.
For many years Andy and Tina have been ardent supporters of the arts as well as a wide variety of community projects. Their latest endeavor was the creation of the Wellsville Creative Arts Center, a cultural epicenter located in Wellsville, whose mission is to “Enhance the quality of life through art and education.”
Andy, throughout his career, has shown what is possible when using his own recipe for success combined with vision, hard work, enthusiasm, and creativity.
Another facet of the ceremony was the presentation of the State University of New York (SUNY) 2011 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence to winners Andrew Catlin, Webster, and Lydia Moore, Wolcott, who were honored at a reception in Albany where they received commemorative certificates and medallions suitable to be worn at commencement and other special events.
The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created 14 years ago to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, or career achievement. The average grade point average (GPA) for all recipients this year is 3.8.
In addition to honoring ASC students, this year’s Honors Convocation honored Professors Terry Morgan, English and Humanities, and Mike Ronan, Automotive Trades, with the Freshman Advocate Award, presented by Dr. Steven J. Tyrell, vice president for student affairs at the College.The Award, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, is given to the employee at Alfred State who had a most positive influence on a student's freshman year at the College. Nominators may be students or faculty/staff members.
In the nomination, Morgan was characterized by an international student as a faculty member who was “always willing to listen, and he taught me a lot of things that were helpful to me as an international student. He was always willing to help me improve my English which was not something he had to do.” Ronan, nominated by a peer, was called “very helpful with a situation with one of our freshman who was having some personal issues with finances for his family. Mr. Ronan made it possible for this student and his family to obtain food and resources. This was something Mr. Ronan did not have to do but demonstrates the compassion he has for all students.”
Pictured here, members of the stage party prepare for the ceremony: l-r: Dr. Steven J. Tyrell, vice president for Student Affairs; Lawrence “Ed” Burns, ASC class of 1965, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Mathematics and Physics Department, and ceremony grand marshal; Dr. Stephen Havlovic, vice president for Academic Affairs, who presided over the ceremony; Andy Glanzman, president and CEO, Northern Lights Candles, Wellsville, who gave the key note address; Dr. John M. Anderson, president, Alfred State College; Robert Donius, vice president for university ministries, St. Bonaventure University, who gave the invocation and benediction; and Patricia K. Fogarty, chair, Alfred State College Council.
Students enrolled in the automotive trades programs at Alfred State College recently hosted “Car Care Awareness Day” on the Applied Technology campus in Wellsville. As part of National Car Care Month, students performed free checks of automobiles’ lights, fluids, tires, battery, belts and pulleys, and an under-hood inspection. Every car that went through the inspection process also received a free car wash. Automotive-related businesses were also on hand to showcase their wares.
Dr. Steven Tyrell, vice president for student affairs at Alfred State College, recently presented the Freshman Advocate Award to Professors Terry Morgan, English and Humanities, and Mike Ronan, Automotive Trades, during the College’s recent 27th Honors Convocation ceremony. The award, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, is given to the employee at Alfred State who had a most positive influence on a student's freshman year at the College. Nominators may be students or faculty/staff members. In the nomination, Morgan was characterized by an international student as a faculty member who was “always willing to listen, and he taught me a lot of things that were helpful to me as an international student. He was always willing to help me improve my English which was not something he had to do.” Ronan, nominated by a peer, was called “very helpful with a situation with one of our freshman who was having some personal issues with finances for his family. Mr. Ronan made it possible for this student and his family to obtain food and resources. This was something Mr. Ronan did not have to do but demonstrates the compassion he has for all students.”
The Alfred State College lacrosse team led 3-2 after one quarter and 6-5 at halftime but Finger Lakes CC outscored the Pioneers 10-2 in the second half for the 15-8 victory. FLCC improves to 6-6 while ASC falls to 0-9.
Chance Lowry (Waterloo) and Mike Hart (Ajax, ONT) each scored two goals while Kevin Gardrvits (Glen Cove) scored a goal and passed out an assist. Keith Maloney (Brewster), Shawn Hanrahan (Unadilla/Unatego), and Danny Weimer (Derby/Lake Shore) all found the back of the net once.
Brad Stowell (Marcellus) made 26 saves in net for the Pioneers including 15 in the first half.
The blue & gold return to action on Sunday when they travel to Niagara CCC. Opening faceoff is at 1 p.m. in Sanborn.
The Alfred State College lacrosse team battled tough but fell two goals short in a 16-14 loss at Niagara CCC. The Pioneers led 6-4 after the first quarter but were outscored 10-4 in the middle quarters and couldn't recover.
Kevin Gardrvits (Glen Cove) netted four goals to pace the Pioneers while Bradley Zacher (Medina) finished with three goals and an assist. Patrick Umphries (Heuvelton) passed out four helpers, Mike Hart (Ajax, ONT) scored three times, and Kyle Davis (Cortland/Homer) and Keith Maloney (Brewster) each found the back of the net twice. James Bratton (Canandagiua) was also credited with an assist.
Brad Stowell (Marcellus) made 26 saves in net.
The Pioneers return to action on Tuesday when they host #1 Onondaga CC at Pioneer Stadium. Opening faceoff is at 4 p.m.
The Alfred State College track & field team competed in adverse conditions at the SUNY Brockport Invitational. Abbey Benton (Frewsburg) led the way by qualifying for the NJCAA Division III National Championships in the 10,000 m with a run of 43:40.91.
The women's 4 x 400 relay team of Tara Noble (Rochester/Marshall), Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson), Jessica Stewart (Bronx/Herbert Lehman), and Briana Dorsey (Rochester/School of the Arts) won in 4:26.67. Dorsey was 2nd in the triple jump (9.96 m), Holli Pierce (Livonia) was 3rd in the triple jump (9.82 m), and Pam Breedlove (Rochester/East) was 4th in the triple jump (9.59 m) and 7th in the long jump (4.48 m).
The men's 4 x 400 relay team of Alex Farrell (N. Tonawanda), Russel Yerger-Moe (Wales Center/Iroquois), Isiah Whiting (Hamden, CT), and Jordan Friedman (Clarkstown South) finished 2nd in 3:52.24.
James Courte (Brewster) was 2nd in the triple jump (12.61 m) and 5th in the long jump (6.10 m), Whiting was 4th in the 800 (2:01.38), Brandon Pinkins (Rochester/East) was 5th in the triple jump (11.69 m), and Chris Grey (Tri-Valley) was 5th in the hammer throw (39.58 m). Marcquis Johnson-Broughton (Rochester/Edison) was 6th in the 400 hurdle (60.06) and Richard McCall (Spotswood, NJ) was 8th in the javelin (38.14 m).
The Pioneers wrap up the regular season next weekened when they travel to SUNY Geneseo on Saturday.
In rain, snow, sleet, and peeks of sunshine, Alfred State and Finger Lakes CC split a Region III Division III doubleheader. The Lakers used big innings to earn a 12-2 victory in game one while the Pioneers used a 5-run 3rd inning in game two en route to a 7-2 victory.
Already leading 2-0, FLCC scored four in the 4th and added six more in the 5th to race past the Pioneers in the opener. The lone bright spot of the contest was JP Frey (Erie, PA/McDowell) who finished 2 for 3 with 2 RBI for ASC.
The Pioneers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap and then put the game out of reach with a 5-run 3rd inning. Key hits in the 3rd included an inside-the-park homer by Frey and a bases clearing double by Garrett Hoag (Dansville). Hoag was the lone Pioneer with multiple hits finishing 2 for 3. Hoag also picked up the complete game victory. He allowed six hits and two runs while walking one and striking out six.
The blue and gold have now split four of their last five doubleheaders and are now 10-9 overall on the season and 6-6 in Region III Division III play.
The Pioneers travel to Niagara CCC on Tuesday for a 2 p.m. doubleheader with the #3 ranked Thunder Wolves.
Megan Votava (Alfred Almond) finished 3rd at the Region III Heptathlon while Alex Hewlett (Wellsville) was 4th in the Region III Decathlon. The pair along with Randy Kelly (Hudson Falls) competed at the two-day event at SUNY Delhi.
Votava earned 3rd place with 2,591 points. She won the javelin with a throw of 22.25 m and the shot put with a toss of 8.37. Her six points puts ASC in 3rd place in the Region III Championships behind Mohawk Valley CC's 14 and Herkimer CCC's 10. Finger Lakes CC and SUNY Delhi did not score.
Hewlett scored 4,787 points to earn 4th place in the men's competition. His highest scoring event was the 100 m where he ran a 11.4 to earn 723 points. Kelly scored 3,966 points to earn 7th place. The Pioneers are in 3rd place in the Region III Championship standings with 4 points behind Delhi's 18 and Herkimer's 7 but ahead of Mohawk Valley's 2. FLCC did not score.
The rest of the Region III Championships will be contested on April 29-30 at SUNY Delhi.
With farmer-activists and filmmakers Jeff and Jodi Andrysick
Alfred State College’s New Horizons Forum will feature the civic engagement work of Hammondsport farmer-activists turned filmmakers Jeff and Jodi Andrysick. On Saturday, April 30, at 1 p.m. in Room 215 of the Engineering Technology Building on the Alfred State campus, the Andrysicks’ "All Fracked Up,” a partially satirical documentary loaded with serious and straightforward scientific information, will be screened.
Environmentalists who live “off the grid,” the Andrysicks came face-to-face with the perilous consequences of unbridled hydrofracking when their community successfully blocked gas industry plans to use an abandoned well in the Keuka Lake community of Pulteney as a dump for toxic wastewater from hydrofracking in Pennsylvania. To combat the growing dangers posed by unregulated gas industry interests, the Andrysicks used their savings in an amateur filmmaking venture. The film features the expert testimony of Cornell Professor Anthony Ingraffea, one of the nation’s leading experts on hydraulic fracturing. Area victims of “fracking” as well as neighboring doctors, lawyers, teachers, and scientists add their own testimony.
This is the third and final Alfred State College event examining hydraulic fracturing. The natural gas deposits in the Marcellus Shale and the deeper Utica Shale underlie the areas where most Alfred State faculty, students, and families reside. Hydraulic fracturing is a local and national issue whose magnitude is difficult to imagine, but impossible to ignore. This “teachable moment” issue offers a rich opportunity for faculty, students, and area residents to become better informed of direct action being undertaken by residents in neighboring communities.
The April 30 showing will be followed by an open discussion with the Andrysicks on their growing involvement as citizen activists. A remake of their film will be the centerpiece of EPIC NO FRACK EVENT, a major event in the Northeast scheduled for Ithaca College on June 25. More information about the Andrysicks is available at (http://www.allfrackedup.com/).
The New Horizons Forum is sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences and offers programs which showcase scholarly, creative, and public service work currently engaged in by faculty, students, professional staff, and invited guests.
Two Alfred State College graduating seniors were named State University of New York (SUNY) 2011 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence winners. SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher honored 249 college students from SUNY campuses throughout the state with the 2011 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, a rigorous three-part process that begins at the campus and evaluates each student’s performance not only in the classroom, but also in the athletic arena, the art studio, and the community, to determine the winners. This year’s recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence are among the most gifted and talented students in the entire SUNY system.
“The 249 students we honor today have excelled academically and taken advantage of what SUNY has to offer outside the classroom,” said Chancellor Zimpher during the ceremony. “These students are proven leaders, athletes, artists, community servants, and much more. They represent the future of our state and are perfect examples of The Power of SUNY. I congratulate all of the students receiving recognition today and thank them for the positive impact each of them has had on SUNY and the communities we serve.”
Andrew Catlin, Webster, and Lydia Moore, Wolcott, were honored at a reception in Albany where they received commemorative certificates and medallions suitable to be worn at commencement and other special events.
Catlin, who will earn his associate’s in occupational studies degree in Alfred State’s building trades: building construction program, holds and maintains a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 (out of a possible 4.0).
During his time at ASC, Catlin has been involved with community service. He was active in organizing fundraising efforts for the Haiti earthquake victims. He also helped organize and “Study in the South” program. He worked with Habitat for Humanity and the Episcopal Diocese by rebuilding homes that were damaged or lost from Hurricane Katrina.
Additionally, Catlin has served as vice president and president of the Habitat Club. He served as treasurer of the Sustainability Club from 2009-10. He was also a member of the Timber Framing Club where he helped build the timber frame pavilion for the Wellsville Campus.
Catlin, a recognizable name on ASC’s Dean’s List, also received the Outstanding Student Award from Building Trades and was given the Student Senate Leadership Scholarship in Spring 2010.
Moore, who will be graduating with her associate’s degree in liberal arts and sciences: social sciences, possesses a 3.86 GPA. She was named to the Dean’s List for her last four semesters.
During her time at Alfred State College, Moore has earned a number of academic awards. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Braddon Residence Hall Council, is secretary for the Gay Straight Alliance and for the Drama Club, and chief editor for Ergo, the college’s student-created creative arts magazine. She still finds time to serve as “note-taker” for students at the college, start a national novel writing group, and participate in many community fundraisers: Roswell Cancer Research Center, Roberto’s Kids, World Vision, and Relay for Life.
The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created 14 years ago to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, or career achievement. The average Grade Point Average (GPA) for all recipients this year is 3.8.
Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary members of their college communities who are graduating. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.