May 2011

Leadership, Sportsmanship, and Academic Awards Handed Out

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 10:25

The Alfred State College athletic department handed out the Leadership, Sportsmanship, and Academic awards recently at the college's annual end of year banquet.  Cody Dill (Unatego) and Angela Depew (Wellsville) were the recipients of the leadership award, Andy Jones (Milford) and Amber Harding (Fillmore) received the sportsmanship awards, and Alex Farrell (N. Tonawanda), Charise Nankivell (Hornell), and Andrea Presher (Prattsburgh) won the academic awards.

Leadership Award WinnersDill was a two-year national qualifier for the Pioneer wrestling team.  He finished his career with a 26-18 overall record.  He earned All-Region and All-WNYAC honors this season.  He was credited by his coaching staff as being a vocal leader that acted almost like another coach and for being counted on to do whatever the coaching staff asked him to do.

Depew played centerfield the past two seasons for the Lady Pioneers.  She hit .360 this season with seven doubles, six triples, two homers, and 18 RBI on her way to being named 2nd team All-Region.  This follows a freshman campaign where she hit .429 with six homers and 28 RBI.  Her coaches credit her with having a strong personality that led her team on and off the field.  She also organzied the team's blood drive and fundraising efforts.

Sportsmanship Award WinnersJones was a thrower for the indoor and outdoor track & field teams the past two years.  He earned 2nd team All-American honors in the hammer throw this spring with a 2nd place finish at nationals.  He also was 2nd in the hammer in both the indoor and outdoor regional championships.  His coaches remark that he is respected by his team and by his opponents, he has good composure in all situations, and that he is the ultimate team player.

Harding played almost every inning the past two years at third base for the Lady Pioneers.  She hit .375 this season with 13 doubles, four triples, and 17 RBI.  She hit .320 with 17 RBI as a freshman.  Harding is credited with being a very competitive person that respects opponents and the effort they are giving.  She also has never shown up teammates, opponents, or officials.

Academic Award WinnerFarrell ran on both the cross country and track & field teams the past two years while accumulating a 3.84 GPA in architectural technology.  On the cross country course he also ran to honorable mention NJCAA All-American honors.

Nankivell played her freshman season on the softball team, leading the team with .430 batting average and 10 wins on the mound and then played on the soccer team as a sophomore and scored one goal and passed out six assists. During her time at ASC, she has earned a 3.75 GPA in Court & Realtime Reporting.

Presher was a two year member of the volleyball team  She recorded 170 digs, 37 service aces, 32 kills, and 22 blocks this past season while earning a 3.75 GPA in Agriculture Technology.

Frey and Smith Named All-Region

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 07:17

Alfred State College sophomores JP Frey (Erie, PA) and Kevan Smith (Cicero North Syracuse) were both named 1st team All-Region selections this past weekend.  Frey and Smith helped the Pioneers to a 14-14 mark this spring.

Frey led the Pioneers with a .379 (36 for 95) batting average.  He collected eight doubles, two triples, one homer, and 15 RBI.  He also scored a team high 30 runs and stole a team high 16 bases.  He started in all 28 games mostly playing second base but played short, third, outfield, and even made two appearances on the mound.

Smith led the blue & gold with a .605 slugging percentage.  He was second on the team with a .372 batting average (32 for 86).  He collected six doubles, one triple, four homers, and a team high 30 RBI.  He started all 28 games behind the plate and caught nearly every inning of the season.  Smith threw out 13 potential base stealers.

Depew and Harding Named All-WNYAC

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 10:38

Alfred State College sophomore softball players Angela Depew (Wellsville) and Amber Harding (Fillmore) have earned All-WNYAC honors.  Depew was a 1st team selection while Harding was named 2nd team.

Depew led the Lady Pioneers with a .610 slugging percentage.  She finished the year with a .360 batting average (36 for 100) and collected seven doubles, six triples, and two homers.  She scored a team high 25 runs and drove in 18.  She also was 11 for 13 in stolen base attempts.  In the outfield she committed just one error and was credited with four assists.  This is the second year in a row that Depew was named All-WNYAC.  Earlier this season she was named All-Region 2nd team.

Harding had a breakout offensive season.  She finished the year hitting .375 (36 for 96) with 13 doubles, four triples, and 17 RBI.  She also scored 18 runs and stole four bases in five attempts.  Harding was the mainstay at third base starting all 32 games at the hot corner.

The Lady Pioneers finished the 2011 campaign with a 10-22 overall mark.

Romero Selected to Play in NJCAA All-Star Event

Posted Date: Saturday, May 19, 2001 - 10:00

Alfred State College women's basketball player Camille Romero (Queens Village/Mary Louis) has been selected to play in the 2011 NJCAA women's basketball coaches' assocation All-Star event at Pensacola State College.

Romero will spend a day practicing with her team (July 8th) and will play the following two days (July 9th & 10th) versus some of the top talent in the NJCAA.

Romero recently completed her freshman year at Alfred State.  Romero really came on during the 2011 portion of the season.  She led the Lady Pioneers with a 17.5 point per game average in the teams 12 conference games.  For the whole season she averaged 11.6 points per game, 4.0 rebounds, and passed out 53 assists.  She was also credited with 45 steals.  Romero started in 13 games, all 12 conference games, and appeared in 23.

Following the season she was named 1st team All-Region and 1st team All-WNYAC.

15 Tracksters Earn All-American Honors

Posted Date: Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 10:07

Fifteen members of the Alfred State College outdoor track & field team earned All-American honors at the 2011 NJCAA Division III National Championships held at Pioneer Stadium.  All fifteen athletes earned 2nd team honors with 2nd place finishes in their respective events.

Shea McKee (Canisteo Greenwood) led the way with All-American honors in three events.  She was 2nd in the high jump (1.45 m) and was part of the 4x100 (50.75) the 4x400 (4:06.91) relays.

Shatara Noble (Rochester/Marshall) and Pam Breedlove (Rochester/East) were part of both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.  Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson) was part of the 4x400 and was 2nd in the 400 (58.23).  Megan Votava (Alfred Almond) was 2nd in the 100 hurdles (16.77) and Briana Dorsey (Rochester/School of the Arts) was part of the 4x100.

Brett Harrington (Rochester/Edison) and Rawle Crawford (Mt. Vernon) were two-time All-Americans.  Harrington was 2nd in the long jump (6.59 m) and was part of the 4x100 relay (42.50).  Crawford was part of the 4x100 and the 4x400 (3:22.58).

Ken Boyer (Albion) and Dre Johnson (Rochester/Edison) were parts of the 4x100 while Marcquis Johnson-Broughton (Rochester/Edison), Isiah Whiting (Hamden, CT), and Brandon Lewis (Red Creek) competed in the 4x400. 

In field events, Jordan Traina (Gates Chili) was 2nd in the pole vault (4.10 m) and Andy Jones (Milford) was 2nd in the hammer throw (47.65 m).

Prior to the NJCAA National Championships at the Region III Championships, fifteen athletes earned All-Region honors.  All-Region is earned by winning an event.

Name Event(s)
Abbey Benton (Frewsburg) 10,000
Pam Breedlove 4x100, 4x400
Briana Dorsey 100, 200, 4x100, 4x400
Shea McKee 4x100
Tara Murphy 400, 800, 4x400
Shatara Noble 400 hurdles, 4x100, 4x400
Mo Parks (Avoca) hammer throw
Megan Votava 100 hurdles
Rawle Crawford 200
Brett Harrington 110 hurdles
Alex Hewlett (Wellsville) javelin
Marcquis Johnson-Broughton 400 hurdles, 4x400
Brandon Lewis 4x400
David Miller (Elmira Southside) 4x400, pole vault
Isiah Whiting 4x400

Alfred State will once again host the NJCAA Division III National Championships in May 2012.

Two Engineering Students Awarded Scholarships by ACEC NEW YORK

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 05:17

Seventeen engineering students attending New York State colleges and universities will receive $45,000 collectively in scholarship money from member firms of the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York). The awards are based on the students’ cumulative grade-point average, college activities, work experience and an essay on consulting engineering. The individual awards range from $2,500 to $5,000. Including this year’s recipients, ACEC New York has awarded 131 scholarships totaling $355,500 since the program’s inception in 2002.

Students attending upstate colleges will be recognized at the council’s winter conference in Albany in January 2012. All will receive their checks in May.

Among these 17 elite scholars were two Alfred State College students.

Jarrod Shafer, Belfast, surveying engineering technology, a course of study that has interested him since he worked in the engineering department of the Allegany County Department of Public Works. He would like someday to own his own surveying firm. He is vice president of Tau Alpha Pi Engineering Honor Society and a member of the Surveying Club. His off-campus activities include membership in the Hornell Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and he has applied for membership in the Elks in order to help members of his community. He was awarded the AECOM Scholarship for $2,500.

Jacqueline Dresser, Ovid, a second generation surveyor-to-be, chose Alfred State College because it is the only college in New York State that offers the surveying curriculum leading to a bachelor of science degree. She is described by one of her professors as a high performer, a leader, and a take-charge person, who early in her career will own her own firm. She is a member of the Surveying Club and Tau Alpha Pi Engineering Honor Society and the recipient of the 2010 Athletic Leadership and the Athletic Academic awards, and was named the 2009-10 Distinguished Academic All American on the college’s women’s basketball team. She was awarded the Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Scholarship for $2,500.

Founded in 1921, the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York) is the state’s premier organization for consulting engineering firms, representing 280 companies and over 20,000 employees in New York. The organization’s mission is to further the business interests of its members through advocacy, networking, education and business services.

Business Administration Graduate Spearheads Fundraiser

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 05:29

Graduate Rina Taguchi presents a check to Erin Dickerson, American Red CrossAlfred State College 2011 business administration graduate Rina Taguchi, Saitama, Japan, was recently cited for her role in spearheading a fundraising initiative that garnered $4,669.22 for her native Japan following the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor accidents which have ravaged that country since March. The Japan Earthquake Relief Team conducted various activities in April to raise the relief funds. Taguchi presented the check to the American Red Cross chapter in Wellsville recently. “I am truly amazed by the amount of the donation Alfred State was able to make and happy about what students at Alfred State College can do,” noted Taguchi when congratulated for her efforts.

l’Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de Lille Signs MOU with Alfred State College

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 06:01

l’Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de Lille Signs MOU with Alfred State CollegeSmiles were the order of the day recently as Dr. Dominique Besson, director of the BBA (bachelor in business administration) program at l’Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de Lille (IAE Lille) France, traveled to Alfred State College to sign a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Alfred State to offer joint study abroad programs in business. IAE Lille and Alfred State, in recognition of their common interests in developing bilateral relations and in agreement that cooperation between institutes of higher learning contributes to cultural enrichment, scientific progress, and the consolidation of friendship between countries, have agreed to establish a student exchange program between their respective BBA programs. Under the agreement, three (full-time equivalent or FTE) students from each institution may be exchanged for one full academic year or for one semester. The initial selection of students will take place at the home institution dependent on the students’ meeting the host school’s general admission criteria. Students must be enrolled in a full-time course load at the host university for the duration of the program in accordance with the student’s degree program. The French degree programs (both taught in English) in which Alfred’s students may be enrolled include the BBA (bachelor in business administration) or the EIM (executive international management), provided they satisfy course prerequisites. IAE business students will be free to choose from the full range of business programs available at Alfred State, provided they also satisfy course prerequisites. ASC students who successfully satisfy courses requisites for either the BBA or IEM will obtain the official French degree. Pictured here seated at the table, l-r: Besson; Francine Staba, ASC associate professor and chair, Business Department; Jacob Willson, Lee Center, technology management; and Tricia Herritt, interim coordinator of International Student Programs. Tagliaferri and Willson have both expressed a desire to participate in the new program.

ASC Receives National Recognition for Community Service

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 07:11

President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll logoAs colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Alfred State College as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Alfred State was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

The CNCS, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award.

"As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions," said Patrick A. Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS. “Congratulations to Alfred State and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”

Institutional Commitment to Service

In 2009-10, Alfred State College (ASC) strengthened its commitment to service by developing a plan to integrate civic engagement and leadership as core elements of the ASC experience. The 21 students on a service immersion in Haiti to engage in rebuilding efforts, animal care, and community education.

“We are pleased and proud to have been named to the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service,” said Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson. “This recognition lets our students know that their contributions matter.”

A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a nine percent increase over last year, a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community.

On campuses across the country, millions of college students are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, often using the skills learned in classrooms and laboratories. In 2009, 3.2 million college students dedicated more than 307 million hours of service to communities across the country, service valued at more than $6.4 billion.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a strong partner with the nation’s colleges and universities in supporting community service and service-learning. Last year, CNCS provided more than $215 million in support to institutions of higher education, including grants to operate service programs and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for college tuition and student loan repayment. CNCS is a catalyst for service-learning programs nationwide that connect community service with academic curricula. Through these programs, in classes, and in extracurricular activities, college students serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills.

CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

Dining Services Team Wins Gold Award From NACUFS

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 07:48

A Mediterranean cruise in March is always a rare treat; this year at Alfred State College, it was an award-winning event as well. The Dining Services team at Alfred State College has won a Gold Award from the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) for a special event it hosted at the college in March. The Dining Services team is part of Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services Inc. (ACES), the not-for-profit corporation that provides dining services on campus.

“We are thrilled with this win,” said Karen Canne, director of Dining Services. “Every part of our team contributed to a memorable evening for our students.”

The cruise theme for the event was designed to help ASC highlight the college’s Dr. Stephen Havlovic, ASC vice president for Academic Affairs, has called “the best-kept secret at Alfred.”

The event kick-off was an Internet teleconference hosted by Alfred State President Dr. John Anderson and Cristiana Panicco, director of Sant'Anna Institute.

“ACES was determined to help promote the program and help the students who were abroad for the semester reconnect with the campus and their friends at home,” Canne explained. “But the food was really the highlight.”

Olive and Cheese SelectionStudents used their regular meal plan to enjoy bruschetta, lobster ravioli, paella, an olive and cheese bar, and Spanish pork tenderloin, among other delicacies. Students from the Alfred State culinary arts programs offered a special table-side presentation of Bananas Foster.

With the help of students and the staff of ACES, The Terrace was transformed into a cruise ship with a gangway, outdoor café seating (complete with a hand-made lemon tree), a vineyard, and floor-to-ceiling painted windows depicting a shoreline and ocean views.

This year’s win marks the seventh time that ACES has won an award from NACUFS after a 10-year hiatus from competition as the company focused on two building construction projects that changed the face of dining at Alfred.

The 2011 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards are presented annually to the best dining services organizations in the country. This year, the judges pored over more than 150 creative entries at the NACUFS office to choose which ones would take gold, silver, bronze, and honorable mention awards. Alfred State took the Gold Award in the small school category. All gold winners are eligible for the grand prize which will be announced at the Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards Luncheon at the national conference on Saturday, July 16, in Grapevine, TX.

About ACES

Auxiliary Campus Enterprises & Services (ACES) is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the mission of Alfred State College. ACES is located on campus and provides dining services, campus bookstore, transportation, vending, and laundry services to our customers.