February 2012

Harrington and Sylvester Sign National Letter of Intents

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 06:10

Watch WENY-TV's National Signing Day video coverage of Sylvester & Harrington.

Alfred State football players Brett Harrington (Rochester/Edison Tech) and Dominic Sylvester (Horseheads) signed national letters of intent on Wednesday to continue their collegiate careers. Harrington signed with Western Kentucky University while Sylvester inked with the University of Alabama Birmingham.

Harrington, a 6-1, 185 lb. cornerback, had two solid seasons wearing the blue & gold. He registered 51 tackles during his two seasons (14 games - missed parts of 2011 with an injury) and picked off five passes. 37 of his tackles were solo and seven were for a loss. He also blocked three kicks, recovered two fumbles, and returned a fumble for a score.

Harrington was also recruited by Akron and Buffalo but chose WKU based on his visit to the Bowling Green, KY campus. "It was an amazing trip. The coaching staff and the players were all hungry for success. I started thinking about this opportunity to play at the highest level 14 years ago."

Harrington joins a Hilltopper football program under the direction of Willie Taggert. WKU finished the 2011 season with a 7-5 record and a 7-1 mark in the Sun Belt Conference. The 2012 schedule for WKU features games at Alabama, Kentucky and Hawaii.

Harrington was also a two-time NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field All-American in 2011.

Sylvester, a 6-3, 300 lb. center, started all ten games during his one season at Alfred State. He helped an offense that averaged 338.8 yards per game and allowed just 11 sacks. He is one of only two junior college players in the Blazers 25 signees on signing day.

The Horsehead grad joins elite company as he is first former Raider in 15 years to play Division I football. "It is a step up to play at UAB. I am excited about the challenge and the opportunity to play in an area that is crazy about football. I really liked the coaching staff, the weather, and the accounting program is the best in the state."

UAB is coming off a 3-9 season (3-5 in Conference USA) in 2011. New head coach Garrick McGee and the Blazers 2012 schedule features non-conference contests at South Carolina and at Ohio State along with conference match-ups with 2011 top 20 programs Houston and Southern Mississippi.

Alfred State football coach Mick Caba is excited for each player's future. “Seeing our players sign with major college football programs is always rewarding. Knowing that Brett and Dominic will have the opportunity to play against SEC competition in SEC stadiums this fall is especially exciting. It is an indication that the Division I football programs across the nation are aware of our program and the caliber of player and the character of the young men we have at Alfred State. I am expecting a few more of our players to receive offers as well."

Harrington and Sylvester helped the Pioneers to a 6-4 record in 2011. Alfred State also captured the college's first ever Region III Championship.

Choosing Alfred State was key in Sylvester's path to signing day. "Out of high school, I was getting scouted by some DIII schools. I stopped into Alfred for a visit and made a great decision to attend. I was able to learn the skills I needed to move on to the next level."


Additional Quotes:

Alfred State football coach Mick Caba:

“I am happy to see Brett sign with Western Kentucky University and have the opportunity to play major college football . During his two years with us Brett has developed as a student as well as a player. I expect him to have a great career for the Hilltoppers. I would not be surprised to see him become one of the top cornerbacks in major college football in the next couple of years.”

“Dominic is a great success story for Alfred State Football. When Dom graduated from Horseheads High School last spring he only had a few NCAA Division III (non-scholarship) schools interested him. I recruited him to play for Alfred State and he had a great freshman season, as well as a tremendous academic semester (3.76 GPA). Now he has the opportunity to play major college football at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The coaches at UAB expect him to compete for the starting center job as a sophomore this fall.”


Western Kentucky Recruiting Coordinator Eric Mathies on the signing of Brett Harrington:

"Brett [Harrington] – he is a mature guy. He has seen the battles, which gives him an opportunity to come in and help us right away. He brings attributes that you are not going to get in a lot of kids. He has tremendous speed, great instincts and those are all things that you need in a football player, especially as a defensive back."

Commencement Speaker Announced

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 06:57

Dr. Stephen ZawistowskiAlfred State will welcome “Dr. Z,” aka Dr. Stephen Zawistowski, PhD, CAAB (certified applied animal behaviorist), executive vice president, national programs science adviser to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, NYC, who will serve as the college’s commencement speaker on Sunday, May 13, 2012. He previously addressed the ASC community on companion animals in 2010.

Dr. Z’s keynote address will serve as the culmination of the College’s “Campaign 101” initiative whereby Alfred State and the two local animal shelters, the SPCA serving Allegany County and the Hornell Area Humane Society, joined forces throughout the spring to encourage 101 animal adoptions

“As I contemplated Commencement 2012, the College’s 101st, I couldn’t get Disney’s 101 Dalmatians out of my mind,” Dr. John M .Anderson, college president, reflected. “When I realized that, in essence, it was a story about animal cruelty, I asked myself what we, as a college, could do to mitigate animal mistreatment in our area. Enlisting the help of our veterinary technology faculty as well as the local shelters, we decided upon ‘Campaign 101,’ an effort to encourage the adoption of 101 pets from the two shelters by May 13. One aspect of this plan is the continuation of our students’ and faculty’s work in providing medical care for the shelter animals, including spaying and neutering, which, ultimately, makes the animals more adoptable. The second aspect is encouraging faculty and staff as well as the local communities to consider adopting a pet into caring homes…even if they’re not 101 dalmatians! And Dr. Z, who has championed animal rights for years, seemed to hit the spot!”

Stephen L. Zawistowski, PhD joined The ASPCA in 1988 as vice president of education and is currently Science Advisor.

Dr. Zawistowski’s deep concern for animal welfare grew out of his work as a caretaker for laboratory animals, while earning his BA in biology from Canisius College in 1977. He then was awarded a graduate fellowship at the University of Illinois to study behavior-genetics in the Department of Psychology and completed his Masters in 1979, and PhD in 1983. Later that year, while teaching biology at Indiana University as a visiting assistant professor, the National Science Foundation awarded Dr. Zawistowski a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Environmental Biology. He left Indiana in 1985 to become assistant professor of psychology at St. John’s University, where he taught until joining the ASPCA. Dr. Zawistowski is a certified applied animal behaviorist and chaired the Animal Behavior Society’s Board of Professional Certification from 1998 to 2007.

Dr. Zawistowski was a founding board member and past president of the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, serves on the Harmony Institute Community Advisory Board, and the Scientific Advisory Panel of the World Society for the Protection of Animals, the board of the Found Animal Foundation/Michelson Prize and member of the board of the Alliance for the Contraception of Cats and Dogs. Dr. Zawistowski is also an adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, adjunct assistant professor with the Hunter College program in Animal Behavior and Conservation and an adjunct faculty member in the Canisius College graduate program in Anthrozoology.

Dr. Zawistowski is a well known speaker on education, animal behavior, and animal welfare issues. He is a frequent guest on television and radio, and is often quoted in newspaper and magazine articles. While at the ASPCA he has authored, edited and consulted on over 20 books on animals and pet care. “Animal Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff,” edited by Dr. Lila Miller and Dr. Zawistowski was published by Blackwell Publishing in spring 2004. His two most recent books, a history of the ASPCA written with Marion Lane and titled “Heritage of Care” was published in December 2007 and “Companion Animals in Society” in January 2008. In early 2000 he appeared as the host of ASPCA Pet Check segments on PBS. Published in a number of scientific journals, he is also the founding co-editor of the “Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.”

In 1989 Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PSYeta) named him Psychologist of the year for outstanding contributions to animal welfare science. St. John’s University presented him with the Patrick Daly Memorial Award for a career in education marked by compassion and commitment in Spring 2002. In 2008 he received a Public Service Award from the Department of Justice for his work on the Michael Vick dogfighting case. In 2009 he was a Green Chimneys Gala Honoree, and in 2010 received the ACCD Leadership award. Dr. Zawistowski is also listed in “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.”

Dr. Zawistowski is a father and grandfather and lives on Staten Island, New York with his wife Jane, a beagle, and two tabby cats.

Pioneers Fall in Final Home Dual

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 15:40

Mercyhurst North East won the final four matches of the evening as they defeated Alfred State 38-15 in the Pioneers final home dual of the season.  Alfred is now 4-4 (1-4 WNYAC) on the season in dual action while Mercyhurst is now 5-6 (5-1 WNYAC).

The Saints jumped out to a 11-0 lead via a tech fall by Aaron Smith at 125 and a Pioneer forfeit victory at 133.  Justin Hunt (Ripley) got the blue & gold on the board with a 6-0 decision over Aaron Lett at 141 lbs. 

At 149, #4 ranked Tyler Peet (Unadilla Valley) matched up with #3 ranked Vincent DiGravio.  DiGravio led 4-0 midway through the third period when Peet was able to make an impressive move that led to a pin with just 34 seconds remaining in the match.  With the win, Peet improves to 12-2 on the year.

MNE won the next match at 157 to increase their lead to 15-9 but Alfred tied it up at 165 when Josh Simons (Campbell Savona) received a forfeit victory.

The Saints took over after that and won two of the final matches by pinfall, one by tech fall, and the fourth by forfeit.

Alfred State returns to action on Saturday when they close out the regular season with a WNYAC dual vs. Niagara CCC.  Action is slated for 2 p.m.

Alfred State to Host Author Rahul Mehta Feb. 15

Posted Date: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 04:33

Alfred State will host author Rahul Mehta on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in room 215 of the Engineering Building on the Alfred campus. The event, which is sponsored by the college’s English Department, student literary magazine Ergo, the Drama Club, and the Rainbow Union, is open to the public free of charge. There will be a reception following his talk.

Mehta’s presentation will consist of his reading an essay he wrote about his coming out to his parents. He will also discuss the title story of his most recently published book "Quarantine."

Mehta is the author of the short story collection Quarantine, published by Harper Perennial in 2011 and by Random House India in 2010, and named by the American Library Association as one of the top 10 LGBT books of 2011. His short fiction has appeared in Epoch, the Kenyon Review, the Sun, Fourteen Hills, and elsewhere, and has been included in the prize anthology New Stories from the South, the Year's Best, 2009. His recent essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the International Herald Tribune, Marie Claire India, and the Telegraph. An Out Magazine "Out 100" honoree for 2011, Mehta is working on a novel, to be published by Harper Collins in 2014. Born and raised in West Virginia, Rahul currently lives in Alfred and is a visiting lecturer at Alfred University.

Quarantine has received rave reviews since its publication.

  • “Quarantine is an extraordinary book that transcends gender and race and culture and sexual identity to speak to our universal humanity and the quest we all share for a self.” (Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain)
  • “Because Rahul Mehta’s characters are so richly and deeply rendered, because action and situation are so closely observed, these stories transcend all the categories that they are also determined to cut across. Quarantine is the best first collection I have read in over 20 years.” (Madison Smartt Bell, National Book Award winning author of All Souls' Rising)
  • “Mehta’s voice is smart, intimate without being over-the-shoulder, tells secrets from the armchair, and always gestures toward something inexplicable and heretofore unknown in the next room. The stories in this collection make me want to burn money, to have more courage, and to fall in love.” (Rebecca Curtis, author of Twenty Grand and Others Tales of Love & Money)
  • “Rahul Mehta is a technician of the first order… his storytelling is superb. Quarantine offers a candid appraisal of what it means to be a second-generation Indian-American, and particularly a homosexual Indian-American.” (Iowa Review)
  • “A rich study of family ties, romantic failings and cultural disconnection told in crisp, clean prose.” (Kirkus)
  • “Quarantine is an insightful and compellingly readable collection of stories in which Rahul Mehta masterfully explores the emotions, the conflicts, the complex accommodations of being gay and Indian American.” (Manil Suri, bestselling author of The Death of Vishnu and The Age of Shiva)

President Anderson to Participate in The Salzburg Global Seminar's Sustainable Futures Academy

Posted Date: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 04:40

Alfred State President Dr. John M. Anderson has been invited to travel to Salzburg, Austria, to participate in The Salzburg Global Seminar's Sustainable Futures Academy. He is one of a select number of higher education and sustainability leaders to take part in a special planning meeting from Jan. 31-Feb. 4.

“I am honored to be a member of this esteemed group of leaders,” Anderson said. “Being invited to attend this seminar speaks volumes about the strides Alfred State has made in the field of sustainability.”

The purpose of the meeting is to design a Sustainable Futures Leadership Academy to be offered in collaboration with global partners. The goal of the Academy will be to advance the capabilities of senior higher education leaders in driving sustainability into the core business of their institutions (teaching, research, operations, and community outreach). Institutions of higher education have a great potential to bring sustainability to the forefront at the theoretical, philosophical, and practical level.

The group hopes to create a program that is responsive to the interests and needs of higher education leaders of both developing and developed countries and to develop a business model and governance structure that allow for adaptive collaborative partnerships around the world.

Per the organization’s Web site: “Bringing leaders from different sectors, different countries, different cultures, and different experiences together will always have a positive effect. The energy and the confidence as well as the experience of the people who come to this platform will contribute in a meaningful way to some of the great challenges of our time.”

The first pilot program to be developed will focus on executive leadership development for sustainability because there is a profound lack of targeted sustainability programs for executive leaders in the higher education sector. Additionally, executive leaders represent a high impact group that can have a substantial multiplier effect on a variety of higher education arenas, including operations, teaching, research, and community service.

Financial Planning Students Travel with Dr. Ron Rhoades

Posted Date: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 05:48

Financial Planning program studentsOn Jan. 25, 2012, four students from the Dr. Ron Rhoades to Binghamton, where they attended a luncheon of the Southern Tier Chapter of the Financial Planning Association. They also attended a panel discussion with several practitioners, where they were able to ask questions regarding key tips for new financial planners. In addition, Harold Sasnowitz, CFP®, MBA of Berk Cleveland Rathmell, a wealth management firm, hosted the students in a tour of the firm’s Binghamton offices. Alfred State stresses engagement between students and local practitioners as a means of enabling graduates to better “hit the ground running.” Pictured here, the students who traveled with Rhoades: Alicia Grebner, Wellsville; Nick McMichael, Hornell; De Jaun Hawkins, Decatur, GA; and Caitlin Fuller, Alfred Station.

Jamestown Sneaks Past Lady Pioneers

Posted Date: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 16:28

The Alfred State women's basketball team played another tight Region III Division II contest and fell 57-54 at Jamestown CC on Thursday.  The Lady Pioneers are now 10-8 overall and 1-3 in RIII DII action.

Camille Romero (Queens Village/Mary Louis) and Haley Witchella (Oxford Academy) each finished with 12 points each.  Witchella also grabbed 10 rebounds and registered five blocks.  Amie Brooks (Pavilion) chipped in 11, Ardaisha Hudson (Brooklyn/Food & Finance) had 10, and Nuri Bey (Bronx/HS of Computers & Technology) had eight points.

The Lady Pioneers have a few days off before hosting Genesee CC on Tuesday.  Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.

Poor Shooting Hurts Pioneers

Posted Date: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 17:03

Jamestown CC was able to hold off all the comeback attempts Alfred State threw at them and held on for a 62-55 victory in a tight WNYAC contest.  The Pioneers are now 6-14 on the year and 1-6 in conference play.

The Jayhawks hit five 3-pointers in the 1st half as they held a 28-21 halftime lead.  The Pioneers cut it to 28-27 and the teams traded baskets until JCC was able to expand the lead to 10, 45-35.  Alfred had a couple opportunities in the next possessions but missed back to back front ends of 1 and 1's to allow the Jayhawks to keep the lead en route to the victory.

DaQuan Allen (Brooklyn/Boys & Girls) led the Pioneers with 11 points while Pat Parker (Queens/Hillcrest) chipped in 10 points and six boards.  Thomas Stein (Caledonia Mumford) had 10 pionts and eight rebounds down in the post.  Alfred State shot just 5 for 28 from three-point land for the contest.

The Pioneers return to action on Tuesday when they host Genesee CC.  Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.

Dignitaries Sign SLC Ceremonial Beam

Posted Date: Friday, February 3, 2012 - 05:03

signing the SLC ceremonial beamDignitaries gathered at Alfred State recently to sign the “ceremonial beam,” signifying moving from phase 1 of construction of the Student Leadership Center (the steel and concrete done by Christa Construction) to phase 2, (the move to the interior of the structure, to be done by Manning Squires Hennig Co. Inc.). Pictured here, left, front-back: Gabe Conti, State University Construction Fund; Jeff House, Christa Construction, LLC, Victor; Ruben Rogers, Alfred State project owner’s representative; right, front-back: David Christa, Christa Construction, LLC; John Casey, Manning Squires Hennig Co. Inc., Rochester; Dr. John M. Anderson, president, Alfred State; and Valerie Nixon, vice president for administration and enrollment, Alfred State.

Impressive Showing at Ithaca

Posted Date: Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 13:38

The Alfred State indoor track & field team had an impressive showing at the Ithaca Bomber Invitational.  The Pioneers had numerous athletes finish in the top eight of the competition that featured nine schools.

Shawn Charles (Rochester/Greece Olympia) earned 2nd place finishes in two events.  He was 2nd in the 60 m dash in 7.08 and 2nd in the 200 m in 23.12.  The men's 4 x 200 relay also earned a 2nd place finish.  The team of Brian Tubbs (Waverly), Rawle Crawford (Mt. Vernon), Jayvon Larkin (Rochester/Wilson), and Marcquis Johnson Broughton (Rochester/Edison) finished in 1:35.20.

Larkin also recorded a 3rd place finish in the triple jump (12.8 m) while his teammate Austin Ridley (Trumansburg) was 5th in the same event (11.5 m).  Robert Howard (Syracuse/Nottingham) was 4th in the shot put (13.55 m) and Rony St. Simon (Farmingdale) was 5th in the 500 (1:11.31).

The women's 4 x 200 relay team of Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson), Briana Dorsey (Rochester/School of the Arts) Megan Votava (Alfred Almond), and Caitlyn Hotchkiss (Springville) finished 4th overall in 1:54.58.

Dorsey was 4th in the 500 (1:23.99) and Murphy was 7th in the 400 (1:02.19).

The Pioneers return to action next weekend at Cornell University.  A couple athletes will compete in the multi event beginning on Friday while the rest of the team will compete in the annual Kane Invitational.