April 2012

Nagle Finishes 2nd, Franchina 3rd at Region III Multi

Posted Date: Monday, April 16, 2012 - 11:30

Alfred State multi athletes Travis Nagle (Randolph) and Kayla Franchina (Cassadaga Valley) etched their name into the record book with solid showings at the Region III Decathlon and Heptathlon.  Nagle was 2nd in the two-day event while Franchina was 3rd.

Nagle scored 5,227 points in the decathlon.  His best performance in day one was a long jump of 6.05 m. while his best performance on day two was a vault of 4.23 m in the pole vault. His total of 5,227 points is 5th best in Alfred State outdoor track & field history.

Franchina has scored 2,520 points in the heptathlon.  Her best effort on Sunday was the 200 m where she finished in 29.8 and her top performance on Monday was the 800 m (2:50.64).  Her point total also is the 5th best in Alfred State outdoor track & field history.

After event one of the Region III Championships, the men's team has 8 points and sits behind SUNY Delhi's 17 and Herkimer CCC's 9.  The women's team has 6 points and sits behind Herkimer's 12 and Delhi's 10.

The rest of the Region III Championships will be held April 27-28 at SUNY Delhi.


Science and Technology Fair, April 20

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 04:50

The 13th annual Alfred State Regional Science and Technology Fair will be held this Friday, April 20, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Orvis Activities Center gymnasium on the Alfred campus.

Science and Technology Fair entries from regional junior and senior high school students will be judged in the following categories: agriculture, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, computers, earth sciences, engineering, environmental science, forensic science, health, and medicine. Entries will be divided into junior (grades 7-9), senior (grades 10-12), and novice (up to grade 6) categories.

Each participant will receive a certificate of participation, and individual ribbons will be presented to first, second, and third prize winners in all divisions as well as to the grand prize winner. School trophies will be awarded to those schools which, in the opinion of the judges, have made the best overall contribution(s) to the Fair in the junior and senior divisions and to the school having the grand prize exhibit in the Fair. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in both upper divisions; a grand prize will also be awarded.

Alstom Transportation, Hornell, ACES (Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services—the campus dining, vending, and transportation provider), and Alfred State Student Senate are the sponsors of this year’s Science Fair at Alfred State.

For more information, contact Amy Werner at werneral@alfredstate.edu.

New Horizons Forum Presentation on ALS

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 11:21

The Alfred State’s New Horizons Forum scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, 2012, will feature Debra (McQueen) Quinn who will present on Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS, also called “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a fatal neurodegenerative disease for which there is no known cause or cure. The forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Room 215 of the Engineering Technology Building and is open to the public. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Engineering Technology Building.

Deb began her fight with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) in October 2009. Upon researching her genealogy, she traced the disease through 13 generations of her grandmother’s family to the early 1600s, discovering more than 20 additional family members who suffered from ALS. Deb has brought awareness into her community, raising money through her Quinner’s Quickfeet ALS team. She will not settle to keep the door closed and be quiet about this disease. It is hard, but she is the voice for her children, nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom have a 50 percent chance of inheriting ALS.

Deb lives on the outskirts of Wellsville with her husband, Mike. She has two adult children, Kristin, 26, and Dustin, 25. Deb holds an associate’s degree in business from Alfred State.

The New Horizons Forum, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences, showcases current scholarly, creative, and public service work by faculty, students, professional staff, and invited guests. It is guided by a campus-wide team of advisers whose goal is to enrich the intellectual life of the institution. Follow the Forum.

Pioneers and Red Barons Split Wild Doubleheader

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 16:07

Alfred State and Corning CC battled in a Region III Division III doubleheader that featured more twists and turns than a mystery novel.  The Pioneers (5-23, 4-12) walked off with a 9-8 victory in game one while the Red Barons (7-15, 4-10) took game two 7-6 behind a solo homer in the top of the 9th.

The opener was a wild back and forth affair that featured  seven lead changes and runs being scored in 10 of the 14 half innings, the Pioneers struck last in their final at bat to break an 8-8 tie.  With two outs, Yohei Nishimura (Tottori, Japan) dropped a single into left field that scored Garrett Hoag (Dansville). 

Hoag was 2 for 3 with a RBI and also picked up the win with 1.1 innings of one-hit work out of the bullpen.  Eric Hicks (Livonia) was 2 for 3 and Greg Koller (Chesterland, OH) was 1 for 2 with 2 RBI.

Corning seemed to be in control of the nightcap heading into the bottom of the 6th inning with a 4-0 lead.  The Pioneers erased that lead in the 6th only to see the Red Barons score two in the 7th.  In the bottom of the 7th, Alfred took advantage of a couple costly errors to send the game into extra innings.  Both teams had opportunities in the 8th but did not score.  In the 9th, Montana Yastremski hit a solo shot to give the Barons a 7-6 advantage.  The blue & gold put runners on 1st and 2nd in the bottom of the inning but could not score the tying run.

Brett Rapan (Bolivar Richburg) was 2 for 4 with a RBI while Nishimura was 2 for 5.

The doubleheader featured a combined 30 runs, 50 hits, 21 walks, and 14 errors.

The Pioneers and Red Barons continue their four-game set on Thursday with a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Corning.

Alumni Choral Spring Concert Scheduled

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 11:43

Alfred State is pleased to present the 61st Annual Alumni Choral Spring Concert, directed by Anthony Cappadonia, professor emeritus of music at Alfred State. The concert will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the Orvis Activities Center Auditorium on the Alfred campus, and is free of charge and open to the public.

This year’s concert will also serve to dedicate the Anthony C. Cappadonia Auditorium, honoring Cappadonia’s 56 years of teaching and directing instrumental and choral groups at Alfred State. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:15 p.m. will precede the performance, and the official dedication will occur during the concert’s intermission. Performers for the concert include the Alfred State Voices, Alumni Jazz Singers, ’87 Collegiate Quartet, ’57 Varieties – Instrumental Jazz Combo, Alfred State Alumni Choir, and a finale by the combined alumni and College choirs.

Musical selections range from vocal classics like “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” to contemporary pieces, such as “The Circle of Life,” “Cole’s Song,” “Java Jive,” “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The finale song, “The Blessing of Aaron,” will be dedicated to the memory of loved ones.

Each spring, alumni from across the United States return to Alfred to attend the Annual Choir Alumni Weekend for rehearsals, a dinner/dance, and this concert. The Alfred State Concert Choir Alumni Organization was formed in 1957 and maintains an active membership of over 500. This organization has supported the college concert choir with donations and fundraising efforts over the years to provide scholarships for college choir members, and established the Anthony C. Cappadonia Scholarship Fund to be used by the college to assist future students.

The Alfred State Alumni Jazz Singers, formed in 1974, perform for on-campus concerts, weddings, and community events throughout Western New York. The group consists of approximately 16 alumni who rehearse once a month from August through April each year.

Students Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 12:16

Two Alfred State graduating seniors – Amanda Bush of Altoona, PA, and Masanari Yamamoto of Tokyo, Japan – have been named State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence recipients for 2012.

Bush, an animal science major, serves as a member of several campus clubs, including Vet Tech, Equestrian, Woodsmen’s, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and Collegiate Agricultural Leaders Club. She is active in community service and outreach projects, supporting local animal shelters and raising public awareness about responsible pet ownership, and participated in Alfred State’s Haiti outreach. Bush has been named a Distinguished Scholar, been on Dean’s List, and was a Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society nominee. Her leadership efforts include being co-captain and floor captain of the Lady Pioneers Volleyball Team, Vet Tech Club president, and team leader of the Haiti work teams. She has organized and led study groups for several courses, and received her first associate degree in veterinary technology in May 2011.

Yamamoto, a financial planning major, has served as a resident assistant at Alfred State for five semesters, and has received several academic and athletic distinctions: The Alstom Power, Inc. Excellence Award; Academic All-American; Western New York Athletic Conference Award (Academic Male Athlete of the Year); Male Academic Athlete Award; WNYAC 1st Team All-Conference; and the Men’s Soccer Offensive MVP Award. He has earned a spot on the Dean’s List for seven consecutive semesters, served as an orientation leader for incoming freshmen, and been a member of the Japan Earthquake Relief Team. Yamamoto also received the NAPFA Northeast Region Scholarship to attend the 2011 Practice Management and Investment Conference in Brooklyn, NY.

The SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 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.

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.

Pioneers Down Cayuga 9-8

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 18:21

The Alfred State lacrosse team recorded their second straight win with a 9-8 victory over Cayuga CC in a Region III contest played at Marcellus High School.  The Pioneers are now 5-8 on the season and 4-7 in RIII play.

The contest was tie at 2-2 after the 1st quarter, Alfred led 5-4 at half, and the game was once again tied at 6-6 after three quarters.  The Pioneers scored the first two goals of the 4th quarter to grab back the lead.  CCC cut it back to one but the Pioneers scored again to regain their two-goal lead.  The Spartans scored with 10 seconds left in the game to make it a one goal game but could not get any closer.

Mike Hart (Ajax, ONT) led the offense with two goals and an assist while Chance Lowry (Waterloo) and Jordan Napierala (West Irondequoit) each had a goal and an assist.  Lance Elithorpe (Shaftsbury, VT), Aaron Koskowski (East Aurora), Kyle Davis (Cortland/Homer), Brad Murdoch (Auburn), and Morris Rogers (East Aurora) all scored once.

Brad Stowell (Marcellus) made 18 saves in net as he returned to his high school field.

The Pioneers play their final road game of the regular season on Saturday when they travel to Watertown for a 4 p.m. contest with Jefferson CC.

Women ranked #3, Men #4 in Latest Track Poll

Posted Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 06:04

The Alfred State women's track & field team moved up one spot to the #3 position in the latest NJCAA Division III poll while the men's team slid down one spot to the #4 spot.

The Pioneers had four more athletes qualify for the 2012 National Championships, to be held at Alfred State - May 3-5, last weekend at the U of Rochester Alumni Invitational.  The Pioneers have been in the top ten of the national poll in each of the week's this spring.

Region III holds four of the top five spots in the latest poll on the women's side.  Mohawk Valley CC is #1 followed by SUNY Delhi, Alfred State, Gloucester, and Herkimer CCC.

Harper leads the men's poll followed by SUNY Delhi, Howard (MD) CC, Alfred State, and Kingsborough.

The Pioneers travel down 390 on Saturday to compete in the SUNY Geneseo Invitational.

Big Innings Cost Lady Pioneers

Posted Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 16:54

Jamestown Olean used a four-run 5th inning in game one and a seven-run 5th inning to defeat Alfred State 5-1 & 8-1 in a Region III Division III doubleheader on a beautiful Thursday afternoon.

In the opener, the Jaguars scored in the 1st but the Pioneers tied it in the 4th when Shelby Freligh (Auburn/Union Springs) doubled to lead off the inning and came around to score on a passed ball.  JCC answered right back in the 5th and scored four runs to put the game out of reach.

Freligh was the lone Pioneers with multiple hits finishing 2 for 3 with two doubles.  Alfred State was held to just five hits in the contest.

The Pioneers scored in the 1st inning of game two to take an early lead when Freligh grounded out to score Tara Scholla (Genesee Valley).  JCC tied it in the 3rd with an unearned run and then exploded for seven runs in the 5th.  The Pioneers were held to just three hits in the game with Kristen Potter (Northern Potter, PA) collecting two in three at bats including a double and a triple.

The Lady Pioneers continue their three day homestand on Saturday when they host Mercyhurst North East at 1 p.m.

Pioneers Rally in Nightcap to Earn Split

Posted Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 17:03

The Alfred State baseball team trailed twice in game two of the second game of a Region III Division III doubleheader at Corning CC but was able to rally for a 4-3 victory to salvage a split.  The Red Barons jumped out to an early 9-0 lead in the opener en route to a 12-2 victory in the opener.

Corning plated two runs in the 3rd inning of game two but the Pioneers bounced right back with two of their own in the 4th on a RBI double by Brett Rapan (Bolivar Richburg) and a sac fly by Eric Hicks (Hancock, PA). The Red Barons took back the lead with a double steal in the 4th but Greg Koller (Chesterland, OH) gave Alfred the lead for good in the 6th when he doubled in two.

Eric Mehaffy (Lisbon) made the lead stand and earned the win on the mound.  He tossed a complete game four hitter.  He allowed three earned runs, walked two, and struck out three to earn his first win of the spring season.  Rapan led the seven-hit attack with a 2 for 3 day (2 doubles).

In the opener, CCC took advantage of early wild pitching to jump out to a 9-0 lead after two innings.  The Pioneers collected nine hits and stranded 11 runners in the contest but never could get the big inning going to get back into the game.  Kiel Wilson (Bath Haverling) was 2 for 3 and kept the team in the game with 4.2 innings of relief work on the mound.  Rapan and Garrett Hoag (Dansville) drove home runs for the blue & gold.

Alfred (6-24, 5-13) begins a four-game weekend series with Jamestown CC on Saturday.  First pitch of the doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m.