April 2012

President John M. Anderson Joins NYCC Board

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 06:36

President John M. AndersonAlfred State President John M. Anderson was recently named a board member of the New York Campus Compact (NYCC), an association of over 79 institutions of higher education across New York State that all advocate for “active citizenship as an objective of higher education,” according to the NYCC Web site.

Civic engagement and community partnership are key components of the mission of NYCC, along with promoting the knowledge and practice of democratic participation and responsibility. In the national network of Campus Compacts, over 1,100 institutions in 49 states share the philosophy that higher education has the responsibility to provide resources and promote civic and community engagement, thus creating informed, thoughtful citizens through education.

“I am pleased to be part of an organization that supports campuses’ efforts in promoting civic engagement,” remarked Anderson.

Chartered in 2001 and hosted by Cornell University since then, the NYCC strengthens the capacity of member institutions to partner with their communities; increases student involvement in academic and co-curricular public service; advances engaged scholarship; and cultivates the knowledge, values, and skills of civic responsibility and democratic participation. [http://www.nycampuscompact.org]

Alfred State Highlighted in the SEED Initiative’s 2012 Program Plan

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 07:10

The Sustainability Education and Economic Development Initiative (SEED Center) recently included Alfred State in its 2012 program review, commending the www.theseedcenter.org.

13th Annual Regional Science and Technology Fair Great Success

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 09:57

Student displays from nine local school districts (Allegany-Limestone, Prattsburgh, Hinsdale, Genesee Valley Central, Addison, Andover, Portville, Canaseraga, Canisteo-Greenwood) were judged at Alfred State’s 13th Annual Regional Science and Technology Fair. Ninety-two science and technology projects were on display for judging and public viewing. Participants were divided into senior (grades 10-12), junior (grades 7-9), and novice grade categories.

A total of 108 students presented their projects to the judges for a chance at the $1,590 in prize money.

Winners in the senior division included first place ($250) Troy Giberson and Clay Johnson (Portville) with “Coming in Hot”; second place($150) Kristyn Hayman (Hinsdale) with “A Silent Shout;” and third place ($100) Jonathan Cledgett (Hinsdale) with “Subliminal Perception.”

Winners in the junior division included first place ($250) Jacob Vroman (Addison) with “Wood Gasification;” second place ($150) Hannah Schifley (Allegany Limestone) with “Can You Hear This;” and third place ($100) Alyssa Ryan and Gabby Crane (Addison) with “The Quicker Picker Upper.”

Winners in the novice division included first place ($50) Rebecca Randall (Prattsburgh) with “It’s Super Cool H2O;” second place ($25) Hallie Weinmann (GVCS) with “Busting Bacteria;” and third place ($15) Mariah Swarthout (GVCS) with “Hot Ice.”

Best junior division school winner: (Silver Tray) - Hinsdale

Best senior division school winner: (Silver Tray) - Portville

The grand prize ($500) was captured by Seth Sklar (Hinsdale) with “Hover Car”.

Each participant received a certificate of participation, and individual ribbons were presented to first-, second-, and third-place prize winners in all divisions. The prizes were sponsored by Alstom Transportation, Alfred State Student Senate, Alfred State Physical and Health Sciences Department, Wards Scientific, Fisher Scientific, and Bio-Rad laboratories.

Judges for this year’s event were Alfred State faculty and staff members James Buell, Garth Grantier, Wayne Bensley, David Kendall, Jerry Fong, Mike Putnam, Chris Young, Mark Amman, Cindy Thorp, Phil Schroeder, Erica Matteson, Tim Bocci, Alicia Wheaton, Mike Foster, Russell Huber, Jessica Hutchinson, Terry Morgan; guest judges were Paul Constantine, Sr. and student judges: Chris McAneney, Laura Lampman, Nicky Drum, Derek Wilkinson, Burton Price, Michelle Miles, Meghan Scholl, Nichole Terwilliger, and Megan Smith.

Baseball Moves Game to Hornell for Thursday

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 10:23

Thursday's baseball game between Alfred State and Erie CC has been moved to Hornell High School and will start at Noon.  The field at Alfred is still snow covered following Monday's storm.

Thursday Softball Games Moved

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 10:26

Thursday afternoon's scheduled softball doubleheader between Alfred State and Corning CC has been moved to Tuesday May 1st with first pitch of the doubleheader slated for 3 p.m.

Pioneers Stung by Hornets

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 14:46

The Alfred State lacrosse team fell behind early but rallied to tie their contest with Broome CC at 8-8 late in the 3rd quarter but the Hornets scored the next four goals and held off the Pioneers attempts to rally to stay alive for the postseason with a 12-10 victory. The Pioneers are now 6-9 overall (5-8 Region III) heading into their season finale on Saturday while BCC improves to 7-8 (6-7 RIII).

Broome led 3-1 after the 1st quarter and 6-4 at halftime.  The Pioneers tied the game at 8-8 with 3:04 remaining in the 3rd quarter on a goal by Mike Hart (Ajax, ONT) but the Hornets took back the lead with a goal with 1:54 remaining in the quarter by Josh Kilts and scored the first three goals of the 4th quarter in the first five minutes to take a four-goal lead.  The blue & gold tallied goals by Frank Martin (Whitney Point) and Lance Elithorpe (Shaftsbury, VT) to cut it to 12-10 with 5:54 remaining but the Hornets kept Alfred off the board the rest of the way including during three man-up opportunities.

Hart led the way for the Pioneers with three goals and two assists while Elithorpe recorded a hat trick.  Aaron Koskowski (East Aurora) had two goals, Danny Weimer (Derby/Lake Shore) and Martin each had a goal, and Brad Zacher (Medina) had two assists.  Chance Lowry (Waterloo) also picked up one assist.

In net, Brad Stowell (Marcellus) made 19 saves for the Pioneers.

Alfred hosts Hudson Valley CC on Saturday in their 2012 finale.  Opening faceoff is at 1 p.m.

Streater has NFL Dreams

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 15:14

Former Alfred State football player Rod Streater hopes to hear his name announced from the podium of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall this weekend.  Streater, who wore the Pioneer blue & gold in 2008 and 2009 before transferring to Temple University, wrapped up his collegiate playing career in December with a touchdown catch in Temple’s win in the New Mexico Bowl.

Streater has been busy since his collegiate career ended.  “I have been doing a lot of training.  I have had to get into top shape for my pro day.  Since my pro day, I have been training with various coaches and trainers trying to get ready for mini-camps.”

During his two years at Temple, Streater caught 49 passes for 882 yards and seven scores.  This follows a 2009 season at Alfred State where he caught 24 passes for 539 yards and six scores.  During his freshman season wearing the blue & gold, Streater played safety on the defensive side of the ball and picked up 20 tackles and picked off two passes.

The NFL Draft begins on Thursday evening with Round 1 and continues Friday evening with picks in Rounds 2 and 3.  The draft concludes with Rounds 4-7 on Saturday afternoon.

“I would love to be drafted.  It’s always been a dream to have a team love you that much to draft you.  The biggest thing is to get into a NFL camp so I can showcase my talents.”

Alfred State head coach Mick Caba will join Streater and his agent at a draft party in Michigan this weekend.  Caba is excited to see what the weekend might have in hold for Streater.  “As the draft nears it is a strong possibility that Rod may be selected.  Several teams have been in direct contact with him and his agent and this weekend will definitely be exciting to see what team selects Rod.  I know Rod is ready for the opportunity.”

Streater has been in contact with multiple teams following his pro day at Temple including the Ravens, the Bills, the Chiefs, the Buccaneers, and the 49ers. 

Being drafted is a dream come true for Streater.  He looks to be the first player in Alfred State history to be drafted.  Former Pioneers Leroy Collins and Lyonel Anderson both signed free agent contracts with NFL teams following the draft.

Two Masonry Seniors Receive Award for Excellence

Posted Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 09:43

Two seniors in the masonry program were recently award the Southern Tier Concrete Products, Inc. Achievement Award for Excellence in the trowel trades. The award is presented to outstanding students in the masonry curriculum. This year’s recipients are Tessa Boyce of Deer Isle, ME, and Alan Bieser of Westfield, PA. Southern Tier Concrete Products manufactures quality sustainable living products made from local materials, and has long been involved with Alfred State’s masonry program. The materials, scholarships, technical support, tools, training aids, and scholarships provided by the organization help the college produce graduates with the necessary skills for the trade, and are greatly appreciated.

Masonry Seniors Receive Award for Excellence

Pictured here are: Ben Palmer, owner of Southern Tier Concrete Products; Patrick Palmer, director of product development for Southern Tier Concrete Products; masonry student Tessa Boyce; masonry student Alan Bieser; Chuck Jessup, office manager of Southern Tier Concrete Products; and Stephen Richard, Alfred State masonry instructor.

Kats Down Pioneers

Posted Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 13:20

Erie CC defeated Alfred State 12-4 in a Region III Division III baseball game played at Maple City Park on Thursday.  The second game of the doubleheader was called due to rain and poor field conditions prior to the game reaching an official game.

The Kats jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the 1st inning but the Pioneers got right back into the game in the bottom half of the inning when Jordan Wheaton (Wayland Cohocton) connected on a three-run homer that escaped the park over the left field fence.  The homer was the first of the season for Wheaton.

Neither team could get on the board until the 4th when the Kats exploded for five more runs to put the game out of reach.  Garrett Hoag (Dansville) doubled home a run in the 5th to account for the Pioneers last run.

Hoag finished 2 for 4 with a RBI while Greg Koller (Chesterland, OH) was 2 for 4 with a run scored. 

Jesse Zellner led six Kats with multiple hits with a 2 for 4, 3 RBI day.  The Kats collected 14 hits including six extra base hits.

Erie led the nightcap 6-5 heading into the bottom of the 5th but heavy rains hit the Maple City and made the field unplayable.

Alfred State returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Canandaigua for a 1 p.m. doubleheader with the Lakers.  They return to the Southern Tier on Sunday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader with the Lakers.

Campaign 101 Meets Adoption Goal

Posted Date: Friday, April 27, 2012 - 05:05

Melvin ChamblissAlfred State is pleased to announce the attainment of the goal of 101 animal adoptions as part of Campaign 101. Eighty-three animals have been adopted from the Hornell Area Humane Society and 18 from the SPCA Serving Allegany County in Wellsville, NY. Eighteen of the adoptions were by faculty, staff, or students since August 2011.

“An important piece of civic engagement is identifying a community challenge - and collaboratively coming up with a solution,” notes Jonathan Hilsher, director of ia@alfredstate.edu.

In photo: Melvin Chambliss, associate professor in the Agriculture & Veterinary Technology Department