May 2012

Dorsey Named Region III Athlete of the Week

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 03:51

Track and Field sprinter Briana Dorsey (Rochester/School of the Arts) has been named the Region III co-female athlete of the week after a solid performance at the Region III Championships of the weekend.

Dorsey won both the 100 meters (12.78) and the 200 meters (26.27) and was also part of the 4x100 relay that finished 2nd (51.89).  For her solid effort she was named the track athlete of the meet.

Alfred State will host the 2012 NJCAA Division III Track and Field Championships this week with action beginning on Thursday and running until Saturday afternoon.

Dorsey shares the weekly honor with softball player Krista Oakes from Herkimer CCC.



Alfred State Shines in 2012 Green Grand Prix

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 06:37

Determined to beat their record from last year, 60 students and four faculty/staff members returned to Watkins Glen International Raceway in April for the 2012 Toyota Green Grand Prix. They brought home another win in fuel economy, second place overall for the Saturday road rally around Seneca Lake, and were awarded the Auto Career Development Center Excellence in Innovation Award.

After bringing home a best-in-class distinction last year with the Alfred State 2003 Honda Insight, winning best in fuel economy for its class with 89 mpg, they were ready to try to outperform not only others in the class but their own achievements from 2011. The team also took the College’s plug-in hybrid 2009 Toyota Prius, a 2009 Chevy Malibu converted to run on compressed natural gas (CNG), and a 2012 extended range, electric Chevy Volt at the event.

The only road rally designated for fuel efficient, alternative fuel, and hybrid vehicles in the U.S., the Green Grand Prix holds races for fuel mileage on the Watkins Glen track - a three-hour task where competitors must maintain a set speed of at least 45 mph - and road rallies that take local roads around Seneca Lake. The Alfred State gas-powered Honda Insight reached a stunning 95.1 mpg in fuel economy on the Glen’s track, capturing first in its class for 51-65 mpg vehicles. Comparatively, it had better mileage than some plug-in hybrids, trucks, and biodiesel cars.

The other entries from the Alfred State fleet did not remain idle for the weekend while the Insight was winning: Kent Johnson, associate professor and chair of the Automotive Trades department, took the Chevy Malibu to a second-place finish overall in the Saturday time-speed-distance road rally around the lake; Craig Clark, dean of the School of Applied Technology, ran the same Chevrolet Malibu in Friday’s rally; and William Weaver, an instructor in Automotive Trades department, managed a 78 mpg average with the Prius on the Glen track race. The brand new Chevrolet Volt, acquired as part of a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, was driven by Barb Davis from the dean’s office of the School of Applied Technology, and held its own with an average of 82 mpg on the Glen track.

In addition to these outstanding numbers, the representatives of the College also received the inaugural Auto Career Development Center Excellence in Innovation Award and its $1,000 prize. Those funds will be used by the department in preparation for its upcoming land speed record attempt in August at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Competitors included Corning Community College, St. Clair Community College in Michigan, West Philadelphia High School in Pennsylvania, Rochester Institute of Technology, Elmira College, Clean Communities of Central New York, and the County of Schuyler. The 2012 Toyota Green Grand Prix was sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales USA, Corning Inc., Doris Bovee Memorial Foundation, Sports Car Club of America, Auto Career Development Center, Clean Cities Coalition of Central New York, and the International Motor Racing Research Center.

2012 Green Grand Prix

Alfred State is presented with the Auto Career Development Center Excellence in Innovation Award. Pictured here are (left to right): Craig Van Batenburg, CEO of ACDC; Bob Gillespie, Green Grand Prix representative; and Automotive Trades, at Alfred State.

Alfred State Now a NAFTC Training Center

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 10:19

Alfred State is pleased to announce that it is now an official training facility for the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), and the only facility in New York State. The College joins 45 locations nationwide to have this distinction.

A longtime leader in technical education in the region, Alfred State was able to join the NAFTC in part due to a $149,909 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission that enabled the College to integrate alternative fuels technology into the Learn more about the conference and register.

Clark Serves as Panelist at Workforce Development Institute

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 11:01

Earlier this semester, Learn more about the conference and register.

Lady Pioneers Fall to Corning

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 14:43

The Alfred State offense struggled to get going in a doubleheader vs. Corning CC.  The Red Barons swept the pair of Region III Division III contests 10-1 and 7-0.  The Lady Pioneers were held to just five singles on the day.

In the opener, Alfred's lone hit was a single by Tara Scholla (Genesee Valley) in the 1st inning.  Scholla came around to score on a perfectly executed double steal with Shelby Freligh (Auburn/Union Springs).  CCC took advantage of multiple errors in the first two innings and led 3-1 before putting the game out of reach with four runs in the 5th.

The nightcap featured a pitcher's duel until the 5th inning when Corning took advantage of a couple Pioneer miscues and scored five runs.  They added two more in the 6th to earn the sweep.  Scholla was the lone Pioneer with multiple hits with a 2 for 3 day.  Regan Ball (Hammondsport) and Renee Stanford (Canisteo Greenwood) had singles and Kristen Potter (N. Potter, PA) allowed just three earned runs in seven innings of work on the mound.

The blue & gold close out the season with two road doubleheaders this week.  They first travel to Finger Lakes CC for a 3 p.m. double-dip with the Lakers on Thursday.

Pioneers Swept by Niagara CCC

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 15:33

The Alfred State baseball team couldn't get much going as they fell 12-2 and 6-0 to Niagara CCC in a Region III Division III doubleheader on Tuesday.

In the opener, NCCC scored five in the 1st and never looked back.  The Pioneers scored their lone runs of the contest in the 3rd on a RBI single by Greg Koller (Chesterland, OH) and a RBI walk to Jordan Wheaton (Wayland Cohocton).

In the nightcap, Thunderwolves pitcher Richard Kawalski tossed a perfect game.  He struck out two in retiring all 21 batters he faced.

The Pioneers wrap up the season on Wednesday when they host Jamestown CC at 2 p.m. in a doubleheader.

Alfred State Set for NJCAA Track Nationals

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 09:12

Alfred State is ready to host the 2012 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.  The three-day event begins on Thursday morning and runs until Saturday afternoon when the National Champion is crowned.  In total 22 teams and 335 athletes are slated to compete in the competition held at Pioneer Stadium.

The host Pioneers enter the National Championships with the men ranked #3 in the country and the women ranked #5.  Pole vaulter David Miller (Elmira Southside) is ranked #1 in the country with a 4.55 m seed mark while Alex Hewlett (Wellsville) is ranked #1 in the javelin throw with a seed mark of 49.20 m.

Other top Pioneers include; Travis Nagle (Randolph) is ranked 2nd in the decathlon (5,227 points), Briana Dorsey (Rochester/School of the Arts), is ranked 3rd in the 200 (26.27), Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson) is ranked 3rd in the 400 (59.18), Kayla Franchina (Cassadaga Valley) is ranked 3rd in the heptathlon (2,520 points), Jayvon Larkin (Rochester/Wilson) is ranked 3rd in the triple jump (13.85 m), Brian Edwards (Tri-Valley) is ranked 3rd in the shot put (14.17 m), and Megan Votava (Alfred Almond) is ranked 4th in the pole vault (2.72 m) and 4th in the 100 hurdles (17.05).

The Pioneer relays teams will also be in contention for All-American status.  The women's 4x100 (51.63) and the 4x800 (10:24.39) relay teams are ranked 3rd while the men's 4x100 relay team is ranked 4th (43.48).

Harper (IL) College returns to the competition as the defending national champions on both the men's and women's side. 

In the final poll prior to the championships, Mohawk Valley CC sits on top of the women's poll followed by SUNY Delhi, Suffolk CC, Gloucester (NJ) CC, and Alfred State. Harper, Prince George's (MD) CC, Fashion Institute of Technology, Roxbury, and Herkimer round out the top ten.

Wilkes Signs with WV Wesleyan

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 09:44

Alfred State running back Kevin Wilkes (Frederick, MD/Urbana) became the 5th Pioneer to sign a National Letter of Intent to continue their academic and athletic at a NCAA school.  Wilkes recently signed with Division II West Virginia Wesleyan University.

After just getting three carries as a freshman, Wilkes was an impact player for the Pioneer Region III Championship team this fall.  He carried the ball 52 times for 203 yards on the season.  He found the end zone four times.  He finished his Alfred State career with 209 yards rushing and five scores. 

Mick Caba is very happy to see Wilkes sign with WVWU.  “Kevin has developed into a solid RB in our spread offense during his two seasons with us. He ran the ball well and became a sound blocker and greatly improved his receiving skills. He will definitely going to be an impact player for the WVWU offense”.

"In conversations with the WVWU coaching staff, they are happy to add Kevin to his roster as he brings experience, maturity and confidence that comes with having played for two seasons at Alfred State, including starting at RB on the 2011 Region III Championship team."

Wilkes joins a Bobcat team that was 9-2 last year and has won 11 straight home games over the past two years under coach Jonas Jackson.  WVWU opens up the 2012 season on September 1 when they travel to Millersville (PA) University.



Pioneers Close Out Season

Posted Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 02:57

The 2012 Alfred State baseball team closed out the season on Wednesday with a home doubleheader vs. Jamestown CC.  The Pioneers were held to eight hits and were swept, 10-0 and 11-0, by the Jayhawks.

In the opener, JCC scored multiple runs in four of the five innings.  Kiele Wilson (Bath Haverling) collected a double and finished 1 for 2 for Alfred State.

Brett Rapan (Bolivar Richburg) was 2 for 3 in the nightcap for the Pioneers.  JCC scored four in the 2nd and 3rd to put the game out of reach.  Jordan Wheaton (Wayland Cohocton) and Ryan Hierlwimmer (Livonia) both collected doubles.

The Pioneers wrap up the season with a 6-35 mark and a 5-24 record in Region III Division III play.

NAFSA Publication Includes Alfred State Projects

Posted Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 05:32

Read about our Study Abroad students' projects in this NAFSA: Association of International Educators publication. We can be found on page 48: