The Alfred State athletic department has named Jason Cronin the new full-time baseball coach. Cronin has nearly fifteen years of coaching experience including serving as the college's interim coach during the Spring 2012 season.
Prior to serving as Alfred State's interim coach this spring, Cronin most recently was the head baseball coach at Peru State College (NE). At Peru State, he led the team to 30 victories in 2009, coached the first player in PSC baseball history to get drafted, and led teams to the conference tournament in four of his five years at the helm.
Prior to coaching at Peru State, Cronin spent time as the pitching coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Young Harris College. He started his coaching career at Broome CC in 1996 and served as the BCC head coach between 1998-2000. During that time he led the Hornets to their first regional final appearance in 12 years and a school record for wins (28).
Cronin has also been active in collegiate baseball summer leagues. He was the general manager and head coach of the Binghamton Knights of the CAN-AM League and was the head coach of the Plattsburgh Thunder of the NYCBL.
Cronin has a master’s of science in exercise and sport science from Ithaca College and a bachelor’s of science in physical education from Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Cronin's duties on top of overseeing all aspects of the baseball program include teaching in the physical education department and assisting with the organization and execution of the Summer Sports Festival.
Alfred State baseball coach Jason Cronin is working on plans to bring baseball alumni back to campus during the 2012 homecoming weekend. The current Pioneers will take on a team of alumni on October 13th at approximately 4 p.m. The game will start at the conclusion of the homecoming football game which begins at 1 p.m.
For more information or to register for the alumni game please contact Coach Cronin at (607) 587-4369 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a full list of Homecoming/Family Weekend events visit: http://www.alfredstate.edu/events/homecomingfamily-weekend-2012
Alumni Letter from Coach Cronin
Students from New York high school and college technical education programs won the nation’s highest awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Industry leaders representing over 1,100 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for their demonstrated excellence in 94 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. All contests are designed, run and judged by industry using industry standards.
Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA Championships is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.
In addition, high scorers in the contests received Skill Point Certificates. The Skill Point Certificate was awarded in 86 occupational and leadership areas to students who achieved a high score defined by industry. The SkillsUSA Championships have been a premier event since 1967. The Skill Point Certificates were introduced in 2009 as a component of the SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System.
The following students received both medallions and Skill Point Certificates:
The following students are Skill Point Certificate recipients:
"Over 5,900 students from every state in the nation came to compete in the SkillsUSA Championships this week," said SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence. This is the SkillsUSA partnership at its best. Students, instructors and industries are working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce and every student excels. These students prove that career and technical education expands opportunities."
According to the U.S. Department of Education, students who take three or more career and technical education (CTE) programs in high school are more likely to attend college and stay there to graduate. In fact, 79% of CTE concentrators enrolled in postsecondary education within two years of high school graduation. And, students in CTE programs have a higher-than-average high school graduation rate. The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90% compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 74.9%.
Industry support of the SkillsUSA Championships is valued at over $35 million in donated time, equipment, cash and material. All contests are run and judged by industry experts using industry standards for employment. Contests assess hands-on, employability and academic skills. Over 1,700 industry judges and technical committee members participated this year.
The SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System was developed as an extension of the SkillsUSA mission and supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The System recognizes students for excellence in occupational training; it assesses and documents the entry-level technical proficiency and cumulative experiences of candidates. For more information about the SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System, visit www.workforcereadysystem.com.
SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. The nationwide career and technical education (CTE) student organization serves more than 320,000 high school, college and postsecondary students and their instructors in technical, skilled, and service occupation instructional programs. CTE is learning that works for America. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 1,100 corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the national level. Over 10.5 million people have been annual members of SkillsUSA since its founding as The Vocational Industrial Clubs of America in 1965. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.
Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of an article appearing in the most recent issue of THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION, a quarterly literary journal. Titled "Philip Wylie: The Crusader of Science Fiction," the article discusses how author Philip Gordon Wylie (1902-1971) incorporated important social issues into his novels of speculative fiction.
Wylie's first major crusade was to inform his readers about problems of mental health and the value of psychotherapy. He believed in the efficacy of psychoanalysis and underwent two long periods of analysis, both Freudian and Jungian, during his life. His books made it more socially acceptable to admit the presence of a mental disorder and to seek assistance from a psychologist or a psychiatrist.
His second crusade was to share his perceptions about the perils of a global atomic war. Wylie, the holder of a top-secret clearance, served as an advisor to the Senate Special Committee on Atomic Energy and as consultant to the Federal Civil Defense Administration. He wrote frequently about the horrific consequences of an atomic war and cautioned that no nation can really be victorious in such a conflict.
His third, and final, crusade was an attempt to inform his audience about the rapid destruction of our natural environment. Wylie feared that the combination of corporate greed and public indifference could cause environmental catastrophes and take the human species to the brink of extinction. He even predicted that extensive pollution of the air, the water supply, and the soil would result in genetic mutations of plants, animals, and microorganisms. Wylie was a pioneer in the ecological movement of the 1960s.
The author concludes that Philip Wylie was a gifted writer who incorporated serious messages into his novels of science fiction. Wylie's prophecies, his insights, and his wisdom are still worthy of our consideration in the twenty-first century.
Dr. Kellogg joined the Alfred State faculty in 1970 after completing graduate studies at Alfred University and the University of Rochester. He plays the role of Philip Wylie at the annual open house held at Wylie's former residence in Rushford, NY, over the Labor Day weekend. His articles and essays have appeared frequently in a variety of popular magazines and professional journals.