Alfred State recently celebrated two historic ribbon-cutting events during its annual Homecoming Weekend. Both ceremonies marked the completion of sizeable construction projects that are among the largest the college has seen since the 1960s.
The first ribbon-cutting celebration marked the opening of the new Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) at the College Farm. This facility is unlike any other of its kind and makes Alfred State one of only four colleges in the nation to provide organic and traditional instruction.
A separate event on the Alfred campus marked the completion of the newly renovated Physical and Health Sciences Building (PHS), previously Allied Health. This facility features state-of-the-art classrooms and science laboratories, one of which was dedicated to Alfred State alum Thomas M. Blackwell (Class of 1985). Blackwell was on hand for the event. The New Jersey resident works in New York City as Laboratory Director of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Both ceremonies were attended by leaders and local dignitaries including Alfred State President John M. Anderson, Dean Terry Tucker of the School of Arts and Sciences, State University of New York Trustee Eunice A. Lewin, NYS Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), Congressman Tom Reed (R-29th District), and College Council Chair Patricia K. Fogarty. Retired professors Arthur Gaisser (biology) and Wallace “Pete” MacDonald (agriculture) were also on hand to share their special insights of the changes and direction that is underway for Alfred State going forward.
The celebration for the PHS building takes place with (from left) Professor Arthur Gaisser (retired), College Council Chair Pat Fogarty, Congressman Tom Reed, President John Anderson, NYS Senator Catharine Young, and Dean Terry Tucker.
Congressman Reed presents President Anderson with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for the completion of both building projects.
Professor Mark Amman with alum Thomas Blackwell (Class of 1985) and President Anderson at the dedication of the Thomas M. Blackwell Lab.
From left, Tucker, Reed, SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin, Anderson, Young, Fogarty, and Professor Wallace “Pete” MacDonald (retired) celebrate the ribbon-cutting at the COSA facility on the Alfred State farm.
SUNY Trustee Lewin speaks at the COSA ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Soccer player Kali Muhleisen (Alfred Almond) and Jordan Rusek (Williamsville East) were named the Alfred State athletes of the week.
Muhleisen continued her scoring assault with six more goals in the Lady Pioneers three victories this past week. She scored both goals in Alfred's 2-1 win over #2 Finger Lakes CC, she netted one goal in a 3-0 win at Bryant & Stratton, and capped the week with three goals and an assist in a 8-0 homecoming win over Roberts Wesleyan JV.
On the year, Muhleisen has 27 goals and seven assists. Her 27 goals is currently 2nd in NJCAA DIII and her 61 points is tied for 3rd.
Muhleisen was also named the Region III co-female athlete of the week. She is the 3rd Pioneer to be honored this year.
Rusek was the top male finisher for the cross country team at the DeSales Invitational. He ran the 8k course in 28:07.52 to earn 24th place. He was the 3rd NJCAA finisher in the race that featured 225 participants representing 23 colleges.
The Lady Pioneer soccer team returns to action on Wednesday when they host Penn College at Pioneer Stadium at 7 p.m. while the cross country team has this week off before heading to the Region III Championships on October 27th at Mohawk Valley CC.
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has listed Alfred State as a leader among top colleges and universities to have highly innovative sustainability initiatives underway on campus.
Alfred State captured AASHE’s attention with its case study on the Building Trades students, the Zero Energy Home was built to National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) green building standards which include green building techniques for construction, energy efficiency, and renewable energy systems (geothermal, solar thermal, photovoltaic and small wind). The student laboratory project to construct the green home was funded primarily by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
Additionally, the home features a high-end monitoring and automation system that includes temperature sensors to the full depth of the geothermal wells, insolation monitoring adjacent to solar thermal and photovoltaic systems, and other monitoring and automation systems. These systems were funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Today, the home operates as an open laboratory for the public and students.
“The college would not have been able to have students construct this Zero Energy Home without the ARC and NYSERDA funds. These partners continue to allow the college to be a leader in renewable energy and green construction methods that are changing construction through the graduates of the college” noted Craig Clark, dean of Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology.
As Paul Rowland, executive director of AASHE commented, “Sustainability in higher education is gaining momentum…colleges and universities are making a difference in advancing sustainability and are showing that higher education can lead the sustainability transformation.”
AASHE, headquartered in Denver, is a leading sustainability resource for administrators, faculty, staff, and students involved in sustainability. Among its many offerings, AASHE provides invaluable resources, professional development and sustainability metrics.
The Alfred State cross country teams remained steady in this week's NJCAA Division III poll. The women's team remained in the #3 position while the men are ranked #5.
Both the men and the women finished 11th at the DeSales Invitational this past weekend. Jordan Rusek (Williamsville East) was the top male finisher on the 8k course. Rusek finished 24th in 28:07.6. Jed Platt (Barker) was 25th (28:14.0). On the women's side Kim Lupo (Auburn) was the top female finisher. She finished the 6k course in 46th (27:01.8). Claire Holleran (Penfield) was 59th (27:23.9).
Gloucester (NJ) CC took over the top spot in the women's poll followed by Mohawk Valley CC, Alfred, Delhi, Ocean CC, Suffolk CC, Howard (MD) CC, Joliet (IL) College, Herkimer CCC, and Fashion Institute of Technology.
Harper (IL) College heads the men's poll followed by Gloucester, Delhi, Mohawk Valley, Alfred, Howard, Ocean, Suffolk, Lorain (OH) CC, and Queensborough CC.
The cross country team has this week off before heading to the Region III Championships on October 27th at Mohawk Valley CC.
Erie CC rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Alfred State 3-2 (20-25, 25-15, 25-12, 15-25, 9-15) in the Lady Pioneers annual Dig Pink game. The Kats improve to 19-8 on the year while the Pioneers are now 23-12.
Lera Braun (Waterloo) led the Lady Pioneers with 30 assists, 16 digs, and seven kills. Kay Pfleghardt (Tioga) finished with 12 kills and 11 digs, Mallory Eberhardt (Lyons) had nine digs and eight kills, and Jessica Ramsey (Tioga) chipped in 13 digs.
After struggling in the first game the Pioneers dominated game two and three but the Kats seized momentum in game four and never looked back. Alfred State was plagued by 18 service errors in the contest.
The blue & gold traded their traditional uniforms and wore special pink jerseys. Fundraisers were held throughout the night with all funds raised going to the Side-Out Foundation. Alfred along with volleyball teams across the country have teammed up this October to raise funds for Side-Out who in turns issues grants to provide organizations whose mission is to fight breast cancer.
Alfred State returns to court on Wednesday night when they play their final regular season game vs. Elmira College JV. Action is slated to begin at 6 p.m. at the Orvis Activities Center.
After weeks of sitting in the top five, the Alfred State women's soccer team has vaulted to the #1 spot in this week's NJCAA Division III poll. The Lady Pioneers jumped up four spots from last week's poll to earn the program's first ever top ranking.
The blue & gold are 15-1 on the season and are riding a 15 game winning streak into their regular season finale vs. Penn College this evening. In Region III Division III games the Lady Pioneers are 12-0 on the year and they have a 7-0 mark in WNYAC contests. On the year, the Lady Pioneers have outscored opponents 64 to 7 on the year.
Alfred heads the poll followed by Ocean County College, Finger Lakes CC, Mohawk Valley CC, and Brookdale CC. Ocean had held the #1 spot since the second week of the poll. Gloucester CC, Bunker Hill CC, Holyoke, Mountain View College, and Brookhaven College round out the top ten.
Kali Muhleisen (Alfred Almond) leads the Lady Pioneers offense with 27 goals and seven assists. High school teammate Hannah Holmok is 2nd on the team with 26 points (10 goals and six assists). Krista DeCarlo (West Islip) has been in net for 15 games and has a 0.48 goals against average. Maura Tuffey (Albany/Holy Names), Kelsey Murray (Greece Olympia), and Kelly Stieve (Brockport) have been a solid back line in front of DeCarlo.
After Wednesday non-NJCAA match-up with Penn College the Lady Pioneers will await the seeding for the Region III Division III Tournament. Alfred should be the #1 seed and will receive a bye in the 1st round but would host the winner of the #8/#9 matchup in a Regional Semifinal on Tuesday October 23rd.
Alfred State women's soccer player Kali Muhleisen (Alfred Almond) picked up her third honor of the week. Today she was named the NJCAA DIII soccer player of the week.
Muhleisen netted six goals and passed out one assist in the Lady Pioneers three victories last week. She had both goals in the team's 2-1 victory over Finger Lakes CC, ranked #2 in the country, at the time, she scored a goal in the Lady Pioneers 3-0 win at Bryant & Stratton, and netted three goals and passed out an assist in a 8-0 win over Roberts Wesleyan JV.
On the season, Muhleisen leads the team and is tied for 2nd in the NJCAA DIII with 27 goals.
Earlier in the week, Muhleisen was named the Region III athlete of the week and the Alfred State athlete of the week.
Muhleisen and the #1 ranked Lady Pioneers take the field again tonight when they take on Penn College at 7 p.m.
The Alfred State volleyball team closed out the regular season with a 25-18, 25-14, 25-7 victory over Elmira College JV on Wednesday. The Lady Pioneers improve to 24-12 on the year.
Mercedes Bossard (Hornell) led the Lady Pioneers with 28 assists and four digs while Mallory Eberhardt (Lyons) finished with six kills, five aces, and four digs. Sarah Linn chipped in six kills and four aces and Jackie Lieb (Hornell) had five kills.
The blue & gold now shirt their focus to the WNYAC Tournament that will be held at Genesee CC in Batavia. Alfred is the #6 seed and will play #7 Mercyhurst North East in a 1st round contest at 9:30 a.m. The winner of that match-up will take on #3 Genesee CC in the quarterfinals at 11:30 a.m. The semifinals of the tournament are slated for 3 p.m. and the finals at 5 p.m.
Playing for the first time since earning the #1 ranking in the NJCAA DIII poll, the Alfred State women's soccer team scored three goals in a span of 1:14 en route to a 4-0 victory over Penn College of Technology. With the win the Lady Pioneers are 16-1 on the year.
Hannah Holmok (Alfred Almond) rattled a shot of the cross bar and the goalies back to get the blue & gold on the board 12 minutes into the game. Taylor Dezio (Marion) and Kali Muhleisen (Alfred Almond) picked up assists. 24 seconds later Muhleisen scored after getting a pass from Keri Teufel (Sachem). Just 50 seconds later Muhleisen found the back of the net again after getting another pass from Teufel.
In the second half, Muhleisen completed her hat trick and scored her 30th goal of the season after getting a pass from Dezio with just over 40 minutes left in the contest.
The Lady Pioneers held a 31 to 6 shot advantage in the game. Krista DeCarlo (West Islip) played the first 79 minutes while Kayla Scharet (Warsaw) played the final 11 to combine for the shutout. The pair made three saves on the day.
The blue & gold will next play in the Region III Division III A Tournament semifinals on Tuesday vs. the winner of #8 Onondaga CC and #9 Clinton CC. OCC and CCC will play on Saturday afternoon in a 1st round contest. The top seeded Lady Pioneers will host the contest at Pioneer Stadium at a time to be determined later.
Region III Division III Tournament Seedings
|1. Alfred State|
|2. Finger Lakes CC|
|3. Mohawk Valley CC|
|4. Broome CC|
|5. SUNY Delhi|
|6. Jefferson CC|
|7. Herkimer CCC|
|8. Onondaga CC|
|9. Clinton CC|
|10. Jamestown CC|
|11. Erie CC|
|12. Tompkins Cortland CC|
Alfred State is presenting “The Wiz”, Nov. 8-10 at 7 p.m., with a 3 p.m. matinee on Saturday, at the Cappadonia Auditorium on the Alfred State campus. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $2 for students.
“The Wiz” is Frank Baum's classic story of the Wizard of Oz, mixed in some "super soul," some 70s slang. Performances feature an all-Alfred State cast under the direction of Janna Buckwalter, Drama Club adviser.