October 2012

President Anderson to Serve on Search Committee

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 07:20

Dr. John M. Anderson, president of Alfred State, has been selected to serve as the State University of New York (SUNY) representative on the SUNY Empire State College Presidential Search Committee.

This recently formed committee will recommend candidates to succeed former President Alan R. Davis, who announced his resignation in the spring of this year to take the position of president at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia.

News of the formation of the committee and the selection of its members was announced in September by SUNY Empire State College.

Lady Pioneers Remain #1

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 07:39

The 17-1 Alfred State women's soccer team remained in the top spot of this week's NJCAA Division III poll released today.  The Lady Pioneers have won 17-straight and are playing for the Region III Championship this weekend.

The Lady Pioneers are followed in the poll by Ocean County College, Finger Lakes CC, Mohawk Valley CC, and Brookdale CC.  Gloucester County College, Bunker Hill CC, Holyoke CC, Richland College, and Potomac State round out the top ten.

Alfred takes the field again on Saturday at 3 p.m. when they take on #4 seeded Broome CC in the Region III Division III A Tournament Finals.  The winner will advance to the NJCAA Division III Championships.

Alfred State vs. Southern Virginia Football Preview

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 10:53

Alfred State (3-3) vs. Southern Virginia University (2-6)

Saturday, October 27, 2012 1 p.m. * Pioneer Stadium * Alfred, NY

Last meeting:

First Meeting

Last week:

Alfred State lost 35-21 at Apprentice School

Southern Virginia lost 20-14 vs. Concordia-Selma

Pioneers Offense: 21 ppg, 252.3 yards per game

Pioneers Defense:  19.2 ppg, 274 yards per game

Knights Offense: 16.9 ppg, 248.8 yards per game

Knights Defense: 28.75 ppg, 436.5 yards per game

Players to watch:

Alfred State:

Mikel Demonte Fr. WR, 5-10/170 - Brockport, NY

Thomas Daniels So. DE, 6-1/205 - Bronx, NY

Dileel Bartley Fr. RB, 5-11/195 - Rochester, NY

Collin Frazer Fr. CB/KR, 5-11/180 - Woodbridge, VA

Carl Williams So. LB, 6-2/175 - Rochester, NY

Cody Bradbury Fr. LB, 6-2/210 - Norwich, NY

Southern Virginia:

Jerry Washington So. RB, 5-7/175 - Gloucester, VA

Andy Jones Fr. QB, 6-0/190 - Salt Lake City, UT

Cameron Williams Sr. WR, 6-1/185 - Sacramento, CA

Robert Robbins So. LB, 5-11/215 - Glendale, AZ

Matt Gregory So. DB, 5-10/170 - Staunton, VA

Key matchup: The Pioneers look to snap a two-game losing streak as they open up their season ending three-game homestand with a contest vs. Southern Virginia University.

The Pioneers have turned the ball over ten times in their last two games.  They will have to hang on to the ball this week.  The Pioneers have turned the ball over 19 times on the season (7 fumbles & 12 interceptions).

The Knights defeated Apprentice School 20-14 earlier in the season, Alfred’s opponent from last week.  There only other victory on the year came early in the season 24-14 over NC Wesleyan.

The Knights offense has struggled on 3rd downs converting just 38 of 113 chances while the team is 6 for 17 on 4th downs.  The team has thrown 15 interceptions on the year and lost six fumbles.

The Pioneers special teams forced a safety on a blocked punt last week and set up another TD with a long kickoff return.  The special teams also had a return for a touchdown that was called back by a penalty.

The Pioneer rushing offense never got started last week vs. Apprentice.  The team did find a new target in the passing game with Mikel Demonte catching seven passes for over 100 yards and a score.

Game notes:

  • Southern Virginia University is a NCAA DIII institution and the two teams will meet again in 2013 as Alfred State plays their first year of NCAA football. 
  • The WCKR radio feed for the game is available at: http://www.teamline.cc/sportpage?teamcode=1480&eventcode=20
  • Pioneers take on the Onondaga Ogres Football Club next Saturday at 1 p.m.

Teaming Up to Celebrate Service and Allegany County

Posted Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 07:06

Alfred State students will be among more than 400 student volunteers from Houghton College, Alfred University, and area high schools who will be participating in “Celebrate Service, Celebrate Allegany” on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Volunteers will be working on projects ranging from clean-up of streets and parks to painting and cleaning for non-profit organizations and assisting senior citizens or disabled individuals with general yard care and maintenance needs. 

“The day represents a great opportunity for students to come together to address challenges, build relationships, and learn more about the greater Allegany County community,” said Jonathan Hilsher, director of Civic Engagement at Alfred State. “The purpose of this event is threefold: to serve the community, to celebrate Allegany County, and to encourage students with meaningful, high-impact service projects that will inspire them to take an active role in the community in the future.”

The event is part of the County’s participation in Make a Difference Day, the largest national community service day in America and is being supported by Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, Swain, and the Alfred Sports Center. The event was coordinated by Leadership Allegany, a program where adult professionals who live, work and have vested interest in Allegany County grow their leadership abilities, create connections and impact their communities.

Program to Showcase Nationally-Recognized Study Abroad Program in Sorrento, Italy, Nov. 1

Posted Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 07:53

A program about Alfred State’s nationally-recognized study abroad program in Sorrento, Italy, will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the School of Engineering Technology (SET), Room 215 on the Alfred campus. A light reception will be offered prior to the event at 6 p.m.

Architecture Professor Jeff Johnston and business Professor Dianne Tuzzolino, along with semester abroad students, will present the program “Torna A Sorrento: Semesters Abroad at Sant’Anna Institute” which examines the academic work that takes place at Sorrento’s Sant'Anna Institute whose programs were recently ranked # 1 according to USA Today.

The presentation focuses on sustainability and culture and the challenge of working with professional contemporary demands in the context of Italy’s rich cultural past. Architecture students, for example, studied the potential for an economically and architecturally sustainable rehabilitation and expansion of the port of Sorrento while business students developed proposals from the perspective of business sustainability—social responsibility, environmental accountability, and economic vitality. Students ultimately made their recommendations to Sorrento’s Mayor Guisseppe Cuomo.

The program is part of The New Horizons Forum, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences, which showcases current scholarly, creative, and public service work by faculty, students, professional staff, and invited guests.

Learn more about this opportunity - watch the video below:

Alfred State Named to NASPA’s List of Leaders in Civic Learning

Posted Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 08:08

Alfred State has been listed among prestigious colleges and universities known for a commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement by NASPA, the leading organization for student affairs administrators in higher education.

With the distinction, Alfred State is listed on NASPA’s network of the top 50 public and private, two- and four-year colleges and universities. Selected institutions have civic engagement embedded in their strategic plans, regularly measure progress with these initiatives, and work in collaboration with their larger communities to solve problems through collective action.

The recognition is part of NASPA’s lead initiative to make civic learning and democratic engagement part of every student’s college education.

Knights Trip Up Pioneers

Posted Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 12:55


Southern Virginia University took advantage of three Alfred State turnovers and ten penalties in a 21-6 victory on Saturday afternoon.  The Knights improve to 3-6 on the year while the Pioneers fall to 3-4.

Neither team could get on the board in the 1st half until the final minutes when SVU put together a seven-play 74-yard drive.  Cameron Williams caught a 4-yard pass from Andy Jones to cap the drive in which Alfred was called for two personal fouls.

On their 2nd drive of the second half, SVU put together a 13-play march down the field and scored on a Jones 3-yard pass to Michael Kilstrom on a 4th and goal play in which Jones broke out of a would be sack.

After an interception by Cameron Williams, the Knight put the game out of reach with a 11-yard scoring run by Ethan Condiff with 2:22 remaining.

Shawn Charles (Rochester/Greece Olympia) breathed a little hope into the Pioneers when he returned the ensuing kickoff 83-yards to make it 21-6. 

The Pioneers recovered the onside kick but turned the ball over on the very next play to seal the SVU victory.

Joey Frendo (Fremont, MI) was 15 for 28 for 142 yards.  Chris Cohen (Dingmans, PA) caught three passes for 41 yards, Erik Simmons (Elmira Free) had three receptions for 39 yards, and Dileel Bartley (Rochester/Edison) had three catches for 33 yards.  The offense was held to 193 yards on the day.

Michael Gibson (Capital Heights, MD) led the defense with nine tackles while Keegan Phelan (East Aurora) and David Howell (Rochester/Greece Athena) each had eight.  Collin Frazer (Woodbridge, VA) added seven tackles and an interception and Alonzo Joyner (Queens/Info Tech) finished with seven tackles.

The Knights were led by Frank Taitano's 54 yards rushing and Jamal Coates' 40 yards on the ground. Matt Gregory and Robert Robbins each had eight tackles while Dylan Hall had six tackles and two sacks.

Alfred turned the ball over three times (two interceptions and a fumble) and were called for 10 penalties that resulted in 69 yards.  The Pioneers were just 4 of 15 on 3rd downs and were forced to punt nine times in the game.

The Pioneers will look to end a three-game losing streak next Saturday when they host the Onondaga Ogres FC at 1 p.m.


Lady Pioneers Win Region III Cross Country Title, Men 3rd

Posted Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 13:16

The Alfred State and Mohawk Valley CC women's cross country ran to a share of the Region III Championships.  Both teams scored a 45 and will share the Region III title in a highly competitive race.  In the men's competition the Pioneers finished 3rd out of the nine teams competing.

The top three teams in the women's competition were separated by a mere four points.  Alfred and MVCC both scored 45's while SUNY Delhi was right behind in 3rd with 49 points.

The Lady Pioneers were led by Kim Lupo (Auburn) who finished 6th overall in 22:31.1.  Claire Holleran (Penfield) was 7th in 22:34.7, Katy Monahan (Warsaw) was 10th in 23:11.9, and Megan Dillon (Lake Shore) was 11th (23:20.7).  Anna Burkett (Frewsburg) was 19th overall in 24:35.7.

The Lady Pioneers have now won back-to-back titles and have six titles in program history.

In the men's race, the Pioneers scored an 86 and finished behind Delhi's 48 and Mohawk Valley CC's 70.

Jedadiah Platt (Barker) led the blue & gold on the 5-mile course with a 5th place finish.  He crossed the finish line in 30:57.4.  Jordan Rusek (Williamsville East) was 10th (31:29.9), Zachary Hale (Greed Athena) was 24th (33:09.3), and Casey Hopkins (Hamburg) was 25th (33:11.3).  Eric Ransley (Midlakes) was the 5th man in with a 31st place finish (34:07.0).

Both the men and women will now shift their focus to the NJCAA Division III National Championships which will take place November 10th at SUNY Delhi.

Dream Season Comes to an End

Posted Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 13:51

The Alfred State women's soccer team's 2012 dream season ended as Broome CC used two 1st half goals to defeat the Lady Pioneers 2-1 in the Region III Division III A bracket finals.  The Lady Pioneers finish their season with a 17-2 mark while Broome advances to the NJCAA DIII National Tournament.

The Hornets scored two 1st half goals but the Lady Pioneers pushed the offense in the 2nd half.  They got on the board early in the 2nd half when Kali Muhleisen (Alfred Almond) scored her 31st goal of the season after getting a pass from Taylor Waite (Genesee Valley).

Alfred kept the pressure on the rest of the half but could not find the back of the net for the equalizer.

The loss snaps the Lady Pioneers 17-game winning streak that propelled the team to the #1 ranking in the NJCAA poll and the #1 seed in the Region III Division III Tournament.  Alfred had allowed just four goals during the winning streak (scored 69) and finished the year allowing just nine goals all season.

This is the second time under head coach Anne Holmok's tenure that the Lady Pioneers have advanced to the Regional Final (Broome has been the opponent both times 2008 & 2012).   

Muhleisen and Maura Tuffey (Albany/Holy Names) were named to the All-Tournament team.  Emily Icenogle was named the tournament MVP and was joined by teammates Ariel Roys, Danielle Tyrrell, and Amber Villecco on the all-tournament team.

The Hornets have now won 11-straight games and are now 15-3 on the year heading into Nationals.

Volleyball Season Closes at Regionals

Posted Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 16:42

The Alfred State volleyball season came to an end at the Region III Division III Tournament this weekend. The Lady Pioneers were 1-2 in pool play and failed to advance to the tournament semifinals.

The blue & gold opened the day falling to #5 seeded Jefferson CC 20-25, 19-25, 23-25.  They then defeated #9 Corning CC 25-16, 25-20, 25-8 to stay alive for the semifinals.  Needing to sweep #1 Niagara CCC, Alfred State won the opening match 25-20 but fell 12-25 and 16-25 to end the season.

Lera Braun (Waterloo) was named All-Tournament team following a day in which she registered 70 assists, 29 digs, seven kills, two aces, and two blocks.  Kay Pfleghardt (Tioga) had 33 kills, 26 digs, and five aces while Mallory Eberhardt (Lyons) had 18 kills, 26 digs, and 10 aces.  Rebecca Hanrahan (Greene) finished the day with 17 kills, nine digs, three aces, and two blocks and Jessica Ramsey (Tioga) recorded 40 digs.

The Lady Pioneers were making their 9th straight trip to the Region III Tournament and finish the year with a 27-15 overall record.  Alfred has won 20 or more games for the 7th straight year.