March 2013

Kickball Tournament to Benefit Hornell Concern for Youth, April 20

Posted Date: Monday, March 4, 2013 - 11:00

Alfred State Michael Colomaio presents a $150 donation from the Knights of Columbus to the student organizers of the kickball tournament, John Albrecht and Curtis Combs. Both students are interning at the Hornell Area Concern for Youth, the organization benefiting from proceeds of this fundraising event. Colomaio is also a member of the Concern for Youth’s board of directors.

Court Reporting Instructor Transcribes Historical Account by Area WWII Veteran

Posted Date: Monday, March 4, 2013 - 11:00

Finished Transcription to be donated to the Library of Congress

A piece of American history was captured at Alfred State last week when court reporting instructor Danielle Green transcribed an oral account of World War II given by area veteran Paul Gerling, 87, of Wayland, NY.

Green transcribed Gerling’s oral account using the state-of-the art tools of court reporting professionals. The account was simultaneously transcribed and videotaped while Gerling was interviewed by his daughter,

WWII veteran Paul Gerling with daughter, Professor Sandra Gerling-Yelle (far right) and court reporting instructor Danielle Green (middle)WWII veteran Paul Gerling of Wayland with daughter, Professor Sandra Gerling-Yelle (far right) and court reporting instructor Danielle Green (middle), both of Alfred State.

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

Posted Date: Monday, March 4, 2013 - 11:00

Alfred State announces the following faculty and staff accomplishments:

Dr. Robert CurryDr. Robert Curry, of Angelica, associate professor and chair, Social and Behavioral Sciences, will be attending the Southern African Historical Society Conference June 27-29 in Gaborone, Botswana, where he will present a paper entitled, "The Strange Death of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia: The Debate over British Recognition of the Muzorewa Regime, 1979." Waddy will also be traveling to Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

New Horizon’s Forum with Dr. Marty Schmidt set for March 14

Posted Date: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 11:00

Dr. Marty Schmidt, Vice President and Director of Environmental Remediation in Cleveland, OH, will be the guest speaker at the Lot No. 8 on the Alfred State campus.

Schmidt’s presentation, “Implementation of Sustainable Remediation Opportunities for ‘Win-Win’ Solutions for all Stakeholders”, focuses on the remediation effort involving the former Sinclair Refinery in Wellsville and how the Atlantic Richfield Company developed a holistic, ‘win-win’ approach that provided a long-term contribution to the environment, the community, local businesses, regulators, and others. His presentation details the techniques, remedies, and the overall methodology that was used to address the situation.

New Horizon’s Forum programs are sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences to enrich the intellectual, social, and cultural life of the college by showcasing the results of recent scholarly, creative, or public service works by faculty, professional staff, students, and invited guests.

Alfred State Earns Federal Recognition for Commitment to Civic Engagement

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 11:00

Alfred State has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, one of the highest honors a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The distinction was announced March 4 at the American Council on Education’s 95th Annual Meeting Leading Change in Washington, DC.

“Congratulations to Alfred State, its faculty and students, for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”

The CNCS has administered the honor to exemplary colleges and universities since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact. CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund, and other programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty, and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

“We believe in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever changing world,” said Alfred State’s Jonathan Hilsher, director of civic engagement. “We’re honored to receive this prestigious award – and owe much of it to the students themselves. They’re the energy driving our commitment and they’re the ones who make it all happen.”

Alfred State’s commitment to civic engagement is deeply embedded in the college’s unique approach to education through project-based learning experiences. By coupling real-world learning situations with a focus on meaningful civic engagement opportunities, Alfred State students are able to make significant contributions to communities around the world and are frequently among the first to lend their skills and knowledge to those in need, including communities devastated by Super Storm Sandy and Haitian communities recovering from the 2010 earthquake. Last year, more than 2,000 Alfred State students contributed over 46,000 hours of service, civic leadership, and workforce-ready knowledge to communities in need.

Area Students Compete at 24th Annual SkillsUSA Conference Held at Alfred State

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 16:00

Approximately 900 students from Region I BOCES (Board of Cooperative Education and Services) districts encompassing Western New York and the Southern Tier, competed in the 24th Annual SkillsUSA Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics March 5 at Alfred State.

The winners of this regional competition will advance to the next level of competition at the On-Center in Syracuse, where all six regions in New York State will meet to attempt to qualify for the national competition in Kansas City in June. A postsecondary SkillsUSA state competition will take place on the Wellsville Campus on Saturday, April 6.

Competition areas ranged from advertising design to welding. Alfred State faculty, staff, and students judged the competitions and competitors from the following schools attended:

Genesee Valley (Batavia); Career and Technical Education Center at Belmont; Lakeshore/ Carrier Educational Center (Angola); CG May Vocational Center (Mt. Morris); Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post); EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport); Ellicottville CTE Center; GST BOCES Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira); Harkness Center (Cheektowaga); Hewes Educational Center (Ashville); Ken-Ton Center (Tonawanda); LoGuidice (Fredonia); Niagara (Sanborn); Olean CTE Center; Orleans (Medina); WD Ormsby Center (East Aurora); Potter Career and Technical Center (West Seneca); Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Newark); WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport); and GST BOCES, Wildwood Campus (Hornell).

An awards ceremony honored the following winners:

Action Skills

  • Jessica Berardicurti, WE-MO-CO, first place
  • Desiree Kennedy, Lake Shore/Carrier, second place
  • Patience Boris, Coopers, third place

Advertising Design

  • Jacob Beadle, EMCC, first place
  • Kaitlin Preston, GST Wildwood, second place
  • Colton Wilhem, Coopers, third place

Animal Careers

  • Dakota Hecht, WD Ormsby, first place
  • Kristina Pollutro, WD Ormsby, second place
  • Amelia Stahowiak, WD Ormsby, third place

Auto Body Helper

  • Austin Cramer, Hewes, first place
  • Nate Stressing, WD Ormsby, second place
  • Zach Randolph, WE-MO-CO, third place

Auto Service

  • Josh Krenzer, GV Batavia, first place
  • Matt Peryea, WE-MO-CO, second place
  • Taylor Turcotte, EMCC, third place

Auto Technology

  • Josh Osberg, Potter, first place
  • Peter Thompson, WD Ormsby, second place
  • Randy Tubbs, Potter, third place

Automated Manufacturing Technology

  • Dan Nugent, Niagara, first place
  • Nick Hawkins, Niagara, first place
  • Alexander Burns, Niagara, first place
  • Ryan Daul, Niagara, second place
  • Robert Schimshack, Niagara, second place
  • Jacob Farmer, Niagara, second place
  • Nicholas Zagmester, Orleans, third place
  • Alex Volchow, Orleans, third place
  • Ben Walker, Orleans, third place

Carpenter's Assistant 

  • Jesse Marsh, GST Bush, first place
  • David Hare, WE-MO-CO, second place
  • Justin McMillion, WE-MO-CO, third place


  • Nick Gibney, WD Ormsby, first place
  • Roman Baranov, Niagara, second place
  • Zachary Wodo, Orleans, third place

Collision Repair

  • Zach Davis, Hewes, first place
  • Nikolay Lukomskiy, WE-MO-CO, second place
  • Dominick LeMoine, LoGuidice, third place

Commercial Baking

  • Ashton Drought, WE-MO-CO, first place
  • Connor Rand, EMCC, second place
  • Renee Leggett, Niagara, third place

Computer Maintenance

  • Davidson Mott, GST Bush, first place
  • Thomas Nichols, Coopers, second place
  • Matthew Willig, Coopers, third place


  • Jason Gerety, Niagara, first place
  • Jacob Webster, Hewes, second place
  • Zachary Parlier, Niagara, third place

Cosmetology Jr.

  • Candace Orton, Orleans, first place
  • Leiah Mesch, WD Ormsby, second place
  • Brianna Alaimo, EMCC, third place

Cosmetology Sr.

  • Veronica Munoz, EMCC, first place
  • Cori Glendenning, WD Ormsby, second place
  • Madilyn Forshee, WE-MO-CO, third place

CPR/First Aid

  • Alyssa Posner, EMCC, first place
  • Alan Coughlin, Niagara, second place
  • Ryan Bobzin, EMCC, third place

Criminal Justice

  • Kiera Smith, Niagara, first place
  • Autumn Stock, GST Wildwood, second place
  • Thomas Abbey, Coopers, third place


  • Kyle Piscitelli, Hewes, first place
  • Harleigh Moon, Hewes, first place
  • Jasman Campbell, Hewes, first place
  • Samantha Carrigan, GST Bush, second place
  • Alexi Williams GST Bush, second place
  • Taylor McIntyre, GST Bush, second place
  • Sarah Lewis, Niagara, third place
  • Angela Guerra, Niagara, third place
  • Miranda Manning, Niagara, third place

Culinary Arts

  • Kimberly Ortiz, Niagara, first place
  • Chelsea Babcock, LoGuidice, second place
  • Blaise Russotti, EMCC, third place

Custom Painting & Graphics

  • Rebecca Bell, Potter, first place
  • Kenten Smith, Ellicottville, second place
  • Sue Kohn, Kenton, third place

Diesel Mechanics

  • Austin Halligan, WD Ormsby, first place
  • Kevin DeMaison, Orleans, second place
  • Garrett Van Lieshout, Orleans, third place

Early Childhood

  • Haley Grace, Ellicottville, first place
  • Kathryn Vartan, EMCC, second place
  • Alissa Connolly, Orleans, third place

Electrical Construction & Wiring

  • Jon Romani, Potter, first place
  • Kaid Green, Wayne, second place
  • Jacob Pudlewski, Harkness, third place

Electronics Technology

  • Seth Heath, Orleans, first place
  • Corey Clow, WE-MO-CO, second place
  • Nick McMullen, GV Batavia, third place

Employment Application

  • Kristin O’Grady, WE-MO-CO, first place

Extemporaneous Speech

  • Rob Williams, WE-MO-CO, first place
  • Victoria Dudkowski, Orleans, second place
  • Michelle Anderson, Potter, third place

Food Prep Assistant

  • Tiffany Clark, Niagara, first place
  • Mahkya Searles, Coopers, second place
  • Jennifer Basch, Wayne, third place

Health Knowledge Bowl

  • Orleans, first place
  • Olean, second place
  • WE-MO-CO, third place

Job Demo A

  • Josh Baptiste, Niagara, first place
  • Rebecca Volmy, Niagara, second place
  • Garrett LaValley, Wayne, third place

Job Demo Open

  • Anna Maria Grapevine, Coopers, first place
  • Katelyn Davies, LoGuidice, second place
  • David Banister, WE-MO-CO, third place

Job Interview

  • Paige Casey, EMCC, first place
  • Brittany Manicki, Orleans, second place
  • Kayla Matthews, EMCC, third place

Nail Tech

  • Angelina Maine, Olean, first place
  • Brooke WEitzel, Model, first place
  • Caly Vargas, WE-MO-CO, second place
  • Monique McFArland, Model, second place
  • Rebekah Miller, GV Batavioa, third place
  • Kristie Norton, Model, third place


  • Zachary DUnton, EMCC, first place
  • Allison Pratt, GST Wildwood, second place
  • Aubrey Loguasto, GST Wildwood, third place

Precision Heavy Equipment

  • Kevin Schwartz, GST Wildwood, first place
  • Craig Lewis, GST Wildwood, second place
  • Chris La Fountain, WE-MO-CO, third place

Prepared Speech

  • Cassidy Rohde, Orleans, first place
  • Sydney Chester, GV Batavia, second place
  • Krystina Brown, WE-MO-CO, third place

Quiz Bowl

  • GST Bush, first place
  • Niagara, second place
  • WE-MO-CO, third place

Related Technical Math

  • Ryan Niedermeier, Potter, first place
  • Wyatt Wolf, Niagara, second place
  • Morgan Valentine, Orleans, third place

Restaurant Services

  • Jared Fish, GST Bush, first place
  • Felicia Gane, Niagara, second place
  • Jennifer Seeman, WE-MO-CO, third place

Small Engines

  • Joshua Booth, GST Wildwood, first place
  • Kasey Wetmore, GST Wildwood, second place
  • Edward Buchanan, Coopers, third place

T-Shirt Design

  • Anyssa Roy, Coopers, first place
  • Veronique Hurlbutt, WE-MO-CO, second place
  • Dan Hogan, Coopers, third place

Technical Drafting

  • Brandon Bryniarski, Ellicottville, first place
  • Taylor Miller, Ellicottville, second place
  • Devin Vancleef, Finger Lakes, third place

TV/Video Production

  • Madeline Bancroft, GST Wildwood, first place
  • Brock Dowdle, GST Wildwood, first place
  • Brandon Wilson, GST Bush, second place
  • Tobias Quinn, GST Bush, second place
  • Andrea Smith, SE-MO-CO, third place
  • Jeff Martin, WE-MO-CO, third place


  • Sean Burke, LoGuidice, first place
  • Michael Robins, Niagara, second place
  • Miriah Guady, GV Batavia, third place

Sport Management Students Compete in Chapel Hill, NC

Posted Date: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 10:00

A team of four Alfred State Dr. Rhema Fuller, assistant professor, sport management, is the faculty advisor for the team. Students on the Alfred State team are, front from left, Michael Durkin of Jeffersonville and Shelby Gadsden of Olean; back row, Josh Simons of Campbell and Steve Snaider of New York City.

College Sport Research Institution team



Area organizations participating in Human Services Awareness Day, April 11

Posted Date: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 10:00

Alfred State is hosting Human Services Awareness Day on Thursday, April 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Allegany Room of Central Dining Hall on the Alfred campus. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Lot No. 8 on the Alfred State campus.

Presented by the college’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, this career fair-style event is open to students, alumni, and people in the community who are interested in learning more about human services-related fields. Twenty area agencies are participating and many are currently hiring or recruiting for interns. Anyone interested in learning more about the human services field and the career opportunities that exist within it are encouraged to attend.

Participating area agencies include: the Accord Corporation, Alfred Montessori, Allegany County ARC, Allegany County on Alcoholism, Allegany County Probation Department, Allegany County Youth Bureau, Allegany Office of the Aging, American Red Cross, Arbor Housing and Development, Cattaraugus Community Action, Fidelis Care, Finger Lakes DDSO, Hornell Area Concern for Youth, Institute for Human Services, Kinship Youth & Family Services, Ontario ARC, Snell Farm Children’s Center, Steuben ARC, St. James Mercy Hospital, and Turning Point.

New Horizons Forum to feature Debra Quinn and ALS

Posted Date: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 11:00

The Alfred State’s New Horizons Forum scheduled for Thursday, April 11, 2013, will feature Debra (McQueen) Quinn who will present on Sporadic & Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS, also called “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a fatal neurodegenerative disease for which there is no known cause or cure. The forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Room 215 of the Engineering Technology Building and is open to the public. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Engineering Technology Building.

Deb began her fight with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) in October 2009. Upon researching her genealogy, she traced the disease through 13 generations of her grandmother’s family to the early 1600s, discovering more than 20 additional family members who suffered from ALS. Deb has brought awareness into her community, working tirelessly with the Hearts for ALS NY organization, speaking at local and national platforms, and most recently speaking before the Food and Drug Administration at a public hearing on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).  She will not settle to keep the door closed and be quiet about this disease. It is hard, but she is the voice for her children, nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom have a 50 percent chance of inheriting ALS.

All veterans are encouraged to attend since they are twice as likely to have ALS.

Deb lives on the outskirts of Wellsville with her husband, Mike. She has two adult children, Kristin, 27, and Dustin, 26. Deb holds an associate’s degree in business management from Alfred State.

The New Horizons Forum, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences, showcases current scholarly, creative, and public service work by faculty, students, professional staff, and invited guests. It is guided by a campus-wide team of advisers whose goal is to enrich the intellectual life of the institution. Follow the Forum.

Project Prom Dress set for April 20

Posted Date: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 11:00

Alfred State will be hosting “Project Prom Dress” on Saturday, April 20 in the Pioneer Lounge, Pioneer Center, on the Alfred State campus from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This event is for high school girls in the area who need a formal dress for prom season. Guests are welcome to come and ‘shop’ for a donated dress and leave with one of their choice at no cost to them.

Project Prom Dress is being coordinated by Alfred State senior Kayla Franchina of Gerry. Franchina, a human services student, hosted a similar event last year in Chautauqua County. The event collected more than 500 gowns, all of which were given to area girls and others throughout Western New York during prom season.

Anyone who would like to donate a gown should email The event is free and open to the public.