High School Juniors and Sophomores

Clint Lester, class of '13

Clint LesterClint Lester of Kendall, NY, knows that learning comes alive when knowledge is applied in real-world situations.

“Hypothetical scenarios in textbooks deprive people of the chance to experiment with what they know and to develop the confidence they need,” said Clint. “That’s why I am glad I chose Alfred State. This place is all about real-world learning and preparation.”

“Hypothetical scenarios in textbooks deprive people of the chance to experiment with what they know and to develop the confidence they need,” said Clint. “That’s why I am glad I chose Alfred State. This place is all about real-world learning and preparation.”

Kris Majka, class of '13

Kris Majka believes everyone should ‘follow their passion’. He followed his love of art and now his dream career in digital media is within reach and his vision for the future is in view.

This spring, Kris will graduate from Alfred State with a bachelor’s degree in digital media and animation. After that, he expects to go to graduate school for video editing before making his boldest move yet:  a trek across country to Los Angeles where he plans to start his career in digital media.

“When you follow your passion, it takes you places,” said Kris.

“I immediately felt a sense of belonging at Alfred State and have felt that way every day since,” says Kris.

Academic Department: 

Dayton is Counter Professional of the Year

Thomas DaytonHow many people, who have worked in a job for over a decade, can still say they truly love what they do?  And how many people, who are successful and comfortable in said job, invest extra time, money, and effort to become even better at it?  One such person so dedicated to his career is Counterman magazine’s Counter Professional of the Year, Thomas Dayton, Jamestown, a first-semester student in Alfred State College’s online aut

Alfred State College students, as well as graduates, are ready to hit the ground running. Thomas Dayton, a first-semester student in the online automotive parts technology program, is Counterman magazine’s Counter Professional of the Year.

Academic Department: 
Alumni & Friends: 

Jessica Clayson, class of '07

Jessica Clayson, ’07When it comes to finding jobs, Alfred State is a great place to start.

When Jessica graduated from Alfred State’s CAD program she went right to work as a designer for Praxair, the largest industrial gases company in North and South America. The company serves the aerospace, chemicals, electronics, energy, food and beverage, healthcare, manufacturing, and metals industries.

When Jessica graduated from Alfred State’s CAD program she went right to work as a designer for Praxair, the largest industrial gases company in North and South America. The company serves the aerospace, chemicals, electronics, energy, food and beverage, healthcare, manufacturing, and metals industries.

Alumni & Friends: 

Kell Orlando - Olympic Dreams

Kell Orlando

Kell Orlando (Seneca Falls) is not your ordinary Alfred State College student.  Orlando, a freshman motor sports technology major taking classes on the Wellsville campus, has his sights set on one day representing the USA in the Olympics on the curling ice.

Kell Orlando (Seneca Falls) is not your ordinary Alfred State College student.  Orlando, a freshman motor sports technology major taking classes on the Wellsville campus, has his sights set on one day representing the USA in the Olympics on the curling ice.

Academic Department: 

Garippa Named Educator of the Year

John GarippaJohn Garippa, associate professor, Automotive Trades Department, Alfred State College, was recently named the 2008 Educator of the Year at the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) conference held at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. 

John Garippa, the 2008 Educator of the Year (second from right), was recognized for his achievement at the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) Conference.

Academic Department: 

ASC Takes First Place in National BUV Competition

Five baccalaureate-level mechanical engineering technology seniors at Alfred State, under the guidance of their project advisers, Dr. Edward Tezak, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, and Ray Gleason, instructional support technician, captured first place in the eighth annual national BUV (basic utility vehicle) competition held in Indianapolis. In previous years, the ASC team captured spots in the top 10, including seventh place in 2005, third place in 2006, and fifth place in 2007.

Five baccalaureate-level mechanical engineering technology seniors at Alfred State, under the guidance of their project advisers, Dr. Edward Tezak, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, and Ray Gleason, instructional support technician, captured first place in the eighth annual national BUV (basic utility vehicle) competition held in Indianapolis.

Conroy Parchment, class of '05

Conroy Parchment graduated from Alfred State in 2001 with an AOS degree in Building Trades: Building Construction and in 2005 with a BT degree in Construction Management Technology. Today he is a project manager for Rodgers Builders, one of the largest health care construction companies in the nation.

"Don't be afraid to grow. Look for opportunity where you are."

Alfred State totally changed me. I came from one of the worst areas of Brooklyn; I was the oldest of four children of a single mom, and I was very shy.

I attended Alfred State for my associate's degree in construction. Professors invested heavily in me. They stretched my vision. After my first two years, I went for my bachelor's degree, which took another four years. It was a hard decision, but one of the best I ever made.

I joined the Student Senate. That organization taught me how to speak, work with people, delegate, and become a leader. I eventually became Student Senate president and president of the student activities club.

In the real world, you have to excel at making relationships. You need strong people skills to succeed on the job. The professors at Alfred State will tell you straight, "I think you'll do this excellently." Now that I'm out in the real world, I see how valuable it was for my professors to befriend me and teach me so much of what I'd need on the job.

That's why I'm so willing to give back to Alfred State. My adviser is responsible for helping me get the job that I have right now. We still e-mail each other. No one succeeds in a vacuum. Helping everyone around you succeed actually helps you succeed. If a mom or a teacher or a school helps you get to where you want to go, be sure you go back and give your thanks and your help. Alfred is the reason I am who I am today.

My advice for students today?

Take the time to know what you want out of life and out of your school years. Your college experience should help mold you and launch your career like my Alfred State experience did. Take the time to look deeply at your choices. Spend the night there; spend a weekend. Find out about the organizations and the opportunities to develop your leadership skills. Nothing will hold you back [in your career] more than poor leadership.

I had a lot of challenges growing up. But I knew what I wanted out of life and I kept working to overcome the obstacles. I'm glad I stuck it out and didn't give up. I hope that one day my story will inspire somebody else to be the best they can be.

Conroy Parchment graduated from Alfred State in 2001 with an AOS degree in Building Trades: Building Construction and in 2005 with a BT degree in Construction Management Technology. Today he is a project manager for Rodgers Builders, one of the largest health care construction companies in the nation.

Academic Department: 
Alumni & Friends: 

Doug Acomb '78 & Andy Smilinich '00

Doug Acomb & Andy SmilinichA new era of Alfred State College athletics is on the verge of a beginning with the opening of the college's brand new on-campus athletic complex. The construction of the project was spearheaded by two Pioneer alums, Doug Acomb and Andy Smilinich of Babcock Enterprises Ltd.

A new era of Alfred State College athletics is on the verge of a beginning with the opening of the college's brand new on-campus athletic complex. The construction of the project was spearheaded by two Pioneer alums, Doug Acomb and Andy Smilinich of Babcock Enterprises Ltd.

Academic Department: 

Matt Hewitt, Class of '06

Matt HewittSome athletes seem to have a golden pathway to the pros. Matt Hewitt's football career has had many twists and turns as he pursues his dream of playing professional football.

Some athletes seem to have a golden pathway to the pros. Matt Hewitt's football career has had many twists and turns as he pursues his dream of playing professional football.

Hewitt, a graduate of Englewood (NJ) High School, came to Alfred State College in 2004 as a quarterback. Before even thinking about taking a snap under center the Pioneers coaching staff decided to take advantage of Hewitt's athleticism and moved him to the defensive side of the ball.

Alumni & Friends: 

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - High School Juniors and Sophomores