New Student Convocation at ASC

Alfred State College faculty and staff welcomed this year's incoming freshman class of 1,400 students during the 15th annual New Student Convocation. This year's speakers were Jim J. Grillo, SUNY distinguished teaching professor, ASC Business Technology Department; and Adam Nash, Barneveld, ASC Student Senate president. In his remarks and unique "plop, plop, fizz, fizz" presentation, Grillo introduced students to his philosophy of motivation: "There are three types of people," he noted. "Those like ‘Mr. Aspirin' sit around and complain when others surpass them; those like ‘Mr. Bromo Seltzer" start off strong, but lose momentum; but those like ‘Mr. Alka Seltzer' give 100 percent and rise to the top. There will be a lot of competition out there; pattern yourself after those people who work steadily and enthusiastically, and you, too, will rise to the top." Nash gave the "newbies" an insider's look at the college years, drawing on his experiences at Alfred State so far. Included in his advice: "Get involved, don't complain about something that you think is wrong, work to do something about it; and, dream big, because even if you accomplish only a part of that dream, you will have accomplished a lot!"

New Student Convocation at ASCPictured here, members of the stage party prepare for the event: l-r: Dr. Steven J. Tyrell, ASC vice president for student affairs; Deborah J. Goodrich, associate vice president for enrollment management; Grillo; Dr. John M. Anderson, ASC president; Nash; and Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, ASC provost and vice president for academic affairs.