News Hires at Alfred State College

Several new faculty and staff members have joined the Alfred State College community.

Among the new hires are faculty members Betty Bedner, Sean Haggerty, Dr. Laura McDermott, Cynthia Paxhia, and Dr. Philip Schroeder, and staff members Brandy Avery, Mark Cragg, Joseph Kubinski, Patrick Lesswing, Erica Matteson, Stephen Schnorr, Deena Smith, LeAnne St. Gelais, and Myron Wilson.

Bedner, of Coopers Plains, has been hired as an assistant professor of nursing. Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Bedner worked as a visiting assistant professor of nursing at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Bedner holds a master of science degree in nursing from Regis University (Denver) and a BS in nursing from Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester. She is currently enrolled in a PhD program in nursing with the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies.

Bedner is a member of the National League for Nursing.

The Erie, PA, native is married to Ted Bedner; they are the parents of Keely and Logan.

Sean HaggertyHaggerty, of Wellsville, has joined the Automotive Trades faculty as an instructor, teaching brakes, suspension, and steering. Haggerty, a 1998 Alfred State College graduate, spent 11 years working as a mechanic and front tire changer at Stewart-Haas Racing and at Sabco-Ganassi. Additionally, he has worked at an independent garage and dealership. Haggerty is a member of the ASC motorsports advisory board.

The Webutuck High School graduate is the son of John and Corrinne Haggerty, of Amenia; he is married to the former Trish Leitzell of Scio. They are the parents of Gavin, at home.

McDermott has been hired as an assistant professor of nursing. She holds a PhD in rural nursing and MS and BS degrees in nursing, all from Binghamton University.

Paxhia has been hired as an assistant professor of nursing. She holds MS and BS degrees in nursing from Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester.

Dr. Philip SchroederSchroeder, formerly of Lawton, OK, has been hired as an associate professor in the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department. He holds a PhD in agronomy from the University of Georgia, and MS and BS degrees in soil science from Virginia Tech.

Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Schroeder taught at Cameron University, Lawton, OK. He is a member of North American Colleges and Teacher of Agriculture and Soil Science Society of America and American Society of Agronomy.

Brandy AveryAvery, of Hornell, has been hired as a keyboard specialist in Facilities Services where she will support the activities of the directors of facilities services and of capital projects. Prior to joining the ASC staff, Avery served as a prevention educator for the Hornell Area Concern for Youth. Avery holds a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix, a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo, and an associate’s degree from Alfred State College.

The Canisteo Central School graduate is the daughter of Betty and Norman Avery of Hornell. She is married to Joseph King III; they are the parents of Joseph IV and Ava, both at home.

Cragg, of Alfred Station, has been hired as an instructional support assistant in the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, where he will be involved in all aspects of the college farm, including field work, equipment maintenance, and animal care. Prior to joining the college community, Cragg worked on his family’s dairy farm.

Joseph KubinskiThe Avoca Central School graduate is the son of Donald and Kathy Cragg, Cohocton. He is married to Katrina McMichael; they are the parents of Blake McMichael and Kylie McMichael.

Kubinski, of Alfred, has joined the ASC family as a University Police officer. Prior to joining the college’s police department, Kubinski worked as a police officer in Watertown and as a corrections officer for the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He holds an associate in science degree in criminal justice from Jefferson Community College.

The Lowville Central School graduate is the son of Stephen and Margaret Kubinski of Lowville.

Patrick LesswingLesswing, of West Seneca, has been hired as a residence director where he will have oversight of the operations and safety of Shults Hall. Lesswing holds an MS in college student personnel administration from Canisius College and a BA in human development from SUNY Oswego. The West Seneca West Senior High School graduate is the son of Sue and Gary Lesswing, West Seneca.

Matteson, of Whitesville, has been hired as an instructional support assistant in the Physical and Health Sciences Department where she will provide instructional support to faculty and coordinate the student professional practice experience program.

Erica MattesonPrior to joining the ASC community, Matteson worked at the Counseling Center, Wellsville, and at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Matteson holds a BS in health information administration from SUNYIT and an AAS in health information technology/medical records from Alfred State College.

The Northern Potter High School graduate is the daughter of Timothy and Linda Scott, Ulysses, PA. She is married to Bret Matteson; they are the parents of Holden Matteson, 3.

Stephen SchnorrSchnorr, formerly of Marshall, MI, has joined ASC as the executive director of Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services (ACES), the campus dining, vending, and transportation provider. He succeeds Tom Massara who retired.

Schnorr holds a BS in business management from Cambridge State College and an AAS in hotel and restaurant management from Sullivan County Community College.

The Onteora High School graduate is married to the former Rebecca Booth; they are the parents of Madeline, at home.

Deena SmithSmith has been hired as a keyboard specialist in the Residential Life area. She holds an AS in human services from Alfred State College.

St. Gelais, formerly of Liverpool (NY), has been hired as a residence director where she will have oversight of the operations and safety of MacKenzie North.

Prior to joining the ASC community, St. Gelais served as an academic counselor at Syracuse University; she also served as a research and assessment graduate assistant at Syracuse University. Additionally, St. Gelais was an orientation program coordinator at SUNY Oswego.

The Pulaski Junior/Senior High School graduate holds an MS in higher education from Syracuse University and a BA in psychology from SUNY Oswego.

Wilson, of Salamanca, has been hired as a janitor in Facilities Services. The Salamanca High School graduate is the son of Myron Sr. and Carolyn Wilson of Salamanca. He and his wife Julia are the parents of Jesse, Devan, Dakoda, Brooke, and Hayli.