The 15th annual Convocation for New Students at Alfred State College is slated for Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, at 10 a.m. in the Orvis gymnasium celebrating the start of the new academic year.
Following the national anthem performed by the ASC Men's Faculty Quartet (John Buckwalter, William Laubert, Robert Rees, and Dr. Earl Packard), Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Deborah Goodrich will welcome the entering freshmen; Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Ronald R. Rosati will introduce the college's academic faculty by school.
Dr. John M. Anderson, college president, will introduce this year's convocation speakers, Adam Nash, president of the ASC Student Senate, and keynote speaker, Jim J. Grillo, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and chair, Faculty Senate.
Nash was born and raised in Barneveld, graduating from Holland Patent High School in 2005. Since then Adam has been attending Alfred State College in the surveying engineering technology program. Adam was also a member of the swim team and the club hockey team. He has held the positions of president of the Surveying Club, president of Braddon Hall Council, Student Senate Student Activities chair, and APB honorary board member. This year Adam holds the positions of Student Senate president and co-captain of the club hockey team.
Grillo has been a member of the Alfred State College family for 35 years, serving in a variety of capacities throughout those years. He holds two degrees from Alfred University: a bachelor of science in business administration and a master of science in counseling and guidance. Additionally, he has completed an additional 24 graduate credit hours in educational administration through the University at Albany.
Jim began service at Alfred State College as a residence hall coordinator in 1972. The following year, he moved into a full-time position in the Office of Admissions. Between 1978 and 1989, while the dean for Admissions, Records, and Financial Aid, Jim taught courses in the Business Technology Department as an adjunct instructor. He was hired as an associate professor in 1989, and promoted to full professor in 1992. He was recognized by SUNY in 1980 with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service, and by alumni in both 1992 and 1993 as the Business Teacher of the Year. Grillo has also held several positions in the administrative ranks at the college.