Nearly 900 two- and four-year graduates, their families, professors, and friends were on hand Sunday, May 17, as Alfred State College honored its 98th graduating class. Dr. John M. Anderson, college president, presided over the ceremony. One of the highlights of the ceremony is the presentation of the Paul B. Orvis Award for Excellence, presented to the outstanding two-year graduates in each of the college's schools of study, as well as to a baccalaureate graduate. The award, which honors Paul B. Orvis, a former president of Alfred State and State University of New York dean for two-year colleges, is a glass bowl. Recipients must meet four criteria: service, leadership, character, and scholarship. Faculty, staff, and fellow students appraise the first three. Scholarship is determined by an analysis of the student's academic standing in comparison to other students in the academic area. Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the Award. Brian Ruf, Spencerport, who received his electrical construction and maintenance electrician degree at the ceremony, was selected for the award as the School of Applied Technology recipient. While at Alfred State College, Ruf was a member of SkillsUSA for the 07-08 Year, served as a Peer Tutor for four semesters and as a Note taker for four semesters; maintained a 4.0 GPA for four semesters; is a Member of Sigma Tau Epsilon honor society for 07-08 and 08-09 years; is a member of Braddock Bay Raptor Research 06 - present, was a member of the Academic Integrity Committee; and participated in rebuilding the play ground for Wellsville middle school. He is the son of Eileen Ruf, Spencerport.
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