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Commencement To Be Held Sunday, May 16

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Nearly 900 two- and four-year graduates, their families, professors, and friends will be on hand Sunday, May 16 at noon, as Alfred State College honors its 99th graduating class. Commencement exercises are scheduled to be held at McLane Center on neighboring Alfred University campus. Graduates will need to use the tickets in their graduation packets for their families’ admission.

Presiding over the ceremony will be Dr. John M. Anderson, college president.

Keynote speaker for the ceremony will be Alfred State College alumnus William H. Goodrich,’84, president and CEO of LeChase Construction, Rochester. Goodrich, an integral member of the LeChase organization since 1985, was named president in 2002 and CEO in 2007.

In his present role, Goodrich is responsible for setting and defining the vision and culture of the organization, managing day-to-day operations, promoting a safe work environment, fostering business opportunities, and maintaining the core ideologies and philosophies of the organization. Goodrich has also been instrumental in the ongoing geographic expansion of the organization.

Prior to joining LeChase, Goodrich was a project manager of Construction Advisors East, Inc. He was also an assistant project manager for John P. Bell & Son, Inc., early in his construction career.

Goodrich is an active board member of several organizations, including Nazareth Academy School, Junior Achievement, Boy Scouts of American, General Building Contractors, and Rochester Downtown Development Corp. In addition, he is a member of the ASCE and American General Contractors.

Goodrich’s education includes business studies at SUNY (State University of New York) at Buffalo, a BS in business from Roberts Wesleyan College, and an AAS in construction engineering technology from ASC.

The 2010 student speaker will be Elizabeth Brutsch who will receive a bachelor’s degree in architectural technology as well as an associate’s degree in interior design at the ceremony.

During her time at ASC, Brutsch has been involved in the Architecture Club where, for the past two years, she has served as president. Additionally, Brutsch has served as president of the Alfred State College American Institute of Architecture Students. She is a student leader and lector at St. Jude’s Chapel and Student Center on campus; member of the Alfred State College Equestrian Club, where she has served as treasurer; member of WINS (Women in Nontraditional Studies) Club; editor-in-chief of the ASC yearbook, The Statonian; and a member of the Hornell Sportrifle Competition Team.

Brutsch was also named a 2010 SUNY Chancellor Award winner for Student Excellence; she is also the winner of Alfred State College’s highest student honor, the Paul B. Orvis Award for Excellence, School of Management and Engineering Technology, baccalaureate level.

Brutsch, a familiar name on ASC’s Dean’s List, also received an honorable mention for Interior Design Excellence from the College.

Brutsch, a 2006 graduate of New Lebanon Junior-Senior High School, is the daughter of Michael and Dawn Brutsch, East Chatham.

Giving the welcome from students will be AJ LaMere, Rochester, chair, ASC Student Senate. In addition to his responsibilities as Student Senate president, LaMere also serves as a resident assistant in Peet Hall, is a member of the Alfred Community Coalition, and the Beautification Initiative, and is an honorary member of Business Professionals of America. He is the son of Mechell and Alfred LaMere, Rochester.