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. Stanislav Sajin, Republic of Moldova, who received his business administration degree at the ceremony, was selected as the recipient from the School of Management and Engineering Technology, associate degree level. While at Alfred State College, Sajin captured one of the top five scores in the NYSMAT math contest; received an International Excellence Scholarship, the Robert Woods Freshman Writing Comp Scholarship, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, was on the Dean's List, served as an International Club board member, was a Tor Echo (school newspaper) staff writer, a resident assistant at the MacKenzie South residence hall, and served as a tutor and proctor in the Math and Writing labs.
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