Alfred State College celebrated the achievements of hundreds of students recently during the 34th annual Honors Convocation, with Dr. Kristin Poppo, provost, presiding over the event, and SUNY Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Physics Lawrence E. Burns serving as grand marshal.
During the scholarship award presentation at Alfred State, the students were presented with Forty & Eight emblem training pins.
According to Eric Wilmot, chair of the Automotive Trades Department, the college entered six vehicles in the competition, four of which belong to the school, and two others that are student-owned. Students drove or co-drove the cars, while everyone had volunteer duties that involved assisting the Green Grand Prix organizers with fueling, tech inspections, and set-up.
Once completed, the 2,010-square-foot open concept house will feature three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large master suite, a two-car garage, a full basement, and a wrap-around porch. The house will be located at 3889 Foundation Drive.
Students from both Alfred State and Alfred University, as well as local community members came ready to relay for 12 hours with a fundraising goal of $20,000. Altogether, 23 teams were able to surpass that goal.
With the beautiful weather, thousands of attendees came out to eat hot dogs, shop the stands of local vendors, and simply enjoy the community festival. In addition to the fun, the annual event also usually raises upwards of $10,000 for local charities, and this year was no exception.
The three-member Alfred State men’s bowhunter team consisted of Austin Zauner (construction management, Darien Center), Joshua Harp (surveying and geomatics engineering technology, Farmington), and Jacob Pollock (mechanical engineering technology, Franklinville).
Looking to the future, York said, “My end vision is to completely eliminate single-use plastic bags on Alfred State’s campus and create a sustainably minded culture while doing so.”
John Lisec, an assistant professor in the Business Department, said the event provided a wonderful opportunity for Alfred State sport management students to interact with sport industry professionals and develop tangible opportunities for success and job placement.
The victory marks the fifth time an Alfred State team has finished first in the competition. The college has also come in second four times since first entering the event in 2006.