Some 900 two- and four-year graduates, their families, professors, and friends were on hand Sunday, May 13, as Alfred State College honored its 96th graduating class. Dr. John B. Clark, interim 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.
Pictured here, Wendy M. Simpson, of Binghamton, architectural technology, School of Management and Engineering Technology baccalaureate level recipient, is congratulated by Rosati. While a student at ASC, Simpson served as Student Senate vice president, finance chair; WINS (Women in Non-Traditional Studies) president, vice president; member of Phi Theta Kappa, Tau Alpha Pi, Alfred State Honors Program. She was awarded several scholarships, including the ASC Presidential Scholarship; Student Senate Leadership Scholarship; NYS Engineering Technology Association (NYSETA) Award; she was named to the Dean's List all eight semesters. She was recently named a SUNY (State University of New York) Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence winner. In addition to her academic achievements, Simpson also volunteered her time in the following capacities: as a fundraiser and gift wrapper for Christmas for less fortunate families in the area; fundraiser for the local food banks, Both Your Hands an organization that helps women and children in Africa, and Backpack Buddies. This Seton Catholic Central High School (Binghamton) graduate is the daughter of Diana Simpson, Binghamton.