How to Earn Points
Residents earn points for their halls by participating in the many events, programs, and activities listed below that relate to the competition themes of civic engagement, sustainability, and wellness. With so many point opportunities, everyone can contribute in some way! Participation in events and one time activities is tracked through raffle tickets, so be sure to fill out a raffle ticket with your name, email, and residence hall to get credit for participating.
The Steering Committee will be updating this list with new scoring opportunities over the course of the semester. If you would like an event, activity, or program you are organizing to be considered for Pioneer Cup points, please complete the Pioneer Cup Program Point Application on PioneerLink  (login required) at least a week before the event is scheduled to take place.
- Participate in Community Day Service Opportunity  (Aug. 20)
- Buy something at the Alfred State Mega Sale  (Aug. 21 - 24)
- Attend the Alfred Farmers Market ’s Tomato Festival (Aug. 25)
- Donate blood at the American Red Cross Blood Drive (Sept. 3)
- Attend the Renewal Thursday hike on the Pine Hill Trails (Sept. 5)
- Attend the Community Involvement Fair  (Sept. 11)
- Attend the Renewal Thursday yoga (Sept. 12)
Participate in the Backyard Olympics (Sept. 14)
- Attend the Constitution Day lecture and conversation (Sept. 17)
- Attend the Interfaith film and discussion series showing of "The Other Son"  (Sept. 18)
- Attend the Renewal Thursday session on healthy eating habits (Sept. 26)
- Participate in the Race for a Cure 5k Run/Walk  (Sept. 28)
- Participate in the Alternative Mini-Break  (Oct 5-8)
- Attend Live to Fight's Powder Puff Football fundraiser (Oct. 12)
- Participate in a Long Island Disaster Recovery Trip  (Oct. 18-20 or Nov. 10-12)
- Attend the Act of Killing  screening (Oct. 21)
- Attend the Interfaith Film Series screening of Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam  (Oct. 23)
- Attend How Ordinary People Make an Extraordinary Difference: Friends Peace Teams in Indonesia (Oct. 24)
- Attend Feast of Worlds (Oct. 24)
- Participate in Celebrate Service Celebrate Allegany  (Oct. 26)
- Donate blood at the American Red Cross Blood Drive (Oct. 29)
- Attend the Peace Corps Information Session (Oct. 29)
- Attend the H2Olympics kick off (Oct. 30)
- Attend the discussion on living as an American Arabic/Muslim (Nov. 11)
- Attend the International Week movie screening (Nov. 12)
Participate in the Sustainability Club's Water Taste Test (Nov. 13)
- Attend the International Dinner (Nov. 16)
- Attend the Alfred Farmers Market  Holiday Market (Nov. 17)
- Attend the screening of “Bully ” (Nov. 18)
- Attend Ryan Sallans: Raising Transgender Awareness to Stop Bullying (Nov. 19)
Participate in the Black-Tie Auction fundraiser (Nov. 20)
- Attend the Interfaith Film Series screening of Little Buddha  (Nov. 20)
- Attend the Anti-Bullying Panel Discussion (Nov. 21)
- Participate in the Allegany Arc's Bowling Tournament  (Dec. 7)
- Participate in an MLK Week activity
- Attend the Tunnel of Oppression
- Attend a Health & Wellness Expo event
- Participate in an Earth Week event
- Attend the Cultural Showcase
- Participate in Take Back the Night
- Participate in Relay for Life
- Participate in the Hot Dog Day 5K
- Participate in the Hot Dog Day parade
- Participate in Safe Spring Break week
- Participate in a service-oriented spring break trip
- Complete any level within the Emerging Pioneers Leadership Program *
- Participate in intramural sports *
- Participate on an athletic team 
- Hold executive office in a student organization or hall council*
- Serve as a tutor through the Learning Center 
- Register as an organ donor
One time activities
- Submit an essay for the National Student Day Contest  (due Oct. 17)
- Submit a letter to an editor
- Enter a photo in the Civic Engagement photo contest 
- Send a letter to a policy maker (e.g., congressperson, president, etc.)
- Sign up for the bone marrow registry
- Get a flu shot
* Starred items are worth double!
How Scores Are Calculated
Scoring is simple! Residence halls are awarded points based on the percentage of their residents that complete the actions listed above. For example, if 20 percent of residents attend one of the events, the residence hall would earn 20 points. Items that are labeled with a star above count double, which means 20 percent participation would earn 40 points!
In addition, the Steering Committee will be offering a variety of special bonus opportunities during the year. These include:
- Move-in day recycling –residence halls that effectively keep cardboard out of their dumpsters will receive 25 bonus points!
- H2Olympics - residence halls that reduce their water consumption during the H2Olympics competition period (Nov. 1 - Nov. 15) will earn a bonus point for each percentage of reduction (e.g. a 2% reduction in water consumption earns 2 bonus points).
- Recycling system assessment – residence halls with well-labeled recycling receptacles that are equally accessible as trash bins during an annual inspection will receive 50 bonus points!
- Vacation window closing – the residence hall(s) with the lowest percentage of windows left open over Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks will receive 10 points for each break.
- Innovation – residence halls can earn up to 50 points for activities that relate to the Pioneer Cup themes but are not otherwise recognized in the competition. These points are awarded at the discretion of the Steering Committee.