COVID-19 Stories

COVID-19 Stories

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Flags at half-staff for COVID-19

There are many stories to tell during this healthcare and economic crisis. Some of them include tributes for members of our Pioneer family who lost loved ones, how the college is impacted by this crisis, and how Pioneers are helping others..

If you would like to share a Facebook tribute, obituary notice, or other online information regarding your loved one, please send to Not only are we eager to share your stories online with everyone, we are also available for counseling. Pioneers are here to support one another.

We also invite you to help students facing COVID-19 hardships by donating to the Support Our Students: SOS Emergency Fund.

Tributes to Pioneers

Monroe Bates
Photo courtesy: Chaundra Badeau

Updated April 15, 2020

Unfortunately, some of our Alfred State family are directly impacted by COVID-19.

On April 13, we received news of our first Pioneer who passed away from the coronavirus. Monroe Bates is lovingly remembered by his family and friends.You'll notice his family photos often show him sporting an Alfred State shirt and wearing blue and gold. Monroe was not only a loyal ASC employee but also a great supporter of the Pioneers. 

Beloved Pioneer Date of Passing Online Information

Monroe Bates

April 13, 2020 FundFacebook, Obituary, Remembrances

Tributes to Pioneer Loved Ones

Updated April 15, 2020

Alfred State College wants to pay tribute to loved ones of our campus community who passed away related to COVID-19. We recognize that at this time, social distancing makes it difficult to share and grieve with family, friends, and loved ones. Please remember, Alfred State and all of our college community members are here for you.

Pioneer Connection Casualty of COVID-19 Online Information
Jonathan Lubarsky
Father Obituary not yet available
Lioann Martin
Stepfather Obituary not yet available
Caassandra Robbers
Grandmother FB Photo, FB Video
Amberly Soler
44 years old
Fund, FB, News, WPIX, CNN
Michael Brantley
41 years old
Obituary not yet available.

ASC Impacts

April 9 at 6:40 PM · 

Thank you, ACES Alfred…/campus-shrinks-for-coronav…

ALFRED – For a college that usually has more than 4,000 students, faculty, and staff, the current campus population of under 100 people shows how

Students showing off social distancing while enjoying a springtime meal.


Campus shrinks for coronavirus but ASC menu grows

ALFRED – For a college that usually has more than 4,000 students, faculty, and staff, the current campus population of under 100 people shows how


April 5 at 1:21 PM

We’re asking all Pioneers to answer our call, as we sound the SOS. Support Our Students: SOS Emergency Fund

Alfred State Alumni

Calling all PIONEERS: Everyone faces new challenges from the current medical and economic crisis. We’re asking all Pioneers to answer our call, as we sound the SOS to support our students.
Watch the video below from President Sullivan and visit the link to see how you can help. #Alfredstate #PioneerPride And please SHARE!

Dr. Skip Sullivan Video 4/5
Dr. Skip Sullivan Launches SOS 4/5

April 5, at 12:55 PM

March 26 at 1:14 PM ·

Visit Us Virtually

Our Admissions team wants to meet you!

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Alfred State Admissions

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. You may not be able to come to campus but we are here for you, register today!


March 20 at 2:04 PM ·

Commencement Postponed

Alfred State College Commencement Postponed…/alfred-state-college-postponing-c…

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March 17 at 3:41 PM ·

Skip Sullivan says Stay Strong Pioneers!

A video message from our president as we prepare to restart classes online on Monday.

Dr. Skip Sullivan 3/17/2020


March 11 at 2:57 PM ·

Alfred State Alert: Spring break for students has been extended for one week.

All faculty and staff are to report to work as normal. Details at


Pioneers Helping Others

March 23 at 7:31 AM ·

Kindness blooms at Alfred State alumna's flower shop

More community love - Alumna Tami Maglier matches donation to spread good cheer to the local hospital and nursing homes. 💙💛 

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Tami's Floral Expressions


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Tami's Floral Expressions

Sorry for the long post but this needs to be said!

Today as I headed to the shop to work (as I’ve done for the last 20 years) I didn’t expect much as I knew this would be our last day to be open for the foreseeable future. I’ve been working alone since Wednesday (Which SUCKS). I miss my girls and all our customers!

Well I was wrong!!!! We normally close at 3pm, but I was still working at 6pm! I am totally blown away with the unwavering support from this community❤️. Whether you called for a delivery, curb side pick up for flowers, or Easter candy, this was such an amazing show of support from this community!

However, the day did not end at 5pm. I received a text from a loyal customer who wanted to purchase $1000 worth of flowers to be delivered to the Wellsville hospital, and local nursing homes!!! What a thoughtful and generous gift to bring joy to so many people in this uncertain time. We are humbled by this incredible gesture, and the support of our business! Thank you Thank You Thank you!

We have decided to match this anonymous donation, and send out another $1000 worth of joy and hope. Tomorrow we will be creating some joy for this very generous community❤️

Stay Safe All ,

March 30 at 1:20 PM ·

ASC Nurses are Heroes in a Health Crisis

Very proud and very thankful ~

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Alfred State Alumni

Our thoughts are with ALL Healthcare providers and particularly our own Alfred State alumni who are out in the field doing what they do best and helping others during this pandemic so the rest of us are safe.

We have more than 2000 Alfred State Healthcare alumni and we want you know how proud we are of the work you continue to do! #thankyouforyourservice #alfredstatenursing #healthcareheroes #WeAreInThisTogether

March 22 at 11:37 AM ·

Alumni Making Hand Sanitizer for Local Hospitals

We ❤️ to see community members coming together for a good cause! Alumnus Justin Recktenwald, '10, is distilling hand sanitizer for St. James Hospital in Hornell.

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The Brute: A Finger Lakes Focused Wine Bar

And yesterday’s last post, I said “we will see what tomorrow brings.” Well tomorrow is here, and I saw that Kevin Collins, our friend and neighbor at @cidercreekhardcider was distilling down some of his cider for use as hand sanitizer. And I thought, well I’ve got at least one small tank of wine that we could utilize for it. The approximately 260 gallons of wine in that tank will make about 26 gallons of alcohol for sanitizer. Kevin had a great idea of doing some good for our local healthcare professionals, and that’s what we need in this time of crisis—people coming together and rolling out some hope and positivity! Can’t wait to learn a little bit about distilling too lol!!! #wildbruteculture #hopeful #goodvibes #etoh