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15th Annual New Student Convocation at ASC

15th Annual New Student Convocation at ASC

The 15th annual
Convocation for New Students at Alfred State College is slated for Thursday,
Aug. 21, 2008, at 10 a.m. in the Orvis gymnasium
celebrating the start of the new academic year.

Following the
national anthem performed by the ASC Men's Faculty Quartet (John Buckwalter,
William Laubert, Robert Rees, and Dr. Earl Packard), Associate Vice President
of Enrollment Management Deborah Goodrich will welcome the entering freshmen;
Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Ronald R. Rosati will introduce the
college's academic faculty by school.

Dr. John M.
Anderson, college president, will introduce this year's convocation speakers,
Adam Nash, president of the ASC Student Senate, and keynote speaker, Jim J.
Grillo, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and chair, Faculty Senate.

Nash was born and raised in Barneveld, graduating from
Holland Patent High School in 2005. Since then Adam has been attending Alfred
State College in the surveying engineering technology program. Adam was
also a member of the swim team and the club hockey team. He has held the
positions of president of the Surveying Club, president of Braddon Hall
Council, Student Senate Student Activities chair, and APB honorary
board member. This year Adam holds the positions of Student Senate
president and co-captain of the club hockey team.

Grillo has been a
member of the Alfred State College family for 35 years, serving in a variety of
capacities throughout those years. He holds two degrees from Alfred University:
a bachelor of science in business administration and a master of science in
counseling and guidance. Additionally, he has completed an additional 24
graduate credit hours in educational administration through the University at
Albany.

Jim began service
at Alfred State College as a residence hall coordinator in 1972. The following
year, he moved into a full-time position in the Office of Admissions. Between
1978 and 1989, while the dean for
Admissions, Records, and Financial Aid, Jim taught courses in the Business
Technology Department as an adjunct instructor. He was hired as an associate
professor in 1989, and promoted to full professor in 1992. He was recognized by
SUNY in 1980 with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional
Service, and by alumni in both 1992 and 1993 as the Business Teacher of the
Year. Grillo has also held several positions in the administrative ranks at the
college.