Alfred State College officially welcomed hundreds of freshmen to campus recently during a New Student Convocation led by President Dr. Skip Sullivan at the Orvis Activities Center.
This year’s incoming class consists of 1,400 students from 56 of New York’s 62 counties and 14 additional states, plus international students from several countries. Of these new students, 119 have been identified as Alfred State Distinguished Scholars, and 209 additional students have been offered other scholarships in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements, exceptional vocational skills, and extraordinary talents outside of the classroom. A number of students also bring with them previous work experience, military experience, and successful college course work.
In his remarks, Sullivan encouraged students to get involved on campus, seek out leadership opportunities, and get to know new people.
“I hope after hearing all this, you’re just as excited about the upcoming school year as I am,” he said. “Get ready to work hard, go to class, but have some fun along the way. This will be the best and most memorable experience of your life.”
Next, College Council Chair Patricia K. Fogarty applauded the students for deciding to enroll at Alfred State.
“You are now part of a higher institution of outstanding leadership and learning qualities,” she said. “Over the next few years, you will be exposed to knowledge and skills beyond what you have experienced to date. They will challenge you and excite you.”
Dr. Kristin Poppo, provost, told students that “each and every one of you can be successful,” and reminded them that Alfred State employees are here to help.
“So, go to class, get to know your professors, ask for help, study hard, and do not forget why you are here,” she said. “A college degree means a lot. You can do it. Keep your eye on the prize.”
Dr. Greg Sammons, vice president for Student Affairs, then introduced students to Alfred State’s “Principles of Community” and led students, faculty, and staff in reciting the college oath. Afterward, Student Senate President Austin Oakes introduced this year’s recipient of the Student Advocate Award, Glen Cole, an adjunct instructor in the Building Trades Department.
After Sullivan’s concluding remarks, students, faculty, and staff headed to Pioneer Stadium to create a human Alfred State logo for a photo session, which was followed by food, music, and activities outdoors nearby the stadium.