Alfred State College took to Instagram recently to honor more than three dozen faculty, staff, and students through its virtual Pioneer Award Show.
Over the course of a week, the college recognized 39 Pioneers for their achievements in various Student Affairs-related areas, including Residential Services, Student Engagement, Student Senate, Performing Arts, Greek Life, the Center for Intercultural Unity, and Civic Engagement. Each individual Pioneer Award winner received a gift card, while honored clubs and organizations received additional funding for the fall semester.
Honorees were recognized on Alfred State’s official Instagram account with a video from a representative of one of these areas who is familiar with their achievements. Presenters included Drama Musical Director Tyler Ribble, Voices Chorus Adviser Sarabeth Matteson, Coordinator for Intercultural Initiatives OJ Shepard, Coordinator of Student Activities Brittany Richards, Residence Hall Director Rob Privitera, and Student Senate President Elisabeth Rebmann.
Richards, Ribble, and Shepard were part of the virtual programming team that developed and implemented the virtual Pioneer Award Show. The team also included Intake Coordinator/Residential Programmer Erika Lewis-Ellison Student Engagement Staff Assistant Sam Bowers, Assistant Director of Residential Life and Title IX Deputy Cody Herman, and Residence Hall Director Mary Chamberlain.
Shepard noted that it was important for Alfred State students and employees to feel connected to campus while they are at home.
“While they were here on campus, our students and employees worked hard to provide amazing programs, exceptional leadership development, and an environment that is welcoming to all,” he said. “They knocked it out of the park this year and it was imperative that we honor their hard work.”