2013 Paul B. Orvis Award for Excellence Recipients

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 11:00am

Nearly 900 two- and four-year graduates, their families, professors, and friends were on hand Sunday, May 19, as Alfred State honored its graduating class during the College’s 102nd commencement ceremony. Valerie B. Nixon, interim college president, presided over the event. One of the highlights of the ceremony is the presentation of the Paul B. Orvis Award for Excellence, awarded to the outstanding two-year graduate in each of the college’s schools of study, as well as to a baccalaureate graduate. The award, which honors Paul B. Orvis, a former president of Alfred State and State University of New York dean for two-year colleges, is a glass bowl engraved with the student’s name. Recipients must meet four criteria: service, leadership, character, and scholarship. Faculty, staff, and fellow students appraise the first three. Scholarship is determined by an analysis of the student’s academic standing in comparison to other students in the academic area.

Dr. Stephen J. Havlovic, provost and vice president for academic affairs, who presented the award, stated “for the first time in the college’s history, we have siblings receiving this award.”

Jacob A. Bayus, Alfred Station, who received his mechanical engineering technology degree during the ceremony, was chosen as the School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology’s baccalaureate-degree recipient. Bayus was vice president and president of the Tau Alpha Pi Society for Engineers, a member of the Alfred State Honors program, and has been on the Dean’s List each semester of his four years at Alfred State. Additionally, Bayus has received the James A. Comstock Memorial Scholarship, the Henry and Rosa Gabriel Endowed Scholarship, the Student Senate Leadership Scholarship, and received the outstanding student award in mechanical engineering technology. He was president of the Alfred State Outdoor Recreation Club, a peer tutor, and has done community service with the Johnson City/Owego flood relief effort, Celebrate Service/Celebrate Allegany, and local creek clean-up efforts.

Dr. Stephen Havlovic, Lucas Bayus, and Jacob BayusLucas C. Bayus, Alfred Station, who received his marketing degree during the ceremony, was chosen as the School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology’s associate-degree recipient. Bayus was invited to join both the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as well as the Honors Program, and has been on the Dean’s List each semester of his two years at Alfred State. Additionally, Bayus has received the Butera Annual Award in Business Technology for student excellence and the Student Senate Leadership Scholarship. He was the public relations officer of the Alfred State Outdoor Recreation Club, the student photographer for the Communications Office as well as the official race photographer for the Gravity East Series, and has done community service with the Johnson City/Owego flood relief effort, Celebrate Service/Celebrate Allegany, and local creek clean-up efforts.

Pictured here, Lucas Bayus and Jacob Bayus are being congratulated by Alfred State Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Stephen Havlovic.

Dr. Stephen Havlovic and Sade΄ S. BondSade΄ S. Bond, Washington, DC, who received her human services degree during the ceremony, was chosen as the School of Arts and Sciences associate-degree recipient. Bond was a member of the Alfred State Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and Psi Beta National Honor Society. Additionally, Bond had received the Eleanor Graves Memorial Endowed Scholarship, and was recognized with the senior award for academic distinction and the outstanding student award, both in the human services program.

Pictured here, Bond is congratulated by Alfred State Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Stephen Havlovic.

Interim President Valerie Nixon, Ryan M. Dontoh, and Alfred State College Council Chair Patricia K. FogartyRyan M. Dontoh, Dryden, who received his autobody repair degree during the ceremony, was chosen as the School of Applied Technology’s associate-degree recipient. Dontoh was a member of the Sigma Tau Epsilon honor society, has been on the Dean’s List, and has completed a social change leadership program. Additionally, Dontoh was an active brother of the Psi Delta Omega fraternity, and has completed numerous hours of community service such as cleaning up the Wellsville Campus, raking leaves/painting for the Scio Rod & Gun Club, maintain and upkeep at a local animal shelter, and spring clean-up at Wellsville’s Memorial Park.

Pictured here, with Dontoh (center) is Interim President Valerie Nixon and Alfred State College Council Chair Patricia K. Fogarty.

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