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THE ALFRED UNIVERSITY WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

April 24, 2015

AU/ASC team members/administrators take stock in their project to build a solar-powered home for this fall's U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at Orange County Great Park, Irvine, CA.
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Four alumni to serve on ceramic/glass industry board

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) will install its first Board of Trustees during the inaugural Ceramics Expo Trade Show, April 28-30 in Cleveland.

An initiative of The American Ceramic Society, the CGIF’s mission is to ensure that the global ceramic and glass industry is able to attract, inspire, and train the highest quality talent available to work with this unique class of engineered materials.

Softball team moves up in national rankings

The Alfred University softball team has moved up in the national rankings and is 22nd in this week's National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) weekly Division III poll.

The Saxons (27-3), winners of three straight and 21of their last 22 games, received 28 votes to move up one spot from 23rd in last week's poll. It marks the second straight week AU has ascended to its highest spot ever in the national poll; the Saxons' previous high before this season was 25th in 2010, the year AU made its first ever appearance in the NCAA Division III championship tournament.

MFA students exhibiting works on campus, in Alfred, Hornell

Now through May 8, Alfred University (AU) students who are candidates for the master of fine arts degree from the School of Art and Design will open shows of their work and deliver gallery talks at various locations in and outside of Alfred.

ECAC named Saxons’ Thompson Upstate Player of the Week for softball achievement

Liz Thompson (Horseheads, NY/Horseheads), a sophomore third baseman on the Alfred University softball team, has been named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Upstate Player of the Week.

Thompson was honored for her play in four doubleheaders last week, in which the Saxons went 7-1. The Saxons swept non-league opponents Hilbert and at Penn College before going 3-1 in a pair of road Empire 8 Conference contests, sweeping Elmira and splitting with Stevens.

Saxons’ Thompson earns weekly softball honors from Empire 8

Liz Thompson (Horseheads, NY/Horseheads), a sophomore third baseman on the Alfred University softball team, has been named Empire 8 Conference Player of the Week.

Thompson was honored for her play in four doubleheaders last week, in which the Saxons went 7-1. The Saxons swept non-league opponents Hilbert and at Penn College before going 3-1 in a pair of road Empire 8 contests, sweeping Elmira and splitting with Stevens.

Perry ’12’s work has place in upcoming Brooklyn art space screening/lecture

A piece by Sondra Perry, AU Class of 2012, will be part of a screening/lecture Tuesday, April 28 at Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn.

Sondra’s one-minute clip “My Twilight Zone” will be included along with the work of seven other artists in “Quality Television” a screening and lecture by Martine Syms, an artist/conceptual entrepreneur based in Los Angeles.

Environmental professor’s testimony used in Canadian court case

An April 20, 2015 article in Toronto’s Globe and Mail mentions Alfred University (AU) Professor Frederic Beaudry’s role in litigation involving protecting endangered turtles.

Beaudry is assistant professor of environmental studies. He noted the article “is about a series of Ontario court cases I participated in as expert witness. The initial case I testified in was a group of local naturalists resisting the development of a wind farm on public lands in their community."

Hillman and Baughman earn Empire 8 All-Conference selections for track and field

Senior Miasia Hillman (Buffalo, NY/Hutch Tech) and sophomore Mary Baughman (Henrietta, NY/Rush-Henrietta) both earned All-Conference honors from the Empire 8 for their performances during the 2015 Empire 8 Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend.

Jazz Band Concert to offer wide variety of musical styles

All are invited to attend the Alfred University (AU) Jazz Band concert Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Theater. Under the direction of Christopher Foster, the band will play a wide variety of jazz styles.

Performances include “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” by Duke Ellington; “Cool,” from “West Side Story,” by Leonard Bernstein; “Blue Rondo a la Turk” by Dave Brubeck; “The Theme” by Miles Davis; “Land of Make Believe” and “Children of Sanchez” by Chuck Mangione; Dave Mills’ “Heard it in the Blues;” Bret Zvacek’s “702 Shuffle;” and “Running of the Bulls” by Doug Beach and George Shutack.

Baugh ’53 decanter selected for Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum collection

A Blenko Glass Co. decanter and stopper, whose concept, design, and execution are attributed to Betty Baugh, AU Class of 1953, was selected for a Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum collection this past winter. The Cooper-Hewitt, which was renovated and reopened in December 2014, is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design.

Locker and Hall take Empire 8 accolades

Senior Sean Locker (Corning, NY/Painted Post West) was tabbed as the Empire 8 All-Conference First Team javelin thrower while freshman Alex Hall (Caledonia, NY/Caledonia-Mumford) earned a slot as a Second Teamer for the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase.

Female athletes: We'd like to hear from you!

Alfred University plans to highlight the role that the athletic experience played in women’s lives at AU and beyond. We are looking for stories and photos that illustrate the experience of women athletes at AU throughout the decades. This is a collaborative effort among AU’s Student Affairs, Athletics, Archives, and University Relations divisions. Plans include an online timeline and memory book, and will culminate in celebratory events at Homecoming 2015.

Empire 8 gives Hillman weekly track honors

Alfred University senior sprinter Miasia Hillman (Buffalo, NY/Hutch Tech) has been named the Empire 8 Conference Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week.

Hillman was honored for her performance at Sunday's Empire 8 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at St. Fisher College. Hillman won both the 100-meter dash (12.12 seconds) and 200-meter dash (24.72seconds) and was named Female Track Athlete of the Meet.

Hillman ECAC Female Track Athlete of Week

Alfred University senior sprinter Miasia Hillman (Buffalo, NY/Hutch Tech) has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Upstate Female Track Athlete of the Week.

Hillman was honored for her performance at Sunday's Empire 8 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at St. Fisher College. Hillman won both the 100-meter dash (12.12 seconds) and 200-meter dash (school-record 24.72 seconds) and was named Female Track Athlete of the Meet.

RPI professor selected to present annual spring Samuel R. Scholes Memorial Lecture

Alfred University’s (AU) annual Samuel R. Scholes Memorial Lecture will be given by Dr. Minoru Tomozawa Thursday, April 30 at 11:20 a.m. on campus in Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Tomozawa, professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, will talk about “Glass and Water: A New Glass Strengthening Method.” He will cover newly discovered beneficial effects of structurally integrated water on glass.

Learn reasons to 'Hold a Bird in Your Hand' at Bergren Forum

The final program for the academic year in Alfred University’s (AU) longstanding lunchtime series, the Bergren Forum, will be presented Thursday, April 30, at 12:10 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. Frederic Beaudry, assistant professor of environmental studies at the University, will give the “Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Hold a Bird in Your Hand.” The program is free and open to the public.

Symphonic Band sets program for spring 2015 concert

The Alfred University (AU) Symphonic Band, under the direction of Christopher Foster, will perform its spring 2015 concert on Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Theater. The public is welcome; admission is free.

Higby’s 'Cloud Construction: Daybreak’ acquired by National Art Museum of China

“Cloud Construction: Daybreak” is part of an exhibition mounted by the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) which opened April 9, 2015 in Beijing. This exhibition, entitled “Blend of Civilizations: The East-West Dialogue in Ceramic Art,” features four internationally acclaimed artists representing the United States, France, Japan, and China, including Wayne Higby AU professor of ceramic art.

Instrumental, vocal students to showcase talents at recital

The Alfred University Division of Performing Arts will host its spring 2015 instrumental and vocal student recital on Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. in Susan Howell Hall on campus. All are invited to attend this free event; refreshments provided by the music faculty will be served following the performances.

The students featured in the performances are from the studios of Dr. Lisa Lantz, Laurel Buckwalter, adjunct faculty members Genie Meltzer and Katie Pitts, and Daisy Wu of the Confucius Institute. Buckwalter will provide piano accompaniment.

Glass design professor's work ‘AGLOW’

Work by Sarah M. Blood, assistant professor of glass design at AU, is on display in AGLOW, a neon exhibition showcasing 12 local, national, and international artists working with sculptural neon.

The art is on display now through Saturday, May 2 at the Work-/Release, a new project space at the renovated Texaco Building, 759 Granby St., Norfolk, VA.

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