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May 29, 2015

Walkers and cyclists take a leisurely pace as they pass Powell Campus Center, a sign of the summer season transition.
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Summer ceramics workshops offer options

The School of Art and Design at Alfred University (AU) is again offering a series of summer workshops designed to meet the needs of students and teachers interested in working with clay. Summer Ceramic Art at Alfred, a series of workshops/courses running- Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 24, will include two-week workshops, a four-week workshop, a two-day short course, and a one-week teacher’s workshop.

Proceeds from annual 5K run/walk to go to student scholarships

Alfred University (AU) is hosting a 5K Run/Walk to benefit its Dollars for Scholars Fund on Saturday, June 13, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Main Street, Alfred bandstand. Community members are encouraged to participate in the event which is included in the University’s annual Reunion Weekend activities.

The 5K course encompasses the campus and surrounding neighborhoods. There will be a water stop halfway into the course; participants are encouraged to bring their own water as well. Complimentary refreshments will be available following the race/run.

Updates on the Hubs and Spokes with Alfred Blokes Bike Tour leading to Reunion 2015

The 2015 Ride to Reunion is a hub and spoke tour! 

The “Hubs and Spokes with Alfred Blokes” tour will kick off on Sunday, June 7 in Auburn, N. This year, the group will enjoy two-day stays and regional exploring in Auburn, Canandaigua, and Letchworth State Park members make their way to Alfred for Reunion Weekend 2015, June 12-15.

All are welcome to attend annual Reunion Weekend Craft Show and Sale
The community is invited to stop by Alfred University’s annual Reunion Weekend Craft Show and Sale, Saturday, June 13 in the Health and Wellness Center at the McLane Center where more than 30 artisans and collectors from throughout the region are slated to present their works/collections from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Alexander ’89’s ‘Evolving Poles’ part of outdoor sculpture display
Works by Anne Alexander, AU Class of 1989, are included in the 2015 Art in Nature exhibition at Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, MA, on view in the hillsides and meadows surrounding the museum through Nov. 1, 2015. Anne is one of 14 New England sculptors selected to exhibit in the "2015 Art in Nature" show. Museum visitors will be asked to vote for their favorite artist in the exhibition.
Wickwire named to NCAA softball all-tournament team
Alfred University's Alison Wickwire (Towanda, PA/Towanda) has been named to the all-tournament team for the NCAA Division III softball championships, played May 21-25 in Salem, VA.

Wickwire, a senior utility player, was among 13 players from eight teams competing at the championships named to the all-tournament team. In two games, she went a combined 4-for-6 with a homerun, a run scored and two RBI.
Wickwire, Thompson softball All-Americans
Two members of the Alfred University softball team have been named All-Americans.

Senior utility player Alison Wickwire (Towanda, PA/Towanda) and sophomore third baseman Liz Thompson (Horseheads, NY/Horseheads) were each named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second Team All-Americans.

Wickwire and Thompson are the second and third NFCA All-Americans in the 22-year history of the Saxon softball program and the first since Nicole Hendrick earned Second Team honors in 2010.
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.

Save the Date for D.C. alumni networking

The staffs of the AU Career Development and Judson Leadership centers invite all Washington, D.C.-area alumni to a “meet and greet” networking event Friday, June 5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the One Washington Circle Hotel, 1 Washington Circle N.W.

Golf tournament to benefit AU athletics

Alfred University is hosting a golf outing as part of Reunion Weekend to benefit the AU intercollegiate athletics program.

The 2015 Alfred University Saxon Golf Classic will be held Friday, June 12, at the Bath Country Club. Proceeds from the four-person scramble tournament will directly benefit all 19 AU intercollegiate athletics teams.

May 30 memorial set for Caroline Littell

The life of the late Caroline Littell of Alfred, travel photojournalist and a former director of Alfred University’s language laboratory, will be celebrated in a remembrance ceremony Saturday, May 30 at 3 p.m. in the Church Center of the Union University Church, Church Street, in Alfred. All are invited to attend.

Schmidt ’09 and Miller ’09 awarded South Korean ceramics prize for 'Recycled Series'

Thomas Schmidt, AU Class of 2009, writes that following receipt of his master of fine arts degree he went to teach ceramic design at the College of Ceramics’ partner school, The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. While there, he and friend and AU colleague  Jeffrey Miller  ’09 (bachelor of fine arts with ceramic art concentration) “ started a design collaborative called Recycled China ( This collaborative was aimed at sourcing a range of discarded materials and industrial waste from factories within China to produce up-cycled sculptural objects, design works, and architectural tile.

“In March (2015) we received news that one of our works, “Recycled China Series, #1" had received a bronze prize…. at the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale (GICB), 2015 which opened on April 24, at The Icheon World Ceramic Center in Gyeonggi, South Korea,” said Thomas.

Higgins ’52 inducted into NYS Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame
It’s been a busy few weeks for Wallace "Wally" Higgins of Alfred Station, a member of the AU Class of 1952. Last week he was inducted into the NYS Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Earlier this spring, Wally was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the United States.
‘Camera Without Borders - the World of Caroline Littell’ to be on display at Herrick
A retrospective of travel photography by the late Caroline Littell of Alfred will be on view Friday, June 12 through Wednesday, July 15 on the main floor of Alfred University’s (AU) Herrick Memorial Library. The public is invited to an opening reception for "Camera Without Borders - the World of Caroline Littell" from 2 to 4 p.m. June 12.

Debbie Clark, alumni publications editor, or you may call her at 607.871.2040.

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