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May 5, 2016

Students are preparing for the traditional bachelor of fine arts shows opening Saturday from 4-7 p.m. in Harder and Binns-Merrill halls and Cohen Studios. Most shows will be up through May 14.
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Professor Cardinale and students help in ‘Envisioning the Future’ at NSF conference

Dr. Jean A. Cardinale, professor of biology, and four of her students spent several of the final days of the spring semester in Washington, D.C. at the NSF (National Science Foundation) conference “Envisioning the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education: Research and Practice Symposium,” where they presented her NSF-funded work, “The effectiveness of Interactive Video Vignettes to address introductory students’ common biological misconceptions and promote learning of core biology concepts.”

University softball team set to defend its Empire 8 title, making pitch for NCAA bid

The Alfred University softball team takes the field this weekend at the Empire 8 Conference Championship Tournament. The Saxons are looking to defend their Empire 8 Conference title and make a third straight trip to the NCAA Division III playoffs.

The Empire 8 Conference Championship Tournament opens Friday (May 6) at Ithaca College. The Bombers won the league's regular season crown and the right to host the four-team championships as the top seed. The winner of the double-elimination championship tournament earns the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA championship tournament.

Two graduating seniors receive SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

Alfred University (AU) graduating seniors Margaret Schrecongost from East Aurora and Kathryn Tierney of Lewiston are recipients of a 2016 State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. They were among 248 students from 64 campuses within the state system to receive the honor, in Albany, earlier this spring from SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.

Solo exhibition by Scheer ’84 takes viewer for tour looking ‘Through a Dirty Window’

There will be an opening reception for Joseph Scheer’s “Through a Dirty Window” at the T+H Gallery, Boston, MA, Friday, May 6 from 6-9 p.m. Joseph is a member of the AU Class of 1984 and professor of printmaking in the School of Art and Design at AU; he is also the director/founder of the Institute for Electronic Arts at the University. 

The solo exhibition contains several of Joseph’s recent bodies of work consisting of larger-than-life moth Iris prints, compilation books of digital prints and video stills, as well as digital and photogravure prints. 

Alfred University’s Keeler earns Empire 8 Conference Pitcher of the Week honors

Kerri Keeler (Jamesville, NY/Jamesville-DeWitt), a shortstop on the Alfred University softball team, has been named Empire 8 Conference Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced today.

Keeler was honored for her play in three games last week, in which she went 2-0.

She earned the wins in both ends of a home Empire 8 doubleheader against 22nd-ranked St. John Fisher.

Cadwallader ’01 authors a ‘spirited’ first book involving Victorian spirituality

Jen (Buttaro) Cadwallader, AU Class of 2001, recently published her first book, “Spirits and Spirituality in Victorian Fiction” with Palgrave Macmillan (

Register today for Reunion 2016!

Celebrate yesterday and today at Reunion 2016. Mark your calendars and plan to join us Friday-Sunday, June 10-12. Everyone is welcome with special invitations extended to – Alfred’s Golden Saxons (anyone who graduated 1965 or earlier) and the classes of: 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001.

NYS political magazine taps Williams ’93, ’95 as one of 25 dedicated female leaders

Molly Williams, AU Classes of 1993 and 1995, was recently honored by New York political magazine City and State as one of 25 dedicated women leaders in public service, business, non-profits, and the media in the state. The “Above and Beyond” award recognized Molly’s professional career working in the pharmaceutical industry, along with her commitment to charity work in her personal life.

Kalkbrenner ’01 hosting arachnoiditis exhibit in Wellsville, NY

Sheila L. Kalkbrenner, AU Class of ’01 of Wellsville, NY, sends information about the latest events of her Art for Arachnoiditis Project:

The YEAR 2 Survivors’ Exhibit, featuring art by arachnoiditis survivors, opens at SheilaLynnK Art Studio, Wellsville, 5-8 p.m. Saturday, April 30 and will be free to the public during open studio hours through Saturday, May 28, 2016. (The Survivors’ Art Exhibit may contain some graphic medical imagery or concepts which may not be appropriate for some viewers. Parental Guidance is advised.)

Myers ’98 leads North Carolina brewers’ effort to counteract anti-LGBT law

Erik Lars Myers, AU Class of 1998, is at the center of a story beginning to make national news.

In response to the passing of HB2, an anti-LGBT law in North Carolina that discriminates against gay and transgender residents by limiting their use of public restrooms, the state’s beer industry has come together to protest the legislation with a beer called “Don’t Be Mean to People: A Golden Rule Saison.”

Miller Outstanding Seniors show track record of 'contributing most' to campus

To say that both of the 2016 Alfred University (AU) Marlin Miller Outstanding Senior Award winners have amassed quite a track record of accomplishments in their time on campus would be an understatement.

Jasmine A. Ramón, a communication studies major with minors in Spanish, English, and women and gender studies from Newburgh, and Ryan Oliver Bane, a fine arts major with a concentration in ceramic tile and digital printmaking and an art education minor from Fairport, were selected as the members of their senior class who have “contributed the most to the life of the University overall” and who have “built uncompromised reputations” to deserve the highest all-around recognition of accomplishment that can be given to a student at AU.

University offering full slate of summer academic/sports, residential/day camps

Alfred University’s campus will be alive this summer with many camps and activities.

The Office of Summer Programs is offering several residential academic camps (Astronomy, Art Portfolio Preparation, Ceramic & Glass Engineering, Computer, Consumer Chemistry, Creative Writing, Equine Business Institute, Robotics and Theatre) as well as three residential sports camps (English Equestrian, Swim and Volleyball). 

We are also offering several day camps, both academic and sports.

Still time to join Hub & Spoke ‘16 tour

Greetings from the Reunion 2016 bike crew! We are finalizing the routes for the June 2016 Ride to Reunion, a hub and spoke tour, with the ride to kickoff at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. The ride will begin Saturday, June 4 and will wrap up on Friday, June 10, for the beginning of Reunion Weekend at Alfred.

Anyone interested in joining us for the entire ride, for a portion of the ride, or who wants to greet us along the way may contact David Holleb ’77 at

Golf scramble to benefit AU athletics

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

The 2016 Alfred University Saxon Golf Classic will be held Friday, June 10, at the Wellsville Country Club. Proceeds from the four-person scramble tournament will directly benefit all 19 AU intercollegiate athletic teams.

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