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January 30, 2015

Bill Schuster ’81, NFL official/former Saxon, will be officiating crew umpire at Super Bowl XLIX. He also umpired in the NFC Divisional game between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers Jan. 11.
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Former Saxon football great gets Super Bowl officiating nod

Fifteen years into his career as a National Football League umpire, Bill Schuster has made it to the game’s biggest stage.

Schuster, a 1981 graduate of Alfred University and former All-American end for the Saxons, has been tabbed to serve as the umpire of the officiating crew for Super Bowl XLIX. The game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will be played Feb. 1 in Phoenix, AZ.

Pair of Saxons nationally ranked in women's Division III indoor track and field standings

Two members of the Alfred University women's indoor track and field teams are among the nation's leaders for Division III.

Miasia Hillman (Buffalo, NY/Hutch Tech), a senior, and Mary Baughman (Henrietta, NY/Rush-Henrietta), a sophomore, are each ranked in the top 50 in the country in two events.

Alfred University School of Art and Design hosting 'Parallel Frequencies' by glass artists

The School of Art and Design at Alfred University will show “Parallel Frequencies,” an exhibition of six glass artists, including five alumni, in the Cohen Gallery beginning Friday, Jan. 30.

There will be an opening reception Friday from 5-7 p.m.; the public is invited.  Featuring work by Robin Cass ’98, Amie McNeel, Rachel Moore ’01, Jackie Pancari ’96, Kait Rhoads ’01, and Norwood Viviano’95, the exhibition runs through Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.

Men’s Basketball Alumni Game/Senior Night

Men’s Basketball Coach Russ Phillips is looking for basketball alumni to play in this year’s alumni game:

11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, Terry Galanis Family Arena in the McLane Center.

Staniszewski earns Empire 8 swim honors

Dylan Staniszewski (Oakton, VA/Oakton), a sophomore on the Alfred University women's swimming and diving team, has earned Empire 8 Conference weekly honors.
Staniszewski was named the Empire 8 Female Swimmer of the Week, the conference announced Monday. She was honored for her performance in Saturday's dual-meet loss at home to Ithaca College.

Bruce ’08 and student singing group featured in online article

Local online media featured an article Jan. 29, 2015, featuring AU alumnus Chaz Bruce 1’08 and his student group Exit Sign:

“The local acapella group Exit Sign performed with Grammy award winner and music educator, Kent Knappenburger.
Four young men ages 16-18 are part of Exit Sign and their director is Chaz Bruce, a musical educator himself.

Buffalo-area St. Patrick’s Day Brunch!

Calling all Buffalo-area Irish and Irish-at-heart alumni, parents, and friends! You’re invited to continue AU’s St. Patrick’s Day brunch tradition by joining Chris Robinson ’86 and his wife, Cynthia, at their home.

Liberal Arts dean offers expert advice in children’s spa article

Dr. Louis Lichtman, dean of the AU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was quoted in an article about spas designed especially for children – Growing market for kids’ spas in US raises concerns - which ran in the Jan. 26, 2015 edition of The Straits Times, Singapore. He is quoted in this excerpt:

“But family and child experts who spoke to The Straits Times advise parents against taking their children to the spa.

" ‘It would only add to the obsession society already has with appearance,’ said psychology professor Louis Lichtman from Alfred University in New York, who wrote the book A Practical Guide For Raising A Self-Directed And Caring Child.

"Parents should be encouraging their children to be independent and self-reliant, and I think having spa employees wait on them does the opposite.’ "

Calling all AU women athletes!

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.

History professor to bring his version of 'French Resistance: Myth and Reality' into next Bergren Forum lunchtime presentation

Alfred University’s (AU) longstanding lunchtime series, the Bergren Forum, continues Thursday, Feb. 5, at 12:10 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. The program is free and open to the public.

In his talk, titled “The French Resistance: Myth and Reality,” assistant professor of history, Chris Churchill, will discuss the complex choices people made during the German occupation of France in World War II and the difficulties historians of the resistance face in untangling myth from reality.

Eaton ’11 offers invitation to motivational speaking event in Elmira

Nichole Eaton, AU Class of 2011, writes about a local motivational speaking organization she co-owns called Clarity Connects scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Elmira Heights Theater. Event organizers are offering a discount for tickets to students and faculty associated with any schools in the area for $20 per ticket.

The goal is to use a portion of the money to perform small random acts of kindness around the Elmira/Corning region, as well as provide inspiration and motivation to those who attend.

Higby’s ‘Infinite Place’ makes stop in Rochester (NY) Memorial Art Gallery

“Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby” opens to the general public at the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, Sunday, Jan. 25; the exhibit runs through Sunday, March 29, 2015. (There will be a gallery members-only reception on Saturday from 8-11 p.m.)

You’re Invited!

Alumni are cordially invited to an AU cocktail reception at the Brocken Sound Country Club, Boca Raton, Tuesday, March 10 from 6-9 p.m. Please join President Charles M. Edmondson and his spouse, Dr. Laura Greyson, as they welcome alumni, parents, and friends to the club at 2401 Willow Springs Drive (561.241.6800).

Class of 2010 duo opens Lexington Glassworks in Asheville, NC

Lexington Glassworks, the creation of owners/glass artists Billy Guilford and Geoff Koslow, both members of the AU Class of 2010, is now open at 81 S. Lexington Ave., downtown Asheville, NC. The 5,000-square-foot contemporary glassblowing studio and gallery features live demonstrations, custom lighting, and handmade glass; future plans include a taproom highlighting local beers served in hand-blown glass.

NYC-area alumni - Come to McGee’s Pub!

Come meet up with other Alfred University (AU) alumni at McGee’s Pub! Join us for a casual evening of connecting and networking with other AU grads in the NYC area.

Friday, Feb. 6
6-8 P.M.
McGee’s Restaurant & Pub
240 West 55th St. (between Broadway and 8th Avenue)

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