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June 23, 2016

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Stephens, Cormack fill interim appointments

W. Richard Stephens Jr., provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Alfred University (AU), added another role today: He will serve as acting vice president for Statutory Affairs, making him head of the New York State College of Ceramics at the University.

Professor joins DanceForce; to receive funding to create community partnerships

D. Chase Angier, professor of dance at Alfred University (AU), has recently become a member of the NYS DanceForce, a select consortium of dance professionals.

Members of DanceForce, which has existed since 1994, are selected by invitation only, said Curt Steinzor, director. The group, now a statewide organization, was originally formed “to invigorate dance activity throughout upstate New York,” he noted.

Guzi '91 finds favor with the Queen!

Glenn Guzi, a 1991 alumnus of Alfred University, program director for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has been named an honorary member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, an exclusive membership that rewards contributions in arts, science and public service.

MostArts hits the airwaves

The University’s MostArts Festival – this year July 3-9 – was featured in a 40-minute interview/performance program on Rochester, NY’s WXXI, the regional National Public Radio station. The program will be repeated Sunday, June 26 at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5.

AU nominates infielder Torchia '16 for NCAA Woman of the Year honors

Every year, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) honors graduating female student-athletes who have completed their eligibility while excelling in academics, community service and athletics as well as being a shining example of a leader. This year, Alfred University has nominated softball's Dana Torchia (Pompton Plains, NJ/Pequannock Township) for the NCAA Woman of the Year.

Since the creation of the Woman of the Year award, the pool of eligible student-athletes is the largest in its 26-year history. There are 517 student-athletes spanning all three divisions of the NCAA including 231 from Division I, 117 from Division II and 169 from the Saxons' Division III level.

CACT represented at state session

Dr. Matthew M. Hall, Alfred University (AU) associate professor of biomaterials and glass science and Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) director, and Dr. Timothy J. Keenan, CACT project manager, were in attendance at the New York State Additive Manufacturing Scoping Session held at the General Electric’s Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY earlier this month to discuss the potential for ceramic materials in the additive manufacturing industry.

Master's graduate, Scio resident awarded SUNY Thayer Fellowship for art

Hannah F. Thompsett, who this spring earned a master’s degree from Alfred University’s School of Art and Design, College of Ceramics, has been awarded a State University of New York (SUNY) Thayer Fellowship.

The $7,000 award serves as a bridge between academic study and first-time entry into a professional career. The fellowship selection is based on talent, achievement, and potential as a professional artist.

Two faculty members honored for outstanding mentoring, research work

Two Alfred University (AU) faculty members were honored at the end of the 2015-16 academic year with the Faculty Research Mentor Award. Dr. Robyn Goodman, professor of communication studies, and Linda Sikora, professor of ceramics, were cited as “outstanding” mentors to undergraduate students engaged in research or scholarly activity and as faculty members themselves engaged in research and/or visual-performing arts.

Saxons mascot earns fourth upset win, advances to Sports Illustrated finals

The Alfred University Saxons pulled out their fourth upset win by taking down the #1 seeded Oglethorpe University Stormy Petrels in the Final Four of the Sports Illustrated: Campus Rush Division III Best Mascot Tournament on Tuesday afternoon. Opening for voting for the championship is TBA.

Voting, provided by, came to a close on Tuesday at 11:30 am. At which time, the Saxons held 52% of the near 20,000 votes. Voting was limited to one vote per day per person.

Ostrower ’61 offers one man’s opinion

In a distinctly labeled opinion piece which ran in the June 20 edition of the Buffalo (NY) News, Dr. Gary Ostrower, AU Class of 1961 and University professor of history, put forward his recent thoughts on the current political campaign in “Another Voice: Time to walk away from a political demagogue.”

Carillon music will fill the Alfred valley during Tuesday evenings in July

Alfred University (AU) will once again present a month-long series of carillon music programs Tuesday evenings in July. The annual Wingate Memorial Summer Carillon Recital Series begins July 5 at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by Sonata Duo – Rachel Perfecto and Jakob De Vreese.

Played on the University’s Davis Memorial Carillon, the recitals are free and open to all. With the exception of the first week’s performance (held earlier to accommodate the MostArts Festival concert at 7:30 p.m.), programs begin at 7 p.m

Financial Executives International Rochester chapter recognizes two AU business students' campus accomplishments

Two Alfred University (AU) business students were recognized during the spring 2016 academic semester for superior accomplishments by the Rochester chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI).

Rochester chapter of NYS CPA society honors MBA graduate for excellence

Timothy Pacheco of Rochester, recently graduated from Alfred University (AU) with a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting, was honored earlier this spring by the Rochester Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) with an Excellence in Academic Achievement Award.

Environmental studies students, their professor present research papers at national, regional professional meetings

Three students from Alfred University’s (AU) Division of Environmental Studies and Geology recently presented research papers at regional and national professional meetings.

Two 2016 graduates, Abigail Schmeichel of Lancaster, PA, and Alex Hildebrand from Schenectady, presented their research at the northeast sectional meeting of the Geological Society of America in Albany this spring.   

Buckthal ’05 named ‘Outstanding New Lawyer’ in Western New York

Emma Buckthal, AU Class of 2005, will receive the Western New York chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) 2016 Carol A. Condon Outstanding New Lawyer Award July 28 in Buffalo.

The award, presented annually, recognizes outstanding contributions by the next generation of attorneys.

Art and design student’s ‘Impressed Geometries’ selected for Rochester, NY College Collective exhibition

All four gallery spaces at the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, Rochester, NY, are being dedicated for the next month to exhibits of photography, ceramics and book arts for College Collective, a national juried show featuring current college students and alumni within two years of graduation.

One of the artworks on display is an installation by Alfred University student Audrey An, a senior art and design major. Though born in Columbia, MO, Audrey spent most of her adolescence in Seoul, Korea, attending an international school. A member of the AU Class of 2017, she is earning a bachelor of fine arts degree with a concentration in ceramic art and minoring in art history. 

Glass vase designed by Plucinsky ’93 featured in ‘Glass Gardens’ show

A glass vase designed by Michelle Plucinsky, AU Class of 1993, is the showcase piece for the upcoming 7th annual “Glass Gardens” show and sale at the Glass Academy, Dearborn, MI, Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Michelle, Glass Academy co-founder, will debut her ‘One Gather’ vase, so named because it takes one gather of hot molten glass to complete each vase.

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