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October 9, 2015

Early October in Alfred has provided some warm, sunny days for all to enjoy as this trio attests outside of Nana's Japanese Cafe on Main Street.
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AU's MBA programs among nation's best says The Princeton Review's 2016 guide

Alfred University’s (AU) School of Business provides some of the nation’s best graduate degree programs, according to The Princeton Review’s 2016 college guide “The Best 295 Business Schools” released this week.

Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher, noted AU’s School of Business “is one of the outstanding schools we profile in the book …. For this edition, we analyzed data from our surveys of 22,000 students attending the schools and of administrators at the schools.”

Upcoming ‘Greater New York 2015’ exhibition includes work by Perry ’12

Work by Sondra Perry, AU Class of 2012, is included in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) PS1’s “Greater New York 2015” exhibit opening Sunday, Oct. 11. The show, which takes place every five years, includes work from more than 120 artists and collectives. In addition to up-and-comers, the exhibition features late and historical artists.

Gallery to screen film showcasing media art professor

Brooklyn’s Microscope Gallery will present a screening featuring the art of an Alfred University (AU) professor.

“Idiomorphs: Barbara Lattanzi, selected works” will play at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16. The gallery is at 329 Willoughby Ave., Brooklyn.

The film highlights work from 1974-2014 by Lattanzi, media artist and associate professor of expanded media in the School of Art & Design.

Scholes Library director selected by peers to chair SUNY Council of Library Directors

Mark A. Smith, associate dean of libraries and director of Scholes Library at Alfred University (AU), has been selected by his peers as chairman-elect of the State University of New York (SUNY) Council of Library Directors. The Council includes the leadership of the 64 SUNY campus libraries.

Frank N. Elliott, alumnus and former trustee, dies

Word has been received of the death on Sept. 23, 2015, of Frank Elliott, a 1949 alumnus of Alfred University and a member of the Board of Trustees from 1968-70.

Four welcomed into AU Hall of Fame

Alfred University inducted four former Saxons into its Athletics Hall of Fame during an on-campus banquet ceremony at Ade Hall on Saturday evening.
Inducted into the Hall were: the late Bob Carley, football All-American; Jesse Raynor '03, record-setting football player; Alicia (Ballard) Cordle '05, women's tennis standout; and Matthew Weems, '05, All-American swimmer. Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held as part of Homecoming weekend.

2015 Lefkowtiz lecturer Moore to explore 'Urban Origins of American Judaism'

Dr. Deborah Dash Moore, an internationally respected historian of American Jewish history, will deliver the 2015 Leonard and Saradona Lefkowitz Lecture in Jewish Studies at Alfred University (AU) on Monday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m.

“Urban Origins of American Judaism,” a public lecture sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, will be in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center; admission is free.

Tavche Gravche bringing its Balkan-flamenco-jazz sound to Miller Theater

Alfred University (AU) welcomes Tavche Gravche, a multi-national Balkan, flamenco, and jazz-infused acoustic ensemble, to Miller Theater at 7:30  p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 for a free public concert. the event,sponsored by Hillel at Alfred, is free.

Tavche Gravche combines traditional and original Macedonian and Mediterranean sounds, creating dynamic music with explosive danceable rhythms and the energy of Balkan music. Reviewers note the group pushes the boundaries of its unique blend of cultures, rhythms, and colors to become an all-encompassing adventure for the listener.

Ostrower to look into 'Hearts of Darkness'

Alfred University’s (AU) longstanding lunchtime series, the Bergren Forum, continues Thursday, Oct. 15, at 12:10 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center with “Hearts of Darkness: The Congo, Hiroshima, Auschwitz.”

The presenter will be Dr. Gary Ostrower, AU professor of history, who will discuss Joseph Conrad’s story – “Heart of Darkness” - about Africa, imperialism, and evil, written in 1900. Conrad’s setting was the Congo.

Gutierrez earns Empire 8 soccer honors

Sophomore Christopher Gutierrez (Holbrook, NY/Sachem East) has been named Empire 8 Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in goal against Nazareth College.
Gutierrez earned his fourth shutout of the season when he and the Saxons topped Empire 8 foe, Nazareth College on Saturday on the road.

Environmental speaker to offer history of mercury inputs

Tara Curtin, associate geoscience professor at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, will present “History of Mercury Inputs into the New York Finger Lakes,” the next program in Alfred University’s (AU) fall Environmental Studies Speakers Series Friday, Oct. 16 at 12:20 p.m. in Roon Lecture Hall (Room 247) of the AU Science Center.

Everyone is welcome to attend, admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

Alfred University's Monk earns Empire 8 weekly special teams football honors

Trevor Monk (Liverpool, NY/Liverpool), a member of the Alfred University football team, has earned weekly honors from the Empire 8 Conference.

Monk, a sophomore placekicker, was named Empire 8 Special Teams Player of the Week. He was honored for his play in Alfred's 39-19 Homecoming win over visiting Morrisville State on Saturday, in which he made two field goals (30 and 37 yards) and converted all four PAT attempts.

Paintings of California ‘City and Sea’ to be on view during Rick ’79’s solo exhibition

Gay Summer (Sadow) Rick, AU Class of 1979, writes that she will have a solo exhibition of her latest work, "Gay Summer Rick: City and Sea," at the bG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, CA, Saturday, Oct. 17 through Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. There will be an opening reception Oct. 17 from 5-8 p.m.

Art professor awarded NYS Council on the Arts grant

Dale Inglett, associate professor of art in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Alfred University (AU), is the recipient of a NYS Council on the Arts and the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes grant.  He is one of 12 recipients of the award, given for his work “Cymbal Array, Harmonic Distortion Field and Mood Generators.”

University well represented by faculty, alumni at 11th annual PacRim Conference

Several University faculty members and alumni participated in the 11th International Conference of Pacific Rim Ceramic Societies (PacRim-11), Jeju Island, Korea, in late summer. The conference, which rotates to different countries each year, provides a global forum for presentations and information exchanges on the latest emerging ceramic technologies.

A philosopher’s take on dealing with prejudice

Emrys G. Westacott, professor of philosophy, had one of his pieces posted on 3 Quarks Daily, a website which “gathers” items involving science, design, literature, current affairs, art, and anything else the editors deem fascinating six days a week – Tuesday-Sunday.

Faber ’09 converts ‘big’ vision into ‘large’ community centerpiece for Burlington

Alissa Faber, a teaching artist with Burlington (VT) City Arts and a member of the AU Class of 2009, had a vision last winter for sharing colorful art work she had seen in classrooms and community centers and sharing it with the whole town. Her idea was to share how Burlington residents – children, teen-agers, and adults – “see” their community.

‘Cutie’ and ‘Cider’ join the pumpkin party at Plucinsky '93's Glass Academy event

Michelle Plucinsky, AU Class of 1993, co-owner of The Glass Academy, West Dearborn, MI, writes that because of demand, the Academy’s 7th annual Glass Pumpkin Fest Show is expanding for two weekends this year, Saturday and Sunday Oct. 10-11 and 17-18 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Each day will feature Michigan-made, hand-crafted, glass pumpkins, new “Cutie” and “Cider” pumpkins, and live glassblowing at the West Dearborn studio, 25331 Trowbridge.

Clemo ’10 and Williams ’95 present ‘Timeless’ ceramic art exhibition

Blair Clemo, AU Class of 2010, and Blake Williams ’95 have a joint exhibition at Pewabic Pottery, Detroit.

“Timeless, A. Blair Clemo & Blake J. Williams” features their wheel-thrown and press molded works referencing the extravagance present in the European Decorative Arts as interpreted through a contemporary studio practice.

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