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May 20, 2015

Bows and beads, pomp and circumstance were all in abundance May 16 as the Class of 2015 prepared to accept degrees in a filled-to-capacity Galanis Family Arena at McLane.
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Top-notch criminal defense attorney, '71 alumnus Schneider urges members of Class of 2015 graduates to love their work

Stanley G. Schneider, one of the nation’s top-rated criminal defense attorney’s offered Alfred University’s (AU) Class of 2015 some well-deliberated advice – “love your work and your relationships; don’t settle for less.”

Schneider, a 1971 AU alumnus, spoke Saturday morning (May 16) before a capacity crowd in the Galanis Family Arena at the McLane Center on campus.

His message was taken from his own life experiences, he explained, noting “Success is defined in many different ways …. Judge yourself (don’t let others do it for you). Success comes from your own sense of decency and accomplishment. Find your passion in life. Create your own style, follow your heart and your intuition. I followed my heart to a rewarding career.”

Alfred University set for first-ever trip to NCAA Division III College World Series

The Alfred University softball team travels to Salem, VA, with a chance to make history, as the Saxons will be seeking the school's first-ever, NCAA team title. AU is one of eight teams competing at the NCAA Division III College World Series, which runs Thursday, May 21, through Tuesday, May 26.

AU will take on Linfield (OR) College at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, following the tournament's opening matchup between Texas-Tyler and Kean University. If Saxons beat Linfield, they will take on the winner of the Texas-Tyler/Kean University game at 4 p.m. Friday. If Alfred loses to Linfield, AU will play the loser of the Texas-Tyler/Kean game at 11 a.m. Friday.

Alfred University’s Hillman qualifies for NCAA field in 100-meter and 200-meter dash

Alfred University senior Miasia Hillman (Buffalo, NY/Hutch Tech) has qualified to compete at this weekend's NCAA Division III outdoor track and championships.
Hillman will compete in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. She will be seeded 16th in the 200 meters, having posted a season-best time of 24.72 seconds at the Empire 8 Conference championships April 19. Hillman is the 19th seed in the 100-meter dash; she posted a season-best time of 12.05 seconds at the University at Albany May 8.
She is making her second straight appearance at the NCAA championships in the 100 meters. Hillman took 16th in the race at the 2014 national meet. This is the first time she will run the 200-meter dash at the NCAAs. This year's NCAA meet will be held Thursday-Saturday, May 21-23, at St. Lawrence University.

Alfred University’s Locker set for competition at NCAA Division III championships

Alfred University senior Sean Locker (Corning, NY/Corning-Painted Post West) has qualified to compete at this weekend's NCAA Division III outdoor track and championships.
Locker will be seeded 11th in the javelin. He qualified for the national meet with his school-record throw of 60.77 meters at the ECAC outdoor championships on Thursday. Locker placed second in the event at the ECAC meet.
He is making his second straight appearance at the NCAA championships, having finished 12th in the javelin at the 2014 meet. This year's NCAA meet will be held Thursday-Saturday, May 21-23, at St. Lawrence University.

Houston criminal defense lawyer Schneider ’71 delivers AU Commencement address, earns Lifetime Achievement Award

In the same week in which he presented the keynote address at his alma mater’s 2015 Commencement exercises (see above), Houston criminal defense attorney Stanley G. Schneider, AU Class of 1971, was honored with the Richard “Racehorse” Haynes Lifetime Achievement Award from the Harriss (Texas) County Criminal Lawyers Association for his outstanding criminal defense work.

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.

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.

AU welcomes artist working on prints depicting adolescents' collective feelings

The Institute for Electronic Arts (IEA) and the Division of Expanded Media at Alfred University (AU) is hosting Traci Molloy of Brooklyn in an artist-in-residence program through Friday, May 22.

Throughout the residency, Molloy is working on a series of digital prints, in partnership with adolescents from the surrounding community, superimposing their responses to the prompts “I Am, I Will, I’m Afraid” in their handwriting over photographs of themselves. The words will obscure their image and with the body of work as a whole represent the collective feelings of the adolescents of the Southern Tier region, said Molloy.

Student-athletes honored at senior luncheon

Alfred University senior student-athletes Brennan Ferguson (Destechan, LA/Ursuline) and Jeff Thomas (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua) have been named recipients of the University's Ideal Saxon awards.
The Ideal Saxon award, established in 2013, is an annual honor that recognizes the achievements of one female senior and one male senior student-athlete at Alfred University who, said Paul Vecchio, director of athletics, "display excellence in both academics and athletics while providing service and leadership of distinction to the AU Community."

Higby presenting lecture at George Washington University

Wayne Higby, AU professor of ceramic art and Robert C. Turner Chair of Ceramic Art, College of Ceramics, will give the fifth lecture in the “Voices of American Design” series at the George Washington (GW) University Museum and The Textile Museum, Thursday, May 28, at 6 p.m.

Higby’s lecture, “Light Falling on Grass,” will explore how his innovative vessels, sculptures, and architectural installations use landscape imagery as a focal point for mediation.

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.

Art Force Five superheroes confirm NYS summer library tour, booking school visits

Alfred University (AU) students disguised as superheroes will present non-violence workshops at more than 20 New York State (NYS) libraries this summer to coincide with the state’s “Every Hero Has a Story” summer reading program. AU’s Art Force Five team, which uses creativity to promote equality, reduce violence, and strengthen communities, will be making the presentations.

Christakis ’99 named new vice president for Student Success at University at Albany

Dr. Michael N. Christakis, a member of the AU Board of Trustees and AU Class of 1999, has been named vice president for Student Success at the University at Albany-SUNY (State University of New York). Michael has served as the interim vice president since January of this year.

Higgins ’52 presented Congressional Gold Medal by Reed ’93 for service to country

Alfred Station resident, AU professor emeritus of ceramics, and member of the AU Class of 1952 Wallace “Wally” Higgins was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal May 8, 2015 during an Allegany County (NY) Office for the Aging luncheon at the American Legion, Belmont. The presentation was made by Congressman Tom Reed, R-Corning, AU Class of 1993.

Will ’08 earns international scholar award for doctoral thesis work involving breast cancer

Marie Will, AU Class of 2008 and a student in the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering M.D.-Ph.D. program, New York City, is one of 85 doctoral students nationwide selected to receive a Scholar Award from P.E.O. International. She was nominated by the P.E.O. chapter of New York, NY.

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.

Keep your AU family updated!

Your AU friends and classmates like to know what’s going on in your life. You can keep them updated by contributing to the Class Notes in the Alfred Magazine. We will be publishing the next edition in early summer and would like to hear about your family activities, professional moves and achievements, personal accomplishments, and see your entertaining photos!

Hubs and Spokes with Alfred Blokes

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

The “Hubs and Spokes with Alfred Blokes” tour will kick off  Saturday, June 6 in Auburn, NY.  This year the group will enjoy two-day stays and regional exploring in Auburn, Canandaigua, and Letchworth State Park as it makes its way to Alfred for Reunion Weekend 2015, June 12-15.

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.

Call for artists

The 2015 Plein Air Arts Fest will be held on Saturday, July 25 on the eastern side of Seneca Lake. To Sign Up: pay a $40 artist fee through Monday, June 1. After June 1st the fee will be $50.
Pay online (link below) or by phone, 607.546.5557. Be sure to fill out the artist application (link below) and send to Damiani Wine Cellars 4704 Rt. 414, Burdett, NY 14818.

E-news is an electronic newsletter for Alfred University alumni and friends to provide the latest in alumni news and events, campus happenings, and sports. If you have news to share in classnotes or in our online magazine, please contact Debbie Clark, alumni publications editor, or you may call her at 607.871.2040.

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