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October 14, 2016

Molten iron meets fresh water in Water for Haiti project
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Water for Haiti project

ALFRED, NY (Oct. 13) – When Hurricane Matthew blew across Haiti early in October, it not only killed hundreds of island residents; it also devastated the basic mechanics of everyday life, including the collection of clean drinking water.

Alfred University Geology Professor Michele Hluchy notes much of Haiti’s drinking water is drawn from surface water sources: rivers and streams that now are crammed with storm debris and other waste, ripe breeding grounds for deadly public health hazards.

The dire situation has created an extraordinary level of urgency for a course Hluchy is teaching, “The Water Planet,” which this year is studying drinking water systems on Haiti and underscoring the need for groundwater infrastructure: mechanisms that pull safe, drinkable water from underground wells.


AU to Award First Fiat Lux Awards in Pre-inaugural Festivities

ALFRED, NY (Oct. 14, 2016) – Fiat lux – “Let there be light” – has become a major leadership theme for AU President Mark Zupan, as he prepares for his formal inauguration as AU’s 14th president on Saturday, Oct. 22.

 “I want you to think about light,” Zupan told university faculty and staff, at the annual breakfast meeting that kicks off AU’s academic year. “Light illuminates, and thereby dispels darkness. Light also warms, and the warmth our students feel tells them ‘People care for me here.’”

Zupan now has initiated The Fiat Lux! Award, recognizing outstanding accomplishments of AU alumni, and will present the first three awards Friday, Oct. 21, at a pre-inaugural dinner on the AU campus.

AU Professor Rob Reginio is a fan and scholar of the music and lyrics of Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan AU Professors Applaud Nobel Honor for Bob Dylan

ALFRED, NY (Oct. 13, 2016) – Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate?

The announcement Thursday that American musician Bob Dylan had won the Nobel Prize for Literature came as no surprise to Alfred University faculty members who grew up under the sway of Dylan’s influence, and even incorporate his work in their classes.


Alfred University Professor Hope Childers AU’s Hope Childers wins SUNY Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

ALFRED, NY (Oct. 11, 2016) – “Transformative,” “passionate,” and “dynamic” are only a few of the words used to describe Alfred University Assistant Professor Hope Childers. Recognition of her excellence on the AU campus now extends throughout the SUNY system.  Childers, a member of the Division of Art History at the New York State College of Ceramics, has been honored with a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.


AU grad Michael Beitz featured on CNN Style

The sculpture of Michael Beitz, a 1999 graduate of Alfred University, was featured in a recent review of American sculptors on CNN Style (

Search for Coexistance Theme of 2016 Lefkowitz Lecture

ALFRED, NY (Oct. 12, 2016) – Dr. Jonathan Ray, a renowned scholar of medieval and early modern Jewish history, will deliver the 2016 Leonard and Saradona Lefkowitz Lecture in Jewish Studies at Alfred University on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 5:30pm in the Nevins Theater.


AU Saxons football team moves up five spots in poll

The Alfred University football team is ranked 25th in this week's American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) national Division III poll.

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