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July 24, 2015

It's slimy business at the Polymers & Metals Science camp but somebody has to do it! Another successful camp season coming to a close at the end of the week.
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Student-athletes excel in the classroom, make positive impact on local community

Alfred University's intercollegiate athletic teams enjoyed unprecedented success in competition in 2014-15, but also excelled in the classroom while making a positive inpact on the local community.

The AU Department of Athletics recently released its spring 2015 academic report, which showed significant improvements over the 2014-15 academic year.  The University's 17 NCAA-affiliated sports teams logged a combined cumulative grade-point average of 3.008 for spring 2015, up from the combined GPA of 2.991 posted after the Fall 2014 semester.

Illinois organist/carillonneur to close out summer '15 Wingate recital series

Sue Bergren, principal organist at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Naperville, IL will be the final 2015 guest for Alfred University’s (AU) Wingate Memorial Summer Carillon Recital Series Tuesday, July 28 beginning at 7 p.m. at the University’s Davis Memorial Carillon.

Bergren is active as a carillon recitalist and regularly performs on the Naperville Millennium Carillon.

Two AU swimmers, recent graduates garner academic accolades from national coaches

Two former members of the Alfred University men's swimming and diving team, who graduated in May, have been cited for their work in the classroom.
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) released its list of Scholar All-Americans this week and David Coombes (Dansville, NY/Dansville) and Joseph Rogers (Dublin, OH) were given honorable mention.

Attention alumni: Do you have a credential file at CDC?

Credential files (letters of recommendation, certifications) are maintained at the Career Development Center for 10 years after graduation. Pre-Health and Pre-Vet folders are maintained indefinitely.

Wagner ’95 ‘plants’ one-of-a-kind ‘Glass Lily Garden’ in Michigan gallery exhibition

“Glass Lily Garden,” a solo exhibition “planted” by April Wagner, AU Class of 1995, is “growing” at the North Campus Research Complex at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, through Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. The exhibition features a variety of glass lilies in vibrant colors displayed in both exhibition cases and on the wall.

There will be a closing reception for the exhibit Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 5-7 p.m., in the Building 18 Lobby. “Glass Lily Garden” is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The gallery is at 2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor. For more information, please visit:

Rhoads ’01 seeking green, plastic bottles for upcoming mega installation in Seattle

Alumnus Wil Wakely, AU Class of 1952, who has maintained contact with glass artist Kait Rhoads, AU Class of 2001, since taking the glass art up in his retirement, sent along news of Kait’s need for plastic green bottles for her upcoming public art piece slated to be installed in the center of Seattle, WA September 2015-January 2016.

Do you recall your senior class gift?

We kindly ask for your assistance as we gather a comprehensive list of senior class gifts made through the years. These are the legacies (sometimes physical gifts such as trees and furniture, and sometimes scholarship funds) most classes collectively left to AU upon graduating. While our records show many specific class gifts, some are, unfortunately, proving harder to find in our archives.

Honorary alumnus Hoover busy as a bee keeping hives in Lewes, DE community

Honorary alumnus Dean Hoover, adjunct professor emeritus of mathematics and former Alfredian who currently resides in Lewes, DE with wife Sharon, honorary alumna and professor of English emeritus, was featured in an article appearing in the July 14, 2015 edition of the Cape Gazette. The piece details how at Cadbury at Lewes, where the couple now makes their home, Dean is known at the bee man.

Washington State historian seeks information on WW II insulators

Historian Gerald Elfendahl is collecting resources for a history of a popular public park on Bainbridge Island, WA. He has written seeking information from alumni, former faculty, or friends who may have knowledge of the park, which was a U.S. Navy Radio Transmitter Station during World War II.

In particular, Elfendahl is seeking information on an insulator made by LAPP Insulators, which carried the weight of an 800-foot steel transmitter tower.

National website identifies Alfred University as one of its 25 'Great Value Colleges' for animal-loving students, a website designed to assist students in finding the best degree suited to them, has listed Alfred University (AU) at number eight on its list of  “25 Great Small Colleges for Animal Lovers.”

AU leads the three New York State colleges cited – and is the only private NYS institution listed - with the State University of New York (SUNY) at Canton positioned at number nine and SUNY Oswego at 16. In making the list, AU is recognized as a Great Value College by the website.

Art major earns 'Best of Show' in SUNY-wide exhibition at NYS Museum

Recent Alfred University (AU) graduate Anna Liem earned a Best of Show Award in the Best of SUNY (State University of New York) Student Art Exhibition at the NYS Museum, Albany for her 2014 ceramic piece “Convulsions.”

Liem, of Los Angeles, is one of three statewide winners of a $1,000 scholarship attached to the Best of Show Award.  She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from AU’s the School of Art and Design, College of Ceramics (a statutory unit of SUNY) this past spring. The daughter of Chris and Hee Nam Liem, she is a graduate of Idyllwild Arts Academy.

Art students’ project heralds Corning Museum of Glass’s recent expansion

Sophomore glass students in AU’s School of Art and Design, College of Ceramics, participated in a unique project this past spring. To celebrate the expansion of The Corning Museum of Glass, the team at The Corning Museum of Glass Shops reached out to the University to discuss the possibility of commissioning a piece for sale.

Kohler steps down as director of University Equestrian Program, remains head coach

Nancy Kohler has stepped down as director of the Alfred University Equestrian Program. She will remain in the program as head coach of the intercollegiate hunt seat riding team and as an instructor in equine studies.

Kohler, who was appointed program director prior to the 2007-08 academic year, left that post effective Tuesday, June 30.

‘From the Earth’ will 'sprout' July 25

Linda Huey, AU Class of 1993, writes with the details for the eighth annual “From the Earth,” Saturday July 25, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Alfred and the nearby community.

“From the Earth” celebrates our connection to the land in meaningful, creative, informative, and educational ways, reads the event literature.

Young Pianist Gagliano wins MostArts competition grand prize

A 13-year-old from Washington, D.C. took home Grand Prize honors in Alfred University’s (AU) Young Pianist Competition, which highlighted the weeklong (July 5-11) MostArts Festival 2015.

Avery Gagliano received a $10,000 cash award after judges selected her over seven other finalists in the competition open to high school students ages 12-18. Gagliano also received an additional $500 prize as winner of the Audience Favorite Award for her Thursday night performance of the “Mozart Concerto No. 20.”

The $2,500 second prize was awarded to Victor Xie, a 17-year-old from Palo Alto, CA. He also received an additional $500 for his Friday evening performance as the Audience Favorite.

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