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May 26, 2016

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Scholes Library of Ceramics presented prestigious public relations award for last fall's 'Harry Potter's World' project

Alfred University’s (AU) Scholes Library of Ceramics is winner of a prestigious John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award for its fall 2015 “Harry Potter’s World” project. Scholes is one of eight national/international libraries selected by five judges from dozens of entries.

With art librarian Eva K. Sclippa as coordinator, Scholes Library brought in the National Library of Medicine’s traveling Harry Potter exhibit and created around it a comprehensive marketing campaign that both showcased its own collections as well as staff creativity. The project celebrated all things Potter in a tiered campaign that brought the entire community – campus and village – together.  

Register today for Reunion 2016!

Celebrate yesterday and today at Reunion 2016. Mark your calendars and plan to join us Friday-Sunday, June 10-12. Everyone is welcome with special invitations extended to – Alfred’s Golden Saxons (anyone who graduated 1965 or earlier) and the classes of: 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001.

AU music professor invited to Budapest to perform Haydn 'Mass' solo

Dr. Luanne Crosby, AU professor of music and director of choirs is in Budapest, Hungary to perform as soprano soloist in the Haydn “Lord Nelson Mass.” Invited by conductor Dr. Lawrence Wyatt, she will perform with the Dohnanyi Orchestra and combined choirs from the United States and Hungary.

Amy Karle '02 explores intersection of art and technology through 3-d printing

Amy Karle, who earned her BFA from Alfred in 2002, is the subject of a feature story for her current work.  She is attempting to grow a replice of her hand using stem cells and a scaffold created by 3-D printing.  Married to Ben Julian, also BFA '02, Amy now makes her home in San Francisco.


Flurry of personal bests and ECAC championship title leads Spicer to E8 Field Athlete of The Week

Alfred University men's outdoor track and field student-athlete, Seth Spicer (Corning, NY/Corning-Painted Post), earned Empire 8 Field Athlete of the Week on Monday afternoon.

The sophomore claimed the ECAC Outdoor Track & Field Decathlon Championship title after sitting in third place after day one at Westfield (MA) State University.

Golf scramble to benefit AU athletics

Alfred University is hosting a golf outing as part of Reunion Weekend to benefit the AU intercollegiate athletic program.

The 2016 Alfred University Saxon Golf Classic will be held Friday, June 10, at the Wellsville Country Club. Proceeds from the four-person scramble tournament will directly benefit all 19 AU intercollegiate athletic teams.

Viviano ’95 takes a new look at cities in glass exhibition

The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norwalk, VA is taking a new look at the timely topic of water and sea-level rise via an unexpected approach to these issues with “Norwood Viviano - Cities: Departure and Deviation.” Norwood is a member of the AU Class of 1995 and an associate professor of art and design and the sculpture program coordinator at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI.

Piraino's School Record Tabs Her Empire 8 Track Athlete Of The Week

Sophomore distance runner, Lindsay Piraino (Nunda, NY/Keshequa), earned the Empire 8 Track Athlete of the Week recognition after her performance last week.

Emeritus professor publishes 'Firewood and Ashes,' fourth poetry collection

The latest book by Ben Howard, professor emeritus of English at Alfred University (AU) and longtime Alfred resident, has been published by Salmon Poetry at Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland.

“Firewood and Ashes: New and Selected Poems” is the fourth poetry collection by Howard to be published by Salmon since 1997. Critic Adam Tavel, writing in Poetry Northwest (a national literary journal), describes the book as a “career-spanning collection” which “displays the poet's lyrical sonorousness, formal mastery, and spiritual inquisitiveness.”

Still time to join Hub & Spoke ‘16 tour

Greetings from the Reunion 2016 bike crew! We are finalizing the routes for the June 2016 Ride to Reunion, a hub and spoke tour, with the ride to kickoff at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. The ride will begin Saturday, June 4 and will wrap up on Friday, June 10, for the beginning of Reunion Weekend at Alfred.

Anyone interested in joining us for the entire ride, for a portion of the ride, or who wants to greet us along the way may contact David Holleb ’77 at

Goldenberg ’74’s paintings and porcelain at San Ramon festival

Ceramic artist Eileen Goldenberg, AU Class of 1974, will have paintings and porcelain at the San Ramon (CA) Art and Wind Festival, Sunday and Monday, May 29-30, in Booth 221.

Rochester-area alumni: You’re invited

Join us in welcoming Dr. Mark Zupan, chosen as the 14th president of Alfred University for his proven track record in scholarship, academic leadership, strategic planning, promoting curricular innovation, fundraising, and forging partnerships within his community.

Art Force 5 superheroes to spend their summer in Rochester, NY 'artistically' addressing social issues with city residents

A team of seven Alfred University (AU) students, many Rochester city school graduates, will serve their hometown this summer by addressing social justice issues with their artistic superhero-themed approach. 

The Art Force 5 program was recently awarded the 2016 Unite Rochester Challenge grant to support the creation of nine mosaics, a mobile construction process which will strive to engage thousands of residents in conversations about community issues and available resources.

Gholson ’97, Henneke ’95 announce: the ‘Cousins in Clay’ are coming!

Bulldog Pottery owners Bruce Gholson, AU Class of 1997, and Samantha Henneke, ’95, write:

“So what happens when you mix Julia Galloway ’88, Dug Stanat, Tara Wilson with Bruce Gholson, Samantha Henneke , and Michael Kline? - You get a diverse group of outstanding artists all creating with clay. We invite you to be curious and dig into a smorgasbord of clay creations” Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, June 5 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 3306 U.S. Highway 220 Alt., 5 miles south of Seagrove, NC.

Wayne Higby, Ginger Miller, Marlin Miller, Les Gelber and Charles Edmondson Museum finally finds a home at Alfred University

It was 30 years ago when the late Robert Turner, a professor emeritus of ceramic art, observed that “Alfred University really should have a museum of ceramic art.”

Lantz recognized as 'Supporter of the Arts' by Cattaraugus Arts Council

Dr. Lisa Lantz, chairman of the Alfred University (AU) Performing Arts Division, was honored this spring by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) for her work as artistic director and founder of the MostArts Festival at the University.

Lantz was lauded as Supporter of the Arts and Cultural Sector during the council’s 2nd Annual Celebration of the Arts at the Bartlett Country Club, Olean, last month.

Students, clubs receive honors during annual spring Student Leadership Dinner

A number of Alfred University (AU) students and clubs were recognized for outstanding contributions to the campus during the annual spring Student Leadership Dinner. Honored groups included club and organization presidents, orientation guides, student-athletes, Alfred’s Newest Talent graduates, Women’s Leadership Academy graduates, resident assistants (RA), and Marlin Miller Outstanding Senior nominees.

McElligott ’90 enters theatrical world with ‘Backbeard the Pirate’ musical production

Matthew McElligott, AU Class of 1990, will see some of his children’s book characters come alive on stage as the children’s musical production based on several of his “Backbeard the Pirate” books opens at the Schacht Fine Arts Center Theater, Theatre Institute at Sage, The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY, Wednesday, June 1. “Backbeard: A New Musical,” a collaboration of Matthew (book and lyrics), Michael Musial (music and lyrics), Larry Tuxbury (book and lyrics), and Brian Sheldon (book), will run through June 12, 2016.

Article by Bryant, former AU administrator now student, appears in spring edition of regional journal

An article written by Dr. Sylvia Bryant of Alfred, current mental health counseling major in the University’s graduate program, appears in the spring 2016 edition of the NARACES (North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision). “Intersection and Interstices: Becoming a Culturally Competent Counselor” discusses how counselors can work to achieve multicultural counseling competence.

Higby, juror for ‘Biennial State of Clay’ exhibition, to present gallery talk

Wayne Higby, professor of ceramics, Robert C. Turner Chair of Ceramic Art, and director of the new Alfred Museum of Ceramic Art at AU, is the juror for the 9th Biennial State of Clay exhibition hosted by the Lexington (MA) Arts & Crafts Society. The show runs through Sunday, June 5 in the Parson Gallery, 130 Waltham St., Lexington, MA.

Higby will give a gallery talk during the opening reception Friday, May 20, 6-9 p.m.

Soda-glazed ceramics created by AU adjunct on display in Wellsville (NY)

The ceramic artwork of Eugenia Firth Meltzer, adjunct in the AU Performing Arts Division, is on view this month in the lobby of the Wellsville branch of the Steuben Trust Co., Highland Avenue. There will be a public reception for the Alfred artist Friday, May 20 from 3-5 p.m.

Matteson ’60's memoir explores his long journey as a bisexual husband

“I Took Both Roads: My Journey as a Bisexual Husband,” by David R. Matteson, AU Class of 1960, is described on the Amazon website – where the book is available – as “both eye-opening and inspiring. It is a timely, sensitive exploration of a topic through a loving and accepting lens.”


Campus Phi Beta Kappa chapter inducts 11 new student members this spring

Alfred University’s Alpha Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) inducted 11 new student members during a ceremony this spring.

Founded in 1776, PBK is considered to be among the most prestigious of honor societies, dedicated “to the ideal of excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.”

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