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February 12, 2016

Alfred University’s 14th president-designate, Mark Zupan, introduces himself to the campus community Wednesday during a public meeting in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center.
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Alfred University Board names Mark Zupan as 14th president

ALFRED, NY (Feb. 10, 2016) – A world-class scholar and academic leader who can build on the strengths of Alfred University (AU) will become the 14th president of one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Western New York. The Alfred University Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Mark Zupan as the 14th president of the University, effective July 1, 2016.

President-designate introductory video

Leslie J. Gelber ’77, chair, Alfred University (AU) Board of Trustees and chair, Presidential Search Committee, sent a message to the AU community Wednesday, which read, in part:

“…In our search for a new president for Alfred University, we wanted someone who demonstrated scholarly excellence, who has forged successful partnerships within the public and private sectors, and who has developed strong academic programs.

National casting center invites community to 'Pour Your Heart Out' fundraiser

Alfred University’s (AU) National Casting Center Foundry, 1016 Route 244, Alfred, will be the site of the “Pour Your Heart Out” event sponsored by the Sculpture Dimensional Studies Division, Saturday, Feb. 13 from 1 until 5 p.m.

The Center invites the community to “Make Art for a Cause;” all proceeds will go equally to benefit the Eaklor (an AU professor) Medical Expenses Fund and The Foundry Guild Student Club. The event is open to adults and children (with supervision); a small donation is required to make your keepsake.

Senior publicly premieres horror drama

“The Devil’s Triangle,” a horror drama written and directed by Andrew Hazer, an Alfred University (AU) double major in English and theater, will debut Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in the C.D. Smith Theater, Miller Performing Arts Center. Two additional performances are slated for and Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. Admission is free. (Please note: Viewer discretion is advised as “The Devil’s Triangle” contains mature content.)

Soccer coaches hosting campus for elementary, middle school students

Alfred University’s (AU) soccer program will offer a co-ed soccer camp for elementary to middle school-aged children Monday, Feb. 15- Thursday, Feb. 18 in the McClane Center gymnasium.

AU presents three evenings of Dance Theater Concert

Alfred University’s (AU) spring 2016 Dance Theater Concert programs will feature the work of internationally renowned choreographer/teacher/performer Bridget Moore and six University students in performances Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 18-20 at 8 p.m. in the Miller Performing Arts Theater.

Tickets are required for all shows. Reservations may be made by visiting the web box office at; by emailing, or by calling 607.871.2828. Admission is $5 for the general public; $2 for students.

Alfred University day of hoops celebration will honor two of Saxons' greatest teams

Alfred University has planned a day of celebration around its men's and women's basketball programs, inviting fans of the Purple & Gold to campus for the Saxons' season home finale, during which two of the greatest men's teams in the 98-year history of the program will be honored.

On Saturday, Feb. 20, the Saxons' men's and women's teams will take on Empire 8 Conference rival Elmira College. The men's game starts at 2 p.m. with tipoff for the women's contest to follow at 4 p.m. Senior players – forward Jeremy Johnson (Martinsburg, WV/Martinsburg) for the men and guard Sarah Kichman (Portville, NY/Portville) – will be recognized as they play their final home games.

Alumni reception in Boca Raton

You are invited to an AU Alumni Reception at Broken Sound Country Club, Boca Raton, FL, Tuesday, March 1, from 6-9 p.m. Please join AU President Charles M. Edmondson and his spouse, Dr. Laura Greyson, as they welcome alumni, parents, and friends.

Enjoy cocktails and an expansive hors d’oeuvres and dessert buffet hosted by AU Trustee Eric ’69 and Susan Bershad.

Bergren Forum to offer winter driving tips via chemistry

Alfred University’s (AU) longstanding lunchtime series, the Bergren Forum, continues Thursday, Feb. 18, at 12:10 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center with a new look at winter driving. The program is free and open to the public.

In the presentation “Understanding Chemistry through Cars – The Chemistry of Winter Driving” Geoff and Ruth Bowers, chemistry professors at AU, will not only lecture but also demonstrate how chemistry keeps us safe while driving during the winter using simple chemical demonstrations.

It's Wearin’ O’ the Green time for Buffalo-area alumni, parents, and friends!

AU Alumni Chris Robinson, Class of 1986, and Scott Robinson ’84 invite Buffalo-area alumni, parents, and friends to join them at their annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Sunday, March 13, from 1-3 p.m. at a new location – Sean Patrick’s Restaurant, 3480 Millersport Highway, Getzville, NY.

AU professor of sculpture featured in six-artist exhibition at Indiana State

Work by Brett Hunter, associate professor of sculpture in the School of Art & Design at Alfred University (AU), along with that of his collaborator, Chattanooga, TN artist/professor Katie Hargrave, is included in a six-artist show currently on view at the University Art Gallery at Indiana State, Terre Haute.

Reunion Ride: Hub & Spoke Tour locations!

Greetings from the Reunion 2016 bike crew! We are developing 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.

West ’06 showing ‘Unmet’ portrait series

AU alumna Christina A. West, Class of 2006, is showing a solo selection of work in “Unmet” at the CG2 Gallery, in the Wedgewood/Houston arts neighborhood of Nashville, TN.

Gallery notes read: “The ‘Unmet’ series are portrait busts that do not meet our expectations for what a portrait would typically present about a person’s likeness. According to West, ‘they highlight the alienation that I inevitably feel with others because their thoughts and feelings are inaccessible; I can never be in another’s head as completely as I am in my own.’

Staff member, students honored with 2016 Alfred Spirit of Service Awards

An Alfred University (AU) staff member, a student, and a volunteer group of students were all honored last month with Spirit of Service Awards at Alfred’s annual Celebration of Service ceremony.

Oakman ’14 carries on Alzheimer's art/memory project

An article appearing on the North Country (Canton, NY) Public Radio website notes: “A group of artists in the Saratoga Springs region is preparing for another season of creating art, building community, and raising awareness about Alzheimer's disease and those touched by it.

Professor's snow and ice cities point out climate change, human condition

Kathryn Vajda, adjunct assistant professor in the School of Art & Design at Alfred University (AU) will exhibit digitally simulated cities she has constructed of snow and ice at INDIGO art in Buffalo, beginning Friday, Feb. 5 when there will be an opening reception for “Configuration recent work of Kathryn Vajda and Bryan Hopkins” from 6-9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Painting professor recognized with grant from Pollock-Krasner Foundation

Alfred University (AU) faculty member Kevin Wixted, professor of painting, School of Art & Design, has been awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant for 2016.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. was established in 1985 for the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to individual visual artists of established ability.

DiBello ’65, ’69 and Pietropaolo ’11 fortunate to ‘Meet … In The Greenroom’

Joe Di Bello, AU Class of ’65, ’69 (“the famed ‘Miracle at Merrill’ ’63 football team), is a columnist for the Delaware & Hudson Canvas, a dominant arts and entertainment publication in New York’s Hudson Valley. He writes that while on assignment at the Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville, NY the performance and abilities of a young and capable actor, Justin Pietropaolo, came to his attention.

Perry ’12 featured in Art In America

Sondra Perry, AU Class of 2012, who was a visiting artist in the School of Art & Design last November, is featured in the February 2016 edition of Art In America magazine in an article titled “First Look: Sondra Perry” by Jessica Lane.

To read it, please visit:


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