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July 31, 2015

Work is progressing on a streamlined main entryway at the south end of McMahon, including a dynamic steel, cut-out sign designating the building as home of the Inamori School of Engineering.
Campus News
Ph.D. candidate earns national materials science award

Peter Metz, a Ph.D. candidate in Alfred University’s (AU) Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, will receive the 2015 Jerome B. Cohen Award from the International Centre for Diffraction Data. The award, along with a $1,000 check, will be presented at the 64th annual Denver X-ray Conference, Aug. 5 in Westminster, CO.

Men's basketball earns Academic Excellence Award from national panel

The Alfred University men's team earned a spot on the 2014-15 National Association of Basketball Coaches Team Academic Excellence Award recipient list as made official by the NABC the on Wednesday afternoon.
The Saxon squad joins a group of over 175 colleges and universities from NCAA Divisions I, II and III as well as NAIA Divisions I and II in bolstering a team cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2014-15 academic year.

Exhibition features contemporary, historical ceramic pieces

“Global Flows: Ceramics from the Permanent Collection,” an ongoing exhibition curated by Meghen Jones, assistant professor of art history at Alfred University (AU), will be on display until Friday, Aug. 7 in the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Binns-Merrill Hall.

The exhibition features contemporary works from artists such as Michael Cardew, Karen Karnes, and Cindy Sherman as well as historical pieces including a pre-Columbian jaguar effigy vessel from Costa Rica, a 17-century Shigraki jar, and a 19-century Sunderland plaque.

Cody Gittens ’83 continues LINK documentary series

LINK Classics, part of a cable series produced by La-Verne Cody Gittens, AU Class of 1993, features these upcoming programs:

“The Art of Valerie Kirk,” Sunday, Aug. 2, 5:30 p.m.

“Tribute To The Art Of James A. Gittens, Documentary of New Sculpture Workshop, 3,500 Years of African and African American Sculpture,” Sunday, Aug. 9, 5:30 p.m.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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