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October 2, 2015

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Homecoming game to showcase first-time action for Saxons vs. Morrisville State

Saturday’s Homecoming game between the AU Saxons and Morrisville State Mustangs marks the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Action begins at 1 p.m. at Yunevich Stadium.

The visiting Mustangs, previously members of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), became a football affiliate member of the Empire 8 this season.

Performing Arts bringing diverse musical style of strings duo Dez Cordas to campus

The Alfred University (AU) Division of Performing Arts presents Dez Cordas (Ten Strings), Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Howell Hall, on campus. The recital is free and open to the public.

Dez Cordas is an unusual duo featuring double bassist Craig Butterfield and guitarist Matthew Slotkin. Both musicians are classically trained yet show their diverse musical roots in pieces by South American composer Astor Piazzolla, jazz pianist Chick Corea, Hungarian composer Bele Bartok, and their own original works. The musical experience of a Dez Cordas concert is a melting pot of the individual musical influences of both Butterfield and Slotkin.

AU welcomes Chinese digital print/photographers for weeklong visit

The Alfred University (AU) Division of Expanded Media, The Institute for Electronic Arts (IEA), and the Fosdick Nelson Gallery will host two of China’s most important contemporary digital print/photographers Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center for a free public lecture. 

In addition to their evening program, Chi Peng and Yao Lu will be visiting and working with IEA students and faculty in the School of Art and Design during the week of Oct. 5.

Cody Gittens ’93 announces several new LINKs programs

Bea Montgomery discusses her upcoming role in “SS Nirvana, The Musical” opening Oct. 20 at Minton’s Playhouse, New York City, in this Sunday’s (Oct. 4) LINK production at 5:30 p.m. The program is produced by La-Verne Cody Gittens, AU Class of 1993 and may be found at: (Chan 2); Time Warner #56, RCN #83, FIOS#34. LINK presents  “Everyday Dramas in the Lives of African Americans.”

AU president's Bergren Forum to take a look at 'Putin and the Future of Russia'

Alfred University (AU) President Dr. Charles M. Edmondson will discuss “Putin and the Future of Russia” during the University’s next Bergren Forum, Thursday, Oct. 8, at 12:10 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center.  The weekly lunchtime series is free and open to the public.

On the heels of  President Obama’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in New York City last week, Edmondson’s talk will explore how “American politicians are increasingly citing Russia as a general threat to global order and as a specific threat to the interests of the United States.

Faber ’09 converts ‘big’ vision into ‘large’ community centerpiece for Burlington

Alissa Faber, a teaching artist with Burlington (VT) City Arts and a member of the AU Class of 2009, had a vision last winter for sharing colorful art work she had seen in classrooms and community centers and sharing it with the whole town. Her idea was to share how Burlington residents – children, teen-agers, and adults – “see” their community.

A philosopher’s take on dealing with prejudice

Emrys G. Westacott, professor of philosophy, had one of his pieces posted on 3 Quarks Daily, a website which “gathers” items involving science, design, literature, current affairs, art, and anything else the editors deem fascinating six days a week – Tuesday-Sunday.

‘Cutie’ and ‘Cider’ join the pumpkin party at Plucinsky '93's Glass Academy event

Michelle Plucinsky, AU Class of 1993, co-owner of The Glass Academy, West Dearborn, MI, writes that because of demand, the Academy’s 7th annual Glass Pumpkin Fest Show is expanding for two weekends this year, Saturday and Sunday Oct. 10-11 and 17-18 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Each day will feature Michigan-made, hand-crafted, glass pumpkins, new “Cutie” and “Cider” pumpkins, and live glassblowing at the West Dearborn studio, 25331 Trowbridge.

Art professor awarded NYS Council on the Arts grant

Dale Inglett, associate professor of art in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Alfred University (AU), is the recipient of a NYS Council on the Arts and the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes grant.  He is one of 12 recipients of the award, given for his work “Cymbal Array, Harmonic Distortion Field and Mood Generators.”

Paintings of California ‘City and Sea’ to be on view during Rick ’79’s solo exhibition

Gay Summer (Sadow) Rick, AU Class of 1979, writes that she will have a solo exhibition of her latest work, "Gay Summer Rick: City and Sea," at the bG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, CA, Saturday, Oct. 17 through Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. There will be an opening reception Oct. 17 from 5-8 p.m.

Tavche Gravche bringing its Balkan-flamenco-jazz sound to Miller Theater

Alfred University (AU) welcomes Tavche Gravche, a multi-national Balkan, flamenco, and jazz-infused acoustic ensemble, to Miller Theater at 7:30  p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 for a free public concert. the event,sponsored by Hillel at Alfred, is free.

Tavche Gravche combines traditional and original Macedonian and Mediterranean sounds, creating dynamic music with explosive danceable rhythms and the energy of Balkan music. Reviewers note the group pushes the boundaries of its unique blend of cultures, rhythms, and colors to become an all-encompassing adventure for the listener.

2015 Lefkowtiz lecturer Moore to explore 'Urban Origins of American Judaism'

Dr. Deborah Dash Moore, an internationally respected historian of American Jewish history, will deliver the 2015 Leonard and Saradona Lefkowitz Lecture in Jewish Studies at Alfred University (AU) on Monday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m.

“Urban Origins of American Judaism,” a public lecture sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, will be in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center; admission is free.

Symposium to explore 'How Sustainable is Sustainability?'

Alfred University (AU) will host its second annual sustainability symposium Friday, Oct. 23, on campus in Miller Theater from 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. “How Sustainable is Sustainability?” will explore the various aspects of sustainability as they pertain to business, engineering, the liberal arts, and the world we live in.

Featured speakers include Dan Fogel, director of the master of arts in sustainability program and a graduate school research professor of sustainability at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC; John Coker, executive vice president, corporate strategy, brand development and marketing, AVI Foodsystems Inc., Warren, Ohio; Amanda Vizcarra, AU Class of 2004, director of hospitality at her family-owned  Becker Farms, Gasport;  Katherine Jennrich, senior manager energy services, Walmart; and Kady Cowan, healthy operation manager, Carolinas Healthcare System, North and South Carolina.

Clemo ’10 and Williams ’95 present ‘Timeless’ ceramic art exhibition

Blair Clemo, AU Class of 2010, and Blake Williams ’95 have a joint exhibition at Pewabic Pottery, Detroit.

“Timeless, A. Blair Clemo & Blake J. Williams” features their wheel-thrown and press molded works referencing the extravagance present in the European Decorative Arts as interpreted through a contemporary studio practice.

University well represented by faculty, alumni at 11th annual PacRim Conference

Several University faculty members and alumni participated in the 11th International Conference of Pacific Rim Ceramic Societies (PacRim-11), Jeju Island, Korea, in late summer. The conference, which rotates to different countries each year, provides a global forum for presentations and information exchanges on the latest emerging ceramic technologies.

Lexington (NC) Glassworks gathering

Alfred University Alumni Billy Guilford, Ashleigh Hardes, and Geoff Koslow, all members of the Class of 2010, invite you to come to Lexington Glassworks Friday, Oct. 16 from 6-9 p.m. to mingle with other AU alumni, parents, and friends and experience the art of glass blowing featuring Angus Powers ’00, associate professor of glass at AU. Witness firsthand the artistic abilities and dedication it takes to create some of the most beautiful glass pieces in the country.

Herzog ’79’s ‘Angel of History’ flies solo at Brooklyn gallery

“Shift: The Angel of History” is a solo exhibition by Elana Herzog on view at Studio 10, Brooklyn through Sunday, Oct. 25. Elana is a member of the AU Class of 1979.

Gallery notes explain: “Her installation addresses the relationship between material and memory, activating the space through drawing, painting, and stitching. An entire jacket has been pulled apart to form vertical sutures in the walls. The room itself is splitting at the seams.”

Oktoberfest returns to Friendsville, TN

Alumnus William Rice ’78 and his wife, Debbie, invite you to attend their 6th annual Oktoberfest event, Saturday, Oct. 17, from 2-5 p.m. in their home. Come and enjoy a casual afternoon of mingling with local AU alumni, parents, and friends. Food and beverages will be served.

Exhibition highlights AU ties to Experimental Television Center

An exhibition  at the Hudson Street Gallery at Hunter College’s Master of Fine Arts Campus highlights the history of the Experimental Television Center, and its ties to Alfred University’s (AU) School of Art & Design.

Gerber ’07’s ‘Sensation’ on view at Penn State Altoona

Paintings by Clarissa R. Gerber, AU Class of 2007, will be on view from Thursday, Oct. 8 through Sunday, Dec. 13 at Penn State Altoona’s Sheetz Gallery of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. The exhibition “Sensation” is open to the public free of charge; there will be a reception Oct. 8 from 3-5 p.m. in the Titelman Study of the Center.

Clarissa is an assistant professor of art at Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio.

Horse and rider hit the campus ‘trail’

Freshman Haley Ruffner, an English major minoring in business and equestrian studies, is off to a good start, according to an ongoing series of reports she’s been making on Horse Nation, a website designed for horse people to indulge their obsessions with like-minded horse people.

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