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April 17, 2015

King Alfred admires the view overlooking a greening University campus, finally awakening from a very long winter season.
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RPI professor selected to present annual spring Samuel R. Scholes Memorial Lecture

Alfred University’s (AU) annual Samuel R. Scholes Memorial Lecture will be given by Dr. Minoru Tomozawa Thursday, April 30 at 11:20 a.m. on campus in Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Tomozawa, professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, will talk about “Glass and Water: A New Glass Strengthening Method.” He will cover newly discovered beneficial effects of structurally integrated water on glass.

Intermittent issues with incoming telephone service

Please be advised that Alfred University is currently experiencing intermittent issues with our telephone service that may cause callers to get messages to the effect of “The number you have reached is no longer in service or has been disconnected” when attempting to call into an AU office telephone.

Female athletes: We'd like to hear from you!

Alfred University plans to highlight the role that the athletic experience played in women’s lives at AU and beyond. We are looking for stories and photos that illustrate the experience of women athletes at AU throughout the decades. This is a collaborative effort among AU’s Student Affairs, Athletics, Archives, and University Relations divisions. Plans include an online timeline and memory book, and will culminate in celebratory events at Homecoming 2015.

MFA students exhibiting works on campus, in Alfred, Hornell

Now through May 8, Alfred University (AU) students who are candidates for the master of fine arts degree from the School of Art and Design will open shows of their work and deliver gallery talks at various locations in and outside of Alfred.

University and village choral groups plan evening of 'Songs of Love and the Moon'

The Alfred University (AU) Division of Performing Arts presents “Songs of Love and the Moon” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the Alfred Seventh Day Baptist Church, 5 Church St., Alfred. The concert, open to the public free of charge, will feature the AU Chorus, the AU Chamber Singers, and the Alfred Volunteer Choir Company.

Symphony Orchestra to perform all-Russian concert with guest David Peter Coppen

Alfred University’s (AU) Division of Performing Arts invites the public to enjoy a free concert featuring an all-Russian program by the AU Symphony Orchestra and guest pianist David Peter Coppen, Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Theater.

The concert will showcase the ever-popular “Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky followed by the hauntingly lyrical “Third Piano Concerto” by Serge Rachmaninoff - an Alfred debut.

Performing Arts Division presents the spring Student Vocal Recital

All are welcome to attend the Alfred University (AU) Performing Arts Division’s spring Student Vocal Recital on Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m. in Susan Howell Hall. Admission is free.

The recital will feature performances by students from the studios of Dr. Luanne Crosby, professor of voice and chorus, and Rebecca Weaver, adjunct professor of music.

Saxon softball team moves into Top 25

The Alfred University softball team, in the midst of a school-record 16-game winning streak, has moved into the top 25 of the national rankings.

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) released its weekly Division III poll today and Alfred is ranked 23rd. The Saxons (22-2), who have been ranked just outside the top 25 all season, last appeared in the NFCA top 25 in 2010. That year, AU made its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III playoffs and reached 25th in the NFCA poll.

Metzinger ’98’s One World Symphony TV interview to air again

On April 3, CUNY TV aired reporter Paul Lin’s interview and feature on One World Symphony and Composer-Conductor Sung Jin Hong as a part of the station’s Asian American Life program, an in-depth news magazine showcase that addresses topical issues affecting the Asian American communities nationwide and profiles Asian American leaders.

Lin spoke with Hong and Managing Director Adrienne Metzinger, AU Class of 1998, about One World Symphony’s mission, history, Operasodes®, and Hong’s upcoming opera based on Hannibal Lecter.

Korean Student Association hosting piano concert

Alfred University’s (AU) new Korean Student Association  is celebrating its first successful year on campus with a recital by Sun Young Lee, professional pianist, Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in Miller Theater.

Men's lacrosse off to best start since 1994

he Alfred University men's lacrosse team is off to its best start since 1994, currently sitting with an 11-1 overall record and 4-1 record in the Empire 8 while three players maintain statistics in the top 20 in the NCAA.
The Saxons eleven wins this season is the most by any men's lacrosse team at Alfred University since 1995 where the team finished 13-4 under Coach Al Brown.  Additionally, 11-1 is the best record to open a season since 1994, where AU began the season 12-1 before dropping their regular season finale to Adelphi, 14-13.  The 1994 Saxons earned an NCAA Division III Playoff bid, and fell in the opening round to Hobart College, 19-13.

'The Unbeatable Coolness of Cat Sweaters' will slink up to the University's Bergren Forum podium at lunchtime April 23

Alfred University’s (AU) longstanding lunchtime series, the Bergren Forum, continues Thursday, April 23, at 12:10 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center with “The Unbearable Coolness of Cat Sweaters: Camp, Kitsch, and the Hipster.” The program is free and open to the public.

In her talk, Sarah Cote, visiting lecturer in English, will explore “some of the ripple effects that ‘hipster’ culture has made on the mainstream. I will discuss how and why some people find value and meaning in consuming culture ironically and will consider how the aesthetic margins affect the center and vice versa.

Saxons’ Wickwire earns ECAC softball honors

Alison Wickwire (Towanda, PA/Towanda), a senior pitcher-first baseman on the Alfred University softball team, has been named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Upstate Player of the Week.

Wickwire was honored for her play in two home doubleheaders last week, in which the Saxons went 4-0 with sweeps of Empire 8 Conference foes Utica and Ithaca. For the two games, she hit .500 (4-for-8) with a four homeruns (two grand slams), six runs scored and 10 RBIs.

Empire 8 names Saxons’ Wickwire Softball Player of the Week

Alison Wickwire (Towanda, PA/Towanda), a senior pitcher-first baseman on the Alfred University softball team, has been named Empire 8 Conference Player of the Week.

Wickwire was honored for her play in two Empire 8 home doubleheaders last week, in which the Saxons went 4-0 with sweeps of Utica and Ithaca. For the two games, she hit .500 (4-for-8) with a four homeruns (two grand slams), six runs scored and 10 RBIs.

Jazz Band Concert to offer wide variety of musical styles

All are invited to attend the Alfred University (AU) Jazz Band concert Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Theater. Under the direction of Christopher Foster, the band will play a wide variety of jazz styles.

Performances include “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” by Duke Ellington; “Cool,” from “West Side Story,” by Leonard Bernstein; “Blue Rondo a la Turk” by Dave Brubeck; “The Theme” by Miles Davis; “Land of Make Believe” and “Children of Sanchez” by Chuck Mangione; Dave Mills’ “Heard it in the Blues;” Bret Zvacek’s “702 Shuffle;” and “Running of the Bulls” by Doug Beach and George Shutack.

Symphonic Band sets program for spring 2015 concert

The Alfred University (AU) Symphonic Band, under the direction of Christopher Foster, will perform its spring 2015 concert on Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Theater. The public is welcome; admission is free.

Wayne Higby art represents U.S. work in Beijing exhibition of modern ceramics

A modern ceramic exhibition hosted by the Chinese National Academy of Arts runs through Sunday, April 19at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing.

Work by Wayne Higby AU professor of ceramic art and Robert C. Turner Chair of Ceramic Art, College of Ceramics, is included with that of three other ceramic artists from Europe, Japan, and China – countries or regions that have played important roles in the formation and development of modern ceramics in the world.

Dean/professor emeritus to deliver keynote at Rutgers

L. David Pye, dean and professor emeritus of glass science at Alfred University (AU), has been invited to present the Malcolm G. McLaren Distinguished Lecture at the 2015 MGM Symposium sponsored by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

Glass design professor's work ‘AGLOW’

Work by Sarah M. Blood, assistant professor of glass design at AU, is on display in AGLOW, a neon exhibition showcasing 12 local, national, and international artists working with sculptural neon.

The art is on display now through Saturday, May 2 at the Work-/Release, a new project space at the renovated Texaco Building, 759 Granby St., Norfolk, VA.

Two Alfred University Western equestrian riders set for nationals

Two members of the Alfred University Western equestrian team will join a pair of AU hunt seat team riders at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championships later this month.

Senior Lexi Buckheit (Mansfield, PA/Mansfield) and sophomore Erica Wise (Dansville, NY/Dansville) qualified to compete in the IHSA Western Nationals after their performance at the IHSA Semi-Final show March 21-22 in Tallahassee, FL.

Goldenberg ’74 participating in Menlo Park (CA) Fine Arts Festival

Eileen P. Goldenberg, AU Class of 1974, is participating in the three-day Menlo Park (CA) Fine Arts Festival April 17-19. She will have her ceramic salad bowls, salt cellars, cup, vases, artist bowls (with brush), plates, and more available.

Chew brews ‘Witchcraft’ in Ithaca’s Ink Shop

Digital prints and mixed media artworks by Camille Chew, AU Class of 2013, are on view in “Witchcraft” at the Ink Shop, through Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Camille was previously a summer intern at the shop.

See you in Cleveland at Ceramics Expo!

Alfred University will be exhibiting at Ceramics Expo April 28-30, at the I-X Center, Cleveland, Ohio and we’re inviting all of our friends and colleagues to join us for the launch of this exciting new show! This major industry gathering is the only one of its kind that provides a marketplace for the entire ceramic manufacturing supply chain.

Odell ’98 reveals ‘Cut-outs and Cartoons’ at Long Beach library

“Cut-outs and Cartoons,” art and illustration by Long Beach artist Lara Odell, AU Class of 1998, is on display at Long Beach Public Library, 101 Pacific Ave., through Thursday, April 30, 2015. The exhibit may be found in the display cases on the first floor.

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