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THE ALFRED UNIVERSITY WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

September 4, 2015

Harry Potter's owl Hedwig helps reveal some of the secrets from his owner's "World" in part of the exhibition on display at Scholes Library through Oct. 10. (See article below.)
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Come ‘Home’ to Alfred Oct. 2-3

This year’s Homecoming Weekend, Friday, Oct. 2-Saturday, Oct. 3, is full of fun: tailgate picnic; over-21 tent; bonfire; football; celebration of women athletes; women’s tennis; Hall of Fame 2015 member induction; women’s volleyball; and more!

As a special attraction, AU Alumnus Eric Jones ’97, caricature artist, will be on campus to bring your expressions to life!

AU Saxons football opens season vs. Husson Eagles

Saturday’s Saxons football game marks the fourth meeting between AU and the Husson

University Eagles, from Bangor, Maine, with Alfred winning all three previous games in the series. The last time these two teams played, last year in Alfred, the Saxons won, 34-17. The last time they played in Bangor (in 2006) AU won 24-7.

Residence Life to host blood drive

On Tuesday, Sept. 8 Residence Life at Alfred University will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Knight Club, Powell Campus Center.  Faculty, staff, students, and community members are all invited to participate. All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free haircut from Sport Clips.

Bergren Forum leads to 'A Potter's Paradise'

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

In her talk, “A Potter’s Paradise: Ceramics and Craft Ideology in Modern Japan,” Meghen M. Jones, assistant professor of art history, will explore the historical, cultural, and ideological factors making ceramics a universally recognized and prized form of creative expression in Japan. Business moguls, museum curators, the imperial family and, of course, master potters are all part of this dynamic history stretching from the late nineteenth century to today.

Environmental series to bring 'Food Justice' to the table

Elizabeth Henderson, founder of Peacework Organic CSA, Rochester, will present “Food Justice: What it means and why we need it in New York State” as part of Alfred University’s (AU) Environmental Studies Speaker Series, Friday, Sept. 11 at 12:20 p.m. in Roon Lecture Hall (Room 247) in the AU Science Center.  Everyone is welcome to attend, admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

ABC's ‘Here and Now’ to feature interview with artist Baker-Caldwell '05

Jordan Baker-Caldwell, AU Class of 2005, writes that his interview with Sandra Bookman will air Sunday, Sept. 13 at noon on an episode of ABC’s “Here and Now.” “I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Ms. Bookman and talk about ‘Ascension,’ my recent metal work, and some new projects I have coming up.”

Alfred’s a ‘smart’ kind of town!

According to an article by G. Scott Thomas appearing in the Sept. 1, 205 edition of Buffalo Business First, Alfred is the number one town in Western New York when it comes to measuring smarts in the eight-county area. The community falls at the top of the list because it leads the area in three key measures: the highest percentage of adult residents who are high school graduates (98 percent), who hold bachelor’s degrees (65.2 percent), and who have earned advanced degrees (41.1 percent).

Truk ’95 reveals ‘Wishful Intentions’

There will be a public opening reception for artist Katie Truk’s site-specific installation “Wishful Intentions” on Friday, Sept. 18 at The Center for Contemporary Art (CCA), Bedminster, NJ, from 6-8 p.m.

Katie (Trukenbrod), AU Class of 1995, works entirely with wire and pantyhose, which she began experimenting with while an undergraduate.

Men’s lacrosse team slates alumni game

The Alfred University men's lacrosse team will hold its annual Alumni Game on Saturday, Oct. 3. The game will be at 6 p.m. at Yunevich Stadium and is being held as part of the University's Homecoming Weekend.

During halftime of the alumni contest, team awards from the Saxons' 2015 season will be presented. The 2015 team went 13-4 (5-3 Empire 8) and hosted the ECAC Division III championship tournament.

Alfred University men’s lacrosse makes two coaching appointments

Alfred University head men's lacrosse coach Jason Lockner has added two assistants to his coaching staff.

Timothy Priskey has been appointed assistant coach and Thomas Bardsley has been appointed graduate assistant.

Confucius Institute at AU hosting two-day Tai Chi and Health Conference in October

The Confucius Institute at Alfred University (CIAU) invites local and regional community members to a two-day Tai Chi & Health Conference Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3 featuring Tai Chi Grandmaster Yu An-ren of Changsha, China.

The conference will also include lectures and demonstrations on tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, and by Master Liu Gui-Fang and Master George Samuels, as well as Steve Crosby, AU professor of theater; Dr. Zhaojun Wang; Kevin Ferst, licensed acupuncturist; Sarah Nelson; and Chris Jordan.

AU brings 'World of Harry Potter' lore to all available muggles, wizards, and witches

From Monday, Aug. 31 through Saturday, Oct. 10, Scholes Library at Alfred University (AU) will host “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine,” an exhibition borrowed from the National Library of Medicine. The exhibit will be accompanied by a series of receptions, contests, lectures, and events on campus while the Alfred Box of Books Library on Main Street will also host a series of Harry Potter-themed activities.

Institute for Electronic Arts to showcase digital media artwork in new exhibition

The Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Alfred University (AU) will present “Typology/Morphology – Work from the Institute for Electronic Arts (IEA)” opening Friday, Sept. 4 and running through Friday, Oct. 9. 

 “Typology/Morphology” highlights artwork produced at the IEA in the School of Art & Design at AU. Approaching its 20th year, the institute was established to support artists working in digital media. The exhibition features the works of Cory Arcangel, Brandon Ballengée, Xu Bing, Robert Brinker, Lawrence Brose, Diana Cooper, Matilda Essig, FLATSITTER, Lindsey Glover, Ann Hamilton, Phil Hastings, Oliver Herring, Xiang Jing, Pamela Joseph, Luftwerk, Thane Lund, Traci Molloy, Joseph Nechvatal, Chi Peng, Sondra Perry, Janet Pritchard, Kiki Smith, Emil Schult, Ari Tabei, Woody Vasulka, and Huang Yan.

Buffalo gallery features work by AU instructor, students

Work by Alfred University (AU)  students and their instructor are featured in an exhibition that will be at the Burchfield Penney Gallery through Sunday, Sept. 27.

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.

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.

Rosenfield ’75 includes AU in memoir

Wayne D. Rosenfield, AU Class of 1975, writes, “I have recently published a book, ‘Great Necessities, A Gaucher Memoir’ available on Amazon, that includes a few pages about the role of Alfred University in my life’s narrative.”

McElligott ’90 opens ‘Mad Scientist Academy’ for young readers

Matthew McElligott, AU Class of 1990, has a new children’s picture book, “Mad Scientist Academy: The Dinosaur Disaster,” released in July 2015 and published by Crown Books for Young Readers. It is the first in a series “Mad Scientist Academy” books about science.

AU Football Team does ‘A really good thing’ for Hornell, Canisteo youth programs

In his Aug. 21, 2015 feature article – “A really good thing” in The Evening Tribune, Hornell, NY, reporter Ryan Papaserge highlighted a recent event which brought young people from the Hornell Area Concern for Youth and Canisteo Valley Youth Center together with members of the AU Football Team for an evening of food, college sports, and entertainment.

Video art professor offers unique perspective on classic film

Peer Bode, professor of Video Art in the School of Art & Design at Alfred University (AU), brings a unique perspective to his discussion of the cinematographer’s work in the new release of the Special Edition Criterion Collection Blu-Ray DVD of “Dressed to Kill,” a 1980 film directed by Brian DePalma.

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