AU People

AU People Catherine Enke Turcer, a 1988 Alfred University alumna, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology and Gerontology from AU and completed graduate work in social group and research at the University of Connecticut (West Hartford). Currently, Turcer is the director of Ohio Citizen Action’s Money in Politics Project, which tracks and exposes the campaign funds of Ohio candidates. Turcer is also a public interest lobbyist and advocate for redistricting reform, greater transparency in government, and good election administration. She is also a regular panelist on WOSU's Columbus on the Record, a public television program analyzing the issues that affect Columbus and Central Ohio. In June 2006, Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell gave Turcer The Spirit of Democracy Award in recognition of her work as legislative director for the Ohio Citizen Action. Turcer said that her experience at Alfred University gave her a really well-rounded education, which enabled her to have careers in two very different fields: social work and politics. Turcer’s fondest memory of Alfred U is Brick Hall. “Whenever I think of Brick Hall, I smile. I loved all the noise and excitement of dorm life. I loved the Brick Cafeteria and that strange place called Skang,” she said.