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University welcomes young students to academic/athletics summer programs

Alfred University welcomes high school and pre-high school students to campus each summer to partake in academic and athletics summer programs, sample life on a college campus, and meet other students with similar interests and abilities.

Members of the University faculty staff all academic institutes. The sports camps offer pre-college athletes an opportunity to advance their skills working with award-winning head coaches and assistant coaches.

When not in class, students enjoy recreational activities as well as free time for relaxation. A team of resident directors and resident advisers who are specially trained to serve as camp counselors, mentors, and friends provides out-of-class supervision. Students in University residence halls and meals are served in the University dining hall.

To register for programs, visit associated Web sites to request an enrollment/application form and more information. Questions can be directed to the Office of Summer Programs at 607.871.2612 or e-mail

The 2009 Swimming Camp taking place from Sunday, June 28- Thursday, July 2 is for swimmers ages 12-16. The camp is designed to enhance the technical aspects of stroke, training, and strategies needed for each camper to compete at the top level of competitive swimming. Practice sessions are held in a 25-yard, indoor, competition pool, located in Alfred University’s McLane Center. The cost is $495 for residential campers and $375 for commuter campers. Team and sibling discounts are available. The deadline for registration is Monday, June 1. (Late registration will be accepted only if space is available.) For more information visit

The Equestrian-English Camp allows riders to do flat work in the morning and ride over fences in the afternoon. Students will define realistic personal goals at the beginning of the week and their lessons will be directed toward helping them achieve their goals. A student show will be held at the end of the week to allow riders to demonstrate the skills they have learned. This camp takes place from Sunday, July 19-Thursday, July 23. The registration deadline is Monday, June 15 and the cost is $775.

There are also day camps for English and Western riders. The camp is for students ages 8-16, Monday, July 27-Friday, July 31. The cost of the day camp is $375/week.

For more information about both the residential and day camps, visit

The Lacrosse Team Camp for high school teams takes place from Wednesday, July 8- Friday, July 10. Acquire more information by contacting Coach Jason Lockner, head coach of the Alfred University Men’s Lacrosse Team at
There also are Football Team Camps taking place from Sunday, July 12- Thursday, July 16 and again from Sunday, July 19-Thursday, July 23, for high school teams. For further information contact Director and AU Head Football Coach Dave Murray at

Information about the Soccer Day Camp from Monday, July 27- Friday, July 31 and for the Soccer Overnight Camp from Monday, Aug. 3- Friday, Aug. 7 can be obtained by contacting Scott Miller, head coach of the men’s soccer team at Alfred University at

The Tennis Skills Day Camp takes place Monday, Aug. 3-Friday, Aug. 7 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Alfred University Tennis Courts. This camp is for students entering grades 7-12. The cost is $150 and the enrollment deadline is Wednesday, July 15. For more information, contact the Summer Programs Office at 607.871.2612 or e-mail

The Astronomy Institute is for students entering grades 10-12. It is conducted at the Stull Observatory on the Alfred University campus from Friday, June 12-Wednesday, June 15. Alfred University physics and astronomy faculty direct the program. Students enjoy a mix of night and daytime activities involving extensive use of the observatory’s telescopes and electronics. Some institute topics include astronomical basics, variable star photometry, asteroid astrometry, and photometry. Students also study lunar and planetary science, solar flares, stellar evolution, CCD imaging, galactic structure, special relativity, black holes, cosmology, and spectroscopy.

Applications are due Friday, April 15 and the institute fee is $795. For more information visit

“How to Get into a Top Art School” is taking place from Sunday, July 19-Thursday, July 23. This institute is for students entering grades 11 or 12 who wish to prepare to continue their education at a top art school. Topics include building a strong portfolio and careers in the arts. The program features portfolio reviews, drawing sessions, a trip to a professional artist’s studio, and presentations on different artists’ career paths. Students will bring their portfolios to campus with them for review. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 15 and the institute cost is $725. For more information visit

The Creative Writing Institute is offered twice for students entering grades 10-12 who love to write and wish to hone their writing skills. The first institute takes place Sunday, June 28-Thursday July 2, and the second institute takes place Sunday, July 5-Thursday July 9. The application deadline for both sessions is Wednesday, April 15.

Students participate in writing-intensive exercises designed to address the elements of craft: voice, character, image, scene, and setting. They also read and discuss the work of established authors, investigating the strategies used to craft their poetry and prose. Students have an opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty, as well as to attend readings by visiting writers. The institute fee is $725. For more information visit

The Theater Institute, taking place from Sunday, July 5-Saturday, July 18 carries a fee of $1,995. This intensive, two-week program is for students interested in learning more about theater production and performance. Students work on improving skills and developing new levels of expertise in two or three areas of performance and/or technical theater. A college credit may be available for juniors and seniors. Applications are due Wednesday, April 15.

Theater Day Camps are also scheduled for Sunday, June 29-Thursday, July 3, and Monday, July 6- Friday, July 10. The day camps are for students who have completed grades 3-9. The enrollment deadline is Friday, June 12. For more details visit