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November 9, 2023


Mary Johnson, director of Foundations in Alfred University's School of Art and Design, collaborated with Dr. Josh Thomas, assistant professor of astronomy and director of the Stull Observatory, and first-year Foundations students in the class "Looking to Understand." The students used magnifying glasses as well as sun spotter devices from the observatory to observe both small and large objects. They transformed these observations into illustrations, and later those drawings were manipulated in Photoshop to create a vinyl window installation in Harder Hall. During their visit to the observatory, students saw sunspots using a heliostat with Dr. Thomas and observed solar flares through an H-Alpha filter telescope demonstrated by Dr. David Toot, the observatory support scientist and retired physics professor. Students shown above using a sun spotter outside the Cohen Art Studio on Main Street are (clockwise from top): Max Martinez, Bri Nicoloff, Jamie Shannon, Kacey Lo, and Alex Diaz.

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Alfred University acquires nanoindentation equipment used to study material properties

The Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University has acquired a state-of-the-art piece of equipment researchers will use to characterize various mechanical properties of materials ranging from hard alloys to soft biomaterials.


Emma J. Robinson ’16 appointed chair of Judson Leadership Center Advisory Board

Alfred University alumna Emma J. Robinson ’16 has been appointed chair of the Beth Robinson Judson Leadership Center (JLC) Advisory Board. Robinson, whose appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2024, takes over for current chair Sherry Walton ’80, who has served in the role since 2006.


High school math students shine at Alfred University competition

More than 100 students from area high schools visited the Alfred University campus last week for the annual W. Varick Nevins III High School Math Competition.


Professors Schultz, Freyn present in panel discussion at public relations conference

Alfred University faculty Pamela Schultz, professor of communication studies, and Shelly Freyn, associate professor of marketing, took part in a recent panel discussion that focused on building innovative connections between colleges while working with professional clients on real-world projects.


Alfred University holds Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremonies

Alfred University hosted its annual Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in an on-campus event held Saturday, Nov. 4. Four new members were welcomed into the Hall of Fame, while the University also recognized a Distinguished Alumnus and a Team of Distinction.


Retired Alfred University History Professor Gary Ostrower continues his investigations into strange life and career of former professor Edward Sittler

Alfred University Professor Emeritus of History Gary Ostrower’s essay “The Strange Case of Edward Sittler,” a study of the life and career of an Ohio-born academic who renounced his American citizenship and broadcast Nazi propaganda to American troops during World War II, then tried to reclaim his U.S. citizenship and started a teaching career in the U.S., was recently published in the journal Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historique.


Alfred University Theatre Department presents ‘Marisol’

The Alfred University Theatre Department’s production of “Marisol,” an intense and powerful theatrical showcase of magical realism, will be staged Nov. 9-11 in Miller Theater on the Alfred University campus.


First-year M.F.A. student publishes review in CAFA Art Info

An art review by Chris Golub, a first-year M.F.A. student in Alfred University’s School of Art and Design, has been published by CAFA Art Info, one of the world's most influential art publications.


November 13 - 19, 2023 This Week in the Arts

Public events in the School of Art & Design + Performing Arts Division, week of November 13-19, 2023. All events are free and open to the public.

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