Alfred University unveils ‘link’ common area between Tefft, Moskowitz residence halls
Alfred University on Friday unveiled a new common area connecting Tefft and Moskowitz halls. The University also commemorated renovations completed on the two residence halls, and announced the Board of Trustees has approved renovating two others.
ALFRED, NY – Alfred University on Friday unveiled a new common area connecting Tefft and Moskowitz halls. The University also commemorated renovations completed on the two residence halls, and announced the Board of Trustees has approved renovating two others.
The two-story common area, a Link between Tefft and Moskowitz, was funded by a gift from Marlin Miller ’54, H ’89, ’19, a member of the Board of Trustees and one of Alfred University’s most generous benefactors. Several guests – including faculty staff, students, and members of the Board on campus for the Trustees’ fall meeting – were on hand.
The amply-furnished Link can be accessed from the ground and second floors of both residence halls. Ceiling-to-floor windows make it light and inviting, and there is an outdoor gas fire pit with a seating wall, adorned with original artwork by Olivia Piazza ’19, graphic designer in the Alfred University Marketing and Communication Department.
Greg Connors ’92, Board of Trustees chair, said the Link project was approved after Credo, a comprehensive higher education consulting firm that specializes in working with colleges and universities, recommended creating a common space where students could congregate and socialize.
“This turned out so well,” Connors commented. “I want to thank the Moskowitz family and Marlin Miller for all they’ve done for our University over the years.”
Renovations to Moskowitz Hall were completed over the summers of 2017 and 2018, while work at Tefft Hall was done over the summers of 2018 and 2019. Jamie Babcock, executive director of capital projects and facilities at Alfred University, said the projects included total renovations to student rooms; renovations and redesigns of restroom and shower facilities; construction of new common areas on ground floors, including kitchen and lounge facilities; and renovations to residence directors’ rooms and offices.
Renovations of Moskowitz Hall – formerly Reimer Hall, named for the late John Reimer ’35, a philanthropic supporter of the University – were funded by a gift from Trustee Ann Moskowitz, wife of late Trustee Joel Moskowitz ’61. Joel served on the Board from 1983 until he passed away in 2015; Ann joined the Board in 2017.
Mark Zupan, Alfred University president, thanked Ann and Joel for their generosity, which helped fund projects integral to the University’s ability to house students in the wake of the Greek system being disbanded in the early 2000s. In addition to renovations at Moskowitz Hall, the Moskowitz family also funded the construction of two other student residence facilities: Joel’s House, opened in 2004, and Ann’s House, opened in 2009.
Joel Moskowitz co-founded Ceradyne, a California company that manufactures body armor used by the military and first responders. “They (Ann and Joel) have made the world and Alfred a better place,” Zupan remarked.
“I am glad I was able to help,” Moskowitz commented. “The Link is gorgeous. I hope students enjoy both buildings for a long time.”
David Reimer, John Reimer’s grandson, received a copy of the plaque commemorating John Reimer’s philanthropy. “I greatly appreciate the opportunity to be here and share in this celebration,” David Reimer commented.
Zupan recognized Miller for his continued contributions to the University, which have included gifts to construct Miller Performing Arts Center, Miller Theater, and the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, as well as endowed chairs in the School of Art and Design and numerous scholarships. Miller’s gift to fund renovations at Tefft Hall honors Phillip W. Tefft ’39, H ’75, who was chair of the Board of Trustees when Miller joined the Board as an alumni-elected trustee in 1972. Miller, who has been on the Board for 47 years, credits Tefft for teaching him what it means to be a Board member and philanthropist.
“Marlin saw (the Moskowitz Hall project) and said we could make the same magic at Tefft Hall,” Zupan commented.
Consultants recommended creation of a common area between Tefft and Moskowitz halls, as a way to bring students together. Miller agreed to provide funding for the Link project, which was completed Oct. 24.
“When (the Link) was suggested, I thought about how kids in high school have a tough time making friends,” Miller said. “Too many students go to class, to their rooms, to dinner, back to their rooms: they don’t socialize as much. I hope students will bring their friends here and make it an important place for Alfred.”
Bradley Keough, Student Senate president, expressed his appreciation on behalf of students. “I used to live in Tefft. I walk in and if go ‘Wow!’ Thank you to all the donors who made this possible,” Keough said.
The Moskowitz and Tefft renovations, and construction of the Link between the two, represent an ongoing commitment by the University to invest in student housing. At the Link unveiling ceremony, Zupan announced that trustees have approved renovations at two other residence facilities: Openhym Hall and the Crawford section of the Pine Hill Suites. Construction on the projects will begin next summer and are expected to cost a combined $10 million.
Miller and Connors have pledged $2.5 million $1.5 million, respectively, for the Openhym/Pine Hill Suites projects. Miller made his commitment as a challenge grant to help raise the $10 million needed to make the residence hall upgrades.