Nicholas Basta, a 1993 Alfred University alumnus, received his Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering from AU and attended the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard. Basta spent most of his time doing theater at Alfred, including credits in the production of "Our Town" and a performance piece for his senior show. He says that his mentor while at Alfred was Dr. Becky Prophet. "She was a wonderful influence and her faith and love has helped me through all the tough times," said Basta. After college he moved south and ended up in New Orleans to pursue his love of music. Discovering that the Big Easy was not quite suited to his style of music, he again turned to acting. After meeting his future wife Joanna at an audition for the aptly titled play "Once in a Lifetime," it was time to settle on one artistic endeavor: acting. Basta has appeared in popular television shows such as "Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Special Victims Unit." He also played supporting roles in such films as "American Pie," "Trans-Siberian Prose," "Sunflowers," and "A Grey Matter." Basta’s fondest memory of AU was his senior year, when he co-founded the "ITC" (Improvisational Acting Company) along with several of his peers. "We had an acting troupe ‘The ITC’ that was motivated and talented in setting up our own projects," said Basta. Basta’s advice for future or current AU students is that if there’s anything else you could do to be happy, then do it and to "make sure you have skills in everything you can… the more you can do, the more doors that will open."