AU People

AU People Tim DeJong, a member of the Alfred University class of 1982, was recently selected to receive the 2009 Alfred University Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement. Tim studied ceramics, sculpture, and glass while a student at Alfred. He transferred in his senior year to Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, where he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree. Though he did not graduate from Alfred University, Tim considers his time at Alfred University as the second most pivotal moment in his life. He describes Alfred as “weird and wonderful.” He said the first most pivotal moment in his life was when he told his father he didn’t want to go to college. Taking the tough-love approach, his father sent him to Seattle with a one-one ticket and $350, and instructed him to work his way back to New Jersey, which Tim did. Tim has employed a number of AU students over the years and never hesitates to hire an AU grad who applies for work. He currently owns and operates Wimberley Glass Works, Inc., a well-known tourist attraction which has been heralded as a “must see” and a “Hill Country treasure.” Tim has an adopted daughter from China who is 8 years old. He has lost 85 pounds training for marathons after a “cardiac event” he was warned he could experience 10 years ago. Tim believes that “Anybody who achieves an education from Alfred University should consider themselves one of a lucky few. The University has a way of pulling the world into its small enclave where students are exposed in safety and security to all that the world encompasses. That’s what I value the most.”