AU Press Releases

Alfred University names Rainford, Reed Outstanding Seniors

Alfred Univesity Outstanding Seniors Cheyenne Rainford and Quintin Reed

Alfred Univesity Outstanding Seniors Cheyenne Rainford and Quintin Reed

Alfred University seniors Cheyenne Rainford and Quintin Reed have been named recipients of the 2017 Marlin Miller Outstanding Senior Award. Both students will be honored at Alfred University’s spring commencement ceremony on May 13 and will address the graduating class, faculty, administration, trustees, and guests.

Rainford, a resident of Sherburne, N.Y. and described in her nomination as “smart, savvy, accomplished, personable, ethical, and hardworking,” is a Communication Studies major and has served as managing editor of Alfred University’s Fiat Lux since her second year. She loves the “tough stories,” according to Professor of Communication Studies Robyn Goodman – stories “that have the promise of helping the Alfred University community deal with real issues in real ways.”

Alfred University Vice President of Student Affairs Kathy Woughter seconds Goodman’s nomination of Rainford, noting she has accomplished “the trifecta of experiences for students who really love Alfred University: tour guide, orientation guide and resident advisor.”  Woughter notes Rainford also is a rider on the University’s equestrian team and, for her senior capstone project, assisted Woughter in recruiting for the Alpha Kappa Omicron leadership and social change awards.

“I believe Cheyenne is about as well-rounded a student as we have at AU,” Woughter says.

Rainford says Alfred University presented her with a huge range of opportunities for an undergraduate education. “AU packs so much opportunity into such little time,” she says. “It’s like a good story: you get something new every time you come back to it.”

She is the daughter of Paul and Laura Rainford, also of Sherburne.

Reed, a resident of Hartford, Conn., is described by Professor of Political Science Robert Stein as “engaged in the subject, open to new perspectives, constantly synthesizing class material with experiences and with his other classes.” A Political Science major with a minor in Philosophy, Reed is credited with reviving the Political Science Club and helped cover the 2016 Election returns for WLEA Radio in Hornell. He has served the Alfred University community in myriad additional ways, including working as a resident advisor, serving as peer leader for a First Year Experience course, and even winning a poetry slam contest.

“What makes Quintin so special is how ubiquitous he is, but in an unassuming way,” Stein writes. “From the time he arrived at Alfred, Quintin has taken advantage of all that college life has to offer. …He does not participate in all of these things to pad his resume. He participates out of an interest in the activity itself – in contributing to the community and in growing personally through that process.

Reed is the son of Karin Reed of Harford, Conn., and James Reed of Plainsville, Conn.

He says his education at Alfred University was marked by strong individual relationships with professors who encouraged him to develop and follow his own interests. “There’s an environment of personal accomplishment with community support at AU,” he says. “My professors encouraged me to develop strong relationships with them, and those relationships supported my pursuit of my own goals and education.”

Winners of the Marlin Miller Outstanding Senior Award are chosen on the basis of scholarship, extracurricular achievement, personal character and conduct and nominated by faculty, students and staff. The award was established to honor Alfred University alumnus Marlin Miller ’54, one of Alfred University’s most generous supporters.  Miller has been a member of Alfred University’s Board of Trustees since 1972.