AU in the News

Alumnus gains acclaim for 'Shopping Bag Intricacies'

Gustavo Galvan '10 just completed an eight-week residency through Snug Harbor Artist Residency Program (SHARP) and produced a one-man exhibition  that Staten Island Live calls "an ingeneous wardrobe of 'wearable structures,' which are dresses or art or both, even as they provide an object lesson in recycling, adaptive re-use and sustainability."


Jax Deluca '05 named executive director of Squeaky Wheel

According to an article in the Buffalo News, Jax Deluca, who received her BFA degree from Alfred University in 2005, is the new executive director of Squeaky Wheel, a media resource center and exhibition space in Buffalo. Deluca has been with Squeaky Wheel since 2005, and was named its programming director in 2007.

Young alumna profiled in Rochester paper, online

Lauren Mastin '07, an accountant with the Bonadio Group in Rochester, breaks the stereotype of accountant-as-nerd in profile in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and online at


Faculty member offers parenting advice

Long-time Alfred University faculty member Lou Lichtman, professor of psychology, offers parents some advice for how to deal with their toddlers in an article on


Mark E. Cook '93 named collegiate soccer coach

Mark E. Cook '93, who was the Saxon goalkeeper for two years during his career at Alfred University, has been named head women's soccer coach at North Dakota State University after a very successful stint as coach of a highly competitive club league.

Herbert MacDonell '50 profiled in Washington Times

Forensic scientist Herbert MacDonell, who earned his Alfred University degree in chemistry in 1950, is profiled by the Washington Times as an expert in blood splatter evidence. An article on him also appears in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.


Women's Leadership Center gains attention

A national conference of program directors for women's leadership centers that began on the Alfred University campus a year ago continued earlier this month with a gathering the Washington, DC, hosted by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). A report on the meeting, which was attended by Julia Overton-Healy, director of Alfred University's Women's Leadership Center, and Sherry Walton, chair of the AU Women's Leadership Center's advisory board, appeared on an AAUW blog.

Shales takes another look at Duchamps' 'Fountain'

In a column in The Daily Beast, Blake Gopnick writes "We all know that after Marcel Duchamp installed a urinal in a 1917 New York art exhibition, the genre-bending, class-stretching, anti-craft freedoms of contemporary art follow from that moment—or do they? Scholar Ezra Shales has flushed out a new truth.?"

AU professor loses bet, gains pink hair

When Geoffrey Bowers, assistant professor of chemistry at Alfred University, lost a bet to the students in his physical chemistry class, he agreed to teach class in a tuxedo, and dye his normally brunette locks pink. The Hornell Evening Tribune reported the story.


Alfred 'Smartest' small community in Western New York

An article in Business First of Buffalo says Alfred is the smartest small community in Western New York, based on the number of residents with baccalaureate and graduate degrees.


Alumna appointed federal judge

Cathy Bissoon '90 has been appointed a federal district judge for Western Pennsylvania. Prof. Robert Heineman, political science, recalls Bissoon as a student, says she will make a "fantastic" judge.

Boston Globe reviews Westacott's book

"The Virtues of our Vices," a new book on ethics by Emrys Westacott, professor of philosophy at Alfred University, is reviewed by the Boston Globe, which calls it "accessible, rigorous, and droll."


Westacott's 'Tightwaddery' course named 'hot' course by The Daily Beast

Prof. Emrys Westacott's Honors seminar on 'TIghtwaddery' is one of the hottest courses in the country, says The Daily Beast.


Peer Bode participates in New York Film Festival press conference

Peer Bode, professor of video art in the School of Art & Design at Alfred University, was among those who participated in a press conference that followed the press screening of filmmaker Nicholas Ray's final film, "We Can't Go Home Again," 1972-2010, at the New York Film Festival. Bode was a student in Ray's class at Harpur College, Binghamton University, and was among those who worked on the original version of the film.


Alfred University Rugby Club to show its stuff

Alfred University's Rugby Club will play the University of Rochester's club at Wellsville High School's athletic field Saturday, part of a initiative to introduce rugby at the high school level, according to an article in the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

Alumna bakes 'cupcakes with a kick'

"Make a stir and create cupcakes with a kick by adding booze to the batter," says Lancaster Online, referring to a book authored by Kate Legere, a 2000 Alfred University alumna. Legere, it says, "has whipped up a novel concept in her new cookbook, 'Intoxicated Cupcakes,' which calls for splashes of alcohol in her 41 tipsy treats.

Alumna receives international honors for print industry

Marianne Gaige '80, president and chief executive officer of Cathedral Communications, is among the 2011 honorees for OutputLinks Communications Group Women of Distinction Award. Recipients were honored Sept. 13 at a special ceremony at GRAPH EXPO in Chicago, Ill. The annual Women of Distinction Awards celebrate the numerous achievements of exceptional women---from around the globe---in the document communications, graphic arts and high volume transaction output industries.

Alfred artist/aerobat featured in aircraft owners' magazine

Lise Lemeland, assistant professor of painting in the School of Art & Design at Alfred University, is profiled in the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association magazine. Three of Lemeland's paintings were exhibited at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a branch of the National Air and Space Museum, at Dulles International Airport.

Pollard authors article for hazing prevention handbook

Norman Pollard, dean of students and co-investigator on Alfred University's seminal studies of hazing by college athletes and by high school students, is the author of "Hazing and Rites of Passage" in the annual planning guide published by


'Tightwaddery' course makes CNN list of 'most bizarre' courses

"Tightwaddery, or the Good Life on a Dollar a Day," an Honors seminar taught by Philosophy Professor Emrys Westacott, comes in at number 12 on a list of 22 'fascinating and bizarre' courses, as compiled by CNN.

Lights, camera action: AU's ITS director shares success using video to tell the story

Alfred University's faculty are using technology in innovative ways in their classrooms. Rather than simply telling the story, Gary Roberts, diretor of Information Technology Services, decide to create a series of videos to show how faculty are using technology in creative ways. It's spurred lots of conversations with others about how they, too, might take advantage of what new technology has to offer. He shares his insights in a blog post for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. The videos are available on Alfred University's Web site.


Alumnus featured as an 'emerging artist'

Rochester City Newspaper profiled nine "emerging artists," including Peter Pincus, who earned his BFA in 2005 and his MFA in 2011 from Alfred University.

Howard Paster, Clinton aide and AU alumnus, dies

The New York Times ran an extended obituary for Howard Paster, a 1966 graduate of Alfred University, who served as President Bill Clinton's liaison to Congress. Paster was instrumental in getting the NAFTA agreement passed.


'Pretty, Strange:' Alumna to exhibit work in Toronto

Julie Moon, who earned her MFA from the School of Art & Design at Alfred University, is exhibiting her work at Narwhal Art Projects August 11-September 4, 2011; reception: August 11, 7-10 pm.

New faculty join the Confucius Institute at Alfred University

Several new faculty have arrived in Alfred to work with the Confucius Institute at Alfred University.

Duserick won't seek re-election as Naples supervisor

Frank Duserick, professor in the College of Business at Alfred University, says he's stepping down as supervisor of the Town of Naples, an elective position he's held for the past six years.

Joel Moskowitz '61 profiled in 'Smart Business'

Joel Moskowitz, founder and CEO of Ceradyne, Inc., is profiled in "Smart Business" for his success in growing and diversifying the company.

Alumna approved as U.S. District Judge

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the appointment of Cathy Bisson '90 as a U.S. District Judge for Western Pennsylvania.

President Edmondson appointed member of th Western New York Regional Economic Development Council

Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed Alfred University President Charles M. Edmondson to the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council. Each council is charged with developing a blueprint for the region's future, competing for $1 billion in state funding.

Alfred's Confucius Institute offers Tai Chi to the community

Members of the Alfred community are learning Tai Chi from a member of the faculty of the Confucius Institute at Alfred University.

Lois Murdough Smith, Scholes librarian emeritus, dies at 100

Lois Murdough Smith died July 11, 2011, at Wellsville (NY) Manor Health Care. She had celebrated her 100th birthday on Sept. 10, 2010. Mrs. Smith retired as a librarian at Scholes Library of Ceramics, but she was well-known to generations of Alfred University students as a community activist and as the wife of C. Duryea Smith III, chairman of the Department of Speech and Drama.

AU's bike tour mentioned in USA Today blog

USA Today college blog mentions Alfred University's unique tour for prospective students, who may choose to see campus from the seat of a seven-passenger bicycle.

Heineman comments on NY 26 Congressional race

Federal "hot button" issues may decide the three-way race for the NY-26 Congressional seat. Robert Heineman, professor of political science, weighs in on the race in conversation with Buffalo News political columnist Robert McCarthy.

Inamori Kyocera Museum opening gains international attention

The May 10 opening of the Inamori Kyocera Museum of Fine Ceramics is garnering some international coverage, particularly in Japan, when Dr. Kazuo Inamori, the founder of Kyocera Corporation, is highly regarded for his business acumen, generosity and spirituality. While we're not including links to the articles that appeared in Japanese publications, Web sites in the U.S. are picking up the article as well.


Alfred's Miller Theater in the spotlight

The spotlight is on the spotlights at the new Miller Performing Arts Theater. The spotlights are part of what makes the theater, dedicated last October, one of the best in New York.

Pelliciotti '00 nominated for ABA Board of Governors

Michael Pelliciotti '00 is one of 10 people nominated to serve on the Board of Governors for the American Bar Association.

Alumnus interviewed by NPR on experience after Japanese earthquake and tsunami

Alfred University alumnus Jonathan Levine-Ogura '96 lives in Hanamaki, Japan (Iwate Prefecture) with his wife Chihiro and their children. Refugees from the devastated areas are being relocated to Hanamaki, 100 miles from the quake's epicenter. Jonathan told National Public Radio the city is running out of gasoline, kerosene and food, but the citizens are remaining calm. Jon is the son of Steve '61 and Michiko Levine of River Edge, NJ.

Levine-Ogura's relief trip to Otsuchi was featured on NBC Nightly News Monday, March 21. Using Twitter and Facebook, Levine-Ogura was able to round up supplies and volunteers to take them to the fishing village, one of many wiped out by the tsunami. Those who survived are living in their cars and wherever they can find shelter, in temperatures that are below freezing.

Chilton's prowess in commodity trading noted

When it comes to picking commodity stock, Richard Chilton '80 has an enviable record, according to an article posted on "Chilton’s largest long term holdings have gained 91.1% since March 2006. Considering SPY’s 11.7% return, Chilton's long term picks are extremely successful. This underlines Chilton's talent in picking long term winners. Investors might benefit by paying close attention to his long term investments," according to the article. Chilton received a degree in finance from Alfred University.

Alumnus crafting Metro buckles for guys on the go
Patrick Quinn '4, who earned a BFA with a concentration in sculpture, is profiled in the New York Daily News as the maker of an innovative "Metro buckle" that conveniently holds Metro cards. Quinn is now a blacksmith working at in metal-design shop, Total Metal Resource, in Brooklyn.

Brenton Brady signs with Erie Explosion
Brenton Brady ''07, a standout linebacker for Alfred University Saxons football from 2002-05, has been signed by the Erie Explosion of the Southern Indoor Football League for the 2011 season. Brady (6'1, 245) comes to the Explosion from the Rochester Raiders of the Indoor Football League where he was named to the 2010 IFL All-Pro Team. He finished the 2010 season ranked 4th in total tackles in the entire twenty-five team Indoor Football League. Brady finished his impressive 2010 campaign with 117 total tackles, 1 sack, 3 forced fumbles, and 4 pass break-ups.

AU librarian considers the future of academic libraries
Brian Sullivan, an instructional librarian at Alfred University, ponders the alleged demise of academic libraries.

Obama nominates AU alumna as US District Court Judge
President Barack Obama has nominated Cathy BIssoon, a 1990 alumna of Alfred University who earned a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1993, as candidate for a U.S. District Court Judge in Pennsylvania.

Saxons to face SUNY Maritime in first round of NCAA playoffs; Maritime coach ready for deployment
Alfred Saxons, heading into their second Division III NCAA football tournament in as many years, face the Privateers of SUNY Maritime College at noon Saturday at Merrill Field. The Privateers are 10-0 on the season, and playing for a head coach who has been called to active duty in Afghanistan, set to deploy by the end of the year.

Alum to head Albany FBI office
Clifford Holly '85 has been named agent in charge of the Albany, NY, office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is a 20-year veteran of the federal agency, reports the Albany Times Union.

Catch up on Saxon football on ESPN
Wondering how the AU football team is doing? ESPN now has a Saxon football page on its web site. Check it out!

Mauro '01, receives prestigious glass award
John Mauro, who earned bachelor's degrees in glass science engineering and computer science in 2001, and a Ph.D. in glass science in 2006, received the 2010 Woldemar A. Weyl International Glass Science Award, which is given every three years to a young glass scientist by The Pennsylvania State University and the International Commission on Glass.

Mauro, who is a senior scientist at Corning, Incorporated, picked up the prize at the XXII International Congress on Glass held in Salvador, Brazil, Sept. 22-25.

AU ceramic engineering professor discusses "Red Sludge" on NPR show
William Carty, professor of ceramic engineering in the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University, was interviewed on the Leonard Lopate show, aired on NPR, about the "Red Sludge" mud slide that inundated a region of Hungary earlier this week. The "red sludge" is a byproduct of converting bauxite to aluminum.

Alfred alumnus killed in motorcycle accident in Dallas
Dr. Gary Purdue, who earned a degree in ceramic engineering from AU in 1970, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Dallas, TX, over the weekend. Purdue attended medical school after earning his degree from Alfred, and was professor of surgery and chief of the burn unit at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX, at the time of his death.

Alumnae collaborate for performance at Bowdoin
Layla Mrozowski, a 2008 alumna, and Alicia Eggert, who received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2009, are reuniting for a performance of "FLOAT" at Bowdoin College in Maine where Eggert is now an assistant professor. Mrozowski will spend a three-week residency at the college, working with students, faculty and community members to stage the work Oct. 17.

Alumna authors health information management textbook
Merida Johns '81, who earned a Master of Professional Studies degree from Alfred University, is the author of Health Information Technology: An Applied Approach, now in its second edition. The book is "the most widely used textbook in health information technology programs in the country," according to reviewers.

Shaner honored for philanthropy
Lance Shaner, a member of the Class of 1975, is the Penn State’s 2010 Renaissance Fund honoree. Each year, the Renaissance Fund honors an individual or couple who, through a lifetime of service, has contributed greatly to the Penn State and State College communities.

Edmondson details AU's 'sustainability' initiatives
In an article posted by reporter Dian Schaffhauser on, President Charles M. Edmondson talks about AU's efforts to meet the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.

Jenkins '73 wrapping up his latest journey across America
Peter Jenkins, who earned a BFA degree from Alfred University in 1973, is close to completing his latest cross-country journey, reprising the route he took in Walk Across America. Like his first trek, this one began in Alfred and will end in Florence, OR.

White '03 joins advisory board for 'Equality Means Business'
Sebastian White '03, director of corporate communications for JetBlue, has been named to the advisory board for the newly launched "Equality Means Business" initiative. The organization "spotlights major employers in Florida that have adopted comprehensive non-discrimination polices and have demonstrated their commitment to valuing and pro-actively including all employees." The goal is to improve Florida’s national and international reputation as a welcoming and inclusive place to live, work and visit. Two of JetBlue's five hubs are in Florida.

Napolitano '93 launches comic strip based on AU student group
Dan Napolitano, who earned a BFA from Alfred University in 1993 and who is now director of student activities at the University, has launched his own comic strip, Daydream Billievers, about a group of Buffalo Bills superfans. The strip will appear weekly in the Hornell Evening Tribune, and is based on the Daydream Billievers, a group of AU students who attend Bills' games dressed in striped night shirts, faithful fans even when the team is not doing well.

Alumnus named director of Savannah River National Laboratory
Dr. Terry Michalske '75, who received his degree in ceramic engineering, has been named director of the Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken, SC. Michalske has been director of Energy and Security Systems at Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM. A member of the AU Board of Trustees, Michalske is married to Susan Knab Michalske '79, who earned her AU degree in nursing.

John Mauro one of three Corning scientists to share research prize
John Mauro '01, who also earned a Ph.D. in glass science from the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University, is one of three Corning scientists who shared a research prize for their work on the physics of glass, according to an article in the Elmira Star-Gazette.

Miller Theater complete; ready for use this fall
Business First of Buffalo reports that the Miller Theater, adjoining the Miller Performing Arts Theater, is complete, and will be ready for use this fall.

Not teaching 'Grapes of Wrath,' just grapes
Michael Douglass intended to be an English teacher when he graduated from Alfred University in 1964. Instead, a summer job managing his uncle's liquor store turned into a lifetime career of educating others about wine as the owner of Post Wines and Spirits in Syosset, NY. He's profiled in the Syosset Patch.

AU alumnus opens brewery in North Carolina
Erik Myers '98 has opened Mystery Brewing Co. in Chapel Hill, NC. He's already known to area beer afficionados as the author of a popular blog, Top Fermented.

AU alumna: despite pay "can not imagine a job without a camera in my hand"
AU alumna Alison Tremblay '08 is profiled in a segment, affirming her decision to study art, even though it is not always a high-paying job.

May '10 graduate undertakes project for Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo
Marissa Lehner '10 was cited in a Buffalo News article for her part in creating a mural on an "ugly" wall in Buffalo, part of a Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo project.

Wes Choy completes his journey
Wes Choy '01 has completed a journey that took him cross-country and back in just under a year. The Jamestown Post Journal interviewed Wes on the last day before he returned to Buffalo, NY.

Communications professor shares insight on sexual predators
Pamela Schultz, author of "Not Monsters," is quoted as an expert on sexual predators in an article, "Mind of a Predator," published online at
Edmond to be keynote speaker at international symposium
John Edmond '83, co-founder of CREE Research, will be a keynote speaker at the 43rd International Symposium on Microelectronics (IMAPS 2010, November 2-4, 2010, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC. Edmond is a current member of the Alfred University Board of Trustees.
Littell in pursuit of University artifact
Alan Littell, former public relations director at the University and longtime contributor Ocean Navigator magazine, has taken his pursuit of a 19th centure marine chronometer to the pages of the July/August 2010 edition.
Alumna displays work at Chelsea gallery
Work by Rina Peleg, who earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in 1980, is on display at the Schaller Gallery, 547 W. 27th St, fifth floor, NY, NY.
Confucius Institute makes the news
The programs offered at Windsor Central School by two faculty members at Alfred University's Confucius Institute were the topic of a segment on WIVT/WBGH, Channel 34, in Binghamton.
Communications professor quoted in Newsweek article
Pamela Schultz, professor of communication studies and a nationally recognized expert and commentator on those who commit sexual abuse, is quoted in a Newsweek article exploring the ramifications of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that permits sex offers to be held in custody indefinitely, even after they have completed their court-ordered sentences.
NY Times highlights work by young alumna
When the New York Times reviewed the Westchester Biennial in the May 2 edition, the work of Elena Grajek was something that caught reviewer Susan Hodara's eye. In a piece entitled, "Visions of the Eerie, the Wacky and the Whimsical, she singles out Grajek as the youngest exhibitor in the show. Grajek, who received her BFA degree from the School of Art & Design, received the Senior Show Award last year. She has been a special student in the Division of Expanded Media this year.
Alumna wins praise for One World Symphony
Adrienne Metzinger, a 1998 BFA graduate of Alfred University, is stage director for One World Symphony, which she and her husband Sung Jin Hong, who is artistic director for the company, started in 2001. Their production of Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen received favorable reviews in Time Out New York.
Accolades for an officer
Anthony Cattoggio, a 2005 alumnus of of Alfred University with a degree in Criminal Justice Studies and a minor in Public Law, was named "officer of the month" by the Richmond Police Department. Cattogio came to AU under the Higher Education Opportunities Program. He's profiled in a YouTube video.
Greil co-authors study on why people have children
Sociology Professor Larry Greil is co-author of a national study on why people have children; it is featured in USA Today.
AU alumna named one of Research Triangle's up-and-coming leaders
Nanette Stangle-Castor '94 as named one of the Triangle Business Journal's top "40 Under 40," a listing that recognizes people for their potential to become leaders in their field.
AU ready for Senior Shows this weekend
Alfred University's senior shows open at 4 p.m. Saturday at various locations around campus and in the community. The Wellsville Daily Reporter talks with three of the students and features their work in a slide show.
Alfred University part of fuel-cell consortium funded by NYSERDA
The Inamori School of Engineering is one of the partners in a fuel-cell consortium that is receiving funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
AU to host Empire 8 Softball Tournament
With a toss of the coin, Alfred University became the host of the Empire 8 women's softball tournament. AU tied with Ithaca College -- each compiling 13-1 Empire 8 records, with Ithaca's only loss coming at the hands of Alfred, and vice-versa -- so they flipped a coin to determine first seed and tournament host. The two-day tournament begins at 10 a.m. Friday with four games throughout the day, and continues on Saturday. Rain date is Sunday. Games will be played a