Decades of Fiat pages go ‘live’ online, thanks to variety of gifts

Fiat Lux bound editions

Alumni, students, faculty, friends, genealogists, and newspaper enthusiasts are now able to sit at a computer, Ipad, or similar electronic device and peruse the “pages” of the nearly 100-year-old student newspaper at Alfred University, the Fiat Lux. Begun in 1999, the Fiat Lux online archives are available for viewing from fall 1913 through September 2012. The archives can be accessed and searched full-text at or at It is also being indexed/harvested by Google so it will be appearing in online search results. The archives are beginning to see a growing use by alumni searching for information about their college days, family history, and memories.

A number of gifts have been combined to implement this compilation:

Fall 1913 - Spring 1929: Digital files made possible through funding provided by Herrick Memorial Library, the Fiat Lux newspaper, and the Sharon Hoover Fiat Lux Fund.

Fall 1929 - Spring 1956: Digital files made possible by a gift of the Rulon family in honor of Richard Rulon ’44, professor of chemistry, and Ellen Hodges Rulon ’43, periodicals librarian at Herrick Memorial Library, who demonstrated their love of learning and dedication to Alfred University in countless ways. (Additional Rulon Family funds were used to renovate a chemistry library, in their name, in Myers Hall, which was dedicated in June 2011.)

Fall 1956 - Spring 1976: Digital files made possible by a gift from Alan Littell, ’53,  retired public relations director, and Cliff DuBreuil, coach emeritus of track and field.

Richard M. Rulon graduated cum laude in 1944 with a bachelor of science degree in glass technology.  He was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Ellen Hodges Rulon began her undergraduate career by taking classes at Alfred University’s then Jamestown Extension for two years prior to coming to the main campus and graduating cum laude in 1943 with a bachelor of arts degree in English. While at Alfred, Ellen was a member of the Fiat Lux staff.  She met Richard while at Alfred and the couple was married on Dec. 19, 1943.  Following graduation, Ellen was employed as a teacher. Richard studied organic chemistry at Columbia University and received his doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Richard was employed as a math and science teacher, as a research engineer for RCA and the Sylvania Lighting Company, and as a director of research for both Sylvania and the Hermetite Corp., Avon, MA before returning to Alfred as an associate professor of chemistry in 1962.  He was also the co-founder of Tetron, Inc., Rochester. Upon their return to Alfred, Ellen worked part-time at Herrick Library cataloguing and organizing periodicals.

Richard became a full professor and Ellen the librarian in charge of periodicals during their respective tenures at Alfred.  Ellen maintained what was a small collection of periodicals when she began working, and developed the periodicals portion of Herrick Library into a well-organized collection of over 1,500 titles. 

The Rulons retired in 1984 and relocated to Houston. The couple was married 49 years when Richard passed away in January 1993.  Ellen died in July 2010. 

The couple had four children, all of whom continued the Rulon family legacy at AU. Elizabeth Rulon Perry graduated in 1971 with a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry and resides in Johnson City. Margaret “Molly” Rulon Bowers ’74 earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration, was a member of the student government and of student security while on campus, and currently resides in Kemmerer, WY. Richard Rulon attended Alfred and resides in LaPort, TX. John Rulon earned a bachelor of arts degree in English in 1979, was a member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, and currently resides in Houston. 

The Fiat Lux archives are serving to build momentum for implementing a University-wide Digital Repository which will house a wide variety of both current and historical AU documents, making them searchable by keyword.

Another former Fiat editor, Corinne Herrick Gallman, who served at the helm of the paper from 1945-46, recently died and gifted Alfred University. Although her gift was not for the Fiat, it should be noted that her father and uncle were involved in the newspaper industry in the Southern Tier.

Corinne’s love of AU, and the culturally rich environment she found on campus, led her to leave a legacy that will provide significant support for the performing arts, focusing on bringing guest performers to campus, through the Herrick-Gallman Fund.

After graduating from AU, Corinne and her husband Gerald moved to Claremont, CA, where she earned a master’s degree in education at the Claremont Graduate University. A public school teacher for many years, and an accomplished artist, she instilled a love for the arts in her students. She became a pillar of the arts community and served as co-president of the Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation for many years.














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