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Featuring the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Inamori School of Engineering, College of Professional Studies, and the School of Art and Design. Also, the Score One for AU Campaign, Class Notes, and more.


  • Spotlight on Academics

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  • Crisp air. Bright blue sky (most days).Colorful leaves. Hoodies and sweaters.

    Its Autumn in Alfred.

    The freshness of fall instills energy to renovate and remake, revisit and

    rekindle. Thats what we are doing with this edition of Alfred Magazine. Weve decided to freshen up our look and our content, but still include the familiar,

    such as Class Notes and campus news.

    This new season also offers an opportunity to slow down just a bit and become reacquainted with the

    commonplace, in this case academics. Weve decided to take a thoughtful look

    at the state of academics on campus. Our Spotlight on Academics feature

    provides a look at how the four campus deans view their programs and how they are preparing students for their

    professions and careers.

    Of course, fall also means the return of Saxon sports. Tradition runs deep and so does the Universitys commitment to keep all athletics programs running at peak capacity. Read about how the Score One for AU campaign will

    assure that both collegiate and casual athletes will be able to pursue their

    interests for years to come.

    There is so much news and activity on campus and among our alumni that it is impossible to put it all in a printed

    document. Throughout the magazine you will find convenient ways to continue

    reading more online about the items in this issue.

    Debbie Clark, eDitor


    Designer/Associate EditorRick McLay

    Contributing WritersSusan Goetschiusgoetschius@alfred.eduMark

    PhotographyRick McLay 89

    Alfred Magazine, copyright 2012, is published two times a year and is mailed free of charge to alumni, current parents, and friends of Alfred University.

    Circulation: 27,920

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    Welcomet o A l f r E D M A g A z i n E

  • 1A liberating education In todays world, where the emphasis is on outcomes and placement rates, a liberal arts degree prepares AU graduates for multiple careers.

    Sparking change in engineeringGiving students from the beginning a better understanding of how engineers contribute to solve real-world social problems.

    Hands-on experience key to successThe newly formed College of Professional Studies provides both undergraduate and graduate opportunities in business, athletic training, education, and more.

    imagining the futureArt and engineering have been intertwined for decades at Alfred University, but an initiative in the School of Art & Design is allowing students to explore the intersection in new ways.

    Score one for AU Two summers after erecting a new grandstand and press box and installing a new surface at Merrill Field, Alfred has begun another stage in Score One for AU, the Universitys major campaign.









    AU news Digest A quick overview of some campus news.

    A special message

    Class notes Read all about what your AU alumni family has experienced in recent months.

    Cover photo. As has always been the case, the spirit of AU is reflected in the personalities of its students. For this issue of Alfred Magazine, this quartet agreed to represent the different colleges and schools within the University. In the spotlight of the CD Smith Theater in the Miller Performing Arts Center are from left: Ella Medicus 15, School of Art & Design; Sebastian Cespeda-Ortiz 14, Inamori School of Engineering; Jordyn Larkins 13, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; and John Landi, MBA 14, School of Business in the College of Professional Studies.

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    The decades-old camperdown elm (also known as the umbrella tree) in front of Powell Campus Center is a signature feature of the Alfred landscape.

  • 2ts not a liberal arts education, but a liberating education, said Mary McGee, dean of Alfred Universitys College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

    As she and her colleagues ponder what a liberal arts education means in todays world, where the emphasis is on outcomes and placement rates, McGee remains convinced that a liberal arts degree prepares our graduates for multiple careers. They are more flexible. We need liberal arts and sciences graduates now more than ever. Theres no question about the role of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Alfred University, says McGee, who has been dean since 2008. Its at the heart, she says, pointing out that every program at Alfred University relies on the liberal arts and sciences. We are valuable at the core. It is not enough to leave Alfred with just a (professional) credential, according to McGee. Graduates need

    the kind of transferable skills, like writing well, that they gain during their liberal arts courses. Graduates need those skills now more than ever, she says. Its part of the whole package. Our students learn how to learn, and that makes them able to adapt to changing workplaces, and new careers that cannot even be foreseen now. McGee sees her role as that of a facilitator in creating new programs that cut across disciplinary lines. For example, shes working with Doreen Edwards, dean of engineering, on ways to strengthen the STEM science, technology, engineering and math programs at AU that are integral not only to those majoring in the sciences, but to engineering students as well. With Leslie Bellavance, dean of the School of Art & Design, shes working

    to develop offerings that incorporate the performing arts and the visual arts, such as a program in technical theater design. Bellavance has been open to exploring ways in which the Miller endowment, created by a gift from Marlin Miller 54, can promote

    participation in the arts across disciplines. And for her part, McGee is excited about how the Miller Performing Arts Center and Theater can be used by many different academic programs. The hallmarks of an Alfred University education in the liberal arts and sciences are what McGee calls high-impact activities opportunities for

    undergraduate research, service learning and study aboard. Even a short-term study-abroad experience can be life-changing for students, she says.

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  • While a semester-long study-abroad opportunity may be beyond the reach of some students financially, many are able to take advantage some with financial assistance of the University to participate in the 10-day or

    two-week tours that conclude several semester-long courses. Through such programs, students have been able to visit Botswana, Morocco and Spain, and Ireland. Its transformative, even a two-week program, says McGee. As an experiment when she became dean, McGee gave entering students that year cards and asked that they write a goal they hoped to achieve during their four years at Alfred University. Last spring, when she

    handed the cards back to those students as they prepared to graduate, it was gratifying to her to see how many had realized their goals. Many, she said, had forgotten about the cards and what they had written. It was gratifying to her to see how many, with their Alfred University education in the liberal arts and sciences, had achieved the goals they had only dreamed of four years before.


    It is not enough to leave

    Alfred with just a (professional)

    credential. Graduates need the

    kind of transferable skills, like

    writing well, that they gain

    during their liberal arts courses.

    Graduates need those skills

    now more than ever...

    Mary McGeeDean of the College

    of Liberal Arts & Sciences

    Top: AUs Study Abroad programs have taken students to Rome, Belize, Ireland, Paris, Argentina, London, Bulgaria, Brazil, Scotland, South Africa, Morocco, Spain, and more.

    Above: At the end of the day, its still a matter of hitting the books, either in the classroom, or anywhere else on permitting.

    The popular Drawn to Diversity program brings creative AU students to classrooms to teach an appreciation for cultural differences through art and artistic expression.

    Photo by Rob Fountain

  • 4 $9 million addition to the McMahon Engineering Building will spark new opportunities for the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, says Doreen Edwards, professor of materials science, who became dean in 2009.

    The two-story addition will fill in the center of the U in McMahon, providing space for the Center for High-Temperature Characterization, created with $6.9 million in funding from New York State. The center will contain five suites of unique instruments that allow for real-time

    analysis of materials that are processed or used at very high temperatures. Similar equipment can be found elsewhere, but we are perhaps the only place in the United States now with such an array of high-temperatures characterization equipment in one location, says Edwards. The new Center, she says, will be a hub for

    collaboration among faculty, students and industrial partners. Its already starting to pay off. Researchers have s