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Student Affairs Office
Ph: 607.871.2132


Hello everyone! I hope you're enjoying your summer. We are getting ready to welcome another large first-year class. We received the most first-year applications in AU's history, including apps from 44 states and 45 countries. 25% of our enrolled students are from outside of New York State. The most popular majors (in no particular order) were Art & Design, Mechanical Engineering, Athletic Training, Business Administration, Psychology, and Biology. 

The Student Affairs office, home to Dean Pollard and myself, along with our assistants Amanda and Valerie, has relocated from Carnegie to Powell and we love it! Please stop by and say hello.

Li'l Alf is coming! We are looking for students who want to be the mascot performer. Tryouts are at 3pm on the Sunday before classes start, directly following New Student Olympics. Email for more information or check out our Mascot page.

If you want regular student affairs updates throughout the summer & school year, like our Facebook page.

See you in a month!
Kathy Woughter, Vice President for Student Affairs

Transportation to return to AU

Shuttle service from the airports is available again this year; there is a $30.00 one-way fee for the Rochester airport and $35.00 one-way for Buffalo. To ensure a seat reservation, you must purchase a ticket in advance through the Center for Student Involvement no later than 24 hours prior to the shuttle run. Click here for our transportation page with schedules.

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Academic Updates

Please check back later for School of Art and Design updates.

College of Professional Studies

Here in the College of Professional Studies we are gearing up for a great new year.   Five new faculty members are joining the College of Professional Studies this fall!  Please welcome:

  • Dr. Bruce Rosenthal, Director of the School of Business
  • Dr. Jennifer Griffith, Assistant Professor of Management
  • Dr. Stacy Bender, Assistant Professor of School Psychology
  • Kamila Sobol, Assistant Professor of Marketing
  • Kasie Lee, Assistant Professor of Counseling

We did, however, say goodbye to Dr. Roger Catania, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education, who has accepted a position as the Interim Superintendent for the Lake Placid School District, and James Bamberg, Assistant Professor of Tax and Law, who has returned to Washington, DC, to continue his legal career.  We wish them both well in their new professional endeavors.  

There are several new minors that are available this fall for students who wish to combine business with other interests.  Full information is available on the website for the School of Business ( and by discussing with your advisor or Assistant Dean Maeghen MacDonald.  The new minors are:

  • Sports Management – Students will learn about the various opportunities for managing sports facilities and operations, as well as applied skills in business functions.  An internship in a sports setting provides a culminating experience for students in this minor.   
  • Equine Business Management  -  By combining coursework in business functions, entrepreneurship, and equestrian studies, students taking this minor are prepared for management and leadership roles in the equine industry.     If your dream is to manage the various operations in an equestrian center, this minor will be a wonderful learning opportunity for you. 
  • International Business – This minor provides students with a deeper understanding of the global business environment and the contemporary cultural context.  Students in this minor are required to take two semesters of a foreign language and global studies courses, in addition to a concentration of international business courses.  Study abroad or participation in a short-term international study class is not required, but is highly encouraged. 

If you are interested in study abroad for the fall semester, we encourage you to begin exploring opportunities early with your advisor and with the Office of International Programs at Alfred.   In addition, the School of Business is sponsoring two Short-Term Study Abroad Programs

  • Business Strategy:  German Autos -   This trip is scheduled for January of 2014, and will focus on the German auto industry.   Students will join German students in their home university to learn about business strategies and to form multi-national teams to participate in business simulation games.  And yes, they will tour major auto factories in Germany to see those new cars in production.
  • Business by Land and By Sea – Dr. Theresa Gunn will again offer the opportunity to learn about the tourism and cruise industries in the US and in Caribbean countries while on board a cruise liner. Students will attend classes during the Spring 2014 A Block session and then board a cruise liner during March break.   Learning experiences include classes held on board of the ship, tours to local industries and visiting historic and cultural sites.

As always, please stop by the 4th Floor of Olin to see Dean Nancy Evangelista, Assistant Dean Maeghen MacDonald, or Administrative Assistant Gayle Gebhard if you have questions or need more information.  We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is pleased to welcome new full-time faculty in the following areas:
Dr. Joseph Kirtland, Assistant Professor of Physics
Dr. Barry Minemyer, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Jolanta Skalska, Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Scot Brackenridge, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Ms. Sarah Cote, Gertz Visiting Lecturer in English Composition

We also welcome back Carmen Wilkins as Assistant to the Dean, and we will be welcoming a new Chemistry Technician to support the Chemistry faculty and labs.

During the 2013-14 academic year, the following CLAS faculty members will be on sabbatical:
Fall semester: Professor Susan Morehouse (English)
Spring semester: Professor Nancy Furlong (Psychology)  

Ms. Laurel Buckwalter, University Carillonneur, who also teaches piano, will be on leave for the full academic year.

Retired Faculty Members:  After over 25 years of service each to Alfred University, Professor Gordon Godshalk (Biology) and Professor Addison Frey (Mathematics) retired at the end of the 2012-13 academic year.

New Division Chairs as of July 1, 2013:
Dr. Allen Grove, English (2013-2016)
Dr. Darwyn Cook, Mathematics (2013-2016)
Dr. Danielle Gagne, Psychology & Communication Studies (2013-2016)

New Program Directors as of July 1, 2013:
Dr. Chad Harriss, Director, Program in Communication Studies (2013-2016)
Dr. Cecilia Beach, Director, Program in Women’s Studies (2013-2015)

CLAS is offering two short-term study abroad courses this year:
--World War II with Professor Gary Ostrower (History), Spring 2014.
--Ecology of the Bahamas with Professor Fred Beaudry (Environmental Studies), Spring 2014.

Other news, reminders and updates:

  • The CLAS Student Blackboard site has lots of helpful information for CLAS students. Check it out! (You are automatically in the “CLAS” course by virtue of being a CLAS student.
  • We are working on a revamped CLAS website.
CLAS students serve on Committees within our College, including the Advising Committee, the Curriculum & Teaching Committee, and the Student Advisory Committee to the Dean.  You can make a difference by helping to shape our educational environment at Alfred through participation in these committees. If interested contact Jennifer Posener, Assistant Dean, CLAS, 607-871-2171.

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School of Engineering

Three new professors have been hired to teach and conduct research beginning this fall. 

Dr. Eshan Ghotbi, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will be teaching Engineering Economy and Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery in the fall.  Dr. Ghotbi's expertise is in the areas of design optimization, renewable energy, systems optimization and game theory.  He received his PhD in mechanical engineering for the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in 2013.

Dr. David Lipke, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, will be offering an upper-level elective in materials compatibility and teaching ENGR 102 Computer aided Design in the Fall. Dr. Lipke's current research focuses on the development of oxidation-resistant ultra-high temperature materials.     He is also interested in supervising a senior design project to build a new furnace for testing oxidation kinetics.   Seniors from mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and materials are encouraged to contact Dr. Lipke to discuss the project.  Dr. Lipke received his PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2011 and has recently completed a post-doc fellowship sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory/National Research Council.

Dr. Eric Payton, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, will be teaching Physical Metallurgy this fall.  Dr. Payton's research currently focuses on integrating computation and experimental techniques to investigate the relationships between microstructures and material properties.  Dr. Payton received his PhD from Ohio State University in 2009 and wrote his thesis on characterization and modeling of grain growth in Ni-based superalloys for turbine disk applications.  He recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Berlin.

The School bid farewell to Ms. Marlene Wightman, director of continuing education and outreach, who has retired after 26 years of service.  Ms. Wightman will continue be involved with the School, helping as an independent contractor for organizing short courses and scientific conferences.

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Performing Arts

Greetings from Performing Arts! 

The Alfred University Division of Performing Arts (Theatre, Music and Dance Programs), extends a hearty welcome to you! We all look forward to meeting you and hope you will get involved in the many exciting events we will be presenting this year, the first of which is our Open House the evening of the first day of classes!

Before then, we hope you will start to think about getting involved or continuing your involvement in Performing Arts. If you play an instrument, please consider bringing it with you and joining one of our ensembles. We have a symphonic band, jazz band, orchestra and number of smaller groups. Auditions for the fall theatre production (‘Much Ado About Nothing’) will be immediately after the Open House. Remember, everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate, regardless of training, experience or academic orientation.  All you need is energy, enthusiasm and commitment!

If you have any questions, please be call us at (607) 871-2562 or email us. You can also find Performing Arts on Facebook, or on the AU website.

Click here for a newsletter with information about auditions, visiting artists and much more.

J. Stephen Crosby, Chair, Division of Performing Arts

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Library News

 Click here for a great set of updates and new staff in Scholes and Herrick libraries.

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Student Affairs updates

New Student Affairs Staff- welcome!

Aileen Ascolese - Head women's soccer coach
Dr. Stanley Tam - Director of the Wellness Center
Jason Green - Visual and Performing Arts Career Advisor
Kevin Keefe - RD in the Brick
Renee Duquette - RD in Reimer
Andrea Castro - RD in Tefft
Kari Blatz - RD in Middle Pine (yes, we split Pine Hill three ways this year)
Kate Simonds - RD in Upper Pine


The Athletic Department is excited about more new additions to our facilities. After the new softball field debuted last spring, this fall will see the opening of the addition onto McLane Center. The facility will feature three basketball courts on a multi-purpose rubber floor that will be able to accommodate activities such as volleyball, soccer, floor hockey, lacrosse and more. Above the floor will be a three-lane rubberized track that will give students, faculty and staff an opportunity for year-round fitness.

Residence Life

Meal plans for the Fall 2013 semester can be changed throughout the first week of classes.  Requests must be received before 4:30 p.m. Friday, August 30.  To submit a meal plan change request, click here:

Notification and confirmation of Hall and Roommate assignments have been sent to the email address of all residential students.   We will not change room assignmetns prior to the start of classes, but you may complete a request placing you on a waiting list by clicking on this link:

Career Development Center

There is full slate of career related events for the fall semester.  This includes, but is not limited to, a reception for art related student leaders (September 4), Service and Leadership Fair (September 11), annual Engineering Career Fair (October 3), and Graduate School Fair (October 22) - complete list and details for  fall 2013 events <>. As always, the CDC staff is ready and available to address any career related questions or issues you may have. Walk-in hours are available every Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 4pm and appointment hours every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Come see us early and often.

Health Insurance

Like most universities, AU requires students to provide proof of health insurance each academic year. All students are automatically billed for AU insurance (provided through Academic HealthPlans) but if you have other coverage you can get the charge removed from your bill. Click here for the Insurance Waiver, which must be completed by August 14.

If you WANT the insurance and wish to sign up dependents or purchase optional catastrophic coverage, you should also visit the link above. Graduating seniors, you may want to consider purchasing the insurance; it goes for a full year even if you leave AU in December or May.

Center for Student Involvement

The Center for Student Involvement is very excited to invite everyone to come and visit our new office space in the Student Organization Suite in Powell.  Student Senate, AUTV, Fiat Lux, Kanakadea Yearbook and SAB will also be sharing the space with us. 

Block Party: On Saturday, August 24th, returning student leaders are encouraged to create a table at the Block Party. This year we will have the Block Party again in front of Powell. This is a great way to recruit new members as our new students are eager to make connections with existing clubs. Student Senate to reserve your table at

Orientation: If you are interested in seeing all the exciting things going on during orientation check out the website.

The Student Activities Board has decided not to invest the entire Large Act budget on one Hot Dog show. They are committed to providing four “medium “ shows of a variety of music styles in alternative locations (Davis Gym, outdoors, possibly the new gym) for crowds of about 500 students. This approach, which has been successful in past years, diversifies the music styles but does not always bring big names. The first concert will be an outdoor show on August 30th and feature musician Mac Demarco. He is a multi-instrumentalist / multimedia artist and his style has been described as “slacker rock”. Suggestions for the other medium shows can be sent to SAB Large Medium Act Music Chair Colby Cotton at

A new era of Alfred sketch comedy will begin this fall. ALFRED LAFTER (yes, it is an anagram) will showcase the best of sketch comedy from the likes of Alfred Dramatists, Friday Night Live, and Pirate Theater while offering stage time to newly developed troupes. Each showcase will feature two sketches and one video from each troupe as well as an improve segment. The series will occur monthly on Saturdays and be followed by SAB’s professional comedian series. The first showcase will occur on Saturday, August 31st.  This showcase is not intended to replace the tradition individual performances by these troupes but rather act to promote attending their other events.   

Drawn to Diversity has a busy schedule planned with many ways to get involved. They plan to commemorate the 50th anniversary of MLK’s “I HAVE A DREAM” speech on August 28th. In September, guest artist Drew Mattot will provided hands-on workshops in paper pulping as his “Peace Paper Project” has pulped military fatigues to help returning soldiers heal and Panty Pulping program raises awareness about domestic and sexual violence. In October, students can also be trained to use art therapy with Alzheimer’s victims through the “Memories in the Making” program. Contact for more details on these programs.

The CSI Office will lead another trip to watch the future Super Bowl champs (Buffalo Bills) beat the previous champs (Baltimore Ravens) on September 29th. Reserve your $60 tickets by e-mailing


The University has partnered with AVI Fresh to undertake a renovation of Powell Dining Hall, renamed by popular student vote as The Knight's Den. The Den will feature five stations: pizza/pasta, wraps/salads, Tex-Mex, chicken and burgers, and a coffeehouse (Art's Spot), as well as a large selection of grab-and-go items. Click the "Dining" link above for new meal plans and more information.


We are looking forward to the return of our students as well as the arrival of the new students!  New this year we have expanded the Driving classes to include Driving 1 which will be the introductory class that will include teaching how to drive a single horse. It is being offered Tuesday/Thursdays at 8 am.  Also a new change in the curriculum is Equine Management has been changed to Equine Business Management and it will include a section of the course being taught by a member of the faculty of the School of Professional Studies.  Also new this year is the addition of an Equine Business Minor, for more information on this Minor please feel free to contact either Maeghen MacDonald or Nancy Kohler.

Justin has been busy continuing to make improvements to our stabling as well as the pastures and paddocks.  When you arrive in August you will notice grass growing in the first paddock!  It took a lot of work to clear the paddock of rocks and make the ground suitable for planting grass seed, hopefully we will be able to do each paddock the same way to improve the condition of the turnout space for our horses!

We are also experimenting in using straw instead of shavings for our bedding.  We are undergoing this trial period to see if it is more cost and labor efficient to use straw instead, plus it has the added benefit of being more easily compostable which will be more appealing to local gardeners and farmers who like to take advantage of the plentiful supply of the “fertilizer” we generate on a daily basis!

We will be getting underway with team tryouts and practices earlier this year since we are hoping to host the first western IHSA show late September.  Watch your inbox for emails from the coaches regarding the schedule.

If you are interested in Work Study at the Equestrian Center or interested in a position as a barn assistant be sure to contact Beth Viszt; she is already taking applications for next fall!

Have a great rest of the summer; we look forward to seeing all of you soon!


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