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News Image Higgins ’52 presented Congressional Gold Medal by Reed ’93 for service to country 5/14/15

Alfred Station resident, AU professor emeritus of ceramics, and member of the AU Class of 1952 Wallace “Wally” Higgins was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal May 8, 2015 during an Allegany County (NY) Office for the Aging luncheon at the American Legion, Belmont. The presentation was made by Congressman Tom Reed, R-Corning, AU Class of 1993.

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News Image Christakis ’99 named new vice president for Student Success at University at Albany 5/13/15

Dr. Michael N. Christakis, a member of the AU Board of Trustees and AU Class of 1999, has been named vice president for Student Success at the University at Albany-SUNY (State University of New York). Michael has served as the interim vice president since January of this year.

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News Image Garber ’86 contributes ‘Meditative Surfaces’ 5/07/15

The evolving fine art exhibition “Meditative Surfaces” at The Art Center-Highland Park, Highland Park, IL, is open through Friday, July 10, 2015. The exhibition brings together the work of six very different fine artists – including sculptor Josh Garber, AU Class of 1986 – with a visually reoccurring theme of variations on repetition.

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(Pease) Wasekuk ’07 helps create ‘Home Life’ installation 5/07/15

There will be an opening reception of “Home Life,” an installation by Angela Pease Waseskuk, Dimitria Klein, and Chance Greaves, from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Charles City (Iowa) Arts Center. Angela is a member of the AU Class of 2007.

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News Image Vertacnik ’75 takes part in SculptureTour 5/07/15

A piece by David Vertacnik, AU Class of 1975, has been selected for the 2015 SculptureTour in Salina (KS), an outdoor exhibit of sculptures that changes each spring. The unveiling of this year’s pieces - by 19 artists - takes place in downtown Salina Saturday, May 9 at 11 a.m.

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News Image Save the Date for D.C. alumni networking 5/06/15

The staffs of the AU Career Development and Judson Leadership centers invite all Washington, D.C.-area alumni to a “meet and greet” networking event Friday, June 5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the One Washington Circle Hotel, 1 Washington Circle N.W.

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News Image Galvan ’10’s art ‘Taking Flight’ at Staten Island Museum annual spring gala 5/06/15

It was only a matter of time until Gustavo Galvan’s art really took flight. And it will do just that this weekend at the Staten Island Museum’s annual spring gala.

On Saturday, the centerpieces for the event, this year themed “Taking Flight,” will be in the shape of 43 birds divided into eight types: Tree Swallow, Eastern Bluebird, Hooded Warbler, Cedar Waxwing, Red Cardinal, Pileated Woodpecker, Purple Martin, and the Rufous Hummingbird. All of the intricate paper birds adorned with colorful paper feathers were created by artist and designer Gustavo Galvan, AU Class of 2010. These colorful creatures will be hanging on curly willow branches at tables in a menagerie-style installation for the evening’s festivities in the Above Ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 South Ave., Bloomfield.

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News Image Korman ’59 solo show ‘informed by nature’ 5/06/15

Barbara Korman, AU Class of 1959, will open a solo exhibition at the Garrison Art Center Friday, May 8 with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Balter Gallery. Barbara will also be available Saturday, May 9, from 3:30-5 p.m. the show runs through Sunday, May 17.


In describing her work, Barbara says: “Storm felled trees. Sprawling vines. Bent branches. This is where it begins for me. An awareness, usually informed by nature, juiced by some inner sympathies and often defying explanation.

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Claire ’15 films video to be shown on downstate cable 4/30/15

Patrick Claire ’15, who will graduate in June from the AU Downstate campus with a master’s degree in education-school counseling,  has completed a video promoting the Walton YABC (Young Adult Borough Center) program, where he currently works, which will be shown in the downstate area this spring on CableVision and Verizon Fios on BronxNet.

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News Image Hubs and Spokes with Alfred Blokes 4/30/15

The 2015 Ride to Reunion is a hub and spoke tour! 

The “Hubs and Spokes with Alfred Blokes” tour will kick off  Saturday, June 6 in Auburn, NY.  This year the group will enjoy two-day stays and regional exploring in Auburn, Canandaigua, and Letchworth State Park as it makes its way to Alfred for Reunion Weekend 2015, June 12-15.

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