Alfred University Libraries to host free drawing for EnChroma glasses for color blindness

Color Blindness Awareness Month

In observance of September as Color Blindness Awareness Month, Alfred University will be giving away two pairs of EnChroma glasses designed to help people with color blindness. EnChroma, the Berkeley, CA company co-founded by Alfred University alumnus Don McPherson ’84 M.S., ’88 PhD, donated the glasses to the University.

People can register for the free drawings—hosted by Alfred University Libraries—during Family Weekend/Homecoming, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 and 24. To enter, go to Herrick Memorial Library and Samuel R. Scholes Library—during the hours of operation listed below—where interactive EnChroma displays will provide information on color blindness and how the glasses were developed. Anyone who visits the display—students and their families, staff, faculty, alumni, local community members—can enter to win a pair of EnChroma glasses.

Visitors can also try on one of the pairs from the libraries’ circulating collection of EnChroma glasses. Herrick and Scholes libraries each have 10 pairs of the glasses, which can be checked out and borrowed for up to seven days.

Following are the hours of operation of Herrick and Scholes libraries during Homecoming/Family Weekend:

     · Friday, September 23: Herrick: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Scholes: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

     · Saturday, September 24: Herrick: 2 p.m.-10 p.m.; Scholes: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

EnChroma was co-founded in 2010 by Don McPherson, a co-inventor of the EnChroma lens technology. McPherson, who earned master’s and doctoral degrees in glass science engineering from Alfred University, serves as EnChroma’s chief science officer.

There will be one drawing at Herrick and another at Scholes; people can enter both drawings. Registrants will be notified by Monday, September 26.  Email: for more details.

Resources to learn more about color blindness:

Types of Color Blindness

Read about one woman’s experience living with color blindness

25 Interesting Facts About Color Blindness

Color blind people face challenges at school and work

Team Trivia is Back!

Alfred University Libraries will host its first Team Trivia Night of the fall semester from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 in Herrick’s Bookend Lounge.

Returning as host of Team Trivia Night is Mike Allen of Elmira.  His trivia questions cover a broad range of topics such as current events, sports, geography, and history. He intersperses his trivia questions with pop music, making for an enjoyable evening for those participating.

Team Trivia Virtual Team Building

After a two-year Covid-induced hiatus, this will be the twelfth year that Mike has been hosting Team Trivia twice a semester at Herrick Library. He has also hosted at Hornell area restaurants for more than a decade.

Groups are welcome to come to compete as a team; individuals are also welcome to play either solo or to join others to compete for the prizes awarded to the top teams.

Pizza and soft drinks along with milk and cookies will be provided, free of charge, to all participants.

Additional Team Trivia events at Herrick Library have been scheduled for the 2022-23 academic year have been scheduled for Saturdays, Nov.10, Feb. 18, and April 15.