Fiat Recognizing & Building on our Heritage!

Founded nearly two centuries ago, Alfred University is rich in heritage. Long is the list of people who have contributed to that heritage and meaningfully advanced our mission of transforming student lives and bettering our world.

Based on a survey of our alumni and input from our Board of Trustees, Alfred University has named several roadways on campus in honor of certain individuals who are particularly deserving of recognition on account of their contributions to our mission. These include:

  • Allen Way: named for Jonathan 1844, HD 1886 and Abigail Allen 1844. Jonathan was Alfred University’s second president. His wife, Abigail, was a professor of painting, drawing, and archeology. Both were noted 19th century reformers, especially in the fight for abolition and women’s rights. As a student at Oberlin College in Ohio, Jonathan helped runaway slaves escape into Canada. Abigail led nine other Alfred women to vote in 1887, decades before it was legal for them to do so.
  • Clark Way: named for Nicholas Clark ’11, an All-American linebacker on our football team. As a New York State trooper, Nick was killed in the line of duty in 2018, at the age of 29, while responding to a report of domestic violence.
  • Cushing Alley: named for Val Cushing ’52, one of the most respected and influential ceramic artists and teachers of the 20th century. Cushing, a long-standing ceramic art faculty member of ours, passed away in 2013.
  • Dibrell Drive: named for William Dibrell, professor of philosophy, who passed away in February. Bill taught in our College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for 36 years. He chaired the committee that helped develop our current strategic plan, and was active in the local community, serving many years on the A.E. Crandall Hook and Ladder Co., as fire chief and EMT.
  • Eaklor Drive: named for Vicki Eaklor, professor of history, who passed away in 2018. Vicki was a staunch advocate of LGBTQ+ rights on our campus. During a three decade-plus teaching career at Alfred, she received numerous honors, including the Abigail Allen Award and Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Enke Drive: named for Ernest Enke, professor of accountancy, who passed away in 2008. Ernie taught economics, accountancy, tax, and health planning and management at Alfred University from 1973 until his retirement in 2001.
  • Marlin Way: named in recognition of Marlin Miller ’54, HD ’89, HD ’19, current Board of Trustee member and former Board chair, noted businessperson and philanthropist, and our University’s most generous benefactor. Projects funded by Marlin’s gifts include the Miller Performing Arts Center, Miller Theater, Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, renovations of our Tefft and Openhym residence halls, and construction of the Link between Tefft and Moskowitz halls. His philanthropy also supports numerous scholarships and endowed faculty/staff positions and will help provide truly Outside of Ordinary underwriting for the soon-to-be-launched repaving of the other half of our campus roadways.
  • Rand Loop: named for Joella Rand, professor of nursing and dean of our former College of Nursing, who passed away in 2013. Joella was a professor and administrator at Alfred University for 38 years, retiring as professor of counselor education in 2000.
  • Tuttle Circle: named for Milton Tuttle ’41, ’42 MS, professor of ceramic engineering and cross country coach, who passed away in 1992. The Milton A. Tuttle Award is presented annually to a student majoring in ceramic engineering and materials science who demonstrates both academic and athletic excellence. Milton was a 1992 Alfred University Athletics Hall of Fame inductee.
  • Walker Lane: named for Gail Walker, professor of psychology, who was known for her love of books. Today, the Gail Walker Book Fund, named in her honor, raises money to help purchase books for Alfred University students in need. Gail passed away in 2005.
  • Red Jacket Drive: in honor of the Seneca Nation chief and orator Red Jacket. Alfred University is situated on the ancestral land of the Seneca people.
Red Jacket Drive Street Sign

Our success as an institution is reflected in the foregoing honorees’ accomplishments, the examples they set, and the impact they had on countless lives. It is important to note that they are but a small sampling of people whose contributions will forever hold significant meaning to our University.

Please join me in recognizing the distinguished heritage of Alfred University and in thanking all the individuals who have contributed to creating it. Most importantly, please join me in committing to building on our heritage and living up to the examples set by the individuals whose names grace the byways and intersections of Alfred University.

Fiat recognizing and building on our heritage!
Mark