Fiat Venia, Amor, and Lux

We are pleased to have so many of our students back on campus as of this past weekend and profoundly appreciate all that you continue to do to help us navigate the challenges associated with the COVID pandemic in an effort to keep our campus safe.

We look forward to the start of classes on Monday, January 25. Among the classes starting next week is Common Ground—a course required of all of our new undergraduate main campus students. Common Ground continues to be generously underwritten through the philanthropic support of our trustees as well as alums and friends and is a key part of our efforts to promote inclusivity at Alfred University.

Today, we also celebrate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was assassinated on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. Dr. King observed that “the quality not the longevity of one’s life is what is important.” Among the qualities that he stressed in his much-too-brief life were forgiveness, love, and bringing light to the world:

                   “We must develop the capacity to forgive. The person who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”

                   “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

On this day, let us keep in mind the dream that Dr. King shared with us for the future of our nation as well as our broader world.

Fiat Venia, Amor, and Lux!