Fiat gratitude

Dear Alfred University students, staff, and faculty:

The Alfred University Board of Trustees met on our campus October 21-22. This marked the first time our Board had met in Alfred since the onset of COVID in March of 2020. Board Chair Greg Connors ’92 wanted the Fall 2021 meeting to be held in-person and on campus as it represented a further return to normalcy to which we have all been looking forward.

During the dinners with our Board members, we asked various students, faculty, and staff to speak so that our trustees could get an appreciation for what our various academic units and co-curricular programs have been up to over recent months and how grateful the various members of our campus community are to benefit from the wide range of intersections that Alfred University affords:  with knowledge, each other, across disciplines and activities, the future, and the development of our individual values.

Dylan Dyn ‘25, a finance major, expressed his appreciation to trustees for the support they provide students. Dylan is the recipient of a scholarship given by Trustee James Jordan ’72 to a student from Jim’s hometown of Richfield Springs, New York. The scholarship is one of many given to students each year, underwritten by members of our Board.

“I cannot begin to thank all the trustees for all they do for us,” Dylan commented. “I’ll never second guess my decision to come here, and it’s because of you. I can’t thank you enough.”

Video link, October 21 Board dinner

Video link, October 22 Board dinner

Fred Beaudry, professor of environmental studies and geology, and Chase Angier, professor of dance and chair of the Performing Arts Division, talked about accompanying six students on a trip to Adirondack State Park. The trip, which was supported by the Bernstein Fund for Faculty and Student Development, was interdisciplinary in nature, with students studying the ecology of the park while also exploring perception and creativity. The Bernstein Fund was established by Trustee Gene Bernstein ’69 and Pamela Bernstein ’71.

Giovanni Pesce ‘22, a fine arts major from Binghamton, is a Marlin Miller Scholarship recipient and participated in the trip to the Adirondacks. Marlin Miller ’54, HD ’89, HD ’19 is a trustee and former Board chair who funds numerous scholarships for Alfred University students.

Giovanni spoke of his unique experiences at Alfred, which included taking dance classes. “I had never danced before I came to Alfred, but through dancing I found out who I was. Alfred offers so many experiences like this. This is an amazing place to be, with amazing people,” he said, thanking the Board for making an Alfred education possible for him and other students. “Without you, a lot of us wouldn’t be here.”

Abby Austin ‘22, a chemistry major from Hornell, is a recipient of a scholarship underwritten by trustee and Hornell native Kristen Klabin ’92, ’93 MS and her husband, Alex. Abby also plays on our women’s soccer team.

“I’m very grateful to be here and am super appreciative of the Board for making this happen,” Abby said. “I can say I wouldn’t have rather spent my four years here anywhere else. The relationships I’ve built with my teammates and coaches…I’ll never forget.”

Carson Grover ‘22, our Student Senate president and a renewable engineering major from Whitesville, New York, expressed his gratitude for the support he has received as a Nancy Arnold Borrelli Memorial Scholarship recipient.

“Alfred is very special to me,” said Carson, the first in his family to attend college. “It has been wonderful. Being in the engineering school has provided me with so many opportunities. Thank you so much for making Alfred what it is.”

Alfred is indeed a magical place and we are profoundly grateful that our students are back on campus, experiencing all our University’s intersections have to offer. We are grateful as well for the generosity of our dedicated Board of Trustees for making an Alfred education possible for so many students.

Fiat gratitude!

Mark