Category Archives: Campus Traditions

Hot Dog Day

Yes, Alfred celebrates Hot Dog Day! It all began in 1972 as the idea of Alfred University students Mark O’Meara and Eric “Rick” Vaughn. They wanted to create a community event; little did they know it would still be going … Continue reading

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Lil’ Alf

In 1940, James Lippke (AU 1943) and Walter “Lucky” Lawrence (AU 1947) created a little knight caricature called “Lil’ Alf” which became an unofficial symbol of Alfred University. Lippke and Lawrence were both brothers at the Kappa Psi Upsilon fraternity … Continue reading

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University Alphabet

How fun, we have our own alphabet! Actually, quite a bit of the University’s  history can be discovered through the following poem, written by student Gertrude Burdick and published in The Alfred Monthly in October, 1898. University Alphabet A is … Continue reading

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