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Monday, February 1, 2016

Alfred University: Bergren Forum opens with bike 'Race Across America'

Ian Cramer, assistant athletics trainer at Alfred University (AU), will open the spring 2016 programming for the Bergren Forum Thursday, Feb. 4, at 12:10 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. The program is free and open to the public. Cramer will relive what is known as the world’s toughest endurance bike race as he describes “The Longest Ride of My Life: My Experience with the Race Across America.” Cramer, a member of the AU Class of 2010, and his team covered 3,200 miles in just over seven days. Before returning to the University, Cramer worked for PT Solutions Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA as a certified athletics trainer. He is a board-certified athletics trainer and CPR/AED certified. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from AU in athletics training and a master of arts degree in kinesiology from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He is a member of the National Athletics Trainers Association. While an AU student, Cramer founded the University Bicycle Lending Program and was awarded the Richard V. Bergren Student Innovation Award for his work. The Bergren Forum is sponsored by the Division of Human Studies, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Provost’s Office. Guests are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch; coffee and tea are provided. The series known as the Bergren Forum was begun by Rick Bergren, who taught at the University in the ’70s, when he was inspired by learning of the gatherings that (AU) students in the 19th century were known to conduct in Alumni Hall to discuss community issues. After Bergren’s death in 1974, the University decided to continue the tradition in his name. Various faculty members have taken on the coordinator duties since that time. William S. Dibrell, professor of philosophy, is the current coordinator.