Young Alum Success Stories

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Early Success

Madison BrownMeet Madison Brown. As a Sport Management major, she earned internships with the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bisons. Today, this 2013 graduate is working for Buffalo?s new HarborCenter project, and contributing to the economic resurgence of downtown Buffalo. See her story here>>

Betsy ThayerMeet Betsy Thayer. She came to Fredonia seeking a career change. She left as one of the top new accountants in the nation. See her story here:

Raul LopezMeet Raul Lopez. He took a chance on a university that was seven hours from home. Today, he works with Fortune 500 clients at Ogilvy Public Relations -- and he's loving every moment! See his story here>>

Steve GangloffMeet Steve Gangloff. In 2012, he graduated with a degree in Biology. Today, he's one of just 144 first-year medical students in the University at Buffalo's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. See his story here:

Mercedes SornozaMeet Mercedes Sornoza. A Brooklyn native, she studied Criminal Justice and Spanish. Today, she's a Probation Officer, changing the future for individuals and our society. See her story here:

Liz Ruff Class of 2011Meet Liz Ruff. In 2011, she earned a degree in Musical Theatre. A few weeks later, she landed a role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats!" See her story here:

Jud HeusslerMeet Jud Heussler. As a freshman, he started his own radio show. As a senior, he interned with Buffalo's Kiss 98.5 FM -- which hired him before he even graduated! Today, he's known by music fans across Western New York. See his story here:

Heather SmithMeet Heather Smith. In 2012, she gradated from SUNY Fredonia's College of Education. Today, she's a middle school science teacher near Rochester, N.Y. See her story here:

Fu becomes global ‘bridge’ for Fredonia

It’s hard to believe that Zhuojun “Georgie” Fu had time for anything extra at Fredonia. She graduated summa cum laude in 2012 with a double major in public relations and computer science, and minors in leadership studies and applied mathematics. Yet, this remarkable young woman from Shanghai made the most of her Fredonia experience, creating a lasting impact on campus in the process.

Georgie FuShe was president of the campus Golden Key International Honour Society chapter — the first international student to hold that title at Fredonia. In turn, Golden Key honored her in 2011 as its sole, worldwide winner of its International Student Leader of the Year award.

She also found time to be president of Fredonia’s Chinese Club and its American Red Cross chapter. She served as an intern in the Public Relations, Sports Information and Admissions offices. She was a Learning Center tutor and volunteered with the Campus and Community Children’s Center. On top of that, she established the Lu Wan Exchange Program, linking students from her high school to SUNY Fredonia — an initiative she hopes will enhance both of the institutions that helped her get to where she is today.

“I’ve had such a positive experience at Fredonia,” Ms. Fu said at the time. “I want to bring students from my high school to Fredonia, so that they can experience the same; I want to be the bridge.”

All of that earned her a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, numerous campus and regional scholarships, and Fredonia’s top honor — the Lanford Presidential Prize, which recognizes the senior who best exhibits balanced achievement and exemplifies Fredonia’s ideals.

Today, Georgie is pursuing a master’s degree in International Affairs with a merit fellowship at the prestigious Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. She is equally invigorated with her graduate program and the experiences she’s enjoying in our nation’s capital. Beyond the classroom, she works for the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation in its Office of Accountability, volunteers as a development intern for Capital Partners for Education, a D.C.-area not-for-profit, and assists the university’s Consulting Club with pro bono work.

“Being in America, I truly see my potential,” she says. “I feel like, as long as I put in effort, there will be opportunities – regardless of ethnicity, race and gender. Everyone has equal opportunity.”

Georgie's the kind of person who makes wherever she calls home even better — because she is a Fredonian. Would you like to be one too? Just visit our admissions section — and connect with a counselor who can help you realize your full potential!

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