In 1963, Jewett Hall opened its doors to begin a new era in science education. For the last 50 years, it has been the academic home for two thousand Biology department majors, and several hundred Chemistry, Physics, and Geosciences majors. SUNY Fredonia celebrated this landmark anniversary on September 28-29 during Homecoming 2012. More than 200 alumni and faculty reminisced and reflected on the days spent in Jewett Hall, and looked forward to another new era of science education in the Science Center.
The celebration kicked off early Friday with guest lectures and round table discussions by Dr Greg Roth, ’84, Associate Professor, Diabetes and Obesity Research Center,
Saturday morning started with a breakfast for alumni, faculty and emeritus faculty in the Jewett Hall lobby. Participants enjoyed viewing the myriad photographs, stories and reflections submitted by alumni. A Science Alumni Conference followed in the Williams Center in which more than 30 SUNY Fredonia science alumni offered presentations on diverse topics such as organic dairy farming, invasive plant species, pharmaceutical development and advances in diagnosis and treatment of disease. The celebration then moved off-campus to the College Lodge for a late afternoon tour of the forest, after which alumni and faculty enjoyed a reception and dinner at the Lodge. The 50th Anniversary festivities closed with a nostalgic and humorous series of memories and reflections offered by Emeritus Professors Kevin Fox, Ken Mantai and Wayne Yunghans.