Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration of Jewett Hall a Huge Success

Biology Department
221 Science Center
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3282

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,
Sanford/Burnham Medical Research Institute and Dr. Diane Pennica ’73, Senior Scientist, Molecular Oncology Department, Genentech. A Friday afternoon student reception and poster session was followed by the keynote seminar offered by Dr. Dennis Thiele,’78, George Barth Geller Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University Medical Center; more than 100 alumni, campus and community members were in attendance. The seminar was entitled ‘Biology of Copper: From Mammalian Development to Anti-Microbial Weapon’; Dr. Thiele also discussed his professional journey from SUNY Fredonia to Duke University.

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.

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