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Mason's research forms basis of new N.Y. Attorney General report
Mason's research forms basis of new N.Y. Attorney General report

On Monday, April 20, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a report that details the hazard of plastic microbeads in the Great Lakes and other waterways, in an effort to re-introduce legislation that would ban their production and sale in cleansing and other products across the state. The study was supervised by Fredonia Environmental Sciences Professor Sherri "Sam" Mason, and if the law is approved, New York would join Illinois and New Jersey, which have already enacted such laws. The full story, which appears on the front page of today's (4/20) Buffalo News, can be found here.

  

Fredonia sets campus record for e-recycling participation
Fredonia sets campus record for e-recycling participation

Fredonia held its annual electronics recycling day on April 18 in partnership with State Senator Cathy Young, Time Warner Cable and e-recycler Sunnking Inc. In all, 1,176 vehicles were unloaded -- a more than 71 percent increase over its previous record, set in 2013. All totaled, eight semi-trailers were filled with outdated electronics that otherwise may have been destined for a landfill.

  

Forensic science lecture series final event on April 23
Forensic science lecture series final event on April 23

Michael Williams, a recently retired crime scene investigator and sergeant in the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department, will draw from his 30 years of experience as a police officer to discuss forensic science in the field and discovering what really happened at the scene on Thursday, April 23, at 4:30 p.m. in 209 McEwen Hall.

  

Celebrating Fredonia’s faculty and staff authors

Fredonia’s faculty and staff have produced nearly 40 books in the period between 2012 and 2015. The authors will be honored at a reception on Thursday, April 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Japanese Garden area of the Reed Library. All of the books will be available for viewing, and refreshments will be served.

  

Buy a paper on Buffalo News Kid’s Day slated for April 28
Buy a paper on Buffalo News Kid’s Day slated for April 28

Student Association groups and Residence Hall Councils at Fredonia are slated to participate in Buffalo News Kid’s Day on Tuesday, April 28, from 5:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. The students will be selling a special edition of the Buffalo News for a dollar to benefit the Buffalo Variety Club and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

  

Fredonia ‘paints’ Lanford House green for Earth Month
Fredonia ‘paints’ Lanford House green for Earth Month

The front of the Lanford House has been “painted” green in recognition of April as Earth Month with the installation of green LED lighting, which was donated generously by ProQuip International, a tenant in the Fredonia Technology Incubator.

  

Senior Activities Week launches April 26
Senior Activities Week launches April 26

Fredonia’s Senior Challenge Committee will kick off Fredonia’s first ever Senior Activities Week starting April 26 through May 7. There will be a wide variety of activities for the senior class leading up to Commencement.

  

International scholar to speak at Fredonia

The Department of Politics and International Affairs will host Jesus Antonio Trevino Cantu, professor of Architecture at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leóne, who will be giving a lecture on Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in McEwen Hall Room G26. The event is free and open to the public.

  

Women's Student Union to present documentary on campus sexual assult
Women's Student Union to present documentary on campus sexual assult

The Women's Student Union is screening, “The Hunting Ground,” a new film about campus sexual assault, on April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in McEwen Hall Room 202. After the screening, there will be an audience discussion facilitated by campus staff and students.

  

Guest speaker to discuss economics in the sports industry

Fredonia will host former economics professor, Dr. Paul Homes, on Thursday, April 23 for a talk at 6:30 p.m., in McEwen Hall Room 209. Dr. Holmes, currently on the faculty at Ashland University in Ohio, will discuss research, techniques, and strategies used by economists in the sports industry.

  

Fredonia to host 112th APS Topical Symposium
Fredonia to host 112th APS Topical Symposium

The Department of Physics will host a two-day meeting of the New York State Section of the American Physical Society (APS), the 112th topical symposium. The event will begin on Friday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Kelly Auditorium of the Science Center and the Williams Center. It will continue on Saturday, with the meeting theme, “Quantum Computing and Communications."

  

Fredonia Senior Class sponsors chicken barbecue on April 24

The Senior Class of 2015 will sponsor a Chiavetta’s Chicken Barbecue on Friday, April 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Williams Center Patio.Tickets can be purchased in advance for $9 at the Fredonia Ticket Office in the Williams Center, or for $10 the day of the event. The campus and community is invited to attend.

  

Sigma Kappa to host ‘Jammin’ for Jessa’ April 27
Sigma Kappa to host ‘Jammin’ for Jessa’ April 27

Sigma Kappa Sorority will be hosting its annual Relay for Life fundraiser, “Jammin’ for Jessa,” on Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in the Fredonia Ticket Office. There will be performances from different a cappella groups throughout the night in addition to raffles with prizes.

  

Rotaract Club hosts ‘Courage in Motion’ on April 25 to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation
Rotaract Club hosts ‘Courage in Motion’ on April 25 to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation

The Fredonia Rotaract Club will host, “Courage in Motion,” on Saturday, April 25, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Steele Hall Fieldhouse.The event is designed to help grant one child a wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and includes a formal dinner and "late night dance."

  

Fredonians accepted at health professional schools to share experiences

Three Fredonia alumni and two current seniors who have been granted admission to medical, dental or pharmacy school will lead an accepted student panel discussion on Tuesday, April 28, 7 p.m., at Science Center Room 126. Each will describe the application process and what experiences were most helpful as he/she prepared to enroll in a health professional school and also answer questions from current students who will be seeking admission to these schools.

  

Fredonia welcomes International Development professional Andrew Zapfel

The departments of History, and Politics and International Affairs, will host speaker Andrew Zapfel, an international development professional in health and human rights on Friday, May 1 from noon to 1 p.m., in Williams Center Room S204 ABC. Mr. Zapfel will provide commentary about his career path during his presentation.

  

Jog for Justice

Jog for Justice, inspired by the Color Run, will take place at the State University of New York at Fredonia on Sunday, May 3. Check-in for the run will be in Dods Hall at 10:30 a.m. and the run will begin at noon. All proceeds will go to the Breaking Binaries Fund.

  

Fredonia celebrates ‘Earth Month’
Fredonia celebrates ‘Earth Month’

Earth Week has been celebrated at Fredonia for many years and the tradition will continue in 2015, with various events being offered by faculty, staff, and students. In recognition of the university's commitment to sustainability and the principles outlined in the Power of Fredonia strategic plan, the campus will celebrate "Earth Month" in April.

  

Dr. Ellen Litwicki awarded Fulbright to teach in Hungary
Dr. Ellen Litwicki awarded Fulbright to teach in Hungary

Dr. Ellen Litwicki of the Department of History has received a Fulbright Award to teach American studies courses in Hungary at the University of Szeged. A Fulbright teaching fellow, Litwicki will teach two courses -– Holidays and American Ideals, an undergraduate course; and Material Cultures, a graduate-level course – during the Fall 2015 semester.

  

Outstanding Fredonia students to be recognized at the 21st annual leadership ceremony

The 21st annual leadership ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at 5 p.m., at the Williams Center Multipurpose Room. The ceremony is an end-of-the-year celebration that recognizes outstanding Fredonia students. Campus organizations and departments will come together to present scholarships, outstanding member awards and various student recognitions.

  

‘Aliens???’ event to be hosted by Astronomy Club on April 27
‘Aliens???’ event to be hosted by Astronomy Club on April 27

Fredonia’s newest student group, the Astronomy Club, will be hosting its first event, ‘Aliens???’ on Monday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Horizon Room of the Williams Center. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend, partake in riveting discussion, and share opinions on the following question: “Do aliens exist?”

  

Seventh annual Slush Rush has a record year
Seventh annual Slush Rush has a record year

The seventh annual Slush Rush 5K had a record year, with over $2,300 raised and the highest number of registered participants. The race, which was held on Sunday, March 29, drew in 184 registered runners and walkers.

  

FSA Annual Community Meeting to be held April 28

The Faculty Student Association (FSA) will be holding its Annual Community Meeting on Tuesday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the Horizon Room at the Williams Center. The meeting is open to the campus community and all faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.

  

Seniors receive Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Three seniors followed different academic paths within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Fredonia, but Kaitlyn Crossan, Meghan Devine and Courtney Loiacono share a prestigious SUNY-wide honor, the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presented the 2015 awards to 256 students from across the university system on April 2 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

  

Fredonia names Syracuse’s Rieks as Chief Information Officer
Fredonia names Syracuse’s Rieks as Chief Information Officer

Fredonia has selected Stephen J. Rieks to be its Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO). He currently serves as Director of Administrative Computing Systems at Syracuse University, where he has steadily advanced in his career since 1997. Mr. Rieks will begin at Fredonia on May 15.

  

Fredonia campus group Hillel celebrates Jewish History Month

Hillel, the campus' Jewish student organization, will be celebrating Jewish History Month starting April 1 with several campus events, all free and open to the public. Hillel is a group designed to provide a caring community for people interested in Judaism and people of all faiths and beliefs are welcome.

  

‘Tin Men’ sculptor William King passes away at age 90
‘Tin Men’ sculptor William King passes away at age 90

William King, the artist who created the sculpture commonly known as “The Tin Men” – one of the most iconic features of the entire  Fredonia campus – passed away March 4 at his home in East Hampton at the age of 90. For some 40 years, the sculpture has attracted students seeking a quiet place for contemplation or reflection, and was christened “Words” upon installation in the summer of 1974.

  

Fredonia record label partners with national recording artists to battle world hunger
Fredonia record label partners with national recording artists to battle world hunger

HAIL! Fredonia Records, the university’s student-run record label, has announced that it is partnering with WhyHunger, a global organization dedicated to ending hunger and poverty. Hail! Fredonia recording artist Ladies First — which includes 10,000 Maniacs’ and Fredonia alumna Mary Ramsey, ’95, along with recent graduate Savannah King, ’14, who began touring with 10,000 Maniacs as a support musician this winter — has released its own rendition of the classic Badfinger hit, Sweet Tuesday Morning. Ramsey and King have joined forces with Joey Molland, the last surviving member of Badfinger, to produce and release the single exclusively on iTunes on March 31.

  

Civil War sesquicentennial observed with several events including Reed Library exhibit
Civil War sesquicentennial observed with several events including Reed Library exhibit

On March 25 the traveling exhibition, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” will open in Reed Library, examining how President Abraham Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war. Other related activities are planned.

  

Reed Library announces ‘The Great Gatsby’ as selection for ‘The Big Read’
Reed Library announces ‘The Great Gatsby’ as selection for ‘The Big Read’

Reed Library, in cooperation with the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), is pleased to announce that “The Big Read” book selection for 2015 is F. Scott Fitzgerald's, “The Great Gatsby." The events of The Big Read kick off the week of March 23, with many activities throughout Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.

  

Distinguished alumnus named as Commencement keynote speaker
Distinguished alumnus named as Commencement keynote speaker

Alumnus James D. Douglas, director of Human Resources at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., will be the keynote speaker at the Fredonia's Commencement, slated for Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Steele Hall Fieldhouse.

  

Emergency Preparedness

University policy for weather-related cancellations and closings

The university policy on extraordinary weather requires that normal operations continue to the extent possible. Essential college services (i.e.: Heating/Plumbing, Electrical, Automotive, Grounds, University Police, and Food and Health Services) must be maintained in spite of severe weather. When cancellation of classes has been declared, the President will notify the Department of Marketing and Communications to facilitate announcements via the campus' emergency messaging channels (NY Alert, listserv email, website, etc.) and on radio and TV stations across Western New York, if appropriate.

It is the policy of Fredonia that employees designated as Essential Service will report to work at their scheduled start time and perform their normal and customary duties in the event of an emergency, including but not limited to weather, power outage, etc. For more information on the university policy, visit http://www.fredonia.edu/humanresources/policies.asp.

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Sign up for NY-Alert

Members of the Fredonia campus community are urged to sign up for NY-Alert, a secure, web-based emergency text, email and voice message alert system maintained by SUNY Administration and the New York State Emergency Management Office. NY-Alert is the primary tool within the mass communication system used on campus during an emergency, and the only alert system which will send messages directly to students, faculty and staff without being having to be logged into email.

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Lacrosse beats Oneonta Saturday, will host Buff State Tuesday
Lacrosse beats Oneonta Saturday, will host Buff State Tuesday

Marissa Cussins (Corning, N.Y./Corning-Painted Post West) scored with 22 seconds left as No. 20 Fredonia survived Oneonta's upset bid, 10-9, in SUNYAC women's lacrosse Saturday.

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Devils take pitchers' duel, drop slugfest
Devils take pitchers' duel, drop slugfest

Fredonia got another solid outing from senior righthander Kelsey Gannett for a 4-2 SUNYAC softball win over New Paltz in the first game of a doubleheader, giving Coach Tony Ciccarello his 300th win in the process.

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Desens doubles at Cortland Classic
Desens doubles at Cortland Classic

Senior thrower Nicole Desens won the shot put and the discus Saturday during the second day of the Cortland Classic Invitational, while sophomore sprinter Laura Morrison won the 400 meters.

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Arts on Campus

Masterworks concert to feature Haydn's 'Lord Nelson Mass' and U.S. premier of work by Moran
Masterworks concert to feature Haydn's 'Lord Nelson Mass' and U.S. premier of work by Moran

The Fredonia School of Music’s Masterworks concert, featuring Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” and the U.S. premier of Robert Moran’s “Eclipse” will be presented on Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m. The annual signature event, to be performed for the first time in Rosch Recital Hall on campus, will be under the direction of Dr. David Rudge, and features the 100-plus voice Masterworks Chorus prepared by Dr. Gerald Gray and the Fredonia Chamber Orchestra.

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Fredonia children’s concert series concludes with Guitar Quartet

The Musical Journeys Program of The State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music concludes its ninth season of free concerts designed for young children on Saturday, April 25 at Darwin R. Barker Library in Fredonia. Students from the Fredonia Guitar Quartet will perform two half-hour Children's Concerts at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

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Fredonia Wind Ensemble sets season-ending performance

The Fredonia Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Paula Holcomb, will present the final concert of the 2014-2015 season on Saturday, April 25, at 8 p.m. at King Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Ethos New Music Society presents Jason Robert Brown
Ethos New Music Society presents Jason Robert Brown

On Monday, May 4, the Ethos New Music Society is presenting a concert featuring Tony-award winning composer Jason Robert Brown as part of a two-day residency. The concert is at Rosch Recital Hall located in Mason Hall at 8 p.m.

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Fredonia Dance Ensemble offers seven new works with annual concert
Fredonia Dance Ensemble offers seven new works with annual concert

Seven new works choreographed by faculty members and guest artists will be featured when the Fredonia Dance Ensemble presents its annual concert from May 1 to 3 in Marvel Theatre. Performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 3.

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Graphic design and animation featured in Marion Gallery exhibition

More than a dozen graduating arts and new media majors will have works on display in an exhibition this April at the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery. The exhibition, titled “Unconventional,” runs from Friday, April 17, through Wednesday, April 22.

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Lanford Prize to be awarded to Antonio Regulier
Lanford Prize to be awarded to Antonio Regulier

Antonio Regulier is the recipient of the 2015 Lanford Presidential Prize from the Oscar and Esther Lanford Endowment of the Fredonia College Foundation. The award will be presented at the afternoon Commencement ceremony on May 16. The award recognizes a member of the graduating class who has exhibited balanced achievement and exemplifies Fredonia’s ideals.

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School of Music Reese's writing featured in book and journal
School of Music Reese's writing featured in book and journal

Assistant Professor Jill Reese of the School of Music co-authored a chapter in the book, “Curriculum and Assessment in Music Education.” In addition, her article, "Virtual Mentoring of Preservice Teachers: Mentors’ Perceptions" will be published in the Journal of Music Teacher Education.

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Student authors' article to appear in academic journal

“Using Experiential Learning to Improve Disability Services on a College Campus,” a paper written last year by three Fredonia students, will be published in the spring edition of The Undergraduate Business and Economics Research Journal.

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Essay by Gerber published in ‘Free Verse Rhythms' special issue of Style
Essay by Gerber published in ‘Free Verse Rhythms' special issue of Style

Dr. Natalie Gerber of the Department of English has an essay, "Intonation and the Conventions of Free Verse," included in a special issue of Style, a quarterly journal of literary criticism, stylistics, poetics and aesthetics, dedicated to "Free Verse Rhythms."

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Fredonia theatre students have strong showing at national competition
Fredonia theatre students have strong showing at national competition

Department of Theatre and Dance students fared well at a recent national competition designed to highlight theatre production skills. Members of the Fredonia Student Chapter of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology competed in the “Tech Olympics” at the USITT national conference, which was held in Cincinnati, Ohio, in March.

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Social Work senior receives award
Social Work senior receives award

EmilyAnn Pleszewski, a senior social work major from Fredonia, has been selected as the 2015 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) New York State Western Division Bachelor's in Social Work (BSW) Student of the Year. The NASW award is given to master’s degree and baccalaureate level students who have demonstrated academic excellence and personify the values of Social Work as defined by the NASW Professional Code of Ethics.

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Health and Wellness

Health Matters Newsletter

April is sexual assault awareness month, and it is important for students to be aware of the policies the campus holds towards such actions. All students have the right to feel safe and secure on campus and in the town in general, and the policies are intended to ensure those feelings.

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Women Running Fredonia!
Women Running Fredonia!

Women Running Fredonia is a women’s only group that will incorporate running, jogging, and walking with discussion about topics that impact women. Women of all fitness levels are welcome! Women Running Fredonia is a no-pressure group aimed at improving the overall well-being and connectedness of women on Fredonia’s campus.

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