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Adjunct faculty honored with SUNY Chancellor's Award

Adjunct instructor and Fredonia alumna Grace Gerrity of the Department of Business Administration and adjunct instructor Dr. Susan McGee of the Department of English, also a Fredonia alumna, have been named recipients 2014-2015 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.

  

Benefit scholarships through purchases with Amazon
Benefit scholarships through purchases with Amazon

Make a purchase on Amazon and benefit Fredonia students and their education. It’s really that simple for students, faculty and alumni to have a portion of their Amazon purchase relayed to the Fredonia College Foundation through AmazonSmile.

  

Career Development Office hosts Job and Internship Expo March 10
Career Development Office hosts Job and Internship Expo March 10

Fredonia’s Career Development Office (CDO) will host its annual Job and Internship Expo on Tuesday, March 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Williams Center. The event is free and open to current students as well as Fredonia alumni of any age. More than 70 employers will be on hand to discuss possible job openings and internships within their organizations.

  

Fredonia secures articulation agreement with UB pharmacy school

A new 3+4 articulation agreement between Fredonia and the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will enable Fredonia students to fulfill requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Pharmacy degree in less time. Instead of taking four years to complete an undergraduate degree and another four years to complete the doctor of pharmacy degree – for a total or eight years – students can complete both programs in seven years.

  

‘Herstory’ Month hosted by Women’s Student Union

The Women’s Student Union will be hosting various free events throughout the month of March and the beginning of April in honor of Women’s “Herstory” Month, with the theme, “Women’s Herstory Month: Feminist Past, Present and Future.” Programs will review the history and progress of feminism over the years.

  

Fredonia teams with Rockefeller College to establish new B.A./M.P.A. program

Fredonia has established a first-of-its-kind agreement with the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University of Albany to offer a combined bachelor’s and master’s program open to all majors. An information session for Fredonia students will be held Tuesday March 10 at 5 p.m., in the Politics and International Affairs Reading Room, Thompson Hall Room E-369.

  

Editor of new Buffalo alternative weekly to speak at Fredonia journalism conference

Geoff Kelly, founding editor of The Public, Buffalo's newest alternative media publication, will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Society of Professional Journalists conference to be held on Saturday, March 7, beginning at 10 a.m. at Williams Center Room 204.

  

Fredonia mock trial team advances to championship rounds
Fredonia mock trial team advances to championship rounds

The Fredonia Blue Devils' Advocates have made history by qualifying for the National Championship Rounds of the American Mock Trial Association. Of more than 650 teams competing in regional competitions this spring, less than one-third earned a bid to the Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS).

  

Fredonia Biology professor discovers threat to campus woodlot
Fredonia Biology professor discovers threat to campus woodlot

Professor Jonathan Titus of the Fredonia Department of Biology and his wife, Priscilla, have discovered the non-native invasive insect, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA; Adelges tsugae) on 50 hemlock trees in the campus woodlot neighboring Ring Road. It is the first known HWA infestation in Chautauqua County, according to Dr. Titus, the university’s Plant Ecologist.

  

Slush Rush returns to Fredonia March 29
Slush Rush returns to Fredonia March 29

The International Education Center will be hosting the seventh annual 5k Slush Rush on Sunday, March 29. The race kicks off at 9 a.m. outside of Steele Hall, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. inside Steele. The course will remain on campus, with finishers completing the race at Steele Hall.

  

Local teacher with ties to Fredonia named Master Teacher

In 2013, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the New York State Master Teacher Program (NYSMTP) in partnership with the State University of New York and Math for America. Dunkirk High School biology teacher Cindy McMillen was recently inducted into NYSMTP.

  

Applause for Paws fundraiser slated for March 7

The Interactive Theatre Society will be hosting Applause for Paws on Saturday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. in the Williams Center Multipurpose room. The fundraiser event, open to the public, will include carnival style games, entertainment provided by the Improv Society and a basket raffle.

  

Psychology major in NASA/NIA competition
Psychology major in NASA/NIA competition

Junior Elizabeth Mastro is taking a path seldom traveled in engineering circles by students from other fields of study. She’s a junior Psychology major engaging in a nationwide competition geared for students preparing to enter what remains a very male-dominated field. And she’s doing it from long distance, too.

  

Arts and Sciences Brown Bag Lecture on ‘Living with Stress’

The Arts and Sciences Brown Bag Lecture “Living with Stress” will explore healthy ways of dealing with stress as well as some of its positive aspects, on Wednesday, March 4 from noon to 1 p.m. in Williams Center Room S204.The panel will feature a variety of expert Fredonia faculty and staff who will share knowledge in their areas of expertise relating to the topic.

  

Pi Mu Epsilon chapter to host talk by past national president

Fredonia’s Pi Mu Epsilon chapter, New York Pi, will host Dr. Paul Fishback, past president of the national mathematics honor society, who will give the talk, “The Least-Squares Property of the Lanczos Derivative,” on Wednesday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m., at Fenton Hall Room 108.

  

Alumna Ana Santos and students to be honored at EDP Award Ceremony
Alumna Ana Santos and students to be honored at EDP Award Ceremony

Ana J. Santos, ’04, will be honored as the 2015 Distinguished Alumna at Fredonia’s Educational Development Program’s (EDP) 33rd annual awards ceremony, slated for Wednesday, March 11, at 4 p.m. in the Horizon Room of the Williams Center. Several other awards will be presented during the event.

  

Alumnus Mark Anthony Neal to discuss social protest
Alumnus Mark Anthony Neal to discuss social protest

Fredonia alumnus Mark Anthony Neal, professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University, will visit on March 10 to conclude the university's three part discussion that began with Tracy Martin, continued with Treva Lindsey, and will close with Dr. Neal's talk about African Americans’ pursuit of social justice.

  

Educator preparation programs achieve national recognition

The Fredonia College of Education - Professional Education Unit (COE-PEU), currently accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is seeking re-accreditation. As part of maintaining accreditation, every seven years 21 educator preparation programs must be reviewed, and all 21 programs at Fredonia have received national recognition in the current program review cycle.

  

Fredonia senior Emilyann Pleszewski receives national scholarship
Fredonia senior Emilyann Pleszewski receives national scholarship

Emilyann Pleszewski, a senior Social Work major at Fredonia, has received one of 37 national scholarships awarded by Tau Sigma, the academic honor society that recognizes transfer students for their achievements. “She’s articulate, intelligent and her optimism just shines through whatever she does,” said Helen Leysath, co-advisor of Fredonia’s Tau Sigma chapter and transfer coordinator in the Registrar’s office.

  

Sigma Kappa sisters honor one of their own at Pink the Rink
Sigma Kappa sisters honor one of their own at Pink the Rink

Sisters of Sigma Kappa sorority gathered at last Friday’s Pink the Rink hockey game in Steele Hall Ice Arena to support Jessa Webber, a sister who lost her seven-year battle with brain cancer on Jan. 6, 2010, with the purchase of a jersey in her honor. Members of Jessa’s family bought another jersey for Jessa’s Quest, a non-profit organization.

  

Student tutor positions available for next year

The College Tutoring Services (CTS) office, together with the Learning Center, the Full Opportunity Program, Disability Support Services for Students and the Educational Development Program, is hiring students to join its tutoring staff for the 2015-2016 academic year. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 13 by 4 p.m.

  

EDP looks back on 45 years of life-changing guidance
EDP looks back on 45 years of life-changing guidance

Rachael James is as accomplished as any student at Fredonia. In May, this Bronx native will complete a bachelor’s degree in Communication-Public Relations with a minor in Political Science. She has completed internships with the New York State Assembly and at Ralph Lauren’s corporate headquarters. She has served as a Fredonia Student Ambassador, supporting campus administrators in a variety of event management capacities. As vice president of the Black Student Union, she has coordinated the annual People of Color Concerns Conference, assisted with the group’s annual fashion show and organized peaceful civil rights demonstrations. She has been an EDP peer advisor and was even elected Homecoming Queen in 2014.

As impressive as these accolades are, they nearly never happened.

Ms. James’ story is shared by nearly 120 students on campus today — and more than 800 alumni since 1970, all of whom only became Fredonians thanks to the Educational Development Program (EDP) and its generations of caring counselors.

  

Rosa Parks Memorial Scholarship event on March 4

The 2015 Rosa Parks Memorial Scholarship event is slated for March 4, with three $350 scholarships to be awarded for the top original works. Submissions focused on an aspect of multiculturalism or social justice and included a typed statement reflecting the work's content.

  
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Students to present research findings at annual criminal justice sciences meeting

Four seniors enrolled in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice will present results of their research at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences to be held March 3 to 7 in Orlando, Fla.

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Johnston animated short film seen at national, international festivals
Johnston animated short film seen at national, international festivals

Screenings of Department of Visual Arts and New Media faculty member Jill Johnston’s animated short, “Don’t Be Afraid of Bears,” were conducted at an eclectic collection of film festivals.

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Nezhukumatathil writer-in-residence at UNC-W
Nezhukumatathil writer-in-residence at UNC-W

English Professor Aimee Nezhukumatathil was the 2015 Distinguished Visiting Writer-in-Residence at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington's M.F.A. program.

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VanDette writes chapter in the first MLA book about service-learning, literary studies
VanDette writes chapter in the first MLA book about service-learning, literary studies

“Service Learning and Literary Studies in English,” the first book published by the Modern Language Association on the subject of service-learning pedagogy in literature classrooms, features a chapter written by English professor Emily VanDette.

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Michael Jabot appointed to Leopold National Leadership Team
Michael Jabot appointed to Leopold National Leadership Team

Science Education Professor Michael Jabot of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction has been named to the newly-formed National Leadership Team for the Leopold Education Project.

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Faculty teaching community-based Books@Work Program
Faculty teaching community-based Books@Work Program

Six Fredonia faculty members are participating in the nationwide, community-based “Books@Work” program, whose mission is to promote complex literacy while serving companies and employees.

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Campus ticket office manager elected to international board
Campus ticket office manager elected to international board

Alison Barry, ticketing and audience services manager for the Campus Ticket Office at Fredonia, has been elected to the board of directors for the International Ticketing Association (INTIX). Barry began a three-year term on the board on Jan. 15.

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Fitzpatrick to have paper published in business journal
Fitzpatrick to have paper published in business journal

Finance professor Julie Fitzpatrick will have her paper, "Estimating the Link between QE3 and Business Investment," published in the forthcoming edition of The Business Research Consortium Journal of Business. Co-authored with Joseph Cheng of Ithaca College, the article explores the effectiveness of Quantitative Easing (QE) in stimulating business investment.

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Arts on Campus

Pianist Robert Jordan to present recital and master class at Fredonia
Pianist Robert Jordan to present recital and master class at Fredonia

The School of Music will be hosting a piano recital by Emeritus Professor Robert Jordan and his former students on Sunday March 8 at 4 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall. In addition, Jordan will offer a piano master class on Monday March 9 at 2 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall.

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Fredonia Wind Ensemble set to tour Long Island
Fredonia Wind Ensemble set to tour Long Island

The Fredonia School of Music continues its tradition of ensemble touring this spring with a March 10 to 13 Fredonia Wind Ensemble Tour to Long Island, under the direction of Dr. Paula Holcomb. The wind ensemble will visit five school music programs during the four-day tour.

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Children’s Concert Series features Fredonia School of Music trombone quartet March 7

The Children’s Concert Series continues its ninth season with the Fredonia School of Music trombone quartet on Saturday, March 7 at the Dunkirk Free Library. Performances will be at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

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Mainstage series continues with work by Pulitzer Prize winner
 Mainstage series continues with work by Pulitzer Prize winner

"Balm in Gilead," A gritty urban drama by Lanford Wilson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer, will be the next offering in the Walter Gloor Mainstage Series at Fredonia from Feb. 27 through March 7 in Bartlett Theatre at Rockefeller Arts Center.

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Five artists featured in exhibition at Fredonia’s Marion Art Gallery
Five artists featured in exhibition at Fredonia’s Marion Art Gallery

Photographs, ceramic sculpture, drawings and a mixed media installation by five artists will be on display beginning Feb. 27 in a new exhibition at the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery. “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things” features works by Jason Briggs, Linda Cordell, Fotini Galanes, Lorrie Fredette and Chris Walker.

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Rachel Lee Priday to perform with CSO
Rachel Lee Priday to perform with CSO

Violinist Rachel Lee Priday will join the Fredonia College Symphony Orchestra for what is being called the orchestral event of the season on Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m. in King Concert Hall. Together, under the direction of Dr. David Rudge, the orchestra and Ms. Priday, will perform one of the most beloved and demanding concertos in the violin repertoire, the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major.

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Music Therapy Awareness Week to bring campus presentations

A variety of educational presentations – all geared to promote music therapy as a profession and raise public understanding of music therapy is and how it benefits clients – will be given at Fredonia during Music Therapy Awareness Week, March 2 to 6, at several campus locations.

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Athletics

Bartlett wins two SUNYAC championships, named Diver of the Meet
Bartlett wins two SUNYAC championships, named Diver of the Meet

For the 10th year in a row, the SUNYAC Championship's female Diver of the Meet is a Fredonian. Meghan Bartlett (Johnstown, N.Y./Johnstown) continued Fredonia's storied tradition by winning the 3-meter and 1-meter events.

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Clouthier, Hewitt earn SUNYAC men's swimming titles, set school marks
Clouthier, Hewitt earn SUNYAC men's swimming titles, set school marks

Adam Clouthier (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) and Jake Hewitt (Duanesburg, N.Y./Schalmont) each won individual SUNYAC titles on Saturday in the conference championship meet. Clouthier, a sophomore, won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:05.77. He broke his own school record set of 2:07.74 and registered an NCAA provisional qualifier. Hewitt, a freshman, set a school record in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:54.31. He broke his own school record of 1:56.04 set earlier in the day during preliminaries.

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Dobson wins SUNYAC breaststroke championship
Dobson wins SUNYAC breaststroke championship

Larissa Dobson (Hamburg, N.Y./Eden) is now a SUNYAC champion. On Saturday evening Dobson, a senior, won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:23.07. She broke her own school record in the earlier preliminaries with a time of 2:22.83, registering an NCAA provisional qualifier.

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Hess sets men's indoor 3,000 record
Hess sets men's indoor 3,000 record

Fredonia senior Zakk Hess (Newark, N.Y./North Rose - Wolcott) set a school indoor record in the 3,000-meter run Saturday while competing at Cornell. Hess rounded the Barton Hall oval in 8:30.03 to take down Kevin Rumsey's 1983 record of 8:30.24.

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Health Matters

Free HIV testing offered in March

On Tuesday, March 10, free HIV testing will be taking place in LoGrasso Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The testing takes around 15 minutes to complete.

 

Individuals from Evergreen Health Services of Western New York will be coming into the health center and performing the HIV tests using Clearview. Clearview is an easy test that detects antibodies to Human Immunodeficiency Virus Types 1 (HIV­1) and Type 2 (HIV­2). It requires a simple prick of the finger, with results immediately following the test. Clearview is at least 99 percent accurate, being that most infected antibodies can be detected after three months of initial exposure. In rare cases it can take up to six months from initial exposure to test positively.

More than 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV infection, and almost one in seven people (14 percent) are unaware of their infection. About 500,000 people get infected with HIV each year.

The testing is anonymous, and appointments can be made over the phone by calling LoGrasso Health Center at (716) 673­-3131.


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.


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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