U.S. News & World Report has released its yearly “Best Colleges” rankings, naming Fredonia as the ninth best “Top Public Regional University in the North” in its 2015 edition, up from 14th a year ago. In the larger category of both public and private institutions in the North, Fredonia tied for 41st, up from 60th in 2014 among the “Best Regional Universities,” which it defines as 620 universities nationwide that offer primarily bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
In a break from tradition, Fredonia’s Rockin’ the Commons has shifted from the spring to the fall semester. The event, a showcase of 10 Fredonia student bands and individual artist, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., in Barker Commons in downtown Fredonia. The event, now in its 11th year, is sponsored by Fredonia Radio Systems to raise funds for Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
The Office of Volunteer and Community Services welcomes students and Fredonia community members to the 11th Annual Community Service Fair on Friday, Sept. 26 in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All interested individuals will have the opportunity to meet and learn more about local community service agencies.
The Residence Hall Association, is hosting FRED Balloon Day on Tuesday, Sept. 30 from noon to 3 p.m. The event is intended to “pump up” the campus community and spread a bit of joy and school pride through balloon art. For the event, RHA will be teaming up with Balloons by Brittany with balloon artist and Fredonia student Brittany Georgalas.
Latinos Unidos, a student group, is the primary sponsor and will partner with the Ethnic Studies Speakers Series on several events. The Ethnic Studies Speakers Series, in its inaugural year, hopes to team with all student groups as they celebrate various history months. Among the featured speakers is Dr. Barbara Browning of Tisch School of Performing Arts at New York University.
Fredonia is one of three schools in New York State that will begin offering “Serving: Standing Down,” an innovative reading/discussion program designed specifically for veterans to assist them as they transition from active duty to civilian life. Sessions will be held every Wednesday, beginning at 6 p.m., from Oct. 1 through Nov. 19, in the Veterans’ Lounge in Nixon Hall.
During their four-week English language immersion and intercultural program at Fredonia in August, a small group of students and faculty from Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Sciences were introduced to the Seneca Nation of Indians and its culture. The day-long excursion to Salamanca and the Seneca Allegany territory demonstrated the breadth of Fredonia’s many collaborations within the Chautauqua-Allegany region.
“The Power of Narrative: Engaging Difficult Stories from our Campus and Classrooms,” is the topic of the second College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Brown Bag lecture of 2014-2015, to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from noon to 1 p.m., at Williams Center Room S204. Six presenters, representing a cross-section of the campus community, will explore how to respond to stories that students share.
Fredonia renews its connection to Hollywood’s legendary Marx Brothers by staging the annual “Freedonia Marxonia: Marx Brothers Film Festival and Symposium,” a two-day gathering that opens, quite fittingly, on Thursday, Oct. 2, the birthday of the bespectacled Groucho Marx. The festival celebrates the link between the village of Fredonia and the 1933 Marx Brothers’ film “Duck Soup,” which is set in the mythical country of Freedonia.
The SmartSign brand, MyParkingSign.com, recently donated 83 handicap parking signs to Fredonia. The signs are compliant with the newly passed New York State law which features the redesigned International Symbol of Access (ISA). The updated ISA parking signs have been installed in most Fredonia parking lots by the school’s Facilities Services department, replacing 83 signs that still featured the old handicap symbol.
Technology giant AT&T along with Fredonia, the University at Buffalo, Z80 Labs, InfoTech Niagara, Launch NY, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County and Hack Upstate have announced the AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge — a two-month “virtual hackathon” in which developers are encouraged to “Solve Local” by building smartphone apps that serve Western New Yorkers.
The Fredonia Technology Incubator is welcoming a new business to the central business district of Dunkirk, N.Y. ProQuip, International (www.pqi.ca), a Canadian-based business, is staging its presence in the U.S. market at the incubator. The Brantford, Ont.-based company is an energy sector leader that creates green energy products and services, such as LED lighting, Solar LED lighting, and Solar PV solutions.
The Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders at Fredonia is resuming support group meetings for stroke and head injury survivors and family members. The first meeting of the fall semester will be Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. in Thompson Hall Room E148.
Students returning to campus this fall noticed an immediate, unmistakable, transformational change to Fredonia’s campus. In the southeast corner, a brand new, 92,000-square-foot, three-story structure shines in the summer sun. The new Fredonia Science Center, surrounded by a stunning courtyard and connected to Houghton Hall, now hugs the Science Quad.
Flu vaccine will be available in the Student Health Center in LoGrasso Hall beginning Sept. 2, Mondays through Fridays, from 9 to 11 a.m., and 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 for students and $20 for university employees using a FredCard. Interim Director of the Student Health Center Debbie Dibble notes, "An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others.”
Dr. Anny Castilla-Earls is an enthusiastic researcher and teacher. Her passion is driven by a deep caring for Spanish-speaking children struggling to overcome language difficulties, as well as a desire to remain connected to her Colombian heritage. Within Fredonia’s Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, she’s found an environment in which she can excel at both, which has led her to become Fredonia’s second-ever recipient of a grant from the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The home page at fredonia.edu has a new look and feel, sporting a responsive design and mobile-friendly layout, driven by images and stories. Content can be pulled into the new site and onto its grid layout that showcases an eclectic collection of Fredonia glimpses. Stories can come from anywhere on the Internet including the Campus Report, Twitter and Instagram, student blogs and other media outlets.
In June, the university announced a new name and visual identity. Going forward, it will be known as, “The State University of New York at Fredonia,” although in most contexts, it will be referred to simply as, “Fredonia.” The change comes in response to growing feedback, coupled with a yearlong research effort led by faculty, staff, student and alumni representatives from across the university, which revealed a degree of inconsistency, and even some confusion, among certain target audiences.
Most kids dream about what they want to be when they grow up, but few follow through to turn that dream into a reality. Paul Overturf, a junior Criminal Justice major, has wanted a career in law enforcement since he was in first grade. He recalls a moment of distress as a young boy when a police officer made him feel safe. From then on, Mr. Overturf vowed that he would make it his mission to help others feel the same sense of protection.