Homecoming at Fredonia on Oct. 19 through 21 marks the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1968, the 20th anniversary of the combined Department of Theatre and Dance and the 60th anniversary of the passing of Dr. Georgiana von Tornow. Dr. von Tornow is recognized for her significant contributions in developing Fredonia’s Theatre program.
Fredonia’s Cultural Competency Institute began its second year with the first of six sessions on Oct. 3, with 23 members of the greater campus community, including 13 faculty/staff, a member of the local community and nine students, who were selected through a competitive application process.
The essence of wonder and the joy of experimentation returns Saturday with the Fredonia Mini Maker Faire. Many come for a few minutes and end up staying for the day. The third event, which takes place inside the Williams and Science centers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., looks to build off its maturation as a fun, family-friendly destination that captures the hearts and minds of all who get to experience it firsthand.
Fredonia will welcome two-time Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe-nominated actress Mary McDonnell, Fredonia Class of '74, back to campus. She will join Department of Theatre and Dance Associate Professor Jessica Hillman-McCord at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, in Robert W. Marvel Theatre for “An Afternoon with Mary McDonnell,” in what promises to be a lively and informal conversation about the actress’ life and career on the Broadway stage, in film and in television.
Academic Advising and Course Selection is rapidly approaching! Are you ready? Academic Advising Services (AAS) is available to help students prepare for Academic Advising and Course Selection, which is scheduled for Oct. 29 through Nov. 9.
An intriguing Halloween science fair, hosted by the Fredonia Chemistry Club, will be conducted in Science Center Room 322 on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. A variety of experiments will be conducted in a science laboratory adorned with Halloween decorations.
Fredonia’s Applied Communication Association (ACA) and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) are co-hosting their 14th Fall Sweep on Saturday, Oct. 27. The event is a part of the Office of Volunteer and Community Services’ “Days of Service,” in which students are given opportunities to get involved and give back to their community.
Homecoming events include Young Adult author Sharon Flake with a talk entitled, "The Power of Literature to Give Voice to Young Adults," on Friday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m. The talk is a 2018-2019 Convocation series event as well as a Department of English Mary Louise White Lecture.
The Career Development Office will host its tenth Graduate School Fair on Oct. 16 in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room as part of "Graduate School Week,” a series of workshops devoted to specific graduate school topics hosted by the offices of Career Development, Graduate Studies and Financial Aid.
On Nov. 6, citizens of New York State will be choosing a governor, a U.S. Senator, all their members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and all members of the New York State Senate and Assembly. A sheriff will also be elected in Chautauqua County. Students have two ways to vote in the general election: by mailing an absentee ballot to their home county board of elections or by registering and voting in person in Fredonia.
Fredonia will host the Feeding Fredonia Challenge, a town-wide food donation drive to assist the Fredonia Food Pantry, from Monday through Friday, Oct. 15-19. Donations of non-perishable food can be placed at various campus locations.
A food pantry has been established by the Student Health Center, Counseling Center and Office of Campus Life to assist students when food becomes scarce.
The Heinz Family Foundation named Dr. Sherri Mason as the recipient of the prestigious 23rd Heinz Award in the Public Policy category. She is recognized for her groundbreaking research identifying the presence of microbeads and microfibers in fresh water, and for raising awareness of the potential impact of microplastics and associated contaminants on the food chain and human health, resulting in state, federal and international policy change.
Arts on Campus
The College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. David Rudge, begins another season featuring School of Music Concerto Competition winner Grace Jang playing the first movement of the Schumann Piano Concerto, on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m., in King Concert Hall.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, piano students in the Fredonia School of Music will be offering 30-minute lessons for $15 dollars during Piano Day. There are 30-minute time slots starting at 9 a.m., continuing until 7 p.m.
The Fredonia School of Music’s third Sorel Piano Competition in November will include a special feature, made possible through the generosity of the Steinway Company, showcasing Van Cliburn’s personal Steinway piano. Members of the community are also invited to play on the historic instrument during the three-day installation on the Fredonia campus.
Explore the ceramics of Department of Visual Arts and New Media’s SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus Marvin Bjurlin in a 50-year survey exhibition titled “A Potter’s Path,” on display in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery from Oct. 16 through Nov. 16.
The Department of Theatre and Dance opens its 2018-19 Walter Gloor Mainstage Series with a comedy that the New York Times calls “the most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy and a spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce.” “Noises Off” opens Friday, Oct. 19.
“This is a great tool for our student-athletes and for our teams,” noted Jerry Fisk, director of Athletics. The new Blue Devils Performance Center, in the lower level of Dods Hall, reveals state-of-the-art equipment, new lighting, floor coverings and sound system and freshly painted walls.
Fredonia women's volleyball improved to 16-6 with a pair of 3-0 wins Saturday at Dods Hall. The Blue Devils first made quick work of SUNY Canton, 25-13, 25-14 and 25-21 in a morning match, then disposed of Houghton in the afternoon 25-13, 25-14 and 25-21.
The Fredonia women's tennis team's season came to an end on Saturday when they fell to New Paltz, 5-0, in the SUNYAC Tournament at the Binghamton Tennis Center. Fredonia ended its season with a 12-4 record, a new school record for wins in a season. In addition, they established a bevy of career and single-season individual and doubles records.