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.
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.
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.
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.
State support at Fredonia has dwindled to just 11.9 percent of its current operating budget. The balance of the more than $110 million needed to run the university during the 2014-15 fiscal year is expected to be entirely self-generated, and has resulted in a budget shortfall of 5.5 percent. That’s just one example to be found among the more than 64 SUNY campuses, and why system leaders in Albany and on campuses across New York are reaching out to state legislators, encouraging them to increase the amount of state funding.
Colleges Against Cancer’s annual 12-hour fundraiser, Relay For Life, is slated for Saturday, April 18 from 4 p.m., until Sunday, April 19, at 4 a.m., in the Steele Hall Fieldhouse. The event is being promoted as a fun-filled, Disney themed night to help cancer patients know that “When you wish upon a star, the cure for cancer isn’t far.”
Fredonia hosted two leading experts in START-UP NY and New York State Innovation Hot Spot on March 27 at the Fredonia Technology Incubator located at 214 Central Avenue in Dunkirk. All business, campus and community members were invited to attend the free event.
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.
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.
A group of Fredonia’s international students were immersed in U.S. government and history during a week long excursion to Washington, D.C. over spring break. The International Student Services office organized the trip as one of its many events planned to provide support for international students.
A roundtable discussion exploring multilingual parenting, as experienced first-hand by six Fredonia faculty members, will be held on Thursday, April 9, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Williams Center Room S204.The discussion, sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Cultures, is free and open to the public.
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.
“Discovering the Truth: Forensic Science in Action,” a three-part Convocation lecture series on forensic science, will continue with a lecture by Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat, a forensic anthropologist at the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute on Thursday, April 9 at 6 p.m. All talks will be held in McEwen Hall Room 209.
Brittany Georgalas won’t receive her degree in Animation and Media Management until May, but she’s already got a “jump start” on her career with the publication of “Feleap the Frog and the Great Big Circus Adventure,” a children’s book that she wrote and illustrated. See how a class project turned into a career starter for this Melville, N.Y., native.
The indie pop band Hellogoodbye and the alternative rock band X Ambassadors, from Ithaca, will perform in a spring concert at Fredonia on Sunday, April 12, at the Steele Hall Fieldhouse. Spectrum Entertainment worked with a national college talent booking agency to select the bands. The Fredonia student group New Masons, which won the Battle of the New Bands earlier this semester, will be the opening act.
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.
The northern long-eared bat – a candidate for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act – has been identified at Fredonia’s College Lodge property. Jonathan Townsend, a research biologist who earned a master’s degree from Fredonia in May 2014, documented the presence of the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) in an acoustical survey undertaken in August 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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