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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.

  

Adjunct faculty honored with SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence
Adjunct faculty honored with SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence

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.

  

Campus leaders ask State Legislature to #InvestInSUNY

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.

  

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 to host Job and Internship Expo March 10
Career Development Office to host 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.

  

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.

  

2015 Senior Expo set for March 24
2015 Senior Expo set for March 24

he 2015 Senior Expo will be held on Tuesday March 24 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the University Commons lobby. All students who anticipate graduating between May and December 2015 are encouraged to attend. The goal of the Senior Expo is to provide students with a one-stop arena for staff to share important and helpful resources regarding graduation and the transition to life after Fredonia.

  

Harry Potter theme at 15th annual Pi Day event
Harry Potter theme at 15th annual Pi Day event

All things Harry Potter and mathematical will be celebrated at the 15th annual Pi Day with a Harry Potter theme, hosted by the Department of Mathematical Sciences.The event is slated for Thursday, March 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in McEwen Hall Room 209.

  

Students to pitch in for Habitat for Humanity on spring break

A group of Fredonia students will devote their spring break to help out the less fortunate through Habitat for Humanity. Through the Alternative Break Program, coordinated by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice, nearly two dozen students from a variety of academic disciplines will devote much of their week away from classes to serve Habitat for Humanity in Charleston, S.C.

  

Rare bat species detected on Fredonia’s College Lodge property
Rare bat species detected on Fredonia’s College Lodge property

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.

  

Unione Italiana to serve Italian dinner
Unione Italiana to serve Italian dinner

Reservations are being accepted for a celebration of Italian cuisine sponsored by the student club Unione Italiana, to be served Sunday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at the Williams Center Horizon Room. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

  

‘Out of the Darkness Walk’ for Suicide Prevention on March 28

The Psychology Club will host the eleventh annual ‘Out of the Darkness Walk’ on Saturday, March 28, benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Registration for the event will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the campus clock tower, on the corner of University Parkway and Symphony Circle. The three-mile walk will begin at noon.

  

Groups chosen for 2015 Community Partners Program

Fredonia has chosen The Chautauqua County Health Network, The Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center and Lake Erie N.Y. Chapter 4 Blue Star Mothers of America to participate in the public relations capstone’s 2015 Community Partners Program. Throughout the program, upper-level undergraduate students will display the skills they have gained throughout their education to provide the community partners with the assistance needed to promote their services at no extra cost.

  

Award winning poet Jericho Brown to give reading at Fredonia
Award winning poet Jericho Brown to give reading at Fredonia

Jericho Brown, whose first book, “Please,” won the American Book Award and was a finalist for the Lambda Award for gay poetry, will conduct a poetry reading at Fredonia on Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m., at McEwen Hall Room 202.

  

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.

  

‘Herstory’ Month hosted by Women’s Student Union
‘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 the 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.

  

Enactus students work with local Girl Scouts

Fredonia Enactus and the Girl Scouts of Western New York formed a partnership in January during an “Ingredients for Success” event that taught the scouts to implement entrepreneurial selling skills. As an extension of the effort, Girl Scouts from Troop 20158 will be setting up a booth in McEwen Hall on March 12 from 2:30 to 5 p.m., selling a variety of the well-known Girl Scout cookies.

  
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Professor Rob Deemer to have choral premiere at Carnegie Hall
Professor Rob Deemer to have choral premiere at Carnegie Hall

“Eulogy,” a composition by School of Music Associate Professor Rob Deemer, will premiere at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on Friday, March 13 at 8 p.m. The Harmonia Chamber Singers, a professional caliber a cappella ensemble based in Buffalo, will perform the piece at “A Cappella Next!” an event dedicated to contemporary choral chamber music.

  

Students to present research findings at annual criminal justice sciences meeting
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 from the study, "Leaving Correctional Facilities: Understanding What it Means and How it Shapes the Transition to Adulthood," at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences to be held March 3 to 7 in Orlando, Fla.

  

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.

  

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.

  

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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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.

 

Health Matters Newsletter

March is here, and we are hoping for some nicer weather to follow soon. It is an exciting time for college students as it is time for Spring Break. This month's Health Matters Newsletter gives some tips of staying safe while traveling for Spring Break. There are also some great things happening in March that you might want to check out as well. For the latest Health Matters Newsletter, please click on the following link: https://www.smore.com/tf905.

 


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Arts on Campus

Playground Drama Camp returns this summer
Playground Drama Camp returns this summer

Fredonia’s Department of Theatre and Dance will once again host the Playground Drama Day Camp, a fun introduction to theatre and the arts for children ages 7 to 18, between Aug. 3 and Aug. 22. Established as one of the highlights of Fredonia’s summer season, there will be three one-week long programs to introduce a wide range of opportunities for the Playground Players to explore their interests in the dramatic arts.

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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.

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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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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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‘Some Like It Hot’ presents “ACAFEST” March 28

“Some Like It Hot,” Fredonia’s premiere all-female a cappella group, will be hosting its eighth annual invitational, “ACAFEST,” on Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room. The public is invited to enjoy a night full of music, old and new, from both on and off-campus a cappella groups.

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The Fredonia Wind Ensemble wraps up spring tour at King Concert Hall

The Fredonia Wind Ensemble’s seventh and final performance on its spring regional tour will held be at King Concert Hall on March 28 at 8 p.m. After four days of touring and performing at schools in Long Island, the musicians will return home to conclude the tour.

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Athletics

Four Fredonia divers headed to nationals
Four Fredonia divers headed to nationals

Four divers will represent Fredonia at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving championships, which will be held March 18 to 21 at the Conroe ISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.

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SUNYAC champions crowned in track and field
SUNYAC champions crowned in track and field

Fredonia had several SUNYAC champions crowned at the SUNYAC Indoor Track & Field championship meet. Two resulted in new school records.

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Devils debut with 13-11 win at Wooster
Devils debut with 13-11 win at Wooster

Amy Simon's college head coaching debut was a successful one Saturday as Fredonia held off Wooster, 13-11, in non-conference women's college lacrosse. Marissa Cussins had five goals and six assists to lead the Blue Devils.

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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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