As part of the observance of Black History Month, Fredonia will host, “The Trayvon Martin Story,” by Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Fredonia is emphasizing social justice as one of several themes during the month-long observance, and feels that Mr. Martin will make an important contribution to the discussion.
Entries are being accepted for the 2015 Rosa Parks Memorial Scholarship Contest that gives Fredonia students the opportunity to win one of three $350 scholarships from the Center for Multicultural Affairs. The deadline to submit entries is Thursday, Feb. 19. Submissions should focus on an aspect of multiculturalism or social justice and include a typed statement reflecting the work's content.
International Education Week was originally scheduled for late November 2014, but events were cancelled due to the massive Western New York snow storm. The celebration has been rescheduled for the week of Jan. 26. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in rescheduled and new events offered by the Office of International Education to promote diversity and global education.
Dr. Sherri Mason's plastic pollution research has generated another flurry of media activity. This time her findings came from the analysis of numerous species of fish, including brown trout, lake herring and perch. “Every one of the 18 species we sampled showed some plastic and the majority of this was fibers,” says Fredonia's Chemistry and Environmental Sciences professor.
Fredonia has received the 2015 Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university joins a select list of 240 colleges and universities across the nation that have demonstrated a deep engagement with local, regional, national and global communities.
Most young people long for a role model. Whether it’s their friends and family, or their favorite singers, actors or athletes, children often want someone to admire and emulate. Also, finding a role model with similar characteristics to your own can be comforting and reassuring. However, for some, finding someone to look up to is harder than for others. What if there was no one quite like you on TV or in the movies? What if you began to think that no one shared your story? Burgandi Rakoska, a junior Early Childhood Education major, found herself in that predicament, and she’s striving to ensure that future kids don’t have similar discouragements.
Welcome Week will serve up a wide variety of activities spanning four evenings at the Williams Center to help launch the 2015 spring term at Fredonia, with the free events open to students and sponsored by the Student Association.
A Brazilian accent was added to the growing international student population at Fredonia during 2014. Ten computer information science students from South America’s largest country were enrolled in classes in the spring and fall terms, as well as both summer sessions. What they found at Fredonia was a welcoming and enriching campus experience, first-rate professors dedicated to their students and a friendly surrounding community.
The science and reasoning behind New York State’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, will be examined from different perspectives by Fredonia at the Arts and Science’s Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 4, beginning at noon at Williams Center Room S204. Panelists include Sherri Mason, professor of Chemistry and coordinator of the Environmental Sciences program, who will also act as the moderator; Peter Reinelt, associate professor and chair of the Department of Economics; and Glenn Wahl, a regional environmentalist and co-founder of Cattaraugus-Chautauqua for Clean Water.
Area high school juniors interested in starting their college career early are invited to attend an informational meeting to learn about the State University of New York at Fredonia's 3-1-3 Program on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in Williams Center Room 204A. The 3-1-3 program allows students to begin taking college courses on the Fredonia campus as fully-admitted students during their senior year in high school.