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Students spending Thanksgiving break helping others
Students spending Thanksgiving break helping others

Many students are looking forward to going home and spending some time relaxing with their families. Others are content to stay on campus and hang out with their friends. The members of the Alternative Break Program, however, are gearing up for their first big event of the 2017-2018 school year.

  

Fredonia to host ‘Hanging of the Greens’ on Thursday, Nov. 30
Fredonia to host ‘Hanging of the Greens’ on Thursday, Nov. 30

The holiday traditional “Hanging of the Greens” at the State University of New York at Fredonia will be held on Thursday, Nov. 30, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Williams Center Multipurpose Room. The evening will feature free crafts, music and cookies, along with Bears to Build.

  

Pottery sale to benefit Health Professions scholarship fund
Pottery sale to benefit Health Professions scholarship fund

Locally known potters will be selling a wide array of handcrafted mugs, trays, bowls and jewelry at the annual Pottery Show and Sale to benefit Fredonia’s Health Professions School Preparation Scholarship Fund on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room.

  

Empty Bowls event slated for Dec. 2
Empty Bowls event slated for Dec. 2

The annual Empty Bowls Fundraising event is slated for Saturday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m, until 2 p.m. at The Clarion Hotel, at 30 Lake Shore Drive E. in Dunkirk. Participants can enjoy a simple meal while supporting the food-challenged in the Chautauqua County community and leave with one (or more!) beautiful one-of-a-kind bowls.

  

Fredonia students take action to help Puerto Rico after hurricane
Fredonia students take action to help Puerto Rico after hurricane

Fredonia students, faculty, and staff have been affected by the devastation in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria. They are hoping to raise aid and awareness for the people of the U.S. territory.

  

Brittany Sanford, Yue Wang receive Sonnenfeld scholarships
Brittany Sanford, Yue Wang receive Sonnenfeld scholarships

Marion Sonnenfeld Award Scholarships, which recognize outstanding female students who exemplify leadership, hard work and a good sense of community, were presented to undergraduates Brittany Sanford and Yue Wang by the Council for Women’s Concerns (CWC) at its 2017-2018 awards held recently in the Williams Center Horizon Room.

  

Fredonia visiting writers series to bring author CJ Hauser to campus for craft talk, reading
Fredonia visiting writers series to bring author CJ Hauser to campus for craft talk, reading

The Mary Louise White Visiting Writers Series will bring CJ Hauser, whose debut novel “The From-Aways” has been described as an irreverent story of family, love, friendships and lobsters set in small-town Maine, to Fredonia.

  

FREDChef competition produces tasty results
FREDChef competition produces tasty results

Three teams of Fredonia students competed in the fourth FREDChef cooking competition, each preparing a dish containing five ingredients, in the Faculty Student Association (FSA)-sponsored event held Nov. 7 in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room.

  

Fredonia Enactus creates new team dedicated to female empowerment

Fredonia’s Enactus chapter has combined two of its student teams to create Future HER, a team with the goal to empower young females to become successful, confident leaders through skill building and career exploration.

  

SUNY Chancellor visits Fredonia
SUNY Chancellor visits Fredonia

The Fredonia community was able to get to know Kristina M. Johnson, the new Chancellor of the SUNY system, and she learned about concerns held by administrators, faculty, staff, students and community members at SUNY’s western-most campus at an open forum on Nov. 3 in the Science Center.

  

Fredonia launches public phase of largest capital campaign in school history
Fredonia launches public phase of largest capital campaign in school history

The kickoff of the public phase of the campaign, titled “Nurturing Innovation: The Campaign for Fredonia,” took place in front of hundreds of guests during the annual Homecoming Excellence Gala Dinner on Oct. 20 in the Williams Center.

  

Reed Library to welcome New York State Museum’s ‘Votes for Women’ exhibition
Reed Library to welcome New York State Museum’s ‘Votes for Women’ exhibition

The New York State Museum’s traveling exhibition, “Votes for Women,” will be on display in Reed Library throughout November, beginning with an opening reception on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 5 pm. Also featured is a companion exhibition, curated by Fredonia English students, that focuses on local women’s suffrage history, as well as the history of the League of Women Voters.

  

Faculty, staff to share internationalizing learning experiences

In remaining weeks of the fall semester, faculty and staff will give presentations as part of the Internationalizing the Curriculum series on respective professional development programs -- the Erasmus+ program in Turkey, the China Studies Institute and the Japan Studies Institute.

  
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Health and Wellness

Confidential HIV testing set on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1

The Student Health Center, with support from FredAssist and STEPS, will offer confidential HIV testing for students on World AIDS Day, which is Friday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at LoGrasso Hall.

  

Food pantry set up to benefit students; donations sought

Donations are being accepted for a food pantry that has been established by the Student Health Center, Counseling Center and Office of Campus Life to assist students when food becomes scarce as the end of the fall semester approaches.

  

Ski and Ride Club gearing up for the season

Veteran skiers and snowboarders, or those who would like learn how to master snow-covered slopes this winter, are invited to sign up for discounted packages at Holiday Valley, located in Ellicottville, through the Fredonia Ski and Ride Club.

  

Students, faculty and staff asked to take Alana’s Foundation flu vaccination survey; urged to get flu shots
Students, faculty and staff asked to take Alana’s Foundation flu vaccination survey; urged to get flu shots

The Student Health Center has joined Alana's Foundation to get the word out about the importance of flu vaccinations. The challenge is to see how many members of the campus (students, faculty and staff) respond to a flu vaccination survey. “While we participate in this challenge, we would also like to encourage all members of the campus community to get their flu shot,” said Deborah Dibble, director of the Student Health Center. Although the Student Health Center has gone through its supply of seasonal flu vaccine for this season, students, faculty and staff are still able to get the flu shot at any of the local pharmacies.

  
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Fredonia puts up big numbers at statewide mathematics teachers conference
Fredonia puts up big numbers at statewide mathematics teachers conference

Whichever way the numbers are added, future Mathematics teachers at Fredonia, as well as alumni and faculty, were among those who rose to the head of the class at the 67th annual conference of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS). Highlights of the conference included Dr. Keary Howard receiving the prestigious Distinguished Service Award from the association and two undergraduates – Valerie Andryshak and Emily Marsh – winning AMTNYS scholarships.

  

Fabian co-edits latest issue, ‘Unpacking Tourism,’ of the Radical History Review
Fabian co-edits latest issue, ‘Unpacking Tourism,’ of the Radical History Review

Steven Fabian, associate professor of History, co-edited the latest issue of Radical History Review, a top history journal devoted to issues of gender, race, sexuality, imperialism and class that stretches the boundaries of historical analysis to explore Western and non-Western histories.

  

Kadyamusuma presents paper at ASHA convention
Kadyamusuma presents paper at ASHA convention

McLoddy Kadyamusuma, assistant professor of Communication Disorders and Sciences, presented a paper, “Standardization of the Shona-English Bilingual Aphasia Assessment Test: Acceptability Pilot Study,” at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association National Convention, held Nov. 9-12, in in Los Angeles.

  

Titus gives presentation on Emerald ash borer study in Albanian university
Titus gives presentation on Emerald ash borer study in Albanian university

Biology Professor Jonathan Titus presented a paper, “Forested Wetland Community Description and Analysis. A pre-Emerald ash borer Study In an Era of Global Change," at the Alblakes 3 International Conference on Sustainable Water Resources Management on Oct. 21 at Aleksander Xhuvani University in Elbasan, Albania.

  

Caviedes chapter on depiction of asylum published In Vernon Press series
Caviedes chapter on depiction of asylum published In Vernon Press series

A chapter written by Department of Politics and International Affairs Associate Professor Alexander Caviedes has been published in “Migration and the Crisis of the Modern Nation State,” by Vernon Press, edited by Frank Jacob and Adam Luedtke of City University of New York.

  

Fredonia staffers attend Resident Assistant Conference at Brockport
Fredonia staffers attend Resident Assistant Conference at Brockport

A large contingent from Residence Life at Fredonia – three residence directors (RDs) and 11 residence assistants (RAs) – attended The College at Brockport’s 35th Resident Assistant Conference on Nov. 4. Staff and students joined sessions devoted to three topics: wellness, community building and programming, and social justice and diversity.

  

Walters, Barneva collaborate on paper published in Quality Management Journal
Walters, Barneva collaborate on paper published in Quality Management Journal

Two faculty members in the School of Business, Drs. Lisa M. Walters and Reneta Barneva, co-authored the paper, “Prioritization of Process Improvement Using Risk Evaluation in the Manufacturing of Biologics,” that appeared in Quality Management Journal, a Cabell's white-listed journal published quarterly by the American Society for Quality.

  

Singh has article published in journal, named external foreign examiner of Ph.D. thesis
Singh has article published in journal, named external foreign examiner of Ph.D. thesis

A recent research article by Dr. Gurmukh Singh, a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, has been accepted for publication in an international refereed journal, Phyisca A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications (Ms. Ref. No.: PHYSA-17896R2), Elsevier Publication, recognized by the European Physical Society, France.

  

Smith documentary screened at Italian film festival
Smith documentary screened at Italian film festival

Department of Communication Assistant Professor Roslin Smith's short documentary, “Views From Within,” was to be screened at the Geo Film Festival and Expocinema on Nov. 9, in the medieval walled city of Cittadella, located in the region of Padua, Italy.

  

Schwalbe attends Fulbright conference in Washington, D.C.
Schwalbe attends Fulbright conference in Washington, D.C.

SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Ted Schwalbe of the Department of Communication recently attended the international Fulbright Association’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.  While there, he met with staff members from the offices of U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Tom Reed.

  
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Arts on Campus

Tribute concert to be held in memory of Gerald Gray, Fredonia choral director
Tribute concert to be held in memory of Gerald Gray, Fredonia choral director

An evening of J.S. Bach’s exquisite choral music will be presented on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m., to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Gerald Gray of the School of Music, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 11 Day St., Fredonia. School of Music faculty, alumni, current students and visiting Baroque specialists will join together to honor the memory of Dr. Gray, who passed away on Oct. 15.

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School of Music to present holiday choral concert
School of Music to present holiday choral concert

Four ensembles in the School of Music will present an unforgettable evening of holiday choral music, appropriate for all ages, on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m., in King Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

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DuffleBag Theatre brings holiday fun to Fredonia family series
DuffleBag Theatre brings holiday fun to Fredonia family series

The “Nearly World Famous” DuffleBag Theatre returns to Fredonia with a unique take on a holiday classic. “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” will be presented on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in Marvel Theatre as part of Rockefeller Arts Center’s Kaleidoscope Family Series.

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Rockapella brings modern flair to Fredonia Christmas pops concert
Rockapella brings modern flair to Fredonia Christmas pops concert

With an original take on holiday music, five-man a cappella group Rockapella will be featured in the annual Christmas pops concert. Rockefeller Arts Center presents “A Rockapella Christmas,” on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. in King Concert Hall.

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Fredonia Guitar Quartet to perform at schools in central New York
Fredonia Guitar Quartet to perform at schools in central New York

The student Guitar Quartet will be on tour in central New York in mid-November, performing at Henrietta-Rush Senior High School on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m.; Unatego Junior-Senior High School on Friday, Nov. 17, 12:40 p.m., and Onondaga Community College, also Friday, at 7 p.m.

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Shakespeare favorite is next offering in Fredonia Mainstage Series
Shakespeare favorite is next offering in Fredonia Mainstage Series

One of William Shakespeare’s most popular works will be the next offering in the Walter Gloor Mainstage Series. The Department of Theatre and Dance will present six performances of “Much Ado About Nothing” from Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 in Bartlett Theatre. The director is Theatre and Dance Professor Paul Mockovak.

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College Symphony Orchestra to perform at NYSSMA Winter Conference
College Symphony Orchestra to perform at NYSSMA Winter Conference

The Fredonia College Symphony Orchestra (CSO), under the direction of Dr. David Rudge, has been invited to perform at the opening concert of the 2017 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference on Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Rochester (N.Y.) Convention Center.

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Seneca Nation art exhibition opens at Fredonia Technology Incubator
Seneca Nation art exhibition opens at Fredonia Technology Incubator

Creativity, craftsmanship and heroism of the Seneca Nation will be celebrated in “Onöndowa’ga: People of the Great Hill,” a new exhibition at the Fredonia Technology Incubator, 214 Central Ave., Dunkirk, that will be unveiled on Monday, Oct. 23. Area residents will have an opportunity to meet the artists at an opening reception in the incubator’s gallery on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

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Athletics

New Director of Athletics and Recreation named
New Director of Athletics and Recreation named

Gerald R. Fisk will become the new Director of Athletics and Recreation at Fredonia, effective Dec. 13. His appointment, the result of a national search which began over the summer, was announced by Fredonia Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services Cedric Howard.

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Poirier, Christopher named All-Region
Poirier, Christopher named All-Region

Seniors Courtney Poirier (West Seneca/West Seneca West) and Hallie Christopher (West Seneca/West Seneca West) were named to the AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention Team on Thursday. Both were named to the All-SUNYAC Team earlier this week.

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Braun top coach, quartet named All-SUNYAC
Braun top coach, quartet named All-SUNYAC

The Fredonia women's volleyball team finished its season with a 22-10 mark and fell one match short of the SUNYAC title and an NCAA berth. Following the season, three seniors -- Courtney Poirier, Hallie Christopher, and Kristen Stanek -- were named to the All-SUNYAC team, along with junior Kailey Falk. Poirier was also named the league's Defensive Player of the Year and head coach Geoff Braun was named SUNYAC Coach of the Year.

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Bauman a triple winner
Bauman a triple winner

Alyson Baumann (North Tonawanda/Niagara Wheatfield) was a triple winner for the Fredonia women's swimming and diving team on Saturday. The squad competed in a tri-meet at the University of Rochester. Alfred University was the third team.

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Emergency Preparedness

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.

  

University policy for weather-related cancellations and closings

University policy on extraordinary weather requires that normal operations continue to the extent possible. Essential services (i.e.: Facilities Services, University Services, Residence Life, Campus Life, Environmental Health and Safety, 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.

Fredonia's policy states that employees designated as Essential Service will report to work at scheduled start times and perform normal and customary duties in the event of an emergency, including but not limited to weather, power outage, etc. To learn more, visit the Human Resources website.

  
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