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The evolution continues with new Science Center
The evolution continues with new Science Center

Students returning to campus this fall noticed an immediate, unmistakable, transformational change to Fredonia’s campus. In the southeast corner, a brand new, 92,000-square-foot, three-story structure shines in the summer sun. The new Fredonia Science Center, surrounded by a stunning courtyard and connected to Houghton Hall, now hugs the Science Quad.

  

Fredonia’s first NIH grant earned by Communication Disorders and Sciences' Castilla-Earls
Fredonia’s first NIH grant earned by Communication Disorders and Sciences' Castilla-Earls

Dr. Anny Castilla-Earls is an enthusiastic researcher and teacher. Her passion is driven by a deep caring for Spanish-speaking children struggling to overcome language difficulties, as well as a desire to remain connected to her Columbian heritage. Within Fredonia’s Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, she’s found an environment in which she can excel at both, which has led her to become Fredonia’s first-ever recipient of a grant from the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  

Excitement high for Bill Nye visit; tickets sold out in four hours
Excitement high for Bill Nye visit; tickets sold out in four hours

As part of the semester-long celebration of the opening of its new Science Center, Fredonia will welcome world-renowned scientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor Bill Nye “The Science Guy” to campus. His Thursday, Sept. 18, at 3:30 p.m. appearance in King Concert Hall as the keynote speaker for the campus’ annual Convocation Series is now sold out. The 2014-15 series theme is, “The Joy of Discovery.”

  

Fredonia Technology Incubator welcomes CCIDA and county planning department
Fredonia Technology Incubator welcomes CCIDA and county planning department

The State University of New York at Fredonia’s Technology Incubator is welcoming the relocation of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency’s northern county offices to its facility, located in the central business district of Dunkirk. The move will provide greater coordination as the university launches its StartUp NY plan and enhances services to its entrepreneurs located in the Technology Incubator.

  

Fredonia launches responsive home page
Fredonia launches responsive home page

The home page at fredonia.edu has a new look and feel, sporting a responsive design and mobile-friendly layout, driven by images and stories. Content can be pulled into the new site and onto its grid layout that showcases an eclectic collection of Fredonia glimpses. Stories can come from anywhere on the Internet including the Campus Report, Twitter and Instagram, student blogs and other media outlets.

  

Campus unveils new name, visual identity
Campus unveils new name, visual identity

In June, the university announced a new name and visual identity. Going forward, it will be known as, “The State University of New York at Fredonia,” although in most contexts, it will be referred to simply as, “Fredonia.” The change comes in response to growing feedback, coupled with a yearlong research effort led by faculty, staff, student and alumni representatives from across the university, which revealed a degree of inconsistency, and even some confusion, among certain target audiences.

  

Welcome Week full of activities
Welcome Week full of activities

Welcome Week, full of great activities and events for students, will be hosted by Spectrum Entertainment Board and sponsored by the Student Association. Watch a movie, see comedian Jessica Halem or play Bingo!

  

Activities Night slated for Sept. 3

Fredonia will hold its fall semester Activities Night on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Dods Hall Picnic Grove. The event allows students, old and new, to learn about each of the school’s nearly 150 student organizations in a single location, with the opportunity to sign up for each group.

  

Criminal Justice major lets potential, not past, define him
Criminal Justice major lets potential, not past, define him

Most kids dream about what they want to be when they grow up, but few follow through to turn that dream into a reality. Paul Overturf, a junior Criminal Justice major, has wanted a career in law enforcement since he was in first grade. He recalls a moment of distress as a young boy when a police officer made him feel safe. From then on, Mr. Overturf vowed that he would make it his mission to help others feel the same sense of protection.

  

Brown Bag Series to explore student success

The Fall 2014 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Brown Bag Lecture series begins on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at noon in Williams Center Room S204 with a panel discussing, “The First Six Weeks: The Key to Student Success and Persistence.”

  

Social Work majors work to improve lives – including their own
Social Work majors work to improve lives – including their own

The Social Work program at Fredonia has been steadily expanding, from 18 students 8in 2007 to 53 by 2013. The faculty is focused on educating students, preparing them for life after graduation, and giving them real-life learning opportunities during their baccalaureate studies. A group of undergraduates had a life-changing experience in Albany as they advocated for legislative change regarding child welfare.

  

Little Free Libraries added to residence halls

Fredonia students living on campus will have a new place to pick up a book this fall, and they won’t have to venture outside of their own residence hall to satisfy that craving for a “good read” for the weekend. The Office of Residence Life is having Little Free Libraries -- hand-crafted structures filled with several dozen books – placed in the lobbies in Gregory, Hemingway, McGinnies and Alumni halls.

  

Professional Education Unit fosters high-quality educators, strong collaboration with regional P-12 schools
Professional Education Unit fosters high-quality educators, strong collaboration with regional P-12 schools

A hallmark of the educator preparation programs at Fredonia is its attention to providing clinically rich experiences throughout each program. Exemplifying this was the spring launch of an autism clinic, spearheaded by Assistant Professor of Special Education Laura Geraci, graduate student Matthew Beebe, and the campus’ Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The clinic was comprised of 25 undergraduate and graduate student volunteers working with 10 children with autism spectrum disorder.

  

Business students shine at competition, best M.B.A.-level students
Business students shine at competition, best M.B.A.-level students

Does Fredonia turn out business students ready to compete with the big dogs and M.B.A. candidates for Wall Street-caliber jobs? You can count on it! A team of four Fredonia seniors majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance earned the bronze medal at the Western New York Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge, hosted by the University of Rochester.

  

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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 Director of Public Relations 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 SUNY 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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Fredonia professor teaches summer course in China
Fredonia professor teaches summer course in China

Philosophy Professor Dale Tuggy spent the summer on the other side of the globe, in China, teaching a course in critical thinking to students at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, a major university located in the bustling city of Chengdu, a center of business, culture and education.

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Fredonia welcomes dozens of new employees

Fredonia welcomes many new associates who have joined the campus community during the past year.

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Alumnus Dr. Michael Marletta to receive national honor
Alumnus Dr. Michael Marletta to receive national honor

Dr. Michael Marletta, ’73, (chem., biology) has been named the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

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Arts on Campus

New art gallery director arrives, Marion Fellow prepares new book

The spotlight this fall in the College of Visual and Performing Arts shines on a new art gallery director and creation of a limited edition book by the 2014 Marion Fellow. Barbara Räcker becomes the visionary force, leader and overseer of the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery. Graphic Design Assistant Professor Jason Dilworth is the recipient of the second Marion Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts.

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Rockefeller Arts Center to host pops, family and adventure/travel events
Rockefeller Arts Center to host pops, family and adventure/travel events

Two concerts featuring Fredonia’s talented student vocalists will be among the highlights of the 2014-15 Lake Shore Savings Season at the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center. The season also includes two events in the popular Kaleidoscope Family Series sponsored by the Observer and two film/lectures in the World Travel Series sponsored by Fredonia Place.

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Theatre and Dance Mainstage Series features rock musical ‘Hair’

The Department of Theatre and Dance will present five productions as part of the 2014-15 Walter Gloor Mainstage Series – including a work considered to be “the original rock musical.” The series opens in October with six performances of a classic work by William Shakespeare. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” opens Oct. 17 in Marvel Theatre and runs through Oct. 25.

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Recital of Italian opera works to feature faculty and international guests

Fredonia voice faculty members Julie Newell and Daniel Ihasz, along with guests from the State Conservatory of Music in Pescara Italy, will present a concert highlighting well-known operatic arias and ensembles from the Italian operatic heritage on Friday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m., in Rosch Recital Hall.

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Project alters access to Rockefeller Arts Center and Steele Hall
Project alters access to Rockefeller Arts Center and Steele Hall

The ongoing addition and renovation project at Rockefeller Arts Center will impact parking and access to both buildings. Varsity Drive has been closed between Mason Hall and Dods Hall and a new access road has been constructed from Park Drive to the parking lot on the northwest side of the building.

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Athletics

Josh Best honored with SUNYAC Award of Valor
Josh Best honored with SUNYAC Award of Valor

In mid-June, the State University of New York Athletic Conference awarded Josh Best of Fredonia with its 2014 Award of Valor. Best’s distinction: he played four seasons of men’s college soccer with one arm. If you didn’t know about the Blue Devils’ one-armed player, you’re not alone. Best preferred it that way.

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'Battle by the Lake' afloat for SUNYAC rivals
'Battle by the Lake' afloat for SUNYAC rivals

Fredonia and SUNY Buffalo State, who already have a rich history of athletics as long-time travel partners and rivals, will enhance that rivalry beginning this season with the development of the "Battle by the Lake," a season-long all sports competition between the two institutions for The Lake Erie Cup.

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