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Faculty, staff receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence
Faculty, staff receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Five faculty and staff members whose collective service at Fredonia extends to virtually all parts of the campus have received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, a SUNY-wide honor that celebrates consistently superior achievement in a broad range of work areas.

  

Metzger named new Vice President for Finance and Administration
Metzger named new Vice President for Finance and Administration

Michael Metzger has been named the new Vice President for Finance and Administration at Fredonia. He will assume his duties at Fredonia on July 3. Mr. Metzger has 30 years of experience in the private sector, and currently serves as Vice President and Strategic Advisor for Blackstone Advanced Technologies LLC of Jamestown.

  

Grant for Upward Bound program renewed

Fredonia will be able to continue Upward Bound, a pre-college preparation program designed to help participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education, for another five years, with receipt of an annual $368,244 federal grant.

  

High schoolers shine at computer science competition
High schoolers shine at computer science competition

Computer science students from Chautauqua Lake, Dunkirk, Fredonia, Gowanda, the Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) — Hewes Center, and BOCES — Carrier Center recently competed in the 14th Annual Computer Science competition sponsored by the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

  

Charles Stoddart receives CCSBA ‘Friend of Education’ award
Charles Stoddart receives CCSBA ‘Friend of Education’ award

The Chautauqua County School Boards Association has honored Charles Stoddart, associate professor of School Building Leadership in the College of Education, with its 2017 Friend of Education award. Dr. Stoddart, whose career in education spans parts of six decades, is co-coordinator of School Building and School District Leadership programs in the Department of Language, Learning and Leadership.

  

Class of 2017 encouraged to 'lead an authentic life' at Commencement ceremonies
Class of 2017 encouraged to 'lead an authentic life' at Commencement ceremonies

The Class of 2017 at Fredonia was encouraged to “lead an authentic life” during the university’s 190th annual Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 13. Graduates received congratulations from President Virginia S. Horvath as degrees were conferred at two nearly identical ceremonies, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. In all, more than 1,200 undergraduates, graduate students and advance certificate recipients were eligible to participate.

  

Fredonia to expand faculty, professional development initiatives with Albanian university
Fredonia to expand faculty, professional development initiatives with Albanian university

Faculty exchanges and professional development programs between Fredonia and Aleksander Xhuvani University, Albania, are expected to increase, thanks to a new memorandum of agreement reached between the two institutions. A signing ceremony on May 3 in front of Fredonia’s international flag display in Reed Library signaled the beginning of an official relationship between the two universities.

  

Campus ‘Food Truck’ event boosts study abroad scholarship
Campus ‘Food Truck’ event boosts study abroad scholarship

“Food Truck Thursday” at Fredonia was a rousing success, attracting long lines of students, faculty, staff and community members and raising over $1,100 for a study abroad scholarship. Buffalo-based vendors were featured at the campus event held April 27 in the Jewett Hall parking lot and sponsored by the Office of International Education, with generous support from the Faculty Student Association.

  

Chamberlain named Lanford Presidential Prize recipient
Chamberlain named Lanford Presidential Prize recipient

Sarah Rose Chamberlain has been named the recipient of the 2017 Lanford Presidential Prize from the Oscar and Esther Lanford Endowment in the Fredonia College Foundation. The award will be presented at Fredonia’s Commencement on Saturday, May 13, during the 10 a.m. ceremony.

  

Trio receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Three Fredonia seniors who collectively have five majors, two minors and GPAs of 3.9 or higher were among 256 SUNY students from across the state to receive the 2017 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.The awards ceremony and reception for recipients was held on April 5 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

  

Fredonia to International Students: ‘You Are Welcome Here’
Fredonia to International Students: ‘You Are Welcome Here’

Fredonia has released a new video on its website and social media platforms to emphasize the university's acceptance of and enthusiasm for international students. The video, entitled “You Are Welcome Here,” is part of a nationwide effort among higher education institutions to reach out to international students uneasy about studying in the United States.

  

Student Veterans Club raises funds for Western NY Heroes
Student Veterans Club raises funds for Western NY Heroes

Fredonia’s Student Veterans Club has raised $4,500 that will be donated to Western NY Heroes, a non-profit agency with the mission to provide veterans, members of the armed services and the widows and children of deceased veterans with access to essential services, financial assistance and resources that support their lives and sustain their dignity.

  

Johnson named new SUNY Chancellor
Johnson named new SUNY Chancellor

The State University of New York Board of Trustees Monday announced the appointment of Dr. Kristina M. Johnson as the 13th chancellor of SUNY, the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the United States. Dr. Johnson is the current founder and chief executive officer of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC, which develops hydroelectric generation facilities that provide clean energy to communities and businesses throughout the country.

  

Students from Greek organizations assist with village cleanup
Students from Greek organizations assist with village cleanup

A large contingent of Fredonia students helped the community Sunday morning by walking through downtown cleaning up and sprucing up following a busy spring weekend. About 60 people from three Greek organizations - Delta Chi (ΔΧ), Kappa Sigma (ΚΣ), Sigma Phi Epsilon (ΣΦΕ) - gathered at the gazebo around 11 a.m. All three groups cleaned up Canadaway Street, then separated into different groups which were assigned different streets.

  
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Clarkson-Hendrix presents at NSWM Annual Management Conference
Clarkson-Hendrix presents at NSWM Annual Management Conference

Assistant Professor Michael Clarkson-Hendrix of the Department of Sociocultural and Justice Sciences delivered an address, “Closing the Health Gap Through Resource Management: A Workplace Attachment Perspective,” with co-presenter John Carroll-Barbuto at the 28st Annual Management Conference of the Network for Social Work Management.

  

Igoe speaks at WBFO studios about China
Igoe speaks at WBFO studios about China

Department of Communication Assistant Professor Mike Igoe recently spoke at the WBFO studios about his experience as a journalism professor at the United International College in Zhuhai in China, preceding the PBS series on China airing on WNED-TV.

  

Latrell Tyson named May ‘Student of the Month’
Latrell Tyson named May ‘Student of the Month’

Latrell Tyson, a junior majoring in Management with a minor in Communication, has been chosen as the May 2017 Student of the Month by the Office of Student Affairs.

  

Zweig book co-edited by Vanwesenbeeck reissued
Zweig book co-edited by Vanwesenbeeck reissued

A paperback reissue of the book, “Stefan Zweig and World Literature,” co-edited by English faculty member Dr. Birger Vanwesenbeeck, is slated to be published by Camden House.

  

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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Arts on Campus

Fredonia Technology Incubator to host Aspire art exhibit; opening reception set
Fredonia Technology Incubator to host Aspire art exhibit; opening reception set

The opening reception for Aspire’s iXpress, an exhibition of art created by children and adults who have developmental disabilities, will be held at the Fredonia Technology Incubator on Tuesday, July 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. Area residents are invited to share in the joy of artistic creation through displays of colorful collages, pastels, acrylic paintings, drawings and a weaving that express the artists’ struggles, joys and dreams.

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Variety of music courses to be offered for graduate students and music professionals
Variety of music courses to be offered for graduate students and music professionals

Registration is now open for Fredonia School of Music summer courses for music education professionals and graduate students, with the option of enrolling either for graduate credit or for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit. A wide range of courses will be offered.

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Marion fellowships awarded to young New York City artists
Marion fellowships awarded to young New York City artists

Two rising New York City theatre artists, Jessica Kahkoska and Rebekah Allen, have been named as recipients of the 2017-2018 Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts for “The Untitled Agent 355 Project,” a rock musical theatre exploration of the mysterious female member of the Culper Spy Ring during the American Revolutionary War.

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Concerto Competition winners announced by School of Music

The Fredonia School of Music has announced pianist Jesse Bonaventura, clarinetist Guangzhao Haung and percussionist Dennis O'Keefe as winners of the Annual Concerto Competition, held in King Concert Hall on Sunday, April 30. The two-hour long event included performances by nine talented music students, all competing for the coveted honor of being named Concert Competition winner.

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Athletics

Cancer Awareness Weekend slated for September
Cancer Awareness Weekend slated for September

The third annual Fredonia Soccer Cancer Awareness Weekend is Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 at University Stadium, also the weekend of the annual Blue Devil Classic. Admission fees will be collected both days and will be added to the proceeds to benefit Team Roswell, the fundraising arm of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.

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Feldman earns 2nd All-America certificate
Feldman earns 2nd All-America certificate

Fredonia junior sprinter Brittany Feldman (Jamestown/Southwestern) finished seventh May 28 in the women's 400-meter final at the NCAA Division III Track & Field championship meet. The seventh-place finish earned Feldman her second All-America award.

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Early-leader Collins 17th in NCAA 5K
Early-leader Collins 17th in NCAA 5K

Seconds after finishing his final collegiate event, the NCAA Division III Men's 5,000 meters, Fredonia fifth-year senior Kyle Collins (Suffern/Suffern) started shaking hands. Here and there, a fellow competitor had sat down to take a much-needed rest. Collins went over to a couple of them and helped them to their feet. And when, one by one, the men left the infield at The Spire Institute, Collins was one of the last to leave. He was favoring every final second.

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Fredonia Director of Athletics Prechtl announces retirement
Fredonia Director of Athletics Prechtl announces retirement

Director of Athletics Greg Prechtl met with athletic department members this week and announced his retirement after 44 years as a coach and athletic administrator. Vice President of Student Affairs Cedric Howard said Mr. Prechtl will assume the title of Athletic Director Emeritus and will continue to oversee the Blue Devil Booster Club. He added that Associate Director of Athletics Megan Valentine will serve as interim director.

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Medina, Zaprowski tabbed All SUNYAC
Medina, Zaprowski tabbed All SUNYAC

Following the 2017 season, senior Alexio Medina (Marilla/Iroquois) was named an All SUNYAC outfielder, and junior Steve Zaprowski (Williamsville/Williamsville South) was named as a utility player. Medina paced the Blue Devil offense with 9 doubles, 4 home runs, 18 RBI, and 8 stolen bases. Zaprowski played all three outfield positions, designated hitter and appeared in six games on the mound.

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Top Rookie Yudin, Pixley make All-SUNYAC
Top Rookie Yudin, Pixley make All-SUNYAC

Two Fredonia Blue Devils, including a top freshman, have been chosen to the 2017 SUNYAC Softball All-Conference Team. Katie Yudin (Liverpool), a freshman, made the First Team as a utility player, while junior Lauren Pixley (Hamburg) was chosen as a Second Team outfielder.

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