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Early interest strong in upcoming Graduate School Fair
Early interest strong in upcoming Graduate School Fair

More than 60 graduate and professional programs – representing a variety of industries and disciplines spanning business, education, health/medicine, humanities and science – have already registered to participate in Fredonia’s Graduate School Fair on Thursday, Oct. 16, 4 to 6 p.m., in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room.

  

Fredonia climbs in U.S. News & World Report rankings

U.S. News & World Report has released its yearly “Best Colleges” rankings, naming Fredonia as the ninth best “Top Public Regional University in the North” in its 2015 edition, up from 14th a year ago. In the larger category of both public and private institutions in the North, Fredonia tied for 41st, up from 60th in 2014 among the “Best Regional Universities,” which it defines as 620 universities nationwide that offer primarily bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

  

Fredonia named for third consecutive year to Victory Media's 2015 Military Friendly® Schools list

Fredonia has been selected as one of 1,600 Military Friendly® Schools nationwide by Victory Media, an organization which helps students transition from military to civilian life within a college setting. The university has received the distinction for three consecutive years and is part of the top 15 percent of qualifying educational institutions across the country.

  

Annual Freedonia Marxonia festival opens Oct. 2
Annual Freedonia Marxonia festival opens Oct. 2

Fredonia renews its connection to Hollywood’s legendary Marx Brothers by staging the annual “Freedonia Marxonia: Marx Brothers Film Festival and Symposium,” a two-day gathering that opens, quite fittingly, on Thursday, Oct. 2, the birthday of the bespectacled Groucho Marx. The festival celebrates the link between the village of Fredonia and the 1933 Marx Brothers’ film “Duck Soup,” which is set in the mythical country of Freedonia.

  

Fredonia Technology Incubator adds new small business

The Fredonia Technology Incubator is welcoming a new business, Venture Productions, to its facility in the central business district of Dunkirk, N.Y. Venture Productions is a start-up company that provides highly innovative, original and affordable entertainment, digital media, and high quality dramatic education for all ages. Venture Productions was founded by Ted Sharon, a faculty member with Fredonia’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

  

Fredonia College Foundation seeks faculty and staff support of All-Campus Appeal

t’s that time of year again when Fredonia faculty and staff will begin receiving information in their campus mail on how to contribute to scholarships, or to endowments that benefit their favorite departments and programs. Through the annual All-Campus Appeal, the Fredonia College Foundation makes a special effort to draw in needed support from faculty and staff to help maintain and expand Fredonia’s excellence.

  

Students make connections at 'Meet the Accountants Night'
Students make connections at 'Meet the Accountants Night'

A total of 75 junior and seniors majoring in Public Accountancy and Accounting convened for the annual Meet the Accountants Night on Sept. 24 in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room. The gathering is a private professional recruiting event that provides an opportunity for students enrolled in Accounting programs to meet with employers from accounting firms, government agencies and professional organizations for internships as well as seasonal and permanent career positions.

  

Annual SEFA campaign aims to raise funds for WNY service agencies
Annual SEFA campaign aims to raise funds for WNY service agencies

The State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) is set to kickoff its annual fundraising campaign at Fredonia on Oct. 2. The campaign’s goal is $45,000, and all funds raised go to support New York health and human service agencies year-round. SEFA is the United Way Foundation’s charitable initiative that uses donations to aid people of all ages and backgrounds statewide.

  

Cleanup efforts remove debris from Point Gratiot

Over 100 volunteers helped remove 83.2 pounds of debris from Point Gratiot beach in Dunkirk on Saturday, Sept. 22. Attendees of the cleanup cleaned over a half mile of beach as part of the 29th Annual International Coastal Clean-Up. Fredonia’s Office of Volunteer and Community Service collaborated with the school’s Environmental Sciences program to hold the event.

  

New program to assist Fredonia veterans’ transition to civilian life

Fredonia is one of three schools in New York State that will begin offering “Serving: Standing Down,” an innovative reading/discussion program designed specifically for veterans to assist them as they transition from active duty to civilian life. Sessions will be held every Wednesday, beginning at 6 p.m., from Oct. 1 through Nov. 19, in the Veterans’ Lounge in Nixon Hall.

  

Transgender author to speak at 'An Evening with Elliott DeLine'

Elliott DeLine, a transgender author from Syracuse, will present a reading of his new book, “Show Trans, a Nonfiction Novel by Elliott DeLine,” at An Evening with Elliott DeLine on Monday, Oct. 6. The free event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in Williams Center Room S204 and the public is invited to attend.

  

Documentary screening, panel discussion to explore gender variant lives
Documentary screening, panel discussion to explore gender variant lives

“TransDiscovery: Exploring Gender Variant Lives” is the theme of the next Fredonia Convocation event that will be explored with the screening of the documentary “Trans: The Movie,” and follow-up panel discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m., in McEwen Hall Room 202. The 2012 film delivers an up-close and personal journey into the lives of a range of contemporary transgender individuals.

  

Fall Gathering discussion focuses on sexual violence

The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) program will host a discussion devoted to sexual violence at its Fall Gathering on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Williams Center Room S204-ABC. Carine M. Mardorossian, author of, “Framing the Rape Victim,” will be the guest speaker.

  

Students aim to 'pump up' Fredonia campus with Balloon Day

The Residence Hall Association, is hosting FRED Balloon Day on Tuesday, Sept. 30 from noon to 3 p.m. The event is intended to “pump up” the campus community and spread a bit of joy and school pride through balloon art. For the event, RHA will be teaming up with Balloons by Brittany with balloon artist and Fredonia student Brittany Georgalas.

  

Latino History Month to be celebrated on campus
Latino History Month to be celebrated on campus

Latinos Unidos, a student group, is the primary sponsor and will partner with the Ethnic Studies Speakers Series on several events. The Ethnic Studies Speakers Series, in its inaugural year, hopes to team with all student groups as they celebrate various history months. Among the featured speakers is Dr. Barbara Browning of Tisch School of Performing Arts at New York University.

  

Niigata student visitors to Fredonia visit Seneca Nation
Niigata student visitors to Fredonia visit Seneca Nation

During their four-week English language immersion and intercultural program at Fredonia in August, a small group of students and faculty from Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Sciences were introduced to the Seneca Nation of Indians and its culture. The day-long excursion to Salamanca and the Seneca Allegany territory demonstrated the breadth of Fredonia’s many collaborations within the Chautauqua-Allegany region.

  

‘Power of Narrative’ topic of next Brown Bag lecture

“The Power of Narrative: Engaging Difficult Stories from our Campus and Classrooms,” is the topic of the second College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Brown Bag lecture of 2014-2015, to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from noon to 1 p.m., at Williams Center Room S204. Six presenters, representing a cross-section of the campus community, will explore how to respond to stories that students share.

  

Updated signage donated to Fredonia campus

The SmartSign brand, MyParkingSign.com, recently donated 83 handicap parking signs to Fredonia. The signs are compliant with the newly passed New York State law which features the redesigned International Symbol of Access (ISA). The updated ISA parking signs have been installed in most Fredonia parking lots by the school’s Facilities Services department, replacing 83 signs that still featured the old handicap symbol.

  

Fredonia participates in AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge

Technology giant AT&T along with Fredonia, the University at Buffalo, Z80 Labs, InfoTech Niagara, Launch NY, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County and Hack Upstate have announced the AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge — a two-month “virtual hackathon” in which developers are encouraged to “Solve Local” by building smartphone apps that serve Western New Yorkers.

  

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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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Arts on Campus

Quartetto Gelato to entertain with virtuosic talent and a taste of acrobatics
Quartetto Gelato to entertain with virtuosic talent and a taste of acrobatics

Quartetto Gelato will take the stage of Rosch Recital Hall on Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m.The internationally known ensemble’s performances encompass classical master works, operatic arias, pyrotechnical solos, multi-instrument mastery, the sizzling energy of tangos, gypsy and folk songs, acrobatics and more into one classical, yet eclectic, act.

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Yves Geleyn to provide Visiting Artist presentation
Yves Geleyn to provide Visiting Artist presentation

Internationally known animator Yves Geleyn is slated to speak at the Fredonia as a part of its Visiting Artists Program. Hosted by Fredonia’s Department of Visual Arts and New Media, his presentation is on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 8:30 to 10 p.m., in McEwen Hall Room 209. Attendees will learn about Geleyn’s animation career at Passion Pictures in Paris and New York City-based Hornet, Inc.

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Meridian Arts Ensemble in concert Sunday Oct. 5 at Rosch
Meridian Arts Ensemble in concert Sunday Oct. 5 at Rosch

The Fredonia School of Music will present the Meridian Arts Ensemble, recognized around the world for its work in 20th century music as well as creative and experimental movements in ethnic, jazz, and rock styles, in a free public concert on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. at Rosch Recital Hall. A master class for School of Music students will be held on Monday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m.

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Fredonia to host Double Reed Day
Fredonia to host Double Reed Day

Fredonia will host its ninth annual Double Reed Day on Sunday, Oct. 26, at Mason Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. The day is designed specifically for middle and high school oboists and bassoonists to spend time working in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere with Fredonia's double reed faculty and students.

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"NINE" to premiere at Rosch Recital Hall
"NINE" to premiere at Rosch Recital Hall

Distinguished Professor James Piorkowski will present works from his new album, "NINE," on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to hear the complete performance of Professor Piorkowski’s new album of original guitar works, which is slated to be released this fall by Centaur Records.

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Ethos New Music Society to host visit by Mana Saxophone Quartet
Ethos New Music Society to host visit by Mana Saxophone Quartet

Fredonia’s student-run Ethos New Music Society will be hosting a performance by the Mana Saxophone Quartet on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. The concert, which will feature new music from the quartet, will be held in Fredonia’s Rosch Recital Hall with free admission for students and the local community.

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VanDette presents research at American Literature Association conference
VanDette presents research at American Literature Association conference

English professor Emily E. VanDette presented her research paper, “Fuller Objectification: From Phenomenally Homely to Sexy Muse,” at the annual conference of the American Literature Association held in Boston in May. Dr. VanDette's presentation focused on 21st century representations of one of the first feminist public intellectuals, Margaret Fuller, a 19th century journalist, essayist, philosopher and political activist.

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Parsons has essay selected as "Notable"
Parsons has essay selected as "Notable"

Associate Professor Dustin Parsons of the Department of English had his essay, “Pumpjack,” selected as a “Notable” work for the 2014 Best American Essays by the guest editor John Jeremiah Sullivan. The essay originally appeared in Crab Orchard Review in late 2013.

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Fredonia presents Outstanding Administrative Service Awards
Fredonia presents Outstanding Administrative Service Awards

Five Fredonia employees, whose collective university service spans more than 85 years and all five major departments within the Finance & Administration division, have received the Outstanding Administrative Service Award in recognition of exemplary service during 2014.

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Phil Hastings receives grant to complete video project
Phil Hastings receives grant to complete video project

Visual Arts and New Media professor Phil Hastings has received a $2,500 New York State Electronic Media and Film Finishing Funds grant from the New York Council for the Arts to assist in the completion of his “Morphology” series. Hastings was one of two Western New York artists to be funded, the remaining 10 recipients based in the greater New York City region.

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McVicker essay published in Postcolonial Studies journal
McVicker essay published in Postcolonial Studies journal

English professor Jeanette McVicker wrote an essay, “Rethinking revolution: American youth and political subjectivity,” published as part of a special issue on “Imaging the Revolution” in the journal Postcolonial Studies.The volume originated in a roundtable session at the 11th International Symposium on Comparative Literature hosted by Cairo University in 2012.

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Athletics

Devils volleyball finishes 3-0 in Pool Play
Devils volleyball finishes 3-0 in Pool Play

The Fredonia women's volleyball team gathered two more conference wins Saturday by dropping Plattsburgh and Brockport in SUNYAC Pool Play. The Blue Devils improved to 3-0 and will host the Blue Devil Invitational in Dods Hall on Oct. 3 and 4.

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Men's Soccer off to best start since 2001
Men's Soccer off to best start since 2001

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon at University Stadium, the Fredonia men's soccer team found themselves locked in an intense, physical battle with the Golden Eagles of Brockport. When the dust settled, the game ended in a 2-2 overtime tie. The Blue Devils are off to their best start since 2001 at 6-1-1 and 1-0-1 in the SUNYAC.

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Today

Place & Space at 12 p.m., Rockefeller Arts Center P-46.
Women Rock & Soul at 6:30 p.m., Williams Center Multipurpose Room.
Guest Artist Recital: Charis Dimaras, piano at 8 p.m., Mason Hall Rosch Recital Hall.
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