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Tracy Martin to present, 'The Trayvon Martin Story,' in February
Tracy Martin to present, 'The Trayvon Martin Story,' in February

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.

  

Rosa Parks Memorial Scholarship Contest accepting student entries

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 events rescheduled in January
International Education Week events rescheduled in January

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.

  

Sherri Mason's plastics pollution research cited in Time magazine, 'Huffington Post,' and many more
Sherri Mason's plastics pollution research cited in Time magazine, 'Huffington Post,' and many more

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 earns prestigious Carnegie Classification for community engagement
Fredonia earns prestigious Carnegie Classification for community engagement

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.

  

Aspiring teacher doesn’t just ‘wish upon a star’ to influence change
Aspiring teacher doesn’t just ‘wish upon a star’ to influence change

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.

  

Time to ‘warm up’ at Welcome Week activities

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.

  

Brazilian students reflect on the Fredonia experience
Brazilian students reflect on the Fredonia experience

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.

  

Fredonia 'Brown Bag' lecture to examine New York's fracking prohibition

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.

  

Informational meeting about 3-1-3 Program on Feb. 4

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.

  
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Arts on Campus

Kissel-Harper duo to perform Schubert's 'Winterreise'
Kissel-Harper duo to perform Schubert's 'Winterreise'

Fredonia School of Music faculty members Joe Dan Harper, tenor, and pianist Dr. Anne Kissel will present Franz Schubert’s celebrated song collection, “Winterreise,” on Monday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m., in Rosch Recital Hall. “Winterreise” tells the story of a heartbroken wanderer whose unrequited love propels him on a journey through a frigid psychological landscape of deception and loss.

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Fredonia to host concert of African dance and music
Fredonia to host concert of African dance and music

Traditional and contemporary African dance and music will be presented at a concert at the Fredonia by the Saakumu Dance Troupe and master musician Bernard Woma on Monday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. at Rosch Recital Hall.

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Western New York Chamber Orchestra to feature Fredonia faculty in new works

The Western New York Chamber Orchestra, a professional ensemble-in-residence at Fredonia, will present “Miraculous Miracles II,” in February, featuring School of Music faculty members, guitarist James Piorkowski, soprano Julie Newell, harpist Sonja Inglefield and woodwind artist Sarah Hamilton as guest soloists.There will be two performances, the first on Friday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m., at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church at 4369 S. Buffalo Road. The second is slated at Fredonia in Rosch Recital Hall on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m.

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Emergency Preparedness

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 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.


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.


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Vitae

Lee images from 'Cosmological Processes' in show at Ohio University
Lee images from 'Cosmological Processes' in show at Ohio University

Images from the "Cosmological Processes" series that Liz Lee created as part of her Marion Fellowship are on view in "Artifact: ALTERNATIVES 2015" at Ohio University in Athens Ohio. The show was curated by Judy Natal. Artifact, the 2015 Alternatives exhibition of photographic work, examines the relationship between art and science.

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McVicker journal essay recognizes legacy
McVicker journal essay recognizes legacy

Professor Jeanette McVicker of the Department of English wrote an essay published in a special issue of the journal, Boundary 2, that assesses the legacy of the journal’s founder, Dr. William V. Spanos of SUNY Binghamton, who was Dr. McVicker’s dissertation director.

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Vassoler-Froelich author of book chapter
Vassoler-Froelich author of book chapter

Associate Professor Ivani Vassoler-Froelich of the Department of Politics and International Affairs is the co-author of, "Ideas in Motion: Angst and Hope in the Theory of Dependence," a chapter in “Merchants of Light: Conversations with Outstanding Scholars in the Social Sciences."

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Athletics

Students urged to support National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Students urged to support National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Fredonia students will be able to show their support for National Girls and Women in Sports Day and female student-athletes by donning commemorative t-shirts at the Blue Devils’ basketball doubleheader against SUNY Oneonta on Saturday, Jan. 24, and the following week on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

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'Sister Acts'

Courtney and Rachel Poirier share a unique bond — so unique, that sometimes it’s unrecognizable. The Poiriers are among five sets of twins who enrolled at Fredonia last fall. Those numbers are consistent with most years, meaning at any one time there are upwards of 20 sets on campus. While there are no hard figures to prove it, sisters have a tendency to go to college together more so than brothers — and not just twins. In 2014-15 alone, there are four sister-sister combinations on Blue Devil teams.

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Health Matters

Health Matters Newsletter

The December 2014 issue of the newsletter shares a wealth of information. This month it's how to "Destress for Success." Read all about it at http://www.fredonia.edu/healthcenter/newsletters/2014December.asp.

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