With the “splicing” of a giant double-helix DNA model, Fredonia officially ushered in a new era in science teaching and learning. Fredonia President Virginia Horvath led hundreds of students, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators and community members in a celebration of the stunning, 92,000-square-foot, four-story Fredonia Science Center.
Many events will be offered during Family Weekend on Friday through Sunday, Oct. 24 to 26. Hypnotist Tom DeLuca, a four-time National College Entertainer of the Year, will perform on the stage of Rosch Recital Hall on Oct. 24 at 8 p.m., and the Scholars Breakfast will be held Saturday morning in Steele Hall. For the complete schedule, go to http://www.fredonia.edu/campuslife/familyweekend.asp.
Eight Fredonia student jazz vocalists have been given the rare opportunity to perform at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Glorious Gershwin” concert as guests of featured artist and guest conductor Matt Catingub on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m., at Kleinhans Music Hall. The eight students were recruited based on their singing style, ability to master difficult musical arrangements and availability for rehearsals, noted Director of Jazz Studies Bruce Johnstone.
Senior Ben Searle’s short film, “Niche,” won two awards at the Toronto Student Film Festival – the CBC Documentary Channel Award for Best Documentary, as well as the Vistek Award for Best Cinematography. Searle, a senior in the Department of Visual Arts and New Media, created “Niche” in his advanced experimental video class.
The Sigma Kappa sorority at Fredonia will host a trivia night on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Williams Center Multipurpose Room to raise money for the Ultra Violet campaign that supports the philanthropic goals of the Sigma Kappa Foundation. Groups are invited to participate by answering trivia questions on a wide assortment of topics. Prizes will be given to the winning team.
Fredonia’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will present the program, “Brain Breaks’ and Other Coping Strategies – What Science Tells Us about the Connections between Movement, Memory and Mood,” on Wednesday, Nov. 5 , from noon to 1 p.m., in Williams Center Room S204. The event is part of the school’s 2014-2015, “A Healthy Climate,” Brown Bag Lecture Series.
Fredonia will host its seventh annual Veterans Remembrance Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. The ceremony, honoring and remembering veterans and active duty military members of the Armed Services, will be held in the Multipurpose Room of Fredonia’s Williams Center. Students, staff and the local community are invited to attend.
Nationally recognized poet Daisy Fried will visit Fredonia as the second speaker in the Department of English’s Mary Louise White Visiting Writer Series. Her author craft talk will be held Thursday, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m., followed by a reading at 7 p.m. Both events will take place in McEwen Hall Room 202 and are free to students and the general public.
Senior Briana Taddio of Silver Creek has been named Student of the Month for September by the Office of Residence Life. Ms. Taddio was nominated for this award by Megan Mackowiak, assistant director of Financial Aid, for being an instrumental part of the Financial Aid Office team for the past three years, providing superior front-end customer service to current and prospective students and parents.
With temperatures dropping and leaves falling, student organizations are invited to join together once again for the 10th annual Fall Sweep on Sunday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. until about noon, beginning in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room and extending to the local community.
Fredonia for St. Jude will be hosting the seventh annual “Up ‘til Dawn” all-night challenge for Fredonia students beginning on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 11:30 p.m. in the Steele Hall Fieldhouse. The all-night fundraising and awareness event will last until Sunday Nov. 16 at 6 a.m. Entertainment, food, raffles and prizes will be a provided to all in attendance.
Students, faculty and staff will give back with a week-long effort of community service endeavors on Nov. 6 to 12. Fredonia’s third annual Days of Service is a campus tradition that combines volunteer efforts and service-learning projects to help the campus community engage with and improve the village and other surrounding areas.
Student researchers in the Department of Biology will give presentations on Summer 2014 research on two consecutive Fridays. On Friday, Oct. 24, Fredonia biology departmental fellowship recipients will give talks, on Oct. 31, presenters will be students who have received National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates and NSF Research at Undergraduate Institutions grants.
On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Fredonia students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to engage in Maintaining Joyful Discovery in Natural Spaces, a conversation about the joy of discovery. The event is slated from noon until 3 p.m. in Williams Center Room S204D. The three-hour, interactive, discussion-oriented forum will aim to engage participants in discussion with practitioners from a wide range of disciplines.
Fredonia’s annual “Terror in the Trees,” produced by the Interactive Theatre Society, will once again haunt the Ring Road Forest on Thursday, Oct. 23 and 30, Friday, Oct. 24 and 31, and Saturday, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. With the exception of Halloween night, the haunted, walk-through forest will be open from 8 p.m. until midnight. On "All Hallows Eve," the terror runs until 1 a.m.
The All-Campus Appeal is a terrific way to increase awards, funds and scholarships that benefit all Fredonia students. Gifts of cash received by Dec. 31 are tax deductible for the calendar year 2014, as allowed by law. Pledges made through payroll deduction will begin in early January 2015. Payroll deduction forms should be returned by Dec. 15 to take advantage of the pay period deduction cycle in 2015.
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.
A new door has been officially opened for economic development and job creation in Chautauqua County with formal approval last week by SUNY of the Fredonia StartUP NY campus plan, part of a statewide initiative launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo to create tax-free zones on or near institutions of higher education.
The students of Unione Italiana, Fredonia’s Italian student organization, will celebrate Italian History Month by hosting an authentic dinner buffet on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m., in the Williams Center’s Horizon Room East. The event is open to the campus and community and the cost is $18.
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.