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President Horvath announces commitment to expand college access at White House event
President Horvath announces commitment to expand college access at White House event

Today, Fredonia President Virginia S. Horvath will join President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden, along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.

  

Fredonia named to President’s Honor Roll for Community Service 'with distinction'
Fredonia named to President’s Honor Roll for Community Service 'with distinction'

Fredonia is one of just three SUNY campuses to be named "With Distinction" to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities who achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve and show a clear commitment to community service and service learning.

  

French and Spanish adolescence education programs achieve National Recognition status

The Department of World Languages and Cultures’ French and Spanish adolescence education programs have recently achieved National Recognition status through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), currently being replaced by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP ).

  

Students expand leadership skills in service project
Students expand leadership skills in service project

Advanced Leadership students brightened the day for several dozen area seniors by organizing activities and programs during a class project via a partnership with the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Center.

  

De-Stress for Success events to begin Dec. 11
De-Stress for Success events to begin Dec. 11

De-stress for Success is a series of events, programs and workshops designed to help students to find ways to reduce stress in a healthy, productive manner, and gain the focus they need to succeed. Events, which are free to all students, will begin Thursday, Dec. 11 and conclude Friday, Dec. 19.

  

Anna Ferrante, Kiri Ramos, Quinn Patton receive Sonnenfeld Awards
Anna Ferrante, Kiri Ramos, Quinn Patton receive Sonnenfeld Awards

Marion Sonnenfeld Award Scholarships, which recognize outstanding female students who exemplify leadership, hard work and a good sense of community, were presented to Anna Ferrante, Kiri Ramos, and Quinn Patton.The Council for Women’s Concerns awarded the 2014-2015 scholarships to the three recipients at the annual awards ceremony held in November in the William’s Center Horizon Room.

  

Fredonia Accounting Society Holds Jeopardy Tournament

The Fredonia State Accounting Society celebrated its First International Accounting Day by hosting an Accounting “Jeopardy” Tournament in the Williams Center in November. Students and campus community members watched as 22 competitors buzzed in and answered (in the form of a question) the Accounting “Jeopardy” answers.

  

Campus sets holiday shutdown; some offices have limited hours

With a few exceptions, services and operations at Fredonia will be curtailed due to due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Most buildings will be close beginning at the close of business on Tuesday, Dec. 23, and will re-open on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. University Police will continue to operate 24 hours a day throughout the shutdown; in the event of an emergency, call 673-3333.

  

College of Education launches new graduate program in Literacy
College of Education launches new graduate program in Literacy

Fredonia’s College of Education has launched a new master’s graduate program in Literacy. The new Birth to Grade 12 Graduate Literacy Program will prepare students for two New York State Reading Specialist certifications.

  

Santa and Elf Holly return to Chautauqua TV with ‘Talk to Santa’ for 24th Year
Santa and Elf Holly return to Chautauqua TV with ‘Talk to Santa’ for 24th Year

For the 24th year, Fredonia’s Information Technology Services Department will collaborate with DFT Communications and many community volunteers to donate their time and expertise and bring “Talk to Santa” once again into the homes of local viewers. Santa and his assistant, Elf Holly, are assisted from their North Pole television studio by a local crew of TV and phone elves to provide this special holiday program for area children.

  

Fredonia inks student/faculty exchange with Italian conservatory
Fredonia inks student/faculty exchange with Italian conservatory

Students in the Fredonia School of Music will have the opportunity to learn at the world renowned Pescara Conservatory in Italy, thanks to a pioneering agreement that establishes educational exchanges between the two institutions. Beginning in 2016, students from each institution will be able to spend one semester studying abroad on an alternating basis. The agreement also facilitates the exchange of faculty.

  

Three week Trash Tracker project conducted on campus

Fredonia students have been working on the Trash Tracker project, an initiative to analyze the amount and location of litter throughout the campus. The project has been adopted from fellow SUNY schools in an attempt to determine patterns in littering, and how it can be prevented.

  
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Arts on Campus

Pathways to Music now offering spring classes for young children
Pathways to Music now offering spring classes for young children

Registration is now open for the spring sessions of Pathways to Music, a series of developmentally age-appropriate classes designed to teach the joy of music to children ages 6 months through 5 years old. Classes will begin Feb. 10 and 14, 2015, in the gymnasium of the Campus and Community Children’s Center.

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Film, video arts students shine at Binghamton festival
Film, video arts students shine at Binghamton festival

Seven students enrolled in Fredonia’s Visual Arts and New Media's Film and Video Arts program had the honor of having their works screened at the national Student Experimental Film Festival held Dec. 5 and 6 at Binghamton University.

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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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Athletics

Katie Kleine named Regional All-American
Katie Kleine named Regional All-American

Highly decorated women's soccer player Katie Kleine (Cazenovia, N.Y./Cazenovia) has been selected to the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Women's All-East Region team, her third post-season soccer award this year. Kleine, a senior midfielder, had seven goals and four assists for 18 points in 2014, thus earning Second Team regional honors for the second time.

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Three Devils crack NCAA Top 100 stat lists
Three Devils crack NCAA Top 100 stat lists

The Fredonia women's volleyball team had three players ranked among the Top 100 nationally in NCAA Division III statistical categories during the 2014 season. Jessica DiChristopher (Cheektowaga, N.Y. /West Seneca East), Kelly Edinger (Rochester, N.Y. / Greece Athena), and Lauren Hokaj (Lancaster, N.Y. /St. Mary's of Lancaster) are listed in seven different categories in the final NCAA D-III lists.

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Hewitt, Matter take SUNYAC honors
Hewitt, Matter take SUNYAC honors

On Dec. 8 SUNYAC named two Fredonia men as the top swimmers and divers from the past week. It was a repeat selection for each. Freshman freestyle-butterfly specialist Jake Hewitt (Duansburg, N.Y./Schalmont) was named Male Swimmer of the Week. Sophomore diver Jeff Matter (East Aurora, N.Y./East Aurora) claimed the Male Diver of the Week award.

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Emeritus faculty co-author dictionary on West Siberian names
Emeritus faculty co-author dictionary on West Siberian names

HTComGroup announces the publication of the English and Russian dictionary, “Tatar First Names from West Siberia,” by Professor Emeritus Edwin D. Lawson and the late Dr. Richard F. Sheil of State University of New York at Fredonia, and Professor Zinaida S. Zavyalova of National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University.

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Dr. Lei Huang to have article published in academic journal
Dr. Lei Huang to have article published in academic journal

Marketing Assistant Professor Lei Huang is co-author of the article, "The Impacts of Package Color and the Nutrition Content Labels on the Perception of Food Healthiness and Purchase Intention," that will be published in the 2015 issue of the Journal of Food Product Marketing, an academic journal.

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Morgan Hartley named ‘Student of the Month’ for November
Morgan Hartley named ‘Student of the Month’ for November

Morgan Hartley, a junior Music Education major from Baldwinsville who has been engaged in a wide range of campus programs and activities, has been named Student of the Month for November by the Office of Residence Life.

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Piece of cake! Foundation team wins Biology Club's Gingerbread House contest
Piece of cake! Foundation team wins Biology Club's Gingerbread House contest

The Foundation Team won first place in last week's Gingerbread House contest, sponsored by the Biology Club. The 100% edible Foundation House replica helped raise money for the food pantry of the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry.

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Gerber co-editor of special issue of Wallace Stevens Journal
Gerber co-editor of special issue of Wallace Stevens Journal

Department of English Associate Professor Natalie Gerber co-edited “Helen Vendler’s Stevens,” a special issue of The Wallace Stevens Journal that was published to honor Dr. Vendler upon her retirement. Dr. Gerber co-edited the special issue with Associate Editor Lisa Goldfarb and Editor Bart Eeckhout.

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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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