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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.

  

Fredonia Student Research and Creativity Exposition on April 27
Fredonia Student Research and Creativity Exposition on April 27

The Fredonia 19th Annual Student Research and Creativity Exposition will be held on Thursday, April 27 in the Williams Center. There will be student posters on display, and oral presentations and performances will be taking place throughout the day. The keynote speaker will be Courtney Wigdahl-Perry, assistant professor in the Department of Biology.

  

Dunkirk native, entrepreneur and philanthropist Donato J. Tramuto named Fredonia Commencement speaker
Dunkirk native, entrepreneur and philanthropist Donato J. Tramuto named Fredonia Commencement speaker

Donato J. Tramuto, CEO of Tivity Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: TVTY), a leading provider of fitness and health improvement programs, with strong capabilities in developing and managing network solutions, will be the featured speaker at Commencement on Saturday, May 13. Ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Steele Hall, recognizing recipients of bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and the advanced certificate.

  

Schwalbe receives fifth Fulbright award
Schwalbe receives fifth Fulbright award

SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Ted Schwalbe of the Department of Communication has received a Fulbright Specialist Award to work with A. Xhuvani University in Elbasan, Albania, during May and June. Dr. Schwalbe has previously received Fulbright Traditional Awards to Bulgaria (1997) and Hungary (2004) and Specialist Awards to Swaziland (2002) and Namibia (2007).

  

Campus food pantries set up to serve students
Campus food pantries set up to serve students

Food pantries will be up and running during the last two weeks of the semester to help students whose own cupboards are becoming increasingly empty. The pantries, which begin operation on Monday, May 1, are co-sponsored by the Office of Campus Life, Student Health Center and Counseling Center.

  

Movie ‘The Abolitionists’ coming to Fredonia
Movie ‘The Abolitionists’ coming to Fredonia

The campus and community is invited to the screening of the movie, “The Abolitionists” on Wednesday, April 26 in Fenton Hall Room 105, at 5:30 p.m. The movie focuses on awareness of rescue operations of children in slavery. This event was rescheduled from April 19 due to the power outage on campus.

  

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.

  

Baird, Berkley to give Sigma Xi talks
Baird, Berkley to give Sigma Xi talks

Two Geology professors with over 60 years of combined teaching experience at Fredonia will deliver separate lectures in the spring semester’s last two Sigma Xi weekly programs held in the Major Alice Sam Conference Room, third floor of the Science Center.

  

‘Beyond Human: Animals in Literature’ events slated in April
‘Beyond Human: Animals in Literature’ events slated in April

The Chautauqua-Cattaraugus County Library System (CCLS) Regional Read is partnering with Fredonia English capstone students to explore the topic "Beyond Human: Animals in Literature" in several local libraries in April. The community reading series will offer a selection of literature that appeals to readers of various ages and reading levels.

  

Fredonia Technology Incubator to offer QuickBooks workshop
Fredonia Technology Incubator to offer QuickBooks workshop

A workshop on the accounting software program QuickBooks, conducted by Fredonia accountant Sham Baghat, will be offered on Wednesday, April 26, at 9 a.m., at the Fredonia Technology Incubator as part of its Entrepreneurial Workshop Series.

  

Buffalo News Kids Day on April 25
Buffalo News Kids Day on April 25

Fredonia is participating for the 15th year in Buffalo News Kids Day, slated for Tuesday, April 25. The event’s purpose is to raise money for the Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo, Cradle Beach and the children of Western New York.

  

Leadership Awards Ceremony set for April 26

The 23rd Annual Leadership Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 26, at 5 p.m. in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room. Tickets ̶  $2 for students, $3 for non-students  ̶  can be purchased at the Fredonia Ticket Office in the Williams Center.

  

Annual FSA Community Meeting set April 25
Annual FSA Community Meeting set April 25

The Faculty Student Association (FSA) will hold its annual Community Meeting in the Williams Center Horizon Room on Tuesday, April 25, 3:30 p.m.

  

Food Truck Thursday on campus on April 27
Food Truck Thursday on campus on April 27

The Office of International Education will present Fredonia's first ever Food Truck Thursday on Thursday, April 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Jewett Hall parking lot. Food trucks from around Western New York will be on campus selling unique eats and treats.

  

Pride Alliance hosts ‘A Sinner in Mecca’ screening, discussion with its director

A film screening of “A Sinner in Mecca,” by Parvez Sharma, followed by a lecture/discussion with the director, will be held on Wednesday, April 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., in McEwen Hall Room 209. Mr. Sharma has created multiple award-winning films about faith, identity, religious extremism and social justice.

  

New student web magazine at Fredoina to explore LGBTQ American history

For their final projects, students in Dr. Jeff Iovannone's HONR 228: LGBTQ American History & Literature course are creating a web magazine, “LGBTQ American History for the People.” The magazine will officially launch on Monday, April 24.

  

Commencement Committee seeking volunteers
Commencement Committee seeking volunteers

Commencement is just around the corner and the organizing committee is asking for volunteers from throughout the campus. It takes many volunteers to make the ceremonies run smoothly. The committee is looking for volunteers for any and all shifts: the Morning Ceremony shift from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; the Afternoon Ceremony shift from 1 to 5:30 p.m.; and the Full Day Shift from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  

Relieve end-of-semester anxiety through ‘De-stress for Success’ offerings
Relieve end-of-semester anxiety through ‘De-stress for Success’ offerings

With the spring semester about to wrap up soon and finals week just ahead, students are invited to tap into a wide assortment of events, programs and workshops designed to help them reduce anxiety in a healthy, productive manner. They’re all part of “De-stress for Success” -- 12 days beginning Monday, May 1, and ending Friday, May 12.

  

Interactive Theatre Society to offer murder mystery dinner theatre

The Interactive Theatre Society is presenting a murder mystery dinner theatre show on Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29, in the Horizon Room in the Williams Center. Organizers note that this is an event in which the cast will be interacting with the audience.

  

El Carnival to be staged April 30 on campus

Latinos Unidos will host El Carnival -- featuring a wide assortment of attractions, games including Big Jenga and Connect 4, a bounce house, music and food -- on Sunday, April 30, from 1 to 4 p.m., outside of the Williams Center.

  

Student to deliver motivational speech

Kanard Lewis, a junior Audio/Radio Production major, will deliver a motivational speech, “Our Purpose,” sponsored by the Leadership Program, on Thursday, April 27, from 5 to 6 p.m., in McEwen Hall Room 209.

  
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Caviedes writes chapter in ‘Handbook on Migration and Security’
Caviedes writes chapter in ‘Handbook on Migration and Security’

The new “Handbook on Migration and Security” (Edward Elgar Publishing), edited by Philippe Bourbeau, features a chapter by Associate Professor Alexander Caviedes of the Department of Politics and International Affairs. It provides a state-of-the-art analysis of the critically important links between migration and security in a globalizing world.

  

Gerber has essay published, co-edits journal issue
Gerber has essay published, co-edits journal issue

Department of English Associate Professor Natalie Gerber’s essay, "Global Englishes, Rhyme, and Rap: A Meditation Upon Shifts in Rhythm,"  appears in the edited collection “On Rhyme.” She also co-edited with Dr. Steven Axelrod a special issue of The Wallace Stevens Journal, "Wallace Stevens and Robert Frost: A Re-Consideration."

  

Three faculty members to attend international summer institutes

Three Fredonia faculty have been selected to participate in international summer institutes. The China Studies Institute and the Japan Studies Institute, competitive programs administered by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, are designed as professional development programs to integrate international studies into undergraduate curricula.

  

Yi has article on inflation-hedging stock returns published in business research journal
Yi has article on inflation-hedging stock returns published in business research journal

Business Associate Professor Taihyeup Yi has had his paper, “Inflation Hedging and Industry Stock Returns,” published in the Business Research Consortium Academy Journal of Business, Vol. 7, No. 1. The paper outlines research Dr. Yi has done on inflation-hedging abilities of stock returns in cyclical and noncyclical industries.

  

Communication faculty member teaches in China over spring break
Communication faculty member teaches in China over spring break

Assistant Professor Mike Igoe of the Department of Communication spent the spring break teaching at the Southern University of Science and Technology’s Center for Language Education, conducting seminars on topics including public speaking, presentation skills and media ethics.

  

Mason receives award from the Earth Month Network
Mason receives award from the Earth Month Network

The Earth Month Network in honor of the 47th Anniversary of Earth Month® has bestowed upon Dr. Sherri A. Mason, chair of the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences and professor of chemistry, the Environmental Excellence in Research Award.

  

Gee lead editor of book that explores positive impact animals can have in the classroom
Gee lead editor of book that explores positive impact animals can have in the classroom

"How Animals Help Students Learn," a newly released book with Psychology Professor Nancy R. Gee as lead editor, provides concrete examples of how animals have been successfully incorporated into classroom settings. Discussed in the book are different types of research which outline methods to achieve the strongest benefit, while ensuring the health and welfare of the students and animals.

  

Huang writes article for Journal of Marketing Analytics
Huang writes article for Journal of Marketing Analytics

“Bird of a Feather: A Normative Model of Assessing Consumers Satisfaction in a Generalized Expectation-Disconfirmation Paradigm,” a paper written by School of Business Assistant Professor Lei Huang, has been accepted for publication in the new issue of the Journal of Marketing Analytics.

  

Dance students savor experiences at annual conference
Dance students savor experiences at annual conference

Sixteen students from the Department of Theatre and Dance gained valuable experience, working with dancers from approximately 20 other dance programs, at the American College Dance Association’s annual conference at Kent State University in Ohio.

  
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Health and Wellness

EAP to offer a wide array of programs, services during the spring semester

The start of the spring semester ushers in a new round of programs and services offered by the Employee Assistance Program to Fredonia faculty and staff, their family members and retirees of the university. The offerings encompass assessment, resource information, referral services and assorted wellness events.

  

CPR/AED classes scheduled beginning in February

The Environmental Health and Safety and Sustainability department is continuing to offer the American Heart Association CPR / AED classes this semester, beginning in February. All courses currently scheduled are AHA HeartSaver level courses, and will be held at the office of Environmental Health and Safety and Sustainability, located in 140 Hendrix Hall.

  
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Athletics

SUNYAC 10 Million Yards for Yeardley walk slated for April 26
SUNYAC 10 Million Yards for Yeardley walk slated for April 26

Time to tie those sneakers/running shoes/trainers, whatever you call them, it’s time for the SUNYAC 10 Million Yards for Yeardley event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 at Fredonia, and organizers are hoping for wide campus and community participation.

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Capestrani sets new school record
Capestrani sets new school record

A new Fredonia women's outdoor pole vault record was set Saturday at the Cortland Classic Invitational. Mikayla Capestrani, a junior, cleared 3.47 meters -- 11 feet, 4 1/2 inches -- to finish second in the event. It was 2 1/4 inches higher than the previous record.

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Backed by HRs, Shellenberger blanks Geneseo
 Backed by HRs, Shellenberger blanks Geneseo

Fredonia used the long ball and shutout pitching Sunday to earn a SUNYAC softball split with Geneseo at Blue Devil Field. Sophomore right-hander Emily Shellenberger (Philadelphia, Pa.) pitched a five-hitter, inducing 16 ground ball outs, in a 5-0 Game 2 win.

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Yokopovich receives weekly honors
Yokopovich receives weekly honors

Fredonia junior midfielder Audrey Yokopovich (Webster) has been named SUNYAC Women's Lacrosse Defensive Athlete of the Week. She scored five goals last week and had at least one point in 14 of 15 games standing second on the team with 32 goals this season and third with 35 points.

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Arts on Campus

Marion Art Gallery features student works in two senior shows
Marion Art Gallery features student works in two senior shows

The Department of Visual Arts and New Media at the State University of New York at Fredonia will celebrate the accomplishments of graduating art majors with two April exhibition openings in the Cathy and Jess Marion Art Gallery.

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Fredonia Dance Ensemble takes the stage from April 28 to 30
 Fredonia Dance Ensemble takes the stage from April 28 to 30

Fredonia’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents its 11th annual Fredonia Dance Ensemble concert from April 28 to 30 in Marvel Theatre, with performances by Fredonia’s outstanding young dancers and a wide variety of choreographic offerings from Fredonia’s dance faculty and guest artists.

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Fredonia Summer Music Festival to launch 27th year
Fredonia Summer Music Festival to launch 27th year

The Fredonia Summer Music Festival has a long history of providing high school students with a friendly and relaxed setting for musical growth.The Band and Honors Solo Vocal programs are offered on Sunday, June 25 through Saturday, July 1, with a new Strings program slated for Sunday, July 16 through Saturday, July 22.

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New Horizons Band to offer spring concert on April 26 in King
New Horizons Band to offer spring concert on April 26 in King

The New Horizons Band of Western New York will present its Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, at King Concert Hall. The public is invited to attend the free concert.

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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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Concerto Competition slated for April 30

The annual School of Music Concerto Competition will take place on Sunday, April 30 at 1 p.m. in King Concert Hall. The competition is judged by a panel of music faculty and lasts several hours. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

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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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