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Fredonia's Mason the subject of New York Times editorial
Fredonia's Mason the subject of New York Times editorial

Fredonia Environmental Sciences Professor Sherri "Sam" Mason, who has been a tireless advocate in the fight against products containing microbeads due to the devastating pollution effects they have on the Great Lakes ecosystem, was the subject of an editorial in the New York Times on Friday, Aug. 21. Dr. Mason's research, which has led to legislative bans in Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey and Wisconsin, was the subject of a report by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman earlier this year, resulting in a bill that was approved in the New York State Assembly, but has not yet passed the Senate.

  

Welcome Week activities
Welcome Week activities

Welcome Week, which begins Monday, Aug. 24, is  filled with activities and events. Activities are jointly sponsored by Spectrum Entertainment and Student Association and are free and open to all Fredonia students.

  

Mirabelli, ’77, makes a daily difference on today’s — and tomorrow’s — scientists
Mirabelli, ’77, makes a daily difference on today’s — and tomorrow’s — scientists

Not a day goes by that Fredonia doesn’t benefit from Christopher Mirabelli. In fact, he’s positively impacted its students and faculty every day for the last six years. That’s when this member of the Class of 1977 stepped forward to fund a much-needed Syngene imager for the biology department. As impressive as his impact on Fredonia has been, it pales in comparison to the numbers of people Dr. Mirabelli has helped throughout his 35-year career in pharmaceutical research and development (R&D).

  

Elegant violence
Elegant violence

Established in 1996, Fredonia’s Blackhorse Women’s Rugby Club is comprised of diverse young women from a variety of majors and grade levels. Whether they joined Blackhorse to learn a new sport, make new friends, or just release the daily stresses of college, these “ruggers” have all stayed because of the love and passion they’ve developed for the game, their teammates, and the excuse to get down and dirty.

  

The Office of International Education hosts study abroad scholarship workshops

The Office of International Education will be holding workshops for students interested in applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program – awarding up to $8,000 in scholarship money to study abroad programs. Workshops, which will review application specifics and introduce students to award-winning essays, will be held throughout the month of September in the Williams Center Room S226B.

  

Stroke Awareness Walk to be hosted by the Youngman Center

The Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders at Fredonia will be hosting its annual Stroke Awareness Walk on Saturday, Sept. 12. The event is provided to increase the community awareness of strokes, to provide education on stroke prevention and to introduce services available at the Youngerman Center. Services offered during the event will include educational handouts and free hearing screenings.

  

New York State Citizen Preparedness Training held at Fredonia

More than 20 people learned what to do – either at home or at work – in the event of an emergency by attending the New York State Citizen Preparedness Training. The event was hosted by the Division of Engagement and Economic Development at Fredonia. Staff Sgt. Jason Hammond of the National Guard, conducted the recent training program that outlined tools and resources to help citizens prepare for a wide range of disasters, to respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible.

  

SUNY Achieves Nation’s Most Comprehensive Transfer Guarantee as Chancellor Zimpher Aims to Boost Completion
SUNY Achieves Nation’s Most Comprehensive Transfer Guarantee as Chancellor Zimpher Aims to Boost Completion

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced that the university system has achieved the most comprehensive seamless transfer policy in the country. As the 2015-16 academic year begins, SUNY guarantees students the ability to transfer all completed general education requirements and courses toward their major to and from any SUNY campus. In all, the system has aligned more than 32,000 academic courses that comprise the most popular majors and account for more than 95 percent of transfer students.

  

Activities Night set for Wednesday, Sept. 2
Activities Night set for Wednesday, Sept. 2

Informal “meet-and-greets” for students interested in joining or learning more about student clubs at Fredonia will be offered during Activities Night on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in Dods Grove, with the Steele Hall Fieldhouse the alternate site in the event of poor weather. Most of the more than 170 student clubs at Fredonia will have tables, booths or other displays set up to introduce themselves at the event.

  

Alumni seek help in honoring two Fredonia pioneers
Alumni seek help in honoring two Fredonia pioneers

While attending the dedication of Fredonia’s New Science Building during Homecoming 2014, alumna Dianne Kricheldorf, thought of two women who had given so much of themselves to Fredonia in earlier days. She believes they deserve to be publicly remembered for their devotion to the university as members of the science department with a named study alcove in the new Science Center.

  

Graphic Designer Brendan Prince, ’11, ‘sports’ impressive career start at NBC
Graphic Designer Brendan Prince, ’11, ‘sports’ impressive career start at NBC

If you watched Sunday Night football last season — or were among the record 114.4 million people glued to Super Bowl XLIX in February — Brendan Prince had a “hand” in your experience. As a graphic designer at NBC Sports, the 2011 Fredonia graduate saw some of the hand-lettering art work he created for Sunday Night Football broadcasts translated into on-air graphics that were seen throughout the regular season, the playoffs, and ultimately, the 2015 Super Bowl — the most-watched television program ever.

  

Campus a beehive of activity prior to start of new academic year

Numerous maintenance and building projects – some underfoot and others overhead and sometimes out of sight – have been undertaken at Fredonia during summer months to prepare for this week’s return of students and faculty for the 2015-16 academic year.

  

Service over suntans
Service over suntans

Many college students choose to flee their still-chilly campuses in March and flock to Florida’s beaches and other warmer regions for a well-deserved respite from academia. It’s called Spring Break. This year, a small contingent of Fredonia students went south at the tail end of an especially brutal winter, but they eyed a different destination and were motivated by a far greater goal.

  

Kellogg’s teams up with Fredonia to battle hunger in Western New York

Students wolfing down Frosted Flakes or other Kellogg’s cereal at Cranston Marché will actually be helping to fight hunger in Western New York, thanks to the Kellogg Company’s Food Away From Home program. The world’s largest cereal company is partnering with Fredonia to encourage students to make the choice that makes a difference by participating in its “Eat. Share. Prosper” program. Every time a student selects Mini Wheats, Cocoa Krispies, Fruit Loops or other Kellogg cereal between Aug. 24 and Sept. 20, Kellogg’s will donate a bowl of cereal to the Food Bank of Western New York.

  

Executive-in-Residence program brings real-world expertise to students

The School of Business recruited two top-tier professionals to its Executive-in-Residence program. Kenny Koblitz, a retired vice president of sales in industrial cleaning products, will deliver specialized sales management training to students, and Thomas Dujenski, in the spring term, guided select students in studying impacts of new financial regulations on regional community banks and financial institutions.

  

College of Education expands student support
College of Education expands student support

Buoyed by the success of its Committee of Friends alumni scholarship program, the College of Education is writing a new fundraising chapter through the Fredonia College Foundation to benefit students who have chosen Fredonia to prepare them to become the best teachers possible.

  

Robert Rogers named SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor
Robert Rogers named SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor

Dr. Robert Rogers, who has taught Mathematical Sciences at Fredonia for nearly 30 years, is one of only 18 faculty members throughout the SUNY system recently promoted to the Distinguished Faculty Ranks by the State University of New York Board of Trustees.

  

50 years later, an alumna reflects on her role in campus’ 1960s Civil Rights movement
50 years later, an alumna reflects on her role in campus’ 1960s Civil Rights movement

A small but resolute group of students in 1965 didn’t let the 950 miles that separate Fredonia from Selma, Ala., prevent them from enlisting the campus — and surrounding community, for that matter — in the escalating push for civil rights for black Americans a half-century ago.

  

Fredonia named to Princeton Review lists

The Princeton Review included Fredonia among the 380 best colleges in the U.S. in its 2016 rankings. The “best colleges” represent only 15 percent of the 2,500 four-year colleges in the U.S. Fredonia was also ranked among the “Best Northeastern Colleges,” as well as a “Green College.”

  
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Professor's work published in Journal of Austrian Studies
Professor's work published in Journal of Austrian Studies

Associate Professor Birger Vanwesenbeeck of the Department of English has written a book review published in the latest issue of the Journal of Austrian Studies (University of Nebraska Press). Vanwesenbeeck reviews George Prochnik’s “The Impossible Exile,” a new biography of the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig.

  

Public Accountancy senior receives $10,000 scholarship

Breonna Henningham, a Public Accountancy senior from Akron, N.Y., has become the first student at Fredonia to be awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the agency that oversees audits of public companies. To be nominated for the merit-based scholarship, students must be enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program in accounting, demonstrate interest and aptitude in accounting and auditing and adhere to high ethical standards.

  

Fredonia Education professors connect with local school district and world

he Curriculum and Instruction Department of the College of Education and Silver Creek Elementary School District have shared a clinically-rich, site-based partnership since Spring 2013.  Drs. Kathleen Magiera and Ana Maria Klein, recently promoted from associate to full professor, have co-taught two field-based courses at the elementary school and have recently published three articles.

  

English faculty member’s introductory piece published in magazine

Associate Professor Iclal Vanwesenbeeck’s work is being published in World Literature Today, an American magazine of international literature and culture published at the University of Oklahoma.

  

Fredonia names Cory Bezek, ’02, admissions director
Fredonia names Cory Bezek, ’02, admissions director

Fredonia has named Cory Bezek, a veteran of its Admissions team, as its new Director of Admissions following a nationwide search to fill the key position. Mr. Bezek, who received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fredonia in 2002, has advanced through the ranks in Admissions after being hired as a counselor in 2007. He served as assistant director and associate director before becoming interim director in August 2014.

  

Iovannone, ’04, encourages students to explore ‘Scholar-Activism’
Iovannone, ’04, encourages students to explore ‘Scholar-Activism’

At the 2015 Fredonia Women’s Student Union annual Paper Plate awards ceremony, faculty advisor Dr. Jeffry Iovannone received a very special recognition: The Janet Mock award. An author and transgender activist who has contributed to the greater social commentary regarding transgender issues, Mock represents the creator of a support system that challenges others to grow into activists and advocates for social justice.

  

Faculty member to receive award for best paper
Faculty member to receive award for best paper

Lei Huang, assistant professor of Marketing from the School of Business, won the 53rd Society for Marketing Advances (SMA) Annual Conference Best Paper Award for his work, "The Moderations of Product Involvement and Valence of Corporate Social Responsibility Information on Brand Perceptions,"

  

Student Dianna Hawryluk wins international radio documentary award
Student Dianna Hawryluk wins international radio documentary award

Dianna Hawryluk, a senior majoring in Video Production and Audio Production in the Department of Communication, recently won international accolades for her audio documentary, "Let Music Live! A Journey Through SUNY Fredonia's Choral Department." Ms. Hawryluk was honored for her storytelling and production skills as a "Silver Radio" winner at the New York Festivals International Radio Competition in New York City.

  

Faculty member guest editor of special issue of journal
Faculty member guest editor of special issue of journal

Dr. Ziya Arnavut of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences was the main guest editor of the recently published special issue on Enabling technologies for Network-based applications of the Computer and Electrical Engineering Journal, published by Elsevier. Along with Dr. Arnavut, Dr. Ahmed Kamal from the Electrical Engineering Department of Iowa State University served as a guest editor.

  

English professor presents two papers at summer conferences
English professor presents two papers at summer conferences

Professor Jeanette McVicker of the Department of English presented papers at two conferences this summer, including one in Thessaloniki, Greece, at the “Rethinking Democracy in Literature, Language and Culture” conference, sponsored by the School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

  
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Health and Wellness

Health Matters Newsletter introduces the Student Health Center

The Student Health Center provides currently enrolled Fredonia students with confidential primary care of acute illness and injury, health education, immunizations, preventative health and laboratory services. It is located at the back of campus just off of Temple Street in LoGrasso Hall. It also offers a Health Matters newsletter - the current issue is focused on introducing the health center.

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Arts on Campus

Artist to offer insight on creative process during Fredonia exhibition
Artist to offer insight on creative process during Fredonia exhibition

A Rochester-based artist will offer insight into his creative process as part of a seven-week exhibition at the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery. “Albert Paley: Humanizing the Material” opens Sept. 1 and runs through Oct.18. The exhibition includes large steel maquettes, cardboard models, drawings and photographs of both the production process and on site installations.

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Online registration now open for Pathways to Music classes for children ages 6 months through 5 years

The Musical Journeys Program of the Fredonia School of Music announces that online registration is now open for its fall music classes for young children. Now in its sixth year, Pathways to Music presents an exciting opportunity for children and parents to discover the joy of music while singing, moving, listening, and dancing.

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Vocal Performance major's invitation to sing at 9/11 memorial service is the beginning of a busy semester
Vocal Performance major's invitation to sing at 9/11 memorial service is the beginning of a busy semester

The start of a new school year is an eventful time for any college student, but Fredonia Vocal Performance major Nia Drummond has an exceptionally packed calendar. In addition to settling in and starting classes, Ms. Drummond, a senior, will be performing in three major events in September, taking her from Fredonia to New York City to Cleveland and back.

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Fall preview listing of Rockefeller Arts Center, Theatre and Dance, and School of Music
Fall preview listing of Rockefeller Arts Center, Theatre and Dance, and School of Music

There is a full slate of exciting arts events scheduled for the fall semester.  Theatre, films, exhibits, recitals and ensemble concerts - truly something for everyone. It includes a special event, the residency of The Shanghai Quartet, slated for October in the School of Music.

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School of Music seeking high schoolers for the String Experience in October
School of Music seeking high schoolers for the String Experience in October

The Fredonia School of Music is accepting applications from high school string players to participate in a unique master class with The Shanghai Quartet, special guests of this year's String Experience on Saturday, Oct. 3 on the Fredonia campus. String Experience will also welcome high school string players who wish to participate in the day's activities, including clinics and workshops with Fredonia string faculty members.

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Rockefeller building project passes one-year mark on schedule
Rockefeller building project passes one-year mark on schedule

The $39 million Rockefeller Arts Center addition and renovation project at the State University of New York at Fredonia has passed the one-year mark and remains on schedule for completion by August of 2016. Project Shepherd Steve Rees said “diligent efforts” by many parties have kept the project on schedule.

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Theatre and Dance season to feature hit Broadway musical

The Department of Theatre and Dance will present five productions in 2015-16 as part of the Walter Gloor Mainstage Series, including the hit Broadway musical “Cabaret.”

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Rockefeller Arts Center presents 2015-2016 series of events
Rockefeller Arts Center presents 2015-2016 series of events

Fredonia’s talented vocal and musical theatre students will be featured twice as part of Rockefeller Arts Center’s signature series during the 2015-16 Lake Shore Savings Season.

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A well-earned ovation
A well-earned ovation

“Karl likes big ideas.”

That’s what Ralph Blasting, dean of Fredonia’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, says about Dr. Karl Boelter, who stepped down as director of the School of Music in June and will join its teaching faculty this fall.

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Athletics

Relationships vs. Championships
Relationships vs. Championships

John Crawford is one of the best coaches Fredonia has ever seen. After serving as Head Swim Coach from 1980-88, he returned as Diving Coach in 2003 to immediate success. Since then, his divers have won 28 SUNYAC titles and 11 All-American honors, including Kelly Sponholz’s NCAA Division III Championship in 2009. In 2015, four divers went to the NCAA Championships — the most in program history.

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Pericozzi joins track and field coaching staff
Pericozzi joins track and field coaching staff

Former SUNYAC champ and NCAA participant Ryan Pericozzi has been named assistant track and field coach of the Fredonia Blue Devils. A 2013 SUNY Cortland graduate, Pericozzi spent one year (2013-14) as an assistant coach at Lancaster (N.Y.) High School and one year (2014-15) as an assistant coach at his college alma mater.

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Pair appointed to athletic training staff
Pair appointed to athletic training staff

Fredonia Director of Athletics Greg Prechtl announced the appointment of two assistant athletic trainers, Erin Lanni and Kelly Wilson. Both women come to Fredonia from major college programs.

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McFayden joins Gondek's coaching staff
McFayden joins Gondek's coaching staff

Kendell McFayden has joined the Fredonia Blue Devil men's soccer coaching staff in time for the start of the 2015 season. A former collegiate standout who has played professionally, McFayden succeeds long-time Blue Devil assistant and former player John Grabowski, who is beginning his first season as head coach of men's soccer at Erie County Community College.

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Baseball adds Driscoll, Sturm to staff
Baseball adds Driscoll, Sturm to staff

The Fredonia baseball team added Nolan Driscoll and Fredonia alum Steve Sturm to the coaching staff as assistants. Driscoll will work with the team's hitters as well as assist with recruiting. Sturm will work with the pitchers and help with game day operations.

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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.

It is the policy of Fredonia that employees designated as Essential Service will report to work at their scheduled start time and perform their normal and customary duties in the event of an emergency, including but not limited to weather, power outage, etc. For more information on the university policy, visit http://www.fredonia.edu/humanresources/policies.asp.

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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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