As part of the semester-long celebration of the opening of its new Science Center, Fredonia will welcome world-renowned scientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor Bill Nye “The Science Guy” to campus as the Convocation series keynote speaker. His Thursday, Sept. 18, 3:30 p.m. appearance has been moved to the Steele Hall Fieldhouse and additional free tickets will be available beginning Thursday, Sept. 4. The 2014-15 Convocation series theme is, “The Joy of Discovery.”
Fredonia will hold its fall semester Activities Night on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Dods Hall Picnic Grove. The event allows students, old and new, to learn about each of the school’s nearly 150 student organizations in a single location, with the opportunity to sign up for each group.
The official ribbon-cutting for the University Village townhouse complex will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 11 a.m.Students, Fredonia administrators and regional officials will be on hand to celebrate the opening of the complex, which is described as the off-campus experience with the safety and convenience of living on-campus.
Students returning to campus this fall noticed an immediate, unmistakable, transformational change to Fredonia’s campus. In the southeast corner, a brand new, 92,000-square-foot, three-story structure shines in the summer sun. The new Fredonia Science Center, surrounded by a stunning courtyard and connected to Houghton Hall, now hugs the Science Quad.
Dr. Anny Castilla-Earls is an enthusiastic researcher and teacher. Her passion is driven by a deep caring for Spanish-speaking children struggling to overcome language difficulties, as well as a desire to remain connected to her Columbian heritage. Within Fredonia’s Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, she’s found an environment in which she can excel at both, which has led her to become Fredonia’s first-ever recipient of a grant from the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The Fall 2014 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Brown Bag Lecture series begins on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at noon in Williams Center Room S204 with a panel discussing, “The First Six Weeks: The Key to Student Success and Persistence.”
Flu vaccine will be available in the Student Health Center in LoGrasso Hall beginning Sept. 2, Mondays through Fridays, from 9 to 11 a.m., and 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 for students and $20 for university employees using a FredCard. Interim Director of the Student Health Center Debbie Dibble notes, "An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others.”
The home page at fredonia.edu has a new look and feel, sporting a responsive design and mobile-friendly layout, driven by images and stories. Content can be pulled into the new site and onto its grid layout that showcases an eclectic collection of Fredonia glimpses. Stories can come from anywhere on the Internet including the Campus Report, Twitter and Instagram, student blogs and other media outlets.
In June, the university announced a new name and visual identity. Going forward, it will be known as, “The State University of New York at Fredonia,” although in most contexts, it will be referred to simply as, “Fredonia.” The change comes in response to growing feedback, coupled with a yearlong research effort led by faculty, staff, student and alumni representatives from across the university, which revealed a degree of inconsistency, and even some confusion, among certain target audiences.
Most kids dream about what they want to be when they grow up, but few follow through to turn that dream into a reality. Paul Overturf, a junior Criminal Justice major, has wanted a career in law enforcement since he was in first grade. He recalls a moment of distress as a young boy when a police officer made him feel safe. From then on, Mr. Overturf vowed that he would make it his mission to help others feel the same sense of protection.
The Social Work program at Fredonia has been steadily expanding, from 18 students 8in 2007 to 53 by 2013. The faculty is focused on educating students, preparing them for life after graduation, and giving them real-life learning opportunities during their baccalaureate studies. A group of undergraduates had a life-changing experience in Albany as they advocated for legislative change regarding child welfare.
Fredonia students living on campus will have a new place to pick up a book this fall, and they won’t have to venture outside of their own residence hall to satisfy that craving for a “good read” for the weekend. The Office of Residence Life is having Little Free Libraries -- hand-crafted structures filled with several dozen books – placed in the lobbies in Gregory, Hemingway, McGinnies and Alumni halls.
A hallmark of the educator preparation programs at Fredonia is its attention to providing clinically rich experiences throughout each program. Exemplifying this was the spring launch of an autism clinic, spearheaded by Assistant Professor of Special Education Laura Geraci, graduate student Matthew Beebe, and the campus’ Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The clinic was comprised of 25 undergraduate and graduate student volunteers working with 10 children with autism spectrum disorder.
Does Fredonia turn out business students ready to compete with the big dogs and M.B.A. candidates for Wall Street-caliber jobs? You can count on it! A team of four Fredonia seniors majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance earned the bronze medal at the Western New York Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge, hosted by the University of Rochester.
The State University of New York at Fredonia’s Technology Incubator is welcoming the relocation of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency’s northern county offices to its facility, located in the central business district of Dunkirk. The move will provide greater coordination as the university launches its StartUp NY plan and enhances services to its entrepreneurs located in the Technology Incubator.