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.
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.
Sigma Gamma Phi sorority will be hosting a Couples Against Cancer fundraiser on Monday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room. All proceeds from the fundraising event will be donated directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Senior Antonio Regulier, a Social Work and English major at Fredonia, was a recipient of this year’s State University of New York Association of Council Members and College Trustees (ACT) award, a $1,000 scholarship honoring his outstanding academic performance and commitment to the campus and community.
The Native American Student Union (NASU) at Fredonia will host Native American History month, featuring more than a half-dozen educational and enrichment events for the campus and community throughout November, to celebrate Native American history and culture. Lisa Marie Anselmi, an archaeologist and chair of the Department of Anthropology at SUNY Buffalo State, will deliver the opening address, “Indigenous Stereotypes: Past and Present,” on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m.
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.
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.
The Veterans Book Project will be unveiled at Fredonia when its creator, visual artist Monica Haller, discusses the collection of first-hand experiences conveyed by veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan wars, on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 8:30 to 10 p.m. in McEwen Hall Room 209.
The Office of Volunteer and Community Services will host its eleventh annual Operation Breakfast Rescue from Nov. 5 through 7 to benefit the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry’s Friendly Kitchen. The main event will take place from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, in Williams Center Room G103A. Additional donations can be placed on Nov. 5 and 6 in boxes placed in the Daniel A. Reed Library.
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.
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.
The Fredonia Ski and Ride Club have announced discounted ski and snowboard packages for the upcoming winter season at Holiday Valley Ski Resort located in Ellicottville, N.Y. Students, faculty, staff and community members may purchase tickets at the Fredonia Ticket Office. Ski and snowboard packages range in price from $130 to $395 depending on frequency and time of day.
Fredonia’s Accounting Society is sponsoring its first “Jeopardy” tournament on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. in Williams Center Room S204. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to join in on the fun at the free event. In addition to food and refreshments, prizes will be awarded to all competitors, with a grand prize for the “Jeopardy” winner.
The Advanced Leadership Program at Fredonia will treat members of the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Center in Dunkirk to two days of enjoyable activities during the university’s Days of Service in early November to help foster a lasting relationship between campus groups and the local adult day care center.
Fredonia’s History Honors Capstone Seminar is presenting a conference showcasing its research on Atlantic slavery entitled, "A Forgotten Agency: Evolution, Resistance, and Rebellion in Atlantic Slavery," on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Williams Center Room S204. All events are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the local community.
Fredonia’s departments of Interdisciplinary Studies and World Languages and Cultures will be screening the Academy Award winning film, “The Great Beauty,” on Monday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Fenton Hall Room 105. The screening is free and open to the campus and local communities.
Brian Castner, whose book, “The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Follows,” chronicles his experience as the lead of a military bomb disposal unit in Iraq and his struggles post-Iraq, will speak on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Rosch Recital Hall. In his talk, “Returning Veterans and the Civilian/Military Divide,” Castner will explore the growing detachment typical citizens have with the military. The event is part of the 2014-2015 Convocation Series.
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.
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.