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Fredonia celebrates nearly 1,400 among its Class of 2015
Fredonia celebrates nearly 1,400 among its Class of 2015

President Virginia S. Horvath shook the hands of nearly 1,400 students in Steele Hall Arena today as they walked, one by one, across the stage to receive their diplomas and earn her congratulations during Fredonia's 188th Commencement ceremony.

  

Fredonia economic impact estimated at $330 million
Fredonia economic impact estimated at $330 million

Fredonia has released an economic impact report detailing the results of a third-party study conducted to determine the university’s influence on the local, regional and state economy. The study revealed a total annual economic impact of more than $157 million in the local region, $204 million in Western New York and $330 million statewide.

  

Mason's research forms basis of new N.Y. Attorney General report
Mason's research forms basis of new N.Y. Attorney General report

On Monday, April 20, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a report that details the hazard of plastic microbeads in the Great Lakes and other waterways, in an effort to re-introduce legislation that would ban their production and sale in cleansing and other products across the state. The study was supervised by Fredonia Environmental Sciences Professor Sherri "Sam" Mason, and if the law is approved, New York would join Illinois and New Jersey, which have already enacted such laws. The full story, which appears on the front page of today's (4/20) Buffalo News, can be found here.

  

Seniors receive Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Three seniors followed different academic paths within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Fredonia, but Kaitlyn Crossan, Meghan Devine and Courtney Loiacono share a prestigious SUNY-wide honor, the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presented the 2015 awards to 256 students from across the university system on April 2 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

  

Delta Mu Delta Honor Society inducts new members
Delta Mu Delta Honor Society inducts new members

Fifteen new members were inducted into Delta Mu Delta honor society at the annual awards dinner of the Department of Business Administration held May 1 at the Williams Center Horizon Room. The honor society was established in 1913 to recognize and reward superior scholastic achievement of students in business administration.

  

 Fredonia for St. Jude members provide community service while fundraising for a cause
Fredonia for St. Jude members provide community service while fundraising for a cause

The students of Fredonia for St. Jude were recognized by the Fredonia Mayor Stephen Keefe in 2014 for helping to clean up the community after an active May weekend, and this year they continued the tradition, and expect to profit about $300 from returned bottles/cans to be sent to the children of St Jude.

  

Accounting Society puts first ‘Fredonia Feud’ in the books

With a nod to the legendary “Family Feud” television game show, the Accounting Society hosted its first annual Fredonia Feud Tournament recently in Thompson Hall. Questions and answers that challenged contestants were drawn from an actual survey sent to all Fredonia students.

  

Psychology department presents awards, inducts members into honor society
Psychology department presents awards, inducts members into honor society

The Department of Psychology recently inducted 48 students to the Psi Chi international honor society and presented several departmental awards. Catherine Creeley, assistant professor of psychology, served as keynote speaker, giving a motivation speech called, "Just Do It."

  

Distinguished alumnus named as Commencement keynote speaker
Distinguished alumnus named as Commencement keynote speaker

Alumnus James D. Douglas, director of Human Resources at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., will be the keynote speaker at the Fredonia's Commencement, slated for Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Steele Hall Fieldhouse. For complete Commencement information, see the website.

  
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Professor’s poem featured in ‘The Best American Poetry 2015’
Professor’s poem featured in ‘The Best American Poetry 2015’

Fredonia English Professor Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s poem, “Upon Hearing the News,” was selected by award-winning author Sherman Alexie for inclusion in the volume, “The Best American Poetry 2015.” Since its debut in 1988, “The Best American Poetry” has been called a mainstay for the direction and spirit of American poetry.

  

Lanford Prize to be awarded to Antonio Regulier
Lanford Prize to be awarded to Antonio Regulier

Antonio Regulier is the recipient of the 2015 Lanford Presidential Prize from the Oscar and Esther Lanford Endowment of the Fredonia College Foundation. The award will be presented at the afternoon Commencement ceremony on May 16. The award recognizes a member of the graduating class who has exhibited balanced achievement and exemplifies Fredonia’s ideals.

  

University Services Director Tzitzis receives national service award
University Services Director Tzitzis receives national service award

At its annual meeting in Atlanta, Ga., on April 15, the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP), whose membership is made up of both public and private universities and colleges across the nation, Europe and Africa, presented Fredonia Director of University Services Terry Tzitzis with its National Distinguished Service Award.

  

Vanwesenbeeck receives Scaliger Fellowship
Vanwesenbeeck receives Scaliger Fellowship

Associate Professor Birger Vanwesenbeeck of the Department of English has been named the recipient of a prestigious Scaliger Fellowship from Leiden University in the Netherlands.The fellowship will enable Dr. Vanwesenbeeck to spend two weeks researching the  the archival collection of the Dutch art historian Johan Huizinga.

  

Tatianna Baker receives Student of the Month award for April
Tatianna Baker receives Student of the Month award for April

Tatianna Baker, who has worked with young children at the Campus and Community Children’s Center, helped lead cheers at pep rallies and raised money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, has received Fredonia’s “Student of the Month” award for April. She’s also excelled in academics, ranking in the top 15 percent of the junior class with a 3.85 GPA.

  

Senior wins award at business plan competition
Senior wins award at business plan competition

Chris Hy, a senior in Business Administration-Management, won the Up and Coming Award for Products and Services at a recent student business plan competition at Hilbert College.

  

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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Desens reaches collegiate goal at NCAAs
Desens reaches collegiate goal at NCAAs

Nicole Desens was adamant in her pre-meet interview that if she could throw the discus 45 meters at nationals, she'd reach her goal as a collegiate athlete. She did just that on May 21 at NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, throwing the discus 45.02 meters on her second try. She finished 13th out of 22 competitors, set a new personal best for her career and broke the school record.

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Desens makes NCAA discus field
Desens makes NCAA discus field

Fredonia senior Nicole Desens (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./Arlington) has qualified for the NCAA Divsiion III Outdoor Track & Field championship meet in the women's discus. Desens is ranked 19th in a field of 22 in the event, which will be contested starting 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 21, at St. Lawrence University. The top nine throwers will advance to finals later Thursday, and the top eight will earn All-American status.

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Super season comes to a close
 Super season comes to a close

The greatest season in Fredonia women's lacrosse history is over.

The Blue Devils were eliminated from the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse tournament Sunday with a 16-9 quarterfinal loss to regional host Franklin and Marshall.

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Devils advance to NCAA quarterfinals
Devils advance to NCAA quarterfinals

No. 17 Fredonia reached the national round of eight with a 9-5 victory Saturday over No. 10 Washington & Lee in the third round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse tournament. Sophomore midfielder Kristie Kleine had three goals and one assist, including a momentum-boosting goal in the final second of the first half, as the Blue Devils improved to 17-3 to continue their finest season in program history. The Blue Devils will face host No. 3 Franklin and Marshall at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

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All-American awards for NCAA-bound duo
All-American awards for NCAA-bound duo

Fredonia senior women's lacrosse players Katie Kleine (Cazenovia, N.Y./Cazenovia) and Marissa Cussins (Corning, N.Y./Corning-Painted Post West) will have a new title next to their names when they take the field Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Regional. All-American. Kleine, a fifth-year senior midfielder, and Cussins, a senior attacker, were named Second Team All-American today by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.

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Arts on Campus

Concerto Competition winners announced
Concerto Competition winners announced

The Fredonia School of Music held its annual Concerto Competition on May 3 in King Concert Hall, with student winners harpist Erin Baker of Orchard Park, baritone Michael Hawk of Fredonia and clarinetist Tyler Pfalzer of Kenmore. They will perform as soloists with a School of Music ensemble during the 2015-16 academic year.

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Fredonia selects Baldwin Wallace University’s Unger to be new School of Music Director
Fredonia selects Baldwin Wallace University’s Unger to be new School of Music Director

Fredonia has named Dr. Melvin P. Unger as the new director of its world-renowned School of Music. Dr. Unger has served since 1998 as the director of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute within the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace University. He will begin at Fredonia on July 1, at which point current Director Karl Boelter, who has served admirably in this role since 2003, will join the Music faculty in the Composition area.

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Health and Wellness

Health Matters Newsletter 'Tips for De-Stressing for Success'

College can be one of the most exciting times in a student's life, and it can be one of the most stressful, especially around exam time. Stress is a fact of life, and the demands of college can leave students with feelings of being overwhelmed. The May issue of the newsletter is focused on how to recognize the symptoms of stress, and what to do to manage them.

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