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Fredonia faculty member receives $10,000 grant for environmental research
Fredonia faculty member receives $10,000 grant for environmental research

Dr. Courtney Wigdahl-Perry of the Department of Biology is principal investigator for a project receiving a $10,000 grant funded by the SUNY 4E Network of Excellence supporting campus research collaborations in Energy, the Environment, Education, and Economics. The project is one of eight collaborative projects totaling $400,000 involving 14 SUNY campuses advancing research in waste water treatment, air quality, smart grid solutions, and conservation efforts, among others.

  

Solar panel system to trim utility costs at College Lodge
Solar panel system to trim utility costs at College Lodge

A new solar panel system that is expected to save $1,750 a year on utility costs has been placed into operation at the College Lodge at Fredonia. Comprised of two arrays or frames each containing 20 individual solar panels, the system is projected to generate nearly 15,000 kWh of power a year — enough to meet 70 percent of total electricity needs of the lodge.

  

Free concert on July 1 highlights visit by Chinese youth musicians to Fredonia
Free concert on July 1 highlights visit by Chinese youth musicians to Fredonia

Fredonia will host the Ying Wa College North America Tour 2015, bringing 100 of Hong Kong’s elite high school music students to the university on July 1 to 4 as part of the prestigious all-boys school’s 12-day tour of the U.S. and Canada. The highlight of their Fredonia stay is a free public performance featuring their band, choir, string and Chinese orchestras in King Concert Hall on Wednesday, July 1 at 8 p.m.

  

Fredonia Technology Incubator to host small business workshop June 30
Fredonia Technology Incubator to host small business workshop June 30

The Technology Incubator will host an all-day workshop, “Starting and Managing Your Own Business,” on Tuesday, June 30. Topics will include how to create a business plan, fundamentals of marketing, how to conduct market research, reading and understanding financial reports, legal organization, minimizing liability exposure and financial risk, federal and state tax considerations, and how to secure financing. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $30 with a discount for students, and is limited to 25 attendees. To register, visit www.fredonia.edu/incubator or call 680-6009.

  

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.

  

Fredonia continues helping Turkish students succeed
Fredonia continues helping Turkish students succeed

Baris Can Secim became the 24th student from Turkey to graduate from Fredonia as part of its dual degree program with Izmir and Ege universities. He will now pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Catholic University of America.

  

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence awarded to three Fredonians
SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence awarded to three Fredonians

The SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence has been awarded to history professors Drs. Ellen Litwicki and David Kinkela, and Grounds and Landscaping worker Brent Kawski, in recognition of consistently superior professional achievement. The system-wide award, which recognizes the trio that has six decades of collective service at Fredonia, demonstrates the pride SUNY has in the accomplishments and personal dedication of its instructional faculty, librarians and professional staff at all 64 campuses.

  

Canadaway Creek Conservation Project celebrates 10th anniversary

The 10th anniversary of the Canadaway Creek Conservation Project will be fittingly observed with an afternoon devoted to cleaning up the stream, planting trees and removing invasive plant species, along with an educational presentation and community cookout on Saturday, June 20.

  

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.

  
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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.

  

Fredonia shines at awards competitions
Fredonia shines at awards competitions

Fredonia was recognized recently with several awards for excellence in design and publications, including recognition by the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, the State University of New York Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD) and the Advertising Club of Buffalo.

  

Fredonia dean, professor named to Regents Blue Ribbon Commission

The New York State Board of Regents has named two representatives from Fredonia to the New York State Blue Ribbon Commission on the Arts that will develop recommendations for an arts assessment pathway that could become part of Regents examinations. Alberto Rey, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Visual Arts and New Media, will become one of 17 members of the executive committee of the arts advisory commission. Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Ralph Blasting will be a member of the commission.

  

Fredonia philosophy professor dissects the ‘good life’ in new book
Fredonia philosophy professor dissects the ‘good life’ in new book

Drawing upon the works of both classical and contemporary philosophers in his newest book, “Why Philosophy Matters: Twenty Lessons in Living Large,” Distinguished Teaching Professor Raymond Angelo Belliotti of the Department of Philosophy tackles the age-old question of what constitutes a good life and, through that evaluation, affirms that philosophy is worthy of study in the 21st century.

  

Technology Incubator adds UB’s Kemp
Technology Incubator adds UB’s Kemp

The Fredonia Technology Incubator (FTI) welcomes Monica Kemp to its staff. Ms. Kemp had served as a Research Support Assistant at the New York State Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences at the University at Buffalo. At FTI Kemp will serve as the Administrative Assistant.

  

Cruz first at Fredonia to be awarded Gilman International Scholarship

Darlene Cruz, an International Studies major at Fredonia, is one of 860 American undergraduate students from 332 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for study or internships abroad during the upcoming fall or academic year.

  

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.

  

Business research journal to publish Fredonia student paper

"How to Build It So They Come: Using Quality Function Deployment to Design a Student Management Club" – a research paper compiled by three students at Fredonia – has been accepted by the Business Research Consortium of Western New York for publication in one or more of its academic journals.

  

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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USTFCCCA cites trio of Devils for high marks
USTFCCCA cites trio of Devils for high marks

Three Fredonia Blue Devil track and field athletes were cited by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their academic achievements. Laura Morrison, a junior middle distance runner on the women's team, and two male runners, graduate Zakk Hess and senior Collin Mulcahy earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.

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Seymore named to MAAC Hall Honor Roll
Seymore named to MAAC Hall Honor Roll

Fredonia men's basketball coach Phil Seymore, a former standout player at Canisius College, has been named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Hall of Fame Honor Roll. He will be enshrined Oct. 17 during a ceremony at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

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Women swimmers receive academic honor
Women swimmers receive academic honor

The Fredonia women's swimming and diving team recently received Scholar All-America designation from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Fredonia had the second highest team GPA among SUNYAC schools.

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Fredonia summer camp offerings
Fredonia summer camp offerings

The Fredonia Blue Devils will offer a number of sports camps at the university this summer. The five-day Soccer Camp is up first beginning on Sunday, June 28. During the months of July and August, basketball, hockey, diving, swimming and volleyball/sports performance camps will take place. Click HERE for a comprehensive list.

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Devils finish No. 11 in nation
Devils finish No. 11 in nation

Fredonia moved up six spots to No. 11 in the final NCAA Division III women's lacrosse rankings. The No. 11 ranking is the best in program history. Fredonia has been playing women's lacrosse for 20 seasons.

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Arts on Campus

Marion Fellowship expands to fund two art projects

Two artistic projects featuring environmental/conservation themes have been approved for funding by the Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts through Fredonia. Eve Beglarian, a contemporary American composer, performer and audio producer, will create “Junk Into Joy: The Flower Man’s Vision,” the working title of a music-theatre piece inspired by Cleveland Turner and the visionary yard environment he created in Houston. The duo of Lynn Neuman, a choreographer, and Joshua Davis, a composer, will create “Toss,” a performance work that examines overconsumption and throwaway mentality found in today’s culture as well as the hazards that plastics represent to human health and the environment.

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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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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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