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 held its annual electronics recycling day on April 18 in partnership with State Senator Cathy Young, Time Warner Cable and e-recycler Sunnking Inc. In all, 1,176 vehicles were unloaded -- a more than 71 percent increase over its previous record, set in 2013. All totaled, eight semi-trailers were filled with outdated electronics that otherwise may have been destined for a landfill.
Michael Williams, a recently retired crime scene investigator and sergeant in the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department, will draw from his 30 years of experience as a police officer to discuss forensic science in the field and discovering what really happened at the scene on Thursday, April 23, at 4:30 p.m. in 209 McEwen Hall.
Fredonia’s faculty and staff have produced nearly 40 books in the period between 2012 and 2015. The authors will be honored at a reception on Thursday, April 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Japanese Garden area of the Reed Library. All of the books will be available for viewing, and refreshments will be served.
Student Association groups and Residence Hall Councils at Fredonia are slated to participate in Buffalo News Kid’s Day on Tuesday, April 28, from 5:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. The students will be selling a special edition of the Buffalo News for a dollar to benefit the Buffalo Variety Club and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.
The front of the Lanford House has been “painted” green in recognition of April as Earth Month with the installation of green LED lighting, which was donated generously by ProQuip International, a tenant in the Fredonia Technology Incubator.
Fredonia’s Senior Challenge Committee will kick off Fredonia’s first ever Senior Activities Week starting April 26 through May 7. There will be a wide variety of activities for the senior class leading up to Commencement.
The Department of Politics and International Affairs will host Jesus Antonio Trevino Cantu, professor of Architecture at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leóne, who will be giving a lecture on Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in McEwen Hall Room G26. The event is free and open to the public.
The Women's Student Union is screening, “The Hunting Ground,” a new film about campus sexual assault, on April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in McEwen Hall Room 202. After the screening, there will be an audience discussion facilitated by campus staff and students.
Fredonia will host former economics professor, Dr. Paul Homes, on Thursday, April 23 for a talk at 6:30 p.m., in McEwen Hall Room 209. Dr. Holmes, currently on the faculty at Ashland University in Ohio, will discuss research, techniques, and strategies used by economists in the sports industry.
The Department of Physics will host a two-day meeting of the New York State Section of the American Physical Society (APS), the 112th topical symposium. The event will begin on Friday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Kelly Auditorium of the Science Center and the Williams Center. It will continue on Saturday, with the meeting theme, “Quantum Computing and Communications."
The Senior Class of 2015 will sponsor a Chiavetta’s Chicken Barbecue on Friday, April 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Williams Center Patio.Tickets can be purchased in advance for $9 at the Fredonia Ticket Office in the Williams Center, or for $10 the day of the event. The campus and community is invited to attend.
Sigma Kappa Sorority will be hosting its annual Relay for Life fundraiser, “Jammin’ for Jessa,” on Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in the Fredonia Ticket Office. There will be performances from different a cappella groups throughout the night in addition to raffles with prizes.
The Fredonia Rotaract Club will host, “Courage in Motion,” on Saturday, April 25, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Steele Hall Fieldhouse.The event is designed to help grant one child a wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and includes a formal dinner and "late night dance."
Three Fredonia alumni and two current seniors who have been granted admission to medical, dental or pharmacy school will lead an accepted student panel discussion on Tuesday, April 28, 7 p.m., at Science Center Room 126. Each will describe the application process and what experiences were most helpful as he/she prepared to enroll in a health professional school and also answer questions from current students who will be seeking admission to these schools.
The departments of History, and Politics and International Affairs, will host speaker Andrew Zapfel, an international development professional in health and human rights on Friday, May 1 from noon to 1 p.m., in Williams Center Room S204 ABC. Mr. Zapfel will provide commentary about his career path during his presentation.
Jog for Justice, inspired by the Color Run, will take place at the State University of New York at Fredonia on Sunday, May 3. Check-in for the run will be in Dods Hall at 10:30 a.m. and the run will begin at noon. All proceeds will go to the Breaking Binaries Fund.
Earth Week has been celebrated at Fredonia for many years and the tradition will continue in 2015, with various events being offered by faculty, staff, and students. In recognition of the university's commitment to sustainability and the principles outlined in the Power of Fredonia strategic plan, the campus will celebrate "Earth Month" in April.
Dr. Ellen Litwicki of the Department of History has received a Fulbright Award to teach American studies courses in Hungary at the University of Szeged. A Fulbright teaching fellow, Litwicki will teach two courses -– Holidays and American Ideals, an undergraduate course; and Material Cultures, a graduate-level course – during the Fall 2015 semester.
The 21st annual leadership ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at 5 p.m., at the Williams Center Multipurpose Room. The ceremony is an end-of-the-year celebration that recognizes outstanding Fredonia students. Campus organizations and departments will come together to present scholarships, outstanding member awards and various student recognitions.
Fredonia’s newest student group, the Astronomy Club, will be hosting its first event, ‘Aliens???’ on Monday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Horizon Room of the Williams Center. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend, partake in riveting discussion, and share opinions on the following question: “Do aliens exist?”
The seventh annual Slush Rush 5K had a record year, with over $2,300 raised and the highest number of registered participants. The race, which was held on Sunday, March 29, drew in 184 registered runners and walkers.
The Faculty Student Association (FSA) will be holding its Annual Community Meeting on Tuesday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the Horizon Room at the Williams Center. The meeting is open to the campus community and all faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.
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.
Fredonia has selected Stephen J. Rieks to be its Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO). He currently serves as Director of Administrative Computing Systems at Syracuse University, where he has steadily advanced in his career since 1997. Mr. Rieks will begin at Fredonia on May 15.
Hillel, the campus' Jewish student organization, will be celebrating Jewish History Month starting April 1 with several campus events, all free and open to the public. Hillel is a group designed to provide a caring community for people interested in Judaism and people of all faiths and beliefs are welcome.
William King, the artist who created the sculpture commonly known as “The Tin Men” – one of the most iconic features of the entire Fredonia campus – passed away March 4 at his home in East Hampton at the age of 90. For some 40 years, the sculpture has attracted students seeking a quiet place for contemplation or reflection, and was christened “Words” upon installation in the summer of 1974.
HAIL! Fredonia Records, the university’s student-run record label, has announced that it is partnering with WhyHunger, a global organization dedicated to ending hunger and poverty. Hail! Fredonia recording artist Ladies First — which includes 10,000 Maniacs’ and Fredonia alumna Mary Ramsey, ’95, along with recent graduate Savannah King, ’14, who began touring with 10,000 Maniacs as a support musician this winter — has released its own rendition of the classic Badfinger hit, Sweet Tuesday Morning. Ramsey and King have joined forces with Joey Molland, the last surviving member of Badfinger, to produce and release the single exclusively on iTunes on March 31.
On March 25 the traveling exhibition, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” will open in Reed Library, examining how President Abraham Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war. Other related activities are planned.
Reed Library, in cooperation with the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), is pleased to announce that “The Big Read” book selection for 2015 is F. Scott Fitzgerald's, “The Great Gatsby." The events of The Big Read kick off the week of March 23, with many activities throughout Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.
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.