The Class of 2017 at Fredonia was encouraged to “lead an authentic life” during the university’s 190th annual Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 13. Graduates received congratulations from President Virginia S. Horvath as degrees were conferred at two nearly identical ceremonies, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. In all, more than 1,200 undergraduates, graduate students and advance certificate recipients were eligible to participate.
On the first weekend of June, the Fredonia College Foundation will be presenting the Distinguished Service Award, the foundation’s most prestigious honor, to a popular volunteer and community advocate, a dedicated State University of New York at Fredonia employee, and an organization vital to the Fredonia campus and community. In addition, the Village of Fredonia will be singled out for special recognition.
Faculty exchanges and professional development programs between Fredonia and Aleksander Xhuvani University, Albania, are expected to increase, thanks to a new memorandum of agreement reached between the two institutions. A signing ceremony on May 3 in front of Fredonia’s international flag display in Reed Library signaled the beginning of an official relationship between the two universities.
“Food Truck Thursday” at Fredonia was a rousing success, attracting long lines of students, faculty, staff and community members and raising over $1,100 for a study abroad scholarship. Buffalo-based vendors were featured at the campus event held April 27 in the Jewett Hall parking lot and sponsored by the Office of International Education, with generous support from the Faculty Student Association.
Sarah Rose Chamberlain has been named the recipient of the 2017 Lanford Presidential Prize from the Oscar and Esther Lanford Endowment in the Fredonia College Foundation. The award will be presented at Fredonia’s Commencement on Saturday, May 13, during the 10 a.m. ceremony.
Three Fredonia seniors who collectively have five majors, two minors and GPAs of 3.9 or higher were among 256 SUNY students from across the state to receive the 2017 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.The awards ceremony and reception for recipients was held on April 5 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.
Fredonia has released a new video on its website and social media platforms to emphasize the university's acceptance of and enthusiasm for international students. The video, entitled “You Are Welcome Here,” is part of a nationwide effort among higher education institutions to reach out to international students uneasy about studying in the United States.
Fredonia’s Student Veterans Club has raised $4,500 that will be donated to Western NY Heroes, a non-profit agency with the mission to provide veterans, members of the armed services and the widows and children of deceased veterans with access to essential services, financial assistance and resources that support their lives and sustain their dignity.
The State University of New York Board of Trustees Monday announced the appointment of Dr. Kristina M. Johnson as the 13th chancellor of SUNY, the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the United States. Dr. Johnson is the current founder and chief executive officer of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC, which develops hydroelectric generation facilities that provide clean energy to communities and businesses throughout the country.
A large contingent of Fredonia students helped the community Sunday morning by walking through downtown cleaning up and sprucing up following a busy spring weekend. About 60 people from three Greek organizations - Delta Chi (ΔΧ), Kappa Sigma (ΚΣ), Sigma Phi Epsilon (ΣΦΕ) - gathered at the gazebo around 11 a.m. All three groups cleaned up Canadaway Street, then separated into different groups which were assigned different streets.
A solar eclipse viewable from Fredonia is the impetus for a viewing party planned on campus for Monday, Aug. 21, the first day of the fall semester. The Department of Physics will host the party, and will have 1,500 pairs of solar glasses for safe viewing of the sun, as well as two pairs of binoculars set up with solar filters.
SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Ted Schwalbe of the Department of Communication has received a Fulbright Specialist Award to work with A. Xhuvani University in Elbasan, Albania, during May and June. Dr. Schwalbe has previously received Fulbright Traditional Awards to Bulgaria (1997) and Hungary (2004) and Specialist Awards to Swaziland (2002) and Namibia (2007).