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Fredonia climbs in U.S. News & World Report rankings

U.S. News & World Report has released its yearly “Best Colleges” rankings, naming Fredonia as the ninth best “Top Public Regional University in the North” in its 2015 edition, up from 14th a year ago. In the larger category of both public and private institutions in the North, Fredonia tied for 41st, up from 60th in 2014 among the “Best Regional Universities,” which it defines as 620 universities nationwide that offer primarily bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

  

Students to host Rockin’ the Commons to benefit Roswell Park
Students to host Rockin’ the Commons to benefit Roswell Park

In a break from tradition, Fredonia’s Rockin’ the Commons has shifted from the spring to the fall semester. The event, a showcase of 10 Fredonia student bands and individual artist, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., in Barker Commons in downtown Fredonia. The event, now in its 11th year, is sponsored by Fredonia Radio Systems to raise funds for Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

  

11th Annual Community Service Fair to be held at Fredonia
11th Annual Community Service Fair to be held at Fredonia

The Office of Volunteer and Community Services welcomes students and Fredonia community members to the 11th Annual Community Service Fair on Friday, Sept. 26 in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All interested individuals will have the opportunity to meet and learn more about local community service agencies.

  

Students aim to 'pump up' Fredonia campus with Balloon Day

The Residence Hall Association, is hosting FRED Balloon Day on Tuesday, Sept. 30 from noon to 3 p.m. The event is intended to “pump up” the campus community and spread a bit of joy and school pride through balloon art. For the event, RHA will be teaming up with Balloons by Brittany with balloon artist and Fredonia student Brittany Georgalas.

  

Latino History Month to be celebrated on campus
Latino History Month to be celebrated on campus

Latinos Unidos, a student group, is the primary sponsor and will partner with the Ethnic Studies Speakers Series on several events. The Ethnic Studies Speakers Series, in its inaugural year, hopes to team with all student groups as they celebrate various history months. Among the featured speakers is Dr. Barbara Browning of Tisch School of Performing Arts at New York University.

  

New program to assist Fredonia veterans’ transition to civilian life

Fredonia is one of three schools in New York State that will begin offering “Serving: Standing Down,” an innovative reading/discussion program designed specifically for veterans to assist them as they transition from active duty to civilian life. Sessions will be held every Wednesday, beginning at 6 p.m., from Oct. 1 through Nov. 19, in the Veterans’ Lounge in Nixon Hall.

  

Niigata student visitors to Fredonia visit Seneca Nation
Niigata student visitors to Fredonia visit Seneca Nation

During their four-week English language immersion and intercultural program at Fredonia in August, a small group of students and faculty from Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Sciences were introduced to the Seneca Nation of Indians and its culture. The day-long excursion to Salamanca and the Seneca Allegany territory demonstrated the breadth of Fredonia’s many collaborations within the Chautauqua-Allegany region.

  

‘Power of Narrative’ topic of next Brown Bag lecture

“The Power of Narrative: Engaging Difficult Stories from our Campus and Classrooms,” is the topic of the second College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Brown Bag lecture of 2014-2015, to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from noon to 1 p.m., at Williams Center Room S204. Six presenters, representing a cross-section of the campus community, will explore how to respond to stories that students share.

  

Annual Freedonia Marxonia festival opens Oct. 2
Annual Freedonia Marxonia festival opens Oct. 2

Fredonia renews its connection to Hollywood’s legendary Marx Brothers by staging the annual “Freedonia Marxonia: Marx Brothers Film Festival and Symposium,” a two-day gathering that opens, quite fittingly, on Thursday, Oct. 2, the birthday of the bespectacled Groucho Marx. The festival celebrates the link between the village of Fredonia and the 1933 Marx Brothers’ film “Duck Soup,” which is set in the mythical country of Freedonia.

  

Updated signage donated to Fredonia campus

The SmartSign brand, MyParkingSign.com, recently donated 83 handicap parking signs to Fredonia. The signs are compliant with the newly passed New York State law which features the redesigned International Symbol of Access (ISA). The updated ISA parking signs have been installed in most Fredonia parking lots by the school’s Facilities Services department, replacing 83 signs that still featured the old handicap symbol.

  

Fredonia participates in AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge

Technology giant AT&T along with Fredonia, the University at Buffalo, Z80 Labs, InfoTech Niagara, Launch NY, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County and Hack Upstate have announced the AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge — a two-month “virtual hackathon” in which developers are encouraged to “Solve Local” by building smartphone apps that serve Western New Yorkers.

  

Fredonia Technology Incubator welcomes new business

The Fredonia Technology Incubator is welcoming a new business to the central business district of Dunkirk, N.Y. ProQuip, International (www.pqi.ca), a Canadian-based business, is staging its presence in the U.S. market at the incubator. The Brantford, Ont.-based company is an energy sector leader that creates green energy products and services, such as LED lighting, Solar LED lighting, and Solar PV solutions.

  

Stroke, head injury survivor support meetings return at Fredonia

The Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders at Fredonia is resuming support group meetings for stroke and head injury survivors and family members. The first meeting of the fall semester will be Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. in Thompson Hall Room E148.

  

The evolution continues with new Science Center
The evolution continues with new Science Center

Students returning to campus this fall noticed an immediate, unmistakable, transformational change to Fredonia’s campus. In the southeast corner, a brand new, 92,000-square-foot, three-story structure shines in the summer sun. The new Fredonia Science Center, surrounded by a stunning courtyard and connected to Houghton Hall, now hugs the Science Quad.

  

Take time to get the flu vaccine
Take time to get the flu vaccine

Flu vaccine will be available in the Student Health Center in LoGrasso Hall beginning Sept. 2, Mondays through Fridays, from 9 to 11 a.m., and 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 for students and $20 for university employees using a FredCard. Interim Director of the Student Health Center Debbie Dibble notes, "An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others.”

  

Fredonia NIH grant earned by Communication Disorders and Sciences' Castilla-Earls
Fredonia NIH grant earned by Communication Disorders and Sciences' Castilla-Earls

Dr. Anny Castilla-Earls is an enthusiastic researcher and teacher. Her passion is driven by a deep caring for Spanish-speaking children struggling to overcome language difficulties, as well as a desire to remain connected to her Colombian heritage. Within Fredonia’s Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, she’s found an environment in which she can excel at both, which has led her to become Fredonia’s second-ever recipient of a grant from the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  

Fredonia launches responsive home page
Fredonia launches responsive home page

The home page at fredonia.edu has a new look and feel, sporting a responsive design and mobile-friendly layout, driven by images and stories. Content can be pulled into the new site and onto its grid layout that showcases an eclectic collection of Fredonia glimpses. Stories can come from anywhere on the Internet including the Campus Report, Twitter and Instagram, student blogs and other media outlets.

  

Campus unveils new name, visual identity
Campus unveils new name, visual identity

In June, the university announced a new name and visual identity. Going forward, it will be known as, “The State University of New York at Fredonia,” although in most contexts, it will be referred to simply as, “Fredonia.” The change comes in response to growing feedback, coupled with a yearlong research effort led by faculty, staff, student and alumni representatives from across the university, which revealed a degree of inconsistency, and even some confusion, among certain target audiences.

  

Criminal Justice major lets potential, not past, define him
Criminal Justice major lets potential, not past, define him

Most kids dream about what they want to be when they grow up, but few follow through to turn that dream into a reality. Paul Overturf, a junior Criminal Justice major, has wanted a career in law enforcement since he was in first grade. He recalls a moment of distress as a young boy when a police officer made him feel safe. From then on, Mr. Overturf vowed that he would make it his mission to help others feel the same sense of protection.

  

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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 Director of Public Relations 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.


Sign up for NY-Alert

Members of the SUNY 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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Parsons has essay selected as "Notable"
Parsons has essay selected as "Notable"

Associate Professor Dustin Parsons of the Department of English had his essay, “Pumpjack,” selected as a “Notable” work for the 2014 Best American Essays by the guest editor John Jeremiah Sullivan. The essay originally appeared in Crab Orchard Review in late 2013.

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Fredonia presents Outstanding Administrative Service Awards
Fredonia presents Outstanding Administrative Service Awards

Five Fredonia employees, whose collective university service spans more than 85 years and all five major departments within the Finance & Administration division, have received the Outstanding Administrative Service Award in recognition of exemplary service during 2014.

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Christian Bernhard selected to present Hagan lecture
Christian Bernhard selected to present Hagan lecture

Dr. Christian Bernhard, recipient of the 2014 William T. and Charlotte N. Hagan Young Scholar/Artist Award at Fredonia, will present the Hagan lecture, “Stress and Burnout Among University Students: Research and Recommendations for Health and Happiness,” on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m. at Rosch Recital Hall.

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Phil Hastings receives grant to complete video project
Phil Hastings receives grant to complete video project

Visual Arts and New Media professor Phil Hastings has received a $2,500 New York State Electronic Media and Film Finishing Funds grant from the New York Council for the Arts to assist in the completion of his “Morphology” series. Hastings was one of two Western New York artists to be funded, the remaining 10 recipients based in the greater New York City region.

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McVicker essay published in Postcolonial Studies journal
McVicker essay published in Postcolonial Studies journal

English professor Jeanette McVicker wrote an essay, “Rethinking revolution: American youth and political subjectivity,” published as part of a special issue on “Imaging the Revolution” in the journal Postcolonial Studies.The volume originated in a roundtable session at the 11th International Symposium on Comparative Literature hosted by Cairo University in 2012.

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Arts on Campus

"NINE" to premiere at Rosch Recital Hall
"NINE" to premiere at Rosch Recital Hall

Distinguished Professor James Piorkowski will present works from his new album, "NINE," on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to hear the complete performance of Professor Piorkowski’s new album of original guitar works, which is slated to be released this fall by Centaur Records.

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Student musicians continue to share music with children

Student musicians from The State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music are scheduled to kick off the 9th annual season of the Children’s Concert Series at Dunkirk Free Library at 536 Central Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 27. The first set of free performances will occur at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and will feature the Fredonia World Mallets Ensemble.

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Quartetto Gelato to entertain with virtuosic talent and a taste of acrobatics
Quartetto Gelato to entertain with virtuosic talent and a taste of acrobatics

Quartetto Gelato will take the stage of Rosch Recital Hall on Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m.The internationally known ensemble’s performances encompass classical master works, operatic arias, pyrotechnical solos, multi-instrument mastery, the sizzling energy of tangos, gypsy and folk songs, acrobatics and more into one classical, yet eclectic, act.

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Brass ensemble opens Fredonia pops series with popular film music
Brass ensemble opens Fredonia pops series with popular film music

Since forming in 2006, Presidio Brass has rocketed to success as the face of a bold new generation in brass entertainment. Their unique sound has become a trademark for the ensemble from San Diego, Calif. The group will present their touring show of Hollywood’s greatest hits, "Sounds of the Cinema," on Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in King Concert Hall.

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Marion Art Gallery to host Western New York artist’s exhibition
Marion Art Gallery to host Western New York artist’s exhibition

The works of Western New York artist Jan Nagle will be featured in the next exhibition in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at the State University of New York at Fredonia beginning Tuesday, Sept. 9. "Place & Space" is the opening exhibition of the 2014-15 season.

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Athletics

Devils even score with Nazareth
Devils even score with Nazareth

A service ace by sophomore Sara Madison (Rochester, N.Y.) was the final point in Fredonia's 3-2 home women's volleyball win Thursday over Nazareth College. Fredonia improved to 8-6.

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Place & Space at 12 p.m., Rockefeller Arts Center Marion Art Gallery.
Fredonia Varsity Women's Tennis Practice at 5:30 p.m., Outdoor Area Tennis Cts 1-8.
Fredonia Concert Band at 8 p.m., Rockefeller Arts Center King Concert Hall.
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