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Fredonia at forefront of national effort to hike student retention, graduation rates
Fredonia at forefront of national effort to hike student retention, graduation rates

Fredonia has been selected to participate in Re-Imagining the First Year of College (RFY), a sweeping, national, three-year initiative to remake the first year of college to increase student success rates. Only 44 public colleges and universities across the nation were accepted into the coalition assembled by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

  

Mason and Wigdahl-Perry receive New York Sea Grant award
Mason and Wigdahl-Perry receive New York Sea Grant award

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Sherri Mason and Department of Biology faculty member Dr. Courtney Wigdahl-Perry received a multiyear New York Sea Grant award for plastic pollution research in Lake Erie. A subcontract for collaborative research has been awarded to Dr. Joseph Gardella from the University at Buffalo.

  

Three Fredonia graduates accepted into renowned Merola Opera Program
Three Fredonia graduates accepted into renowned Merola Opera Program

San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious operatic training programs in North America, enrolls only 23 singers, five apprentice coaches and one technical director – out of nearly 800 applicants – in its summer program. And for 2016, three singers are alumni of the Fredonia School of Music.

  

Youth activist to promote campus movement building in Black History Month talk
Youth activist to promote campus movement building in Black History Month talk

Chicago-based black youth activist Charlene Carruthers will deliver a talk, “But no one is showing up to our events! Movement building on campus,” as part of Fredonia’s observance of Black History Month. The free talk is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Rosch Recital Hall.

  

Several events slated for Black History Month
Several events slated for Black History Month

In addition to the appearance of black youth activist Charlene Carruthers (see separate article), there are several other events slated for Black History Month including an African Drumming showcase, a "Know Your Rights" panel discussion and "An Evening with the Stars" closing ceremony.

  

Fredonia Technology Incubator announces graduation of client business iKoss
Fredonia Technology Incubator announces graduation of client business iKoss

The Fredonia Technology Incubator announces the graduation of one of its client businesses, iKoss Consulting, from its facility located in the Dunkirk central business district. iKoss specializes in process and organizational transition services, change management, and content writing, editing and synthesis.

  

Stroke/head injury support group meetings resume during the spring semester
Stroke/head injury support group meetings resume during the spring semester

The Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders will resume offering support group meetings for stroke and head injury survivors and family members. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 16., in Thompson Hall Room E148.

  
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In Memoriam

Fredonia mourns the loss of Liz Praetorius, V.P. of Finance and Administration
Fredonia mourns the loss of Liz Praetorius, V.P. of Finance and Administration

The Fredonia campus is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Elizabeth Praetorius on Feb. 4. Ms. Praetorius had served as the university's vice president for Finance and Administration since August 1, 2014. She was 50 years of age.

"Liz," as she was known, oversaw an annual consolidated operating budget of more than $100 million, as well as a variety of administrative offices such as Accounting, Budget, Internal Control, Payroll and Purchasing, as well as the departments of Environmental Health, Safety & Sustainability, Facilities Planning, Facilities Services, the Faculty Student Association, Human Resources, Student Accounts, and University Services, which collectively employ more than 360 staff members.

"This is a shock for all who have worked with Liz and come to know her quick mind, good heart, and love of Fredonia," said Fredonia President Virginia Horvath in the hours immediately following the news. "Many of her colleagues came to her aid today and reached out to her family. In the wake of this news, let us continue to help and comfort one another.

Liz' family received friends and colleagues on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Larson-Timko Funeral Home in Fredonia. In lieu of flowers, they established a scholarship in her memory:

The R. Elizabeth Praetorius Memorial Scholarship
To honor the memory of Fredonia’s Vice President for Finance and Administration (2014-16), her family, friends and colleagues established this scholarship for a student in any major who needs financial assistance to attend college. Support for students was her passion. Those who wish to contribute can visit www.fredonia.edu/give/praetorius or contact the Fredonia College Foundation at 716-673-3321.

  
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Athletics

Quartet of Devils win SUNYAC awards
Quartet of Devils win SUNYAC awards

Four Fredonia Blue Devils have been chosen for SUNYAC weekly awards. Arron Carlson was named Male Diver of the Week, Sam Rokos (Delanson/Duanesburg) was named Female Swimmer of the Week, the Female Track Athlete of the Week is Laura Morrison (Wethersfield, Conn./Wethersfield) and the lone newcomer to the awards list is Bobby Polachek (Kingston, Pa./Wyoming Seminary), who was selected Ice Hockey Rookie of the Week.

  

Three swimmers, one diver, finish home career
Three swimmers, one diver, finish home career

Swimmers Sam Rokos (Delanson/Duanesburg), Lauren Goeing (Clarence/Clarence), and Will Baker (East Amherst, N.Y./Williamsville North), and diver Rafael Santiago (Middletown/Middletown) finished their home careers in Fredonia's swimming and diving program on Saturday. In SUNYAC competition against Cortland, the men won by a score of 163-134, while the women fell 126-169.

  

Devil highlights from Mid-Season Classic
Devil highlights from Mid-Season Classic

Fredonia had several first-place finishers Saturday at the Brockport Mid-Season Classic men's and women's track and field meet. On the women's side, Laura Morrison (Wethersfield, Conn.) set a Brockport Special Events & Recreation Center record in winning the 800 meters. Men's winners were Zakk Hess (Newark, N.Y.) in the mile (4:19.48), Kyle Collins (Suffern) in the 5,000 meters (14:58.29), and Rocky Caparro (Staten Island) in the triple jump (44' 0 1/2").

  
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Vitae

Nezhukumatathil published in anthologies
Nezhukumatathil published in anthologies

The writings of English Professor Aimee Nezhukumatathil have recently been anthologized in two different collections: “365 Poems for Every Occasion,” selected by The Academy of American Poets, and “Creating Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews with Writers,” to be published by SUNY Press this month.

  

Fredonia students earn finalist spot in the 2016 CFA Research Challenge of Western New York
Fredonia students earn finalist spot in the 2016 CFA Research Challenge of Western New York

Five Fredonia students participating as a team have earned a spot as one of the six finalists in the 2016 CFA Research Challenge of Western New York. Team members include Katlynn Cole, Connor Barnes, Daniel Cecilia, Philip Lavin and team captain John Morgante. The group is advised by faculty member Dr. Taihyeup Yi and the final presentation competition is slated for Feb. 15 at SUNY Geneseo.

  

Kinkela contributing editor of ‘American in the World’
Kinkela contributing editor of ‘American in the World’

History Professor David Kinkela served as a contributing editor of the recently published, “America in the World, 1776 to the Present: A Supplement to the Dictionary of American History,” 1st Edition. One of three contributing editors, Dr. Kinkela, whose research focuses on environmental politics, developed and shepherded all entries from the period 1945 to the present. Colleague Dr. Peter McCord of the history department contributed six entries.

  

Staples co-authors book that examines impact of Prussian Mennonites in southern Ukraine
Staples co-authors book that examines impact of Prussian Mennonites in southern Ukraine

Department of History Professor John Staples has co-authored “Transformation on the Southern Ukrainian Steppe: Letters and Papers of Johann Cornies,” published by the University of Toronto Press. “Transformation on the Southern Ukrainian Steppe” documents the experiences Prussian Mennonites who were recruited by the Russian empire to bring progressive agricultural methods to newly opened grasslands in southern Ukraine during the 18th and 19th centuries.

  

Brigance donates disseration materials to the University of Iowa

Professor Emeritus Linda Brigance of the Department of Communication recently donated her dissertation research materials to the Iowa Women’s History Archives at the University of Iowa.Dr. Brigance’s dissertation used the 1992 Iowa Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) referendum controversy as a case study to examine audience standards of reasonableness and relevance and the role of those standards in collective decision making.

  

Emergency Preparedness

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.

  

University policy for weather-related cancellations and closings

University policy on extraordinary weather requires that normal operations continue to the extent possible. Essential services (i.e.: Facilities Services, University Services, Residence Life, Campus Life, Environmental Health and Safety, 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.

Fredonia's policy states that employees designated as Essential Service will report to work at scheduled start times and perform normal and customary duties in the event of an emergency, including but not limited to weather, power outage, etc. To learn more, visit www.fredonia.edu/humanresources/policies.asp.

  
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Arts on Campus

African dinner to precede performance by Saakumu Dance Troupe at Fredonia
African dinner to precede performance by Saakumu Dance Troupe at Fredonia

An African dinner and performance by the Saakumu Dance Troupe from Ghana, West Africa, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16. The dinner is slated for 6:30 p.m. in the Williams Center, to be followed by an 8 p.m. performance. Dinner tickets, which include free entrance to the performance, must be purchased by Tuesday, Feb. 9.

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New Horizons Band begins rehearsals for 10th anniversary concert
New Horizons Band begins rehearsals for 10th anniversary concert

The New Horizons Band of Western New York, which provides a unique opportunity for veteran musicians as well as aspiring musicians who are at least 50 years of age to play a band instrument, is celebrating its 10th anniversary at Fredonia during the spring semester. The band’s spring concert will be presented on Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m., in King Concert Hall.

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Ethos presents NewSound Festival of concerts, recitals and more
Ethos presents NewSound Festival of concerts, recitals and more

The 16th annual NewSound Festival will take center stage at Fredonia this spring. Hosted by the Ethos New Music Society, the festival will focus on contemporary performances and hold nine events featuring performers and composers including three Student Composer Concerts and six special guests: A/B Duo, Decho Ensemble, Acropolis Quintet, Jonathan Newman, Roomful of Teeth and Jennifer Higdon.

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Get ready for ‘St. Matthew Passion’ at ‘Bach at Lunch’ series

Music lovers looking to “tune up” for the highly anticipated performance of “St. Matthew Passion” by the Buffalo Philharmonic at Fredonia are invited to “Bach at Lunch,” an informal mid-day series in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room. An ensemble of faculty and students will open the noon-time series with an informal concert of J.S. Bach music on Monday, Feb. 15.

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Western New York art featured in next Marion Gallery exhibition
Western New York art featured in next Marion Gallery exhibition

An exhibition of 112 works exploring the regions’ most extensive private collection of Western New York art will open Tuesday, Jan. 26 in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery. “Archiving Western New York: Select Artists from the Gerald Mead Collection” will run through Feb. 28.

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Exhibit at Technology Incubator opens with reception Feb. 2 featuring works by North Shore Arts Alliance members
Exhibit at Technology Incubator opens with reception Feb. 2 featuring works by North Shore Arts Alliance members

The Fredonia Technology Incubator will exhibit works by members of the North Shore Arts Alliance in its art gallery starting Feb. 1 and ending March 4. An opening reception Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. will offer the public a chance to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments while viewing the art.

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Ethos to host residency by contemporary percussion/flute duo
Ethos to host residency by contemporary percussion/flute duo

The Ethos New Music Society will bring A/B Duo, whose contemporary percussion and flute music is described as “bouncy, strange, interesting and fun” by Civic Center Blog, for a residency including a free performance on Friday, Feb. 12, 8 p.m., in Rosch Recital Hall, preceded by a lecture at 4 p.m. in Mason Hall Room 2019.

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The Fredonia Masterworks Chorus and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to perform ‘St. Matthew Passion’ on March 9
The Fredonia Masterworks Chorus and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to perform ‘St. Matthew Passion’ on March 9

The Fredonia School of Music joins forces with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to present J.S. Bach’s masterwork, “St. Matthew Passion,” featuring the Fredonia Masterworks Chorus, the Chautauqua Youth Senior Chorus and the Chancel Choir of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Buffalo. The performance is slated for Wednesday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in King Concert Hall.

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Health and Wellness

FRED Fit awards dished out to body fat loss leaders
FRED Fit awards dished out to body fat loss leaders

Prizes were awarded to five participants who were able to either lower or maintain their body fat percentage in the FRED Fit Holiday Fitness Program. Donna Lee, who recorded the greatest percentage of body fat loss over the 10-week program, was awarded a $50 FSA gift card and an official FRED Fit t-shirt.

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