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Distinguished alumnus Dr. Jeffery W. Kelly named Commencement keynote speaker
Distinguished alumnus Dr. Jeffery W. Kelly named Commencement keynote speaker

Fredonia will welcome home one of its own to Commencement, slated for Saturday, May 14, with ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Steele Hall Arena. Alumnus Dr. Jeffery W. Kelly, a member of the Class of 1982 and the Lita Annenberg Hazen Professor of Chemistry and Chairman of the Department of Molecular Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute in California, will be the keynote speaker.

  

Trio of faculty members receive Fulbright awards
Trio of faculty members receive Fulbright awards

English Professor Iclal Vanwesenbeeck, Biology Professor William Brown and Paul Chambers, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Music who has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fredonia, have received Fulbright awards.

  

Four-time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn to receive Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at Fredonia Commencement
Four-time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn to receive Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at Fredonia Commencement

Actor, singer, teacher, and four-time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn will receive an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia's Commencement on May 14. The degree will be conferred during the morning ceremony, slated for 10 a.m. in the Steele Hall Arena.

  

Mason named EPA Environmental Champion Award recipient
Mason named EPA Environmental Champion Award recipient

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Dr. Sherri Mason of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is one of six New York State recipients of the Environmental Protection Agency’s annual Environmental Champion Awards. The award recipients will be honored in New York City on May 13 for their commitment to environmental protection through green initiatives.

  

Enthusiastic Fredonians embrace Buffalo News Kids Day
Enthusiastic Fredonians embrace Buffalo News Kids Day

Chilly temperatures and a light drizzle didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Fredonia students during The Buffalo News Kids Day campaign on April 26. Over 300 Fredonia volunteers, representing 20 student groups and organizations and all residence halls, raised $3,211.38.

  

Music Industry students refine event management skills, raise money to expand child autism treatment services
Music Industry students refine event management skills, raise money to expand child autism treatment services

“Artists for Autism,” the Fredonia Music Industry program’s three-event showcase, climbed to the top of the charts as a win-win-win. Students gained real-world experience in event planning and promotion, helped to raise more than $29,000 for the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) and gained valuable clinical experience.

  

100 percent placement rate for Fredonia Medical Technology graduates
100 percent placement rate for Fredonia Medical Technology graduates

Many different degree programs in the Department of Biology lead to a career in the medical field, but one stands out, Medical Technology, because of its 100 percent job placement rate. All who graduated in 2015 were offered jobs soon after receiving their Fredonia degrees.

  

‘Pie’ your professor for a good cause on May 7

Alpha Phi Omega is giving all students the opportunity to throw a pie in their professors’ face on Saturday, May 7 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the Tim Horton’s patio adjacent to the Williams Center. There are multiple faculty and staff participating from various departments. Money earned from the event will be donated to the charities of the professors’ or staff member's choosing.

  

Dr. Rob Deemer named American Council on Education Fellow
Dr. Rob Deemer named American Council on Education Fellow

The American Council on Education (ACE) has announced that Dr. Rob Deemer of the School of Music has been named an ACE Fellow for 2016-17 academic year. Thirty-three Fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.

  

AT&T to power STEM Exploration Program for high school students at Fredonia
AT&T to power STEM Exploration Program for high school students at Fredonia

A partnership between AT&T and Fredonia will provide extra-curricular instruction in computer science and an introduction to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines to Chautauqua County high school students this fall. Goals of the program are to encourage students to continue their education beyond high school and acquire technical skills, while also learning about educational opportunities offered at Fredonia.

  

E-recycling event a huge success
E-recycling event a huge success

Fredonia Director of Facilities Services Kevin Cloos reported that eight semi-trailers were filled with e-recyclables by the end of Saturday's event, and 1,251 vehicles drove through drop-off points, in what is believed to be the largest e-recycling event in the university's history. Fredonia partnered with State Senator Catharine Young, Time Warner Cable and e-recycler Sunnking.

  

Relay for Life proceeds top $27,000 so far; donations accepted through August
Relay for Life proceeds top $27,000 so far; donations accepted through August

Fredonia is poised to approach or exceed the success of last year’s Relay for Life, thanks to donations that reached $27,418.38 when the students departed Steele Hall Arena early April 17. “This is the highest we have ever made by the event date, so everyone has been very excited,” said Relay for Life Co-chair Stephanie Willis. The 2015 American Cancer Society fundraiser generated more than $33,000, well within the reach of this year’s event.

  

Fredonia Enactus on the road to the 2016 National Exposition
Fredonia Enactus on the road to the 2016 National Exposition

Fredonia Enactus returned to Western New York recently with the winning title from the 2016 Regional Enactus competition in Atlanta, Ga. With this title, the group qualifies to compete in the 2016 National Exposition that will be held in St. Louis, Mo., on May 15 to 17. Winning and advancing to the national level means that Fredonia will compete against over 100 colleges and universities.

  

Seniors receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence
Seniors receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Four Fredonia seniors  ̶  including three who share the same major  ̶  were the recipients of the 2016 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. The honor recognizes a student’s ability to integrate academic excellence with accomplishments in leadership, athletics, creative or performing arts and community service.

  

Julianne Foster to receive Fredonia’s Lanford Presidential Prize
Julianne Foster to receive Fredonia’s Lanford Presidential Prize

Julianne Foster, a senior from Rochester, N.Y., who has achieved high academic success and made significant contributions to the campus and surrounding community, has been chosen to receive the 2016 Lanford Presidential Prize, an honor that recognizes a member of the graduating class who has exhibited balanced achievement and exemplified Fredonia's ideals.

  

Fredonia redesigns scholarship model, increasing available awards to $5 million
Fredonia redesigns scholarship model, increasing available awards to $5 million

Fredonia has redesigned its scholarship model to increase overall affordability for students and families, which will be implemented with new freshman and transfer students entering for Fall 2016. As a result of its redesign efforts, this year Fredonia will offer over $5 million in merit scholarships as well as need-based aid, nearly doubling the amount it offered in 2014.

  
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Frerichs’ work to be featured at echo Art Fair
Frerichs’ work to be featured at echo Art Fair

Timothy Frerichs, professor for foundations and printmaking in the Department of Visual Arts and New Media, is exhibiting a large-scale site specific installation for the echo Art Fair in Buffalo.

 

  

Singh article published in international research journal
Singh article published in international research journal

Dr. Gurmukh Singh of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences had his article, “Multifractal detrended moving average analysis of particle density functions in relativistic nuclear collisions,” published in Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications.

  

Gadikian and Vanwesenbeeck credited in new French documentary on Stefan Zweig
Gadikian and Vanwesenbeeck credited in new French documentary on Stefan Zweig

Director of Reed Library Randy Gadikian and Associate Professor Birger Vanwesenbeeck of the Department of English are credited in a new French documentary on Stefan Zweig that aired on the French national TV channel Arte earlier this year. The documentary, “Stefan Zweig: Histoire d’un Européen” (Stefan Zweig: History of a European), showcases many documents from Reed Library’s Stefan Zweig Collection.

  

Markham writes on rockism vs. poptimism
Markham writes on rockism vs. poptimism

Michael Markham, assistant professor of Music History in the School of Music, has written a new essay exploring the deeper roots of the ongoing squabble between rock and pop critics, rockism vs. poptimism. In it he traces the same struggle back to Beethoven and up through modern music.

  

Treacy presents basketball stats in a unique way at UP-STAT Conference

Steven Treacy, a junior Computer Science major, worked in collaboration with Dr. Reneta Barneva of the Department of Applied Professional Studies on a project for using the language R for basketball results. R is a modern language for statistical analysis which was introduced in Dr. Berneva’s Programming Languages class.

  

Douglas named RA of the Month for April
Douglas named RA of the Month for April

Patrice Douglas received Fredonia’s RA of the Month recognition for April. She is a resident assistant in Eisenhower Hall and a Social Work major with minors in Sociology and Leadership Studies.

 

  

Criminal Justice students honored
Criminal Justice students honored

Criminal Justice honor society induction Fredonia’s Criminal Justice program inducted 14 new members into the local Phi Theta chapter of the national Alpha Phi Sigma honor society for Criminal Justice at a ceremony on April 22.

  

Donals was named RA of the Month for March

Emily Donals received Fredonia’s RA of the Month recognition for March. She is a resident assistant in University Commons and a senior Communication Disorders and Sciences major. Ms. Donals was selected to assist with research during the past year by Drs. Anny Castilla and Katrina Fulcher of the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences.

  

Whittick receives Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for summer study
Whittick receives Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for summer study

Junior Biology major Tamika Whittick has received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for her study abroad program in Belize City, Belize, where she will be interning with the World Pediatric Project (WPP). She was selected from over 3,000 applicants for the $3,500 summer scholarship program and is the second Fredonia student to receive the Gilman scholarship.

  
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Arts on Campus

Kent Knappenberger and friends scholarship benefit concert slated for May 5
Kent Knappenberger and friends scholarship benefit concert slated for May 5

Fredonia alumnus and GRAMMY award-winning teacher-musician Kent Knappenberger will be joining Fredonia performers and friends for a concert benefiting the Knappenberger Scholarship, on Thursday, May 5 at 8 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall. All proceeds from the event will benefit the scholarship, established through the Fredonia College Foundation.

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Fredonia student advances in national theater competition
Fredonia student advances in national theater competition

A Fredonia sophomore has earned the right to compete for a $10,000 award from The National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL). Jeff Kringer, a Bachelor of Fine Arts Musical Theatre major from Skaneateles, will travel to Phoenix, Ariz., to take part in the NSAL national competition from May 19 to 22.

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Bruce Johnstone tribute concert on Sunday, May 8
Bruce Johnstone tribute concert on Sunday, May 8

The campus and community are invited to attend a jazz tribute to retiring Director of Jazz Studies and baritone saxophone player Bruce Johnstone on Sunday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall. The Fredonia Jazz Ensemble, directed by Zach Bushe, and the Fredonia Big Band, directed by Mike Massaro, will be featured.

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Commencement eve pops tradition marches on with ‘The Music Man’
Commencement eve pops tradition marches on with ‘The Music Man’

A Commencement eve tradition marches on when Rockefeller Arts Center presents a Tony Award-winning musical comedy about a con man posing as a marching band director in an effort to swindle the residents of a sleepy Midwestern town. “The Music Man in Concert” will be presented on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. in King Concert Hall.

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Marion Art Gallery to host new exhibition of Fredonia student works

Works created by 12 graduating seniors of the Department of Visual Arts and New Media will be on display in an exhibition opening on Friday, April 29 in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery. The exhibition, titled “Senior Show 2,” opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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Summer Music Festival slated for June 26 through July 2 for high schoolers
Summer Music Festival slated for June 26 through July 2 for high schoolers

The 26th annual Fredonia Summer Music Festival will be held from Sunday, June 26 through Saturday, July 2. The festival continues its tradition of excellence with the Honors Solo Vocal Camp for students interested in further developing their skills as a solo classical vocalist. The registration deadline is Monday, May 16.

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Health and Wellness

Take a break with 'De-stress for Success'
Take a break with 'De-stress for Success'

“De-stress for Success,” a series of events, programs and workshops will be hosted by the Counseling Center and various other campus groups. All events are free to students and began on Monday and will conclude Thursday, May 12. The activities are organized to help students find a way to reduce stress in a productive and healthy manner and gain the focus they need to succeed during the end-of-the-semester time.

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Athletics

Sweep earns Devils trip to tourney
Sweep earns Devils trip to tourney

The Fredonia baseball team clinched a SUNYAC playoff berth on Saturday winning 7-3 and 15-5 over Plattsburgh. The Devils qualified for the tournament for the third time in four years.

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Tune-up for SUNYACs at Fisher
Tune-up for SUNYACs at Fisher

In their final meet before SUNYAC Championships in Oneonta next weekend, Fredonia's track and field teams competed at St. John Fisher College on Saturday.

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Devils knocked out despite win over Potsdam
Devils knocked out despite win over Potsdam

Fredonia women's lacrosse got the win it needed Saturday at Potsdam, just not by as large as score they needed to make the SUNYAC Tournament. The Blue Devils emerged with a 9-8 victory over the Bears, yet needed to win by two or more goals to make the six-team SUNYAC Tournament.

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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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