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Class of 2017 encouraged to 'lead an authentic life' at Commencement ceremonies
Class of 2017 encouraged to 'lead an authentic life' at Commencement ceremonies

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.

  

Distinguished Service Awards to be presented in June; event includes auction of fine art
Distinguished Service Awards to be presented in June; event includes auction of fine art

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.

  

Fredonia to expand faculty, professional development initiatives with Albanian university
Fredonia to expand faculty, professional development initiatives with Albanian university

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.

  

Campus ‘Food Truck’ event boosts study abroad scholarship
Campus ‘Food Truck’ event boosts study abroad scholarship

“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.

  

Chamberlain named Lanford Presidential Prize recipient
Chamberlain named Lanford Presidential Prize recipient

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.

  

Trio receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

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 to International Students: ‘You Are Welcome Here’
Fredonia to International Students: ‘You Are Welcome Here’

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.

  

Student Veterans Club raises funds for Western NY Heroes
Student Veterans Club raises funds for Western NY Heroes

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.

  

Johnson named new SUNY Chancellor
Johnson named new SUNY Chancellor

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.

  

Students from Greek organizations assist with village cleanup
Students from Greek organizations assist with village cleanup

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.

  

Viewing party planned at Fredonia for August solar eclipse
Viewing party planned at Fredonia for August solar eclipse

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.

  

Schwalbe receives fifth Fulbright award
Schwalbe receives fifth Fulbright award

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).

  
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Latrell Tyson named May ‘Student of the Month’
Latrell Tyson named May ‘Student of the Month’

Latrell Tyson, a junior majoring in Management with a minor in Communication, has been chosen as the May 2017 Student of the Month by the Office of Student Affairs.

  

Zweig book co-edited by Vanwesenbeeck reissued
Zweig book co-edited by Vanwesenbeeck reissued

A paperback reissue of the book, “Stefan Zweig and World Literature,” co-edited by English faculty member Dr. Birger Vanwesenbeeck, is slated to be published by Camden House.

  

De Santi article explores core of Scorsese films
De Santi article explores core of Scorsese films

Dr. Chiara De Santi of the Department of World Languages and Cultures recently had an article published on motherhood and Italian American gastronomy in the films of Martin Scorsese as part of the proceedings of a conference held at the University of Toronto in the spring of 2016.

  

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 the Human Resources website.

  
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Athletics

Blue Devil duo bound for NCAA meet
Blue Devil duo bound for NCAA meet

Fredonia will have two representatives at the NCAA Division 3 Outdoor Track & Field championship in Geneva, Ohio. Sophomore sprinter Brittany Feldman (Jamestown/Southwestern) and fifth-year senior distance runner Kyle Collins (Suffern/Suffern) have qualified for the national meet starting next Thursday through next Saturday, May 25-27, at The Spire Institute.

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Medina, Zaprowski tabbed All SUNYAC
Medina, Zaprowski tabbed All SUNYAC

Following the 2017 season, senior Alexio Medina (Marilla/Iroquois) was named an All SUNYAC outfielder, and junior Steve Zaprowski (Williamsville/Williamsville South) was named as a utility player. Medina paced the Blue Devil offense with 9 doubles, 4 home runs, 18 RBI, and 8 stolen bases. Zaprowski played all three outfield positions, designated hitter and appeared in six games on the mound.

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Top Rookie Yudin, Pixley make All-SUNYAC
Top Rookie Yudin, Pixley make All-SUNYAC

Two Fredonia Blue Devils, including a top freshman, have been chosen to the 2017 SUNYAC Softball All-Conference Team. Katie Yudin (Liverpool), a freshman, made the First Team as a utility player, while junior Lauren Pixley (Hamburg) was chosen as a Second Team outfielder.

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Nance, Cheatham earn Ashe Jr. recognition
Nance, Cheatham earn Ashe Jr. recognition

Two Fredonia senior student-athletes have been selected as 2017 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars. Diverse: Issues in High Education chose to honor Khee Nance (Dunkirk/Dunkirk) and Alexis Cheatham (Lockport/Lockport) for their athletic and academic achievement during their collegiate careers.

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Yokopovich, Spiess selected All-SUNYAC
Yokopovich, Spiess selected All-SUNYAC

Two Fredonia Blue Devils were named today to the SUNYAC Women's Lacrosse All-Conference Team. Junior midfielder Audrey Yokopovich (Webster) and sophomore midfielder Samantha Spiess (Fairport) were Second Team selections following a vote of conference coaches.

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Bartlett, Carlson repeat as Student-Athletes of Year
Bartlett, Carlson repeat as Student-Athletes of Year

All-America divers Meghan Bartlett (Johnstown, N.Y.) and Arron Carlson (LeRoy) are repeat Fredonia Student-Athlete of the Year winners. Each won the awards in 2016 and again this year when season-ending awards were announced Sunday afternoon at the 2017 Awards Gala inside Rosch Recital Hall.

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Campus exceeds goal for SUNYAC 10 Million Yards for Yeardley
Campus exceeds goal for SUNYAC 10 Million Yards for Yeardley

The total count was 1,451,363.4 yards walked by students, faculty, staff and community members during Fredonia's SUNYAC Yards for Yeardley's event. There were 276 walkers...and two dogs. The majority of the walkers were student-athletes, joined by faculty, staff and athletic boosters.

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Arts on Campus

Technology incubator to host reception for North Shore Arts Alliance exhibition
Technology incubator to host reception for North Shore Arts Alliance exhibition

An opening reception for a new art exhibition that showcases America’s national parks, exotic beaches and world destinations – as well as local landscapes – will be held at the Fredonia Technology Incubator, 214 Central Ave., Dunkirk, on Wednesday, June 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. The incubator’s inaugural summer exhibition will present approximately 50 paintings, photographs and works of art on paper by 11 members of the North Shore Arts Alliance.

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Marion fellowships awarded to young New York City artists
Marion fellowships awarded to young New York City artists

Two rising New York City theatre artists, Jessica Kahkoska and Rebekah Allen, have been named as recipients of the 2017-2018 Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts for “The Untitled Agent 355 Project,” a rock musical theatre exploration of the mysterious female member of the Culper Spy Ring during the American Revolutionary War.

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Concerto Competition winners announced by School of Music

The Fredonia School of Music has announced pianist Jesse Bonaventura, clarinetist Guangzhao Haung and percussionist Dennis O'Keefe as winners of the Annual Concerto Competition, held in King Concert Hall on Sunday, April 30. The two-hour long event included performances by nine talented music students, all competing for the coveted honor of being named Concert Competition winner.

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Fredonia Summer Music Festival to launch 27th year
Fredonia Summer Music Festival to launch 27th year

The Fredonia Summer Music Festival has a long history of providing high school students with a friendly and relaxed setting for musical growth.The Band and Honors Solo Vocal programs are offered on Sunday, June 25 through Saturday, July 1, with a new Strings program slated for Sunday, July 16 through Saturday, July 22.

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Variety of music courses to be offered for graduate students and music professionals
Variety of music courses to be offered for graduate students and music professionals

Registration is now open for Fredonia School of Music summer courses for music education professionals and graduate students, with the option of enrolling either for graduate credit or for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit. A wide range of courses will be offered.

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