More than 60 graduate and professional programs – representing a variety of industries and disciplines spanning business, education, health/medicine, humanities and science – have already registered to participate in Fredonia’s Graduate School Fair on Thursday, Oct. 16, 4 to 6 p.m., in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room.
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.
Fredonia has been selected as one of 1,600 Military Friendly® Schools nationwide by Victory Media, an organization which helps students transition from military to civilian life within a college setting. The university has received the distinction for three consecutive years and is part of the top 15 percent of qualifying educational institutions across the country.
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.
The Fredonia Technology Incubator is welcoming a new business, Venture Productions, to its facility in the central business district of Dunkirk, N.Y. Venture Productions is a start-up company that provides highly innovative, original and affordable entertainment, digital media, and high quality dramatic education for all ages. Venture Productions was founded by Ted Sharon, a faculty member with Fredonia’s Department of Theatre and Dance.
t’s that time of year again when Fredonia faculty and staff will begin receiving information in their campus mail on how to contribute to scholarships, or to endowments that benefit their favorite departments and programs. Through the annual All-Campus Appeal, the Fredonia College Foundation makes a special effort to draw in needed support from faculty and staff to help maintain and expand Fredonia’s excellence.
A total of 75 junior and seniors majoring in Public Accountancy and Accounting convened for the annual Meet the Accountants Night on Sept. 24 in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room. The gathering is a private professional recruiting event that provides an opportunity for students enrolled in Accounting programs to meet with employers from accounting firms, government agencies and professional organizations for internships as well as seasonal and permanent career positions.
The State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) is set to kickoff its annual fundraising campaign at Fredonia on Oct. 2. The campaign’s goal is $45,000, and all funds raised go to support New York health and human service agencies year-round. SEFA is the United Way Foundation’s charitable initiative that uses donations to aid people of all ages and backgrounds statewide.
Over 100 volunteers helped remove 83.2 pounds of debris from Point Gratiot beach in Dunkirk on Saturday, Sept. 22. Attendees of the cleanup cleaned over a half mile of beach as part of the 29th Annual International Coastal Clean-Up. Fredonia’s Office of Volunteer and Community Service collaborated with the school’s Environmental Sciences program to hold the event.
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.
Elliott DeLine, a transgender author from Syracuse, will present a reading of his new book, “Show Trans, a Nonfiction Novel by Elliott DeLine,” at An Evening with Elliott DeLine on Monday, Oct. 6. The free event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in Williams Center Room S204 and the public is invited to attend.
“TransDiscovery: Exploring Gender Variant Lives” is the theme of the next Fredonia Convocation event that will be explored with the screening of the documentary “Trans: The Movie,” and follow-up panel discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m., in McEwen Hall Room 202. The 2012 film delivers an up-close and personal journey into the lives of a range of contemporary transgender individuals.
The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) program will host a discussion devoted to sexual violence at its Fall Gathering on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Williams Center Room S204-ABC. Carine M. Mardorossian, author of, “Framing the Rape Victim,” will be the guest speaker.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.