Fredonia Environmental Sciences Professor Sherri "Sam" Mason, who has been a tireless advocate in the fight against products containing microbeads due to the devastating pollution effects they have on the Great Lakes ecosystem, was the subject of an editorial in the New York Times on Friday, Aug. 21. Dr. Mason's research, which has led to legislative bans in Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey and Wisconsin, was the subject of a report by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman earlier this year, resulting in a bill that was approved in the New York State Assembly, but has not yet passed the Senate.
Welcome Week, which begins Monday, Aug. 24, is filled with activities and events. Activities are jointly sponsored by Spectrum Entertainment and Student Association and are free and open to all Fredonia students.
Not a day goes by that Fredonia doesn’t benefit from Christopher Mirabelli. In fact, he’s positively impacted its students and faculty every day for the last six years. That’s when this member of the Class of 1977 stepped forward to fund a much-needed Syngene imager for the biology department. As impressive as his impact on Fredonia has been, it pales in comparison to the numbers of people Dr. Mirabelli has helped throughout his 35-year career in pharmaceutical research and development (R&D).
Established in 1996, Fredonia’s Blackhorse Women’s Rugby Club is comprised of diverse young women from a variety of majors and grade levels. Whether they joined Blackhorse to learn a new sport, make new friends, or just release the daily stresses of college, these “ruggers” have all stayed because of the love and passion they’ve developed for the game, their teammates, and the excuse to get down and dirty.
State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that the university system has achieved the most comprehensive seamless transfer policy in the country. As the 2015-16 academic year begins, SUNY guarantees students the ability to transfer all completed general education requirements and courses toward their major to and from any SUNY campus. In all, the system has aligned more than 32,000 academic courses that comprise the most popular majors and account for more than 95 percent of transfer students.
Informal “meet-and-greets” for students interested in joining or learning more about student clubs at Fredonia will be offered during Activities Night on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in Dods Grove, with the Steele Hall Fieldhouse the alternate site in the event of poor weather. Most of the more than 170 student clubs at Fredonia will have tables, booths or other displays set up to introduce themselves at the event.
While attending the dedication of Fredonia’s New Science Building during Homecoming 2014, alumna Dianne Kricheldorf, thought of two women who had given so much of themselves to Fredonia in earlier days. She believes they deserve to be publicly remembered for their devotion to the university as members of the science department with a named study alcove in the new Science Center.
If you watched Sunday Night football last season — or were among the record 114.4 million people glued to Super Bowl XLIX in February — Brendan Prince had a “hand” in your experience. As a graphic designer at NBC Sports, the 2011 Fredonia graduate saw some of the hand-lettering art work he created for Sunday Night Football broadcasts translated into on-air graphics that were seen throughout the regular season, the playoffs, and ultimately, the 2015 Super Bowl — the most-watched television program ever.
Numerous maintenance and building projects – some underfoot and others overhead and sometimes out of sight – have been undertaken at Fredonia during summer months to prepare for this week’s return of students and faculty for the 2015-16 academic year.
Many college students choose to flee their still-chilly campuses in March and flock to Florida’s beaches and other warmer regions for a well-deserved respite from academia. It’s called Spring Break. This year, a small contingent of Fredonia students went south at the tail end of an especially brutal winter, but they eyed a different destination and were motivated by a far greater goal.
Students wolfing down Frosted Flakes or other Kellogg’s cereal at Cranston Marché will actually be helping to fight hunger in Western New York, thanks to the Kellogg Company’s Food Away From Home program. The world’s largest cereal company is partnering with Fredonia to encourage students to make the choice that makes a difference by participating in its “Eat. Share. Prosper” program. Every time a student selects Mini Wheats, Cocoa Krispies, Fruit Loops or other Kellogg cereal between Aug. 24 and Sept. 20, Kellogg’s will donate a bowl of cereal to the Food Bank of Western New York.
The School of Business recruited two top-tier professionals to its Executive-in-Residence program. Kenny Koblitz, a retired vice president of sales in industrial cleaning products, will deliver specialized sales management training to students, and Thomas Dujenski, in the spring term, guided select students in studying impacts of new financial regulations on regional community banks and financial institutions.
Buoyed by the success of its Committee of Friends alumni scholarship program, the College of Education is writing a new fundraising chapter through the Fredonia College Foundation to benefit students who have chosen Fredonia to prepare them to become the best teachers possible.
Dr. Robert Rogers, who has taught Mathematical Sciences at Fredonia for nearly 30 years, is one of only 18 faculty members throughout the SUNY system recently promoted to the Distinguished Faculty Ranks by the State University of New York Board of Trustees.
A small but resolute group of students in 1965 didn’t let the 950 miles that separate Fredonia from Selma, Ala., prevent them from enlisting the campus — and surrounding community, for that matter — in the escalating push for civil rights for black Americans a half-century ago.
The Princeton Review included Fredonia among the 380 best colleges in the U.S. in its 2016 rankings. The “best colleges” represent only 15 percent of the 2,500 four-year colleges in the U.S. Fredonia was also ranked among the “Best Northeastern Colleges,” as well as a “Green College.”
In preparation for Freedonia Marxonia, to be held Oct. 1 and 2, community members and Fredonia students are invited to participate in the Freedonia Marxonia art contest. All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate. The art contest is intended as a fun activity to increase awareness about the Marx Brothers and their role in a piece of local history.