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Student Research and Creativity Exposition on April 30
Student Research and Creativity Exposition on April 30

An anticipated 300 students will be sharing their work at the 17th annual Student and Creativity Exposition in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room on Thursday, April 30, from 1 to 6 p.m. There will also be a dance performance in the studio at Dods Hall Room 148 at 1:30 p.m., and a keynote address by Department of Communication Assistant Professor Roslin Smith at 4 p.m.

  

Mason's research forms basis of new N.Y. Attorney General report
Mason's research forms basis of new N.Y. Attorney General report

On Monday, April 20, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a report that details the hazard of plastic microbeads in the Great Lakes and other waterways, in an effort to re-introduce legislation that would ban their production and sale in cleansing and other products across the state. The study was supervised by Fredonia Environmental Sciences Professor Sherri "Sam" Mason, and if the law is approved, New York would join Illinois and New Jersey, which have already enacted such laws. The full story, which appears on the front page of today's (4/20) Buffalo News, can be found here.

  

Senior Activities Week launches April 26
Senior Activities Week launches April 26

Fredonia’s Senior Challenge Committee will kick off Fredonia’s first ever Senior Activities Week starting April 26 through May 7. There will be a wide variety of activities for the senior class leading up to Commencement.

  

Discussion slated to address Title IX, sexual assault and SUNY policies

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites all faculty, staff, and administration to attend a brown bag lunch on Monday, May 4 at noon in the Bonsai Room of the Professional Development Center. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss Title IX, sexual assault, and the new SUNY Sexual Violence and Prevention policies.

  

Arbor Day observed at Fredonia
Arbor Day observed at Fredonia

Fredonia observed Arbor Day and the 45th anniversary of Earth Day on a chilly Thursday morning on April 23 with a dedication to mark the planting of what will be 45 new trees across the campus. President Virginia Horvath presented a proclamation to commemorate the event and placement of a forsythia tree, shown at the far left, near the Williams Center gazebo.

  

Interactive Theatre Society presents ‘Quarantine’ May 2
Interactive Theatre Society presents ‘Quarantine’ May 2

Fredonia’s Interactive Theatre Society (ITS) will be hosting “Quarantine,” a live action, “zombie killing attraction,” on Saturday, May 2 from 1 to 6 p.m. in Steele Hall. Students must be 18 and older to attend the event with student identification presented upon entering.

  

Fredonia students present at SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference

Twenty-eight students from Fredonia were invited to participate in the First Annual SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) held recently at the College at Brockport. The keynote address was delivered by George Kuh, founder of Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement.

  

Fredonia sets campus record for e-recycling participation
Fredonia sets campus record for e-recycling participation

Fredonia held its annual electronics recycling day on April 18 in partnership with State Senator Cathy Young, Time Warner Cable and e-recycler Sunnking Inc. In all, 1,176 vehicles were unloaded -- a more than 71 percent increase over its previous record, set in 2013. All totaled, eight semi-trailers were filled with outdated electronics that otherwise may have been destined for a landfill.

  

Department of World Languages and Cultures to induct new members into honor societies

The Department of World Languages and Cultures will hold two ceremonies to honor outstanding students who have been selected to join the Spanish and French national honor societies. The students have demonstrated academic excellence in French or Spanish and in their overall work at Fredonia.

  

Celebrating Fredonia’s faculty and staff authors

Fredonia’s faculty and staff have produced nearly 40 books in the period between 2012 and 2015. The authors will be honored at a reception on Thursday, April 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Japanese Garden area of the Reed Library. All of the books will be available for viewing, and refreshments will be served.

  

Buy a paper on Buffalo News Kid’s Day slated for April 28
Buy a paper on Buffalo News Kid’s Day slated for April 28

Student Association groups and Residence Hall Councils at Fredonia are slated to participate in Buffalo News Kid’s Day on Tuesday, April 28, from 5:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. The students will be selling a special edition of the Buffalo News for a dollar to benefit the Buffalo Variety Club and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

  

Fredonia ‘paints’ Lanford House green for Earth Month
Fredonia ‘paints’ Lanford House green for Earth Month

The front of the Lanford House has been “painted” green in recognition of April as Earth Month with the installation of green LED lighting, which was donated generously by ProQuip International, a tenant in the Fredonia Technology Incubator.

  

Brown Bag lecture explores ‘The Power of Limits’ on May 6

“The Power of Limits” is the theme for the next College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series on Wednesday, May 6, from noon to 1 p.m. in Williams Center Room S204. The panelists will discuss how the patterns and forms found throughout nature suggest an order of universal harmony.

  

Sigma Kappa to host ‘Jammin’ for Jessa’ April 27
Sigma Kappa to host ‘Jammin’ for Jessa’ April 27

Sigma Kappa Sorority will be hosting its annual Relay for Life fundraiser, “Jammin’ for Jessa,” on Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in the Fredonia Ticket Office. There will be performances from different a cappella groups throughout the night in addition to raffles with prizes.

  

Fredonians accepted at health professional schools to share experiences

Three Fredonia alumni and two current seniors who have been granted admission to medical, dental or pharmacy school will lead an accepted student panel discussion on Tuesday, April 28, 7 p.m., at Science Center Room 126. Each will describe the application process and what experiences were most helpful as he/she prepared to enroll in a health professional school and also answer questions from current students who will be seeking admission to these schools.

  

Fredonia welcomes International Development professional Andrew Zapfel

The departments of History, and Politics and International Affairs, will host speaker Andrew Zapfel, an international development professional in health and human rights on Friday, May 1 from noon to 1 p.m., in Williams Center Room S204 ABC. Mr. Zapfel will provide commentary about his career path during his presentation.

  

Jog for Justice on May 3
Jog for Justice on May 3

Jog for Justice, inspired by the Color Run, will take place at Fredonia on Sunday, May 3. Check-in for the run will be in Dods Hall at 10:30 a.m. and the run will begin at noon. All proceeds will go to the Breaking Binaries Fund.

  

Fredonia celebrates ‘Earth Month’
Fredonia celebrates ‘Earth Month’

Earth Week has been celebrated at Fredonia for many years and the tradition will continue in 2015, with various events being offered by faculty, staff, and students. In recognition of the university's commitment to sustainability and the principles outlined in the Power of Fredonia strategic plan, the campus will celebrate "Earth Month" in April.

  

Dr. Ellen Litwicki awarded Fulbright to teach in Hungary
Dr. Ellen Litwicki awarded Fulbright to teach in Hungary

Dr. Ellen Litwicki of the Department of History has received a Fulbright Award to teach American studies courses in Hungary at the University of Szeged. A Fulbright teaching fellow, Litwicki will teach two courses -– Holidays and American Ideals, an undergraduate course; and Material Cultures, a graduate-level course – during the Fall 2015 semester.

  

‘Aliens???’ event to be hosted by Astronomy Club on April 27
‘Aliens???’ event to be hosted by Astronomy Club on April 27

Fredonia’s newest student group, the Astronomy Club, will be hosting its first event, ‘Aliens???’ on Monday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Horizon Room of the Williams Center. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend, partake in riveting discussion, and share opinions on the following question: “Do aliens exist?”

  

Seventh annual Slush Rush has a record year
Seventh annual Slush Rush has a record year

The seventh annual Slush Rush 5K had a record year, with over $2,300 raised and the highest number of registered participants. The race, which was held on Sunday, March 29, drew in 184 registered runners and walkers.

  

FSA Annual Community Meeting to be held April 28

The Faculty Student Association (FSA) will be holding its Annual Community Meeting on Tuesday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the Horizon Room at the Williams Center. The meeting is open to the campus community and all faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.

  

Seniors receive Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Three seniors followed different academic paths within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Fredonia, but Kaitlyn Crossan, Meghan Devine and Courtney Loiacono share a prestigious SUNY-wide honor, the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presented the 2015 awards to 256 students from across the university system on April 2 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

  

Fredonia names Syracuse’s Rieks as Chief Information Officer
Fredonia names Syracuse’s Rieks as Chief Information Officer

Fredonia has selected Stephen J. Rieks to be its Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO). He currently serves as Director of Administrative Computing Systems at Syracuse University, where he has steadily advanced in his career since 1997. Mr. Rieks will begin at Fredonia on May 15.

  

Fredonia campus group Hillel celebrates Jewish History Month

Hillel, the campus' Jewish student organization, will be celebrating Jewish History Month starting April 1 with several campus events, all free and open to the public. Hillel is a group designed to provide a caring community for people interested in Judaism and people of all faiths and beliefs are welcome.

  

‘Tin Men’ sculptor William King passes away at age 90
‘Tin Men’ sculptor William King passes away at age 90

William King, the artist who created the sculpture commonly known as “The Tin Men” – one of the most iconic features of the entire  Fredonia campus – passed away March 4 at his home in East Hampton at the age of 90. For some 40 years, the sculpture has attracted students seeking a quiet place for contemplation or reflection, and was christened “Words” upon installation in the summer of 1974.

  

Fredonia record label partners with national recording artists to battle world hunger
Fredonia record label partners with national recording artists to battle world hunger

HAIL! Fredonia Records, the university’s student-run record label, has announced that it is partnering with WhyHunger, a global organization dedicated to ending hunger and poverty. Hail! Fredonia recording artist Ladies First — which includes 10,000 Maniacs’ and Fredonia alumna Mary Ramsey, ’95, along with recent graduate Savannah King, ’14, who began touring with 10,000 Maniacs as a support musician this winter — has released its own rendition of the classic Badfinger hit, Sweet Tuesday Morning. Ramsey and King have joined forces with Joey Molland, the last surviving member of Badfinger, to produce and release the single exclusively on iTunes on March 31.

  

Civil War sesquicentennial observed with several events including Reed Library exhibit
Civil War sesquicentennial observed with several events including Reed Library exhibit

On March 25 the traveling exhibition, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” will open in Reed Library, examining how President Abraham Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war. Other related activities are planned.

  

Reed Library announces ‘The Great Gatsby’ as selection for ‘The Big Read’
Reed Library announces ‘The Great Gatsby’ as selection for ‘The Big Read’

Reed Library, in cooperation with the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), is pleased to announce that “The Big Read” book selection for 2015 is F. Scott Fitzgerald's, “The Great Gatsby." The events of The Big Read kick off the week of March 23, with many activities throughout Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.

  

Distinguished alumnus named as Commencement keynote speaker
Distinguished alumnus named as Commencement keynote speaker

Alumnus James D. Douglas, director of Human Resources at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., will be the keynote speaker at the Fredonia's Commencement, slated for Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Steele Hall Fieldhouse.

  

Emergency Preparedness

University policy for weather-related cancellations and closings

The university policy on extraordinary weather requires that normal operations continue to the extent possible. Essential college services (i.e.: Heating/Plumbing, Electrical, Automotive, Grounds, 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.

It is the policy of Fredonia that employees designated as Essential Service will report to work at their scheduled start time and perform their normal and customary duties in the event of an emergency, including but not limited to weather, power outage, etc. For more information on the university policy, visit http://www.fredonia.edu/humanresources/policies.asp.

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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.

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Athletics

Desens making strides up NCAA rankings
Desens making strides up NCAA rankings

Nicole Desens, who became a SUNYAC champion in the indoor shot put this winter, threw a personal best 43.99m in the discuss throw at the St. John Fisher Classic on Saturday. Previously ranked No. 35 in the country in the event (41.39m), her improvement of 2.60m will likely move her up the NCAA Division III rankings. Coming into the weekend, the throw would have been good enough for No. 13 in the U.S.

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Devils sweep en route to SUNYAC play
Devils sweep en route to SUNYAC play

Fredonia went into its weekend series at Oneonta needing to win two of three games to make the 2015 SUNYAC Baseball Tournament. They did themselves one better Saturday by sweeping the Red Dragons in a doubleheader, 10-5 and 11-8. Fredonia also won the series opener Friday. As the No. 4 seed, the Blue Devils face a stiff challenge in their opening-round game -- a noon meeting Friday with host Cortland, which is ranked No. 1 in all of NCAA Division III baseball.

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Devils hit 14-win mark on senior day
Devils hit 14-win mark on senior day

For only the third time in program history, the Fredonia women's lacrosse team has reached the 14-win mark.The Blue Devils' 9-6 win against Potsdam on Saturday afternoon stretched their unbeaten steak to eight games. The team is seeded No. 2 in the SUNYAC playoff bracket, with their first game in the semi-finals scheduled for May 1 in Cortland.

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Softball earns first playoff berth since 2011
Softball earns first playoff berth since 2011

Despite dropping a double header to Buffalo State over the weekend, the Blue Devils ended their regular season with a 10-8 conference record. That earned them their first playoff berth since 2011.The six-team tournament starts Thursday morning at top seeded Cortland, who will host the 6th-seeded Blue Devils.

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Arts on Campus

New Horizons Band to perform April 28

The New Horizons Band of Western New York will present a spring concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28 in King Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Ethos New Music Society presents Jason Robert Brown
Ethos New Music Society presents Jason Robert Brown

On Monday, May 4, the Ethos New Music Society is presenting a concert featuring Tony-award winning composer Jason Robert Brown as part of a two-day residency. The concert is at Rosch Recital Hall located in Mason Hall at 8 p.m.

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Fredonia Dance Ensemble offers seven new works with annual concert
Fredonia Dance Ensemble offers seven new works with annual concert

Seven new works choreographed by faculty members and guest artists will be featured when the Fredonia Dance Ensemble presents its annual concert from May 1 to 3 in Marvel Theatre. Performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 3.

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Student works in a variety of mediums to be featured in Marion Gallery

The Department of Visual Arts and New Media will celebrate the accomplishments of 11 of its graduating students beginning Friday, May 1with the second senior show exhibition of the spring semester. Titled, “Con Artists,” the exhibition opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on May 1 in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery.

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Vitae

Dr. Gurmukh Singh publishes scholarly article on pattern-recognition in big data sets

Gurmukh Singh, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, recently published a research paper on pattern-recognition in the peer reviewed international journal, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications.

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Student earns national recognition for design work on two productions
Student earns national recognition for design work on two productions

Chad Healy, a senior B.F.A. Theatre Production and Design major, was awarded first place in the undergraduate division at the Southeastern Theatre Conference for his scenic design of “Balm in Gilead."

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Essay by Vanwesenbeeck on Tomasula published in new book

Associate Professor Birger Vanwesenbeeck of the Department of English has had his essay featured in the scholarly volume, “Steve Tomasula: The Art and Science of New Media Fiction,” published by Bloomsbury. The volume, edited by University of Western Illinois Professor David Banash, marks the first book-length study of multimedia novelist Steve Tomasula.

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Fredonia theatre poster designs continue to earn awards for creator
Fredonia theatre poster designs continue to earn awards for creator

The promotional posters for the Department of Theatre and Dance events at Fredonia continue to earn design awards for their creator. Raymond Bonilla, an adjunct instructor in the Department of Visual Arts and New Media and Fredonia alumnus, recently added several more prestigious awards to the list of those he has garnered for posters he has designed for the theatre department’s Walter Gloor Mainstage Series.

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Lanford Prize to be awarded to Antonio Regulier
Lanford Prize to be awarded to Antonio Regulier

Antonio Regulier is the recipient of the 2015 Lanford Presidential Prize from the Oscar and Esther Lanford Endowment of the Fredonia College Foundation. The award will be presented at the afternoon Commencement ceremony on May 16. The award recognizes a member of the graduating class who has exhibited balanced achievement and exemplifies Fredonia’s ideals.

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Health and Wellness

Health Matters Newsletter

April is sexual assault awareness month, and it is important for students to be aware of the policies the campus holds towards such actions. All students have the right to feel safe and secure on campus and in the town in general, and the policies are intended to ensure those feelings.

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Women Running Fredonia!
Women Running Fredonia!

Women Running Fredonia is a women’s only group that will incorporate running, jogging, and walking with discussion about topics that impact women. Women of all fitness levels are welcome! Women Running Fredonia is a no-pressure group aimed at improving the overall well-being and connectedness of women on Fredonia’s campus.

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