Note: As of noon today (9/18) - all tickets have been distributed for today's Convocation lecture by Bill Nye. For those holding tickets, doors to the fieldhouse will open at 2:30 p.m. for the 3:30 p.m. lecture. As part of the semester-long celebration of the opening of its new Science Center, Fredonia will welcome world-renowned scientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor Bill Nye “The Science Guy” to campus as the Convocation series keynote speaker. His Thursday, Sept. 18, 3:30 p.m. appearance is slated for the Steele Hall Fieldhouse. The 2014-15 Convocation series theme is, “The Joy of Discovery.”
U.S. News & World Report released its yearly “Best Colleges” rankings today, naming Fredonia as the ninth best “Top Public Regional University in the North” within 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 the publication defines as 620 universities nationwide that offer primarily bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Fredonia held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for its new University Village townhouses, a seven-building residential complex located on the northwest end of campus along Ring Road. The new complex offers students apartment-style living with all of the comforts of a fully-furnished residence coupled with the safety and convenience features of on-campus living.
Students returning to campus this fall noticed an immediate, unmistakable, transformational change to Fredonia’s campus. In the southeast corner, a brand new, 92,000-square-foot, three-story structure shines in the summer sun. The new Fredonia Science Center, surrounded by a stunning courtyard and connected to Houghton Hall, now hugs the Science Quad.
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.
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.
Fredonia ENACTUS and the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County are co-sponsoring the first Tour D’Vine family bike rally on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Merritt Estate Winery in Forestville. Two bicycle rallies, a family route and one for more experienced cyclists, will explore several Chautauqua County wineries and include food and other activities.
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 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.
The Fredonia Technology Incubator is welcoming a new business to the central business district of Dunkirk, N.Y. ProQuip, International (www.pqi.ca), a Canadian-based business, is staging its presence in the U.S. market at the incubator. The Brantford, Ont.-based company is an energy sector leader that creates green energy products and services, such as LED lighting, Solar LED lighting, and Solar PV solutions.
The Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders at Fredonia is resuming support group meetings for stroke and head injury survivors and family members. The first meeting of the fall semester will be Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. in Thompson Hall Room E148.
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.
Fredonia is hosting its semiannual beach cleanup event on Saturday, Sept. 20, from noon to 2 p.m. The event, which is part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup initiative, will take place at Point Gratiot Park in Dunkirk. Students who require transportation are asked to meet in the Jewett Hall parking lot and transportation will leave the lot at 11:30 a.m.
The community group, Chautauqua Citizens Respond to Climate Crisis, will host a rally in downtown Fredonia on Saturday, Sept. 20, to educate attendees on the problematic nature of the world’s changing climate. Fredonia students and faculty, and other community members will have the chance to learn more about the climate crisis while enjoying activities for all ages.
The Office of Volunteer and Community Services welcomes students and Fredonia community members to the 11th Annual Community Service Fair on Friday, Sept. 26 in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All interested individuals will have the opportunity to meet and learn more about local community service agencies.
Flu vaccine will be available in the Student Health Center in LoGrasso Hall beginning Sept. 2, Mondays through Fridays, from 9 to 11 a.m., and 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 for students and $20 for university employees using a FredCard. Interim Director of the Student Health Center Debbie Dibble notes, "An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others.”
Dr. Anny Castilla-Earls is an enthusiastic researcher and teacher. Her passion is driven by a deep caring for Spanish-speaking children struggling to overcome language difficulties, as well as a desire to remain connected to her Colombian heritage. Within Fredonia’s Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, she’s found an environment in which she can excel at both, which has led her to become Fredonia’s second-ever recipient of a grant from the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The home page at fredonia.edu has a new look and feel, sporting a responsive design and mobile-friendly layout, driven by images and stories. Content can be pulled into the new site and onto its grid layout that showcases an eclectic collection of Fredonia glimpses. Stories can come from anywhere on the Internet including the Campus Report, Twitter and Instagram, student blogs and other media outlets.