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President Horvath responds to weekend events in Charlottesville

Dear Members of the Fredonia Community,

As many of you did, I followed the events that occurred this weekend at the University of Virginia and the city of Charlottesville with deep concern not only for the safety of the people there but also for the safety and security of people everywhere in our country should such hatred, bigotry, and violence be accepted. I am saddened by the deaths and injuries that resulted and moved, as your president, to make a statement that this is not acceptable. (Click on the headline for the complete statement.)

  

Get ready, get set for ‘Move-In Weekend’
Get ready, get set for ‘Move-In Weekend’

A campus invasion, of sorts, will get underway on Saturday morning, Aug. 19, the start of Move-In Weekend at Fredonia. That’s when students begin to check into their residence halls for the 2017-2018 academic year. What they’ll find on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be a move-in crew – comprised of 287 student volunteers from 11 campus groups and athletic teams -- who’ll help shuttle belongings to assigned residence hall rooms.

  

Welcome Week rolls out red carpet to students
Welcome Week rolls out red carpet to students

What do an ice cream, a popular 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film from Walt Disney Pictures and a block party have in common? They’re among a variety of attractions to be offered during Welcome Week, a popular Fredonia tradition hosted by Spectrum Entertainment Board and sponsored by Student Association that welcomes students to a new academic year. All events, held during the first week of classes, are free to Fredonia students.

  

Fredonia students to collect valuable solar eclipse data for NASA

Students majoring in Education will have a unique opportunity to assist NASA by collecting data during the highly anticipated solar eclipse – one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – on Monday, Aug. 21. Atmospheric conditions, such as the amount of cloud cover and color, as well as atmospheric aerosols (solid particles in the air) will be tracked by 67 pre-service teachers enrolled in Elementary Science Methods (EDU 403), an upper level course for future teachers.

  

Viewing party planned for August solar eclipse
Viewing party planned for August solar eclipse

A solar eclipse viewable from Fredonia is the impetus for a viewing party planned on campus on Monday, Aug. 21, the first day of the fall semester. The Department of Physics will host the party in the field behind the Science Center from approximately noon until 4 p.m. and will have 1,500 pairs of solar glasses for safe viewing of the sun, as well as other equipment.

  

Fredonia School of Business earns AACSB International Accreditation
Fredonia School of Business earns AACSB International Accreditation

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International has announced that the Fredonia School of Business has earned accreditation for its degree programs in Accounting, Public Accountancy, Finance, Management and Marketing.

  

Faculty exchange expands Fredonia, Albanian university connection
Faculty exchange expands Fredonia, Albanian university connection

A new chapter in the affiliation between Fredonia and Aleksander Xhuvani University has been written with a recent faculty exchange. Dr. Vilma Tafani continued research that she began at the Fredonia campus during the 2001-2002 academic year, while Distinguished Service Professor Ted Schwalbe returned to her school, located in Elbasan, Albania, to work with students and faculty.

  

Alumnus leads record-breaking hockey marathon to benefit Roswell Park
Alumnus leads record-breaking hockey marathon to benefit Roswell Park

Mike Lesakowski, ’94, didn’t put up big numbers in his hockey career at Fredonia, but he and his wife, Amy, clearly knocked the puck out of Buffalo’s HarborCenter with the 11 Day Power Play, a noble challenge to break the Guinness World Record for the longest hockey game ever played and raise $1 million for Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

  

Fredonia Enactus in top 32 schools in the nation
Fredonia Enactus in top 32 schools in the nation

The Fredonia Enactus team returned from the Enactus United States National Exposition held in Kansas City with a trophy in hand representing its placement, once again, in the top 32 schools across the country. The trophy, earned by presenting the outcomes of the year’s 13 projects to business leaders represents recognition of the over 5,800 hours of work on projects.

  

Faculty, staff receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence
Faculty, staff receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Five faculty and staff members whose collective service at Fredonia extends to virtually all parts of the campus have received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, a SUNY-wide honor that celebrates consistently superior achievement in a broad range of work areas.

  

Metzger named new Vice President for Finance and Administration
Metzger named new Vice President for Finance and Administration

Michael Metzger has been named the new Vice President for Finance and Administration at Fredonia. He will assume his duties at Fredonia on July 3. Mr. Metzger has 30 years of experience in the private sector, and currently serves as Vice President and Strategic Advisor for Blackstone Advanced Technologies LLC of Jamestown.

  
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Milgram-Luterman presents at music therapy conference in Japan
Milgram-Luterman presents at music therapy conference in Japan

Director of Music Therapy Joni Milgram-Luterman, MT-BC, LCAT, attended the 15th World Congress of Music Therapy, held July 5-8, at the Tsukuba International Congress Center, in Tsukuba, Japan. Along with her colleague, Mendelt Hoekstra, founder of the original Momentum Choir, Dr. Milgram-Luterman presented "The Momentum Choir as Community Music Therapy: Belong, Believe, Inspire."

  

Clarkson-Hendrix presents at NSWM Annual Management Conference
Clarkson-Hendrix presents at NSWM Annual Management Conference

Assistant Professor Michael Clarkson-Hendrix of the Department of Sociocultural and Justice Sciences delivered an address, “Closing the Health Gap Through Resource Management: A Workplace Attachment Perspective,” with co-presenter John Carroll-Barbuto at the 28st Annual Management Conference of the Network for Social Work Management.

  

Igoe speaks at WBFO studios about China
Igoe speaks at WBFO studios about China

Department of Communication Assistant Professor Mike Igoe recently spoke at the WBFO studios about his experience as a journalism professor at the United International College in Zhuhai in China, preceding the PBS series on China airing on WNED-TV.

  

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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'Pink the Rink' slated in Steele Hall on Feb. 3, 2018
'Pink the Rink' slated in Steele Hall on Feb. 3, 2018

The Oswego State Lakers will provide the opposition for Fredonia hockey's annual Pink The Rink game next Feb. 3 at the Steele Hall Ice Arena. It'll be the 12th renewal of the event, which has raised over $80,000 to date for the American Cancer Society, primarily through the sale of game-worn pink jerseys worn by the Blue Devils.

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Women's basketball opens season at Allegheny Tournament
Women's basketball opens season at Allegheny Tournament

The Fredonia women's basketball season starts Fri., Nov. 17, against Carnegie Mellon at Allegheny College's Greg Richards '08 Memorial Tip-Off Tournament. Conference home game times are 5:30 p.m. for night games and 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoons, with two exceptions: Sat., Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. vs. Geneseo and Sat., Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m. vs. SUNY Buffalo State. All SUNYAC dates are also doubleheaders with the men's game following the women's game.

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Exhibition at Fordham tips off '17-18 slate
Exhibition at Fordham tips off '17-18 slate

A men's basketball exhibition game against an NCAA Division I opponent highlights the Fredonia men's basketballl 2017-18 schedule, released Aug. 4. The Blue Devil men's basketball team will kick of its 2017-18 season Fri., Nov. 3 when it visits Fordham of the Atlantic 10. The game will be preceded by a pre-game reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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Bartlett, Carlson make CSCAA academic list
Bartlett, Carlson make CSCAA academic list

Add one more honor to the resumes of storied Fredonia divers Meghan Bartlett (Johnstown, N.Y. / Johnstown) and Arron Carlson (LeRoy /Notre Dame). The College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America earlier this summer recognized the pair as Scholar All-Americans. It is the second such honor for Bartlett, the first for Carlson.

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Three Devils earn USTFCCCA academic honors
Three Devils earn USTFCCCA academic honors

The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association cited the Fredonia women's track team for its combined 3.30 grade-point average, resulting in a place on the All-Academic Team list. Two of the team members, Mikayla Capestrani (Jamestown/Jamestown) and Anneliese Bienko (Clarence/Clarence), received USTFCCCA All-Academic awards. Men's team member Justyn Haines (Albion/Albion), was also named USTFCCCA All-Academic.

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Fredonia Director of Athletics Prechtl announces retirement
Fredonia Director of Athletics Prechtl announces retirement

Director of Athletics Greg Prechtl met with athletic department members this week and announced his retirement after 44 years as a coach and athletic administrator. Vice President of Student Affairs Cedric Howard said Mr. Prechtl will assume the title of Athletic Director Emeritus and will continue to oversee the Blue Devil Booster Club. He added that Associate Director of Athletics Megan Valentine will serve as interim director.

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Cancer Awareness Weekend slated for September
Cancer Awareness Weekend slated for September

The third annual Fredonia Soccer Cancer Awareness Weekend is Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 at University Stadium, also the weekend of the annual Blue Devil Classic. Admission fees will be collected both days and will be added to the proceeds to benefit Team Roswell, the fundraising arm of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.

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Arts on Campus

‘Pathways to Music’ for children, parents begins fall term
‘Pathways to Music’ for children, parents begins fall term

Three early childhood classes will be offered beginning in September by Pathways to Music, a program of the Fredonia School of Music that provides an exciting opportunity for children and parents to discover the joy of music while singing, moving, listening, and dancing, at the Campus and Community Children’s Center.

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