Fredonia will welcome home one of its own to Commencement, slated for Saturday, May 14, with ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Steele Hall Arena. Alumnus Dr. Jeffery W. Kelly, a member of the Class of 1982 and the Lita Annenberg Hazen Professor of Chemistry and Chairman of the Department of Molecular Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute in California, will be the keynote speaker.
English Professor Iclal Vanwesenbeeck, Biology Professor William Brown and Paul Chambers, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Music who has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fredonia, have received Fulbright awards.
Actor, singer, teacher, and four-time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn will receive an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia's Commencement on May 14. The degree will be conferred during the morning ceremony, slated for 10 a.m. in the Steele Hall Arena.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Dr. Sherri Mason of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is one of six New York State recipients of the Environmental Protection Agency’s annual Environmental Champion Awards. The award recipients will be honored in New York City on May 13 for their commitment to environmental protection through green initiatives.
Chilly temperatures and a light drizzle didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Fredonia students during The Buffalo News Kids Day campaign on April 26. Over 300 Fredonia volunteers, representing 20 student groups and organizations and all residence halls, raised $3,211.38.
“Artists for Autism,” the Fredonia Music Industry program’s three-event showcase, climbed to the top of the charts as a win-win-win. Students gained real-world experience in event planning and promotion, helped to raise more than $29,000 for the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) and gained valuable clinical experience.
Many different degree programs in the Department of Biology lead to a career in the medical field, but one stands out, Medical Technology, because of its 100 percent job placement rate. All who graduated in 2015 were offered jobs soon after receiving their Fredonia degrees.
Alpha Phi Omega is giving all students the opportunity to throw a pie in their professors’ face on Saturday, May 7 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the Tim Horton’s patio adjacent to the Williams Center. There are multiple faculty and staff participating from various departments. Money earned from the event will be donated to the charities of the professors’ or staff member's choosing.
The American Council on Education (ACE) has announced that Dr. Rob Deemer of the School of Music has been named an ACE Fellow for 2016-17 academic year. Thirty-three Fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.
A partnership between AT&T and Fredonia will provide extra-curricular instruction in computer science and an introduction to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines to Chautauqua County high school students this fall. Goals of the program are to encourage students to continue their education beyond high school and acquire technical skills, while also learning about educational opportunities offered at Fredonia.
Fredonia Director of Facilities Services Kevin Cloos reported that eight semi-trailers were filled with e-recyclables by the end of Saturday's event, and 1,251 vehicles drove through drop-off points, in what is believed to be the largest e-recycling event in the university's history. Fredonia partnered with State Senator Catharine Young, Time Warner Cable and e-recycler Sunnking.
Fredonia is poised to approach or exceed the success of last year’s Relay for Life, thanks to donations that reached $27,418.38 when the students departed Steele Hall Arena early April 17. “This is the highest we have ever made by the event date, so everyone has been very excited,” said Relay for Life Co-chair Stephanie Willis. The 2015 American Cancer Society fundraiser generated more than $33,000, well within the reach of this year’s event.
Fredonia Enactus returned to Western New York recently with the winning title from the 2016 Regional Enactus competition in Atlanta, Ga. With this title, the group qualifies to compete in the 2016 National Exposition that will be held in St. Louis, Mo., on May 15 to 17. Winning and advancing to the national level means that Fredonia will compete against over 100 colleges and universities.
Four Fredonia seniors ̶ including three who share the same major ̶ were the recipients of the 2016 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. The honor recognizes a student’s ability to integrate academic excellence with accomplishments in leadership, athletics, creative or performing arts and community service.
Julianne Foster, a senior from Rochester, N.Y., who has achieved high academic success and made significant contributions to the campus and surrounding community, has been chosen to receive the 2016 Lanford Presidential Prize, an honor that recognizes a member of the graduating class who has exhibited balanced achievement and exemplified Fredonia's ideals.
Fredonia has redesigned its scholarship model to increase overall affordability for students and families, which will be implemented with new freshman and transfer students entering for Fall 2016. As a result of its redesign efforts, this year Fredonia will offer over $5 million in merit scholarships as well as need-based aid, nearly doubling the amount it offered in 2014.