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START-UP NY / Innovation Hot Spot event at Incubator this Friday
START-UP NY / Innovation Hot Spot event at Incubator this Friday

Fredonia will host two leading experts in START-UP NY and New York State Innovation Hot Spot this Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Fredonia Technology Incubator located at 214 Central Avenue in Dunkirk. All business, campus and community members are invited to attend this event, which is free and open to the public.

  

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.

  

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.

  

Award winning poet Jericho Brown to give reading at Fredonia
Award winning poet Jericho Brown to give reading at Fredonia

Jericho Brown, whose first book, “Please,” won the American Book Award and was a finalist for the Lambda Award for gay poetry, will conduct a poetry reading at Fredonia on Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m., at McEwen Hall Room 202.

  

Slush Rush returns to Fredonia March 29
Slush Rush returns to Fredonia March 29

The International Education Center will be hosting the seventh annual 5k Slush Rush on Sunday, March 29. The race kicks off at 9 a.m. outside of Steele Hall, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. inside Steele. The course will remain on campus, with finishers completing the race at Steele Hall.

  

Campus leaders ask State Legislature to #InvestInSUNY
Campus leaders ask State Legislature to #InvestInSUNY

State support at Fredonia has dwindled to just 11.9 percent of its current operating budget. The balance of the more than $110 million needed to run the university during the 2014-15 fiscal year is expected to be entirely self-generated, and has resulted in a budget shortfall of 5.5 percent. That’s just one example to be found among the more than 64 SUNY campuses, and why system leaders in Albany and on campuses across New York are reaching out to state legislators, encouraging them to increase the amount of state funding.

  

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.

  

Forensic science series continues April 9
Forensic science series continues April 9

“Discovering the Truth: Forensic Science in Action,” a three-part Convocation lecture series on forensic science, will continue with a lecture by Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat, a forensic anthropologist at the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute on Thursday, April 9 at 6 p.m. All talks will be held in McEwen Hall Room 209.

  

Fredonia senior writes, illustrates new children’s book
Fredonia senior writes, illustrates new children’s book

Brittany Georgalas won’t receive her degree in Animation and Media Management until May, but she’s already got a “jump start” on her career with the publication of “Feleap the Frog and the Great Big Circus Adventure,” a children’s book that she wrote and illustrated. See how a class project turned into a career starter for this Melville, N.Y., native.

  

Hellogoodbye and X Ambassadors in concert April 12 in Steele

The indie pop band Hellogoodbye and the alternative rock band X Ambassadors, from Ithaca, will perform in a spring concert at Fredonia on Sunday, April 12, at the Steele Hall Fieldhouse. Spectrum Entertainment worked with a national college talent booking agency to select the bands. The Fredonia student group New Masons, which won the Battle of the New Bands earlier this semester, will be the opening act.

  

Brown Bag Lecture on April 1 explores ‘Greening the Local Economy’

“Greening the Local Economy” is the theme for the next College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series on Wednesday April 1. The discussion will take place in the Williams Center Room 204ABC at noon. Panelists will explore ways in which campus and community partners are working in the region and globally to generate economically sound means of improving sustainability at the local level.

  

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.

  

Annual spring drag show returns March 28

Pride Alliance will be hosting its 10th annual spring drag show on Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in Steele Hall. The campus community is invited to enjoy a night of student and alumni performers pumping up the crowd with "power anthems." A new headliner will be hosting the event this semester; drag king Christine Gaye.

  

Rare bat species detected on Fredonia’s College Lodge property
Rare bat species detected on Fredonia’s College Lodge property

The northern long-eared bat – a candidate for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act – has been identified at Fredonia’s College Lodge property. Jonathan Townsend, a research biologist who earned a master’s degree from Fredonia in May 2014, documented the presence of the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) in an acoustical survey undertaken in August 2014.

  

Unione Italiana to serve Italian dinner
Unione Italiana to serve Italian dinner

Reservations are being accepted for a celebration of Italian cuisine sponsored by the student club Unione Italiana, to be served Sunday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at the Williams Center Horizon Room. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

  

‘Out of the Darkness Walk’ for Suicide Prevention on March 28

The Psychology Club will host the eleventh annual ‘Out of the Darkness Walk’ on Saturday, March 28, benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Registration for the event will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the campus clock tower, on the corner of University Parkway and Symphony Circle. The three-mile walk will begin at noon.

  

‘Herstory’ Month hosted by Women’s Student Union
‘Herstory’ Month hosted by Women’s Student Union

The Women’s Student Union will be hosting various free events throughout the month of March and the beginning of April in honor of Women’s “Herstory” Month, with the theme, “Women’s Herstory Month: Feminist Past, Present and Future.” Programs will review the history and progress of feminism over the years.

  

Fredonia secures articulation agreement with UB pharmacy school

A new 3+4 articulation agreement between Fredonia and the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will enable Fredonia students to fulfill requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Pharmacy degree in less time. Instead of taking four years to complete an undergraduate degree and another four years to complete the doctor of pharmacy degree – for a total or eight years – students can complete both programs in seven years.

  

Fredonia teams with Rockefeller College to establish new B.A./M.P.A. program

Fredonia has established a first-of-its-kind agreement with the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University of Albany to offer a combined bachelor’s and master’s program open to all majors. An information session for Fredonia students will be held Tuesday, March 10 at 5 p.m., in the Politics and International Affairs Reading Room, Thompson Hall Room E-369.

  

Fredonia mock trial team advances to championship rounds
Fredonia mock trial team advances to championship rounds

The Fredonia Blue Devils' Advocates have made history by qualifying for the National Championship Rounds of the American Mock Trial Association. Of more than 650 teams competing in regional competitions this spring, less than one-third earned a bid to the Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS).

  

Benefit scholarships through purchases with Amazon
Benefit scholarships through purchases with Amazon

Make a purchase on Amazon and benefit Fredonia students and their education. It’s really that simple for students, faculty and alumni to have a portion of their Amazon purchase relayed to the Fredonia College Foundation through AmazonSmile.

  
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Student playwright to participate in SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference

Caeli Faisst, a junior Theatre Arts major, has been invited to participate in the first annual SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) at Brockport on April 10 with her original play, “Echoes of Emily.” The play strives to breathe new life into the work of the celebrated and complex poet, Emily Dickenson.

  

English Professor co-edits new volume on Zweig
English Professor co-edits new volume on Zweig

Associate Professor Birger Vanwesenbeeck of the Department of English is the co-editor of a new volume with essays on author Stefan Zweig that was just published by Camden House. “Stefan Zweig and World Literature: Twenty-First-Century Perspectives” is the first critical study of Zweig in English to appear in North America in over 25 years.

  

Fredonia professor’s sculptures featured in solo exhibition in Buffalo
Fredonia professor’s sculptures featured in solo exhibition in Buffalo

“The Scrutiny of Objects: Sculptures by Robert A. Booth” opens with a reception March 13 and runs through Aug. 30 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo. Professor Booth explores familiarity and the understanding of place, purpose or function.

  
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Athletics

Fredonia Enactus to host ‘Bucketz for Billups’ March 28
Fredonia Enactus to host ‘Bucketz for Billups’ March 28

Fredonia Enactus will host the “Bucketz for Billups” 3 on 3 basketball tournament in honor of alumnus Amir Billups to raise funds for the Dunkirk Boys and Girls Club of America on Saturday, March 28 at 4:30 p.m. in Dods Hall. The event will commemorate the life of Mr. Billups, a star athlete in Western New York who played basketball at Fredonia.

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Devils down No. 17 St. John Fisher
Devils down No. 17 St. John Fisher

Fredonia defeated nationally ranked St. John Fisher, 17-10, in women's lacrosse on March 24. The Blue Devils improved to 6-1 with the win over the Cardinals, who fell to 5-2 and entered the week at No. 17 in the IWLCA NCAA Division III poll.

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Four days, four All-Americans
Four days, four All-Americans

The Fredonia diving team walked away from the NCAA Division III Championships in Shenandoah, Texas with four All-Americans. All four Blue Devil divers competing in the championships -- two men and two women -- earned either All-American or Honorable Mention All-American honors.

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Softball team defeats Calvin, FDU-Florham
Softball team defeats Calvin, FDU-Florham

Fredonia won its second and third games of the spring March 16, 4-2 in come-from-behind fashion over Calvin and a 9-5 slugfest over Fairleigh Dickenson-Florham at the Dot Richardson Spring Games.

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Arts on Campus

Groundbreaking '60s musical ‘HAIR’ next in Mainstage Series

The Department of Theatre and Dance, in association with the School of Music, continues the 2014-15 Walter Gloor Mainstage Series with its production of a groundbreaking '60s musical.“HAIR - The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” opens Friday, April 10 in Marvel Theatre for a six-show run.

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WNYCO to present Mozart's ‘Don Giovanni’ on King stage

The Western New York Chamber Orchestra, a professional ensemble-in-residence at Fredonia, will present a staged concert production of Mozart's operatic masterpiece, “Don Giovanni,” on Sunday, March 29, at 4 p.m. in King Concert Hall, featuring guest artists and current students.

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Art of Performing Academy workshop to begin July 5 with oboist Colin Maier
Art of Performing Academy workshop to begin July 5 with oboist Colin Maier

Classical musicians are invited to a week-long intensive workshop designed to explore the art of performing with oboist Colin Maier from July 5 to 11. Additional academy faculty include Fredonia oboist Dr. Sarah Hamilton and Dr. James Ivey of the Department of Theatre and Dance.

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Dance students attend national conference at Ohio University
Dance students attend national conference at Ohio University

Under the supervision of Fredonia dance faculty Sam Kenney and Angelika Summerton, 18 students from the Department of Theatre and Dance had the opportunity to attend the American College Dance Festival Conference at Ohio University from Feb. 28 to March 2.

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Playground Drama Camp returns this summer
Playground Drama Camp returns this summer

Fredonia’s Department of Theatre and Dance will once again host the Playground Drama Day Camp, a fun introduction to theatre and the arts for children ages 7 to 18, between Aug. 3 and Aug. 22. Established as one of the highlights of Fredonia’s summer season, there will be three one-week long programs to introduce a wide range of opportunities for the Playground Players to explore their interests in the dramatic arts.

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Five artists featured in exhibition at Fredonia’s Marion Art Gallery
Five artists featured in exhibition at Fredonia’s Marion Art Gallery

Photographs, ceramic sculpture, drawings and a mixed media installation by five artists will be on display beginning Feb. 27 in a new exhibition at the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery. “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things” features works by Jason Briggs, Linda Cordell, Fotini Galanes, Lorrie Fredette and Chris Walker.

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‘Some Like It Hot’ presents “ACAFEST” March 28

“Some Like It Hot,” Fredonia’s premiere all-female a cappella group, will be hosting its eighth annual invitational, “ACAFEST,” on Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room. The public is invited to enjoy a night full of music, old and new, from both on and off-campus a cappella groups.

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The Fredonia Wind Ensemble wraps up spring tour at King Concert Hall

The Fredonia Wind Ensemble’s seventh and final performance on its spring regional tour will held be at King Concert Hall on March 28 at 8 p.m. After four days of touring and performing at schools in Long Island, the musicians will return home to conclude the tour.

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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.

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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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Health and Wellness

Health Matters Newsletter

March is here, and we are hoping for some nicer weather to follow soon. This month's Health Matters Newsletter gives some tips of staying safe while traveling for Spring Break.

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