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Helen Tinch Williams to receive Outstanding Achievement Award from Alumni Association at Homecoming
Helen Tinch Williams to receive Outstanding Achievement Award from Alumni Association at Homecoming

Helen Tinch Williams is slated to receive the Fredonia Alumni Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award on Friday, Oct. 20 during the Homecoming gala dinner. Retired after 37 years in the Ossining, N.Y., public schools as a vocal music educator and as an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College School of Education in Purchase, N.Y., Mrs. Williams participated in the first decade of Hillman Opera productions, cast in the lead role in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” as a first-year student.

  

Homecoming Excellence Gala and concert puts the spotlight on opera
Homecoming Excellence Gala and concert puts the spotlight on opera

The Homecoming Excellence Gala dinner will be held in the Williams Center on Friday, Oct. 20, and the 60th Anniversary Hillman Opera Celebration will be highlighted with an operatic theme throughout the dinner including a performance by Fredonia alumni Kateri Gormely Sackett, '12, and Kyle Sackett '12. Alumna Helen Tinch Williams, Class of 1960, will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Fredonia Alumni Association at the event, and will also serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the Hillman Opera celebration concert at 8 p.m. in King Concert Hall.

  

Homecoming schedule for weekend of Oct. 19-22

Many events and activities are planned for the Homecoming 2017, with something for everyone to enjoy. Lectures, alumni gatherings, cultural and athletic contests provide a variety of activities for the campus community and visiting alumni and friends.

  

Mini Maker Faire returns to campus
Mini Maker Faire returns to campus

Buoyed by great success in its inaugural year, the Fredonia Mini Maker Faire will return during the campus’ Homecoming weekend on Saturday, Oct. 21. Hailed as the “Greatest Show and Tell on Earth,” a Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention and creativity.

  

Cultural Competency Institute conducts inaugural session, sets vision for campus
Cultural Competency Institute conducts inaugural session, sets vision for campus

Fredonia’s Cultural Competency Institute, whose mission is to engage campus community leaders in creating a more inclusive campus atmosphere, conducted the first of six sessions to be held in the 2017-2018 academic year on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

  

Transgender writer/activist to speak at annual Fall Gathering during Queer History Month
Transgender writer/activist to speak at annual Fall Gathering during Queer History Month

The joint annual Fall Gathering and Closing Ceremony for Queer History Month 2017, which provides an opportunity for the campus community to learn about the story of Queer History Month and Fredonia's Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) and Ethnic Studies programs, will be held on Monday, Oct. 23.

  

National Book Award finalist to discuss ‘Dark at the Crossing’ at campus talk

Elliot Ackerman, a highly decorated veteran whose “Dark at the Crossing” is one of five finalists for the 2017 National Book Award for fiction, will read excerpts from the book on Monday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m., in the Kelly Family Auditorium in the Science Center.

  

Students stage ‘mapathon’ to aid Puerto Rico

Students in the EDU 403 Teaching Science in the Elementary School have joined forces with an international relief effort to map the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico by holding a “mapathon.” The students are part of the GeoVenturers YouthMappers Chapter, established by Dr. Michael Jabot of the College of Education.

  

Students, faculty in Ethnic Studies course tour African American history museum
Students, faculty in Ethnic Studies course tour African American history museum

“Students were particularly moved by seeing Emmett Till's casket and Nat Turner's Bible. In a very different way, of course, they enjoyed seeing Chuck Berry's red Cadillac.” That’s one observation offered by English Professor Saundra Liggins following a field trip that she, History Professor Jennifer Hildebrand and students enrolled in the Ethnic Studies 389 course made during fall break to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

  

Donations sought to benefit food pantry
Donations sought to benefit food pantry

The Feeding Fredonia Challenge, a town-wide food campaign conducted at the State University of New York at Fredonia to assist the Fredonia Food Pantry at the Fredonia Presbyterian Church, will be held Monday through Friday, Oct. 16 to 20.

  

English honor society hosts Open Mic Night at 21 East Bookstore

Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society at Fredonia, will host its annual Fall Open Mic Night at 21 East Bookstore, Dunkirk, on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Students and faculty will share either their own creative writing or excerpts from literature at the gathering.

  

Graduate School Fair, series of workshops slated for October
Graduate School Fair, series of workshops slated for October

The Career Development Office will host its ninth annual Graduate School Fair on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room. “Graduate School Week,” a series of workshops devoted to specific graduate school topics hosted by the offices of Career Development, Graduate Studies, the Graduate Student Writing Center and Financial Aid, will also be held throughout the week of Oct. 16.

  

Special events to commemorate 50th anniversary of Stefan Zweig Collection
Special events to commemorate 50th anniversary of Stefan Zweig Collection

As part of the 2017-2018 Convocation Series “Transformations” at Fredonia, the Archives and Special Collections in Reed Library and the Department of English are recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Stefan Zweig Collection at Reed Library and the 75th anniversary of the death of its creator, Austrian author Stefan Zweig (1881-1942).

  

Campus to host ‘Day of the Dead’ exhibition, author presentation
Campus to host ‘Day of the Dead’ exhibition, author presentation

The Latin American tradition of honoring relatives by tending graves, building altars and cooking festive meals will be recognized with a “Day of the Dead” altar exhibition and guest speaker in November.

  

Professor receives U.S. patent for pioneering flight tracking technology
Professor receives U.S. patent for pioneering flight tracking technology

A revolutionary technology, developed by Junaid Zubairi, professor of Computer and Information Sciences, has the potential to render obsolete the so-called “black box” – an essential  investigation tool used in all airplane accidents and incidents – through the real-time transmission of vital flight data to ground-level sensors. 

  
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Health and Wellness

Ski and Ride Club gearing up for the season

Veteran skiers and snowboarders, or those who would like learn how to master snow-covered slopes this winter, are invited to sign up for discounted packages at Holiday Valley, located in Ellicottville, through the Fredonia Ski and Ride Club.

  

Students, faculty and staff asked to take Alana’s Foundation flu vaccination survey; urged to get flu shots
Students, faculty and staff asked to take Alana’s Foundation flu vaccination survey; urged to get flu shots

The Student Health Center has joined Alana's Foundation to get the word out about the importance of flu vaccinations. The challenge is to see how many members of the campus (students, faculty and staff) respond to a flu vaccination survey. “While we participate in this challenge, we would also like to encourage all members of the campus community to get their flu shot,” said Deborah Dibble, director of the Student Health Center. Flu shots through the Student Health Center are offered free for students and $20 for faculty and staff using their FREDCard.

  

EAP schedule full of wellness events for faculty, staff

A wide assortment of wellness activities and events for the fall semester has been assembled by the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for Fredonia faculty, staff and retirees.

  
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Vitae

Top secretarial awards presented to Tracy Horth, Carol Smith
Top secretarial awards presented to Tracy Horth, Carol Smith

Tracy Horth and Carol Smith – two secretaries who collectively account for over three decades of service and three promotions – have received prestigious awards through endowments established with the Fredonia College Foundation.

  

Fredonia recognizes employees for outstanding service
Fredonia recognizes employees for outstanding service

Five Fredonia employees, whose collective service to the campus spans more than 110 years and all major departments within the Finance and Administration division, have received 2017 Outstanding Administrative Service awards in recognition of exemplary service to the campus.

  

Kyle Piscitelli named first ‘Student of the Month’ of 2017-2018

Kyle Piscitelli, a senior double majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Clymer, has been chosen as the September 2017 Student of the Month by the Office of Residence Life.

  

Fan receives postdoctoral fellowship, chosen to organize an international conference in Germany
Fan receives postdoctoral fellowship, chosen to organize an international conference in Germany

Xin Fan, assistant professor of East Asian history, was the recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship in humanities jointly founded by the Volkswagen Foundation and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Dr. Fan spent the past summer conducting research on world history in China at the University of Göttingen as a fellow of the Platform for Global and Transregional Studies.

  

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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Arts on Campus

Seneca Nation art exhibition opens at Fredonia Technology Incubator
Seneca Nation art exhibition opens at Fredonia Technology Incubator

Creativity, craftsmanship and heroism of the Seneca Nation will be celebrated in “Onöndowa’ga: People of the Great Hill,” a new exhibition at the Fredonia Technology Incubator, 214 Central Ave., Dunkirk, that will be unveiled on Monday, Oct. 23. Area residents will have an opportunity to meet the artists at an opening reception in the incubator’s gallery on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

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‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ opens series on Oct. 20
‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ opens series on Oct. 20

A Tony Award-winning Broadway hit will be the first offering in the 2017-18 Walter Gloor Mainstage Series. The Department of Theatre and Dance presents six performances of “Peter and the Starcatcher” from Oct. 20 to 28 in Marvel Theatre.

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Stonefelt to be honored at Homecoming
Stonefelt to be honored at Homecoming

Over 40 alumni of the percussion department, along with 10 current students majoring in Music Performance, Music Education and Sound Recording Technology and current faculty from the School of Music are joining together on Saturday, Oct. 21, to celebrate SUNY Distinguished Professor Kay Stonefelt.

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Baroque Trio to open annual Children’s Concerts Series
Baroque Trio to open annual Children’s Concerts Series

The Children’s Concert Series will open the 12th season of Musical Journeys, a community outreach project of the School of Music, with half-hour performances by the Fredonia Baroque Trio, on Oct. 21, at locations in the north and south county.

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'Harvey Breverman: A Decade of Drawings' opens Oct. 17
'Harvey Breverman: A Decade of Drawings' opens Oct. 17

Works of art by an influential educator, internationally recognized master printer, and figure painter, “Harvey Breverman: A Decade of Drawing, 2005-2015 (Idiosyncratic Amalgams and Disparate Composites)” opens Oct. 17 and runs through Nov. 17 at the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery.

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Fredonia offers unique concert experience with SHUFFLE
Fredonia offers unique concert experience with SHUFFLE

The Fredonia School of Music, in partnership with Rockefeller Arts Center, brings a truly unique chamber performance experience to Rosch Recital Hall when SHUFFLE Concert takes the stage on Oct. 28 during Fredonia's Family Weekend 2017.

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The Second City Touring Company brings the cure to Fredonia
 The Second City Touring Company brings the cure to Fredonia

Comedy takes a turn on stage when Rockefeller Arts Center presents The Second City Touring Company: Cure for the Common Comedy on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in King Concert Hall. The performance may contain adult subject matter.

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Sorel Competition finalists selected
Sorel Competition finalists selected

The Fredonia School of Music is pleased to announce a group of 10 talented, young pianists selected to move on to the Finalist Round of The Claudette Sorel Piano Competition, slated for Nov. 4 in Rosch Recital Hall.

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Flutasia to take flight on Oct. 25
Flutasia to take flight on Oct. 25

The Flutasia Flute Ensemble will perform an eclectic mix of music, including a world premiere of a composition by award-winning composer Christina Brice Dolanc, on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m., in Rosch Recital Hall. The ensemble is directed by Susan Royal, professor of flute and head of the Woodwind Area in the School of Music.

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Fall String Festival brings guest artists to campus
Fall String Festival brings guest artists to campus

The Fredonia School of Music will host its second Fall String Festival, a one-day residency with four world-renowned artists, on Sunday, Oct. 22. The day will begin with a recital of solo and chamber music works at 1 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall featuring guest artists and Fredonia string faculty and students. Guest artists include violinist Scott St. John, violist Sheila Browne, cellist Thomas Kraines (cello) and bassist Diana Gannett.

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Athletics

Devils close '17 with SUNYAC win over Oswego
Devils close '17 with SUNYAC win over Oswego

Fredonia closed out the 2017 season with an inspirational 5-3 win over Oswego State in the consolation round of the SUNYAC Women's Tennis Tournament. Singles winners were sophomore junior Olivia Miller (Springwater) at No. 2, junior Adriana Speach (Baldwinsville) at No. 5, and junior Avril King (Naples, N.Y.) at No. 6.

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Another shutout, this time to tie Plattsburgh
Another shutout, this time to tie Plattsburgh

For the third straight game, Fredonia men's soccer has shut out a conference opponent. Its latest whitewash came Saturday afternoon at Plattsburgh, yet this time it resulted in a tie. Unable to muster scoring, the Blue Devils (8-5-2 overall, 2-3-2 SUNYAC) and Cardinals played to a 0-0 deadlock after double overtime.

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Scoreless tie earns important point for Devils
Scoreless tie earns important point for Devils

Fredonia withstood an onslaught of shots for a 0-0 double-overtime tie Saturday with Plattsburgh in SUNYAC women's soccer at University Stadium. Outshot 39-9 over the 110 minutes, the Blue Devils (6-9-1 overall, 2-4-1 SUNYAC) managed a point while the Cardinals (10-3-2 overall, 5-0-2 SUNYAC) secured a playoff spot into the upcoming conference tournament.

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