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Student entrepreneurs win ‘Best All Around Pitch’ at WNY Student 2 Biz competition
Student entrepreneurs win ‘Best All Around Pitch’ at WNY Student 2 Biz competition

Alex Czechowski and Nate Winn won “Best All Around Pitch” honors for NexNest – a web application they developed that connects students with local landlords and offers other services to help make student renting a positive experience – in a student business plan competition at the WNY Student 2 Biz Challenge held April 20 at Hilbert College.

  

It’s back to 'Pi School Prom' at Fredonia’s math, science challenge for high schoolers

The strategically timed theme of “‘Pi’ School Prom” will be take center stage at the 18th annual Math and Science Challenge at Fredonia that will welcome over 350 high school students to the campus on Thursday, May 24. Students, arranged in teams, will be challenged to work together and creatively apply various aspects of mathematics and science in seven unique events or activities that reflect the revered high school tradition.

  

Alumnus Marletta to receive SUNY Honorary Doctor of Science degree at Fredonia Commencement
Alumnus Marletta to receive SUNY Honorary Doctor of Science degree at Fredonia Commencement

Dr. Michael A. Marletta, a member of the Class of 1973, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the State University of New York at the State University of New York at Fredonia’s Commencement on Saturday, May 19. Dr. Marletta will also serve as the keynote speaker at the 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. ceremonies at Steele Hall.

  

Hlifka to receive Lanford Presidential Prize at Commencement
Hlifka to receive Lanford Presidential Prize at Commencement

Graduating senior Nicholas W. Hlifka will receive the 2018 Lanford Presidential Prize from the Oscar and Esther Lanford Endowment of the Fredonia College Foundation. The award will be presented at the morning Commencement ceremony on May 19.

  

El Nasser Way named on campus
El Nasser Way named on campus

A public event including family, friends, alumni and administration was held May 9 for the formal naming of “El Nasser Way” on campus by President Virginia Horvath in memory of Dr. Marwan El Nasser, who was a Professor Emeritus of Economics.

  

Observatory again opening its doors to the public
Observatory again opening its doors to the public

Public viewings at the Fredonia observatory will be starting up again on Wednesday, April 11, and running through the end of October. Located in the Science Center, the observatory first opened its doors in the spring of 2017.

  

Fredonia to honor graduating international, study abroad students
Fredonia to honor graduating international, study abroad students

A ceremony to recognize nearly 100 international and study abroad students who are members of the Class of 2018 will be held at the annual International Education event on Friday, May 18, at 2 p.m., in Rosch Recital Hall.

  

Stroke/head injury support group sessions to resume this summer at Fredonia
Stroke/head injury support group sessions to resume this summer at Fredonia

The Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders will offer two monthly support group meetings for stroke and head injury survivors and family members during the summer, on Tuesday, June 19 and July 17, from 3 to 4 p.m., in Thompson Hall Room E148.

  

March with SUNY at New York City Pride Parade
March with SUNY at New York City Pride Parade

SUNY invites students, faculty, and staff to march in the New York City Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24. All members of the SUNY community from all 64 campuses across New York State are welcome to attend and be a part of the largest pride celebration in the world.

  

President's Recognition Luncheon honors faculty and staff
President's Recognition Luncheon honors faculty and staff

Three Fredonia faculty and staff were honored for special contributions to the campus community, and service and retirees were also singled out for the spotlight, at the twelfth President’s Recognition Luncheon in the Williams Center.

  

Andryshak receives Tau Sigma scholarship
Andryshak receives Tau Sigma scholarship

Senior Valerie Andryshak, a graduating transfer student, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Tau Sigma Honor Society, the national honor society for transfer students, in celebration of her academic and civic contributions. It is the largest scholarship awarded annually by the national organization.

  

Zevenbergen named SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor
Zevenbergen named SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor

Dr. Andrea Zevenbergen of the Department of Psychology is one of 15 faculty members throughout the entire SUNY system to be recently promoted to the Distinguished Faculty Ranks by the State University of New York Board of Trustees.

  
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Grabowski named April Student of the Month
Grabowski named April Student of the Month

Katherine Grabowski of Baldwinsville was selected as the April 2018 Student of the Month by the Office of Residence Life. Ms. Grabowski majored in Early and Childhood Education-Music and graduated on May 19 with her Bachelor of Science in Education degree, summa cum laude. She was honored by being invited to give the opening reflection at the afternoon Commencement ceremony.

  

Students complete COIL tele-collaboration project with Mexican counterparts

Fredonia students enrolled in the Spanish course "The Art and Craft of Translation" completed a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) project working with students of the University of Sonora, Mexico. Both groups of students worked together in the literary analysis and translation of short stories by Salvadoran writer Salvador Salazar Arrué.

  

Staples' essay published in edited volume on Imperial Russian history
Staples' essay published in edited volume on Imperial Russian history

"Afforestation as Performance Art: Johann Cornies’ Aesthetics of Civilization,” an essay written by Department of History Professor John Staples, was recently published in a volume, "Minority Report: Mennonite Identities in Imperial Russia and Soviet Ukraine Reconsidered, 1789-1945," edited by Leonard G. Friesen (Wilfrid Laurier) by the University of Toronto Press.

  

Graduate student wins music competition and will perform at the Kennedy Center
Graduate student wins music competition and will perform at the Kennedy Center

Fredonia School of Music graduate student and percussionist Dennis O'Keefe is a winner in the prestigious VSA International Young Soloists Competition and will perform on the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Millennium Stage on May 30.

  

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

Fredonia adds a new outdoor sculpture to campus
Fredonia adds a new outdoor sculpture to campus

“Thunder Cloud,” a 1,500-pound cast iron sculpture by Coral Lambert, was installed in the Dennis R., '72 and Kathryn L. Costello South Plaza adjacent to the Rockefeller Arts Center Studio Complex by Fredonia’s Facilities Services crew on May 10. The 8-by-9-by-6-foot sculpture is part of the In Sight/On Site outdoor sculpture program initiated by the Department of Visual Arts and New Media.

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Summer Music Festival for band, voice and string students
Summer Music Festival for band, voice and string students

The 28th annual Fredonia Summer Music Festival in the School of Music continues its tradition of excellence with four summer music camps. The registration deadline has been extended until Friday, June 1.

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Athletics

Three Devils headed to NCAA meet
Three Devils headed to NCAA meet

It's official: Three Fredonia Blue Devils have qualified for the NCAA Division III Track & Field championship meet. Sarah Couperus and Brittany Feldman from the women's team, and Justyn Haines from the men's team, are bound for LaCrosse, Wis., the site of the D-III championship meet Thursday, May 24, through Saturday, May 26.

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Zaprowski earns All-Region
Zaprowski earns All-Region

Senior Steve Zaprowski was named to the D3baseball.com All Region Team on May 21. A two-time SUNYAC All Conference selection, Zaprowski was named as a utility player. He was the Devils' leadoff hitter and right fielder. Zaprowski also served as the team's closer.

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Health and Wellness

Food pantry set up to benefit students
Food pantry set up to benefit students

A food pantry has been established by the Student Health Center, Counseling Center and Office of Campus Life to assist students when food becomes scarce. “We have seen an overwhelming response with our previous food pantries, with over 2,500 food items being given out to students,” reported Debbie Dibble, Student Health Center director.

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