With the “splicing” of a giant double-helix DNA model, Fredonia officially ushered in a new era in science teaching and learning. Fredonia President Virginia Horvath led hundreds of students, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators and community members in a celebration of the stunning, 92,000-square-foot, four-story Fredonia Science Center.
Many events will be offered during Family Weekend on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25. Hypnotist Tom DeLuca, a four-time National College Entertainer of the Year, will perform on the stage of Rosch Recital Hall on Oct. 24 at 8 p.m., and the Scholars Breakfast will be held Saturday morning in Steele Hall. For the complete schedule, go to http://www.fredonia.edu/campuslife/familyweekend.asp.
Members of four British rock bands – the Hollies, Badfinger, The Moody Blues and Wings – who scored top 10 hits in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s, will relive that magical era of music in a program to be presented on Thursday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m. at Rosch Recital Hall. Terry Sylvester of the Hollies, Joey Molland of Badfinger and Denny Laine, formerly of The Moody Blues and Wings, will discuss their respective histories and exploits in the music industry.
Historian Stanley Weintraub will give a talk, “Peace is Harder to Make than War: The 1914 Christmas Truce,” on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Thompson Hall Room W101 at noon. Weintraub is the author of, “Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce,” which examines the unofficial truce among men on both sides of the trenches on Christmas Eve of 1914. The talk will be followed by a reception in the Japanese Garden of Reed Library at 1 p.m.
The “Feeding Fredonia Challenge” will be held Oct. 19 to 24 and is a village-wide food donation drive that aims to help feed Fredonians and surrounding community members who are in need. Donations can be made to any of several collection locations on campus and will benefit the Fredonia Food Pantry.
Fredonia’s annual “Terror in the Trees,” produced by the Interactive Theatre Society, will once again haunt the Ring Road Forest on Thursday, Oct. 23 and 30, Friday, Oct. 24 and 31, and Saturday, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. With the exception of Halloween night, the haunted, walk-through forest will be open from 8 p.m. until midnight. On "All Hallows Eve," the terror runs until 1 a.m.
The All-Campus Appeal is a terrific way to increase awards, funds and scholarships that benefit all Fredonia students. Gifts of cash received by Dec. 31 are tax deductible for the calendar year 2014, as allowed by law. Pledges made through payroll deduction will begin in early January 2015. Payroll deduction forms should be returned by Dec. 15 to take advantage of the pay period deduction cycle in 2015.
Laurie Dutton has become a pioneer -- just months after earning her Fredonia degree – by helping to introduce career opportunities in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines to elementary school students as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer through the New York Campus Compact, a hub for service-learning based at Cornell University.
Internationally known French novelist Laurent Seksik will conclude a week at Fredonia devoted to Stefan Zweig – the Austrian author and biographer who reached the height of his career in the 1920s and 1930s as one of the world’s most popular authors – in a program to be presented at on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. at Rosch Recital Hall.
The State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) is set to kickoff its annual fundraising campaign at Fredonia on Oct. 2. The campaign’s goal is $45,000, and all funds raised go to support New York health and human service agencies year-round. SEFA is the United Way Foundation’s charitable initiative that uses donations to aid people of all ages and backgrounds statewide.
A new door has been officially opened for economic development and job creation in Chautauqua County with formal approval last week by SUNY of the Fredonia StartUP NY campus plan, part of a statewide initiative launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo to create tax-free zones on or near institutions of higher education.
Fredonia has been selected as one of 1,600 Military Friendly® Schools nationwide by Victory Media, an organization which helps students transition from military to civilian life within a college setting. The university has received the distinction for three consecutive years and is part of the top 15 percent of qualifying educational institutions across the country.
The Fredonia Technology Incubator is welcoming a new business, Venture Productions, to its facility in the central business district of Dunkirk. Venture Productions is a start-up company that provides highly innovative, original and affordable entertainment, digital media, and high quality dramatic education for all ages. Venture Productions was founded by Ted Sharon, a faculty member with Fredonia’s Department of Theatre and Dance.
Fredonia is one of three schools in New York State that will begin offering “Serving: Standing Down,” an innovative reading/discussion program designed specifically for veterans to assist them as they transition from active duty to civilian life. Sessions will be held every Wednesday, beginning at 6 p.m., from Oct. 1 through Nov. 19, in the Veterans’ Lounge in Nixon Hall.
The students of Unione Italiana, Fredonia’s Italian student organization, will celebrate Italian History Month by hosting an authentic dinner buffet on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m., in the Williams Center’s Horizon Room East. The event is open to the campus and community and the cost is $18.
On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Fredonia students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to engage in "Maintaining Joyful Discovery in Natural Spaces," a conversation about the joy of discovery. The event is slated from noon until 3 p.m. in Williams Center Room S204D.