Fredonia is offering aspiring young scientists opportunities to take their first STEM steps with two camps slated for late July and early August at the Science Center. FREDcamp (Fredonia Research, Exploration and Discovery camp), for youngsters in grades six to eight, is slated for July 25 through 29. FREDmed (focusing on health, exercise and medicine), for students in grades six to nine, will run Aug. 1 to 5. Registration for each camp is due by Friday, July 1.
Jeffrey Woodard has been named the new Director of Marketing and Communications for Fredonia. He will begin his new duties on campus July 6. “Fredonia changed my life and had a profound impact on my career,” Woodard said. “I am thrilled to bring my marketing, branding, and story-telling experience back to campus to advance Fredonia’s image throughout Western New York and the entire northeast.”
Two highly regarded English professors, the adept planner behind an impressive inventory of capital projects and a key front-line staff member at the Science Center have been chosen as recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, a SUNY-wide honor that recognizes consistently superior professional achievement.
Dr. Cedric B. Howard has been named Fredonia's new Vice President for Student Affairs. He will assume his duties at Fredonia on Aug. 1. Dr. Howard currently serves as Vice Chancellor for Student and Enrollment Services at the University of Washington at Tacoma, a position he has held since 2007.
There was no shortage of accolades bestowed upon Fredonia’s Enactus team at the 2016 National Exposition, a competition that drew teams from over 100 private and public universities to St. Louis in mid-May. Led by School of Business Assistant Professor Susan McNamara, who was named a Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow of the Year at the event, Fredonia advanced to the quarterfinals and was awarded a trophy as one of the top 32 programs out of over 450 from across the country.
Fredonia alumnus Dr. Michael Marletta was recently elected as one of 28 new Resident members at the American Philosophical Society’s Annual Spring Meeting in Philadelphia. The oldest learned society in the United States, it was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.”
The Fredonia Science Center was the venue for the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation Local Economic Development (LED) Committee’s recent “Chautauqua County: On the Move!” event. Over 80 community members turned out for an update on the exciting opportunities coming to Northern Chautauqua County.
The region may have a few new businesses on the horizon thanks to the Fredonia Technology Incubator, the university and AT&T, who collaborated to host the first campus-wide student business competition. The grand prize winner was Ryan Alonge for his plan to develop a children’s play museum in Dunkirk. ArcAtlas Records and its principles, Michael Gonzalez-Kelly, Virginia Croft and Ariel Arellano, were awarded second place.
Juanita Rockwell, an award-winning theater director, playwright, composer and educator from Baltimore, has been selected as the recipient of the 2016-2017 Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts. The Marion Fellowship was created in 2013 by Fredonia alumna Cathy Marion and her husband, Jesse, to support artistic journeys that lead to new opportunities for collaborative artistic excellence that are affiliated with Marion Fellowship Circle member institutions.
President Virginia S. Horvath shook the hands of nearly 1,400 students in Steele Hall Arena today as they walked, one by one, across the stage to receive their diplomas and earn their President’s congratulations. Fredonia’s 189th annual Commencement ceremony included bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients, as well as those earning advanced certificates, honored during two ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on campus.
The State University of New York Board of Trustees recently approved the appointments of 29 faculty to the Distinguished Faculty Rank (DFR), including Dr. Neil Feit of the Department of Philosophy, who has been named a Distinguished Teaching Professor.
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.
More than two-dozen Accounting students made filing 2015 income tax returns less “taxing” for a growing number of local residents – while sharpening skills they’ll utilize in their professional careers – through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Fredonia. A record 238 sets of federal and state tax returns were prepared by these students through the IRS program that provides basic tax preparation services to low- and moderate-income individuals at no charge, according to Accounting Professor Linda Hall.
Krystal Lebron and Mark Dudek, local residents who will graduate with degrees in Biology with honors from Fredonia on Saturday, are ready to continue their education in veterinary school this fall. Tuskegee University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is the destination of Ms. Lebron, a Dunkirk High School graduate, while Mr. Dudek, a Fredonia High School graduate, will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mitchell|Giurgola Architects LLP, the vision behind Fredonia’s new Science Center, has earned a 2016 Excelsior Honor Award for New Construction from AIA New York State, Inc., an organization of The American Institute of Architects. It was among 13 Honor Awards in the Public Architectural category that were presented at the AIANYS Excelsior Awards program and reception held May 2 in Albany.
Distinguished Teaching Professor Clark Zlotchew was inducted into Sigma Delta Pi's Order of Don Quijote, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society's highest award that is conferred annually upon only two to three people worldwide each year. In presenting the honor it was noted that Dr. Zlotchew’s exemplary record of scholarship and professional contributions earned him the international distinction.
Three employees with over 60 years of combined service – Dr. Ivani Vassoler-Froelich, Eric Hadley and Michael Kozlowski – were formally recognized as recipients of the President’s Award for Excellence, and Dr. Susan McNamara received the Fredonia College Council Award for Community Engagement, at the annual President’s Award for Excellence luncheon.