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Student of the Month

Student of the Month Program

Established in 2003, the Student of the Month (SOM) Committee has been designed to recognize individual students for their achievements, both scholastic and co-curricular.  If you have a student that you wish to nominate, please fill out the student nomination form!

 Student of the Month

From Left to Right: Dan Goodwin, Kathy Forster, Yasuki Hirata, Jacob Czelusta, Dr. David Herman, and Kevin Hahn


Yasuki Hirata named
January 2016 Student of the Month

FREDONIA, N.Y. — January — Yasuki Hirata, of Otsu, Shiga, Japan, has been named Student of the Month for January by Residence Life.  Yasuki was nominated for this award by Mr. Jacob Czelusta, Assistant Director of International Student Services, for his involvement with and creation of the Japanese club, and for his collaborative efforts with other groups on campus

Mr. Czelusta spoke about events put on by the Japanese club and said “The exposure to Japanese culture they are creating is amazing and I can’t even imagine how much greater it would be if it had more Japanese students to support their initiative.  The creation of the Japanese club by Mr. Hirata has led to a trickle down of really wonderful initiatives that have benefited the campus and some of the departmental offices.” 

Yasuki is very involved on campus.  He spearheaded the creation of the Japanese club, and serves as the current President.  He also teaches Judo in a Karate Connection MMA class.  He is also very present in the Global Connections lounge. 

When asked about his favorite thing about Fredonia, Yasuki said “My favorite thing about Fredonia is the people in the community who are really supportive.  Since Fredonia is a small campus, I feel closeness with other students, faculty and staff members.  They are all cooperative in helping each other. 

In regards to his future, Yasuki will be graduating this year with his Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Management.   He is returning to Japan to pursue a job with Panasonic.  With the rest of his time at Fredonia, Yasuki hopes to make more people in the community interested in Japanese culture.  He wants to help to connect the campus and community with Japan, and offer information for those who wish to study abroad or visit Japan in the future.


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