Interesting Facts about Fredonia

TO CELEBRATE FREDONIA'S 183 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE,
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FREDONIA


Academics

  • Fredonia is consistently ranked in the Top Fifteen regional public universities in the northeast according to the U.S. News & World Report.
  • The Fredonia teacher education program has the longest legacy on campus with 183 years of high quality instruction and teacher certification. Over 5,000 teachers have been certified at Fredonia in the last 10 years.
  • The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the most prestigious teacher education accreditation agency in the nation.
  • Nearly 300 students participate in the Honors Program at Fredonia. Students enroll in four honors seminars, receive a $500 scholarship, and are encouraged to write an honors thesis in their senior year.
  • Freshmen in Fall 2008 had an SAT average composite score (verbal + math) of 1120. Ninety one percent of Fredonia freshmen come from the upper half of their high school classes.
  • Fredonia is a national leader in music and theatre, auditioning nearly 700 students for 140 seats each year. Music educators and performers across the country are graduates of this prestigious program.
  • The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the most prestigious music accreditation bestowed on any campus. The Fredonia BFA in Musical Theatre is the only public accredited program in the state.
  • The All-College Band includes over 90 members and is the oldest musical ensemble at Fredonia. The band is open to student or community members, music majors and non-majors. The University Chorus is also open to non-majors and community members though audition.
  • Fredonia is ranked among the top 100 universities in the nation for "value" by Money Magazine and Kiplinger's.
  • Members of the mathematics club, Chi Tau Omega, work on problems posed in various mathematics journals such as Math Horizons, The Pi Mu Epsilon Journal, and The Pentagon. To date, thirty nine solutions to these problems have been solved and published by Fredonia students in these national professional journals.
  • The Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) student organization in the School of Business recently won its thirteenth consecutive 1st place title in the annual SIFE Regional Competition, competing against institutions from NY, Ohio, and the Northeast. Fredonia has gone on to finish as high as second place at the National Exposition in Kansas City.
  • The Youngerman Center, Fredonia's speech and hearing clinic, offers free services for all Fredonia students. It is one of the oldest centers in Western New York and it is accredited by the American Speech and Hearing Association.
  • Fredonia offers freshmen who are undecided about their majors the opportunity to participate in the Liberal Arts Freshman Seminar. This one credit course has received national acclaim for helping students adjust to college and select a major.
  • The Fredonia Chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society inducts juniors and seniors from the top 15 percent of their class each fall. Golden Key is the largest honorary group on campus, with approximately 300 members. Fredonia's chapter is one of 365 international chapters.
  • Nearly every major has an honorary group at Fredonia and students are inducted based on scholarship and leadership activities. These groups include: Psi Chi (psychology), Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics), Phi Sigma Alpha (political science), Delta Mu Delta (business), Omicron Delta Epsilon (economics), Beta Beta Beta (biology), Kappa Delta Pi (education), Phi Alpha Theta (History), Sigma Iota Rho (international studies) and Alpha Psi Omega (theatre). Each fall, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society offers membership to rising freshmen with a 3.5 or higher grade point average. Tau Sigma recognizes transfer students who earn a 3.5 or higher their first semester at Fredonia.
  • Fredonia offers first-time freshmen the Fredonia in 4 guarantee program, where students can contract to follow a prescribed curriculum leading to graduation in four years. The campus guarantees to make the required courses available in order for the student to graduate on time.
  • Fredonia has been ranked seventh in the nation for graduation rates at four-year public universities.
  • In 2008, forty percent of Fredonia graduates were enrolled in graduate school, either full-time or part-time, compared to the national average of 25 percent.
  • Fredonia is one of a few institutions that offers a minor in Leadership.
  • The Campus Life Office sponsors a series of seminars designed to prepare graduates for life after college, including workshops on banking, finding a house, purchasing a car, networking, and interviewing.
  • Fredonia's 3-2 Cooperative Engineering Program (three years at Fredonia and two years at another engineering school) has 14 affiliated engineering institutions and over 475 graduates. It is one of the largest programs of its kind in the nation. Students complete the program with degrees from each school.
  • A number of Fredonia faculty have received Fulbright Fellowships that have allowed them to teach and do research overseas. Faculty have lived and worked in countries such as Bulgaria, Finland, Ghana, Hungary, Latvia, Japan, Poland, and Turkey.
  • In 1983, the Biology Department's Gene Technology major at the baccalaureate level, was the first to be approved by the New York State Education Department. This then fledgling program is now the growing Molecular Genetics major.
  • In Fall 2009, Hilary Demske's music class was recognized as a Grand Prize Winner by the New York Times for their critiques of the classical music reviews published in the paper. This was part of the New York Times collegiate readership program, sponsored by Fredonia.
  • Fredonia was the first college-based chapter of Friends Across Borders. Since its inception, Fredonia students and faculty have been traveling to Belize to work with students and teachers in partner schools in Belize City. Throughout the year, students collect donations of much needed school and playground supplies. Students then travel to Belize in January (J-term) to deliver the materials. Teach and learn about the country and culture.

Faculty/Student Research

  • The Academic Affairs Division sponsors an annual Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exposition, where students display the results of their joint research. In 2009, 320 students had their research on display.
  • The Communications department works closely with students who run the three campus broadcasting networks: WCVF FM radio and WDVL Cable/FM radio and WNYF TV.
  • Following on the tremendous success of its inaugural Earth Week in 2009, the Sustainability Committee at Fredonia has unveiled an exciting and ambitious slate of activities for 2009. Following the theme, "Rethink. React. Restore. This year's schedule of events will strive not only to educate people, but to also inspire them to make real changes in their everyday lives, often with minimal effort - and sometimes accompanied by tangible, cost-saving incentives.
  • In the summer of 2008, thousands of United States military personnel stationed in Europe heard the hauntingly melodic songs of the Goldsworthy sisters, Kaleena and Kayleigh, two seniors at Fredonia. They are founders of the band, "Scarlet Ending," which was invited by Armed Forces Entertainment to perform for military personnel overseas.
  • Students taking an honors seminar in American History from Dr. James Hurtgen presented a 25-page "Memo to the President-Elect Obama," based on research they conducted throughout the fall semester 2008.
  • The first-ever SUNYWIDE Film Festival was held at Fredonia in April 2009. The festival showcased 13 short films made by students from across the SUNY system. Filmmakers ha8iled from Fredonia, Dutchess Community College, SUNY Oswego, Niagara County Community College, SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Purchase.

Campus/Student Life

  • In Fall 2008, Fredonia enrolled 95 international students representing 18 different countries. The university also has exchange programs with campuses in England, France, Japan and Turkey.
  • SUNY offers Fredonia students the opportunity to enhance their college experience with over 400 study-abroad programs. Trips can be as short as one or two weeks and as long as a semester or year.
  • The annual Career Survey of recent graduates consistently shows that 92 to 98 percent of Fredonia graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months after graduation.
  • The Student Government Association at Fredonia administers a budget of over one million dollars annually, supporting activities for over 125 student organizations, service groups, club sports, and a variety of campus programs.
  • Over 3,000 students participate in intramural sports programs at Fredonia, including basketball, broomball, softball, soccer, racquetball, touch football, wallyball, volleyball, inner-tube water polo and tennis.
  • Three current Fredonia students were recently honored with scholarships at the Twentieth Annual Rosa Parks Ceremony. The scholarship competition is open to all Fredonia students who enter their poems, essays, creative writing, and music creations regarding multiculturalism on campus.
  • In a 2008 residence hall survey of over 200 colleges and universities, Fredonia students rated campus facilities, roommate relationships, campus safety and security in the residence halls among the best in the nation.
  • Fredonia Fest celebrated its 28th anniversary in May 2009. Otherwise known as "FredFest," it has hosted such bands as Nik + the Nice Guys, Spyro Gyra, The Mighty Mighty Boss Tones, Run DMC, Reel Big Fish, Alkaline Trio, Eve 6, Julianna Theory and Stroke 9, and O.A.R.
  • The Maytum Convocation Speaker Series provides an opportunity for students and the community to listen to and interact with regional, national and international leaders. Fredonia has hosted speakers such as James Burke, Lech Walesa, Maya Angelou, Robert Kennedy Jr., and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  • The Financial Aid Office at Fredonia will process nearly $50 million from state, federal, institutional and private aid sources during the 2006-2007 academic year. The office is rated among the best in the SUNY System.
  • All of Fredonia's Counseling Center staff members are nationally certified with more than 55 years of combined counseling experience. The Counseling Center offers 24-hour crisis intervention and emergency coverage.
  • The Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (SAVP) program originated through a grant from the Federal Department of Justice. The office works to educate students and works to prevent violence (Sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking). The office offers educational and training programs and provides intervention and advocacy services to students.
  • The sorority Sigma Gamma Phi was founded at Fredonia in 2000 and now has over 70 members. Also known as Arethusa, the group participates in many activities and charity events, including the fundraising of hundreds of dollars for both Beast Cancer and the March of Dimes.
  • Each semester there are over 340 events and activities sponsored by Resident Assistants through Residence Life, including numerous academic enrichment programs and an annual white water rafting trip to West Virginia.
  • For the past 19 years, Fredonia has held its annual Little Siblings weekend, with as many as 400 "little siblings" participating in many different activities.
  • Residence Life and the Faculty Student Association (Bookstore and Food Service) employ approximately 700 students in a variety of jobs each year.
  • Residence life offers many life-long educational services through the aerobic center, wellness center, and craft room. In addition, the "Student of the Month" program recognizes outstanding resident students.
  • The University Health Center has a professional, licensed, and certified staff, including a board certified physician, a nurse practitioner, a physician's assistant, and three registered nurses. It includes a comprehensive clinic which offers lab testing, over the counter and prescription medications, preventive vaccinations for flu, hepatitis, and meningitis, and several outreach health education programs.
  • The Williams Center (student union) schedule includes over 38,000 activities each year.
  • The Campus Ticket Office sells approximately 30,000 tickets each year for a variety of campus and local events. The office also sells bus tickets for travelers in the region.
  • In Summer 2008, the highly regarded Fredonia Summer Orientation program was attended by nearly 1,000 freshmen, 400 transfers, and 900 parents.
  • Over 70 percent of the candidates eligible for graduation participate in the commencement program in May. The ceremony is telecast throughout the region on the local cable network.
  • Welcome Back Week, sponsored by the student group Spectrum, is an exciting week long celebration welcoming students to a new semester with concerts, comedians, movies, lectures, and games.
  • The Freshman Convocation Program, part of each fall's opening weekend activities, includes musical groups, various speakers and a programs to welcome new students.
  • The Black Student Union (BSU) is one of the most active groups on campus, having sponsored speakers such as Nikki Giovanni, Louis Farrakhan, Gwendolyn Brooks, Wilson Cruz and Cornell West, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Omar Tyree, Boyce Watkins, Marc Calixte, Memphis Bleek, Sister Souljah, June Jordan, Manning Marable, and AliRashad Umrani.
  • The Pride Alliance student organization, a safe place for students and community members of all sexual orientations and genders, holds numerous events educating the community about GLBT issues and concerns. They also sponsored a lecture by Judy Shepard.
  • The Jewish Student Union (JSU) and Hillel sponsor numerous events on the campus, including a Pilgrimage Scholarship for student travel to Jerusalem.
  • The Women's Student Union (WSU) sponsors a variety of programs dealing with women's issues, sexual assault prevention, and relationships.
  • The Native American Student Association (NASU) sponsors events on campus to celebrate Native American culture.
  • The resident halls and campus life offices work with Spectrum Entertainment Board to provide late night programs on Saturday nights. Labeled, Weekend Hang Out Activities (W.H.O.A.), the programs include movies, dances, coffee houses, black light volleyball, and numerous other fun events.
  • SYNT Fredonia's outdoor track serves as the host site for the Dunkirk/Fredonia region's Relay for Life. This past year, the event raised nearly $30,000 for the American Cancer Society.
  • The Office of Volunteer and Community Services, along with its Volunteer Services Advisory Committee, sponsors an annual Community Service Fair in the Williams Center. The Fair is one of the many ways in which the Office of Volunteer and Community Services seeks to build partnerships between the campus and the community. In spring 2009, Fredonia was named to the Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service for exemplary service.
  • Members of the Fredonia campus community are urged to sign up for SUNY NY-Alert, a secure web-based emergency alert system implemented on campus and maintained by the NY State Emergency Management Office.

Grounds/Facilities

  • The University Commons includes a bookstore, dining hall, Starbucks Café, convenience store, clothing and computer shop, and residence halls rooms for 128 students.
  • The University Commons features premium residence halls rooms for upper class students with hotel like furnishings, internet access, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, and private sinks and is air conditioned for conference housing in the summer.
  • The campus grounds encompass 249 acres that contain 46 buildings, including 14 student residence halls and 32 classroom and administrative buildings.
  • The cooper beech tree located in front of the Fenner House, which is home to the Admissions Office, has a circumference of 16' 11" and is estimated to be over 300 years old.
  • Fredonia has several buildings, including the Williams Center, Reed Library, Maytum Hall, Rockefeller Arts Center, walkways, and an informal theater, designed by the famous architect, I.M. Pei. Fredonia is frequently noted as one of the most beautiful campuses in New York State.
  • The clock tower located on Symphony Circle was made possible through a generous donation from Lake Shore Savings Bank in 2001. This is the first bell tower in Fredonia history and it stands 40 feet tall.
  • The Campus and Community Children's Center, located in Thompson Hall, and was one of the first SUNY early care and education programs to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. A new building is currently under construction and is schedule to be completed in summer 2010.
  • The Natatorium opened in Steele Hall in January 2002 is regarded as one of the top swimming facilities in the State.
  • The Faculty Student Association operates the Herbert C. Mackie Memorial Camp, more commonly known as the College Lodge, located in the hills about ten miles from campus. The lodge is used as a retreat and conference center by faculty, staff, and student groups, as well as local and regional community members. The facility includes housing for 60 students, a large dining hall with a fireplace, an outdoor education center and fives miles of hiking and cross country ski trails.
  • Four elegant residences along Central Avenue are used to house important functions of the university. They include the Alumni House, the Foundation House, the President's Home, and the Fenner House (Admissions).
  • All residence hall rooms have expanded cable television, local phone service and high speed Ethernet. Residence Life also provides outstanding "in-room" internet and computer support through Res-Net.
  • The Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall is frequently mentioned as one of the top recording venues in the country. Telarc Records is currently using Rosch as a recording site.
  • The University Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium was completed in the spring of 2009. The stadium provides seating for 1,500 and includes a snack bar, restrooms, locker rooms and a press box. The stadium completes a multi-year project which included new grass and turf playing fields, lights and parking improvements.
  • Fredonia's Technology Incubator helps technology-related start-up companies succeed. Located in Dunkirk, New York, the incubator links campus academic support and students with new businesses.

Alumni/ae

  • Brian Frons, Class of 1977, is the President of ABC Daytime programming.
  • Dr. Michael Marletta, Class of 1973 has done extensive research in pharmacology and was the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Award. He is currently the Chairperson of the Chemistry Department at The University of California at Berkeley.
  • Mary McDonnell, Class of 1974, is a noted actress and was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Dances with Wolves. She starred on the hit NBC series, ER, as John Carter's mother and in the movies Battle Star Galactica and Independence Day.
  • Juliet J. Rosch, a 1930 graduate of the Fredonia Normal School and former schoolteacher in Falconer, N.Y., was the first individual in history to give $1 million to Fredonia. She made the gift in 2001 to endow the Fredonia School of Music. In honor of her generosity, the SUNY Board of Trustees voted to make her the namesake of the next addition to the School of Music facilities, the Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall.
  • Vanessa Williams' (award winning actress and former Miss America) parents both graduated from Fredonia; Milton Williams in 1957 and Helen Tinch in 1960.
  • Louis Boyer, Class of 1965, was the founder and owner of Polyloom Corp. of America, which is the originator of artificial turf.
  • James H. McGraw, Class of 1884, was founder of the McGraw-Hill Publishing Co.
  • Benjamin Franklin Goodrich, founder of B.F. Goodrich Tire Co., attended the Fredonia Academy in 1860.
  • George Brown, Class of 1983, was selected as a runner-up in Disney's 2001 Teacher of the Year contest. Mr. Brown is a second grade teacher and was invited to appear on the television show, OPRAH.
  • Dr. David Mittlefehldt, Class of 1973, has a meteorite named after him, and has done extensive work in the field of meteorology.
  • In the Fall of 2002, John Keon, Class of 1969, was selected by USA Today as one of its eighteen members of the First Team of Teachers from across the United States.
  • James Foley, Class of 1979, is a former Deputy Secretary of State under Madeline Albright and recently served as Ambassador to Haiti. Ambassador Foley was a 2006 "Diplomat in Residence" at Fredonia.
  • Diane Pennica, a 1973 biology graduate, was the first researcher in the world to clone the blood clot-buster t-PA, which has been used to treat more than 1.5 million heart attack patients. Her research for Genentech led to the FDA-approved drug known as Activase® late in 1987.
  • Colleen Hammond Whitmore, Class of 1994, is President of Whitmore Productions. Her company produces "Life on Campus", an interactive new student orientation program presented at many campuses across the nation.
  • Samaria Graham, Class of 1989, appeared in the regular cast of the TV Show Providence and in many other films. She is also featured on Tupac's 2004 spoken word CD, "The Rose that Grew from Concrete."
  • Karl Holz, Class of 1973, was the former President of Disney Cruise Lines and is currently President of Euro Disney in Paris, France. He was awarded the Alumni Association Outstanding Achievement Award in fall 2005.
  • Van Miller attended Fredonia and later retired as "the voice of the Buffalo Bills." Starting at WFCB (now WDOE) in Dunkirk, Mr. Miller spent the majority of his career at WBEN.
  • Jack Glenzer, Class of 1957, was Chautauqua County Executive.
  • During the Civil War "Lincoln's Commando" William Barker Cushing attended Fredonia Academy along with his brother Alonzo, who died repelling Picket's Charge at Gettysburg.
  • General Lewis Woods, a graduate of Fredonia Normal, was commanding general of Marines capturing the airfields at Guadalcanal. There is a scholarship in his name and his medals are in the library archives.
  • Tom Skinner, Class of 1956, was the producer of National Geographic Specials and received both "Emmy" and "Oscar" awards.
  • Aimee (Hawthorne) Neibauer, Class of 1998, an eighth grade teacher at West Millbrook Middle School in Wake County, North Carolina, recently received the Milken National Educator Award. Known as the "Oscars of Teaching Award", the Milken Award comes with a $25,000 cash award.
  • Sue Stearns Seamans, Class of 1969, was one of 27 librarians nationally to receive a New York Times Librarian Award in 2004.
  • Jeff Shaver, Class of 1985, Blue Devil baseball alum, reached the major leagues. He was a pitcher for the Oakland A's.

Volunteer and Community Service

  • In November 2005, The Dunkirk Observer cited the Advanced Leadership Development Class for initiating Operation Clean Sweep, a neighborhood clean-up campaign that helped over 100 local residents rake leaves. The project was initiated to celebrate positive relationships between the Campus and the Village of Fredonia.
  • Each year the Counseling Center spearheads a Campus Holiday Food, Clothing, and Toy Donation Drive. The average annual donation is over 600 bags.
  • Every spring, several hundred Fredonia residence hall students participate in a charity event called Buffalo News Kids Day. All proceeds go to Buffalo Children's Hospital.
  • Fredonia's Campus Life Office raised over $4,300 for the Out of Darkness suicide prevention march over the past two years.
  • Each year the Campus Life Office holds a community service fair to show-case all volunteering opportunities for students on and off campus.
  • The Fredonia SIFE team participates in over 1000 community service hours in over 30 community service projects each year.

Facts About the Community and the Local Area

  • There are two thirty-foot waterfalls and extraordinary camping facilities located within five miles of Fredonia. Lake Erie State Park is also located just a few miles from the campus.
  • The university is situated along Lake Erie in Western New York's grape belt, a region of 19,741 acres of vineyards, which comprise nearly two-thirds of the state's total. This is the second largest grape region in the united States, surpassed only by California. Chautauqua County was once the world headquarters for Welch's Grape Juice, and the area is still a major producer of juice for the company.
  • Chautauqua County is the home of the Chautauqua Institution, which provides a wealth of cultural and educational activities for the region. Fredonia has a number of educational partnerships with the Institution.
  • The current Village of Fredonia has origins stretching back to more than two hundred years ago when the Western New York area was surveyed by the Holland Land Company in 1798. The Village of Fredonia was officially established by the state in 1830.
  • Several historic events occurred in Fredonia including the first natural gas well, the first Grange Hall, and the first meeting of the Women's Christian Temperance Union.
  • Historic buildings in the Village of Fredonia include the White Inn (1811), the Grange Hall (1860), and the Fredonia Opera House (1891). The City Hall, including the Opera House, was the original site of the Fredonia Academy (1826), which later became Fredonia.
  • The Roger Tory Peterson Institute is located in Jamestown, NY, about 30 miles from the Fredonia campus. The Institute serves as the home for Peterson's work, where he published his first book‚ A Field Guide to the Birds‚ in 1934. Fredonia offers a number of courses in collaboration with the Institute.

Campus Legends & Miscellaneous Information

  • Maytum Hall, the campus administration building, is the tallest building in Chautauqua County.
  • Rockefeller Arts Center has one of the largest pipe organs in Western New York. The organ at the rear of the stage has over 2,400 pipes and was manufactured by the Schlicker Organ Company of Buffalo, New York. Parts of the organ had been in use when the college was located in downtown Fredonia.
  • The Rockefeller Arts Center is considered one of the top performance facilities in the nation. With its two theatres, 1,200-seat concert hall, two galleries and numerous shops, classrooms, studios and offices, Rockefeller Arts Center is one of the most impressive and best equipped fine arts centers in the nation, hosting over 200 productions and concerts during the year.
  • Famous groups that have performed in the Rockefeller Arts Center include The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Boston Brass, The Buffalo Philharmonic, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, The Beach Boys, The Three Irish Tenors, The Taylor Dance Company, The Navy, Air Force and Marine Bands, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The Center also serves as the home for the Western New York Symphony Orchestra.
  • In 1826 the Fredonia Academy opened to serve the educational needs of what was then the frontier. The name was later changed to Fredonia State Teachers College and then to Fredonia. Athletic teams at Fredonia have retained the Fredonia State name out of respect for the outstanding legacy that former and current student athletes have created on the campus.
  • Fenton Hall is named after Ruben Fenton, governor of New York State from 1865-1868, former congressman and U. S. Senator, who attended the Fredonia Academy.
  • Mason Hall, home of Fredonia's School of Music, is named after organist, compose and teacher Lowell Mason, called the "Father of Public School Music in America".
  • Fredonia is mentioned in Duck Soup, a Marx Brothers film.
  • Fredonia was the home to the Buffalo Bills team training camp for 19 years, from 1981-1999.
  • Fredonia was a silver prize winner at The St. Louis World's Fair of 1902. The design for Old Main was given the prize based on a model prepared by faculty and students.

Athletics

  • The Fredonia men's soccer team won seven SUNYAC championships over a span of 14 seasons from 1984-1997.
  • The Fredonia outdoor men's track and field team won 20 straight SUNYAC championships from 1977-1996. In addition the team won 14 New York State Collegiate Track Conference titles during that time.
  • Fredonia State men's track and field coach, Jim Ulrich, earned 13 SUNYAC Coach of the Year awards and was featured in Sport Illustrated, "Faces in the Crowd" section upon his retirement in 1998.
  • With the opening of the new Natatorium in 2002, men's and women's swimming and diving returned to Fredonia as a varsity sport. In 1983-84 and 1987-88 Fredonia State won SUNYAC swimming titles.
  • Only once in the history of the SUNYAC women's basketball tournament has a No. 8 seed defeated a No. 1 seed. It occurred in 2003 when the Fredonia State Blue Devils beat SUNY Geneseo.
  • The men's basketball team won the SUNYAC title in 1993, and was ECAC Upstate New York champions in 1985 and 1992. All three winning teams were coached by Greg Prechtl, now Fredonia State's Director of Athletics.
  • The Fredonia hockey team reached the NCAA Division III Final Four in 1994 and 1995. Coach Jeff Meredith will be going into his 18th year this fall with the Blue Devils hockey team.
  • The nickname of the Blue Devils was chosen through a contest held by the campus newspaper, The Leader, and was adopted during the 1936-37 men's basketball season. Formerly, Fredonia State was known as "Fredonians," "Blue and White" and the "Normalities (the college at one time had been known as Fredonia Normal School).
  • Fredonia has produced 120 All American athletes.
  • Fredonia has five National Champions in Track and Field: Trevor Hitchcock (1994- 35 lb, weight); Steve Hoyser (1987- Indoor pole vault); Pat Crobett (1986- Indoor long jump); Kym Orr (1985- Indoor high jump); Bernie Prabucki (1982- 5000 meters); and Julia Hopson (2009 - Indoor 20 pound weight throw).
  • The men's soccer team reached the elite eight in the NCAA Division III Tournament in Fall 2005.
  • The men's ice hockey team made it to the semi-final game of the SUNYAC Conference in Spring 2006. The team was 11-0-1 at home in the 2005-2006 season.
  • Senior diver Kelly Sponholtz earned her seventh and eighth All-American awards for distinction at the NCAA Division III Championships in March 2009. Kelly was also SUNYAC Champion in both one and three meter diving for four consecutive year and National Champion in the three meter board. Kelly became Fredonia State's first National Champion in women's swimming and diving.
  • The Fredonia State Cheerleaders have won distinction in both regional and national level competitions. In 2003 and 2004 they won 1st Place at the KISS 98.5 FM Regional Cheer for the Cure Competition and in 2004 and 2006 the were in the top three at the United Spirit Association National Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2005 they won 1st Place in the Open All Girl Division Championship in Orlando, Florida.
  • The 2009 Fredonia State women's volleyball team won its first ever SUNYAC championship and reached the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.
  • The men's basketball team advanced to the SUNYAC championship finals in the 2008-2009 season.

Technology

  • The residence hall computer network, known as RESNET, is administered by the residence halls office and involves 10 student employees in the installation and oversight of the residence hall network.
  • Most of the academic areas of the campus now have wireless access to the internet, and students are very excited about the wireless cyber café that will be part of Starbucks in University Commons that will open in fall 2006.
  • The athletic department website is one of the most frequently visited on the Fredonia campus network, with over 1,800,000 visits per year. Game scores, highlights and press release are published shortly after each contest is finished. Athletes of the week and those that receive conference honors are also highlighted. That amounts to almost 5,000 visits per day to the site.
  • In 2006-07, the Financial Aid Office at Fredonia was the first institution in New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC) to conduct all required Parent PLUS Loan credit checks on-line. The office remains one of the leaders in the use of technology.
  • On the SUNY Student Opinion Survey, Fredonia is ranked first in the use of technology in the classroom. Students register on-line, receive their mid-term and final grades electronically, and manage their food service and business accounts on the web.

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