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October 28, 2021

Dear Fredonia community:

Happy Thursday evening! I hope your week has gone well. I have a few things to share with you this evening.

COVID-19 cases
As of this morning, we have nine active cases of COVID-19 among students. This is two above last week’s number.  This is a reminder of the challenge involved in overcoming this virus.  Even when it begins to appear that things are going in the right direction regarding COVID-19 infections (like last week), the potential for additional infection remains present. Hence the importance of vigilance against this virus cannot be exaggerated or overstated.  I appreciate everything that everyone is doing to keep our infection rate low.  Please keep at it.  We do not have long before this semester comes to an end. 

Vaccination clinics
SUNY Fredonia continues to work with the Chautauqua County Department of Health to hold vaccination clinics in Steele Hall. For employees who have not yet been vaccinated, or for anyone needing a 2nd or a booster shot, these are your opportunities. The next clinic is Thursday, November 4, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary, but if you would like to pre-register, you may. Links are available in the Announcement section of

Keeper of the Dream (KOD) Scholars and Rosa Parks Scholarship awardees
Last Saturday (October 23) I attended the Keeper of the Dream Scholars dinner and on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, I attended the Rosa Parks Scholarship Competition award luncheon.  Woohoo!  I was blown away by all the students that were recognized on both of these occasions.  Please join me in extending congratulations to the following students who were recognized and received awards:

Effeh Badu; Kathleen Ball; Jordan Budd; Joseph Bentley; Sydney Buchko; Haley Evertt; Cameron Kerr-Smith; Cassandra Koch; Emily Tytler; Joshuel Velasco; and Xi Yek (Zach).

Rosa Parks
Violet Hess; Lucy Knappenberger; and Israel Ortiz.

I want to express my gratitude to the donors and sponsors of these wonderful programs.  

Arrest made
I hope you have seen the announcement that a suspect in the recent assault cases on campus was apprehended.  I would like to thank UPD and other area law enforcement that worked hard to identify and arrest the suspect.

Students, I have not forgotten the requests you made in the wake of those assault incidents.  I am continuing to work with the campus leadership regarding some new safety measures.

Playoff time 
I would like to invite everyone to Dods Hall next Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. to cheer on the women's volleyball team as they host New Paltz in the SUNYAC playoffs. Wear blue or Fredonia gear to show your support! I also want to wish the women's soccer team the best of luck this Saturday, when they travel to New Paltz for a first-round contest in the SUNYAC playoffs.

For a list of all the events happening on campus, please visit our Events at Fredonia calendar.

That is all I have for you this week. I will have another update next week.  Have a wonderful weekend.  If you are planning to be doing any Halloween  “tricking” or “treating”, be very safe.

Truly yours,

Dr. K
Stephen H. Kolison, Ph.D.
President and Professor

Dr. Stephen H. Kolison, Jr., President

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