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  • October 29, 2021
  • Roger Coda

The Annual Pottery Show and Sale, featuring local potters selling their handcrafted mugs, trays, bowls and jewelry and donating a portion of their proceeds to benefit the Health Professional School Preparation Scholarship Fund, will be held in the Multipurpose Room of the Williams Center at SUNY Fredonia on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Potters include Fredonia faculty and staff members Department of Biology Professor Ted Lee and School of Music Professor David Rudge, along with University Police Chief Emeritus Ann Burns. Other potters who will be selling their works are Fredonia alumni Carol Samuelson and Rhonda Lee, along with Michele Ballachino, former faculty member Ann Janik, Debbie Kotar and Cynthia Fitzgerald. 

The Health Professional School Preparation Scholarship Fund, which is housed in the Fredonia College Foundation, was initiated in 2015 to provide support to students preparing for careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, and other health professions. The costs of applying to the professional schools is high and some students do not have the financial resources for all that is needed for their applications.

The scholarship fund was established to provide financial support to Fredonia students who want to take preparatory courses for professional exams, such as the MCAT, that are required for admission, to help cover the costs of the exams and for assistance with the costs of applying to medical and other health professional schools.

Fredonia has students who would benefit greatly from this support to help them realize their dreams of becoming health care professionals. The costs of taking an MCAT prep course, taking the MCAT exam and applying to medical school can be thousands of dollars.  

All of the potters got their start on the pottery wheels at Mudslingers, a pottery studio in downtown Fredonia owned and operated by Ron Nasca, who is a strong supporter and teacher of the potters. Many of the items for sale were made at the Mudslingers studio.