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Mirabelli, ’77, makes a daily difference on today’s — and tomorrow’s — scientists

Friday August 21, 2015Michael Barone

Not a day goes by that Fredonia doesn’t benefit from Christopher Mirabelli. In fact, he’s positively impacted its students and faculty every day for the last six years. That’s when this member of the Class of 1977 stepped forward to fund a much-needed Syngene imager for the biology department. The gel documentation system, which was state-of-the-art when the $20,000 tool was purchased in 2009, allows faculty and students to photograph DNA and protein samples. “It’s used by almost every faculty member in the department and figures prominently in no fewer than five different laboratory courses,” attests Biology Assistant Professor Scott Ferguson. “It’s used on a daily basis by our students and faculty to meet a variety of learning and research goals. Without Chris’ generosity, this wouldn’t have happened.”

Relationships vs. Championships

Friday August 21, 2015Jonathan Woolson

John Crawford is one of the best coaches Fredonia has ever seen. After serving as Head Swim Coach from 1980-88, he returned as Diving Coach in 2003 to immediate success. Since then, his divers have won 28 SUNYAC titles and 11 All-American honors, including Kelly Sponholz’s NCAA Division III Championship in 2009. In 2015, four divers went to the NCAA Championships — the most in program history.

Service over Suntans: Students choose Habitat for Humanity alternative spring break program to broaden their education.

Friday August 21, 2015Jonathan Woolson

Many college students choose to flee their still-chilly campuses in March and flock to Florida’s beaches and other warmer regions for a well-deserved respite from academia. It’s called Spring Break. This year, a small contingent of Fredonia students went south at the tail end of an especially brutal winter, but they eyed a different destination and were motivated by a far greater goal.

Executive-in-Residence program brings real-world expertise to students

Friday August 21, 2015Lisa Eikenburg

Kenny Koblitz (left) and Thomas Dujenski (right) The School of Business recruited two top-tier professionals to its Executive-in-Residence program. Kenny Koblitz, a retired vice president of sales in industrial cleaning products, will deliver specialized sales management training to students enrolled in the BUAD 446 Senior Seminar this fall. Thomas Dujenski, in the spring term, guided select students in the ECON 450 Senior Seminar, taught by Economics Professor Amar K. Parai, in studying impacts of new financial regulations on regional community banks and financial institutions.

Expanding their Horizons: Fredonians go beyond the classroom to help Central American children

Friday August 21, 2015Lisa Eikenburg

It is often said that travel is the only expense that makes you richer. For the past 10 years, many Fredonia students and faculty have found truth in this adage. Students from various undergraduate and graduate degree programs have had the opportunity to travel to the eastern coast of Central America and visit the beautiful country of Belize to teach math and literacy to Belizean school children. The two-week stay throughout J-term significantly changes students’ outlook on life, exposing them to situations they aren’t familiar with on a daily basis. The trip allows volunteers to establish new relationships, make life-lasting memories, and above all, help a developing country move forward. This past January, 27 students representing a variety of majors across campus joined three College of Education professors and a VISTA volunteer on the educational journey.

College of Education expands student support

Friday August 21, 2015Lisa Eikenburg

Buoyed by the success of its Committee of Friends alumni scholarship program, the College of Education is writing a new fundraising chapter to benefit students who have chosen Fredonia to prepare them to become the best teachers possible. More than $50,000 raised by the Committee of Friends since its formation in 2012 has been allocated to specifically fund much-needed scholarships for students. This unique program pools individual gifts from multiple donors so that individual, $2,000 scholarships can be awarded to a variety of deserving students.