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From the sound board to the GRAMMY board; John Poppo, ’84, Chairman of The Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees

Tuesday February 9, 2016Lisa Eikenburg

John Poppo, ’84, a producer, engineer, songwriter and musician, whose various credits can be found on the records of pop icons like Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, NSync, Madonna, Seal, Luther Vandross and Al Green, became Chair of The Recording Academy Board of Trustees. It’s been a long and rewarding career path for Mr. Poppo, a Long Island native who today spends his life flying back-and-forth between his Westchester, N.Y., home/recording studio and the academy’s Santa Monica, Calif., headquarters. But if you ask him, he swears that the most significant stop along his journey was Fredonia, N.Y.

National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis to deliver April Convocation address

Monday February 8, 2016Jonathan Woolson

King Concert Hall will host the talk by Dr. Davis, an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society who has been honored as one of its “Explorers for the Millennium,” on Tuesday, April 12, at 3 p.m. This year’s keynote address is once again funded by the Maytum Lecture Endowment and Williams Visiting Professorship Endowment through the Fredonia College Foundation, making it free and open to the public.

Beaudoin, ’16, relishes role in historic ‘COP21’ global climate conference

Friday February 5, 2016Jonathan Woolson

Political leaders representing 195 countries gathered in Paris in December to craft a global agreement on climate change. In the middle of it all was Fredonia senior Zachary Beaudoin, receiving an experience most couldn’t imagine. Mr. Beaudoin participated in “COP21,” the United Nations (U.N.) 21st annual “Conference of Parties” Climate Change Conference, which culminated with a pledge by all the represented countries to keep global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by limiting greenhouse emissions.

College of Visual and Performing Arts gives unique experiences to area youth

Friday February 5, 2016Lisa Eikenburg

Area school children enjoy field trips at the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery, left, and the new, 16-ton outdoor sculpture, “Progression,” installed last fall in front of Fenton Hall. Internationally recognized sculptor Albert Paley, whose works are on permanent display in major museums in the U.S. and Europe, isn’t a stranger to middle or high school students from Fredonia or Brocton.

Chemistry’s Milligan is a ‘big fish’ in Great Lakes contaminant research

Friday February 5, 2016Lisa Eikenburg

Michael Milligan has taught Chemistry and Biochemistry at Fredonia for 22 years, and every step of the way he’s been engaged in Great Lakes research funded by grants that, at last count, top $17 million. “Ever since I was young, I have had a scientific interest in the workings and intricacies of the global environment,” said Dr. Milligan — a Fredonia alumnus (Class of ’85) who examined how chemicals cycle through and distribute themselves in the environment as a dual Chemistry and Chemical Engineering major.

A tandem in tune

Friday February 5, 2016Jonathan Woolson

Vocalist Nia Drummond (left) turned to her longtime friend Michelle Cope for management assistance as her career began to rise. Cope, a Music Industry major, has been watching her friend’s/artist’s back ever since.

Min’s Major League Baseball experience is a hit in the Sport Management classroom

Friday February 5, 2016Jonathan Woolson

Fredonia’s Sport Management major offers students the opportunity to learn and experience what it is like to work on the business side of the sports world. One Fredonia professor is using his outside-of-the-classroom industry endeavors to provide his students with real-world insights. Dr. Sungick Min has been an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Professional Studies since 2013. He teaches Marketing and Public Relations in Sport, Principles of Sports Management, Leadership and Management in Sports, Facility Management and International Sports Management.

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