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Spring internship at Disney is senior's dream come true

Christine Davis Mantai

Joshua Jeffery will be graduating from SUNY Fredonia this spring with a BFA degree in Theatre Design and Production/ Scenic Design. He won’t be on hand to accept his diploma, however, because he’ll be in Orlando, Florida, finishing out a six-month professional internship in "imagineering" at Walt Disney World that is truly his dream come true. "The office setting I'm in is wonderful and very creative," he said. "The days are a bit long and very busy, but never boring. I love coming to work."

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Their prof says he epitomizes a rare breed of artist

Christine Davis Mantai

Alberto Rey pursues biological realism. Led by Geneseo Professor Lynette Bosch, a class of art history students from SUNY Geneseo traveled to Fredonia last December to meet in person with a painter they had been studying all semester—Alberto Rey of the Fredonia visual arts and new media faculty. They had boned up by studying the images and literature written about the 20-year span of his work. On a guided tour of his home studio, the group gazed at strikingly realistic portraits he had painted of his parents and other family members from Cuba, tropical landscapes, details of Guava fruit, and trout and steelhead found in rocky streams of the U.S. and exotic location from the western hemisphere. “Do you sleep?” one student asked him, then added, “I carry your resume around and show my friends. Read the entire story.

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Future social studies teacher getting to know globe personally

Christine Davis Mantai

Asia is next on the list for Catherine Riedesel's global plans. Catherine Riedesel of Ripley, N.Y. has received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to support her semester abroad studying at the College Consortium for International Studies in Bangalore, India. Currently a junior at SUNY Fredonia, where she is majoring in social studies education, Ms. Reidesel’s plans for the spring semester are helping to fulfill a personal goal she has to visit every continent on the globe. She has already been to North and South America, Europe, and Africa.

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Faculty updates

Christine Davis Mantai

At the American Speech Language Hearing Association national convention (Nov. 18, Miami, Fl.), Dr. Kim L. Tillery and two professional colleagues led the two-hour program...

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Dr. Arnavut's technique for file compression loses nothing in translation

Christine Davis Mantai

Dr. Ziya Arnavut in his Fenton Hall office. He has improved on a data compression technique that "losslessly" does the job. In his 2004 paper published in The Computer Journal, Dr. Ziya Arnavut (computer science) demonstrated that a technique he developed to help compress digital files, known as Inversion Coder, yields superior compression results when used in the second step of a compression algorithm. Recently, Prof. Hidetoshi Yokoo of Gunma University in Japan published an article in the prestigious international journal, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, in which he theoretically proved Dr. Arnavut’s thesis.Read the complete news release on Dr. Arnavut.

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Concerto winners worked hard for solo gig

Christine Davis Mantai

Three students have stood out among the 16 finalists that performed at the School of Music concerto competition held in September.Sipkje Pesnichak, a junior, and seniors Phil Servati and Scott Horsington were judged by a panel of faculty to be the concerto winners. An oboist, a pianist, and a clarinetist, respectively, the three instrumentalists will be featured soloists during three concerts in the spring semester. Phil Servati Sipkje Pesnichak Scott Horsington “Ever since I heard a live orchestra I was amazed,” said Mr. Servati, a music composition major who also studies piano as an applied piano major under Professor Nathan Hess. A native of Rochester and the technical manager for Ethos New Music Society, he said, “I have always wanted to be featured as a soloist.” And the path to being featured soloists with the College Symphony was not easy. On top of the juries that all music majors are required to go through just to continue on in their major, these three and dozens of others had to grit their teeth and work their appeal on an additional series of juries during preceding semesters in order to compete for the concerto. Once there, they had to outshine the other musicians who had strived for the same goal in front of a panel consisting of their professors.Judging by their excitement today, the long hours of practice in Mason Hall were all worth it.

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Dead bridge, dead theory?

Christine Davis Mantai

Musings during a recent trip through China are the inspirations for Mohawk poet James Thomas Stevens’ sixth book of poetry, A Bridge Dead in the Water, which plumbs the depths of experiences of Native peoples on two continents. Said to have once been an exposed strip of land that brought Asian settlers to the continent of North America, the Bering Strait Land Bridge has also become a metaphor for the conflict between Europeans and Native Americans. Just as science and religion clash in all cultures, the Bering Strait theory has appeared to trivialize the hundreds of creation accounts that were fundamental to the traditions of Native peoples in North America. Read why the theory antagonizes many Native Americans. The Bering Strait Professor Stevens, who teaches English at SUNY Fredonia, researched the effects of colonization on either side of the strait – China and North America, in preparing to write his newest collection. His explorations took him to unexpected sources that gave a glimpse into the lives of native peoples. For example, the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York’s 1901 published list of accidents, emergencies, and illnesses became the inspiration for a key poem in the book, “The Mutual Life.” Two other poems focus on mapping, authority and propaganda, while the short poems recall some of his more personal experiences.

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Filmmaker takes camera behind scenes with Whirling Dervishes

Christine Davis Mantai

To the advantage of her audiences, filmmaker Nefin Dinc’s eyes become theirs. A documentary filmmaker allowed to follow a group of whirling dervishes behind the scenes as they prepare for a ceremony in Turkey, she turned her camera on a 12-year old girl who was undergoing the spiritual and physical training to perform the ancient devotional dance. “I wanted to show a glimpse of Islamic life in Turkey,” the SUNY Fredonia communication professor said. Professor Nefin Dinc

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<strong>Professional activities of faculty and staff</strong></font>

Christine Davis Mantai

Alberto Rey (visual art and new media) was a panelist... Adrienne McCormick (English) will present a paper... Aimee Nezhukumatathil (English) was the visiting writer... P. Michael Gerholdt and Sally Crist (Information Technology Services) are presenting the session... Jeanette McVicker (English) contributed a review chapter... Amy Cuhel-Schuckers (Research Services) presented the break-out session... Joseph Baxter (Information Technology Services) has been certified... Christopher Taverna (ITS Help Desk) has been certified... William Brown (biology), with a team of three (former) Fredonia undergraduates, published the paper... Len Faulk (Center for Rural Regional Development & Governance) has been appointed...

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SUNY Press to publish Nelson's book on Rt. 20

Christine Davis Mantai

Distinguished Teaching Professor of English Malcolm Nelson is currently working on an anecdotal study of the longest highway in the United States. It is this road, U.S. 20, which he takes to work every day, and indeed, offers him an exceptionally personal vista of human traffic going east or west as it passes by the front door of his home in Brocton, N.Y. SUNY Press has selected Dr. Nelson's book, Twent West: The Great Road Across America, as one of its books to be published in 2007. Dr. Malcolm Nelson

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