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National Philanthropy Day to recognize Fredonia campus, community

Roger Coda

The entire campus and community of Fredonia will be recognized virtually by the Fredonia College Foundation for their efforts to raise money in support of students at a time of need during the coronavirus pandemic when National Philanthropy Day is commemorated in Western New York on Nov. 19.

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All-Campus Appeal has begun

Lisa Eikenburg

The Fredonia College Foundation invites faculty and staff to join in the success of “Nurturing Innovation: The Campaign for Fredonia” by participating in the All-Campus Appeal. Each year, members of the campus community show their support for their favorite programs, departments or existing scholarships through generous donations.

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Gift by biology alum funds new imaging system

Lisa Eikenburg

Student and faculty research projects in Jewett Hall biology classes are being greatly enhanced by the gift of a new Syngene gel documentation system, thanks to a donation by Dr. Christopher Mirabelli, ’77, who has held senior research and development positions in the pharmaceutical industry

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Cafe operators create new scholarship

Lisa Eikenburg

The Buster Brown Bean Company Scholarship Fund to help full-time students who work for them defray tuition costs. The fund’s goal is to award at least one $400 scholarship each year. The company presently employs about 35 students. “The main point for Greg and me in establishing the scholarship was to give back to the campus and the community. We both started here, we’re both alumni, and it’s really great for us to be back and be a part of Fredonia again,” Culver said.

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Hockey team's popular "Pink the Rink" fundraiser set for Feb. 20

Lisa Eikenburg

The Blue Devils will once again don their pink jerseys and socks for their annual Pink the Rink fundraiser to raise money for the American Cancer Society, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m., against Morrisville in the Steele Hall Ice Arena. All proceeds from the sale of these jerseys will once again be given to the American Cancer Society.

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Lifelong WNY Resident chooses SUNY Fredonia to leave legacy

Lisa Eikenburg

Bob Young's gift of $100,000 will have a profound impact on the School of Music by enhancing its ability to furnish scholarships to talented students and fund programs that assist in the recruitment of high school students or enrich the experiences of SUNY Fredonia students.

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A woman of substance honored

Christine Davis Mantai

Caring, funny, passionate, and a woman of conviction are a few words that describe Phyllis Willson of Eden, N.Y., who was honored at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon in Buffalo, N.Y., in November 2008. A graduate of the Fredonia Normal School Class of 1939, Mrs. Willson was nominated by SUNY Fredonia for the honor. She was described as "an exemplary alumna, donor and friend of the university."

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'63 graduate creates scholarship, meets first recipient

Christine Davis Mantai

Robert Caruso, who spent nearly three decades in higher education at the University of California at Los Angeles, took the long flight back to his Dunkirk roots and alma mater, SUNY Fredonia, to meet Amanda Straight, the first recipient of a Caruso Memorial Scholarship. “I’ve always felt that Fredonia was a special kind of institution, both on a personal level and on a professional level,” he said. He created the scholarship endowment through the Fredonia College Foundation as a memorial to his parents, Mary B. and Joseph A. Caruso.

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Alumni christen Marvel lobby in memory of great teacher

Christine Davis Mantai

A half-century after the death of beloved teacher Dr. Georgiana von Tornow, alumni returned to christen the lobby of the 400-seat Marvel Theatre in memory of the former speech and drama teacher who is considered the founder of SUNY Fredonia's theatre arts program. In addition to financial gifts for a new scholarship and lobby naming, alumni also donated photographs, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia from their theatre experiences with Dr. von Tornow. Those items have been mounted in two large books that can be viewed at the Alumni House.

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Roberta Guaspari creates music scholarships

Christine Davis Mantai

Roberta Guaspari — whose remarkable career was the subject of the film, “Music of the Heart,” featuring an Academy award-nominated performance by Meryl Streep in her role as Roberta — announced that a new scholarship has been created to honor two Fredonia faculty emeriti, Dr. Homer Garretson and Dr. Louis Richardson, for their tireless dedication to music education.

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