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McGinnies Hall

Named for Joseph A. McGinnies, member and speaker of the New York State Assembly from 1916 to 1935, and member of the Fredonia Normal Board for Visitors for twenty years, McGinnies Hall opened in 1959.  It is primarily an upperclass coed, corridor style residence hall featuring four recreation rooms, a kitchenette and recreation room on the first floor, two laundry rooms.  McGinnies Hall is next to the University Bookstore, Convenience Store, Cranston Marché, and Starbucks.

Residence Director
Ronny Nissen
RD Office: 716-673-3352
RA Office: 716-673-3351


Lost Key Form

Each resident is issued a key for their room and mailbox (if applicable) for their own personal use. Loss of either key should be reported as soon as possible by filling out the appropriate form.

After completing the form, follow the payment link on the confirmation page and make the payment. The fee is $30 per key. 

Key Policy: Once you fill out the lost key form, you are agreeing to pay $30 for each lost key. We will not order you a new key until the $30 payment is received. If you haven’t made a payment within one week of submitting the lost key form, your request will be cancelled and a key will not be ordered for you.

Refund Policy: Once your key has been ordered from the lock shop, we are unable to process any refunds. Please note, each student is allowed only one key per room. All duplicates should be handed in to your Residence Director immediately.

Please review our lock-out policy if you have any questions.


Hall Council is the student government within each residence hall. Hall Council programming, activities and equipment is made possible through residence hall dues. The budget for each residence hall is determined by the residents who pay the annual hall dues of $20.00. The Hall Council then decides how to spend these funds. Input from all residents helps in this decision making process. Participation in Hall Council is very important. Activities planned by the Hall Council and paid for by the hall dues include hall dinners, theme parties, guest speakers, health awareness programs, study breaks, and skill-building workshops. This organization represents only one of the many ways to get involved in campus living.

Meet Your McGinnies Hall Community!

Ronny Nissen

Residence Director, Ronny Nissen (they/them)

Hometown: Penn Yan, NY

What is the most fulfilling part about creating a community? Making connections with residents and making them feel like they have a home away from home

Zainab Ahmed

Resident Assistant, Zainab Ahmed (she/her/hers)

Hometown: Pakistan

Major: Molecular Genetics

What is the most fulfilling part about creating a community? The joy and peace I feel in knowing that my residence love the place they live in.

Mary Cooper

Resident Assistant, Mary Cooper (she/her/hers)

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Major: Marketing and Music Industry

What is the most fulfilling part about creating a community? Being able to feel safe and make others feel safe with the people they live with!

Alex Durr

Resident Assistant, Alex Durr (they/he/she)

Hometown: Chappaqua, NY

Major: English

What is the most fulfilling part about creating a community? Seeing friendships blossom because of our attempts to create community is incredibly fulfilling, knowing that connections formed in our residence hall (because of us!) will be long lasting and having tremendous impact.

Jimmy Hartigan

Resident Assistant, Jimmy Hartigan (he/him/his)

Hometown: Brewster, NY

Major: Music Education

What is the most fulfilling part about creating a community? It just feels good to watch those connections be created between residents eventually watching them become even better friends

Cora Kinsella

Resident Assistant, Cora Kinsella (she/her/hers)

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Major: English Adolescent Education

What is the most fulfilling part about creating a community? Creating a good community has helped me build some meaningful connections with my residents and fellow RA’s!

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