Three Fredonia students have been awarded 2018 Gilman Scholarships to support study abroad experiences during the fall semester.
The World War II experiences of two Western New York veterans have been chronicled in dramatic fashion by Matthew DeWinde, a 2017 graduate of the Fredonia, in articles published in the June issue of the magazine, America in WW II.
More than two dozen Chautauqua County students engaged in a variety of interactive leadership activities at the first Promising Leaders program event at Fredonia.
Early American history will take center stage at Living History Day, a free public event that will bring more than a dozen reenactor groups and other history enthusiasts from Western New York to Fredonia on Thursday, June 7. “The day is unique to the area since the event is an immersion into the culture of early America, not just a battle reenactment,” explained Jason Steinagle, director of education at the Boston (N.Y.) Historical Association and lead organizer of Living History Day.
The message from this year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Marletta, to the Class of 2018 on May 19 was straightforward but powerful; “Do something good for people and make the world a better place.” Graduates at Fredonia’s 191st annual Commencement received congratulations from President Virginia S. Horvath as they were conferred with degrees at two nearly identical ceremonies.
Alex Czechowski and Nate Winn won “Best All Around Pitch” honors for NexNest – a web application they developed that connects students with local landlords and offers other services to help make student renting a positive experience – in a student business plan competition at the WNY Student 2 Biz Challenge held April 20 at Hilbert College.
The strategically timed theme of “‘Pi’ School Prom” will be take center stage at the 18th annual Math and Science Challenge at Fredonia that will welcome over 350 high school students to the campus on Thursday, May 24. Students, arranged in teams, will be challenged to work together and creatively apply various aspects of mathematics and science in seven unique events or activities that reflect the revered high school tradition.
Dr. Michael A. Marletta, a member of the Class of 1973, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the State University of New York at the State University of New York at Fredonia’s Commencement on Saturday, May 19. Dr. Marletta will also serve as the keynote speaker at the 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. ceremonies at Steele Hall.
Graduating senior Nicholas W. Hlifka will receive the 2018 Lanford Presidential Prize from the Oscar and Esther Lanford Endowment of the Fredonia College Foundation. The award will be presented at the morning Commencement ceremony on May 19.
A public event including family, friends, alumni and administration was held May 9 for the formal naming of “El Nasser Way” on campus by President Virginia Horvath in memory of Dr. Marwan El Nasser, who was a Professor Emeritus of Economics.
Public viewings at the Fredonia observatory will be starting up again on Wednesday, April 11, and running through the end of October. Located in the Science Center, the observatory first opened its doors in the spring of 2017.
A ceremony to recognize nearly 100 international and study abroad students who are members of the Class of 2018 will be held at the annual International Education event on Friday, May 18, at 2 p.m., in Rosch Recital Hall.
The Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders will offer two monthly support group meetings for stroke and head injury survivors and family members during the summer, on Tuesday, June 19 and July 17, from 3 to 4 p.m., in Thompson Hall Room E148.
Three Fredonia faculty and staff were honored for special contributions to the campus community, and service and retirees were also singled out for the spotlight, at the twelfth President’s Recognition Luncheon in the Williams Center.
Senior Valerie Andryshak, a graduating transfer student, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Tau Sigma Honor Society, the national honor society for transfer students, in celebration of her academic and civic contributions. It is the largest scholarship awarded annually by the national organization.
Arts on Campus
The 2018-2019 Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts has been awarded to University of Colorado professor Daniel Kellogg for “Mao’s China,” a multimedia composition that will explore the lasting legacy and trauma of Chinese immigrants and their American experience across generations.
“Thunder Cloud,” a 1,500-pound cast iron sculpture by Coral Lambert, was installed in the Dennis R., '72 and Kathryn L. Costello South Plaza adjacent to the Rockefeller Arts Center Studio Complex by Fredonia’s Facilities Services crew on May 10. The 8-by-9-by-6-foot sculpture is part of the In Sight/On Site outdoor sculpture program initiated by the Department of Visual Arts and New Media
Health and Wellness
A food pantry has been established by the Student Health Center, Counseling Center and Office of Campus Life to assist students when food becomes scarce. “We have seen an overwhelming response with our previous food pantries, with over 2,500 food items being given out to students,” reported Debbie Dibble, Student Health Center director.
Carl Lam, a violinist and vice president of the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Communication, will be one of 34 participants in the League of American Orchestras’ Essentials of Orchestra Management program in mid-July.
Fredonia students enrolled in the Spanish course "The Art and Craft of Translation" completed a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) project working with students of the University of Sonora, Mexico. Both groups of students worked together in the literary analysis and translation of short stories by Salvadoran writer Salvador Salazar Arrué.
Katherine Grabowski of Baldwinsville was selected as the April 2018 Student of the Month by the Office of Residence Life. Ms. Grabowski majored in Early and Childhood Education-Music and graduated on May 19 with her Bachelor of Science in Education degree, summa cum laude. She was honored by being invited to give the opening reflection at the afternoon Commencement ceremony.
"Afforestation as Performance Art: Johann Cornies’ Aesthetics of Civilization,” an essay written by Department of History Professor John Staples, was recently published in a volume, "Minority Report: Mennonite Identities in Imperial Russia and Soviet Ukraine Reconsidered, 1789-1945," edited by Leonard G. Friesen (Wilfrid Laurier) by the University of Toronto Press.