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Statement August 2009

Back Where it all Began

David F. Smith, ’74, went from being a typical kid from South Buffalo to the leader of a multi-billion dollar, integrated energy company with operations that span the U.S.

Sean Kirst, ’81, Wins Top National Journalism Prize

Sean KirstSean Kirst, ’81, a columnist at the Syracuse Post-Standard, recently received the Ernie Pyle Award for human interest writing from the Scripps Howard Foundation. Kirst’s entry was a collection of columns focusing on stories of ordinary people in Upstate New York whose life experiences defined a challenge or a moment in time. The prize – a trophy and $10,000 – was presented at a dinner at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., in April.

Blue Devils: Fall 2009 lineup

A summary of what's coming up this fall for the Blue Devil teams, and how they finished up at the end of Spring Semester.

Business Technology Incubator Receives $300,000 Oishei Foundation Grant

Kevin Kearns and Dennis L. HefnerThe SUNY Fredonia Business Technology Incubator, a development project to advance economic growth in Western New York from its base in downtown Dunkirk, has been awarded a $300,000 “challenge grant” from The John R. Oishei Foundation. The incubator is slated to receive an annual appropriation of $100,000 for three years from the foundation, based in Buffalo, provided that SUNY Fredonia successfully matches that gift — dollar for dollar — from businesses, alumni and friends in each of the next three years.

Fredonia Grad Discovers “Human Spirit” as Miracle on the Hudson Survivor

Sullenberger and VintonDaniel Vinton, ’88, is an audit manager who recovers lost money for Fortune 500 companies. However, it’s a tattered copy of a law enforcement drama that has taken a prominent place in the Vinton family library.
That’s because both the Fredonia grad and a paperback copy of Michael Connelly’s, “The Closers,” survived January’s crash landing of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in New York City’s Hudson River.

Three Faculty and Staff Receive Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Chancellor's AwardsThree members of the SUNY Fredonia campus community have been honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. Announced by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, the awards are statewide honors conferred to acknowledge and provide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence within the SUNY system.

Tony Vitrano: A Master of Ceremonies

Tony Vitrano 100pxTony Vitrano, ’83, knows a thing or two about throwing a good party. But the parties he now targets are a long way from anything he might have experienced in downtown Fredonia during his college days.The Dunkirk native and School of Business alumnus is the Founder and CEO of two companies with unparalleled experience in the event management and transportation industry.

Foundation Honors Three with Distinguished Service Awards

Members of Quatroche FamilyThe Fredonia College Foundation selected three honorees to receive Distinguished Service Awards (DSA) at a special black-tie dinner held May 9 in the Williams Center. This year’s honorees were Mrs. Gileen W. French, The Holmberg Foundation and the Quatroche Family. To be selected, the honorees must be citizens or organizations that make significant contributions to society through business, government, education or the arts.

Alumni Leadership Conference looks at communication disorders

Alumni leadership ConferenceFredonia held its annual Alumni Leadership Conference June 12 and 13, bringing more than 30 alumni from the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences (formerly Speech Pathology and Audiology) back to campus

Campus Continues Going Green — and Saving Green

Going GreenFredonia continues to make major strides in achieving a more environmentally responsible campus. Led by its Sustainability Committee, a more than 20-member group representing a cross-section of faculty, administration and students, the university has implemented numerous products, programs, systems and behavior changes across campus that are making a real difference.

Graduates Called to Service During 2009 Commencement

Commencement 2009Approximately 1,300 students crossed the stage in Steele Hall on May 16 as President Dennis L. Hefner conferred Fredonia’s 2009 undergraduate and graduate degrees amid cheers of celebration and accomplishment. Both ceremonies featured speeches from keynote speaker and New York State Senator Catharine M. Young (57th District), and Senior Class President Patrick Horn, a native of Henrietta, N.Y., who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration/Marketing.

Fredonia Marxonia Comes Roaring Back

Fredonia Marxonia photoIn April the campus welcomed back “Fredonia Marxonia: the Marx Brothers Film Festival and Symposium,” which made a triumphant return after a 20-year hiatus. The festival celebrates the village and university link to the 1929 Marx Brothers’ movie, “Duck Soup,” which takes place in the fictional country of “Freedonia.”

Campus Breaks Ground for $4.6 Million Child Care Center

Day Care groundbreakingThe $4.6 million facility, to be located on the western edge of the campus at the intersection of Temple Street and Brigham Road, will finally allow for infant care at the center — a long sought-after goal — in addition to the toddler and pre-school care and before- and after-school programs it has provided since it began operating in Thompson Hall in 1974.

Homecoming ’09 Offers Fun and Games for Alumni of All Ages

Welcome Home bannerOn Saturday, Oct. 10, three alumni will be recognized for outstanding achievement in their fields. John Baust, Ph.D., ’65 (Biology); Kimberlee Neifer Caldwell, Ph.D., ’87 (Recombinant Gene Technology); and Clifton C. Turner, ’84 (Business Administration), will be honored at the Alumni Awards Luncheon at the Cranston Marché dining center in the University Commons (formerly Cranston Hall).

Southern California Native Shines Under WNYF Spotlight

Max HenstellMost people would say Max Henstell grew up in paradise. What else would you call life in Southern California, just four blocks from Santa Monica Bay and the Pacific Ocean? All that sun and surf would make any winter-weary Western New Yorker envious, but Henstell wanted something unique. Despite knowing little about television, Henstell joined the WNYF-TV staff following the Fall 2005 Activities Night. He quickly immersed himself in the station, was made its chief engineer as just a second-semester freshman, and was promoted to general manager his senior year.

H. Joseph Straight Named Distinguished Service Professor

Joe StraightMathematical Sciences Professor H. Joseph Straight has been named a Distinguished Service Professor — the highest system tribute available to instructional faculty — by the State University of New York Board of Trustees.  “This is a tremendous and well-deserved honor for Dr. Straight,” said President Dennis L. Hefner.

Fredonia Alum Taking Big Apple, Jazz World by Storm

Marcus GoldhaberMarcus Goldhaber, ’00, a Buffalo native whose vocal tone and style are reminiscent of a young Frank Sinatra, returned to Western New York for a concert at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House in April. Goldhaber’s rising stardom has not gone unnoticed in the press. People magazine praised him for a “heartfelt, sometimes heart-breaking, spin on such standards as ‘Someone in Love’ and ‘Honeysuckle Rose,’ finding the soul in each note with his no-frills approach.”

New plaque for memorial to Garabedian

Frank and Sallie PullanoRecently, a new plaque was gifted to the university by Music Professor Emeritus Frank Pullano, ’56, and his wife, Sallie (Shapley), ’58.  "Phoenix rising from the ashes,” dedicated to the memory of rising opera star Lillian Garabedian, ’57, has graced the side of Mason Hall for over 40 years.

Communication Department Brings Turkish Students to Campus via Film Grant

Turkish flagEighteen high school and college students from Turkey are visiting SUNY Fredonia in August and September as they finalize films they are making about democracy, human rights, and economic development, under the direction of SUNY Fredonia’s Department of Communication. The 18-month Youth Filmmaking Project in Turkey, led by Chair Ted Schwalbe and associate professor and Turkish native Nefin Dinc, has been underway for a year

College of Education Receives $500K Federal Grant

The College of Education has been selected to receive a five-year, $500,000 grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. It is designed to improve the training and qualifications of its graduates as they earn certification in special education.

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