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Statement Fall 2011
Letter from presidents: Meet some remarkable alumni and students

Drs. Hefner and GibbsThis issue of the Statement introduces us to some remarkable alumni and current students –  people who inspire us and once again remind us that the world is growing ever smaller. 


Georgie FuInternational student Georgie Fu joined the Chinese Club as a freshman in 2008. Since then, she has made the club into something more than just a comfort zone for Chinese students. The entire campus is now accustomed to celebrating the Chinese New Year. 

STELLAR STUDENTS: Creators of the Raphy Report

Raphy ReportThe Raphy Report is not the typical, 30-minute primetime TV newscast, but rather a show specially catered to students, from its content to its accessibility. It has created a new student media niche and almost instantly become a campus-wide sensation.

Class of ’59 makes its class gift a breeze!


D.C. alumni considering forming a regional chapter

 Fredonia alumni who met at the Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, D.C., last year are interested in developing a local alumni chapter. They are gathering names now of those interested. Click headline for more. 

Rockefeller Arts Center Calendar

Rockefeller Arts Center

Fall 2011

Cover Story: Welcome to the Big Leagues

Big LeaguesThey work for National Football League teams. The NFL. The number-one sports league in the country. Make that the world. And they don’t just work there. They’re vice presidents – titles they achieved before the age of 40.  Gretchen Geitter, ’91, and Tim Zulawski, ’98, two Fredonians who have carved out careers that, though highly demanding, are among the dream jobs of thousands of students at colleges across the U.S.

Coming Clean: Former Marine tells story of gathering the dead

Jess GoodellIn 2010, Jessica Goodell earned a degree in psychology. A year later, she’s published a book – about a part of her life that no one on campus ever knew about. Meet this remarkable U.S. Marine who served as part of the Mortuary Affairs Unit in Iraq, and see why everyone from CNN to NPR and the BBC has been lining up to hear her story. 

Andrew Abrams takes video skills to National Hockey League

Andrew AbramsAndrew Abrams always knew what he wanted to do when he grew up. Today, just three years  after earning his bachelor’s degree, he’s not only doing it, he’s on one of the biggest stages – er, screens – he could image: The “JumboTron” of the National Hockey League’s (NHL’s) St. Louis Blues.

World Famous Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to perform in King Dec. 8

YoYoMaYo-Yo Ma, one of the most recognizable names in classical music today, will perform at SUNY Fredonia on Thursday, Dec. 8. The event – which sold out within 48 hours – will feature the world-renowned cellist as a soloist performing with the College Symphony Orchestra, giving its student members a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from and perform with one of the greatest musicians in any genre of any era. 

"Guitar Hero" creator to keynote Fall Convocation series

IKarthikn just 15 years, Karthik and his brother went from working in their parents’ basement to sharing the stage with Apple Co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs during a 2010 iPhone launch. Their Albany, N.Y., company is now a subsidiary of entertainment software giant Activision, and has sold more than 40 million units worldwide worth $2.5 billion. Its “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” was the industry’s first title to surpass $1 billion in total sales.

Music alumnus Dennis returns after four decades for éncore

Allen Dennis1970 graduate Dr. Allan Dennis delivered the keynote address at the School of Music’s annual Convocation program in May. In it, he offered a candid overview of today’s job market for music education and performance majors, and urged students to step out of their comfort zones and set goals that stretch their thinking. He’s also joined the School of Music Advisory Board, a 10-member group that provides guidance, assistance and support.

College of Education launches new donor initiative

Dr. Estelle CrinoWhat began as a worthy initiative by an individual has grown into a far-reaching mission to engage scores of graduates to support their alma mater. The new Committee of Friends has been launched as a unique fundraising opportunity to encourage College of Education (COE) alumni to each donate $200 to create new, $2,000 scholarships to attract the best and brightest students to SUNY Fredonia and, ultimately, careers in education.

School of Business buzzes with activity

SIFEThe School of Business continues to become more global as it pursues Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. This summer, five students studying to earn an M.B.A. in Pune, India, visited from the Foundation for Liberal Arts and Management Education (FLAME).  Under the guidance of Drs. Donald Barnes and Susan McNamara, the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team earned 2nd runner-up at the Regional Competition in New York City.

Class Notes Fall 2011

Robert Herrmann, 2010, (bus. admin.) has signed a professional contract with the Las Cruces Vaqueros in the Pecos League, an independent baseball league headquartered in Houston, Texas, and consisting of eight teams in cities throughout West Texas and Eastern Mexico.

Host an Intern: A Chance to Give Back!

Hosting a student intern can add value to any organization.  You gain a staff member who can be assigned to specific tasks or projects and produce tangible results at a very affordable cost. In return, the intern is exposed to a real-life work environment and gains 

Giving to SUNY Fredonia

Bob Gloor"Bob Gloor was always thrilled to meet the theatre students who had received the scholarship he founded. He eagerly anticipated seeing them in Mainstage productions and watching them mature as performers and adults. He often told our friends, and the students themselves, that their performances were as good as or better than those we had seen in professional venues." --Letter from Karen West

Western New York Career Night is January 17

On Jan. 17, the Buffalo Area Alumni Chapter, the Fredonia Alumni Association and the Career Development Office will co-sponsor “Career Night” at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, 120 Church St., in Buffalo from 7 to 9 p.m. This networking event will assist current students and alumni looking for jobs or internships, and seeking advice.

Scholarships for Children/Grandchildren of Alumni

Several scholarships will be available for the 2012-2013 academic year for children and grandchildren of alumni, from the Fredonia Alumni Association. Students should have at least a 3.0 grade point average (or equivalent), and demonstrate campus and community involvement. 

Trio wins prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, a statewide honor that recognizes superior professional achievement throughout the SUNY system, was recently awarded to three Fredonians who collectively have served the campus for more than 40 years:  Lt. Clifton Wheeler of the University Police Dept., Dr. Kathleen Gradel of the School of Education, and Dr. Stephen Kershnar of the Philosophy Department. 

President’s Award for Excellence and Kasling Memorial lectures slated for fall

 The research and writing of three SUNY Fredonia faculty members will be featured this fall at two events: the annual Kasling Lecture and the President's Award for Excellence. Dr. Neil Feit of the philosophy department was selected as the Kasling Lecturer, and Dr. David Rankin will give a talk as this year's President's Award for Excellence selectee. Dr. Kate Mahoney of the School of Education will receive the Hagan Young Scholar/Artist Award during the annual Kasling Lecture.   

SUNY Fredonia breaks ground on $60 million Science Center

This past September, with the tossing of some ceremonial dirt and a toast from Erlenmeyer flasks destined for new chemistry labs, scores of faculty, students, administrators, alumni and guests marked the beginning of a long-awaited facility dedicated exclusively to the sciences.  The new, 92,000-square-foot building set to open in 2014 is the single largest facility investment in the campus’ history.

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