|Class Notes Fall 2013|
|Curtain Call! Brian Usifer, ’03, Music Director on Broadway|
Brian Usifer has found himself among some of Broadway’s biggest stars, contributing to the success of its hottest new musical. As Music Director of the smash hit Kinky Boots – winner of six Tony awards in June – it’s the latest accomplishment for this 32-year-old member of the Class of 2003, whose career got a “head start,” courtesy of another Fredonian whom he met when he was just 4 years old.
|Ferguson earns Biology department’s biggest National Science Foundation grant to date|
This past spring, Biology Professor Scott Ferguson was awarded a $250,000 Research in Undergraduate Institutions grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The funding allows him to conduct a three-year research project, “Genetic Analysis of Gurken Translational Control in Drosophila,” that has the potential to assess how humans develop and are affected by disease.
|Music Industry program crescendos from niche to noteworthy|
Currently, some 200 students are pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration, with a concentration in Music Industry, at SUNY Fredonia. This unique collaboration between the schools of Music and Business provides a balance of general business courses such as accounting and macroeconomics, and music courses like music theory, with specialized courses that focus on music copyright, publishing, marketing and promotion.
|College of Education emphasizes benefits of a global education|
Fredonia teacher candidates have more options than ever to “internationalize” their experience through teaching and service-learning options on three continents. These partnerships enable students to seize unique opportunities to become more effective teachers while immersing themselves in a new culture.
|SUNY Fredonia graduates largest senior class |
Roughly 1,500 students, including the largest senior class in Fredonia’s history, crossed the Steele Hall stage this past May, receiving congratulations from President Virginia S. Horvath as they were conferred with degrees during the 186th annual Commencement ceremony. In all, 1,355 undergraduates and 167 graduate students and advanced certificate recipients were honored.
|Three receive Fredonia College Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award|
The Distinguished Service Award, the most prestigious honor given by the Fredonia College Foundation, was presented to three honorees at a special May 11 dinner/dance in the Williams Center. Alumni Dr. J. Brien Murphy, ’53, ’56; and Michael Schiavone, ’78, along with the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, were each honored with the bi-annual award which recognizes citizens and organizations that make significant contributions to society through business, government, education and the arts.
|Brains over Brawn! Computer Science students give bullying a one-two punch of science and technology|
This year five students and a faculty member within SUNY Fredonia’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences created a program concept designed to combat bullying in classrooms by allowing teachers to collect data about bullying incidents throughout the school – data which can be used to alter classroom layouts to lessen the likelihood of a reoccurrence.
|Youth is Served: Geophysicist Katie Boyle on the move|
A working trip to Tanzania wasn’t exactly what 2010 graduate Katie Boyle was expecting the summer following graduation with a major in Geophysics and minor in Applied Mathematics with honors; neither were shots for rabies, typhoid, yellow fever and malaria. But opportunity knocked – or rather, shook – and Katie answered the call.
|Homecoming Weekend Highlights |
Homecoming 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of our Department of Geosciences, a Science Conference, the 35th anniversary of the Fredonia Radio Systems’ FM station, the 25th anniversary of Sigma Kappa Sorority, a play in Bartlett Theatre, spectacular concerts, great athletic contests and a host of other special events.
|Blasting begins as dean of new College of Visual and Performing Arts|
On July 1, SUNY Fredonia officially opened its new College of Visual and Performing Arts, formally combining its world-renowned School of Music with its strong departments of Theatre and Dance, and Visual Arts and New Media, as well as the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center. In doing so, the university named Dr. Ralph J. Blasting as its founding dean.
|Kasling Lecture, Hagan Award recipients announced|
Dr. William Brown, a member of the Department of Biology faculty since 2001, has been named the Kasling Lecturer for the 2013-2014 academic year and will present the Kasling address on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall. Timothy Frerichs, associate professor of art in the Department of Visual Arts and New Media, will receive the 2013 William T. Hagan Young Scholar/Artist Award at the same program.
|Fredonia-Hamburg teacher preparation partnership celebrates 40th anniversary |
More than 80 alumni of the Fredonia-Hamburg Teacher Education Center, a yearlong student teaching partnership that’s enjoyed four wonderful decades, gathered in East Aurora, N.Y., in April to mark a milestone between SUNY Fredonia and Hamburg Central School District. The attendees showed their love of teaching and passion about the preparation they received.