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January 2009


January 2009 Class Notes
Understanding SUNY Fredonia’s “state” of affairs

Vice President David TiffanyWe welcomed our largest and most selective freshmen class ever this past fall, and early indications are that the Class of 2013 will be similarly strong. Still, we face one of the most challenging economic situations in our history. With all of the recent economic uncertainty, coupled with the many budget cuts coming out of Albany, many are wondering how SUNY Fredonia is being impacted.

Coalition on nuclear wastes donates papers to Reed Library

Jeremy Linden with West Valley collectionThe Coalition on West Valley Nuclear Wastes has donated 90 cubic feet of primary documents to the Archives and Special Collections at Reed Library on the SUNY Fredonia campus.  The materials, pertaining to the West Valley Nuclear Demonstration Project, have been collected and maintained over the last four decades by the coalition, an activist group of primarily New York State residents from Cattaraugus and Erie counties.

Veterans' remembrance observed on campus

Vets DaySUNY Fredonia’s Office of Veterans Affairs, together with the departments of Environmental Health and Safety, Human Resources, and Public Relations, held a memorial service for U.S. veterans on Nov. 10 in honor of Veteran’s Day.  Believed to be the first such event at Fredonia, the ceremony and reception took place in the new Horizon Room of the Williams Center.

Tim Jensen Scholarship benefits from Mainstage show

Tim JensenThe Dec. 6 matinee of “A Christmas Carol” raised more than $3,000 for the Tim Jensen Class of 1990 Scholarship Fund. The Department of Theatre and Dance donated the proceeds from its Saturday matinee in memory of the former student and visiting artist who passed away suddenly in December 2005. The fund was established by Tim's classmates. It honors the memory of an outstanding student, talented theatre artist, and consummate professional.

Five siblings equals five alums!

Katie Hite“One for the thumb” is what Ronald and Margaret (Guertin) Hite, ’64, will be able to celebrate on May 16 when their youngest child, Kathleen (Katie), is awarded her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and becomes the Hite’s fifth child to earn Fredonia alumni status.  Though perhaps tempted, Mrs. Hite never swayed her children in Fredonia’s direction. “I tried to keep my mouth shut,” she joked, “but they saw each other doing well and having good experiences (at Fredonia), and so they kept up the tradition.”

Kiplinger's again chooses Fredonia as a Best Value

SUNY Fredonia has once again been ranked by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine as one of the 100 best values in public higher education in the nation.  The university was rated 77th for in-state residents, and 48th for out-of-state students.

New look for The Leader

As the student newspaper looks to expand coverage beyond campus, we hope to get as many alumni reading as possible. The Leader, Fredonia’s entirely student run and student funded weekly newspaper, is in the process of a redesign and layout overhaul.

Cryobiologist John Baust returns to share career in cancer therapy

John Baust, '65One of the world’s leading researchers in cryobiology returned to his alma mater in early November for public presentations and informal talks about his career in cancer research. A 1965 biology graduate, Dr. John G. Baust has for decades studied strategies in low temperature biology that have led to new cancer therapies. Baust is founder of BioLife Solutions, Inc., director of the Institute of Biomedical Technology at Binghamton University and chair of the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Admissions adds student testimony videos to website

Katie TarnowskiEach features real students discussing a variety of majors and topics, including why they chose Fredonia, and what they like most about the university. Produced by students, Fredonia’s most talented communication, music and theatre majors contributed to the site.

"One Stop Drop" system created for campus recycling

Go Green logoGreen recycling bins are now stationed in residence hall rooms, classrooms and faculty offices — and just about every other space at SUNY Fredonia — with the launch of a combined recycling program by the university’s Sustainability Committee.

Business students place first in worldwide competition

Five School of Business students earned first place in an international business simulation competition, in which they competed against more than 1,000 teams from over 70 colleges and universities worldwide.

Fredonia makes it a "Vegan's Dozen"

SUNY Fredonia was one of only 12 universities nationwide to be recognized in the final results of a recent “Most Vegetarian-Friendly College” contest, sponsored by PETA2, the world’s largest youth animal rights organization and an affiliate of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Phonathon students come through even in challenging economic times

The fall Phonathon, conducted by the Division of University Advancement and coordinated by Director of Development Timothy Murphy, ’89, brought in over $64,000 as a result of more than 1,500 pledges from alumni to support the efforts of the Fredonia College Foundation as it provides scholarship and program support to the university.

A woman of substance honored

Phyllis WillsonCaring, funny, passionate, and a woman of conviction are a few words that describe Phyllis Willson of Eden, N.Y., who was honored at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon in Buffalo, N.Y., in November 2008.  A graduate of the Fredonia Normal School Class of 1939, Mrs. Willson was nominated by SUNY Fredonia for the honor. She was described  as "an exemplary alumna, donor and friend of the university."

Back in Mason, more music to John Poppo's ears

John Poppo

John Poppo, a Sound Recording Technology (SRT) major and founder of Pop Productions in Manhattan, was honored Saturday, Oct. 18 in a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the SUNY Fredonia SRT program. School of Music Director Karl Boelter began the ceremony at the Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall and SUNY Fredonia President Dennis Hefner presented Poppo with the award. “I’m not exaggerating in the least when I tell you that everything I’ve earned, all of the successes I’ve enjoyed throughout my career, I can trace back to what I learned right here at Fredonia,” Poppo said during his acceptance speech.

At right: John Poppo, recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award, Homecoming 2008.

Former runner still leading the race in business

Michael Petsky

Today, Michael Petsky, '85, is recognized as one of the foremost experts on marketing, advertising and digital media industry trends and strategies for maximizing shareholder value. A highly sought speaker, he has appeared on CNN, been a guest lecturer at New York University, and frequently presents at marketing and Internet trade shows and events.

Following the presentation of Fredonia’s Outstanding Achievement Award to him by President Dennis Hefner, Petsky delivered a humor-laden acceptance speech about the challenges and decisions that he faced during his years at Fredonia. Its general theme: what can seemingly be simple decisions you make during your years in college – the professors you befriend, the coaches you trust, the friends you meet – can have a dramatic impact on your life 20 years later.

At right: Michael Petsky, recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award, Homecoming 2008.

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