SUNY Fredonia is pleased to announce a week-long series of events to celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Virginia Schaefer Horvath as its 13th president.
The investiture ceremony, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. in King Concert Hall of Rockefeller Arts Center, will be preceded by five days of concerts, lectures, exhibits, symposia and an international dinner, designed to draw attention to Fredonia’s rich tradition of artistic and intellectual excellence and our increasing commitment to global issues and international exchange.
The day of the investiture will be filled with pomp and circumstance as delegates from other colleges and universities join members of the SUNY Fredonia faculty, processing in academic regalia to the strains of ceremonial marches by the Fredonia Wind Ensemble. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will officiate the formal installation, and President Horvath will deliver her inaugural address describing her vision for the future of Fredonia.
The following day has been designated a campus-wide Inaugural Day of Service. In keeping with SUNY Fredonia’s growing commitment to community engagement and sustainability, students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to join various teams working on a variety of community service projects across Western New York in partnership with area non-profit agencies, addressing critical community needs.
Most inaugural week activities are free. However, seating capacity at all venues is limited and tickets will be required at most events for capacity control purposes. For tickets, visit the R.S.V.P. link at www.fredonia.edu/president/inauguration.
Sunday, Sept. 16
Western New York Chamber Orchestra “Musical Portraits” Concert
4 p.m. King Concert Hall. Paid admission, tickets required.
Opening of “History of SUNY Fredonia” library exhibit and unveiling of Dr. Horvath’s official presidential portrait.
6 p.m. Reed Library. Free.*
Monday, Sept. 17
School of Music Faculty Showcase Concert
8 p.m., Rosch Recital Hall. Free.*
Tuesday, Sept. 18
Slide-lecture by internationally acclaimed artist Christo.
7 p.m. King Concert Hall. Free. Tickets required.
Presented by the Department of Visual Arts and New Media.
Made possible by a gift from Jesse and Cathy Marion, ’79.
Wednesday, Sept. 19
Annual Maytum Convocation Lecture: Dr. Jean Kilbourne, feminist author, speaker and filmmaker, internationally recognized for her work on the image of women in advertising, speaks on, “Deadly Persuasion: The Power of Advertising.”
3:30 p.m. King Concert Hall. Free. Tickets required.
Thursday, Sept. 20
Building Communities of Learning: Innovative Teaching at SUNY Fredonia
Meet and mingle from 3:30 to 4 p.m., panel presentation from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Williams Center, Room 204. Free.*
International Inaugural Dinner
6 p.m., Williams Center Multipurpose Room.
Paid admission, tickets required.
Friday, Sept. 21
2 p.m., King Concert Hall
Free. Tickets/reservations required.
Reception to follow, Rockefeller Arts Center Plaza.
Reception rain location: Multipurpose Room of the Williams Center.
Saturday, Sept. 22
Inaugural Day of Service at times and places throughout Western New York. Students, faculty, staff and alumni roll up their sleeves in partnership with a variety of community organizations and projects. Free.
Advance registration required.
*Tickets not required