Members of the Residence Life staff for 2015-2016 include (front row, from left); Rhianna Wing, ’12, ’14; Kristen Brignone, ’13; Joanna Kaufmann, ’14; Emma Cruz, ’15; Colleen Holcomb, Vanessa Taylor, ’13; Adrienne Sader, Alicia Wroblewski, ’06; Kara Corlett, ’12, ’15, and Briana Taddio, ’15; (back row): Associate Director Kevin Hahn, Dylan Leitner, ’15, Frank DiPasquale, Matthew Briars, Mark Mackey, ’13, William Hernandez and Director Kathy Forster. Missing is Daniel Goodwin.
Green Light Campaign
Fredonia joined several other SUNY campuses during the week of Sept. 7 by participating in “Green Light a Vet,” an initiative created to show support for veterans by changing outdoor light bulbs to green, considered the color of hope and well-being. The nationwide campaign honors millions of active military personnel and veterans across the U.S.
New Sculpture Installed
“Progression,” a 16-ton sculpture by Rochester native Albert Paley, was installed in front of Fenton Hall on Central Avenue. in September. Paley, an American modernist metal sculptor, visited Fredonia’s campus to speak about his work as part of the Visiting Artists Program. The sculpture is nine-and-a-half feet tall and 48 feet long and is on a three-year loan to the campus, on display until the fall of 2018.
The Department of Theatre and Dance brought to life the hit Broadway musical, “Cabaret,” Oct. 14-18 in Marvel Theatre. The cast included 42 members — the largest ever on the Marvel Stage. The production also featured School of Music students, a backstage crew of 25 students, and 40 more involved in creating the set. The story centers on an aspiring writer who meets a performer during the waning years of Berlin’s notorious cabaret scene as the Nazi party rose to power. Tom Loughlin, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, directed the musical.
One of the world’s most respected string quartets was in residence for five days in mid-October, including classroom visits, solo and chamber music master classes, public talks and a performance at Rosch Recital Hall. Fredonia alumna and iconic music educator Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras joined the Shanghai Quartet with her son and Shanghai Quartet cellist, Nick Tzavaras. Called “utterly sublime” by The New York Times, the quartet has worked with the world’s most distinguished artists and regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America and Asia.
The annual Scholars Breakfast honors Fredonia’s student scholarship recipients and the generous donors and benefactors who make the campus’ scholarships possible. It is an outstanding event that celebrates students and their parents for all of their hard work, and gives them the opportunity to meet and thank donors and their families. This year’s event was held Oct. 31 in Steele Hall, as part of Family Weekend.
Days of Service
Fredonia held its fourth annual Days of Service campaign beginning Nov. 7 with the 11th annual Fall Sweep. More than 630 students — representing close to 60 student groups — raked leaves in over 300 neighborhood yards. In all, more than 950 students supported over 20 local service agencies that week, combining volunteer efforts and service-learning projects. Days of Service concluded with Operation Breakfast, which generated over 400 pounds of nonperishable breakfast foods for the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry’s Friendly Kitchen/Food Pantry.
From Nov. 13-15, the Hillman Opera presented an English translation of Franz Lehár’s classic work, “The Merry Widow.” The tradition of the Hillman Opera is to feature a large number of students on stage, off stage, behind the stage and in the pit. Approximately 125 students, faculty and the Fredonia Opera Orchestra worked together to bring this performance to life. “The Merry Widow” is Lehár’s best-known composition and has been an audience favorite since its premier in 1905.