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Statement Spring 2012
Published in Spring and Fall by the Office of Public Relations, The Statement is mailed to alumni, parents, grad students, and friends. Articles may be reprinted without permission. Subscribe>>

Dear Alumni and Friends - A letter from President Horvath

Best wishes for the new year to all of Fredonia’s alumni and friends! It’s been a mild winter so far in Western New York — a welcome change from the past few years — and even though we haven’t had much snow, it’s been an otherwise typically busy and productive time at Fredonia.

Class Notes Spring 2016

Alumni and friends filled the balcony’s front row for the Dec. 5 performance of “West Side Story” at the Asolo Reperatory Theater in Sarasota, Fla. Tom Ellison and John Cooley, both School of Music alumni from the Class of 1973, performed in the pit orchestra.

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Dear Alumni and Friends - A letter from President Horvath

We hope you enjoy this issue of The Statement, from the cover story about alumnus Chris Mirabelli (’77) to the articles about current students and faculty. In May, nearly 1,400 new Fredonia graduates celebrated earning their degrees, and we hope they will aspire to have careers like those of Dr. Mirabelli or James Douglas, who spoke at Commencement about his decades of work at the Smithsonian Institution.


Vol. 40, No. 2, Spring 2012

Success Was His Tradition

Dennis HefnerA tall, thin man with a grey beard walks hurriedly to his next meeting, briefing a new hire about student recruitment strategies and Albany politics. Suddenly, the man stops and begins walking through some fresh mulch outside of Thompson Hall - even though it has just rained, and he's wearing a suit and dress shoes. None of that matters as much as removing the bit of garbage that has blown into the freshly planted flowers. Talk about leading by example.

You’re invited to say, “Farewell, President Hefner!”

Two events will celebrate the career of President Dennis Hefner, and congratulate and say, “thank you” to him and his wife, Jan, for their 16 years of dedication to our campus and community. On Thursday, May 3, all are invited to the Rockefeller Arts Center’s Outdoor Arcade for a free reception in honor of the Hefners from 2 to 5 p.m. Then, join us the following evening – Friday, May 4 – for a night to remember, as we host a dinner gala and fundraiser in their honor as well.

Pardon our Progress! Construction projects are transforming campus

Rockefeller Arts Center addition at SUNY FredoniaNot since the I.M. Pei-designed centerpiece of the “modern” campus (Maytum Hall, Daniel Reed Library, McEwen Hall and Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center) took shape in the late 1960s has there been such a wide range of construction and design activity going on at once.

Capital Ideas: Campaign exceeds goal by another $1 million
David CarnahanDavid Tiffany, Ph.D.

On Dec. 31, 2011, SUNY Fredonia and the Fredonia College Foundation wrapped up the largest and longest capital campaign in the college’s history: the six-year, $15 million Doors to Success Campaign. As 2011 came to a close, David Carnahan, chairman of both the campaign and the Jamestown-based Carnahan-Jackson Foundation, and Dr. David Tiffany, Vice President for University Advancement and executive director of the Fredonia College Foundation, shared their thoughts on the importance of this campaign to the future of the college and its students.

Geoscience's Gary Lash named to Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers

Dr. Gary LashPioneering research by Dr. Gary Lash into the sedimentary rock formation known as Marcellus black shale, which is believed to contain vast reserves of natural gas and oil, has placed the longtime SUNY Fredonia geosciences professor into an ultra-selective fraternity that spans the globe. Lash and his co-honorees were designated top global thinkers for “upending the geopolitics of energy.” 

School of Business’ Holmes scores big with sports statistics

Paul HolmesA different type of insight into college and professional sports can be gained through statistical analyses, which is what Assistant Professor of Economics Paul Holmes has delivered in a series of essays. Of course, most fans won’t see them in the academic quarterlies in which they have been published, but they are reading about his perspectives on their local sports pages.

Young designer earns tip of the hat--repeatedly!

Ashley NosekNosek’s design was chosen by the NHL among dozens submitted by the company. She learned that it was selected several weeks earlier (not knowing which team would eventually be embroidered in the center), when New Era management called all of the designers in the room and asked, “Who designed this one?” Nosek’s hand cautiously rose, and she was congratulated by her whole team

SUNY Fredonia welcomes first Korean contingent this spring

HUFSMore than 90 students from South Korea will officially become part of the SUNY Fredonia family at the start of the spring semester through a new 1+3 program with Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in Seoul.They spent a year preparing at their home campus, taking general education courses pre-selected by HUFS and Fredonia, along with intensive studies in English reading, speaking, listening and writing.

Alumnus and attorney is 2012 Commencement keynote speaker

Dale CooterSUNY Fredonia’s Commencement keynote speaker will be alumnus and attorney Dale A. Cooter of Washington, D.C. Ceremonies are slated for Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Steele Hall Arena on campus.  Cooter’s Fredonia memories include an American Government class his freshman year with the late Dr. Murdoch Dawley, political science classes with the late Dr. Jack Everett, and watching the 1968 presidential elections with Professor Emeritus William Muller.

Alumni and friends invited to special New York City gathering

ChoirThe Fredonia Alumni Association will host a gathering for alumni and friends in New York City on Thursday, March 8, at New York University’s famed Torch Club.  The Fredonia Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Gerald Gray, will perform at the alumni gathering as part of a new School of Music touring initiative.

Performing Arts Events This Spring

To purchase tickets for all events, contact the SUNY Fredonia Ticket Office at (716) 673-3501 (1-866-441-4928),, or in person.

Stellar Students

Students develop a taste for the Big Apple

SUTECEven though Fredonia is located eight hours away, students from the College of Education are finding a way to span that distance and add their energy to the City That Never Sleeps. “New York City has become a magnet for many of the (Fredonia) music students who are anxious to not only student teach, but share in the rich musical world that is represented by the region,” said Natalie Lukas.

Allers takes an active interest in helping kids

Meagan Allers
Three years ago, Meagan Allers wasn’t involved in many extracurricular activities. Today, this member of the Class of 2013 has become one of the most active student leaders on campus. Most people across campus know Meagan as the vibrant president of the Fredonia for St. Jude chapter, an organization dedicated to raising money for the world-renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in Memphis, Tenn.  

Fall 2013 Preview of Blue Devil athletics

Wrap Up: Blue Devil Spring 2013 season

Women’s lacrosse earns national rankings for second straight season

The 6-0 record earned the Blue Devils their first national acclaim of 2013 on March 26, when the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) released its Week 5 NCAA Division III rankings and listed Fredonia State as having “also received votes.”

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