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July 23-August 1, 2016 Shades of Ireland

Shades of Ireland      

Experience the Magic of the Emerald Isle with the Fredonia Alumni Association and AAA Member Choice Vacations from July 23-August 1, 2016! From vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast, experience all of the charms of Ireland on this magical tour of the Emerald Isle. Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle and experience old Ireland at its finest. Visit the new House of Waterford Crystal factory. Enjoy a rousing night of traditional Irish entertainment accompanied by a hearty dinner. See the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. Meet an Irish family during a visit to a working Irish farm. Sample homemade tea and scones while they explain their everyday life. See beautiful Killarney from your seat on an Irish jaunting car. Journey to historic Blarney Castle, lean back and kiss its famous stone! Travel the Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s most beautiful coastal routes and much more!


Trip cost: $3,899 for double occupancy (with early booking incentive until 1/26/2016). Price is air-inclusive from Buffalo (other gateways available), 13 meals, 1st class accommodations, sightseeing is just the start! 

 For more information, contact Kathleen Wheeler at AAA Orchard Park at 716-362-7731 or


Athletics: Spring Preview

BASEBALL – Head coach: Matt Palisin, 13th season. Season runs from March 7 through April 29. SUNYAC Tournament: First-round games are April 30 at campus sites … The team returns sophomore slugger Mike Prentice (West Seneca, N.Y.) who led the team with a .382 batting average and a .424 on-base percentage. 

Professional Accolades

Notes of excellence from faculty/staff at Fredonia.

Spring 2013

Class of ’85’s Dianne Craig takes the wheel as President and CEO of Ford Canada

Dianne CraigAs a senior in high school, Dianne (Carson) Craig could not have envisioned the career she would enjoy. The scores of places she has visited and the many parts of North America she’s called home were the farthest thing from this Hamburg, N.Y., native’s mind. And the role she’s played as a key contributor to the turnaround of one of the world’s most iconic brands was something she couldn’t even fathom.

Turnaround specialist Hesse, ’53, reflects on career of administrative successes

“The College at Fredonia changed my life. I would not have done what I did, become what I am, or enjoyed a modicum of success if it wasn’t for the education given to me by Fredonia,” Hesse said. He established the Dr. Robert Hesse Violin Scholarship Endowment Fund on campus to benefit full-time music students.  Four years ago, Hesse, together with his life partner, Jane Fortune, and son, Kevin, founded the Indianapolis City Ballet (ICB) which they envisioned as a ballet center of national and international stature.

Meet the 2013 Leadership of the Student Association

Campus strengthens its support of LGBTQ diversity initatives

“Reaping the Harvest of Reaching OUT to SUNY,” a 2012 grant initiative conducted at SUNY Fredonia, has achieved several of its goals of gathering information and developing initiatives to promote awareness related to diversity in LGBTQ issues.

Rising Star Vargas attests to Fredonia’s "Foundation of Artistry"

Vargas’ career is off and running. Since 2010, she has been a member of the Minnesota Opera’s Resident Artist Program in Minneapolis. This highly competitive program receives over 1,000 resumes annually, auditioning only half of the applicants for only a few spots each year. The program includes intense training in language, voice and coaching, as artists perform in main stage roles

Living in Harmony: a cappella is hot

Much More Chill It all started in 2000 with the all-male group Much More Chill. Its founders developed their passion for a cappella independently from the School of Music. Their goal was to create the musical version of a fraternity with the same traditions of a brotherhood, which the group’s current members maintain today. Much More Chill performs a plethora of genres, from modern alternative to classic oldies, as well as its famous ‘Band of Brothers’ composition.

Campus strengthens support of LGBTQ diversity initiatives

Projects slated for the grant included conducting research for the Campus Climate Index, a national ranking system of colleges and universities indicating how LGBTQ-friendly a campus is by focusing on categories including Student Life, Academic Life, Policy and Inclusion, Residence Life, Campus Safety, Recruitment and Retention, Support and Institutional Commitment, and Counseling and Health

Reed Library receives funding for Big Read "Wild" Winter Project

The grant allows Reed Library to purchase books for distribution to public libraries and reading groups in both counties. This year’s Big Read novel is Jack London’s, The Call of the Wild.  Fredonia faculty, staff and students from across the campus have committed their time and talent to delivering quality programming to a variety of venues.

Fourth Annual Masterworks Scholarship Benefit: April 28

Featuring the College Symphony Orchestra and Masterworks Chorus with Dr. David Rudge as director. The concert opens with the dramatic, School for Scandal, overture by Samuel Barber. The Masterworks Chorus joins the orchestra for Leonard Bernstein’s beautiful, “Chichester Psalms.” Other works to be performed are Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” and the ever -popular “Rhapsody in Blue,” featuring School of Music faculty member and pianist Sean Duggan.

Economics’ Reinelt studies impact of region’s sport fishing

Anglers appreciate steelhead trout in Chautauqua County - swimming like fluid silver through Chautauqua County streams. The economic impact of the steelhead sport fishing industry has been the recent study of environmental and natural resources economist Dr. Peter Reinelt of the Department of Economics in the School of Business.

Students shine at state math teachers’ conference

SUNY Fredonia was well represented at the annual Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State conference, with 29 undergraduates and four graduate students participating in the three-day November gathering, titled “Live, Love, Math,” at the Westchester Hilton in Rye, N.Y.

Fredonia a key player in new SUNY Teacher Education network

The College of Education, a pioneer in teacher education in Western New York, is playing a key role in the development of the S-TEN (SUNY Teacher Education Network), a new statewide system that will enable SUNY campuses to better prepare teachers and educational leaders.

Intramurals provide popular competitive, social outlet for many

Club offerings range from traditional sports such as ice hockey, soccer, volleyball, and field hockey, to some not-so-traditional options. Fredonia State’s Club Ultimate Frisbee open division team is among the best around, while the Quidditch club – the Harry Potter-inspired sport currently the rage on many college campuses – gains new participants with each incoming class. There’s a club devoted to hip-hop dance (Envied Xpression) and one to most Nerf sports (Extreme Sports of Fredonia).

Class Notes Fall 2013
UW Vice Chancellor named next Provost

“Dr. Brown’s selection comes following a national search that resulted in applications from across the U.S., and I am very excited that she will be joining our team,” said SUNY Fredonia President Virginia Horvath.

Schillo named new V.P. of Finance and Administration

SUNY Fredonia has named Stephen A. Schillo as its new Vice President for Finance and Administration. He most recently served as Vice President for Management and Business at Duquesne University, a position he held since 2002. He began in his new role at SUNY Fredonia on January 22.

College of Education News

The College of Education, a pioneer in teacher education in Western New York, is playing a key role in the development of S-TEN (SUNY Teacher Education Network), a new statewide system that will enable SUNY campuses to better prepare teachers and educational leaders.

“First Lady” Kris Beal passes away

Elizabeth "Kris" (Walton) Beal, age 88, of Fredonia, N.Y., died Dec. 12, 2012, at the TLC/HN Health Care Facility in Irving, N.Y. She was a former "First Lady" of SUNY Fredonia, married to Dr. Dallas K. Beal who was president from 1971 to 1985.

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