|Playing to their Strengths: Three Fredonians find themselves at the heart of downtown Buffalo’s economic turnaround.|
<p><img width="200" hspace="6" height="141" align="right" alt="From left, Taylor Gahagen, ’11; Nik Fattey, ’02; and Madison Brown, ’13." src="/Portals/0/Statement/2014Spring/harborfront-DSC_5525-2.jpg" />Three SUNY Fredonia graduates, Taylor Gahagen, ’11; Nik Fattey, ’02; and Madison Brown, ’13, are working on the highly anticipated HARBORCENTER — a $172 million downtown Buffalo development initiative hosting a hockey and entertainment facility, two ice rinks, a high-performance training center, a two-story restaurant and sports bar, a variety of street retail space. When it opens in Fall 2014, HARBORCENTER is expected to bring an estimated 500,000 visitors to Buffalo annually.</p>
|Field experience focus puts Fredonia ahead of the curve for new national initiative|
Clinically rich experiences for teacher education programs are a central feature of President Barack Obama’s Race to the Top initiative to spur innovation and reforms in PK-12 education while also transforming teacher and educational leader preparation. Christine Givner embraced the concept well before she became founding dean of the College of Education in 2004.
|And the Emmy goes to… TWO Fredonians!|
Fredonia grads Rob McIntyre, ’04 (Communication-Video/Audio Production), and Molly McKinney, ’08 (Communication), have already earned what many in the television industry strive for throughout their careers: an Emmy award. These young alumni are off to a fast start in a highly competitive industry, and they show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
|A Passion That Lives On: Orchesis still dancing nearly 50 years later|
Founded in 1967, the student-run Orchesis Dance Company has come to be one of the oldest and largest constituted groups at SUNY Fredonia. The company has spent the past 46 years building and maintaining the respectable reputation it has today.
| Music Industry junior Savannah King sets her sights on Buffalo music royalty|
SUNY Fredonia has always been bursting with talented musicians and artists; however, it takes a substantial amount of talent and motivation to channel those skills every week. This past year, however, Savannah King, a junior Music Industry major, took on this very challenge. In the process, she’s become recognized as one of Western New York’s top up-and-coming local artists.
|Students assemble ‘Beowulf’ computer cluster to create high-performance system|
Computer Science majors Nicholas Freville and Adam Toth have assembled a Beowulf cluster, comprised of three tiny computers each called a “Raspberry Pi” that work in tandem to solve complex problems.
|Medical Technology program now ‘licensure eligible’|
The Medical Technology program at SUNY Fredonia has been approved as “licensure eligible” by the New York State Education Department, insuring that its graduates will continue to find employment in this high-growth, well-paying field. With that designation, SUNY Fredonia students earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology may be employed by hospital and clinical laboratories.
|Basketball teams add valuable pro, NCAA D-1 experience to both sidelines|
Women's basketball coach Linda Hill MacDonald's impressive resume includes head coaching jobs at three NCAA Division I schools, plus the WNBA. Like MacDonald, new men’s basketball coach Phil Seymore also has an extensive big-college coaching background.
|Accounting becoming ‘major’ major at SUNY Fredonia|
Fredonia has tripled its Accounting majors in the last decade, in part due to the Professional Preparedness Program, which the School of Business and Career Development Office created to help students succeed. Its signature “Meet the Accountants Night” is a rite-of-passage each fall which, not coincidentally, is the prime recruiting season for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) firms.
|Alums ‘tee-it-up’ at July 2013 tournament to support their alma mater|
The Fredonia State Alumni Tournament was created when two separate events (one that benefitted the Phillips Track & Field and Cross Country Fund and the other that raised money for a University Police-sponsored Criminal Justice scholarship) were combined. “Many of the golfers return because of the great time they had in the past. Everyone leaves with something, whether it’s a full belly, gifts or just a great time with friends,” said Clifton Wheeler, a lieutenant with University Police and tournament co-director. “They all tell me that they look forward to next year’s event and ask me to give them a ‘heads up’ when we know when it’s going to be, so they can plan accordingly.”