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


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.

Class Notes Spring 2015

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Please send us Class Notes electronically at or via regular mail to the Alumni House, 286 Central Ave., Fredonia, NY 14063.


Correction and Kudos

Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus Kevin Fox was quick to reach out to us after receiving the Fall 2014 issue of the Statement.

Career Corner: In search of work-life balance
In today’s busy world, prioritizing between your work and personal lives can be a huge challenge. Studies show that a poor work-life balance can result in unhealthy levels of stress, relationship problems, health concerns, low motivation and reduced productivity.
Dear Alumni and Friends - A letter from President Horvath

As the snow settles on the start of 2015 in Fredonia, we are reminded of all the ways that our university makes a difference in the lives of so many students and in the communities we serve.

Spring 2015


The Magazine for Fredonia Alumni and Friends

Vol. 43, No. 2; Spring 2015


College of Education expands student support

Buoyed by the success of its Committee of Friends alumni scholarship program, the College of Education is writing a new fundraising chapter to benefit students who have chosen Fredonia to prepare them to become the best teachers possible.

More than $50,000 raised by the Committee of Friends since its formation in 2012 has been allocated to specifically fund much-needed scholarships for students. This unique program pools individual gifts from multiple donors so that individual, $2,000 scholarships can be awarded to a variety of deserving students.

EDP looks back on 45 years of life-changing guidance

Rachael James is as accomplished as any student at Fredonia. In May, this Bronx native will complete a bachelor’s degree in Communication-Public Relations with a minor in Political Science. She has completed internships with the New York State Assembly and at Ralph Lauren’s corporate headquarters. She has served as a Fredonia Student Ambassador, supporting campus administrators in a variety of event management capacities. As vice president of the Black Student Union, she has coordinated the annual People of Color Concerns Conference, assisted with the group’s annual fashion show and organized peaceful civil rights demonstrations. She has been an EDP peer advisor and was even elected Homecoming Queen in 2014.

Fredonia officially dedicates state-of-the-art Science Center

With the “splicing” of a giant double-helix DNA model, the State University of New York at Fredonia officially ushered in a new era in science teaching and learning on Oct. 17.

Picture page: Science Center Grand Opening Recap

Three years of construction, tractor trailers and traffic detours were well worth the wait as students returned this fall to experience the breathtaking Science Center. The 92,000-square-foot, four-story facility serves about 500 students majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular Genetics, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Medical Technology and Science Education.


Stage is set for alumni and friends to enjoy permanent encore in Rockefeller

The long-awaited expansion and renovation of the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center is now underway, and there are nearly 60 ways that Fredonia alumni and friends can play a role in its supporting cast.

Last-minute mentor helps young vocalist sing — and sail — among the best

“She connects to the audience from the first musical phrase, exudes natural jazz expression, and has a ‘wow factor’ like no other,” states Bruce Johnstone, director of Curricular Jazz at Fredonia’s School of Music. “She” is Kristine Hsia (pronounced, SEE-yah), a Fredonian whom he met only at the very end of her undergraduate career — but they both are very glad that they did.

Fredonia StartUP NY campus plan approved

A new door was officially opened for economic development and job creation in Chautauqua County with formal approval in October by the State University of New York (SUNY) of the Fredonia StartUP NY campus plan. The plan is part of a statewide initiative launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo to create tax-free zones on or near institutions of higher education.

Aspiring teacher doesn’t just ‘wish upon a star’ to influence change

Most young people long for a role model. Whether it’s their friends and family, or their favorite singers, actors or athletes, children often want someone to admire and emulate. Also, finding a role model with similar characteristics to your own can be comforting and reassuring.

2015 to bring two new ‘In Sight/On Site’ outdoor art installations to campus

Fredonia’s In Sight/On Site program will bring two contemporary sculptures to campus in 2015 — one by an artist who presents an environmental critique in most of his works, and the other from an artist of international stature who previously worked with Marion Art Gallery Director Barbara Räcker.

New Education grad, VISTA volunteer, pioneers STEM careers

Laurie Dutton has become a pioneer — just months after the Cassadaga resident earned her degree from Fredonia’s College of Education — by helping to introduce elementary school students to career opportunities in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines. She’s doing this as a volunteer with AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), through the New York Campus Compact, a hub for service-learning based at Cornell University.

Putney, ’95, outlines unique classroom management system

What do classroom jobs, imitation currency and interest earnings have in common?

New grad program in Literacy launched

The College of Education has launched a new master’s graduate program in Literacy. This Birth to Grade 12 Graduate Literacy program will prepare students for two New York State Reading Specialist certifications.

Evolution of Department of World Languages and Cultures reflected in name change

Consistent with Fredonia’s large-scale rebranding initiative last year, the Department of World Languages and Cultures found itself jumping on the bandwagon as well, officially changing its name from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures beginning in the Fall 2014 semester.

Business students sharpen skills through real-life research projects

Learning experiences within the School of Business are not confined to classrooms or campus boundaries. This fall, students enrolled in two upper-level classes, Marketing Research and Strategic Management, were engaged in real-life market research designed to benefit tourism and food production — two pillars of Chautauqua County’s economy.

Sister Acts : Sibling student athletes share ‘familiar’ stories

Courtney and Rachel Poirier share a unique bond — so unique, that sometimes it’s unrecognizable.Twin sisters from West Seneca, N.Y., the Poiriers started playing volleyball together when they were 12 years old. When they entered Fredonia together last fall instead of going off to different colleges, they chose to postpone inevitable separation anxiety.

Bill Nye wows 4,000+ in Steele Hall Arena

The semester’s science celebration kicked off Sept. 18 as Fredonia welcomed the one-and-only Bill Nye “The Science Guy” as its 2014 Maytum Convocation Series keynote speaker. Moved to the Steele Hall Fieldhouse after King Concert Hall sold out in a matter of hours, 4,000-plus cheering students and community members welcomed their childhood icon in rock star-like fashion. His message? “Change the World!”


New Townhouse Village officially dedicated

The Office of Residence Life officially dedicated its new Townhouse Village on Sept. 3. The seven-building, 196-room complex located near the baseball diamond along Ring Road features a variety of one-, two- and three-story units. They give juniors, seniors and graduate students the option of apartment-style living with all of the comforts of a fully-furnished residence, coupled with the safety and convenience features of on-campus living.


New agreement with Italy's Pescara Conservatory
School of Music students will soon be able to learn at Italy’s world-renowned Pescara Conservatory, thanks to a pioneering agreement that establishes exchanges between the two institutions. President Virginia Horvath (seated, left) and Pescara Conservatory Director Massimo Magri (seated, right) signed the agreement in November. Beginning in 2016, up to three students from each institution will be able to spend one semester studying abroad on an alternating basis. The agreement also facilitates the exchange of faculty from both institutions to teach master classes.


EC English chooses Fredonia for first on-campus center

A ceremony to commemorate the opening of the EC English Language Learning Center at Fredonia, established to assist international students and their family members by providing intensive English language instruction, was held on Sept. 15. Fredonia is the first university partner for EC English, whose programs fully immerse students in the study of the language and culture. The EC offices, located in Jewett Hall, were serving more than 30 international students by the end of the fall semester with a goal of exceeding 90 per year by the end of 2015.


New international students welcomed
Fredonia welcomed newly enrolled international students at a ceremony held Aug. 20 in Rosch Recital Hall. The students, part of nearly 200 international students from 16 countries now studying at Fredonia, were greeted by President Virginia Horvath, Vice President for Student Affairs David Herman and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Terry Brown. Also offering welcoming comments were Drs. Guangyu Tan, Shazad Mohammed and Carmen Rivera.


Homecoming recap

Homecoming Weekend included the traditional Ruterbusch 5K Run Saturday morning, followed by the annual Alumni Picnic in Dods Hall Grove that afternoon. Seniors Rachael James and Antonio Regulier were named as the 2014 Homecoming Queen and King. Ms. James will graduate with a degree in Communication-Public Relations and a minor in Political Science this May, while Mr. Regulier will complete a double major in Social Work and English, with minors in Leadership Studies, African American Studies, and Public Health.

Music Industry program presents 'British Invasion'

On Oct. 23, the Music Industry program welcomed pioneering British rock guitarists (from left) Denny Laine, Joey Molland and Terry Sylvester — each of whom scored top 10 hits in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s — to a performance and discussion in Rosch Recital Hall. Laine was a member of both “The Moody Blues” and “Wings;” Sylvester was a member of “The Hollies;” and Molland, who made his second appearance on campus, is the last surviving member of “Badfinger.”


Hillman Opera's 'Susannah' delights audiences

The 2014 Hillman Opera was Carlisle Floyd’s “Susannah,” considered to be a masterpiece of 20th century American music and theater. The opera tells an age-old morality tale using Appalachian folk music themes framed in operatic drama. The principals were senior Margaret Van Norden (pictured), senior Danielle Beckvermit, junior Michael Hawk (pictured) and senior Colin Mann.


Technology Incubator receives Oishi Foundation Grant

Fredonia’s academic excellence in STEAM disciplines, combined with the support of the Oishei Foundation, will allow the incubator to focus on both technology- and arts-based startup companies.


Admissions Events

Open house visit dates.

Alumni and Campus Events Calendar

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Upcoming Events: College of Visual and Performing Arts

For tickets to all events, contact the Ticket Office at (716) 673-3501 (1-866-441-4928),, or in person. For a full list of campus events, visit department websites at

Athletics: Fall Review

A summary of the athletic events at Fredonia this past fall.

Robert Jordan Studio Reunion

As part of the Robert Jordan Piano Scholarship and Distinguished Lectureship, Professor Emeritus Jordan will return to campus to offer master classes and a recital on March 8 and 9.

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