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Statement Spring 2016

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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.


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.

Spring 2016


The Magazine for Fredonia Alumni and Friends

Vol. 44, No. 2; Spring 2016


From the sound board to the GRAMMY board; John Poppo, ’84, Chairman of The Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees

John Poppo, ’84, a producer, engineer, songwriter and musician, whose various credits can be found on the records of pop icons like Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, NSync, Madonna, Seal, Luther Vandross and Al Green, became Chair of The Recording Academy Board of Trustees.

It’s been a long and rewarding career path for Mr. Poppo, a Long Island native who today spends his life flying back-and-forth between his Westchester, N.Y., home/recording studio and the academy’s Santa Monica, Calif., headquarters. But if you ask him, he swears that the most significant stop along his journey was Fredonia, N.Y.

Coming of Age: Fredonia senior Steve Moses wins ‘Big Brother 17’ on CBS

On Sept. 9, Steve Moses let the world in on a little secret: he’s not like everybody else. Of course, if you had been watching Season 17 of “Big Brother,” the long-standing CBS reality TV show on which Mr. Moses had been a contestant for the last 83 days, this probably didn’t come as a surprise. 

Beaudoin, ’16, relishes role in historic ‘COP21’ global climate conference

BeaudoinPolitical leaders representing 195 countries gathered in Paris in December to craft a global agreement on climate change. In the middle of it all was Fredonia senior Zachary Beaudoin, receiving an experience most couldn’t imagine. Mr. Beaudoin participated in “COP21,” the United Nations (U.N.) 21st annual “Conference of Parties” Climate Change Conference, which culminated with a pledge by all the represented countries to keep global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by limiting greenhouse emissions.

Chemistry’s Milligan is a ‘big fish’ in Great Lakes contaminant research

Michael Milligan has taught Chemistry and Biochemistry at Fredonia for 22 years, and every step of the way he’s been engaged in Great Lakes research funded by grants that, at last count, top $17 million.

“Ever since I was young, I have had a scientific interest in the workings and intricacies of the global environment,” said Dr. Milligan — a Fredonia alumnus (Class of ’85) who examined how chemicals cycle through and distribute themselves in the environment as a dual Chemistry and Chemical Engineering major.

Fredonia develops affiliation with New England College of Optometry

Fredonia has a new affiliation agreement with the New England College of Optometry (NECO).

The 3+4 agreement allows students to matriculate to NECO after their junior year. 

A tandem in tune

Vocalist Nia Drummond (left) turned to her longtime friend Michelle Cope for management assistance as her career began to rise. Cope, a Music Industry major, has been watching her friend’s/artist’s back ever since.

College of Visual and Performing Arts gives unique experiences to area youth

Area school children enjoy field trips at the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery, left, and the new, 16-ton outdoor sculpture, “Progression,” installed last fall in front of Fenton Hall. Internationally recognized sculptor Albert Paley, whose works are on permanent display in major museums in the U.S. and Europe, isn’t a stranger to middle or high school students from Fredonia or Brocton.

M.A. in Language and Learning program enrolls first students

New ground has been broken in the College of Education with the creation of a Master of Arts in Language and Learning, a unique, graduate-level program aimed at students who are interested in language-related topics but do not envision teaching in a K-12 school system. You won’t find a comparable master’s program anywhere in New York State, according to Fredonia’s College of Education leaders, or another SUNY campus that offers Fredonia’s broad range of specializations in this field (TESOL, Language Policy, Bilingualism/Multilingualism, Heritage Languages and Sociolinguistics).

Min’s Major League Baseball experience is a hit in the Sport Management classroom

Fredonia’s Sport Management major offers students the opportunity to learn and experience what it is like to work on the business side of the sports world. One Fredonia professor is using his outside-of-the-classroom industry endeavors to provide his students with real-world insights. Dr. Sungick Min has been an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Professional Studies since 2013. He teaches Marketing and Public Relations in Sport, Principles of Sports Management, Leadership and Management in Sports, Facility Management and International Sports Management. 

Lasting Impressions: Naming opportunities announced for Rockefeller Arts Center addition/renovation

The Fredonia College Foundation has designated more than 70 individual spaces to raise funds to support ongoing needs in our diverse arts programs that cannot be met through Fredonia’s state-appropriated funds — which now comprise less than 12 percent of the campus’ consolidated operating budget.

Advancement V.P./Foundation Executive Director Tiffany retires Gossett named Interim in both roles

University Advancement Vice President David Tiffany, who has also served as Executive Director of the Fredonia College Foundation, retired on Dec. 31, capping a higher education career that began in 1969.

Shades of Ireland: Experience the Magic of the Emerald Isle with the Fredonia Alumni Association and AAA Member Choice Vacations from July 23 to Aug. 1

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.

Career Corner: Career Development Office creates strong futures for students — and alumni

Amy Walters, a senior Business major, held a management internship this past fall with the Lucy Desi National Center for Comedy in Jamestown — Lucy’s hometown. She had always been impressed by the organization’s events and the economic growth it had sparked. However, Ms. Walters didn’t connect with the company until the CDO’s Job and Internship Expo last March, allowing her to make a great first impression, face-to-face.

A successful setter leaves the program better

During a September volleyball match in New Paltz, N.Y., senior setter Kelly Edinger broke Fredonia’s school record for career assists, which she increased to 4,551. It quietly became a crucial milestone in women’s volleyball program history. Hitters and defenders get an abundance of recognition in volleyball because of the dynamic plays they make, but it’s the setter that a volleyball team cannot live without. Akin to the quarterback in football, she directs the team’s offense, touching the ball on almost every play. After the defense has played the ball, she’s responsible for putting it in a position where the hitter can make an effective attack.


National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis to deliver April Convocation address

King Concert Hall will host the talk by Dr. Davis, an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society who has been honored as one of its “Explorers for the Millennium,” on Tuesday, April 12, at 3 p.m. This year’s keynote address is once again funded by the Maytum Lecture Endowment and Williams Visiting Professorship Endowment through the Fredonia College Foundation, making it free and open to the public.

Spring 2016 Events and Performances

Events and performances during Spring 2016.

Calling all English alumni

Where has life after Fredonia taken you?

2016 Alumni Directory

The Fredonia Alumni Association is working with Harris Direct to collect accurate information about graduates.

Professional Accolades

Faculty accolades during Fall 2015

Fall 2015 Wrap-Up

Major campus events in Fall 2015.

Homecoming 2015 Review

A look back at Homecoming 2015 people and events.

Blue Devil Athletics - Fall Review and Spring Preview

Fall Review and Spring Preview of intercollegiate athletics.

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