Local educator named recipient of SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

FREDONIA– Linda (Ferry) Prechtl, an adjunct faculty member in the State University of New York at Fredonia College of Education, was recently recognized by President Stephen Kolison Jr., as the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. Since 2010, Mrs. Prechtl has been an adjunct lecturer in Pre-K to Grade 6 Literacy program at Fredonia. In this role, she implements curriculum using academic learning strategies and educational pedagogy, utilizing lectures, discussions, group work and demonstrations in literacy methods. She is also a teaching methods instructor in the highly… Read More

Reese, grad student present LGBTQ research at national conference

  FREDONIA – State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music Associate Professor Jill Reese and graduate student Christina Carissimo presented their study, “LGBTQ Music Educators’ Experiences in a Professional Development Community,” at the 2021 National Music Research and Teacher Education Conference for the National Association for Music Education in February. Their study focused on the experiences of gay choral/vocal music educators in New York state who participated in a year-long professional development community facilitated by Dr. Reese and Ms. Carissimo. Their findings suggest that professional development communities are fertile… Read More

Prevailing over adversity is topic of virtual talk

FREDONIA– A virtual presentation, “Overcoming Adversity on the Road to Success,” by SUNY Buffalo State Chief Diversity Officer and Chief of Staff to the President Crystal Rodriguez-Dabney, will be offered on Wednesday, March 24, at 6 p.m. Ms. Rodriguez-Dabney welcomes the opportunity to participate in the State University of New York at Fredonia’s Women’s History Month programming by discussing her journey to success, noted Multicultural Support Services Director David White. Her story is one of perseverance and determination that promises to inspire and motivate, he added. The Office of Multicultural Support Services… Read More

Implications of fat phobia topic of UC, Irvine professor’s virtual talk

FREDONIA– An upcoming lecture hosted by the State University of New York at Fredonia’s Ethnic and Gender Studies program will focus on fat phobia as it specifically relates to Black women. The Zoom lecture will be led by University of California, Irvine Department of Sociology Associate Professor Sabrina Strings on Wednesday, March 17, at 3 p.m. Dr. Strings’ presentation, “Fat Phobia as Misogynoir: Gender, Race and Weight Stigma,” is free and can be viewed by registering at the online link: https://fredonia-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqd-murzIvEtzjpF6MCa13quxn5W7jzF2l Strings is the author of “Fearing the Black Body: The Racial… Read More

National Philanthropy Day to recognize Fredonia campus, community

(FREDONIA, NY) – The entire State University of New York at Fredonia campus and community will be recognized virtually by the Fredonia College Foundation for their efforts to raise money in support of students at a time of need during the coronavirus pandemic, when National Philanthropy Day is commemorated in Western New York on Thursday, Nov. 19. “With the support of our campus community and our many loyal alumni and donors, we were able to raise approximately $191,000 to support Fredonia’s students,” said Betty Gossett, executive director of the foundation. “We are… Read More

SUNY Fredonia Students perform essential work during general election

(FREDONIA, NY) – Several State University of New York at Fredonia students had the unique experience of being at ground zero – working lengthy 16-hour or longer shifts at polls in Chautauqua, Niagara and Cattaraugus counties – during the hotly contested general election. Election volunteers are essential to ensuring the integrity of the election process and assisting voters at the polls, said Department of Communication Assistant Professor Angela McGowan-Kirsch. “Being a poll worker is a great opportunity for students to work side-by-side with individuals they may not have interacted with otherwise and… Read More

Reed Library temporarily closed to members of the local community as of Nov. 2

(FREDONIA, NY) – The State University of New York at Fredonia is working diligently to keep students, faculty, staff, and members of its community safe from COVID-19. These efforts include requiring all persons who use campus facilities to be included in COVID-19 pool testing. University administrators noted that this presents certain challenges. For example, Fredonia would have to include all members of the community who physically come to Reed Library to pool test, which would be extremely difficult to accomplish. Due to these circumstances, Reed Library is suspending open hours designated for community… Read More

Brown Bag talk to delve into election outcome

(FREDONIA, NY)– Timely reflections of the 2020 General Election will be offered by State University of New York at Fredonia Department of Politics and International Affairs Associate Professor Jonathan Chausovsky in the Brown Bag Lunch virtual presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. “The Day After Hangover: An Election Post-Mortem (or, how to manage in the wake of a) disaster; b) relief; or c) uncertainty),” Dr. Chausovsky’s talk, continues the year-long Brown Bag Lunch theme “The Health of the Nation.” It’s unlikely Presidential and congressional election results will be… Read More

Wellness kits donated to help first-year students navigate the pandemic

FREDONIA,NY– Wellness kits are on their way to State University of New York at Fredonia first-year students to help them address unique needs during an academic year made more challenging by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. What will students find in these kits? An assortment of items that have become part of everyday life, such as a face mask, water bottle, hand sanitizer spray and lip balm, along with stickers, a postcard and a pin that contain referral information about suicide warning signs, crisis hotline and lists of mental health resources available on… Read More