Honors Program Announces Fall Film Series

220px-the_freshman_28film_192529_afic59fThe Honors Program is pleased to announce the first annual Honors Program film series. This year we will explore college and film. Throughout the 20th century, filmmakers have examined, parodied, critiqued, and called to question the college experience. Indeed, many films have documented the challenges faced by college students as well as exposed the lighter side of college life. From comedies to dramas to documentaries, each film in this series provides a window to address three key questions: What is college for? Who is college for? And how has college life changed over time?

Each film will begin with a brief introduction by a faculty member.

Movie series fall dates:

  • PCU (1994), Wednesday, October 5 at 7PM
  • The Freshman (1925) Thursday, October 27, 7PM
  • Ivory Tower (Documentary, 2015), Monday, November 7, 7PM
  • Good Will Hunting (1997), Sunday, December 4, 3PM

All films will be shown in McEwen – 202. Light refreshments will be provided.

Mark your calendar and look for additional announcements prior to screening of each film on our social media platforms.  Films are open to all students, so bring a friend!

The series will continue in the spring semester with four additional films about college.

Honors Student Kendall Owczarzak named SUNYAC’s top weekly defender

Congratulations to Kendall for being named SUNYAC Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.  A physics major from Lancaster, NY, Kendall is starting her second year as goalie for the Blue Devils.



Honors Student to Intern in Washington DC

Honors student and former Student Association President, Jefferson Dedrick, hDedrick_portrait-for-webas accepted an internship with the Office of Federal Relations at the State University of New York in Washington, D.C. for the Spring 2016 semester.

Jefferson will attend and report on Congressional hearings and federal agency briefings as well as help plan the annual SUNY Day D.C. event. For more see the Campus Report


Honors Student Zach Beaudoin attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

Zachary Beaudoin’s commitment to environmental and sustainability issues at Fredonia is taking the senior from Angola to COP21, a United Nations-sponsored conference focused on crafting a long-sought and far-reaching international agreement on climate change.He will be among representatives from more than 195 countries assembling in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11. Its goal is to forge a new international agreement on climate change – applicable to all countries – that keeps global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

Beaudoin will serve as a reporter as part of the Citizens Climate Campaign program. For more information, see the campus report.

Honors Students Help Transform “The Leader”

Congratulations to honors students Leader imageMaggie Gilroy (Editor-in-Chief) and Jordyn Holka (Managing Editor) as well as the rest of the staff of The Leader for the wonderful redesign of the student newspaper. Maggie, a double major in Theatre and Communications, and Jordyn, a Public Relations major with minors in Theatre and Spanish, will be graduating in a few weeks. Check out the most recent issue on newsstands and congratulate them on all their success.


Honors Students Help Out with Electronic Recycling Day

Electronic Recycling.2015.2 On Saturday, April 18, 2015, twenty Honors students volunteered at annual Campus and Community Household Electronics Recycling Event. The event brought together local politicians, community members, businesses, and students from various groups to help with the recycling efforts. All together, students unloaded 1,175 vehicles that filled eight semi-trailers with electronics for recycling.

According to Sunnking, the electronics recycling company who co-sponsored the event, common materials like glass, copper, aluminum, tin, steel, iron, plastic, silver, platinum, and gold are recovered through our recycling process for reuse.Electronic Recycling.2014 In addition to these reusable materials, there are also a handful of harmful and highly toxic substances such as lead, mercury, beryllium, lithium, cadmium, BRFs (Brominated Flame Retardants), PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls), and PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) that we prevent from entering our waste streams. Thanks for every one who helped out!

Honors Students and “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical”

HAIR-for-web2Congratulations to all the Honors students participating in Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, produced by the Department of Theatre and Dance, in association with the School of Music.

Actors include Miquon Jackson (Hud), Lauren O’Brien (Crissy), Christine Boehm (Tribe), Gabrielle Leo (Tribe), and Jenna Vezina (Tribe). In the band, live and on-stage, are Johanna Wiley (Trombone) and Kyle Scudder (Drums).  Maggie Gilroy served as the dramaturg, providing important background material for the cast. And Vincent Meade worked on the production crew.

It’s a great show! Tickets are still available for the remaining three shows this week, scheduled for Thursday, April 16 through Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.


Notes from Abroad: Chile, Part 2

This semester honors student Maria Gordon is studying at the University at Vina del Mar, located in Valparaíso, Chile. A double major in Communication Studies and Spanish, Maria is also member of the Varsity Women’s Soccer team and was awarded 2013 SUNYAC All-Academic Team.

To learn more about her adventures, check out Maria’s most recent blog post at: https://mariatgordon.wordpress.com/