Congratulations Honors Students

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On Friday, January 27, President Horvath announced the recipients of the 2017 Lanford Presidential Prize and the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.  Sarah R. Chamberlain (Applied Mathematics: Physics), seen pictured here, received the Lanford Presidential Prize, which recognizes a member of the graduating class who has exhibited balanced achievement and exemplifies Fredonia’s ideals.

Zachary Eklum (Biology), Maria Gordon (Communication: Public Relations and Spanish), and Rebecca Hartling (Molecular Genetics and Psychology) will receive the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. The award honors students for their integration of academic excellence with leadership, athletics, career achievement, community service, or creative and performing arts.

Dean Bavisotto (Interdisciplinary Studies: Women’s and Gender Studies and English), Emily Bystrak (Biology and Philosophy), and Madeleine Goc (Adolescence Education: English) were also finalist for the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Congratulations to all!


Honors seminar in Campus Report

The group that made the futuristic Risotto Trinacria.The Honors Seminar, “Italian Food Culture in Practice,” has certainly garnered a lot of interest this semester. Recently, a story about the class appeared in the Campus Report. Throughout the course, students have experienced how food connects with culture and history by actually cooking the meals they are learning about.  To learn more about the class, check our recipes, or watch “how to” videos, check out the course blog at:



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.