SUNY Fredonia Offers Plethora of End of March Student Events

J.M. Lesinski

With the month of March coming to a close, Spring Break a scene of chaos down South, and the end of the college semester not far behind, many students are feeling stressed out. SUNY Fredonia is offering a number of events to combat the end of the year blues, as well as events celebrating art and preparing students for graduation and beyond.

Coming up on Tuesday, March 23 from noon to four in the afternoon at Rockefeller Arts Center’s Marion Art Gallery is the Living with Art: The Norton Collection event. The exhibition will feature a number of eclectic pieces of art, including sculptures, traditional masks, paintings, drawings, prints, photography, etchings, and furniture.

Artists in Living with Art include: Julie Becker, Harvey Breverman, Charles Burchfield, Wendell Castle, Lynn Chadwick, Virginia Cuthbert , Willem de Kooning, Dennis Dorogi, Frank Gehry, Robert Goodnough, Rachel Harrison, Thomas Heatherwick, William Kent, Käthe Kollwitz, Ohara Koson, Niko Kralj, Leroy Lamis, Manolo, Cameron Martin, Isamu Noguchi, John Pfahl, Robert Rauschenberg, Rembrandt, Larry Rivers, Eero Saarinen, John Singer Sargent, Philippe Starck, Niwako Tanami, Walasse Ting, Andy Warhol, and Mikio Watanabe.

Two support-based events are also taking place on Tuesday, March 23. Life as LGBTQ+, a peer-led support group aimed at supporting students in the LGBTQ+ community, will take place from one to two in the afternoon, while a Pandemic Support Group will meet from five to six in the evening. Both events will take place at the FREDwell Lounge in S221 of the Williams Center.

A unique virtual event is available for students on Tuesday, March 23 as well. The Fredonia CDO Employer Showcase: Geico will feature Latrell Tyson, a former Fredonia graduate and recruiter for Geico, presenting on internship and job opportunities with Geico at five in the evening via Zoom. Tyson will also provide remote interviewing tips to job-seeking students.

Three cerebral and student goal-centered events will take place at the Williams Center at noon on March 24. Before I Go, motivational mural making, will take place from noon to two in the afternoon on the Outdoor Patio area for students reflecting on goals to make in their college experience. Mending Our Minds will take place in the FREDwell Lounge from noon to one in the afternoon, offering students a peer-run support group for mental health and stress management. Finally, Pillow Talk, an informal group designed to promote core values, will meet from noon to two in the afternoon at the Intercultural Center, room S226.

A virtual event students surely will not want to miss, Crystal Rodriguez-Dabney: Overcoming Adversity on the Road to Success, will take place via Zoom from six to seven in the evening on Wednesday, March 24. Crystal Rodriguez-Dabney, Chief Diversity Officer and Chief of Staff to President of SUNY Buffalo State will tell her success story as part of Women’s History Month.

Two other virtual events are available to students March 24 as well. Dating During COVID will take place via Zoom from seven to eight in the evening, discussing healthy relationships, consent, and safe sex during COVID. The Fredonia Clarinet Ensemble will also live stream on from eight in the evening to ten at night.

Perhaps one of the most important virtual events a student could attend, Preventing Targeted Lethal Violence on College Campuses, will take place from ten to eleven in the morning on Thursday, March 25 via Zoom. The presentation will provide an overview of research findings to help illustrate the psychological factors that drive offenders to acts of mass violence, pre-attack behavioral patterns, and practices to best mitigate attacks before they happen. Registration is required.

Two virtual events are also available to students on Thursday, March 25. Mental Health 101 Workshop will take place from one to two in the afternoon, helping students work towards their optimal state of mental wellness, registration required. A Creative Writing Faculty Reading featuring Joe Hall and Shannon Jonas will also take place from seven to seven forty-five in the evening via Zoom, where the faculty will read short selections of their own work and answer questions from the audience.

Joe Hall is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Someone’s Utopia (2018). He has toured nationally, performing and delivering talks at universities, living rooms, squats, and/or rivers in most of the 50 states as well as Canada and Washington, DC. Hall's articles and reviews have appeared in publications ranging from The Journal of Post Colonial Studies to Eighteenth-Century Fiction to to Fence Digital. Hall has taught community based creative writing workshops through the Worker Center in Buffalo and Just Buffalo Literary Center. His college teaching experience includes all levels of undergraduate creative writing and environmental literature. He is frequently amazed by his students.

Shannon Tate Jonas is the author of two poetry collections, The Rake and Battle Sleep, winner of the Brick Road Poetry Press Prize. He has poems published in Amerika, Barrow Street, Cider Press Review, Cutbank, DIAGRAM, The Fabulist, The Iowa Review, Mississippi Review, San Diego Poetry Annual, and Typo, among others. He also has poems translated in the Dutch magazines De Honingzaag and Kluger Hans.

Two additional student-centered events will take place in the Williams Center on Thursday, March 25. Self Love Club will meet from one to two in the afternoon in the FREDwell Lounge to focus on improving self-esteem and self-confidence, while safeTALK will take place in Williams Center S204DE from two to five in the afternoon, offering training to become a suicide alert helper. Registration required for safeTALK.

Closing out the week is the virtual event, Rebekah Denz: "Leadership Through the Eyes of a Young Professional" from eleven-thirty in the morning to twelve-thirty in the afternoon on Friday, March 26. Denz, a former SUNY Fredonia graduate, will speak regarding her postgraduate career, experiences in the workplace, and leadership roles. Registration is required.

Two additional virtual events will take place Friday, March 26. Taking place at noon via Zoom is the virtual event, Fredonia CDO Employer Showcase: Cassadaga Job Corps. Recruiters from the Cassadaga Job Corps will present on job opportunities for students, focusing on human service jobs in particular. Chinese Club will also meet virtually at six in the evening, with registration required.

Finding You, a peer-led support group focusing on self-acceptance, will meet in the FREDwell Lounge on Friday, March 26 from one-thirty to two-thirty in the afternoon. Additionally, Multicultural Weekend is set to take place from two in the afternoon to one in the morning in Steele Hall G01’s fieldhouse.

Last, but not least, the Collaboration Workshop: Fredonia's Divine Sound X Orchesis Dance Company event will take place in the Williams Center from six to seven-thirty in the evening Friday, March 26. This collaborative workshop hosted by Fredonia's Divine Sound Gospel Choir and Orchesis Dance Company will host a praise dance workshop teaching a dance warmup to several gospel songs and the art of praise dance and gospel culture to the campus community.

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Professional journalist for over five years, covering topics all up and down both coasts of the United States, including arts, music, food, politics, and culture. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia with minors in Psychology and Creative Writing, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.

Buffalo, NY

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