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State University of New York at Fredonia

Established 1826
Type Public coeducational
Endowment $14.77 million (FY 2006)[1]
President Dennis L. Hefner
Faculty 405
Undergraduates 5,043
Postgraduates 389
Location Flag of United States Fredonia, New York, USA
Campus Small Town,
216-acre campus
Colors Blue and White
Nickname Blue Devils
Athletics NCAA Division III, SUNYAC
17 varsity teams
Website www.fredonia.edu

The State University of New York at Fredonia (also known as SUNY Fredonia or Fredonia State) is a four-year liberal arts college located in Fredonia, New York. A constituent college of the State University of New York, the college's motto is "Where Success is a Tradition." Image File history File links 2004logo. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... The oldest surviving photograph, Nicéphore Niépce, circa 1826 1826 (MDCCCXXVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Fredonia is the name of some places in the United States of America: Fredonia (Biscoe), Arkansas Fredonia, Arizona Fredonia, Iowa Fredonia, Kansas Fredonia, Kentucky Fredonia, New York Fredonia, North Dakota Fredonia, Pennsylvania Fredonia, Wisconsin Fredonia (town), Wisconsin Fredonia Township, Michigan Fredonia is also: A municipality of Colombia, Fredonia, Antioquia. ... NY redirects here. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... The athletic nickname, or equivalently athletic moniker, of a university or college within the United States of America is the name officially adopted by that institution for at least the members of its athletic teams. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... The SUNYAC, or State University of New York Athletic Conference, is an NCAA Division III athletics conference consisting of schools in the State University of New York system. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Fredonia is a village located in Chautauqua County, New York. ... The State University of New York, abbreviated SUNY (IPA pronunciation: ) is a system of public institutions of higher education in New York, United States. ...

SUNY Fredonia was one of the state teachers' colleges traditionally specializing in music education, but now offers a large number of programs in many areas. The most popular areas include Music, Education, Communication, and programs of the Social Sciences. There are 82 majors and 41 minors. A normal school is an institution for training teachers. ...

The SUNY Fredonia campus, located in Chautauqua County (southwest of Buffalo) was designed by prominent architects I.M. Pei and Henry N. Cobb in 1968. [2][3] Chautauqua County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. ... Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State County Erie County Government  - Mayor Byron Brown Area  - City 52. ... Ieoh Ming Pei (貝聿銘 pinyin Bèi Yùmíng) is a Chinese American architect born in Suzhou, China on April 26, 1917. ... Henry N. Cobb (born 1926 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American architect and founding partner in Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, an international architectural firm based in New York City. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ...



Fredonia Academy (1826-1867)

Originally opened in 1826 as Fredonia Academy under its first principle Austin Smith, the Academy enrolled eight students. The first classes began on October 4, 1826. Within one year the Academy had 136 students, 81 boys and 55 girls.[4]

The Academy reached peak enrollment in 1856 with 217 students. Nevertheless, the school was plagued by financial shortages, and was forced to close its doors in 1867.

Normal School (1867-1948)

In 1867, the college emerged in its second phase of existence as a New York State Normal School. On December 2, 1867, the Normal (as it became commonly known) began classes with 147 students, 62 boys and 85 girls. For students preparing to be teachers, no tuition was charged, books were supplied, and travel costs were reimbursed; in return, students had to promise to teach after graduation. Those students not studying for the teaching profession paid tuition and provided their own textbooks. During its 82 years of existence, Fredonia Normal had a tumultuous existence. With a fluctuating student enrollment and threats of state funding reductions, the school seemed to be in constant jeopardy of closing.

Nonetheless, gradually the school was upgraded. In 1930, 58 acres of land west of Central Avenue in the Village of Fredonia were bought with the dream that one day it would become a campus. In 1938 a music building was constructed on the Central Avenue site. New York State Governor Herbert Lehman signed the Feinberg Law in 1942 that changed the Normal Schools into Teacher Colleges.

State University System (1948-Present)

With the formation of the State University of New York on March 13, 1948, Fredonia took a giant step forward. The college created a Division of the Humanities in 1958 and in 1960 Fredonia was selected by State University to grant the A.B. degree. Previously, Fredonia’s curriculum was restricted for teacher training only.

In 1968, the master plan for the central avenue campus was drafted by the highly respected architectural firm of I.M. Pei & Partners of New York at the request of then-president Oscar E. Lanford. A complex came into being that consisted of Jewett Hall (science), Dods Hall (health and physical education), and buildings for fine arts, administration, library, and an infirmary. In 1972, Pei and Cobb returned to the SUNY Fredonia campus to complete the design of Erie Dining Hall and the suite-style residence halls.[5]


Perhaps the most unique signature on the Fredonia campus is that of architects I.M. Pei and Henry Cobb, who, in 1968 designed the master plan for the modernized campus in 1968.

Many of the buildings are listed in architectural guides as examples of exceptional modern architecture. Some are described in architectural history books. The National Building Museum listed the SUNY Fredonia campus as one of I.M. Pei's ideal places to visit in its 1991 journal, "Blueprints." [6]

Pei is credited with designing Maytum Hall, Williams Center, Reed Library, Rockefeller Arts Center, McEwen Hall, and Houghton Hall as well as its characteristic circular perimeter, aptly named Ring Road. The design of Daniel Reed Library earned Henry Cobb and I.M. Pei the 1969 Prestressed Concrete Institute Award.

Buildings on Campus

  • Reed Library was constructed in 1969. It is approximately the size of a regulation football field and provides seating for over 850 readers and over 250,000 books. It is named after the late Daniel A. Reed (1875-1959). Reed was a Congressman from the Fredonia area for over 40 years. He was also Chairman of the House of Ways and Means Committee, while in Congress.
  • Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center, constructed in 1968, is named after the youngest son of NYS Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller who disappeared in 1961 during an anthropological expedition in New Guinea. The Rockefeller Arts Center includes a 1,200-seat concert hall, 400 seat proscenium theatre, 250-seat arena theatre, an art gallery, and 24 classrooms.
  • Fenton Hall was named after R.E. Fenton (1819-1885). He was born in Carroll, Chatauqua County. He was a logger, U.S. Senator, and Governor of NY. Fenton Hall houses the office of the University President as well as classrooms, academic offices and the Gazebo Cafe (part of Signature Cafe). Computer Science, Modern Languages, English, and Philosophy are some of the departments houses in Fenton.
  • Mason Hall is home to the prestigious School of Music and was named after American music education pioneer Lowell Mason. This hall is actually two buildings, "Old Mason" and "New Mason," which are connected together. Mason Hall includes over 100 personal practice rooms, several small ensemble practice rooms, as well as large ensemble rooms. Both Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall and Diers Recital Hall are located here, as well as two state-of-the-art MIDI technology labs, and an extensive Studio Recording Department.
  • Maytum Hall is an 8 floor semi-circular office building and computer center, and was named after Arthur Maytum(1866-1953). He served as Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Fredonia Normal School and Teachers college(1928-1953). He also served as supervisor of the Town of Pomfret from 1931-1938.
  • Steele Hall, This building is mainly used as a sports center with a basketball courts and an ice rink both are often used for community hockey games and other community events.
  • University Commons which opened for the Fall Semester 2006 is an expansion and renovation on the former Cranston Dining Hall. Originally opened in 1969, Cranston served as one of the two cafeteria style dining halls at SUNY Fredonia (the other being Marketplace at Erie Dining Center). Currently, University Commons is a multi-use facility with a 124 bed Residence Hall, the Cranston Marche (all you can eat, made to order dining facility), the University Bookstore and Convenience Store, offices for FSA management, and a Starbucks.
  • Gregory Hall is a multi-purpose building consisting of a 200-bed dormitory, the offices for the Faculty-Student Association (Bookstore, Foodservice), Residence Life, University Police, the Campus Print Shop, and the Career Development Office. Before its current uses, Gregory Hall previously housed the campus radio station WCVF AM/FM and the Student Association offices.
  • The Williams Center, previously the Campus Center, houses the Office of Campus Life, the Student Association, Signature Cafe (which operates 5 cafes throughout campus), the Spot, Connections Food Court (operated by FSA) and is the meeting location for most of the SA clubs and groups.
  • Thompson Hall is the largest academic building at SUNY Fredonia. Some of the departments it houses are, but not limited to, Multicultural Affairs, Psychology, Political Science, Speech Pathology, Sociology, History, College of Education, among others. The building is designed as riot proof. It has narrow stairwells, dimly lighted hallways and no operable windows.
  • Houghton Hall and Jewett Hall are the two science buildings at SUNY Fredonia. They house Geology, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and the 3-2 Cooperative Engineering Program.
  • Nixon Hall is a 200-bed dormitory named for Samuel Frederick Nixon of Westfield. He was a member of the Fredonia College Council(1932-1952). He was also one of the nation's leading independent telephone executives and was the President of the Chautuqua and Erie and the Dunkirk and Fredonia Telephone Companies.
  • Alumni Hall is a 200 ish bed dorm for freshman females.
  • Igoe Hall is a 200-bed dorm for upper classman. It is named after Jimmy Igoe who died on Lake Erie. It is a co-ed building

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SUNY Fredonia Majors

Fredonia offers sixty undergraduate programs that lead to B.A., B.F.A., B.S., Mus.B., or B.S..Ed, degrees. Fredonia also offers graduate and professional development programs. The following is a list of programs offered:

  • Accounting+
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Biology+
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry+
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Economics Studies
  • Education+
  • English+
  • Geosciences
  • History+
  • Industrial Management
  • Interdisciplinary Studies+
    • African American Studies
    • American Indian Studies
    • American Studies
    • Arts Administration
    • Environmental Studies
    • Film Studies
    • Geographic Information Studies
    • International Studies
    • Journalism
    • Latino Studies
    • Legal Studies
    • Multi-ethnic Studies
    • Music Business
    • Public health
    • Sport and Exercise
    • Women’s Studies
  • Mathematical Sciences+
  • Media Arts
  • Music+
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sound Recording Technology
  • Speech Pathology & Audiology+

+Both undergraduate and graduate/advanced degree programs offered.

The Leader

The Normal Leader was created in September 1899 by the Zetesian society. They were an all male literary organization back when our university was known as the Fredonia Normal School. The Normal Leader was a monthly newspaper. It used to cost ten cents for a single copy and fifty cents for a yearly subscription.

In September 28, 1936 The Normal Leader became what we know today as The Leader on its Vol. XXXVI article No. 3 even though the school was still named the Fredonia Normal School. The name changed to SUNY Fredonia in 1948. Today, The Leader looks like a very common newspaper. It is produced by a team of dedicated Fredonia students. The Leader is printed by the Corry Journal in Corry, Pennsylvania and is distributed free on campus and the surrounding community thanks to the advertising revenue and the mandatory student activities fee.

Notable Alumni

Benjamin Franklin Goodrich (1841-1888) was an American industrialist in the rubber industry. ... Reuben Eaton Fenton (4 July 1819–15 August 1885) was an American politician from New York. ... Neil Postman (March 8, 1931 - October 5, 2003) was a prominent American educator, media theorist, and cultural critic. ... Image:PoetLucilleClifton. ... James Houlik (born 4 December 1942 in Bay Shore, New York) is an American tenor saxophonist and saxophone teacher. ... Goetz in the 1995 PBS mini-series The Buccaneers, based on the Edith Wharton novel Peter Michael Goetz (born December 10, 1941) is an American actor. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Allan Dennis with Midwest Young Artists Dr. Allan Dennis is the founder and director of the Midwest Young Artists youth orchestra program based in Highwood, Illinois. ... Mary McDonnell (born April 28, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated American film, stage, and television actress. ... Dr. Robert J Spitzer is Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at Cortland. ... Brian Frons is an American TV executive who holds a Master of Science degree in Communications from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the State University of New York at Fredonia. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


  • Joseph A. Allen 1867-1869
  • J.W. Armstrong 1869-1898
  • Francis B. Palmer 1898-1907
  • Myron T. Dana 1907-1922
  • Howard Griffth Burdge 1922-1928
  • Herman Cooper 1929-1931
  • Leslie R. Gregory 1931-1948
  • Harry W. Porter 1953-1961
  • Oscar Lanford 1961-1971
  • Dallas K. Beal 1971-1984
  • Donald A. MacPhee 1985-1996
  • Dennis L. Hefner 1997-present

(Earlier Presidents were Principals and are not included list)
Joseph A. Allen
(April 25, 1819 - July 17, 1904)
Joseph A. Allen was the first "President" of The Fredonia Normal School. Prior to coming to Fredonia he was the Principal of both Syracuse Academy and The State Reform School and at Westboro where he was principal for 7 years. After his death he was said to have been known as one of the best educators in New England.
Dennis L. Hefner
Dennis L. Hefner received his Bachelor's degree in economics from California State University and both his Masters in economics and Ph. D from Washington State University. Prior to coming to Fredonia he worked for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in Washington, D.C. and also as Vice President of Academic Affairs at California State University in San Bernardino from 1990-1994. He also worked as Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs for Minnesota Sate Colleges and Universities from 1994-1996.

History of the Athletic Team Name

Fredonia athletic teams compete as the Blue Devils.

When SUNY Fredonia, was first known as the Fredonia Normal School; the athletics teams were known as the "Normalites". On January 27th, 1936, The Leader issued an article which publicized a contest to come up with a new name for the teams. There were two names the committee had chosen, Blue Jackets and Blue Devils. The name Blue Devils seemed to be used more than Blue Jackets. In the issue of The Leader on September 30th, 1952; the name Blue Devils was used officially for the first time.

External links


  • Archive and Special Collections, SUNY Fredonia, Daniel E. Reed Library
    • Building Naming Committee - Correspondence, lists of names.
    • College History Buildings - Nixon Hall.
    • History of the College at Fredonia.
    • General History of Buildings.
    • "F.N.S Squad Needs Catchy Nickname" The Leader, 27 January 1936
  • "The Historical Development of State University of New York College..." (PH.D diss. John Ford Ohles) State University of New York at Buffalo, 1964
  • President's List: College History Reference Files, Archives and Special Collections, Daniel A. Reed Library, Suny Fredonia
  • The Normal Leader. Vol. I, No. 1, September, 1899, p.1
  • The Leader. Vol. CXIV, No. 2, September 13, 2006, p.5


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State University of New York at Fredonia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1107 words)
The State University of New York at Fredonia (also known as SUNY Fredonia or Fredonia State) is a four-year liberal arts college located in Fredonia, New York.
SUNY Fredonia was one of the state teachers' colleges traditionally specializing in music education, but now offers a large number of programs in many areas.
The SUNY Fredonia campus, located in Chautauqua County (southwest of Buffalo) was designed by prominent architects I.M. Pei and Henry N. Cobb in 1968.
College Profiles - State University of New York College at Fredonia (1368 words)
The Fredonia campus is located in Western New York where a variety of intellectual, cultural, social, and athletic opportunities are an important part of campus life.
SUNY Fredonia is a leading university college offering a variety of majors in the arts, humanities, and the natural and social sciences, as well as professional programs in many areas.
At Fredonia, we believe a combination of great educational options combined with a high quality of student life is the right formula for success.
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