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Fredonia State group gets update on efforts

FREDONIA – Members of the Fredonia State College Council heard about recruiting students, endowments and new construction on the campus at their regular meeting Wednesday in the president’s office.

Teresa Brown, vice president of academic affairs, said that she will visit four Asian countries to try to recruit international students. China, Korea, Taipei and Japan are on the agenda for the Fredonia group to visit. The college representatives will meet with university representatives in each country and talk about exchange student opportunities as well as college enrollment at Fredonia State.

Brown said that the college will be opening an office to assist students who speak English as a second language. The office will be run by a private company that will assist students with several languages.

Besides international recruitment, the college is marketing in the Buffalo and Rochester areas and has been running television advertisements, council members were told.

David Tiffany, vice president for advancement, reported that endowment assets exceeded $30 million at the close of 2013. He said the college received 18 major gifts in December totaling $417,000.

College President Virginia Horvath said endowment opportunities are available and that more than $1 million was donated for naming various rooms in the new science building. The building has not been named yet. The naming opportunity is established through a donation of $5 million or more.

Council member Angelo Bennice raised the issue of naming the new townhouses on campus. He was the only council member to vote against the names selected for the new housing. The townhouses were named for various natural resources in Western New York. Family names could be attached to the housing units for a donation. Bennice said he thought some of the college’s past presidents should be honored with a building name regardless of the funding donated.

Horvath said that the benefit of donations for naming is that the college could put the funds toward programming since the actual building construction is financed through state funds. She said the donations help keep classes and special programs running for students.

Kevin Kearns, vice president for engagement and economic development, reported on various programs that promote community cooperation. He said a committee will begin work on the StartUp New York program, which will provide funds for new companies or expanding companies near the campus. He said a finalized plan is expected by the end of March.

David Herman, vice president for student affairs, provided council members the tobacco-free policy, banning all tobacco and smokeless electronic cigarettes, which is being considered for the campus. Smoking receptacles have been removed from the campus, and new signs have been put up asking smokers to cooperate by not smoking near buildings.

He said the draft of the policy is currently being discussed with labor union representatives.

Council members also received an extensive policy on student disciplinary procedures. The document covered incidents involving alcohol, firearms, arrests and behavior not considered acceptable for students. The final copy will be posted on the college website for review.

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