Academic and Student Support Services

The university provides a variety of services and programs designed to support and enhance its educational programs and to assist students in solving problems that may interfere with their academic achievement. The services are directed and implemented by an expert professional staff.

Included in the section are a few of the educational outreach programs designed to assist the western region such as the Native American Consortium, Henry C. Youngerman Center, and the Center for Regional Advancement. Also included in the Educational Community Outreach section are a few of the programs hosted by the College of Education and a description of the Fredonia College Foundation, the not-for-profit corporation that assists Fredonia in fundraising and development efforts, as well as alumni connections.

Career Development Office

http://www.fredonia.edu/cdo

The Career Development Office (CDO) provides students with a link between the campus and the workplace. Professional career counselors help freshmen through alumni to:

  • explore options and make career/major/job choices
  • plan strategies to gain experience and skills to become competitive
  • identify and apply for internship opportunities
  • develop skills to implement a successful job search
  • learn how to apply to graduate or professional school
  • locate information and opportunities to make decisions or implement plans
  • get connected to employers and graduate schools

CDO Services

Individual Counseling. Students are encouraged to make an appointment early in their university experience to examine the expectations they may have for a degree program, major, and possible occupations. Career assessments, career information, and informational interviewing are used to supplement counseling appointments. A counseling appointment is also recommended to find internships, review cover letter and resume drafts, identify job search strategies and resources, apply to graduate or professional school, or to prepare for interviews.

Career Videos and Information. Students can explore careers by viewing over 4,900 online video interviews from professionals in a wide variety of careers. Career advice videos and links are available on the CDO website, containing information about work tasks, desired academic background, personal qualities and experiences, salary, hiring organizations, and the job market. A series of Fredonia intern videos and Wall of Fame web page are also available for students considering internships.

Career Pathways. Learn about career pathways and get connected to programs at Fredonia. Explore majors, career outlooks, sample job titles, internships and job opportunities, student organizations and clubs, as well as industry-specific professional associations. Videos of professionals working in related industries are included.

Internships. An internship is a learning experience gained by working in a position related to a student's major or career field. Internships provide hands-on experience that can confirm or reject tentative career choices; help to develop useful career building skills; show potential employers evidence of the ability to apply skills in a related work environment; and make students more attractive candidates for employment or graduate school.

Internships are available in a variety of disciplines, including: art and photography, biology and environmental science, business and accounting, chemistry, communication, computer and information sciences, counseling, law enforcement and legal offices, journalism and public relations, health administration, music industry, sound recording technology, sport management, exercise science, and theatre arts.

Credit bearing internships are open to any registered student who has completed at least 30 credit hours and has a minimum GPA of 2.0. Internships may be in a student's major or in another department. Students may earn up to 15 hours of internship credit per semester and may count a maximum of 24 hours of internship credit toward the 120 hours required for an undergraduate degree. Students must complete a Learning Contract and have it approved by their faculty sponsor, internship site supervisor and the Internship Coordinator in the CDO. In addition, they must register for the appropriate course and pay the registration fee to receive credit.

The Internships section of the CDO website lists a wide variety of internship opportunities, a searchable database of internships previously held by Fredonia students, and current internship policies and procedures. Career counselors can help students find internship opportunities related to their interests and goals, as well as create an effective resume and cover letter.

Job Search Information. Online job search videos, employer directories, resources and links are available in the Looking for a Job section of the CDO website. Books about how to look for a job, interviewing, writing cover letters and resumes, as well as sample resumes, are available on the job search information shelves in the resource area.

Job Vacancy Listings. FREDNetwork is a web-based system that each enrolled student has a personal account in. It provides access to internship, student employment, summer, and professional job listings; an employer database; a mentor database of Fredonia alumni and community members; and a listing of special events. Search agents provide email alerts of job and internship opportunities. Additional job databases, directories and resources are available with over four million organizations represented.

Resumes/Cover Letters. Assistance is available in developing resumes and writing cover letters, including individual appointments with career counselors, access to sample resumes, handouts, and online resources.

Practice Interviews. Students can practice interview skills by scheduling a videotaped or mock interview. With InterviewStream, students with Internet access and a webcam can also practice and record interviews whenever they want and email these to counselors for review. Suggestions for improving interviewing skills will be discussed.

Graduate School. Assistance is available in finding and applying to graduate and professional school. Directories of graduate programs, books on financial aid and how to write an application essay, as well as test preparation software, books and videos for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and PCAT are available in the resource area. Each year the CDO sponsors a Graduate School Fair on campus with over 60 programs represented.

Workshops. Career counselors make customized presentations to student clubs, classes and residence halls about career options, internships, summer jobs, resume writing, job searching, social media, interviewing, and graduate or professional school applications.

Recruitment and Networking Events. Each year organizations visit the campus to interview students about prospective job and internship opportunities. Students can also participate in special annual programs such as the Job & Internship Expo, Teacher Recruitment Days, and Jobsapalooza. Professionals also visit the campus to make presentations about career fields, internship programs and job opportunities through the Network on the Go and CDO Spotlight programs.

Career Resources. Check out the CDO’s Pinterest page to learn about interviewing, writing resumes and cover letters, researching employers, conducting a successful internship or job search, applying to graduate school, and more. The CDO library consists of books, magazines, pamphlets, articles, and DVDs about a variety of career fields; directories of potential employers, internships and graduate school programs; and how to write resumes, cover letters, find a job and interview successfully. A series of handouts on career choice, internships, resumes and cover letters, interviewing, job search, and graduate school is also available. Resources are organized for easy browsing on shelves in the resource area.  These materials are also available for sign-out.

Recruitment and Networking Events. Each year employers visit the campus to interview students about prospective job and internship opportunities. Students can participate in special annual events such as the Job & Internship Expo, Summer Job Fair, Teacher Recruitment Days, and Jobsapalooza. Employers also visit the campus to make presentations about career fields, as well as internship and job opportunities through the Network on the Go and CDO Spotlight programs.

Credentials File. Students about to complete a degree program are eligible to establish a file which includes a resume, transcript, course list, and letters of recommendation to be sent to prospective employers or graduate admissions personnel to support an application.

First Destination Survey. Each year the office contacts the graduates of the university to determine their plans for the first year after graduation. Members of each class choose to accept diverse opportunities for further study and employment. Education organizations are the most frequent first-time employers of Fredonia graduates, followed by business and industry; non-profit/social service; government; media or arts organizations and self-employment.

Graduates are pursuing advanced degrees in science, law, business, education, music, medicine, and a variety of other disciplines at graduate institutions across the country, many widely recognized for their excellence. Information about the first year plans of recent graduates is available on request from the Career Development Office.

Contact Information. The Career Development Office is located on the second floor of Gregory Hall. Appointments can be made online from the CDO website at http://www.fredonia.edu/cdo/, in person at the reception desk or by phone at (716) 673-3327. The CDO can also be contacted via fax at (716) 673-3593 or by email at careers@fredonia.edu.

Community Outreach

Engagement and Economic Development

The Division of Engagement and Economic Development (EED) facilitates and supports university-community collaborations that enhance the intellectual, cultural, artistic and economic vibrancy of the region. Such collaborations include active community engagement and partnerships with local and regional organizations, governments, businesses and universities. The Division oversees the Fredonia Technology Incubator located in the City of Dunkirk.  The Fredonia Technology Incubator (FTI) promotes economic growth in the Western Southern Tier of New York State by supporting entrepreneurship and the development of new, innovative, arts and technology-based companies into successful business ventures.  FTI also serves as a regional economic development hub. EED administers the StartUp NY program for the university.  StartUP NY creates tax free zones on or near approved colleges and universities throughout New York State. The goal is to attract businesses that would not otherwise locate in the state, and it provides incentives to retain and expand jobs. It is intended to benefit all residents through new direct spending, resident taxes, and home-ownership demand in communities. StartUP provides major tax incentives for businesses to relocate, start or expand businesses in the state. Approved businesses will be granted ten years of state tax benefits if they operate on or near academic campuses. New employees of sponsored businesses will not pay state income tax while in the program. In addition, businesses may be eligible for addition incentives. Businesses must be approved and sponsored by a campus that has an approved Campus Plan. In addition, the Division contains the Center for Regional Advancement (CRA) that strives to enhance our regional vitality through community engagement by connecting the talents, knowledge and passions of Fredonia’s faculty and staff to community needs and opportunities. Fredonia’s EED also oversees and supports the endeavors of Native American SUNY: Western Consortium which focuses upon educational access, opportunity, and development for Native American students and communities. The consortium is comprised of Tribal representatives and Western New York region SUNY Campuses. For more information about the community outreach, interested persons should contact the Office of Engagement and Economic Development, 701 Maytum Hall, at (716) 673-3758, visit our website at http://home.fredonia.edu/engagement, or email us at engagement.economicdevelopment@fredonia.edu.

Fredonia College Foundation, Inc.

The Fredonia College Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, was formed in 1964 to encourage and accept gifts and endowments in support of the priority needs of the State University of New York at Fredonia, its faculty and students.

In order to maintain the quality of academic offerings at Fredonia and to realize the university’s commitment to public service for western New York and the state, the university must look to non-state sources to assist in its development. The foundation seeks support for scholarships and those programs and events that enrich the university and community that cannot be supported by state funds.

Contributions from alumni, parents, friends, faculty/staff, emeriti, business and industry, the professions, foundations, and other public and private sources have strengthened many university programs. Gifts of cash, appreciated stock, real estate and insurance, gifts-in-kind, works of art, books, equipment, and teaching materials, as well as planned gifts such as bequests and gift annuities, have enabled the university to move forward, even in times of budgetary restraint.

The work of the Fredonia College Foundation is overseen by a volunteer board of directors, whose members serve three-year terms. The board is drawn from alumni, as well as local and regional community leaders. For information on opportunities for giving through the Fredonia College Foundation, interested persons should visit the foundation's website at http://home.fredonia.edu/foundation or email college.foundation@fredonia.edu.

Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders

The Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders is located in Thompson Hall. The center, a major component of the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, contains an audiology clinic, a speech-language clinic, laboratories and classrooms. Speech, language, and hearing evaluations and treatment are provided to students and residents of the neighboring communities. Students in Communication Disorders and Sciences participate as observers and as clinicians under the supervision of licensed and certified speech pathologists and audiologists.

Extended Learning

The Office of Extended Learning is located in Fenton Hall. This program brings together a unique combination of university and community support services.

Non-Credit Courses, Conferences, Institutes, and Workshops

The office works with university faculty and staff, community groups, and local industry to identify and provide for their specialized education and training needs.

Lifelong Learning Credit Program

Designed for those who would like to begin their college studies on a part-time basis, this program enables individuals to enroll in regular undergraduate courses for credit without the more formal college admissions procedures associated with full-time study.  Although the application process is greatly simplified, Lifelong Learning Credit Program students are held to the same academic standards as their matriculated colleagues – and experience the same high quality Fredonia education.

Applications for admission are available in the Office of Extended Learning, 2146 Fenton Hall, or the Office of Admissions, 178 Central Avenue (Fenner House), Fredonia, N.Y. 14063.

Qualified students are eligible to enroll in regular day or evening courses, including a number scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening. The Lifelong Learning Credit Program is especially appropriate for those who wish to pursue non-degree university studies on a part-time schedule - for personal growth, job advancement, or other reasons. Academic advisement is provided to assist students with course selection. After a designated number of credit hours, students are encouraged to seek admission to a baccalaureate degree program at that time. Credit earned through Lifelong Learning course work will apply toward any degree program at the university.

A student with prior academic experience who is seeking degree study on a full-time or part-time basis should pursue admission as a transfer applicant (see Transfer Admissions).

Visiting Student Program

Students presently enrolled at another college or university who wish to pursue academic study at Fredonia for one or two semesters may apply for admission through the Visiting Student Program. Advantages of the program, in addition to expanding academic options, include getting to know other new students, faculty and geographic areas, as well as having an opportunity to see oneself, one's education, and future plans from a new perspective. To qualify for the program, students must receive approval for a proposed academic program from an appropriate official at their present college. Applications are reviewed following the procedures used in evaluating requests for admission from transfer applicants. Registration in specific courses is offered on a space-available basis.

For information on any of the above, students should call (716) 673-3177, email lifelong.learning@fredonia.edu, visit Extended Learning in 2146 Fenton Hall.

J-Term (Joining Term) and Summer Sessions

Many community members take advantage of summer and J-Term offerings, which include study on campus, online, and abroad. Extended Learning coordinates the schedules for these intersessions. More information can be obtained on the web regarding these opportunities - http://home.fredonia.edu/jterm and http://home.fredonia.edu/summer.

Educational Development Program

The Educational Development Program (EDP), known statewide as the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), is an academic and student support services program administered by the State University of New York. It is designed to provide college access to talented students who have not had an opportunity to realize their full academic potential. EDP serves students from diverse backgrounds with priority for admission given to the “historically disadvantaged.”

In addition to support at the undergraduate level, EDP graduates may apply for a waiver of tuition for full-time graduate study upon acceptance at any SUNY college or university.

The Educational Development Program is a comprehensive, academically oriented program offering supportive services in three areas:

  1. Academic Support
    1. First-Year Seminar course
    2. Tutorial assistance
    3. Supplemental instruction
  2. Counseling Services
    1. Academic advisement
    2. Individual and group
    3. Career
    4. Personal and social
    5. Peer advising
  3. Financial Assistance
    1. Financial aid for qualified students
    2. Financial planning

Scholarships and awards that are given to program students who excel academically and are involved in leadership and community service are include: Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society, Dr. Jeffrey J. Wallace Scholarship, the Alan and Annmarie Nichter Going Above and Beyond EDP Scholarship, Arthur O. Eve Scholarship, Director's Award, Gregory Antonio Fund Award, and the Ralph Wilson, Jr. EDP Book Award.

Students interested in the program should visit the EDP home page at http://www.fredonia.edu/edp or email edp.office@fredonia.edu.

Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) provides a wide range of services for students and employees. The robust campus network provides local area network and Internet access for approximately 2,400 ResNet (student residential network) connections and approximately 3,400 academic/administrative connections for classrooms, teaching/student laboratories and computer labs, Reed Library, and offices. The robust wireless network provides access in all campus buildings and includes some outdoor spaces. Collaboration and learning management tools are provided via Google Apps for Education and the ANGEL Learning Management System, and personal working/storage server space is available. "Your Connection" is the secure web interface providing student access to financial aid and billing information, course search and registration for classes, final grades, and information on how to access e-mail and ANGEL services.

Students are encouraged to purchase laptops and are required to maintain anti-virus protection on all devices logged into the campus network. Anti-virus software is licensed for enrolled students and available for download from the "Your Connection" interface. Recommended laptop specifications are available at http://www.fredonia.edu/its/Computer. Recommendations regarding anti-virus software are available at http://www.fredonia.edu/helpdesk/Virus.

Even though the majority of students bring their personal desktop or laptop to campus, students continue to utilize three general-purpose open computer labs in Reed Library, G22 McEwen Hall, and in the Media Center located at W203 Thompson Hall. In addition to general purpose labs, ITS supports a number of computer teaching labs that are utilized primarily for classroom instruction and then open for general use when classes are not in session. Interested persons should refer to http://home.fredonia.edu/its/labs for a complete listing of computer labs, equipment, and software.

Printing is available in all labs, including wirelessly in Reed Library and the Thompson Hall Media Center, with 600 single-page prints provided to each student per semester. Additional information about the print quota is available at https://home.fredonia.edu/its/printing-quota.

The Help Desk Team is the initial point of contact via the FredQuest request system at https://fredquest.fredonia.edu or by telephone at (716) 673-3150 for questions or assistance regarding the computing environment.

For more information regarding suggested personal computer configurations, email configurations, listserv policy and the Fredonia Computer and Network Usage Policy, interested persons should refer to the ITS website at http://www.fredonia.edu/its.

International Education, Office of

Office: 54  LoGrasso Hall

(716) 673-3451

Email: international.education@fredonia.edu

Website: http://home.fredonia.edu/internationaleducation

Fredonia students are encouraged to take an active role in global society by engaging in a variety of initiatives designed to strengthen their international awareness. The Office of International Education  provides opportunities from a variety of international and global perspectives, and encourages faculty to include an international point of view in course work and curriculum across the disciplines. The office provides support for, and organizes, a variety of programs that bring artists, musicians, guest lecturers and speakers from other countries to campus.

International Student and Scholar Services

Fredonia welcomes international students, whose presence makes our institution a global village vast in ethnicities, languages, politics, nationalities, religions and traditions.

The International Student Services (ISS) staff understands the unique needs of international students and strives to provide them with a welcoming and educational environment to assure their successful transition to Fredonia. International students can find information about a variety of subjects including: admissions requirements, housing, working in the US, orientation and more at http://home.fredonia.edu/internationaleducation.

COIL – Internationalizing the Curriculum

The Coordinator of International Learning encourages the development of international scholarship, and works collaboratively with the staff in the Office of International Education. On campus, the coordinator brings together faculty to recognize international research and promote interdisciplinary programming that highlights globalization. The Coordinator also encourages faculty to teach or conduct research abroad, publicizes faculty development opportunities abroad, and assists faculty in applying for Fulbright opportunities.

Study Abroad

Fredonia encourages as many students as possible to study abroad to enrich their academic program by broadening their knowledge of the world. A full time professional advises students in the selection of programs and assist in all facets of application processing. Fredonia has a large number of programs for students to choose from including semester or academic year programs, and winter/summer programs. These days, Fredonia students are choosing to do internships, service learning, and even student teaching abroad to give themselves a marketable edge in the workplace. For more information, interested persons should visit Fredonia's Office of International Education's webpage at http://home.fredonia.edu/internationaleducation
or email international.education@fredonia.edu.

International Health Insurance

Health and accident insurance is required of all State University of New York study abroad program participants. We strongly advise a policy that is designed especially for students studying abroad. Such a policy should minimally include overseas urgent and emergency medical care and accidental death and dismemberment coverage. Medical evacuation and repatriation coverage is also required. The coverage must be in effect for the entire period away from home. Those who do not have such coverage must purchase the insurance provided by SUNY.

All students are required to purchase the MEDEX rider, as it includes evacuation for other than medical reasons. Complete descriptions of the SUNY International Student and Scholar Health Insurance Plan and the MEDEX Medical Evacuation, Repatriation and Security Rider are available online at http://home.fredonia.edu/studyabroad/health-safety-abroad.

Neither the State of New York, through its agents, nor the State University of New York through its agents and employees, is responsible in any manner whatsoever for the payment of any claim for health-related services provided to individuals covered under this insurance policy. The State of New York and State University of New York are not responsible for obligations incurred by individuals who are not covered by this insurance policy. All individuals participating in the University’s health insurance programs described herein are responsible for reviewing all descriptions of the scope and level of coverage offered by this policy. Such participants will be solely responsible for obtaining additional coverage not provided under this program if such is deemed necessary by the participant.

Learning Center/Disability Support Services

The Learning Center, located on the fourth floor of Reed Library, is a place where any Fredonia student can go to get help from student tutors. Tutoring is free and is available in most subject areas on a drop-in basis. Subject areas include but are not limited to: math, English/writing, computer science, physics, chemistry, psychology, sociology, Spanish, economics, business administration, accounting, biology, geology and history.

The Learning Center philosophy is that tutoring is not teaching and tutoring sessions are based on where the student is in his or her understanding of course material. Students must have at least attempted their assignments. The goal of tutoring is to help students with their assignments in a way that will help them become successful in all of their classes.

The center also has computers available for students to work independently or with tutors on assignments and projects. Students are encouraged to use the Learning Center for resources to help develop successful study skill strategies, and to get assistance with understanding course material.

Learning Center tutors are successful students who have been recommended by faculty to become tutors. Applications are accepted for tutoring positions in March. Final decisions are made by the end of April after a series of interviews. Tutors are then hired for both semesters of the following academic year.

The Learning Center provides language support services for English as a second language (ESL) and is also the home of Disability Support Services for Students, the Full Opportunity Program, and the 3-1-3 Program. The Learning Center can be reached by calling (716) 673-3550 or by email at learning.center@fredonia.edu. The Learning Center's website is located at http://www.fredonia.edu/tlc. More information regarding the Full Opportunity Program (FOP) can be found at https://home.fredonia.edu/tlc/full-opportunity.

For more information about Disability Support Services, please refer to the college policies on disability support services for students (fredonia.edu/catalog/Disability Support Services: Policies and Procedures).

Multicultural Affairs, Center for

The Center for Multicultural Affairs is the principal foundation for multicultural programming and outreach on Fredonia's campus and in the surrounding community. The center strives to offer a safe educational and social space to all members of the university community. Through advocacy, education and program development, the center supports the creation of a diverse university community for the purpose of enhancing the student population's academic development, level of cultural awareness and commitment to promote social justice.

The center houses the Black Student Union, Latinos Unidos, Women’s Student Union, Pride Alliance, Jewish Student Union, and the Native American Student Union, while providing support to the Gospel Choir and Sister Circle discussion group. Each of the groups provide a wide array of cultural programming and enrichment to the campus and community.

Additional services provided by the Center for Multicultural Affairs include academic, personal, group, and career services; student advocacy; leadership development; mentoring programs; and various other campus-wide diversity initiatives. For more information about the Center for Multicultural Affairs, students should call (716) 673-3398 or stop by the office at E125 Thompson Hall or email multicultural.affairs@fredonia.edu. The office's website is available at http://www.fredonia.edu/cma/.

Professional Development Center

The Fredonia Professional Development Center in Reed Library strives to meet the professional development needs of all Fredonia employees by coordinating and providing educational opportunities for faculty and staff at various stages in their careers, and providing consultation and training opportunities for technology-related issues. The center's goal is to provide a centralized location for collecting and disseminating information about professional development opportunities taking place on campus and beyond. The center is committed to fostering a culture in which knowledge and expertise are shared among diverse constituencies and will provide a gathering place in which this dialog can occur.

The Professional Development Center can be contacted at (716) 673-4864. For more information on PDC events, interested persons should check the web page at http://www.fredonia.edu/pdc/.

Reed Library

Daniel A. Reed Library plays a vital role in the teaching and learning process at Fredonia by providing a wide array of materials, services and spaces needed for collegiate study.

Through Reed Library, thousands of books, millions of articles, and various media are available in electronic and print forms. Interlibrary Loan gives students and staff access to additional resources from around the world.

Reference librarians provide assistance using these materials in a variety of ways including drop-in assistance at the Reference Desk, individual research appointments, email, phone, and a 24/7 virtual reference chat service. From the Library’s website, subject-specific databases and research guides make scholarly exploration efficient and accessible from any location.

Reed Library houses strong specialized collections in Music, the Holland Land Company, the Coalition on West Valley Nuclear Waste, saxophonist Sigurd Rascher, and author Stefan Zweig. The Library is also the site of exhibits, quiet and group study spaces, computers, copy machines, printers, and scanners.

To learn more, please visit Reed Library in person, or online at www.fredonia.edu/library, or call the Research Desk at (716) 673-3222. We look forward to working with you.