Professor examines gender

first_imgA study conducted on boys and girls demonstrated differences in social interactions. When the boys were asked to have conversations with one another, they set their desks so that they didn’t have to look at each other. The girls put all the chairs together and invited everyone in. “I’m talking about whether men and women, maybe pertaining to evolution, use different conversation techniques,” professor James J. McKenna said during his lecture on gender differences, held in the LaFortune Ballroom Monday night. McKenna said there is a sort of human telepathy. Every second of the day, humans work to understand relationships between themselves and others. Citing “Origins of Human Communication,” by Michael Tomasello, McKenna said humans are remarkably different from other primates in terms of empathy. “It’s not mind reading, but you can assess the likely intention of someone with who you are watching, talking and interacting with,” he said. “Humans can almost become one with another, even if it’s not someone you love or feel close to.” When a person first learns to communicate, he said, humans begin with how they feel. If a child is hungry or afraid, it cries, makes faces and grimaces. If that’s the beginning of communication then language is centered around emotions, McKenna said. Five aspects of communication include signals, meaning, function, development and evolution. The nature of the social relationships of the participants is also important, McKenna said. There are friendships, strangers and individuals someone may try to impress. Some situations call for formal or informal communication. Ultimately, a message is determined by the totality of verbal and non-verbal cues. Message is enhanced by smell and gestures, he said. Men and woman are affected by pheromones, and gestures are a huge part of how they communicate. “You orchestrate your words,” McKenna said. “You’re talking, your hands go up and down, this way, is there some functionality to the way you move it?” When adding the functions of language to society, comprehension of the subject becomes bigger than language itself. It’s social linguistics, he said. “Men seek to separate, distinguish, choose to dominate, display skill,” McKenna said. “Women aim to negotiate closeness, give confirmation and support.” Women often believe male silence indicates that they are not opening up about their emotions, he said. Men, however, see their silence as respect and support. “Women are affirming the validity of their emotion,” he said. Mimicking female conversation, McKenna said, “Something happened to me. Oh my gosh, I know what you mean. That same thing happened to me.” Women tend to invite, affirm and make others feel appreciated. This is, he said, marked by head bobbing and vocal sounds of agreement. Women often add “tags” to their sentences. These include: isn’t it, do you think and do you agree? “She knows it, but she doesn’t want to come off as too bossy,” McKenna said. “That little unsureness softens and allows people to connect, rather than showing distinctive knowledge.” Research shows that, on average, women are more likely than men to phrase a thought as a question, speak at lower volume but a higher pitch, and take less time to express their view, McKenna said. However, how people speak makes a difference in who gets credit for an idea or thought, often to the disadvantage of women. “This often happens in a professional setting where women may be judged as less intelligent,” he said. Men and women’s tend to place different relative weights on status versus connection, which results in asymmetrical roles. “Conversational modes that distinguish men and women can be viewed as reflecting each of the sexes’ emotional needs and tendencies,” McKenna said. “However biologically based, they are acted on by early cultural values, examples and experiences, which either inhibit or exaggerate those tendencies.”last_img read more

SPARK program empowers female entrepreneurs

first_imgBridgette VanSchoyck-Clark, director of the Saint Mary’s Belles for Fitness program, opened Beyond Zen, a new yoga, pilates and massage studio, Jan. 2 in Granger, Ind.VanSchoyck-Clark participated in SPARK, an 11-week program sponsored by Saint Mary’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) that helps South Bend women gain business skills to succeed.“[SPARK is] an incredible support system,” VanSchoyck-Clark said. “It’s not just business. This program makes you go deep inside yourself, helps you to conquer your fears and fix personal problems that might be holding you back.”VanSchoyck-Clark began envisioning opening her own studio in April 2012, she said. She said she had been working on business plans for 10 months when she discovered SPARK.“My college degree is Movement in Sports Science so I have not had one business course,” VanSchoyck-Clark said. “This course is only 11 weeks long — four hours per session, twice a week — but it covers everything you need to write a business plan, how to fix your credit, acquire investors, get loans and then what to do after you open, making a budget, taxes and more.”SPARK instructors teach the participants that they are not alone in this process of opening a business, VanSchoyck-Clark said. She said WEI director Martha Smith and her staff have built a support system and camaraderie among participants and presenters.“Opening a business is scary stuff,” VanSchoyck-Clark said. “Can I afford it?  What if I put all of my savings in this and it fails?  Is this a good idea?  I don’t have one business class under my belt. Who am I kidding? I can’t open a business.“SPARK has given me the knowledge and the confidence to put my dream in action.”VanSchoyck-Clark said she was touched by the amount of people in the South Bend community who take time to support the women of SPARK. She said she recommends the program to local women because of the support system.“[Smith] changes lives,” VanSchoyck-Clark said. “And it doesn’t stop at graduation. She continues to help me, encourage me and give me support.“You have to take a good look at you, yourself, and figure out what negative patterns you have that might be keeping you from going after your dreams or succeeding,” she said.VanSchoyck-Clark said her staff at Beyond Zen is composed of caring and considerate people. They are educated and experienced at what they do and take Saint Mary’s values into consideration, she said.“We help our clients to feel better,” VanSchoyck-Clark said. “Increasing your strength or flexibility, helping you to quiet your mind and focus, de-stress, improve your posture and immunity … all through Pilates, yoga and massage.”Tags: business, entrepreneurship, saint mary’s, SPARKlast_img read more

Keough ‘Take[s] Back the Love’ at Mr. ND

first_img“It feels great to win, really a huge honor,” Barella said. “There wasn’t a lot of competition from Keough to [participate in the competition], so I jumped at the chance. I really enjoyed it.”Barella, a management and economics major from outside of Chicago, said his main goal in competing was to serve as a strong representative for his new home under the Dome.“I wanted to be Mr. ND because we in Keough Hall are champions, and I came here to be a champion tonight,” he said.Cavanaugh Hall rectress Lauren Donahue, who served as a judge, said the judges loved Barrella’s originality in both his act and his interview answers.“I think we collectively chose Mr. Keough because he took it seriously, but we also got to see his fun side as well in all aspects of his performance,” Donahue said.Last year’s Mr. Notre Dame, Tom Boyle of Carroll Hall, stepped in as a celebrity judge for the event.“We saw a lot of great talent tonight; everyone really did an excellent job,” Boyle said. “It was an honor to be a part of this great tradition.”Senior Taylor Roberts of Siegfried Hall took home the prize of Mr. Congeniality. Despite some technical difficulties at the beginning of his performance, he impressed the judges with his acoustic guitar rendition of “No Diggity.”“I’m really happy to win this, especially after the way I started off my performance,” Roberts said. “It took two tries, but the third time’s a charm.”Other highlights of the night included a serenade by junior Adam Soisson of O’Neill Hall, a ribbon dancing routine by freshman Teddy Edwards of Sorin Hall and a paper airplane-making demonstration by junior Rob Bruns of Keenan Hall.“I’m an aerospace engineering major so you can really trust me on my demonstration here,” Bruns said.Sophomore Devon Roura of Knott Hall took home the title of Mr. Walsh, as decided by the residents of Walsh Hall. Roura, originally from Miami, Fla., knows all the words to every Beyonce song.Commissioners of the event, sophomores Mary Trainor and Meg Dalton of Walsh Hall, worked to prepare Tuesday night’s event since the end of last year.“It was really tough, because the event is usually held in mid to late October, but obviously it’s earlier this year. We’ve really been under the gun,” Trainor said.While most of the men signed up to participate over the weekend, freshman Dean Swan of Dillon Hall had to step up to the plate last night after the dorm’s original competitor, freshman Steve Nash, injured his foot playing squash.Sophomore Danny Burns of Alumni Hall garnered substantial laughs from the crowd during his stand-up routine, and proceeded to earn the title of Fan Favorite.“Winning really has been my dream … for the past three days,” Burns said.Tags: Keough Hall, Mr. Congeniality, Mr. ND, Walsh Hall Keough Hall freshman Nick Barrella took home the top prize at Walsh Hall’s annual Mr. ND competition, held Tuesday night, with an original song, “Take Back the Love,” and piano performance.last_img read more

SMC alumna shares music teaching experiences

first_imgSaint Mary’s welcomed alumna Anne Pugliese Kasprzak and her Neuqua Valley High School Chamber Singers on Monday. Zae Munn from the Department of Music introduced Kasprzak, who graduated with a music education degree and high honors in 1994. Kasprzak also received department awards in both music and education during her time at Saint Mary’s.Kasprzak is currently the director of the Chamber Singers at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois, and serves as the piano accompanist at the Holy Spirit Catholic Community, also in Naperville, Munn said in her introduction. Kasprzak has been a member of the Young Naperville Singers’ Artistic Staff for 11 years as their director, Munn said. Kasprzak said her all-women choir is preparing for a multicultural concert and previewed their selections for the Saint Mary’s community. The choir performed a South African freedom song, a traditional children’s song from the islands off the coast of northern Australia and other pieces from different cultures.Kasprzak said she has worked at a number of schools, including elementary, middle and high schools, with different levels of choral performances.“My first teaching job was at an all-girls high school outside of Chicago,” Kasprzak said. “I walked into a program that had five different teachers in six years. There was no curriculum, there was no piano. … That year was a big growing year for me. I had to explore and find my own skills.”Kasprzak said she arrived at Neuqua Valley High School when she realized she needed to be around colleagues from whom she could learn more and who could help her grow as a teacher. “Learning only begins the day you graduate from Saint Mary’s,” she said. “There is so much out there that you will learn in your field as you do it. I thought being in this school where I am the only music teacher, I’m not going to grow as a professional.”Kasprzak saidt the degree she earned at the College has enabled her to have various jobs, all of which she was passionate about.“One of the things I never realized 21 years ago was how many opportunities are available to someone with a degree in music education,” Kasprzak said. “I’ve been able to find work during all phases of my life. From days when I was single and my whole life revolved around my job to now, when I have two young children and a newborn at home, I feel so lucky to have been able to adapt my career to my different life situations and circumstances.“Not every field works that way,” she said. “It truly is a rewarding career with many opportunities. You just have to look for them.”Teaching is a challenging but hugely rewarding career, Kasprzak said.“Teaching is an art form that continually develops through the years,” Kasprzak said. “The more you do it, the better you get at it. You will make mistakes. Own them, and learn from them.“Grow from the challenges you will face inside and outside the classroom. Teaching is a career that requires a lot of energy, passion and commitment. Find joy in your students and remember that learning never ends.”Tags: music education, saint mary’s, teachinglast_img read more

Students comment on pressures of relationships and dating

first_imgWhether it’s buying chocolates or giving flowers, people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by taking part in any one of its many traditions. At Notre Dame, the typical Valentine’s Day traditions supplement a long list of others that stereotypically characterize the campus dating experience, such as making eye contact at Domerfest, walking around the lakes holding hands, kissing under the Lyons arch and receiving a “ring before spring.”Boasting a number of students who owe their existence to the fact that their parents met at the University, Notre Dame stands apart from other schools in terms of the pressure for dating and finding a soul mate.Julia Murray and Lukas O’DonnellJulia Murray strayed from tradition by receiving a ring in the spring of her junior year instead of her senior one.  Murray and O’Donnell met on their first day in their first class of freshman year, but didn’t begin dating until they were sophomores.Due to “superstition,” O’Donnell said he refused to hold her hand around the lakes until after they were engaged.In classic Notre Dame fashion, he proposed by the lakes. The newly engaged couple followed the proposal with lighting a candle at the Grotto and a kiss under Lyon’s arch in a marathon of Notre Dame traditions.As one of the first couples of the class of 2017 to be engaged, Murray and O’Donnell became well-known around campus, and continue to receive lots of opinions and unsolicited advice.“The more negative reactions I got were from my professors, but it was positive overall from the student body,” Murray said. From her unique perspective, Murray said she views the dating culture of Notre Dame as a culture of extremes.“I feel like you’re either looking for someone to date and get married to, or you’re stuck in the hook-up culture … there doesn’t seem to be a culture of casual dating.“There are people who I’m not friends with who think it’s absolutely insane that we’re getting married two weeks after graduation, but Notre Dame still has a relatively large group of conservative students who are cradle Catholics and want to get married soon. I think that there are other people who just rebel against that,” Murray said.Kevin DingensKevin Dingens, sophomore computer science major of Dunne Hall, said he does not totally agree with the college hook-up culture, but that he understands it.“I see college hookup as a manifestation of the pressures of college, and people opting out of the relationship part in favor of the career part of their life,” Dingens said.Of Dingens’ friends, a small minority are in committed relationships, perhaps due to the pressure of marriage that seems to come with a Notre Dame relationship, he said. “There is a stereotype here that exists that you come to Notre Dame, you get married and you have a ‘Notre family,’ which is kind of bizarre,” Dingens said. “It’s unique to Notre Dame given its Catholic affiliation. Most of the people here, their values are grounded in Catholicism and staying with someone and not really engaging fully in this hookup culture.”Talia Snyder and Joe PintoTalia Snyder and Joseph Pinto, sophomores of McGlinn Hall and Sorin Hall, started dating Dec. 1 of their freshman year after going out a few times. Although they have participated in some of the typical dating traditions, they said they don’t feel them to be necessary.“It’s very relaxed on campus — I don’t think girls and guys feel pressured to be dating,” Snyder said.Similarly, Snyder and Pinto said they do not feel any pressure to succumb to traditions such as the ring before spring.“I am not a fan of it because I don’t see any big rush,” Snyder said. “You have your whole lives and just because you’re leaving school does not mean you have to have some crazy commitment. It’s kind of silly.”“You have to learn how to live on your own before you can live with someone else,” Pinto said. “I need to learn on my own before I’m in a situation where we both have to learn together.”Nicholas Monsalve and Caterina BreuerFreshmen Nicholas Monsalve and Caterina Breuer, who have been dating for six months, met through a Notre Dame class of 2020 Facebook group after realizing they live relatively close to each other.“I think that dating at Notre Dame is unique because all the undergraduates are aware that there is a relatively large amount of marriages amongst Notre Dame alum that were established here during their respective undergraduate years,” Monsalve said.“I know our relationship’s strength was increased by being at such a community-based, loving environment,” Breuer said.Both Breuer and Monsalve said the existence of the traditions has not put any pressure on their relationship.“If we’re meant to be, we’re meant to be. Notre Dame traditions aren’t going to determine or affect that,” Breuer said.Kelly ValenziKelly Valenzi, an off-campus junior studying mechanical engineering who identifies in the LGBTQ community as a lesbian, said same-sex dating is more common at Notre Dame than one might think.Two girls eating dinner together are assumed to be friends more often than not, though they may be on a date. In some ways, this alleviates some of the pressure to engage in the traditional high intensity sport with the end goal of marriage that is Notre Dame dating, Valenzi said.“The perception of most dating at Notre Dame is kind of intense. Not everyone obviously, but some people have a ring by spring or they’re going for their MRS degree. I’ve never met anyone in the LGBT community here who has that perception, so I think it’s probably more casual than most,” Valenzi said.“The less intense dating of the LBGT community may also be contributed to the conservative environment of Notre Dame, and the fact that there are very few people [of the LGBT community] who will walk across the quad, holding hands,” Valenzi said.“Compared to my hometown, everything feels more secretive and less open,” she said. “Being from a liberal place makes everything easier — there are more people on the apps and everyone is more willing to be open with what you’re doing. Here, I think, that kind of slows down the intensity in some ways, but I think it makes it more personal than public for others.”Tags: Dating, hook-up culture, love, Notre Datinglast_img read more

College announces change to commencement attire policy

first_imgEditor’s note: A version of this story appeared in the print edition of The Observer on April 11.President Jan Cervelli announced a change to the Commencement stole policy Tuesday. The revised policy will begin with the 2018 Commencement, according to a press release.Previously, the College allowed graduates to wear honors cords and medals at Commencement but did not allow stoles to be worn at the ceremony. Stoles, honors cords and medals were all allowed at the Baccalaureate Mass and Honors Convocation, however.The previous policy only allowed exceptions recommended by an academic department with approval from the President. This revision to the permitted attire for the commencement ceremony will allow for approved stoles to be worn at graduation, according to the release.Several members of the class of 2018 presented letters to President Cervelli requesting a change to the policy.“I was moved by thoughtful letters from members of the class of 2018 saying that stoles represent the community they’ve found during their years at Saint Mary’s,” President Jan Cervelli said in the release. “They have shown themselves to be Women of Action in this effort, as well as in their involvement with the groups that have meant so much to them as students. Symbols of those experiences deserve to be worn during Commencement.”The Office of Student Affairs will be responsible for approving graduation stoles if a student desires to wear a stole that is not on the list of approved stoles.According to the release, organizations with approved stoles are the education department, multiethnic clubs and organizations, Notre Dame band and STEM programs.Tags: Attire, Honor Cords, Saint Mary’s Commencement, Stoleslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s seniors outline graduate school plans

first_imgWith graduation approaching, Saint Mary’s seniors are getting ready for their lives after college. After four years of classes in preparation for their future careers, students are either about to continue on to either graduate school or begin the hunt for post-graduate jobs.While some seniors may be done with school for good, senior Hannah Wozniak said she plans to continue her academic  career.“I am attending the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota to pursue my masters in counseling psychology with a concentration in marriage and family therapy,” Wozniak said in an email. “I am graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.”Wozniak said she is both looking forward to graduation but also sad to leave the College after all her time there.“I am excited to graduate,” she said. “I will miss [Saint Mary’s], but I am excited to be starting a new chapter and moving farther away with my puppy. I look forward to studying more and obtaining an adult job that pertains to what I have studied.”The classes and connections made with professors while in college can be just as important to the experiences made with friends or in clubs, Wozniak said.“My professors were my favorite part of my major,” he said. “They always related the material to real life experience and integrated it into each one of our future career goals. Not only that, they were wonderful to talk to outside of the classroom about anything I needed.”Wozniak said she will miss professors and friends she made at Saint Mary’s. However, she knows she can lean on these relationships going forward, she said.“Everyone made my college experience feel like a family,” Wozniak said.Senior Sydney Woodman said over her four years as an undergraduate, Saint Mary’s has become a second home to her.“I am going to miss seeing my friends every day, but also my professors,“ she said. “They have been incredibly supportive and helpful to me throughout my time at Saint Mary’s.”Woodman will also be continuing with her education with graduate school.“I also know that the next step in my life must come and that I will make the most of it,” Woodman said. “I am excited for what the future holds, at Grand Valley State University, and in my career. I am so excited to start working as a speech-language pathologist. That is why I went to college in the first place. I know that all good things must come to an end, I just wish it wasn’t so soon. I will miss Saint Mary’s, my friends, my professors and everyone else in between. But I am excited for what my future holds.”Even though this is a time of change for many, Woodman said she feels the years she spent at the College will always be something she holds special in her heart. In her major, she found something she loved to do and was passionate about, she said.“I majored in Communicative Sciences and Disorders with a minor in psychology at Saint Mary’s,” Woodman said. “I knew I wanted to do speech pathology since I was a freshman in high school, and I was lucky that I stuck with my major all the way through. I knew I was doing what I was meant to do when I would ‘nerd out’ about the things we were learning in my major classes. The professors in my major became my mentors and in the last few weeks, my friends. I’ve loved my time at Saint Mary’s, and it was mostly because of the people and the atmosphere of the school.”Graduation may be coming up soon, but that doesn’t mean lessons learned or friendships made will be forgotten, Woodman said. She said she feels the College has given innumerable experiences to its students that allowed them to grow and develop into the people they are today.“Saint Mary’s has prepared me for the world by making me more outspoken and confident in my beliefs,” said Woodman. “It has not only taught me everything I know about my field of study but has expanded my knowledge in many different areas as well. I could not ask more from Saint Mary’s than what it has already given me.”Tags: Commencement 2019, graduate school, saint mary’slast_img read more

University withdraws from hosting 2020 presidential debate

first_imgNotre Dame has withdrawn from hosting the first 2020 presidential debate, which was slated to occur Sept. 29, University President Fr. John Jenkins said in an email Monday.“After consultation with Dr. Mark Fox, St. Joseph County Deputy Health Officer, and with the unanimous support of the Executive Committee of our Board of Trustees, I have made this difficult decision because the necessary health precautions would have greatly diminished the educational value of hosting the debate on our campus,” Jenkins said. Mariah Rush | The Observer An advertisement for the presidential debate in South Bend International Airport. The debate, the first of the general election season, has now been canceled.As student attendance of the debate, volunteer opportunities and accompanying events will all be diminished as a result of the pandemic, Jenkins said students will be limited in the opportunity to engage in the American political process, which was the primary purpose of the event.“I am grateful to the many members of the University community who have devoted countless hours to planning this event, and to the Commission on Presidential Debates leadership for their professionalism and understanding,” Jenkins said.The Sept. 29 debate will now be held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, according to The Hill.Tags: 2020 elections, COVID-19, John Jenkins, pandemic, presidential debatelast_img read more

StaND Against Hate Week aims to promote inclusivity

first_imgLayton Hall | The Observer GRC volunteers hand out t-shirts Monday for the annual StaND Against Hate Week.Intersectionality refers to the idea that all parts of an individual’s identity are interconnected and can each affect the day-to-day experience of the individual. By working to educate the student body on the different types of discrimination that can take place, the GRC’s goal is to create a more welcoming and loving community for individuals of all backgrounds and identities.Senior and program assistant at the GRC Odalis Gonzalez explained how intersectionality affects students at Notre Dame.“Our gender intersects with our race, with our culture, with our religion, with our socioeconomic status, and that impacts how we experience Notre Dame and how we come to express ourselves,” Gonzalez said.The week’s events are aimed at providing an education on inclusivity to all of the Notre Dame community and include panels on gender and race and active allyship, a pledge signing social and an introduction to mindfulness.While the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the logistics of these events, the message of inclusivity has stayed the same.“Even though you think it doesn’t impact you, it does in one way or another,” Gonzalez said. “Whether it’s to you directly, to your friend, to your family members –– you never know what anyone is going through, and they don’t know what you’re going through. So if you want people to understand you, you have to be able to understand other people.”While StaND Against Hate Week is hosted by the GRC, the Center is not alone in this effort of inclusion. StaND Against Hate Week is sponsored by Student Government, the Diversity Council, PrismND and several other student clubs and organizations trying to amplify the message of inclusion, love and community.Gonzalez called on Notre Dame students to take this week as an opportunity to learn about the experiences of their fellow students.“I think now is the time to learn, to explore, to put yourself out there –– because if it’s not you. then who?” Gonzalez said.Tags: Black lives matter, GRC, StaND Against Hate Week At a time when many people are addressing intolerance and discrimination within their own communities, the Gender Relations Center (GRC) is hosting its annual StaND Against Hate Week, which focuses on educating students on what it means to be an active ally fighting hate both on and off-campus.The annual event –– which normally takes place in early November –– was moved up because the GRC wanted students to engage with the week’s message earlier in the school year, Deborah Bineza, program coordinator for identity intersectionality and inclusion in the GRC, said.Bineza said strong calls for racial equality over the course of the summer by the Black Lives Matter movement influenced the decision to move StaND Against Hate Week up to earlier in the year.“We’ve always been committed to intersectionality specifically and combating discrimination of all kinds, whether that’s racial, gender based or based on sexuality.” Bineza said. “I think this year, it’s even more important to have this conversation.”last_img read more

SUNY Fredonia Student Tests Positive For COVID-19

first_imgWNY News Now File Image.FREDONIA – SUNY Fredonia officials say a student at the university has tested positive for COVID-19.That’s according to a letter that was sent out by school president Stephen Kolison this week.Kolison says the student notified the college and was quickly moved into isolation off-campus.Also in the letter, Kolison says the Student Health Center and Chautauqua County Department of Health collaborated on contact tracing to notify any individuals who needed to quarantine. Exposed students are quarantining in off-campus locations.Fredonia has a web page with a dashboard to keep the campus’s community updated on active cases, positive and negative test results, and any other data officials are allowed to share.This is the first student at the college to test positive for the virus.“In my first days on campus, I am so impressed by the number of students, faculty, and staff who are wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and washing hands frequently,” Kolison said in the letter. “These three strategies are key to preventing the spread of COVID-19 on campus, and I implore you to follow them and encourage everyone around you to do the same.You can read the full letter below:To: Campus CommunityFrom: Stephen H. Kolison, Jr., Ph.D., President and ProfessorSUNY Fredonia has been actively planning for the Fall 2020 semester which commences with the first day of class Monday. The campus has put in place numerous rules, regulations, and directives for students and staff to follow to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The various committees that collaborated in the planning followed health and safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York State Department of Health, the Governor’s Office, and SUNY.Even with all the precautions in place, we are faced with the reality that there will inevitably be positive cases on campus. Indeed, we have had our first student test positive this week. That student notified the college, and was quickly moved into isolation off-campus. The Student Health Center and Chautauqua County Department of Health collaborated on contact tracing to notify any individuals who needed to quarantine. All exposed students are quarantining in off-campus locations.While we will not be immune to this pandemic, as your President, let me assure you that we will keep you informed of all incidents.  We have created a web page with a dashboard to keep everyone updated on active cases, positive and negative test results, and any other data we are allowed to share. The Student Health Center, Human Resources, and the Chautauqua County Health Department, will keep the information updated so you can be aware of what is happening.In my first days on campus, I am so impressed by the number of students, faculty and staff who are wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and washing hands frequently. These three strategies are key to preventing the spread of COVID-19 on campus, and I implore you to follow them and encourage everyone around you to do the same. Let’s continue to be #FREDstrong and make SUNY Fredonia an example of how a college can successfully – and safely – deliver academic success in these uncertain times.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more