Sentimentally speaking of SUNY
This month marks the 53rd year of my journey with the State University of New York at Fredonia. I have chosen to express my sentiments in the words of this poem which I have written. I hope our readers will enjoy this attempt to poetically express my sentiments.
SUNY FREDONIA IS SO SPECIAL
It was 53 years ago, and still counting
Over one-half century, Fredonia State’s history we glean.
When “your’s truly” first entered the halls of this College
When Old Main was still a part of the scene.
Fredonia State stands most highly regarded
As a major part of the University of this State
It stands for the best of all settings
“Excellence in quality” as is its distinguishing trait.
Today, Fredonia State maintains its luster even more so
Meeting the needs of all students, as its goal
For excellence in teaching, research, and distinguished service
It stands so proudly as the culture of its soul.
Fifty-three years ago, I first came to these hallways
A variety of programs were rated “the very best”
There was teacher education, the arts, and liberal studies
And New programs were being added with zest.
As Old Main still stands proudly on its legacy
And the campus saw amazing transformations
The Institution itself moved steadily forward
Continuing to receive academically notable accreditations.
The Student body grew in numbers, and in majors
As undergraduate and graduate programs emerged
A responsive State University took to heart its historic mission:
“To teach, to research, and to serve.
Ah yes, SUNY Fredonia is a special University
Its place in our heart it just grew.
For even back then, we were aware, Fredonia was so special
For you see …. somehow, 53 years ago we already knew:
That its culture would have favored recognition
Within it, excellence would firmly reside;
For there would be profound commitment for all of humanity
And Fredonia State would stand with remarkable pride!
— Poem by Robert L. Heichberger
Dr. Robert L. Heichberger is professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He is an award winning author. All past columns can be viewed on http://www.fromourperspective.net. Send comments to: Rheich@aol.com