On Wednesday, the Annual Pottery Show and Sale will be held in the Multipurpose Room of the Williams Center, SUNY Fredonia from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to benefit the University Police Criminal Justice Scholarship Fund. Local potters will be selling their handcrafted mugs, trays, bowls and jewelry and also donating a portion of their proceeds to benefit the CJSF.
Potters include SUNY Fredonia faculty and staff members Dr. Sally Turner, counseling center director; Dr. Ted Lee, biology professor; Dr. David Rudge, music associate professor and College Symphony conductor; Marc Levy, School of Music director of facility and special events; and Chief Ann Burns, University Police. Other potters who will be selling their works are Michele Ballachino, Carol Samuelson and Cynthia Fitzgerald.
CJSF was started in July 2009 by Lieutenant Clifton Wheeler. He recognized a need for more scholarship opportunities for Criminal Justice majors other than just the one scholarship available at that time. Each year the fund strives for a $10,000 endowment reward to present to a deserving criminal justice student.
"The University Police Department has almost 100 percent giving from their employees to the CJSF. Each person takes a certain amount out of their paycheck every two weeks to give to the scholarship," Chief Burns said.
This is considered an important contribution and act of dedication by UPD employees, especially during the tough economic times and unstable economy in the past few years.
In addition to the pottery sale and personal donations by employees, the UPD also hosts a yearly golf tournament as a fundraising opportunity to support the CJSF.
"We all understand the need to help young people," explained Burns.
All of the potters created their works on the pottery wheels at Mudslingers, a pottery studio in downtown Fredonia owned and operated by Fredonia alumnus Ron Nasca, who is a strong supporter and teacher of the potters.