Dr. Virginia Horvath, State University at Fredonia president, spoke recently to members of the Rotary Club of Jamestown.
Horvath spoke primarily about how higher education is changing in Chautauqua County. She elaborated on the four community focuses at SUNY Fredonia:
A Community of Learning. The challenge is how to teach the faculty new roles and techniques in learning. Technology has changed not only how students learn but also how teachers teach. A Community of Learning also strives to teach students the versatility of education. By learning certain skills, the student can do many jobs. It is impractical to expect to step right out of college into your ideal job.
Dr. Virginia Schaefer Horvath, State University at Fredonia president, is pictured speaking to the Rotary Club of Jamestown.
An Engaged Community. The university takes an active part in the community's vitality and economy through programs like the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator and Start-Up New York.
A Sustainable Community. This means becoming aware of our relationship with resources and a shared sense of responsibility for sustaining the campus. This is demonstrated by finding alternative sources of funding, partnerships and other organizations and groups as well as developing relationship with donors.
A Global Community. All students will be affected by what they know of the world and the international students help with that knowledge. Horvath commended Rotary for its international reach especially their project of supporting weavers in Nepal. She has lived in Kenya and Japan and commented that the experience helped shape who she is today.