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					 “Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for
them and how badly you want them. You’re eagles! Stretch your wings and fly to the sky.”
                                                                   Ronald E. McNair, Ph.D.



SOAR
                                     McNair Scholars Program Newsletter
                                     October, 2002                     Vol. 1 No. 1

What is the McNair Scholars Program?
The Fredonia McNair Scholars Program is sponsored by the Office of Postsecondary
Education—United States Department of Education and the School of Education at
SUNY Fredonia. This program is designed to help SUNY Fredonia students overcome
class, social, academic, and cultural barriers found in higher education.

The McNair Scholars Program is named in honor of Ronald E. McNair, the astronaut
who died in the 1986 Challenger explosion. Student scholars in the McNair Program are
encouraged to prepare for doctoral study and consider careers in college teaching.

SUNY Fredonia received its initial McNair grant in October of 1999 under the authorship
of Dr. Gregory F. Harper, Ph.D. and has been funded for the past three years. Program
staff includes Dr. Harper, Project Director, Kim Gladden, Project Coordinator, Loretta
Torain, Recruitment and Retention Specialist, and as of May, Sandra Lewis as Program
Assistant for Special Projects.

As a result of continuous advertising and recruitment efforts, sixteen scholars were
                                      served this past year, and recently two new
                                      students have joined, bringing the total scholar
                                      population to 18. Each scholar is assigned to a
                                      Fredonia faculty mentor.

                                         McNair scholars benefit from a variety of
                                         services designed to increase their readiness
                                         for the pursuit of graduate education.

                                          As Part of a one credit hour course called, the
  Fredonia McNai r Scholars 2000-2001      McNair Academic Development Seminar,
                                           modules dedicated to improving writing and
presentation skills and understanding the research process were offered. Presenters
were Joe Calarco, retired English teacher, a coach for writing and presentations, and Dr.
Richard Reddy, coach for a module on Research Process methods.

Five scholars have graduated from SUNY Fredonia and are currently pursuing graduate
education.
McNair Summer Program 2002
A benchmark of the national McNair Scholars program is the opportunity for an undergraduate
research experience. For Fredonia scholars, this experience is between the junior and senior
year of study. This past summer, seven Fredonia McNair Scholars participated in research
internships under the direction of SUNY Fredonia faculty research mentors. The 2002 summer
research program started on May 28 and ended July 9.

The program included GRE review sessions, and workshops on a variety of topics. The six
week summer program featured student research projects. However, there were numerous
cultural and social events to foster a sense of wholeness as a member in the McNair Scholars
family.

                      Scholar            Research Mentor            Research Area

                      Deborah Brannon Dr. Bruce Klonsky             Sports Psychology

                      Deborah Cortright Dr. Scott Johnston          English

                      Health Garlow      Dr. Richard Marchand       Mathematics

                      Alysia Gilbert     Dr. Thomas Morrissey       Social Studies

                      Leora Glasgow      Dr. Ana Maria Klein        Spanish Education

                      Hamlet Javier      Dr. Joseph Straight        Computer Science

                      Frances Odom       Dr. Kevin McMahon          Legal Studies




   O’ Montréal
                                        After practicing our “bonjours!” “mercis!” and “où sont les
                                        toilettes s'il vous plaît”, the McNair scholars and staff,
                                        were off to Montréal, Canada as the final cultural event
                                        of the Summer 2002 Program.

                                        Montréal is the largest bilingual city in North America
                                        with a multitude of languages and cultures infused with,
                                        and influenced by, a distinct French heritage. A two hour
                                        walking tour introduced us to the history and architecture
                                        of this spectacular North American city. The McCord
         Notre-Dame Basilica            Museum which houses historical artifacts and visual art,
          Mo ntréal, Canada            provided us with a glimpse into 18th and 19th-century
                                       Canada.

   Collectively, we experienced a 10-block long
   sidewalk art ex-exhibit, Festival International
   de Jazz, flamingo dancing, the Biosphere,
   and dined on a multiplicity ethnic foods. The
   city of Montréal was truly a feast for all the
   senses with an old world charm, French joie
   de vivre and a distinctive modern style.

   Jusqu'à ce que nous rencontrons encore!
                                                               McNair students and st af f taking a walking tour of Old Mon-
GRE Countdown to Success!
“The GRE review sessions were helpful to me. I truly needed the review in math ... believe that
when I do take the test I will have the confidence to do well on it.”   Debbie Cortright
                                                                        Summer 2002 Scholar
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is designed to measure the verbal,
quantitative, and writing skills one has developed in the course of their academic years.

It has been shown that high GRE scores strongly correlate with success in graduate
school. To help students prepare for the exam, two SUNY Fredonia professors (Robert
Marzec and Richard Marchand) lead our summer scholars in over 20 hours of GRE
review. Practice tests were administered at the beginning and end of the six week
summer program to track student progress.

As one McNair scholar noted, “The GRE review was extremely helpful. However, I would
strongly advise incoming students that it is a lot of work. I know people will tell you that it
is a lot of work and you will smile and say 'ok,' but believe me it really is A LOT of work.
As long as you are organized enough to balance doing research, studying for the GRE
and relaxing, you should be ok.”      — Leora Glasgow

One of the GRE test sites is administered at UB-Amherst campus, call 1-800-GRE-
CALL to register.




Scholar Highlight: Alex Ortiz

                                “I would like to thank Dr. Marchand and the McNair Scholars
                                Program for providing me with a great opportunity and
                                assistance in reaching the next stage in my life.”

                               Hiram Alex Ortiz   entered the McNair Scholars Program
                               in 2000. He worked with his research mentor, Richard
                               Marchand (mathematics/computer science department
                               faculty member) on a project to improve the target
                               accuracy of United States Army Hydra-70 rockets entitled,
“Trajectory Estimation of a 2.75-inch Hydra-70 Rocket”. He felt proud and privileged to
present the results at the 8th Annual McNair Scholars Research Conference at the
University of Rochester, Rochester, New York and at the 2000 Mathematical
Association of America Summer Mathfest at UCLA in Los Angeles, California.

Alex is currently attending North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina,
pursuing a masters degree in Operations Research with a concentration in Industrial
Engineering/Logistics (and a minor in Statistics).

Alex started his collegiate career at Jamestown Community College, earning an
associate of science degree in Engineering Science. He studied for a year at RIT then
transferred to Fredonia State in 1999. He graduated from Fredonia State with a
bachelor’s degree of science in mathematics (and minor in physics).

Alex has a fiancé, Karen, and three-year old daughter, Ally, living with him in North
Carolina.




Mentoring Factor
SUNY Fredonia faculty are an integral part of the success of the McNair Scholars
program. They guide and advise our student scholars on their research thesis. Below is
a roster of our 2002-2003 mentors:

       Dr. Richard Marchand, Computer Science/Mathematics
       Ms. Jane Jackson, Communications
       Dr. Melinda Karnes, Social Studies Education
       Dr. Bruce Klonsky, Psychology
       Dr. Scott Johnston, English
       Dr. Theodore Lee, Biology
       Dr. Thomas Morrissey, History
       Dr. Amar Parai, Economics
       Dr. Sharon Zablotney, Biology
       Dr. Kevin McMahon, Political Science
       Dr. Elkie Schneider, Reading Education
       Dr. Mojtaba Seyedian, Business Admin.
       Dr. Cynthia Smith, Mathematics Education
       Dr. Rhea Simmons, Education


Back to School Tool
                       One of the most valuable (graduate or undergraduate) low-tech
                       tools is a calendar.
                       Be organized - Organization can make 'staying afloat' in college
                       much easier. Being organized includes printing syllabi and
                       assignments, keeping a calendar (not on your computer),
                       making a directory of classmates, and setting aside regular
       Best Buy!       times for you to study and do homework.


McNair Scholars Program                         Phone: 716-673-4741
(http://www.fredonia.edu/mcnair)                Fax: 716-673-3332
E251 Thompson Hall                              Email: Kimberly.Gladden@fredonia.edu
Fredonia, NY 14063

				
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