My column this week looks a bit different. I have decided to put "My Perspective" in poetic form because of the nature of the subject. It was fifty-five years ago that I joined the faculty at SUNY Fredonia. Also, my wife, our daughter and son and his wife as well as several of our nieces and nephews enthusiastically attended Fredonia State The following is a brief poetic expression of my Fredonia experience.


It was fifty-five years ago and still counting...
Over one-half century of SUNY Fredonia's history to glean;
When "yours truly" first entered the halls of this College
At Old Main, which was then so much a part of the University scene.

Fredonia State has always been most highly regarded
As a major part of the University System of this State.
It stood for the best in all of its settings
Excellence in quality is its distinguishing trait.

Today, SUNY Fredonia maintains its luster even more so
Meeting the needs of students as its goal.
For the best in quality in teaching, research, and community service
Which stands so proudly, as the culture of its soul.

Fifty-five years ago, when I first came to these hallways
Its wide variety of programs were rated "the very best."
There was teacher education, the arts, and liberal studies
And new programs being developed with creative zest!

As Old Main then stood proudly on its legacy
And the campus saw amazing transformations...
The institution moved with energetic creative initiatives
Achieving highly acclaimed academic accreditations.

The student body grew in numbers and in majors,
As undergraduate and graduate programs did emerge.
A responsive State University took to heart its vital mission:
"To teach, to research, and to serve."

A side note...My wife Elaine achieved her Masters from this campus
And our daughter Lisa, her BS in biology and pre-med was obtained.
And our son Mark, received the Administrative Advanced Certificate
Truly, high quality was their Fredonia experience delivered and attained.

In my memory, SUNY Fredonia remains so very special...
It has a place deep in my heart, that is for sure
For you see, fifty-five years ago, I just know

That the fondest of memories would so truly and lastingly, endure.

-----R. L. H.