Although Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was first published in 1818 when she was 21, the novel’s content remains relevant to audiences today. For that reason, “Frankenstein” has been chosen as the Common Reader for the 2012-2013 academic year at Fairmont State University. The project will be complemented by a Frankenstein Film Festival and other events throughout the year.
The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and the Masquers theatre group will present the first theatre performance of the academic year in September. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a new musical comedy, opens Friday, Sept. 21, on the Wallman Hall Stage.
On Aug. 23, the Honors Program had a Luau to welcome all their new members to Fairmont State University.
The Luau is an annual tradition, explained Honors Program President Anthony Errigo. He stated that the event has two main goals. The event is constructed to welcome the new students and to help form bonds between the new and existing members of the program. “It’s our welcome to them; we want it to be fun,” Errigo said.
Kestrel, Fairmont State University’s Journal of Literature and Art, will celebrate the publication of issue 28 on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29, with readings by 10 visiting writers.
Admission to the Kestrel events is free and open to the public.
From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, there will be a reception and readings by writers Jan Beatty, Ray Keifetz, Dean Rader, David Salner and Carrie Shipers at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Fairmont State University a five-year Strengthening Institutions Program grant totaling nearly $2 million. The grant will provide enhanced learning opportunities to help students succeed.
“Fairmont State University is honored to have received one of only thirteen new Title III Strengthening Institutions grants awarded nationwide. This grant will allow the University to dedicate resources to the retention of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and School of Business students,” said Dr. Maria Rose, FSU President.
The Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts is now accepting registrations for its fall term classes and music lessons. The Academy was formed last year and incorporates the former Community Music Program as the Music Preparatory Department and preparatory departments in other arts areas.
Students and faculty members from the Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts will offer a free public performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Heston Farm Winery in Fairmont.
Local students participating in classes through the Music Preparatory Department of the Academy, as well as some faculty members, will showcase their talent on the outdoor stage in voice, piano and guitar. Students range in ages from 5 to 16. The Clogging Team, which is also part of the Academy, will be part of the afternoon performance.
Fairmont State University is the first university in West Virginia to be awarded a grant to host the Tournées Film Festival, held annually since 2004. The festival is a program of the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), in partnershp with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Six French language films have been selected for free weekly screenings open to the public from Oct. 4 through Nov. 12 on the FSU campus in Conference Room 1, located on the third floor of the Falcon Center, and Multi-media Room A of the Ruth Ann Musick Library.
The Inauguration of Fairmont State University’s 14th president, Dr. Maria C. Rose, took place on Aug. 25, 2012. The traditional Inauguration ceremony included greetings from state, community and campus dignitaries, as well as musical selections from the Fairmont State University Community Orchestra, the Collegiate Singers, Vocal Tapestry and a special solo by FSU student Anthony Errigo. Chancellor Paul L. Hill of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission delivered remarks.
One of the highlights of Welcome Weekend is the Fairmont State University Convocation. During this traditional ceremony, faculty, staff and administrators officially welcome all new freshmen to Fairmont State. During the event, freshmen recite the Academic Pledge. FSU President Maria Rose said the ceremony is a perfect opportunity to make a lasting impression on new students. “Convocation is not only a ceremony to formally welcome new students to campus, it is also an opportunity to inspire and motivate them with the significance of the academic journey they are beginning.