A golden retrospective

My column this week looks a bit different. I have decided to put “From this Perspective” in poetic form because of the nature of the subject. It was 50 years ago that I joined the faculty at SUNY Fredonia. The following is a brief poetic expression of my Fredonia experience.


By Robert L. Heichberger

It was 50 years ago and still counting …

One-half century of Fredonia State 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 scene.

Fredonia State has always been most highly regarded

As a major part of the University of this State.

It stood for the best in all of its settings

Excellence in quality was its distinguishing trait.

Today, Fredonia State maintains its luster even more so

Meeting the needs of students as its goal.

For the best in quality in teaching, research, and service

Which stands proudly as the culture of its soul.

Fifty 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 were being developed with creative zest!

As Old Main then stood proudly on its legacy

And the campus saw amazing growth transformations …

The institution itself moved with energetic investment

With dynamically eminent 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 mission:

“To teach, to research , and to serve”.

Ah yes, The State University of New York at Fredonia is so special…

It has a place in my heart, that ’tis true.

But someway, somehow, I always knew that …

For you see, Fifty years ago, I already knew.

Dr. Robert L. Heichberger is professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Fredonia and distinguished professor at Capella University. He is an award winning author. All of the past columns can be viewed on www.fromourperspective.net/ Send comments to: Rheich@aol.com