Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
SUHR JUMP - You don't realize just how high 15 feet, 10 inches is until you stand next to a bar that high in person. And then to see Fredonia native Jenn Suhr take a pole and vault over that bar is even more impressive. Last Saturday's jump was the highest a female pole vaulter did in 2012 at a sanctioned match anywhere in the world. (Jenn was scheduled to jump Friday night at Roberts Wesleyan College). Suhr will also jump tomorrow before the Buffalo Bills game in the Bills' Fieldhouse during the Gameday Experience. The event is open to the public. It was great to see the crowd line up Saturday, letting her know how proud we all are of her accomplishments!
INVESTITURE CEREMONY - Last weekend was a special day at SUNY Fredonia as an Investiture ceremony was held for President Dr. Virginia Horvath. We also want to applaud Dr. Horvath's request for a SUNY Fredonia Day of Service that was held on Saturday. On that day, hundreds of SUNY Fredonia faculty, staff, students and alumni volunteered at more than 20 locations throughout Western New York. Organizations/locations such as the Buffalo Museum of Science, Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, Gowanda Historical Society, Lake Erie beaches, Springville Boys and Girls Club, the WCA Home in Fredonia, and many more benefitted from SUNY Fredonia's physical and educational resources, as volunteers lent their brains and brawn to help these highly-regarded not-for-profit organizations advance their missions.
REFEREES BACK - The NFL and its referees were finally able to come to an agreement this past week, permitting the properly trained refs to return to the field. Although it didn't appear any Buffalo Bills games were ultimately decided on a bad call, we're just glad the two sides were able to make an agreement. Now if only the National Hockey League could do the same.
SOLDIER KILLED - Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Sgt. Jonathan "Nathan" Gollnitz. Sgt. Gollnitz was killed this past week in a roadside attack in Afghanistan. Sgt. Gollnitz seemed to be aware of the eminent danger around him. "He sent me an instant message and said 'I don't think I'm coming home this time," said Wendy Eimers, a close family friend. May God bless his soul and bring care and comfort to his family.