Dallas Beal was president of Fredonia during the time of my arrival on campus as an undergraduate and throughout my graduate studies.
Dallas embodied "the Spirit of Fredonia," as have his successors, with his influence on the campus, the community, the student body and me, personally. Combine that with the many distinguished professors I had the privilege to study with-including Maestro Harry John Brown, Dr. Jack Cogdill, Dr. Marion Sonnenfeld and Carol Prevet-and there is no doubt in my mind that a foundation in music, theatre and dance was established with the positive supportive educational spirit that is to me "the Spirit of Fredonia."
In reflecting on my commitment to the Dallas K. Beal Legacy Society, there are two intertwining branches linked by the trunk and roots of Fredonia:
- To give back/pay it forward is one. I believe that much of who I am, and continue to become, has its foundation at Fredonia. This is an opportunity to assist, support and nurture a future contributor to society.
- The second is "the Spirit of Fredonia" embodied by President Beal and continuing with current President Virginia Horvath through their respect for all people and the environment-commitments guided by integrity, collaboration and generosity - which makes us all stronger and benefits both giver and recipient.
It is a great honor to support the legacy of all these professors and the many other educators, artists, leaders and administrators so that those who are and those yet to be can also begin a journey that embraces "the Spirit of Fredonia."
—Paul W. Mockovak, '77, '81
Professor in the Fredonia
Department of Theatre and Dance
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