We look forward to recognizing those who will continue to help move Fisher Forward.
Showing Our Community How We Move Fisher Forward
From Kearney Hall, named in honor of Bishop James E. Kearney and his leadership during the College’s first fundraising campaign, to the Wegmans School of Pharmacy and the Wegmans School of Nursing, made possible by gifts from Robert and Peggy Wegman, Fisher proudly bears the names of partners who have transformed the campus. Whether students are studying in the School of Business in the Victor E. Salerno Center for American Enterprise or celebrating Mass in the Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great, they are inspired by the generosity and philanthropic spirit of the Fisher family.
Membership in the Spire Society is granted to donors who commit to giving $1,000 or more to St. John Fisher College’s annual fund for at least three years.Learn More: Spire Society
The 1948 Society, named in honor of the year that St. John Fisher College received its charter, recognizes individuals who have named the College as a beneficiary of a planned future gift.Learn More: 1948 Society
The Presidents Society acknowledges the generosity of a group of philanthropists who have made lifetime gifts to the College totaling $1 million or more.Learn More: Presidents Society
As a faculty member, Fr. William Graf endowed a scholarship to benefit students in his department. In his nearly 40 years at the College, he has seen his students live out the Fisher values well beyond their time on campus.
Mike Henchen, head coach of Fisher’s cross country and track and field programs, says he often wonders how schools that don’t have an outdoor or indoor track attract recruits. From the Polisseni Track and Field Complex, which he calls “simply amazing,” to the throws area, he says Fisher facilities are getting better every day. “It has helped us recruit student-athletes who are focused academically and athletically. They see themselves participating in a great program at a great college, they embrace the Fisher family, and are just a great group of young adults,” he says.
News and Events
It was a record-setting day for philanthropy at St. John Fisher College with the second annual Fisher Giving Day on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Bob Heerkens earned the nickname Bob the Builder, but he is also Bob the Giver
If you’ve been to a Fisher sporting event, chances are you’ve seen Bob Moline ’68. One of the most loyal and ardent supporters of Fisher athletics, Bob can be found cheering on the Cardinals from the stands, chatting with fellow fans, or catching up with coaches, players, and parents post-game.
There isn’t an industry, sector, or profession that hasn’t felt the jolting changes caused by the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus. But, it could be argued that education, in particular, has felt that disruption more than other entities, as teachers, administrators, students, and families experience new models of education together.
St. John Fisher College alumnus and trustee Michael O’Conor ’78 has made a generous $100,000 gift to the College to establish the Pam and Michael A. O’Conor ’78 New York City Internship Endowment. The fund will support career-immersion experiences in the greater New York City area for Fisher students, including stipends toward living accommodations, subway passes, and other expenses.
St. John Fisher College students interested in gaining experience-based learning at a not-for-profit organization will now have greater opportunities to do so, thanks to the newly established Jill ’94 and James Knittel Award for Not-for-Profit Internships.
A $1 million gift from the C. Anthony and Michele Davidson Foundation will endow a scholarship at St. John Fisher College providing financial assistance to a new generation of Fisher undergraduates.