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Fisher and the Community

The story of Fisher's first 70 years is one of impact. Impact on our students, alumni, and the Rochester region we call home.

A Growing Impact

As one of the area’s anchor institutions, Fisher serves as a significant enterprise and active participant in efforts to strengthen the region’s economy and address community needs.

Impacting Rochester’s Economic Landscape

Aerial view of Upper Quad Residence Hall construction activities.

A major institution in its own right, a 2017 study showed the substantial impact the College has on the community, local businesses, and the New York state higher education footprint.

Fisher employs nearly 1,000 people, with salaries and wages totaling nearly $43.7 million. During the 10-year period between 2005 and 2015, employment at the College grew by 41 percent. And, despite its tax-exempt status, the College directly accounted for nearly $2.1 million in state and local government revenues.

During the 2016 fiscal year, indirect, direct, and multiplier effects of St. John Fisher College's spending—on payroll, purchasing, construction, and off-campus spending by students and visitors to the campus—accounted for $120.7 million in regional economic output.

Fisher is also a regular sponsor of construction through the renovation and building of campus facilities. In fact, the College has built one new building each year for the last nine years.

Increasing Rochester’s Human Capital

A group of community members pose with Gerry Rooney and Dianne Cooney Miner around a logo for the newly created Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing.

Seven out of every 100 Monroe County residents who hold a bachelor's or higher degree earned it from Fisher. Proof positive of Fisher’s impact of the knowledge, skill set, and experience of the region's workforce. As of summer 2016, nearly 80 percent of Fisher's alumni resided in New York State, 61 percent right in the greater Rochester area.

The College offers coursework in New York's leading and fastest-growing industries, including computer science, nursing, media management, finance and accounting, and more. In turn, Fisher alumni have emerged as leaders in virtually every sector, in every state, and around the world.

Two new projects are leveraging the College's resources, expertise, and established partnerships to meet the unique needs of the community. The Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing at the Wegmans School of Nursing will transform the quality of care and support for individuals with developmental disabilities regionally, nationally, and internationally by training nursing professionals in field-specific skills and knowledge. The Family Business Initiative capitalizes on the strength and reputation of Fisher's School of Business to serve as a resource for family businesses in Western New York and beyond.

Enriching the Community

Students dance enthusiastically during Teddi Dance for Love.

Since its founding, St. John Fisher College has been committed to serving and strengthening Rochester-area communities and that commitment is embedded in everything we do.

Through scholarships based on service and student organizations dedicated to the community, Fisher students spend nearly 400,000 hours each academic year volunteering in schools, nonprofits, agencies, and organizations. Just one example: The College's most beloved tradition, the Teddi Dance for Love, a 24-hour dance marathon that attracts close to 500 dancers each year, has raised more than $1 million for Camp Good Days and Special Times.

In the classroom, dozens of Fisher courses are taught with a service-learning component, combining in-seat learning with hands-on experience in the community. Service-learning courses follow a reciprocal model, meaning the curriculum results in benefits for the students and community partners.

Fisher's Center for Community Engagement provides programs and services aimed at strengthening non-profit institutions and organizations in Rochester, with a particular focus on board leadership and management in small to medium-sized organizations.

News and Events

James ’71 and Kathleen Leo with President Rooney.

Over the summer, the Joseph S. Skalny Welcome Center Board Room received significant upgrades and on Wednesday, Oct. 13, College officials gathered to formally acknowledge the philanthropists who made the enhancements possible. The event celebrated the renaming of the space the James ’71 and Kathleen Leo Community Room, in honor of their generosity.

Mike Henchen, Terry Rodenbeck, and President Rooney cut the ceremonial ribbon on the newly named Cross Country Coach's Office

On Friday, Sept. 3, St. John Fisher College honored Terry Rodenbeck ’64, an alumnus of the College and the inaugural coach of the cross country program, by renaming the coach’s office in his honor.

A Wegmans School of Pharmacy patch on a white coat.

In a continuation of her generous support of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College, nationally renowned pharmacist and entrepreneur Lucy P. Malmberg has given $500,000 to support student scholarships and educational technology.

President Gerard J. Rooney shared remarks that celebrated the philanthropic support of each inductee during a ceremony unveiling the addition of the 12 new members to the display of plaques on the columns of Kearney Hall.

On Tuesday, Aug. 17, St. John Fisher College inducted the newest members of the Presidents Society, philanthropists who have made commitments to the College of $1 million or more.

Carmelanne, Anneliese, and Dan Schmitz

St. John Fisher College continues to celebrate 50 years of Fisher females. In this issue, Collegium highlights five mom-daughter duos, who share their experiences of Fisher then and now, and how they became Fisher legacy families.

Dr. Roger DiPietro ’91 has released the final two books in his Decoding Persistent Depression series.

Nick and Mollie Velasco

Nick Velasco ’08 and Molly Dougherty ’12 Bring a Little Fisher to Australia

09.19
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Ward-Haffey Dining Hall
10.01
10 a.m.
Where: Online
09.18
5 p.m.
Where: Genesee Valley Club

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