Area Students “Discover at Fisher”
On Monday, August 8, St. John Fisher College and the Buffalo Bills hosted "Discover at Fisher" day for 50 local middle and high school students from the Rochester City and East Rochester School Districts. This is the fourth year for the event, which focuses on the importance of literacy.
After a welcome from President Donald Bain and his wife, Meg, the students participated in five interactive sessions with Fisher faculty, staff, and graduate students, as well as Buffalo Bills staff. Each session was designed to encourage students to celebrate literacy and reinforce the importance of continuing their education.
Andy Major, Buffalo Bills' Executive Director of Marketing, presented "Discover Careers in Sports: Chalk Talk," where he outlined all of the career opportunities that exist with sports teams – for both minor and major leagues.
Using an iPad, Dr. Jack Rosenberry, Chair of Fisher's Communication/Journalism Department, presented "Discover News," which focused on today's news industry careers and how the digital world has changed and expanded those career choices.
Jennifer Granger from Fisher's Athletics Department co-presented "Discover Nutrition" with local nutrition expert Wanda Miller. They shared interesting facts about a fast-food diet versus a better-for-you diet, and led the students through a competitive and interactive nutrition game.
Dr. Fang Zhao, Associate Professor in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, presented "Discover Health Habits," teaching the students how to make their own hand sanitizer in Fisher's state-of-the-art pharmacy laboratory.
And finally, some of Fisher's literacy graduate students presented "Discover Through Reading," and worked with the students to perform short skits using emotion and phrases. In addition, each student left with a brand new book.
Students also participated in a calisthenics session lead by some of Fisher's top athletes.
At the end of the day, they were treated as VIPS at the Buffalo Bills' Community Relations tent, where they took in the afternoon practice and enjoyed one-on-one time with Bills' players Marcus Easley and Jammie Kerlew.