Student & Faculty Profiles
Emily Back '14
Sociology major Emily Back ’14 admits that she didn’t get too involved during her freshman year. She focused on her academics. But, by the time the year wrapped up, she and her roommate decided to put themselves out there and attended a few student organization meetings.
Today, she is on the Orientation Team as a Student Orientation Coordinator, is a Student Ambassador for the Office of Freshman Admissions, serves as President of the Student Activities Board, and was a Great Beginnings Ambassador.
She came to Fisher undeclared, and says the College’s Core Curriculum helped lead her to where she is today by making her more well-rounded.
She has traveled to Texas and beyond as a member of the campus community to attend different conferences, and spent time in London for an internship.
She says, “No matter what your major is, Fisher provides resources including internships and caring professors who want you to succeed. They get you where you need to be.”
Jenny Beacham '14
While she was studying accounting, she landed a paid internship position with a marketing firm in Rochester where she handled accounting and marketing projects to get a better sense of the business world and to expand her skill set.
She said the College’s accounting department was instrumental in her search for the right internship, as they notify students when opportunities arise and host local companies on campus to recruit students for positions.
After completing her internship, she says she feels more prepared for the workforce.
Dr. Jason Berman
Professor, Department of Management/Marketing
Dr. Berman came to Fisher in the spring of 1980 as a Visiting Instructor of Management, and has never looked back. Along the way, he discovered a capacity for connecting authentically with students, and he says that has been the culture of the College since he arrived.
He really enjoys watching the developmental transition that happens from freshman to senior year, and says there is "nothing more challenging or rewarding than to be able to promote that process by challenging young people to question and rethink who they really are and who they want to be."
Dr. Berman also believes the College has made an impact on the broader community through its service learning initiatives. But the greater impact of the College's commitment to service has been on the value of a Fisher education.
"Service to others is more than just something to put on your résumé. It is a way of life. Volunteerism adds meaning to your education and makes what you do during and after your college years matter. You learn that the true measure of leadership is not your list of personal accomplishments, but rather what you accomplish on behalf of others."
Kyle Brennan '14
Kyle Brennan ’14 has a goal of working in computer security. The Fairport computer science major plans to pursue a master’s degree to help him achieve that goal.
He has had positive experiences with the College’s Career Center, where the staff helped him hone his interview skills, taking him through practice interviews and helping him craft his résumé. He says Fisher's professors and career counselors are willing to helping student prepare for whichever career they are pursuing.
One of his best accomplishments as a student is that he is the founder and president of the Fisher Gaming Club, helping to draft the Club’s constitution with the other officers.
Jeffrey Fahmer '14
Jeffrey graduated from West Seneca West Senior High School near Buffalo, and says that “it felt natural” to come to Fisher. His sister is a graduate of the College and he has felt like part of the Fisher family ever since her first day on campus.
Jeffrey, a nursing major, serves on the First Generation Scholarship Executive Board and as a Student Ambassador. He has spent a lot of time in the Rochester community as a First Generation Scholar, working with others to build a new playground in a low-income housing section of the city.
His favorite things about Fisher are the faculty, staff, and students – and he says there is always a familiar face.
Shante Hand-Fletcher '14
Shante Hand-Fletcher ’14 came to Fisher from Frankfort, NY to major in biology with a long-term goal of becoming a physician assistant.
During her time at Fisher, she has worked closely with department faculty on a variety of research projects, which will come in handy when she interviews for graduate programs.
She credits the biology faculty for being so supportive during her research, teaching her different lab techniques or helping her find a solution when something went wrong.
She plans to continue her research work for the remainder of her time at Fisher, and says she would encourage any biology major to pursue those opportunities.
Nicole and Karissa Hart '16
Nicole Hart ’16 is a special education and childhood education major. Her twin, Karissa ’16, not only shares the same look but also the same major, with a minor in Spanish.
Natives of Syracuse, both girls are also members of the Fisher lacrosse team, and it’s a sport they have been playing since they started attending school.
The Hart sisters say that their team—like so many of the teams, clubs, and other student groups at Fisher—is just like a family. They also look to Coach Linda Michele as a second mom.
During their freshman year, they were involved with a Special Olympics event that was hosted by the College.
Kaitlyn Mannix '14
Kaitlyn Mannix graduated from Palmyra-Macedon High School and came to Fisher with a nursing career in mind.
The Service Scholar is an active member of Students With A Vision (SWAV), the Student Nursing Association, and is a Student Ambassador. She is also an employee of the Fisher Fund phone-a-thon, and a member of the Honors Program.
She chose Fisher because of the Nursing program, which features state-of-the-art technology and clinical rotations that she says made her feel prepared for the real world.
Orientation was her most memorable experience because of all of the planned activities and the way she felt welcomed by the College.
Sheldon Mitchell '14
As a biology major, Sheldon Mitchell ’14 conducted research on a strain of worms, overseeing several field studies that have developed his interests and fine-tuned his long-term goals.
He says he feels that the courses he has taken both in and outside of his major have helped him develop common sense and have made him a more critical thinker.
As a junior, he served as a peer tutor for freshmen, working with 70 students and department faculty.
He loves Fisher so much that he stuck around to work in the Office of Information Technology to help troubleshoot issues, giving him valuable experience for his minor in information technology.
Dr. Whitney Rapp
Associate Dean, School of Education; Associate Professor
Dr. Rapp came to Fisher full-time in 2002 after serving as an adjunct instructor in 2001. She was immediately attracted to the collaborative, close-knit community here, and was impressed by how well the faculty and staff across campus knew each other, worked together, and how well they knew the students.
She calls Fisher a "nurturing place to be a faculty member," having found many opportunities to collaborate with colleagues as well as opportunities to continually improve and develop new courses, programs, and teaching methods.
Having had many students stay in her mind through the years, she recalls one student in particular who questioned things in a way that no student had questioned her before. Those questions challenged her to articulate her own experiences and the evolution of her dedication to full inclusion of all students.
"My job was not to change his mind or tell him my way was right, but to offer him a new perspective to consider. He was open to that new perspective and considered it deeply. We are both better teachers for it."
Rapp is continually awed by the endeavors and accomplishments of the education students, noting that Fisher is a place for students to get involved, be challenged, and grow.
Lorena Rodriguez '14
A nursing major from the Bronx, Lorena Rodriguez came from a very small high school and chose Fisher because she wanted to continue to benefit from the advantages that come with attending a small school.
She is a member of the Black Student Union, Arts in Motion, and is also a Student Ambassador. Her favorite thing about Fisher is the campus life, including all of the diversity events that take place—and the food!
If she could tell students who may be considering Fisher one thing about the school, it is that no matter how far away you are from your hometown, Fisher makes everyone feel right at home.
Dr. Todd Sodano
Assistant Professor, Media and Communication
A native of New Jersey, Dr. Sodano received his education in Upstate New York and decided to be an educator in Upstate New York, right here at Fisher.
The small classes at Fisher attracted him the most, since that affords him an opportunity to get to know his students and, in turn, they have an opportunity to get to know him.
He teaches in the Media and Communication Department, but takes advantage of (and appreciates) events that happen in the broader Fisher community, including Fisher Players performances and the Teddi Dance for Love.
He summarizes the "Fisher student" as a respectful, hard-working individual who is interested in being active on campus and getting to know his or her professors. He credits two Fisher students who both moved to New York City to work in television after graduation for inspiring him to continue to find opportunities for students who wish to work in the industry he is so passionate about.