Student and Faculty Profiles

Learn about the Fisher community from those who know it best–members of the Fisher Family.

Students and faculty are happy to share their personal stories detailing how they came to the College, what they like best about life on campus, and why they think you, too, should choose Fisher.

Chris Bonomo '18

Chris Bonomo

Chris Bonomo

Long Island native Chris Bonomo is a Service Scholar and a member of the men's rowing team. He was drawn to Fisher for several reasons including the size, the friendly people he met early on, the solid academic programs, and the Service Scholar Program. The beautiful campus helped him make his decision as well.

He said he has gotten to know a lot of good people really well since he started, and the small size also makes it easier for him to connect with his professors.

So far, his favorite memory was attending the football season opener. His favorite course is his Research-Based Writing class where he feels like he has a lot of freedom to explore writing topics and cover what he's interested in.

His advice to anyone thinking about a small school experience is to visit Fisher to see why it would be a perfect choice for them.

Chris Grassmann '17

Nursing Major

Chris Grassman

Chris Grassman

Chris Grassmann '17 came to Fisher from Syracuse, and is a nursing major with a minor in psychology.

Fisher appealed to him because of the amazing nursing program. "Every single person I talked to that came to Fisher or knew someone who did said they loved it, there were never any negatives."

In between his class schedule and his time leading campus tours, Chris enjoys the Nutella, fluff, and peanut butter toasted sandwiches at the Ward-Haffey Dining Hall.

His words of wisdom to incoming freshmen are: "Manage your time, have fun, meet new people, and be outgoing."

Isabel Hansen '18

Management Major

Isabel Hansen

Isabel Hansen

Isabel Hansen, from Cropseyville, a suburb of Albany, first came to Fisher for an overnight visit during her senior year. It was then when she fell in love with the campus and knew that it was the right fit.

The College’s School of Business reputation helped her set her sights on studying management, and she is enjoying the small class sizes as they allow her to really get to know her professors and participate more in class.

So far, the Great Beginnings program is her best memory because it was when she met a lot of her classmates, which was important since she isn't from Rochester.

What are some of her other favorites? Taco Tuesday in the dining hall and the writing course she took in her Learning Community.

Isabel would tell anyone considering Fisher to take advantage of the overnight visit to get a first-hand look at what life as a Fisher student would really be like.

Chenisvel Nunez '17

Sociology and Criminology Double Major

Chenisvel Nunez

Chenisvel Nunez

New York City native Chenisvel Nunez ’17 is a double major, studying sociology and criminology.

Her favorite course is Juvenile Justice, for more than one reason. She enjoys the way her professor speaks so passionately about the topic thanks to her knowledge of how the juvenile justice system works. And everything she learns motivates her to go back to her neighborhood and help the local youth improve their own lives. Chenisvel also enjoys the variation of lectures, working in groups, and watching movies that are both informational and influential, which all make for a fun class.

Chenisvel says living in Rochester has provided her with opportunities beyond her college education. Over the summer, she completed a paid internship with the Urban Fellows Program, where she looked at and addressed many ongoing urban issues in Rochester.

Alex Ormond '17

Media Management Major

Alex Ormond

Alex Ormond

Alex Ormond '17 is a media management major from Kennedy, NY. As a freshman, she immediately embraced Fisher's diverse choices of clubs and got involved by joining the Marketing Club, PRIMA (a student-run public relations/advertising firm), and Dance Club.

Alex’s favorite course was Media Management and Economics because she was able to study the management and innovation behind technology she uses every day. She is excited about taking classes that challenge her to think about innovative solutions to problems in the technology industry. In addition to her major, Alex is also pursuing a minor in English.

She was attracted to Fisher for its smaller size and location, and she loves the wonderful sense of community on campus. “When they say the ‘Fisher family,’ they mean it! My roommates all became my best friends almost instantly.”

Her one piece of advice to prospective students is to get involved and take advantage of every opportunity Fisher offers.

Dr. Whitney Rapp

Associate Professor, School of Education

Whitney Rapp

Whitney Rapp

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 and 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," she says. "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. 

Alexander Sausville '18

Marketing Major

Alex Sausville

Alex Sausville

Standing tall at 6'0", Alex Sausville came to Fisher to be a member of the men's basketball team. The marketing program attracted him as well.

Not only is he a member of the basketball team, but he is also active with the Student-Athlete Mentor Club, which performs a lot of community service and projects throughout the academic year.

His favorite thing about Fisher is that "everyone knows everyone," and not surprisingly, his favorite memory so far has been his first basketball season. You'll find him in the dining hall often, but he's happiest on Taco Tuesdays.

To those thinking about Fisher? Alex says that if you're looking for a good education that you will also enjoy, Fisher's campus atmosphere is perfect for you.

Dr. Todd Sodano

Assistant Professor, Media and Communication

Todd Sodano

Todd Sodano

A native of New Jersey, Dr. Sodano not only received his education in upstate New York, but decided to be an educator in the region as well, 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.

Sodano 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. Sodano 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 cares for so passionately.

Hilary Wilcox '17

Hilary Wilcox

Hilary Wilcox

Hilary Wilcox '17 graduated from Hugh C. Williams High School in Canton, NY. She loved Fisher thanks to the combination of great scholarships, the small size, and the beautiful campus.

Hilary wasted no time getting involved by joining Equestrian Club, Teddi Committee, and Investment Club. And she can often be seen - and heard - giving tours on campus.

She has been able to create some of the most memorable experiences meeting all of her friends, which she says now make up her own "Fisher Family!"