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."
Dr. Kevin Callahan
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
Dr. Callahan is a graduate of Gettysburg College, so he knew the impact that a small liberal arts college can have on students. Most important to him, perhaps, are the meaningful and lasting relationships professors can form with students at a smaller school. He classifies Fisher as a “very welcoming environment that affords you all the opportunities you might get at a larger school.”
And, he says, if you are willing to put in the work, a degree from Fisher can take you anywhere you want to go. To him, Fisher students are talented, hard-working, and aware of the challenges they will face while they are at Fisher and in their lives after Fisher – and they are ready to tackle them. What stands out most is their willingness and desire to think beyond themselves and pour themselves both the campus and larger community.
Now in his seventh year at the College, Dr. Callahan says that his interactions with his students is his favorite part of the job. He enjoys their energy, enthusiasm, and spontaneity, calling everyday an “adventure.” Dr. Callahan is also a big proponent of the experiential learning opportunities available to students. He and his chemistry colleagues continually promote these opportunities to their students, leading the majority of them to participate in research alongside a faculty member. He says these experiences have an enormous impact on the students and help them grow “immeasurably.”
John Devoe '20
Media and Communication Student
John Devoe came to Fisher in 2017 after beginning his academic career at University of Rochester, and has since become deeply involved in Fisher’s theater and professional communities. He serves on the executive board of the Fisher Players, hosts his own game show on Cardinal Television, and works as a student ambassador leading campus tours.
John found his niche in the media and communication program after exploring several different majors and plans to pursue a career as a television writer, director, or producer. He enjoys the combination of technical and creative skills in his field, and says of his Fisher education, “There’s nowhere else you can get a deep understanding for how the technology works, learn to use and operate all of it, and still let your creativity shine through.”
His favorite thing about Fisher is the inclusive and supportive Fisher family he discovered during his first year. He recommends new students get involved on campus to meet people and make connections, emphasizing that “there’s a place in the Fisher family for everyone.”
Dr. Kathleen Donovan
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Kathleen Donovan joined Fisher in 2014, and has been heavily involved in transforming the Political Action Club, serving as the club advisor. Under her guidance, the club has held voter registration drives, organized workshops, co-hosted a town forum for candidates, implemented lobbying efforts at Fisher for specifics policy reforms, and sponsored a variety of other events.
Her involvement is not only a testament to her commitment to her students, but also shines a light on the interactive and meaningful relationships and opportunities afforded to them. Students refer to her course material as “relevant, interesting, and humorous,” and say that her balance of seriousness and humor make for a comfortable learning environment.
Dr. Donovan is clearly a professor who understands the importance of mentorship, so much so that she was awarded the 2018 Full-Time Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, an honor that is decided by students. One student’s nomination noted that she “is someone I could get advice and help from, which made my transition from high school to college easier. I was very lucky to have had her as a professor and she is a valuable asset to Fisher.”
Media and Communication Graduate
Media and communication graduate LaQuan Hounshell transferred to Fisher after spending two years at Monroe Community College. One of his professors at MCC recommended Fisher, and after a positive visit to campus, he was sold.
LaQuan quickly discovered and took advantage of the many extracurricular activities on campus. He became involved in Cardinal Television, Cardinal Courier, and Fisher Cru—organizations he credits for "lasting personal and professional connections and friendships." His involvement made him feel as if he had been at Fisher all along.
While at Fisher, LaQuan also interned at a local television news station.
His favorite thing about Fisher was the community and how helpful and supportive everyone was. He says his transition from MCC was seamless because he received a lot of help from people who made sure he had what he needed to succeed.
Anthony Kousmanidis '20
Anthony Kousmanidis is an accounting major with a minor in finance. From Syracuse, N.Y., he is active in several student organizations in the School of Business. He is the vice president of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council and the Investment Club, as well as a member of the Accounting Club. Anthony enjoys the academic challenge of his program, and the opportunities to gain professional skills through internships in accounting, finance, and bookkeeping. His favorite part of his Fisher experience has been building relationships with his professors and colleagues. He advises new students to have an open mind and try new things, including participation in clubs and other student activities.
Brittany Kruep '18
Inclusive Adolescence Education, Actuarial Mathematics Graduate
Brittany Kruep transferred from SUNY Cortland in order to take advantage of Fisher’s smaller class size and dedicated faculty. A double major in the inclusive adolescent education program and the actuarial mathematics program, she acknowledges that it’s a lot of work, but loves the hands-on opportunities she had during her field experiences.
Brittany shares that each school provides a new perspective on the everyday challenges faced by teachers in the field, and that building connections with experienced teachers helps her feel confident she can reach out to them for advice once she begins her student teaching. She also enjoyed having the chance to develop and test new lessons in the classroom.
Brittany’s favorite thing about Fisher is the faculty and staff in the Ralph C. Wilson School of Education, sharing, “They make you feel so supported, and really want you to succeed.” She urges students to build relationships with their professors in order to have a strong support system during college and after graduation.
Deborah Jo Kummer
RN to BSN Online Program Graduate
Deborah Jo Kummer was part of Fisher’s inaugural RN to BSN Online program.
A full-time nurse, Deborah completed her undergraduate studies at Sullivan Community College, the State University of New York at Brockport, and Monroe Community College, and started working in 1981.
She was motivated to enroll in the program for a few reasons, and she was energized by the coursework. Knowing some of the Fisher faculty on a personal level was certainly helpful as well.
Deborah says that although she was challenged by the technology incorporated into the program—much of which was not available when she originally studied nursing—the support she received from the program’s faculty and staff made things “just come together.” For instance, she especially loved the online discussion boards, which allowed her to learn from people of all ages and walks of life.
Deborah’s favorite thing about Fisher was the premium placed on learning here. She feels as if “the process is just as important as the end product,” a philosophy that sets Fisher’s offerings apart from other programs.
Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate
After spending some time at another local college, Veronica Maraghi transferred to Fisher to continue her studies in childhood education.
But as any transfer student will tell you, things change. Once on campus, the native of Canada decided to broaden her educational focus, switching her major to interdisciplinary studies.
She credits the faculty and staff for her “smooth and seamless” transitions.
In fact, her favorite things about Fisher are the faculty and her fellow students, and how everyone is “always going the extra mile to help each other.”
Veronica won’t be going far after completing her undergraduate degree, as she plans to continue on at Fisher to pursue a master of business administration degree.
RN to BSN Online Graduate
Ray McLean is a full-time RN at Strong Memorial Hospital, where he is the injury prevention and outreach coordinator for The Kessler Trauma Center. He also works as a part-time paramedic at Mercy Flight Central and Irondequoit Ambulance. The married father of three also volunteers as a baseball coach and is a board member for Penfield Youth Football.
Somehow, in the midst of all that, he managed to make time to further his education as a student in Fisher’s RN to BSN Online program.
Ray says he chose Fisher because of the Wegmans School of Nursing’s reputation and because of his initial outreach to the College, which he says was welcoming and very personal.
Also, with a schedule likes Ray’s, the online coursework and flexible schedule made the whole deal work for him.
Perhaps Ray’s favorite thing about the program was that he didn’t feel like just a number or a statistic. Rather, he felt like a student who could better himself and, in turn, contribute to the College’s reputation.
Ray hasn’t slowed down since completing the program in 2015. He credits Fisher for helping him believe that he can achieve any goal he puts his heart into.