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Meet Fisher’s Newest Club: Student Alumni Association

October 2, 2017

This fall, a new club, the Student Alumni Association (SAA), has emerged at St. John Fisher College.

Students celebrate Philanthropy Week on campus.

Students celebrate Philanthropy Week on campus.

SAA is a group of student leaders who will represent the College at alumni events and programs and provide Fisher alumni with more access to current activities happening on campus. SAA will also provide networking and professional development programs to help students prepare for life after Fisher.

Formerly the Student Philanthropy Council, SAA is the brainchild of Kristina Abbey ’08, assistant director of alumni relations and annual giving. Abbey recognized the potential of the club and decided to expand it into SAA. She also hopes the club can foster better engagement between students and alumni.

“SAA is helping to bridge the gap between students and alumni. It’s a great opportunity for students to speak with alums who could be helpful in their transition to future careers,” said Abbey. “Our alumni love to hear about the College from a student’s perspective so it’s very mutually beneficial.”

SAA’s first major event will be Alumni Weekend, which takes place Friday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 8.  The weekend will feature the Fisher football game and performance by The Second City on Saturday, along with a number of other events.

To SAA President Anna Harmer ’18, these events are great ways to get students involved more with alumni.

“Giving current students the opportunity to connect with alumni is something I am extremely excited about,” said Harmer. “Fisher alumni are one of the biggest resources we have and I want to be able to build relationships with them.”

The College’s annual Philanthropy Week will be SAA’s headlining event of the spring semester. The goal of this week is to educate students on what philanthropy is and the importance it holds on campus.

Under its new name, the Club has three subcommittees including philanthropy, volunteering, and marketing and communications. They currently have over 25 students involved; however there is no deadline to join and students can apply online through FisherSync. During the course of the fall semester, Abbey and Harmer will help the Club elect an executive board and are looking to fill the vice president, treasurer, and secretary positions.

Students, faculty, staff, or alumni interested in getting involved with SAA are welcome to email Kristina Abbey at or Anna Harmer at