Members of the Fisher Community Make News

February 9, 2017

From published research to new appointments, Fisher community members continue to make headlines. Here’s a roundup of their latest successes and achievements.

From published research to new appointments, Fisher community members continue to make headlines. Here’s a roundup of their latest successes and achievements.

Academic Scholarship

Senior Nick Camardo presents his honors thesis.

Senior Presents Honors Thesis on Sound Film
Last fall, Nicholas Camardo ‘17 presented his senior honors thesis, “Theodore Case: The Man Who Gave Movies a Voice.” The talk summarized six months of archival research and interviews in which he examined the life of Ted Case, an Auburn native who contributed significantly to the development of sound film in the 1920s, but has been mostly forgotten in media history.

“Nick did a fantastic job preparing his talk, a precursor to his plans to shoot a documentary on this subject,” said Professor Jeremy Sarachan, chair of the Department of Media and Communication.

Camardo, a student in the Honors Program, a double-major in media and communication and digital cultures and technologies, and a minor in film and television studies, plans to apply to graduate programs to eventually continue his research.

Melissa Bissonette

Bissonette Published in Law, Culture, and the Humanities Journal
Dr. Melissa Bissonette, associate professor of English and director of the Honors Program, published an article in the journal, Law, Culture, and the Humanities. The article, “’A Right Judgment’: Rape Trial Conventions Revisited in Joseph Andrews and Tom Jones,” was published online in November 2016, and will be included in an upcoming print edition of the journal.

An adjunct professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Minor Program, Elizabeth King Durand, was awarded “Best of Show” for her print “Walking Mave at Night” in the Print Club of Rochester’s 85th Annual Members Exhibition, juried by Cynthia Hawkins-Owen. The exhibit was on display at the Tower Fine Arts Gallery at the College at Brockport from October through December 2016.

Tim Madigan

Madigan Featured in George Santayana Society Publication
The fall 2016 issue of Overheard in Seville: Bulletin of the George Santayana Society features an article by Dr. Tim Madigan, associate professor of philosophy and director of the Irish Studies Program. Madigan’s article explores the work of literary philosophers Irving Singer and George Santayana.  

Jeff Liles





Liles Shares College Club Activities with Charter School Leaders
Dr. Jeff Liles, chair of the Inclusive Education Department, spoke about the Early College Club activities to charter school leaders at their local forum on Tuesday, Nov. 15.  In addition, Dr. Michelle Ryan, a graduate of the Executive Leadership program and assistant superintendent for accountability, assessment, and technology at Monroe II BOCES, spoke to the group about student achievement data collection and analysis. The Charter School Forums are coordinated by Dr. Marie Cianca, associate professor in the Executive Leadership Department, and funded through grants from the Farash Foundation and the ESL Credit Union Foundation.

Awards and Appointments

Andrea Bills

Bills Elected Member-At-Large of Rochester’s American Chemical Society Chapter
Dr. Andrea Bills, assistant professor of chemistry, was elected to a two-year term as a member-at-large for the Rochester section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Rochester section of the ACS is composed of chemists from academia, industry, and primary education, and is responsible for hosting community events including an undergraduate research conference, recognition dinners, social events, and travel grants for students. In this position, Bills will participate in executive committee meetings and event planning, including the Northeast Regional Meeting of the ACS in 2020. This meeting will bring chemists from the northeast region to Rochester to communicate their scientific findings.

Ed.D. Grad Appointed to RCSD Post
Dr. Elizabeth Mascitti-Miller, a graduate of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education’s Executive
Leadership program was appointed as the Rochester City School District’s chief of intensive support and innovation for receivership schools. Mascitti-Miller was a longtime Rochester administrator and principal at World of Inquiry School 58, and has worked for Chicago Public Schools since 2012.

Members of the School of Education celebrate Athena Award finalist Dr. Deborah Stamps ’10 (Ed.D.).

Several Fisher Alums Named Athena Award Finalists
Four alums of St. John Fisher College were named finalists for the 2017 Athena Award and Athena Young Professional Award, sponsored by the Women’s Council of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

Among the finalists were Dr. Deborah Stamps ’10 (Ed.D.), system vice president for quality and safety at Rochester Regional Health; Kim Hoffman ’07 (MBA), vice president of marketing, Catertrax; LaShunda Leslie-Smith ’02, executive director, Connected Communities; and Kate Michaels ’08, recruiting and internship development officer, Northwestern Mutual.

Theresa Bowick was given the 2016 Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism.

Nursing Doctoral Student Given 2016 Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism
A student in the Wegmans School of Nursing’s doctorate of nursing practice program was recently recognized for her work in the community. Theresa Bowick was given the 2016 Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism, recognizing her leadership as an advocate for personal health, fitness, and wellness throughout her northeast Rochester neighborhood and especially for her work with Conkey Cruisers. The award is named in honor of Rochester activist Betty Strasenburgh, and celebrates civic spirit, persistence, and determination that translates visions into reality.

Christine Nelson-Tuttle


Nelson-Tuttle Named Associate Editor of Prestigious Nursing Reference Book
Dr. Christine Nelson-Tuttle, associate professor of nursing, was recently named as associate editor of the Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice. Originally published in 1974, the manual has become the most widely used nursing reference book, and covers topics including nursing process and practice; medical-surgical nursing; maternity and neonatal nursing; pediatric nursing; and psychiatric nursing.


Lavery Library Photos on Display at Museum of African American History
Four photos of Frederick Douglass from Lavery Library’s Special Collections Archive will continue to be on display at the Museum of African American History as a part of the exhibit, “Picturing Frederick Douglass: The Most Photographed American of the 19th Century.” The exhibit is based on a book of the same name, which offers a visual biography of the abolitionist, writer, orator, and statesman. Lavery Library contributed two photos to the book, and four to exhibit, which was extended five additional months due to an overwhelming positive reception. The exhibit will remain open through December 2017. The Museum, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is considered one of the preeminent African American National Historic Landmarks in the United States.

Book Fair Benefits RCSD’s School #25, Fisher’s Early Learning Center
Led by the Teacher Education Student Association under the guidance of Jen Pluretti, the fall Scholastic Book Fair raised $1,974, over $600 from last year.  Additionally, 15 books were purchased for School #25 and nine books were purchased for Fisher’s Early Learning Center.

Fisher Student Featured on WXXI Program
Brianna Seller ’17, an American studies and inclusive childhood education major, was featured on WXXI’s “Morning Edition” on Friday, Dec. 9. On the program, she spoke with reporter Evan Dawson about issues surrounding diversity in the teaching field.