Comedian, Former Presidential Speech Writer Headline Fisher’s Alumni Weekend

August 1, 2016

Comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast member Nasim Pedrad along with former presidential speechwriter and Daily Beast columnist Jon Favreau will headline St. John Fisher College’s 2016 Alumni Weekend, held Thursday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 2. Tickets are now on sale for both shows.

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Pedrad will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, and Favreau will deliver a lecture at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Both events will be held in the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Athletic Center.

Tickets for the general public for Pedrad’s show are $20, and for Favreau’s lecture are $15. Tickets are available online.

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Fisher alumni can purchase tickets at a special rate of $10 for each show and tickets are available through the Alumni Weekend registration page.

Tickets for Fisher faculty, staff, and students to Pedrad’s show are $5; and tickets to Favreau’s show are free, but are required (please note: for both shows, there is a two ticket limit per person with a Fisher College ID). Fisher faculty and staff can obtain tickets at the Office of Institutional Advancement, located on the second floor of the Skalny Welcome Center. Only cash or check will be accepted. Students can obtain tickets (cash, check, and credit card accepted) through the Office of Campus Life.

Pedrad is an Iranian-American comedian and actress best known for her work on Saturday Night Live and Fox’s new break out series “Scream Queens.” She joined the cast of SNL in the 2009-10 season from The Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, where she trained and performed in the Sunday Company.

She also performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles, where she debuted her one-woman show “Me, Myself and Iran.” The show was later selected for the 2007 HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.

Originally from Tehran, Iran, Pedrad was raised in Irvine, California and graduated from the University of California Los Angeles’s School of Theater.

From 2009 through early 2013, Favreau served as the director of speechwriting for President Barack Obama, a role he also played for the president during the 2008 presidential campaign. Favreau began writing with President Obama in 2005, when he started his first term as a U.S. Senator, and has had a hand in crafting nearly every major speech that the president delivered over the last eight years.

Favreau is the co-founder of Fenway Strategies where he has consulted and written speeches for several celebrities, Fortune 500 CEOs, and nonprofit leaders and is also a columnist for The Daily Beast. He holds degrees in political science and sociology from the College of Holy Cross, and received an honorary doctorate degree from the College in 2014.

In addition to these two new events, Alumni Weekend will feature receptions, award ceremonies, tailgating, and the Cardinal Carnival, among other activities. The classes of 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2006, and 2011 are all celebrating reunion years, and have dinners, brunches, and happy hours planned throughout the weekend.

On Thursday, Sept. 29, the College will induct five new members into the Science and Technology Alumni Hall of Fame. The 2016 class includes Dr. Thomas Miller ’65, Dr. Gennaro Vasile ’67, Dr. Stephen DiBiase ’74, Dr. Theresa Creasey ’79, and Dr. Craig Kubik ’80.

Susan Rooney will host an alumnae luncheon, now in its second year, on Friday, Sept. 30, in the Golisano Gateway Midlevel. The event features a panel discussion on women in leadership moderated by Dr. Theresa Westbay ’86, an associate professor of biology.

The College will present its first-ever Ten Under 10 Awards on Friday, Sept. 30, recognizing graduates from the last decade for their early achievements in demonstrating the College’s core values at work and in the community.

New this year, tailgating before Saturday’s varsity football game against Buffalo State University will now include three locations. Earlier reunion classes (1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, and 1981) can enjoy a tailgate at the W.J. Pellicano Pavilion, opening at 12:30 p.m. Keating Terrace will feature reserved tailgating for Graduates of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.), beginning at noon. Also opening at noon is the Family Tailgate at Growney Stadium East, which offers easy access to the Cardinal Carnival, now located at Founders Lawn.

The College will also celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy with a series of events on Saturday afternoon. Alumni of the School are invited to attend a lunch; continuing education program; bench dedication in honor of the School’s founding dean, the late Dr. Scott Swigart, on behalf of the Class of 2016; and a celebration dinner.

Find a full list of activities and registration information on the Alumni Weekend webpage.