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Service at Fisher

The Fisher community regularly rallies in support of causes wherever they occur, whether on campus, throughout Rochester and the surrounding region, across the country, or around the globe.

The Teddi Dance for Love

The annual Teddi Dance for Love is the longest student-run tradition at Fisher.

Fisher's annual Teddi Dance for Love has raised over $1 million for Camp Good Days and Special Times since 1982.

Fisher's annual Teddi Dance for Love has raised over $1 million for Camp Good Days and Special Times since 1982.

Held to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times, an organization for children and their families who are touched by cancer and other life challenges, the 24-hour dance marathon began in 1982 with only a few dozen participants. Since then the event has grown considerably, with more than 400 dancers and volunteers raising an average of $50,000 each year. To date, the dance has raised over $1 million for Camp Good Days and Special Times.

The event, which is the longest-standing student tradition at the College, also features live performances, a hair donation drive to benefit Pantene Beautiful Lengths, and a ceremonial balloon launch to honor a special camper.

"People talk about the 'Fisher family.' It's our way of saying we really care about one another."

Relay for Life

Each spring, Relay for Life attracts students, faculty, and staff for an inspirational 12-hour event to celebrate and honor all those who have been affected by cancer.

Each spring, Relay for Life attracts students, faculty, and staff for an inspirational 12-hour event to celebrate and honor all those who have been affected by cancer.

Each year, Fisher’s Colleges Against Cancer chapter teams with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to field multiple teams of walkers in ACS’ Relay for Life.

The 12-hour event bring communities together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to the disease, and raise money toward the fight against all cancers. Fisher’s edition features games, food, and performances.

The College has been participating in Relay for Life since 2002, raising thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society.

#FisherCares Day of Service

Launched in 2013 by the Division of Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, #FisherCares Day is a way to continue the “ethic of caring” that exists across campus on a daily basis. Students, faculty, and staff engage in multiple concurrent service projects that support a variety of agencies and organizations around Rochester. On average, nearly 200 members of the campus community participate in service projects throughout the day.

Color the Roc

Dozens of volunteers help spruce up local city schools during the annual Color the Roc event.

Dozens of volunteers help spruce up local city schools during the annual Color the Roc event.

In 2005, members of the College’s community service club, Students Who Advocate Volunteering, sought a way to connect Fisher students to the greater Rochester community in a meaningful way. The result was Project Community Convergence: Color the Roc.

Each year, dozens of student volunteers spend two Saturdays at schools in the Rochester City School District priming, painting, and sprucing up the facilities.

Service Saturdays

The Service Saturdays program is a six-week, post-orientation initiative that invites Fisher students, faculty, and staff to volunteer with various organizations in the Rochester community. Service projects will vary from clean-ups, recycling projects, runs/walks, and more.

Community-Engaged Learning

St. John Fisher College students, faculty, and staff are dedicated to ethical living and service to others. In fact, many academic offerings at the College have a built-in community-engaged learning component. Through these courses, you use knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to meet identified needs of a community partner.

"This wasn't just a project to get a grade like in other classes. It was a real-life project that will hopefully have a positive impact."

Global Service

Students from the Wegmans School of Nursing teach proper hand-washing during a trip to a rural village in Peru.

Students from the Wegmans School of Nursing teach proper hand-washing during a trip to a rural village in Peru.

Additionally, you may be able to serve portions of the global community. Programs in the Wegmans School of Nursing and Wegmans School of Pharmacy include service mission trips as part of their curriculum. And students enrolled in any program are eligible to take part in the College's Jamaican Advantage Thru Sports for Youth (JASY) program, which operates week-long summer camps for economically disadvantaged youths in Kingston, Jamaica. Learn more about the JASY program.

About the Wegmans School of Pharmacy

Welcome to the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, a school committed to preparing pharmacists for lives of intellectual, professional, and civic integrity.

Christine Birnie

Christine Birnie

This mission statement drives everything we do in the School of Pharmacy. As a founding faculty member of the School, I have personally witnessed the growth and development of our School over the last decade, as it has advanced into the premiere School of Pharmacy in the region. Our experientially-focused curriculum, professional development programs, and international and domestic service initiatives prepare graduates to be culturally-sensitive, professionally-minded pharmacists of distinction. Partnering with every major health system and community pharmacy chain in the region, our program reaches into our community through experiential programs, community-engaged learning, and active engagement with the professional pharmacy community. 

The Wegmans School of Pharmacy has built its reputation upon the commitment of our faculty and staff, and the hard work of the students we serve. Our graduates consistently achieve some of the highest pass rates in the state for first-time test takers on the national and statewide pharmacy licensing exams. In addition, the employment rate of our graduates remains outstanding as employers continually seek to hire the unique Fisher pharmacist our program creates. As a result of our high quality program and excellent outcomes, in 2016, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) awarded the Wegmans School of Pharmacy a full eight years of accreditation, the maximum number of years a program can receive.

I am proud to lead a school of such distinction and invite you to visit our campus and partner with us as we impact the future of pharmacy not only in the state of New York, but throughout the world.

Christine R. Birnie, R.Ph., Ph.D.
Dean and Professor