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New Degree............................................... Virtual Tour & App...................................... Education News......................................... Tuition Exchange Program........................ Falcons Nest.............................................. Condita 1630............................................. Woodrow Wilson Fellow............................ Athlete’s Corner......................................... Alumni Affairs............................................. Life @ Fisher.............................................. Employee Spotlight.................................... Upcoming Events....................................... Guess Whose Pet......................................


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Fisher Receives Approval for New Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology Fisher College’s proposal for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology was approved on November 29 by the Board of Higher Education at their quarterly hearing. This vote of confidence positions the College for the second step of NEASC approval. In the meantime BHE has given authorization for the marketing and offering of the program. Dr. Tünde Turi-Marković, Assistant Professor of Psychology, will serve as Program Director for the new degree.

Kristen Sherman, Alan Adams, Rhonda Pieroni, Alex Wagner Edited by Jennie Moore, Director of Communications. Published by the Office of Communications.

Thank you to Professor Natalie Sforza for inspiring the classroom cover shot!

Above: Janet Kuser, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr.Tünde Turi-Marković, Psychology Program Director, and Dr.Thomas McGovern, President. pg.2

College Launches Virtual Tour and Facebook Application The Office of Communications recently launched an interactive virtual tour on the College website. The tour takes users on a narrated walk around campus buildings and hotspots in the neighborhood. The tour includes a gallery of 360 photos of different areas within the college, including the 118 Lobby, cafeteria, the student center, and residence halls, among others. The College worked with YourCampus360 in order to complete the project and will use it as a means to introduce prospective students to Fisher’s campus. The tour is accessible from the home page of, as well as on the College’s main and Admissions Facebook pages.

360 still shot photos of the Library and a Residence Hall room. 360 photos allow users to view a room from all angles, using a cursor to change direction. pg.3

Center for Leadership in Public Service to Participate in National Institute of Justice Funded Research Study on Forensic Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases The Center for Leadership in Public Service (CLPS) is part of a research team collaborating on a research project entitled, “Forensic Evidence and Criminal Justice Outcomes in a Statewide Sample of Sexual Assault Cases.” The research team consists of researchers from the Children and Family Research Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, St. Xavier University in Illinois, and the CLPS. Forensic evidence in sexual assault cases can corroborate victim reports, help criminal justice professionals prove that assault has occurred, particularly for child victims, and identify unknown suspects through DNA matching. But we know surprisingly little about how common forensic evidence is in these cases and what impact it has on criminal justice outcomes. The research team will work with public agencies in Massachusetts to combine information from databases on health care providers’ examinations of victims, crime lab analysis of sexual assault evidence kits, and police records of arrests and criminal charges. The study will examine how often different types of forensic evidence are available (e.g., blood samples, saliva samples), at what point in the case the evidence becomes available, and how much it increases the chances of an arrest and criminal charge. Additional questions include whether forensic evidence has a greater impact in child or adult victim cases, and whether the evidence and its impact are greater if specialized nurses called Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) conduct the forensic medical examinations. The results will provide new knowledge to help improve the effectiveness of systems collecting and using forensic evidence. The 18-month project begins in January of 2012 and is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Justice. The research team will collaborate on producing the final report as well as presentations at professional conferences and articles for peer reviewed scholarly journals. Ranks Fisher in Top Tier, a consumer group that publishes online university rankings, has released its list of the Best Colleges Online, for an affordable online business degree at the bachelor program level. Fisher College has ranked among the Get Educated Top Online Management Schools for its online Bachelor’s in Business Management degree. “Online learning allows non-traditional students to attend America’s best universities in terms of brand reputation and affordability,” says Vicky Phillips, founder of “Fisher College is an undisputed Best Buy for students nationwide looking for a quality online management school with a top consumer ranking.” Fisher College ranked #20 on the Get Educated online college rankings for their online Bachelor’s Degree in Management.


The Council of Independent Colleges – Tuition Exchange Program The CIC Tuition Exchange Program (CIC-TEP) is a network of CIC colleges and universities willing to accept, tuition-free, students from families of full-time employees of other CIC-TEP institutions. Each participating institution in the network agrees to import a limited number of students on the same admission basis as they accept all other students, without regard to the number of students it exports. CIC-TEP was planned and developed more than two decades ago with a goal of creating a true-access program, without any costly fees or cumbersome credit-debit limitations. The true-access component is only one of the many special features that the program offers. The program addresses several needs. First, the program encourages students from employee families of private colleges and universities to attend similar institutions. Second, it assists these same families in meeting the partial cost of college attendance. Finally, CIC-TEP establishes an educational resource that enhances each institution’s benefits package. With a current membership of nearly 380 participating institutions in the CIC-TEP, participation is at its highest level yet. We encourage you to take part. As Fisher College is a member of CIC-TEP, we can export as many employees (or family members) as we choose. If accepted by the host university, tuition is 100% free.

Falcon’s Nest Open For Business After months of anticipation, the Falcon’s Nest opened its doors to the college community. The new cafe is the former location of the Dean of Students Office, which took over the bookstore space. The cafe features quick grab and go items such as snacks and sandwiches as well as Fisher merchandise. The Falcon’s Nest will have later hours than the cafeteria.

Our first “export” has found success! Tina Lindberg, wife of David Lindberg, Associate Director of Admissions, has been accepted at Upper Iowa University’s Graduate Online Program. Congratulations Tina! Competition is fierce as each college or university is only required to accept only three applicants in each academic year. If you would like more information go to for a complete information and the current listing of participating schools. Additional questions may be directed to Rhonda Pieroni at x8833. pg.5


by Alan Adams

Hi everyone, this is Alan hisownself, with another piece of Bostonia. Before I continue, you do realize where the very name originates, don’t you? Next time you’re walking parallel to Huntington near the Conservatory about one block south, you’ll find yourself on St. Botolph Street. “Botolph’s Town” apparently was shortened to ‘Boston’ at some point, in our sister town in England. In the 1630’s, we gained our beloved title by transfer. But I ask you, did you realize that Boston has a Stone? Yes… a Stone, upper case intentional. Here’s the deal: Stand facing the famous Union Oyster House, turn left, slight right into the alley, and lo and behold, there’s a gift shop. The BOSTON STONE is set into the foundation, you can’t miss it. The stone itself was a “grinding stone,” a heavy cylinder that was rolled back and forth in a stone trough containing raw materials for paint pigments. In this case, the stone belonged to the shop of Thomas Childs, who imported the device in 1700. The pigments produced from his grindings were used in paints throughout Boston. Salvaged from the ruins of his abandoned shop, the stone was later cemented into its current location. The curious thing is that it became the focal point of directions…. “About 1,700 feet north-northeast from the Stone” might be a reference point from the center of the town, sometimes for surveyors, and most definitely for Townies. On a related note, legend has it that Daniel Webster regularly stopped, sometimes in the morning, at the Union Oyster House to eat several plates of oysters, each half-dozen being washed down with a tumbler of brandy and water. So for some reason, I have a bizarre image of Webster asleep in the gutter, using the Boston Stone as a pillow.

Woodrow Wilson Fellow Kate O’Neil to Visit Fisher Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Kathleen O’Neil will be on campus from Tuesday, March 20 through March 24, 2012 (the week following spring break). Kate’s expertise in global financial markets, leadership, and ethics make her an ideal match for Fisher and a catalyst for discussion in all of our programs. Fellow Kate O’Neil earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from John Carroll University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Wharton Graduate School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the President/CEO of Liberty Street Advisors. As she has done while a visiting fellow at other institutions, including most recently Stonehill College, Kate will be part of approximately 15 classes and meet with other groups on campus as well as play a major role in our March Convocation. As you prepare class syllabi/outlines for the spring term, please consider engaging Kate in your classes and clubs. She will be part of between 12-15 classes. Online Request forms to have Kate visit classes are available on the Center for Teaching Excellence website located in the Faculty and Staff portal of For questions, please contact Karen Myers, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence.

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Falcons Athletics gets a Face Lift On December 7, the newly designed Athletics webpage was officially launched. In addition to headshots and bios of all studentathletes, the site features videos, articles, and enhanced stats and standings pages. The site will eventually be a premier location for sponsorship advertisements. The college partnered with Prestosports for the design and back-end of the site. Check it out at the url below.

w w w. f i s h e r f a l c o n s . c o m

Englehardt Newest Hall of Fame Inductee Thomas Englehardt ‘09, Assistant Director of Admissions, was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2011 on October 14. The Athletics Hall of Fame honors alumni and friends who exemplify the values and mission of the College.

Above, Scott Dulin, Director of Athletics, Tom, and Bill Englehardt.


Office of Alumni Relations Summer Out and About Series

The Office of Alumni Relations and the Division of Continuing Education initiated a summer series of informal free and ticketed events, targeting areas with high concentrations of alumni around the Greater Boston area. As a first time effort, the feedback was good. The highest attendance occurred for the next to final event, with 25 folks participating in a free tour to the New Bedford Whaling Museum, which was coupled with a city-wide party called AHA! New Bedford. The visit to the Lowell Spinners also attracted a few alums too. Rick Potter ’05 wins the frequent flier award and attended 2 of the 4 events! These events help to reengage alums and build awareness for Fisher College. Anecdotally, the Alumni Office received calls and emails about these events from alums who, although unable to attend, were grateful and supportive of our continued efforts to establish relationships. Connections and deeper engagement are beginning to show: two alumni from last spring’s Boston Public Library event attended Reunion, and two are meeting with students in and out of the classroom.

AHA! Fisher folks take a tour at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

David Broden ’93 with his winnings from the Money Ball at the Lowell Spinners.

Attleboro Arts Museum: Rick Potter ’05, and trusty side-kick Rachel Potter.


LIFE @ FISHER A photo gallery of the past semester

An authentic Vietnam-Era armored truck was on campus November 1 in honor of Veterans Day. Thank you to Sgt. Sly Egidio for orchestrating the showing.

It’s a wrap! The Drama Club performed “Bachelorette” this fall semester, directed by Associate Professor Dr. Danielle Herget. Check out the next performance, “mmmmBeth” in February.



Some of the employees who participated in “Jeans Friday”: Neil Trotta, Janet Kuser, Dr. Jennifer Weiner, Dr. Dean Walton, Willem Wallinga, Shiela Lally, Anne McDermott, Johnny Hurley, Scott Dulin, Colleen Burke, Melinda Cook, Amanda Matarese, Arthur Asbury, Jennie Moore, Julissa Jimenez, and Dr. Ann Clarke. The fundraiser raised money for the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk held in Boston on October 2.

Tom Englehardt ‘05, Assistant Director of Admissions, gives the incoming class a helping hand during Orientation Weekend 2011.


LIFE @ FISHER The Division of Continuing Education recently opened its newest location in Brockton, MA. Rick Potter ‘05 switched over from the North Attleborough location to serve as Site Coordinator. Below, Neil Trotta, Director of Continuing Education, and Carol Wilcox, Program Director for Brockton Hospital School of Nursing, converse in one of the classrooms.



Assistant Professor Rich Metzger took his Hospitality & Tourism students on a field trip of Tauck tours, one of the world’s premier tour operators. The company’s headquarters are based in Connecticut.

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs Jenny Mandolese’s Honors IS105 class took a tour of the Boston Public Library, led by Michelle Jenney, Fisher Alum (she’s in the middle)!

Fisher Students at Scout Day, an event where scouts take a look at students who will be drafteligible in 2012 and 2013.

Some of the Housing’s Resident Assistants help trim the tree in the 118 Beacon Lobby.


LIFE @ FISHER Left, Robert Melaragni, Dean of Admissions, and Dr. Thomas McGovern, President, recently met with guests Dr. Sung Yong Chun and Dr. Ji Y. Chun, Presidents of Kyungbok University in Korea.

Right, Coach Sabra Wrice and several members of the Lady Falcon Basketball Team meet with former Celtics star Dave Cowens. Dave was on campus as part of this years convocation series. For a listing of next years convocation speakers, visit


Kathleen Byrne, CPA was married on August 13, 2011 to Jeffrey Zilch. The couple relocated to Springfield, MA, where Kathy is adjuncting in the day school of Springfield College and the MBA program at Elms College. Kathy also continues to teach part-time for Fisher College Online.

Heather Carpenter, Director of Career Services, presented at the CRMA (Career Resource Manager’s Association) Conference in June about “Creative Solutions for Lone Ranger Offices”.

Congratulations to all full-time employees who have had new additions to their families this past year: Dr. Jennifer Weiner, Program Director of Human Services; Dr. Heidi Hendershott, Assistant Professor, Communication & Media Studies; Arghavan Schumacher, Coordinator of International Student Recruitment; and Karen Dunton, Enrollment Operations Manager.

Congratulations to David Lindberg, Head Men’s Basketball Coach and Associate Director of Admissions, on his 100th win with the Fisher Falcons Men’s Basketball Team!

Dr. Danielle Herget traveled to the Popular Culture and American Culture Association of America Conference in San Antonio, TX earlier this year to present “Circus Catching Fire: The Politics of Distraction in Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games Trilogy.”

Congratulations to Emily Banis Stoehrer, Program Director, Fashion Design and Merchandising, and Anne (Sylvain) McDermott, Director of Financial Aid, on their respective weddings.

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Upcoming Events January 2012 January 25-All Hands Meeting, Alumni Hall, 3:30 pm. January 30-Faculty Forum Meeting, Trustees Reading Room, 3:30 pm.

February 2012 February 15-Convocation Series Presents: Johnny Earle, Founder of Johnny Cupcakes, Alumni Hall, 12:30 pm. February 23 & 24-Drama Club Production, Alumni Hall, 7 pm. 2 pm matinee on February 25. February 29-All Hands Meeting, Alumni Hall, 3:30 pm.

March 2012 March 21-Convocation Series Presents: Jason Connell, Changing the World 101, Alumni Hall, 12:30 pm. March 28-All Hands Meeting, Alumni Hall, 3:30 pm.

For a full listing, please check the Master Calendar in Outlook!


Guess Whose Pet Thank you to Debbie Kamm-Pelles for the idea for this CommuniquÊ’s end of the year game. Each pet has is numbered 1-13 (The two cats listed as number 10 have the same owner). The pet owners are listed on the next page. Enjoy! (Answers will be emailed on 12/22.) 1




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Emily Banis Stoehrer, Program Director, Fashion Design and Merchandising Heather Carpenter, Director of Career Services, Debbie Kamm-Pelles, Payroll & Benefits Administrator Julissa Jimenez, Coordinator for External Relations Deb Gaudreau, Student Support Representative Karen Myers, Associate Professor & Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence



Jenny Mandolese, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs Rhonda Pieroni, Vice President for Administration Anne Cardente, Admissions Counselor Shiela Lally, Dean of Students Carol Wilcox, Program Director, Brockton Hospital School of Nursing Phyllis Soares, Student Services Representative Melissa Benson, Site Coordinator, Online





Fisher Communique Fall/Winter 2011  

Fisher College's faculty and staff e-newsletter.

Fisher Communique Fall/Winter 2011  

Fisher College's faculty and staff e-newsletter.