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Shaping Buffalo’s Future

Partnerships for Opportunity Comprehensive Campaign

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Teaching Excellence Dr. Brian R. Shero Teaching Excellence award winner Honors Convocation Recognizing student achievement throughout the year Faculty Spotlight A look at the many accomplishments of faculty members Breaking Good An adjunct professor helps youngsters beat the odds College and Community A look at partnerships that are improving the lives of Buffalo residents TRiO ... A Home The success story of one Medaille alum and how she’s making an impact A Full Plate Adding to Buffalo’s eateries, this grad is making his mark Entrepreneurship The best come to campus and share their views Medaille Grads Earn High Marks Across WNY classrooms, Medaille grads are making a difference Campus Spotlight An overview of the tremendous growth of the Buffalo Campus Learning to Lead The Student Government Association gives students invaluable skills Say Yes to Education An innovative program has a great impact on Buffalo’s future Community as Classroom An opportunity to apply classroom teaching in real world settings Athletics at Medaille In competition and in the community, Medaille athletes are scoring big Global Impact From the Dominican Republic to Haiti and around the globe, Medaille students and faculty reach across borders to give back Science In Bloom A breakthrough in science learning Golf Classic and Founders’ Day Signature events supporting students’ success Donor List Recognition of our generous supporters Q&A with Mike Walsh Board of Trustee on how support goes hand-in-hand with student success

Medaille College produces its magazine annually as a service to its alumni, faculty and staff, students, parents, friends of the College and community leaders. The publication promotes Medaille’s programs and people in an informative and engaging format while documenting the College’s progress and expressing the College’s aspiration: to be known as a leader in preparing leaders for career success and a lifelong commitment to a civic and sustainable future in Buffalo, the region and the world. Printed in Buffalo, N.Y. by Quantum Color I (716) 283-8700 I

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Stephanie Calhoun ’03, Assistant Attorney General at the New York Office of the Attorney General in downtown Buffalo and Zachary Kieser, a senior liberal studies/pre-law major, are participating in the first TRiO mentoring program. The program is made possible through a collaboration between the Medaille College Alumni Association and the federally funded TRiO program at Medaille. TRiO offers academic support to both Calhoun and Kieser, each representing the first generation in their family to attend college. PHOTO BY LISA MURPHY

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A LU M N I A S S O C I AT I O N B O A R D O F D I R E C T O R S 2 0 1 3 - 1 4 Officers DALE STEPHENS ’99 ’06 President PAUL DUERINGER ’04 Vice President CHRISTIE WITT-BERARDI ’09 Secretary ANN HORN-JEDDY ’99 ’06 Parliamentarian Jonathan Augustyn ’09 Jonathan Gill ’07 Paige Gullotti ’11 ’12 Alexander Hersh ’99

Camille Jackson ’09 ’12 Timothy Kwiatkowski ’86 Shawn Loos ’10 ’12 Michael McKay ’86

Beth Ann Rice ’99 Danielle Rollins ’12 Richard Schneider ’10 ’12

BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2013-14 Officers CHARLES E. MORAN, JR. Chair JUANITA K. HUNTER, Ed.D. Secretary MICHAEL K. WALSH Treasurer GWYN A. BEYER Administrative Assistant Stuart H. Angert Pamela C. Brown, Ed.D. Stephen L. Cicchinelli ‘98 Lawrence Costa Kent P. Frey Horace A. Gioia, Esq. Robert S. Graber ‘96 Ellen E. Grant, Ph.D., LCSW-R

Richard T. Jurasek, Ph.D. Margaret Kafka ‘90 Robert J. LaMastra Michael J. Moley ’07 James K. Morrell William H. Pearce, Jr. Darius G. Pridgen ‘07 Heidi A. Raphael ‘85

Robert L. Stevenson Rocco Termini Donald R. Tomasulo ‘79 Kenneth D. Trbovich ‘99 Dale Stephens ’99, ’06* (non-voting member)

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From the President Dear Friends, I am very excited about this edition of Medaille magazine! From our expert faculty to our successful alumni and talented students, the people you’ll read about represent some of the College’s best success stories. They are the reason that more and more generous donors have chosen to support the College and help us meet today’s challenges and seize tomorrow’s opportunities. Over the past several months, Medaille has been quietly and successfully raising money as part of our first ever, comprehensive fundraising campaign to improve the quality of education and service at the College. I am very pleased to announce that Medaille has raised $3,678,600 or 82% of our $4.5 million Partnership for Opportunity Comprehensive Campaign goal. This is an exciting time for us. Up until the late 1990’s, our Buffalo Campus consisted of two buildings that served as the center of student learning and campus activities. Since then, Medaille has enriched the campus experience with the addition of a new Student Success Center, two dormitories, and Sullivan Center expansions including an events area, fireside lounge and student computer stations. You can see all that our Buffalo Campus has to offer on the aerial view on pages 22-23 of this publication. Located in a beautiful Olmsted Park neighborhood, the Medaille Buffalo Campus offers a one-of-a-kind college community that uniquely prepares our students for career advancement and the workforce of tomorrow. We remain committed to providing the best educational experience to our diverse student body as we continually assess our ever changing higher education environment. With this in mind, Medaille will soon be relocating our School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE) and School of Education programs from Amherst to our Buffalo Campus. This move will not only provide ALL of our students with exceptional facilities, it will provide opportunities to further improve the outstanding educational experience that our talented faculty and staff provide. I hope you enjoy this edition of Medaille magazine as it describes the true character of our institution and the support we receive. So, as you read on, I invite you to consider what role you can play at Medaille to change lives! Thank you for your good will and support! Sincerely,

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Teaching Excellence BY DAN FEIDT, senior

MARY LOUISE HILL, PH.D., EARNS DR. BRIAN R. SHERO TEACHING EXCELLENCE AND CAMPUS LEADERSHIP AWARD. STUDENTS WERE NOT the only ones honored for their excellence at this year’s annual Honors Convocation in October. The Dr. Brian R. Shero Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award was also presented during the convocation to Dr. Mary Louise Hill, associate professor, Humanities Department. Dr. Hill received the award for her commitment to students in the classes. Dr. Hill teaches several courses that emphasize global awareness and the need to put world literatures into their cultural contexts. Last spring, she traveled to Spain to continue her research into the culture and circumstances of works such as Don Quixote, which she regularly teaches in her Survey of World Literature course. “I want students to be involved in their learning,” says Hill. “I try to bring this knowledge back to share with them.” The recipient of the Dr. Brian R. Shero Award is traditionally announced during the commencement ceremony of the previous year. Faculty members are nominated by their colleagues for the award and a committee reviews each nomination prior to selecting the recipient. The award is named for the late Dr. Brian R. Shero, professor of biology at Medaille College. “It is quite an honor to be nominated by my peers,” Hill concludes. 4 Medaille Magazine I 2013-14

Medaille College recognizes the importance of faculty members who contribute excellent service to the College, as well as to its students, and rewards faculty members who make such contributions.

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ROW 1 Daniel Hertel was awarded the Dean’s List Certificate, Medaille Medal and Key Bank Scholarship; Deborah M. Ceppaglia, Professor, Director of EQUIP and Learning Communities, Reference/Instructional Librarian, addresses attendees. ROW 2 Brian Wilt, one of Medaille’s talented Rochester Campus students, receives the Francis M. Murphy Education Scholarship. ROW 3 Jazmine Stewart with her father. Stewart was awarded the Dean’s List Certificate and Alpha Chi (National College Honor Scholarship Society) membership. ROW 4 Samantha Andermanis, a senior, is named Who’s Who Among Students in Colleges & Universities. ALL PHOTOS BY NANCY J. PARISI

MEDAILLE’S HONORS CONVOCATION took place in the Events Arena in October as more than 100 students were recognized with a variety of academic awards. Students who made the Dean’s List were recognized for maintaining a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for both the 2012 fall semester and 2013 spring semester. “All I could do was try my best,” says Chengxin Guo ’13, an award recipient. “I appreciate being honored.” Guo, one of Medaille’s international students who graduated last spring, maintained a 4.0 GPA for the last two semesters. Guo intends to continue his education by pursuing a master’s degree. Yanhong Liang ’13, also an international student, made the Dean’s List as well. Liang reflected on her time at Medaille, saying “I enjoyed being a student here.” Liang plans to continue her education and has applied to graduate school. Numerous scholarships were also awarded at the convocation. Among the recipients was Brandon Rebert, a junior studying for a career in the veterinary technician field. “It’s pretty cool to be recognized for my achievements,” says Rebert, who was awarded a $1,000 Founders’ Day scholarship. “Overall, it was a nice ceremony. My parents were happy and proud of me.”

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Stephanie West, D.V.M. (FORMERLY DR. WESTERMAN) ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT Dr. West gave a presentation on Animal Parasitology to Erie County SPCA volunteers in July, and presented on Zoonotic Diseases at the New York State Wildlife Rehabilitation Council conference in October. She also spoke on Feline Aggression at the New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians conference in October.

Theodore Pelton, Ph.D. PROFESSOR, HUMANITIES DEPARTMENT A short story by Dr. Pelton has been accepted for publication in the Washington, D.C.-based literary magazine, Gargoyle, his 40th published short story. His 41st published short story appeared in the Buffalo State College literary magazine, Elm Leaves. Both pieces are from a manuscript he began working on about six years ago titled “The Trickster Woodchuck”. The manuscript was named a finalist in two different book contests this summer.

Philip Wiggle, CSE, CME, CPA ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, BUSINESS DEPARTMENT In addition to teaching at Medaille, Philip Wiggle is a professional speaker and business coach, offering strategies for small business success. He has given over 300 presentations since 1978 and has taught 13 different business courses over the past 15 years.

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Jadwiga Domino, Ph.D. ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCES DEPARTMENT Dr. Domino made a presentation titled “Math through Literature” at a September meeting of the Alpha Lambda Society, a Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of women educators. She also received The Pompeii Seven Award in May from Our Lady of Pompeii RC Church in Lancaster, NY in recognition of her volunteer work at the parish.

Faculty Dr. Alice Villaseñor, Ph.D. ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, HUMANITIES DEPARTMENT In May, Dr. Villaseñor was named the first recipient of the Medaille College Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scholarship Award. As part of the award, she gave a presentation about her research to the college community in November. She traveled to England this summer to share her research on Jane Austen, the famous nineteenth-century novelist, at three international conferences. At the June “Pride and Prejudice Conference” at Cambridge University, she spoke about Jane Austen’s influence on Victorian novelist Charlotte Brontë. In July, she returned to the Chawton House Library for British Women Writers (where she was a visiting fellow in 2011) to discuss her research on the Austen family’s reading habits at a conference on “Pride and Prejudices: Women’s Writing of the Long Eighteenth Century.” Also in July, she discussed the Austen family’s political activities at the “Locations of Austen Conference” at University of Hertfordshire. In October she traveled to Pasadena, California to present her research about Catherine Hubback, a little-known Victorian woman novelist who was Jane Austen’s niece. This paper was delivered at the Conference of the North American Victorian Studies Association.

Michelle Cefaratti VISITING INSTRUCTOR SCHOOL OF EDUCATION and Richard Jacob, Ph.D. ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR, SPORT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, CHAIR OF SOCIAL SCIENCES Cefaratti and Dr. Jacob were awarded a $62,000 grant for Bethel Head Start Centers to implement a Healthy Child Curriculum starting this fall. They authored the curriculum, which includes physical education and nutrition and integrates literacy. They have begun training the faculty at the center to implement lessons.

Marguerite M. McCarty, Ed.D. LMHC, NBCC

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CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR DEPARTMENT OF GRADUATE COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGY (ROCHESTER CAMPUS) Dr. McCarty will have an article published in “Western NY Physician” titled “Late Adolescence Transitions for Individuals Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”


PROFESSOR AND CHAIR, VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT AND INTERIM DEAN OF THE UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGE Dr. Savarese was recently named one of the top 15 Vet Tech Professors in the US by, an educational publishing organization. The organization highlighted 15 top veterinary technology professors who not only have expertise across a variety of disciplines, but who actively participate in community outreach, research, and publishing to further advance the field of veterinary technology.

Alan Bigelow, Ph.D. Gerald J. Erion, Ph.D. ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR HUMANITIES DEPARTMENT Dr. Erion made two presentations in June: “Unplugging Postman” and “20x20: An Introduction to Pecha Kucha,” both given at the 14th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association, Grand Valley State University. In addition, his chapter from the book “The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy: More Moments of Zen, More Indecision Theory” is featured as the free excerpt on the Wiley web site. Visit www.wiley. com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118397681.html and click on “read an excerpt.”

PROFESSOR, HUMANITIES DEPARTMENT Dr. Bigelow writes digital stories and poems for the web. In the past few months, his work has appeared in La Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris); New Works Festival (Palo Alto, CA); FILE 2013 (Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil); and Espacio Enter Canarias. In September, one of his pieces was a finalist for the Screengrab New Media Art Award. He recently read at Medaille College as part of the Write Thing Reading Series, and he was also interviewed for the Burchfield Penney’s Living Legacy project. He has work upcoming in The New River Journal.

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Faculty Spotlight Mark Lavatelli, M.A., M.F.A. PROFESSOR & INTERIM CHAIR, HUMANITIES DEPARTMENT Professor Lavatelli was a participant in the Echo Art Fair, a juried art exposition held at the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library in September. This was his third installment at the annual fair. More information about the event is available at

Matthew H. Bowker, Ph.D. VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES Dr. Bowker recently published two books in political philosophy: “Rethinking the Politics of Absurdity: Albert Camus, Postmodernity, and the Survival of Innocence” (Nov. 2013) as part of Routledge’s book series “Routledge Innovations in Political Theory”; and “Albert Camus and the Political Philosophy of the Absurd: Ambivalence, Resistance, and Creativity” (Rowman & Littlefield). In January, Punctum Books (Brooklyn, NY) released his first work of experimental non-fiction, “Ostranenie: On Shame and Knowing”, and will release his second title, “Escargotesque, or, What is Experience?” Some of his most recent journal articles and chapters include: “Solitude, a View from Political Theory: Desire, Subjectivity, and Pseudo-Solitude” published in “The Handbook of Solitude: Psychological Perspectives on Social Isolation, Social Withdrawal, and Being Alone” (2013); “Joke-Work, Melancholy Communion, and Wished-for Misrecognition in Le Malentendu and Camus’ Absurd Philosophy” in “Creating Camus: Foundations and Explorations of his Philosophy of Communication” (in press); “Defending the Ivory Tower: Toward Critical Community-Engagement” in Thought & Action: The NEA Higher Education Journal (2012); “Sisyphean (Out)rage and the Refusal to Mourn” in The Originality and Complexity of Albert Camus’ Writing (2012). He is currently editing a volume on the psychoanalytic thought of D.W. Winnicott in the context of contemporary political theory, tentatively entitled “Winnicott and Political Theory: Self and Society in Transition”.

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William Weeks, M.S. CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND CHAIR, MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAM Weeks presented “Systems Thinking and Education” at the Global Concepts Charter High Schools end-of-year-retreat at the Beaver Hollow Conference Center. He was also named to the Global Concepts High School Business Advisory Board.

Keith Klostermann, Ph.D., LMHC DIRECTOR, MASTER’S IN PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM Dr. Klostermann has received an Emerging Leader Fellowship from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). The purpose of ACES is to advance counselor education and supervision in order to improve the provision of counseling services in all settings of society. The Emerging Leaders Fellowship helps professionals discover how leadership can enhance their career development. Participants are invited to attend the Emerging Leaders Workshop and ACES Conference in Denver, CO.

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BY CRAIG CENTRIE, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Education

IT’S A TYPICAL crisp autumn day in Buffalo, blue skies dotted with puffy white clouds, and fiery colors emblazoned on the trees; it’s business as usual, almost. This day is special for a local math teacher in Buffalo’s public schools, Keith Wiley. Wiley is an adjunct professor of mathematics in Medaille’s School of Education, and an enthusiastic leader of a youthful math team from Houghton Academy on Buffalo’s east side that beat the prestigious Buffalo City Honors in a math competition in September.

[ ] It’s not where you live, but what’s inside you. KEITH WILEY

Councilmen Demone A. Smith and Darius G. Pridgen ‘07, Medaille College trustee, congratulate Keith Wiley as the Common Council honors him by proclamation for exceptional teaching. PHOTOS BY LISA MURPHY

On October 15, the Common Council of the City of Buffalo honored Wiley by proclamation for exceptional teaching. What makes this particularly interesting is Houghton’s student population is described as 85% at poverty or below. By contrast, Buffalo City Honors is the Buffalo Public Schools’ bastion of middle class students, a population one would expect to excel at almost everything. Formula for success. Born in North Carolina, Wiley came to Buffalo as a child and was raised by his grandparents on Buffalo’s east side in the Broadway/Emslie neighborhood, a community that is often viewed as socially and economically disadvantaged.

After attending Canisius High School and Canisius College, Wiley, a natural talent at math and numbers, became involved in commercial and private investment for the Bank of New York, and later as a venture capitalist looking for high growth, in what was then, the budding industries of technology. Returning to Buffalo as a vice president of strategic investments at the former Goldome Bank, Wiley, now divorced, took custody of his two young daughters. When Goldome closed, Wiley became what he describes as a stay at home dad taking on local projects and working out of his home office. Eventually the projects became fewer and Wiley began searching for new ways to make a living. Always good at math and numbers, he returned to an interest and passion he always had, tutoring math. Different paths to math. An interview with Wiley is spirited, fast paced, full of humor, and passion, all talents he brings to his math classes at Buffalo Public Schools and his students at Medaille College. He describes himself as a comedian and an actor, qualities of animation not often associated with math geeks. He makes an intimidating subject accessible and fun, and firmly believes that anyone can be good at it. “It’s not where you live but what’s inside you. I’m from the hood and if I can do it so can you,” Wiley tells his students. Sometimes he teaches math by converting it to a gospel song and singing it with the reverence of a choir member. As a teacher Wiley does not accept that a student of any age or background cannot be good at math. And he has some interesting ideas for the future. He emphasizes the importance of homework and the need to reconceptualize what school is, and the role that homework can play. Technique + technology = virtual math. Referencing his knowledge and interest in technology, Wiley is quick to point out that most students, like many of us today, have iPhones and spend inordinate amounts of time surfing and playing on the web. “Why not use this time more constructively,” he muses. Then an idea comes. “Why not teach math virtually? Why not put real classroom teaching and learning on the Internet for anyone to learn? Why don’t we do it with style?” he asks. “It doesn’t have to be my style but your style, anyone’s style, everyone’s got a style.” Beginning this semester Wiley and his students at Medaille are taping their classes, complete with their questions and excitement and maybe even a gospel song. He hopes to tape a whole semester worth of lessons and put it on the Internet for anyone to access. “Why not have students come to class already informed?” concludes Wiley. It’s a matter of reconsidering how we teach, where the classroom is in the 21st century, and understanding how people really learn. It’s re-conceptualizing what teaching is all about. It’s saying if anyone can do this job, Keith Wiley can. Wiley would say you can, we can.

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College and MEDAILLE’S PARTNERSHIPS COMBINE STRENGTHS OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND THE COLLEGE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE CITY. WHEN MEDAILLE PRESIDENT Dr. Richard Jurasek appointed Dr. Mary Ellen Mulvey to the position of senior director of instructional support and community partnerships, he had a very clear vision of how the College would proceed. The goal was to identify strategic alliances between community groups that, when paired with the College, would enhance the lives of all in the Buffalo area. “We are Buffalo’s college,” explains Mulvey. “We are working with young men and women who will be choosing to stay here, in Buffalo, to work and raise their families. They are our future.” That is evident at Riverside High School where Medaille’s Academy for Creativity and Entrepreneurship is making a strong, positive impact. Riverside High School has a complex environment with many different students speaking over 28 languages. Rich in diversity, the school has a large immigrant population. Although students there have a variety of interests, when they participate in the academy they have one common theme -- creative entrepreneurship. “It is amazing to see how engaged these students are,” says Mulvey. “Many of them are the first generation in their family who will be going on to college.” Each aspect of the Riverside partnership is designed to help bridge the step from high school to college. “It is very important that our alliances support our mission of developing leaders of tomorrow,” says Mulvey.

Making connections. Medaille’s partnerships have a broad reach affecting Buffalo residents of all ages. The Small Business Administration partnership helps those in the community who wish to open a business to identify resources to help them succeed. The College hosts a series of seminars serving over 100 participants, all current or future business owners here in Buffalo. Medaille is very strategic when developing partnerships to ensure that the proper resources are available to fully support the programs. The goal is to integrate the College’s strengths with those of the partnership organization, and develop a lasting relationship that has a positive impact. “We are very careful to make sure that the relationships we develop and the groups that we partner with have an impact on the community that is identifiable and measurable,” says Mulvey. There are so many organizations in the community all working towards improving the lives of those in the Buffalo area. Mulvey is charged with identifying how the College, with its resources, may be able to help those groups have a greater impact. That is where she begins to identify and develop partnerships. “It’s all about making connections,” concludes Mulvey. “Many people are out working on great things here in Buffalo. I try to make the connection between partners and the College that, once the connection is made, helps toward the goal of improvement in Buffalo.”

Medaille College freshmen, including Say Yes recipients, conducted scientific research at the Buffalo Zoo while participating in the Learning to Learn program.

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Community EXAMPLES OF MEDAILLE’S PARTNERSHIPS SAY YES SAY YES is a national, non-profit organization committed to dramatically increasing high school and college graduation rates for our nation’s inner-city youth. An early partner with SAY YES Syracuse, Philadelphia and Buffalo, Medaille is now recognized as a leading supporter of SAY YES nationally and is working with SAY YES to provide a quality college education to over 150 students this year. Riverside High School and Medaille’s Bridging the High School to College Gap This partnership, started in July 2010, provides targeted support for academic coaching and tutoring, including an advisory course for 9th-grade students which offers the necessary connections, experiences and support for students to make informed decisions regarding career academy selections. It also includes the Entrepreneurship Club, the Entrepreneurship Academy, and the Academy for Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ACE) summer program. Operating from Medaille’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Change at Riverside High School, these programs reach more than 250 students yearly.

an average of 300 students, publishes an average of 100 student submissions, and celebrates the journal unveiling each spring with 250-300 published artists and their families, friends, and teachers. NYS Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) Located at 121 Humboldt on Medaille’s Buffalo campus, EAP centers assist new and aspiring entrepreneurs in developing basic business management skills, refining business concepts, devising early-stage marketing plans, and preparing action plans. The program also actively assists EAP client efforts to obtain business financing. US Small Business Administration (SBA) Providing financial, contractual and business development assistance to the public, the SBA has held its Straight Talk Series on Medaille’s Buffalo Campus for the past three years. More than 125 persons from across the community each year benefit from Straight Talk’s focused support on developing a successful small business. National Federation for Just Communities (NFJC) This human relations organization is dedicated to overcoming racism, bias, and discrimination by building understanding, respect, and trust through education, advocacy, and community involvement. Medaille hosts NFJC’s Youth Leadership conferences each year for more than 100 middle and high school students from across the region. Music is Art (MiA) Founded by Robby Takac ’86, a Medaille alum and nationally renowned musician, MiA is headquartered on the Buffalo Campus at 121 Humboldt. MiA explores and reshapes music’s cultural, social, and educational impact on our community.

Kaleidoscope Theatre Company Dedicated to producing “serious” comedy that expands our personal experience and challenges our thinking, Kaleidoscope has attracted an average of 1,000 people per production, and put Medaille’s Lecture Hall stage on Buffalo’s “Curtain Up” map since 2009. Northwest Buffalo Community Center (NWBCC) NWBCC provides quality human service programming to over 1,500 people daily at its main facility on Lawn Avenue. For the past four years, the College has partnered with NWBCC to deliver programming to approximately 500 youth and adults within a framework of “literacies:” financial literacy, health and wellness literacy, and academic literacy. WNY United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse Since 2008, the College and WNY United have successfully collaborated to provide a five-week, intensive leadership training institute (LIT) for an average of 100 seventh graders from higher risk Buffalo public schools during the summer developing and implementing grassroots initiatives focused on prevention. Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is Medaille’s neighbor to the north and is dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of a number of Buffalo’s parks. The partnership has provided a series of activities with the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, including tours of park facilities, teambuilding activities, and an introduction to the parks’ history and natural history. The Olmsted Parks Conservancy is also providing a host of internships for Medaille students.

Medaille Board of Trustees had their October meeting at Riverside High School. Medaille provides a variety of academic support services at Riverside. PHOTO BY NANCY J. PARISI

Alicia, by Carlton Carter, Grade 9, Bennett High School Original artwork published in the 2013 spring edition of Speak Your Mind & Shape Your World

Speak Your Mind & Shape Your World This student-run literary and visual arts journal showcases the creativity of Buffalo Public High School students. Now in its tenth year, the journal receives work annually from 2013-14 I Medaille Magazine 11




Stephanie Calhoun ’03, grew up on Buffalo’s East Side while attending Medaille College, but she essentially lived at the TRiO program’s office.

to SUNY Buffalo Law School and graduated in 2008. Now she is the Assistant Attorney General at the New York Office of the Attorney General in downtown Buffalo. She works as part of the State Counsel Division defending state agencies in areas of federal constitutional law, state and federal employment cases, and writs of habeas corpus.

MEDAILLE COLLEGE’S TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) Program is a federally-funded program designed to help eligible participants graduate with the grades and skills necessary for success at Medaille and beyond. Participating students work closely with a professional Student Success Advocate, who assists in designing an academic success plan tailored to fit the student’s goals. Some of the free services include academic counseling, personal advisement, individual graduation plans, and career guidance. As a student, Calhoun even received culture support by attending plays, visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, and taking etiquette classes. Medaille’s TRiO SSS Program has served more than 200 low-income, firstgeneration students per year since 1980. “TRiO definitely helped lead me to the job I have now,” Calhoun says. “It helped me develop a hard-working, diligent attitude and allowed me to have a positive mind set instead of being so hard on myself. TRiO made me realize that if I worked hard enough, I could successfully do any job that I get.” Following graduation from Medaille, and after attending Thomas M. Cooley Law School for one year, Calhoun transferred

The road to success. At the age of 16, Calhoun was the first member of her family to attend college. Her father emigrated from Jamaica, therefore she did not want to move away, and she wanted a school that offered small class settings. She graduated from Buffalo Performing Arts High School after her junior year in 1999, and then enrolled at Medaille. One of her first classes at Medaille taught her how to become a true college student. “I didn’t want to get lost at a big school, and then I just kind of stumbled into the TRiO program,” says Calhoun. “It was my saving grace. I was there from open until close and in between classes also.” Since Calhoun was a first generation college student, TRiO was the place to go to ask any type of question regarding school. Besides answering questions, the program provided a school setting for her to complete homework assignments, a place for her to type essays on a computer, and a way to borrow an expensive calculator for math class. Calhoun recalls her first college paper was completed on a typewriter at home Continues >

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L to R: Stephanie Calhoun, current president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York; Dr. Mary Ellen Mulvey; and Minority Bar Association vice president Ericka N. Bennett. TRiO recently received the President’s Award, given to an individual or a group whose mission supports the organization as a whole. Mulvey accepted the award at their 31st annual dinner. PHOTO BY GLENN MURRAY

because her mother could not afford a computer at the time. However, when she signed up with TRiO, a computer was then accessible, at any time, to complete her essays. “The program provides educational and interpersonal support to continue along the college journey and make sure you finish school,” says Calhoun. “They put a little pressure on you to keep up with your studies and make sure you fulfill all the requirements. They keep you from struggling and getting behind.” Support of a mentor. Dr. Mary Ellen Mulvey, director of TRiO at Medaille, was first a teacher for Calhoun, but then became a mentor. Just like Calhoun, Mulvey began college at the age of 16. Therefore, the two immediately had a connection.

“I was immediately impressed with her sense of deep interest and curiosity,” notes Mulvey. “She was interested in asking questions and seeking help with such a positive attitude. I understood completely her situation and connected to her well. Once she got into TRiO, it was like she found a home.” “I knew that I needed that program to be successful,” says Calhoun. “During the struggles to start the college process there were not many people to ask questions, especially because my parents did not have that experience. The TRiO program helped because I could always ask them my questions and it was always a place I could get answers from. Where else can you get that kind of support?”

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Calhoun graduated with honors from Medaille in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in pre-law. The TRiO program even helped her prepare for the LSAT to get into law school. Calhoun learned how to be a diligent worker through the TRiO program, saying she has continued to use the same practices she learned at Medaille, such as keeping to a natural daily routine. Even though she is busy at work, Calhoun says she rarely has to bring work home and keeps a good balance with her social life. And now she is passing her knowledge on to another TRiO student through a new initiative. She is mentoring Medaille College senior Zach Kieser. Returning the favor. In collaboration with the Medaille Alumni Association, Dr. Mulvey initiated the Alumni Mentor Program in September, which matches up a current TRiO student with a Medaille alumnus in the same field. The alumni help with career guidance and provide personal tips for the students along the journey. Calhoun speaks with her mentee, Zach, at least once a month. “Stephanie is a great role model,” says Mulvey. “She has a very positive attitude and is not afraid to work hard. I think she can show other students how to pursue their dreams.” Calhoun is also the current president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, an organization comprised of attorneys, judges and law students with the goal to increase diversity

within the legal profession. She was voted into the position last December for a one-year term. Recently, the organization held its 31st annual dinner, and Calhoun presented the President’s Award to Dr. Mulvey. The award is given to an individual or a group whose mission supports the Minority Bar Association as a whole. “TRiO has a lot of the same attributes that the Minority Bar Association has,” notes Calhoun. “It gives people an opportunity to break into a profession that they otherwise might not be able to. I wanted to give back to Dr. Mulvey, just like how she always gave back to me.” It is safe to say that TRiO opened its doors to Calhoun and gave her a second home. She felt the most comfortable there, and used its services without fail. When she needed help, TRiO was there to point her in the right direction. When she needed a school setting, TRiO provided it along with a tutor. And when she needed a boost in confidence, TRiO stepped in and helped her self esteem. “It was an experience that money cannot buy,” concludes Calhoun. “Words cannot describe how it helped change my life. When I think about the impact TRiO had on my life, tears start to come to my eyes. They provided me extra support and guidance, both academically and personally, and were always interested in me to make sure I was a good student. They also made sure to point out all of my good qualities.”

ALUMNI MENTOR PROGRAM PROFILES Mentor Stephanie Calhoun ’03 Mentee Zachary Kieser, senior Zachary Kieser, a senior from Orchard Park, is a liberal studies/pre-law major. He is in the Honors Program and played an important role during the forming of the student representative structure in the program. Although Kieser had been accepted at several other colleges, he chose Medaille for its personal attention. “When I came to Medaille to visit, I felt that the faculty and staff really cared about me as a person,” says Kieser. “I just felt it was the right fit.” He is among the first group of students participating in the TRiO Alumni Mentor Program coordinated by Tiffany Hamilton, Student Success Advocate at TRiO. Kieser plans to go on with his education and get a Ph.D. He and Calhoun plan to continue their mentoring relationship throughout his quest for his Ph.D. According to Kieser, Lisa Black, the assistant director at TRiO, has been instrumental in providing guidance in the application process for continuing his education. In preparation for what he anticipates will be a particularly rigorous doctoral program, Keiser has taken a series of

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independent studies with Dr. Lee Nesbit, professor in the Humanities Department, and Dr. Kim Carr, associate professor in the Social Sciences Department, with the goal of honing his research skills. Keiser notes that Nesbit has had the most influence on his decision to pursue his Ph.D.

Mentor Melanie Porter ’08 Mentee Asia Battle, junior Melanie Porter is currently working on her Ph.D. in Human Services with a specialization in non-profit management and leadership. She would like to own a non-profit organization that will benefit families who care for foster and adopted children.

Mentor Kandis Fuller ’09 Mentee Arielle Kaigler-Hall, senior Kandis Fuller currently serves as a communications manager at Univera Healthcare. She is mentoring Arielle Kaigler-Hall, a communications major from Syracuse, NY. Fuller sees her role as a mentor to be a guide and adviser as Kaigler-Hall thinks about her next steps after graduation. They email and text each other and sometimes have lunch together on campus. “I was fortunate to have really good mentors,” says Fuller. “When this opportunity came up, I really wanted to give back.”

“I hope to pass on valuable information and techniques that I learned,” says Porter, referencing her mentor role. “The goal is to help those coming behind me achieve success with less complications.”

The TRiO mentor program is a service proudly offered by the Medaille College Alumni Association. Contact Megan (Fitzgerald) Hassenfratz ’10 at for more information.

a full plate Nick Pitillo ’06 opens Osteria 166 in downtown Buffalo. BY LISA MURPHY PHOTOS BY LISA MURPHY

OWNING A RESTAURANT had always been a dream of Nick Pitillo ’06. He realized that dream this past June when he opened Osteria 166 on Franklin Street downtown. He didn’t do it alone, though. It began when Pitillo contacted his former professor, Bill Weeks, clinical associate professor and chair in the School of Adult & Graduate Education (SAGE) Management and Leadership Program. Pitillo pitched the idea of SAGE MBA students to write a business plan for him. “Of course,” said Weeks, “Especially for one of our own.” MBA students Bradley Vespa ’13, Tamikah Ford ’13, Phil Cruze ’13, and Craig Spencer ’13 all welcomed the challenge and that began a series of meetings with the group. “I made sure I fed them well,” says Pitillo. “They worked very hard on this project.” According to Pitillo, the work of the Medaille students was invaluable to his success. He also credits his coursework with Weeks in Medaille’s SAGE Master’s of Organizational Leadership (MOL) program, noting that what he learned plays a big part in how he operates now. The focus on systemic thinking while studying leadership was instrumental as he made the myriad of decisions one faces while starting a new business. “I went into the MOL program thinking I’m an adult, with years of experience, what can I learn?” says Pitillo. “Boy was I surprised.” Recipe for success. Once again, Pitillo wasn’t alone when the restaurant was ready to open. His family, with extensive experience in the restaurant business, was with him every step of the way. In fact, he says he couldn’t do it without them. Together they have created an eatery that gives one the sense that they are “home for a family meal”. To that end, the menu offers Nani’s ravioli, made from scratch by his mom. It is one of the restaurant favorites. Pitillo says he has been blessed with amazing people surrounding him, from his chef and servers, to the dishwashers. In fact, Pitillo feels that they are all his extended family. Prior to opening Osteria, Pitillo says that he ran each restaurant he managed as his own, but he found that this is very different. It really is his own. “I have 50 people all depending on me,” explains Pitillo. “It’s much different, a much greater responsibility. I have to take care of my family. It’s just much bigger now.” His hard work and commitment look to be paying off. The restaurant is filling each day with people delighted with the freshly prepared food. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. “I know it’s cliché, but this is a place where everyone knows your name,” concludes Pitillo. “We want people to feel like they become part of our family.” 2013-14 I Medaille Magazine 15

ENTREPRENEURSHIP Presentation focuses on imagination and innovation of the entrepreneur.

solving. Identifying those skills was at the ‘SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY’ was a top of the list during the presentation. consistent theme at November’s inaugural Entrepreneurial Symposium presented by Makings of an entrepreneur. “You Medaille College’s Center for need to be ready to act in a moments Entrepreneurship and Change. And over notice,” advises Rocco Termini, president 150 students and community members at Signature Development, and did just that in the lecture hall on the Medaille College trustee. Buffalo Campus. He was the keynote Titled “Ready, Willing speaker at the symposium. & Able: The Anatomy The bottom line Being an entrepreneur of the Entrepreneurial is you’ve got to came to Termini at Imagination,” the sell the wow. an early age. When presentation featured he was 11, delivering some of Buffalo’s RO C C O T E R M I N I newspapers, he saw the most renowned opportunity to add an entrepreneurs. additional delivery for an extra 25 cents. “Some of us have the capacity to innovate,” He took on the challenge and he’s been said Dr. Jurasek, “Some have extraordinary innovating ever since. But being successful as wiring. I’m calling them entrepreneurs.” an entrepreneur requires a host of attributes. Dr. Jurasek believes that entrepreneurship “If you think being here by 7:30 a.m. is is teachable and learnable. He cites, as an early, think again,” says Termini. “If you are example, the Academy for Entrepreneurship successful as an entrepreneur you’ll be ready partnership with Riverside High School. By for lunch now because you’ve been at the engaging students in a curriculum based office for three hours already.” on entrepreneurship, they are learning the Other panelists at the symposium necessary skills to continue to be highly shared that sentiment. According to Aaron innovative in their approach to problem

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Bartley, Executive Director/Co-Founder PUSH Buffalo, being successful requires an enormous commitment of time and energy. “My mom is in her flower shop downtown at 7 a.m.,” notes Bartley, “I have to drag her out of there at 7:30 at night to have dinner with me.” Another theme that flowed through the conversation was the role luck plays in the life of the entrepreneur. According to Sundra Ryce ’07, President, SLR Contracting & Service Company, it is not just having luck, but what you do with it that counts. “It’s the return on luck,” explains Ryce. “You have to have the willingness to do something with it; to make things happen.” Financial planning. One of the most important skill sets in entrepreneurship is the understanding of finances. Most new ventures require complex financial plans. According to Termini, his first project, the Ellicott Lofts, required some real out of the box thinking on the finance side.


Jeffrey Shepard ’12 MBA (Rochester) and Ann HornJeddy ‘99 ‘06, assistant director for Medaille’s SAGE Rochester Campus, at the Pathways for Entrepreneurial Success event held at the Rochester Campus. PHOTO BY JEANINE PURCELL

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IN OCTOBER, MEDAILLE College School of Adult & Graduate Education (SAGE) Rochester Campus hosted the fourth annual “Pathways to Entrepreneurial Success,” an event co-founded and run by Dr. Jeffrey Shepard ’12, an MBA graduate. The event has helped train over 1,000 local residents since its inception. Local and national speakers presented on the principles of business creation. The keynote address this year was given by Rochester sports legend Doug Miller and was followed by over a dozen speakers discussing a range of topics including fundraising, marketing, banking, PR and human resources. Since its inception, over 100 people have participated as speakers and/or presenters, giving back to the Rochester entrepreneurial eco-system. Shepard was convinced that bringing the event to Medaille’s Rochester Campus would be a fresh change. The event, previously held at a larger facility, now allowed participants to really focus on needs around specific topics in an intimate setting where they could exchange questions and information with the speakers, panelists and keynote speakers. The annual event will continue into its fifth year in the fall of 2014 with a continued focus on helping people who have been unemployed or are underemployed. It will be held again on Medaille’s Rochester Campus. For more information, please contact Ann Horn-Jeddy at

“When I went to the bank asking for financing they asked ‘what are you crazy?’� recalls Termini. “They said call in the medics!� He ended up going to the state, securing the financing and repaying the mortgage on that property 24 years earlier than required. “I wanted someone else to be able to use that money if they needed it,� says Termini. Stuart H. Angert, Medaille trustee and retired chief executive officer of Fiserv Automotive, spoke from the audience in response to a student’s financial question. He urged students to be realistic. “No business plan loses money on paper,� says Angert. “It always costs more than you plan once you get started.� There was general agreement from the panel to this premise. Ryce adds, “Don’t underestimate the climate: there are risks.� She encourages collaboration. Entrepreneurs tend to throw out ideas quickly and it helps to have others around to work those ideas through. The panel stressed that there are risks inherent in the role of an entrepreneur. But they added that one should not fear failure. “There are opportunities in failure,� explains Ryce. “You can come up with some pretty interesting solutions when solving problems.� “The bottom line is you’ve got to sell the wow,� concludes Termini. “You’ve got to make things really, really cool and people will buy in.� And these business people are doing just that -- making really, really cool things for Buffalo. (Right) Keynote speaker Rocco Termini

Panelists Sundra Ryce ’07, Drew Cerza and Joe Wolfson ’13. Also on our entrepreneurship panel was Nancy Abramo, who will soon be opening her own restaurant on Parkside Avenue in Buffalo. PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER RIPLEY ’12 ’13


Medaille faculty and graduates form Leadership Management Council (LMC) Since starting, the LMC developed and sent out leadership core competency surveys to area IN AN EFFORT to extend best practice leadership and management strategies to the Western New York business community, faculty and graduates from the School of Adult & Graduate Education business executives, and subsequently offered workshops that were open to the community, current (SAGE) joined together to form the Leadership Management Council (LMC) in 2010. The purpose students and graduates. Additionally, members of the LMC have career-coached members from the WNY community. They of the Council is to: met with the site team of the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Educators (IACBE) to t &YQMPSFXBZTUPQSPNPUFQVCMJDJ[F.FEBJMMFTFYQFSUJTFJOMFBEFSTIJQBOENBOBHFNFOU discuss the MBA and MOL programs and help with the business programs’ accreditation. t %FWFMPQBOEFYFDVUFFYFDVUJWFDPOUJOVJOHFEVDBUJPOQSPHSBNTJOMFBEFSTIJQBOENBOBHFNFOU t $PMMFDUBOEBOBMZ[FBMVNOJ DVSSFOUTUVEFOUBOECVTJOFTTEBUBBOENBLFSFDPNNFOEBUJPOTUP Members of the LMC have also served as guest speakers in classrooms, providing information on  BENJOJTUSBUJPOPO.#"BOE.0-DPVSTFJNQSPWFNFOUTBOEOFXQSPHSBNTJODPNQMJBODFXJUI leadership and management.  UIF$PMMFHFTTUSBUFHJDQMBOBOENJTTJPO t %FWJTFXBZTUPEFWFMPQBOEDSFBUFSFMBUJPOTIJQTXJUIPVSDVSSFOUTUVEFOUTBOEUIFDPNNVOJUZ t $POTJEFSPUIFSJEFBTUPQSPNPUFUIFDPMMFHFJOUIFBSFBTPGMFBEFSTIJQBOENBOBHFNFOU

The initiative began with 15 members of the LMC comprised of Master in Organizational Leadership (MOL) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduates and faculty. Today, the Council has 18 members and includes members from the College’s Office of Admissions and the Office of College Relations. The chair of the LMC is Angelo Genco ‘09, manager of quality assurance and product support for Northrop Grumman.

LMC 2014 EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP SERIES Thursday, February 27: Leadership Competencies Thursday, May 15: Leadership Visioning Thursday, September 18: Leadership Communications Thursday, November 13: High Performing Organizations For event details and registration, please visit For questions, contact Megan (Fitzgerald) Hassenfratz at (716) 880-2207 or 2013-14 I Medaille Magazine 17

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THERE’S A LOT LO of talkk these days about failing fa schools and th teacher accountability. Enough to leave few thinking it’s an earnest Me profession. But, despite the rhetoric, these Medaille graduates are working relentlessly to improve the school experience. expe exp We took a look at what’s going on in these classrooms, and we think th you’ll agree ag that there are some pretty exceptional things happening. At Westminster Community Charter School, located in Buffalo’s Promise Neighborhood, Shakwana Rosenthal ’06 ’08 is working to improve the educational experiences for kids. She has been a teacher at the school since completing her student teaching there (and knocking their socks off!) in 2006. She credits the solid preparation she received at Medaille for her ability to successfully arm her students with important literacy skills. Rosenthal has recently become a literacy specialist and reading recovery teacher at Westminster. She feels that the foundation set at Medaille for utilizing best teaching practices and a thirst for continual professional development has allowed her to “sharpen the craft.” “As a new literacy specialist, I feel confident in my abilities and in my expertise in literacy instruction. I can only attribute this to the education I received at Medaille College,” says Rosenthal. She is helping to level the playing field for the students she teaches. Each day she supports struggling readers and writers by arming them with strategies and the confidence they need to delve into accuracy, fluency and comprehension. “I am, in turn, giving them the spark they need to be lifelong lovers of reading,” explains Rosenthal. She knows that in order for kids to be successful in content areas such as math and science, they need to be able to read, and that the tools she is giving them now are tools they will use throughout their lives. Rosenthal believes illiteracy is contributing to high drop-out rates in our schools, and that the work she is doing to catch students at an early stage will diminish the number of students who become frustrated and disengaged. “If a struggling child experiences a little success, they will then have reason to experience that success again,” says Rosenthal. “I feel I have accomplished this as a classroom teacher and now as a literacy specialist in my school.”

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A high degree of commitment. Just around the corner from the Westminster Charter School, Lennail Bailey ’09 ’12 is the director of the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Children’s Center that opened this September and an education supervisor for Bethel Head Start in Buffalo. The Buffalo Promise Neighborhood is a one square mile, 97-block neighborhood on Buffalo’s East Side. The area has been recognized as high need because of its challenges relating to poverty, crime and blight. Also because of its boundless potential, high number of school-aged children and plentiful cultural assets, community groups have organized a partnership focusing on education reform. The Children’s Center offers families resources, schooling and support that make Bailey’s job exciting and meaningful. Bailey has received three degrees from Medaille: an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in English; a Master’s degree in Literacy and another Master’s in Organizational Leadership. Bailey’s literacy degree made it possible for her to obtain her position as a reading teacher with the Board of Education and gave her the skills she imparts to the teachers she works with in her current position. Her Organizational Management degree taught her about organizational systems and teamwork, something she stresses with the staff at Bethel where it’s all about collaboration. “It was really a pleasure to go to Medaille,” says Bailey. “The teachers did so much to prepare me for what I do now. Without Medaille, I would not be able to do it.” She works to level the playing field for at-risk children by staying focused on Head Start’s mission to provide educational experiences and services to help children achieve their fullest potential. Bailey credits her experiences in the Literacy Program with helping her to understand what the students need to be successful. “For early foundations, literacy is so important. Everything we give them they’re taking to kindergarten,” explains Bailey. She is able to use her background to contribute positively to classroom instruction and assist teachers in developing students’ literacy skills. Another essential part of Bethel’s success is parent involvement. “We do a lot with the families,” says Bailey. She is currently working on a doctoral degree in Education Leadership, so she still has work to do. We may see Bailey leading future education policy that is focused on all of the things she has learned that make a difference for kids; positive experiences in schools, values and developing the whole child.



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We do this not only by targeting our instruction, but also by creating a positive environment where children feel comfortable to take risks when learning. MELISSA MOORE ’10

Building knowledge. Melissa Moore ’10 earned her Master’s degree in literacy from Medaille. Since then she has been working as a reading specialist in the Williamsville Central School District and has recently been selected to participate in Reading Recovery training, an intensive early intervention program for students in first grade who are among the lowest achieving readers. The training requires an organized teacher with a keen understanding of literacy instruction. Moore credits her positive experience in the Literacy Program at Medaille with providing a good foundation in best teaching practices. “At Medaille, I was given the opportunity to work directly with at-risk readers through the tutoring programs offered at the Reading Center,” says Moore. “This handson experience allowed me to become familiar with diagnostic assessments and prepared me to effectively analyze each to target student needs.” Moore feels she’s preparing kids for success every day in the classroom. “In Reading Recovery, we celebrate what the child knows each and every day,” she explains. “It’s all about building knowledge day-by-day based on careful scaffolding targeted to the individual child. Our goal is to have each child exit the program loving to read and write.” Setting the proper tone in the classroom goes a long way in helping children succeed. “We do this not only by targeting our instruction, but also by creating a positive environment where children feel comfortable to take risks when learning,” says Moore. “We know that the confidence we help build carries over into the classroom.” Continues >

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It was really a pleasure to go to Medaille. They did so much to prepare me for what I do now. LENNAIL BAILEY ’07 ’09 ’12, DIRECTOR, BUFFALO PROMISE NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN’S CENTER

High Marks continued

Teaching through the arts. Amber Dixon ’91 is a familiar face in Buffalo, primarily for her role as interim Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools. But she’s currently making a difference in another way. Today, Dixon serves as the Executive Director of the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology. The state-of-the-art center provides after school arts programs for at-risk high school students. Participation allows students to explore the arts and realize their undiscovered talents; something research shows serves as incentive to improve attendance in school and in turn academic performance. Her role allows her to see children re-engage with school. Programs for students who might not succeed in traditional academic subjects are not just an alternative method for students to learn. At times, the programs are the only opportunity for some to shine. The arts allow students the chance to develop positive self-concepts and explore their natural talents. Research supports the notion learning is enhanced and academic achievement is improved with exposure to the arts. How did Medaille help Dixon in this pursuit to affect positive change for kids? “Medaille helped me with my job in providing the flexibility for me, a working single mother, to earn a degree at night,” Dixon explains. “The instruction I received was provided by skilled practitioners. It was an extremely practical education, ensuring that my classroom situations left me feeling prepared.”

United in Care MEDAILLE PARTICIPATES IN UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING. FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENTS and Medaille alumni participated in the 2013 United Way Day of Caring in August. The Day of Caring is Western New York’s largest community service event, mobilizing thousands of volunteers to complete hands-on community service projects organized annually by the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. With over 70 participants from Medaille, six teams took on various projects across Buffalo including picking up garbage at local parks, painting schools, organizing classroom storage and more.

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$BNQVT Spotlight G R O W T H A N D T R A N S F O R M AT I O N Our campus, located in the beautiful Olmsted Park neighborhood, has a tradition of offering a safe and beautiful environment to our students. Over the years, we have expanded instructional space, added residence halls and increased our ability to serve our students. With each expansion we have remained relentlessly focused on enhancing our ability to better serve our students. And we continue our transformation by bringing our School of Adult & Graduate Education (SAGE) and School of Education (SOE) students from our Amherst location back home, to our Buffalo Campus. We are excited about the synergies created by this move for our udergraduate and graduate students. t 6OEFSHSBEVBUFTUVEFOUTXJMMHBJOBNPSFøVJE pathway to graduate education.

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Learning to Lead BY JACKIE NEAL ’13

When Medaille Student Government president Danielle Dworzanski was choosing colleges, she thought she would want to attend a big school. But one visit to a leadership conference at Medaille was all it took to change her mind.

“I KNEW RIGHT away I could have a much greater impact by attending a smaller school,” says Dworzanski. She began at Medaille by getting involved in many activities and has served as the Student Government Association (SGA) president for the past year and a half. Like Dworzanski, past president of SGA Jess Newcombe ’13 agrees. In fact Newcombe’s time as SGA president motivated her to change her major. She is now serving as a graduate assistant at Medaille in the Office of Student Affairs and pursuing her Master’s degree in higher education. She found helping students succeed and grow was rewarding and what she wanted to do in her future. “I still have undergraduate students calling me and asking me for all kinds of advice,” Newcombe says. “It is really cool.” A more focused approach. This year, with the expansion of the Sullivan Center, Dworzanski has been able to execute her job as SGA president more effectively. The Student Government office is now centralized within the Student Affairs suite and has greatly improved her ability to communicate with clubs and organizations on campus.

Danielle Dworzanski, current Student Government president and Jessica Newcombe, past president have been involved with many events on campus during their time at Medaille.

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The new location allows for a more focused approach to student government, clubs and organizations, and campus life. Prior to the Sullivan Center addition, clubs were in separate meeting areas. Now the proximity of their offices allows for better communication and synergy between groups run by and with the SGA. “Our new area provides an opportunity for everyday interaction between leaders and clubs, especially from a developmental point of view,” notes Amy DeKay ’95, SGA advisor and Medaille dean of students. Students active in college clubs, organizations, and government activities gain essential leadership and collaborative habits, all qualities that will be important as they go forward both professionally and personally. “I think the learning here is about academics,” says DeKay. “Students get the opportunity to apply their classroom learning to activities throughout the clubs.” DeKay sees students grow through their involvement in student government and clubs: their maturity and stability are developed out of necessity while working within diverse groups. In addition, DeKay sees the development of respect and understanding for differences as a positive result of working in SGA. Mutually beneficial. Dworzanski understands the importance of student government in the college experience as student participation has increased dramatically over her time at Medaille. She is hopeful that the SGA will benefit both Medaille as a whole and its students as individuals. In her role as SGA president, Dworzanski feels it is important to incorporate administrators, including Medaille’s president, Dr.

“I see development of respect and understanding for differences as a positive result of working in SGA.” Amy DeKay ’95, SGA advisor and Medaille dean of students

“I learned the importance of working with people at all levels as SGA president.” Nick Calandra ‘11, Former SGA President, Chief Operations Officer at Hearts for the Homeless

Jurasek, into meetings. Working with administration and students allows for a better understanding of the appropriate actions that need to be taken to benefit the overall community. The ability to delegate tasks and work within an active community organization is another valuable lesson learned at SGA. “You have to realize that you can’t do everything,” says Dworzanski. “You need to let others take on tasks so that they grow too.” Achieving the knowledge and mastery of shifting from leadership roles, to group presentations and back again, allows students to understand and adapt to changing roles throughout life. One of Dworzanski’s goals this year is ensuring the SGA has a greater role in providing even more community outreach. Planned community events include food distribution for Thanksgiving and the Reindeer Run, both on campus, and outside involvement in the community. “This year we’re trying to actually get our faces out in the community, by being involved with things like the City Mission or Habitat for Humanity,” Dworzanski explains. “We hope to be an example for the other clubs here to do the same, which some already do.” Responsibility and compromise. Dworzanski sees the development of responsibility as an important result of active participation in student government. Accountability and reliability to one’s peers and superiors is certainly key in developing a solid work ethic. “Being held accountable by the SGA is an important characteristic,” says Dworzanski. “When we say we’re going to do something we need the students to hold us accountable and make sure we get things done.” Dworzanski sees accountability as one of the most important skills that she will take with her when she graduates. On the other hand, Newcombe says compromise is something she learned as president. “SGA taught me how to navigate through different personalities and how to work alongside people different from you, to accomplish a mutual goal for the club,” explains Newcombe. “You learn how to listen to all views and find a common solution.” These positive attributes, embodied by the members of the SGA, provide an ample window into what they can offer our community: leadership, organization, and opportunities. 2013-14 I Medaille Magazine 25

SayYes to Education BY JACKIE NEAL ’13 AND MEGHAN HINTON, senior

A life-changing opportunity for students in Buffalo, Syracuse and Philadelphia. WHEN THE COMMUNITY brought an innovative educational program to Buffalo and local colleges were asked to participate, the decision was an easy one for Dr. Jurasek, president of the College. He was the first to ‘Say Yes.’ And this year, for the first time in the College’s history, over 100 local Buffalo Say Yes Scholarship award recipients had the opportunity to say yes to acceptance letters from Medaille College. This was all because the national Say Yes to Education program in the Buffalo School District has begun its first year of enrolling students in participating colleges. In 2009, motivated by watching a continued downward trend in high school graduation rates, the business community approached Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, looking for a solution. She told them about an innovative program called the Kalamazoo Promise. Discussions continued with support from the Community Foundation, The John R. Oishei Foundation, and the business community. After visiting Syracuse and meeting with the Say Yes representatives, Perez-Bode Dedecker met with the Say Yes national headquarters in New York City and from there the initiative began to take shape. With continued support of local individuals, foundations and businesses, Buffalo Say Yes is now underway and stands to change the direction of Buffalo’s future. According to the Say Yes to Education Buffalo case statement, Say Yes Buffalo is an education-based initiative that provides a powerful engine for long-term economic development through radically improving the life course of public school students in the City of Buffalo. Say Yes Buffalo combines a comprehensive K-12 and postsecondary support system with the incentive of a locally funded, postsecondary Tuition Scholarship to remove the barriers of financial, academic, social and health to college access and success for urban youth. Taisha St. Jean

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Positive results. Today, many Buffalo students are benefiting from the Say Yes program. “I believe Say Yes will give students an opportunity to go to college if they didn’t have financial resources for school,” said Taisha St. Jean, a Say Yes scholarship student and communications major. Medaille has admitted more Buffalo high school seniors this year than any other private college in Buffalo, but this is not the first year that Medaille has been actively involved with the Say Yes program. Senior Arielle Kaigler-Hall, a communications major with a scholarship from the Syracuse area Say Yes to Education program, has attended Medaille since her freshman year. With graduation approaching in May of 2014, she is starting to think about her future. Say Yes has employed Kaigler-Hall for the past three years as an enrichment specialist. Working with students in grades kindergarten through fifth at Franklin School in Syracuse, her role was to help those students succeed in school and after school. Needless to say, she was put to the test. “I’ve been through a lot with Say Yes,” notes Kaigler-Hall, saying she feels much closer to understanding what career goals she would like to pursue after college.

Making the grade. Alysn Lyons, a communications student in her junior year, found the scholarship to be a great opportunity but it also takes hard work. Lyons said she was a sophomore in high school when a Say Yes representative came to her school in Syracuse explaining the benefits of the program. Lyons had to start thinking about colleges and ensure she could keep her good grades to be a part of Say Yes. She applied to 12 different schools and was accepted to many. “Medaille happened to be the best fit,” says Lyons. Even now after making it into the program and college, Lyons still must uphold her good grades in order to maintain her scholarship. Lyons has learned to be persistent and looks forward to a possible career as a tour manager after she receives her diploma. Expanding opportunities. Syracuse implemented this innovative program in 2007 and since then it has brought change to all 32 schools in the district. Medaille was a founding partner with the Syracuse chapter when it began. Now the College also partners with the Philadelphia chapter of Say Yes. Tiana Butts, a communications major from West Philadelphia, is the first of her siblings to attend college. “If I wasn’t in the Say Yes to Education program, I don’t know if I would’ve attended a four-year school,” says Butts. “This program can change people’s lives by offering better opportunities. Being in Say Yes is so helpful; if you need help with work you’ll always have a support system.” Shyhiem Prosser, a communications major from South Philadelphia, was selected for assistance in the Say Yes program through a lottery. While he is certain he would have pushed himself to achieve success and found a way to go to college without the beneficial assistance he is receiving, he acknowledges the TOP: Tiana Butts, Shyhiem Prosser and Taisha St. Jean, all overwhelmingly positive view Medaille ‘Say Yes’ students. College has shown for Say Yes. BOTTOM: (L) Alysn Lyons, communications major, a “This program will show people how to Syracuse chapter “Say Yes’ take full advantage of opportunities in life,” student. (R) Arielle Kaigler-Hall, working says Prosser. in the ‘Say Yes’ program in One thing is certain — completing a Syracuse, spreads the word of the success she’s had at degree at Medaille will give these students Medaille. and many more the opportunity to ‘Say Yes’ PHOTOS BY MEGHAN HINTON, SENIOR to a much brighter future.

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Community as Classroom BY LISA MURPHY

ONE GETS THE sense that in her role as director for the Center for CommunityBased Learning (CCBL), Bridget BraceMacDonald develops lasting ties to Medaille’s students. Through the center’s projects she sees students gain a better understanding of themselves. They gain insight into their learning and its application outside of the classroom. Students understand that they can be change agents in their communities. “A lot of students are aware of issues out there, but not how they can have an impact,” says Brace-MacDonald. That’s where the CCBL comes in. It is all about making the connection between classroom learning and the realities of the community. “The CCBL is primarily concerned with course-embedded communitybased learning,” explains Brace-MacDonald. “We work with faculty, students, and community-based organizations.” Originally funded by the John R. Oishei Foundation as part of EQUIP, the CCBL has now been on campus for more than two years. EQUIP is an acronym that outlines the steps and progress for students during their time at Medaille, regarding community involvement. During the first year, students “Explore their community” and “Question their role” in the community. Each fall, all first-year students work on group projects in their Learning Communities to explore Buffalo’s assets and issues from a variety of perspectives. Students then present their findings to the campus community at the annual Community 101 Fair. In students’ second year, they “Understand their major,” 28 Medaille Magazine I 2013-14



My dad was the first one to lend a hand and open his door to help people. He always stressed the importance of giving back. So when I participated in the Journey’s End project last year, I wanted to volunteer this year. I contacted Bridget Brace-MacDonald at the CCBL and she made the connections for me. M I C H A E L B RO O K S , S O P H O M O R E

connecting them to their community while testing out possible career options. Through “Internships, field experiences, and service-learning projects,” students build a future professional network for themselves and learn essential skills for their career paths. This portion of the EQUIP process predominantly takes place sometime between students’ sophomore and junior years. In the end, students “Produce new knowledge,” and are able to apply their knowledge to solve actual problems in society with legitimate solutions. Having an impact. When students see the impact they can have by incorporating what they have learned in the classroom in an actual real world setting, the learning is deeper and more meaningful. That is just what students experienced this fall in Dr. Patrick Fazioli’s Urban Anthropology and Intercultural Communication classes. Working with Brace-MacDonald, through the center, Dr. Fazioli’s students served at several different organizations in Buffalo, including the African American Cultural Center, Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc., Jericho Road Ministries

Drop In Center, The Belle Center and the Buffalo City Mission. Brace-MacDonald feels that one of the keys to the great success of his service-learning class was that Fazioli built time and reflection into it. “One visit is great,” says BraceMacDonald. “But visiting on a regular basis, with continuity, really makes the learning powerful.” Dr. Bridgette Slavin, adjunct professor in the humanities department and Dr. Alice Villaseñor, assistant professor in the humanities department provided a unique experience for their first-year Learning Community students while working with Vive, Inc. and the Parkside Community Association. Vive, Inc. is the largest refugee shelter in the country. It is located on the east side of Buffalo in a renovated school building. With the support of a 2012 Western New York Service Learning Coalition Faculty Fellowship, Drs. Villaseñor and Slavin worked to develop a project that would draw from Villaseñor’s expertise in the gothic themes and stories of the Victorian era, and Slavin’s expertise in magic and Continues >

witchcraft of medieval Ireland. Their students created activities based on their study of the Medieval Celtic origins of many of today’s United States Halloween customs. They also drew from their research papers about contemporary “Gothic” and “Fall Festival” celebrations around the globe, including Día de los Muertos Community 101 Each year, every single first-year student at Medaille joins a community learning team. These independent teams spread out across Buffalo to carry out student-managed, community-based research projects that examine social, economic, historic, and environmental issues in Western New York.

(Mexico’s Day of the Dead), La Toussaint (France’s All Saint’s Day), and Yu Lan (China’s Hungry Ghost Festival). The purpose of the Community 101 (see box) project was to engage the students in thinking about the origins of the American tradition of Halloween and compare it to similar traditions celebrated around the world. The service-learning portion of the project was to introduce Halloween to the current residents of Vive la Casa, who are seeking asylum in the United States

or Canada. The intention was not only to educate, but to entertain the residents and alleviate any potential monotony in their present circumstances. Based on their research and class discussion, the students identified culturally appropriate means by which to hold the party, which they discovered meant avoiding ghoulish decorations and costumes, but rather focusing on the theme of the fall harvest, sharing food and fun activities. “The party was an absolute success,” said Slavin. “Not only did the children at Vive la Casa enjoy themselves, the adults were just as engaged.” “Some students expressed interest in returning to Vive in the future to volunteer,” added Villaseñor. “I am sure the Vive staff — who was very pleased with the students’ efforts — would be very happy to welcome our students back again.” Brace-MacDonald’s role allows her to be a facilitator. Once a professor contacts her about a community-based learning project, Brace-MacDonald tries to match a community organization’s needs with the assets of

the students and faculty. She prepares students with workshops and one-onone sessions, ensuring that things go smoothly during the project. “I manage expectations on all sides of the equation,” says Brace-MacDonald. “I want to make sure that all involved have a quality experience.” Equipping students for success. “Community-based learning is woven throughout the EQUIP learning experience,” BraceMacDonald points out. “We see it as a powerful way for students to connect their academic learning with real-world problem-solving.” The center supports faculty and students from their freshman year through to graduation. BraceMacDonald has seen the impact the center has had over the years. It shows often in the reflection papers that students write after their experiences. “They definitely are getting a greater understanding of themselves, their discipline and the world,” she concludes.

How Do I Touch the Future? Leave a Lasting Legacy.

Including Medaille College in your estate plan is a simple, yet powerful, way to invest in the College’s future and that of our students. When you make a planned gift — of any size — you help strengthen the Medaille experience for the next generation. Your support can enhance campus priorities that have personal meaning to you, such as financial aid, extra-curricular activities, and service-learning programming. Or you can make an unrestricted gift that enables Medaille to best address its future needs. Leave a legacy gift. Be a beacon for future generations. To discuss how you can touch the future, contact Jeanine Purcell in the Office of College Relations at (716) 880-2259 or

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Medaille’s student athletes continued to garner recognition for outstanding performance in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, North Eastern Athletic Conference, and the United Volleyball Conference through 2012 and 2013. BY DEREK WANGLER, senior

THE 2013 MEN’S SOCCER TEAM advanced to the AMCC Tournament Final for the ninth straight season this fall. Seniors John L. Smith and Jacob Conde led seven Mavericks to All-Conference teams, earning first team honors. Medaille men’s soccer finished the AMCC post season tournament in second place after clinching the regular season championship, going undefeated in conference play. Smith, a senior forward was named to the AMCC first team after drawing third team honors last season. His 24 points on seven goals and ten assists places him fourth in the AMCC conference. John L. Smith finishes his career at Medaille College with 47 points. Conde, a senior captain was also named to the AMCC first team. His presence on the defensive end helped the Mavericks place second in the goals against average and take first in number of shutouts in the conference. Jacob Conde finished his senior season with four points contributing to his 13 career points on four goals and five assists. THE 2013 WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM also finished their season making it to the AMCC tournament first round. Sophomore Candis Kapusciniski was named to the All-Conference third team, along with senior keeper Denay O’Connor. THE 2013 WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM advanced to the AMCC tournament with a victory over Mount Aloysius. Sophomores Simmone Talford and Jenna Cleversley and senior Maria Antsupova were all named to an All-AMCC conference team. IN 2012, THE MEN’S SOCCER TEAM won the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championship by defeating Penn State Behrend 1-0. George Tor ‘13 and Pablo Ordonez ‘13 were both named to the first team All-Conference team. With an 8-1 AMCC record, THE 2012 WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM was second in their conference to 9-0 Penn State Behrend. The two teams met in the AMCC championship and Medaille came out on top 3-1. Meghan Fahy ’13, was named to the first team All-Conference team. Sophomore Simmone Talford was also named the AMCC’s Newcomer of the Year. THE 2012 MEN’S LACROSSE TEAM finished with an 8-6 overall record and a 5-2 North Eastern Athletic Conference record. Senior Brock Levick led the NEAC in goals with 61 and was third in the conference with 76 points. Those accolades put Levick on the first team All-Conference team. THE 2012 MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM finished with an 18-11 overall record and a 13-5 AMCC record in 2012 and made it to the AMCC Championship game for the fourth straight year. Junior Jammal Coleman was named to the first team All-Conference.

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CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS and NCAA tournament appearances have set a high standard for the Medaille College athletic department. The Mavericks’ greatest impact, however, has been away from play as they care for others in the Western New York community. Medaille’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a council of student athletes promoting unity between the student body through athletics, and most importantly, service to their community. “The SAAC has an opportunity to make an impact on the lives of the student athletes and those around us,” says Karen Shaddock, interim assistant athletic director, sports information director and SAAC advisor. “Volunteering in the community for different causes helps to put our lives in perspective. We tend to get caught up with school, work and sports that we forget how fortunate we are. We need to be proud of the place we live.” Shaddock, associate athletic director Laura Edholm and the SAAC executive board wanted to get involved in service with breast cancer patients and survivors during the month of October. Shaddock, Edholm and student athletes worked together to make blankets to be donated to the Breast Cancer Network of Buffalo. “We wanted to do something we haven’t done before and give our student athletes the chance to get their hands dirty, so to speak,” says Edholm. “Wanting to keep things local, I called an organization I had heard about and made the connection.” Edholm, SAAC executives and other student athletes traveled to the Clarence United Methodist Church to present blankets to facilitators of the network during a luncheon. The service work does not end there; SAAC has many other events planned for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year. Upcoming events include play days with kids at Women and Children’s Hospital and volunteering at a local soup kitchen. Shaddock and members of the men’s lacrosse team are also planning a Bald for Bucks event next semester. “Our goal for SAAC this year is to give back to the community as much as possible,” concludes Shaddock. “I look for the student athletes’ feedback for the types of events to participate in because I would like them to be passionate about the causes for which they volunteer.” 2013-14 I Medaille Magazine 31

David Bennett ’06, (Madison, WI), Zambia PROJECT MANAGER, EPIC My trip to Zambia involved working with an orphanage in Lusaka and the highlight was getting an opportunity to see where the orphans came from. Most lived on the street in the worst neighborhood in the city and one of the workers took us on a walk through the area. The area is so bad the police refuse to go there, so there were drugs and automatic weapons everywhere and the conditions were worse than anything I could have imagined. It made me realize how much I take for granted where I was born and all the advantages given to me.

Gergely Koos-Hutas ’05, London, England

A Global Impact

ASSOCIATE, CAPITAL MARKETS; AUCTION.COM I have been based in London (UK) for two years now. After working for a real estate private equity company focusing on German distressed portfolios, I have switched to Auction. com’s Capital Markets team. While the company is an established business in the U.S. it is still in a startup phase in Europe. My job is to conduct pricing analysis of various portfolios and individual assets as well as to prepare them in terms of due diligence for the auction.


Brianna Broad ’11, Washington, DC

The highlight of my job is using all types of media to describe how health services research improves the quality of health and advocate on behalf of the field to policy-makers.

Ashlea Browning ’11, Thailand PRIMARY ENGLISH PROGRAM TEACHER, ST. JOSEPH RAYONG SCHOOL I love being able to live in such a beautiful and culturally rich country. Teaching kids here is probably one of the most fulfilling jobs I’ve ever had. Those moments when you just know you’ve made a difference are absolutely priceless.

Lisa Cialfi ’09, New York, NY SENIOR ASSOCIATE, MEC The highlight of my job is the ability I have to continually learn about the ever-changing (and it changes, daily) media landscape. Working for such a large agency affords me the opportunity to bring advertising solutions to my clients that are first to market in their industry and can pave the way for other MEC clients. I also love being in a client facing role that allows me to be a source of knowledge on digital media, something I’m truly passionate about, for a major global brand.

Jacqueline Guglietta ’10, Athens, GA ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL PROGRAMS, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION As the assistant director of regional programs at the University of Georgia, I work with over 100 alumni chapters all around the world. No day is ever the same, which makes the work exciting! My main responsibility is to connect alumni to each other and back to the University. These alumni have at least one thing in common: their deep love and appreciation for their alma mater. It has been wonderful to interact with graduates on a daily basis and hear their stories from UGA. I train alumni on how to plan effective social events in their areas and run a successful leadership board within their chapter. Each chapter has its own personality and they know that we are always there to help! As a whole, UGA has its footprint all over the state of Georgia and the country. It has been amazing to see what an impact UGA has on its students and community. I am happy to be a part of the big picture and “adopted into the Bulldog Family.” Did I mention that football season is also a highlight? Go Dawgs!

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was getting to experience so many different cultures. While in Europe I was able to travel to 10 different countries. I decided that before I came back to the US I had to take advantage of the fact that everywhere in Europe was so accessible and affordable. Most of the countries I visited were during a one month period in which I traveled by train. The experience of living out of a backpack while traveling is something unlike anything I have ever done before, but will certainly do again. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes seeing new places and meeting great people.

Tara Tetzlaff ’06, Boston, MA SUMMER PROGRAM DIRECTOR/SENIOR INSTRUCTOR, EMPOW STUDIOS I run creative technology programs for kids, and one of my primary responsibilities is to create a welcoming, safe environment in which students can be comfortable trying new things, regardless of their age, technology experience or learning needs. When students feel safe, they are less afraid to experiment with new ideas and make mistakes. And since mistakes are often necessary when you challenge yourself to something new, I think it’s important for kids to know that a mistake can be ok: what’s important is that you learn from it.

David Vega ’11, New York, NY VP BRANCH MANAGER, ASTORIA FEDERAL SAVINGS The highlight of what I do is working and winning as a team! I get to work with a team of talented individuals and help them realize their true potential. People come in all shapes and sizes with innate gifts and talents. It is up to the team leader to help them achieve their potential, work through their limitations and do so in a continuously improving and motivating manner. When the individuals win the team wins. I learned this skill at Medaille while working in a cohort of individuals comprised of an RG&E executive, an office manager, and a Biology College teacher! Boy did we learn… I miss those days with nostalgia, but not the hours!!

Joel Walrath ’07 ’09, Detroit, MI ASSISTANT SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR, UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY I always enjoy meeting new people and having the chance to experience new things. I have had the opportunity to meet some great people from all over the United States and work with some talented athletes and individuals. Two of the better memories included being able to travel with our men’s basketball team to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and meeting Dick Vitale for a nationally televised game on our home court in Detroit.

Global Perspectives INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS GROW AT MEDAILLE. BY LISA MURPHY INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS present a host of challenges. The College faces managing the myriad of details involved in the blending of two educational programs and institutions. “These partnerships are formal and must be approved by layers and layers of decision-makers at the overseas site,” explains Dr. Richard Jurasek, president at Medaille College. “That makes partnership development very difficult work and very, very slow.” Recognizing that the rewards outweigh the challenges, Medaille College has forged ahead and currently has formal agreements with China’s Dalian Maritime University and Korea’s Catholic University of Daegu, Duksung Women’s University, Kyungpook National University and the Seoul National University of Science & Technology. In addition to these agreements, the College recently announced a new partnership with Vietnam’s Duy Tan University. International students enrich Medaille. Currently, 16 students are enrolled at Medaille from the international partner schools. The degrees available to them are a 2+2 dual degree program in English with Dalian Maritime University and an Accounting and Business Administration degree in the agreement with Duy Tan University in Vietnam. For international students, one of the challenges is improving their English language skills. With an expanding global economy and the growth of multinational companies in both China and Korea, mastery of English improves one’s future prospects for employment. “In Korea, companies value the ability to speak English fluently,” says international student Kylee Hayoung Shin. “With many candidates seeking jobs, the person who is most fluent in the English language has the advantage.” Dora Te Du, a student from China, is planning on working in the shipping management field. All of the written communication is conducted in English. Dora has found that being immersed in a community where the primary communication is English is invaluable. According to Dr. Norman Muir, associate professor and interim vice president for academic affairs, the international students are engaged, hard-working, high academic achievers. “The faculty loves having them in classes,” says Muir. “The students demonstrate keen intellectual curiosity.” The students’ experience in their classes at Medaille differs from that which they experienced at home. Students are encouraged to interact more here. They are encouraged to openly debate topics with each other and their professor. “At home one cannot speak in class unless they raise their hand,” says Na-eun Oh, from Korea. “You cannot speak out of turn or question things as much.” Medaille faculty members are more involved on a personal level than the instructors at their own universities. Professors here care about all aspects of students’ lives and want to help each student succeed.

Korean students at Medaille, August 2013.


“At home, our professors may not know your name,” adds Kylee. “The classes are much bigger and personal interaction is not encouraged.” From a student life perspective they are also involved on the campus, in social activities, and in Buffalo itself. “I think international students not only add to the diversity on campus but they change the dynamic in the classroom,” says Amy DeKay, dean of students. “Outside the classroom, they are eager to learn about the city and the surrounding area and participate in campus activities.” The international students are not the only ones benefiting from their Medaille College experience. Studies of U.S. students are enhanced as well. “U.S. students have a direct, experiential opportunity to develop intercultural communication skills, cross-culture understanding, and expanded global consciousness/perspective from living and learning with the international students inside and outside of class,” says Muir. “The international students, likewise, enhance their intercultural communication skills, cross-cultural understanding, and global perspective.” Study overseas. The success of international students at Medaille has set the course for expansion in the future. Medaille students will have the opportunity to go overseas, to partner schools, and study. In addition efforts in Admissions and the Office of Academic Affairs have become more proactive, intentional, and strategic in pursuing more international partnerships and recruiting more degree-seeking and exchange students. Although challenging, overseas partnerships have become, and will continue to be one of the best ways for students to be prepared to compete in the ever-expanding global environment. The mutual understanding of cultural differences remains a key outcome of educational exchange programs. “The interaction of our students with international students encourages us to learn from people who are different, to try on the habits of mind and of living peculiar to ourselves and to others,” concludes Dr. Jurasek, “Although it may seem obvious, it actually does require a particular kind of effort.” According to Jurasek, that effort is excellent training for life.

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DURING THE FALL semester 2012, a group of Medaille students anticipated their spring break trip to the Dominican Republic. In March 2013, the students, all women, came back after ten days in Monte Cristi teaching English to native Dominican students. No longer riding on expectations of something yet to come, this time around, the women were able to share a new outlook on the experience. Mariah Haddad, a freshman and adventurer for certain, had prepared for what is known as culture shock though she did not expect to be so affected by what she experienced on the trip. “There were children with holes in their shoes, happy as can be, dirty from sleeping on floors and not a care in the world,” she recalls. “The trip is the best thing I’ve ever done. My perspective on life is so different.” Laydee Ankoma-Mensa ’12 nods in agreement and finishes, “There will always be someone less privileged than I am, so I will do my best to share with them what I have and encourage others to do the same.” Ankoma-Mensa graduated from Medaille with an education degree and entered the week-long Outreach 360 program as a veteran teacher and volunteer while the other girls for the most part were not as seasoned. Melisa Williams, director of Student Involvement and Multicultural Education & Diversity, chaperoned the trip and is also a veteran. But for some of the women, including Haddad, the trip was a first in terms of service learning, culture and teaching in a developing country. On top of teaching six hours a day in challenging conditions, the group dealt with cultural and environmental differences. 34 Medaille Magazine I 2013-14


The trip is the best thing I’ve ever done. My perspective on life is so different. MARIAH HADDAD, FRESHMAN

The image of the Dominican Republic is one of unpaved roads with no traffic signals, littered with garbage and stray animals running about, small, dilapidated homes, the most basic waste disposal systems and large, hungry mosquitoes. The program included cultural activities, one of which was a journey to the border that the Dominican Republic shares with Haiti. Our travelers were at the border on a market day and the sight was remarkable. “The look of determination in the Haitians’ eyes sticks with you,” says Williams. “Still affected by the earthquake, the people of Haiti face an extreme struggle that is hard for most Americans to understand.” Unfortunately, the facilities for learning do not fare much better than their surroundings in these places. “We were teaching six hours a day in classrooms with dirt floors and no doors. It’s hard to focus,” says Ankoma-Mensa. Continues >


Left: Fran Perez, a senior, working with Alphonso, one of their favorite students. In the summer he was not literate in reading both Spanish and English. He is now able to read well in English. Below: Laydee Ankoma-Mensa and Mariah Haddad co-taught during their time in the classroom. Students read for the first half hour of every class prior to beginning assignments. ALL PHOTOS BY MELISA WILLIAMS

School is mandatory only up to eighth grade in the Dominican and many students only have four-hour days. After school programs play a very big role, such as Outreach 360 whose vision is a world where “every child is adequately prepared for college or gainful employment upon reaching adulthood, enabling them to live a life of choice.” The Learning Center where the program is held becomes a part of the culture. The year ’round program also gives adventurous English speakers an incredible opportunity to stay as either short- or long-term volunteers, to impart their knowledge and gain some of their own along the way. “I believe that God wants us to learn from these students and for the students to learn from us,” concludes Ankoma-Mensa. “I thank him for opening our eyes about the reality of life outside the United States.” She encourages those who do not wish to travel or who are unable to volunteer to make a difference via donation on the Outreach 360 website at

Are you interested in accompanying a group of students on a trip abroad? Please contact Melisa Williams, director of Student Involvement and Multicultural Education & Diversity. There are opportunities for short term study abroad trips and educationally focused travel to Ireland (January 2015) and Eastern Europe (May 2015).

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Faculty members Courtney Grim and Jim Brace were invited by Haitian Deputy Renaud Jean Baptiste to join others in Haiti to break ground and build schools. Haiti is still suffering from the devastation of the earlier earthquake which destroyed much of the infrastructure including schools, and left many homeless and desperate.


WHEN EASTER BREAK approached, most of the Medaille community was excited to go home to their families. However, Courtney Grim, associate professor, Humanities and Jim Brace, professor, Social Sciences had another destination in mind. During the semester, Brace’s Psychology of Music class helped raise funds and collect school supplies to distribute, in schools, in Haiti. It was a three-week process in which students at Medaille and the University at Buffalo, collected pens, pencils, notebooks and other supplies for the Haitian community. The class collected nearly 17,000 items for Haiti. Although this collection was specifically for Haiti, both Grim

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and Brace are not strangers to projects benefiting many groups. “The community reaching out to us and us reaching out to the community happens all the time,” explains Grim. Grim and Brace were invited by Haitian Deputy Renaud Jean Baptiste to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony of a new school building and the distribution of collected supplies during the Easter holiday. Traveling throughout Haiti was extremely difficult. Ravaged by the 2010 earthquake, Haiti struggles with lack of infrastructure. Life is extremely difficult and chaotic. The duo explained how traveling 200 miles took the entire day. “The cities were really crowded,” says Grim. “The neighbors and citizens were uncivil.”



Grim recalls one of her most memorable moments as witnessing the way Haitians treated each other. “There is little civility and they are not aware of what is going on in their country,” she explains. “There is no news or newspapers.” Both Grim and Brace spoke of the abundance of cell phones. “They were found everywhere but there was no Internet connection,” says Brace. “Their access to news seems very limited.” Another memorable moment for both was finding a building resembling an empty Cantina. Located outside was a pole with a child standing guard. As they looked closer, they noticed that the child was guarding cell phones that were charging. Charged cell phone plates

were being sold, as many Haitians did not have electricity. Grim and Brace recalled beggars on street corners and young children dancing through the streets in a Mardi-Gras like celebration. Although they have little resources Brace spoke of the importance of the Easter Sunday Celebration, as Haiti is predominantly Catholic. “We saw clean clothes drying on bushes,” recalls Brace. “People took pride in their appearance and looking nice.” The faculty members also spoke of how limited Haitian social structure appears to be. Since there are no social safety nets, once Haitians become elders, most have no choice but to beg for money. “Their banks resemble lotto shops,” says Brace. They did not travel

anywhere in the country without an interpreter and another man with a weapon. Reflecting on one of the memories that impacted him most, Brace says, “There were kids playing naked, but when their mother came out, they lined up and used the pump to bathe, the oldest helping to bathe the younger ones. It was a beautiful thing.” “I feel like I need to go back to do something successful,” adds Brace, “I’d really like to return to Haiti with doctors.” Grim, however, said she would not go back. “Their problems are too complex. The change can only occur within Haiti, and I don’t know if they can do that,” she says. “When I returned home, I couldn’t talk about Haiti for three days.” Courtney Grim, associate professor, Humanities, second from right, with group who participated in the opening of a new school during a recent trip to Haiti. PHOTO BY JIM BRACE 2013-14 I Medaille Magazine 37

Jessica Burgess, a Vet Tech/Bio major and member of Life Sciences Club, shows Scott, a young student from the Valley Community Association after school program, how to dissect a starfish.

Science in Bloom



A GROUP OF COLLEGE SCIENCE STUDENTS AND BUFFALO MIDDLE SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE TACKLING A NATIONAL PROBLEM. NO, IT’S NOT a scientific discovery but it is a scientific breakthrough. Together, through the ‘Science in Bloom’ program, a collaboration between Medaille College and the Valley Community Association located in southeastern Buffalo, with funding by the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, students have discovered how to engage young learners of science in a deep and meaningful way. At the same time, Medaille college students’ learning is enhanced by their role as mentors in the learning process. “They become partners in learning,” says Dr. Brenda Fredette, professor in the Mathematics and Sciences Department. “When our students have to explain science to a 12-year-old it makes their learning better.” Each week middle school students spend time on the Medaille campus, in science labs. The program began four years ago with the middle school students spending one day a week dissecting specimens. It has now grown to include four science areas: biology, involving open-inquiry dissection projects; general chemistry, exposing students to conventional lab techniques; and botany and molecular biology building on these skills. The program provides an opportunity to develop skills of analysis, inquiry and design through active lab work, journaling, discussion, observing and synthesizing data. Spending time at Medaille may be their first experience on a college campus working in labs with college students and professors. They may now be able to envision pursuing a career in the sciences. “These kids love being on campus,” says Fredette. “For many of them this may be their first time in a college setting.” 38 Medaille Magazine I 2013-14

Two Medaille science students mentor each middle school child while they conduct their experiments. The middle school students and Medaille students grow through the process in science knowledge and learning how to learn. Middle school children have the opportunity to see that college students are approachable and engaging. “The kids look up to the students mentoring them,” says Fredette. “They feel that ‘maybe college is a possibility for me.’” When the program began it was initially based solely at the Valley Community Center on Leddy St. in Buffalo. As it grew it just made sense to move it to the Medaille campus where students could work in the labs. With the addition of a botany module, taught by Dr. Robert Johnson, professor in the Mathematics and Sciences Department, students are now also doing field work offsite, studying a soil/earthworm compost box, conducting a seed germination experiment, and testing growth in control and compost rich soils. Success has garnered more funding allowing Science in Bloom to expand. With a Time Warner Cable “Connect a Million Minds” grant, Fredette has purchased iPad minis along with cameras that attach to microscopes. Now students can project their specimens right from the microscopes to their iPad minis in real time and share that information with others. The program has also received grants from the Cummings Foundation, the Wendt Foundation and the Alden Trust. While there are so many federal initiatives aimed at engaging students in the sciences, it looks like Medaille and the Valley Community Association have developed a truly successful local one of their own.

Special thanks to our friends at M&T for providing a $250,000 campaign challenge grant to help us build our Laboratory and Science Center of Tomorrow

Now, M&T Bank will match all gifts to Medaille’s comprehensive campaign up to $250,000. To make your gift to Medaille, use the enclosed gift envelope or visit and click “Giving.” And be on the lookout for more information on our campaign and ways that you can make a difference in the months to come. Architectural rendering of the Lab and Science Center of Tomorrow, courtesy of Cannon Design

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Teeing Off for Scholarships OVER $38,000 RAISED AT 2013 GOLF CLASSIC. THE 2013 MEDAILLE College Golf Classic was held August 5 at Transit Valley Country Club. A full field of golfers converged for an afternoon on the green followed by an evening of dinner, drinks and good company to support endowed scholarships at Medaille. Chaired by Nate Marton, director of operations at the College and Jim Spano, president of Buffalo Office Interiors, the Golf Classic, held in memory of Allen Lee Downing, raised over $38,000 for endowed scholarships. Allen Lee Downing was a student enrolled in the MBA program when he tragically passed away at the age of 27 following a motorcycle accident. Allen’s passion for learning and commitment to community service directly reflect the College’s goals and priorities.

Winning foursome from Sonitrol. L to R: Bryan Mika, Matt Pokigo, Bob Buerger and Alex Buerger. PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER RIPLEY ’12 ’13

Founders’ Day Celebration Takes Center Stage HEIDI RAPHAEL ’85

FATHER JEAN PIERRE Médaille founded the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph to embrace and live fully in service to those in need. It is in the spirit of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph and Father Médaille that the College established Founders’ Day to recognize and honor individuals and non-profits that contribute to the advancement of our community. Rocco Termini, President of Signature Development and current member of Medaille’s Board of Trustees chaired last year’s event which raised $48,000 for scholarships. As we build on this success, we are honored to have Board of Trustee and alumna Heidi Raphael ’85 serve as event chairperson this year. Founders’ Day Celebration 2014, sponsored by Phillips Lytle, LLP, will be held on the stage of Shea’s Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 9 from 6 - 9 p.m. This year’s theme, “Spotlight on Buffalo,” pays homage to our city’s past, present and future and includes character appearances by luminaries from Western New York’s past — from Mark Twain and Teddy Roosevelt to Lucille Ball. Guests will enjoy regional dishes from Rich’s Catering while local musicians George Caldwell and Bobby Militello entertain. Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, will share her insights as keynote speaker. For more information or to make reservations contact Summer (Gemmati) Handzlik ’08 ’12 at (716) 880-2315 or WORDS OF APPRECIATION TO FOUNDERS’ DAY DONORS “I am honored to be a recipient of this year’s Founders’ Day scholarship. Your generous support is helping me to fulfill a lifelong dream of returning to college and completing my Masters in Mental Health Counseling. As anyone attending college knows, the cost of fees, books, and materials are daunting. The Founders’ Day scholarship is essential in helping me achieve my academic and personal goals.” SHERRY C. “As you can image, my excitement and gratitude for such a gift was one of extreme joy and thankfulness. Being a single mom, adult learner and choosing to begin a new career path with the help of Medaille College is going to be a true journey. A journey not just for me, but for my children as well. They will get to see their mom return to school to learn a new skill from talented and dedicated instructors at Medaille College in Rochester, NY. My children will also witness their mother begin a new career in the field of Veterinary Technology.” DENISE R. “I was very excited to hear that I was the recipient of the Founders’ Day scholarship this year. It is people like you who make a college education possible for many students who could not afford it on their own. I wanted to express how much this scholarship has helped me by telling you that before I received the congratulatory letter, I was very worried that I would not be able to afford text books and materials. The arrival of this scholarship money made that possible, and I now have all that I need to start the semester off right.” SARAH B.

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Medaille College is honored by the kindness and support of so many alumni and friends. Listed in this magazine are the names of our dear benefactors who are making a difference in the lives of our students each and every day. As you read the following list, we hope you will see the beauty and strength represented in each gift as donors provide opportunities for students to reach their potential. During the 2012-13 academic year, our alumni and friends provided support for scholarships and financial aid, classroom material and equipment, and extra-curricular activities from team sports to Student Government Association activities. We thank everyone for their support. Medaille College’s Board of Trustees freely shared their leadership, expertise, wisdom, and compassion with us. When called upon, they stepped up to the plate to serve on committees, purchase tickets, sponsor events, and mentor students. Board members also set an example by giving generously to the Medaille Fund and providing scholarship dollars to help deserving students attend the College. We are most grateful for their on-going support. Members of the Board of Trustees not only share their time and talent, but they share their treasures as well. This year we are honored to have 100% of our Board supporting the Medaille Annual Fund. Ask any student why they chose Medaille and they will tell you about the student-centered atmosphere and the faculty’s strong commitment to hands-on learning and accessibility. Medaille’s faculty and staff are the backbone of the institution. They freely share of themselves as they help students to achieve both academically and personally. Faculty and staff donate thousands of hours of personal time to work with students one-on-one and in group settings. They volunteer at campus events and in the community. They serve as role models for our students as civic-minded individuals who add much to our Western New York community. Leadership Giving Throughout these pages, the Medaille community is represented by the many generous alumni, family, friends, and benefactors who made a gift from July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013. Leadership donors are specially recognized herein for their exceptional dedication to the College.

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This list reflects gifts to Medaille College from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. Every effort has been made to publish a complete and accurate list of our donors and their contributions. We apologize for any errors in spelling or accidental omissions of names. Event Sponsors and In-Kind gifts are listed separately after the donor list. Please contact the Office of College Relations at (716) 880-2209 if you would like to provide comments on the 2012-13 Annual Report. Thank you to all our generous supporters!



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$50,000 and Over The George I. Alden Trust The James H. Cummings Foundation, Inc. The Sunshine Lady Foundation, Inc. The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation $10,000 and $49,999 Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Compass Group ^ Garman Family Foundation The Knee Center The M&T Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Moran, Jr. * + Pepsi Bottling Group Mr. Kenneth Trbovich * (The Trbovich Family Foundation) Try-It Distributing Co., Inc. $5,000 to $9,999 ADPRO Sports + Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Cicchinelli ‘98 *+ Patricia ’79 and John Courtney + Eastman Foundation + Drs. Richard and Barbara Jurasek ** + Liberty Mutual Insurance Group + Medaille College Alumni Association Medaille College Student Government Association Millard Fillmore Hospital Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Stevenson *+ Verizon Communications, Inc. + Mr. and Mrs. Michael K. Walsh * + $2,500 TO $4,999 Juanita K. Hunter, Ed.D *+ KeyBank + Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. LaMastra * + Merchants Insurance Group Niagara Scenic Tours The Vincent & Harriet Palisano Foundation +

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$1,000 to $2,499 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference ^ Joyce and Stuart Angert * + Mrs. Barbara Bilotta ‘07 ** + Mr. Nicholas M. Calandra ‘11 *** Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Carver ** + Catholic Health Mr. Ronald J. Christopher ** + Cole’s Restaurant + Mr. and Mrs. John P. Crawford ** Follett Higher Education Group Mr. and Mrs. Kent P. Frey * Dr. and Mrs. Peter J. Freyburger * + Gallina Development Corporation Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Graber ‘96 * + Hart Hotels, Inc. Hyde Foundation, Inc. ^ Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Healy + Douglas W. Howard, Ph.D. ** + Ms. Margaret Kafka ‘90 * + Marketing Technologies Mr. Nathan R. Marton ** and Mrs. Mary Alice Demler-Marton + Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Moley ‘07 * ^ Professor Robert E. Nesslin, CME ** and Mrs. Margaret Nesslin ‘96 + Mr. and Mrs. William H. Pearce, Jr. * + Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Petronella + Mr. and Mrs. John Pond ** Ms. Heidi A. Raphael ‘85 * + Mr. Michael S. Raphael + The Specific Solutions Group Mr. and Mrs. Rocco Termini * + Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Tomasulo ‘79 * + Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Wolfson ‘13 *+

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$500 to $999 Anonymous Bison Baseball, Inc. ^ Courier Capital Corporation Ms. Amy M. DeKay ‘95 ** + Down Syndrome Parent Group of WNY, Inc. DWC Mechnical, Inc. Gerald J. Erion, Ph.D. ** Mr. John W. Fronckowiak ** Mr. Horace A. Gioia * + Robert and Evelyn Hamilton ** + Dr. Helen L. Horne-Moyer **+ Dr. Judith M. Horowitz ** and Mr. Alan T. Horowitz + House of Jacob, Inc. ^ Illana Lane, Ph.D. ** and Darrell Lane + Niagara Frontier Reading Council PJF Publishing + Ms. Jeanine Purcell ** Riverside Automation Mrs. Virginia D. Sullivan and Mr. Wayne McNally Tony Martin Awards, Inc. Ms. Mary Wilson $250 to $499 Mr. Robert D. Chyka, Jr. ‘10 ** + Dr. and Mrs. Robert Connelly, Jr. ** + Mr. E. Webster Dann + Mr. Daniel A. Domino and Dr. Jadwiga H. Domino ** Downtown Post # 64 of the American Legion ^ Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Dueringer ‘03 *** Laura ’07 ** and John Edholm Mr. and Mrs. Dennis R. Fitscher ‘76 Mr. and Mrs. James V. Glynn Mr. Lewis S. Grant ‘84 Mr. and Mrs. Mark E. Hamister ^ Matthew and Summer (Gemmati) Handzlik ‘08, ‘12 ** + Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Hersh ‘99 *** + Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Hill + Drs. Brad Hollingshead ** and Amy Jo Adler J. O’Connell & Associates ^ Mr. Jeffrey Kney ^ Mr. and Mrs. Timothy D. Kwiatkowski ‘86 *** + Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Lapree Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Lynn ^ Mr. Patrick McDonald ** + Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. McGuire ^ Ms. Lucie B. McKinney ^ Mr. and Mrs. Jim McNicholas Ms. Dorothy A. Meindl ‘73 + Mr. Joseph P. Michael + Mr. and Mrs. James K. Morrell * Dr. Francis and Mrs. Lisa Murphy ** P & R Industries, Inc. ^ Mr. Gino A. Pari ‘82 + Nancy L. Pugh, DVM ** + Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence L. Robinson ** + Mr. Fred A. Schumacher, Jr. ** Mr. Dale Stephens ‘99, ‘06 * *** Mrs. Deborah A. Strychalski ** + Edward and Jeannine Suk **+ Mr. and Mrs. Mark N. Taylor ** 42 Medaille Magazine I 2013-14

Ms. Carol J. Tomczak + Mr. and Mrs. Michael Townsend ^ West Wind Consulting Strategies in Fund Raising, LLC ^ Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Wolanin ^ $100 - $249 Ms. Maya Agostinelli ^ Ms. Rita Agostinelli ^ Amherst Paving, Inc. ^ Mrs. Diane Andriatch ‘69 + Mr. James B. Armstrong ^ Ms. Cheri Atkinson Mr. Jonathan R. Augustyn ‘09 ** *** Ms. Melissa Babiarz ‘07 *** + Ms. Silvia Baines ^ Mr. and Mrs. John H. Baker Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L. Barbeau Mr. John P. Baron Dr. Jenifer M. Bavifard ** Dr. and Mrs. Howard Benatovich Mrs. Lisa Marie Benn ‘95 Mrs. Shelley M. Bernosky ‘72 + Mr. and Mrs. Keith C. Boerner ‘99 + Mr. Paul J. Bogdan ‘03 Ms. Patricia A. Bokman ^ Ms. Irene Borchers ^ Ms. Mary F. Bossard Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Brocato, Jr. ‘87 Mr. and Mrs. Dennis M. Bruno ^ Mr. and Mrs. John P. Bryant, Jr. + Mr. Matthew Bucheker ‘06 ^ Buffalo Dental Group Buffalo Party Rental ^ Ms. Birgit Burton ‘99 Mr. Conway Burton and Dr. Karen L. Burton ^ Ms. Catherine Buzanski ** + Mr. and Mrs. David Carter ^ Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Castiglia Mrs. Angela Marie Champion ‘04 + Cheektowaga Crabapples ^ Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Cleary Club One Fitness, Inc. ^ Mr. David G. Cooper ‘94 + Ms. Carol S. Cullinan ‘02 ** + Mr. John E. Curtin ‘70 + Ms. Patricia Damron ^ Mr. Joel L. Daniels ^ Mr. and Mrs. Trey F. Dedecker, III Mr. David P. DeJoe ^ Mr. and Mrs. William A. Denz ^ Ms. Deborah A. Devine ^ Mr. Donald L. Dillman ^ Ms. Amber M. Dixon ‘90 + Dobmeier Janitor Supply, Inc. Ms. Helen O. Dolan Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Egan, III Mr. Edwin Eggleston ‘99 Carl L. Eisenhard, DVM ** and Deborah Eisenhard ^ Mr. and Mrs. Scott N. Emerson ^ Mr. and Mrs. James T. Engleman, Jr. Esler & Vanderschaaff Co., L.P.A. ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Fagerburg ‘05 + Ms. Lois M. Fehrs ^ Mr. and Mrs. Anthony L. Forcellini Ms. Eve M. Gallo ^ Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Gangloff ^ Gauthier Sheet Metal, Inc. Mr. Angelo Genco ‘09

Mr. Richard Gerber ** Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas J. Giambra ^ Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Gibbons Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Gibbons ^ Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan D. Gill ‘07 *** + Mr. and Mrs. John A. Glover Mr. Scott D. Gorton ‘97 Ms. Kathy Graf + Ellen E. Grant, Ph.D., LCSW-R * + Great Northern ^ Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gregoire ^ Mr. Gerry Gregoire Ms. Kathleen Gregoire ^ Ms. Theresa Gregoire ^ Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Harshyne ^ Joseph and Megan (Fitzgerald) Hassenfratz ‘10 ** Mr. and Mrs. Robert Head Mrs. Deborah Ann Heim ‘89 + Karen ‘05 and James E. Hornung, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William A. Hoy ^ Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Huffard ^ Hutch Tech High School ^ Ms. Joy A. Insinna ^ Ms. Camille R. Jackson ‘09, ‘12 *** Ms. Donna M. Jackson ‘96 + Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L. James Joe Pollak and Sons, Inc. ^ Mr. Edward J. Kane ‘70 + Mr. Eugene J. Karp ^ Allan ‘76 and Barbara Kasprzak ‘77 Ms. Barbara Kazmierczak ‘05 Ms. Carla Kestner ** + Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey C. Klapper ^ Mr. and Mrs. Chester R. Klimek ** Ms. Sharon A. Kogutek ‘73 Craig ‘04, ‘09 and Anita (Hart) Kopra ‘04, ‘06, ‘10 ** Mrs. Karen Kosowski ** + Mr. and Mrs. David J. Kozinski ** + Mr. and Mrs. Jerry A. Kozlowski ** Mr. and Mrs. Glenn T. Krathaus ^ Mr. Brian J. Kulbacki David and Barbara Kurasch ** + Mr. and Mrs. Drew A. Lesher ^ Mr. and Mrs. Albert I. Licata Mr. and Mrs. Pasquale M. Limoncelli ‘88 + Ms. Renee Locke Mr. Robet E. Long ^ Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Long + Mrs. Susan Lowrey ** + M V P Development Corporation ^ Mr. and Mrs. John MacDonald, Jr. + Mr. and Mrs. John J. MacDonald + Mr. and Mrs. Mike MacDonald ** + Mr. and Mrs. Steven M. MacMartin ‘13 ** Mr. Timothy Maggio ** + Mr. Donald J. Marthage Ms. Tammy L. Marthage ^ Mr. John-Paul Martin ‘80 + James and Grace Matecki ‘71 + Mr. Peter A. Matiukas ^ Mr. and Mrs. James R. Matz Mr. Martin G. Maynard Mr. and Mrs. Ronald McConnaghy ^ Ms. Laura McGill ^ Mr. and Mrs. William McGill ^ Mr. John K. McIntosh ^ Ms. Jean McKinney Mr. Timothy McTigue ^ Col. and Mrs. George W. Meyer ^

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence D. Michael Mr. Thomas N. Middeker ‘04, ‘06 Mr. and Mrs. John G. Mikla ‘02, ‘04 + Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Mills, III ^ Moog, Inc. Mr. Jay Moran Dr. Mary Ellen B. Mulvey ** Mr. Thomas J. Munch Mr. Arthur F.P.A. Duc Musarra ^ Mr. and Mrs. John G. Newman Mr. and Mrs. Dennis J. O’Brien ^ Ms. Shirley T. Oliver Mr. Jonas Patricko ** Mr. and Mrs. Jerome F. Pawlak + Mr. John J. Pearce ^ Ms. Lillian I. Petrichko + Tanya ’06 and Scott Petrus ‘06 Mr. Fred Price Mr. Lawrence Rebert ^ Mr. Edward J. Reska ‘71 + Ms. Debra Riggsby Mr. J. Leonard Rizzo, Jr. ‘80 Joseph E. Savarese, DVM ** and Mildred Savarese Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Scheck, Sr. ^ Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Scherer ‘73 Mr. and Mrs. William M. Schickling Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Schneider ‘10, ‘12 *** Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Scully + Mrs. Mary Beth Scumaci ** Ms. Waleska Sierra ^ Mr. David Skotnicki ^ Mr. Ronald A Smith ^ Ms. Barbara A. Smithgall ** + Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sokolowski + Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Stark Stash Sporting Goods, Inc. ^ Mr. Ronald A. Stepien ** Summer Street Capital Partners Ms. Mary J. Syrek ‘67 + Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Szczepanski ** Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Tette ^ Mrs. Shirley G. Thompson ‘75 Mr. Robert G. Tighe Mr. James B. Tomkins ^ Mr. and Mrs. James R. Twardowski Mr. and Mrs. Peter F. Ulrich ^ Deborah ’98, ‘09and Michael Tylwalk + Mary Joan ’07 and Francisco Velazquez Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Walter Mr. and Mrs. Steven H. Walters ‘79 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. Wantuck + Professor and Mrs. William G. Weeks ** + Westcott Insurance Agency + Ms. Deidre M. Whiteside ‘06 ** ^ Mr. and Mrs. Chester J. Witkowski Christie Witt-Beardi ’09 *** and Christopher Berardi ^ Mr. Michael Wolf ‘06 ** Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Wonch ‘03, ‘07 Mr. and Mrs. Mark T. Woodward ,91 Zaxis Architectural, P.C. ^ Ms. Karin A. Ziegler ‘06 + $99 and Under Anonymous Michael and Eleanor Adam ^ Michael and Kathy Adam ^ Mrs. Anne Marie Agostinelli ‘71 Mr. Charles A. Agostinelli ^

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Agostinelli Mr. and Mrs. William L. Agronin ** + Mr. and Mrs. Warren A. Ahl ^ Mrs. Patricia G. Albert ‘07 Mr. Neil Alexander ‘07 Mrs. Margaret Alfano + Ms. Samantha M. Allen ‘12 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Almond ^ Ms. Paulette B. Ambellan ‘04, ‘09 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ambrose, Jr. Ms. Elizabeth L. Anderson Ms. Shannon L. Anderson ^ Mrs. Isabelle Auger and Mr. Gilles Carrier Mrs. Lorraine Augustynek AXA Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Baldi ‘86 Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ball ^ Mr. Schuyler A. Banks ‘02 ^ Mrs. Mary Ann Barbalato Mrs. Kimberli A. Brown-Barcus ‘05 Mr. and Mrs. David Barnstable + Mr. and Mrs. Peter Barone ‘81 ^ Mrs. Ida J. Barr ‘85 Mr. and Mrs. David P. Barrancotta ^ Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Barrancotta + Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey J. Barrett + Mr. Keith J. Bartella ‘05 Mr. Kevin Bates ** ^ Mr. and Mrs. David Batterson, Jr. ‘06 Mrs. Joan E. Battista ^ Ms. Nicole Battista ^ Mr. Steven Bauer ^ Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Bauman Mr. and Mrs. Lance Baxter ‘07 + Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Beale ‘83 Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Bedore Ms. Sandra Lee Belica ^ Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Mark P. Benton ** + Ms. Patricia A. Bestine ^ Mr. John W. Beutel, II ‘04, + Patricia M. ’72 and Donald F. Beyer Mr. Jonathan J. Bilinski ‘08 Mark ’00 and Kelly Blake ‘00 Mr. and Mrs. James Blidy ^ Ms. Linda R. Blum ‘12 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bonner ‘85, ‘87 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Bott ^ Mr. and Mrs. Patrick M. Bourcy Mr. and Mrs. Warren Brady ‘08 Mr. and Mrs. Daniel G. Brawn ‘08, ‘10 Mr. and Mrs. Werner Brehm Ms. Lisa K. Brennan ^ Ms. Anna M. Briatico ^ Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Brown ‘87 Mrs. Kathryn Bucierka ‘89 Ms. Adeline G. Bucki ^ Mr. and Mrs. Carl L. Bucki Mr. Dan Buczkowski ^ Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. Buelens ‘03 Ms. Florence D. Bukowski ^ Mr. Neil Buono ^ Ms. Brittany Burchett ‘08 Ms. Mary M. Burke ‘86 + Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Burke, Jr. ‘87 + Ms. Barbara J. Burns Mr. Angelo L. Buscaglia ‘08 ^ Dr. and Mrs. Richard R. Bush ^ Stephen J. ‘06 and Amanda M. Butler ‘07 Buttercup Cheese - TNG, Inc. ^


As a catalyst for change, the Oishei Foundation supports innovative efforts that lead to community change. We are pleased to support Medaille College as a key partner in Say Yes and for its efforts to prepare our leaders of tomorrow through EQUIP.

$99 and Under Continued Cheryl ’89 and Brian Byrne Jill ’89 and Frank Caffery Mrs. Kristine V. Caligiuri ‘09 ^ Ms. Renee M. Camillo ^ Ms. Elyse H. Cammarano ‘12 ^ Kathleen ’98 and James Campbell Ms. Phyllis H. Campbell Mr. and Mrs. John Canorro, Jr. Ms. Patricia Campos-Besu ‘06 ^ Ms. Holly A. Carmichael ‘85 + Jennifer ’05 and Bradley Carner ^ Mr. Daniel Carrig ‘10 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Dennis J. Carroll + Ms. Marie C. Casillo ‘76 + Mr. Anthony F. Cassine ‘11 Ms. Barbara A. Catalano ‘05 Mr. and Mrs. Fabian C. Catalano + Ms. Rose Marie Cherico ‘96 + Mr. and Mrs. Richard Childress Carin ’77 and Michael Chmurzynski + Mr. Anand G. Choudri ** Mr. and Mrs. David A. Chowaniec ^ Mr. and Mrs. Timothy E. Chriswell ‘03 Drs. Gregory and Bernadette Clabeaux ‘05 ^ Mr. Jimmy Clarke ^ Mr. and Mrs. Russell E. Cleversley Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Clohessy, Jr. + Christine ’73 and Edward Clothier Ms. Betty J. Cody ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert Condello Mr. and Mrs. Gary J. Constantino ‘06 + Mr. and Mrs. Alexander L. Conti ^ Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Cornell ‘91 + Ms. Elizabeth Costello ^ Mr. and Mrs. John C. Cotton ‘82 Mrs. Jacqueline J. Craigue ‘82 + Mrs. Michelle A. Crew ^ Ms. Kelly Crittenden Mr. and Mrs. Stephen J. Crowell Mrs. Barbara Cunningham + Mrs. Mary K. Dailey-Allen ^ Karen ’12 and David Dalke ^ Ms. Kathleen Dana Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Danahy ^ Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Danial + Ms. Sara K. Dann ^ Mr. and Mrs. Douglas J. Davis +

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Mr. and Mrs. Randy S. Dawley ^ Genevieve ’80 and John DeCarlo Mr. and Mrs. Philip DeJoe ^ Ms. Heather DelPriore ‘10 Mr. Zackary DeMaio ‘07 and Ms. Karen Heidle Mr. and Mrs. John L. Denisco ^ Mrs. Beverly L. Detoye ^ Ms. Laura Dewey ^ Ms. Ann Lesley Diaz ‘12 ^ Ms. Mary F. Dietz ^ Mr. and Mrs. Kevin M. Dikeman ^ Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dimaria ^ Mr. and Mrs. Bruce D. Dimock ^ Mr. and Mrs. Donald M. Dimock ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Dingwall ‘86 Ms. Judith T. Diviak ‘73 + Mr. and Mrs. George J. Dixon, Jr. + Mr. Paul R. Dlugosz ^ Mr. and Mrs. James B. Docherty ^ Ms. Laura Domino ‘09 ^ Ms. Judy E. Doty Mrs. Christine A. Dougherty ‘98 Mr. Raymond Drechsel ^ Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Drew Dualex Office Products, Inc. ^ Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Dugan ‘83 Mr. and Mrs. Michael K. Duggan, Jr. ‘04 Diane Marie ’97 and Paul Dumansky Mr. Matthew P. Dunford ‘11 ^ Mr. David C. and Dr. Susan M. Dunkle ‘13 ** Mr. Chad Duprey ^ Mrs. Arlene J. Durski ^ Mr. Wayne Dzialak and Mrs. Bonnie Slachetka Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Dzimian ‘87 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Eastman ^ Ms. Christina B. Eberl ^ Mr. and Mrs. Norman L. Eckhardt ^ Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edwards ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert Edwards ^ Mrs. Rita M. Eisenbeis ‘71 Mr. and Mrs. J. Michael Elkan ^ Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell E. Ellis Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Emerson ^ Ms. Diana Emili-McMurrich ‘06 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick W. Eye Sandra Lee ’84 and Kenneth D. Farrell Miss Mary M. Farruggio ‘04 Ms. Sharon Ferger ^

Renee Fiegel ‘11, ‘12 Mrs. Effie Fields Martha ’75 and Victor Filadora Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Fitzgerald, Jr. Dr. Martin S. Floss and Ms. Kimberly A. Scanlon ^ Ms. Lucy H. Fogan ‘79 + Mr. Michael Franko ‘11 ^ Michael G. ‘73 and Janis M. Frentzel ‘77, ‘93 Kimberly ’07 and Ray Frew ^ Mr. James A. Frey ‘11 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Frizzell ^ Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. Frontera ‘98 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Gacheru ^ Mrs. Joylene M. Gartland Mr. and Mrs. Gregory J. Garvin Ms. Tamela L. Gatewood ‘09 Ms. Debbie Geary ^ Patricia ’87 and Richard Gehring + Michele ’05 and Nicholas Gennarino Mrs. Regina A. Gerbereux ^ Ms. Patricia A. German ‘90 Ms. Katherine Gerstle Ferguson ^ Mr. Liam Fayle Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Gerwitz Lilien and Kelley Getz ^ Mrs. Patricia Getz ^ Mr. and Mrs. Doug Gill ^ Mr. Michael J. Gill ‘07 Paula C. 81 and Paul J. Glauber + Mr. and Mrs. Milton Glende ^ Robert ‘72 and Deborah Glenn ‘71 Mrs. Marsha A. Glose ‘04 ** Mr. Timothy J. Gnacinski ‘91 Mr. and Mrs. Michael M. Gontarek ^ Ms. Theresa Gorecki ‘06 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Gorsuch Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Graber Rita ’71 and Thomas Graff Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Grandits ^ Ms. Eleanor J. Graves ^ Ms. Anita Gray ^ Tom Greenauer Development, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Terence Griffin Ms. Paige D. Gullotti ‘11, ‘12 *** ^ Mrs. Sherrie A. Gustas ‘00 Ms. Mary Ann Guz H.J. Seitz Paving & Construction, Inc. ^ Mr. and Mrs. Gary J. Haak ^


Mr. Edward F. Hacherl ^ Mrs. Mary A. Haden ‘94, ‘99 + Ms. Ellen Hagerty ^ Mrs. Eleanor J. Hake ^ Mr. Matthew Halas ‘06 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Howard H. Hall, Jr. + Mr. and Mrs. Gerhardt Halper ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Hammond Mrs. Sharon Handzlik Nathan L. ‘82 and Marie E. Hare ‘81 Maura J. ‘74 and Lee J. Harris, II + Dr. Mary A. Hartshorn ‘00 Dorothy ’79 and Francis Haselbauer + Ms. Tanya M. Haynesworth ‘92 ^ Mr. Donald Hayward Mr. and Mrs. John R. Hazelton, Jr. ‘02, ‘06 Mr. and Mrs. Adam H. Hellmann Mrs. Janice Herbold Patricia ’07 and David Herweg Hickory Club P. B. A., Inc. Mrs. Judith L. Hicks ^ Mr. and Mrs. David G. Hill ^ Mr. and Mrs. John Hino ^ Mr. and Mrs. Mark N. Hjalmarson ‘00 + Mr. James M. Horner ‘06 + Mrs. Ann Horn-Jeddy ‘99, ‘06 ** *** + Ms. Susan L. Horrocks ** ^ Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Howard Ms. Elaine R. Howe ^ Mr. Michael E. Hudson + Mrs. Diane S. Hull ‘79 Joyce ’87 and Relmond Hull Christine ’88, ’06 and Daniel Hunt + Mary ’71 and Donald Hustead Mr. and Mrs. James Ivey ^ Mr. Bruce S. Jackson ‘95 ^ Reverend Robert and Mrs. Myrtis Jackson ‘78 + Mrs. Deanna M. Jackson-Howard ‘87 ^ Ms. Diana James ^ James H. Hamil Assoc, Inc. ^ Mr. and Mrs. David E. Jandzinski ^ Ms. Adelaine Janora ^ Teresa ’75 and Lawrence Jarmuz + Mr. David P. Jernigan ^ Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Jetty Mr. John P. Jewell and Ms. Christine E. Codding ^ Ms. Diane M. Johnson ‘68 + Mr. Richard C. Jones ‘74 + Continues > 2013-14 I Medaille Magazine 43

Ms. Beth Ann Jones Rice ‘99 *** + Ms. Alice Jonus ^ Phyllis ’95 and Christopher Kacalski ^ Mr. Kyle J. Kaczmarek ‘07 Mrs. Nicole Kane ‘08 ^ Mrs. Bonnie Kane Lockwood ‘87 Mr. Richard Kapuscinski Mr. Frank Karp ^ Kathleen ’87 and Joseph Keenan Ms. Lisa K. Kellick ‘82 Mr. Brian Kelly ‘06 Mary ’72 and Paul Ketterer Mrs. Wendy Kettles Ms. Kati C. Kieffer ^ Mr. and Mrs. David R. Kilijanski Mr. Joseph Kilijanski ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kilijanski + Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kill ^ Mr. and Mrs. Eric N. Klaffka Mr. and Mrs. Douglas F. Klick Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Klosky Keith ‘00, ‘05 ** and Christine Koch ‘05 Maryann ’05 and Kenneth Kolniak + Ms. Eileen Kopper + Mr. and Mrs. Paul S. Kotlowski Mr. Christopher Kovacs ‘04, ‘07 ^ Frances ’81 and Casimir Kozminski + Ms. Amanda Kraft ^ Mr. and Mrs. William A. Kraft, Jr. + Janice ’74 and Edward Kramer + Mr. Peter Kreavy ^ Ms. Mary E. Kreher Ms. Marion R. Krieger ** ^ Mr. David Krug ^ Ms. Nancy I. Krug ‘02 Kim ’84 and Richard Kulakowski La Dolce Vita ^ Mrs. Ann M. LaGreca ‘96 Ms. Anne M. Lalli Dr. Michael P. Larsen ^ Mr. Roger F. Lavocat ‘07 + Ms. Rose Mary Leaper ‘71 + Qunneka ’10 and David Lee Mr. Charles H. Lefler ‘03 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Shawn P. Lemay ‘00 Mr. Matthew A. Leone ‘10 ^ Ms. Grace Lesher Ms. Joan Leszczynski Mr. and Mrs. William F. Letterman ^ Mr. David J. Lewandowski ^ Ms. Joni Licata Mr. and Mrs. Leonard A. Licata Mr. and Mrs. Gary A. Line ** Ms. Arie Lipsky + Mr. and Mrs. J. Paul Lombardo Ms. Carol Long ^ Mr. and Mrs. Shawn M. Loos ‘10 *** Mrs. Gloria A. Lorber ‘74 + Mr. and Mrs. Leonard J. Lorka Ms. Amanda Lovenduski ‘02 ^ Ms. Carol A. Lucey ^ Mr. and Mrs. John F. Lumadue, Jr. + Mr. Brian K. Luper ‘85 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. MacDonald + Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Machovoe ^ Mr. and Mrs. Paul S. Majchrowicz ‘96 ^ Leta ’92 and Foy Mussa Mrs. Louise A. Mallon ‘95 Ms. Sharon A. Malo ‘91 + Mr. and Mrs. Steven Maluchnik ^ Sister Margaret Manzella ‘08 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Ronald C. Maracle ^ 44 Medaille Magazine I 2013-14

Ms. Jeanne C. Marcella ‘08 Mr. and Mrs. Anthony A. Markiewicz Mr. Charles M. Marthage Mr. Robert A. Martin Ms. Diane Martino ‘08 ^ Mr. and Mrs. James D. Mastic, Jr. ^ Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Mathews ^ Mr. and Mrs. James Mathews Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Mazurek + Ms. Holley R. McAllister ‘10 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McArdle ^ Mr. and Mrs. James McCann ^ Ms. Reta B. McCoy ^ Mr. Peter McCrank ^ Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. McDonnell, Jr. ‘80 Mr. and Mrs. Mark McDonnell ^ Mrs. Michelle L. McGhee Mr. and Mrs. Stephen McGovern ^ Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. McKay ‘84 *** Margaret ’98 and Hugh McLean + Ms. Gwendolyn S. Meadows ‘85 Ms. Glenda A. Meeks ‘06 Ms. Diane M. Meholick ‘82 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mescall ^ Mr. and Mrs. Sal Mesi ^ Mr. Joseph Clark and Ms. Linda Mesi ^ Mr. and Mrs. Russell T. Mesi ^ Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Militello + Mr. and Mrs. Bruce A. Millard ‘88 + Ms. Mariann E. Miller ‘94 + Ms. Deebe Modrzynski Mr. and Mrs. Clayton D. Monroe ^ Mr. and Mrs. James W. Montgomerry ^ Mary Joan ’69 and Birney Moore + Ms. Laurie E. Moretti ^ Ms. Danielle M. Moser ‘06 ^ Dr. and Mrs. Norman R. Muir ** + Ms. Dana Munson ^ Mr. and Mrs. Ross A. Munt ‘01 Mr. and Mrs. Timothy M. Murray ^ Mrs. Gail Naab ^ Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Nadrowski ^ Ms. June F. Neuner ‘73 Linda A. ’73 and Jon A. Nichols + Ms. Peggy A. Nicholson ‘66 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nicosia ^ Ms. Krista Nielsen ‘05 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Christopher P. Nitto ‘09 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Norris Mr. Michael Nugent ^ Mr. and Mrs. Ronald S. Oak Ms. Shannon O’Brien ‘09 Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey O’Connor ^ Mr. and Mrs. Glenn O’Connor ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Oliver ‘89 Mr. and Mrs. Brian L. Orwat ‘91 Ms. Phyllis A. Ostrowski ‘75 + Jane ’74 and Robert O’Sullivan + Mr. Frances H. Pajda ^ Ms. Clara M. Parnell Ms. Mary Beth Parrinello ‘81 Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Partyka ^ Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Parylo ^ Ms. Sally Ann Pasternak ‘81 + Mr. and Mrs. James E. Pazderski ^ Mr. and Mrs. William J. Pearce ^ Mr. Jason Perri ** + Ms. Kenisha Perry ^ Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Peterman ^ Petrilli Structural and Consulting Engineering ^ Mr. Joseph Petronella, Jr. ‘12 ^ Clarise ’00 and Franklin Phelps +

Karen ’78 and Thomas Pierino + Mr. and Mrs. Steven J. Piesczynski ‘04, ‘06 + Mrs. Susan M. Pieters ^ Ms. Barbara Pipchok ^ Mr. David Polechetti ^ Mr. and Mrs. Steven J. Pollard Ms. Michele A. Poulos ‘99 Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Powell ^ Ms. Sheryl Prescott ^ Mr. and Mrs. Cecil A. Price Mr. and Mrs. Jerald M. Ptak Mr. and Mrs. Fred Punturiero ‘92 Mr. and Mrs. Sean P. Quinn ** + Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Rafferty ^ Cecelia ’02 and Eric Raine Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ramsey ^ Mr. and Mrs. Willianm P. Rauch, II ^ Barbara ’75 and Dennis Reiner Mr. and Mrs. Michael Repka ^ Mr. and Mrs. Arthur P. Reynolds ‘ 09 ** Mr. William S. Reynolds Mr. Timothy Riley Mr. Rodney A. Rinard Riverstone Grill ^ Ms. Virginia Rizzo ** + Ms. Joella Robinson ‘91 Mr. and Mrs. Lemar H. Robinson ‘90 Mr. Curtis Rogers ‘08, ‘10 ^ Mrs. Cecelia M. Rosiek-Bauer ‘78 + Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Rounsville ^ Royal Printing Co., Inc. ^ Mr. Bryan Ruda ‘06 Anthony ‘08 ** and Ashlee Rudolph ‘09, ‘12 Ms. Suzanne Rudolph Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Rumsey ^ Linda ’94 and Edward Runte Mrs. Joan M. Russ-Brewer ‘92 + Sharon ’82 and Howard A. Russell + Mrs. Helen M. Ryan ^ Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Ryan ^ S&S Taxidermy and Archery Pro Shop, LLC. ^ Mr. and Mrs. Allen Sauers ‘85 + Mr. and Mrs. Paul Saya ^ Eileen ’91 and Keith Schaefer Elizabeth ’97 and Sanford Schechter Mr. Mike Scheck and Mr. Rick Scheck ^ Mr. David J. Schere + Mr. and Mrs. Mark S. Scherer ^ Ms. Diane Schiavone ‘95 ** Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Schiavone ‘85 Mr. and Mrs. Gary F. Schlabach ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schmidt Ms. Mary Lou Schneider ^ Eunice ’74 and Donald Schroeder + Mr. Glen Schunk ^ Rose Marie ’92 and Leo Schunk Mr. and Mrs. Douglas E. Schurr Mrs. Mona Schwartzberg ^ Craig ‘98 and Krystal Scime ‘06 Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Seitz ^ Mr. and Mrs. Jay Senozetnik ^ Mr. Anthony F. Serba ^ Mrs. Geraldine J. Serba ^ Ms. Jennifer Serwinowski ‘94 ^ Mrs. Priscilla A. Seybold ^ Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Seybold ^ Mr. Robert L. Seyler ^ Mr. and Mrs. William D. Shauer Mrs. Marie Shaw ^ Mrs. Patricia L. Sheehan ‘99 + Mr. James Doc Shelton ^ Ms. Eula M. Simmons ‘92

Mr. Michael Simoncelli, Jr. ‘09 ^ Ms. JoAnne H. Sims ** Ms. Rita L. Singleton ‘74 + Ms. Martha A. Skolikas ‘86 + Mary Jane ’85 and Joseph Sledz Ms. Deborah C. Slisz ‘74 + Ms. Sonia M. Sloan ‘11 ^ Mr. and Mrs. James Slominski ^ Mr. and Mrs. Jason R. Smith ‘08 ^ Ms. Patricia E. Smith ‘84 Ms. Sandra Smith ‘05, 12 Ms. Linda A. Smolen ‘73 + Ms. Linda M. Snyder ** Dennis and Mary Sokoloski ** Mr. Bruce D. Sovern ‘83 Mrs. Misty Spano ‘95 + Mr. and Mrs. James F. Sparks Mr. Mark R. Spencer ^ Mr. Philip R. Splawski ‘06 Mr. and Mrs. Douglas A. Stanley Mrs. Mary Stanley Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Stark Mr. and Mrs. Daniel P. Starr James and Susan Steffan ** Mr. and Mrs. Norman H. Steinbaugh ^ Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Stevens + Ms. Lydia Stineman ‘07 ^ Mrs. Ruth N. Stoj ‘93 + Helen ’88 and Ronald R. Stoll + Mr. James Stoltz ^ Ms. Joyce Storm ^ Mr. and Mrs. John Sullivan ^ Rosemary ’81 and Arthur T. Sullivan, Jr. Mr. Gerard J. Sussina + Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Sutton ^ Carolyn ’69 and Walter Swanson Ms. Maria A. Sweet ‘98 Mr. Frederick J. Swiatkowski ^ Mr. and Mrs. James M. Switzer, II ^ Mr. and Mrs. John H. Szmania ‘99 Kirsten ’96 and Peter Szustak Ms. Tara Tetzlaff ‘06 ^ Mrs. Candyce Thayer-Roselli ‘90 and Francis S. Roselli + Ms. Katia M. Theodule ‘07 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Mark E. Thomas Ms. Yvonne C. Thorne ‘04 Dr. Carmine L. Tisco ^ Mrs. Mary E. Toczek ‘73 + Mr. and Mrs. Jack H. Toepfer, Jr. ^ Mr. and Mrs. Bruce P. Tomczak ^ Angela ’74 and James Toole Ms. Nancy A. Tower ‘68 Ms. Sandra K. Townsend ^ Mr. and Mrs. John J. Trojanowsky ‘75 + John H. Twist, D.D.S. + Mr. Geoffrey Twocock ‘95 Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tyno Mr. William Tytler ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Ulrich ^ Mr. George G. Vacca ^ Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Valentine Ms. Megan Valentine ‘04 Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Vanni ^ Mr. and Mrs. Gregory C. Vastola ^ Mr. David T. Vega ‘11 ^ Ms. Kathleen A. Velasquez ‘06 ^ Verizon Communications Mr. Kenneth J. Vetter ‘79 + Mr. Paul Viola Mr. and Mrs. Donald Voelkel + L.H. and M.M. Volles ^

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Volpe Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Walter + Mr. Michael E. Walters + Ms. Mildred Walters ^ Mr. Paul Wandel ‘09 ^ Mr. and Mrs. David C. Ward ‘73 + Donna ’91 and Kurt Ward Amy ’96, ’02 and Sean Warzel Mr. and Mrs. Frederick D. Watson + Mr. and Mrs. Robert Watson ^ Ms. Sheltina Watson ^ Mr. and Mrs. Brian E. Webster ** Paul ’80 and Susan Webster ‘80 Mr. Robert J. Weiner, Jr. ‘84 Mr. and Mrs. Mark F. Werner ‘76 Western New York Paralegal Association, Inc. ^ Mr. Richard H. Wetter ^ Ms. Joan A. Wetzel ‘81 Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Wetzel Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Wezka ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Whitbeck ^ Barbara ’68 and Gary Whitcher Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. White ^ Mrs. Christine P. White-Schemel ‘93 and Robert Schemel + Deborah ’72 and James A. Wiede + Ms. Frances E. Wiedemann Mr. and Mrs. Scott R. Wiedemann Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Wilkinson ^ Mrs. Caretha B. Williams ^ Mr. and Mrs. William H. Williams, III + Mr. and Mrs. Chester Williamson ^ Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Wisbaum ^ Mrs. Kathryn E. Wityk-Seweryniak ‘91 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wlosinski ^ Mr. James Wojcik ^ Rita ’79 and David A. Wolff + Donna ’72 and Winslow H. Woodruff, III Mr. Christopher Wopperer ‘09, ‘10 Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Wurz ^ Mr. Brian D. Yaiser ^ Mr. James M. York, IV ‘10 Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Yormick Mrs. Candace Y. Young ‘08 ^ Ms. Mary Ann Zasada + Mr. Raymond Zasada ^ Mr. Michael R. Zeis ‘11, ‘13 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Zelko Mr. and Mrs. Emil Ziembo Marie ’99, ’01 and Darryl Zimmer Lori ’91 and David Ziolkowski +

Sponsorships and in-kind gifts to Medaille College help defray costs and generate income to support the educational experience of our students. We are most grateful for the kindness of individuals and businesses that elected to partner with us as they provided products, and/or services during the fiscal year. Listed below are donors who generously supported the College through event sponsorships and in-kind gifts.




$10,000 – PRESENTING SPONSOR Phillips Lytle LLP

$5,000 – GOLD SPONSOR The M&T Charitable Foundation

$500 – COMET SPONSOR Medaille College Student Government Association

$7,500 – PLATINUM SPONSOR M&T Bank The M&T Charitable Foundation R&P Oakhill Development, LLC

$2,500 SILVER SPONSOR Aramark Facility Services Buffalo Office Interiors, Inc. Delaware North Companies, Inc. Merchants Insurance Group R&P Oakhill Development, LLC

$5,000 – GOLD SPONSOR Delaware North Companies, Inc. $2,500 – SILVER SPONSOR Aramark Facility Services Elbers Landscape Service, Inc. Five Star Bank Merchants Insurance Group $1,500 – BRONZE SPONSOR Cannon Design Capital Management Services, LP Catholic Health John W. Danforth Company Eastman Machine Company Frey Electric Construction Co., Inc. Health Transaction Network Corp Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo Pearce & Pearce Co., Inc. Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola LLC Signature Development Travers Collins & Company Walsh Insurance Group $1,200 – TABLE SPONSOR Medaille College Student Government Association PCB Piezotronics, Inc. $1,000 – SPEAKER SPONSOR Mader Construction Co., Inc. $500 – VALET SPONSOR Empire Building Diagnostics, Inc.

To make a gift, please use the enclosed envelope or visit and click “Giving.”

Thank you for your support!

ADVERTISING SPONSOR Big Brother’s and Big Sister’s of Erie County DWC Mechanical, Inc. Ferguson Electric Construction Co., Inc. Independent Health Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, LLP Lumsden & McCormick LLP Medaille College Bookstore Moog, Inc. Scheff Thompson Cress LLC

$1,500 – BRONZE SPONSOR Cannon Design Capital Management Services, LP Catholic Health Chaintreuil Jensen Stark Architects, LLP Chartwells John W. Danforth Company Freed Maxick & Battaglia CPAs PC Frey Electric Construction Co., Inc. Held’s Janitorial Service, Inc. Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo National Grid Pearce & Pearce Co., Inc. Phillips Lytle LLP Quest Diagnostics Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola LLC Stohl Environmental, LLC Walsh Insurance Group TEE SPONSOR AAA Western & Central New York AXA Advisors Equitable Buffalo Envelope, Inc. Buffalo Hotel Supply Co., Inc. Cell Phone Repair Country Florists County Line Stone, Co. Despirit Mosaic & Marble Co. Eastman Machine Company The Fish Place, LLC Mr. Fox Tires Co., Inc. Grove Roofing Services, Inc. IFS Filing Systems, LLC Immco Diagnostics, Inc. Ken-Vil Associates, LTD PRTS Koike Aronson, Inc. PCB Piezotronics, Inc. Pediatric and Adolescent Urgent Care of WNY, PLLC Scheff Thompson Cress LLC Schindler Elevator Corp. Sonitrol Security Systems Summer Street Capital Partners Supermarket Management Walsh Insurance Group Zdarsky, Sawicki & Agostinelli LLP

$250 – BLITZEN SPONSOR Liberty Mutual Insurance Group Modern Disposal Service Orville’s Appliances IN-KIND GIFTS 800 Maple Adam’s Mark Hotel Adventure Speedway Anderson’s Bob & John’s LaHacienda Bob-O-Link Golf Club, Inc. Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Buffalo Bills Buffalo Brew Pub Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Certo Brothers, Inc. Chartwells The Copy Store Corvette Cleaners Creekview Restaurant Crystal Rock Bottled Water Daddio’s Pizza Dagwood’s & More Elbers Landscape Service, Inc. Flying Bison Brewery G&G Fitness Equipment, Inc. The Glen Park Tavern Graser’s Flower Shop Great Lakes Management. Hart Hotels, Inc. The Irishman Pub & Eatery Just Pizza Kabab & Curry Loughran’s Bar & Restaurant The Melting Pot of Buffalo Marketing Technologies Mighty Taco Mischler’s Florist Mister Pizza Elmwood Old Fort Niagara Oliver’s Restaurant Parkside Pizza Pepsi Bottling Group Pizza Plant Sahlen Packing Co. Salvatore’s Italian Gardens Shaw Festival Sky Zone SLR Contracting & Service Company, Inc. Sorrentino’s Spaghetti House Tarantino’s Produce The Wehrle Golf Dome The Wellington Pub, Inc.

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our community as we prepare students for MICHAEL WALSH, a member of the local, national, and global workforce Medaille’s Board of Trustees, has accepted demands of Buffalo and our Western New the opportunity to serve as the chairman of York region. the College’s Capital Campaign. He is the I am particularly excited about our executive vice president at Walsh Duffield relationship with Riverside High School Companies, Inc. and is a graduate of Yale W I T H M I K E WA L S H as we work to increase graduation rates University. Mike is an active community EXECUTIVE VP, WALSH DUFFIELD COMPANIES and prepare students for college. We leader involved in a number of nonprofit MEDAILLE COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES recently held a Board of Trustees meeting organizations with missions to enrich & CHAIRMAN, CAPITAL CAMPAIGN at Riverside and heard from high school the quality of life in Western New York. students about the entrepreneurship During a conversation with Mike, he shared his passion for the College and its important position in our program and learning academy that we helped develop. These kids were amazing. It really energized our board as we saw firsthand the impact of community. this partnership and the efforts of Riverside’s talented faculty and staff. What roles have you played on the board over the years? With Medaille’s help, these kids have a promising future. Having been a Trustee since 1996, I have been fortunate to serve on a number of committees at Medaille: Facilities, Finance, What are the top reasons that alumni and friends of Medaille Advancement and Presidential Search Committee. As the current should support the College? Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, and as a member of the Executive Medaille offers an outstanding education.We have deeply committed Committee, I have been given the opportunity to learn more about the faculty and staff who are dedicated to the success of our students. Personal many challenges facing higher education today and the really important attention is an important part of a Medaille education, which is something role Medaille serves in our community. I also serve as the Chairperson of our alumni truly value. From my conversations with alums, I understand Medaille’s Capital Campaign. All of these positions have helped me better how grateful they are for the quality of the education they received at understand the needs of our students so we can align our efforts to ensure Medaille. It is clear to me that the vision and traditions of the Sisters of St. Joseph, who originally founded the College, are still very much a part of student success. the fabric of Medaille. The need for financial support for students remains What changes have you seen at Medaille since you’ve a significant priority for us. The potential loss of promising students to been on the board? our community is far-reaching. There have been significant changes at Medaille since I first joined the As the College invests in our students and our community, we hope board. For a small liberal arts college, with applied academic programs, alumni and friends will recognize the impact these efforts will have. As a Medaille impacts our community in some pretty powerful ways. Medaille wise man once said, “the tide floats all boats” so an investment in Medaille was founded as a teachers college and that legacy remains a strong part of is an investment in Buffalo, our community and our neighborhoods. our identity. Additionally, as a dog owner, I can see the real value of our award-winning Veterinary Technology program and the quality of care Where do you think Medaille College will be in ten years? As Buffalo’s College, Medaille is very much tied to the growth and provided by our alumni working in the veterinary field. However, Medaille is so much more. We offer a full array of degree development of Buffalo. There are wonderful things happening in our programs to meet the needs of our diverse student body. We also focus city. We see cranes in the air that reflect business development. The on employment trends, such as the expected needs of Buffalo’s Medical entrepreneurial spirit is very much alive and well in downtown Buffalo Corridor. Increasingly, Medaille has become known as Buffalo’s College, and throughout the city. There is a palpable feel for what is to come, since a total of 73% of our freshmen class come from within 25 miles and Medaille will be a big part of it. Our students are being prepared for of the Buffalo campus, and 51% within the City of Buffalo. We built specific economic needs as well as anticipated ones, as the development two dorms at the Buffalo campus so students can fully experience college of the region continues. Close to 70% of our alums live and work within life. Medaille has also strategically developed community partnerships a 25 mile radius of Buffalo, so Buffalo’s future is their future. Medaille that will provide more and more educational opportunities for the young collaborates with area organizations and businesses to ensure every one of our students will have a chance to benefit from Buffalo’s economic people of our city and the larger community. Also, I am really proud of Medaille’s accelerated adult learning development. That can’t help but improve their quality of life and that of program, something we pioneered in Western New York. Our MBA our community. Medaille College believes in Buffalo. and Masters of Organization Leadership alumni are doing great things in local, national and international companies. Their skills are increasingly valuable to organizations, as they are required to adapt to our ever changing economy. There are many people in our community who have been able to transition into new professions or rise up their company ladder because of the programs at Medaille. Why did you accept the invitation to be Campaign Chair? Because Medaille is on the move! Medaille’s vision to be known as the leader in preparing learners for career success and a lifelong commitment to a civic and sustainable future in Buffalo, the region, and the world is really quite compelling. More than ever, we are playing a greater role in

Mike Walsh, foreground, drives home a point at the October 2013 Board of Trustees meeting, held at Riverside High School. PHOTO BY NANCY J. PARISI  Medaille Magazine I 2013-14

Partnerships for Opportunity Comprehensive Campaign


Share our aspirations... $4.5 MILLION COMPREHENSIVE CAMPAIGN

Thus far, we have raised $3,537,630 — or 79% — of our campaign goal! We can do more. Despite our financial commitment to students, Medaille has very little endowment. More scholarships will mean more accessibility and success. Medaille has built a state-of-the-art Student Support Center without philanthropic support. New laboratory and science facilities will better prepare our students, as well as young people in Buffalo Public Schools, for the jobs of tomorrow. Medaille’s mix of academic programs responds to today’s job market and prepares our students for a life of learning and fulfillment. As the global economy rapidly changes, higher education must keep pace. Resources to develop new programs will help ensure that future students are prepared for the markets and the challenges that await them. Medaille expends a tremendous amount of its own resources to make college a possibility for those who might not otherwise be able to afford it. This singular commitment means that there is less to provide the “extras” to advance our academic mission and community service. The Medaille Annual Fund will help our students, faculty and staff leverage their considerable talent to make our college and community the best it can be. To explore a partnership with Medaille College and invest in our community, please contact Jeanine Purcell, director of philanthropy at (716) 880-2259 or Follow our progress at


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Below is a letter from Misael Hernandez — a senior in the BBA (Bachelors Business Administration) program and scholarship recipient — to the Downing family who set up the scholarship in memory of their son and brother Allen. Thank you to all of our scholarship donors!

To the family of


Allen Lee Dow

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Misael Hernand

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Features: Partnerships for Opportunity Comprehensive Campaign Teaching Excellence Entrepreneurs Say Yes Global Perspectives Science in Bloom

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