MESSAGE from the BOARD OF TRUSTEES
To the Friends of Medaille College, I am pleased to share with you the exciting news that, following a unanimous vote of the board of trustees, Richard T. Jurasek, Ph.D., has accepted the position as president of Medaille College. Dr. Jurasek will begin his tenure as Medaille College’s 6th president on June 1, 2007. Dr. Jurasek is a brilliant man brimming with ideas and intellectual curiosity, and he demonstrated an accurate and thorough grasp of Medaille’s challenges and opportunities. He will be an extraordinarily strong academic leader and his people skills will help to build bridges for Medaille into the Western New York community. Dr. Jurasek is highly sociable, has high energy and drive, likes to take charge, stresses personal accountability for himself and everyone around him, and is a strategic thinker. We think he will be a great leader of the Medaille College community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank trustee Marge Kafka and the search committee for its thorough approach to this process and for the number of hours and even full days the committee members devoted to review resumes and interview candidates. As a result of their efforts, we had four outstanding candidates come to campus a few weeks ago.
“He will be an extraordinarily strong
Finally, I would like to extend my appreciation to the faculty, students, administrators, and staff, who participated in the candidates’ two-day visits to campus in February and March. I was impressed with the responses and reflections many of you sent to the board of trustees regarding the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate. Your thoughts validated the initial consensus of the search committee and enabled the trustees to vote with confidence on the new president. As we prepare for Dr. Jurasek’s arrival this summer, let us also recognize the outstanding leadership provided by Interim President Richard Davis. I would also be remiss in not recognizing the efforts of the senior administration who pulled together and worked extremely well as a team during this interim period. Medaille is on the cusp of greatness and we are looking forward to beginning the next chapter of our development which begins with the arrival of Dr. Jurasek. I know you will join with me in warmly welcoming Rick and his lovely wife, Barbara, to the Medaille community. Sincerely,
William M. Collins Chairman Medaille College Board of Trustees
academic leader and his people skills will help build bridges for Medaille into the Western New York community. ”
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CONTENTS LETTER FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. . .IFC NEWS AND NOTES . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PAGE 2 WINTER SPORTS REVIEW
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CAMPUS KUDOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PAGE 14 MEDAILLE ARCHIVES . . . . . . . . . . .PAGE 17
GREG WLOSINSKI A BIG MAN IN THE BIG APPLE PAGE 20 FEATURE STORY:
GREG WLOSINSKI . . . . . . . . . . . .PAGE 20 STUDENT PROFILE: MATT CASPER
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FACULTY PROFILE: DR. RICH JACOB . . . . . . . . . . . . .PAGE 26 ALUMNI PROFILE: BOB COLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PAGE 28 BRANCH CAMPUS FACULTY PROFILES . . . . . . . . . . .PAGE 30
NEWS AND NOTES PAGE 2
FACULTY PROFILE DR. RICH JACOB PAGE 26
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M E DA I L L E COLLEGE MAGAZINE SPRING 2007 The Medaille College magazine is published for alumni, students, and friends of Medaille College. Address changes, comments, article and photo submissions, and class briefs should be directed to the Editor, c/o the Office of Institutional Advancement. Medaille College, Agassiz Circle, Buffalo, NY 14214 716.880.2000 716.880.2978 fax www.medaille.edu
Editor: Jonathan Gill, Director of Editorial Services, email@example.com Design: sansSerif design Contributors: Tom Burns, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement; Lisa Murphy, Special Assistant for Publications; Kara Kane, Web Editor Student Contributors: Courtney Pellett ‘09, Greg Wlosinski ‘07, Joe Hrycych ‘08, Joel Walrath ‘07, James Witherow ‘09 Cover Illustration: Greg Wlosinski ‘07
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MEDAILLE COLLEGE relocates AMHERST CAMPUS Medaille College is in the process of moving its Amherst campus to 30 Wilson Road in Williamsville, NY. The 50,000 square-foot facility will house Medaille’s School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE), including the Accelerated Learning Program, Graduate programs, and the Canadian Education program. The facility will include technologically “smart” classrooms, food service, increased parking capacity, and faculty offices. “The Wilson Road facility presents a great opportunity for Medaille,” says Richard K. Davis, interim president. “While we have been able to grow our adult programs, the new Amherst campus allows us to move these programs into one location and create a better college setting for these students.” Medaille College previously housed the Buffalo-area adult and graduate programs in two different facilities on Essjay Road in Amherst, as well as on the Main campus in Buffalo. Over 1,200 students are enrolled in these programs at the different facilities. “With this lease we are committing to the long-term growth of these adult programs,” continues Davis. “As the sole tenant, we will be able to offer our students a college campus which is better equipped to meet their needs than our previous location.”
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Classes are scheduled to move into the state-of-the-art facility by May 21, 2007, and although there will be construction within the building, Medaille plans to have the entire building operational by August of this year. The 10-year lease for use of the facility was brokered by J.R. Militello Realty.
THE AMHERST ACCELERATED LEARNING PROGRAM HAS MOVED TO A LARGER FACILITY AT 30 WILSON ROAD.
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THE NEW CAMPUS IS UNDERGOING SIGNIFICANT RENOVATIONS AND WILL OFFER STUDENTS FOOD SERVICE, IMPROVED PARKING, AND MORE MEETING SPACE. NEW FACULTY AND STAFF OFFICES, AND STATE OF THE ART CLASSROOMS COMPLIMENT THIS HOME OF MEDAILLE’S GROWING ACCELERATED LEARNING PROGRAM.
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Rochester CAMPUS update The Accelerated Learning Program at the Rochester campus has been a happening place lately. In January of 2007, five new business administration cohorts started including one associate’s, two bachelor’s, and one master’s level cohort. One new master of arts in organizational leadership cohort also began, a wonderful achievement for the Rochester campus. January also saw the Rochester campus celebrate its 5th anniversary. In the five years since the Accelerated Learning Program expanded to Rochester, 25 bachelor’s, 17 associate’s, 10 MBA, and four master of arts in organizational leadership groups have started at the campus. Over 200 students have received their degree from the Rochester campus in that timeframe, with more graduates set to join their ranks this May.
MEMBERS OF THE ROCHESTER CAMPUS BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION COHORT 018R.
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Another celebration occurred during the week of February 26, 2007, as Medaille College celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Accelerated Learning Program. Students received Medaille water bottles and each cohort was served pastries, fresh fruit, and other goodies. Students, faculty and staff appreciated the celebration and the chance to recognize the success story of the Medaille College Accelerated Learning Program.
ROCHESTER STAFF MEMBERS JANE ROWLANDS, NICOLE PIERSON, AND RITA DOBBIN (LEFT TO RIGHT) PREPARE TO CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ACCELERATED LEARNING PROGRAM.
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Communication Students helping to Make WNY safer Medaille College, through its active communication department, has partnered with the Buffalo Police Department, WIVB Channel 4 (CBS affiliate), and the Greater Buffalo Metropolitan Crime Stoppers, Inc., a Crime Stoppers USA/International affiliate, to assist law enforcement agencies through television re-enactments of unsolved crimes. The crimes are broadcast via television and online, urging citizens in the community to come forward with information about the crimes. This program has been successful in solving crimes in the city and apprehending criminals who would otherwise still be at large.
gram but the direct relationship the media can have in helping to shape the communities in which they operate. Students learn to become both media technicians and better citizens within their community.
The Crime Stoppers re-enactments are produced, edited and acted by students from the college under the direction of Lisa Van Valkinburgh, chair of the communication program. The students learn not only the technical side of producing this pro-
Channel 4 is ranked #1 for news in the Buffalo market and #2 out of 1,366 commercial stations in the country, with 82.9% of the market’s households reached by Channel 4 during an average week. It is also tops among all CBS affiliates and
“We would like to continue and enhance this program, and teach students to produce television video on equipment that emulates, most closely, the equipment that they will work on when they enter the field in television production,” says Van Valkinburgh. “This will require an equipment conversion of the department’s current television studio to begin as early as this summer.”
received just under a million page views on its Web site in December 2006. Crime Stoppers programs around the world have been responsible for recovering property and seizing drugs totaling more than $7 billion and for the arrests of approximately 600,000 individuals since its inception. Locally, the Greater Buffalo Metropolitan Crime Stoppers has been responsible for the arrests of 348 felons, for clearing 575 cases, and for recovering over $3 million in stolen property, narcotics and illegal firearms to date.
Medaille Staff and Faculty strengthen Endowment In the fall of 2006, Medaille College kicked off a three-year Staff and Faculty Giving Appeal to help students afford a quality Medaille education. The goal is to increase Medaille’s endowment so more scholarships can be awarded on an annual basis. With over 85% of Medaille students receiving some form of financial support, the appeal allows staff and faculty to demonstrate their support of students beyond their hard work and dedication inside and outside the classroom. Donors are able to direct their contribution to an endowed scholarship fund of their choice, and with over $20,000 raised thus far, two additional scholarships will be ready to award in the fall of 2007. Special thanks to Kathleen Delmonte, information office coordinator, and Dr. Joseph Savarese, professor and chair of the veterinary technology department. As leaders for the first year of the campaign, they have helped inspire a significant improvement in the participation rate of staff and faculty. For information on how to contribute to any one of Medaille’s 23 endowed funds, please contact Troy Schneider at (716) 880-2207 or TSchneider@Medaille.edu.
MEDAILLE’S NORTH DORM.
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Medaille Launches Online ALUMNI COMMUNITY For the past several months, the Office of Alumni Relations has been developing an online Alumni Community for use by our graduates. This web site, http://alumni.medaille.edu, is now available for use by past students of Medaille College.
To register, go to http://alumni.medaille.edu, click on “Register,” and follow the simple steps. Your registration will be confirmed by the Alumni Relations Office, and you will then have full access to all features of the site.
Register before May 15, 2007, and you will be automatically entered to win a Medaille College sweatshirt from the College Store!
Along with providing a convenient way to stay in touch with classmates, the Online Alumni Community allows you to: • register for upcoming events, including Reunion 2007; • submit professional, educational and personal updates to our class notes; • join groups based on your major, degree, location and interests; • receive athletics updates and news from around campus; • maintain a personal profile; • create photo galleries of family and friends; and • learn about special benefits and promotions offered to our graduates.
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Officially Open for Business On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 the Student Involvement Center celebrated its official grand opening.
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Alumni Referral Scholarship Program Announced Medaille College has introduced the Alumni Referral Scholarship Program, which was established to offer alumni the opportunity to do two good deeds at once: help a deserving student, and assist the Admissions Office in recruiting an exciting class. The Alumni Referral Scholarship is a grant of $1,000, renewable for four years as long as the full-time student maintains academic progress. Alumni can help a student save as much as $4,000 during the course of their studies at Medaille.
Almost 100 people were in attendance, including student leaders, club advisors, faculty, and administrators. The ceremony symbolized the convergence of leadership programs, student activities, campus programming, and all student clubs and organizations at Medaille College. Together, the Center will operate as a cohesive unit to enhance every student’s co-curricular college experience.
Contact the Alumni Relations Office at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments, or suggestions to enhance this new site.
KERRY DIECKMAN CUTS THE RIBBON ON HER OFFICE DOOR AT THE OPENING OF THE NEW STUDENT INVOLVEMENT CENTER.
Additional details and the scholarship application can be found on the Alumni Referral Scholarship page. Questions or comments can be sent to Keith Koch, director of alumni relations, at email@example.com, or Kelly Eagan, assistant director of admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Medaille College Receives Gift from Palisano Foundation Medaille College is the recipient of $25,000 from the Vincent & Harriett Palisano Foundation to support additional equipment for the technology upgrade for the Communications Department Television Production Studio. The College also recently received a $4,000 grant from the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, and
both will be part of an overall $170,000 renovation project. These grants will be put towards equipment purchases such as audio mixers, LCD monitors, and a $15,000 Echolab Digital video switcher. This equipment represents the audio and video switching units that
bring in the camera shots in the order they are punched in on the switch. The audio mixer brings in microphone and tape levels from the studio and tape sources. The character generator and monitor allow you to input titles, text and graphics over the screen during a live studio production, techniques used in professional settings.
The LIZZARD Goes Global The Medaille College student radio station, WMCB The Lizzard, is now available for listening online at www.medaille.edu/wmcb. The move is designed to eliminate expensive broadcast frequency licensing that offers limited
signal strength. Through the Medaille Web site, communication students can now share their craft with family members, prospective students can get a feel for campus life, and Alumni can tune in to all the latest news from Medaille.
Tower Foundation Awards Grant to The Perspective The Medaille College student newspaper, The Medaille Perspective, recently received a $7,000 grant from the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation to create a newsroom environment that parallels a professional newsroom both technologically and organizationally.
Students will learn how to develop editorial content, produce a high-quality news product for readers, and organize and manage a staff of student members. The funds will be specifically earmarked for new computers, cameras and other technology upgrades, as well as travel to
the Columbia Scholastic Press Association National Student Newspaper Conference. The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation was formed December 31, 1990. Initially, the Trustees chose this Foundationâ€™s primary focus to support scientific research into the causes, cures, treatments, and prevention of severe mental illnesses, (primarily the schizophrenias and the depressions), especially as they relate to younger persons. Through the dedication of Trustees, the scope of interest has shifted to community grants in the areas where Trustees reside and know best; primary education, better methods of accommodating learning disabilities, and improving the lives of those affected by mental illness, substance abuse and developmental disabilities. The Foundation now has assets of $57 million, distributes over $2.3 million annually, and will continue to grow.
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It is with Much Appreciation that Medaille College extends thanks to the following donors who have contributed to the Medaille Experience. Mrs. Anne Marie Agostinelli Mr. James Alessi Mrs. Margaret Alfano Mr. Luke Allen Allstate Agency Allstate Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John Amrhein Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Andreassi Mr. and Mrs. Jack Armstrong Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Armstrong Ms. Patricia Auer Ms. Jill A. Azzarello Mr. and Mrs. David Barnstable Mr. William Battaglia Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Baum Mrs. Jenifer Bavifard Mr. and Mrs. Karl J. Bender Mr. and Mrs. Ron Bertovich Mrs. Gwyn A. Beyer Dr. Alan Bigelow Mr. Dennis Bivens Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Boak Mr. and Mrs. Keith C. Boerner Boncraft Printing Group Dr. Luis Agusto Jones Borges Mr. James F. Brace, LMSW Mr. and Mrs. David Broom Mr. and Mrs. Ronald D. Buckman Ms. Helen Bueme Mr. George B. Burd Mr. Peter Burke and Dr. Faith N. Burke Mr. and Mrs. Donald F. Burns Mr. Thomas J. Burns Business Forms Associates Mr. and Mrs. Neil M. Buyer Ms. Catherine Buzanski Mr. and Mrs. Michael C.Carroll Mr. and Mrs. Stephen W. Cartwright Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Carver Mrs. Marie C. Casillo Ms. Susan Cassidy Mr. Jerry Castiglia Mr. Gerard Catalano Mr. Fernan R. Cepero Ms. Deborah M. Ceppaglia Ms. Mary F. Chiaravalloti Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ciepiela Mr. Edward J. Clohessy, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Peter N. Cochran
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Coleman Ms. Helga H. Colosi Ms. Claudia T. Conway Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cook Mr. and Mrs. Jospeh F. Coppola Mr. and Mrs. David Kurasch Mrs. Barbara Craft Mrs. Carol S. Cullinan Mr. John E. Curtin Dr. Suzanne E. D'Amato Mr. Richard K. Davis and Mrs. Karen Rylander-Davis Mr. and Mrs. Nick DelMonte Dillon, McCandless, King, Coulter & Graham, LLP Mr. and Mrs. George J. Dixon, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Dobbin Mr. and Mrs. Daniel A. Domino Mr. Lester Downing and Family Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Dumansky Mr. Rich Dziekan Mr. and Mrs. John H. Edholm, Jr. Mr. Steve Enos Dr. Larry Evola Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Farrell, Jr. Mr. Charles T. Fieramusca, Jr. Mr. Patrick B. Flaherty Mr. and Mrs. William J. Flaherty, Jr. Ms. Patricia Flasz Foit-Albert Associates Mr. and Mrs. Dirk Forbes Mr. and Mrs. Timothy C. Foster Ms. Janet M. Fowler Fuccillo Chevrolet Mr. and Mrs. Brenden Gannon Mr. Jeff Gemmer Ms. Barbara Gerringer Ms. Karen Giancarlo Giant Food Mart Ms. Evelyn C. Gibbons Mr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Gier Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan D. Gill Ms. Kathy Graf Mr. David Greene Ms. Estelle V. Greenwood Mr. Dick W. Hack Ms. Mildred Hack Mr. Terry M. Hack Hack Environmental Products, Inc. Hair Gallery Mr. and Mrs. Craig Hanesworth Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Harling, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. Alan E. Harrington Mr. and Mrs. Lee J. Harris, II Mr. Erik Hartman Mr. Don Hartnett Mr. and Mrs. David Hasselberg Hayes Fish Co. HealthNow New York, Inc. Mr. Tom Hennessey Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hogan Mr. and Mrs. Robert Holbert Mr. James Horner Mr. and Mrs. Aftub Jeddy Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. Horoho, Jr. Dr. Judith M. Horowitz and Mr. Alan T. Horowitz Dr. Douglas W. Howard Dr. Juanita K. Hunter Mr. Michael Injaychock Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Jordan Mr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Jozwiak JVN Enterprises Ms. Margaret N. Kafka Mrs. Kara Kane Mr. and Mrs. William J. Kane Mr. James Kanutsu Mr. and Mrs. Sol Kaufman Dr. Patrick Keem Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Ketterer Kid's Kampus Child Care Center Ms. Donna King Mr. Gary Kleist and Dr. Cheryl C. Kleist Mr. Chester R. Klimek Mr. Thomas Klosko Ms. Regina Knight Hardy Dr. Marianne Koeppel Sullivan Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Kohler, Sr. Mr. Timothy W. Kolankowski Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kotlowski Mr. and Mrs. David J. Kozinski Mr. and Mrs. Jerry A. Kozlowski Mr. and Mrs. John Krochmal Mr. Thomas Kulwicki Mr. and Mrs. Terrall Kunick La Hacienda Brighton Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Labelle Mr. and Mrs. Scott Layden Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth C. LeFort Mr. and Mrs. Pasquale M. Limoncelli
Mr. and Mrs. John Lintner Ms. Clair C. Litzinger Lockheed Martin Matching Gift Program Dr. Elizabeth L. Lucyszyn and Mr. Andrew Lucyszyn Ms. Glenda Lusk Mr. and Mrs. David C. Luzer Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lyons Mr. and Mrs. Jack MacDonald Mr. and Mrs. John MacDonald, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Timmy MacDonald Mr. and Mrs. John Maddock Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Malo Ms. Chrissey Marella Mr. and Mrs. Mark L. Marino Marketing Technologies Mr. Nathan R. Marton and Mrs. Mary Alice Demler-Marton Ms. Eunice C. Mast Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Matrigali Dr. and Mrs. Eugene W. Matthews Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mattison Mr. Mark Mauger Mr. Dennis McAllister Mr. and Mrs. Willard McAllister Mr. and Mrs. William McClelland Ms. Colleen A. McCormack Mr. and Mrs. William J. McCormack Ms. Patricia A. McFarland Mr. and Mrs. Don McMahon Ms. Gwendolyn S. Meadows Ms. Tina Mederski Mr. and Mrs. John Meindl Mr. Christopher Meyers Mr. and Mrs. Joe Michael Mr. and Mrs. Donald Michaels Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Michalko Ms. Carol A. Milford Mr. Dennis Milford Mr. and Mrs. Gary R. Milford Ms. Jennie Militello Ms. Mariann E. Miller Mr. and Mrs. David J. Mills Ms. Darlene Mitchell Dr. Norman R. Muir Mr. Ross A. Munt Dr. and Mrs. Francis M. Murphy Mr. and Mrs. John Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Richard Myers Mr. Paul M. Nasca
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Whether you are an alumni or a friend, your contribution to Medaille College helps the institution to remain a pillar in the community. In addition to supplementing the Collegeâ€™s endowment for scholarships, donations also support the student experience in the form of technologically advanced classrooms, increased student programming, new athletic equipment and uniforms, and more. Medaille College is pleased to thank the following donors to the Medaille Fund from July 1, 2006 through March 19, 2007. To learn more about making a donation to Medaille College, or how your gift can have the biggest impact, contact Troy Schneider at (716) 880-2207 or TSchneider@Medaille.edu.
Professor and Mrs. Robert E. Nesslin, CME Niagara Gear Corp. Mr. and Mrs. Edmund J. Nietopski Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Nix Ms. Maura H. Nolan Noto Agency Mr. and Mrs. Donald F. O'Connor Mr. and Mrs. Theodore O'Shea Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. O'Sullivan Mr. and Mrs. Robert O'Sullivan Dr. Kathleen C. Owens Mr. and Mrs. Steven Owings The Vincent & Harriet Palisano Foundation Mr. James Palladino Mr. and Mrs. Gary Panczakiewicz Pepsi Bottling Group Mrs. Ann Peruzzini Mr. and Mrs. David Philleo Mr. and Mrs. Melvin C. Premo Mr. Ron Raccuia Mr. Rick Radka Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Raphael Ms. Jen L. Ratka Mr. and Mrs. Bobby L. Reed Mrs. Pamela Reed Ms. Elizabeth A. Reichert Mr. Michael Reichert Mr. and Mrs. Daniel G. Reisdorf Mr. and Mrs. Russell R. Reisdorf Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Reno Mr. David Ricketts Dr. Todd C. Riniolo Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Ross Ms. Laurie Roth Mr. Ross T. Runfola Ms. Joyce C. Sacks Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Salisbury Dr. Douglas G. Saturnino Joseph E. Savarese, DVM Mr. and Mrs. David R. Schaefer Ms. Diane Schiavone Schiller Park Restaurant Mr. Troy A. Schneider Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Schoen Mr. Jim Schofield Ms. Christine Scinta Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. Scully Mr. Joe Scully Dr. Jane F. Scura Mr. and Mrs. George Semler
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Sformo Mr. David J. Shapiro-Zysk Mr. and Mrs. George Sisul Mrs. Linda A. Smolen Mr. and Mrs. Dennis E. Sokoloski Mr. Richard Sokolowski Mr. and Mrs. David W. Solowski St. John the Baptist Holy Name Society Mr. Bob Starbell Mr. Dan Starr Mr. Dale Stephens Ms. Cathleen Stevens Mr. Bob Stevenson Dr. Virgina S. Stolarski Ms. Katelyn Stroup Mrs. Deborah A. Strychalski Mr. and Mrs. Keith Stube Dr. Charles X. Sun Mr. Henry Superczynski Mr. and Mrs. Michael Szczepanski
Mr. and Mrs. James Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Mark Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Dale Tepas Mr. Dave Thillman Dr. Robert G. Tian Mr. and Mrs. Bradley W. Tichenor Mr. and Mrs. Gary Tollner Ms. Nancy A. Tower Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Travis Dr. Nicholas D. Trbovich Ms. Diane Tymorek Mr. and Mrs. Laird R. Updyke Urology Associates, P.C. Ms. Grace Vargas Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Verdi Mr. Paul Viola Vogel Plumbing & Heating, Inc. Ms. Barbara Waclawek Mr. and Mrs. Frank Waclawek The Waclawek Family Mr. Michael W. Wallace
Mr. and Mrs. Michael K. Walsh Mr. and Mrs. David C. Ward Ms. Vicki L. Ward Mr. Arthur L. Weathersby Mr. William G. Weeks Mr. John Wegrzyn Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Weimer Mr. and Mrs. Jim Wells Dr. Stephanie Westerman Mr. and Mrs. James A. Wiede Ms. Diane Woolverton Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wrede Ms. Sandra M. Wright Mr. David Wrotniak Mr. Andrew W. Yeager Mr. and Mrs. Donald Yung Mr. and Mrs. George P. Zimmett, Jr.
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winter sports REVIEW men’s basketball:
Laying the Foundation by James Witherow ‘09 MC (anticipated) To someone looking at the Medaille College men’s basketball season from the outside, an 11-14 record may not be something to be excited about. But ask many of the students, faculty, and anyone associated with the program, and they’ll tell you a different story. “Sometimes when you build a house, the hardest part is the foundation,” says head coach Mike MacDonald, who was recently named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Coach of the Year after his first year at Medaille. “This year, we laid the foundation.” After a 2005-06 campaign that saw the Mavericks go 3-15 in the AMCC (4-21 overall), the team more than doubled their win totals in 2006-07, going 7-11 in conference and 11-14 overall.
McNeil led the team in scoring for the second straight year, with 18.3 points per game. Second on the team in scoring was emerging sophomore Bill Gersitz, who averaged 11.1 points per game while pulling down a team-leading 6.4 rebounds per game, both improvements over last year.
“We became more cerebral as a team, better able to recognize situations,” explains MacDonald. “We did a good job on the backboards for a team that wasn’t real big. We need to find ways to score easier baskets, whether it’s in the paint or transition. And we know we can get even better defensively.”
The play of the incoming freshmen also had an impact on the team. These “Diaper Dandies” included Mike Berkun and Keith Hack, as well as guard Chris Moscato who started all but two games this season while leading the team in assists.
With such a strong finish to the season and just narrowly missing the AMCC Playoffs, the Mavericks can see that next step within their reach. With tested youngsters and veteran leadership, the Mavericks’ foundation is set. In 2007-08, it’s time to build the house.
These Mavericks not only earned a measure of respect for the Medaille men’s basketball program, but they gained momentum for success in the future.
(This article was reprinted, with revisions, from the Medaille Perspective student newspaper.)
With no seniors on the team, to what can the turnaround be attributed, especially the improved play down the stretch? “Great coaching,” jokes MacDonald. “Seriously, once we settled down and felt comfortable with ourselves and established clear roles, we played with confidence.”
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That confidence showed as the Mavericks won seven of their last 12 games, including a thrilling 77-76 overtime win at Penn State-Altoona on February 10, 2007, in which junior guard James McNeil reached the 1,000 career point plateau. “We had a belief in each other that we would make plays down the stretch to win close games,” says MacDonald. “Winning close games gives the coach grey hairs, but sometimes counts as two wins.” FORWARD DENNIS MITFORD (SHOOTING) WAS ONE OF THREE JUNIORS WHO HELPED THE MAVERICKS TO A SOLID SEASON.
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Lady Mavericks Return to NCAA Tournament by Joel Walrath ‘07 SM (anticipated) whole forty minutes. Junior forward Amanda Baker recorded 15 points and 13 rebounds in the losing cause. Despite the final result, this year’s team won the AMCC Championship again and led another assault on the Medaille record books. In addition to setting the school’s all-time scoring and rebounding marks, Baker was named the AMCC Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. Baker, with more than 1,000 career points, finished the year averaging 16.1 points and 8.8 rebounds a game. Clark also surpassed the 1,000 career point mark, and was named 2nd Team AllAMCC. Next year, the Lady Mavs will look to gain that ever-important home court advantage for the postseason.
THE LADY MAVS WON THEIR SECOND CONSECUTIVE AMCC CHAMPIONSHIP, GOING 21-4 OVERALL AND 10-1 IN CONFERENCE PLAY.
The Medaille College Lady Mavs were hoping for a different result in this year’s NCAA Division III Basketball Tournament. After reaching the second round of tournament play in 2006, the 2007 Lady Mavs fell at the Cortland Red Dragons 72-67 in the first round, bringing this once promising season to a bittersweet finish. “When you’re going to play someone on their home court in the NCAA, first of all, they’re a good team or they wouldn’t be in the tournament,” head coach Pete Lonergan says. “Secondly, the odds are really against you in a tough environment. The same as they were against us when we played Rochester last year.”
“Our goal is going to be to have the best record in the region so that we get seeded first and can host a game rather than go to someone else’s court,” says Lonergan.
In a game where Medaille led by as many as seven points in the first half, the Lady Mavs couldn’t seal the deal as the Red Dragons fought back to earn the win.
With only one graduating senior, the returning players will be eager to prove they belong among the country’s elite teams. Given their skill level, the team will be a dangerous opponent again next year.
“They hit a couple of shots at the end of the game and we didn’t, and that was the difference,” said Lonergan. “I think everybody has a right to be proud of what they accomplished. To make it into the tournament for the second year in a row is a tremendous accomplishment.”
“I feel like we’ve come so far with our team,” Clark says. “Hopefully next year, we can actually prove to everyone what kind of team we really are, and go even farther than we did every year before.”
Junior Marisa Clark finished with 21 points and nine assists, while playing the
(This article was reprinted, with revisions, from the Medaille Perspective student newspaper.)
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As we grow, so does the need for your support. Medaille College is one of the fastest growing colleges in Buffalo/Niagara. By contributing to the Medaille College Fund, you are making an investment not only in the future of the college, but also in the future of our community. Your support allows Medaille the flexibility necessary to compete in a rapidly changing higher education marketplace and to adapt to the ever-changing needs of students. It also demonstrates the loyalty and commitment of our graduates, a very important factor considered by foundations and government agencies when awarding grant money. Please make a donation today by filling in the coupon below, and mailing or faxing (716-880-2978) to: Office of Institutional Advancement, 18 Agassiz Circle, Buffalo, NY 14214. Or, use the envelope inserted in this magazine. For more information, please contact Troy Schneider at 716-880-2207 or e-mail to: TSchneider@medaille.edu.
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MEDAILLE COLLEGE SEEKS TO ADD
Doctorate of Psychology As part of its ongoing efforts to establish itself as a premier academic institution, Medaille College has begun the process of adding a doctorate of psychology to its growing list of programs. “The college needs to stay competitive with the market,” says Judith Horowitz, PhD, dean of the School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE). “We have local colleges that used to be four-year colleges that are now offering master’s degrees as we are. It is important that we stay competitive, but also fill a need in the community.”
One of the first steps was to hire a program director, and Medaille selected Lynn Horne-Moyer, Ph.D. to lead the program. Horne-Moyer will be finishing the academic year at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Atlanta, where she is the director of clinical training for their PsyD and MA clinical programs. She has been in various roles with the institution since 1994. As program director, she will be working almost exclusively at the doctoral level.
The EdD and the PsyD programs were chosen because they are natural progressions of very successful programs that are already in place at the college.
“We are hoping that the doctoral program will be up and running by, at the latest, the fall of 2008,” says Dr. Horowitz. “In the meantime, we may use Lynn’s talents in the counseling program at the master’s level.”
“We have a strong undergraduate psychology program and a growing psychology program at the master’s level, so it makes sense to offer an applied doctorate at Medaille. The same is true for education,” says Dr. Horowitz. “We are building on the expertise we already have. We are hoping that the PsyD will give us national recognition, which would allow us to attract more students and give us recognition for the other programs we have.”
A major step before submitting a doctoral program application to New York State was a site visit by experts in the field. At the end of January, Medaille hosted an eight-member site team, which included a college president, a chief financial officer, a director of enrollment, a representative from New York State, and two experts each in PsyD and EdD programs. The team then looked at the programs’ overall
breadth and scope, and appropriateness, and then looked at the institution as a whole for its readiness. “The responses we got for the programs were extremely positive, which I think attests to the dedication of Dr. Bridget Marinaccio (assistant professor, social sciences), Fred Rodgers (acting director of institutional research and planning) and Lynn,” Dr. Horowitz says. “The site team had a lot of positive things to say, and the changes they proposed to the programs will ultimately make them much stronger.” The doctorate of psychology is a practitioner degree that is designed to prepare students for practice. It is focused on coursework and practicum, and the research focus is based on practical research, therapy outcome research, program development, and looking at the research to guide a clinical practice. “In psychology, the entry level to practice is the doctorate level,” says Dr. HorneMoyer. “So we will be able to offer students a degree that would allow them to be practitioners of clinical psychology.” The program will be held at the new Amherst Campus, with state-of-the-art technology in every classroom. The delivery system will be a more traditional, daytime program, and will offer students an option to focus on child/family or complete a concentration in adult counseling, including practicum in those areas. “It will really be a full-time program because students are going to have four years of intensive study, along with practicum,” adds Dr. Horne-Moyer. “Students will have three years of practicum and one year at a professional internship.”
JUDITH HOROWITZ, PhD, DEAN, SCHOOL OF ADULT AND GRADUATE EDUCATION.
LYNN HORNE-MOYER, PhD, PROGRAM DIRECTOR.
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CAMPUS kudos JASON BLOKHUIS, adjunct faculty, education, presented a paper entitled “On Orthography, French Fries, and Patriotism,” at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society (PES) in Atlanta, GA, March 15-19, 2007. He also co-authored “Using Movies in Teacher Education: Practical, Pedagogical, and Philosophical Consideration,” which was presented at the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, in February, 2007. Designed as a professional development clinic, the presentation provided opportunities for participants to view video clips and discuss ethical and pedagogical issues associated with the use of Hollywood movies in teacher education courses. JENNIFER CANTIE, adjunct faculty, humanities, Amherst campus, was selected as the second-place winner in The Buffalo News 2007 short-story fiction writing contest. She was presented the award in February, and was invited to read her story, “A Color of Dreams,” on February 24, 2007, at the Buffalo Historical Society. JADWIGA (HETTIE) DOMINO, assistant professor, mathematics and science, presented a paper at the 14th Annual Graduate School of Education Student Research Symposium at the University of Buffalo on February 24, 2007. The title of her paper is “Effective and Ineffective Teaching of Mathematics.”
DR. GERALD J. ERION, assistant professor, humanities, gave two presentations at the Northwest Philosophy Conference at the University of Portland, November 4, 2006, entitled “Groundwork for Common-Sense Ethics,” and “On Common-Sense Epistemological Ethics.” Also, James Rhem wrote a review of Erion’s work on student relativism entitled “Responding to ‘Student Relativism,’” for The National Teaching and Learning Forum. The review appears at http://www.ntlf.com/html/ti/relativism.htm.
DR. ROBERT H. JOHNSON III, associate professor, mathematics and science, was recently notified by the Journal of Chemical Ecology that the article entitled “Evaluation of the Evolution of Increased Competitive Ability (EICA) Hypothesis: Loss of Defense Against Generalist but not Specialist Herbivores,” has been accepted for publication. The article was co-authored by Johnson, Helen HullSanders, and Gretchen A. Meyer.
admission to graduate business programs by most colleges with graduate programs, including the Medaille College MBA program.
Johnson also presented a poster entitled “Understanding the mechanisms behind plant invasiveness should guide sustainable control practice; a case study using invasive goldenrod,” at the international Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology Conference, where he also participated in a round-table discussion on Environmental Sustainability.
BOB NESSLIN, assistant professor, Amherst campus, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. He is responsible for the organization’s new branding initiative and coordinating the marketing and public relations for the 2007 Season, which marks The Chorus’ 70th Anniversary.
DR. ADAM R. KAUL, assistant professor, general education, submitted a book manuscript called “The Turn of the Tune: Traditional Music, Tourism and Social Change in an Irish Village,” to Berghahn Books, where it is currently under editorial review. With the help of a Medaille Faculty Development grant, he also took the manuscript back to the Irish village for local review and follow-up ethnographic research in March, 2007.
At the request of Sales and Marketing Executives International (SMEI), Nesslin also submitted an article entitled “MiniNationals on the Rise,” concerning international business, to Marketing Times, the organization’s national magazine. He was a Senior Vice President on the SMEI Board for over 10 years.
DR. CHERYL C. KLEIST, clinical assistant professor, Rochester campus, has been invited to participate in the construction of Graduate Management Admissions Council tests (GMAT), specifically an invitation to write statistics questions for the tests. The GMAT is taken by students seeking
DR. FRANCIS M. MURPHY, founding dean, school of education, had his book, “It’s About the People, Stupid: A Customer Service Manual of Self Defense,” published by Linus Publishing Company, NY, in March 2007.
ETHAN A. PAQUIN, assistant professor, humanities, hosted a poetry reading and book launch celebration for his latest book “My Thieves,” on Wednesday, April 25, 2007, at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. The event was sponsored by Talking Leaves Books. For more information, please visit www.hallwalls.org.
DAVID SHAPIRO-ZYSK, adjunct professor, humanities, is having his article “The Separation of Church and Twain: Deist Philosophy in The Innocents Abroad,” published in Issue No. 4 of The Mark Twain Annual, which publishes critical and pedagogical articles about Mark Twain. The article is the second chapter from his thesis, entitled The Separation of Church and Twain: Deist Philosophy in the Writings of Mark Twain, for which he has been selected to receive the 2007 Outstanding Master’s Thesis award at Buffalo State College at an award ceremony on April 19, 2007, at the BurchfieldPenney Art Center in Rockwell Hall. MARCIA SWIATEK, clinical assistant professor, education, has been nominated for the position of Secretary for Delta Kappa Gamma Pi (New York) State. Elections will have taken place at the Pi State Convention held in Saratoga Springs, April 13-14, 2007. New York has 76 chapters with over 4,000 members representing all levels and disciplines of education. The society promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. Professor Swiatek is also President of her state chapter, Alpha Lambda, which has provided fifteen scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees. Professor Swiatek will also take an active part in the New York State Association of Teacher Educators (NYSATE) and the New York State Association of College Teacher Educators (NYACTE) Spring Conference taking place April 26-27, 2007, in Saratoga Springs. She will serve as one of five panelists whose purpose is to celebrate and share the long history of the NYSATE organization which celebrates its 50 years as a vital educational organization in New York State.
DR. TED PELTON, associate professor, English, has his story “The Greatest Ever Championship Series in the Old Great Lakes Baseball League,” appearing in the newest issue of the literary magazine Gulf Stream. His publishing company, Starcherone Books, has released three new titles: Beyond the Techno-Cave by Harold Jaffe, The Blue of Her Body by Sara Greenslit, and Quinnehtukqut by Joshua Harmon. In addition, one of his previous authors, Nina PELTON AT THE STARCHERONE TABLE AT THE Shope, won the Calvino Prize for ASSOCIATED WRITING PROGRAMS CONFERENCE IN Experimental Fiction, for a novella ATLANTA. PHOTO BY: GEOFFREY GATZA published in the 2005 Starcherone book, Hangings: Three Novellas. Also, his story “No, Thanks, Norton, Mine’s Already Lit,” is posted at Not Just Air (http://www.notjustair.org). This spring, Pelton performed readings of his fiction at San Diego State University, KGB Bar in New York City, and at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair. An interview with Pelton appeared in January on the Conversations in the Book Trade blog, available at http://conversationsinthebooktrade.blogspot.com/2007_01_01_archive.html. Pelton’s writing and reviews can be accessed at http://www.tedpelton.com.
DR. ROBERT GUANG TIAN, associate professor, business administration, presented the paper “Cross-cultural Factors and International Business: A Anthropological Approach toward Competitive Intelligence,” at the All China International Economics Conference, the City University, Hong Kong, from December 18-20, 2006.
Gramling et al., which appeared in The Applied Anthropologist, Vol. 27, No. 1, Spring 2007. He also co-authored the paper “The Impact of Cost on College Choice: Beyond the Means of the Economically Disadvantaged,” with DR. MICHAEL LILLIS, associate professor, business administration, which was accepted for publishing in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of College Admissions.
Tian co-authored the article “Foodservice and College Operations: A Business Anthropological Case Study,” with Lela
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sabbatical awardees for 2007-08 The following full-time faculty have been awarded sabbatical leave during the 2007-08 academic year.
BRAD HOLLINGSHEAD, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Chair of the Humanities Department Fall 2007 and Spring 2008
DOUG ANDERSON, M.F.A. Associate Professor, Business Spring 2008 Professor Anderson will continue his work in new media technologies and video production. He will be updating his skills in order to teach Medaille students the latest technology and new media tools, including FLASH and AJAX. In addition, he plans to produce a series of short videos on a variety of subjects — informative, instructional, and professional.
Dr. Hollingshead will expand his current work on British Romanticism and Marxist theory, which includes further developing two recent draft essays, “Romantic and Marxist Crises: The Challenge of Theorizing the Place of Literary Interpretation in the Marxist Project of Kritik,” and “Arbitrary Power: Language, Politics, and Culture.” In addition, he will be revising his doctoral dissertation, “‘The Political House that Jack Built’: Romanticism and Marxist Kritik,” which has been solicited by Routledge Press for possible publication in the books series, Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory.
ROBERT JOHNSON, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies and Mathematics and Sciences Departments Fall 2007 Dr. Johnson will work towards developing and sustaining a collaborative effort with plant/insect ecologists at Cornell University and the Boyce Thompson Institute of Cornell in Ithaca, New York. This relationship will both enhance and sustain professional development in biological discovery and science pedagogy. His research will include conducting a series of experiments investigating the role of inducible chemical defenses in the ecology of native and invasive goldenrod while learning new analytical techniques and equipment operation protocols. In addition, Dr. Johnson will pursue collaborative and individual grants that will lead to a sustainable research program at Medaille.
COURTNEY GRIM, M.F.A. Associate Professor, Humanities Department Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 Professor Grim will work on a site specific installation, deriving from her current project, En Passant. In addition, she will continue her creative work with structural landscapes, which began with travel throughout Peru. The sabbatical will also give professor Grim time to complete a Fulbright application for a lecturing/research position award in Ireland.
As Medaille College enters a new era with the appointment of Dr. Richard T. Jurasek as the sixth president, we take a look back at another era with very different clothing trends. This photo shows Patrice Roberts â€˜77 ED (left) and Sue Gorman â€˜77 LS (right) leading a group of students down the halls of the Main Building in 1977. Reconnect with your classmates at the 2007 All Years Reunion at the Main Campus, June 8-9, 2007.
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Richard T. Jurasek, Ph.D.
NAMED PRESIDENT OF MEDAILLE COLLEGE that private higher education has to engage in, is learning how to better describe what it does,” Jurasek says. “Post-secondary education is an incredibly crowded, competitive and unforgiving marketplace. The challenge is, how do you stand out? In what ways, can you convince people to pay your tuition? We have an acutely compromised starting point in this marketplace, because we have no endowment. This puts a sharper edge on these challenges and issues.”
While Richard T. Jurasek, Ph.D., won’t begin as the 6th President of Medaille College until June 1, 2007, it is evident that he is ready to hit the ground running today. In early April, Jurasek came to campus and met with administrators, trustees, faculty, staff and students. He listened to our community discuss concerns, challenges, and areas of pride, and discussed a systematic approach that he believes will help Medaille reach the next level. He also discussed why the opportunity at Medaille was one he could not pass on. “I was attracted to the College because of its mission: the commitment to serve learning in unqualified ways, in absolute terms; and to assume that every single learner deserves our maximum effort above all things,” Jurasek says. “The second attraction point was this institutional record of being able to harmonize things that often are at conflict with each other in higher education. The college is committed to liberal learning as much as it is to pre-professional learning. The college is just as committed to undergraduate learning as it is to graduate learning. The list of harmonies goes on.
“Finally, there is a set of virtues that I think the institution has,” Jurasek continues. “It is entrepreneurial, it is nimble, and it is tough. Those are very positive, and those are the three things that attracted me to the college.” At Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH, Jurasek served as the chief operations officer with direct responsibility for admissions, financial aid, academic affairs, student affairs and auxiliary services. Previously, he served in administrative and faculty positions with Augustana College in Illinois and Earlham College in Indiana. He feels the cumulative effect of his experience has made him an ideal choice for Medaille. “My entire career has spanned so many things, that I feel very comfortable and
Jurasek would also like to see higher education, in general, get back to what it was originally intended for.
confident in responding to this set of challenges,” Jurasek says. “I have already encountered, engaged in, and learned about everything that I need to do at Medaille, so my entire job portfolio seems to be a near-perfect fit for this new job.” Jurasek’s initial evaluation of Medaille, along with information gathered through the search process and discussions with faculty, staff and administration, has allowed him to identify immediate areas to address upon starting. “Three challenges that need attention immediately are to convert growth to strategic growth, to become more competent and convincing in describing the work we actually do, and to begin to lay the foundation for a robust fund raising enterprise,” Jurasek says. “What is unique about a Medaille degree, undergrad or graduate? We have to become more convincing, more accurate in describing and measuring our work.” Medaille is not alone in facing complex marketplace challenges. “The largest, most complex enterprise
“I hope that colleges, private and public, will rediscover and act upon their mandate to serve the public good,” Jurasek says. “If our conclusion is that America today is far less than the ideal, then it is up to post secondary education to respond. American colleges and universities always had this explicit mandate in their missions from their founding parents, to graduate people who would serve, who would know how to serve, to contribute to democracy. It was always implied that American higher education wanted to instill something beyond content learning in x, y and z. Despite the challenges faced by Medaille and higher education institutions across the land, Jurasek is excited about the opportunity at Medaille. He has a fourstep plan to achieve aspirations of his own – making Medaille a college of first choice for more learners. “Our aspiration, our reasonable goal to become a college of first choice, can be achieved if we become more effective in the ways we expand our programs,” Jurasek says. “The things we choose to invest in and develop have to make strategic sense, educational sense, and not just tuition sense. The second enterprise is self improvement. That often means confronting the brutal facts about
weaknesses inside the organization and responding. Self awareness leads to self improvement. “The third engine is the idea of being as smart as possible about what the outputs are,” Jurasek continues. “The inputs in our work are human beings. We take their tuition and we simply have to get better in describing the outputs. We’re improving human beings and we have to become much better at describing what we have actually improved. Once we have gotten better at number two and three, we will be able to better promote the college in ways we haven’t been able to do in the past.” While some may bristle at winters in Buffalo, Jurasek says it feels like home. He also is excited about all that Western New York has to offer. “I love the idea of moving to Western New York,” Jurasek says. “I grew up on
and in Lake Erie, and I am very much taken with the geography and terrain south of Buffalo, down to the hills and the vineyards. Also, this is a very sophisticated mid-size metropolitan area with cultural opportunities that exceed what one would predict for the size of the community.” Jurasek and his wife Barbara, a tenured professor at Earlham College, will relocate to Buffalo this summer. They have a daughter, Christina, who will be graduating from Earlham this spring with a double major in Psychology and Art History. Jurasek hopes to rejuvenate some community activities that were dear to him in Ohio.
opment council in Ohio. It was extremely satisfying to work on the economic well being of the community.” Jurasek’s hobbies include cooking, landscape gardening, and woodworking. “I love to fashion things,” Jurasek says. “Whether it is a new dish, a design in the garden or a piece of furniture, it is a satisfying pattern. I’ve built some ugly things too, but those are in the basement.” While it is still very early, it appears that the Medaille board of trustees has selected a president with the right tools to fashion a premier destination for higher education.
“I found it very satisfying to work with Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer; I would love to do that again,” Jurasek recalls fondly. “Secondly, I served on a community and county economic devel-
Richard Davis, INTERIM PRESIDENT Until Dr. Richard T. Jurasek begins his presidency on June 1, 2007, Richard Davis will continue to serve as the interim president of Medaille College. At that point, Davis will return to his role as the vice president of institutional advancement. “I’m excited about the new leadership that Dr. Jurasek will provide and I’m looking forward to returning to working more exclusively on the advancement initiatives,” says Davis. “We have started some exciting initiatives in both communications and development, and it will be fun to focus on that on a day-to-day basis.” Davis was honored to be asked to serve as the interim president, but he clearly communicated to the board of trustees that he wanted to return to the advancement office once a president was selected. “The role of interim president was a wonderful opportunity for someone like me
who has spent close to 40 years in higher education, but my first love has always been in advancement.” adds Davis. “We have great opportunities for Medaille in that area.” Although it may be hard to evaluate an interim president on 5-7 months of work, William Collins, the chair of the Medaille College board of trustees feels Davis was a shining success. “Richard proved to be a great choice as interim president and we owe him a large debt of gratitude for stepping up at a critical moment in the college’s history. Not only was he a calming influence, he was able to step in and get a lot done for Medaille,” stated Collins. “He will continue to be a valuable asset for Medaille, not only in the transition to Dr. Jurasek, but more importantly, in the area of institutional advancement and fund raising for the college.”
And while his interim presidency can be considered a success, one group of employees is excited for the day when Davis will step down on June 1st. “We are very proud of Richard’s work as the interim president, but our entire office is even more excited to have him return to his primary role in our office,” remarked Tom Burns, assistant vice president for advancement. “We have begun to develop our plans for the next fiscal year and Richard’s leadership, experience and insight will be critical to our success.”
student profile: GREG WLOSINSKI ‘07 vda [anticipated]
a BIG man in the BIG APPLE Greg Wlosinski was a big man in the Big Apple. At 6’2” and a member of the Medaille College volleyball team, he always casts an imposing shadow. As vice president of the Art and Photography Club, and photo editor of the Medaille Perspective student newspaper, his role in the Medaille community might qualify him as a big man on campus. And a recent trip to New York City indicates that big things are in store for this senior. In March, Wlosinski, a senior from Lancaster, NY, traveled to New York City with other Perspective staff members for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association National Student Newspaper Conference. While there, Wlosinski participated in an exclusive break-out session: a day-long apprenticeship with a professional photographer.
Grand Central Station, then to Times Square, then back to the hotel. The only disappointment was missing Central Park.” The group met back at the hotel that night, and each chose about 50 of their best photos to edit for a critique and review with Conover and the other students chosen for this unique experience. “We projected each of our photos and he told us what he liked and what he didn’t like, what he thought could be changed, and what other techniques and angles could be used on the subjects,” Wlosinski recalls. “It was great to hear that from a professional in the field and benefit from his experience.” Wlosinski saw Medaille’s Visual and Digital Arts Degree as a way to pursue his love of arts, as well as a career.
“I first knew I wanted to be involved with art in high school. My painting teacher helped guide me in that direction, and I knew I had some talent,” Wlosinski says. “I chose Medaille because a degree in visual and digital arts can lead to a broad array of opportunities, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do straight out of high school.” Through academics and student activities at Medaille, he has found that his chosen craft can lead to endless possibilities. “I like the fact that you can do anything with visual and digital arts,” Wlosinski says. “There are no limits, especially with photography. You can take a picture of anything and everything. It is a lot of fun to see different and beautiful images, and that is very inspiring to me.”
“A group of us met Cary Conover from visualdiaries.com and the New York Times,” Wlosinski says. “There were six college students, from Daytona, Florida, to Sweden. We were chosen after submitting our photo portfolios for consideration. We met in the morning to discuss what we wanted to accomplish that day, and discussed our photojournalistic approach to tackling New York City.” Wlosinski spent six hours on his own photographing everyday life in the Big Apple. He took over 600 photos that day. “I started out walking the streets near the hotel, and then took the subway to Ground Zero,” Wlosinski says. “I went from there, to the southernmost point of Manhattan, and took some shots of the Statue of Liberty and the piers. I made my way around Wall Street, then over to the Brooklyn Bridge. I went to the beautiful
TIMES SQUARE IS FULL OF DIVERSITY. THIS PICTURE IS ALSO THE BASIS FOR A PAINTING PROJECT WLOSINSKI IS UNDERTAKING.
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“I chose Medaille because a degree in visual and digital arts can lead to a broad array of opportunities, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do straight out of high school.” Construction and smoke breaks near the NYC courthouse can create an intense atmosphere on the street. Outside of the site where the World Trade Centers once stood, visitors reflect on that infamous day while others have left flowers in memory of the departed.
ALL PHOTOS INCLUDED IN THIS ARTICLE WERE TAKEN BY GREG WLOSINSKI.
His experience includes being an integral part of the team that redesigned the Medaille Perspective. “Courtney Grim (associate professor, visual and digital arts) recommended me to the Medaille Perspective, and they approached me about working with them in layout and design,” Wlosinski recalls. “It brought me to be the photo editor of the paper, and I enjoy that very much. It is an opportunity to build a portfolio, to get my work out in the public, and is really a great opportunity for any artist or photographer that wants to get their work out there.
“I like knowing that I can be creative with every single shot that I take, and make it my own.”
“With the newspaper, I take more of a photojournalist approach, so it is like recording history,” Wlosinski continues. “But I like knowing that I can be creative with every single shot that I take, and make it my own.” As a photo editor, Wlosinski is responsible for layout and design, as well as managing a team of photographers. “Once you have the photos, it is a matter of finding the best shots, enhancing the photos if necessary, and editing them so the colors come out properly when printed,” Wlosinski says. “It’s very challenging. It combines something I love with professional learning, and I don’t know where I would be without it.” The experience, portfolio of work, and connections he has made at Medaille will provide Wlosinski with a big head start in his career pursuits, wherever that may land him. “I definitely want to pursue a career in the arts, likely photography and digital imaging,” Wlosinski says. “I’m not sure exactly, maybe layout and design. I’m not sure if I want to strictly be a photographer because it is a very competitive field, but surely involved with the digital arts.”
ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE UMBRELLAS AREN’T AN UNCOMMON SITE TO SEE ON A RAINY DAY.
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student profile: MATT CASPER ‘07 SM & ‘07 M.B.A. Matt Casper is not wasting any time. The senior from Chili, NY, is making every moment count as he pursues life’s opportunities. Casper came to Medaille for several reasons, the primary one being the College’s 4+1 Program where he could complete both his undergraduate and graduate work in five years. He also was asked to join Medaille’s Scholars Program, which earned him a grant towards his tuition. “I liked Medaille, especially the small classes, but my thinking was what an advantage I would have,” Casper recalls. “I would have my MBA in five years instead of six or seven. What an opportunity.” He also was interested in continuing his love for the game of soccer. Medaille provided him an opportunity for playing time, and the team’s success has made it an unforgettable experience. “I came in with a great freshman class,” Casper says. “Just seeing all of us, who came in together, win a conference tournament and make the NCAA tournament, made for something I will never forget.”
The internship is now a paid position in which he assists with planning and organizing Wegman’s in-house corporate events. He made the most of his opportunity and appreciates the company he works for. “As I got into the corporate section of Wegman’s, I saw how the people work together and why they are always voted one of the best company’s to work for,” says Casper. “The people are like a family, and it would be difficult to leave them. Plus, it is good to work for a company that is doing well.” In high school, Casper saw himself studying business. But ever since backyard soccer and street hockey games as a kid, he wanted to be involved with sports. When he learned about the field of sport management, he decided sports and business would be a perfect fit. His first sport management internship was with the Buffalo Bisons. He assisted the executive assistant to the vice president with business affairs, worked with the manager of the stadium restaurant, Pettibone’s, on inventory and pricing, and did game day promotions.
With a heavy courseload, summer classes, and Advanced Placement (AP) credits from high school, Casper is on pace to finish his education in four-and-a-half years. The Dean’s List student will earn his bachelor’s degree in sport management in May, and his master’s in business administration in December. In addition to his classwork, Casper has found the time to take part in several internships. One of those was with Wegman’s Supermarkets, where he is currently employed as an events clerk. He started in the stores in December of 2001 as a Helping Hands team member, before his internship brought him to the corporate offices on Market Street in Rochester in 2004.
CASPER INTERNING WITH THE BISONS AT DUNN TIRE PARK.
He then interned with the marketing and promotions staff for the Rochester Rhinos and Rattlers, USL Division I soccer team and Major League Lacrosse team (MLL), working with the marketing director to prepare game-day promotions. “Both internships were great experiences, and fun too,” Casper recalls. “After college, I might get some business experience first and then go into sports. There are a lot of different areas, such as marketing and sports retail, that I want to learn more about.” With his rare free time, Casper found a way to give something back. He tutors elementary students K-5, and helps with administrative duties at the Brooks Learning Center on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo. “Most of these kids are underprivileged, and it was interesting to see their perspective on things,” Casper says. “It was a good to use my time to help someone who needed help.”
CASPER FOUND THE RIGHT MIX OF ACTIVITIES AT MEDAILLE.
With the effort he puts in to all he does, it will be no surprise to see Capser enjoying success in no time at all.
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faculty profile: DR. RICHARD L. JACOB A leader on and off the court Dr. Richard L. Jacob has found his life’s work by combining three things that are very important to him: business, sports, and helping others. As a result, students in the Medaille sport management program have an opportunity to learn from one of the true pioneers of this academic discipline. According to Jacob, the field of sport management started in the early 1980’s, which puts it in the infant stages compared to other academic disciplines. However, its exponential growth has come not only in the dollars we hear about on sportscasts, but also in the demand for Sport Management graduates. “The business side of sport has become a multi-billion dollar industry across the globe,” Jacob explains. “There is tremendous demand for training undergraduates for entry level positions in sport, as well as preparing undergraduates to move into related graduate programming.” This growth makes sport management an excellent fit for Medaille, a growing college that prides itself on offering programs that fill a need in the community. Jacob’s role as the director and as a professor brings a vast amount of experience to the program.
Jacob started at Medaille in 1995 as the director of athletics and head coach of the men’s basketball team. At Medaille, Jacob found an opportunity to build up a program from nothing. “One of the reasons I took the position was the challenge of a start-up situation,” Jacob recalls. “Medaille had not been involved in formalized intercollegiate athletics since its inception in 1937. It was time to move into the traditional-age student market, and building an intercollegiate athletic program was part
of the plan. I was given the challenge and opportunity, and I am excited to see what is happening these days in the program because of a team effort.” While excited about the current state of Medaille athletics, he clearly gets excited when talking about one of his fondest memories at Medaille. “In 1996-97, as we continued to work on building the athletic program and preparing a formal application to the NCAA, Medaille joined the National Association of Small Colleges, which had a total of 65 member institutions,” Jacob recalls. “That season the men's basketball team posted a 20-11 record and qualified for the 12-team National Tournament at Kansas Weslyan University in Salina, KS. “Being the new kid on the block, we drew the previous year’s champion, Mount Scenario College of Wisconsin,” Jacob continues. “The Mavericks were victorious in triple overtime and went on to the Final Four, finishing in 3rd place after defeating the host in the consolation game.” Jacob moved from athletics to the academic side of the institution in 1999 because of his love for teaching. “Teaching involves coaching,” Jacob says plainly. “Teaching wasn’t new. Maybe the context of a classroom and the subject area, but the transition didn’t force me to walk a different walk. Plus, I was in the doctoral program at the University of Buffalo, and academics were a perfect fit for me and the institution” In addition to his many degrees, Jacob’s experiences extend well beyond the Medaille campus, around the globe in fact.
DR. JACOB IS DIRECTOR AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SPORT MANAGEMENT, AND ALSO ACTING CHAIR, BUSINESS DEPARTMENT.
Jacob spent time in 2001 working at basketball clinics in Switzerland, and in 2002 was recognized as a Foreign Sport Dignitary by the Switzerland Basketball Federation, the first American coach to ever receive the award. He continues to travel as a guest U.S. clinician in the sport of basketball and sport management internationally, and has plans for upcoming work in Italy. In 2005, Jacob became the general manager and head coach of the Buffalo Rapids of the American Basketball Association, becoming part of the team that reintroduced professional basketball to Western New York after a 27-year hiatus. Jacob also participates in many yearly conferences and has presented numerous papers (see Jacob’s Kudos). Jacob’s wealth of experience and his love for teaching has made a profound impact on Medaille and its students.
“Coach always wants the best for you,” says Joel Walrath ’07 SM. “He is always pushing you as a student to develop a professional network and get the best internships. He is the type of person who will work to ensure you have the internships you need that are so vital to being successful in the sport management field. He is easily approachable and his office is always open if you need to talk to him about anything.” His impact goes beyond the Medaille campus and into the local community – all the while providing practical experience for students. Jacob has partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance. “I am working with students to formalize a community outreach program,” Jacob says. “I am sure it is a goal of every institution to find ways to contribute to the youth of the area; our way will be to provide services for youth sport organizations.”
If it sounds like Jacob has made a home for himself at Medaille, it’s because he has. In addition to his role in sport management, Jacob is the acting chair of the business department. “The future is positive for both the business department and the sport management degree, so I am excited,” Jacob says. “I’ll leave it up to the administration to focus on future plans and continue each day to do best I can. That is where my energies should be – where I will best serve the college.”
interest and pursue them. At other institutions, sometimes you are not afforded the flexibility and opportunities to go beyond your basic responsibilities to the institution. Here, your own scholarly activities are encouraged, as is professional development specific to what you want to do.”
When he speaks of serving the college, it is truly heartfelt and not simply a requirement of employment.
Jacob does have a life outside of Medaille. He has been married to his wife Becky for 21 years. She is a certified rehabilitation counselor in special education at the Stanley G. Falk School, part of Child and Family Services. Together they have two children, daughter JoAnna who is a freshman at Canisius College, and Vincent who is a senior at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.
“Lock, stock and barrel, it is the work, dedication and performance of our current students and alumni that shape the sport management program and its quality,” Jacob says. “In addition, faculty and students can identify specific areas of
“I love sports, especially playing basketball and racquet ball. I’m also learning bass guitar,” Jacob says. “Most importantly, having been blessed with opportunity, travel with my family brings a unique peace to life's journey.”
kudos... Jacob’s abstract, “Relationship Between Perceived Coaching Behaviors and Win-Loss Success,” was accepted as a Research Consortium presentation at the 2007 AAHPERD National Convention, held March 13-17, 2007, in Baltimore, MD. Jacob participated in the Chicago Positive Coaching Alliance Trainer Auditions from March 9-10, 2007. Medaille College Sport Management and Athletics became an Official Partner of the Positive Coaching Alliance in January 2007. In January 2007, Jacob joined the New York Board of Associates for the local charity KidsPeace. The 125-year-old organization, which helps children overcome traumas and the crises of growing up, has seven centers in New York, including locations in Seneca Falls, Albany, Amsterdam, Kingston, Lockport, Waterloo, and West Seneca. JACOB’S INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL AWARD FROM THE SWITZERLAND BASKETBALL FEDERATION.
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alumni profile Bob Cole ‘06 MBA Bob Cole ’06 MBA is an example for all of us: an example in how hard work can lead to professional and personal success, and an example of dedication and loyalty, both to his alma mater and to the spirit of friendship. Cole graduated from Clarence High School in 1982, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in economics from Daemen College in 1987. Following graduation, Cole worked in the accounting business, working his way up to controller for a local business. From there he moved to the brokerage industry working for Dean Witter, which was purchased through Morgan Stanley, and eventually to UBS in 2000. Cole decided to pursue his master’s degree as a way to bring himself up to speed with
technologies such as the Internet, to hone his own skills, and experience the personal relationships that come with being back in school. After a visit, he knew Medaille was right for him. “It was between a few schools until I came in and sat in on some classes, particularly Doug Anderson’s (assistant professor, business administration) classes,” Cole recalls. “The size of the class and the hands-on action in the classroom led me to choose Medaille. True story.” He found the group work and presentations to be especially helpful. “Working on marketing presentations in back-to-back classes was very useful to me in my career, especially getting up and utilizing technology to make the presentations,” Cole says. “It was good experience from a team perspective too. Not only with having to choose your team, but to work with the team and experience the pluses and minuses of group work in getting through the program.” “In all three of the courses Bob took with me, he quietly established himself as a leader every time,” says Anderson. “His marketing materials, especially videos, were compelling and funny. He knows how to inform and entertain with images, not just words, and that's a valuable skill in today's media-saturated world.”
Cole is now a partner with the Scheff Investment Group in Clarence, NY, which he joined shortly after earning his master in business administration from Medaille. “Today, I am responsible for running the business as a partner, whereas previously I COLE’S MBA FROM MEDAILLE HAS HELPED HIM BECOME A COMPANY LEADER.
just worked for a large company,” Cole says. “We are a small company brokered through Raymond James Financial Services. So not only are we responsible for developing our client relationships and bringing in assets, but also running the business.” Cole’s company, a limited partnership, has five partners and five employees. He works directly with one other partner on client work, and between the two of them, they manage over 500 individual and corporate clients. “Another big difference here is that we all share in the loss or the profits of the business as partners at the end of the year,” Cole says. Unfortunately, Cole and the Medaille community experienced a tremendous loss when Medaille MBA student Allen Lee Downing was killed in a motorcycle crash in 2005. Cole was devastated by the death of not only his classmate, but someone who had become a close friend. But within this tragedy, Cole saw an opportunity to hold up Downing’s life as a positive example, and his passing as an opportunity to help others. Together with the Downing family and Medaille’s Office of Institutional Advancement, Cole introduced the Allen Lee Downing Memorial Scholarship. “I am pleased to be able to do something in Allen’s name,” Cole says. “It is such a worthy cause, and I am so glad that we are able to raise funds to help students who share the same academic interests.”
Don’t Miss All Years Reunion 2007!
Please join the Medaille College Alumni Association on June 8-9 for the All Years Reunion 2007.
On Saturday, June 9, 2007, the festivities start off with an Alumni Donor Reception at 4 p.m., by invitation only.
On Friday, June 8, 2007, there will be a GOLD (Graduates Of Last Decade) tent party outside of the Kevin I. Sullivan Campus Center.
At 5 p.m., Medaille will host the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony in the Main Building Lecture Hall, followed by an exciting reception that includes
For more information, to volunteer, or to register, please visit http://alumni.medaille.edu/?reunion2007 or contact Keith Koch, Director of Alumni Relations, at 716.880-2146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate students enrolled in business, accounting, or management, and to commemorate Downing’s commitment to the community, will require 30 hours of community service.
organizers are hoping to double that this year when the tournament returns to Westwood Country Club on August 8, 2007.
to others,” Cole says. “I am fortunate to have experienced Allen’s kind and generous nature, and hope that others will benefit from that spirit.”
To date the endowment is above $35,000, and the first recipients are expected to receive tuition assistance this coming fall semester.
Cole and his wife Michelle live in Clarence, and have a daughter Marlana (16) and a son Adam (22). He enjoys skiing and travelling, having recently visited Paris, Rome and Florence with his family.
Cole was instrumental in raising the scholarship’s initial funds, and continues to support the scholarship and Downing’s memory by organizing a golf tournament in his honor. The first-annual tournament in 2006 raised more than $2,000 and
“Allen would be proud to have his name attached to the scholarship, as he was very interested in providing opportunities
“Working on marketing presentations in back-to-back classes was very useful to me in my career, especially getting up and utilizing technology to make the presentations,” Cole says. 29
hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music and more.
Bob Cole is not only an example of professional success, but someone who demonstrates the tremendous impact that loyalty can have on a family and institution. To learn more or to contribute directly to the Allen Lee Downing Scholarship, or to participate in the Allen Lee Downing Memorial Golf Tournament, please contact Troy Schneider, assistant vice president for Development, at 716.880.2207 or email@example.com.
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DR. CRAIG HOVEY Associate Professor, Medaille Accelerated Learning Program, Amherst Campus
Dr. Craig Hovey is an associate professor in the MBA program with the Medaille College Accelerated Learning Program at the Amherst campus, and he has always followed an academic path. He holds bachelor’s degrees in social sciences from Nazareth College and in accounting from the State University of New York, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Albany, and a PhD in economics from Union Graduate School. Hovey made the connection between counseling and economics due to his interest in human behavior. “My specialty was psychology when I was in social work, and I worked with kids and families,” Hovey says. “I got an interest in the financial end of it, especially non-profit management. I started taking accounting courses and I liked it, so I finished that and earned my CPA.
“I started my own tax practice and then got asked to teach a course in taxation,” Hovey continues. “I did and then discovered that I loved teaching. That’s when I went back for my Ph.D. in economics.” Hovey started teaching at a two-year business college, then at Keuka College where he taught economics and accounting. He then joined the economics department at
Saint John Fisher College, teaching statistics and economics in the MBA program. In 2002, he stopped teaching full-time to focus on his writing and research business. Hovey has authored several books and has more on the way. “I have one I’m working on now,” Hovey says. “I’m doing a book for the Idiots Guide series, called the Complete Idiots Guide to Global Economics. That’s supposed to come out around the end of this year.” He missed teaching, and came back to teach full-time at Medaille this past fall semester. His work has inspired him to write another book. “I had to teach financial accounting which can be a challenge to make interesting for students,” Hovey says. “I also noticed that all the books on accounting are textbooks. So I wanted to come up with one that was fun to read and with broader applications. The name of that book is going to be The Accountant’s Guide to the Universe (St. Marten’s Press).” Hovey has found a good fit in the Accelerated Learning Program. “I enjoy programs that focus on adults; having gone back to school as an adult
DR. CRAIG HOVEY, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR.
when I had kids, I can understand what it is like,” Hovey says. “I have a lot of respect for the students who are undertaking that when they’re working. I also like the course design in ALP; I think it’s unique and well done.” He also is enjoying his return to the classroom. “It’s always worthwhile,” Hovey says. “I love doing it but I think what I find most gratifying is the adults who may not have done real well when they were younger, but they come back and discover that they’re a lot brighter and continued on page 32
MIKE WALLACE Assistant Professor, Medaille Accelerated Learning Program, Rochester Campus
“Small corporations, defined as having less than $50 million in annual revenue, often need help because they are growing and they don’t have the resources available to hire former executives,” Wallace continues. “I can make the largest improvements with those types of organizations. Large companies see me as an expense, where small companies perceive me to be an investment.”
MIKE WALLACE, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR.
Mike Wallace, an assistant professor in the Accelerated Learning Program at the Rochester Campus, did not plan to become a college professor. He retired from Xerox Corporation after thirty years in numerous leadership positions, and joined Excellerated Performance as an independent consultant, working with companies and individuals that want to improve. This is normally accomplished through a goal-setting process, which creates the appropriate behavior changes required to improve performance. “I work in the field of professional development with a target market of individuals and small corporations. Areas of focus are leadership and coaching, management and team development, sales, customer service, and organizational assessment,” Wallace says. “I focus on the individuals involved and how they can make the necessary changes to improve.
A few years ago, he heard that Medaille College was going to offer a master in organizational leadership, and called to see if they could utilize his company’s services in leadership development. They weren’t interested in professional services, but were interested in having his credentials in their classroom. “They were interested in my resume and asked if I had ever considered being an adjunct professor,” Wallace recalls. “I told them that I hadn’t, and they asked me to think about it. They followed up about one week later and asked me if I’d be interested in co-teaching a class with an experienced professor. I thought that was too incredible of an opportunity to pass up.” Since becoming an adjunct, then full-time professor in October of 2004, he has taught nearly 20 different courses, mostly at the graduate level. “When a full-time faculty opportunity opened up, someone asked me if I was going to throw my name in the hat, so I did,” Wallace recalls. “I got the job and I believe the message is, if a door opens and you stick your head in, you should go all the way down the hall to see what may happen. In my case, it has been an
excellent opportunity to help students in a graduate environment while continuing to help clients and individuals in a business environment.” He is currently teaching three courses: Managerial Communication Processes, Executive Leadership & Motivation, and the MBA Capstone. He finds his professional experiences very complimentary to the classroom experience. “The nice thing about maintaining a consulting business is that you are continually being grounded by the current business environment,” Wallace says. “You can bring that current information into the classroom, allowing students to experience the cutting edge of what’s going on. When this can be achieved in a very interactive and collaborative environment, adult students respond very well.” Wallace thoroughly enjoys teaching, and sees developing communication skills as a big part of the learning process. “I like being in front of students,” Wallace says. “I enjoy helping them by providing perspectives from my experience. I like to see them grow, especially in terms of writing and communications. Once they go through 12-15 courses where writing and presentation are as important as content, they are prepared from ‘learning by doing.’’’ He also offers a bit of leadership advice from wisdom gained through experience.
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MBA COHORT 025 TAKES IN HOVEY’S STATISTICS CLASS.
a lot more capable. If I can do anything in that process, I find that the most gratifying.”
Hovey lives in Pittsford, NY, and he and his wife of 22 years, Gloria, have three chil-
dren. His 18 year-old son Max plays hockey in Canada’s Central Junior A League and is hoping to earn a Division I college scholarship. He has a 14-year-old daughter named Chloe, who plays hockey in the Southern Ontario League and has also become very serious about the sport. He also has a seven year-old daughter Eve, and Hovey says thankfully she hasn’t expressed an interest in hockey yet.
“In order to be successful as a leader, students need to ensure that they can lead themselves properly before leading others,” Wallace says. “If you are not strong from within, people will see that you don’t have the credibility you need to lead others. Great leaders do two things: they set goals, and they achieve desired results. If you can do that consistently, you can be a great leader.” Wallace, originally from New Jersey, now lives in Pittsford, NY. He and his wife Judy have three grown children and when they retire in 5-10 years, they plan to buy a “Class A” RV and see the country six months out of every year. Wallace is the vice chairman of the board of directors of Heritage Christian Services, which provides residential housing for developmentally disabled individuals, and has held many leadership positions at the United Church of Pittsford. He also earned the United States Commendation Medal for extraordinary duties performed during the Vietnam era.
STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM THE EXPERIENCE WALLACE BRINGS TO CLASS.
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UPCOMING EVENTS AMCC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT May 4-6, 2007
AMCC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT May 11-13, 2007
GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT May 18, 2007, 1 p.m. Kleinhan’s Music Hall
UNDERGRADUATE COMMENCEMENT May 18, 2007, 7 p.m. Kleinhan’s Music Hall
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