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THE MAGAZINE OF THE MEDAILLE COLLEGE COMMUNITY
Alumni Experience Grows and Evolves Strategic Plan Takes Root
Also in this issue Online Programs Continue to Grow Comprehensive Campaign Closes in on Goal Athletics Highlights A LU M N I A S S O C I AT I O N P R E S I D E N T D A L E S T E P H E N S ’ 99, ’ 06
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Alumni Association President Dale Stephens ’99, ’06 (pictured) has led the Association on a strategic planning process with a goal to “continually create meaningful opportunities for alumni to engage and connect with Medaille.” Read more about the plan on page 4.
4 Alumni Association Offers New Opportunities 7 Internship Programs Provide Real-World Experience
PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER RIPLE Y ’12, ’13
10 Honors Convocation 11 Carrying on an Educational Legacy 12 Medaille Introduces Integrated Healthcare Delivery Program 14 Online Programs Continue to Grow
18 MBA Students Help Businesses Thrive
JOHN P. CRAWFORD
20 Athletics Updates
22 Homeland Security Degree Program Keeps WNY Safe 26 Faculty Spotlight 28 Comprehensive Campaign Closes in on Goal 30 Opening the Door to Education 31 Donor List
Graphic Designer CARLA F. KESTNER Contributing Writers MICHELLE CEFARATTI I TARA ERWIN I MARTIN J. HAUMESSER CHERIE MESSORE ’80 I JEANINE PURCELL I CHRISTOPHER SCHOBERT Photography
SUMMER (GEMMATI) HANDZLIK ’08, ’12 I CARLA F. KESTNER JAMES McCOY I NANCY J. PARISI I JEANINE PURCELL CHRISTOPHER RIPLEY ’12, ’13 I HANNAH TAYLOR
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e ve n t s MARCH 24 Adult & Graduate Open House MARCH 26 Write Thing Reading Series: John Mauk APRIL 22
Medaille Annual Job & Internship Fair
Medaille Alumni Growth & Fulfillment Committee presents: New Directions: How to Navigate a Career Transition
Leadership Management Council Buffalo Event: Systems Thinking
Founders’ Day Celebration
JUNE 5 Leadership Management Council Rochester Event: Leading Change & Transformation JUNE 5-21
Secrets Every Traveler Should Know: A Musical Comedy Revue
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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 2014 - 15 Officers DALE STEPHENS ’99, ’06 President PAUL DUERINGER ’04 Vice President Jonathan Augustyn ’09 Kevin Connolly ‘03 Jonathan Gill ‘07 Paige Gullotti ’11, ‘12 Camille Jackson ’09, ‘12
CHRISTIE WITT-BERARDI ’09 Secretary ANN HORN-JEDDY ’99, ’06 Parliamentarian Timothy Kwiatkowski ’86 Shawn Loos ’10, ‘12 Michael McKay ’86 Christie R. Nelson ‘09, ‘11 Sarah Pollinger ‘09
Beth Ann Rice ’99 Danielle Rollins ‘12 Richard Schneider ’10, ‘12
B O A R D O F T R U S T E E S 2014 - 15 Officers CHARLES E. MORAN, JR. Board Chair MICHAEL J. MOLEY ’07 Vice Chair JUANITA K. HUNTER, Ed.D. Secretary Stuart H. Angert Pamela C. Brown, Ed.D. Stephen L. Cicchinelli ‘98 Lawrence Costa Horace A. Gioia, Esq. Robert S. Graber ‘96 Ellen E. Grant, Ph.D., LCSW-R
MICHAEL K. WALSH Treasurer CHRISTIE L. FRONTERA Administrative Assistant
Richard T. Jurasek, Ph.D. Margaret Kafka ‘90 Robert J. LaMastra James K. Morrell William H. Pearce, Jr. Darius G. Pridgen ‘07 Heidi A. Raphael ‘85
Dale Stephens ‘99, ‘06* Robert L. Stevenson Rocco Termini Donald R. Tomasulo ‘79 Kenneth D. Trbovich ‘99 *President of Medaille Alumni Association Board
Visit www.medaille.edu for more information about the programs, people and events at Medaille College. www.facebook.com/medaillecollege
Dear Friends, I am thrilled to share with you the latest edition of Medaille magazine! Looking through these pages and seeing so many stories of the students, faculty, alumni and community partners who help make the College such a special place fills me with pride. Their dedication and work ethic is inspiring. This is a time, then, to reflect on the accomplishments of recent years — the high quality of education, our continued rate of student success, increased fundraising, ongoing campus construction efforts, numerous new relationships and partnerships in the community — and also to look to the future. Consider, for example, our capital campaign. As explained in the article on page 28, our Partnerships for Opportunity Comprehensive Campaign has raised more than $4 million thanks to the generosity of alumni, friends, corporate sponsors and other donors. Our $4.5 million goal is in sight and the result will be on-campus improvements, additional student support and the development of new academic programs. Additional accomplishments are woven throughout the magazine, including the continued growth of our online program. Enrollment in our online programs is higher than ever before and we are adding new courses and certificate and degree programs. The result of these exciting developments is on display each day at Medaille’s robust, busy Buffalo campus, at our Rochester campus, and beyond. It is a joy to see our students out learning in the community, building relationships and developing the real-world skills that will create the future of Western New York and the world. After all, civic mindedness is, and continues to be, at the forefront of a Medaille education. This edition of Medaille magazine is a reflection of the many reasons I am so proud of Medaille’s students, faculty and staff. Thanks to the individuals profiled here in Medaille magazine, the College will continue to improve the contributions it makes to our students’ lives and the Western New York community. I hope you enjoy this issue, and that it inspires you to pursue the many ways you can help make a difference. Thank you for supporting Medaille over the last eight years and in the years to come! Even though I will be retiring this summer, I will forever remain Medaille’s most ardent supporter and most dedicated servant. Sincerely,
Richard T. Jurasek President
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Medaille’s Alumni Experience Grows and Evolves BY CHERIE MESSORE ’80
Alumni Association Offers New Opportunities for Engagement
AS MEDAILLE COLLEGE has evolved to meet the changing needs of students in Western New York and beyond, its Alumni Association has grown and expanded to reflect different demands from its current and future members. Typically, a college alumni association functions as a fundraising, recruitment and networking arm of an institution. Medaille’s alumni wanted more. “The Alumni Association Board of Directors deserved a better outlet for its talents,” said John Crawford, Medaille’s vice president for College Relations. “And the alumni needed to have a bigger say in their association, too.” The timing was perfect, as the College recently wrapped up a thorough and forward-thinking strategic planning process. The challenge — and rewards — of change beckoned. So Alumni Association leadership decided to embark upon a planning process of its own. The alumni experience is larger than the Association and its activities, and to that end, the entire Office of College Relations staff played a role in the development of the “It’s our aim to be creative and plan. “Engaged alumni are welcomed to participate with our current students,” says innovative in offering ways for alumni Crawford. “We have a cadre of alums who work with our students and offer valuable career direction.” to bond. The goal moving forward, Alumni have the opportunity for even greater involvement, as well. Medaille’s passionate, is to continually create meaningful dynamic alums are the exemplars for current students not only for their successful careers, but for maintaining a balanced and richer life experience. The overall goal, says Alumni opportunities for alumni to engage Association President Dale Stephens ’99, ’06, is to “foster student relationships that build and connect with Medaille.” lifelong commitment and provide strategic support to the College.” Lawrence Robinson, clinical assistant professor in Medaille’s Division of Management A LU M N I A S S O C I AT I O N P R E S I D E N T and Leadership, guided the Association leadership through the process. More innovative D A L E S T E P H E N S ’ 99, ’ 06 than the traditional and more familiar SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities,
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and threats) analysis method, Robinson says the Association used the appreciative inquiry model, which focuses more on strengths and assets. It is also the same process Medaille’s leadership followed for its institutional strategic plan. The process started with listening. Robinson said alumni were invited to sessions where they could reflect on their student days at Medaille, and talk about their perceptions and experiences as alumni. There was a core group at the center of the process, and this group had an open invitation to include other individuals who wanted to be involved. Their work began in earnest when they broke into smaller discussion groups. These talks led to deeper conversations about priorities. “It’s a participatory approach involving people who are engaged in the organization at all levels,” says Robinson. More than 80 alumni participated, with representation from the Buffalo and Rochester campuses, as well as the former Amherst campus. Three strategic themes emerged:
• S E R V I C E Expanding Medaille alumni’s culture of service to positively impact students, the College and the community • G R O W T H A N D F U L F I L L M E N T Providing opportunities for personal and professional development, lifelong learning, networking and enduring relationships • FA M I LY Creating a positive, secure environment where alumni with shared values provide a support system in which individuals are appreciated and heard Innovation teams, led by members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, were formed to take charge of each theme and create the engagement opportunities to make them happen. Robinson says a unique aspect of this approach is that the strategic themes are very broad and allow for flexibility. “It’s hard to predict three years out,” he says. “This approach encourages groups of people to meet the goals of each theme in a changing environment.” The board then realigned positions to reflect its new priorities. Jon Augustyn ’09 emerged as co-chair of the Family Team, an apt role that also reflects his position on campus as assistant director of undergraduate admissions. “Students come to Medaille for the family element,” Augustyn says, “and the small class size atmosphere where there is always someone to turn to.” Offering his discretionary time to support this element of Medaille life is appealing to Augustyn and his sense of Medaille’s mission to its students and the community. “Within the past 10 years or so, Medaille has emphasized community service,” he says. “We have students who go out and plant trees and volunteer in soup kitchens.” This spirit of volunteerism to create and enhance that sense of family also provides students with a stronger appreciation of the need for work-life balance. c ontinu es >
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All Medaille graduates are considered Alumni Association members. If you would like to receive an Alumni Association Membership Card, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (716) 880-2207. For more information on the Association, visit www.medaille.edu/alumni/alumni-association.
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For Augustyn, a new focus on the alumni experience means more of his fellow alums are involved. “I joined the Alumni Association right after I graduated. There was a small group of us, and that group has continued to grow.” Augustyn ties his alumni interest back to his campus job, and often speaks to current juniors and seniors about the value of being an active alumnus. In the past year, there has been an uptick in annual giving, according to Crawford. This means more alumni are supporting their alma mater, and the gift levels are also increasing. These are good things for the College’s overall advancement efforts, which in turn, mean good things for students. As Crawford says, “A more engaged and involved Alumni Association is inclined to support the College.” This fresh vision for the Alumni Association is giving its leadership new opportunities to develop programs that appeal to multiple generations. For example, a mentorship program exists for alums that want to meet current students and help inspire their career paths. Peer groups for marketing and human resources practitioners meet regularly to network and share best practices. “It’s our aim to be creative and innovative in offering ways for alumni to bond,” says Stephens. For the Association’s executive board, this means always looking for ways to foster strategic relationships between students, alumni, and Medaille as an institution. The goal moving forward, Stephens says, is to continually create “meaningful opportunities for alumni to engage and connect with Medaille.”
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Megan Hinton ’14 in the studio at STAR 102.5 with disc jockey Rob Lucas
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MORE THAN 2,000 years ago, the concept of experiential learning — learning by doing — was catching the attention of ancient Greek scholars This notion has been put into practice at Medaille College for years, as Medaille has been at the forefront of promoting internships B Y T A R A E R WI N and advocating real-world experience prior to graduation. “Medaille has had a historic commitment to internships through experiential and community-based learning,” says Norman Muir, vice president of Academic Affairs. “More schools are starting to catch on, but we have known for some time that students benefit most from hands-on learning.” It is the epitome of Medaille’s “Where College Meets Career” philosophy. Just about every undergraduate degree has at least one internship requirement in its curriculum, and students are encouraged to complete more than one, even if it is c o n t inu es > not mandatory.
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FINDING A PERFECT FIT Meghan Hinton ’14 had four internships under her belt by the time she graduated as a communications major in May. She felt it was important to expose herself to a wide range of experiences in order to find the branch within her chosen field that best fit her personality and talents. “I interned at two places at the same time: radio station Star 102.5 as a producer and WIVB-TV as a reporter,” she says. “It was a lot of work with little sleep and no pay, but I learned a great deal, and the experiences pushed me in the right direction.” Hinton scored her dream job as a marketing coordinator for the Eastern Hills Mall shortly after graduation. She is responsible for building relationships between mall management and stores in order to better promote the shopping center to customers. She is able to integrate a mix of communications disciplines in her position including promotions, public relations, graphic design, social media, event planning and writing. Hinton credits her internship experiences with helping her quickly secure a job that utilizes her degree. In fact, Star 102.5 hired her as a producer for the station’s morning show after she completed her internship there, and a salesperson at the station recommended her for the marketing position at the mall. “Because I had a good reference and because people at the radio station saw me as a hard worker, I was hired [as marketing coordinator at Eastern Hills Mall],” says Hinton. GETTING THE MOST OUT OF THE EXPERIENCE Muir says Medaille’s thorough vetting process ensures that internships are beneficial for both the student and the employer. Rather than just show up to a workplace wide-eyed and anxious on the first day, students — mostly juniors and seniors — undergo a detailed planning process leading up to the actual internship. Students must think carefully about what they hope to gain from the experience, and communicate with the site supervisor to find out what they can actually do. Any necessary adjustments are made so that both parties are satisfied, and then the student writes three to four statements of intended learning objectives in a contract that is signed by everyone involved. Throughout the internship process students are required to keep a journal chronicling their experiences. The journal is turned in, along with a summary and analysis paper, at the end of the semester. Students review what they learned and how it can connect back to the classroom. Finally, both the student and site supervisor must complete a final evaluation before a grade is submitted.
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“It is a high-impact educational experience,” says Muir. “We want the student to reflect on it before, during and after the internship.” Medaille’s internships focus on career readiness, infusing real-world scenarios that complement theoretical learning in the classroom. They also teach skills that cannot be covered in textbooks and lectures, such as the power of
networking and professional conduct. “The most important thing I learned while interning was to network,” says Hinton. “Making sure I introduced myself to everybody is the reason why I received a good reference and was able to start working right after graduation. I did not just show up to my internship; when I got there I put my all into it because I wanted something out of it. In the long run, it worked for the best and got me to where I am today.” Muir agrees. “Internships integrate the classroom experience in two ways,” he says. “First, they help students better understand the theories taught in the classroom by seeing them applied in the field. Second, internships expose students to current trends. They can see a practitioner apply the latest skills and deal with situations that may not necessarily be covered in a traditional classroom situation.” “The things you learn in the classroom can only take you so far,” says Hinton. “Internships make those words on paper a reality.” Hinton found the value of internships to be twofold. While experiential learning enhanced the concepts and theories covered in class, Hinton says her internships helped her perform at a higher level in the classroom, since she had a real-world scenario to relate back to the lesson.
Hinton with professor Lou Pozantides ’86 in Medaille’s campus radio station, “The Lizzard.”
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“Internships helped me achieve higher on tests, contribute more to discussions in the classroom and led to an overall enhanced understanding of my degree,” she says. THE TOOLS NEEDED TO SECURE EMPLOYMENT With the internship program at Medaille, students have the opportunity to gain actual experience in fields that other schools may not offer, such as psychology and biology. People Inc., the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Hawk Creek Wildlife Center and the SPCA are just some of the organizations in which students have internship access. To earn a veterinary technician degree from Medaille, students must complete what is called a preceptorship at local animal shelters, rescue centers, kennels, farms and zoos, where they can perform tasks such as drawing blood, measuring vitals, taking X-rays and even assisting in surgical procedures. And as Meghan Hinton’s story demonstrates, each internship presents an opportunity for the student to cultivate valuable relationships that will serve him or her well in the future. “It is definitely not uncommon that an internship leads to a job after graduation,” says Muir. Experiential learning is the cornerstone of the Medaille advantage. By developing skills through real-life scenarios and cultivating relationships with experts in their fields, students are equipped with the tools they need to secure gainful employment once they earn their degree. Internships also offer students something that even the best professor and curriculum cannot replicate: self-assurance. “I learned so much in my classes from Medaille’s communication professors, but interning was the most important element that led me to my job,” says Hinton, who also wrote and was the lifestyles editor for student newspaper, The Perspective. There, she learned how to use programs such as InDesign and Photoshop, which she believes helped give her an edge during the interview process for her current position. “My boss said it was an added bonus as to why I was hired over other people. But even if I was not hired, I had confidence that the things I learned through my classes, through my internships and through the newspaper would have led me to a job very soon.” 10 Medaille Magazine I Spring 2015
An Annual Celebration of Academic Achievement
Jeffrey Allen Faunce, Ph.D., Earns Dr. Brian R. Shero Award IN ADDITION TO honoring some of Medaille’s most accomplished students, the College’s 2014 Honors Convocation saw Dr. Jeffrey Allen Faunce receive the Dr. Brian R. Shero Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. As the 2014 recipient, the assistant professor in Medaille’s Division of Education also served as the Honors Convocation speaker. Dr. Faunce teaches various courses at the College and supervises student teachers in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the area. He serves as faculty advisor for the Future Teachers’ Club and faculty sponsor for Medaille’s Gamma Sigma chapter of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. His research explores the relationships that teachers can develop with their students and the positive impacts those relationships can have. 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, a professor of biology at Medaille. Medaille College recognizes the importance of faculty members who contribute excellent service to the College, as well as to its students and faculty members.
Dr. Brian R. Shero Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award recipients 1990 Karen Schiavone
1997 Joseph Savarese
2008 Robert Nesslin
1991 Carol Harrison
1998 Ross Runfola Ruth Haselbauer
2009 Lou Pozantides ’86
1992 Eileen Brown 1993 Brian Shero 1994 Faith Burke 1995 Darlene Harding 1996 Janice Schlegel
2002 Gerald Mosey 2003 Judith Horowitz 2005 Brad Hollingshead 2007 Lisa Marsherall
2010 Gerald Erion 2011 Mark Lavatelli 2012 Valerie Macer 2013 Mary Louise Hill
CARRYING ON AN
Educational Legacy B Y C H RI S TO P H E R SCH O BER T
WHEN TIM CHRISWELL ’03 and his daughter Sara were considering her college choice, Medaille was ideal for many reasons — Tim’s wonderful experience as an adult student, the positive atmosphere on campus, the College’s varied academic programs. Once the decision was made, they discovered a unique opportunity for financial support: Medaille’s $1,000 Alumni Referral Scholarship. It offers Medaille alumni a chance to help a deserving student achieve their dream of a college education, and assist in recruiting an exciting incoming class of future community leaders. “When we sat down with an advisor at registration, I mentioned that I was a graduate and they told us about the scholarship,” he says. “They gave me the information and I filled out the application — it was that easy. Medaille makes it simple, so you aren’t turned off from making a recommendation by having to fill out too much paperwork.” The scholarship is a grant of $1,000 renewable for four years as long as the student maintains full-time status and satisfactory academic progress. That means alumni can help a student save as much as $4,000 during the course of his or her studies at Medaille. For Chriswell, the scholarship was yet another example of Medaille’s focus on student success and career preparation. He received a bachelor of business administration degree from Medaille, and today works for a steel rule tooling manufacturer in Amherst, NY, as a customer service manager. In addition, he is currently working towards earning
his master’s degree in theology at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, NY. “Carrying on the legacy was important,” he says. “I received a quality education, and knowing the school’s focus, I was delighted to see my daughter wanted to attend the College.” And as a Medaille alum himself, Chriswell understands the importance of giving back to the College, and the impact it can have. “I find it very important to give back to Medaille. You want to see the legacy continue on and future generations benefit from the many opportunities the College offers. I think a small school allows for more individual attention and benefits the student tenfold — you’re not just a number out of 25,000 people. I believe programs like the TRiO Student Support Services program are a great example of the importance that is placed upon the individual, and the concern Medaille has for the student succeeding.” To be eligible for the Alumni Referral Scholarship, prospective freshmen or transfer students must be nominated by a Medaille alumnus. The alumnus must complete the alumni referral application and write a letter of recommendation stating why the student is being referred. Students must enroll in full-time undergraduate studies at the Buffalo campus. Visit www.medaille.edu/alumni-referral for an Alumni Referral Scholarship form and a complete breakdown of eligibility requirements and deadlines. For any questions regarding the scholarship, contact Brian Filjones at (716) 880-2200 or email@example.com, or the Office of College Relations at (716) 880-2475 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Medaille Introduces Integrated Healthcare Delivery Program Through Unique Partnership With Catholic Health System
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WESTERN NEW YORKERS need not look far to see the future of healthcare in their community. From the bustling Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to the new Catholic Health System (CHS) headquarters building downtown, the signs of progress are clear. Clinical care, research and higher education facilities continue to grow across the region. Recognizing the changing face of healthcare in the community inspired a vision of a different sort at Catholic Health and its Catholic Medical Partners (CMP) physician group. CHS was recently recognized as one of three organizations in the country for managing population health, an approach to healthcare that aims to improve the health of an entire population. As such, Catholic Health began a process to inspire its leadership to think more strategically and collaboratively about how to improve the delivery of healthcare in Western New York. The changing local healthcare landscape requires a big-picture, systems understanding to navigate all the connected components of the continuum of care, from healthcare providers and facilities to the residents and communities they serve. That is why CHS and CMP turned to Medaille College for support. LEADERSHIP IN INTEGRATED HEALTHCARE DELIVERY As the second largest healthcare system in Western New York, CHS has long taken a leading role in implementing healthcare delivery solutions in the community. The current challenge was to more rapidly and extensively develop CHS and CMP leadership to stay at the forefront of the area’s evolving medical sector. “It became clear with our success in population health management that we would need to move rapidly to develop leaders in our healthcare industry,” says Michael J. Moley ’07, vice chair of
Medaille’s Board of Trustees and senior vice president and chief human resource officer at CHS. Today’s integrated healthcare delivery requires leaders to work together both locally and nationally. Developing CHS leadership to work more creatively, collaboratively, aggressively and systematically was key, and finding the right educational partner was the first step.” Moley was familiar with Medaille’s strong academic programs centered on critical thinking, including the College’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program. Moley initiated discussions among executives and physicians at CHS/CMP and with administration at Medaille to explore ways they could work together to create a new program of instruction based on the specific needs of integrated healthcare delivery. After more than a year of discussion and planning, Medaille and CHS/CMP formed a one-of-a-kind partnership to create an integrated healthcare delivery program at the College. CHARTING A NEW COURSE In September 2014, Medaille began offering the program to 17 students, all leaders from CHS and CMP, to create the first “leader cohort.” The leader students will work toward an advanced certificate in integrated healthcare delivery. The credits achieved under this certificate can be applied to a master of business administration degree from Medaille, with a concentration in integrated healthcare. Additionally, the College received approval from the New York State Department of Education for the same concentration in its master in organizational leadership program. “This unique partnership melds the leadership and communication skills taught in Medaille’s MAOL program with the understanding of integrated healthcare delivery at Catholic Health,”
says William Weeks, clinical associate professor in Medaille’s Division of Management and Leadership. “We have created a very dynamic, high-powered program that prepares CHS leadership to think systemically — to appreciate the interaction of all the parts of their organization and understand how they can work together to deliver a better continuum of care for patients.” Professor Weeks explains that old business models that focused on individual components of healthcare delivery will not work in the changing medical sector. Integrated care today can involve primary physicians, nurse practitioners, medical testing and imaging services, surgeons, physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists, and many other healthcare providers. The integrated healthcare delivery program at Medaille offers CHS leadership a new “systems” understanding to develop the necessary strategies and workforce to improve the delivery of healthcare in Western New York. Dr. Michael Edbauer, chief medical officer for Catholic Medical Partners and chief clinical officer for Catholic Health, is currently teaching the first session of the program. The certificate consists of six, seven-week sessions taught by both Catholic Health and Medaille faculty. Course topics created by both Medaille and CHS include Issues in Healthcare: Population Management, Management and Leadership, Systems Thinking, Organizational Behavior, Principles of Healthcare Finance, and Organizational Change. Future sections of the integrated healthcare delivery program will be opened up to all interested students and organizations.
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ONLINE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS CONTINUE TO GROW AT MEDAILLE, GIVING STUDENTS
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JAY CORBO ’14 HAS worked as a high school counselor for the New York City public schools for more than eight years. He currently counsels teenage students with various disabilities, working closely with Autistic students, especially those with Asperger Syndrome. Married to a speech and language therapist, he also works at a private practice providing family counseling services. Obviously, Corbo has a lot of responsibilities. What he does not have is a lot of time. The Staten Island resident held a master’s degree in education counseling from Lehman College and was looking to earn New York State credentials to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). “When you have a school counseling degree or school psychology degree, you are able to take additional classes to become an LMHC in New York State which allows you to practice independently,” Corbo explains. “I did not require a full degree program and was searching for certificate programs that would work with my busy schedule.” With a number of options on campus at colleges close to home, he found the Medaille College online certificate program during an online search and decided it best fit his needs. “I was able to earn the post-master’s certificate from Medaille in about a year and it enabled me to meet the educational requirements to become licensed in New York State while enhancing the counseling I provide my students,” says Corbo. “While the classes were rigorous, the structure was convenient. As a full-time school counselor, I was still able to complete the coursework during evenings and on weekends.”
MEETING THE NEEDS OF TODAY’S STUDENTS Corbo is typical of the type of students who are choosing Medaille for online learning and helping to drive the continued growth of the College’s online programs. Medaille had its largest enrollment of online students at the start of the fall session, more than double the previous session start. While the majority of online students live within a 50- to
100-mile radius of the College, Medaille is attracting online learners such as Corbo from across the state and as far away as Chicago. As enrollment has steadily increased over the years, Medaille has added courses and certificate and degree programs to its online offerings, creating one of the most robust online programs in Western New York with a diverse and growing online student body. The growth of the program is indicative of today’s higher education student, says Richard L. Jacob, Ph.D., head of Medaille’s Division of Applied and Social Science. “The online student is someone who simply does not have time in their busy life to go to a college campus, even for just one night a week,” Dr. Jacob explains. “Medaille’s online program offers tremendous flexibility to earn an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree according to the student’s schedule with the same outstanding academic results as classroom learning.” Dr. Jacob notes that a national study conducted to profile a typical online student in higher education found a high concentration of full-time employees who travel extensively in their jobs, as well as military personnel. Many online students are single parents working toward a college degree, while others include professionals embarking on a second career path. FULLY ACCREDITED AND STUDENT-CENTERED Medaille College is a fully accredited institution with a long history of educating students. The school’s online programs are also fully accredited and meet the same standards for rigor, comprehensiveness, and accountability as any other Medaille program. The programs are centered on the students and on developing the tools they need to be successful as online learners, and are taught by skilled faculty who are practitioners with realworld experience in their field. Corbo notes that the staff and faculty he encountered at Medaille were helpful throughout the entire process, from the registrar’s office to program directors to the faculty. After reviewing his transcripts from graduate school, Medaille’s program directors were able to tailor the certificate coursework to his specific needs in pursuing a state license in mental health counseling. “My phone calls were always returned promptly, emails were answered quickly, and everyone was very knowledgeable,” c ontinu es > Spring 2015 I Medaille Magazine 15
he says. “It was a very positive experience and I have already recommended Medaille’s online certificate programs to my colleagues.” Medaille online programs allow the student to earn the degree they want in whatever setting fits their busy lifestyle — studying and working from home, the office, or wherever they have an internet connection and the proper computer requirements. Medaille provides online students with Microsoft Office software and antivirus software, and technical support is available 24/7 via a toll-free number. ONGOING STUDENT-TEACHER INTERACTION Medaille online students can take advantage of the Blackboard Instant Messenger communication system to regularly stay in touch with instructors. Furthermore, students are encouraged to communicate with their online professors via email and by telephone when necessary. Courses are structured so students can participate in class discussions, interact with professors, and submit assignments online. “Our online curriculum is blueprint-driven with a highly detailed course syllabus in each degree program based on our traditional on-ground coursework,” Dr. Jacob says. “We also aim to mimic the classroom by encouraging good discussion, with student participation in learning teams.” ONLINE AND HANDS-ON Corbo participated in an internship while earning his postmaster’s certificate in mental health counseling online from Medaille. He interned on-site at a school near his home in Staten Island and submitted a weekly journal and time log to his professor at Medaille as part of the internship. Such internships and capstone projects are built into the Medaille online programs to give students more hands-on experience in their chosen course of study. The projects balance the real world with the virtual world of online learning to better prepare them for their careers. AN AFFORDABLE OPTION As Medaille’s online programs are fully accredited, students are able to apply for financial aid. While eligibility for aid is based on individual financial circumstances, Medaille can help students explore options such as student loans, grants and scholarships. “I found Medaille’s online program to be an affordable option for obtaining my certificate,” reports Corbo. “Other online certificate programs I explored cost more in the long run, since Medaille allowed me to take two fewer classes based on my graduate school transcripts.”
Medaille offers a wide array of online program choices including: ASSOCIATE DEGREES • Business • General Studies BACHELOR’S DEGREES • Business Administration • Information Systems • Health Information Management • Homeland Security • General Studies MASTER’S DEGREES • Business Administration • Clinical Mental Health Counseling • Organizational Leadership • Psychology ADVANCED CERTIFICATE • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Dr. Jacob sees Medaille’s online program continuing to grow, including new hybrid models that combine in-classroom learning with online courses. “If a college is not involved in online learning, it will be behind the eight ball in the future of higher education,” Dr. Jacob concludes. “Medaille College is committed to providing a personalized learning experience for every student and an expanding online program is another way we can do that.” More information on Medaille College’s online program can be found at
THE FUTURE OF LEARNING Once students graduate from an academic online program at Medaille, they join a growing community of the College’s alumni in Western New York and across the country. Their Medaille online degree has the same value as a more traditional degree, whether an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree program.
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www.medaille.edu/onlineprogram, including an online course survey that can help prospective students determine if the program is right for them. The website also provides an online course demo to give interested individuals a chance to try out a course using the actual tools. In addition, prospective students can call (800) 430-1042 to speak with a knowledgeable enrollment counselor at Medaille.
Online as a Career Move learned [ Imore about technology in the capstone project than I ever dreamed possible.
DEBORAH GRUTTADAURIA, MAOL ’14 lives in Rochester, NY, and works as an IT manager at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a global manufacturer of donor screening and blood typing products used in transfusion medicine. Married with two grown children, Gruttadauria holds a bachelor’s degree from Roberts Wesleyan College and was looking to further her career by earning a master’s degree. A colleague who had attended Medaille recommended the College to her, and she found that the online program was just what she needed. “I chose Medaille’s online program because of the flexibility — I do travel for work now and then so I needed to be able to complete my coursework on the road if necessary,” says Gruttadauria. “I think it is an excellent program for someone like me, working full-time, with a family. The work is challenging, so you have to be focused, you have to be a self-starter and you cannot procrastinate.” Gruttadauria completed a capstone project as the culmination of her master’s degree program online that involved the use of technology to create a website with video presentations. “I learned more about technology in the capstone project than I ever dreamed possible,” Gruttadauria says. “It will certainly come into play at my job, which involves training employees in a global organization.”
NO MORE EXCUSES A D VA N C E Y O U R C A R E E R O N L I N E Earn a Prestigious Degree Online A degree from an established college like Medaille lends prestige to your resumé, whether you’ve earned it on campus or online. Advance Your Career on Your Schedule Family, work and an otherwise busy lifestyle need not get in the way of advancing your career. Learn online, on your schedule. Finance Your Future You finance your car, home and countless other bills. A degree from Medaille will actually help increase income and finance your future.
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When Susan Gugliuzza developed recipes for snacks and baked goods that were not only gluten-free but low in fat, sugar and sodium — and actually tasted delicious — she knew she was onto something special.
So she created Sugu Snacks, LLC (www.sugusnacks.com), and developed a line of products found in schools and select grocery stores across Western New York. But like any dedicated business owner, Gugliuzza wanted to make sure she was doing everything she could to help her business grow. What she needed was a second set of eyes to critique her business plan and advise her on how to bring Sugu Snacks to the next level. What she got was an enthusiastic group of Medaille MBA students who took on Sugu Snacks as the subject of their capstone experience. Gugliuzza had previously completed New York State’s Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP), run by the Ibero-American Action League, Inc., and housed at the Medaille campus. Here, she learned about Medaille’s MBA capstone project, which connects local businesses with students who develop business plans for them. She was a little reluctant to participate, however, since she’d already participated in a similar program at another local college with underwhelming results. 14 Medaille Magazine I Winter 2014-15
All her reservations flew out the window after her initial meeting with the students, who for the next three and a half months “lived, ate and breathed Sugu Snacks” and became “part of the family” as they strove to understand the marketplace and Gugliuzza’s vision. That kind of dedication is par for the course, according to Sean Quinn, the instructor for the capstone class. Medaille’s rigorous yet flexible MBA program allows for students to take what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations.
unique growth opportunity for Sugu Snacks: a stronger web presence and a chance to rebrand the lines within Sugu Snacks that call attention to their gluten- and wheat-free status. Now, thanks to Medaille, Sugu Snacks has an updated Facebook page, website and logo, and Gugliuzza has confidence in the direction her business is heading. Quinn is proud of his students’ enthusiastic embrace of Sugu Snacks, and Gugliuzza’s positive experience.
“They treated Sugu Snacks like it was their business,” Gugliuzza said, referencing a time when the Medaille students came to one of her in-store demos on a Sunday afternoon to experience the Sugu Snacks concept in action.
“I’ve been in the banking industry for 11 years,” said Quinn, an adjunct professor at Medaille since 2008 who also works in small business lending for a prominent local institution. “My goal was for Susan to walk away with tools she could actually implement into her business, and I’m very happy that she has.”
After careful observations, research and a competitive analysis, the students came back to Gugliuzza with a business plan which highlighted two major components that presented a
For more information about how to earn an MBA from Medaille in as little as a year, visit www.medaille.edu/MBA.
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Memorable Season Sees Medaille Win AMCC Championship, Coleman Break Scoring Record
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A comeback win over Hilbert College on February 28 brought the Medaille Mavericks the AMCC Championship, and earned the Mavs an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. First year head coach Mike Blaine steered Medaille to a dramatic 81-76 overtime win in the game that took place on the campus of Penn St.-Behrend in Erie, Pennsylvania. The teamâ€™s memorable season came to a close with a loss to Marietta College in round one of the tournament. Earlier in the season, senior Jammal Coleman broke the all-time Medaille menâ€™s basketball scoring record during a win over La Roche College. In breaking the Medaille record held by James McNeil (1,489), Coleman became the first Maverick to crack the 1,500-point mark. Winter 2014-15 I Medaille Magazine 15
Star Student-Athletes Department of Athletics Honors Medaille Standouts THE DEPARTMENT OF Athletics shined a deserving spotlight on some of Medaille College’s best and brightest student-athletes at its annual spring reception on May 5. It was an opportunity to salute student-athletes who embody the athletic program’s emphasis on character development, leadership, teamwork and good sportsmanship. Joelle Pollak ’14 and Trevor Barrett ’14 shared the top honors of the night as Female and Male Athletes of the Year. Pollak finished her basketball career as the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) 2013-2014 Conference Player of the Year and led the Lady Mavs to an AMCC Regular Season Championship. Barrett was named a 2014 Men’s Volleyball All-American after leading the program in kills and aces. Dr. Richard Jacob, director of Medaille’s sport management degree program, presented the Joe Jacob Mental Toughness Award to Edem Wemene. The junior men’s soccer player was chosen for exemplifying what it means to be mentally
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tough and overcome adversity with grace and promise. The Maverick Award is presented to an individual who has shown excellence and unwavering support for Medaille athletics. This year’s recipient, men’s lacrosse coach Mike Carbery, led his team to another conference post-season tournament and received North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Coach of the Year honors. Each year, the AMCC recognizes two outstanding student-athletes, one male and one female, from a member institution to earn the distinguished Faculty Athletic Representative Award. The honorees for 2013-2014, women’s soccer player Candis Kapuscinski and men’s volleyball player Nate Schneider, both juniors, were chosen for excelling in the classroom and in competition, while also being involved in extracurricular activities. In November, men’s soccer player Jaime Salcedo, a junior, was selected to the Capital One Academic All-American Team. Salcedo sports a 4.0 cumulative grade point average and is the first Medaille athlete in the school’s history to receive this honor.
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her first year as a collegiate head coach. Matthys recently returned from her fourth year of playing professional basketball in Germany, Australia, and England. Meanwhile, veteran men’s volleyball coach Keith Koch now steers the women’s volleyball program, as well. Koch has had several coaching roles at Medaille College over the past 17 years, and is currently in his 12th year as men’s head coach. During that time Koch has led the Mavericks to two trips to the Molten Division III National Championships.
New men’s lacrosse head coach Frank Felicetti has over 20 years of experience between playing and coaching lacrosse. He has coached both men’s and women’s lacrosse at the junior varsity and varsity levels. Russell Allen ’08, recently named head coach of the women’s lacrosse program, was a member of both the men’s soccer team and the men’s lacrosse team while attending Medaille. He comes to Medaille after serving as head coach at the Buffalo Seminary School. Spring 2015 I Medaille Magazine 21
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Medaille Helps Keep Western New York Safe BY MART I N J . HAUM E SSE R
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A record-breaking snowstorm is pummeling the community with over six feet of snow in some areas. Hundreds of vehicles are stuck on major roadways, many buried under snowdrifts. The snow is relentless, and calls for emergency services continue to mount.
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MIKE ROGOWSKI ’14, a volunteer firefighter with the Clarence Center Fire Company, feels he is well prepared for such a scenario after earning his B.S. in homeland security degree online from Medaille College. During a five-week capstone project, Rogowski and his fellow online students had to confront a series of disastrous events that, while fictitious, were loosely based on real events that have occurred in the past, such as Western New York’s November snowstorm. “The homeland security program coursework and structure provide the education needed for work as a first responder,” he says. The program covers emergency services, as well as man-made disasters and natural disasters, and how to be prepared for them.” Rogowski was among Medaille’s recent homeland security degree candidates who worked in teams for 24 hours a day over a five-week period. The students tracked news stories on a series of calamities that beset a fictitious city called “Medailleville.” These included everything from major snowstorms to terror threats. Members of the team then connected with one another to decide if and how to react. A portion of the students’ grade was based on their ability to make the right decisions in critical situations. STEPPING IT UP We constantly read and hear about disastrous events — ISIS, Ebola, the polar vortex. These are just a few of the threats to the health and safety of our nation’s communities that the Department of Homeland Security must deal with every day. And they are on the rise. As a result, department efforts have been stepped up across the country and the field of homeland security is one of the fastestgrowing areas of today’s job market. Recognizing the critical need for more trained professionals with the knowledge and skills to help protect our communities, Medaille College began its online curriculum leading to a bachelor of science degree in homeland security. Now, beginning in January 2015, the College will also offer the homeland security program in the classroom at the Buffalo and Rochester campuses. 24 Medaille Magazine I Spring 2015
“We teach the theories and tools needed to prepare for, to prevent and ultimately to recover from all types of disasters,” explains Steven MacMartin, director of Medaille’s homeland security program and a clinical assistant professor. “Homeland security means being ready for anything — terrorism, natural disasters, national health issues. Our program provides students with an upper hand for many related careers.” Medaille’s unique degree program addresses the security needs of public and private organizations on the local, regional and national level. The curriculum focuses 100 percent of its coursework on specific disciplines related to homeland security, such as law enforcement and emergency preparedness. Four core areas include administration, terrorism, law and international policy, and emergency and disaster response. TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL Ask Melaney Agahiu ’14 what she does for a living and she might easily reply, “I protect our country.” As a Master Sergeant with the 914 Air Wing of the United States Air Force in Niagara Falls, NY, Agahiu is responsible for making sure the air base is current, qualified and mission-ready. Her job involves performing inspections and leading exercises to ensure the base is always prepared for duty. Agahiu recently earned her degree in homeland security online from Medaille and sees it as the next step to further her military career and continue her commitment to serve her country. “Ever since the events of 9/11, I have wanted to get more involved in protecting our country,” she explains. “The Medaille homeland security degree will help me advance my Air Force career, as the military promotes and requires education for job and leadership opportunities.” Master Sergeant Agahiu says the online homeland security program was quite challenging, but it gave her the flexibility to fit the coursework into her busy schedule. A working mother, she notes the consistency and framework of the program is designed to help students like her to be successful in obtaining a degree.
REAL-WORLD KNOWLEDGE Medaille homeland security graduates such as Mike Rogowski and Melaney Agahiu have the advantage of learning from faculty with extensive experience in the field. Steve MacMartin leads a team of adjunct professors who bring backgrounds in law enforcement, public safety and emergency management to their teaching roles. “The country is increasingly faced with situations requiring a response to threats, emergency situations and widespread natural disasters,” MacMartin says. “Like all programs at Medaille, our homeland security degree is designed to engage the student in a high-impact, experiential educational process.” MacMartin himself recently retired as a Senior Special Agent and national program manager with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He worked with DHS and its predecessor agency, the United States Customs Service, for 31 years, including assignments to numerous land border ports in the northeast and on the southern border. Starting at Medaille in 1999, MacMartin was previously an adjunct instructor in computer forensics and computer crime investigation. He developed the College’s certificate program in computer crime investigation and has been integral in the planning and development of the bachelor’s degree program in homeland security, which currently has an enrollment of more than 40 students. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from St. Lawrence University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Medaille.
A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES Homeland security program courses cover topics such as domestic and international law, emergency management, terrorism, and community preparedness, all from a global perspective. MacMartin notes that the coursework provides training and knowledge that can be applied in a variety of careers such as airport security director, immigration officer, corporate safety manager, law enforcement officer and security consultant. The degree requires completion of 60 credit hours and, ideally, the student will already have some type of degree before starting the program. The program enables students to earn their degree in as little as two years of study based on previous life and transfer credits. MacMartin points out that the homeland security degree is well suited for returning veterans who can take advantage of Medaille’s Veterans Education Tuition Scholarship or discounted tuition for active members of the military. Melaney Agahiu was able to use the post-9/11 GI Bill to earn her degree from Medaille. In addition, first responders like Mike Rogowski may be eligible for a $7,500 scholarship for the program. FLEXIBILITY IN FORMAT The homeland security program is designed to be flexible enough for someone with obligations other than school. That’s why the degree can be obtained either online or in the classroom, giving students the opportunity to work according to their schedule.
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Either way, academic and professional guidance is always available to students. Mike Rogowski appreciated that flexibility. In addition to serving as a volunteer firefighter, he works full time as a purchasing agent and has a baby at home. With all that, he was able to earn his degree online from Medaille according to his schedule. “With the assistance of Medaille’s faculty and staff, I was able to work full time and earn my degree in homeland security,” Mike says. “The online program was outstanding, and I have been very fortunate to be able to obtain a bachelor’s degree and pursue my goals as a fire service professional.” THE FUTURE OF HOMELAND SECURITY With the addition of the homeland security program, Medaille has enhanced its position as an educational leader. Due to the popularity of the online program, Medaille’s homeland security curriculum will be offered in the classroom and the College is exploring ways to enhance the program even further. “The demand is there and students are saying how much they love the program,” reports Steve MacMartin. “Discussions have taken place about expanding the program and offering a master’s degree because there is so much more we can cover regarding homeland security.”
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In recognition of the countless selfless sacrifices and risks that First Responders take every day to better the lives of the people in the communities that they serve, Medaille College has established the First Responder Scholarship, valued at $7,500. There is no special application for the First Responder Scholarship—it’s automatic— you’ve earned it.
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Faculty Spotlight BY MICHELLE CEFARATTI
‘AT HOME’ AS AN EDUCATOR Claudia Conway’s Years in the Classroom Help Prepare Medaille’s Education Students for Success A consummate fixture in Medaille’s Division of Education, Claudia Conway has been teaching literacy courses at the College since 2004. Her three decades teaching in Ohio schools as a language development specialist and literacy trainer have provided her with ample experiences to prepare Medaille education majors for the classroom.
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A clinical associate professor at Medaille, Conway says she’s always felt “at home in schools,” and that familiarity gives her an ability to convey the intricacies of the profession to her students. She feels making the link between what students are learning in school to what’s actually happening in the classroom is integral to teaching success. Just as important, Conway believes, is making connections to the kids. “We need to understand who the students are and where they come from,” she says. Conway’s experience has helped her understand what it means to be a reflective practitioner — constantly examining the strengths and weaknesses of one’s craft and finding better ways to do things — and assists her in preparing Medaille’s education students for the competitive career path they’re embarking upon. As Conway puts it, “Graduates need to be well-prepared to compete for sought-after teaching jobs.” TEACHING STUDENTS HOW TO GET PUBLISHED Mary Louise Hill, Ph.D., Brings Her Writing Experience to the Classroom Spread throughout the office of Mary Louise Hill, Ph.D., are books and posters related to one of her current undertakings, Medaille’s popular Write Thing Reading Series. Clearly, this is a project with special significance for Dr. Hill, a recent recipient of the Dr. Brian R. Shero Award for teaching excellence. She understands the importance of exposing her students to celebrated authors, and the impact the series may have on their future writing efforts.
Dr. Hill can surely identify with the struggles and triumphs of publishing. While academic writing took precedence over her own literary work for much of the past decade, the associate professor in Medaille’s Division of Liberal Arts and Communication says she’s now “returning to the career I’d originally hoped for.” In 2013 her short story “When Addie Died” was published in The Gettysburg Review and led to a mention in The Best American Short Stories 2014. Dr. Hill’s recent successes have reinvigorated her passion for writing and brought invaluable experience to her teaching. These are the real-world experiences Dr. Hill shares with her students; she can talk from the heart about what it takes to get published, and show her students how to get there. She advises they start with smaller publications, and urges them to contribute to Medaille’s literary publication, Prelude. She also passes along contests and any other opportunities to have their work published. While rejection may be hard to accept at first, Dr. Hill advises her students not to let it beat them. Perseverance is key, and her recent successes are a testament to that notion. No doubt Dr. Hill’s experiences and teaching will afford her students authentic opportunities to publish before graduating from Medaille and the knowledge and confidence to succeed in the field for years to come. 26 Medaille Magazine I Spring 2015
SOLVING ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM Dr. Paul Piciulo’s Love of Chemistry Motivates His Students You might say Paul Piciulo, Ph.D., was born with a beaker in his hand. The visiting assistant professor in the College’s Division of Veterinary and Natural Sciences grew up as part of the “chemistry set generation,” and was interested in science from a young age. After earning a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Notre Dame, he went on to a diverse, satisfying career. His many experiences in the field include researching the molecular structure of metalloporphyrins (the component of hemoglobin that transports oxygen) using X-ray crystallography and working in environmental and nuclear waste management at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island (once part of the Atomic Energy Commission). Dr. Piciulo has learned that the solutions to the environmental problems we face today require perspectives from a wide array of individuals — scientists, community members, industry professionals, policy makers. While working for New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on the management and cleanup of the Western New York Nuclear Service Center near West Valley (35 miles south of Buffalo), he helped establish a task force to facilitate communication between the community and environmental groups. In addition, he regularly met with congressional representatives to keep them informed of the progress and challenges of the cleanup. Dr. Piciulo is appreciative of the opportunity to impart his knowledge to Medaille’s veterinary and biology majors as they prepare for successful careers. “Teaching has been a lifelong dream,” he says. “My love of chemistry and its application to help solve environmental problems motivates me as an educator.”
MAKING COMPLEX CONCEPTS RELATABLE Susan Steffan’s Business Experience Offers a Real Advantage to Medaille Students Susan C. Steffan has been providing Medaille students with real-world examples of what to expect in business for nearly 20 years. Having worked for companies like Delphi Automotive and Hearst Publishing, the clinical assistant professor in the College’s Division of Management and Leadership has both the practical experience and the ability to disseminate the information in a meaningful way. Most of her career was spent working outside the finance and accounting departments as the “financial expert” on staffs in purchasing, sales, and operations departments. This background allows Steffan to pass on to her students an acute understanding of how finance and accounting are important in a variety of roles. In addition, her experience in the field has taught her firsthand that things don’t always work the way theory suggests. Steffan addresses dealing with that reality in class. “I share stories — both good and bad,” she says, “examples of things that went well and things that didn’t.” She also understands the importance of connections and the ins and outs of networking. Her business world contacts are an asset she loves to share with her students. This is an advantage that often makes a world of difference for Medaille grads. While the subjects professor Steffan teaches are traditionally difficult for students, she has found creative ways to teach these complex concepts and make assignments practical: “I try to give them something in every single class that they can apply at work the next day.”
IN PRIVATE PRACTICE AND IN THE CLASSROOM, RENE A. JONES TAKES PRIDE IN HER WORK Students Value Psychology Professor’s Candor and Experience Rene A. Jones teaches psychology courses at Medaille, but she also has 13 years of experience in the field in private practice as a sex therapist and marriage and family therapist. She says she often fields jokes about her profession as a sex therapist, but the job is serious business. For example, Jones has worked at Crisis Services as a supervisor in the advocate program, assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In this role, she helps support people who have been through difficult experiences. “I love my job,” she says. “People come to me because they are in pain, and the healing often starts from sitting with them while the pain emerges.” Jones, a clinical assistant professor in Medaille’s Division of Applied and Social Sciences, has learned valuable lessons in the field, including the value in simply being there for patients. As a trained professional, she’s aware that the key is not in trying to fix patients, but in being a part of the healing process with them. Jones makes sure her students understand the myriad of choices they have when entering the field of psychology and the challenges inherent in a career in marriage and family therapy. She shares some of her own apprehensions about being a therapist with her students, and says they appreciate her candor. “I have the honor of helping people heal from pain,” she says, “and it is incredible to be trusted with that role.” Spring 2015 I Medaille Magazine 27
Nearing the Finish Line Medaille’s Partnership for Opportunity Comprehensive Campaign Closes in on $4.5 Million Goal BY MAR TIN J. HAUMESSER
WE ARE ALMOST THERE. That’s the message from those involved with shepherding Medaille College’s Partnerships for Opportunity Comprehensive Campaign. Thanks to the generosity of alumni, friends, corporate sponsors and other donors, Medaille has raised more than $4 million in its firstever comprehensive fundraising campaign. With a goal of $4.5 million, the success of the campaign so far is testament to the shared belief in the mission of the College to invest in the school, the students and the community. “On behalf of everyone at Medaille College, we say thank you to the many, many supporters of this historic fundraising effort,” says Michael Walsh, chairman of the campaign and a member of Medaille’s Board of Trustees. “The impact is far-reaching, as it will help us to meet today’s challenges and seize tomorrow’s opportunities to build on Medaille’s reputation for excellence in higher education.” Supporters of the campaign play an important role in helping Medaille continue to provide the experiential education that prepares students for today’s job market and career demands. From financial support for students to exciting improvements on campus and to the development of new academic programs, the campaign sets specific priorities to enhance the quality of education and service at Medaille.
Campaign Highlights EDUCATIONAL ACCESS The campaign has raised approximately $800,000 to provide financial assistance for students. More scholarships give more students access to Medaille, including those who might not otherwise be able to afford a college education. ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE As part of the campaign, over $600,000 has been raised to support students, faculty and staff through the
Medaille Annual Fund. This includes support for initiatives such as student organizations, course development and scholarly conferences for faculty. SPECIAL PROGRAMS Medaille has created a unique mix of academic programs to respond to the everchanging job market and prepare students for the challenges that await them. Gifts of approximately $1.2 million have been raised for new academic programs, courses and curricula.
INFRASTRUCTURE AND EQUIPMENT Approximately $1.4 million of the campaign has been raised for infrastructure and equipment needs on campus. Medaille built a state-of-theart Student Support Center and a new Student Life Center utilizing the College’s own funds. The capital campaign aims to keep the momentum going by raising funds for Medaille’s new laboratory and science facilities. c ontinu es >
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ACTING TODAY FOR THE LABORATORY & SCIENCE CENTER OF TOMORROW STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — is a focus of the capital campaign. Aimed at motivating and inspiring more students to excel in these subjects, STEM is a primary focus of education at Medaille and a key part of today’s public education policy in the United States to prepare students for the global economy of tomorrow. With more than 70 science courses in biology, chemistry, physics and veterinary technology, Medaille College is well-positioned to provide STEM education. Now, the College seeks to strengthen that position even more. The amount remaining to be raised in Medaille’s capital campaign will fund the College’s innovative new Laboratory & Science Center of Tomorrow (LSCT) in the Main Building on the Buffalo Campus. This project will create a new 24-student lab and will provide students with the state-of-the-art equipment necessary to prepare them for fields in the sciences. The LSCT will help propel Medaille’s diverse student body to the forefront of undergraduate science education. It is anticipated
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that at least 500 Medaille students per year will make use of the LSCT in the course of their standard studies. They will all have the opportunity to work with the most modern equipment, the same equipment that they will use in the workplace after graduation. MAKING IT HAPPEN You, too, can be part of the excitement. Your generosity will help Medaille continue to nurture academic achievement and create the finest possible learning environment for its students. The positive effects of the College’s Partnerships for Opportunity Comprehensive Campaign will be felt for years to come, and students, faculty and the community-at-large will benefit.
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What kind of legacy do you want to leave? You have a choice to lift others up by supporting their education. Who will you encourage today? Be that person that someone will call five, 10 or 20 years from now and say, “Thank you — I couldn’t have done it without you.” From donating gifts of assets to naming Medaille in your will, there are various ways you can help future generations of students. Your generosity allows Medaille to start scholarships, fund programs, renovate buildings, improve technologies and more. To learn how you can impact the future, call Jeanine Purcell, Director of Philanthropy, at (716) 880-2259 or email email@example.com.
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Opening the Door to an Education
For Scott and Carol, Generosity Brings Joy BY C H R I S T O P H E R S C H O B ERT
indness without the expectation of any reward is a philosophy held dear by Scott and Carol McFarland, a couple who have put several life-changing scholarships in place at Medaille College. Their overwhelming generosity has made a world of difference for the scholarship recipients, and also brought great joy to Scott and Carol. “There is a certain amount of personal gratification from knowing that you’re helping somebody, and getting the responses from the kids,” Scott says. “There’s a kick to it. It just makes you feel good.” The impact of Scott and Carol’s generosity spreads far beyond the students’ college years. They’re creating life opportunities for kids who have an intense desire for education, but have suffered hardships along the way. “A college education opens the door,” Scott says. “And if you don’t open the door you’ll always be standing behind it wondering what’s on the other side. For too many kids, the door is always locked, and nobody’s ever handed them the key.” The couple’s involvement with Medaille began when they contributed to the education of their great-niece, Kirstie. “She was telling us about Medaille, and her great experience at the College,” Scott says. “Carol and I talked about it, and we said, ‘There must be other students who need some kind of help.’” Caitlin Kozlowski ’15 is one of the students touched by the McFarlands’ generosity. The education major has found the spirit of these “two wonderful people with kind and caring hearts” to be tremendously inspiring. “The McFarlands are some of the most generous people I’ve ever met,” she says. “The immense support that I have received from them has had a huge impact on my life. I am so thankful and honored to have Scott and Carol as my donors.” More than anything else, the McFarlands have shown the scholarship recipients that someone believes in them, and their future. As Scott puts it, “It’s kind of unique to be in a position where you can give somebody something, and then see them grow, and move down the line, and become somebody. And I think each of these kids is going to be somebody.” Scott and Carol are pleased to note that two of the scholarship recipients are headed to graduate school. The gift of an education, then, has a far-reaching impact. The rewards of educating these students today will be felt in the community — and beyond — for years to come.
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P H OTO B Y J E A N I N E P U R C E L L
* BOARD OF TRUSTEES
**FACULTY OR STAFF MEMBER
*** ALUMNI BOARD DIRECTORS +3 YEAR CONSECUTIVE DONOR
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$50,000 and Over Anonymous The John R. Oishei Foundation The M&T Charitable Foundation
R E P O RT O F A N N UA L G I V I N G 2 0 1 3 - 1 4 This list reflects gifts to Medaille College from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. 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 2013-14 Annual Report.
Thank you to all our generous supporters!
Medaille College is honored by the kindness and support of so many alumni and friends. During the 2013-14 academic year, they made a difference in the lives of our students by supporting scholarships and financial aid, classroom material and equipment, and extracurricular activities. We thank everyone for their continued support. Medaille College’s Board of Trustees freely shared their leadership, expertise 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 ongoing support. In addition, as any student will tell you, Medaille’s faculty and staff are the backbone of the institution. These individuals freely share of themselves as they help students to achieve both academically and personally, and they serve as role models on campus and in the 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, 2013, to June 30, 2014. Leadership donors are specially recognized herein for their exceptional dedication to the College. –JEANINE PURCELL, Director of Philanthropy
$10,000 and $49,999 Anonymous The Knee Center Mr. and Mrs. Scott L. McFarland Medaille College Student Government Association Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Moran, Jr. * + Pepsi Bottling Group + Mr. Kenneth D. Trbovich ’99 * / The Trbovich Family Foundation $5,000 to $9,999 ADPRO Sports + Eastman Machine Company + Drs. Richard and Barbara Jurasek * ** + Ms. Margaret Kafka ‘90 * + Liberty Mutual Insurance Group + Medaille College Alumni Association + Millard Fillmore Hospital + Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Stevenson * + Time Warner Cable Shared Service Center ^ Mr. and Mrs. Michael K. Walsh * + Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc. + $2,500 to $4,999 BlueCross BlueShield of WNY Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Costa * Juanita K. Hunter, Ed.D * + KeyBank + Merchants Insurance Group + Niagara Scenic Tours + The Vincent & Harriet Palisano Foundation + The Specific Solutions Group + Mr. and Mrs. Rocco Termini * + Upstate New York Transplant Services, Inc. Veterinary Technician Continuing Education Program of W.N.Y. $1,000 to $2,499 Anonymous Joyce and Stuart Angert * + Mrs. Barbara Bilotta ’07 ** + Mr. Nicholas M. Calandra ‘11 + Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Carver ** + Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Cicchinelli ‘98 * + Cole’s Restaurant + Mr. and Mrs. John P. Crawford ** + Delta Sonic Car Wash ^ Drexel University ^ John and Laura Edholm ‘07 ** Energy Mark ^ Frey Electric Construction Co., Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Graber ‘96 * + Ellen E. Grant, Ph.D., LCSW-R * + Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Healy + Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. LaMastra * Marketing Technologies Ms. Karen McGrath ** Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Moley ‘07 * Professor Robert E. Nesslin, CME ** and Mrs. Margaret Nesslin ‘96 + Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society ^ Mr. and Mrs. William H. Pearce, Jr. * + Pearce & Pearce Co., Inc. + Mr. and Mrs. Brian T. Perry Ms. Heidi A. Raphael ‘85 * + Mr. Michael S. Raphael + Joseph E. Savarese, DVM ** and Mildred Savarese Mr. Dale Stephens ‘99, ‘06 * *** ** + Robert C. Takac ‘86 and Miyoko Hayakawa Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Tomasulo ’79 * +
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$500 to $999 Anonymous Mr. Bahman Bavifard and Dr. Jenifer M. Bavifard ** Mrs. Angela M. Champion ‘04 + Mr. Ronald J. Christopher ** + Mr. and Mrs. Herbert F. Darling, Jr. Ms. Amy M. DeKay ‘95 ** Down Syndrome Parent Group of WNY, Inc. Gerald J. Erion, Ph.D. ** Mr. Horace A. Gioia * + Mr. and Mrs. James V. Glynn + Ms. Jill M. Gregory ** ^ Robert and Evelyn Hamilton ** + Matthew and Summer (Gemmati) Handzlik ‘08, ‘12 ** + Hart Hotels, Inc. + Kenny Enterprises, Inc. ^ L&M Financial ^ Darrell and Illana Lane, Ph.D. ** + Dr. and Mrs. Norman R. Muir ** PJF Publishing + Rev. Darius G. Pridgen ‘07 * Ms. Jeanine Purcell ‘14 ** + Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence L. Robinson ** + Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Sparkes ^ Mrs. Virginia D. Sullivan + Tony Martin Awards, Inc. + Ms. Mary Wilson $250 to $499 Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Jack Armstrong ^ Jonathan ‘09 *** ** and Amanda Augustyn ‘10, ‘11 + Capital Fence Co, Inc. ^ Ms. Brianna Capria ‘12, ‘13 ** ^ Mr. Robert D. Chyka, Jr. ‘10 ** + Collision Pro of WNY, Inc. ^ Robert and Katherine H. Connelly ** + Mr. and Mrs. Mark J. Czarnecki ^ Mr. E. Webster Dann + Ms. Amber M. Dixon ‘90 + Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Dueringer ‘04 *** ** + Empire Erectors, Inc. ^ Mr. and Mrs. Dennis R. Fitscher ‘76 + Ms. Theresa Gregoire The Harvey Family ^ House of Jacob, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Sean P. Insalaco ^ Ms. Pamela R. Jones ** ^ Mrs. Barbara Kurasch ** + Mr. and Mrs. Timothy D. Kwiatkowski ‘96 *** + Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Lynn Mr. and Mrs. Christopher MacDonald ^ Ms. Mary Lou Mancuso ^ Mr. Patrick McDonald ** + Ms. Dorothy A. Meindl ‘73 + Dr. Mary Ellen B. Mulvey ** Ms. Martha Muscarella ^ Mrs. Mary Ellen Niederpruem Mr. and Mrs. Albert Powell ^ Nancy L. Pugh, DVM ** + Mrs. Samantha Purpora ** Ms. Teresa M. Reinhardt ** ^ Dr. Todd C. Riniolo ** Mr. Robert Rivera ^ Dr. Ross T. Runfola ** Sarles, Frey, & Joseph ^ Mr. and Mrs. William M. Schickling + Ms. Jessica Schuster ‘12, ‘13 ^ Ms. Kathleen E. Shanahan ‘88 ^ Mrs. Deborah A. Strychalski ** + Mrs. Jeannine E. Suk ** + Mr. and Mrs. Mark N. Taylor ** Ms. Carol J. Tomczak + Waste Technology Services, Inc. ^ Professor and Mrs. William G. Weeks ** + Mr. Adrian Wojnarowski ^ Mr. Michael Wolf ‘06 ** +
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$100 - $249 Anonymous Mrs. Margaret Alfano + American Masonry & Chimney Division of J. D. Richmond Corp. ^ Michael and Diane Andriatch ‘69 + The Honorable and Mrs. Richard Arcara Ms. Melissa Babiarz ‘07 *** + Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Baldi ‘86 Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L. Barbeau Mr. and Mrs. David Barnstable + Mr. John P. Baron Mr. and Mrs. David P. Barrancotta James V. and Margaret M. Battin ‘75 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Bauman Dr. and Mrs. Howard Benatovich + Mr. and Mrs. Quentin O. Bensink ^ Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Beres, Jr. ^ David J. and Shelley M. Bernosky ‘72 + Mr. and Mrs. Keith C. Boerner ‘99 + Mr. Paul J. Bogdan ‘03 Ms. Patricia A. Bokman Ms. Mary F. Bossard
Holiday Ice Company, Inc. ^ Dr. Helen L. Horne-Moyer ** + William and Janet Hulme ‘95 Mr. and Mrs. James E. Hummel Integrity Express LLC J. O’Connell & Associates Ms. Camille R. Jackson ‘09, ‘12 *** Ms. Donna M. Jackson ‘96 + Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. James + Joe Pollak and Sons, Inc. Ms. Charles Johnson ^ Ms. Diane M. Johnson ‘68 + Ms. Beth Ann J. Jones Rice ‘99 *** + Mr. Edward J. Kane ‘70 + William Jack and Suzanne E. Kaunitz-Jack ‘91 Ms. Carla Kestner ** + Mr. Peter S. Kingsbury ^ Mr. and Mrs. Chester R. Klimek ** Dr. Keith C. Klostermann ** Mr. Jeffrey Kney Ms. Sharon A. Kogutek ‘73 Mr. Timothy W. Kolankowski ‘91 Mrs. Karen Kosowski ** +
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth P. Rozek Ms. Suzanne Rudolph + Mrs. Joan M. Russ-Brewer ‘92 + Thomas C. and Karen L. Sandle ‘91 ** Ms. Mary Lou Schneider Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Schneider ‘10, ‘12 *** Ms. Katalina Scott ^ Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Scully + Mrs. Mary Beth Scumaci ** Franz and Patricia Seischab ** Mr. and Mrs. James A. Simmons ^ Ms. Rita L. Singleton ‘74 + Ms. Barbara A. Smithgall ** + Mr. Bill C. Snyder, Jr. ‘84 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sokolowski + David ’73 and Gail Solowski ‘72 Ms. Mary J. Syrek ‘67 + Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Szczepanski ** + Mrs. Halin T. Tavano ‘07 ** Mr. Robert G. Tighe Mrs. Sharon S. Tomasula ‘74 Mr. and Mrs. James R. Twardowski + Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Uderitz ^
“Your generosity has helped push me one step closer toward my goals and has inspired me to give back to Medaille whenever I can.” CLARE CICCHINELLI, ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT Mr. and Mrs. Theodore J. Boston Mr. Charles Brecht ^ Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Brocato, Jr. ‘87 Mr. and Mrs. John P. Bryant, Jr. + The Burke Family Ms. Birgit Burton ‘89 + Dr. Karen L. Burton and Mr. Conway Burton Ms. Catherine Buzanski ** + Mr. R. C. Carballada ^ Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Castiglia Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Cimorelli ‘08 ** ^ Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Cleary + Club One Fitness, Inc. Mr. David G. Cooper ‘94 and Mr. Jourdan Stevenson + Ms. Carol S. Cullinan ‘02 ** + Eugene R. and Katherine T. Deibel ‘73 Mr. and Mrs. John L. Denisco Mr. and Mrs. William A. Denz Ms. Deborah A. Devine David and Randi Dressel ‘13 ^ Mr. Paul Dunn ^ Mr. Wayne Dzialak and Mrs. Bonnie Slachetka Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Egan, III + Mr. Edwin Eggleston ‘99 Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Fagerburg ‘05 + Ms. Lois M. Fehrs Fleet Feet Sports of Buffalo ^ Mr. and Mrs. Anthony L. Forcellini + William J. and Melissa P. Frederick ‘04 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Mark R. Gabryel ^ Mr. Angelo Genco ‘09 + Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Gleeson ^ Mr. and Mrs. John A. Glover + Mr. Scott D. Gorton ‘97 + Ms. Kathy Graf + Ms. Taina L. Graham Ms. Sara Groves Ms. Phyllis G. Hart ‘00, ‘03 ** Joseph and Megan (Fitzgerald) Hassenfratz ‘10 ** Mr. and Mrs. Robert Head + Mr. Michael P. Healy ^ Mr. Michael Henley ^ Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Hersh ‘99 *** + Jeffrey and Teresa High ‘97 Mr. and Mrs. John L. Hill ^
David J. and Lynn A. Kozinski ** + Mr. and Mrs. Jerry A. Kozlowski ** Mr. Brian J. Kulbacki Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Lapree + Mr. and Mrs. Drew A. Lesher Mr. and Mrs. Pasquale M. Limoncelli “88 + Ms. Sally Loftin Mr. Robert E. Long Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Long + Mrs. Susan Lowrey ** + Mr. and Mrs. John MacDonald, Jr. + Mr. and Mrs. John J. MacDonald + Mr. and Mrs. Mike MacDonald ** + Mr. and Mrs. Steven M. MacMartin ‘13 ** + Ms. Joanne Marqusee Mr. Donald J. Marthage Mr. John-Paul Martin ‘80 + Eugene W. and Jane J. Matthews ‘81 Mrs. Lynn McCabe ^ Mr. and Mrs. Ronald McConnaghy Ms. Patricia McConnell ^ Ms. Reta B. McCoy ‘76 Mr. Kevin M. McGrath ^ Ms. Jean McKinney + Ms. Lucie C. Mckinney Mr. and Mrs. Jim McNicholas Mr. and Mrs. Milo P. Merino ^ Mr. and Mrs. John G. Mikla ‘02, ‘04 + Dominic Cimato ‘93, ‘02 and Janine M. Milligan Mr. and Mrs. James K. Morrell * Mr. and Mrs. David A. Munschauer ^ Niagara Frontier Reading Council Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Nichols ^ Ms. Theresa R. Niedbala Mr. Bob Niederpruem Robert D. and Jane R. O’Sullivan ‘74 + Mr. and Mrs. Jerome F. Pawlak + Mr. Thomas Peltz ^ Mr. Joseph Petronella, Jr. ‘12 Ms. Bridget J. Phillips ^ Mr. and Mrs. John F. Pond ** + Mr. Louis J. Pozantides ‘86 ** Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Quataert Mr. Edward J. Reska ‘71 + Ms. Debra Riggsby + Mr. and Mrs. Victor E. Rioli
Ulrich Sign Company, Inc. Mrs. Mary J. Velazquez J.D. ‘07 Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Walter + Ms. Elizabeth S. Wasiluk ‘79 Westcott Insurance Agency + Ms. Deidre M. Whiteside ‘06 ** Mrs. Christie Witt Berardi ‘09 *** ** Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Wonch ‘03, ‘07 ** Mr. John Wroblewski ^ Ms. Karin A. Ziegler ‘06 + Ms. Louise Ziemba ^ Darryl A. and Marie A. Zimmer ‘99, ‘01 $1 - $99 Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Adams ^ Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Agostinelli Ms. Kelly H. Ahuna ** ^ Mr. Robert Ainsworth ^ Mrs. Patricia G. Albert ‘07 Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Almond Ms. Debra N. Ancona ^ Ms. Rose R. Aquino ^ Mr. and Mrs. George A. Atkinson ^ Mr. Gilles Carrier and Mrs. Isabelle Auger Ms. Margaret A. Awald Mr. and Mrs. Reinhold A. Bachman ^ Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Baker ^ Mr. Mark Balance ^ Mrs. Mary Ann Barbalato Ms. Mary J. Barbee ^ Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Baron ^ Mrs. Ida J. Barr ‘85 Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Barrancotta + Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey J. Barrett + Mr. Keith J. Bartella ‘05 + Mr. Edward Bartnik ^ Mr. and Mrs. Victor J. Battaglia Ms. Kathleen M. Bauman Mr. and Mrs. Tim Beal ^ Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Beale ‘83 + Brandon and Andrea Bedore ‘11 Ms. Donna Patricia Benjamin ‘05 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Bennett + Ms. Catherine F. Berger Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Berger ^ Mr. and Mrs. Giovanni Bet
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey J. Betz ** ^ Mr. John W. Beutel, II ‘04 + Donald F. and Patricia M. Beyer ‘72 Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Blachowski ‘97 Mr. and Mrs. Christopher W. Blandin ‘92 Mr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Blum ^ Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bodkin ^ Ms. Debra Bohanna ‘06 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas J. Bordonaro ^ Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Bott Mr. and Mrs. Patrick M. Bourcy + Ms. Karla Bow ^ Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Boyd, Jr. Ms. Florence Bozzella ^ Mr. and Mrs. Lonald L. Bradshaw ^ Mr. Donald E. Brady ^ Mr. and Mrs. Warren Brady ‘08 Mr. and Mrs. Daniel G. Brawn ‘08, ‘10 + Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Brown ‘87 Ms. Odessa M. Brown ‘83 Mr. Albert M. Brownsey ^ Mr. James F. Bucholtz ‘88 Mr. and Mrs. Carl L. Bucki + Richard L. And Sandra A. Budmark ‘97 Ms. Mary M. Burke ‘86 + Mr. Patrick M. Burke Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Burke, Jr. ‘87 + Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Burns ‘06 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Bye ^ Brian P. and Cherly M. Byrne ‘89 Frank and Jill Caffery ‘05 Ms. Nancy J. Calhoun ^ Mrs. Nanette Cameron ^ Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Campbell Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Caples Ms. Marie C. Casillo ‘76 + Ms. Margaret Castile Ms. Barbara A. Catalano ‘05 Ms. Barbara F. Chatwin ^ Mr. Douglas B. Chatwin ^ Ms. Rose Marie Cherico ‘96 + Mr. Anand G. Choudri ** Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Christine ^ Ms. Lisa Cialfi ‘09 ** ^ Mr. and Mrs. David Cieslik ^ Ms. Deborah Clarke ^ Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Clarke Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Cleary ^ Mr. and Mrs. Russell E. Cleversley Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Clohessy, Jr. + Edward B. and Christine A. Clothier ‘73 + Ms. Dorothy M. Cole ^ Ms. Alice Coleman ^ Complete Welding Mr. and Mrs. Gary J. Constantino ‘06 + Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Cornell ‘91 + Mrs. Jacqueline J. Craigue ‘82 + Mr. Ralph Critelli ^ Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Crosby Ms. Sara W. Crosby Mr. Richard C. Jones ‘74 + Ms. Kelly Cruttenden + Mrs. Maria A. Cudeck ‘86 Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Culkowski ^ Mrs. Barbara S. Cunningham + Mr. John E. Curtin ‘70 + Mr. and Mrs. Walter Czechowski ^ David A. and Karen M. Dalke ‘12 Mr. Mark A. Davis ‘02 Mr. Martin Davis ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Delahoy Ms. Heather DelPriore ‘10 Ms. Angela DiChristina ^ Ms. Margaret A. Dolan ‘85 Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Donaldson ‘00 Mr. and Mrs. Andrew S. Donovan ‘85 Mrs. Christine A. Dougherty ‘98 + Daniel R. and Diane D. Doyle ‘73 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Drew +
“Not only will I be able to advance in my career, I will be fulfilling a lifetime dream to complete my education.” JILL M. OXLEY, ALLEN DOWNING SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Paul J. and Diane M. Dumansky ‘97 + Dr. Susan M. Dunkle ‘13 ** John and Kathleen Dunne ‘69 ^ Mr. and Mrs. William L. Eaton ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Edwards Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell E. Ellis Mr. and Mrs. Veryl Elston ^ Mr. and Mrs. James T. Engleman, Jr. + Mr. and Mrs. Todd E. Epstein ^ Mr. and Mrs. Harold M. Falls Family Care Services of WNY ^ Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Farley ^ Kenneth D. ‘84 and Sandra L. Farrell ‘84 Miss Mary M. Farruggio ‘04 Mr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Fletcher ^ Mr. and Mrs. Marty Flood Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Flynn ^ Lucy ‘79 and Bee Fogan + Mr. Mark Folland Mr. and Mrs. David P. Frank ^ Ray and Kimberly Frew ‘07 Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. Frontera ‘98 Mr. and Mrs. Dennis N. Gallivan ^ Ms. Lisa M. Gantress ^ Mr. Collin Gehl ‘11 ^ Nicholas and Michele Gennarino, Jr. ‘05 Ms. Cynthia M. Getz ^ Mrs. Patricia M. Getz Mr. Robert Getz ^ Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Giaquinto ^ Ms. Evelyn C. Gibbons ‘87 Mr. and Mrs. James J. Gigliotti ^ Mr. Michael J. Gill ‘07 Paul J. and Paula C. Glauber ‘81 + Ms. Kathryn A. Glenn ^ Mrs. Marsha A. Glose ‘84 ** Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gold ^ Mr. and Mrs. John K. Goldwater ^ GoodSearch Mr. Marvin E. Goodwin, Jr. ‘11 ^ Ms. Theresa Gorecki ‘06 Thomas and Theresa Graff ‘71 Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Graham ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Grandits Mr. and Mrs. Terence J. Griffin + Ms. Paige D. Gullotti ‘11, ‘12 *** Ms. Mary Ann Guz + Mr. Edward F. Hacherl Mr. and Mrs. Douglas R. Hallmark ^ Mr. and Mrs. Gerhardt Halper Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Hammond Mrs. Sharon Handzlik Ms. Diana K. Hanna ^ Ms. Wanda K. Hardiman Lee J. and Maura J. Harris ‘74 + Erik ‘07 ** and Maris Hartman ‘08, ‘10 Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Hartnett Dr. Mary A. Hartshorn ‘00 Ms. Diane Harvey ^ Francis and Dorothy Haselbauer ‘79 + Mr. Richard J. Hassler ^ Mr. and Mrs. John R. Hazelton, Jr. ‘02, ‘06 Mr. and Mrs. Todd R. Head ^ Mr. and Mrs. Edward Heberlein ^ Dr. and Mrs. Richard J. Herdlein, III ** David and Patricia Herweg ‘07 Mr. Brian Hicks ^ Mrs. Judith L. Hicks Mr. and Mrs. James W. Hillman ^ Mr. and Mrs. Ken J. Hinterberger Mr. and Mrs. Mark N. Hjalmarson ‘00 + Ms. Linda L. Hoffman ‘71 ^ Thomas G. Faith L. McQueen ‘87
Mr. John Hogan Mr. and Mrs. Shawn D. Hogan ^ Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Holabaugh ^ Mrs. Chestina Holly-Brown ^ Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Holmes ^ Ms. Marilyn S. Hopkins ^ Mr. James M. Horner ‘06 + Mrs. Ann Horn-Jeddy ‘99, ‘06 *** ** + HSBC Ms. Jennifer Hudak Mr. Michael E. Hudson + Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Hughes ^ Mrs. Diane S. Hull ‘79 Daniel A. and Christine L. Hunt ‘88, ‘06 + Donald P. and Mary V. Hustead ‘71 + Mr. and Mrs. Steven M. Hyman Ms. Ann Marie Insinna Mr. Bruce S. Jackson ‘95 Mr. and Mrs. Paul T. Jackson ‘10 Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jacobs ^ Ms. Diana James Lawrence J. and Teresa M. Jarmuz ‘75 + Mr. David P. Jernigan Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Jetty Ms. Patricia R. Jetty ‘13 ** Mr. Richard J. Kapuscinski Ms. Lisa K. Kellick ‘82 David F. and Dana M. Kemsley ‘92 ^ Ms. Florence M. Kern ‘70 ^ Mrs. Mary T. Ketterer ‘72+ Franklin W. and Teresa M. Kidd ‘69 Mr. Jeffrey Kinmartin ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kinne Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Kirby ^ Mr. and Mrs. Eric N. Klaffka + Mr. George F. Klapthor Mr. and Mrs. Douglas F. Klick Kenneth and Maryann Kolniak ‘05 + Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Kosco Dr. and Mrs. Peter R. Kowalski Casimir and Frances Kozminski ‘81 + Edward M. and Janice M. Kramer ‘74 + Ms. Suzanne M. Laba ^ Ms. Karen Laird ‘07 Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Lancellotti ^ Mr. and Mrs. John R. Landrigan ^ Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Lang ‘94 Mr. Daniel Larivey ^ Ms. Diane D. Laskowski Mr. Robert E. Latchford ^ Ms. Virginia M. Latz Dr. and Mrs. John C. Laurie Ms. Hope M. Lazarz Ms. Rose Mary Leaper ‘71 + Mrs. Camilla Lee ‘06 Mr. and Mrs. Andrew P. Leising ^ Ms. Bertha Lengauer Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Lesher Ms. Joan Leszczynski Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Lewis ‘72 Ms. Joni Licata + Mr. and Mrs. Ronald W. Lippert, Jr. ^ Ms. Arie Lipsky + Mr. and Mrs. J. Paul Lombardo + Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth L. Lont ^ Mr. and Mrs. Shawn M. Loos ‘10, 12 *** Mrs. Gloria A. Lorber ‘74 + Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. MacDonald + Mr. Stanley Mack ‘85 ^ Mr. and Mrs. John Maddock Ms. Elaine Mahaffy ^ Ms. Jessica K. Mahoney ^
Mr. and Mrs. Paul S. Majchrowicz ‘96 Ms. Sharon A. Malo ‘91, ‘09 + Mr. Randy E. Marble ‘04 + Ms. Jeanne C. Marcella ‘08 + Mr. and Mrs. Anthony A. Markiewicz Mr. Charles M. Marthage Ms. Diane Martino ‘08 Mr. and Mrs. James Mathews Mr. and Mrs. David Matsulavage ^ Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Matusek Ms. Margaret Matwijko ^ Mr. and Mrs. James R. Matz + Mr. Justin Matz ‘13 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Maul Mr. Daniel Mc Umber ^ Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McArdle Mr. and Mrs. John B. McCarthy ^ Dennis E. and Maribeth T. McCarthy ‘69 Mr. and Mrs. Alexander J. McCombie ^ Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. McCombie ^ Mr. and Mrs. Thurman O. McDaniel ^ Mr. and Mrs. Stephen McGovern Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. McKay ‘84 *** Hugh C. and Margaret S. McLean ‘98 + Al and Vickey Medina ‘10 Mr. Frank Menza ^ Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mescall Mr. and Mrs. Russell T. Mesi Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Metzger James and Jean Metzler ‘97 Ms. Christine Mezicco ^ Ms. Barbara J. Militello ‘84 Mr. and Mrs. Bruce A. Millard ‘88 + Ms. Mariann E. Miller ‘94 + Mr. and Mrs. Barry N. Monro ^ Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Montgomery ^ Moog, Inc. + Mr. and Mrs. Fraser M. Mooney ^ Mrs. Jennifer Moyer ‘10 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Ross A. Munt ‘01 Mr. Joseph P. Murphy Ms. June F. Neuner ‘73 Jon A. and Linda A. Nichols ‘73 + Major and Mrs. Terry D. Nunn ^ Mr. and Mrs. Arnold P. Nuse ^ Mr. and Mrs. John F. O’Brien ^ Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey S. O’Connor Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Oliver ‘89 + Ms. Shirley T. Oliver Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas L. Oliveri Ms. Stephanie R. Olson ^ Mr. and Mrs. Brian L. Orwat ‘91 George H. and Callie Z. Ostendorf ‘85 Ms. Phyllis A. Ostrowski ‘75 + Ms. Theresa A. Paci ^ Mr. and Mrs. Raymond W. Palinkas ^ Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Panczak ‘06 ^ James R. and Doreen M. Park ‘93 Ms. Sally Ann Pasternak ‘81 + Mr. and Mrs. James F. Penberthy ^ Ms. Kathleen M. Peronne ‘76 Mr. Jason Perri ** + Scott A. and Tanya M. Petrus ‘06 Franklin and Clarise Phelps ‘00 + Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Phillips ^ Mr. and Mrs. James T. Pierino Mr. Thomas Pierino Mr. and Mrs. Steven J. Piesczynski ‘04, ‘06 + Mr. and Mrs. William J. Poirier ^ Mr. and Mrs. John Pollak Ms. Elizabeth Poon ^ Ms. Frances Porpiglia ‘97 Mr. and Mrs. John M. Preston, Sr. ^
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil A. Price Mr. and Mrs. Robert Price ^ Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Probst Mr. and Mrs. Jerald M. Ptak Ms. Edda Pullo Mr. and Mrs. Fred Punturiero ‘92 Mr. Michael Quarantello ‘10 ^ Ms. Rebecca Quick ^ Mr. and Mrs. Sean P. Quinn ** + Eric M. and Cecelia M. Raine ‘02 Mr. and Mrs. John A. Reeb ‘14 ** Ms. Connie J. Reinwald ^ Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Reynolds ^ Ms. Suzanne R. Rhebergen ^ Ms. Maria A. Ribaulo ‘01 Ms. Nancy Rich Ms. Helen Richmond ^ Mr. J. Leonard Rizzo, Jr. ‘80 + Ms. Virginia Rizzo ** + Mr. David Robbins Mr. Jonathan K. Roedel ^ Ms. Danielle Rollins ‘12 *** ** ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Romeo Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Rosenheim ^ Mrs. Cecelia M. Rosiek-Bauer ‘78 + Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Rounds ^ Mr. and Mrs. Willard G. Rowlands, Jr. ‘92 Ms. Dolores Rudick ^ Anthony ‘08 ** and Ashlee Rudolph ‘09, ‘12 Edward ** and Linda Runte ‘94 + Mr. and Mrs. Howard A. and Sharon A. Russell ‘82 + John and Salvatrice Deats ‘96 Mr. and Mrs. Erik Saladin ‘05 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Allen Sauers ‘85 + Keith M. and Eileen M. Schaefer ‘91 Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Scherer ‘73 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Schiavone ‘85 Mr. Michael Schlager ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schmidt + Mr. Jack Schneider ^ Mrs. Mona L. Schwartzberg Craig ‘98 and Krystal Scime ‘06 + Ms. Rachel Scungio ‘11 ^ Joel and Renee Sedeski ‘11, ‘12 Mr. and Mrs. Donald F. Seitz ** Ms. Joan Selice Mr. Barry Selnick ^ Mr. Gary R. Selnick ^ Mr. Anthony F. Serba Mrs. Geraldine J. Serba John and Jill Serio ‘11 ^ Mrs. Patricia L. Sheehan ‘99 + Ms. Paula J. Sheehan ‘93 ^ Ms. Alice A. Sherbert ^ Mr. and Mrs. John Shoff ^ Charles A. and Rose M. Sickler ‘70 Ms. Eula M. Simmons ‘92 Mr. Michael Simoncelli, Jr. ‘09 Ms. JoAnne H. Sims ** + Ms. Martha A. Skolikas ‘86 + Lance and Christine Skowron ‘98 ^ Joseph and Mary Jane Sledz ‘85 Ms. Deborah C. Slisz ‘74 + Mr. and Mrs. David R. Smith ^ Mr. and Mrs. John Smith ^ Ms. Kathleen A. Smith Ms. Sandra Smith ‘05, ‘12 Mr. Bruce D. Sovern ‘83 Ms. Anne Spadone ^ Mr. Gary M. Speakman ^ Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. Spychalski Karl W. and Marcia L. Stang ‘89 Mr. and Mrs. Daniel P. Starr Mr. and Mrs. Ernest R. Stebbins, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John V. Stefaniak ^ James and Susan Steffan ** Dr. Christopher Steinwachs ^ Ms. Lydia Stineman ‘07 Mrs. Ruth N. Stoj ‘93 + Mr. Gerard J. Sussina + Mr. and Mrs. Mark F. Svoboda ^ Mr. and Mrs. Leonard A. Swisher ^ Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Swist Mr. and Mrs. Matthew R. Szczerba Mr. Melvin R. Szramkowski ^ Peter W. and Kristen H. Szustak ‘96
Mr. Alan E. Taylor ^ Ms. Emily Taylor ^ Mr. and Mrs. Nelson J. Tecroney ^ Francis S. and Candyce G. Roselli ‘90 + Mr. and Mrs. Mark E. Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Sean T. Thompson Ms. Yvonne C. Thorne ‘04 Mrs. Mary E. Toczek ‘73 + Mr. and Mrs. Bruce P. Tomczak Mr. Joseph P. Toni ‘12 *** ^ Ms. Nancy A. Tower ‘68 and Ms. Kay Gregory Ms. Melinda Trammell ‘10 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Felice Trigilio ^ Mr. and Mrs. John J. Trojanowsky ‘75 + Ms. Myrtle L. Tryon John H. Twist, D.D.S. + Ms. Mary Ann Uderitz ^ Mr. and Mrs. Michael Unterborn Mrs. Elizabeth V. Vacanti ‘90 Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Valentine + Ms. Megan Valentine ‘04 + Mr. Jose E. Vallejo ^ Verizon Communications Ms. Therese M. Victor ^ Mr. Paul Viola + Mr. Douglas C. Vrooman ^ Ms. Valerie Vullejo ^ The Waclawek Family Richard J. and Kathleen M. Walker ‘70 Mr. Michael E. Walters + Ms. Mildred P. Walters Mr. Paul Wandel ‘09 Mr. and Mrs. David C. Ward ‘73 + Kurt W. and Donna Y. Ward ‘91 + Ms. Vicki L. Ward ** William A. and Gwendolyn B. Warren ‘97 ** Sean S. and Amy L. Warzel ‘96, ‘02 Washington Square Bar & Grill Ms. Jenna A. Watkins ‘10 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Brian E. Webster ** + Mr. John Wegrzyn Mr. Robert Weigand ^ Mr. Robert J. Weiner, Jr. ‘84 Mr. and Mrs. Gerald R. West ‘00 ^ Mr. and Mrs. David Westcott ^ Ms. Joan A. Wetzel ‘81 Mr. and Mrs. Clark R. Wheeler Mr. Andrew M. Wheelock ‘93 Gary R. and Barbara A. Whitcher ‘68 Mr. Andre-Philippe R. White ‘93 Ms. Tera L. White ‘07 Robert and Christine Schemel ‘93 + Ms. Frances E. Wiedemann Mr. and Mrs. Scott R. Wiedemann Ms. Rhonda R. Wieder ‘00 Ms. Grace L. Wilcox ^ Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Wisbaum Paul and Jacqueline Witkowski ‘04 Mr. and Mrs. Gary Witter Winslow H. and Donna M. Woodruff ‘72 + Mr. Christopher Wopperer ‘09, ‘10 Mr. and Mrs. David Wrotniak Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Yanik Mr. and Mrs. Anthony T. Yarussi ^ Robert W. and Barbara J. Yendall ** Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Ziolkowski ^
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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.
E VE NT S PON S OR S Founders’ Day
$10,000 – PRESENTING SPONSOR Phillips Lytle LLP $7,500 – PLATINUM SPONSOR M&T Bank The M&T Charitable Foundation $5,000 – GOLD SPONSOR Delaware North Companies, Inc. R&P Oakhill Development, LLC $2,500 – SILVER SPONSOR Aramark Facility Services Merchants Insurance Group $1,500 – BRONZE SPONSOR Catholic Health System Kevin R. ‘03 *** and Michelle D. Connolly ’03 John W. Danforth Company Frey Electric Construction Co., Inc. Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo PCB Piezotronics, Inc. Pearce & Pearce Co., Inc. Ms. Heidi A. Raphael ‘85 * + Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf & Cunningham LLC Walsh Insurance Group $1,200 – TABLE SPONSOR BlueCross BlueShield of WNY Mrs. Karen McGrath ** Medaille College Student Government Association
ADVERTISING SPONSOR Cell Phone Repair Independent Health Industrial Power & Lighting Corp. Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP The Martin Group North Delaware Printing, Inc. Pace & Pace Law, LLC.
$2,500 SILVER SPONSOR Delaware North Companies, Inc. M&T Bank The M&T Charitable Foundation Merchants Insurance Group $1,500 – BRONZE SPONSOR Catholic Health System Compass Group John W. Danforth Company Eastman Machine Company Mr. Robert J. LaMastra / Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo Pearce & Pearce Co., Inc. Phillips Lytle LLP Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf & Cunningham LLC TEE SPONSOR Buffalo Exterminating Collegiate Village Apartments Country Florists Frey Electric Construction Co., Inc.
$2,000 – ROYAL SPONSOR Energy Mark $500 – COMET SPONSOR Medaille College Student Government Association $250 – BLITZEN SPONSOR Orville’s Appliances IN-KIND GIFTS Adam’s Mark Hotel Albright-Knox Art Gallery All Pro Parking Batavia Downs Casino Buffalo Bandits Buffalo Bills Buffalo Museum of Science Buffalo News Buffalo Sabres The Buffalo Zoo Charles River Chartwells Certo Brothers Corvette Cleaners Crystal Rock Bottled Water Curves of West Seneca Dave & Buster’s of Buffalo Daddio’s Delaware North Companies, Inc. Delta Sonic Car Wash Entercom Radio
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Our benefactors and community partners were recognized on September 30 for their commitment to help students meet the needs of a changing society. Unveiled at the event were the M&T Bank Student Success Center; Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc. Learning Lab; Eastman Machine Student Lounge; and the Dr. Nicholas Trbovich Fireside Lounge. P H OTO B Y N A N C Y J . PA R I S I 34 Medaille Magazine I Spring 2015
Franco’s Pizza Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa Mr. Horace A. Gioia * The Glen Park Tavern Hart Hotels, Inc. Hayes Seafood House Hotel Lafayette Just Pizza Mark Kelso Kentucky Greg’s Hickory Pit Loughran’s Bar & Restaurant Mansard Inn Mighty Taco Next Generation Food & Vending Service, Inc. Niagara Scenic Tours Old Orchard Inn Mr. and Mrs. William H. Pearce, Jr. * Pepsi Bottling Group R&P Oakhill Development, LLC Remington Tavern Rizotto Ristorante Sahlen’s Status Limousine Corp Sterling Inn & Spa Mr. Robert C. Takac TLC Limo and Concierge Service Tony Martin Awards, Inc. Tops Friendly Markets Walmart Store # 2586 Wendy’s Zips Pizzeria
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MEDAILLE, ARMORY PREPARE FOR THOUSANDS OF REVELERS College’s signature event provides academic opportunity for students BUFFALO, N.Y. Each year Medaille College celebrates its history and investment in the City of Buffalo at the Founders’ Day Celebration. Continuing a long tradition of promoting community outreach, Founders’ Day Celebration 2015 will help fund scholarships that improve academic opportunities for young Western New Yorkers. The event takes place at the historic Connecticut Street Armory on Thursday, May 21. Medaille is honored to have as event chairs Gary Bichler, partner at R&P Oak Hill Development, LLC and Heidi Raphael ’85, a member of Medaille’s board of trustees and vice president of corporate communications with Greater Media, Inc. Guests will enjoy fine food and entertainment in one of the area’s most historic architectural jewels, while bidding on live auction items like: • “ S a r a t o g a Escape,” including a two-night stay at the Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa, breakfast, and two 40-minute mineral baths
• Yellowstone vacation, including four nights in a one-bedroom “Old Faithful Cabin” at Explorer Cabins, a welcome dinner, and breakfast for two each morning at the Branch Restaurant • Use of the Delaware North Corporate Suite for 18 guests at a 2015-16 season Buffalo Sabres game The event will also feature music from The Buffalo Dolls during the cocktail hour, and Serendipity Swing during dinner. A s F o u n d e r s ’ D a y demonstrates each year, Medaille embraces its influential role in advancing the quality of life in Western New York. In keeping with those values, the event directly benefits the community by supporting student scholarships. Many of these beneficiaries stay in Western New York after graduation and will positively impact the area for decades to come. During Founders’ Day, members of the community have an
opportunity to see some of the faces of the College, and learn how they are shaping the future of the community. Last year’s Founders’ Day Celebration, held at Shea’s Performing Arts
Center, drew more than 200 attendees. Past locations for Medaille’s signature annual event have also included the Buffalo History Museum, the Twentieth Century Club and the Hotel Lafayette.
For more information on the Medaille College Founders’ Day Celebration 2015 or to make reservations, contact Leah Eagan-Stoddard at (716) 880-2315 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This summer, Dr. Richard Jurasek will step down after eight years as Medaille president. Medaille students have achieved tremendous success during Dr. Jurasekâ€™s tenure, and we applaud his dedication to the College, our students and the larger Western New York community.
Best wishes to Drs. Rick and Barbara as they enter the next phase of their lives! P H O T O B Y C A R L A F. K E S T N E R